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And you won't get wet!

By Marisa Spyker

Cruise ships are notorious for dreaming up mind-blowing amenities—from robotic bartenders and snow-covered rooms to skydiving simulators on deck. But just when you’ve thought the industry has pulled out all the stops, a new addition to the Celebrity fleet has completely flipped the switch on traditional shipbuilding techniques. The happy result? Indoor-outdoor staterooms that, according to Celebrity Cruises, let you get as close to the water as it’s possible to get on a cruise ship.

Rather than traditional balcony rooms, the new Staterooms feature what Celebrity is calling Infinite Verandas, or extensions of cabins that lead right up to the edge of the ship (like an infinity pool). Retractable glass walls and foldaway glass doors make the cabins, which are 23 percent larger than before, feel like true indoor-outdoor spaces.

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But aside from Staterooms, Celebrity Cruises has pulled out another magic trick on its new Celebrity Edge ship. A new cantilevered deck, called the Magic Carpet, will sit on the side of the ship affixed to two bright orange tracks that allow it to move up and down like an alfresco elevator. At its highest, it’ll be 16 stories above sea level, with panoramic views of the sea.

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Elsewhere on the ship, public spaces are contemporary and sleek, designed to take full advantage of the views whenever possible. On the resort deck, a pair of hot tubs shaped like martini glasses sit 22 feet above the pool; nearby, an 8,000-square-foot rooftop garden provides the perfect spot for sunset gazing.

If lounging on this cruise ship paradise sounds like your dream, good news: Booking is now open for its inaugural sailings in December, with itineraries through both the Western and Eastern Caribbean. And if you’ve never embarked on a cruise before, this might be a good one to start with.

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