May 22, 2024

Work begins on Celebrity Ascent’s interiors 

Work on the interiors of Celebrity Ascent, the fourth ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Series has started at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Designs by Kelly Hoppen, Nate Berkus and the Paris-based firm Jouin Manku will feature aboard the ship. 

Celebrity Assent will feature more than 30 food and drink venues. They include Le Voyage by Daniel Boulud, the Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur. Immersive, high-tech dining is promised as part of Le Petit Chef’s dinner experience. Dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world and mixology-focused cocktails will be served in the Eden Restaurant, along with views through three-storey floor-to-ceiling windows. 

“So much more than a ship, Celebrity Ascent will be the embodiment of a relaxed luxury resort at sea, and I can’t imagine a more exciting way to start the new year than by celebrating this important construction milestone,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO, as Celebrity Ascent was floated out on 21 January.  

“The collaboration between the shipyard and Celebrity teams continues to be extraordinary and I am grateful to all involved for their passion and expertise. Momentum and anticipation is quickly building for this ship and we’ll continue to share her progress and all that awaits our guests onboard this next installation in our groundbreaking, next-generation Edge Series,” added Lutoff-Perlo. 

Guests can anticipate a Resort Deck with exclusive cabanas, infinity-edge plunge pools and two-storey Martini-shaped hot tubs. They’ll be able to sip drinks at the Nate Berkus-designed Sunset Bar.  

The design of the ship’s public areas, by Tom Wright, the architect who designed Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel, promises guests the world’s first cantilevered cruise ship experience. That means bow to stern views from an area known as the Magic Carpet. 

Celebrity Ascent’s Infinite Veranda staterooms transform into open-air verandas. The ship’s two-story Edge Villa staterooms will provide direct access to the exclusive suite-only The Retreat Sun Deck.  

Work on the interiors will continue over the coming months. Greek brothers Dimitrios and Tasos Kafetzis have been named as Celebrity Ascent’s co-captains. The ship’s inaugural voyage is planned for December 2023.