(7:30 p.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Cruises is bringing Eden to its newest class of ships, complete with a Tree of Life, the cruise line revealed at an event tonight in New York City.
The three-deck high Eden, to be located at the back of Celebrity Edge, which debuts in late 2018, will be a terraced lounge that spirals up from Deck 3, through decks 4 and 5. It will feature floor-to-ceiling windows -- measuring nearly 7,000-square feet -- that span all three decks, as well as window seating on the ramped walkway -- a nearly 300-foot long ramp envelopes the space. With a capacity of 325, Eden will be a place for cruisers to relax, grab a snack, learn and be entertained.
Daytime activities in Eden might include entertainment in the form of sitar players or aerialists, as well as culinary enrichment classes such as cooking or cocktail making demos.
At night, the energy in Eden will ramp up, and lounge-goers will experience an edgy fusion of performance art, live music, culinary treats and nightlife that Celebrity describes as "sinful." Performances might include didgeridoo beatboxers or aerial artists.
The Eden Cafe, located within Eden on Deck 5 will be, will provide complimentary breakfast and lunch bites. The space also has two smaller al fresco areas so cruisers can take their sandwiches outside while enjoying the views and breeze. Nearby will be the Eden Bar, serving artisanal cocktails made with fresh ingredients and garnishes from the space's 20-foot tall Library of Plants. Bar staff will offer cocktail making classes.
The Eden Restaurant, a fine dining specialty venue featuring an open kitchen concept, will be located on Deck 4. Serving up what Celebrity describes as "a choreographed series of experiential culinary temptations," the space can be used during the day for interactive cooking demonstrations and classes, as well as wine tastings and pairings. The dominant feature of Eden Restaurant will be a Tree of Life, a continuation of the line's signature living tree located in the atriums of its Solstice-class ships. The five-course dining experience ends with an event Celebrity is calling "The Crescendo" in the bar. Celebrity President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo coyly described The Crescendo as a fun, surprising end to the evening.
Eden's architecture, design and entertainment are the result of three new partnerships for Celebrity Cruises. Architect Scott Butler, a founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects, designed the space using the golden spiral (known in math as the Fibonacci sequence) as inspiration. The golden spiral is represented in nature in the curl of a snail's shell, the points on a pinecone and the bloom of a rose. Designer Patricia Urquiola will give Eden its modern decor; she designed some of the space's signature elements including the towering Library of Plants and the massive hanging plant pillars. Variety Worldwide, whose unconventional dinner theater shows can seen around the world, will be responsible for all of Eden's entertainment.
"When people think of traditional cruise ship entertainment, there's a very specific image that people have in mind, but the exciting thing about this is we've actually been invited to break so many of those rules," David Ley, director of Variety Worldwide, said.
Celebrity Edge, the first of four Edge-class ships, will homeport in Fort Lauderdale sailing alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. Its first sailing will be December 16, 2018. The 2,900-passenger ship will feature several first-at-sea innovations including a moveable deck called the "magic carpet" and cabins with balcony spaces that transform from open-air verandas to indoor sun rooms. Celebrity Edge marks the first new cruise ship for the line since Celebrity Reflection debuted in 2012.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor