Who better to advise on luxury cruise ship amenities than celebrities who have seen and experienced all the finer things in life? Celebrity Cruises tapped Nate Berkus, Gwyneth Paltrow, and celebrity chef Daniel Boulud to lend their expertise in interior design, wellness, and high-end French fare, respectively, for the company’s newest vessel, the Celebrity Beyond.
Like previous iterations of the cruise line’s Edge series of ships, the Beyond boasts exterior architecture by Burj Al Arab designer Tom Wright and interiors by AD100 talent Kelly Hoppen. With 17 decks and room for 3,260 passengers, the ship sailed out of Southampton, England, on April 27, and visited France, Spain, and Portugal over 10 nights. Summer itineraries to the Italian Riviera, Greek islands and Provence, France, will be followed by a Caribbean winter, embarking from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Berkus’s contribution to the design is the ship’s two-deck Sunset Bar, for which he drew from his personal travels for ideas. “It’s the biggest inspiration in terms of my design work. We wanted to create a space that made you feel like you could be anywhere—on an island in Greece, in Italy, or South America,” the AD100 designer says. In addition to 360-degree views and an entrance beneath a portal, there are custom Kravet Outdoor pattern designs (which Berkus drew up himself) based on ancient Greek motifs to honor the history of Celebrity Cruises. Timeless materials such as terra-cotta, bronze, brass, and wood complete the look. “It was very much about creating a moment where guests step through this portal, and they are transported somewhere,” Berkus says.
Paltrow’s “Goop at Sea” partnership with Celebrity Cruises actually launched in 2020, and on the Beyond, translates to a Goop-developed detox smoothie in the Spa Café, Goop-branded products in the cabins, and Goop-approved virtual movement classes on stateroom televisions. AquaClass (read: First class) guests can use in-room fitness tools like a meditation pillow, acupressure mat set, an infinity roller, and an aligned dome from body-alignment specialist Lauren Roxburgh. Goop has also recruited wellness teachers to coach classes on board.