Celebrity Apex To Highlight Six-Ship 2020 Europe Season
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Celebrity Cruises says its 2020 Europe season will be the brand’s most “revolutionary” yet, marking the inaugural season of Celebrity Apex, the newest addition to Celebrity’s fleet and the second ship in the innovative Edge Series.
The Celebrity Apex will make her debut in APR 2020 from Southampton, England. Like her sister ship, the newly launched Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex will feature an innovative outward-facing design and accommodations that invite guests to take in the breathtaking world around them.
In total, Celebrity’s 2020 European season will feature six ships, two of which will have been reimagined as part of the ‘Celebrity Revolution,’ an ambitious US$500-million-dollar revitalization program. The fleet will visit the most cities ever by Celebrity in a single season – with more than 90 ports of call across 27 different countries.
New destination experiences will include a first-ever mini-season of sailings from Lisbon, Portugal, as well as country-immersive sailings in either Greece or Italy. This season also introduces new ports for Celebrity, including Trieste, Italy and Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK. Back by popular demand, the brand is also returning to Oslo, Norway; Agadir, Morocco and Kusadasi, Turkey, where guests can explore the ancient city of Ephesus.
CELEBRITY APEX CREATES THE PEAK EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE
As the newest ship in the Edge Series, Celebrity Apex will feature impeccable accommodations, including Edge Staterooms with Infinite Verandas and two-story Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools, as well as 29 culinary venues. Celebrity Apex will debut in Southampton where she will offer a mini-season of five sailings to European destinations, including the Norwegian Fjords and the northern coasts of Spain and Portugal. Travellers can also experience a new 10-night Capital Cities Cruise with visits to iconic cities including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Paris.
After Celebrity Apex’s Northern Europe mini season, she’ll spend the rest of her inaugural summer sailing seven- to 12-night itineraries. During her peak season, Celebrity Apex will venture through the sparkling western Mediterranean from Barcelona and Rome.
CELEBRITY EDGE CELEBRATES FIRST FULL EUROPEAN SEASON
Celebrity Edge will join her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in the Mediterranean and offer a full season of sailings in the eastern region and Adriatic. On 10- and 11-night itineraries, the Edge will take travellers to Trieste, Italy – a unique crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures – where they will overnight and spend two days, providing the opportunity to explore Trieste and Venice in one stop. Celebrity Edge will also transport travelers to some of the most breathtaking places in the world, including the Amalfi Coast, Malta, and the picturesque, sun-soaked islands of Greece.
CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE SAILS BEST OF EUROPE
After a complete refit, Celebrity Silhouette will join her sisters Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge. Aboard seven- to 14-night sailings out of Southampton, travellers can discover Europe’s most renowned cities including Iceland and Ireland itineraries with overnight stays in Dublin and Reykjavik. Celebrity Silhouette will also offer the new 10-night Capital Cities Cruise.
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATON TO OFFER COMPLETE COUNTRY EXPERIENCES
Aboard the “revolutionized” Celebrity Constellation, travellers will have the opportunity to try new country-immersive sailings. These nine- or 10-night itineraries feature stops almost exclusively in one country – Italy or Greece. Travellers will experience bucket-list Italian destinations, including Venice; Sicily; Naples; Portofino; Florence and Rome. In Greece, they will discover the myths, legends and natural beauty of the Greek Isles, with visits to Katakolon; Mykonos; Crete; Santorini; Corfu and Athens.
In addition, Celebrity Constellation will offer sailings in the Adriatic Sea with stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Koper, Slovenia; and Split, Croatia.
CELEBRITY REFLECTION WILL RETURN TO NORTHERN EUROPE
Celebrity Reflection will offer three Iceland and Ireland itineraries with round-trip sailings from Dublin this season. Her new 10-night Ireland, England and Scotland cruise will include a first-time visit to Portland, Dorset, UK on the English Channel. Celebrity Reflection will also make round-trip sailings from Amsterdam with 12-night itineraries to Scandinavia, Russia, and the British Isles. Out of Rome, Celebrity Reflection will visit Israel – a world-traveller’s must-see destination – and Kusadasi, Turkey, where cruisers can journey to the ancient city of Ephesus.
CELEBRITY INFINITY RETURNS WITH FIRST-TIME MINI SAILINGS
Celebrity Infinity returns to the Mediterranean with an exciting mini-season of sailings from Lisbon. These first-time sailings visit ports on the Iberian Peninsula on the way to Barcelona, including Valencia, Malaga, and La Coruna, Spain, and Porto, Portugal. Morocco has also been added to Celebrity Infinity’s transatlantic crossing itinerary, a port Celebrity Cruises hasn’t visited since 2016.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.