Celebrity Cruises will resume operations in Europe from 19 June 2021, with the cruise line revealing plans to deploy the brand-new Celebrity Apex to Greece.
The behemoth 16-level ship was delivered to Celebrity Cruises nearly 12-months ago, to the day, and was initially slated to enter service on 20 May 2020, until the pandemic saw the cruise line pause its global operations.
Celebrity Apex will operate week-long sailings from Athens until September, visiting Mediterranean ports including Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; and Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel.
All crew and guests above the age of 18 will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 with negative PCR test results.
“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.
The Apex of New Luxury at Sea
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Like her sister ship Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex features innovative outward-facing design and visionary spaces from world-renowned designers.
The exclusive The Retreat with its stunning accommodations, a private restaurant, and an exclusive lounge and sundeck to rival any high-end resort. In addition, a dedicated team of butlers, attendants, and concierges on-hand 24/7, ensures everything is taken care of while on vacation.
Onboard are transformational accommodations, from modern two-story villas with plunge pools to staterooms with infinite verandas, The Magic Carpet soaring cantilevered above the sea and offering guests uninterrupted vistas while sipping cocktails or having dinner.
There are 29 distinct restaurants, bars, and lounges including the brand-new Craft Social Bar, connecting guests to the destinations. Globally-inspired menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs bring the flavours of the world straight to the plate, providing an epicurean journey unmatched at sea.
Two Mediterranean itineraries ex Athens
The new summer season for Celebrity Apex in the Mediterranean features bucket-list destinations on two spectacular itineraries including:
6- to 8-night Greek Islands and Cyprus – guests will have the chance to visit the ancient city of Rhodes, with its stunning classical Acropolis and unparalleled Medieval architecture; the beaches and beauty of Mykonos; and the incredible island of Santorini, a world heritage site and bucket list destination famous for its blue and white architecture and fascinating history; along with the southern coast of Cyprus, a unique island culture influenced by both nearby neighbours, Turkey and Egypt.
7- and 8-night Greek Islands and Israel – In addition to the history and beauty of Rhodes and Santorini, this itinerary offers the growing arts scene in Haifa, with its easy access to Tel-Aviv and the Jordan River; and Jerusalem, one of the world’s most influential cities.
A range of tours curated by Celebrity for all interests and price points will be available at every port of call, including Private Journeys and Small Group Discovery Tours.
The new sailings will open for booking this week. See celebritycruises.com/cruise-ships/celebrity-apex/itineraries