Celebrity Cruises has taken “virtual delivery” of its newest ship Celebrity Apex, in a first for the cruise sector.
Bosses at the line accepted official command of Celebrity Apex – sister ship to Celebrity Edge – via video conference from officials at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.
In keeping with tradition, Captain Dimitris Kafetzis ordered the exchange of the French and American flags, while each country’s national anthem played in the background.
“While the circumstances are quite unique right now, it’s fitting that such an innovative ship as Celebrity Apex would have a digital-age delivery,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and chief executive at Celebrity Cruises.
“The day is every bit as meaningful because I know the dedication and commitment from the shipyard team, the onboard crew and our Celebrity shoreside team that went in to bringing this ship to life. Celebrity Apex is a magnificent ship, and I am so proud to welcome her into our family.
“I look forward to calmer waters when we can welcome guests onboard the newest addition to our beautiful fleet,” Lutoff-Perlo added. “I have great anticipation for her first sailing out of Barcelona on 20 May”.