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MV Celebrity Apex – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9838383

MV Celebrity Apex

© Christian Plagué (Saint-Nazaire, 13/07/2020)

Steel twin Azipod “Edge Class” motor vessel built in 2018 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France (Yard No K34) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Celebrity Cruises

Technical Data

  • Length: 306 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 39.05 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 8.42 m
  • Tonnage: 130818 gross/92639 net/9000t deadweight
  • Engines: Two x Wärtislä 8L46F, Two x Wärtsilä 12V46F, one x Wärtsilä 12V32E diesel
  • Power: 45360 k/HP
  • Speed: 22.7 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 3405 passengers (Max)
  • Passenger Decks: 14
  • Call Sign: 9HA4960
  • MMSI Number: 215105000
  • IMO Number: 9838383
  • Port of Registry:  Valletta/Malta 🇲🇹
  • Sister Ships: Celebrity Edge (J34), Celebrity Beyond (L34), Celebrity 4 (M34)

Current AIS Location

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February 1st 2015: Ordered as CELEBRITY BEYOND.

The “Edge Class” is made up of four ships, Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Beyond and the last one, yet to be properly named, called M34. The last two of the series are longer versions of the first two (20 m or 65 ft longer for 168 additional cabins).

July 23rd 2018: Steel cut as CELEBRITY APEX.

October 31st 2018: Keel laying ceremony.


© Christian Plagué (Saint-Nazaire, 10/03/2019) (Left) (Saint-Nazaire, 09/04/2019) (Right)

May 17th 2019: Floated out.

January 15th 2020: Trials cancelled owing to bad weather.

January 17th 2020: Trials again cancelled, this time owing to strikes within the dockyard.

February 4th 2020: First sea trials in the Bay of Biscay.

February 8th 2020: Sea trials completed.


© Christian Plagué (Saint-Nazaire, 02/03/2020)

March 27th 2020: “Virtual delivery via a video conference between officials from Celebrity Apex Inc, Miami, USA. and Chantiers de l’Atlantique”.   

© Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 10/05/2021)

Celebrity Apex – Ship Tour © Celebrity Cruises 

May 15th 2022: Inaugural call at Dover.


© Paul Jolliffe (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover, 15/05/2022)

© Craig Nelson

© Craig Nelson (Dover, 15/05/2022)

Maiden Arrival in Dover with Nigel Scutt









 © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover, 15/05/2022)

May 15th 2023: Called at Dover.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Dover, 15/05/2023)

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

🆕 © Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 15/06/2023)

June 17th 2023: Due at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Julien Carpentier, Nigel Scutt and Paul Jolliffe (Dover Strait Shipping), Dennis Mortimer, Craig Nelson and Christian Plagué for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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