The Celebrity Apex was named in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday by godmother Reshma Saujani, the founder of the Girls Who Code nonprofit.
Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Richard Fain, chairman of parent company Royal Caribbean Group, presided over the ceremony at Port Everglades for a ship whose original naming was set to be in March 2020, shortly after its delivery.
“This is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for years,” said Lutoff-Perlo, who added that Saujani “is someone who I’ve admired deeply. She is an industry trailblazer who encapsulates what Apex stands for: pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, challenging stereotypes and making everyone feel included.”
Saujani is an activist who and the first Indian-American woman to run for U.S. Congress, in 2010. Her book “Brave, Not Perfect” sparked worldwide conversations about how girls are raised, Celebrity said. Since launching in the U.S. in 2012, Girls Who Code, an organization that runs free programming on coding and computer science for girls from ages 11 to 18, has reached 450,000 girls across the globe. She recently founded the Marshall Plan for Moms, a campaign to put women at the center of the U.S.’ economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Similar to the mission of Girls Who Code, which is centered around closing the gender gap in tech, Celebrity is leading the way to create a more diverse future in the cruise industry,” Saujani said, citing the brand’s onboard STEM programming.
- Related: In early 2020, contributor Anne Kalosh toured the Apex as it was nearing completion
The Apex, the second in Celebrity’s Edge class, sailed a series of Greek Island cruises this past summer.
It will offer rotating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Belize, Grand Caymans and more this fall and winter.
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