Today, November 1st 2022, Celebrity Cruises announced that one of its Edge Class vessels will be making its homeport in Southampton, United Kingdom, for the duration of the 2024 cruise season.
The award-winning Celebrity Apex is currently scheduled to replace the recently revitalized Celebrity Silhouette, that is sailing Europe, and departs from Southampton. This switch is set to open up new ways for guests to explore Europe with Celebrity Cruises in 2024.
Celebrity Cruises is effectively signaling how important the UK market is to the cruise line industry by choosing to homeport Celebrity Apex in Southampton for the duration of the 2024 season.
“This truly is an exciting moment for us. Having one of our award-winning Edge Series ships sailing from Southampton will offer an experience like no other from the UK, connecting guests to the world around them through the innovative outward-facing design and visionary spaces these celebrated ships are known for,” states Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Cruises will be offering 4- to 13- night sailings departing from Southampton, from May to November 2024 with Celebrity Apex. “Travelers can delight in the beauty and culture of awe-inspiring Europe, whether for a short multi-city break or an extended adventure at sea,” says Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Cruises Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Jo Rzymowska added the following, “the UK has always been integral to the success of our brand, and home-porting Celebrity Apex from Southampton underlines our commitment to this market and is testament to the strength of local consumer demand, supported by out formidable travel partners.”
“There is huge appetite from UK guests who share our curiosity for people, places and cultures, and our passion for opening up the world through a love of travel. I’m looking forward to welcoming even more of our guests on board Celebrity Apex when she raises the bar for cruising from Southampton in 2024,” says Jo Rzymowska.
This debut of Celebrity Apex home-porting in the UK, will be a first for Celebrity Cruises. Starting off the 2024 season, Celebrity Apex will head out on a 12-night Norwegian Fjords and Arctic Circle sailing.
“Travelers will revel in the jaw-dropping scenery of the regions capital, Tromso, as well as Norway’s northernmost city, Honnigsvag, offering breathtaking natural beauty from hiking its lakes and forests under the midnight sun to watching humpback whales lobtail and leap in its cold waters,” says Celebrity Cruises about this initial Arctic Circle itinerary.
Celebrity Apex will eventually make its way to warmer European waters, stating, “much further south, a new addition to Celebrity’s itineraries from Southampton include the stunning island of Ibiza, boasting an eclectic landscape of traditional and modern culture, a vibrant culinary scene and mesmerizing beaches in the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.”
The Celebrity Apex will take guests to some beautiful places, while additionally, the ship itself is a work of art. The Celebrity Apex is an award-winning cruise ship that features a collaboration of globally renowned designers including British powerhouse Kelly Hoppen CBE; beloved American designer Nate Berkus; the acclaimed Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku; along with Tom Wright “whose visionary spaces provide the canvas for a relaxed luxury resort at sea.”
Before the start of the 2024 cruise season, prospective Celebrity Cruises guests can also sail the continent in 2023 on all three of Celebrity’s newest and groundbreaking ships, the Celebrity Beyond, Celebrity Apex, and Celebrity Edge, which are all part of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Series of vessels. In 2023 these ships will visit destinations such as Norway, Egypt, Portugal, Finland, Israel, and much more.
Additionally, guests wishing to depart on their next Celebrity Cruises vacation out of Southampton in 2023, can do so aboard Celebrity Silhouette. This ship will continue to make sailings out of Southampton from May to October 2023. Onboard these sailings, guests can visit destinations such as Iceland, Sardinia, Azores, and more. Once Celebrity Silhouette has concluded its season, Celebrity Apex will take position in the region.
“Celebrity Cruises continues to redefine cruising, taking our guests to the world’s best places on the world’s best places,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises President and CEO.