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A FIRST LOOK AT CELEBRITY APEX CRUISE SHIP

Cruise in sleek style onboard this high-tech beauty

The Celebrity APEX is an Edge-class ship and brand-new build that started sailing in Nov 2021.   

I sailed the 2/5/22 Western Caribbean in a Sky Suite in The Retreat, and it was a fabulous experience from start to finish.  And-I didn’t get Covid.

First Impression of the 2,910 passenger APEX:  It’s sleek, modern and stylish with incredible artwork onboard and lots of tech including streaming WiFi.  The Retreat, basically a ship within a ship reserved for suite guests, is worth every penny-has its own concierge lounge, sundeck, pool, hot tub, bar and even restaurant.  

FOODIE Credentials:  29 restaurants and bars!  And famous, acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud is the global culinary ambassador and offers a special Chefs Table.

Who is it for:  Adults and families with older kids who like an upscale environment with a cuisine-focus.   The Retreat is for guests who sail Silversea & Regent but want the variety and amenities of a larger ship 

One dish to rave about:  Lemon-poached lobster with melted leeks, shitake mushrooms, lobster ravioli and beurre blanc sauce. Perfect!  Luminae Restaurant.

Happy Hour Hot Spot:  EDEN, a high-concept, high-design area with bar that is filled with artwork and (real) hanging plants, and has an amazing cocktail curations menu!

Most pleasant surprise: The nightly onboard entertainment was WAY better than I expected!  The high definition, gazillion pixel wrap around screen in the theater and round stage is truly incredible.  The “Rockumentary” show with a live band doing Classic Rock mega hits was really good as was the “Crystalize” high energy show with acrobats.

Most Unique Spa Treatment:  The Hot Mineral Body Boost treatment on the pioneering MLX Amber and Crystal Quartz heated bed. The heated minerals help alleviate muscular pain and remove toxins and serve as a catalyst to warm and deeply relax the body.  Of course I tried it!  Thumbs up!

Stateroom that delivers the most bang for your buck:  The Sky Suites, which are entry level suites but still part of The Retreat and come with premium beverage package, streaming wifi, prepaid grats and $300 per person onboard credit.

Biggest Splurge:  The 2,600+ sq ft Iconic Suite with 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows. Pictured above. WOW.

Being completely honest here-I am not a cruiser at heart BUT this ship is so spectacular I might become one!  

See video clip below of my suite tour, and some ship pics. 

Lemon butter-poached lobster in Luminae
Main pool with “martini glass” hot tubs on sides and jogging track
Main pool at night
The ‘Magic Carpet” cantilevered over the side
Rooftop Garden-restaurant, bar and outdoor movie theater
The Retreat sundeck and pool (just half of it, it wraps around the other side as well)
Retreat sitting areas
The Spa entrance (the spa is HUGE)
Heated tile loungers in spa
EDEN by day
EDEN by night-amazing cocktail menu!!
Main Stage-spectacular!
A Daniel Bould dessert, best one I had
Best wedge salad ever!
Lobster night in Blu
Docked in Key West

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