Celebrity Ascent: A first look at this new and edgy cruise ship

I’m just back from Celebrity Ascent, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship and the fourth in its Edge Class of vessels. It’s exactly what passengers have come to expect from the line, which offers a modern, edgy take on everything from food to entertainment. The latter is truly what shines on board. The new ship stands out for its buzzworthy new theater shows, a private entertainment room, and a lively after-dark deck party. Another unrelated highlight is that the ship features twice as many cabins for solo travelers as the line’s previous ship, Celebrity Beyond.

The Annex
The Annex on Celebrity Ascent is a small space on Deck 5 that offers a private area for groups of up to 15 people to sing karaoke, watch movies or sporting events, or play virtual sports like golf and dodgeball. The room can be rented in two-and-a-half-hour increments at a cost of $150 to $375 for 10 people, depending on the package booked and whether it’s a port day or a sea day. The price includes food and drinks from Craft Social, the ship’s pub. The space is comfortable and inviting, with sports-themed seating and pillows facing a giant screen. Overall, it’s a great concept, particularly if you’re traveling with a large family or a group of friends.

New shows
Entertainment is phenomenal on the Edge Class vessels, and Celebrity Ascent is no exception. Two sets of performers bring the productions to life with aplomb, hitting an impressive vocal range and mastering pop-and-lock routines. The shows incorporate creative costumes and well-known songs. “Awaken” focuses on fever dream-style numbers and incorporates Bruno Mars tunes and “Stranger Things” vibes. “Bridges” takes you, through song and dance, to some of the world’s most iconic bridges. “Shimmerbox” is a more intimate, interactive experience, where the singers and dancers draw audience members onto the dancefloor. Overall, the shows are not to be missed.

Nightclub fun
The Club, Celebrity Ascent’s nightclub, is a cozy two-deck venue that’s home to dance parties and daytime sporting events. At night, head there for “Smoke & Ivories,” a new high-energy show featuring singing, dancing, and acrobatics. The Club is way too small to host the show, so make sure to arrive early to secure a seat.

Shimmer party
A pool deck party called “Shine the Night” is held on Celebrity Ascent. The themed outdoor soiree encourages passengers to wear something sparkly in preparation for a night of dancing with a DJ set against a giant glowing light sculpture. It’s a lively pool party and definitely worth attending.

Solo cabins galore
Celebrity Ascent features twice as many cabins for solo travelers as the line’s previous ship. The solo cabins are available as Infinite Verandas, which feature large glass windows that can be opened or closed with the push of a button to allow fresh air inside. This is great news for solo cruisers who want to enjoy their own space without paying a single supplement.

New dining offerings
Celebrity Ascent offers new dining options, including Le Petit Chef, a unique dining experience where a fairy grants three wishes and brings your food to life through augmented reality. There are also other dining venues such as Craft Social, the ship’s pub, and a selection of elevated accommodations with their own private restaurants.

In conclusion, Celebrity Ascent is a fantastic addition to the Celebrity Cruises fleet. The ship offers a modern, edgy take on everything from food to entertainment. The new theater shows, private entertainment room, and lively deck party are standout features. The increased number of cabins for solo travelers is a welcome addition, and the new dining offerings provide unique experiences. Overall, Celebrity Ascent is a must-visit for cruise enthusiasts looking for a modern and entertaining experience.

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