Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo has honored the thousands of Celebrity Cruises engineers, architects, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and crews by welcoming Celebrity Beyond, the third and most luxurious ship of the fleet’s luxurious new Edge series, and a true game changer in the travel industry. The moment was particularly special as it marked the shipyard’s first physical handover ceremony since the pandemic.
Designed to offer guests endless opportunities to unplug from the world – while also reconnecting with the world around them – Celebrity Beyond goes beyond what was imagined possible for a cruise ship, creating a new world of wonder and luxury. accessible. Featuring cutting-edge design by the world’s leading architects and interior designers, culinary excellence from Michelin-starred chefs, world-renowned wellness partners, exquisite art, luxury brand retailers, and Celebrity’s uniquely intuitive service, Celebrity Beyond breaks all preconceived notions of the cruise experience. Celebrity Beyond, a floating boutique hotel, exemplifies new luxury travel and its future at sea.
As part of the historic moment, Lutoff-Perlo joined Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO, Jason Liberty, and the ship’s captain, Kate McCue, in the official inauguration of the shipyard and the traditional changing of flags, celebrating a ceremony aboard the Celebrity Beyond while docked at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The momentous occasion was celebrated alongside fellow Celebrity Cruises executives, shipyard officials, including General Manager Laurent Castaing, and Beyond’s 1,400 crew members, hailing from more than 60 different countries.
“The delivery of Celebrity Beyond marks our continued commitment to growth and innovation,” said Liberty. “This incredible ship signifies our commitment to investing in the future of the travel industry. We are very grateful to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique team; to our own team at Newbuild and Celebrity Cruises; to our loyal guests and business partners, and to all who have contributed their time, resources, creativity and loyalty.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased to officially welcome Celebrity Beyond to our fleet,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “We see a continued desire to travel as business increases, and we see Beyond leading the cruise industry into the next age of luxury. We are more than ready to welcome our guests on board and show them how amazing this ship is.”
Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “Celebrity Beyond is one of the exceptional ships that will be remembered.”
Celebrity Beyond’s maiden voyage will depart Southampton on April 27, 2022 for a 10-night Western Europe cruise, visiting Bordeaux, France, Lisbon, Portugal, and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.
She will then offer a variety of Mediterranean voyages, including nine-night French and Italian Riviera itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October, when she heads to the Caribbean.