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New Celebrity cruise ship will have whiskey tasting and plant-based multi-course dinner

25 Jul 2023
Matt Hochberg

Celebrity Cruises revealed the dining experiences for its next new cruise ship, Celebrity Ascent.

new culinary coming to Celebrity Ascent

Ascent will launch later this year and be the next in the Edge Class of cruise ships.

While this will be the fourth in the class, Celebrity will have some culinary differences from other ships.

Celebrity Ascent will feature redesigned restaurants, immersive dinners, expanded food and drink menus, including a new whiskey tasting, and a plant-based multi-course dinner.

Here's a look at the dining choices you can expect on Celebrity Ascent when she launches.

Le Voyage

Le Voyage private dining room, on board Celebrity Ascent, the second installment of the highly rated fine dining venue by world-renowned chef, Daniel Boulud

The second installment of Le Voyage will be opened on Celebrity Ascent.

Le Voyage is the creation of world-renowned-chef Daniel Boulud, and it provides guests with fine dining from his favorite places around the world. 

Le Voyage on Celebrity Beyond

There will be an all-new design to the restaurant featuring a new chandelier, captivating neutrals, plush banquet seating, and gold tones throughout.

Guests will experience a global menu crafted by Chef Boulud himself that offers dishes from his personal travels and favorite places around the world.

There is also a Chef's Table option to rent out a private, 6-seat dining room that treats diners to a multi-course tasting dinner complete with exceptional wine pairings. 


New plant based menu at Eden

The iconic Eden venue found on all Edge Class ships will have three levels of sensory experiences completely wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows. 

You'll find a casual lunch café, a cocktail bar, an entertainment space, an outdoor terrace and a signature restaurant in just one venue.

A new plant-based multi-course dinner coming to Eden, featuring a close up of the Golden Beet Tomato Ceviche

The signature restaurant will have a new seven-course plant-based tasting menu. Each dish features ingredients that have been sourced from their original place of origin and presented in the most natural state.

Menu highlights include dishes like the Golden Beet-Tomato Ceviche, Ajoblanco Panna Cotta, Roasted and Glazed Celeriac Steak, and Dry Rose Petals Masala Curry. Enjoyed as a tasting menu, or a la carte, diners can also opt for organic and vegan wine pairings. 

Main Dining Rooms

The redesigned Cosmopolitan restaurant inspired by the culture of champagne on board Celebrity Ascent - 2

All Edge Class ships have four main dining restaurants instead of one main dining room, with each offering a different style of cuisine and signature dishes.

Ascent will have these dining rooms:

  • New American cuisine at Cosmopolitan restaurant
  • Mediterranean at Cyprus
  • French contemporary at Normandie
  • Italian at Tuscan
The redesigned Cosmopolitan restaurant inspired by the culture of champagne on board Celebrity Ascent

The Cosmopolitan will have a new design inspired by the culture of champagne, featuring a new layout and seating throughout. 

Combined, the four main dining restaurants offer travelers more than 84 different dishes to choose from. 

More specialty dining

Le Petit Chef

You'll still find other great dining choices at Le Petit Chef, Fine Cut and Blu.

At Le Petit Chef, each dinner features a multi-course menu that is brought to life by colorful and fun animations of a tiny chef who tells the story behind each dish. Each course’s animation ends with a digital version of the dish, followed by the real-life dish placed seamlessly in front of the diner for a wow-worthy experience.

Some new to Ascent will be an all-new four-course dining show told in the style of a fairytale as the tiny chef comes across a mysterious magical cookbook with whimsical recipes full of surprises. 

celebrity ascent Fine Cut Steakhouse

At Fine Cut Steakhouse, there will be a new dish – the Lemon Poached Lobster Tail with melted leeks, shiitake mushrooms, lobster ravioli and a house made beurre Blanc sauce.

Guest staying in Aqua Class can dine al fresco for breakfast or dinner in Blu’s new outdoor terrace space.

New Drink Offerings

Martini Bar on Celebrity Crruises

Ascent will have a new exclusive partnership with WhistlePig Whiskey. Ascent will feature two hand-selected barrels made exclusively for Celebrity Cruises. A

vailable at Craft Social, guests can enjoy a Special Bespoke Barrel Aged 12 Years and Special Single Barrel Aged 10 Years, either as a la carte options or as part of a tasting flight that also features WhistlePig PiggyBack 100 Proof Bourbon (Aged 6 Years), WhistlePig 10, and WhistlePig 12. 

Wine aficionados will be happy to know three of Celebrity Ascent’s venues were recognized at the 2023 Wine Spectator Awards, with Le Voyage and Tuscan being recipients of the “Best Of” Award of Excellence, and Fine Cut becoming an Award of Excellence winner.

Martini Bar on Celebrity Crruises

The Grand Plaza Martini Bar is situated under The Chandelier, a breathtaking light fixture-meets-art installation that comes alive each night during the iconic Flair Bartender Shows.

The Grand Plaza and Martini Bar, on board Celebrity Ascent, that stun guests with an interactive Chandelier and jaw-dropping Flair, Flash, Fusion bartender shows

The Martini Bar on Ascent will feature an expanded new menu, offering classic martinis, fruit-infused creations, and tantalizing desert martinis. 

Sailing in November 2023


Celebrity Ascent will hold 3,260 passengers at double occupancy. 

Celebrity Ascent will begin cruises at the end of November 2023 from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades for its inaugural Caribbean season. 

There will be a 4- and 3-night preview sailing on November 22, 2023 and then November 26, 2023.  Ascent will then begin with her maiden 7-night Caribbean sailing on December 3, 2023.

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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