Celebrity Cruises has released video footage of its “virtual” delivery ceremony for Celebrity Apex, the first event of its kind in the cruise sector.
Bosses at the line accepted official command of Celebrity Apex – sister to Celebrity Edge – via video conference from officials at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard last week.
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.”