New cruise ship to sail with high-tech meeting venue

Celebrity Edge, a new cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises, will set sail with a 1,970-square-foot meeting space when it makes its debut, according to the cruise line

Dubbed The Meeting Place, the venue was designed by Wilson Butler Architects and aims to offer awe-inspiring sea views from its central location on the ship. The venue also incorporates 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. 

“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, in a written release. “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.”

Seating is modern and comfortable: Choose theater-style, classroom, U-shaped, or circular layouts, while table tops work well with or without covers or skirts. The space transforms seamlessly from day into night, with high-top bar tables or comfortable lounge seating for mixing and mingling.

Audiovisual systems — from wireless microphones to a mini sound board — come as standard equipment. An electronic whiteboard helps capture brainstorming sessions, and there are also 98-inch and 75-inch LED screens.

Previously unveiled venues on Celebrity Edge are also available for private events and meetings based on availability, including the three-deck spanning Eden; the cantilevered Magic Carpet; the Rooftop Garden; and the Destination Gateway. 

By International Meetings Review (www.internationalmeetingsreview.com)

Tags: Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Meetings