Celebrity Cruises reveals details of Apex experience

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Celebrity Cruises has released details of the experiences passengers can expect on Celebrity Apex, which is to be christened on 30 March 2020. The ship will extend the experience introduced on the Edge series in 2018 with the launch of Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Apex brings on board some design features of its sister ship, including the floating Magic Carpet on Deck 16, cantilevered off the ship’s side, where guests can eat and drink; The Retreat, an all-suite residential zone; expanded staterooms with large verandas; indoor and outdoor garden escapes; two-storey Edge Villas with private terraces and plunge pools; and contemporary design elements through all public areas.

Celebrity Apex also introduces new culinary venues, menus and programming; new beauty, fitness and wellness offerings; new technology in The Theatre and three all-new production shows; and new Eden experiences.

“Celebrity Edge changed the cruise industry and raised the standard for modern luxury vacations,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Celebrity Apex – the second ship in our revolutionary Edge Series – goes even further. It takes every onboard experience to the very peak of what’s possible at sea.”

Dining
Celebrity Apex will introduce new dining venues and menu offerings from Celebrity’s Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher. The Craft Social Bar is a casual bar space that will offer draft cocktails, wines on tap and more than 50 of the world’s rarest craft beers, served by a certified beer sommelier. The menu will include contemporary comfort food such as mac and brie, Kobe beef sliders, crispy chicken sliders and meat and cheese boards. Large-screen TVs will air live sporting events.

Le Grand Bistro will offer a new 3D digital digitally animated story menu by Le Petit Chef and new menu creations from Gallagher including spring pea soup, king crab farfalle pasta and filet mignon.

The three-storey indoor Eden, featuring panoramic, outward-facing windows, will offer a la carte appetisers, entrees and desserts made with ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries. New menu items include fresh roasted Spanish prawns with melted peppers; cured fresh chorizo; slow-cooked shellfish broth with parsley, garlic, shallots and Maldon sea salt; pastrami with Devonshire Dijon mustard emulsion, mashed potatoes cooked in duck fat; and crispy rye bread sautéed in butter and melted raclette cheese.

New menu items have also been created for Raw on 5, Magic Carpet, Fine Cut Steakhouse, Rooftop Garden Grill, and the four main restaurants on Celebrity Apex: Cosmopolitan, Cyprus, Normandie and Tuscan.

Entertainment
Celebrity Apex’s new entertainment offerings include three new stage shows in The Theatre; an intimate cabaret show in The Club; along with a variety of themed experiences and activities throughout the ship.

The contemporary design of The Theatre incorporates a new 28ft (8.5m)-tall circular scrim and eight Panasonic 20K laser projectors. Projection mapping will enable the creation of a 360° wrap-around picture for audiences. A 20ft (6m)-tall Tree of Life, with more than 3,000 LED leaves, sets the stage for dramatic new productions at sea. Rockumentary will celebrate some of the greatest classic rock moments in history, with guests invited to vote for their favourite finale via the Celebrity Cruises app. Tree of Life will take guests on a journey of relatable life moments, illuminated by the changing seasons of the tree, and set to pop-rock music. Crystalize will feature light, laser projections, custom video content, music, dance and aerial acrobatics, accompanied by a world-class violinist.

Eden will offer an eclectic afternoon tea party that transforms into Night of Dreams, complete with live performances and audience interaction; a space for daytime guided meditation becomes the ultimate ultra-lounge in Night of the Chill; and interactive art experiences by day lead into Night of the Arts, celebrating the arts through interactive experiences and performances.

The Club will offer evening entertainment with the debut of Caravan, a cabaret-style production featuring new takes on classic circus acts with aerial acrobatics, acts of balance and precision and more. Also fully programmed during the day, The Club will offer a variety of activities from video dance classes to archery toandkaraoke with a live band and full production support.

Through a collaboration with Girls Who Code, founded by CEO and Celebrity Apex godmother Reshma Saujani, the ship’s onboard Camp at Sea STEM experiences will offer new educational coding programmes.

Rest and relaxation
Celebrity Apex takes to the sea with a new spa management collaboration with OneSpaWorld and new wellness programming for the modern traveller throughout the entire onboard spa and sanctuary from British interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

Apex will feature F45 Training, one of the fastest-growing fitness networks in the world. These 45-minute station-based, heartrate-monitored functional team training workouts will be offered in a larger Fitness Center on board Celebrity Apex.

A new Destination Wellness spa programme features authentic local ingredients inspired by the destinations that the ship visits.

A new Women in Wellness wellbeing programme features the practices of wellness influencers including Katie Brauer, yoga master and founder and CEO of The Yoga Professional; Ruth Zukerman, co-founder of Soul Cycle and Flywheel Sports; and skincare icon and Elemis CEO Noella Gabriel.

Apex will also offer new and first-at-sea spa services, including more than 120 soothing treatments and a new collection of treatment tables, highlighted by the Iyashi Dôme, a Japanese infrared sauna designed to cleanse and detoxify the body.

Celebrity Apex debuts in spring 2020 with a mini-season of five sailings to European destinations, including the Norwegian fjords, the northern coasts of Spain and Portugal and a new 10-night Capital Cities Cruise with visits to cities including Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; and Paris, France.

Celebrity Apex will then spend the rest of its inaugural summer sailing seven- to 12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean, with visits to destinations including Lisbon, Portugal; Istanbul, Turkey; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Cannes, France. The ship will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November 2020 for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.

Image: Celebrity Cruises

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