Celebrity Apex Cruise Ship Review

Celebrity Apex Cruise Ship Review: Elevating Luxury at Sea

The Celebrity Apex, as the second jewel in the crown of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge-class series, has taken luxury cruising to new heights. Its striking design and sophisticated interiors set it apart, promising an unparalleled cruise experience.

Exterior and First Impressions

Upon first glimpse, the Celebrity Apex’s sleek, modern exterior is mesmerizing. The ship’s standout feature, the orange “Magic Carpet,” functions as a moving platform for spectacular views and event hosting. This unique design element is a testament to the ship’s commitment to innovation and luxury.

Celebrity Apex Docked in Geiranger, Norway - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Celebrity Apex Docked in Geiranger, Norway / Sail Away Magazine

The Grand Plaza: Heart of the Ship

Stepping aboard Celebrity Apex, guests are immediately taken aback by the majestic Grand Plaza. This central hub is a marvel of modern architecture, blending LED lighting with upscale dining and social spaces. The sheer scale and elegance of the Grand Plaza set the tone for the ship’s luxurious design ethos throughout.

Grand Plaza, Celebrity Apex - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Grand Plaza, Celebrity Apex / Sail Away Magazine

Stateroom Options and Features

The ship offers a variety of staterooms, catering to diverse preferences and budgets. The most popular, the Infinite Veranda staterooms, provide a unique blend of indoor and outdoor space. However, guests should note that opening the veranda window disables the air conditioning, a drawback in warmer climates. Additionally, these verandas are closed during inclement weather, limiting their usability. The cabins are thoughtfully designed with modern amenities like USB ports, but the limited wardrobe space might pose a challenge for longer stays or larger groups.

Aqua-class Infinite Verandah Stateroom, Celebrity Apex - Sail Away Magazine
Aqua-class Infinite Verandah Stateroom, Celebrity Apex – Sail Away Magazine

Bathroom Amenities and Comparisons

The stateroom bathrooms are surprisingly spacious and well-equipped. However, the toiletry offerings do not match the premium quality found in competitors like Holland America or Cunard. An enhancement in this aspect would significantly elevate the guest experience.

Aqua-class Infinite Verandah Stateroom Bathroom, Celebrity Apex - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Aqua-class Infinite Verandah Stateroom Bathroom, Celebrity Apex / Sail Away Magazine

Class-Based Perks and Services

Celebrity Apex introduces a class-based system, offering different levels of luxury and services. Standard fares cover essential amenities, while Concierge Class adds privileges like priority check-in and exclusive events. Aqua Class guests enjoy additional luxuries like cashmere bedding and exclusive dining at Blu. The Retreat, the epitome of luxury aboard the Apex, offers unrivalled perks including premium drinks and a private sundeck.

Dining: A Culinary Odyssey

Dining on the Celebrity Apex is a highlight, with an array of venues to suit all tastes. The main dining experience is diversified across five themed rooms, offering a departure from the monotony typically found on cruises. The Oceanview Café stands out for its quality and variety, including a popular pizza station. Health-conscious guests will appreciate the Spa Café and Eden Café, while Café Al Bacio is a haven for coffee lovers.

For those seeking a more exclusive dining experience, specialty restaurants like Fine Cut Steakhouse, Eden and Le Petit Chef offer gourmet meals at an additional cost. While these venues provide a memorable culinary journey, the cost can be a consideration for some travellers. Eden would be our recommendation. Even though it comes with a $65pp price tag, it is a thoroughly faultless dining experience. The food and service were superb!

Salmon Dish at Eden, Celebrity Apex - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Salmon Dish at Eden, Celebrity Apex / Sail Away Magazine

Entertainment and Activities

Entertainment aboard the Celebrity Apex is world-class, with exclusive shows and performances in the state-of-the-art Theatre. The variety of live music across the ship enhances the overall ambiance, offering something for everyone. Daytime activities are plentiful, from fitness classes to lounging by the Resort pool or the tranquil Solarium Pool.

Spa and Wellness

The ship’s spa is a sanctuary of relaxation, despite the absence of a hydropool. The thermal suite is particularly impressive, offering a range of facilities to unwind and rejuvenate.

SEA Spa Aboard Celebrity Apex - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: SEA Spa Aboard Celebrity Apex / Sail Away Magazine

Family-Friendliness

While the Celebrity Apex does cater to families with a children’s club, it may not be the first choice for those seeking family-centric activities found on other cruise lines. The ship’s focus is more on adult-centric luxury and relaxation.

Service and Staff

Service on the Celebrity Apex is generally excellent, with attentive staff and exceptional bar service. However, there have been instances where the dining service fell short of creating a personal connection, an area for potential improvement.

Celebrity Apex Resort Pool - Celebrity Cruises
Credit: Celebrity Apex Resort Pool / Celebrity Cruises

Pricing and Value

The luxury of the Celebrity Apex comes at a premium price. Specialty dining, beverage packages, and Wi-Fi are additional costs that can add up. However, the overall quality of the ship’s design, dining options, and entertainment justifies the expense for those seeking a top-tier cruise experience.

Drink Packages and Connectivity

The ship offers various drink packages, with the Zero Proof package being the most basic. The Classic Package is the standard alcohol option, but it has a relatively low price ceiling for included drinks. The Premium Package offers the most versatility but at a significant cost. Connectivity on the ship is reliable, though the internet packages are priced high.

Celebrity Apex Docked in Geiranger, Norway - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Celebrity Apex Docked in Geiranger, Norway / Sail Away Magazine

Conclusion

The Celebrity Apex sets a new benchmark in premium cruising, blending exceptional design, dining, and entertainment. While there are minor drawbacks such as the limitations of certain staterooms and the added costs of onboard amenities, the ship offers an extraordinary experience. Whether a seasoned cruiser or a newcomer, Celebrity Apex promises a cruise holiday that redefines luxury and sophistication at sea.

Celebrity Apex Full Ship Tour - Sail Away with Dan & Jay
Credit: Celebrity Apex Full Ship Tour / Sail Away with Dan & Jay