25 December 2023
Cruise Critic takes a sneak peek at Celebrity Ascent, the fourth Edge-class vessel from Celebrity Cruises, ahead of its official christening.
Celebrity Cruises has unveiled its latest addition to the fleet, Celebrity Ascent, a stunning ship that promises to redefine luxury cruising. As the fourth vessel in the Edge-class series, Celebrity Ascent builds upon the success of its predecessors, Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, and Celebrity Beyond. Cruise Critic had the exclusive opportunity to step onboard Celebrity Ascent at the shipyard in St Nazaire, France, where the ship was officially handed over from the yard to the cruise line. This sneak peek offers a tantalizing glimpse into the vessel’s innovative features, including two new restaurant designs and a host of other enhancements.
The Grand Unveiling and Acknowledgments
During the official handover ceremony, the crew of Celebrity Ascent gathered on the Resort Deck as Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO, Jason Liberty, addressed the crowd. Liberty expressed his gratitude to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique team, Celebrity Cruises’ Newbuild team, and their partners for their exceptional craftsmanship and passion in bringing this spectacular ship to life. The excitement and anticipation were palpable as Celebrity Ascent prepared for its upcoming christening on December 2.
Enhancements and Distinctive Features
Celebrity Ascent, with a passenger capacity of 3,260, shares many similarities with its sister ships. However, it also boasts a range of unique features and enhancements that set it apart. One notable highlight is the of two new restaurant designs. The Daniel Boulud Restaurant Le Voyage offers a culinary journey inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud’s global travels, while Cosmopolitan, one of the ship’s four main dining rooms, showcases a sophisticated and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Elevating the Cruise Experience
Beyond the culinary delights, Celebrity Ascent offers a host of amenities and experiences designed to elevate the cruise experience for its passengers. The ship features the signature Magic Carpet, a cantilevered platform that transforms into different venues, providing breathtaking views and unforgettable moments. The Resort Deck offers a serene retreat with a rooftop garden, private cabanas, and a large pool area. The ship’s staterooms and suites are thoughtfully designed to provide maximum comfort and luxury, with innovative features such as the Infinite Verandas that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
Commitment to Sustainability
Celebrity Cruises has always been at the forefront of sustainable practices within the cruise industry, and Celebrity Ascent is no exception. The ship incorporates advanced technologies to minimize its environmental footprint, including energy-efficient systems, advanced wastewater treatment, and a commitment to reducing single-use plastics. Celebrity Cruises aims to create a more sustainable future for cruising, and Celebrity Ascent serves as a shining example of their dedication to environmental stewardship.
The Future of Luxury Cruising
As Celebrity Ascent prepares to set sail on its inaugural season, the ship represents the future of luxury cruising. With its innovative design, exceptional dining options, and commitment to sustainability, Celebrity Ascent promises an unparalleled experience for discerning travelers. The ship’s christening on December 2 will mark the beginning of a new era in cruising, where luxury and sustainability seamlessly coexist.
Celebrity Ascent, the latest addition to Celebrity Cruises’ fleet, is set to redefine luxury cruising. With its distinctive features, including two new restaurant designs and a commitment to sustainability, the ship offers an elevated experience for passengers. As Celebrity Ascent embarks on its maiden voyage, it represents the future of luxury cruising, where innovation and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. The christening of Celebrity Ascent on December 2 will mark a significant milestone in the cruise industry, setting the stage for a new era of unforgettable voyages.