Celebrity Cruises has begun work on its second Edge series ship, commemorating the occasion with a steel cutting ceremony. The cruise line expects the Celebrity Apex to set sail in spring 2020, with the third and fourth Edge series ships following it in fall 2021 and fall 2022.
The Celebrity Apex continues the cruise company’s partnership with the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Formerly known as STX France, the shipbuilding group hosted the steel cutting ceremony, its first under its new name.
Celebrity Apex’s predecessor, the Celebrity Edge, will depart for its first voyage on December 16. During its maiden season it will sail round trip out of Fort Lauderdale, traveling two different seven-night trips. Passengers have the option of combining these two cruises for a longer 14-night itinerary.
The first path, traveling through the eastern Caribbean, will stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The second, sailing in the western Caribbean, will visit Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. Starting in 2019, it will sail throughout Europe, stopping in Italy, Greece, Spain, France and more.
Celebrity Cruises operates 12 ships across seven continents. The line’s newest ship, Celebrity Edge, will be out later this year. The company is one of five cruise lines operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.