Celebrity Cruises newest and most luxurious ship, Celebrity Beyond, successfully completed her sea trials, an important milestone before her christening and first cruise.
A crew of 50, including Captain Kate McCue, engineers and nautical experts, were on the ship for the trials, which took place in the Bay of Biscay near the Chantiers de l’ Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France where it is being built.
Celebrity Beyond displayed a superior level of comfort, safety, maneuverability and fuel efficiency, the latter due in part to the revolutionary design of the ship’s Parabolic Ultrabow.
“Successfully completing these sea trials was a thrill of a lifetime for me,” said Captain McCue. “Her smooth sailing and maneuverability is a testament to her innovative design and I can’t wait to take the helm of this awe-inspiring ship and take our guests to equally beautiful destinations.”
In April, Celebrity Beyond will make her debut on a 10-night Western Europe cruise, departing from Southhampton, England.
Celebrity Beyond Features
Celebrity Beyond will hold the title of the largest ship in Celebrity’s fleet, standing at 17 decks high and 21 meters longer than the other Edge-series ships, Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge. The ship will also hold the distinction as the brand’s most luxurious vessel, with features that include newly imagined spaces and expanded versions of the brand’s popular signature spaces. The additional deck has allowed for the redesign of many of the outdoor spaces and for additional suites and staterooms.
The Retreat, an exclusive area for suite guests, now features a two-story sundeck and a first-ever Daniel Boulud restaurant at sea, Le Voyage, will debut on Celebrity Beyond. As with the other Edge-series ships, Celebrity Beyond’s luxurious accommodations range from two-story villas with plunge pools to modern staterooms with infinite verandas. And the popular Magic Carpet, an engineering feat soaring above the sea, offers guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.
Reservations are now open for Celebrity Beyond. The luxury ship will depart on her maiden voyage on April 27 from Southampton, England, on a 10-night Western Europe cruise, visiting ports of call in France, Spain, and Portugal. The ship will offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys through early October and will then spend the winter season in the Caribbean, sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.