The fourth of Celebrity's Edge class cruise ships, Celebrity Ascent, will launch on December 3 in Fort Lauderdale and will feature several innovations debuted by Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Beyond.
Celebrity Ascent will have a double passenger capacity of 3,260 people. The ship is larger than the line's Millennium-class ships but slightly smaller than the Solstice Class.
New York-based chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud's venue, Le Voyage is being redesigned. Boulud's second restaurant for the line -- his first debuted in 2022 on Celebrity Beyond -- is being designed by Chicago-based KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group. The restaurant will feature a new chandelier, plush banquet seating and gold tones throughout, among other new touches.
The verdant Eden will feature three levels of sensory experiences wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows in a multi-use venue that includes a casual lunch café, a cocktail bar, an entertainment space, and outdoor terrace and a signature restaurant. Eden restaurant will offer a new seven-course plant-based tasting menu, with highlights like Golden Beet-Tomato Ceviche, Ajoblanco Panna Cotta, Roasted and Glazed Celeriac Steak, and Dry Rose Petals Masala Curry.
Cosmopolitan, one of the four main dining restaurants on Celebrity Ascent, will feature a new design inspired by the culture of champagne, featuring a new layout and seating throughout. The Resort Deck will offer a new evening entertainment program with live performances and DJ sets. Theatergoers will also be treated to three, yet-to-announced productions.
Blu, the private dining venue with spa-style cuisine for exclusive to AquaClass guests, is getting an intimate outdoor terrace that will be available for daytime dining, from al fresco brunches to lunches.
The Celebrity Ascent Casino is being redesigned, too, featuring an all-new gaming floor with a new layout, new design featuring deep reds and golds, and all new slot machines with the latest technology. There will also be a redesigned Art Gallery and Sunset Collection by Nate Berkus -- a collection of upmarket travel and home accessories available exclusively onboard.
Celebrity's signature Le Petit Chef dining experience will also be available aboard Celebrity Ascent. One of the new highlights is an all-new four-course dining show told in the style of a fairytale, an experience that will be exclusively available on Celebrity Ascent. Fine Cut Steakhouse will also boast a new dish -- the Lemon Poached Lobster Tail with melted leeks, shiitake mushrooms, lobster ravioli and a house made beurre Blanc sauce.
Craft Social will extend its whiskey tastings through a new exclusive partnership with WhistlePig Whiskey, including two hand-selected barrels made exclusively for Celebrity Cruises (a Special Bespoke Barrel Aged 12 Years and Special Single Barrel Aged 10 Years). The venue will also include 'high-end' bourbons and new tasting seminars. The Martini Bar will offer an expanded new menu, with classic martinis, fruit-infused creations, and desert martinis.
The stand-out features on the Celebrity Ascent deck plan include The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which moves from decks 2 to 16. The space serves multiple purposes as a restaurant, a bar and an embarkation area.
The Infinite Balcony cabins are designed to blend indoors and outdoors, and adding almost a quarter of the size of the cabin by using bi-fold doors. The ship will have 918 Infinite Veranda cabins, including 16 single-accommodation rooms, the first time Celebrity has catered specifically for solo travelers.
Each coming in at more than 5,000 square feet, the Iconic Suites are located above the bridge, facing forward, giving occupants the same view as the captain. Iconic Suites have two bedrooms and 700-square-foot balconies placed over the bridge wing. Balconies will have private Jacuzzis and cabanas.
For those who want maximum room, the Edge Villas are two-level suites which features an elevated master bedroom, large living room and two full bathrooms. The six Edge Villas will each span decks 14 and 15. Each Edge Villa balcony will feature a private plunge pool
The Retreat is free but only available to passengers staying in suites. The space includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The lounge will serve breakfast and host a happy hour daily.
The main pool area is known as the Resort Deck. It features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below.
The Rooftop Garden space combines the popular top-deck Lawn Club found on the Solstice-class ships with the Rooftop Terrace that is so popular on Millennium-class ship. The Rooftop Garden is an area filled with live greenery inspired by childhood playgrounds. The sculptures double as seats for musical performers. During the day, The Rooftop Garden will host yoga and various games and activities. At night, passengers can show up for live music and the line's A Taste of Film, which pairs movies and dining.
Within the Rooftop Garden will be a Rooftop Garden Grill, a for-fee alternative eatery, which will serve gourmet burgers during the day and transform into a swanky barbecue joint at night.
Another alternative dining venue on Celebrity Ascent will be a raw bar on Deck 5.
The line's suite-only Luminae, which is a partitioned section of the main dining room, has been turned into the Luminae at The Retreat, a standalone restaurant located on Deck 11. Luminae will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Celebrity Ascent will make its debut from Fort Lauderdale on December 3, 2023. The maiden voyage includes stops Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
After its debut, Celebrity Ascent will spent the rest of 2023 and winter 2024 sailing week-long cruises from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. The itineraries will alternate between Western and Eastern Caribbean, and include stops at favorite ports and islands on both routes.
Celebrity Ascent will then move to Europe for a summer of Mediterranean cruises in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France.
Celebrity Ascent will be 140,600 gross registered tons and 1,073 feet long. It will carry 3,260 passengers at double occupancy. It's being built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France; the first piece of steel was cut in November 2021.
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