Day 1 - Saturday, April 30: Depart Ft. Lauderdale
Welcome aboard the Celebrity Apex, the second ship in Celebrity’s highly anticipated Edge® series. With innovative designs and visionary spaces, Celebrity Apex will revolutionize the way we experience the world. With unparalleled luxury and accommodations that unite indoor and outdoor living, Apex will be the next best thing at sea. Having sailed on the Edge in February of 2020 I would agree the Edge series of ships are exceptional. The wonderful service, open air spaces, fabulous design, choice of dining venues and excellent entertainment have put these ships in a class of their own!!
Sail away party at the Sunset bar, 4:30PM. Drinks provided by your tour leader.
Day 2 - Sunday, May 01: At sea
Enjoy a week at sea to relax, refresh and recharge. A variety of onboard activities and entertainment for all levels of interest and will be offered by the cruise staff. How much or how little you choose to do is up to you.
Day 3 - Monday, May 02: At sea
Day 4 - Tuesday, May 03: At sea
Day 5 - Wednesday, May 04: At sea
Day 6 - Thursday, May 05: At sea
Day 7 - Friday, May 06: At sea
Day 8 - Saturday, May 07: Ponta Delgada, Azores
Formed from the peaks of a vast underwater volcanic mountain range, Ponta Delgada is the capital city of São Miguel island and is considered by many to be the most important city in the Azores archipelago. A stroll along the town’s harbor front promenade will provide gorgeous scenic views of the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean, as well as fascinating architecture dating back to the 16th century Renaissance. Hiking, kayaking and surfing are among the popular water sports on cruises to Azores. April through September whale watching joins the ranks of water activities when regular sightings of various types of the mammal can be spotted during the season, including short-finned pilot whales, Sowerby’s beaked whales, and sometimes even a blue whale.
Day 9 - Sunday, May 08: At sea
Your final days at sea. Take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste some delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at our next amazing destination.
Day 10 - Monday, May 09: At sea
Day 11 - Tuesday, May 10: Brest, France
Immerse yourself in the streets of the city that grew around its arsenal, built in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu, on the banks of the river Penfeld. Even today, the naval base remains the economic heart of the city, which was completely rebuilt after the 1944 bombings in World War II. For a stunning view from above, a cable car ride provides a unique glimpse at Brest from above the Penfeld River.
Day 12 - Wednesday, May 11: Portland, Dorset, England
Landing at this huge 19th-century harbor in Southern England, originally constructed for the Royal Navy, puts you within a few hours of countless world-renowned icons, including those of London. The town sits on a tiny peninsula jutting into the English Channel. At the tip is Portland Bill, with three lighthouses. Two 18th-century towers have been converted into holiday apartments and a birdwatching center. The 1906 lighthouse, painted red and white, invites you to climb its 153 steps to the top. Today a tourist economy centers on its picturesque old harbor, the site of lovely pubs, cafés, and restaurants. Hoist a pint. Try the fish and chips. A stroll around this vibrant harbor is one of life's simple pleasures.
Day 13 - Thursday, May 12: Le Havre, France
While many on the ship will be headed for the French capital we have included, exclusively for Pauwels Travel participants, a full-day tour of the Normandy Beaches that witnessed the landing of Allied troops on D-Day, June 6, 1944. We focus on the Canadian sector, Juno Beach, where we visit the towns of Bernières and Courseulles, the Juno Beach Centre, the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and Ardenne Abbey, where SS troops executed a number of Canadian POWs. Stops will also be included at the remains of the artificial Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches, the famous Pegasus Bridge, and the town of Caen. Return to ship in late afternoon.
Day 14 - Friday, May 13: Bruges, Belgium
A full day of touring in what is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in all of Europe. Our visit to this “Venice of the North" with its canals and bridges, cobble-stoned alleys and outdoor markets, chocolate shops and brewery will certainly be a highlight of our trip. Today’s tour will be exclusive to Pauwels Travel participants and will include lunch.
Day 15 - Saturday, May 14: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Once you arrive on your cruise to Amsterdam, be sure to catch the city’s highlights, especially the iconic houses that straddle the snaking canal system the city is known for. When in Amsterdam, do as the Dutch and discover this first-class city on two wheels as this is one of the most bike-friendly places on the planet. When it comes to viewing the world’s great artistic masterpieces, you could hardly pick a better city. Pay a visit to the famous Van Gogh Museum and ponder the works of Holland’s favorite son. Afterwards, pop into a cozy cafe or tavern and let the charms of this city wash over you.