The 3,260-guest Celebrity Beyond, the newest cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises, began cruising the Western Mediterranean in mid-2022 and will soon launch winter sailings from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Six- to 10-night cruises will be offered, featuring port calls at island destinations such as the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands. Per-person rates for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise start at $750.
Celebrity Beyond is the cruise line's third vessel in its Edge class and 12th in the fleet, not counting four small yachts. With a nod to the Edge class's popular designs that are repeated on this new ship, Celebrity Beyond introduces several new elements in dining and entertainment. Celebrity, already known for its exceptional service, now invites culinary enthusiasts to dine on the delectable creations of internationally renowned French chef Daniel Boulud, who chose the new ship for his first restaurant at sea, Le Voyage.
Boulud has restaurants in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Palm Beach, Miami, Toronto, Montréal, London, Singapore, and Dubai, and is likely best known for the New York location, called Daniel, which holds two Michelin stars. Onboard Celebrity Beyond, cruise guests can dine on Boulud's 5-Spice Duck Pithivier, Argentinian Filet Mignon, Lobster Risotto, and Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs. As with other specialty dining venues on cruise ships, Le Voyage charges an add-on fee of $75 per person.
Celebrity Beyond Unwraps New Entertainment Choices
Celebrity Beyond has the most spacious theater in the line's fleet and hosts three productions. Elements is described as a journey through the five elements - air, water, earth, fire, and ether – bringing together technology and acrobatic performances. According to the cruise line, air sculptures are created as air is blown into sheets of fabric, creating dancing art.
Another show, called Arte, is described as immersing the audience in iconic works of art, combining dance, acrobatics, and visual effects. The third show is titled Stage Door, which features recordings of a full orchestra while visual effects are projected onto giant LED screens that wrap around the stage.
Other entertainment choices include the Club, which features two new live music nights. The Jazz Joint at the Club is a speakeasy show concept with singers and dancers performing swinging jazz tunes. The show called Rocked recreates iconic concert moments, according to the cruise line, while Bring the Brass is a tribute to the world's great brass bands.
Another entertainment venue, called Eden, is a three-story space with floor-to-ceiling windows where Broadway-style cast shows are held, along with other events such as art and wine tasting classes. And in the ship's Grand Plaza, a space inspired by the piazzas of Italy, cruisers can enjoy eight light shows choreographed to music.
Celebrity Beyond Offers Many Dining Options, And Butlers, Too
Celebrity Beyond has a wide variety of staterooms and suites, with the ultimate in luxury service found in The Retreat. Accommodations in The Retreat let cruisers avoid the more crowded public areas of the ship and include two-story Edge Villa suites with outdoor plunge pools. All suites include butler service, and cruisers who book a suite in The Retreat can dine at a private restaurant called Luminae, while those who book an AquaClass suite can enjoy the exclusive dining venue called Blu.
Besides suite accommodations, cruisers can book a Concierge Class stateroom or an Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda. Both are about 243 square feet with a 42-foot balcony.
Other specialty restaurants onboard this ship include Fine Cut Steakhouse, offering Japanese Wagyu Striploin and 45-day Dry-aged Prime Bone-in Rib Eye, among other choices. Le Grand Bistro takes its inspiration from French bistros, and the Magic Carpet is a venue located on an upper deck and cantilevered over the sea. The Rooftop Garden Grill serves gourmet barbecue dishes, such as grilled Branzino and Seafood kabob.
Celebrity Beyond guests who don't wish to splurge on specialty restaurants can choose to eat in the main dining room, Eden Café, The Spa Café and Juice Bar, Oceanview Café, and the poolside Mast Grill.
Public Spaces For Adults And Children Alike
Celebrity Beyond provides several areas where cruisers of all ages can relax, play games, and make new friends.
The Spa aboard Celebrity Beyond offers destination-inspired treatments such as coconut-infused therapies in the Caribbean, plus acupuncture, facials, and massages, including some that use an amber and quartz poultice, plus eucalyptus and juniper, to help ease knots and release tension. Other massage techniques include the Zero Gravity Immersion Massage, the Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage, and the Restorative Salt Stone Massage.
The Rooftop Garden is described as an ultimate urban playscape on the ship’s Resort Deck, where guests can participate in activities like morning Tai Chi, watch outdoor movies, and dance under the stars.
For children ages 3 to 12, there's Camp at Sea, with a range of activities including competitive play, creating artwork, and educational topics focusing on the ocean.
At the Teen Club, youngsters 13 to 17 can attend disco parties, play digital trivia, participate in game night challenges, or just relax and socialize.