Celebrity Apex to launch in UK - September 2018
GoCruise - 14/09/18 – Celebrity Cruises
Much hype has surrounded Celebrity Edge over the last 12 months, with the new build set to enter service towards the end of this year. The fleet’s first Edge-class ship will accommodate a maximum capacity of 2,918 guests at any one time and entertain them with a plethora of dazzling and never-before-seen amenities. These will include a levitating platform that extends off the side of the ship known as the Magic Carpet and will act as a dining venue and disembarkation point. There will also be a rooftop garden and an adult-only solarium.
Despite being homeported in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the ship has proven to be immensely appealing with the British public – so much so, in fact, that the decision was made this week by the line to launch the second Edge-class ship in the UK. The recently-named, all-new Celebrity Apex will launch in April 2020 and offer a series of short sailings out of Southampton. Much the same as her sister ship, she will also offer the Magic Carpet and ‘infinite’ balcony staterooms. A lot of the interior designs of both vessels will be designed by former Dragons’ Den star Kelly Hoppen.
The ship, which is being built at the STX shipyard in France, will cost a total of $1billion (£770 million) to build. She will weigh in at 129,500 gross tonnes and offer a whopping 29 restaurants to choose from. These will consist of four main dining venues, seven new speciality venues, five complimentary venues and two exclusive venues for suite and AquaClass guests. In addition to this, there will also be a total of 11 bars and lounges within which to relax and enjoy a tipple or two.
Celebrity Cruises CEO and President, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: ““UK & Irish agents have really rallied behind this series of ships. They have a real enthusiasm for them, and customers and luxury lovers in particular are flocking to the first one, Celebrity Edge. Of all the ships that are launching in 2018 and 2019, Celebrity Edge is the one everyone is talking about, and the excitement from the UK & Irish travel trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. For us to make this commitment [bringing Apex to Southampton], shows how much we value the UK & Irish market.”
She added: “When Celebrity Apex launches in Southampton in April 2020, it will be another incredible moment for our company and the UK market, especially as it will be 10 years since we last named and operated a brand new ship from the UK (with Celebrity Eclipse in 2010).”
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