Celebrity Apex Exceeds Expectations with First Sea Trial

Celebrity Apex recently completed a very successful first sea trial, exceeding performance expectations. The ship, scheduled to debut in April, is the second in Celebrity Cruises’ transformative Edge Series; the first was the award-winning Celebrity Edge, which launched in December 2018.

“The purpose of a sea trial is to test the functionality of the ship, but this wasn’t just any sea trial – and Celebrity Apex isn’t just any ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “In typical Edge Series-fashion, the ship absolutely exceeded our expectations, performing perfectly in line with our above-and-beyond operating standards.”

The trial, conducted between February 4 – 8, 2020, in the Bay of Biscay, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts. Celebrity Apex showcased a superior level of comfort and fuel efficiency thanks to the revolutionary design of the Parabolic Ultrabow.

“It was an absolute honor to stand at the helm of Celebrity Apex for her highly successful first sea trial,” said Captain Dimitris Kafetzis. “Celebrity Apex is truly a beautiful and highly advanced vessel.”

Distinctive Features

Celebrity Apex encores the transformational look and feel of the line’s first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, with such distinctive features as:

  • the floating Magic Carpet cantilevered off the ship’s side where guests can eat, drink and soar up to 16 decks above the sea
  • an exclusive experience for suite guests in The Retreat, including new, all-inclusive amenities and pre-cruise concierge services
  • magnificent two-story Edge Villas with their own private terrace and plunge pool, and dramatically expanded staterooms with Infinite Verandas
  • indoor and outdoor garden escapes, including Eden, the three-story indoor natural wonderland

It then adds new culinary, spa and wellness, and entertainment features to complete the transformational experience.

Celebrity Apex will begin its inaugural season on April 1, 2020, with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern Europe destinations and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean.

In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.

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