Celebrity Cruises takes virtual delivery of Celebrity Apex

Celebrity Cruises takes virtual delivery of Celebrity Apex
Celebrity Apex is the second of Celebrity Cruises’ five Edge-class ships (Image: Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Cruises has taken virtual delivery of Celebrity Apex, with executives accepting command of the vessel via a video conference with officials from Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in what is believed to be an industry first.

The ship’s captain Dimitris Kafetzis ordered the traditional exchange of the French and American flags, while each country’s national anthem was played in the background.

“Every delivery is unique just as every ship is unique,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “While the circumstances are quite unique right now, it’s fitting that such an innovative ship as Celebrity Apex would have a digital-age delivery. The day is every bit as meaningful because I know the dedication and commitment from the shipyard team, the onboard crew and our Celebrity shoreside team that went in to bringing this ship to life. Celebrity Apex is a magnificent ship and I am so proud to welcome her into our family.”

Celebrity Apex is the second of Celebrity Cruises’ five Edge-class ships. CFR was given a tour of the ship while she was still under construction in January.

“We had the honour of building the first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, and so many wonderful ships throughout our partnership over the years,” said Laurent Castaing, general manager of Chantiers de l'Atlantique. “Celebrity Apex is exceptional, and we know she will be well-received and enjoyed for many years to come.”

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
30 March 2020

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