On January 21, 2023, Celebrity Cruises announced that its brand new ship, Celebrity Ascent, reached a major construction milestone today in France.
The cruise line said in a new press release: “On a beautiful, sunny day in France, Celebrity Ascent, the fourth ship in Celebrity Cruises’ industry-transforming Edge series, officially touched the water for the first time today as it set sail. from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire”.
Of course, this is exciting news for the cruise line as it looks to grow its fleet with the addition of the Celebrity Ascent.
Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said this major construction milestone was the perfect way to celebrate the start of 2023. In a moment of thanks, Lutoff-Perlot also expressed how grateful she was for the outstanding collaboration between the shipyard crew in France and Team Celebrity; she especially thanked everyone involved in building Celebrity Ascent for their expertise and passion.
With the completion of this phase of construction, the hull and external superstructure of the Celebrity Ascent are now complete. This means that the brand-new Edge series cruise ship will move on to the next phase of shipbuilding in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Lutoff-Perlo shared, “Momentum and anticipation are building rapidly for this vessel and we will continue to share her progress and all that awaits our guests on this next installation in our revolutionary, next-generation Edge series.”
In the next phase of Celebrity Ascent’s construction, the brand-new ship will be moored at its new location, where interior work on the ship will begin in the coming months.
The cruise line shared that Celebrity Ascent will be the “twin sister” of Celebrity Beyond in every way
Along with the announcement of this exciting milestone, Celebrity Cruises also shared additional details about its highly anticipated cruise ship, Celebrity Ascent.
Set for a December 2023 debut, Celebrity Ascent will be a carbon copy of the sister ship Celebrity Beyond in every way. Celebrity Cruises refers to the all-new Celebrity Ascent as Beyond’s “twin sister” ship.
Lutoff-Perlo describes the new Celebrity Ascent as: “Much more than a ship, the Celebrity Ascent will be the epitome of a relaxed luxury resort at sea.”
Celebrity Beyond, which debuted in 2022 to rave reviews, was designed by a team of modern lifestyle icons, including award-winning British designer Kelly Hopper CBE. Celebrity Cruises also tapped American designer Nate Berkus to play a major role in Beyond’s interior design, along with Paris-based design firm Jouin Mancu and innovative British architect Tom Wright.
In its latest press release, Celebrity Cruises says guests on Celebrity Ascent will enjoy an abundance of signature Celebrity experiences, ones that can only be found in the groundbreaking Edge series.
First, guests on Celebrity Beyond can expect to find transformational accommodations, including the cruise line’s iconic two-story Edge Villa cabins, in Celebrity Ascent’s suite-only section, The Retreat, an exclusive multi-level space.
The Edge-class of cruise ships also introduced Infinite Veranda cabins that turn cabins into open-air verandas, some of the largest at sea. The infinity veranda staterooms also feature stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, offering guests incredible sea views.
Additionally, Celebrity Ascent will also feature the cruise line’s iconic Magic Carpet. Debuting on other Edge-class cruise ships, Celebrity has developed the world’s first console cruise experience. This platform serves as an upper deck lounge at night and transforms into a tender launch during the day, known as the Destination Gateway.
Along with the Magic Carpet, Celebrity Cruises also shares in its press release that the all-new Celebrity Ascent will be “the pinnacle of relaxation, design, and luxury.” This includes the newly designed Sunset Bar at the stern of the ship, which spans two decks with unrivaled ocean views.
Additionally, guests will enjoy a world-class resort with exclusive cabanas, complete with infinity pools and two-story hot tubs shaped like Martinis.
Celebrity Ascent will have more than 30 different food and beverage venues for guests to enjoy. One venue, in particular, includes a high-tech, immersive dining experience called Le Petit Chef, a classic celebrity cruise experience.
The Eden Restaurant, a popular venue on Edge-class cruise ships, is a beautifully designed aft space with floor-to-ceiling windows. This innovative restaurant offers mixology-focused cocktails and memorable globally inspired dishes from around the world.