Celebrity Edge joined the fleet on Tuesday after a moving ceremony where the ship’s godmother, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, was joined by all on board to “bless this ship and all those who sail upon her.”
More than 3,000 guests, employees, crew members and students were present at the naming ceremony to commemorate the debut of Celebrity’s first new ship in six years and first new ship series in more than a decade.
Celebrity Edge Godmother, Malala Yousafzai
Yousafzai, is the inspirational co-founder of Malala Fund, which advocates for a world where every girl can learn and lead by investing in local education activists, holding global leaders accountable and amplifying girls’ voices around the world.
Celebrity Cruises will support Malala Fund in their mission to see the 130 million out of school girls around the world get the 12 years of free, safe, quality education they deserve.
I’m fighting to ensure millions of girls stuck in situations of poverty or war that they didn’t create can learn what they need to choose a future for themselves. But to continue making progress for girls’ education, we need support from leaders in every sector. I am so grateful to Celebrity Cruises for their generous support and investment in the potential of girls everywhere.
said Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund.
Celebrity’s President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo also added:
I am so very proud to have Malala Yousafzai as godmother of Celebrity Edge. Malala embodies our commitment to opening the world through education and gender equality. Seeing her aboard our ship sends a powerful message to our crew who represent over 70 diverse nationalities, and our guests who we sail all over the world. The ceremony today was both touching and symbolic of what Celebrity Cruises stands for. I am grateful to Malala, her family and Malala Fund for embracing today’s events and look forward to continuing our work together around the world.
Celebrity Edge Naming Ceremony
The naming ceremony was hosted by noted designer Nate Berkus with acclaimed recording artist Andra Day taking to the stage for empowering renditions of her Grammy-nominated single “Rise Up” and the Oscar-nominated single “Stand Up For Something.”
Celebrity Cruises chose to forego the traditional champagne bottle at the launch, and instead smashed a custom-made 18-litre bottle of Badoit French mineral water across the ship’s Parabolic Ultra Bow.
Celebrity Edge Sailings
Celebrity Edge’s inaugural season will begin with sailings alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before heading to the Mediterranean for a range of seven- to 11-night sailings in 2019.
Celebrity Edge will make her first maiden voyage on December 9, 2018, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.