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Celebrity Beyond to sail her inaugural cruise from Southampton

Celebrity Cruises’ next Edge-series ship will set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton in late April 2022.

The line has also announced Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow, also the chief executive and founder of health brand goop, as its new “wellbeing advisor”.

Celebrity Beyond’s first sailing will depart from Southampton on April 27th 2022 calling at Bordeaux, Lisbon, Seville, Mallorca and Barcelona, where she will be based for the summer.

She will sail a programme of nine and 10-night Mediterranean voyages from the Spanish port.  Voyages went on sale on Wednesday (April 28).

After completing her European programme, Beyond will reposition to Fort Lauderdale where she will sail seven-night Caribbean cruises with the first Caribbean sailing due to depart on October 25th 2022.

Speaking at a virtual reveal event, the line’s president and chief executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “The first sailing is next spring, in late April and it sails out of Southampton.

“Celebrity Beyond will move down to Barcelona and then it will cross over to the Caribbean where it will seven-night cruises out of Fort Lauderdale.”

The ship, which will be the largest vessel in the Celebrity’s fleet, will not be named in Southampton, Lutoff-Perlo confirmed.

The ship is 20 metres longer and 17 metres taller than other Edge-series ships.

Celebrity Beyond will have an additional 179 cabins and suites compared to her sister vessels and features a new 50-seat restaurant called Le Voyage.

“Le Voyage is an additional speciality restaurant,” she said. “We were able to add Le Voyage because of one of the sections that we added when building the ship. It is going to be an additional restaurant rather than a replacement.”

A two-storey sundeck has been added to The Retreat, the exclusive onboard area for suite passengers.

The main open deck is 40% larger than on previous Edge-series ships and now includes an expanded Rooftop Garden.

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