In its first physical ship delivery ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic began, shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique handed over Celebrity Beyond to Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. The ship is the third in the line’s Edge Class.
“We could not be happier to officially welcome Celebrity Beyond into our fleet with the first physical delivery since the pandemic, celebrating this momentous occasion with our exceptional crew and partners at Chantiers de l’Atlantique,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “With its innovative offerings that reach far beyond expectations from some of today’s most talented designers, artists and creative minds, we believe that Beyond speaks to the growing trend of people seeking new luxury experiences that are personalized, effortless and meaningful.”
“The delivery of Celebrity Beyond today marks our ongoing commitment to growth and innovation,” said Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty, who was also present at the ceremony alongside the ship’s captain Kate McCue. “Today, we celebrate the future of travel and its possibilities. This incredible ship, on this long-awaited day, signifies our commitment to investing in the future of the travel industry, as well as the ship building industry in Europe.”
Celebrity Beyond is nearly identical to its Edge Class fleetmates, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex. Highlights include Infinite Balcony cabins, The Retreat suite complex, and Eden, a day-to-night three-deck spiral lounge.
The ship departs on its maiden voyage on April 27 from Southampton, England for a 10-night Western Europe cruise, before beginning a season of Mediterranean sailings through early October. Beyond will reposition to the Caribbean for the winter.