This past weekend, Celebrity Cruises executives accepted official command of Celebrity Apex in what may be the first virtual delivery of a cruise ship.
The virtual delivery of the second ship in Celebrity’s Edge series took place via video conference with officials from Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard on March 27. In keeping with tradition, Captain Dimitris Kafetzis ordered the exchange of the French and American flags, while each country’s national anthem played in the background.
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“Every delivery is unique just as every ship is unique. While the circumstances are quite unique right now, it’s fitting that such an innovative ship as Celebrity Apex would have a digital-age delivery,” said Lisa Lutoff Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “The day is every bit as meaningful because I know the dedication and commitment from the shipyard team, the onboard crew and our Celebrity shoreside team that went in to bringing this ship to life. Celebrity Apex is a magnificent ship and I am so proud to welcome her into our family.”
“We had the honor of building the first Edge Series ship, Celebrity Edge, and so many wonderful ships throughout our partnership over the years. Celebrity Apex is exceptional, and we know she will be well-received and enjoyed for many years to come,” stated Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l'Atlantique.
“I look forward to calmer waters when we can welcome guests aboard the newest addition to our beautiful fleet,” Lutoff-Perlo added.
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