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Coin ceremony and keel laying for Celebrity Beyond

Tobias King, project manager, Celebrity Cruises and Sébastien Le Boulluec, project manager, Edge Series at Chantiers de l’Atlantique placing the coin
The coin ceremony and keel laying of the third ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Edge series, Celebrity Beyond, took place at Chantiers de l'Atlantique Thursday, a milestone ahead of its spring 2022 delivery.

A coin from the American Innovation dollar series was chosen, honouring Annie Jump Cannon, the daughter of an American shipbuilder, a suffragist and a pioneering astronomer credited with the development of contemporary stellar classification.

Of the occasion, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, commented, ‘Celebrity Beyond will continue to elevate an already incredibly innovative and transformative series of ships for our brand, and the industry. 

‘I thank all of my amazing colleagues and our incredible partners at the shipyard for moving us one step closer to bringing Celebrity Beyond to life.'

Special surprises planned

She added, 'We have some special surprises planned with Celebrity Beyond and I really can’t wait to share her with the world.’

Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain stated that in 'a year that has continuously tested the strength of our industry, it is encouraging that we move forward with building Celebrity Beyond [which] signals that as we prepare to return to service, we do so confidently and with great optimism about the future.’

Edge series

First in the series, Celebrity Edge, was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places for its design and innovations, which include the cantilevered Magic Carpet. Celebrity Apex, delivered earlier this year, is positioned off South Florida, preparing to enter service.