During an impressive onboard ceremony involving grand processions and special performances, Celebrity Cruises' newest Edge-class ship, Celebrity Apex, was officially christened and named last night (November 2) in Fort Lauderdale before local dignitaries as well as media and invited guests.
With such a game-changing ship, it was only fitting that the cruise line chose a game-changing godmother: Reshma Saujani, founder of groundbreaking non-profit Girls Who Code and author of the bestseller, "Brave, Not Perfect."
As part of its Camp at Sea program, Celebrity will be honouring Saujani's work by offering fun, interactive coding activities from the Girls Who Code curriculum.
In choosing a godmother, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain explained that the company did not only want a change agent but someone who advances the cause of women in key roles.
"Celebrity Cruises is led by strong women and our goal is to keep breaking the glass ceiling until that ceiling no longer exists," stated Fain.
581 days overdue
The long-awaited naming ceremony for the cruise line’s newest Edge-class ship extended beyond nautical traditions.
Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo shared that it may have seemed like just another naming day on the surface, but the significance of this event went far beyond that.
The Apex was originally scheduled to be inaugurated in March 2020 in the United Kingdom but with the events that followed due to the global pandemic, the date was postponed to finally November 2, 2021.
“It has been 19 months of perseverance, courage, disappointment, fortitude, uncertainty, hope, and belief," explained Lutoff-Perlo. “Belief in coming back. And belief in each other. And, now today is a day of utter joy and looking forward.”
The heart and soul of the company
Throughout the nineteen-month period, Lutoff-Perlo added, Celebrity Cruises' crew was inspiring with their enthusiasm and perseverance throughout the pandemic, pushing the cruise line even further to get back in service.
This was also made possible through the support and confidence of stakeholders in executive management's decisions and actions.
Celebrity's CEO and president proudly told the crowd: “Now, here we are 581 days from her original naming ceremony date. We are giving this ship and its magnificent crew the attention, love, and fanfare they deserve.
Celebrity also thanked the trade for weathering the storm together over the past 19 months and for supporting the cruise line's comeback, which it promised would be stronger than its setback.
Explore with Apex
The 1,467-room Apex began her global debut this summer with a short series of Greek Isles voyages.
Now, Celebrity's newest ship in its luxury fleet will offer a rotation of eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, visiting Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Belize, and Grand Cayman among other islands.
Watch our video from Celebrity's christening ceremony for Celebrity Apex!