Celebrity Cruises have provided a Celebrity Beyond preview in an online reveal of the new cruise ship, which will be larger than her Edge-class sister ships and will feature new design elements, dining options and entertainment.
One of the first revelations to come out of the Celebrity Beyond preview was the fact that Celebrity Cruises’ newest cruise ship will be both longer and higher than Celebrity Edge, the first ship in the class, and Celebrity Apex, which was delivered last year.
Celebrity Beyond will be 20-metres longer than her sister ships and will feature an additional 179 staterooms, giving her a double occupancy of 3,258 passengers, as well as a 17th deck.
According to Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain, however, she will be 12% larger overall.
“It’s important to talk about it as an expansion rather than a stretch,” said Fain, who heads up the parent company of Celebrity Cruises.
“Celebrity Cruises has always been an innovator at sea, and now we have challenged the status quo with a vessel that goes beyond expectations, beyond imagination,” added Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
“Celebrity Beyond shatters any and every preconceived notion of the cruising experience,” she said. “This exquisite ship offers a journey at the intersection of elegance and approachability filled with what’s important to our guests today: forward-thinking design, culinary excellence, unparalleled well-being and incomparable service.”
Also revealed during the Celebrity Beyond preview was the fact that she will offer a number of new venues, spaces and significant design updates.
Celebrity Beyond’s Grand Plaza has been re-imagined and will be larger than those aboard Edge and Apex. While the Martini Bar remains, it has been moved into the centre of the three-deck atrium venue.
The circular bar will be crowned by a huge LED chandelier hanging above. Designed by Jouin Manku, the whole area has been inspired by the piazzas of Italy.
When it comes to new dining experiences, Celebrity Beyond will feature a new venue called Le Voyage. It’s an intimate 50-seat restaurant by Chef Daniel Boulud, with globally inspired flavors designed to transport guests to the places that inspire the Michelin-rated chef.
Luminae at The Retreat, a private restaurant for suite guests, features a new design by Kelly Hoppen and has been repositioned to the front of the ship with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views.
The entire Retreat space, an exclusive area for suite guests, will be bigger aboard Celebrity Beyond. The new two-level Retreat Sundeck offers cabanas, chic seating, water features, the Retreat Bar and more.
During the Celebrity Beyond preview it was revealed that the entire Resort Deck has also been re-designed and will feature a 25-yard lap pool complete with in-pool loungers, surrounded by a terraced pool deck for guests. The deck will also include new sunken seating areas and two-story martini glass-shaped hot tubs.
The Nate Berkus-designed Sunset Bar will be nearly twice as large as the Sunset Bar aboard Celebrity Edge, with a Moroccan-inspired design offering conversation niches and covered enclaves.
During the online event, Celebrity said it was intended to be reminiscent of a modern-day Casablanca.
Celebrity Beyond is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard and is due for launch in April, 2022. She will cruise in Europe initially before repositioning to Port Everglades in late October, 2022.
Her maiden voyage is scheduled for April 27th, 2022, departing from Southampton in the UK. The 10-night Western Europe cruise will be followed by a variety of Mediterranean itineraries, including a nine-night Italian Riviera and France cruise and a 10-night Greek Isles cruise through early October.
She will then reposition to the Caribbean, homeporting in Port Everglades, Florida for the 2022/23 winter cruise season.
Watch the full Celebrity Beyond preview event below:
Key changes aboard Celebrity Beyond:
The Retreat, an exclusive resort-within-a-resort area for suite guests, has been enhanced with a new two-story sundeck.
Her accommodations have been transformed, from modern two-story villas with private plunge pools to staterooms with infinite verandas, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.
The Rooftop Garden has been expanded, and the Resort Deck now features unique cantilevered float pools.
A multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar redefining the ship’s aft.
A first-ever Daniel Boulud fine-dining restaurant at sea called Le Voyage.
The Grand Plaza, spanning three decks, has been re-designed, creating an airy and open indoor space.
And remaining a key feature of this class of ship is Magic Carpet, a cantilevered dining space that rises above the sea, offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.