Today, May 10, 2022 Celebrity Cruises has announced that the world champion, and olympic gold medalist, gymnast Simone Biles will hold the position of Godmother to the ship Celebrity Beyond.
CEO and president of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo stated, “Simone is truly the G.O.A.T inside and outside the gym, and 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, its 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."
The role of Godmother to a vessel, and specifically cruise ships, is a longstanding maritime tradition. The title and honor of Godmother to a ship is considered a lifetime position.
Simone Biles will fulfill her first obligation as Godmother to Celebrity Beyond, by attending the official naming ceremony of the ship in Fort Lauderdale on November 4, 2022.
“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 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,” said Simone Biles in a statement regarding her new position.
Celebrity Beyond made its debut on April 27, 2022, and set sail on its inaugural sailing, a 10-night itinerary from Southhampton, England, to Barcelona, Spain. The ship will spend the summer season sailing on 9- to 10-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. After the summer season, in November Celebrity Beyond will go to Fort Lauderdale for its official naming ceremony, and will then journey on to the Caribbean for the winter season. While in the Caribbean, Celebrity Beyond will sail on 5- to 9-night itineraries.