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Celebrity Apex

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

As the second ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Series, the 2,910-guest Celebrity Apex debuted in 2020 with virtually identical spaces and amenities as its older sibling, 2018’s Celebrity Edge. These ships are easily distinguished by the Magic Carpet, a bright tangerine-hued capsule on their starboard side that can be positioned on several decks and used as an overwater lounge, dining venue, or tender-boarding station. 

The Edge Series also introduced Eden, Celebrity’s three-level lounge, performance, and dining space; the Rooftop Garden, a whimsical top-deck retreat with modern sculptures and an alfresco Rooftop Garden Grill; and a cohesive Retreat enclave for suite guests, complete with its own pool, hot tubs, and sun deck. Celebrity Apex has many of the contemporary-meets-bohemian design details featured on Edge (and on 2022’s Celebrity Beyond and late 2023’s Celebrity Ascent), including modern art installations, eye-catching furnishings (especially chairs), and vibrant fabrics and carpets.

Dining-wise, Celebrity Apex offers eight complimentary dining venues and seven specialty restaurants (for an extra charge). Four of the complimentary restaurants are the Main Dining Rooms — Cosmopolitan, Normandie, Cyprus, and Tuscan — each of which offers an exclusive selection of three appetizers and three entrees based on its culinary theme (New American, French, Mediterranean, and Italian, respectively) in addition to Celebrity Signature and Classic menu items. Among the specialty restaurants, Eden is worth experiencing for its large selection of globally inspired dishes (including a seven-course plant-based tasting menu). Fine Cut Steakhouse is an elegant option for carnivores, while Rooftop Garden Grill is for those who enjoy their meat or fish grilled or smoked and accompanied by comfort-food sides.

It’s also worth noting that Celebrity’s onboard vibe is couple-centric, centered around a casual yet sophisticated bar and lounge culture (there are 12 bars, cafes, and lounges, including the cozy new Craft Social for boutique beers, wines, and cocktails). Nighttime entertainment focuses on multisensory spectacles in the Theatre, DJ sets and quirky/eclectic shows in The Club, and a series of interactive performances called Wonder at Eden. All are generally more appealing to Gen Xers and leading-edge Millennials than to older Baby Boomers (there are no Broadway shows, piano bars, or comedy clubs).

What We Love

Infinite Veranda Staterooms: Celebrity’s signature Infinite Veranda Staterooms (243 square feet) make enjoying the sea part of the in-room experience. The traditional balcony has been replaced by an indoor/outdoor area with a button-controlled glass wall offering floor-to-ceiling ocean views (the top panel opens for fresh air). There are also folding glass doors to create a more traditional balcony effect. Bathrooms are spacious and bright with a generously sized shower. Solo travelers can also book an 184-square-foot Edge Single Stateroom to enjoy the view without paying a single supplement. 

Resort Deck Design: From the two martini-glass-shaped hot tubs rising above the Main Pool to the chic oval-shaped, wood-paneled cabanas lining the pool and the massive metal sculpture of two hands forming a heart, Apex’s Resort Deck is a sophisticated oasis — and when Magic Carpet is stationed on deck 14 you can sip cocktails there while suspended above the sea.

The Grand Plaza’s Martini Bar: This dazzling three-level atrium with its massive LED chandelier is a popular pre- and post-dinner gathering spot, namely because of its Martini Bar. This signature Celebrity bar is staffed with flair by bartenders skilled in creating a spectacle while making your drink. The menu features a large selection of martinis, ranging from a classic Dirty Martini to a Lyceetini.

Best Known For

Contemporary Interior Design: Continuing Celebrity’s emphasis on creating a unique onboard ambiance inspired by the best boutique hotels around the world, Apex’s public spaces offer a visual surprise around every corner. The vibe is especially funky in Eden, with its midcentury-inspired furniture and color palette, and particularly breathtaking in the Grand Plaza. The Resort Deck mixes sophistication and whimsy, and the four Main Dining restaurants are each elegant rooms with a design that nods to the cultures highlighted in their menus.

Adults-Only Solarium: While couple-centric Celebrity doesn’t aim to cater to families, many summer and holiday sailings do attract multi-generational groups with very young kids and older teens. Without splash zones, water slides, and game arcades, younger cruisers will typically hang with mom and dad at the main pool. If you want to relax without kids under foot (yours or someone else’s), head to the adults-only Solarium, an indoor pool and hot tub oasis dotted with greenery and featuring its own bar. This space is also a terrific spot to get in some pool time in cooler destinations or when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Who It's Best For

Gen X Couples and Groups of Friends: Celebrity has been focused on appealing to adult cruisers — whether couples or groups of friends — since its founding. The Edge Series of ships further reinforces that commitment and even emphasizes a new outreach to Gen X and leading-edge Millennial cruisers in their 30s, 40s, and 50s seeking a premium cruise experience (vs. a typical cruise demographic of retired Boomers in their 60s and 70s).

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Kids Will Be Bored: While Celebrity offers club-like activities in its Camp at Sea, its ships don’t have the adrenaline-rush onboard activities of Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, or Carnival megaships. So, unless your kids are happy to splash in the pool or spend a few hours enjoying arts and crafts or reading books, sea days will be a drag.

The Sunset Bar Isn’t as Chic as Those on Beyond and Ascent: It wasn’t until designing Beyond, the third ship in the Edge series, that Celebrity decided to give its signature Sunset Bar a stylish two-level makeover (courtesy of designer and TV personality Nate Berkus) that matched the look of the rest of the ship. That said, the Sunset Bar aboard Apex is still a lovely spot to grab a drink, especially at sail away.

Donna Heiderstadt
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