All you need to know about Celebrity Cruises' new ship, Celebrity Beyond - Cruise International

All you need to know about Celebrity Cruises' new ship, Celebrity Beyond

By Jeannine Williamson | 1 Jun 2022

Celebrity Beyond pool deck

Celebrity Beyond pool deck. Picture: Ryan Wicks

Find out what to expect from Celebrity Cruises’ latest game-changing ship launch, Celebrity Beyond

A shimmering white peacock studded with exactly 28,854 Swarovski crystals, an ethereal darkened walkway strewn with golden sculptures, paintings signed by Picasso and a life-sized white elephant are not the type of things you would usually associate with a cruise ship.

However, they’re just some of the many surprises that lie around every curve and corner on Celebrity Beyond. If ever there were a floating ambassador to challenge preconceptions about cruising, or change the minds of landlubbers who vow they would never set foot on a cruise ship, this is it.

Magic Carpet, Celebrity Cruises

Magic Carpet. Picture: Michel Verdure

Launched in April, Celebrity Cruises’ third Edge-class vessel provides all the wow factor elements of its predecessors Edge and Apex, plus plenty more.

Continuing a partnership with designers and architects who had never worked on cruise ships before, including the UK’s multi-award-winning Kelly Hoppen and Tom Wright, who designed Dubai’s landmark Burj Al Arab hotel, the end result is a vessel that pushes seafaring boundaries to rival some of the most beautiful modern hotels and buildings you would find on dry land.

Carrying 3,260 passengers, 17-deck Celebrity Beyond is 20 metres longer and one deck higher than its sister vessels. The extra space has resulted in a much larger Sunset Bar – the best spot for a sundowner – an expanded exclusive Retreat area for suite guests, and Le Voyage, international Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s first-ever restaurant at sea.

The Retreat, Celebrity Beyond. Picture: Ryan Wicks

The heart of the ship is the extended three-deck Grand Plaza, surrounded by bars and restaurants and with the Martini Bar at its centre. Each night, beneath a chandelier glowing with hundreds of LED lights, theatrical bartenders juggle bottles and glasses.

The Magic Carpet, introduced on Celebrity Edge, remains a standout feature in every sense. The cantilevered platform, with glass walls on three sides, juts out above the sea and is moved to different decks during each cruise, variously serving as a bar and lounge, and for extra-special dinners that are usually held once per sailing.

The stylish and sophisticated Kelly Hoppen-designed accommodation includes single cabins with balconies, a pair of huge Iconic Suites offering a view as good as the captain’s, and the all-new Aqua Sky Suites that come with wellness perks including free fitness classes and entry to the spa’s thermal suite.

Infinite Veranda Stateroom, Celebrity Beyond. Picture: Ryan Wicks

Celebrity Beyond will sail on a variety of Mediterranean cruises until early October, to destinations including Italy, the French Riviera and Greek islands, before relocating to the Caribbean for winter 2022-23.

Book a cruise on Celebrity Beyond

A nine-night Italian Riviera & France cruise on board Celebrity Beyond, departing on August 27, 2022, and sailing from Barcelona to Rome, starts from £1,321 per person excluding flights. For details, visit celebritycruises.com

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