Celebrity Cruises has revealed that its new ship, the Celebrity Edge, will have a state-of-the-art meeting venue called The Meeting Place.
Designed by Wilson Butler Architects, the 1,970-square-foot venue will have a central location on the ship and will have “brilliant, awe-inspiring views.” It will be equipped with soundproof dividers, advanced audiovisual capabilities, varied seating options, private office space for event planners, dynamic mobile bars set up for food and beverages, and a fully equipped pantry with a bar.
“Of course, the most advanced ship we’ve ever designed would include the most exciting venues for get-togethers, including The Meeting Place,” said Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior vice-president of Sales, Trade Support and Service, Celebrity Cruises. “When you host events at sea, you really elevate your brand. Imagine the spectacular conferences, trade shows, weddings, and reunions you can plan with the gorgeous Celebrity Edge as your setting and an ocean as your brilliant backdrop.”
“When designing The Meeting Place we asked ourselves what would be more appealing; being subjected to lectures in a conference room, or socializing with colleagues in a hip lounge? The latter seemed obvious. Thus the flexibility and functionality of a ‘state of the art’ meeting space was designed for pleasure first,” said Scott Butler, AIA, founding partner, Wilson Butler Architects. “The word that defines The Meeting Place is ‘connected’. It facilitates guests getting connected to one another; to the latest technology and to the greatest new ideas. It also happens to connect to other venues on the ship that vastly expand the opportunities for groups.”
The Meeting Place will offer modern, comfortable seating that can be arranged in theater-style, classroom, U-shaped or circular layouts. Tabletops can be used with or without covers or skirts. In addition, the space transforms easily from day into night, with high-top bar tables or comfortable lounge seating for mixing and mingling.
The audiovisual equipment will include wireless microphones, mini sound board, an electronic whiteboard, and 98- and 75-inch LED screens.
Other previously unveiled venues on Celebrity Edge that will be available for private events and meetings based on availability, include:
- the three-deck spanning Eden;
- the revolutionary, cantilevered Magic Carpet;
- the serene Rooftop Garden;
- and the tech-savvy Destination Gateway.