Celebrity Edge and Apex have redefined modern luxury for Celebrity Cruises since 2018. With the arrival of Celebrity Beyond, the latest ship in the fleet, Celebrity will take things a step further (or is that Beyond?) with new and expanded venues and experiences on board. Let’s take a look at what to expect on board this incredible new ship.
She still has the edge
Celebrity Beyond builds on the DNA of Edge and Apex and will include everything everyone knows and loves about these ships.
From the reimagined staterooms to the out-of-this-world innovative spaces, such as the Magic Carpet. Cantilevered over the side of the ship, this tennis court-sized space moves vertically between different decks transforming into different venues, including bars and eateries, depending on where it is situated.
She will also be captained by the ever-incredible Captain Kate McCue.
You can read all about my time on Edge, together with a ship tour, here.
Space for you
Celebrity Beyond is longer and taller than both her sisters. This new space has allowed Celebrity to be even more creative with what’s on board and how she’s laid out.
At the heart of all this is the Grand Plaza. This space was already gorgeous on-board Celebrity Edge and Apex, but with Beyond, Celebrity have enlarged the space to give it an airer atmosphere with more room for intimate seating. This extra space has also allowed the Martini Bar to move into the middle of the area as a full, circular bar – It’s really iconic.
Hanging proudly above the new Martini Bar, the Grand Plaza’s iconic chandelier boasts a new, organic shape with hundreds of individual LED lights that cast an inviting glow at all hours—taking centre stage alongside talented bartenders at night during exciting and theatrical performances.
Take dining to the next level
Connected to the Grand Plaza you’ll find the new speciality restaurant, Le Voyage, by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud. Here travel is the inspiration for globally inspired flavours, designed to transport guest to the very places that inspire the Michelin-rated chef.
Making a return to Celebrity Beyond, you’ll also find a Celebrity staple, the World Class Bar, also located just off of the Grand Plaza. The drinks here are more than cocktails, they have been elevated to a fine art. It’s one of my favourite bars anywhere at sea, where the some of the best bartenders I’ve come across use the freshest ingredients and spirits to make incredible libations.
Celebrity have sought to build on the range of food options on board. Cyprus is one of the main dining options on board, and Celebrity has sought to build on its Greek heritage by giving it a fresh look and continue to feature seafood and simple, clean dishes that celebrate the food and beverages of the Mediterranean region.
One major change to Celebrity Beyond is the continued evolution of the Resort Deck. On Beyond this space is 40 per cent larger than on previous ships. The enlarged main space continues to feature the asymmetrical pool space, martini glass-shaped hot tubs and private cabanas.
The Rooftop Garden features more seating, with lots of little nooks and spaces to relax during the day and evening, together with an expanded Rooftop Grill. The new highlight of this space has to be the two floating cantilevered pools that sit six and a half feet over the side of the ship, taking guests beyond the water’s edge.
Finally, the Sunset Bar has been totally redesigned. The new two-deck space is twice the size as before and features a cool Moroccan theme with a variety of seating affording that incredible wake view. I cannot wait to spend time here.
Time to Retreat
When it comes to the suite experience on board, Beyond will take things to the next level (literally). With the additional deck space, Beyond will feature a new, two-story sundeck with cabanas, new seating, martini hot tubs and an exclusive bar. On top of this, the Retreat Lounge has been expanded and reinvented. The cherry on top is Luminae, which has been enlarged and is now located right at the front of the ship, offering panoramic floor-to-ceiling views out to sea.
Rethinking Wellness at Sea
Celebrity continues to evolve its approach to wellness at sea. On Celebrity Beyond, they are introducing the new AquaClass SkySuite, which will draw together the benefits of AquaClass wellness experience with the amenities of the Retreat (above) to nourish mind, body and spirit while on holiday.
Celebrity Beyond will build on the entertainment found on Edge and Apex with the use of use of new technology in the state-of -the-art theatre. From a spectacular Daniel Wurtzel-designed air fountain, life-like floor projections, shows developed at London’s famed Palladium, to stunning new venues including a Speakeasy and ten mesmerizing experiences that change nightly, we’re taking entertainment at sea to a new level.
Are you booked on Celebrity Beyond? I cannot wait to get on board and experience everything she has to offer – watch this space as we bring you everything she has to offer.
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