Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Celebrity Apex
When Did Celebrity Apex Make Its Inaugural Sailing?
Celebrity Apex began officially sailing on June 19, 2021, from Athens, Greece. Following a summer of sailing in the Mediterranean, the ship repositioned to Ft. Lauderdale and on November 4, 2021, began sailing a number of Caribbean itineraries. From the end of 2021, into 2022, port stops on its Caribbean sailings will include Cozumel (Mexico), Costa Maya (Mexico), Belize, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas. In May, the ship will do another transatlantic crossing and port stops in spring and summer will include Western Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Russia.
All guests sailing with Celebrity Cruises must have received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise. To board the ship, each guest must present proof of vaccination and proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within two days of embarkation.
Cruising on Celebrity Apex? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Celebrity Apex is as much a boutique hotel as a cruise ship. Launched in June 2021, this ship takes the line’s new luxury concept to the next level. Apex features contributions from internationally recognized architects, designers, performers, and chefs. The result is a multisensory floating city that's completely unique. When cruising at full capacity (prior to COVID-19) the vessel can accommodate 2,910 passengers and offers 1,467 total cabins.
Activities + Entertainment: Celebrity Apex offers a variety of activities and so much interesting art to explore. Whether it's watching an outdoor movie under the stars at The Rooftop Garden or catching the light show at the Martini Bar, you’ll be sure to find something fun to do. Onboard you will find a variety of bars and restaurants, a casino, the elevated Magic Carpet attraction, the adults-only Solarium, a Thermal Suite, shopping arcade, spa and fitness center, and two performance venues.
Dining: With 12 bars, cafes and lounges, seven specialty restaurants, four complimentary dining venues, four main dining restaurants and two exclusive restaurants, Celebrity Apex offers cuisine to fit every palate. Celebrity Apex’s culinary lineup brings the flavors of the world to you crafted by Michelin-starred chefs and featuring some delicious new dishes.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly on Celebrity Apex, and prices are changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $120 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you can enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean from your own private oasis. Balcony cabins currently start around $195 per person, per night and go up from there based on location and category. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols
Celebrity Cruises’ ‘Healthy at Sea’ protocol state that 'safe vacations start with prevention'. Prior to boarding, all guests are required to complete a health questionnaire, and guests ages 12 years and older must present proof of vaccination prior to sailing.
Guests ages 2 –11 who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take a complimentary antigen test at the terminal. All guests (regardless of vaccination status) must present a negative COVID-19 test at the time of embarkation. This test can be taken as a PCR test or Antigen test, conducted within two days of boarding the ship.
In some homeport countries, testing may be required for all guests regardless of vaccination status. An additional test will be administered onboard, free of charge, if required for home country re-entry.
Tips from Our Community Members
Celebrity Apex is a beautiful luxury cruise ship. Overall, this was an excellent cruise. The service, food, drinks and entertainment were all excellent. You will not be disappointed. - Cruiser90634969
Overall, this was an excellent cruise. The service, food, drinks and entertainment were all excellent. All the crew expressed how happy they were to be back at sea. We would highly recommend this ship to anyone. Work with your travel advisor to make it happen! - Cruiser31140725
Overall, this was a great way to return to cruising after a year and a half away. The ship, the destination, the safety protocols all made it a memorable and amazing trip! - Famserocke
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