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Celebrity Apex Review

5.0 / 5.0
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113 reviews

Fantastic ship, fantastic crew

Review for Celebrity Apex to the Western Caribbean
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mikkelhansen
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Apr 2022
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After two longs years of waiting, we finally got to sail again (we Lift & Shift'ed to this sailing from an April 2021 sailing)

Cabin: We were originally in a 1B balcony cabin on deck 6, but were moved to a E2 Infinite Veranda cabin on deck 8 after two days due to a broken water pipe. For us, this was indeed an upgrade, although many other cruisers don't like the infinite verandas. I really don't mind them, and would love to sail in one again.

Dining/beverages: Buffet was not self-serve, but this was certainly also an improvement, and while you may experience a little waiting time at some stations, I really hope the manned buffet continues, as a lot of contamination sources are removed in this way. As opposed to our 2019 Edge sailing, the MDRs weren't pure chaos this time, even though we also had Select dining on this sailing. Everything ran smoothly, and in general we only exprienced very little waiting time at the MDRs. Unfortunately, there was only a quite limited assortment of non-alcoholic beverages available onboard, no Red Bull of any variant and no Arizona ice tea of any variant. Basically, only soft drinks and juices available.

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Belize City

Not the biggest port area, but a few jewelry stores and the usual merchandise/t-shirt stores. Very strange, as a European, to see pharmacies blatantly selling strong prescription drugs over-the-counter. Certainly didn't buy any, and kept my distance to those stores. I bought a fine necklace with Diamonds International, who had great service.

Bimini

Literally waste of time. Might as well have had a day at sea instead.

Cozumel

Fine, and popular, cruise port. We had booked an ATV tour through the cruise line, and as opposed to other ATV tours where you travel over greater distances and are able to reach higher speeds, this was in a man-made "jungle" at low speeds. Afterwards we went to a small beach resort, not worth the time. Overall, the tour was worth the 50$pp we paid on offer, but would not book again and also not at full price. We took a taxi from the port to the central city area to buy jewelry, 8USD each way, very fair price.

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

This stop was the whole basis for us choosing this itinerary, and luckily Cayman Islands had just reopened for cruise ships two weeks prior to our arrival, meaning we were one of the first ships to stop there. Unfortunately many stores were still closed, but you could see that most things were slowly opening up again. We had booked a stingray tour directly with the operator, this went perfectly smooth and with lots of photos available to buy directly on a USB stick. I tried to book a flight with Cayman Helicopters, but unfortunately they hadn't reopened yet.

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