Celebrity Beyond cruise ship unveiled: Gwyneth Paltrow appointed wellbeing advisor

Celebrity Cruises has announced details of its new ship Celebrity Beyond in the latest addition to the premium cruise sector.

Like its predecessors Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, the new 3260-passenger ship will be large enough for abundant amenities and entertainment choice, yet retain the design chic, sophistication and high service levels that can be lost on megaships.

The lead architect on its interiors, Tom Wright, is best known for Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, while renowned contributing designers include Nate Berkus and Kelly Hoppen. Gwyneth Paltrow is the company's new wellbeing adviser. Details are yet to be released but AquaClass guests across the Celebrity Cruises fleet (excluding Galapagos sailings) will receive fitness kits from Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop.

Celebrity Beyond shares many of the features of its two sister ships, albeit amplified.

"We focused on providing more openness, height and spaciousness throughout the ship's most popular spaces," says Richard Fain, chairman of parent company Royal Caribbean Group. "The end result is a next-generation ship that embodies the intersection of architecture and design."

Among new or reimagined spaces is an expanded rooftop garden and resort deck with cantilevered pools, a much larger multi-level sunset bar with terraces where you can gaze from the ship's aft, and a resort-within-a-resort area exclusive to suite guests called The Retreat.

The ship will also feature the first fine-dining restaurant at sea from Michelin-starred French chef Daniel Boulud, well-known in North America for his multiple restaurants, such as the Daniel in New York.

Celebrity Beyond departs on its maiden voyage from Southampton on April 27, 2022, and will sail Mediterranean journeys before heading across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in October 2022.

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