Celebrity Beyond, the third ship in the Edge series from Celebrity Cruises, has set sail on its inaugural US sailing.
The ship departed Fort Lauderdale for its maiden Caribbean season, with an official naming ceremony also taking place.
The event was led by the ship’s godmother Simone Biles, a 19-time world champion, seven-time Olympic medallist and most decorated American gymnast in history.
The ceremony was attended by 2,500 guests, with a live performance from award-winning singer and songwriter Leona Lewis.
Celebrity Beyond will now operate rotating western and eastern Caribbean itineraries, visiting destinations such as Grand Cayman and Puerta Plata.
Celebrity Beyond the ‘gold standard’
Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “I’ve been waiting for this day to arrive for a long time and I am beyond excited to be able to share her with our guests.
“She is the gold standard by which other ships are built and embodies the meaning of relaxed luxury.
“She is full of wonder and excitement and our guests will undoubtedly feel reconnected to the world around them as they visit new destinations and immerse themselves in culinary experiences and wellness amenities not found anywhere else at sea.”
Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty added: “I can think of no one better to be the godmother of this incredible ship than Simone Biles.
“This ship’s beauty, power, and resilience sets the standard by which all others will be measured.
“Simone’s determination, progressive nature, empowered attitude, and grace in the face of challenges make her such an inspiration to so many around the world.
“All of these attributes are why Simone Biles is perfectly suited to watch over Celebrity Beyond’s journey.”
In early November, Celebrity Cruises announced that Celebrity Apex, the line’s second Edge-class ship, will homeport in Southampton for its full 2024 season.