Is it the most spacious mega ship at sea?


Love at first sight cabin? I am a believer. Stepping into my spacious Aqua Sky Suite on the new Celebrity Beyond, I scream with delight when I see a deep soaking tub and the largest balcony (two lounge chairs, two chairs, and a table, room to move) I’ve ever seen. never enjoyed on a boat.

The king-size bed with cashmere mattress – as soft as it is decadent as the name suggests – seduces me away from the afternoon work I had planned with the promise of a restorative siesta. Cruising can really soothe the weary soul.

As Celebrity Beyond leaves the port of Southampton on an incredibly bright and sunny April afternoon, the joyous voice of a woman is heard over the public address system.

“That’s Captain Kate speaking,” she said. “You can call me Captain. It took me 19 years to earn this title.”

In the world of Celebrity Cruises, Captain Kate McCue is undeniably a top star. The 43-year-old – the first female captain of a mega ship in the United States – helms the newly built luxury vessel, the first woman to sail a vessel without a baptism from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France.

Captain Kate is a trailblazer for female sailors.

“Every day, women and girls tell me they didn’t even know it was a career option to be a ship’s captain,” McCue says.

“There are all kinds of roles for women on our ships, and maybe if they see me and other women on deck they will have something to model their future careers and ambitions on.”

The newest ship in the fleet launched in April – similar, but even better than sister ships Edge and Apex – features a first restaurant at sea from Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, the French chef best known for running some of the New York’s most popular dining venues.

The night I dine at Voyage, entrees include Alaskan king crab salad, Vidalia onion pie, and tamarind-peanut-crusted shrimp (the group’s choice).

Main dishes range from the traditional (filet mignon) to an exotic seafood stew a la Brazilian moqueca. There are whispers that Boulud aspires to land a Michelin star at sea, an achievement that would further separate Celebrity’s restoration proposal from the rest of the pack.

Goop actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow has been appointed welfare adviser for Edge-class ships.

On future Goop At Sea-themed voyages, Paltrow and senior Goop experts will organize wellness activities for passengers. This time it’s a Goop smoothie offered at the Spa Cafe.

Made with coconut water, kale, mango, mint, chia seeds, and other things you’d buy at a health food store, it tastes like good intentions and goodness. remorse at the same time.

The onboard fitness offer rivals the best on-land gyms, with classes from Australian-based F45 Training, Peloton and HIIT cycling workouts.

This remarkable innovation is the fuel that drives Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo’s goal of making cruising just too fabulous to resist.

“I want my legacy to be that nobody ever says, ‘Cruising isn’t for me,’ again,” Lutoff-Perlo said.

That’s right, Beyond seems to have the power to raise the eyebrows of even the most reluctant cruisers.

Like other ships in the fleet, guests still get free Wi-Fi, drinks and gratuities, eliminating three of the biggest hassles for cruise passengers.

The 3,260-passenger ship features 32 restaurants and bars, including the bright orange Magic Carpet that has become a signature Edge-class ship.

The elevated open-air platform moves between decks and transforms from a tender muster station to an airy cocktail bar to a specialty dining venue.

Guests will run out of days and nights on board before they run out of options, whether it’s an aperitif at the Martini Bar, an upscale buffet at the Oceanview Cafe, or a gourmet dinner (for a fee) at the steak house.

While the specialty restaurants are indeed very special, the free offerings are also impressive.

The traditional cavernous main dining room has been replaced by four more intimate restaurants, serving free French, Italian, Greek, and New American cuisine in elegant surroundings.

Guests staying in The Retreat and AquaClass accommodation categories have even more choice, with exclusive restaurants available.

At 20 meters longer than Apex, with an extra deck and 179 extra cabins, clever design ensures Beyond never feels crowded – it feels rather spacious and relaxed throughout.

International stars of interior design and architecture are responsible for this zen atmosphere on board, including design ambassador Nate Berkus (beloved of Oprah Winfrey), who created the multi-level Sunset Bar .

British architect Tom Wright, who designed the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, was commissioned to bring the ship’s outdoor spaces to life.

Interiors take on a luxury residential style under the direction of acclaimed British interior designer Kelly Hoppen, known for her stylish dedication to 50 Shades of Neutrals.

From compact single staterooms to affordable iconic suites (views as good as the captain’s), Hoppen has created modern, luxurious and unassuming accommodations, no doubt inspiring countless home decor shopping splurges. I find myself taking notes on the beige blankets and faux marble countertops.

Coming up for Celebrity Beyond is a summer season in Europe, nine-night trips to Italy and France, and 10-night itineraries in the Greek islands.

After that, the ship will reposition to the United States, where she will be officially christened on November 4 in Fort Lauderdale. Olympic medalist and world champion gymnast Simone Biles has been named future godmother.

Biles is in good company. Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, is the patron of Celebrity Apex, with Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai the chosen one for Celebrity Edge.

FIVE THINGS TO BOOK EARLY ON CELEBRITY BEYOND

THE TRIP

Global Culinary Ambassador Daniel Boulud’s first restaurant at sea is the hottest ticket aboard Celebrity Beyond. Plan ahead to secure your preferred reservation for special occasions – this charming venue books up quickly.

THIN CUT STEAKHOUSE

Inspired by classic New York steakhouses, Fine Cut is a staple of all three Edge Class ships. As well as an excellent range of choice meat cuts, the seafood is excellent (giant crab cakes and buttered lobster tail, yes please) and the sides are not to be missed.

ABANDONMENT AT THE SPA

With over 120 treatments on offer and nearly 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters) of space, Celebrity Beyond’s spa is an oasis of well-being. Book early or be prepared for early morning port day appointments.

F45

Celebrity’s focus on wellness includes an expanded F45 workout studio for high-intensity group workouts. Purchase an unlimited class pass for the duration of the cruise to participate in HIIT, LIT Bungee Fit, Peloton and F45 classes.

ESCAPE TO EDEN

Opt for the experimental cuisine, stay for the naughty evening entertainment. Eden is one of the most intriguing places on the ship, a three-level greenhouse where something out of the ordinary is always happening. Match your dinner reservation with a sexy cabaret show.

THE DETAILS

CRUISE

A nine-night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Beyond in August 2022 costs from $2,799 pp, twin share. It departs from Rome and stops in Florence, Nice and Barcelona. Wi-Fi, drinks and resort fees are included.

See celebrity.com/au

AFTER

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Kristie Kellahan traveled as a guest of Celebrity Cruises.

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