To new heights
'Celebrity Ascent will take the industry to new heights as it pushes the boundaries of what people can experience on a ship and how they experience it,' said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, who was on hand for the steel-cutting.
'What another wonderful moment for our brand, our company and our industry to be in this incredible shipyard making the traditional first cut of steel on this magnificent ship and signaling the bright future that lies ahead,' added Celebrity President and CEO Lutoff-Perlo.
She said Celebrity Ascent 'will be Celebrity Beyond’s sister ship in every way, and then some.'
For his part, Laurent Castaing, GM, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, called the occasion a 'new milestone in the long success story we have with Celebrity Cruises and the Royal Caribbean Group, adding: '... It’s our privilege to partner and collaborate with them as we bring Celebrity Ascent to life.'
The ship is expected to debut in early 2023.