Celebrity Beyond, the new Edge-class cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises, has been delivered by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Celebrity Cruises officially took delivery of the new ship from the shipyard with a hand over ceremony that marked the end of her construction.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises, was joined by Royal Caribbean Group’s President & CEO Jason Liberty and the ship’s captain, Kate McCue, for the traditional changing of the flags.
The occasion was celebrated with other Celebrity Cruises executives, shipyard officials including General Manager Laurent Castaing, and Celebrity Beyond’s 1,400 crew members from 60 different countries.
“The delivery of Celebrity Beyond today marks our ongoing commitment to growth and innovation; today, we celebrate the future of travel and its possibilities,” said Jason Liberty, who also travelled to Finland for the keel laying of Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of the Seas.
“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,” he added.
“We are so grateful to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique team; our own Newbuild and Celebrity Cruises team; our loyal guests and trade partners, and everyone who has contributed their time, resources, creativity and loyalty. We look forward to what’s to come as the travel industry grows to new peaks,” said Liberty.
Celebrity Beyond is the third of a planned five Edge-class cruise ships. The class was introduced in 2018 with Celebrity Edge, which featured a range of features that set her apart from other ships in the global fleet, including Infinity Veranda Balconies, a rooftop garden, a magic carpet restaurant that slides up and down the side of the ship, and the eclectic entertainment and dining area Eden.
“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.
“We believe that Beyond speaks to the growing trend of people seeking new luxury experiences that are personalized, effortless and meaningful,” she added. “We are seeing a continued desire to travel as business steadily increases, and we see Beyond leading the cruise industry into the next era of luxury. We are more than ready to welcome our guests onboard and show them just how incredible this ship is!”
Celebrity Beyond’s maiden voyage will depart on April 27th, 2022, from Southampton, England, for a 10-night Western Europe cruise visiting Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.