Sparks flew as workers at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard welded a ceremonial coin to a massive steel mooring block forming the ship’s keel, officially marking the start of construction of the new ship’s fourth vessel. Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Ascent, which is set to enter service in 2023.
The coins, in this centuries-old maritime ceremony, were placed by Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Celebrity Cruises; and Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
“Today we celebrate the incredible Celebrity Ascent, a ship name that aptly represents the rise, rise and ultimately the upward trajectory of Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Group,” said Jason Liberty. “It’s exciting to have our entire fleet back in the water, and times like this reaffirm our bright future. We are grateful to everyone who has and will continue to contribute their creativity and expertise. to this ship, as we work together to reach new heights in our industry.
“Bringing another magnificent ship from the Celebrity Edge series to life is absolutely thrilling for me and another wonderful development for our guests,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “While exploring the wonders of the world, our guests will be surrounded by the wonders of our celebrity world – cutting-edge design, culinary excellence, thoughtful wellness experiences and our uniquely intuitive service. Celebrity Ascent will be the epitome of a relaxed luxury resort at sea.”
“This new ship will be another great success in the continuity of the previous Celebrity class ships built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique. says Laurent Castaing. “We know that our respective teams have given each other enough proof of mutual trust to be able to work smoothly on this new project.”
Celebrity Ascent will debut in Port Everglades from Fort Lauderdale on December 3, 2023 for its inaugural Caribbean season with alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.