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The fifth vessel in the brand’s award-winning Edge Series, Celebrity Xcel, will be in a class of her own when she launches Winter 2025.

The countdown is on, and the future of elevated travel at sea is officially on its way. Celebrity Cruises announced that the fifth ship in its award-winning Edge Series will be named Celebrity Xcel, continuing the innovative experiences coveted in her sister ships and then going even further for an unmatched premium holiday experience.

The reveal was made at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, as executives from both Royal Caribbean Group, the world’s leading family of cruise holiday brands that includes Celebrity Cruises, and the shipyard cut the first piece of steel for the new ship.

“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,” said Celebrity Cruises’ President Laura Hodges Bethge. “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.”

Celebrity Xcel will make her debut in November 2025 in the Caribbean, sailing her inaugural winter season from Fort Lauderdale, on 7-night itineraries alternating between the Bahamas, Mexico and the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

Like her sister ship Celebrity Ascent, Celebrity Xcel will connect guests to the breathtaking world around them like never before. The onboard experiences on these ships stand them apart as a class of ships without comparison with such distinctive features and spaces as:

The Retreat, an exclusive resort-within-a-resort area for suite guests, highlighted by a two-story sundeck

An expanded Rooftop Garden and stunning Resort Deck featuring unique cantilevered float pools

A multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar redefining the ship’s aft

Live entertainment and activities creating the best date nights and days at sea

A boldly redesigned Grand Plaza spanning three decks, creating an airy and open indoor space

And, the return of the Magic Carpet, an engineering feat soaring cantilevered above the sea, offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.

Nothing is more important on a holiday than the place you relax and recharge in between all the exciting experiences you’ll have each day. The Edge Series set a new standard in world-class accommodations, but Celebrity Xcel shows you can even improve on perfection. From their Edge Single Staterooms with Infinite Verandas designed for the solo traveller - which they’ve doubled in number - to the unparalleled luxury of The Retreat, featuring expanded and redesigned exclusive spaces, the accommodations on Celebrity Xcel are designed to make you feel even more at home while you travel the world.

No matter which of Celebrity Xcel's luxurious staterooms you choose, you’ll rest easily on eXhale bedding and Cashmere mattresses designed exclusively for Celebrity. In fact, nearly every stateroom and suite on Celebrity Xcel features a king-sized bed. They want you fully refreshed and ready to explore every day of your holiday. Plus, in-room automation allows you to adjust everything from your shades to your lighting to your AC with the tap of a screen. As they’ve done throughout the Edge Series, they’ve thought of every comfort and refined every detail.

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