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Celebrity Apex sea trial.jpg PHOTO: BERNARD BIGER/CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE
Celebrity Apex exceeded performance expectations during optimal (tough) trial conditions, including strong winds and waves

Celebrity Apex completes first sea trials with aplomb

Celebrity Apex returned to Chantiers de l’Atlantique over the weekend following what Celebrity Cruises deemed a very successful first sea trial.

As earlier reported, the trials were postponed from mid-January due to weather and strikes by port workers protesting pension reform in France.

Celebrity Apex was put through its paces Feb. 4-8 in the Bay of Biscay near the Saint-Nazaire shipyard. The trial involved more than 50 crew members, including engineers and nautical experts.

Comfort and fuel efficiency

In the optimal (tough) trial conditions, with strong winds and waves, the second-in-series ship showed a superior level of comfort and fuel efficiency, Celebrity said, thanks in part to its so-called parabolic ultrabow.

‘In typical Edge series-fashion, the ship absolutely exceeded our expectations, performing perfectly in line with our above-and-beyond operating standards,’ said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity.

‘It was an absolute honor to stand at the helm of Celebrity Apex for her highly successful first sea trial,’ added Capt. Dimitrios Kafetzis. ‘Celebrity Apex is truly a beautiful and highly advanced vessel.’

March 30 naming festivities

The ship’s inaugural season is set to begin April 1 with five sailings to northern Europe. Before that, naming festivities will take place March 30 in Southampton.

Seven- to 12-night Mediterranean voyages take place through the summer.

In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of weeklong Caribbean cruises.

 

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