Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex was named by the founder of international non-profit Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, before the ship set sail on its inaugural U.S season from the Caribbean.
Celebrity Cruises had originally planned for the vessel to launch in late March 2020, but this was delayed due to the pandemic.
Celebrity Apex will embark from U.S shores on rotating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, visiting locations such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Belize and Grand Caymans.
Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “Celebrating Celebrity Apex is certainly long overdue and it’s a day I have been waiting to celebrate for quite a long time – 581 days, to be exact.
“This stunning ship truly represents a new standard in new-luxury travel, and we can’t wait for our guests to finally experience it for themselves.”
Moreover, to mark Reshma Saujani’s work, Celebrity Cruises will offer beginner coding activities from the girls who code curriculum as part of the line’s on board camp at sea programme.
Reshma Saujani commented: “It’s both thrilling and humbling to serve as the Godmother of Celebrity Apex. Similar to the mission of Girls Who Code, which is centred around closing the gender gap in tech, Celebrity is leading the way to create a more diverse future in the cruise industry.”
This comes after Reshma Saujani was named as Celebrity Apex’s godmother.
Celebrity Apex features 29 culinary venues, 7,000 square feet of shops, F45 classes as well as two-storey villa-style accommodation.
Royal Caribbean Group CEO and chairman Richard Fain said: “We are elated to welcome Celebrity Apex to our family of magnificent vessels that push the boundaries of what’s possible on a cruise ship.
“As we welcome guests back to the seas aboard the newest Edge class ship, we are excited to deliver the very best vacation experience that is the hallmark of every Celebrity cruise.”