Celebrity Apex to Make World Debut in Greece This June
Celebrity Cruises today confirmed its official return to cruising in Europe for the Summer 2021 season. The line announced it will debut Celebrity Apex in Greece this June offering Mediterranean sailings. Celebrity Apex is the second ship in the line’s innovative Edge series of vessels.
Starting June 19, 2021, Celebrity Apex will offer luxurious 7-night sailings roundtrip from Athens sailing to some of the most idyllic destinations in the Mediterranean. Two spectacular itineraries on the Apex will include:
- Greek Islands and Cyprus - Guests will have the chance to visit the ancient city of Rhodes, the beaches and beauty of Mykonos, the incredible island of Santorini, and the southern coast of Cyprus.
- Greek Islands and Israel – In addition to the history and beauty of Rhodes and Santorini, Greece, this itinerary will sail to Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel
According to an official announcement from the line, the company’s return to the Aegean is made all the more special given Celebrity Cruises’ Greek heritage. Founded in 1988 by the Greek Chandris family, the Celebrity Cruises later became a part of the Royal Caribbean Group. Celebrity Cruises is still rooted in its Greek origins today, with 70% of marine officers across the fleet, hailing from Greece; over 40 of these are Captains and Chief Engineers, including the Captain of Celebrity Apex, Dimitrios Kafetzis.
“Celebrity Apex is such an exquisite ship and for her to finally begin sailing in the beautiful Aegean, where it all began for our fleet, and after so long away, is incredibly meaningful. I actually can’t wait to finally experience Apex and the Greek Isles this September during my rescheduled 30th wedding anniversary cruise,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “This is a very special homecoming for Celebrity Cruises made possible with the strong collaboration of the Greek government. I extend my enduring gratitude and wish them well as they celebrate their country’s bicentennial today.”
Celebrity Apex will sail with all crew and guests above the age of 18 vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 with negative PCR test results. The ship will sail with the comprehensive, multilayered health and safety measures leveraging expert guidance from its Healthy Sail Panel; Royal Caribbean Group’s Global Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer; and local Greek health and government authorities.
Bookings for sailings on the Celebrity Apex will open on March 30, 2021. Wi-Fi, drinks, and tips are now included in every Celebrity cruise as a part of the line’s new simplified pricing model.