Simone Biles does the honors at Celebrity Beyond naming ceremony

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Simone Biles, winner of seven Olympic medals in gymnastics, served as godmother of the Celebrity Beyond at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.
Simone Biles, winner of seven Olympic medals in gymnastics, served as godmother of the Celebrity Beyond at a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale on Friday. Photo Credit: Celebrity Cruises

Simone Biles, the seven-time Olympic medalist and most decorated American gymnast in history, named the Celebrity Beyond today in Fort Lauderdale.

"I can think of no one better to be the godmother of this incredible ship than the G.O.A.T. herself - Simone Biles," said Jason Liberty, CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, Celebrity's parent company.

Biles follows Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who named Beyond's sister ships, the Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge, respectively.

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"It is an honor to be selected as Beyond's godmother and to join such a distinguished group of strong, barrier-breaking women who have been named as Celebrity's godmothers before me," said Biles. "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 Capt. Kate McCue."

McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, is the captain of the Beyond, which launched service this summer in Europe and kicks off its inaugural Caribbean season with rotating Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity CEO and Liberty joined other Celebrity executives for the naming ceremony, which included a live performance from award-winning singer and songwriter, Leona Lewis.

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Biles, a 19-time world champion, has been included on lists including Time's 100 Most Influential, Forbes 30 Under 30 and Ebony Power 100.

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