Celebrity Ascent

Celebrity Ascent℠, the fourth ship in our award-winning Edge® Series, made its way from concept to construction last year as the first piece of steel was cut at the Chantiers del’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This past August, sparks flew as workers welded a ceremonial coin to a massive steel docking block forming the ship’s keel—officially marking the beginning of construction at the shipyard. Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, “placed the coin” during this time-honored maritime ceremony. According to legend (and a tradition that has spanned centuries), the laying of the coin is thought to bless and bring good fortune to the ship.

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

 Like Celebrity Edge®, Celebrity Apex℠, and Celebrity Beyond℠, Celebrity Ascent will connect guests to the world around them like never before. Standing 17 decks tall and 20 meters longer than Celebrity Edge, the ship has even more space and luxury onboard. Celebrity Ascent will take our 2023-2024 Caribbean season to new heights offering alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries beginning with its Fort Lauderdale debut (on December 3, 2023). You can be among the first to set sail by booking now. 

We recently returned from our 2022 Celebrate with the CEO sailing on board the stunning Celebrity Beyond℠ with Celebrity Cruises President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. Our 10-Night Greek Islands and Malta journey featured Captain Kate McCue at the helm—along with special guests, Captain Dimitris and Captain Manolis. We had a blast answering guest questions during a special Conversation with Celebrity event; touring the Temple of Poseidon with Captain Dimitris; learning to cook with Chef Teta in Mykonos; and taking in the sunset in Santorini from the Rooftop Garden while being serenaded by a duo of Greek violinists.

For our 2023 Celebrate with the CEO sailing, we’ll journey into the wild frontier aboard Celebrity Solstice®. The 7-night Alaska sailing will take place on June 23—and will include exclusive tours, special events, local entertainment, and more. In the meantime, we’re thrilled to share photos and videos from our 2022 sailing.

We’re celebrating our Captain’s Club members with an exciting offer. Get an exclusive bonus of up to $400 to spend on board when you book select 9- to 11-night Caribbean sailings (departing between September 26, 2022 and December 23, 2022) and select Celebrity Solstice® sailings (departing between September 24, 2022 - April 29, 2023)*. That’s in addition to the incredible value of our Current Savings offer. Now’s the best time to plan your next unforgettable vacation to the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, or the Pacific Coast. Take advantage of your exclusive offer today.

This month, we’re thrilled to feature Karen and Keith Hayward, along with their 13-year-old daughter, Taryn. The Haywards live in South Wales and are avid travellers. “We all love to visit different places and experience different cultures, and we all like to learn something from our travels. We’ve been on many different types of holidays—including fly drives, safaris, and camping in many parts of the world. In terms of relaxation combined with the ability to visit somewhere new, cruising works exceptionally well for all of us,” said Karen.

The Haywards first adventure with us was a Mediterranean sailing in 2017 aboard Celebrity Reflection. They had sailed with other cruise lines before but found that the activities for children were limited. After some research, they decided that Celebrity offered everything that was important to them—luxurious accommodations, first-class service, exciting itineraries, and activities for Taryn (who was 9 at the time). As guests of The Retreat, they were particularly impressed with the amount of space they had and how their butler, Joey, took such great care of them. They’ve since stayed in touch with Joey and have met up with him on two additional sailings. “He remembers everything, from the fact that Taryn likes apple juice (with no ice) to her ladybug suitcases,” said Karen. Camp at Sea was also a highlight for Taryn, who spent every moment she could there. “She made friendships very quickly and was extremely well-looked after (which gave us, as parents, real peace of mind and allowed us to relax and enjoy the trip even more),” said Karen.

The Hayward’s first trip abroad after Covid restrictions eased was aboard Celebrity Beyond. It was particularly special and memorable, as Taryn was invited to meet Captain Kate on the bridge. Taryn said, “It was an incredible experience to view the bridge and Captain Kate was so welcoming. She felt like a friend straight away and must be amazing to work with. It’s a forever memory.” Meeting the the first American female captain of a large cruise ship gave Taryn a first-hand glimpse at the role that hard work, determination, and focus play in achieving monumental professional achievement. This was a particularly pivotal moment for Taryn as she prepares for her General Certificate of Secondary Education (or GSCEs), key exams in the United Kingdom. Another memorable event was when Keith (who is musical along with the rest of the family) sang with the house band into the early hours of the morning—something he’s also done aboard Celebrity Silhouette. We wish we could have been there to sing along…Maybe next time.

We look forward to welcoming more guests aboard as we align our cruise protocols with the rest of the travel industry. Starting with September 5, 2022 departures:

• All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, can cruise with us on sailings departing from U.S. and Europe ports (excluding sailings that visit Canada).
• Testing protocols will ease on our U.S. and Europe sailings.
• Where local government regulations differ, we will comply with local requirements. We will continually evaluate and update these requirements and protocols as new information becomes available. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements leading up to departure.

Be sure to stay up to date with the latest protocol information.

Terms & Conditions

*Captain’s Club Onboard Credit Offer (the “Offer”): Visit celebritycruises.com/captains-club/exclusive-offers/offer-details for full terms and conditions. Cruise must be booked between September 19, 2022 – October 17, 2022 (the “Offer Period”). Offer only applies to select 9-11-night Caribbean sailings departing September 26, 2022 – December 23, 2022 and select Mexican Riviera & Coastal sailings departing between September 24, 2022 – April 29, 2023. Onboard Credit (“OBC”) amounts are per stateroom, based on double occupancy: $100 OBC for interior and ocean view; $200 for verandas and $400 for suites. Preview, Classic, Select, Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith members are eligible. No promo code required. OBC will be applied to booking by entering a valid loyalty ID in the promotional box during the booking process or by providing your loyalty ID to a travel advisor or call center agent. OBC has no cash value, is applicable to cruise only, non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the final night of the cruise.

Offer is combinable with BOGO 60% Off 2nd Guest Offer for Refundable Fares, BOGO 75% Off 2nd Guest Offer for Non-Refundable Fares, No Perk Rate, and All Included. Offer is not combinable with other Loyalty, Cruise tour offer, Interline, Net, Travel Partner, and Employee Rates. After the Offer Period, the Offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to the booking may also result in removal of the Offer. Offer applies to new, individual bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Offer does not apply to Group Standard rates. Individual reservations can be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met. Single occupancy guests paying 200% cruise fare are eligible for Offer. Refer to the Cruise Ticket Contract for additional terms and conditions.

Changes to booking may result in removal of Offer. Offers and prices are subject to availability, cancellation and change without notice at any time. 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.

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