After more than four years of preparation, Celebrity Edge officially joined the Celebrity Cruises fleet following a ceremony with the ship’s godmother Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and author of “I Am Malala.”
The naming event brought together more than 3,000 guests, employees, crew members and students to commemorate the debut of Celebrity’s first new ship in six years and the first new ship series in more than a decade. Yousafzai, who is now a college student at Oxford University, is the co-founder of the 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. At the event, Yousafzai discussed those issues in a one-on-one interview with Celebrity’s president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
“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,” said Lutoff-Perlo.
In honor of that commitment, Celebrity Cruises also partners with the Malala Fund and supports them in their mission to see the 130 million out-of-school girls around the world get 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
Now that Celebrity Edge is officially part of the fleet, she will sail roundtrip on her maiden voyage departing Dec. 9, 2019. Celebrity Edge will begin her inaugural season sailing alternating 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before transporting guests to the the Mediterranean with a range of 7- to 11-night sailings from cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019. Building on Celebrity Edge’s momentum, she’ll be joined by Celebrity Apex in 2020, and two additional sister ships in 2021 and 2022.