Fourth Edge-class cruise ship to enter service this December
New Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Ascent has completed sea trials with “flying colours”, according to cruise line representatives.
The fourth vessel in the line’s Edge class, which is scheduled to enter service in December 2023, completed a series of “manoeuvrability skills to test its functional and operational capabilities” in the Bay of Biscay near the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard where it is being built.
Nearly 200 crew members were on board for the trials alongside the industry’s first sibling cruise captains, brothers Demitrios and Tasos Kafetzis.
The 3,260-passenger ship will be officially named during a ceremony on 1 December 2023 in Fort Lauderdale.
Celebrity Ascent will then depart the Floridian port on 3 December 2023 for its seven-night round-trip Eastern Caribbean maiden voyage, calling at Saint Maarten, Saint Thomas and the Dominican Republic.
The ship will spend the winter rotating between eastern and western Caribbean sailings before repositioning to the Mediterranean for a season of summer cruises.
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