Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Apex, made her world premiere on Saturday (June 19), beginning her maiden voyage and first summer season in the Aegean.
The much-anticipated sailing marked an historic moment for Celebrity, which had originally planned to introduce Apex in late March of 2020.
The company’s return to the Aegean is all the more poignant given Celebrity’s proud Greek heritage.
Founded in 1988 by the Greek Chandris family, the brand retains its Greek roots today, with 70 per cent of marine officers across the fleet hailing from Greece including the Captain of Celebrity Apex, Dimitrios Kafetzis.
"'Pinch me’ moments”
Celebrity Apex sailed "gracefully" out of port on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Eastern European Summer Time, ushering in not only an important return to European sailing, but a new standard of luxury travel.
With the vivid and vibrant backdrop of the azure Athens sky, Celebrity Apex, the second ship in the brand’s transformational, multi-award-winning Edge Series, set sail on a seven-night cruise of the Aegean, delighting those who have waited with patience for more than 15 months to explore the world by sea.
“After all this time, what a dream come true for everyone onboard this exquisite ship in one of the world’s most breathtaking regions. Her sail-away today is a meaningful moment for our guests, our crew and our company. I think we are all having ‘pinch me’ moments,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “Returning to sailing in the Aegean, where it all began for us, and after such a long time, is also very special for me and for the Celebrity Apex crew. Greece has always held a special place in our hearts, and, now, even more so, as we sail forward to experience all of its wonder, once again.”
Guests travelling on the Greek Islands and Cyprus itinerary will have the chance to visit the ancient city of Rhodes; the beauty and mythology of Mykonos; the incredible island of Santorini; and finally, Limassol, a city on the southern coast of Cyprus.
Celebrity Apex sails with a vaccinated crew and at least 95 per cent vaccinated guests.
While Greece allows guests to freely explore its islands, a range of tours curated by Celebrity Cruises for all interests and price points are also available at every port of call, including Private Journeys and Small Group Discovery Tours.
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