Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo honored the thousands of engineers, architects, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and Celebrity teams at the in-person delivery ceremony.
She was joined by Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty and the ship’s captain, Kate McCue, shipyard officials including GM Laurent Castaing and Celebrity Beyond’s 1,400 crew from more than 60 countries.
Celebrating the future of travel and its possibilities
'Today we celebrate the future of travel and its possibilities,' Liberty said. '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.'
'... Beyond speaks to the growing trend of people seeking new luxury experiences that are personalized, effortless and meaningful,' Lutoff-Perlo said. '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 have worked hard, in a spirit of strong collaboration and even during the pandemic, to achieve this result,' Castaing said, adding: 'Celebrity Beyond is one of the exceptional ships that will be remembered.'
New spaces, 179 additional staterooms
New spaces include a terraced, Moroccan-inspired Sunset Bar by Nate Berkus, Daniel Boulud's first restaurant at sea, a new two-story Retreat Sun Deck by Kelly Hoppen with added 'Zen' spaces and the first AquaClass Sky Suites. There are 179 additional staterooms.
The maiden voyage is scheduled to depart April 27 from Southampton. It's a 10-night Western Europe cruise visiting Bordeaux, Lisbon, Cádiz, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.
The ship will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October before heading to Port Everglades for Caribbean cruises.