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I stayed in a 243-square-feet stateroom on Celebrity Cruise’s newest ship and it was more luxurious than a larger apartment — see what it was like

The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex was only 243 square feet, but it felt larger than most studio apartments that are double the size. ...
a couch and table in front of two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

  • I stayed in the Infinite Veranda stateroom on Celebrity Cruises' newest ship, the Celebrity Apex.
  • The stateroom was only 243 square-feet, but the large wall of windows made the space feel large.
  • A stay in the stateroom starts at $1,440 for 2022 sailings.
I stayed two nights in the Infinite Veranda stateroom on Celebrity Cruises' latest ship, the Celebrity Apex.

decorative pillows on a couch by the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Maybe it's because I was staying alone, or maybe it's because I'm used to cramped New York City apartments …

the shower with body wash, conditioner, and shampoo
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

… but Celebrity's Edge class Infinite Veranda stateroom felt so spacious and plush, it made 243 square-feet seem larger than some studio apartments that are at least double the square footage.

a tv mounted on the wall
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Let's take a look around the stateroom.

a bed between two night stands
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The Infinite Veranda is currently available on Celebrity's Edge series, which includes the cruise line's Apex and Edge ships.

a desk with pamphlets and documents
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The cruise line's upcoming Celebrity Beyond, which will debut in 2022, will also have the Infinite Veranda staterooms.

a bathroom with a sink, shelves, and towels
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

My stateroom included more than the basic amenities and furnishings: a bathroom, a bed, a living room, and a 42-square-foot veranda.

robes with the Celebrity Cruises emblem
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Let's start with the furthest end of the room and work our way up to the entry door.

a couch and table in front of two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Up first, the veranda, which is comprised of floor-to-ceiling windows that provided ample natural light during our sunny days out at sea.

the bed and living room in front of a glass wall
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

This focal point wall of windows was the only source of natural light, and kept the stateroom from feeling small and cramped.

two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

There was also a control pad by the veranda that allows guests to open the windows for some fresh sea breeze.

two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Its blinds can also be controlled using another touchpad closer to the entrance of the room.

a lit decor item next to the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

This second touchpad doubles as the stateroom's control center to adjust features like the lights and temperature, but all of these amenities could have also be changed through the Celebrity Cruises app.

artwork above a couch next to the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

But back to the veranda. Its two lounge chairs and small table created a sanctuary-like space, a peaceful getaway from the ship's crowds. If I didn't have a packed schedule, I would have loved to lounge here in the morning light with a cup of coffee.

two chairs and a small table in front of a glass wall overlooking the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

In my stateroom, the living room served as a divider between the veranda and bed.

decorative pillows on a couch by the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

This leisure space had a couch, a long table, and a desk in front of a full-length mirror.

snacks, water, charging station, packets of face masks, and pamphlets on a table
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The long table had a lamp, few drawers, a mini refrigerator, and some premium snacks.

snacks, water, and pamphlets on a table
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

There was also a charging station with a variety of outlets hidden inside a white box, creating a more organized charging port without any tangled wires.

snacks, water, charging station, packets of face masks, and pamphlets on a table
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The desk wasn't giant, but it provided just enough space for a quick work-from-anywhere session.

a desk with pamphlets and documents
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Next up, the "bedroom," which had a wall-mounted television and a comfortable king-sized bed.

a tv mounted on the wall
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The bed was lined with Celebrity's proprietary "exhale" bedding line, which includes a cashmere mattress and a soft bedding set.

a bed between two night stands
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

I often miss my own bed when I'm traveling, but this bed was so comfortable, I forgot about my own plush mattress and stack of pillows at home.

a nightstand with a lamp next to the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Maybe it was the exhaustion from traveling, but every night, I fell asleep within five minutes of laying my head down on the plush pillows.

the bed, TV, and living room in front of a glass wall
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The closet was right next to the bed, and separated the living space from the bathroom.

a bed between two nightstands and lights
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

There wasn't much room between the closet and the edge of the bed, but because I was traveling alone, this wasn't an issue.

a bed between two night stands
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Inside, there was an umbrella, a laundry bag, a safe, another full-length mirror, some hangers, and cotton bathrobes.

an umbrella and laundry bag
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The closet was small, but definitely provided enough storage space for a short trip.

robes with the Celebrity Cruises emblem
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Now, the bathroom, which was just around the corner.

the shower with body wash, conditioner, and shampoo
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Honestly, I was expecting a small, cramped bathroom where I could touch both walls without fully extending my arms (I'm looking at you, tiny New York apartments).

soap and lotion in the bathroom
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sink that was unnecessarily large, more shelves than I could have filled, and a modern shower.

a bathroom with a sink, shelves, and towels
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The refillable shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash containers also quelled some of the eco-anxiety I often feel when I forget my personal products at home and have to rely on the small, disposable toiletries instead.

the shower with body wash, conditioner, and shampoo
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

The bright bathroom's plain and polished color scheme kept the bathroom from feeling too cramped.

a toilet next to the shower
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

This sentiment carries over to the rest of the stateroom as well. Overall, it felt pretty large, despite having a small square footage.

the bedroom with windows that overlook the water
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

However, the stateroom's decorations were nothing to write home about: mine was simply decorated and accented. The decor neither wowed nor bothered me.

a lit decor item next to the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

I did, however, appreciate the nice ambient and accent lighting, which made the bedroom feel cozy at night.

ambient lighting around the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

On the plus side, the lack of eye-catching decor prevented the room from feeling too stuffy. And having housekeeping twice a day still made the stay feel luxurious.

a couch next to a window ovelrookign the ocean
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

A stay in this stateroom aboard the Celebrity Apex currently starts at $1,440 for 2022 sailings, a spokesperson told Insider in an email statement. To compare, the most expensive Iconic Suite starts at about $15,000.

a nightstand with a lamp and phone next to the bed
The Infinite Veranda stateroom on the Celebrity Apex.

 

 

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