Celebrity Cruises has cut steel on the third ship in its new Edge class, the Celebrity Beyond, in a ceremony at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The vessel is scheduled to debut in fall 2021, following the launch of the second Edge-class ship, the Celebrity Apex, in April 2020.
Executives from both Celebrity Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique attended the steel-cutting ceremony, which marks the official start of construction on the new vessel. These included Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Celebrity Cruises’ parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL); Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises; Harri Kulovaara, executive vice president, maritime and newbuilding, RCCL; and Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Few details have been released on the Celebrity Beyond thus far. The first ship in the Edge class, the Celebrity Edge, introduced a number of signature features for the ship type, including the Magic Carpet, a platform cantilevered off the side of the ship that moves up and down over the course of the day, transforming into various venues including a launch platform and an al fresco restaurant. New accommodation types included Infinite Veranda staterooms, which has a floor-to-ceiling window that slides entirely down at the touch of a button, transforming the entire room into a verandah. Also new were the Edge Villas, two-story luxury residences with their own terrace and plunge pool.
The Celebrity Apex will introduce a number of other new features, including a new 23-foot-tall 4K LED screen in The Theatre that will support three new production shows, a new Craft Social Bar serving draft cocktails, wines on tap and craft beers, and a number of other new wellness and entertainment offerings.
The Celebrity Apex will debut with a Northern Europe mini-season followed by a summer in the Mediterranean and a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings. Celebrity Edge will also sail the Mediterranean from April to October 2020; and the Caribbean from November 2020 to April 2021.