Celebrity Cruises takes delivery of 'transformational' Celebrity Beyond
By Claire Benktander | 7 Apr 2022
Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo today took delivery of Celebrity Beyond, the third and most luxurious ship in the fleet’s ‘new-luxury’ Edge Series
Lutoff-Perlo honoured the thousands of engineers, architects, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and Celebrity Cruises teams as the brand took delivery of Celebrity Beyond, the third and most luxurious ship in the fleet’s new-luxury Edge Series. The moment was particularly special as it marked the shipyard’s first physical delivery ceremony since the pandemic.
As part of the historic moment, Lutoff-Perlo was joined by Royal Caribbean Group’s president and chief executive, Jason Liberty, and the ship’s captain, Kate McCue, as they officially took ownership from the shipyard and completed the traditional changing of the flags, hosting a celebratory ceremony onboard Celebrity Beyond while docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Celebrity ushers in a new era of travel with Beyond, marking the shipyard’s first physical delivery ceremony since the pandemic, as the brand officially takes ownership of the ship from shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Designed to give guests opportunities to disconnect from the world while exploring the world that around them, Celebrity Beyond marks an evolution of the line’s Edge-class ships.
With forward-thinking design by leading architects and interior designers, culinary excellence from Michelin-starred chefs, world-renowned wellbeing partners, exquisite art and luxury retailers, Celebrity Beyond aims to shatter preconceived notions of the cruising experience.
The occasion was celebrated alongside other Celebrity Cruises executives, shipyard officials including general manager Laurent Castaing, and Beyond’s 1,400 crew members from more than 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 Royal Caribbean Group’s president and chief executive, Jason Liberty.
“This incredible ship, on this long-awaited day, signifies our commitment to investing in the future of the travel industry, as well as the shipbuilding industry in Europe.
“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.”
“We could not be happier to officially welcome Celebrity Beyond into our fleet, 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 personalised, effortless and meaningful.
“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!”
Laurent Castaing, general manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said: “Celebrity Beyond is a true new ship. We have worked hard, in a spirit of strong collaboration and even during the pandemic, to achieve this result. Celebrity Beyond is one of the exceptional ships that will be remembered.”
Celebrity Beyond’s maiden voyage will depart on April 27, 2022, from Southampton, for a 10-night Western European cruise visiting Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.
The ship will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries until early October, when it transfers to the Caribbean.
For more information on Celebrity Beyond inaugural 2022-2023 season sailings, visit celebritycruises.com.