Celebrity Beyond successfully completed a series of rigorous sea trials last week. The tests took place in the notoriously unpredictable Bay of Biscay, in the Northeast Atlantic.
At the helm was Captain Kate McCue, over 50 crew members and engineers. It was reported that the ship showed its strength, excellence in handling and superb sailing capabilities.
Celebrity Beyond Completes Sea Trials with Flying Colors
The third ship in Celebrity’s Edge class of ships, Celebrity Beyond was said to have displayed a superior level of comfort, safety, maneuverability and fuel efficiency.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have completed this important milestone as it brings us that much closer to welcoming our guests onboard to enjoy their own ‘Journey WonderFULL,’ on Celebrity Beyond,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
“Beyond showed why there is so much more to her than just her looks. Like her sister ships – Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge – she went beyond what was needed to demonstrate she’s ready.”
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“Successfully completing these sea trials was a thrill of a lifetime for me,” said Celebrity Beyond 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.”
Celebrity Beyond will not only hold the title of the largest ship in the Celebrity Cruises’ fleet, but the distinction as the brand’s most luxurious vessel.
In less than three months, Celebrity Beyond will debut on April 27, 2022 when the ship will sail from Southampton, England.
Celebrity Beyond Overview
The new ship has 17 decks and is a little over 68-feet longer than her sister ships Celebrity Edge (2018) and Celebrity Apex (2020). Celebrity Beyond’s was designed with a slightly new interior theme while expanding on Celebrity’s most popular signature spaces.
The Retreat, exclusively for suite guests. This now features a two-story sundeck
Accommodations include two-story villas with their own plunge pools and a return of Edge-Class staterooms with Infinite Verandas
Expanded Rooftop Garden and resort deck featuring cantilevered float pools
Multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar at the ship’s aft
Daniel Boulud is opening his first restaurant at sea, Le Voyage
The Grand Plaza has a re-design, now spanning three decks and includes the new World Class Bar and Boulud’s Le Voyage
Of course, Celebrity Beyond will also have the bright orange Magic Carpet, offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.
Inaugural Season Cruises
Celebrity Beyond is scheduled to depart on her maiden voyage on April 27, 2022 sailing from Southampton, England on a 10-night Western Europe cruise. Ports visited include Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain.
The remainder of the summer season and early fall offers a series of Mediterranean cruises. These include nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries plus 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October. The ship will then transition across the Atlantic to begin a winter season of Caribbean cruises.
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