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New Celebrity Apex perfectly suited to Middle East passengers says cruise line

Celebrity Cruises new Edge-class cruise ship, Celebrity Apex, due in Spring, 2020, and her sister ship Celebrity Edge, launched last year, are perfectly suited to the wants and desires of the Middle East cruise passengers, says Mohamed Saeed, General Manager, Middle East, Royal Caribbean.

“Our cruise ship designs take in every possible traveller demand, be it for a high-end luxury experience, or more budget friendly cruising, and this is why we consider each demographic or travelling group dynamic, to ensure that each and every facet is taken care of,” he told Cruise Arabia & Africa.

“The newer ships coming online, and in particular Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, give us more ability to cater to travellers from the Middle East, be it in terms of suite or stateroom allocation, luxury amenities and privacy for family members,” he added.

Celebrity Apex will be delivered in 2020

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Celebrity Apex brings together an innovative outward-facing design, visionary spaces, transformational accommodations, the best in the culinary field and legendary onboard experience across 14 passenger decks.

While she will be closely based on the Celebrity Edge platform, she won’t be an identical ship, but Royal Caribbean has been coy about exactly what new features and amenities she’ll offer her 2,910 passengers (Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises).

Rooftop Garden Grill

What has been confirmed is that she’ll have a rooftop garden like Edge, a relaxed yet playful outdoor escape atop the ship to help passengers slow down, daydream and have some fun.

Semi-private cabanas on the Resort Deck

The Resort Deck is another outdoor space equipped with a stunning non-traditionally asymmetrical main pool area, multi-level jogging track, and a re-imagined Solarium.

But the access to ‘nature’ will continue below decks, in an innovative multi-level, architecturally impressive space called Eden, where three storeys of windows bring in the shimmering morning light and offer stunning views as far as the eye can see, surrounded by an indoor park.

Eden Kitchen aboard Celebrity Apex

Here the atmosphere changes throughout the day so no two visits will ever be the same. In the morning it’s a calming retreat, while in the afternoon and evening it becomes increasingly active with dining, entertainment and dancing.

Celebrity Apex will offer engaging, visionary entertainment like her sister Celebrity Edge, according to Royal Caribbean, from exclusive brand partnerships and award-winning productions to ad-hoc performances that blend seamlessly with the ship’s design, such as in Eden where roaming performers make the audience part of the show.

Grand Plaza aboard Celebrity Apex

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Each of Celebrity Apex’s seven accommodation categories will be reimagined spaces with larger living areas, bigger bathrooms, and in almost every room there is a king-size bed that comes with a Cashmere Mattress.

“Travelling solo or with family or friends Celebrity Apex will easily adapt to each passenger’s needs whether they’re looking for a two-story Edge Villa with outdoor plunge pool or an Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda,” Royal Caribbean said in a release.

The Edge Villa cabin category offers ocean views and a private pool

The ship will also offer 29 world-class culinary venues. The main dining area offers four complimentary main restaurants each with a distinctive design and ambiance inspired by a specific region of the world.

To elevate the culinary experience to a higher level, passengers can indulge in one of the seven specialty dining venues that are designed to bring the world on board, and to inspire the palates of passengers.

The Deck 5 Magic Carpet aboard the Edge-class

One of the highlights is the Magic Carpet restaurant, which was a first in the industry with the launch of Celebrity Edge.

The floating Magic Carpet moves up and down between 13 stories and with its stunning, open-air panoramic, outward-facing ocean views diners are guaranteed to have the best eating experience at sea.

Celebrity Apex will debut in Southampton offering a mini season of five sailings to European destinations, including the Norwegian Fjords and the northern coasts of Spain and Portugal.

She will also sail a 10-night Capital Cities Cruise with visits to iconic ports including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Paris.

After that she’ll spend the rest of her inaugural summer sailing seven- to 12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean, with visits to bucket-list destinations such as Lisbon, Portugal; Monte Carlo; Cannes, France; and more.

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