Celebrity Cruises announced the fifth ship in its Edge Series, Celebrity Xcel, which will debut in Winter 2025.
Due to launch in Autumn 2025, Celebrity Xcel will debut in the Caribbean, sailing 7-night itineraries between the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Puerto Plata, St Maarten and St Thomas – from Fort Lauderdale.
The vessel’s name was revealed at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, as Royal Caribbean Group executives assembled to watch the first piece of steel cut.
Innovative Features and Destinations
Much like its sister ship, Celebrity Ascent, which is currently scheduled to launch in December 2023, Celebrity Xcel will feature a resort-within-a-resort area called The Retreat, an expanded Rooftop Garden, fine-dining restaurant, two-storey villas with private plunge pools and a multi-level Sunset Bar by Daniel Boulud.
Celebrity Cruises’ president, Laura Hodges Bethge, said, “The Edge Series has shattered preconceived notions of cruising, and I am thrilled to announce our next bold step as a brand with Celebrity Xcel.
“True to her name, this next ship will ‘Xcel’ beyond her sister ships with entirely new experiences, yet to be revealed, but that will change the game all over again.”