(11:15 a.m. BST) -- Celebrity Cruises' new Edge-class ship Celebrity Apex will launch ahead of schedule and enter service in April 2020.
 
Passengers can get a first glimpse of the new ship on a special four-night preview sailing out of Southampton on April 1.

The ship will call in at Bruges, followed by an extended port of call in Amsterdam, before starting its mini-season of five sailings from Southampton.

Jo Rzymowska, vice president and managing director, Celebrity Cruises UK, Ireland & Asia commented:
 
"After a phenomenal response to our game-changing ship Celebrity Edge last year, we couldn’t be more excited that sister ship, Celebrity Apex, will take to the water earlier than expected. The four-night "Preview Sailing" is the perfect introduction to luxury holidays at sea on a ship that breaks all the rules".
  
Celebrity Apex will then continue its European mini-season with five cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in spring 2020, before homeporting in Rome and Barcelona for the rest of the summer.

Celebrity Apex will offer innovative features exclusive to the line's Edge class ships, including the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered platform suspended from the side of the ship; martini glass shaped hot tubs; an outdoor Rooftop Garden; a 22,000 ft. spa; 29 restaurants and bars and a three-deck dining and immersive entertainment space, Eden.
 
Cabins feature "Infinite Balconies" with windows which slide up and down at the touch of a button. 

The four-night Celebrity Apex Preview Sailing will be priced from £889 for an Oceanview cabin, based on two people sharing.