Celebrity Beyond christened by Simone Biles

Celebrity Cruises' third Edge-class mega ship officially named by Olympian

Celebrity Cruises christened its newest and most luxurious ship to date, Celebrity Beyond, at a gala in Fort Lauderdale over the past weekend. The event was held in advance of Celebrity Beyond‘s inaugural season sailing from Florida.

Headlining the festivities was the ship’s official naming ceremony, led by Godmother and inspirational female powerhouse, Simone Biles – a 19-time World Champion, seven-time Olympic Medalist and most decorated American gymnast in history.

Helmed by Captain Kate McCue, the first and still only woman to be named captain of a “Mega” cruise ship, Celebrity Beyond’s much-anticipated arrival to the US follows a summer deployment in the Mediterranean for the 3,260 passenger vessel, which entered service in late April of this year.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises; Simone Biles; and Jason Liberty, President and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group.

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From Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Beyond will offer rotating Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting the Grand Cayman and Puerta Plata.

“I can think of no one better to be the Godmother of this incredible ship than the G.O.A.T. herself – Simone Biles,” said Jason Liberty, President and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Celebrity Cruises.

“This ship’s beauty, power, and resilience sets the standard by which all others will be measured. Simone’s determination, progressive nature, empowered attitude, and grace in the face of challenges make her such an inspiration to so many around the world. All of these attributes are why Simone Biles is perfectly suited to watch over Celebrity Beyond’s journey,” Liberty said.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises President added: “I’ve been waiting for this day to arrive for a long time and I am ‘Beyond’ excited to be able to share her with our guests. She is the gold standard by which other ships are built and embodies the meaning of relaxed luxury.”

“She is ‘FULL’ of wonder and excitement and our guests will undoubtedly feel reconnected to the world around them as they visit new destinations and immerse themselves in culinary experiences and wellness amenities not found anywhere else at sea.”

Celebrity Beyond entered into service in April 2022

Alongside Liberty, Lutoff-Perlo and other Celebrity Cruises executives, Simone Biles officially named Celebrity Beyond in a beautiful ceremony attended by 2,500 lucky guests and media, capped by a live performance from award-winning singer and songwriter, Leona Lewis.

Biles follows Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who previously inaugurated Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge, respectively. Both women are renowned for their advocacy of women everywhere, inspiring them to soar above their limits.

Simone Biles, officially Godmother of Celebrity Beyond

“It is an honor to be selected as Beyond’s Godmother and to join such a distinguished group of strong, barrier-breaking women who have been named as Celebrity’s Godmothers before me,” said Simone Biles.

“I appreciate the important message this designation holds in recognising our accomplishments as empowering women, and I am honoured to share the stage today with fellow brave, boundary breaking leaders like Lisa-Lutoff Perlo and Captain Kate McCue.”

As the most decorated American gymnast in history, with 32 medals from the World Championships and seven medals from the Olympics, Biles is also the first American woman to win seven national all-around titles and is the first female gymnast to earn three consecutive World All-Around titles.

Another gold medal for Simone Biles

As well as her more than inspiring gymnastic accomplishments, she has been included in important lists such as TIME’S 100 Most Influential, Forbes 30 Under 30, Ebony Power 100, amongst many others, placing herself firmly as a role model for women everywhere.

For information on all Celebrity Beyond sailings, go to celebritycruises.com/gb/cruise-ships/celebrity-beyond.

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