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Cruise Ship Photography: My Maiden Voyage

Client Celebrity Cruises
Location On-board Celebrity Edge, somewhere in the English Channel
Assistant Jonny Wilson

When the call came in asking if I would be interested in flying to the Caribbean to photograph the new Celebrity Cruises’ ship, Celebrity Edge, I didn’t have to think about it for long. Celebrity wanted me to make some pictures of the ship’s suites and a few of the facilities to expand their existing image library. The plan was to shoot this ahead of her UK maiden voyage and meant flying out to meet her on a sailing in the Caribbean. Not a bad gig, I thought. I tried not to be disappointed when the plan changed to joining the ship at the exotic port of Southampton but I didn’t need to be because the English Chanel was bathed with some beautiful Spring weather and it might has well have been the Caribbean!

Celebrity Edge is the first in the line up of the new Edge-class ships by Celebrity Cruises. It’s reported to be the first cruise ship to have cost over $1 billion dollars (does anyone else here Dr Evil say this as you read it?) and Forbes magazine has described her as “the coolest cruise ship at sea”. With interior design by, no less than, Kelly Hoppen, I felt very lucky to have been invited on-board.

I’m excited to share the results of 2 long shoot days followed by some behind the scenes shots but working on a boat posed some unique challenges. The first thing I realised is that being surrounded by blue sea causes a lot of colour issues as the sun bounces off the sea, picking up the colour, and into the ship. Where that sun will be in relation to the vessel is the next head scratcher - that East facing window won’t be facing east when the ship changes direction! It wasn’t all hard work though as we received the full Celebrity hospitality and joined the party for cocktails in the club on the second night. More jobs like this please!

The Club.

The Club.

Master bedroom in the  Iconic Suite.  There’s only two of these on-board. They are situated directly under the ship’s bridge and share the same panoramic view of the ocean up head.

Master bedroom in the Iconic Suite. There’s only two of these on-board. They are situated directly under the ship’s bridge and share the same panoramic view of the ocean up head.

Living/dining area of the  Iconic Suite.  I’m told this gigantic 2500 sq ft. suite costs in the region of £40,000 per week!

Living/dining area of the Iconic Suite. I’m told this gigantic 2500 sq ft. suite costs in the region of £40,000 per week!

Living/dining area of the  Penthouse Suite.

Living/dining area of the Penthouse Suite.

Master bedroom of the  Penthouse Suite.  Complete with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with private hot tub.

Master bedroom of the Penthouse Suite. Complete with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with private hot tub.

Living/dining area of the  Royal Suite . This was probably my favourite suite. Incredible design by Kelly Hoppen here.

Living/dining area of the Royal Suite. This was probably my favourite suite. Incredible design by Kelly Hoppen here.

Bedroom of the  Royal Suite.

Bedroom of the Royal Suite.

The  Edge Villa.  Luxury accommodation over 2 floors!

The Edge Villa. Luxury accommodation over 2 floors!

Bedroom in the  Edge Villa.  The curtains are remote-controlled so you don’t have to get out of bed to open up that amazing view in the morning. Your personal butler will bring the coffee too!

Bedroom in the Edge Villa. The curtains are remote-controlled so you don’t have to get out of bed to open up that amazing view in the morning. Your personal butler will bring the coffee too!

The Retreat Lounge.  An exclusive lounge for Suite-class guests.

The Retreat Lounge. An exclusive lounge for Suite-class guests.

The Retreat Lounge.

The Retreat Lounge.

Above:   Eden.  Dining, lounging and entertainment across three decks at the back of the ship.  Below left:   The Retreat Sundeck.  Exclusive sundeck for suite-class guests.  Below Right:    Cabanas.

Above: Eden. Dining, lounging and entertainment across three decks at the back of the ship. Below left: The Retreat Sundeck. Exclusive sundeck for suite-class guests. Below Right: Cabanas.

Entrance to the  Retreat Sundeck.

Entrance to the Retreat Sundeck.

Magic Carpet.  This cantilevered, floating platform can either be lowered to sea level for a luxury excursion embarkation, risen up to deck 13 for poolside drinks or found somewhere between as an alfresco dining option outside one of the restaurants. An engineering marvel!

Magic Carpet. This cantilevered, floating platform can either be lowered to sea level for a luxury excursion embarkation, risen up to deck 13 for poolside drinks or found somewhere between as an alfresco dining option outside one of the restaurants. An engineering marvel!

Pool Deck

Pool Deck

Rooftop Garden

Rooftop Garden

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