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Champion Gymnast Simone Biles Named Godmother of Celebrity Beyond

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

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Simone Biles, world chamption gymnast has been named godmother of Celebrity Beyond. (Photo credit:Agência Brasil Fotografias, license:

Nineteen-time World Champion, seven-time Olympic Medalist, author, and Dancing with the Stars contestant Simone Biles is adding one more accomplishment to her resume. She will be Godmother to Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Beyond.


Update 10/6/23:

Congratulations to Simone.

in history as well as the Godmother for Celebrity Beyond.


Orange and glass awning, wood deck, tan chairs and tables, ocean
The Magic Carpet is an incredible engineering feat only existing on Celebrity Beyond, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Epic. This lounge and restaurant moves between decks 2 - 14 along the outside of the ship.

Celebrity Cruises’ Edge-class ships have broken ground with new categories of suites and exciting additions such as Infinite Verandahs, Rooftop Garden, the Magic Carpet, and The Club. These features have contributed to make this series of ships incredibly popular. Innovation and elegance with a touch of quirkiness set these ships apart from many others in the industry. The class also tends to have a higher than average percentage of women crew members.

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Like on her Edge and Apex sisters, Celebrity Beyond will highlight the Rooftop Garden.

Fitting the style of the ships has been the impressive, unique line-up of ground-breaking women who are also making a difference in the world. They are forward-looking and brave. Women who are strong role models for girls and who are creating opportunities.

ship deck, pool, elephant on man's back statue
Chic, fun, innovative- just three words to describe Celebrity's Edge-class ships.

Simone Biles joins equally incredible women just as Celebrity Beyond joins her equally intriguing sister ships:

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate -

Celebrity Edge

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms -

Celebrity Apex

“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 honored to join such a distinguished group of game-changing women and appreciate the important message this designation holds in recognizing our accomplishments and hopefully inspiring the next generation of women."
-Simone Biles

The position of Godmother to ships is steeped in history, tradition, and rituals.

While Celebrity Beyond began sailing in Europe earlier in the year, her christening was on November 4th in Fort Lauderdale. Simone officially named the ship, which included blessing it and setting in motion the christening by breaking a bottle of champagne on the ship’s bow. You can catch the highlights here.

Celebrity Beyond ship, Panama Canal itinerary map, ad for March 2024 Panama Canal cruise
Save over $800 per person on an Infinate Verandah cabin using our group rates on Celebrity Beyond sailing March 11, 2024 on an 11-night Panama Canal cruise adventure.

Past Edge Series Christenings:


"….. I'm humbled and thrilled to welcome her as godmother of our newest ship Celebrity Beyond." "While I've marveled 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. She is an inspiration."
-Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises

Our clients have been impressed with Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, always coming back to tell me about their great experiences and sharing their stories with their friends.

I'm especially excited right now as we have a small group currently enjoying Rome as they prepare to board Celebrity Edge in a few days. I can't think of a better way to celebrate someone's milestone birthday than with friends on a Mediterranean cruise aboard one of these ships. Happy 60th birthday, Bill!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic trip, family getaway, celebration, or group, I hope you’ll contact Connie George Travel Associates. Let's work together to book you on a ship that best matches what you’re looking for in your next great cruise vacation. Maybe it will be on one of these ships!

Happy Traveling!


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