to celebrate Oscar Wilde’s legacy and become an inclusive destination for all”.The decadent interior features wood panels from Hope Castle in Castleblayney, gilt-framed mirrors, pieces of imported Murano glass and eccentric antiques from Ireland, France, England, Scotland, and Wales In designing the 5,874 sq ft space, the Irish men have given a nod to Wilde’s witticism, “Moderation is a fatal thing, nothing succeeds like excess”. It is intricately carved with garlands, plus horse and elephant heads, and is a copy of the one at the Lillie’s, which was brought over from Gosford Castle in Armagh, now best known as a Game of Thrones location.They plan on having two Irish craft beers on rotation at any time - it’s Porterhouse at the moment.In honour of Wilde, absinthe and Champagne are also on offer, of course, and absinthe drip cocktails are served by the absinthe fountain."I’m hoping this year and next year are a great success that helps us write our future with Ireland for the next five or ten years.” ), Celebrity's first new class in almost a decade. Think pioneering experiences like a ship-scaling 'magic carpet', 'infinite verandas' bringing staterooms closer to the ocean, and a top-of-the-line suite experience simply dubbed 'The Retreat'.Celebrity Edge will still feel like Celebrity in other words, taking the cruise line's five pillars – design, accommodation, service, destination and culinary - and building on them whilst retaining a sense of comfort, approachability and fun.The Carrera-marble top of the Oscar Wilde bar is held up by white marble lions carved in Vietnam.The antiques, which the pair started collecting 10 years ago before they opened Lillie’s, include a fireplace from the 1840s, inlay from Hope Castle circa 1700s, porcelain from Gosford Castle and a 1878 walking stick gifted by Wilde’s family.
There are roaring fireplaces, marble statues, a piano dating back to the 1890s, wood panels from Hope Castle in Castleblayney, gilt-framed mirrors, pieces of imported Murano glass and eccentric antiques from Ireland, France, England, Scotland, and Wales.
"We are a premium, luxury experience without being pretentious," she says.
"That’s why I think it’s so great for the Irish market." 'Modern luxury' comes at a price of course, with sailings on Celebrity Eclipse this summer starting at €1,159pp for a 10-night Lisbon and Canaries cruise.
“Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir” features cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne and orange zest.
Another favourite is one of the “Wise Guy” cocktails – “My Bookie’s Wife”.
They are all set at 1.50pm, the time of death of the writer after whom the bar is named, Oscar Wilde.