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Hanging out with Celebrities on the EDGE

25th May 2019 - 12:00pm

Darren Hutchinson (Strand Travel) and Aisling O'Hara (American Holidays)

Darren Hutchinson (Strand Travel) and Aisling O'Hara (American Holidays)

The Irish travel trade, along with Travelbiz's Shane Cullen, descended on Southampton to board the Celebrity Edge's European launch. The two-night stay began with a rapid boarding, a quick bag drop at the cabin, a peek at the view through the "infinite balcony" which does make the cabin feel light and roomy. Then it was cruising the corridors with my camera and tripod to absorb as much of the ship's atmosphere and facilities before the tours began.


There was an agent's appreciation night in the Eden Bar with a few drinks and a lot of laughs amongst the gang. Jo Rzymowska (Managing Director, Celebrity Cruises, UK, Ireland & Asia) thanked the contingent for their continued support. Her view is that with first-hand experience, it proves to those on board that this ship is a game changer and she is right. After a 5 star meal in the Blu restaurant, we retired to the ship's nightclub, The Club, which had trendy pop blaring and ariel performers overhead. Shapes were thrown on the dancefloor, and a few celebrities were spotted in the crowd before we tucked into my favourite part of the night - late night buffet (Oceanview Café open till 2 am). Genius.

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Darren Hutchinson (Strand Travel) and Aisling O'Hara (American Holidays)
The girls from Wallace Travel and Cassidy Travel bring the glam
Valerie Murphy (Celebrity Cruises) with Shane Coburn (Donabate Travel)
Best pals catching up, Jo Rzymowska (Managing Director, Celebrity Cruises, UK, Ireland & Asia) and Lorraine Quinn.
Galway always brings the glam Fiona Flaherty and Caroline Otoole (both Fahy Travel)
Cathy Burke and the Travel Counsellors onboard the EDGE.
One of the brilliant live performers at the Eden Bar and restaurant.
Team Celebrity - Claire Stirrup, Michael English and Valerie Murphy.
American selfie!.
All dressed up with a choice of 29 restaurants and bars to go to.
The trade enjoyed the delicacies at the Blu restaurant
Here come the girls!
Carol Anne O'Neill (Worldchoice) with John Barrett (Magic Vacations)
James Fleming (Sunway) and Julie Hanna Conroy (Cassidy Travel) about to cut some rug!
Amanda Biddulph (Cassidy Travel) goes dancing with the stars
Julie Hanna Conroy and Sharon Harney (Cassidy Travel) hanging with the soap stars
The trade are ready to party on Edge.
Mandy Burrie (Celebrity Cruises) and James Fleming (Sunway)
The girls hanging with the band at the Martini Bar
Amanda Biddulph (Cassidy Travel) between two celebrities

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