Progress: Keel laid and coin for the next ship of Celebrity cruise ship

The bridge has been laid for Celebrity Cruises’ next Edge-class ship, Celebrity Ascent, officially marking the start of its construction.

To mark the happening, Jason Liberty, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, and Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlanticue Shipyard, placed a ritual coin on the steel docking block that forms the keel. It is then welded to the keel. Placing coins is a long-standing maritime tradition believed to bless and bring good luck to the ship.

“Today we celebrate the incredible rise of Celebrity, a ship name that aptly represents the rise, rise and, ultimately, upward trajectory for both Celebrity Cruises and the Royal Caribbean Group,” Liberty said. “It’s exciting to have our entire fleet back on the water, and moments like this confirm our bright future.” We are grateful to everyone who has and will continue to lend their creativity and craftsmanship to this ship as we work together to reach new heights in our industry.”

Ascent is Celebrity’s fourth Edge-class ship, following Celebrity Edge, Apek and Beyond. The vessel will be 17 decks high and 20 meters longer than the original Celebrity Edge, and will have more public space on board.

“This new ship will be another great success in the continuity of previous Celebrity-class ships built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique Casting said. “We know that our teams have given each other enough evidence of mutual trust to be able to work smoothly on this new project.”

Celebrity Ascent is scheduled to debut on December 3, 2023 in Port Everglades, Florida. She will spend her maiden voyage in the Caribbean alternating between East and West.