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VACAYA & CELEBRITY:
PUSHING MODERN TRAVEL TO BOLD NEW HEIGHTS
VACAYA is making a quantum leap up in the quality of ships we’ll be sailing for our annual big-ship Caribbean Cruise – taking you to the edge of what’s possible and then beyond!
Sailing Feb 17-24, 2024 for 7 magical nights from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and Antigua, Apex will inspire you to reimagine everything you’ve ever known about cruising. Like VACAYA has done since the beginning, Apex also rewrites the playbook. And The V Team is thoughtfully reinventing the VACAYA experience from the ground up to match this stunning ship’s innovative design. From fresh new ways to dine to its immersive play spaces, Apex with VACAYA will unfold surprisingly and with all-new moments of wonder and awe. While you’ll certainly recognize a few common threads that tie all Celebrity ships together (like Café al Bacio, Blu, and Luminae), get ready to be wowed by premium touches from stem to stern!
So, without any further ado, it’s time to take a peek (or is it peak with Apex?) at your next VACAYA vacation, our most thrilling yet!
As you know, cruising takes the guess work out of travel. And with all the added VACAYA benefits – from signature entertainment and welcoming parties to endless social activities and non-stop fun – it’s also an incredible value. With so many inclusions, your precious vacation dollars have never been better spent. And with this cruise – like we’ve done with all our big-ship Caribbean cruises since the beginning – you’ll have the ability to purchase Celebrity’s unlimited beverage packages to make the value even better!
It’s amazing what’s included:
- 7 Nights aboard the cutting-edge Celebrity Apex
- Meals with flavors from around the world*
- 24×7 Stateroom Service, Reception Desk & Room Service**
- World-Class Fitness Center
- All-Star VACAYA Entertainment
- Endless Celebrity and VACAYA social activities
- Warm, friendly parties with music you love and can even sing along to
- Party themes 120 days out
- Celebrity Booking Numbers 45 days out
- Abundant, clear, and timely communication via email and on the trip’s GET READY page
- VACAYA ReachOUT Philanthropic Service Opportunities
*Some of the specialty dining venues have an additional cost, but they’re worth every penny.
**There’s a nominal delivery fee for room service.
MYTH BUSTING UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGES
An unrivaled culinary repertoire of 29 distinct restaurants, bars, and lounges, including the brand-new Craft Social Bar (The V Team’s favorite!). Globally-inspired menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs bring the flavors of the world straight to the plate, providing an epicurean journey unmatched at sea.
The entertainment onboard is just as revolutionary and carefully crafted as the ship itself. Edge media recently wrote about VACAYA entertainment, “packed with top-tier entertainers – a hallmark of the brand, which has quickly risen to best-in-class for queer travelers.” We believe onboard entertainment should be plentiful, fresh, diverse, and unpredictable, surrounding you and delighting you with spaces and experiences never seen before. Apex is the perfect canvas for all we do!
ACTIVITIES & PARTIES
ACTIVITIES & PARTIES
NUDE SUN DECK
NUDE SUN DECK
Our sexy sun deck allows you to go au naturel. Perhaps you’re curious about what a clothing optional experience is really like, or maybe you want to get some sun without the tan lines, or perhaps you just want to embrace your natural look in a sea of body positivity. Whatever the reason, VACAYA offers you this experience. So go ahead… indulge in the company of like-minded adventurers!
We’re working on several meaningful options for our 2024 ReachOUT initiatives. So stay tuned for more details, which will be outlined on our GET READY page.
Sun and world-class luxury await on Celebrity Apex
The Grand Plaza
The Retreat Lounge
The Retreat Sundeck
The Fitness Center
The Spa & SEA Thermal Suite
Rooftop Garden & Grill
Eden Restaurant, Bar & Cafe
OUR PLAY SPACES
Apex features some of the most beautiful play spaces we’ve ever seen, including a state-of-the-art Main Theater, the perfect Pool Deck, the tantalizing Eden, and the bustling Grand Plaza.
THE MAGIC CARPET
29 RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES
Apex is designed to connect you to the destinations you’ll visit like never before, and one way it does that is by bringing the flavors of the world to you – right onboard. Embark on an unrivaled culinary journey, with 29 distinct restaurants, bars, and lounges to choose from. Savor new globally inspired menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chefs, featuring some delicious new dishes. You won’t find another dining experience like this at sea – or anywhere, for that matter. VIEW VIDEO
29 RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES
CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE
CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE
In addition to Apex’s four main restaurants, you’ll find an array of complimentary dining options, as well. From Eden Café to The Spa Café and from Apex’s marketplace-inspired Oceanview Café to the poolside Mast Grill, there’s every opportunity to please your palate morning, noon, and night.
MORE INCLUDED DINING
ROOFTOP GARDEN & GRILL
This outdoor venue is full of unexpected pleasures day and night. Enjoy lunch or dine under the stars at the Rooftop Garden Grill, nestled perfectly in its own delicious corner of the Rooftop Garden.
THE MAGIC CARPET
THE MAGIC CARPET
Exclusive to guests of The Retreat, this warmly inviting lounge is open 24×7 and offers a new fully stocked and expertly staffed bar (complimentary for guests in Celebrity Suites and above), as well as gourmet bites and live entertainment. Guests of The Retreat also enjoy exclusive access to the indulgent, inviting Pool Bar with private cabanas and plush loungers. Each Suite type features different inclusions (and those vary from standard non-chartered Celebrity sailings), so be sure to check your desired Suite’s list of inclusions in our Rooms & Pricing section below.
CAFÉ AL BACIO
CAFÉ AL BACIO
THE SUNSET BAR
THE SUNSET BAR
DAY 1 | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2024 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA USA
DAY 2 | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 | A DAY OF SHENANIGANS AT SEA
DAY 3 | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2024 | SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
ARRIVE 4PM | DEPART 11:59PM
DAY 4 | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2024 | SAINT CROIX
ARRIVE 8AM | DEPART 6PM
DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2024 | ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA
ARRIVE 8AM | DEPART 5PM
DAY 6 | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024 | A WILD DAY & NIGHT ON THE HIGH SEAS
DAY 7 | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024 | FUN-FILLED & RELAXING DAY AT SEA
DAY 8 | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA USA
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA USA 26°N 80°W
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2024
Your first steps onto Apex will take your breath away! This gleaming jewel impresses from the go. And with our THIS IS ME party on the upper decks tonight, you’ll get your first chance to connect with other Vacayans. Check out all the amazing things to do in Fort Lauderdale HERE.
SUN-FILLED DAY & SIZZLING NIGHT AT SEA
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024
It’s our first sea day and you just know we’ve got some incredible moments in store. How will you spend this day? By the pool with cocktails in-hand? Or in the theater with everyone’s favorite Vacayan, Sister Helen Holy? The choice is entirely yours to make. We do know, however, that EVERYONE will be at our first V-Dance this afternoon. So be ready!
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2024
You’re finally starting to melt into all Apex has to offer. After a morning and early afternoon poolside, we finally arrive at our first port of call – the unmistakably beautiful and oh so gay San Juan! You’ll have your choice of excursions today OR you can just hit the Old Town on your own and explore all this fascinating city has to offer.
SAINT CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2024
Saint Croix offers a truly mellow island experience and a nice break from bigger, more crowded beach destinations. Beaches are abundant across the island; Butler Bay, Dorsch Beach, and Frederiksted Beach, Coakley Bay Beach, and Cane Bay Beach are all perfect for relaxed sunbathing and fun. Buck Island Reef National Monument and Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge aren’t far from the port at Frederiksted and make a great day trip for nature lovers. Foodies will certainly enjoy the mix of Cajun and Caribbean cuisines found here.
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2024
Colorful St. John’s is home to 365 white sandy beaches, historic testaments to British colonial occupation, and kitschy beach bars around every corner. St. John’s is perfect for lounging beachside, snorkeling and diving, or hiking to see Fort Barrington’s watchful eye overlooking the city. Tours to historic sites like Fort James and St. John’s Cathedral make for a great way to spend the morning, leaving plenty of time in the afternoon for tasty Caribbean cuisine and seafood, where the fresh catch of the day rules local menus.
SHENANIGAN-FILLED DAY AT SEA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024
After 3 days of island hopping, it’s time to make the most of our beautiful ship. Today, you can hit the spa, check out Eden for the first time, dance the afternoon away on the Resort Deck, or simply sleep in. You do you today. But tonight… be ready for our biggest party of the week!
ONE LAST RELAXING DAY AT SEA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024
After last night’s party and the after-party, today is all about recharging before heading home tomorrow. But before we wrap this up, our signature SHE’S A MESS V-DANCE will hit the upper decks! SHE’S A MESS is easy… just throw on one piece of every costume you’ve worn this week. This is our fun way of celebrating all the weird and whacky costumes worn over the week, so get crazy, Vacayans!
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA USA
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024
We return to where it all started – beautiful Fort Lauderdale. We encourage you to stick around a few days to enjoy all this wonderful LGBT+ haven has to offer. Our friends at VISIT LAUDERDALE have compiled a great list of the amazing accommodations, bars, and restaurants the city offers HERE. If you’re flying home today, we recommend flights at 11am or later. Port Everglades is a short 15-minute taxi/Uber ride away from FLL Airport and you’ll have options to disembark Apex starting just before 8am.
While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, sea, and myriad other conditions.
ROOMS & PRICING
Apex features luxury accommodations that range from modern two-story villas with plunge pools to staterooms with Infinite Verandas that blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, all carefully curated and designed by the award-winning Kelly Hoppen.
When you book online directly with VACAYA, you’ll enjoy 24×7 access to your booking information, Pay-In-Full Bonus Offers, No-Interest Monthly Payments, AIRLINE DISCOUNTS, and our BEST RATE GUARANTEE!
While our Solo Traveling with Ease Program (STEP) has been sunset, we offer some great recommendations for finding a roommate HERE.
Suite inclusions on standard non-charter sailings vary from the suite inclusions available on charter cruises. To better understand what’s included with each type of suite, we’ve created this helpful guide for you…
PORT & ADMIN FEES
Non-Commissionable Port Taxes and Admin Fees are 347 USD per person.
Pre-Paid Gratuities are 168 USD per person for guests in Suites; 133 USD for AquaClass & Concierge Class staterooms; and 126 USD for all other stateroom categories. 100% of these gratuities go to onboard staffers, including your stateroom attendant, the culinary services staff, the behind-the-scenes hotel services staff, and the myriad department heads who work with their teams around the clock to create a flawless VACAYA experience for you.
Solo guests in their own stateroom pay double gratuities and single port taxes/admin fees. The one exception to this is Solo Travelers who’ve purchased an Edge Single Stateroom w/Infinite Veranda (Category ES), who only pay 1 Port Taxes/Admin Fees and 1 Pre-Paid Gratuity.
3+ GUESTS IN A STATEROOM
The fare for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th guests is 397 USD each in all staterooms and suites. In addition to the fare, each additional guest pays the standard Port Taxes/Admin Fees, as well as the Pre-Paid Gratuity amount for that room category.
CAPTAIN’S CLUB BENEFITS
You will earn Captain’s Club points for this sailing with VACAYA. Many of the standard-sailing benefits, though, don’t apply to charter events. For example, most Captain’s Club events, like the Captain’s Club Welcome Aboard Party or the daily Happy Hours do not occur on charters. Discounts on beverage packages and internet packages, however, do apply based on your elite status. For those discounts to apply, you must first link your Captain’s Club membership to your VACAYA booking within Celebrity’s reservations management tool. You can only do this once you’ve received your Celebrity Booking Number which typically happens around 45 days prior to sailing. If you need assistance linking your Captain’s Club account to your VACAYA reservation, simply contact Celebrity @ +1.877.200.2897.
Room descriptions and sizing have been provided to us by Celebrity Cruises. Room sizes and layouts may vary slightly within the same category. For rooms with a capacity greater than 2, the additional bedding is a combination of sofa beds and/or upper berths. Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.
INITIAL DEPOSIT SCHEDULE
- Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%
- At 300 Days (April 23, 2023) – 25%
- At 240 Days (June 22, 2023) – 50%
- At 180 Days (August 21, 2023) – 75%
- At 120 Days (October 20, 2023) – 100%
- Upon booking through 300 Days (April 23, 2023) – 10% of total
- From 299 (April 24, 2023) to 240 Days (June 22, 2023) – 20% of total
- From 239 (June 23, 2023) to 180 Days (August 21, 2023) – 40% of total
- From 179 (August 22, 2023) to 120 Days (October 20, 2023) – 60% of total
- From 119 (October 21, 2023) to 90 Days (November 19, 2023) – 80% of total
- From 89 (November 20, 2023) to 0 Days (February 17, 2024) – 100% of total
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
- Flights from your home city to Fort Lauderdale
- Airport Transfers to/from Apex
- Onboard Spa Services
- Onboard Laundry
- Gift Shop Purchases
- Optional Excursions
- Beverage Packages
- Specialty Dining
TERMS & CONDITIONS
For real-time availability, proceed by clicking BOOK NOW. With ever-shifting inventory, a category that shows availability on this page may no longer be available when you attempt to book. If you need help finding the perfect room in another category or to add your name to our wait list for a sold-out category, feel free to email The Vacayans at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.
PAY IN FULL OPTION
You may pay in full at the time of booking. Unless you later modify your reservation, no further payments will be necessary. BONUS OFFER: Paid-in-Full Reservations made through April 23, 2023 will receive 100 USD off per room.
MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 15th or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file. If your credit card details change at any time, simply update the info in our system prior to your next month’s payment date. Please note declined payments are subject to a convenience fee. For more information, explore our Automatic Billing FAQs and our Terms & Conditions.
TRIP INSURANCE: GET IT!
With Covid-19 in our lives for the foreseeable future, we now have an even stronger rationale for recommending Trip Insurance. “Cancel For Any Reason” insurance has quickly risen in popularity, and for good reason. If you decide you don’t want to travel after the cancellation penalty period has begun, this type of insurance covers most if not all of your cancellation fee. It’s also a great way to help honor your Social Contract with VACAYA.
So go ahead and buy that bucket list trip, but protect your health and your investment by purchasing Trip Insurance. ❤️