Celebrity Apex

Former name: Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Apex current position

Celebrity Apex current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 26.08652 N / -80.11977 W) cruising en route to PORT EVERGLADES,FL. The AIS position was reported 19 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Celebrity Apex

Year built2020 new ship
Flag state Malta
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassEdge
Building costEUR 770 million (USD 900 million)
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)
OperatorCelebrity Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)306 m / 1004 ft
Beam (width)39 m / 128 ft
Gross Tonnage129500 gt
Passengers2918 - 3373
Crew1320
Decks15
Cabins1467
Decks with cabins10
Sister-shipsCelebrity Edge, Celebrity Beyond
Former namesCelebrity Beyond
Christened byReshma Saujani
Celebrity Cruises Coronavirus update

Celebrity Apex Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $969
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $979
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1826
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $829
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $749
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $829
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $799
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $819
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $749
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $849
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $829
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $839
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $919
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $879
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $839
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $864
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $819
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $819
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Fort Lauderdale $744
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Mexico, Key West Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $689
2021 May 01 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale $1809
2021 May 15 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2709
2021 May 27 9 days, round-trip Spain, Italy French Riviera Cruise Barcelona $1699
2021 Jun 05 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2519
2021 Jun 17 9 days, round-trip Spain, Italy French Riviera Cruise Barcelona $1964
2021 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1399
2021 Jul 03 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $1704
2021 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1554
2021 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $1654
2021 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona $1399
2021 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $1464
2021 Aug 07 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2679
2021 Aug 19 9 days, round-trip Spain, Italy French Riviera Cruise Barcelona $1774
2021 Aug 28 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2329
2021 Sep 09 9 days, round-trip Spain, Italy French Riviera Cruise Barcelona $2034
2021 Sep 18 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2679
2021 Sep 30 9 days, round-trip Spain, Italy French Riviera Cruise Barcelona $1774
2021 Oct 09 12 days, round-trip Spain, Malta Greek Islands Cruise Barcelona $2679
2021 Oct 21 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $1809
2021 Nov 04 9 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1359
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Belize, Grand Cayman and Mexico Cruise Fort Lauderdale $909
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1029
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $989
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $939
2021 Dec 11 9 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1459
2021 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Holiday Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1519
2021 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Holiday Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1729
2022 Jan 03 5 days, round-trip Bahamas Cruise Fort Lauderdale $899
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $889
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $979
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $939
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $879
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1119
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1269
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1119
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1119
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1169
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1169
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1169
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1169
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1169
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Puerto Rico, St. Thomas St. Kitts Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1218
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Key West, Belize and Grand Cayman Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1218

Celebrity Apex Review

Review of Celebrity Apex

Launched in 2020, Celebrity Apex cruise ship (initially named "Celebrity Beyond") is the second of all five Edge-class cruise liners - with sisterships Celebrity Edge (2018), Celebrity Beyond (2021-Q3), TBN1 (2022-Q3) and TBN2 (2024).

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 as the Greece-based Chandris Line (cruise shipping operations between 1974-1996). In 1997, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) merged with "Celebrity Cruises Ltd" to become "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd" (RCCL). The "X" on ship funnels is the Greek letter chi (standing for "Chandris"). Common features of Celebrity Cruises ships include aft located glass-walled dining rooms, signature alternate dining venues, bars and lounges, spacious Atrium lobby areas, a large number of balcony staterooms, large sundecks with swimming pools, The Retreat (adults-only sundeck with full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas, poolside full bar service). Rooftop Terrace (top-deck outdoor lounge-restaurant-cinema), large Spa (with Thermal Suites), premium retail shops selling top-brand merchandise.

Celebrity Apex cruise ship

The 2900-passenger cruise ship Celebrity Apex is the second of four newbuilds scheduled to debut for Celebrity Cruises under "Project Edge" (ship class). The new ships are bigger than Millennium-class but smaller than Solstice-class. The company advertised "small-ship itineraries with large-ship amenities", destination-rich experiences and iconic maritime architecture.

You can watch the following YouTube video (official Celebrity Cruises release) about all the Celebrity Edge ship's unique features.

 

Cruise itinerary program

Currently, Celebrity Apex cruise itinerary program is based on Mediterranean roundtrips from homeport Barcelona Spain (during summer) and Caribbean roundtrips from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA), with Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and the USA. From the USA, Celebrity Apex cruises to ports in the Western Caribbean (Mexico, Key West FL, Grand Cayman) and Eastern Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Thomas USVI, St Kitts).

Initially (before the 2020 cancellations), the new ship was planned for homeporting in Southampton (England UK). The liner had a short pre-naming voyage (April 2020) for travel agents only. From Southampton was scheduled a mini-season with 5x departures/roundtrips to ports in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean (7- and 10-days long voyages). Then the ship was to be repositioned to Mediterranean (homeports Barcelona and Civitavecchia-Rome) during the European maiden season. Med itineraries were 7-10-12-days long.

To Celebrity's 2020 European program were added 4x longer Apex itineraries to ports in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

  • Two 11-night "Greece, Malta and Turkey" voyages from homeport Civitavecchia-Rome visit Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini Island, Mykonos Island, Piraeus-Athens, Valletta Malta, and Barcelona. The 10-night "Greece, Malta and Turkey" itinerary visits Barcelona, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Athens, Naples, Rome.
  • The 11-night "Spain, France and Italian Riviera" roundtrip from Barcelona visits Marseille, Monte Carlo, Nice, Santa Margherita, Rome, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia.

After the inauguration in Southampton, Apex was planned to start a mini-season of 5x European itineraries (Norwegian Fjords and Iberia). The 10-night "Baltic Capitals" visited Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Le Havre-Paris. Followed a summer Mediterranean season with 7- to 12-night itineraries.

Bookings on Celebrity Apex 2020 program were opened on November 29, 2018. For travel agencies, wave-booking promo deals offered half-price fares (for the second passenger), up to GBP 700 pp savings and free-drink packages.

Celebrity Beyond cruise ship

Due to the Coronavirus 2020 crisis, Celebrity rescheduled Apex' inaugural cruise from April 1 to May 20, June 13, September 16, October 10 and November 5, but all these itineraries were eventually cancelled. Celebrity Apex' maiden voyage was finally scheduled for December 5 (7-day Western Caribbean/"Mexico, Key West and Grand Cayman Cruise" out of Fort Lauderdale). For detailed info on all the cancellations see in the ship's Wiki section.

Cabins

Most Celebrity Apex staterooms are Balcony rooms. There are also a number of wheelchair accessible rooms. Of all the 1467 staterooms, 918 are Edge Staterooms (with Infinite Verandas) and 176 are suites. All staterooms are fitted with keyless cabin entry technology that uses digital keys (on smartphones), as well as standard keycards and RFID bands.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Celebrity Apex ship has 4 MDRs / main dining rooms (named Cosmopolitan, Cyprus, Normandie, Tuscan) and 6 new-to-Celebrity Cruises specialty restaurants. In total, the cruise ship has 15 restaurants and cafes, 12 bars and lounges.

 

Passengers in AquaClass staterooms or Suites eat at Blu Restaurant, offering lighter "spa-inspired" cuisine. The Luminae Restaurant is named "Luminae at The Retreat" and (along with Blu) is part of the private, Suite Class passengers exclusive complex "The Retreat". Suite passengers have also the option to eat in the Main Dining Rooms (Normandie Restaurant, Tuscan Restaurant, Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Cyprus Restaurant). These 4 complimentary restaurants serve menus inspired by the itinerary/destinations visited. Each restaurant offers regional wines and themed cocktails, dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients, also a rotating menu of Signature dishes for dinner (changing every evening) and a Classic dinner menu. The ship's main restaurants are served by dedicated to each table wait staff (sommelier, assistant waiter, head waiter). Passengers are assigned to one of the 4 MDRs but still have the option (upon request) to dine in the other 3.

Celebrity Apex offers company's traditional "Celebrity Select Dining" (your-time dining for dinners) option, which is renamed to "Celebrity Select Dining Plus". Passengers can make reservations in any of the 4 MDRs if they know they want to eat at a specific restaurant and dinner time, or they can simply show up and enjoy dinner on their own time.

Celebrity Apex cruise ship

In addition to the 4 MDR restaurants, there are plenty of complimentary dining venues, such as Oceanview Cafe (live cooking stations, bakery), Mast Grill (poolside), Spa Cafe & Juice Bar (healthy food and beverages), Eden Cafe (wide variety of breakfast and lunch items). The ship also has two outdoor al fresco seating venues.

Celebrity Apex has a total of 11 bars and lounges, including Eden, Cafe al Bacio, The Club, Sunset Bar, Theatre Bar, Casino Bar, Martini Bar, Pool Bar, Il Secondo Bacio, The Retreat Pool Bar, The Retreat Lounge.

The ship has a number of for-fee restaurants (at surcharge per person), including Qsine (USD 45 pp), Tuscan Grill (Italian steakhouse, USD 45 pp), Murano (French, USD 45 pp), Lawn Club Grill (DIY steaks, USD 40 pp), Bistro on 5 (creperie, USD 10 pp), The Porch (USD 5 pp, panini restaurant open for breakfast and lunch). At Qsine, passengers can order on iPads, then waiters bring the food in the order of choosing.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Ship's Lawn Deck is equipped with real grass and the vessel has more deck chairs than others, offering a calm atmosphere under the sun. The Celebrity iLounge gives guests computer tutorial classes and is also a representative of Apple, providing access to the most affordable Mac products available at duty-free prices. Another feature of Celebrity Apex is the AquaSpa cafe, ideal for a quick lunch after the spa.

 

Sky Observation Lounge offers live music at sunset, or you can test your luck at Fortune’s Casino – there’s something to do onboard at any time.

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ships "pool deck"

Virtual Concierge app allows booking dinner and spa reservations, drinks ordering, room-service, and other services. Smartphone sensors are used to track passengers on the ship in order to improve services based on their location.

Celebrity Edge-Class ships also have fleet's most technologically advanced Theater Lounge spanning on 3 decks. Here are held fleet's largest number of production shows, with the largest number of performing crew on any premium-brand ship.

Theatre Lounge has all 7 stage areas - 3 large and 4 smaller. Theater's main stage is extending (into the audience) and flanked by two directional rotating platforms raising over 2 m (7 ft) above the main stage. Lounge's design and technology also feature 2 rotating spiral staircases, 10 synchronized (mobile) projection screens, 16 video mapping laser projectors, rigging for aerial performances. Ship's Theatre offers 5 new full shows, including Shakespeare-based "A Hot Summer Night’s Dream" (with acrobatics), "The Jewelry Box" (technological), "Kaleidoscope" (high-energy music and dance), and 2 new "Headline Residency" program-based shows – "Get Up" (pop concert by Black Skull Creative) and "The Purpose" (celebrating the inner self).

The Club is another new (dual-purpose) venue with large dance floor, a stage for live performances, giant LED screen and served by its own 2 bars. During the day, The Club offers fun activities and games (including Funovation Laser Maze Challenge, Drone Hunting, laser obstacle course, dance classes, trivia). At night, it transforms into the disco nightclub "Undercover at The Club". The nightly program is themed on the US Prohibition era, with a menu offering signature 1920s craft cocktails and aerial saxophonist performances. Andromeda body scanner allows passengers to become someone else for the entire evening. Hypno Cam Experience is a dance party, in which an Ultra HD camera is passed around and all photos are instantly displayed on the LED screen.

Ship's Kids Club offers by the "Camp at Sea" program over 500 complimentary activities for children of all ages. The facility features two (new for the fleet) separate spaces (for kids and teens) called "The Basement".

Celebrity's signature Rooftop Garden (top-deck dining-entertainment bar lounge) offers expanded facilities and show programming (Rooftop Concert Series, Garden Cinema Series, Taste of Film experience under-the-stars, with 5 new live musical performances). The venue is served by Rooftop Garden Grill.

Grand Plaza

The Grand Plaza serves as ship's epicenter (midship location) and spanning 3 decks. The venue mixes modernity and simplicity and was inspired by the charming era of Transatlantic ocean liners. The concept was designed by Jouin Manku Studio.

 

The unique space has a striking lighting feature - The Chandelier, an art installation rising over Martini Bar to the ceiling 3 decks above. It is composed of 5 levels and a total of 765 blades illuminated via dynamic LED strips changing their colours from day to night, The Chandelier weighs 7 tons.

The Grand Plaza houses many of liner's new specialty restaurants, including Fine Cut Steakhouse and Raw on 5 (Deck 5), Le Grand Bistro and Cafe al Bacio (Deck 4), Grand Plaza Cafe (Deck 3), Italian piazzas. At its center (Deck 3) is Martini Bar. Adorning the edges of Grand Plaza are hand-stitched mesh screens that combine over 13,500 art pieces made of leather, fabric, and metal.

Grand Plaza's cafes are the perfect choice for "coffee breaks" - from morning cappuccino to afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails - while enjoying live entertainment. In the evenings, Grand Plaza transforms into the ship's social hub with live music performances.

During the day, "Le Grand Bistro" (in the Atrium on Deck 4) operates as patisserie and cafeteria serving French cuisine. In the evenings, Le Grand Bistro transforms into "Le Petite Chef" - new dining-entertainment concept via an exclusive partnership with TableMation Studios (US multimedia company) and Skullmapping (a 2010-founded collective of filmmakers and visual artists). Dinner experience includes visual mapping technology with animated 3D characters projected (from above) onto tables and on plates. The VIP dining is at a fixed surcharge. It costs USD 25 pp (Le Grand Bistro) and USD 55 pp (Le Petite Chef).

 

The Celebrity ship Apex introduces new dining menus developed by Cornelius Gallagher (3-star Michelin chef). Also new is the fleet's first Craft Social Bar - selling premium wines (by the glass), a large selection of craft cocktails and 50+ craft beers (including several rare brands). Craft Social Bar is served by certified beer sommeliers.

Eden Lounge

The following official YouTube video reviews the ship's glass-walled Eden Observation Lounge combining dining and nightlife.

 

Eden is a 3-deck high (aft-location on decks 4, 5, 6) lounge-bar-restaurant venue with live music and shows programming changing throughout the day. Eden Lounge measures 10439 m3 (368640 ft3) and covers a total area of 1175 m2 (12650 ft2). The lounge has outward-facing design and combines a signature gastronomic experience (light lunch, 5-course dinner, wine tastings) with live performances, daily lectures, promo events. The lounge has alfresco dining areas on both its sides. In the evening, the lounge transforms into "Eve at Eden", with more provocative entertainment (fusion of performance art, dining, and nightlife.

The Eden Restaurant is part of the lounge and provides 2-hour experience, live entertainment, 3-course a la carte menu (appetizer, entree, dessert). The Eden Bar is a food and drinks bar, also serving hand-crafted cocktails.

The lounge's 90-m / 295 ft long ramp envelops the entire space and provides panoramic views. The lounge's unconventional furniture and interiors are designed by Patricia Urquiola (Spain). She also designed the lounge's "Library of Plants" (living garden) and the hanging plant pillars. Lounge's designer is Scott Butler (Wilson Butler Architects, Boston MA). The evening show programming is by Variety Worldwide (NYC New York).

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ships - Eden Lounge

"The Meeting Place" is named the ship's Conference Center (sized 183 m2 / 1970 ft2). This large meeting room is designed by Wilson Butler Architects (Boston MA) and provides advanced audio-visual equipment, varied seating arrangements, private office (event planning space), as well as mobile bars (for food and beverages) and a fully equipped pantry.

Magic Carpet ("outdoor elevator lounge")

A unique feature of the Celebrity Apex ship is its Magic Carpet - a glass structure (glass-roofed, cantilevered platform) the size of a tennis court, able to traverse 14 stories, like a large elevator. Mounted on the ship's starboard side, the open-air Magic Carpet offers stunning ocean views, comfortable seating, full bar, a stage for live music performances, This "travelling venue" changes its theme, function, and location by extending from Deck 2 up to Deck 16.

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ships Magic Carpet

Passengers can't simply ride on the Magic Carpet (using it as an elevator). In each location, the "moving lounge" is safely locked, then guests are allowed to step onboard. While repositioning, the venue is without any passengers. Some of its furniture is fixed.

The structure repositions and transforms into a new venue depending on which deck is locked.

  • When positioned on Deck 16 (above pool deck), it becomes a specialty restaurant offering the unique “Dinner on the Edge" al-fresco dining under the stars.
  • When positioned on Resort Deck 14 (in front of the cabanas), it becomes an extension of the pool deck area, also offering live music performances.
  • When positioned on Dining Deck 5, it becomes a specialty restaurant - alfresco dining appendix to the ship's main dining room restaurant.
  • When positioned on Tendering Deck 2, it becomes an extension of the Destination Gateway (embarkation station serving ship's tender operations). Destination Gateway boarding area is dedicated to the so-called "Edge Launches" - luxurious passenger tendering ashore, providing seamless embarkation and disembarkation in all ports of call along the cruise itinerary. This spacious area is fitted with large LCD screens (displaying destination, itinerary and port highlights), comfortable seating (capacity 130 seats), air-conditioning.

"Destination Getaway" is a dedicated embarkation point when the platform is positioned at its lowest level (Tendering Deck 2).

Celebrity Cruises Edge-class ships - Magic Carpet - Destination Getaway

Magic Carpet's repositioning schedule is published daily.

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Edge-Class Celebrity ships were designed via an exclusive partnership with Nate Berkus - US interior designer establishing his own company at the age of 24. On July 23, 2018, started vessel's construction with the steel-cutting ceremony at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard (St Nazaire, STX France). The ceremony was attended by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (Celebrity Cruises President and CEO), accompanied by her management team, and Laurent Castaing (shipyard's General Manager).

Celebrity Apex cruise ship construction

In September 2018 was announced that the ship will be christened in Southampton England. On October 31, 2018, was held the keel-laying ceremony, attended by Richard Fain (RCCL's CEO and Chairman), Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Laurent Castaing. On the same day was Celebrity Edge's official delivery. During the keel-laying, a 762-ton hull block was lifted, a lucky coin was placed underneath, then the block was lowered again.

The vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) on May 17, 2019. The ship's Godmother was announced in mid-January 2020. The 1975-born Reshma Saujani is a US lawyer (also worked for the Carlyle Group's subsidiary Blue Wave Partners Management), politician, author, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code (2012-founded nonprofit organization supporting women with computing skills). Ship's naming ceremony was initially scheduled for March 30, 2020, to be held in Port Southampton. However, on March 6th, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (company's President and CEO) announced the naming ceremony's postponing for 2020-Q4 (after Celebrity Apex' repositioning to the Caribbean) which will be held in the US homeport Fort Lauderdale Florida.

In early-January 2020, Celebrity Cruises signed a partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow to present her "goop" brand at sea. The experience is available on the Apex ship and only on the 11-day cruise "Spain, France and Italian Riviera" (Aug 26 - Sept 6, wellness-themed) roundtrip from Barcelona. During the voyage are planned meetings with Gwyneth Paltrow (goop brand owner) and Elise Loehnen (goop brand's chief content officer).

In February 4-8 was successfully completed the first set of sea trials (near the French shipyard) with ~50 crew on the ship (mainly engineers and marine technical experts). Celebrity Cruises Apex ship is a Malta-flagged (MMSI 215105000) and registered in Valletta.

Celebrity Apex cruise ship

Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, Celebrity Cruises decided to take a "Virtual Delivery" of the vessel via video conference with the shipyard's officials. The online event was held on March 27 and attended by Dimitris Kafetzis (cruise ship's Captain), Lisa Lutoff Perlo (Celebrity Cruises' CEO) and Laurent Castaing (shipbuilder's General Manager). Celebrity Apex Inaugural Cruise was re-scheduled for May 20th (initially planned for April 1st).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2020

Next are listed the ship's originally planned Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) and the inaugural itineraries from all the European homeports plus the maiden voyages out of the USA (Florida). Prices are in USD and per person (double occupancy Inside cabin rates). Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the maiden voyage (initially planned for April 1st) was re-scheduled first for May 20th, later for June 13, September 16, October 10, November 5 and finally for December 5th.

(CANCELLED) 4-day "Apex Preview Cruise" roundtrip from Southampton (from ~USD 950 pp)

Date / TimePort
01 Apr 16:00Departing from Southampton, England
02 Apr - 17:00Zeebrugge, Belgium
03 Apr - 23:59Amsterdam, Holland
05 AprArriving in Southampton, England

(CANCELLED) 8-day "Inaugural Cruise" from Southampton to Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and France - from $1800 pp

Date / TimePort
05 Apr 16:00Departing from Southampton, England
07 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Bilbao, Spain
09 Apr 08:00 - 20:00Lisbon, Portugal
10 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
12 Apr 09:30 - 21:30Le Havre, France
13 Apr 05:00Arriving in Southampton, England

(CANCELLED) 10-day inaugural Baltic cruise (themed "Northern Europe Capital Cities) - from $2000 pp

Date / TimePort
13 Apr 16:00Departing from Southampton, England
15 Apr 12:00 - 16 Apr 16:00Oslo, Norway
17 Apr 09:00 - 17:00Copenhagen, Denmark
18 Apr 06:00 - 19:00Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
20 Apr 11:00 - 19:00Amsterdam, Holland
21 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium
22 Apr 07:00 - 21:00Le Havre, France
23 Apr 06:00Arriving in Southampton, England

(CANCELLED) 7-day inaugural Norwegian Fjords Cruise - from $1500 pp

Date / TimePort
03 May 16:00Departing from Southampton, England
05 May 12:00 - 20:00Bergen, Norway
06 May 07:00 - 19:00Alesund, Norway
07 May 07:00 - 15:00Geiranger, Norway
08 May 10:00 - 18:00Stavanger, Norway
10 May 06:00Arriving in Southampton, England

(CANCELLED) 10-day repositioning from the UK to the Mediterranean (Southampton to Barcelona) - from $1900 pp

Date / TimePort
10 May 16:00Departing from Southampton, England
11 May 07:00 - 21:00Le Havre, France
13 May 09:30 - 17:00Bilbao, Spain
14 May 10:00 - 19:00La Coruna, Spain
16 May 07:00 - 17:00Lisbon, Portugal
17 May 13:00 - 20:00Gibraltar, UK
18 May 11:00 - 20:00Cartagena, Spain
20 May 06:00Arriving in Barcelona, Spain

(rescheduled and CANCELLED maiden voyage) 10-day Inaugural Mediterranean cruise (Barcelona to Civitavecchia- Rome) - from $1700 pp

Date / TimePort
20 May 17:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
21 May 09:00 - 22:00Alicante, Spain
23 May 07:00 - 18:00Cadiz, Spain
24 May 07:00 - 17:00Gibraltar, UK
26 May 10:00 - 18:00Sete, France
27 May 07:00 - 17:00Toulon, France Riviera
28 May 08:00 - 20:00La Spezia, Italy
29 May 07:00 - 16:00Ajaccio, Corsica, France
30 May 05:00Arriving in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy

(rescheduled and CANCELLED maiden voyage) 7-day Inaugural cruise (Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona) - from $1860 pp

Date / TimePort
13 Jun 17:00Departing from Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
14 Jun - 18:30Naples, Italy
16 Jun - 20:00La Spezia, Italy
17 Jun - 22:00Monte Carlo, Monaco
18 Jun - 16:00Cannes, France
19 Jun - 21:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
20 JunArriving in Barcelona, Spain

(CANCELLED) 8-"Spain, France and Italian Riviera" - from $1800 pp

Date / TimePort
29 Aug 17:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
30 Aug 07:00 - 17:00Marseille, France Riviera
31 Aug 07:00 - 20:30Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
01 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
02 Sep 07:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
03 Sep 07:00 - 18:30Naples, Italy
05 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
06 Sep 06:00Arriving in Barcelona, Spain

(rescheduled and CANCELLED maiden voyage) 12-day itinerary themed "Spain, France, and Italian Riviera") - from $2600 pp

Date / TimePort
16 Sep 17:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
17 Sep 09:00 - 18:00Sete, France
18 Sep 07:00 - 17:00Marseille, France Riviera
19 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Ajaccio, Corsica, France
20 Sep 07:00 - 20:30Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
22 Sep 07:00 - 18:00Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
23 Sep 07:00 - 19:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
24 Sep 07:00 - 18:30Naples, Italy
25 Sep 13:00 - 20:00Valletta, Malta
27 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain
28 Sep 06:00Arriving in Barcelona, Spain

(rescheduled and CANCELLED maiden voyage) 12-day "Spain, France and Italian Riviera" - from USD 2350 pp

Date / TimePort
10 Oct 17:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
11 Oct - 18:00Sete, France Riviera
12 Oct - 17:00Marseille, France Riviera
13 Oct - 20:30Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France Riviera
14 Oct - 18:00Ajaccio, Corsica France
16 Oct - 18:00Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy Riviera
17 Oct - 19:00Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
18 Oct - 18:30Naples, Italy
19 Oct - 20:00Valletta, Malta
21 Oct - 18:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Balearic Spain
22 OctArriving in Barcelona, Spain

(CANCELLED) 14-day Transatlantic repositioning Europe to USA - from $1450 pp

Date / TimePort
22 Oct 17:00Departing from Barcelona, Spain
23 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Alicante, Spain
24 Oct 10:00 - 19:00Malaga, Spain
25 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Cadiz, Spain
26 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Lisbon, Portugal
28 Oct 09:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
05 Nov 05:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida

(rescheduled and CANCELLED maiden voyage) 2-day "Bahamas Cruise" - from USD 850 pp

Date / TimePort
5 Nov 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
6 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Nassau (Bahamas, New Providence Island)
7 Nov 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

(NEW MAIDEN VOYAGE/first departure) Western Caribbean voyage (7-day "Mexico, Key West and Grand Cayman Cruise") from USD 970 pp

Date / TimePort
05 Dec 15:30Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
06 Dec - 17:00Key West, Florida
08 Dec - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
09 Dec - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico
10 Dec - 18:00George Town, Grand Cayman Island
12 DecArriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Inaugural Eastern Caribbean voyage (7-day "Puerto Rico, St Thomas and St Kitts Cruise") from USD 980 pp

Date / TimePort
12 Dec 15:30Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
14 Dec - 23:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
15 Dec - 18:00Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
16 Dec - 17:00Basseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
19 DecArriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Godspeed to the new ship!

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