(1 p.m. GMT) -- Celebrity Cruises' second Edge class ship -- Celebrity Apex -- will offer five cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in summer 2020 ranging from seven to ten nights, the line has revealed.
The ship, which will preview and be christened in Southampton in April 2020, will then reposition to Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) to continue its European season.
The 2,900-passenger ship will be a sister to Celebrity Edge, which made its debut in Port Everglades, Florida, yesterday ahead of its December 5 christening.
In September, Jo Rzymowska, vice president and managing director, Celebrity Cruises UK, Ireland and Asia revealed that Apex would be christened in and sail a mini-season from the UK -- citing the strength of the cruise market as the reason for the decision.
She said: "2020 will be a landmark year for Celebrity Cruises. I’m incredibly excited to launch and name Celebrity Apex in Southampton for its mini-season and first ever cruises in April 2020. Cruising from the UK will have never been so stylish."
Joining Celebrity Apex in Southampton in summer 2020 will be the fresh from dry-dock newly revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette, plus there will also be a third consecutive year of cruises from Dublin with Celebrity Reflection. This marks Celebrity Cruises’ largest-ever choice of cruises from UK and Irish ports.
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Rzymowska added: "Plus, Celebrity Silhouette will be one of the first ships to unveil a cutting edge, refreshed look, thanks to our $500 million 'Revolution' investment, which sees us take the fleet to the Edge."
Cruises in summer 2020 onboard Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection go on sale on 27 November for members of Celebrity Cruises’ loyalty scheme, and then 29th November for general release.
Featuring an inaugural Spain and Portugal cruise from Southampton, plus two European Capital Cities itineraries, Celebrity Apex will also offer a sailing to the Norwegian Fjords.
Destinations on offer from Southampton during 2020 from Celebrity Apex include Lisbon, Porto, Copenhagen and overnight stays in Oslo. A 10-night Capital Cities cruise on-board Celebrity Apex departing on 23 April 2020 costs from £2,149 per person.
Returning to Southampton for a third consecutive season, Celebrity Silhouette will have two new Suite categories, a new exclusive outdoor lounge exclusively for Suite Class guests in the Retreat Sundeck, and a modern makeover throughout the ship.
New for Celebrity Silhouette's 2020 destination programme is a ten-night Capital Cities cruise taking in must-visit places such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam and overnight stays in Oslo. The ship will also offer Iceland and Ireland itineraries with overnight stays in both Reykjavik and Dublin.
A nine-night Northern Cities cruise on-board Celebrity Silhouette departing on 19 September 2020 costs from £1,849 per person.
Celebrity Reflection will return to Dublin in spring 2020 due to popular demand. 2020 is the third consecutive year Celebrity Cruises has been the only major cruise line to base a ship in Ireland and second season for Celebrity Reflection. Increasing the number of cruises on offer from Dublin, there will be six sailings including a new ten-night Irish Sea itinerary calling into destinations throughout Scotland, Ireland and England including Portland in Dorset for the first time. Popular itineraries to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords will also return.