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Celebrity Edge begins debut Alaska season

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Celebrity Edge is depicted at Dawes Glacier, a stop on the ship's inaugural Alaska season itinerary
For the first time, a Celebrity Edge-class ship is sailing in Alaska, with Celebrity Edge embarking today at the Port of Seattle.

The seven-night Dawes Glacier itinerary includes stops at Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Celebrity is touting the ship's outward-facing design as offering an 'unmatched immersive experience' amid Alaska's glaciers with the Magic Carpet enabling a new vantage point and the infinite veranda staterooms with their drop-down windows erasing the boundaries between inside and outside.

Celebrity Edge will sail roundtrip Seattle and open jaw between Vancouver, BC and Seattle on six- and seven-night journeys. Alaska's Endicott Arm and Victoria, BC are other destinations visited.

Community impact

As part of Royal Caribbean Group, Celebrity Cruises engages port communities across Alaska including initiatives like the recent grand opening of the nearly two-mile Ketchikan Salmon Walk in partnership with Tongass Historical Museum.

Local sourcing includes partnerships with Skagway Spirits, Seafood Producers Cooperative and Alaska Specialty Seafood.

A commitment to Sitka Sound Science Center involves the Scientists in the Schools program where local scientists work with students in K-12 classrooms. The program benefited 960 students from nine schools last year with Royal Caribbean Group's support.

Shop Alaska

And over the past three cruise seasons a partnership with Skagway-based Voyij.com has driven more than $1m in sales to local businesses. Over 250 small businesses and artists across more than 45 communities from all regions of the state are listed at Voyij.com.