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Celebrity Cruises Christens Celebrity Ascent in Fort Lauderdale

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In a spectacular event that combined maritime tradition with star-studded glamor, Celebrity Cruises proudly named its newest ship, the Celebrity Ascent. The festivities were headlined by co-godmothers Captain Sandy Yawn, a well-known face from Bravo TV's Below Deck, and Michelle Dunham, the Founder of the Jacksonville School for Autism. The ship's naming ceremony, complete with the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull, marked the beginning of the Ascent's inaugural Caribbean season 

The Celebrity Ascent naming ceremony witnessed history in the making as Greek brothers Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis and Captain Tasos Kafetzis were named Co-Captains of the vessel. This groundbreaking move not only sets a precedent for the Celebrity brand but also for the cruise industry as a whole. The union of these experienced captains promises seamless and extraordinary leadership at the helm of the Celebrity Ascent.

Inaugural Caribbean Season:

The Celebrity Ascent is set to embark on its inaugural Caribbean season, starting its journey from Ft. Lauderdale on December 3rd. The 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing itinerary includes visits to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and the Dominican Republic, offering passengers an opportunity to explore these picturesque destinations in style and luxury.

According to Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, each new ship from Celebrity Cruises aims to deliver the ultimate vacation experience. With the Celebrity Ascent, the brand has undoubtedly achieved this goal by raising the bar for premium travel. Liberty emphasizes the ship's elevated design and new onboard experiences, positioning it as a benchmark for the travel industry.

Laura Hodges Bethge, President at Celebrity Cruises, shared her enthusiasm for the Celebrity Ascent's unique offerings. The ship has been meticulously designed to cater to travelers' wanderlust, promising unforgettable and covetable experiences. The appointment of Captain Sandy Yawn and her sister Michelle as co-godmothers adds a personal dimension to the ship's identity, exemplifying the sense of welcome and warm hospitality that Celebrity Cruises strives to provide on every voyage.