Celebrity Apex completes first sea trial in France

Celebrity Apex has returned to the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, following a successful first sea trial.

The trial, in the Bay of Biscay near the shipyard, was overseen by more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical .

Despite the optimal trial conditions, including strong winds and waves, the second-in-series ship (following Celebrity Edge) showcased a superior level of comfort and efficiency thanks to the revolutionary design of the Parabolic Ultrabow.

“The purpose of a sea trial is to the functionality of the ship, but this wasn't just any sea trial – and Celebrity Apex isn't just any ship,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, chief executive, Celebrity Cruises.

“In typical Edge Series-fashion, the ship absolutely exceeded our expectations, performing perfectly in line with our above-and-beyond operating standards.”

The first Celebrity Cruises ship to be launched in the UK in over a decade, Celebrity Apex will begin her inaugural season from Southampton on April 1st, with a mini-season of five sailings to northern Europe destinations and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries throughout the Mediterranean.

In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.

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