In Saint-Nazaire, the Celebrity Edge, one of the largest luxury liners built in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, left the port on Sunday November 4 for the United States. The shipowner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), which commissioned the ship, expects three more behemoths of the same class by 2022.
It’s always impressive, a juggernaut moving away towards the ocean. Sunday November 4, Celebrity Edge, one of the largest luxury liners built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, left the port of Saint-Nazaire under the eyes of hundreds of curious people. The luxurious building, owned by the American cruise line Celebrity Cruises (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd group), is to cross the Atlantic to its new home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The gigantic ship has colossal dimensions. 117,000 tons of volume, almost twice the legendary liner France. It is over 300 meters in length (about three football fields) and 39 meters in width. And thus enters the category of the most monumental liners ever assembled in Saint-Nazaire. “The shipyards of the Atlantic have built some of the biggest liners in the world” proudly presents Philippe Kasse, communications manager for the shipyards. The ship has the capacity to accommodate 2,900 passengers and 1,320 crew members. It should be put into service from next December in the Caribbean.
The ship is presented as a “model of innovations”. A platform installed on the side of the boat, called the “Magic Carpet”, can thus be moved to different floors and serve in turn as a bar, restaurant or marina depending on the time of day. 12% of the ships’ cabins are suites, some of which, luxurious, include a jacuzzi with breathtaking sea views.