The Celebrity Apex.
  • Celebrity Cruises' latest ship, the Celebrity Apex, has begun its inaugural US sailings from Florida.
  • The $1 billion ship was initially set to debut in March 2020 but was delayed amid COVID-19.
  • See inside the Apex, which has an adults-only pool, a martini bar, and a gym with Pelotons.

Leisure travel levels are quickly creeping back to pre-COVID-19 levels as borders continue to reopen and pent-up demand for travel remains high.

The Celebrity Apex.

As a result, several major cruise lines have seen strong bookings into the future, with some itineraries selling out in record time.

The Solarium.

To usher in the return of the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean Group's Celebrity Cruises has launched its latest luxury ship - the Celebrity Apex - in the US after over a year of delays.

The Celebrity Apex.

The ship was once set to make its grand debut in March 2020.

The Celebrity Apex.

But after a year of no sailing, the summer of 2021 provided a glimmer of hope for the company and its ship: The Apex began operating several Greek Island itineraries.

The track.

And now, the luxury ship is finally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has already begun bringing eager passengers to a variety of warm weathered Caribbean destinations.

The pool.

Let's take a look inside the over 1,000-foot long ship, a $1 billion investment - a spokesperson told Insider in an email - in the sustained success of the cruise industry.

The Celebrity Apex.

The 16-deck Apex is manned by almost 1,320 crew members.

A whirlpool.

These crew members then serve a little over 2,900 guests, all of whom will stay inside Apex's almost 1,470 staterooms and 176 suites.

A stateroom.

All staterooms have a king bed and a touchscreen that controls features like the temperature, lights, and shades.

One of the staterooms.

But those with deeper pockets and finer taste might want to opt for the more ultra-luxurious accommodations, which include the Iconic and Penthouse Suites.

The Penthouse Suite.

The former is the largest suite on all Celebrity ships and includes a terrace with a hot tub, a bedroom with sweeping views of the ocean, and an in-suite Peloton.

The Penthouse Suite.

And what would be a luxury cruise without a variety of food and beverage options?

Inside Eden.

… which range from the "casual country club atmosphere" Sunset Bar ...

The Sunset Bar.

… to the classic cruise ship buffet …

The buffet.

… to an outdoor grill-forward eatery.

The Rooftop Garden Grill.

The Celebrity Apex has 29 eateries, bars, cafes, and lounges …

The entrance into one of the restaurants.

The new ship also has a Celebrity first: the Craft Social Bar, a craft beer and sports bar.

The Craft Social Bar.

But if you're more of a cocktail aficionado, there's the Martini Bar, which sits at the heart of the ship under the glow of the LED chandelier in the Grand Plaza.

The Martini Bar.

Or try the Eden Bar, a cocktail bar extension of the Eden Restaurant, one of the cruise ship's seven specialty restaurants.

Inside Eden.

If you're looking to pay a little more for specialty dining, there's also a raw bar called Raw on 5, the Fine Cut Steakhouse …

Raw on 5.

… and French bistro-themed Le Grand Bistro, to name a few specialty options.

Le Grand Bistro.

The latter also doubles as the restaurant for Le Petit Chef and Family …

The shopping.

… which uses overhead projectors to display an animated storyline onto the dining table before every course.

Le Petit Chef and Family.

Besides these few eateries, the ship has four main restaurants that come with the base price of the cruise: Cosmopolitan (American), Cyprus (Greek) …

Cyprus.

… Normandie (French), and Tuscan (Italian).

Tuscan.

If you're tired of indulging during long days out at sea, the Apex has several venues that can keep passengers entertained.

The Grand Plaza and the Martini Bar.

This includes the Theatre, which is lined with 23-foot-tall curved LED screens and laser projectors ...

The Theatre.

… and the Club, which is conveniently located right next door.

The Club.

The Club serves as the venue for on-board activities like game shows, archery, and, of course, clubbing.

The Celebrity Apex.

If you take the elevator up a few decks, you'll hit the resort deck, which has the Rooftop Garden, an outdoor lounge with a large screen for movies, …

The Rooftop Garden.

… an open-aired pool and whirlpools ….

The main pool.

… and the adults-only Solarium, a covered swimming hole under a transparent roof.

The Solarium.

If you're looking for a view of the ocean but don't want to lounge by the pool, head to the Magic Carpet. Just make sure you know which deck it's on.

The Magic Carpet.

As the name might suggest, the Magic Carpet is a suspended open-aired platform that can move vertically to other decks of the ship.

The Magic Carpet.

Here, you can find a bar and lounge.

The Celebrity Apex.

But when it moves down to the second deck, the platform doubles as a tender dock at ports of calls, as shown below.

The Celebrity Edge.

If you're looking for the thrill of losing (or winning), money, try your luck at the casino, which is lined with over 2,015 slot machines.

The casino.

Source: Celebrity Cruises

But if you'd rather get a quick workout in, you can jog around the track …

The Rooftop Garden and track.

... use one of the gym's Pelotons, or try an F45 training class.

The gym.

The latter two are located inside the spa, which also has amenities like a hair salon and barber shop.

The salon.

There are plenty of spaces that are accessible by all passengers, but some venues - like a sundeck, lounge, and restaurant by a multi-Michelin starred chef - are reserved for guests who've booked a stay under the more exclusive "Retreat" segment.

Luminae at The Retreat.

Interested in cruising on the Apex?

The buffet.

The Apex still has some available staterooms and suites on its Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean itineraries, which will continue into April 2022.

The Celebrity Apex.

These sailings start at about $520 per person for the five-night Bahamas cruise in January 2023.

A jewelry shop on the Celebrity Apex.

This price then jumps to over $3,000 per person for a nicer stateroom on the seven-night Bahamas, Belize, and Mexico sailing from December to January.

The Celebrity Apex.
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