Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex – its eagerly awaited $1 billion Edge Class ship – has docked at Ponta Delgada on the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel (Saint Michael) in the mid-Atlantic as it apparently heads for North America.
Celebrity Apex is the sister ship to the award-winning Celebrity Edge and had been due to make its inaugural sailing in April 2020 from Southampton, England, calling at Bruges and Amsterdam, before relocating to the Mediterranean.
However those plans were scampered by the COVID-19 shutdown of the cruise industry, and she will now head to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings that could begin in November if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) No-Sail Order is lifted on October 31.
The second ship in the Edge series, the Celebrity Apex will showcase a host of new features, such as Infinite Veranda where with the touch of a button a wall of glass slides down opening up your living space and creates a balcony over the water’s edge. The innovative design makes rooms with the feature 23 percent larger as the area that would have been taken up by a balcony becomes part of the living space.
Celebrity Apex in Ponta Delgada today
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Celebrity Apex – the ultimate in luxury
For the ultimate in luxury, The Retreat is an all-suite forward deck, extra-large staterooms and private two-story villas with its own private pool, bar, sunbathing area, an exclusive lounge and private restaurant, the Luminae. Every suite guest gets their own dedicated butler and pre-cruise concierge services are provided.
Celebrity Apex, like the line’s first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, features daring designs and distinctive features such as the Magic Carpet, where guests can eat and drink on a deck that projects out of the ship’s side and soars up to 16 decks above the sea.
The ship will feature four main dining rooms: The Cosmopolitan with new American cuisine with global influences; The Normandie, a contemporary French restaurant; the Cyprus Restaurant, featuring Greek and Mediterranean fare; and the Tuscan Restaurant where you can find authentic southern Italian dishes. All told there are 29 restaurants, bars, and lounges to choose from, with cuisine designed by Michelin star chefs
Celebrity Cruises describes the spa on the Celebrity Apex as “an indulgent escape where you can do it all.” The spa features an ultra-modern fitness center with floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out over the sea; over 120 spa treatments, a Turkish Hammam, a salt room and a float room, to name a few.
Entertainment options set new standards with a theater featuring a -20-foot-tall, 117 million pixel, 4K LED screen that curves 180 feet around the stage to give a perfect view from every seat.