Biles, a 19-time world champion, seven-time Olympic medalist and the most decorated American gymnast in history, did the honors during a ceremony capped by a performance by singer Leona Lewis.
In a nod to gold champion Biles, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises, called Celebrity Beyond ‘the gold standard,’ adding the ship embodies ‘relaxed luxury.’
Biles was joined on stage by Lutoff-Perlo; Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; and Celebrity Beyond Capt. Kate McCue.
‘This ship’s beauty, power and resilience sets the standard by which all others will be measured. Simone’s determination, progressive nature, empowered attitude and grace in the face of challenges make her such an inspiration to so many around the world,’ Liberty said. ‘All of these attributes are why Simone Biles is perfectly suited to watch over Celebrity Beyond’s journey.’
Biles follows Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who served as the godmothers for Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge, respectively.
She called it an honor to join ‘such a distinguished group of strong, barrier-breaking women who have been named as Celebrity’s godmothers before me,’ adding: ‘I appreciate the important message this designation holds in recognizing our accomplishments as empowering women, and I am honored to share the stage today with fellow brave, boundary-breaking leaders like Lisa-Lutoff Perlo and Captain Kate McCue.’
Celebrity Beyond will now embark on its inaugural Caribbean season. It has been operating in Europe since its April delivery.