Celebrity Cruises is going big with their newest ship. The Miami-based cruise line revealed its latest vessel last week – the 1,073-foot Celebrity Beyond – and it’s both longer and taller than its two sister ships, Apex and Edge.
The third vessel in the Edge Series will be able to accommodate 3,260 passengers in 1,646 cabins when she sets sail on her inaugural voyage from Southampton next spring. Celebrity Beyond will then offer a series of Mediterranean sailings, before heading to the Caribbean.
As UK cruising gets ready to relaunch later this month, Telegraph Cruise takes a closer look at the luxurious ship – currently under construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St Nazaire – which is already making waves.
A magic carpet ride
The Magic Carpet, a tennis court-sized cantilevered platform that scales the side of the ship, and the brainchild of architect Tom Wright (the man behind Dubai's distinctive sail-shaped Burj Al Arab building) is back, having debuted on Celebrity Edge in 2018.
La dolce vita
Inspired by the piazzas of Italy and spanning three decks in the centre of the ship, the Grand Plaza will be, like everything else onboard Beyond, larger than the Grand Plazas found on its predecessors.
An expanded Sunset Bar at the back of Celebrity Beyond – the creation of American celebrity interior designer, Nate Berkus – will have a new, Morocco-inspired design. The third incarnation of this drinking spot will also offer more covered enclaves and conversation niches.
Allow us to introduce you to The Retreat, an exclusive two-storey space boasting a lounge with hot tubs and private cabanas. The ‘hotel-within-a-hotel’, designed by Kelly Hoppen, will only be open to passengers staying in the ship's suites.
Standout accommodation options onboard Beyond include the two-storey villas, each with its own private plunge pool. Alternatively, check into the Iconic Suites, the largest in the fleet, that will offer better views than the captain’s quarters. Elsewhere, the AquaClass SkySuites will feature floor-to-ceiling ocean views and private verandas.
All aboard for Goop
Celebrity Cruises lives up to its name having brought some star power aboard in the shape of Gwyneth Paltrow. Not content with being an Oscar-winning actress or selling candles that smell like vaginas through her lifestyle brand, Goop, Gywnnie has added “cruise wellbeing advisor” to her resume. Passengers will receive fitness kits with products selected by Goop and partake in Gwyneth-approved wellness programmes.
Up on the roof
Celebrity Beyond’s plant-filled Rooftop Garden will be 40 per cent larger than those found on previous Edge series ships, and will feature more spaces for movie-watching, enjoying live music and outdoor dining at the expanded Rooftop Grill. Further highlights include two floating pools which are cantilevered almost seven feet over the side of the ship.
Dining with Daniel Boulud
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud has created several dishes for Celebrity’s ships, but on Beyond he will debut Le Voyage, his own 50-seat restaurant. The menu “will be grounded in the DNA of my French roots, but, at the same time, it's going to be very adventurous,” said the celebrated chef.