Posted September 24th, 2018
Celebrity Apex To Be Launched In Southampton
Come 2020, it will have been 10 years since a brand new Celebrity Cruises ship was based in the UK. However, the cruise line is planning to station not one but two of its fantastic vessels in the port of Southampton for the first time ever. Whilst Celebrity Silhouette will be along for the ride too, as she returns to British shores for what will be the third year in a row, it is the yet-to-be-built Celebrity Apex that is making all the waves.
Due to be the first sister of incoming Celebrity Edge (a brand new class of vessel for the company, sailing her maiden voyage in November 2018) Apex will be named and launched right here in the UK. Not only will this give British cruisers more options when it comes to hassle-free cruises from the UK, it will also give them the opportunity to sample a ship that will be at the forefront of modern cruising when she arrives in 2020.
Speaking at a preview event for Celebrity Edge, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said “Celebrity Apex will continue our tradition of reimagining what is expected from all aspects of a holiday at sea and elevate modern luxury cruising in ways never seen before.” It also cements the importance of the UK and Ireland market and will be the first time a new Celebrity Cruises ship has made her debut in the UK since Celebrity Eclipse in 2010.
Closer To the Edge
And speaking of the preview event, we got to learn more about the first of these Edge Class ships. We already knew about the innovative Magic Carpet, a multi-purpose platform that will travel between decks; the brand new Edge Villas, a luxurious and spacious accommodation option over two levels; and the ever-changing Eden, which transforms from a relaxing lounge to a theatre space and then a restaurant in the evening. However, now more information about the Grand Plaza has been revealed.
This stunning focal point of Celebrity Edge will be spread over two decks and feature an eye-catching chandelier weighing over 6,000kg. It will be a place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and somewhere to gather with friends later in the day and chat over an after-dinner drink. The chandelier will not be the only impressive art installation on display, though. A giant pendulum will swing above the main dining area in time with the ships movement on the waves.
We also discovered more about some of the other venues that will be on board. The Club will be an all-round entertainment venue and will continue the theme of transformation as the day progresses. The daylight hours will see this space host a laser maze and an obstacle course for drones (amongst other things) but the evening will see it become a prohibition-themed bar.
Lastly, more details were released regarding The Spa – where 120 different treatments will be available. These include the WellMassage 4D and a thousand flower detox wrap. There will also be various areas in which to relax, such as the infrared sauna, Float Room, Rainfall Room and a Salt Room.
If, like us, you can’t wait until the launch of Celebrity Edge, call our team on 0808 231 7561 to talk about booking your cruise. In addition, Celebrity Apex will go on sale from 29th November 2018, so contact us for your chance to sail directly from the UK on board this fantastic new ship.