Celebrity Apex Becomes First Edge-Class Ship to Homeport in the UK

Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Apex began sailing from Southampton today, making it the first Edge-class ship to sail from the UK.

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Setting sail from Southampton today for the first time, Celebrity Cruises’ ship Celebrity Apex is now the first vessel in the Edge class to call the United Kingdom home.

Apex will kick off her European season from Southampton with an eight-night voyage to the Norwegian fjords. The sailing will visit destinations including Bruges, Belgium; Geiranger, Norway; and Kristiansand, Norway.

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Celebrity Apex (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Apex is the second ship in Celebrity’s Edge Series following Celebrity Edge, which launched in 2018. Apex followed with her first sailing in 2021.

“We’re bringing one of our most innovative ships, Celebrity Apex, to Southampton, providing guests the opportunity to sail in style directly from the UK,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, President of Celebrity Cruises. “It’s an exciting time as we elevate cruising from the region, enabling our guests to explore and restore with premium facilities, elevated food and drink experiences, and exciting activities and entertainment.”

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The Retreat Sundeck on Celebrity Apex (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

With itineraries covering destinations in northern Europe to the Canary Islands, Apex will sail from Southampton through October 2024. This summer, guests can experience a variety of four to 13-night sailings including the 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Arctic Circle cruise.

In addition to explorations across northern Europe, sailings will visit the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean where travelers can enjoy cuisine at local foodie hotspots, party at vibrant beach clubs, and bask in the sunshine on the sea.

Highlights of Celebrity Apex include the cantilevered multi-purpose platform The Magic Carpet; The Retreat ship-within-a-ship complex with a private restaurant, lounge, and sundeck; Infinite Veranda staterooms which offer indoor-outdoor living; the Rooftop Garden outdoor space; and the two-story Edge Villas with their own private balconies and plunge pools.

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The Magic Carpet on Celebrity Apex (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

The ship also features 29 restaurants, bars, and lounges where guests can try globally-inspired menus. Entertainment on board includes dramatic performances with Rockumentary, a journey through the seasons of life with Tree of Life, and pop violin music and aerial acrobatics with Crystallize.

Following her summer season in Europe, Celebrity Apex will head across the Atlantic to spend the winter sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.


Have you ever sailed one of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge class ships? Are you planning to sail Celebrity Apex this year? Drop us an anchor below and let us know!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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