As the fourth of Celebrity Cruises’ five planned Edge Series ships, Celebrity Ascent shouldn’t still elicit the kinds of oohs and ahhs usually reserved for a first-in-class vessel — but it does. Like its older siblings, 2018’s Celebrity Edge, 2020’s Celebrity Apex, and 2022’s Celebrity Beyond, Ascent wows with contemporary design that blends the best of resort-style architecture with a premium cruise experience.
Created with style-savvy adults in mind, this 3,260-guest ship (a physical twin of Beyond) has an elevated ambiance that appeals to couples, groups of friends, and families with teens or young adult children who’ve outgrown amusement-style thrills. Several new activities, such as Game On (an interactive competition featuring six different interactive games projected onto the floor of The Club) and The Annex (a private space bookable for an extra fee that offers simulated golf, karaoke, and food and beverage service from Craft Social for up to 10 people) are novel ways for multigenerational groups to gather and have fun. The Rooftop Garden now also features a pickleball court by day in addition to movie screenings at night. Two restaurants, the whimsical Le Petit Chef with its tabletop animation, and the fine-dining Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud, each have new menus. Bottom line: There’s plenty on board to keep frequent Celebrity cruisers loyal and new-to-Celebrity guests ready to book their next sailing.