Celebrity Cruises’ third Edge Class cruise ship, Celebrity Beyond, celebrated an important milestone and the start of her construction as her keel block was laid at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Nazaire, France.
The moment coincided with the shipbuilding industry’s traditional coin ceremony for Celebrity Beyond, which is meant to bring the ship good fortune. Celebrity, a brand known for its efforts to close the gender gap in the maritime industry, fittingly chose a coin from the American Innovation dollar series honoring Annie Jump Cannon, the daughter of an American shipbuilder, a suffragist and a pioneering astronomer credited with the development of contemporary stellar classification.
Richard Fain, Chairman of the Royal Caribbean Group said
“In a year that has continuously tested the strength of our industry, it is encouraging that we move forward with building Celebrity Beyond,”
“Celebrity Beyond signals that as we prepare to return to service, we do so confidently and with great optimism about the future.”
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Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises said
“This is a proud and exciting moment because Celebrity Beyond will continue to elevate an already incredibly innovative and transformative Series of ships for our brand – and the industry,”
“I thank all of my amazing colleagues and our incredible partners at the shipyard for moving us one step closer to bringing Celebrity Beyond to life. We have some special surprises planned with Celebrity Beyond and I really can’t wait to share her with the world.”
Celebrity Beyond will join her two sisters, Celebrity Edge launched in 2018 and Celebrity Apex launched earlier this year in a virtual ceremony.
Celebrity Beyond is scheduled to be delivered in Spring 2022.