Celebrity Ascent Cruise: 10 Things To Know About This Incredible Ship

Last updated on December 19th, 2023

Just a few weeks ago we took the plunge and embarked on one of the first Celebrity Ascent Cruises! Not only that…it was our first cruise in general!!!

From what we heard from some cruise professionals is that we have started at the top. The 3,260-passenger Celebrity Ascent is being considered one of the best cruise ships out there right now and after experiencing 3 days on it, I can confirm this has to be true. It simply blew our minds.

The ship is the fourth one in the Celebrity Cruises Edge line series. This series also includes the Celebrity Edge, Apex and the Beyond! 

Celebrity Ascent Cruise Ship Main Features

With 32 restaurants and bars within, a casino, full on spa, gym, casino, club and more- there is a lot to discover on the Celebrity Ascent!

From the get-go, Celebrity tapped world-class designers to devise striking interiors throughout the ship, from Nate Berkus to Kelly Hoppen. That deeply rooted design focus hasn’t changed, but the look of some of the spaces has. One particular change that caught my eye was the addition of

They key areas within the ship are without a doubt the Grand Plaza which houses the ever inviting Martini Bar! The light fixtures, indoor bridge and center chandelier make it the perfect focual features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two “martini glass” Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below.

The ship also features exclusive areas of luxury cruising for guests who want an unparraleled experience.

First there is The Retreat which features exclusive indoor and outdoor spaces only accessible to them- a pool, loungers and restaurants. Next you have the Ascent Villa options,

Celebrity Ascent Rooms

Celebrity Ascent Cruise Restaurants

I know the whole idea of cruising is for people to experience a bunch of different places and countries to hop off the boat and visit some of the ports they stop at. The thing is on the Celebrity Ascent the restaurants will have you staying on the ship for the night. There are SO many options that are 5 star and truly made us feel like we were in NYC or Vegas. They were TOP KNOTCH in every way and no matter what your dining style/preference or restrictions are- Celebrity has you covered.

Le Voyage, a restaurant by Daniel Boulud, which was first introduced on Celebrity Beyond. On Celebrity Ascent, the space is awash in a Champagne palette dominated by striking lighting embedded in the ceiling and the walls. A semi-private dining room is cocooned by scalloped green walls and anchored by a bold ma

Celebrity Ascent Spa

Celebrity Ascent Spa

The biggest area of the ship that blew my mind was hands down the Spa on board. The facilities, decor and ambience of the space made me feel like I was in a Spa in Beverly Hills.

With our Auqaclass level room category, we were able to access the spa facilities free of charge which is something worth considering when looking at the room options. Being able to use the steam room and lounge area was so beyond perfect and made me feel so refreshed each morning.

In addition to the steam and lounge area, they also have a thermal circuit which includes a rainfall shower, energy/crystal room, dry sauna and Himalayan salt area. We moved from room to room for over 2 hour and in between would rest on the window facing loungers. The sun was out that day and it was like the best of both worlds being able to feel that natural heat coming at you but being in the comfort of your robe inside!

Another highlight of the Celebrity Ascent Spa was all the treatment options they offer. I did not book one of these but boy oh boy was I tempted! They not only have signature massages and ELEMIS facials but they have: A full service Kérastase salon ( legit one of the best hair brands in the world), barber room, laser treatments, IV enhancements to help with weight loss or motion sickness and LED facial procedures. All in all if you want to leave the ship feeling and looking younger, you can certainly do it here!

Celebrity Ascent Cruise Gym

The gym facilities on the Ascent are legitimately out of this world. Not only do they have the basics like treadmills, ellipticals and free weights but they also have a full on barre/trx space and a spinning room. There are fitness schedules each day that you can book and all of the facilities are complimentary to use

I did one of the spin classes and it was honestly better than my studio at home. What normally costs me $30 a class, was worked into our Ascent pricing!

If you wanted to really add a twist on things, they also have a pickle ball court that doubles as a yoga area on the Rooftop Deck at certain times. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw people playing pickle ball. I believe this is something that needs to be rented out and is an added expense but so cool!

Celebrity Ascent Deck Plan

I don’t know why but I before embarking on the Celebrity Ascent I got such a thrill of looking up the Deck plans! I liked finding where my room was and mapping out the restaurants I wanted to try.

While I didn’t include all the Room Plans on here- I did find it helpful when looking to see what suite we would go with. Getting an ocean view was important to us and we wanted to be a bit higher up so we opted for the Auqaclass on Deck 9. Basically all the rooms can be found between Decks 6-12.

Celebrity Ascent Deck Plan

You can view the room deck plans here

Celebrity Ascent Itinerary Options

Celebrity Ascent Review

Alright if I have convinced you already that you need to book a cruise on this ship, let’s talk about the Celebrity Ascent Itinerary Options! Between November-March of 2024, the Celebrity Ascent will be making it’s way around the Caribbean and they have plenty of options for everyone!

If you want to visit a bit of the Caribbean with a splash of Mexico- they have a 8 day cruise that ports at: Bahamas, Mexico and Grand Cayman

If you want to visit a few more unique islands ( this one is more my speed), they also have a 10 day cruise option that ports at: St. Maarten, St Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitt’s, Barbados and Antigua

From April 2024 until the Fall, they will be heading over to Europe where you can choose from the Italian Riveria and France to Italy France and Spain. The kind of decisions I like to make!

Celebrity Ascent Entertainment & Fun

No need to visit Vegas after cruising on the Celebrity Ascent, the entertainment on board is of the caliber of a broadway show or high end ticket to one of the many productions in Vegas.

To be honest sometimes I am a bit hesitant to sit down for a show or play because I get bored easily. Normally after 10-15 minutes, I’m like ok I am good ( this may be because of my ADD haha but for real some shows just don’t draw me in right away). This is not the case on the Ascent.

Each night you can head over to their state of the art Theatre for a 60 minute production that incorporates dancing, singing, creative costumes, aerialist, lighting and visuals that will have your jaw dropping the entire time.

First up is the show “Awaken”. This one will have you singing along to the likes of Bruno Mars to Janet Jackson and it has a more “pop” or “modern” feel to it. It features a few duet performances, solos and then gets the whole crew up and involved. I thought there was no getting better than this one until the next night….

Our second show was “Bridges” and WOW! This one had us travelling to different bridges all over the world- London, Brooklyn, San Fran and incorporated tunes and dancing that fit the theme of those cities. This show felt like more of a play and I loved it SO SO much.

The lighting and stage system that compliments the talent in the shows was believe to be about 5 million dollars and it shows. It’s crazy cool.

TIP: You do not need to book seats for the theatre but I would recommend getting there about 15-20 minutes before

Celebrity Ascent Itinerary Options

Celebrity Ascent Itinerary Options

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