Celebrity Xcel

Celebrity Cruises Reveals Name Of Next Ship: Meet Celebrity Xcel

The world of luxury cruising is about to reach new heights, or shall we say depths, with the unveiling of Celebrity Cruises’ latest addition to its award-winning Edge Series – Celebrity Xcel.


  • Say hello to Celebrity Xcel, the 5th vessel in this wave-breaking series that promises to redefine premium vacation experiences on the high seas.
  • Scheduled to make her debut in November 2025, Celebrity Xcel will embark on her inaugural winter season from Fort Lauderdale.
  • The big reveal took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
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For those unfamiliar with the Celebrity Cruises brand, the iconic “X” is their mark—a symbol of a fleet of 16 resorts at sea that take guests to the world’s best places on the world’s best ships. Celebrity Cruises has been a pioneer in the industry, revolutionizing cruise experiences with its contemporary design, modern accommodations, and culturally rich destination offerings. The brand, under the umbrella of the Royal Caribbean Group, explores all seven continents and nearly 300 destinations in over 70 countries.


Executives from both Royal Caribbean Group and the shipyard marked the occasion of the Celebrity Xcel big reveal by cutting the first piece of steel for this majestic vessel.


The ship will offer 7-night itineraries alternating between the Bahamas, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The sailings are now open for sale, and the anticipation is building for a voyage that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.



Similar to her highly anticipated sister ship, Celebrity Ascent, which debuts later this month, Celebrity Xcel is designed to connect guests to the breath-taking world around them like never before. The onboard experiences set these ships apart as a class of their own, with distinctive features and spaces that redefine the notion of luxury cruising:

  • The Retreat: An exclusive resort-within-a-resort area for suite guests, highlighted by a two-story sundeck.
  • Accommodations: Catering to modern tastes, Celebrity Xcel offers everything from modern two-story villas with private plunge pools to staterooms with infinite verandas, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living.
  • Rooftop Garden and Resort Deck: An expanded Rooftop Garden and stunning Resort Deck featuring unique cantilevered float pools.
  • Sunset Bar: A multi-level, multi-terraced Sunset Bar redefining the ship’s aft.
  • Dining Experience: A Daniel Boulud fine-dining restaurant at sea, elevating the culinary offerings to a new level.
  • Entertainment and Activities: Live entertainment and activities create the best date nights and days at sea, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
  • Grand Plaza: A boldly redesigned Grand Plaza spanning three decks, creating an airy and open indoor space.
  • Magic Carpet: The return of the Magic Carpet, an engineering feat soaring cantilevered above the sea, offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.


As we eagerly await her debut in late 2025, one thing is certain: Celebrity Cruises once again promises to redefine the world of luxury cruising with a vessel that truly ‘Xcels’ in every aspect.


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