In an unusual move, premium cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, is making waves for partnering with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. The young Nobel Laureate is the Godmother’ of its new ship, Celebrity Edge, that debuts in December 2018. By Shikha Pushpan
Celebrity Cruises, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., has announced a two-year partnership with Yousafzai’s non-profit organisation, Malala Fund. During this period, the celebrated brand will help raise funds for the organisation that strives to make a difference to the lives of millions of girls fighting oppression and illiteracy.
The association with a human rights activist is a first in the business. But Yousafzai was a “natural” choice, says Celebrity Cruises. “Partnering with Malala Fund was a natural fit as we share the same passion and commitment to an incredible cause. We believe in opportunities for all, especially as our crew onboard represent more than 50 different cultures – and amazing stories of achievement, education and economic advancement,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Edge, the latest entrant in the market, promises a never-before experience with its revolutionary new idea of infinite staterooms. It allows an entire room to be taken right next to the sea’s edge at the click of a button, giving open air access to sea whenever one wants. However, the highlight of the ship remains the Magic Carpet, which is the world’s first ever cantilevered, floating platform. It can reach the height of a 13-storey building, promising an extraordinary view of the oceans and the stars! Also on offer on this mean machine is a resort-style swimming pool area with high-ceilinged cabanas for private retreats, a jogging track, a Solarium and a roof-top garden on the ship deck.
Pre-bookings are already open for seven-night trips to Western and Eastern Carribean, starting from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. While the Eastern Carribean Cruise will visit Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten, the Western Carribean Cruise will make stops at Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel in Mexico and Grand Cayman.