Celebrity Cruises has announced that the seven-time Olympic medallist and 19-time World Champion Simone Biles is the godmother of its new ship, Celebrity Beyond.
The vessel began its inaugural season from Southampton on April 27, and will be officially named by Biles at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale on November 4, 2022.
Biles follows in the footsteps of other inspiring women who have been chosen as godmothers for the line’s Edge class ships. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is the godmother of Celebrity Edge, while Reshma Saujani holds the title for Celebrity Apex. She is the founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms.
Biles said: “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. I am honoured to join such a distinguished group of game-changing women and appreciate the important message this designation holds in recognising our accomplishments, and hopefully inspiring the next generation of women.”
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said Biles is “truly the G.O.A.T [greatest of all time] inside and outside of the gym, and I’m humbled and thrilled to welcome her as godmother of our newest ship Celebrity Beyond.”
Lutoff-Perlo, described Biles as “an inspiration”. She explained: “While I’ve marvelled 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 will spend the summer sailing nine and 10-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. In November the vessel will relocate to Fort Lauderdale for the official naming ceremony and a winter season of five to nine-night Caribbean sailings.