Upcoming Celebrity Cruises Ship Completes Sea Trials

Celebrity Cruises’ newest upcoming ship is another step closer to completion.

Celebrity Beyond successfully completed her sea trials this past weekend in the Bay of Biscay near the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. The trials were overseen by more than 50 crew members, including Captain Kate McCue, engineers, and nautical experts.

The vessel has now returned to the shipyard, where she will receive finishing touches ahead of her debut on April 27, 2022.

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(Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

“Successfully completing these sea trials was a thrill of a lifetime for me,” said Captain Kate McCue. “Her smooth sailing and maneuverability is a testament to her innovative design and I can’t wait to take the helm of this awe-inspiring ship and take our guests to equally beautiful destinations.”

Beyond is the cruise line’s third Edge-class ship behind Celebrity Edge and Apex. She is now officially the largest cruise ship in the Celebrity fleet, measuring in at 21 meters longer than her sister ships, and standing at 17 decks high.

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Highlights of Celebrity Beyond include:

  • An exclusive area for suite guests called The Retreat, which includes a two-story sundeck
  • An expanded Rooftop Garden and resort deck featuring cantilevered float pools
  • A multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar at the ship’s aft — an elevated version of a longtime favorite cocktail spot for Celebrity guests
  • The first-ever Daniel Boulud fine-dining restaurant at sea called Le Voyage
  • A redesigned Grand Plaza spanning three decks, flanked by the new World Class Bar and Le Voyage
  • The Magic Carpet cantilevered platform that stretches out over the side of the ship
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Sunset Bar (Rendering courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Beyond Itineraries

Celebrity Beyond will set sail on her maiden voyage on April 27 from Southampton, England on a 10-night western Europe cruise. Ports will include Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, and Barcelona, Spain.

She will then spend her inaugural season offering a variety of Mediterranean cruises, including nine-night Italian Riviera and France cruises, as well as 10-night Greek Isles sailings through early October.

The ship will then head to Port Everglades in Florida to offer mostly seven-night Caribbean voyages.

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