Making waves: Is this the world’s most impressive new cruise ship?

10 May 2022 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Luxury London

Highlights include two-storey villas with private plunge pools, cossetting spa treatments, fine dining restaurants and The Retreat – an exclusive sanctuary with a members' club quality, exclusively available to suite guests

When it comes to haute living on the high seas, Celebrity Cruises® is an innovator in its field. Its esteemed fleet of ever-evolving, state-of-the-art ships offers sleek, contemporary design, world-class cuisine and a vast array of modern comforts to rival any five-star resort.

Itineraries are thorough and far-reaching, whether touring Europe’s most enthralling cities, exploring remote islands like the Galapagos or travelling to the sun-soaked splendour of the Caribbean.

The newest addition to its roster of refined ships is Celebrity Beyond®. This hotly anticipated destination in itself boasts an innovative, outward-facing design, creating an even closer connection between guests, the sea, and every exciting place on the horizon. Guests can unwind in expanded open-air spaces and discover even more ways to relax and renew.

Celebrity Cruises® has collaborated with an all-star team to bring Beyond® to life, including award-winning designer Kelly Hoppen CBE who brought her unique vision to the Spa, the staterooms and The Retreat across the Edge Series ships. For Beyond she goes even further, also reimagining the Pool Deck with unique sculptures and discreet sunken seating, the Rooftop Garden with stunning new cantilevered float pools and a fresh new take on both the popular Café al Bacio and awe-inspiring Magic Carpet.

Taking the Edge series to new heights, Magic Carpet® is an industry-first restaurant that extends from the ship

The Magic Carpet® – an industry-first, immersive restaurant and bar that extends from the side of the ship, allows guests to seemingly ‘float’ above water, whilst savouring delicious food and socialising over fine wines and cocktails.

US renowned interior designer and TV personality, Nate Berkus, has designed the expanded Sunset Bar, drawing on Moroccan architecture, and featuring private enclaves which allow for cosy tête-à-têtes, set against twinkling, postcard-perfect panoramas.

Daniel Boulud’s first signature restaurant at sea, Le Voyage

For gourmands, Beyond® lays claim to French Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s first restaurant at sea, aptly called Le Voyage. An adventurous fine-dining menu of global flavours promises a new experience every night, while glamorous interiors are the work of Jouin Manku, the design firm responsible for the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, and Celebrity Beyond’s Grand Plaza.

The ship’s pièce de résistance, however, might just be The Retreat, an exclusive indoor and outdoor space with a members’ club quality that is only available to suite guests. Designed by Kelly Hoppen CBE, it is referred to as ‘a hotel within a hotel’ and features a private lounge and a two-storey sundeck, where a dedicated concierge team will cater to your every whim. Bask in blissful sunshine while pool attendants deliver cocktails, or dine at Luminae, the area’s private restaurant where you can explore exclusive menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs while gazing through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Retreat is an exclusive indoor and outdoor space for suite guests, designed by Kelly Hoppen CBE

Swathed in marble, the deluxe spa spans a colossal 13,907 sq ft and includes the first Kerastase Institute on the water for haircare and treatments, a barbershop and an acupuncture clinic. Guests can indulge in no less than 120 therapies, including glacial mud wraps, coconut melt massages, Elemis facials and reflexology. Central to the spa is the SEA Thermal Suite, featuring a hammam, Himalayan salt room, infrared sauna and steam room.

On the fitness front, work up a sweat during a high-intensity Pelton® workout or stretch out in the yoga studio. For the ultimate wellness experience, stay in one of the ship’s AquaClass® staterooms or suites, with amenities from wellness partner, goop, and exclusive access to the SEA Thermal Suite and exclusive restaurant Blu where guests can enjoy a menu of health-conscious cuisine and biodynamic wine.

Guests can select from stunning staterooms with infinite balconies or capacious suites with panoramic vistas. For unparalleled luxury, upgrade to a two-storey Edge Villa with a private plunge pool, or the Iconic Suite with the best views at sea, positioned over the Bridge. Clean lines, soothing tones and contemporary furnishings reflect the modern, sleek aesthetic for which Kelly Hoppen is best known.

Following on from her maiden voyage around Western Europe, Celebrity Beyond® will set sail on a variety of Mediterranean journeys, including a nine-night tour of the Italian Riviera, before heading off to tour the Caribbean from November.

Whether seeking thrilling adventure, glamorous evenings beneath the stars or a complete wellness immersion, be one of the first to experience Celebrity Beyond®.