The Countdown to Celebrity Ascent Continues

The arrival of our newest and most innovative ship, Celebrity Ascent℠ gets closer and closer, but until that time we’re excited to share the second episode in our Get Ready with Us video series. The fourth vessel in the line’s revolutionary Edge Series, Ascent, will delight travelers with redesigned restaurants, a new immersive dinner experience, expanded food and cocktail menus, a new whiskey tasting experience, and a plant-based multi-course dinner. Discover a taste of the mouthwatering restaurants and new culinary experiences Celebrity Ascent has to offer. Get ready to excite your inner foodie in so many delicious ways.

“The memories we make with family and friends while sharing food and drink has long-been one of the most memorable parts of travel, and with Celebrity Ascent we sought every opportunity to make these experiences richer and even more exciting for our guests,” 
- Laura Hodges Bethge, Celebrity Cruises’ President.

You can catch up on the previously released Countdown videos here and be sure to check out our August Captain’s Club newsletter for another exciting episode, as we get even closer to the big day

We recently returned from our 2023 President’s Cruise on board beautiful Celebrity Solstice® with Celebrity President Laura Hodges Bethge. The 7-night Alaska adventure also featured Captain Kate McCue, along with special guests and regional artists. We were thrilled to host a variety of exclusive sail away parties, Captain’s Club dinners, and a very special Conversation with Celebrity event. In Ketchikan, we shared a unique moment when sister ship Celebrity Millennium® joined us in port on June 25. Guests from both ships converged at The Great Alaska Lumberjack Show for a once-in-a-lifetime dual ship “duel.” Groups from the two ships enjoyed a friendly competition, as they rooted for their lumberjack team to come out victorious—with Team Solstice getting the win.

2024 Presidents Cruise

The 2023 President’s Cruise was a blast, and we had so much fun meeting all our members, and enjoying the wonders of Alaska together. We can’t wait to do it again next year when the 2024 President’s Cruise goes to the Caribbean aboard award-winning Celebrity Beyond℠. Join us for a great time in Grand Cayman, Bimini, and for the first time ever, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination. 



In the meantime, enjoy these photos and videos from this year’s sailing



Now’s the time to save on select award-winning Mexican Riviera, South America, or Caribbean sailing. When you book now, you’ll receive 40% off* plus an additional 5% off*—exclusively for Captain’s Club members. See the shimmering Caribbean Sea from the ancient Maya ruins at Tulum in Mexico. Relax on the famous Copacabana beach in Rio. Explore the magnificent Pitons on stunning St. Lucia. The list goes on.

Featured Back-To-Back Sailings

For a unique getaway with no repeat ports, you can sail from Fort Lauderdale on Celebrity Silhouette on a 10-night Ultimate Caribbean sailing to St. Lucia, Barbados and Antigua, to name a few. Plus, add on a 4-night Key West, Nassau or Bimini sailing to complete your vacation. Don’t miss this fantastic chance to go on the voyage you’ve been dreaming about.

This month, we’re thrilled to tell you about Captain’s Club member Lauren Baker, and how her first Celebrity experience was back-to-back sailings spanning South America and Europe.


After a successful career in IT, and planning diligently for an early retirement so she could travel the world, Lauren was able to put her plan into action in January 2023. “I now travel full-time with no physical address, and everything I own is in a backpack and carry on suitcase,” she said. She began her new life with a stay in Argentina for a few months. It was there that she saw Celebrity Infinity® was sailing from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, followed by a transatlantic cruise to Portugal. The dates and itineraries were perfect, so she booked the twin sailings and set out on her 22-night adventure.

This amazing voyage took Lauren from one exotic destination to the next, and with so many new places to explore, Lauren knew the best way to experience it all was to book a Celebrity excursion in each port. “Each location offered excursions that I was interested in, and they were all fantastic,” she said. Highlights included a taste of Punta del Este where she visited a winery, drinking caipirinhas on Gonzaga Beach in Santos, eating African chocolate ice cream at a local store in Salvador, and going to the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Yet, one of her favorite excursions happened right on the ship. During the transatlantic crossing, she booked a Behind the Scenes tour of Celebrity Infinity. Lauren was able to explore the inner workings of the ship, from the kitchens to the engine rooms. The onboard excursion ended with a tour of the bridge. “We were able to ask as many questions as we wanted,” she said. “Seriously, even the laundry room was interesting; I highly recommend that everyone take this tour.”

Her vacation was made even better by the warm hospitality she received from the crew. “Celebrity definitely goes above and beyond with their customers’ cruising experience,” she said. “The captain was so much fun. He was very engaging doing presentations in the theater and playing guitar on stage.”

When Lauren wasn’t off the ship, she had a great time going to gym classes, watching movies under the stars, playing trivia, doing archery, and more. She also discovered quickly that the Celebrity app was her best friend. “It was very helpful for planning daily activities,” she shared.
As for the unique experience a transatlantic sailing offers, Lauren gave it a resounding endorsement. “It was so relaxed. I read a couple of books from the onboard library, indulged in spa treatments, was upgraded to a balcony room free of charge, and participated in a crossing the equator ceremony,” she told us. “We did a dance line to kiss a giant fish, then had a synchronized swimming contest with Odysseus and mermaids—it was so much fun.”

“These cruises were how I celebrated and kicked off my new phase of life,” Lauren told us. “Cruising is a fantastic way to see new places and meet new people, and I am very fortunate to be able to see the world, especially at my age.” So, how will Lauren follow-up this amazing adventure? She’s already looking at going on a Mediterranean cruise with us to Israel, Egypt, and Morocco, as well as a voyage to Antarctica and Patagonia. As if that’s not enough, she’s also planning on cruising aboard our ground-breaking Edge® Series ships, “regardless of the itinerary.”

This is the way to do an early retirement, and we couldn’t be happier for Lauren. We’re thrilled to play such a big part in this next phase of her exciting life, and we can’t wait to explore the world together.

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