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Celebrity Apex Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Celebrity Apex lacked the "Edge"

Review for Celebrity Apex to the Western Caribbean
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mindySUE
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2022
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Celebrity APEX January 8, 2022 - Seven day cruise - Western Caribbean 

Due to Covid, there were only 1065 passengers aboard and the ship never seemed crowded ... for which we were grateful. Note: There are no maps of the ship given out, so familiarize yourself with the layout before you board, including the two sets of elevators and those floors that can only be accessed from selected elevators ( Deck 3 and Deck 15 ) -  due to blockages. Edge series cruise ships have very different layouts than the older Celebrity ships.

Booked this cruise two years ago, having been on Edge which we liked. Unfortunately the "overall experience" on Apex was not as good as Edge. We booked  an "Infinite Balcony" (8163), same type of cabin booked on Edge, because it gives the appearance of a  larger room and has a 'panorama view" from the large picture window which opens half way. It was breezy the whole cruise, so we enjoyed having the window open during the day and overnight. The decor in the cabins is very contemporary and "cheap looking" ( fabrics - couch; chairs). The bathroom is nicely finished. Large shower - everyone  should fit. Nice large square sink. However, the toilet is jammed into a small space. Closet for two is very small, but there are a lot of drawers and shelves elsewhere. Very large flat panel TV. Ship's decks are laid out exactly like Edge. Four main dining rooms on Decks 3 and 4 aft. Note: Just about all food is either aft or in central locations ... so a forward cabin requires a lot of walking for dining. Theater, SPA and Gym are forward. We liked the Grand Plaza (GP - Deck 3 mid ship) where there is a Martini bar, dancing, DJ for nightly viewing before/after shows in the Theater. We sat on Deck 4 overlooking the GP.  At ~ 9 PM the bartenders do a "Coyote Ugly" juggling of drink shakers/glasses ... fun to watch. Also on 3 aft (only accessible by aft elevator) is the  iLounge ( which has four Macs for public use as well as an iPad ) ... if you don't bring your computer and do not use Smart Phone/APP. WiFi was particularly lousy the first few days, but improved as ship reached the ports. Also on Deck 4 mid-ship is Cafe al Bacio ... free pastries, specialty coffees ( available with the  Classic Beverage Package).This package also includes drinks like Bloody Mary's; Pina Colada's; Strawberry Daqs. and many specialty beers and ales, as well as house wines by the glass. Specialty restaurants are mostly on Deck 5 ( Eden- aft; Fine Cut- Mid ship); Le Grand Bistro is on Deck 4 - Lunch only prixe fixe at $20 - full menu). RoofTop Garden has a once a week $89 pp dining that includes all three appetizers - Burrata mozzarella/ tomato; grilled octopus; risotto; three entrees whole main lobster ( one is split per two people ); 22 oz Porterhouse ( split ); and Dover soul with a Chocolate souffle' dessert. See my review of this meal later on. Theater is actually "circular in shape with screen wrap around". This ship uses fabulous digital graphics to in lieu of physical sets. Breathtaking photography, night after night for each and every show. Oceanview Cafe and large outdoor pool (mid ship) as well as smaller Solarium (covered pool- aft) all on deck 14. Rooftop Garden/jogging track  on deck 15 are accessible only by aft elevators. Both Decks 3 and 15 have blockages so you cannot walk these decks, front to back.

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