Simone Biles Named Godmother of Celebrity Beyond

Simone Biles, godmother of Celebrity Beyond. - Photo by Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises announced that seven-time Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles will be the godmother of its newest ship, Celebrity Beyond

As godmother, Biles will name Celebrity Beyond in a traditional ceremony to be held this November at Port Everglades. 

"I have a lot of great memories of cruising with my parents while growing up, so I am beyond excited to serve as godmother of Celebrity Beyond," said Biles. "I am honored to join such a distinguished group of game-changing women and appreciate the important message this designation holds in recognizing our accomplishments, and hopefully inspiring the next generation of women."

Biles joins a remarkable group of women who have served as godmothers for Celebrity Cruises’ Edge series ships - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai (godmother of Celebrity Edge) and Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms (godmother of Celebrity Apex). For all Edge class vessels, Celebrity is selecting “equally transformational and courageous Godmothers who are breaking barriers and championing change in their respective fields.” 

"Simone is truly the G.O.A.T inside and outside of the gym, and I'm humbled and thrilled to welcome her as godmother of our newest ship Celebrity Beyond," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. "While I've marveled at her abilities and historic accomplishments as a gymnast, it's Simone's courage to speak out and her ability to help others be better in sport and in life that has impressed me the most. She has risen to the occasion and overcome challenges time and time again.”  

Celebrity Beyond set out on its inaugural voyage on April 27, 2022, sailing from Southampton to Barcelona. The ship will spend the summer 2022 season sailing nine and ten-night Mediterranean cruises, and then reposition to Fort Lauderdale this November for Caribbean cruises. Celebrity Beyond is helmed by Captain Kate McCue, the first and only American female to captain a major cruise ship. 

Celebrity Beyond has been designed by a number of high-profile figures - award-winning British designer Kelly Hoppen CBE, celebrated American designer Nate Berkus, Paris-based design firm Jouin Manku, and British architect Tom Wright. Celebrity Cruises partnered with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud for culinary offerings and wellness experiences developed by the line’s Well-Being Advisor, GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow. 

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