Celebrity Apex has returned to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, following a successful first sea trial in the Bay of Biscay.
The trial, conducted between 4-8 February 2020, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts. The ship endured what the cruise line describes as “optimal trial conditions”, including strong winds and waves, and demonstrated stability and fuel efficiency accredited to the design of the ship’s Parabolic Ultrabow.
“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.”
“It was an absolute honour to stand at the helm of Celebrity Apex for her highly successful first sea trial,” said Celebrity Apex captain Dimitris Kafetzis. “Celebrity Apex is truly a beautiful and highly advanced vessel.”
Celebrity Apex shares features with the cruise line’s first Edge-series ship, Celebrity Edge, including the floating Magic Carpet cantilevered off the ship’s side, where guests can eat and drink while soaring up to 16 decks above the sea. The ship also features an exclusive experience for all suite guests in The Retreat; expanded staterooms with Infinite Verandas; indoor and outdoor garden escapes; two-storey Edge Villas with a private terrace and plunge pool; and public spaces with a focus on contemporary design.
Celebrity Apex introduces new culinary, spa and wellness, and entertainment features and experiences and debuts new, all-inclusive amenities and pre-cruise concierge services in The Retreat for all suite guests.
The ship will begin its inaugural season on 1 April 2020, with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern European destinations, and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.
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