The traditional changing of the flags ceremony was attended by Celebrity Cruise executives, shipyard officials and Celebrity Beyond’s 1,400 crew members
Celebrity Cruises took delivery of Celebrity Beyond on 6 April 2022, making the vessel the third to join the cruise line’s Edge class.
President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises Lisa Lutoff-Perlo joined Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, for a traditional changing of the flags ceremony while the vessel was docked in Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Other Celebrity Cruises executives, shipyard officials and Celebrity Beyond’s 1,400 crew members were also present at the event.
“The delivery of Celebrity Beyond today marks our ongoing commitment to growth and innovation; today, we celebrate the future of travel and its possibilities,” said Liberty. “This incredible ship, on this long-awaited day, signifies our commitment to investing in the future of the travel industry, as well as the ship building 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. We look forward to what’s to come as the travel industry grows to new peaks.”
Celebrity Beyond is designed to connect guests with the world around them through its boutique interiors and artwork, restaurants and bars, leisure facilities and retail areas.
“We could not be happier to officially welcome Celebrity Beyond into our fleet, celebrating this momentous occasion with our exceptional crew and partners at Chantiers de l'Atlantique,” said Lutoff-Perlo. “With its innovative offerings that reach far beyond expectations from some of today’s most talented designers, artists and creative minds, we believe that Beyond speaks to the growing trend of people seeking new luxury experiences that are personalised, effortless and meaningful.
“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 are more than ready to welcome our guests onboard and show them just how incredible this ship is!”
Celebrity Beyond will depart for its 10-night maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, on 27 April 2022, and will visit Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona in Spain.
The vessel will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries as well as 10-night cruises to the Greek Isles through to early October. The ship will then travel towards the Caribbean for the winter season.
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