Celebrity Cruises has revealed the entertainment line-up onboard its latest addition, Celebrity Ascent, set to make its maiden voyage in December 2023.

From theater shows to Pub games and nightlife activities, Celebrity Cruises has gone all out to ensure the ship offers an entirely new experience for guests. 

The entertainment offerings that Celebrity Cruises announced today, October 24, for Celebrity Ascent are both a nod to the familiar and new additions. 

Celebrity Ascent aims to maintain the high standard set by sistership Celebrity Beyond. The fourth Edge-class cruise ship offers guests six new live shows, immersive gaming experiences, and captivating performances across various onboard venues.

Lisa Lehr, Celebrity’s Vice President, Entertainment: “We embraced the opportunity with Celebrity Ascent to elevate our entertainment offerings. Handpicking the industry’s best creative minds, we’ve established a program that underscores Celebrity’s renowned onboard entertainment.”

Celebrity Cruises new entertainment lineup on Celebrity Ascent

One feature that is sure to wow guests is the new deck party Ascent After Dark: Shine the Night. By night, the ship’s Resort Deck is transformed with live performances, a light show, and a DJ-led dance floor. Guests are encouraged to don metallic attire and join the party.

“We are so excited to show guests how our new entertainment offering can level up their vacation in ways they’ve never experienced before. With elements our guests love plus some new surprises, Ascent offers something for everyone and adds to the memories they will have for a lifetime,” Lisa Lehr continues.

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Inside, the Theatre on Celebrity Ascent showcases the cutting-edge technology for which the Edge-class is known. Among the newly announced shows is “Awaken,” a digital spectacle leading guests on an extraordinary journey through surreal dreams.

Awaken, the new theater show onboard Celebrity Ascent

Other theater shows include Residency, which pays tribute to legendary Las Vegas artist residencies from Elvis to Lady Gaga, while Bridges explores human connections against the backdrop of iconic bridges in Venice, London, Sydney and New York.

Celebrity Cruises is also bringing back the popular Edge Series onboard programming, offering activities that have proven to be extremely popular on previous Edge-class ships such as Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, and Celebrity Beyond.

Moving beyond the theater, the entertainment continues in various areas of the ship. Eden, a three-story architectural wonder, will host several performances, including Allure, a search for artistic inspiration, Shimmerbox with pulsating beats, and Dreams, a fusion of live acts, interactive games, and unforgettable character engagements.

The Club on Celebrity Ascent offers Smoke & Ivories, a journey to a bygone era of Hollywood, combining dance, song, and projection technology.

Guests can also expect a broad spectrum of musical experiences. From jazz performances at The Club to concerts celebrating the evolution of funk in Funkified and a disco-era tribute in Discoteque.

Celebrity Ascent Sea Trials

For guests who wish to participate, Celebrity Ascent doesn’t disappoint. Nightlife experiences include an 80s Flashback at The Club, a Silent Disco, Live Band Karaoke, Latin parties, and an ABBA sing-along party.

Besides cruise ship classics such as Bingo, Pub Games Nights transform The Club into an active pub setting with games including street curling, darts, golf putting, tabletop shuffleboard, and even augmented reality multiplayer games.

Camp at Sea, which offers more than 500 activities for kids, ensures the younger cruisers always have new activities to keep them entertained. 

Celebrity Ascent, the latest addition to Celebrity Cruises’ Edge-class series, has completed its sea trials in October 2023, a critical phase in any ship’s development. 

Constructed at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the 140,600 gross tons cruise ship vessel underwent testing to evaluate its performance, including speed, maneuverability, and seaworthiness. 

The ship first touched water in January 2023 and, following further interior work, is now gearing up for two preview cruises before the maiden voyage. The first, a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise, sails on November 22, 2023, and the second, a 3-night Bahamas getaway, sets sail on November 26, 2023.

The maiden voyage will sail from Port Everglades on December 3, 2023. Celebrity Ascent will visit destinations such as Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, USVI; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Later, in April 2024, the ship will reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer season, with cruises including ports in France, Italy, Spain, and Greece. Celebrity Ascent is expected to return to the Caribbean in November 2024.

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