Celebrity Edge will set sail in the Mediterranean in summer 2019, calling Rome and Barcelona home from May to October.
Before officially commencing her first summer season, the ship will host a two-night preview sailing for agents departing from Southampton on May 13, 2019.
Following the showcase sailing, the new ship’s first official European cruise will depart from Southampton on May 15, 2019 offering a 10-night Iberian Peninsula sailing to destinations including Lisbon, Portugal and Cagliari, Sardinia.
Throughout the summer, the ship will have a range of seven to 11-night sailings, visiting destinations such as Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Mykonos, along with Ibiza and Valencia where it will have longer evening stays in port.
The itineraries will also feature two new, Celebrity Cruises-first ports – Nauplion in the Peloponnese region of Greece and the Santa Margherita, located on the Italian Riviera close to one of Italy’s most famous villages, Portofino.
The cruise line has developed supporting materials and assets for agent partners to enable them to promote the new itineraries on their websites.
This will include a 20-page direct mailer that agents can overbrand and distribute to their own customers. Digital guides will also be available for all new European deployment across the fleet, including Celebrity Edge, to enable agents to access itineraries, dates and detail on ports of call quickly and share with guests.
Jo Rzymowska, vice president & managing director, UK, Ireland and Asia’ Celebrity Cruises added:
“I am so excited that we will be showcasing Celebrity Edge in Southampton to our UK & Ireland trade partners. Since we first announced Celebrity Edge our sales team has been committed to ensuring that our agent partners are equipped with the most up-to-date information and support they need to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.
“Our dedicated ‘Edge-u-cation’ training tools have proved particularly popular and it is important that we continue to invest in the resources available for agents.
“The itineraries for the first European sailings have been developed to ensure there is a wide appeal, including idyllic hidden getaways and city hotspots – with the added benefit of the option to sail from Southampton.”