Sailing on Celebrity Apex in the Caribbean (Day 3): At Sea

What day is this? Funny how time quickly gets lost when you’re on a cruise. The days run together — that’s why it’s hard to believe it’s already day three. Then again, that’s the point of taking a cruise, isn’t it?

This is a sea day. No ports of call today as Apex heads south toward our next stop, Belize. But as is always the case, there’s plenty of activities to choose from, a list of which is conveniently available anytime on the app. There’s everything from dance classes and trivia contests to art auctions, gambling and shopping.

From the looks of it, a majority of the 1,625 passengers on this cruise are crowded around the pool deck or in the Solarium, where loungers can be hard to come by. (All the new technology still hasn’t solved the problem of guests hoarding chairs they aren’t using. Someone fix that, please.)

Since the pandemic, cruise ships have been operating at reduced capacity. On this sailing, Apex is about 60 percent full, and that number continues to climb.

We decide to sleep in, and after a leisurely breakfast in Oceanview, we head for The Theatre, where they are previewing shore excursions. Everybody attending gets a raffle ticket, and at the end — surprise! — we are one of the winners. Our prize is $100 toward an excursion. One of the other winners is lobbying us hard to trade prizes (she got a $50 credit in the casino), and we do. Another chance for Pam to try her luck with house money.

It’s lunchtime, and we want to try another of the main dining rooms, The Cosmopolitan. By chance, we are seated by two delightful ladies from Las Vegas who love cruising as much as we do, so we had a great chat. That’s another plus: We almost always make new friendships everytime we sail, and especially so on this cruise.

In the afternoon, Pam grabs a cup of java from the specialty coffee bar in Oceanview and relaxes with her music while yours truly toils away at the computer (after all, these posts don’t write themselves).

Later, we are invited to the captain’s reception in Eden, where we meet another charming couple from Maryland celebrating 53 years of marriage. As the captain spoke, one thing I particularly liked: “Think positive,” he said, “but test negative.” Amen.

Before dinner, we drop by The Club to catch the “Caravan” show. Seats are at a premium in this multi-level nightclub, but we manage to find two. It’s a circus-themed production, and the ship’s entertainers are back to showcase their talents under the bigtop. It’s fast-paced, and a visual feast of sight and sound.

For dinner, we have reservations at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants, The Roof Top Grill, located outdoors on Deck 15. It’s set in a beautifully designed garden, adjacent to the outdoor theater, and the weather was ideal for dining under the stars. The menu is almost downhome, with a variety of barbecue meats, mac and cheese, loaded french fries and more. Come hungry — you won’t leave that way.

As we take a nightime walk around the pool deck, smoke from the engines billows high above the giant Apex sign glowing bright blue. We hardly feel the motion of the ship as it glides into the darkness. It’s one of those moments you want to capture in a bottle and experience over and over.

Tomorrow we’ll be in Belize, and we have to get ready for that. Night-night.

PHOTOS courtesy Gerry & Pam Barker

The Cosmopolitan is one of four main dining rooms

‘Caravan’ performed in The Club

The Roof Top Grill

The Captain’s Reception in Eden

The APEX sign glows in the night (cover photo)

 


Ed. Note:

Celebrity Cruises | Celebrity Cruise Lines (cruisecompete.com)

Celebrity Apex Cruises (cruisecompete.com)

Celebrity Cruise Tours (Expedition)

 

 

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