Celebrity Apex Successfully Completes First Sea Trial
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Celebrity Apex returned to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, over the weekend following a successful first sea trial.
The trial, conducted 4-8FEB in the Bay of Biscay near the shipyard, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts. Despite the optimal trial conditions, including strong winds and waves, the second-in-series ship showcased a superior level of comfort and fuel efficiency thanks to the innovative design of the 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 Captain Dimitris Kafetzis. “Celebrity Apex is truly a beautiful and highly advanced vessel.”
The ship reprises the transformational look and feel of the line’s first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, with distinctive features including the ‘Magic Carpet’ cantilevered off the ship's side inviting guests to eat, drink and soar up to 16 decks above the sea; the exclusive experience for suite guests in The Retreat; expanded staterooms with ‘Infinite Verandas’; indoor and outdoor garden escapes; two-story Edge Villas with their own private terrace and plunge pool; and high-style spaces throughout public areas, keeping focus on the contemporary design elements that are a highlight of the Edge Series.
Celebrity Apexadds new culinary, spa and wellness, and entertainment features and experiences and new, all-inclusive amenities and pre-cruise concierge services in The Retreat for suite guests.
The ship will kick off its inaugural season on 1APR, 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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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.