(7:30 p.m. BST) -- Celebrity Cruises' newest ship Celebrity Edge will homeport in Rome and Barcelona summer 2019.
The 2,900-passenger ship, which launches autumn 2018, also will include a call at Southampton on May 13, 2019 for a two-night mini-cruise, which will be just for travel agents and media. The first sailing for fare paying passengers will be a 10-night sailing from Southampton to Rome on May 15, 2019.
It will be one of five Celebrity ships based in Europe 2019 -- including Celebrity Silhouette, which the line has confirmed will return to Southampton for a second year. Silhouette will begin homeporting in Southampton April 2018; it replaces Celebrity Eclipse, which spent eight years cruising from the port city.
Celebrity Edge will offer seven-night Barcelona and Rome sailings in the peak season and early summer. In autumn, it will sail roundtrip 10-night Western Mediterranean and 11-night Eastern cruises.
The seven-night "open-jaw" itineraries are unique, calling at a total of 11 ports, with only one repeat port of call (Florence). Passengers also can opt for a back-to-back 14-night cruise.
In addition, Edge will:
- Sail two new ports for Celebrity: Nauplion, Greece (11-night) and Santa Margherita, Italy (10-night)
- Offer longer stay in ports including Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Naples
- Call in at 30 ports in 10 countries and offer five overnights.
"From our expansive new itineraries, including three exciting new ports of call and overnights in 16 cities across the region, to our specially curated shore excursions, there's a reason we're continually recognised and win multiple awards," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
Edge is being touted as a game changer for Celebrity, pioneering a revolutionary new design which sees "seamless" (or infinite) balconies which increase cabin size and a platform on the side of the ship which doubles as a tender station and restaurant/bar called the "Magic Carpet."
The other Celebrity ships that will be Europe-based in 2019 include:
- Celebrity Infinity, which will be based in Rome and Venice
- Celebrity Constellation, which will be based in Venice, Barcelona and Rome
- Celebrity Reflection, which replaces Celebrity Eclipse in Dublin
--By Adam Coulter, U.K. Managing Editor