We love being bold, being the best, and getting there first—and we’ve done it again, making cruise history by appointing brothers as co-captains of our fourth award-winning Edge® Series ship, Celebrity AscentSM. Captains Dimitrios and Tasos Kafetzis will be taking the helm in the Caribbean this fall. The brothers will alternate their time on in a three-months on-and-off rotation. Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo had this to say about our dynamic duo: “Captain Dimitrios and Captain Tasos are our star-powered siblings, a maritime dream team. They have given so much to the Celebrity family over the years that we are like a second family.” Here’s a look at their inspiring climb to the bridge of our newest ship.

Captain Dimitrios graduated from the Merchant Maritime Academy of Syros-Athens and received his Master’s license in 2001. He started as an Apprentice Officer on board Celebrity’s very first vessel, Horizon, in 1990, and has since sailed aboard every different class of ship in Celebrity’s fleet. He was part of the startup teams for Celebrity Millennium®, Celebrity Infinity®, Celebrity Silhouette®, was the take-out Captain for Celebrity Apex®, and will repeat the feat for Celebrity AscentSM this fall.

Captain Tasos grew up watching his older brother Dimitrios making a career on cruise ships, and realized he wanted to follow in his footsteps. He graduated from the Merchant Marine College and joined Celebrity Cruises in 1998. During that time, he’s been involved in the opening of Celebrity Summit®, Celebrity Solstice®, Celebrity Equinox®, Celebrity Reflection®, and served as captain of Celebrity Edge®, the very first of Celebrity’s award-winning Edge Series®.

“Receiving this distinction with my brother and as part of the Celebrity Cruises family is an incredible honor,” said Captain Tasos. We don’t know who’s more excited, the Kafetzis brothers or us. Be a part of this historic moment and join them on Celebrity AscentSM in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean later this year.

Speaking of our newest ship: It might’ve been a bit cold for a swim on January 21 in Saint-Nazaire, France, but for Celebrity AscentSM, it was the perfect temperature to take to the water for the first time. The fourth ship in our industry-defining Edge® Series, AscentSM was floated out from the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard, and with the completion of the ship’s hull and exterior superstructure, AscentSM is now ready for the next phase of construction. If that isn’t exciting enough, you can reserve your spot right now on one of the ship’s first sailings in the Caribbean this December. Explore available itineraries, book your perfect trip, and we’ll see you on board in a few months. 

Another First—Forbes Travel Guide Rated

We don’t just aim for the stars, we catch them. Recently, we became the first and only resorts at sea to be Star Rated by Forbes Travel Guide. For 65 years, Forbes Travel Guide has been the global authority on luxury hospitality, independently evaluating and verifying the finest hotels, resorts—and now resorts at sea—in the world. We’ve implemented Forbes Travel Guide standards fleetwide, ensuring you’ll always receive the best experience on your vacation. We’re honored and thrilled by this recognition, and we can’t wait to show you where all the stars came from on your next Journey WonderfullSM with us.

Our new 2025 Galapagos voyages will get you up close and personal with the wild wonders of this one-of-a-kind destination on the all-inclusive journey of a lifetime. Few places in the world have remained as unspoiled as the Galapagos Islands, and we’ll spoil you wildly while you visit them. Our stunning Celebrity Flora® is the first all-suites, 100-guest ship designed exclusively for sailing these islands, and now it’s the first and only resort at sea in the region to receive a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Rating. You can also choose the ship that put us on the map in the Galapagos Islands, our award-winning, 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition®, or our most intimate escape, Celebrity Xploration®, reserved for only 16 guests. All three ships surround you in the comforts you love while bringing you closer to the islands’ extraordinary wildlife.

The Galapagos Islands should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, and there’s no better time to put it on your Book It List than with this exclusive Captain’s Club offer. For a limited time, Elite, Elite Plus, and Zenith members can receive cruise savings of $1,000 per ocean view stateroom, and $1,500 for suites, on every 10- to 16-night Galapagos adventure now through December 2024. But don’t wait. This incredible offer ends on March 31.*

Did you know that as a Captain’s Club member you can also enjoy valuable benefits with Royal Caribbean® as well? With our Loyalty Match program, you have access to a unique and comparable benefits program—it’s essentially two-in-one. As a Captain’s Club member, you can turn your status into exclusive balcony/suites discount and nightly happy hour time with Royal Caribbean International as a Crown & Anchor Society member.* Captain’s Club is your best in class, award-winning loyalty program that really has legs. Sea legs, that is.

Locate your Captain’s Club tier below, and discover your Crown & Anchor® Society Loyalty Match.*


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When your Relaxed LuxurySM Caribbean cruise calls on Nassau, the Baha Bay Water Park is waiting to deliver refreshing fun under the sun. On our all-new exclusive excursions to this vibrant tropical wonderland, you’ll enjoy multiple waterslides, a lazy river, private beach with seating options, and more. Lounge in a private cabana or grab some cool shade and a cocktail in the Pavilion casino. Lunch is included so you can stay energized throughout the day.

Imagine a ship with 32 restaurants, bars, and lounges. 9 pools and hot tubs. A two-story spa and countless “OMGs”.


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*Galapagos Loyalty Discount Offer (“Offer”): Offer applies to new bookings made November 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023 (“Offer Period”) for select Galapagos sailings departing 11/05/22 to 12/29/24 (“Offer Cruise”). Offer open to Captain’s Club members in the Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith tier levels booking ocean view and higher staterooms on 10N, 11N, and 16N packages only.  Savings amount is in USD, per stateroom, and varies by stateroom category: $1,000 USD for Ocean View; and $1,500 USD for Suites. Not valid on 7N cruises. No promo code required. Valid membership number must be provided at time of booking. Offer is combinable with Flights On Us, and the Galapagos Savings Offers. Air offer is Not available on 7N Galapagos. All other charges, including but not limited to, cruise taxes, fees and port expenses are additional and apply to all guests. 

To redeem, contact your travel professional, or Celebrity Cruises at 1-888-751-7804, or book online at Celebritycruises.com. Offer is subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, non-transferable, and not combinable Net fares, rate only, or any other discounted fares if offered. No refunds or credits for unused options. Offer applies to new, individual bookings and group bookings named and deposited during the Offer Period; excludes charters and contracted groups. Refer to Cruise Ticket Contract for additional terms and conditions. Celebrity reserves the right to cancel the Offer at any time, correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

*Loyalty Match Program: Members of one loyalty program must enroll in the other’s loyalty program in order to receive Loyalty Match benefits. Loyalty Match is not recognized for Preview, Classic, Pre-Gold and Gold Tiers. Elite Plus, Zenith, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle cannot be reached via Loyalty Match. Points are only earned for the brand sailed on. All points earned will be reflected after you’ve completed your sailing. For full program terms and conditions, visit: celebritycruises.com/captains-club/enroll#Terms.  

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