CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE WITH 2023 TOP TRAVEL AGENCY ADVISOR AWARDS
Celebrity Cruises is showing its appreciation to the travel agencies and advisors who made it all possible in 2023. The premium cruise line’s trade partners were instrumental in heralding several significant milestones for Celebrity Cruises, including the launch of the highly anticipated Celebrity Ascent, an expanded and revamped Caribbean program for Summer 2024, the cruise industry’s first-ever Forbes Travel Guide award, and a new President, Laura Hodges Bethge, at the helm.
Celebrity Ascent has officially joined Celebrity Cruises’ fleet of award-winning ships redefining premium travel, as company officials took delivery of its newest ship at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The fourth ship in the line’s innovative Edge Series, Celebrity Ascent continues to shatter preconceived notions of cruising with its forward-thinking design by the world’s leading architects and interior designers; culinary excellence from Michelin starred chefs; wellness woven throughout the experience; expansive onboard entertainment and more. Celebrity Ascent will make her official debut in Fort Lauderdale on December 3, with a 7-night Eastern Caribbean.
PREPARE TO EXPERIENCE THE NEXT LEVEL OF ELEVATED VACATION EXCELLENCE:
CELEBRITY CRUISES REVEALS NAME OF NEXT EDGE SERIES SHIP
The countdown is on, and the future of elevated travel at sea is officially on its way. Celebrity Cruises announced today that the fifth ship in its award-winning Edge Series will be named Celebrity Xcel, continuing the innovative experiences coveted in her sister ships and then going even further for an unmatched premium vacation experience.
Celebrity Xcel will make her debut in November 2025 in the Caribbean, sailing her inaugural winter season from Fort Lauderdale, on 7-night itineraries alternating between the Bahamas, Mexico and the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The sailings are now open for sale.
CELEBRITY ASCENT COMPLETES SEA TRIALS WITH BROTHER CAPTAINS AT THE HELM
Our newest ship, Celebrity Ascent, lived up to its name, reaching the pinnacle of its construction milestones with the successful completion of its first open ocean sailing. During the traditional shipbuilding process known as sea trials, Celebrity Ascent completed a series of maneuverability skills designed to test the ship’s functional and operational capabilities, which she passed with flying colors. The ship’s brother captains, Demetrios and Tasos Kafetzis, were at the helm to oversee the intricate tests conducted in the Bay of Biscay near the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France where Celebrity Ascent has been under construction. In addition, nearly 200 crew members were onboard to test the ship’s equipment from bow to stern.
CELEBRITY CRUISES CONTINUES CARIBBEAN EXPANSION WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW ITINERARIES BRINGING FOUR SHIPS TO THREE FLORIDA PORTS
We’re thrilled to unveil all-new Caribbean offerings for the Winter 2024-2025 season on board four stellar ships – Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Summit. Embarking from three Florida ports: Central Florida’s Port Canaveral, West Florida’s Port Tampa Bay, and South Florida’s Port Everglades, travelers will enjoy more than 40 new itineraries, all open for booking on August 22, 2023.
Celebrity Ascent℠ is the first ship to have two brothers as co-captains, and now it’s our first ship to have two sisters as co-godmothers. We found the perfect pair for this honor in Captain Sandy Yawn, star of Bravo’s “Below Deck,” and her sister, Michelle Dunham. Captain Sandy has conquered adversity at sea and in life on her path to becoming a superyacht captain. She’s a tireless advocate for women in the maritime industry, children’s education, children with disabilities, and the environment, and she draws on her life experiences to inspire others. Sandy’s passion runs in the family, because her sister, Michelle, is the successful founder and executive director of a nonprofit school for children with autism. What started as a mission to help her own son with autism is now a beacon of hope within the broader autism community. These are two sisters on a mission to make a life impact for others in their pursuit to educate, engage, and inspire. Join us in welcoming Sandy and Michelle to the Celebrity family.
CELEBRITY CRUISES® WILL BE ISLAND HOPPING LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW CARIBBEAN PROGRAM INCLUDING THE FIRST EVER STOPS TO PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY
Celebrity Cruises is thrilled to announce a revamped Caribbean program for the Summer 2024 season. Starting next April, sun chasers, beach lovers and relaxation seekers, will all be able to enjoy the Caribbean like never before on board two award-winning ships, Celebrity BeyondSM and Celebrity Reflection®, as they begin to call the tropics home. Not only does the new program double the brand’s number of year-round Caribbean sailings and introduces the first weekend itineraries, but both ships will now offer guests with the exciting opportunity to experience Perfect Day at CocoCay for the first time in history.
RAISING THE BAR AND RAISING A GLASS: CELEBRITY CRUISES WINS
18 WINE SPECTATOR AWARDS
Santé! Celebrity Cruises® has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards, which celebrate the world’s best restaurants for wine. Celebrity was recognized with 18 of the prestigious awards in this year’s edition, with some restaurants receiving awards for their 11th consecutive year. With this year’s awards, Celebrity’s legacy continues, celebrating a total of 118 awards.
Celebrity Cruises continues to be the only cruise brand in the industry to receive the coveted “Best Of” Awards of Excellence, with six being bestowed upon restaurants on the line’s highly acclaimed Edge® Series ships. Celebrity AscentSM, the line’s newest ship, which is set to launch in November, received two “Best Of” awards for the wine offerings at Le Voyage®, the second installment of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants at sea; and at its steakhouse, Fine Cut. Her sister ship, Celebrity BeyondSM, also received “Best Of” nods in Boulud’s inaugural Le Voyage venue, as well as the rustic and elegant Italian restaurant, Tuscan.
At Royal Caribbean Group every day is oceans day. But today, World Oceans Day, gives us the opportunity to celebrate and bring attention to our oceans which are central to our business and overall mission of delivering the best vacation experiences, responsibly. Beginning 30 years ago with Save the Waves, a first-of-its-kind environmental program in the industry, we have continued to evolve and gone beyond what is expected. Today, we are excited to introduce a fresh and approachable way of spotlighting the work we do with SEA the Future.
SEA the Future and its three main pillars — (S)ustain our Planet, (E)nergize Communities and (A)ccelerate Innovation — will be featured regularly across our brands as we pioneer, innovate and reach beyond the horizon.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP ANNOUNCES GROUND-BREAKING BIOFUEL TESTING,
ACCELERATING THE INDUSTRY’S ENERGY TRANSITION
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex and Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas will be at the forefront
of alternative fuel use thanks to extended sustainable biofuel tests this summer in Europe
CELEBRITY CRUISES’ NEXT EDGE-SERIES SHIP BRINGS NEW FLEX FUEL ENGINE TO INDUSTRY
Royal Caribbean Group’s new ship will be at the forefront of alternative fuel use thanks to partnership with technology group Wärtsilä and shipyard Chantiers de L’Atlantique
When Celebrity Cruises introduces the fifth ship in the revolutionary Edge Series, it will feature the collaborative efforts of its parent company Royal Caribbean Group, technology group Wärtsilä and shipyard Chantiers de L’Atlantique (CdA) to advance the use of alternative fuels for the cruise industry.
A Groundbreaking Godmother for a Groundbreaking Ship: Gold Medalist Simone Biles Officially Names Celebrity Beyond.
“Simone is truly the G.O.A.T inside and outside of the gym, and I’m humbled and thrilled to welcome her as godmother of our newest ship Celebrity Beyond,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
Royal Caribbean Group to Use SpaceX’s Starlink in an Industry-first to Provide High-speed Internet Onboard Full Cruise Fleet
Royal Caribbean Group announced August 30 its plan to implement SpaceX’s Starlink – making the Group the first in the cruise industry to adopt its high-speed, low-latency connectivity for a better onboard experience for guests and crew fleetwide. The innovative broadband internet service will be installed on all Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises ships, along with all new vessels for each of the brands.