Just the Facts:
Ship: Celebrity Apex is the second vessel in the company's Edge class of ships @ 130,000 tons. Her debut sailing was from Athens on June 19, 2021, with a guest capacity of 2,900 passengers.
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale FL - Key West FL - Belize City, Belize - Cozumel, Mexico - Georgetown, Grand Cayman - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Tortola, BVI - Basseterre, St. Kitts Is.
Captain: Nikolaos Christodoulakis
I’ve never sailed with Celebrity so the Apex will be my 1st and 2nd cruises on her and with the company. I’m cruising with my Dear Wife (DW) on a B2B (back2back). Although my first Celebrity cruises, these are my 194th and 195th cruises overall. We will sail for 14 consecutive nights on board the Celebrity Apex.
Saturday / January 7th, 2022 Embarkation / Day 1
Tuesday, January 10th / Belize City, Belize / Day 4Calm seas overnight and I slept very well. It was an overcast morning so good for sleeping late, especially since we are not tendering into Belize City today. We did a nice walkabout and discovered the Roof Top Garden area (photo) on deck 15 aft. We enjoyed the live plants and got ideas for our new backyard garden at the Florida Villa…also has a nice view of the Caribbean. A great place to relax. We had a nice lunch in the Oceanview Cafe, I had some Roast Beef and a Chicken Breast from the Carving Station with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables. Also, a made-to-order Pasta… you choose the pasta, sauces, and spices to add. I did Spaghetti, Marinara, Peppers & Onion. The bread has been wonderful on this ship. The Rice Pudding for dessert was wonderful. We had afternoon cabin time. At 5:00 we returned to deck 15 to the aft-facing bar next to the garden area for a Cocktail hour. A nice place for relaxing drinks and a view of the wake, it was interesting to watch us sail away in a unique zig-zag to avoid the coral reefs. We had dinner reservations at Cosmopolitan this evening. This is our second of the four Main Dining Rooms. The DW had a Caprese Salad and a unique Vegetarian entree, I ordered the Escargot, Butternut Squash Soup, and Manhattan Steak. All was excellent. The flavored kinds of butter with the bread are fantastic. We both had Carrot Cake for dessert…it was the best I have ever had. We were going to see the lighting in the Garden area (we will) but ended up retiring following our cocktails and fine meal. I fell asleep early, but was up in the night using faster WiFi and finally got return Air flights booked for our April Adventure. It was a very enjoyable stay-on-board day on the Celebrity Apex.
Saturday, January 14th / Embarkation Day / Day 8 of B2BSmooth Seas overnight and I slept well. We woke early to finish packing and prepare for a cabin change before we have our B2B meeting this morning. I went up to the Ocean View and the weather is very cold and breezy. I returned through the interior passageway. For breakfast, I had three fresh Eggs cooked to order, Bacon, Hash Browns, assorted Fruit, and Milk. It was good. We actually heard the first in-cabin announcements this morning…announcing that it was time to leave the cabins. We really enjoyed not having all those announcements that other cruise lines do too often. We left our bags at the old cabin and went to our 9:00 am meet-up in the Eden Lounge area. At about 9:30 the 200 of us B2B guests were escorted down to a Customs waiting area where we received our new S&S cabin cards, then through Virtual Imaging border control, and then back onto the ship. It was a very easy process. We went to our new cabin and had no bags so we went to the previous cabin to retrieve them. The cabins were very close. Our new cabin has a full en suite balcony and it really is a lanai. The outer wall, towards the sea, is all glass and you can open the upper portion as you please just like a power window. You also have a power screen that you can use to block the sun if needed. It covers the entire window. You also have folding partition doors that separate the balcony/lanai from the cabin, they fold flat against the outer walls so as not to block the view. Amazing design. I’m glad we decided to change cabins on this cruise. We went to Ocean View Cafe for lunch, I have a Stir-fry (Mongolian grill) just as I did a week ago, it was even better as were the Pistachio Cremes. We did our muster drill then returned to the cabin to take advantage of fast WiFi for business then take an actual nap (remember no announcements to disturb you). We had a lazy afternoon but did more work on April’s big adventure. I had a nice solo dinner at the Oceanview Cafe: Beef & Onion entree, Mashed Potatoes, and Mixed Vegetables. I took a large plate of Bread Sticks and butter as a snack for the DW and Movie Night. It was a busy day for us as on the Celebrity Apex.
Sunday, January 15th / Fun Day at Sea / Day 9 of B2BRolling seas overnight and I slept well. We met new friends for breakfast at Le Grand Bistro at 9:00 am. Something that I learned during this visit is that some specialty drinks are also included for Elite guests. DW had a Bellini and I had a Bloody Mary. We had the Ultimate Platter and a Fruit Platter. It was very good food as well as the company and service. Very nice venue too. Afterward, we joined a team for General Trivia in the Main Lounge, we did fairly well. We had cabin time then went for a late lunch at about 2:00 pm in the Oceanview Cafe. It was Caribbean Day with Peas & Rice, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Plantains, etc., but didn’t appeal to me…I had another Stir-Fry and a selection of desserts including Bread Pudding. We then watched a movie until our 5:00 pm Cocktail hour, we did the contrarian thing tonight and DW went swimming in the Solarium pool and I went to the pool bar. A few Heinekens were nice and we got some Coca-cola for later. DW was the only guest in the pool. We stayed an hour+ then returned to the cabin. We are enjoying our balcony cabin, it is very unique, the TV screen is large, and it’s well-decorated and cozy. We watched movies and researched our port stops beginning tomorrow. It was a very restful sea day onboard the Celebrity Apex.
Wednesday, January 18th / Saint Kitts, Leeward Islands / Day 12 of B2BSmooth seas overnight and I slept very well. Guests were debarking by 8:30 am. At about 10:00 am the DW went to the Solarium to do pool exercise and I went to the Oceanview Cafe for another good breakfast. I went to the Poached Egg station where they prepared a great and freshly made Eggs Benedict for me. It was great as were the Bacon, Hash Brown Potatoes, and Hot Milk. I soon joined DW in the Solarium and I really enjoyed the Hot Tub, especially getting a water jet on my foot. Did wonders for the tendonitis, If back I’m going to consider one of those jetted walk-in tubs. We had cabin time the rest of the morning. At 1:00 pm we had a light lunch, I had a nice Turkey Sandwich. We soon afterward debarked the ship and walked down the long docking pier to the large pier arrival area. We looked at a few shops and watched a group of costumed dancers when the DW saw a Payless Shoes store on the approach to town, She ended up with two pairs of shoes as it is hard to find shoes for her pixie feet. We then walked into old Basseterre then back to the pier and back on the ship. We then attended a special event in Eden for Elite guests where they had the solo entertainer Georgia perform as well as one of the Acrobats. Up close and personal show for us on front lounge seats. The complementary cocktails were nice too. We had an early reservation at Normandie Restaurant. I do like the ambiance of the MDRs and table linens and service. Tonight I ordered Baked Brie, Escargot, and Beef Tenderloin. All great. DW said her Polenta was really good. We had Queen cake and Ice Creme for dessert, only so-so, but overall a great meal. We had TV and movie time, Edward Scissorhands, in the cabin tonight. It was another great day on the Celebrity Apex.
Thursday, January 19th / at Sea / Day 13 of B2B
Friday, January 20th / Fun Day at Sea / Day 14 of B2B
Saturday, January 21st / Debarkation / Ft. Lauderdale
Smooth seas overnight and I was up very early. I finished packing and we were ready to roll by 7:00 am. We watched from the balcony for the first off the ship and at about 7:20 we saw guests on the gangway. We left the cabin, scored an elevator, and were on deck 5 and heading off the ship straight away. Face recognition got us through Border Control and we were out the door. We found our shuttle bus that was already there (woo hoo) and were second on board. It soon filled and we were off to the lot. There it was luck of the draw as to finding your car. The driver does take off and loads your bags, a nice service, but slow if you are the last car. Still, we were in our car at about 8:10 am. We were off headed north on I-95 taking the cut across Florida route. Less mileage but more cities to slow one down. We stopped at S&L Burgers in Lakeland for lunch then made it home at about 2:25 pm. It was a really easy debarkation from the Apex and Port Canaveral.
I love the Edge class of ship primarily for the Infinite Balconies. The ship still seems new due to constant cleaning and maintenance. Beautiful artwork and statues. My favorite areas are Eden and Rooftop Garden.
Week One: we had cabin 7119 a balcony forward on deck 7. It has a unique balcony they classify as partially obscured, but reinforced as it was very far forward with two chairs and a table outside. The usual push button safe, king bed, couch, reading lamps at the bedside, a nice small refrigerator, chair at dresser/desk, and large screen TV. There are two small wardrobes and one set of drawers at the dresser. The bathroom is nice with glass doors at the shower. Week Two: we had cabin 7140 a full infinite balcony located just off the forward elevators. I like this concept with the balcony as a part of the cabin.
All are well trained and efficient. Our cabin stewards Narayan & Jarot were very good and friendly. The wait staff in the MDRs and Bars were also friendly and did a good job serving us. All crew greeted you as you passed them…very nice.
Dining / Food / Bars / Entertainment
The Apex overall has very good food and was all new to us. Excellent quality and preparation of all. We never ate in a Specialty Restaurant but there were many to choose from. Fantastic to have Tablecloths in the MDRs.
Highlights of the Cruise
St. Thomas day
Main Dining Rooms