Celebrity honours agents and reveals new Beyond details

Celebrity honours agents and reveals new Beyond details

The line held an event in London this week to celebrate its agent partners

Celebrity Cruises honoured its agent and industry partners at a London ceremony this week, as the line also unveiled details of the entertainment on its new ship, Celebrity Beyond

On March 15, more than 60 travel partners attended the event at the capital’s The Londoner Hotel. Several agent partners and individuals were celebrated for their dedication to enabling the successful return of the travel industry following the turmoil of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Outstanding achievement awards went to Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of the Advantage Travel Group, for her work with the UK government on the resumption of the industry, as well as amplifying its voice through the media.

Haslemere Travel managing director Gemma Antrobus won her award for her dedication to leading the luxury sector and supporting the cruise industry, while Andy Harmer, managing director of Clia UK & Ireland, was praised for his “unparalleled contribution to the restart of the entire cruise sector”. 

Special recognition also went to Audley Travel, Cruise.co.uk, ROL Cruise and Stewart Travel.

The event was hosted by Jo Rzymowska, EMEA vice president and managing director, and Claire Stirrup, UK and Ireland sales director. 

Rzymowska said the event was held to thank everyone for their work with both Celebrity and the entire travel industry, “as well as recognising the incredible contribution from partners and people across our wonderful industry, after a period of intense hardship.” 

She added:  “It has been a poignant moment to be back together to celebrate and remind each other of the power of partnership. Our partners within the trade and across the industry are integral to all that we do.” 

In six weeks, the line will reunite with more than 1,000 travel partners onboard Celebrity Beyond, when it launches in Southampton. The ship is the third in the line’s Edge-series and will spend the summer in the Mediterranean, before heading to the Caribbean in October. 

The line has revealed details of the onboard entertainment for Beyond, which will include the fleet’s largest theatre. It will boast a 110-foot curved 4K LED screen and will be home to a number of new shows. 

Arte will immerse audiences in iconic works of art, with dance, high-flying acrobatics and visual effects. Stage Door features performances inspired by West End musicals, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, which was recorded in the London Palladium theatre. Elements will focus on the five elements, using technology, visuals, acrobatic performances and fashion-inspired costumes.

New entertainment options have been added across the ship, including two new live music nights at The Club, experiences and shows in Eden and new light and dance shows choreographed to music in the Grand Plaza.

To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, Celebrity Cruises has announced that nearly a third of its bridge officers are female.

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