8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Just took the Jan 20-27 Edge cruise. Three couples with Infinite Verandas, two of us Elite level. My wife and I have been on over two dozen cruises across multiple lines, and have been on Celebrity ten of them. Thought I’d share my ... Read More
Just took the Jan 20-27 Edge cruise. Three couples with Infinite Verandas, two of us Elite level. My wife and I have been on over two dozen cruises across multiple lines, and have been on Celebrity ten of them. Thought I’d share my thoughts: The Edge is an absolutely beautiful ship. Yes, there are some aspects of the ship that didn’t excite me as much as it did some others - but unless I was head of the design team for the Edge I expect that. To put it simply - we would definitely cruise on that ship again. If you use the app to check in, getting on the ship is a breeze. The staff is super friendly and always asking if they can do anything more for you - they clearly picked as many of the best people they could from other ships (without impacting the other ships too much. And wherever you looked you saw the Cruise Director or the Assistant Director either leading or watching over everything. The food in the main dining room was among the best we’ve had. We went to a specialty dining room (the steakhouse) once, and only because we had credits to use. And the steakhouse was quite good (and I’m a Peter Lugers person). Also outstanding were the breakfast and lunch buffets. The entertainment was mostly outstanding. The ships performers and house band are very talented. The guest singers were in a few cases from reality competition shows like AGT and Idol. But not every show was perfect. There was one very good comedian we went to see again at a late show, and one we really didn’t like (might be a matter of taste - many cruisers showed up for his second show and seemed to like him). A few of the shows seemed targeted at millennials - for example one was mainly songs of the Ed Sheeran/Bruno Mars genre. So some loved it and others appreciated the talent but not the songs. The cabin was very nice. Lots of closets and storage areas all around the cabin, and one of the better bathrooms we’ve seen. I think Celebrity has mismarketed the “infinite veranda” - I’d call it more a sun room. It increases the side of the room by about a quarter, has an upper and lower window the width of the veranda where the top can be open to give a veranda-like feel, or closed if your don’t want the weather or wind. It can be closed off from the rest of the room, or left open to simply make a larger room (which we mostly did). But others are right when they say it doesn’t feel like a veranda- there are walls on both sides and a ceiling above. But we preferred it to a standard veranda. As for the Magic Carpet - nothing wrong with it, but I saw it mainly as a gimmick. You can’t ride up or down on it, it’s really too windy to eat a meal on it when the ship is at sea, and otherwise it was just an extension of the pool deck. To me - not a negative, just not a positive. Eden is a matter of taste - it’s a funky immersive environment you can eat in, drink in, or just sit there while costumer performers do interesting dance/acrobatic routines - sometimes with singers as a part of it. Not our taste, but many (including our cruise mates) loved it. I see that some people posted negatives about it, but if you don’t like it - leave and do something else. Celebrity is trying to appeal to a younger set, and not everyone will like every single thing about it. There’s plenty to do. There are only a few venues for performers, not all the nooks and crannies you have on some ships. But the performers in the main area of Deck 3 (where three decks look down to) and the DJ on the pool deck had music that was right in our wheelhouse. To many other areas to write about, but if you go to the top desks you’ll find a rooftop garden with really nice sculptures, sitting areas, a grill and bar and large outdoor movie screen (on Sunday many people were watching the AFC and NFC championship games there. I don’t know if his will be a permanent change, but Elite members were given unlimited drinks at any bar during the 5-7 cocktail hour. There were a few nights with hor d’eourvres in Eden with senior officers, but no every night. So - as I said we loved the ship and had a great week on it. There will always be people that can find negatives about a cruise ship (or anything, for that matter) - but to me a negative is something pervasive - like lousy food, or small cabins, or overall poor entertainment, or a dirty ship, or unfriendly staff. Not liking a certain show or meal or specific venue when there are so many things to do - that’s not a negative about the cruise, just a difference in personal taste. And I saw no negatives on this ship. Just a lot of positives and a few “nice but not for me”. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I was more than excited at the prospect of cruising in this new ship though have little by way of pleasant memories. Yes the ship is sophisticated however it lacks ambience. The food was excellent though we gave the speciality ... Read More
I was more than excited at the prospect of cruising in this new ship though have little by way of pleasant memories. Yes the ship is sophisticated however it lacks ambience. The food was excellent though we gave the speciality restaurants a wide bearth owing to the fact they were grossly overpriced. The shows were terrible though a few of the guest performers made some evening entertainment bearable. Entertainment in the Martini bar was equally appalling with two of the worst singers I have heard from five cruises. Our ocean view cabin was perfect, very comfortable bed and large bathroom. This though was marred by the prescience of our room attendant who seemed to live outside our cabin door and would engage in overly friendly (tip chasing) conversation each time we saw her. We did a back to back which meant we had to get off the ship. This was highly unorganised and guests had to wait ages to get back on. The deviating at the end of the cruise was equally shampolic. The fantastic ‘magic carpet’ didn’t move the entire duration of our trip. The cabanas were a complete rip off, typically $200 but you had a few beers and some food, great for those stupid and ostentatious enough to want to use them for the day. Owing to the high end price of cruises in the EDGE it is bound to attract a more mature generation. With most respect to the older generation, this shop felt more like a floating care home than a holiday vessel. Facelifts and wheelchairs were the order of the day as were walking sticks and motorised wheelchairs which became irritating when thoughtless guests would drive them into the lifts. I would not recommend this ship to anyone who wants a bit more of an upbeat holiday. If you are ready to die, this is the ship for you! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have not cruised a lot, 3 with Seabourn, 1 Cunard, 1 P&O Firstly the ship is stunning, light, contemporary with some lovely spaces. Good Ship Clean, Modern beautiful artwork and furnishings Sky Suite very spacious, bed ... Read More
We have not cruised a lot, 3 with Seabourn, 1 Cunard, 1 P&O Firstly the ship is stunning, light, contemporary with some lovely spaces. Good Ship Clean, Modern beautiful artwork and furnishings Sky Suite very spacious, bed facing ocean, beautiful linens etc, more spacious bathroom/shower than Seabourn Veranda (similar overal size) Luminae food superb - European sized portions choice of 3/4 daily and 3 traditional fixed items (Caesar salad etc) Food far superior in quality to that experienced on or Seabourn cruises. Suite Class retreat lounge & pool area was lovely with good quality teas/coffees wine beers available 24/7 FOC Light breakfast, afternoon tea and canapés served every day. Embark/Disembark very smooth and no waiting. Not so good Ship was not full but very busy in some public area - often difficult to get a seat/drink in Martini bar, drinks VERY expensive if you dont have a beverage package - you need the premium to get Martinis Music EVERYWHERE including in the retreat lounge and both retreat sun deck areas, intrusive and unnecessary when trying to read or doze. Sky Suite 2 as bed facing sea you cannot watch TV from bed as on side wall and only one comfy seat - large rocking chair that was quite intrusive in room. Safe very small, lot less hanging space than Seabourn but more than adequate for 14 days. Shows hit and Miss, trying too hard to be contemporary and trendy, but undeniably very skilled and high standard performers in Theatre. Eden show very weird with Pixies ‘in your face’ everyone we spoke to thought it was awful and couldn’t last. 2 acts in Martini bar not good, one really dreadful voice, stunning grand piano unused on our cruise, what a pity. When no performers in Martini bar very loud thumping music, speakers behind seating areas so people trying to move to get away from it and conversations impossible - turn it down! Despite Suite class and separate retreat deck impossible to get sunloungers in front pool area and yep people did peg their towels out at 8.00am Overall a good cruise but felt crowded and we both agreed despite food being superior we prefer the space and quiet areas and gorgeous front bar areas on Seabourn. Incidentally the cost of the Sky suites is far more expensive per day than Seabourn where everything included and despite the hype was not sold out, think they may need to address this. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Most people love to cruise on a new ship and we are no exception. When the publicity started for Celebrity’s Edge, we jumped on it and got a reasonable price on an Infinite cabin. I have read previous reviews of this new ship and ... Read More
Most people love to cruise on a new ship and we are no exception. When the publicity started for Celebrity’s Edge, we jumped on it and got a reasonable price on an Infinite cabin. I have read previous reviews of this new ship and cruisers seem to have a love/hate relationship with this ship and I will be no different. Being in the 70+ age bracket, we were excited to experience Celebrity’s new innovations. Below are my critical observations which are not unlike what many previous reviewers have noted. Embarkation. The new ships will have their own terminal and getting on the ship is a breeze. From the time we stepped out of the taxi to getting to our room, 20 minutes had elapsed. You can go straight to your room where your keys are waiting for you and drop off any small bags that you carried on. Disembarkation. Equally smooth. Declaration forms were not required and facial recognition cameras replaced showing your passport. Total time elapsed was 20 to 30 minutes to get in our taxi to the airport. Infinite stateroom. Was quite disappointing. Gone is the traditional balcony with slider. Instead, you have a window that retracts half way down creating a whole balcony room effect. When the window collapses, the AC shuts off. Someone cannot go outside while the other person is still sleeping because the blackout retractable blinds don’t allow that...hard to exxplain. Give me a traditional balcony anyday. The ship has the power to disable the retractable window any time, usually in the morning to wash the windows. But the rest of the room was for the most part, much better. Beds are comfortable, we like a firm mattress, others don’t. Also great pillows. Lots of drawer space, but less closet space. Lots of USB outlets for your phone and or ipad. Could have used a couple of wall mounted brackets to hang clothes to be worn.Lights and climate controls can be utilized from wall console or from your cell phone. The bathroom is adequately large but the sink takes up most of the counter space and is quite shallow. Wife thought the lighting for makeup was poor in the barhroom as well as the mirrored table oitside. Nice shower. The TV was huge with a good selection of pay per view movies and some that were free. Could have used a news station besides FOX, maybe CNN because there is no other news outlet on the ship....saving paper they say. You get a daily activity planner each evening. Food. Generally pretty good. We signed up for any time dining so we were able to try all four complimentary dining rooms which were much smaller than the traditional large dining venue. Come early, 5:30, if you want a window table as they go fast and are in short supply. Sorry, but we travel on a budget and thought the specialty dining venues were way overpriced. The ocean view cafe was wonderful for breakfast and or lunch with excellent choices. Some dining rooms also served sitdown meals as well. Cocktail lounges. We like to have a pre dinner drink in someplace with a view and since they took away the sky lounge and gave the space over to suite passengers, GRRRR!, all you have left is the Martini Bar and Grand Plaza which in the evening is standing room only. There are other scattered lounges, but very disappointing view wise. Pool areas. Outdoor pool is large BUT the hot tubs, which look like martini glasses can only be accessed by climbing up fwo decks...Really?! The solarium is wonderful...quiet compared to the loud music on the pool deck and protected from the unpredictable rain showers which can and did occur. Lounges have thick pads and we noticed that for the first time, the pool attendant did come around and pickup stuff from the chair hogs..YEA!! Then there is Eden. Sorry, but the venue is just plain weird. Some people commented that they liked it, but IMHO, the space could be used much more efficiently, especially with all the windows that are part of the venue. Theater entertainment. The theater now has a surround stage with pannels of light and artistry surrounding it. The shows attempted to be more innovative ie. Kaleidoscope, pretty good with the rest being the usual singers, dancers and comedians. The rest of the ship entertainment I can’t comment on because we are not late night people, but I will say that the casino is all non smoking! The Magic Carpet was a major disappointment. Did’nt move from deck 14 and while the ship was moving, it was quite windy. Never was used for loading tenders as Grand Caymen required Celebrity to use their much larger boats which made getting to shore much faster. The Roof Garden was a major disappointment. Hardly any shade and quite windy when fhe ship was moving. The cabanas on deck 14 are not private enough to charge an exfra fee and I never saw rhem used. The ship’s shops are ridiculously expensive. Come on Celebrity...lets see some more moderately priced shops. $50 for a tee shirt...REALLY!! The ship is beautiful with lots of interesting artwork. The ship personnel were amazing from the room stewards to the dining staff and cocktail servers...all super friendly and always with a smile for you. Final thoughts: The Edge and the future sister ships are an interesting new concept. I feel if they listen to their customers and make a few changes, they will lead the way in new future ship design. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We are Elite Plus with Celebrity and booked this cruise long before sail date. We got a really good price for concierge class that included classic beverage and gratuities. As the sail date drew nearer, I checked current prices and found ... Read More
We are Elite Plus with Celebrity and booked this cruise long before sail date. We got a really good price for concierge class that included classic beverage and gratuities. As the sail date drew nearer, I checked current prices and found the same class room was over $7000! IF I were going to pay $1000 a day for two people, it had better be all-inclusive (gratuities, ALL beverages, internet). The ship is beautiful; however, Magic Carpet needs a defined purpose besides being an occasional tender walkway. The bar service was slow almost everywhere; the martini bar is the most centrally located and was the busiest with service virtually non-existent. The martini glasses are all small and the prices are large. For an upsized cocktail (which one couldn't get as the glasses didn't arrive), the charge will be ~$17+. Nothing much on the Classic drink package is included at the martini par--except call booze and mixer. The four "main" dining room concept isn't much better than the travesty we experienced on the maiden crossing on Quantum of the Seas; same parent company so you'd have thought Celebrity would've learned that lesson.The food is the same as on all Celebrity ships which we have found to vary depending on the current executive chef in charge. The entertainment was acceptable; Eden is an "interactive" show which people either liked or they didn't. While we enjoyed it, after 65 minutes and no end in sight, we left. We suggested it be cut to 45-50 minutes. The food in the Eden restaurant was excellent; however, the prices in ALL of the specialty restaurants are ridiculously high. The one night dinner at Magic Carpet cost $75/person and included one glass of champagne. (We didn't go and neither did many other people.) For $150 per couple, a complete wine pairing should have been included. The high end shops on board (Tiffany's et al) weren't ever busy. Other cruisers we talked to were on board because they wanted to try the new class of ship; we didn't meet any who said they'd come back. Who will--especially at the prices they're charging? I almost forgot--Celebrity no longer provides facial tissues in the public bathrooms and the receptacle hardware is inside the stalls for used tampons but no receptacles. Oops! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The ship was stunning ! I have sailed on Celebrity before and I think this ships takes all that Celebrity does well...and makes it bigger and better ! Service was excellent in all areas. The artwork and decor was just beautiful. Rooms ... Read More
The ship was stunning ! I have sailed on Celebrity before and I think this ships takes all that Celebrity does well...and makes it bigger and better ! Service was excellent in all areas. The artwork and decor was just beautiful. Rooms were "roomy". The Spa was very impressive. There were plenty of chairs at the pool deck. I loved the magic carpet and enjoyed it many times throughout the cruise. They move it to deck 15 on sea days so there is a bar on the upper deck. I liked the smaller dining experience and we opted to try both Tuscan and Normandie. They each have a slightly different nightly offering. The embark and disembark was a breeze - never ever has it been easier. I did download the app and it was convenient to see activities and connect with other cruisers on the messenger app (for free). The cruise ship entertainers were top notch- the dancing and singing were on point and the acrobats were amazing. No, it wasn't motown and showtunes - it was different and I loved it ! My only confusion was with Eden- it's a huge space and it's decor is so tacky - right down to fake plants hanging, ugly carpet and furniture. I think it could have been cool - Rainforest Cafe has a better vibe ! Like many, I just didn't "get" it. Overall it was an excellent experience. I plan to cruise on Edge again. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I had booked this cruise more then 2 years ago when dates came out and ship was i think under construction or soon to be. I have paid $5000 for 2 people in what was supposed to be the new WOW stateroom on the Edge . Was going to ... Read More
I had booked this cruise more then 2 years ago when dates came out and ship was i think under construction or soon to be. I have paid $5000 for 2 people in what was supposed to be the new WOW stateroom on the Edge . Was going to revolutionize the industry with those staterooms lol... Were we disappointed upon entering our room. The feeling is of an oceanview room BUT ... with an opening window at the end. You cant really close the folded glass door to make it a real balcony as there are opening at the top and bottom.. Room is sooo narrow. We right away went down to guest service and since ship was not full we were able to upgrade .. for an additional $4000 to a Sky Suite. Ships looks good. Service at Luminea is by far excellent but food is limited to 3 or 4 options per night compare to MDR where you have about 15 options . Food at luminea was ok but nothing out of this world. We had sushi one lunch at Raw on 5. Good, but nothing again extraordinary. A grade higher then supermarket sushi and priced at the same price it would be at a next door restaurant in your town. We also tried the french restaurant on MDR and food was really good, server gave incredible services but place was loud and took more time to eat then at Luminea. We are quick eater, no coffee, no dessert kinda people. The boring kind lol. I might cruise it again but in a different regular room with regular balcony . I would not take a suite again as i found the area for suite guest to be nothing special. No-one walk with cold towel during the day or fruit kebab.. Lunch food around pool on your chair is limited to wrap, salad and 4 small shrimp with cocktail sauce. if you want to go to a table next to the bar there you can have burger, chicken beer and i think something else .. we only went ounce since it was too loud next to the bar. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was the easiest I'd ever experienced. We used the app, so the only time we actually had to stop walking was when they scanned our faces. I'd say we went from the cab to the ship in under 5 minutes. The ship ... Read More
Embarkation was the easiest I'd ever experienced. We used the app, so the only time we actually had to stop walking was when they scanned our faces. I'd say we went from the cab to the ship in under 5 minutes. The ship itself was lovely. Nice flowing lines, well laid out, and lots of comfy places to sit all over the place. As a former smoker, I pay attention to smoking areas, and they were sort of lousy; one was on the top deck and so it was windy and there was no cover. The lawn area was great, and had a large screen so people could watch football or whatever. It was nice to go there for a drink later in the evening. The jogging track goes from one level to another, I don't jog but people who did really liked it. The "martini glass" hot tubs were very cool and never crowded. The magic carpet is odd. We didn't spend much time on it, as there was a lot of wind. People who had drinks in that area enjoyed it. It's close to the mast grill, so you could get a burger and eat it on the magic carpet. One of the things I really appreciate about Celebrity in general is it isn't loud. Other lines seems to equate volume with quality, which isn't the case. Dining was great. There are multiple dining rooms, each with a theme; Mediterranean, French, American, and Italian. All have the "classic" items too. Service was excellent, and the food was great. We did't bother with any specialty dining, and you could manage reservations on the app. We never had to wait. The wine selection was very good, I had a classic package, my wife premium, and we always found something that fit. The sunset bar could be laid out better. There's a "pinch point" in the middle that made getting through when it was crowded difficult. The railway party was pretty crowded. I've experienced the same thing on S-class ships. The M-class definitely have the best layout. The martini bar on most ships gets really crowded. It spans multiple floors on the Edge, so there's a lot more room. It was always very busy, but never overly crowded. In fact, I never experienced any crowds on the ship other than the sunset bar. The entertainment is a bit of a downer. Celebrity is going for a younger demographic on the Edge, but they don't have that demographic. I never go to shows, but I was talked into it. It was fine, but I heard a lot of complaints about the music being too modern. I listen to pop even though I'm old, but a lot of people expressed the desire for older music. The music around the ship was good. There are some communication issues. Everyone doing a B2B got a letter stating there would be a meeting at 10:30 on Sunday. Sunday was the last day of the cruise, so they obviously got the ay wrong. We were doing a B2B, but on another ship in a different port. I took the letter to customer service to get clarification, and was offered complementary transport to the other port. I was told "they're get back to me". The next day, I went back to find out what I had to do, and was asked for my paperwork. They did't provide me any paperwork. The said "they're get back to me". I went a third time, and ws again asked for my paperwork. I explain that I had been to customer service three times, had received no paperwork, and really didn't know what I was supposed to do. I was told to take my bags (vice putting them out overnight", and "they would find me". I wasn't told who "they" were, how they would find me amongst 2500+ guests or even which direction to walk in the terminal. We had to ask 5 people before we found someone who knew what we were supposed to do. But having free transportation was nice. Other than those bumps, disembarkation was a snap. About halfway through the cruise, I started feeling poorly (no, not nor or a virus). After 18 hours, I gave in and went to the clinic, which I'd never done before. I met with a nurse, who gave me some OTC medication which took care of the problem. I paid $10 for the medicine, that it was a good experience. So overall, great ship, but there are a few bugs to be worked out. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I've previously done 11 cruises, 4 on Celebrity, 2 on RCCL, 3 on Carnival, 1 on Cunard's QM-2 & 1 on MSC Seaview. I wanted to try the new hi-tech & different Edge to see what it was like despite the premium I had to pay! ... Read More
I've previously done 11 cruises, 4 on Celebrity, 2 on RCCL, 3 on Carnival, 1 on Cunard's QM-2 & 1 on MSC Seaview. I wanted to try the new hi-tech & different Edge to see what it was like despite the premium I had to pay! First off embarking and disembarking at the nice new Terminal 25 was very quick and easy. I opted to carry my own luggage off the ship, hating to pack the last night onboard. I walked right off the ship at 7:30 AM in the matter of minutes and was in my Uber in less than 15 minutes from the time I walked out of my cabin on the 8th Deck aft. The infinite veranda I felt was narrow, with a small closet, a small balcony I seldom used as the window was disabled most of the time by the Captain and was very tight. I left the bi-fold glass doors open the entire cruise to open the room up. There are so many pillows that I had to put most of them under the bed. There is no coffee table for food and drink. The positives are big bathroom with large shower and large sink and many compartments, excellent controls for lighting, HVAC & sun screen, many compartments all over the cabin, charging/USB/electrical outlet box, big lighted mirror, retractable table/desk & comfortable bed. The ship app worked fine, once you figured out how to use it, eliminates carrying around the daily program. But easier and quicker to open the cabin door w your sea pass card. I ate at 2 speciality restaurants, Fine Cut Steakhouse and Raw on 5. I had the NY Strip and my brother had a lamb chop at Fine Cut, both inedible...terrible, a terrible dining experience. Raw at 5 was excellent! The Ocean View was excellent as many people opted to eat there vs the 4 dining rooms, where the food was just good but not as good as Celebrity usually is. I went to the 10:00 PM show at Eden twice as I had to go with my sister the 2nd time.....once is enough! It's a very nice set up there though, with the 3 levels. The shows in the theater were very good. The Club was excellent and being right next to the theater made it convenient after the shows. Did the silent disco there, always much fun. Now for my biggest complaint(s). Having sailed on the Infinity twice and the Constellation once (smaller Millennium class ships) there is NO Rendezvous type big lounge next to the single main dining room, and I believe the Solstice Class ships don't have them either. We've always enjoyed first going to the Martini Bar, then the Rendezvous Lounge just before the late dinner seating to enjoy all the recent grads of the Arthur Murray ballroom dance classes showing off their newly acquired dancing skills and even cutting the rug myself a bit, while sipping/listening/dancing to a big band, smaller band or a little group. Also I like the location of the Martini Bar on Millennium ships on the starboard side by outside windows, 4th deck vs 3rd deck mid ship in the middle of the ship on the Edge, AND on the Edge there is NO big full of windows observation lounge/bar/stage for regular passengers at the front of the ship on the upper decks. These are big drawbacks for me. Caribbean ports are basically all the same and they all begin to run together after so many cruises. How many Carlos and Charlies & Señor Frogs can one take!? One of the highlights of the cruise was the happy go lucky Jamaican lady singing "Happy Coffee" every morning in the Ocean View Cafe usually starboard side, AND it's the best coffee on the ship, even better than Cafe de Bacio which I love going to. Staff was outstanding, no problems. Fitness center, very good as on all Celebrity ships. A very nice fitness instructor from Czech Republic I believe. All in all a fun cruise with my family but will not sail Edge Class again. I'm looking forward to trying a Solstice Class ship now, probably the Refection for their 10 day Mardi Gras & Caribbean cruise in Feb/2020! But the Millennium Class is THE way to go! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
not in functionality. The ship looks very impressive when in the water. Saw it end of November while leaving Nassau. We all stood on the MSC Seaside Yacht Club level and ooh'd and aww'd. Eager to board for our Western Caribbean ... Read More
not in functionality. The ship looks very impressive when in the water. Saw it end of November while leaving Nassau. We all stood on the MSC Seaside Yacht Club level and ooh'd and aww'd. Eager to board for our Western Caribbean cruise and it was super easy to embark. Went right to our cabin about 12:30 PM and found it very inviting. Off to a cocktail, buffet lunch and tour the ship. The infinite balcony cabin makes a good impression when first entering. The full window, which half opens, wows you. The bed and large TV very nice. Gone is the cocktail table, which only got in the way and served little purpose. The closet is very small and difficult to navigate if your cabin has the bed closest to the closet and not the balcony. But, friends had the bed near balcony and they didn't like it as they felt closed in. The bathroom is very well appointed. But, our cabin steward never orientated us to the cabin so we didn't know until our 2nd last day there is a drawer under the sink which hold the hairdryer and a small space for storage. The glass tube shower is nice size, shower head great and enough shelving for all toiletries. But, the cabin is made of all composite and not metal. Don't bother to bring your magnetic hooks as they won't attach. And no hooks on the walls either, only 2 small ones in the shower. No cord to extend to dry bathing suits or delicates that may be hand washed. But, the decorator is this ship must have never cruised before as she doesn't know how tough cruisers can be on a cabin. The fabric on the couch had spots. Steward explained it had been cleaned but even a water spot reveals a ring. The desk table (no drawer) which does push in or out, is very flimsy. I had pulled to furthest extent to place makeup etc. and leaned on while putting my high heels on. It somewhat gave way. I"m 5'3" and wear a size 4. And the cabin bathroom has very thin walls. Could hear a conversation being held in next cabin. Plus you continually hear the window or shade being raised or lowered. OH...the shade cannot be lowered if balcony window in down position. And, the glass folding doors do not have any gaskets so if you close them there is still heat and humidity pouring into the cabin. Actually fogged the bathroom mirror and revealed theround adhesive marks on the floor length mirror mounted behind the desk table. But there are USB and a standard plug near the bed. Otherwise additonal outlets inside small box on credenza and another under the sink against the wall near door. Eden we just couldn't figure out. Just strange. We canceled our dinner reservations as no table clothes and concerned us how the meal would be with those strange people walking around in character. One came up to my husband and stuck his face near his. Weird! And a bartender was almost rude telling us we must sit at a table to be served. NO, we explained service was so slow, we wanted a drink now. Lunch there twice could take lessons from RCI Park Cafe. Hand out stanchions with numbers so employees can take completed orders to nearby tables and clear out the crowd waiting. Canceled reservations at Le Petite, too, as menu wasn't pleasing and very loud as next to atrium, as most specialties are. Prime steakhouse was the best ever! Better than Ruth's, Flemings, Hyde Park. Excellent steak, service, everything!!! Solarium only has one hot tub. Gone are the tables and the lounges are crowded together. Two martini hot tubs over main pool. No small tables there either. Cabanas that flank one side, we never saw any occupents. Rooftop Garden was appealing except one evening we entered and the odor was so awful we had to leave. Plus there were wet pool towels all over and dirty glassware almost on every table. The Club is too small to handle the passengers who want to attend. Same with the Martini Bar. Other than bar service, way too slow! Almost a half hour for a waiter to bring drinks we ordered. The Magic Carpet. Never left deck 14. Told it's not condusive as a dining venue and the one opportunity we had to tender, it was not used. Plus they have limited coolers so they don't carry all beers or cold beverages. Was a great place to sit as we left Lauderdale though. The walking/running track is wonderful! Takes you through 2 decks of scenery that breaks the monotany. The spa is over priced like always. So many new beds to chose for your masssage. And the pricing for using the facilities is now $69.00 a day. Disgusting! Four main dining rooms and we had Cosmopolitan. Nice window table, 333, with one banquet booth and a great waiter. Would have been nice to select which MDR before sailing. Like the hand washing station when entering the Oceanview Cafe. Food stations and selections are close to other Celebrity ships. Enough said. The theatre is state of the art. Love the concept and we attending all the shows. Typical Celebrity entertainment. You know what I mean. Promise of new, cutting edge shows and leave feeling you missed something. We are Elite status. It's surprising to us each time we board a Celebrity ship we have "lost" some perks. Gone is the upscale liquor served with our status. Gone is the port day access to the persian spa. Gone is the Captain's Club lounge with access to our host who we love to engage with. Any experience with Guest Relations was very good. Like the open, approachable concept. Disembarking was a breeze. We always carry off and this was no different. We never stopped walking until we got to our car in the garage. The port's facial recognition is fast and so easy. If you love the color grey and modern, this ship is for YOU! Grey reminds me of a hospital room. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
There's a lot to love about the Edge, but given the price I'm not sure we'd return. We did a B2B of the Western/Eastern Carribean. Pros: -- Cabin was beautify, although there were some functional misses. Since our ... Read More
There's a lot to love about the Edge, but given the price I'm not sure we'd return. We did a B2B of the Western/Eastern Carribean. Pros: -- Cabin was beautify, although there were some functional misses. Since our cruise the "iconic rocking chair" has come out. It was too big and there were no places to enjoy room service. I believe that's being fixed. -- Service is outstanding. This was our first Celebrity cruise, but we have heard they are known for their service. We can see why. -- The concerierge in the "Retreat Lounge" was terrific at getting us dining reservations and solving any issues (e.g., billing mistakes). Absolutely super. -- The dining in Lumier was spectacular. Some of the best food and beest service we've had. -- Our speciality dining at experiences at Raw and Fine Cut were really good. Well worth the upcharge, especially since we were able to nab the dining package for a lesser cost. -- The bathroom was really great. Huge sink and nice vanity space. The only issue is the tub/shower combo. It's a huge, lovely shower/tub combo but as others pointed out those with problems stepping into a bath (even with a grab handle) could find it tough/dangerous. There was also a problem with water coming into the bath floor, although they recently installed shower curtains so we didn't have a problem. -- The iPhone/Android app is amazing. You could do everything from your phone -- check your folio, make reservations, open and close the door, control the temp, blinds and TV. A real game changer. Cons: -- There's no real bar in the Retreat Lounge.. This replaces Michael's Club, and is a big miss. -- The entertainment was odd at best. There were a couple of production shows in the theater that were absolutely spectacular in every respect (great music and dancing and very good use of the theater special effects). At the same time, the solo acts were very difficult to watch. In one case, a male entertainer performed in a gold "onsie." (Seriously?) And the tribute to Melia came off as political (full disclosure: we're liberals, so we shouldn't have been uncomfortable, but given the venue we were). -- We weren't fans of the Eden dining experience and the show at Eden (separate from the dining experience and free to all) was overly artsy (and we love artsy!). It was 45 minutes long and probably should have been kept to 25 minutes. -- The Martini Bar was a huge hit, but far too small to accommodate the crowd -- even in the area around the bar. -- The music in the Martini Bar area was specifically targeted to the younger set (think 20's). At this price point, there weren't many 20-somethings (other than crew) on the cruise. Overall: There will no doubt be a lot of changes made to the Edge. The ship was designed with the thought that people would use a lot of the outdoor space, but when the weather isn't good that space is lost to all. Also, there's far too much space taken up with very high end retail stores that nobody seemed to have any interest in. Note, too, that some of the basics are missing. We love playing bridge and since there was no game room, there was no place to find bridge players. Similarly, there was no library. The Edge marketing materials talked a lot about the fact that designers had designed the ship and that was clear. I think if they'd focused grouped the concept with current and future cruisers they might have caught some of the misses. Also, some of the crew even remarked that they would have been happy to offer some input. They knew, for example, that the Retreat Lounge really needed a bar and that the Suites really needed a place to serve a meal. Would We Book Again? Short answer: no. We only book Suites (we've reached point in our lives that we like that experience), and at the Edge's current price point there are many other ships competing for our dollars. For us, an inclusive experience in Queen's Grill or even Princess Grill on the QM2, or any cruise on any Seabourn or Crystal Ship (all their ships are totally inclusive) would be our preference. Superior service, superior cruising experience overall and, frankly, less expensive (hard to believe, but true). Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Let me start off by saying that the new Celebrity EDGE is a stunner! This is an amazing new ship, designed with open spaces and beautiful art everywhere. I understand that everyone has opinions and every age of cruiser will see different ... Read More
Let me start off by saying that the new Celebrity EDGE is a stunner! This is an amazing new ship, designed with open spaces and beautiful art everywhere. I understand that everyone has opinions and every age of cruiser will see different things about a ship. This was our 62nd cruise. We are still very young and appreciate all of the great things that cruising has to offer. EMBARKATION: We arrived at the cruise port about 11:00 a.m. and within a few minutes were on board. The new terminal is very nice, but there is a rush of people trying to get on the ship at the beginning. The cruise line will need to take a look at that. Probably could be done in a better manner. Once on board, we were allowed to go to our cabin and drop off our bags. The cabins were not ready until later in the day, but it was nice to be able to get our Sea Pass card (at the room), and drop off the bags. SHIP SPACES: Every deck seemed more beautiful than the next. Open spaces everywhere are a blessing and a curse of this ship. There are wonderful pieces of modern artwork everywhere you look. The main area for the ship is the Martini Bar/Atrium. Most of the restaurant venues and lounges are located in the center of the ship. The Martini Bar is certainly different from the “Solstice class” vessels. The light show and techno music are not everyone’s cup of tea, but we didn’t have a problem with it. The major complaint of this area is that everyone seems to be here are 4 p.m. until about 10 p.m. You will be hard pressed to find ANY seating in this area in the evening. Also, the noise level filters up thru this area into all of the restaurants that are located on decks 5 and 6. This is the only vessel we have cruised on that had a “crowded” feeling due to this design. Most of the bars are located on outside decks, which during inclement weather, are unusable; so, everyone congregates here. The pool deck is a very small, but beautiful space. If you have good weather, I would suggest getting there early for seating. We spent most mornings in the Solarium, which was a great space. Again, get there before 9 am on AT SEA days. DINING ROOMS: We ate in three of the four Main Dining Room concepts. We enjoyed the smaller venues, as they seemed more like a true restaurant, than a dining hall. The food in each of these is the same, with a couple of items on the menu that are for that particular DR only. Food and service was consistent with what the Celebrity brand is known for. Many guests had obviously not researched the ship, as they had no clue that all these dining rooms require reservations. IF you are going on EDGE, make your resys early for all dining or you might not be happy. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS: EDEN is a space all to itself in the aft decks of the ship. This is a new concept that is probably the most controversial space on the vessel. The bar/lounge itself is a very huge space, but has limited seating. When the Captains’ Club members meet here each night for Happy Hour (between 5-7 pm), there is nowhere to sit in this space. Very overcrowded. The performers, known as EDENISTS, are a mixture of Cirque du Soliel and Comedie del Arte. For the most part, they were interesting, but seemed very bored most of the time. The specialty EDEN drinks were VERY expensive, and did not match any description (or picture on menu). They did not taste good and were not worth the expense. I was surprised as the mixologists in the World Class bars on Solstice Class, are magnificent. The restaurant experience is good, but not great. What the corporate test chefs came up with (as seen on the EDGE videos) and what is produced by the kitchen are not even close. Food was presented nicely, tastes were very good, but for $65 per person, we did not feel it matched up to the expectation. Service was a bit sketchy, as the venue seems to be evolving from it’s original. LE PETIT CHEF: This animated meal is served in Le Grand Bistro each night. The animation is the whole meal. It was truly great (but a one-time only venue). The food product itself, was not worth the $55 per person price. The meal consisted of a Tomato salad, Ravioli, Steak and Frites and dessert. On the Silhouette, this concept is presented in Qsine, with Filet and Lobster. A Top Sirloin steak with French Fries, does not cut it. At $30 per person, this would be acceptable, but again once you go, you won’t do it again. Hopefully, this concept will evolve back to the Parisian Bistro it is supposed to be, as that menu looked very good. FINE CUT STEAKHOUSE: Beautiful restaurant (took the place of Murano). Very nice service throughout the meal. Enjoyed wine list, which again is very pricey. Food presentations were excellent, although all food came to the table just lukewarm. This is a problem of the open space that I mentioned before. Also, be aware that there is no “TRUTH IN MENU” on the high seas, so a lot of items (such as Heirloom Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms, White Asparagus, etc.) are never on the ship. The menus are created by Corporate Chefs, and then dummied down for the actual cruise kitchens. Loved the presentation of the Tomahawk Ribeye for two, although it was tough and (again my opinion) did not have enough age for the steak to be tender. We did, however, feel the price/value here was good at $55 per person. RAW ON 5, MAGIC CARPET, ROOFTOP GRILL: All LOOKED good, but due to opening hours or inclement weather, we could not use these venues. BUFFET (Oceanview Café): Nice new setting for the buffet. Glad they moved the Gelato station out of Café al Bacio and moved it here. Better space opportunities at Café al Bacio on deck 5. Same food as Solstice class ships. Never felt the buffet was overly crowded. At night, almost deserted. THEATER: We really enjoyed the high energy, techno entertainment that are the ships productions. Again, some did not care for these, but we enjoyed them. We also enjoyed the headliners on the ship, especially Greta Salome, the Icelandic Violin artist. Great showroom, but does get crowded early, so just an FYI. BARS AND LOUNGES: I already have mentioned the EDEN outlet, along with the Martini Bar. Just be aware that you might be stunned with the bar prices aboard EDGE. They are the highest we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Even more expensive than Las Vegas. I can only assert that the cruise line is trying to get more guests to buy the Beverage Package. You will be taken back at the pricing, I guarantee. SPA: The spa is one of the most beautiful at sea. We toured it, but only used the great Fitness Center (open 24 hours!!). PORTS: We booked on EDGE two years ago, and were not really interested in the ports. We have been to all of them before. Most are very nice, especially Key West. I am sure that most people will enjoy the ports. All in all, EDGE is a magnificent vessel. Damian, the cruise director, and his staff do an outstanding job. We always had things to do and places to go. Some may be turned off by this ship. It has been described as a “hipster or Millennial” ship. We did not feel that way, but can understand other people’s views. We would definitely sail on her again, but will be wary of the Specialty outlets and the overpriced beverages. We will watch, with anticipation, to see if changes are made, especially on the new APEX vessel. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Attracted by all the hype, my wife and I took advantage of a good deal on the Jan. 20-27 cruise of the Western Caribbean on the new Celebrity Edge. We had an Aqua class cabin on Deck 9. In brief: Gorgeous ship, great food and service ... Read More
Attracted by all the hype, my wife and I took advantage of a good deal on the Jan. 20-27 cruise of the Western Caribbean on the new Celebrity Edge. We had an Aqua class cabin on Deck 9. In brief: Gorgeous ship, great food and service in Blu (Aqua class-only restaurant), very good theater entertainment (including a terrific violinist/singer from Iceland), very efficient embarkation and debarkation, excellent boarding of excursion shuttle to our sole excursion (Chichenitsa), terrific breakfast and lunch food at the buffet, very good overall service, and the room was excellent. One major disappointment: Smartphone-based trivia. Listen, Celebrity management! We can all do multiple-choice trivia on our phones anywhere we want, including in our own homes. Typical shipboard trivia is -- and should be -- something different. Paper-based shipboard trivia is fun because: (1) Hosts can ask any kind of question. Open-ended questions are probably the most frequent kind of questions. (2) It's easy to form teams and a ton of fun to discuss/argue with team members about what answer to write down. (3) Getting away from your phone is one of the positive options of cruising. (4) Interacting with engaged trivia hosts is part of the process. Even the good-natured disagreements with the hosts are fun. (5) "Eliminating cheating" is not a good reason for going to smartphone-based multiple-choice trivia. It doesn't. And in the traditional paper-based format, cheaters are ultimately exposed ... or simply shunned. Whoever designed and approved smartphone-based trivia for the Edge obviously never observed or participated in shipboard trivia. Why should this be important to Celebrity management? Because as many as 20% of the guests will play trivia. More in some cases. It's an important part of the cruise experience, especially on longer cruises. And most frequent trivia players will confess that it's not a game. It's a blood sport. Then we all laugh about it, especially if we win. I'm praying that Celebrity management will not shove the new approach down our throats on other boats in favorite cruise line. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Background: We are in the older demographic, but young at heart. We still work, and we live in Vermont, so look forward to cruising each winter to help make it through the cold months. While we look forward to some of the usual ... Read More
Background: We are in the older demographic, but young at heart. We still work, and we live in Vermont, so look forward to cruising each winter to help make it through the cold months. While we look forward to some of the usual Celebrity amenities, we also enjoy trying new things. I followed the Edge build for 2 years with great interest and booked this cruise on the first day bookings opened. We did sail on the Edge in November and December on 3 short preview cruises so had a taste of the Edge (and got to try the Infinite Veranda and actually enjoyed it more than we thought). While we liked many things about the ship (food, cabins, service, the beauty of the ship), we had some reservations about others (music/entertainment, bars/lounges) so were wondering if we would end up overall fans of the Edge Class after this cruise. We were very excited to get back onboard to further explore the ship and enjoy our favorite features again. Embarkation: We arrived about 10:30 AM. The terminal was gorgeous and easy to navigate. Everyone was so friendly and said “Welcome to the Edge” wherever we went. We went to the Retreat area of the terminal (well-marked) where we were sent up to the Retreat terminal lounge by elevator. We went through facial recognition and security very quickly. We were then directed to a lounge area with snacks and drinks (nothing alcoholic). The chairs look nice, but are pretty uncomfortable – luckily we weren’t there very long. Roving agents with ipads greeted us at our seats and asked to see our passports and scanned those in. They wanted to redo our pictures so took those while seated. We were set to go. They told us that the ship was ready to board about 10 minutes later so we lined up and boarded. Boarding is on 5 so there are several ramps to navigate. We made it onboard, were greeted with the usual sparkling wine and headed to out stateroom to collect our SeaPass cards. We had been in this suite before - 10147 (loved it so much on one of our preview cruises, that we switched our aft S1 to this port side S1 a few weeks ago). Stateroom: We had a Sky Suite 10147 (S1) – port side midship to slightly forward. I loved the bed facing the ocean more than thought I would (I thought it might be an advertising gimmick). The balcony was so private that we opened the curtains in the morning and enjoyed the view in bed. I also watched a sailaway from the bed one afternoon when I was exhausted after an excursion. It was so cool to be in bed facing the ocean and shoreline as we left port. The storage was amazing. There was a huge dresser with deep drawers in the living area and more drawers in a cupboard with the safe, which also had huge shelves for more stuff. The closet was not huge, but more than adequate for us. The huge king bed is a little higher than usual and large suitcases fit easily underneath. The bathroom was larger than any bathroom we have ever had on a ship (including in a Celebrity Suite) and bathroom storage was amazing – 3 huge drawers so we didn’t even use the wall storage. There was a nice vanity with makeup mirror. We both loved the tub/shower. The tub was huge, but not as deep so when used as a shower, the space felt more like being in a shower instead of a tub. My husband took baths and absolutely loved the tub because of its size – I was worried it wouldn’t be deep enough, but it was perfect. Previously, it had leaked, but they had fixed it and it didn’t leak at all on this cruise. The toilet was behind a frosted door. We enjoyed that feature very much. There is a mirror over the sink that separates and becomes a window facing the ocean – I really loved that feature and brushed my teeth looking at the ocean. The balcony was large and very private and quiet. We never heard anyone else while out there. There were two non-reclining chairs, no foot stools and a small table for furniture. They brought us a lounger upon request. The suite was beautiful. The depictions online do not do it justice. The Kelly Hoppen rocker is very comfortable and we enjoyed it, though it is large and can get in the way. The suite must have been very well sound -proofed. We never heard anyone on either side or in the hallway. Negatives for the suite: -no coffee table in living room – there wasn’t much shelf area in the suite so a coffee table would have been helpful (especially for room service). -balcony furniture was not adequate for a suite, in our opinion - we enjoy lounging on our balcony and having room service out there. It sounds like Celebrity is looking to improve those issues. The butler did get us a lounger, which was nice. The Overall Ship: The ship is gorgeous and I like the general feel of it – it’s light and open, with amazing art, lighting and many beautiful touches that just make me happy to be there. Unfortunately, some of my favorite venues are weather-dependent. We love the Magic Carpet Bar and the Roof Top Garden, but found that this cruise was breezier than our first preview cruises so we couldn’t utilize these lovely venues as much. The word is that they are looking at ways to improve this issue. Dining: We enjoyed dining on the Edge more than any other ship we have sailed. The MDRs are beautiful – we dined in one during a preview cruise and were impressed with food and service. We had a dinner in Cyprus on this cruise because it is where the Chef’s market Tour dinner was held and again we were impressed (though it was a special menu). Blu looked lovely, but we didn’t try it. Our MDR was Luminae. It is a beautiful dining area with a great view and service that is impeccable. It is one big room and can get somewhat loud when busy, though we never had trouble having a conversation. They have one bathroom in Luminae but the door was broken early on and it isn’t used now. People must go upstairs. We were welcomed by name on the first visit and given the same table, waiter, sommelier at dinner. Breakfast and lunch continued to be delicious. For dinner, the new, tweaked menu was missing some of the things I liked, but I enjoyed most things I tried. They have an everyday menu that just started on this cruise, with Caesar salad, escargot, shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, steak, chicken breast and salmon to supplement the somewhat limited menu (not able to order off MDR menu because of distance from MDR galleys). They will prepare other things with prior notice. We enjoyed an elegant experience, with meticulous service and very personable staff. Anita, Maitre’d and Sokie, hostess and Dusan the waiter were amazing people – professional, but fun. They are suggesting reservations on the Edge because of the increased number of suites. Specialty Dining: It was refreshing to try some new restaurants. In the order of which we liked the most: 1) Le Grand Bistro. Le Petit Chef is done at dinner. It was fun to do, but would not do it again. The food is quite good – the truffled ravioli was to die for. The reason I am putting this as our favorite is because of the breakfast ($10 PP) and lunch ($20PP). The venue is done like a French café and has several tables by the windows. The staff are so friendly and the food is so good. Breakfast is amazing, with Parisian Eggs Benedict, croissant breakfast sandwich, crepes made to order being a few of the choices. Lunch has the best lobster bisque ever (with a puff pastry cover) and yummy French Onion Soup. There are salads, sandwiches, reportedly the best burger ever (wish we had tried it) and more. There is a daily main dish – we had the Rack of Lamb and Coq Au Vin – both delicious. The wine service is amazing here. We were able to get Caymus by the glass. They also have baguette sandwiches, cheeses, pastries to go. Come hungry to this restaurant! Home run!! 2) Fine Cut Steakhouse – the best steak we have had at sea was the bone in filet mignon. They have many choices of mains, sides, sauces. The service is friendly, yet professional. Great wine service. They have some tables next to the rail overlooking the Grand Plaza, which can be noisy at times, so ask for an inside table (though you will have a front row view for the Martini Bar show at ~ 8 and 10 – it only lasts about 5-6 minutes and is very fun to watch). 3) Raw on 5 – We like Sushi on 5 a bit better because of the menu, but still enjoyed the delicious food here. Great service, ambiance not as nice as other specialties, IMO. 4) Eden – the food was excellent, though show hard to see/follow from the dining area. Since the show is similar each night, I wouldn’t pay that dinner/show price ($65) for dinner there again. I hope they will make the dinner a separate experience and drop the price a bit. If they expanded the menu choices and dropped the show, they would have a winner! 5) Roof Top Garden Grill – didn’t eat here this time, but enjoyed it before in calm weather (for lunch). Delicious food and fun atmosphere. 6) Magic Carpet – our dinner here was canceled due to weather, but we did have dinner out there another night. It is lovely out there, though menu was limited. Great staff! Complimentary Dining: 1) Eden Café – excellent breakfast and lunch options, with inside and outside seating. Bar around the corner. Lovely venue and great food! Home run!! 2) Ocean View Café – gorgeous views and comfortable seating of many types. Food is fresh and usually excellent. We love the Eggs Benedict section at breakfast. A lovely improvement in buffet dining!! Home run!! 3) Mast Grill – same as other ships, though more seating, much of it covered. 4) Spa Café – healthy food – looked good, but didn’t try – nice quiet atmosphere next to Solarium. 5) Room Service – they offer it, but we didn't order it because of the table situation. I hope that they obtain bigger tables for the balconies or coffee tables for the living areas for room service. Bars/Lounges: There has been a lot written about the lack of small lounges like the Ensemble, Rendezvous and Cellar Masters on the Edge. This was something that I was concerned about since we spend time every evening on cruises listening to music in the smaller lounges. There had been many improvements in programming since our early Edge cruises and we actually found great music in nice venues every afternoon and evening (some nights better than others). The biggest surprise for me was Eden. There was good music every day until about 6. This venue had the performers in front of the windows showing the wake of the ship and it was stunning! The Reckless Charms, Michael Redden and Dos Duo were all excellent performers and gave us many hours of enjoyment here throughout the cruise. Bar service was excellent. The Club was also a nice venue for music – acoustics were very good in there. The bands played in there at times, including the Edge Theater Ensemble with an Edge lead singer – they were phenomenal. The Grand Plaza was the main evening music venue and could be a great mellow place for music or end up being crowded and too loud to hear the music. It was hard to predict – it was about 50-50 for me. I think Celebrity will need to work on programming a bit to help distribute people better in the evening. On the whole, I liked the space and found the Martini Bar shows exciting and the whole vibe fun. It did get to be too much at times though. The bar service was always excellent, no matter how busy. If the Grand Plaza was busy, we liked sitting at Café al Bacio at the railing, if seats were available – it was a bit quieter, but we could still see the musicians. It sounds like they are looking at raising the glass next to the restaurants to help keep the noise down in those. Entertainment: We thought there was an improvement in daily activities since our last cruises. I attended a great Q+A by the Captain – very interesting. There was a Navigation lecture by the Staff Captain. There was meditation, trivia, both electronic and paper and pencil. One trivia session was with guitarist, Michael Redden singing song clips and people guessing the song and artist (we had fun listening to it while eating lunch at the Bistro). There was a table maze game that looked like a lot of fun – lots of people involved in those. There were arts and crafts such as origami and knitting and archery, ping pong tournaments, bean bag contests, drone racing, multiple dance classes – all were free, I believe. There were movies playing in the Club or Roof Top Garden every day, I think. Some were very recent movies, others were old favorites. The regular theater shows (the theater was gorgeous and comfortable) included a comedian 2 nights, Celebrity shows 2 nights, violinist/singer one night and guest singers 2 nights. There were also late night events – comedians, other shows, parties, game shows, dances, concerts, etc. Eden had its show every night and the Club also had something going on. We found that the night life was pretty active and varied. The comedians were very good, the guest singers quite good (we missed the violinist who was excellent per reports). We don’t usually go to the X performance shows. All in all, we were pleased with the entertainment this time. Damian was an excellent CD and very personable. Staff and Service: We had the best staff on this ship. I can’t say enough about the service, despite some of the challenges of being on a new ship. Everyone had a smile and tried so hard to make sure we were happy. We felt well taken care of and the ship had a feeling excitement and fun. Denisa, our butler, worked hard to make everything perfect for us. She anticipated our needs and made our cruise so enjoyable. She got us on the list for a small group to tour the bridge. We had done that in December with the inside tour, but this was much more in depth – we loved it! She set up a nice variety of goodies for our Cruise Critic Cabin Crawl hosts. She made sure we had a lounger and took care of things for us that would have taken away from our cruise time. In the restaurants, waiters Zah Zha, Maike, Dusan, Taniesha and Sansan the amazing sommelier were wonderful and made our dinners fun events. Ports: We got off in Costa Maya for a Maya Chan beach day on our own and had a wonderful day. We did the Chef’s Market Tour in Cozumel – it was excellent! Using Destination Gateway for getting on and off the ship is a real pleasure. Great way to come back onboard! Pool Deck and Solarium: We didn’t spend a lot of time in either on this cruise, but the pool is great for laps and loungers were available. The canned music was moderate in loudness, but not the kind of music we like. The Solarium was quiet and peaceful, with softer, more relaxing music. The Retreat: The Retreat Sundeck is wonderful. There are plenty of comfy loungers and tables for drinks. Bar and food service are excellent. Wind is pretty well blocked and sun is plentiful on a nice day. The pool and hot tub are well-utilized, but don’t seem over-crowded. It’s a nice vibe up there. This is very well-run and a great addition to the suite life. Home run!! The Retreat Lounge is gorgeous and has many comfortable seating areas. The concierges are excellent and wander through skillfully taking care of the guests. The drink service was excellent, with friendly servers. The food service for continental breakfast late afternoon tea was very good. Lots of little bites, such as sushi, that held us over until dinner. The addition of the outside deck off from the lounge was really a nice touch. We loved having a light breakfast there before going on a shore excursion. Very peaceful way to start the day. We missed the evening entertainment usually offered in Michael’s. We also missed the free standing bar in the Retreat Lounge. That has always been the heart of Michael's for us. Though drink service was great, the bar as a gathering place (especially when alone) was missed. Disembarkation: When we decided to leave (around 8:30), it took about 8-10 minutes to get off the ship, go through facial recognition, find our suitcases and leave without showing passports. Overall: We had an excellent cruise, with exceptional food, great music/entertainment and amazing service with a smile. I was happy to wake up on the Edge every day and excited to get out there and enjoy everything she has to offer. We laughed, we savored, we relaxed, we learned and despite the glitches and misses here and there, we enjoyed this cruise very much! We look forward to getting back on the Edge next year (sooner, if we can swing it!). We also booked on the Apex in hopes that some of the Edge issues will be addressed on the Apex. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We had never sailed with Celebrity before and did our 1st and 2nd B2B on S class Silhouette for a 3 day stint and Edge class right afterwards. I will write about the Silhoutte experience as a separate review. Embarkation: Embarkation ... Read More
We had never sailed with Celebrity before and did our 1st and 2nd B2B on S class Silhouette for a 3 day stint and Edge class right afterwards. I will write about the Silhoutte experience as a separate review. Embarkation: Embarkation was very easy. The terminal is grand and the checkin was paperless through the app. The app made it easier. The picture you upload onto app must be a head photo only so we had to have our pictures retaken which took less than 5 minutes. Cabin: We had an IV AQ on the Edge. We thought that the space for dress or long gowns were not big enough for cruises longer than 7 days, especially since Celebrity cruisers tend to dress up more. The other storage space was more than enough and I really liked having a drawer in the bathroom. I liked the IV area which made the room bigger and could sit there to watch the world while windy. Our 2 big suitcases and carryon all fit under the bed without any problems. We didn't have problems opening our window at all but remember that it can be overridden and locked by crew for maintenance, weather conditions and emergencies. We would not mind booking an IV again. Ship: Very cool design and layout. Great atrium and very modern. The Magic Carpet is a very place for sail away and for after dinner drinks as long weather permits. The Destination Gateway on Deck 2 is expansive and big so that people don't have to line up to get off the ship at ports. Eden is designed to be a quiet place and we watched an incredible sunset/sailaway from the back of Eden. The chairs in Eden are not comfortable but varied in size and shape. Bar Areas: The Martini bar crew makes great martini drinks but it does get crowded during the dinner hours 5:00 - 7:30 pm. We never had trouble finding a seat though. We love martinis and didn't go to Eden during that time but have heard that they had live music there too. The Sunset bar is very narrow, nowhere to move. On each side there are nice seating and chairs with one side being the smoking area. The pool bars are nice but the stools are very high and hard to climb on. I was a bit surprised by the condition of the ship, although they are trying to maintain it the floor boards on the stairs already have scuff marks (heels maybe?), the pillows outside are stained with food and do get wet during rain. I sat on one and abruptly got up. The Roof Top grill is an excellent area to watch games but the Caribbean gets too hot/windy so it may be difficult to sit up there too long. We had the premium package and everything available to us - paid the difference for the Eden drinks to try them. Liked only one of the drinks. Activities: The online trivia and games were good and can also be played on paper. Archery was fun. They have Drone Racing, Laser Maze, Knitting, Pool games such as bean bag and other activities that are cool. Some other activities were Deal or No Deal, Family Feud and a Quest type game. The club at night is hopping with parties and they also had one White Party. Service and Dining: We thought service was excellent but slow in the MDRs. Specialty restaurant food and service was out of this world. The crew and staff make every effort to make sure that every request is filled. We ate in First Cut Steak House, Le Petit Chef, Cyprus, Tuscany, Blu, Ocenview Cafe and Mast Grill. Oceanview Cafe does not feel like a buffet food at all. The specialty restaurants around the Grand Atrium can get loud from the music at the Grand Atrium during dinner times. We did have trouble with our dining package reservations but they know this is a problem and try to be responsive so we were able to get times close to what we wanted. Entertainment: . Shows and acts were very good with outstanding talent. We went to all of the shows and enjoyed them all. The theater is spectacular and there isn't one bad seat in the whole place. Disembarkation: We were allowed to remain on the ship until 9:15 am and walked out without any delays. The easiest of all the disembarkations. Summary: This ship is truly cutting edge. Not everyone will like this. It is meant to draw in a younger demographic. It is a work in progress. I'm not sure Celebrity can achieve this by keeping prices of cabin high as it is now. If the price is right, I would book it again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Well, here is my take on the Edge, in a condensed version. What I like: It's a beautiful ship with lots of space and never seems overcrowded. Never a line of more than three or four people. Lots of large and well-maintained public ... Read More
Well, here is my take on the Edge, in a condensed version. What I like: It's a beautiful ship with lots of space and never seems overcrowded. Never a line of more than three or four people. Lots of large and well-maintained public restrooms. Very nice entertainment venues such as the Martini Bar, the Club, Rooftop Garden, and Eden. Lots of spaces to relax and read. Great 2-level walking/jogging track that reduces friction between runners and walkers. Stunningly beautiful artwork, especially the horse. Seems like thousands of live plants everywhere -- no plastic ones that I could see. Even blue roses in Blu. Great food and service in the four main dining rooms. Good pizza but it's in the aft of the Ocean View dining room and not at the pasta station. I liked Cypress, especially the everyday alternative menu that features Taverna Salad and Chicken Souvlaki. Very professional and approachable cruise director and lots of officers visiting with guests. Eden Cafe is a gem for breakfast or lunch (great Reuben Panini). There's plenty of outside deck chairs available -- no need to be a chair hog. Very good vocal groups, especially the all-girl group, the Reckless Charms. Basins for hand-washing outside the ocean View Cafe is a nice touch. Sadly, not many guests use them. What I didn't like: The infinite veranda was a disappointment. It's cumbersome to use and it doesn't give you the feel of being outside. Forward staterooms on the port side are not quiet. Sound from the Theatre or The Club (even at 2:15 a.m.) is clearly heard in the stateroom during shows or events. Headline entertainment and production shows were underwhelming, except for the Icelandic and Ukranian violin players. But that's a subjective opinion as I know there were some who enjoyed the genre of music (it was not from the 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s). But that was OK. I don't cruise solely for the entertainment. The Martini Bar area has poor sound equipment making it difficult to hear the music. Two ports of call that I could have missed and not been disappointed --Puerto Casa Maya, and Tortola, BVI. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Check in was fast but hectic. Being able to leave carry-on in the cabin first was nice. The dinning rooms were very loud with low ceilings and located in what seemed to be the "basement." The loss of the grand dinning room is ... Read More
Check in was fast but hectic. Being able to leave carry-on in the cabin first was nice. The dinning rooms were very loud with low ceilings and located in what seemed to be the "basement." The loss of the grand dinning room is unfortunate. However, Eden provided a large area for relaxation during the day and the soup and sandwiches were the very best. The martini bar was nice but crowded most of the time. It was very difficult to find a seat before dinner . More lounges/bars are needed. Perhaps the weird forest of statues would be an appropriate place for a lounge. The cabin was fine. However, the infinite balcony is a joke. the balcony is just a tiny part of the cabin with a large window. Perhaps it was intended for the T.V. to have ocean sounds; since the window is closed most of the time. The menus in the dining rooms were for the most part predictable and boring with exception of the starters. These were very good. Service was excellent. The music around the ship was o.k. but not great. Theater was fine. As stated the Eden lunch was the best, followed by the Mast Grill, then the Ocean View with the dinning rooms last. Valet luggage was excellent. Finally, The Club seemed more like a bull fighting ring than a dance venue. Would I book the Edge again ? Probably not.. Would i return to the "S" Class ships? You bet i will. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Edge is beautiful and I wanted to cruise the new ship after they had a few sailings under their belt to smooth any issues out. I had a solo cabin. Embarkation was amazing. In just 10 minutes, I was on the ship. You have to check ... Read More
The Edge is beautiful and I wanted to cruise the new ship after they had a few sailings under their belt to smooth any issues out. I had a solo cabin. Embarkation was amazing. In just 10 minutes, I was on the ship. You have to check in prior on their app and get an "express pass". My room key was in the cabin. The different areas were beautiful, especially Eden, which I loved during the day. Great place to sit on the ramp seating area and look aft while reading. It encompasses 2 floors with a ramp winding along the windows. There are seating places along so you can still hear music etc from Eden, but be tucked away a bit. The theatre was beautiful and really did have great views from every seat. The 4 main singers were wonderful, but the shows were a little of a mixed bag. Not everyone enjoyed, I thought they were good. It did take a couple of days to figure out the dining. You literally can change restaurants each night, so I did finally go to all 4. They each were lovely and alongside the common menu, had a small sample of the foods from the area they represented. I spent a lot of time in the coffee shop, Cafe al Bacio, it had a lovely living room feel with seating for many. The drinks were great and they always had lovely pastries. The Oceanview Cafe was set up very nicely and they had Scones in the afternoon with Clotted Cream, jam and whipped cream. Yum! I did visit the Magic Carpet a few times, and it is very nice, but I did not try for the dinners they had. All in all, it was wonderful. However, it was talked about a lot that they were trying for more millenials which is great. But when you know that over 90% of the guests coming on are over 65, you might think about having a plan B to tone down the "techno" music in the restaurants etc. Minor things like that. Debarkation was a breeze once the ship cleared. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Background Information: We were just on the Millienium Class Infinity in early December 2018 and loved the experience. Celebrity has been our preferred line once the kids were older. Before that we were RCCL fans. We were a bit ... Read More
Background Information: We were just on the Millienium Class Infinity in early December 2018 and loved the experience. Celebrity has been our preferred line once the kids were older. Before that we were RCCL fans. We were a bit concerned about some of the initial Cruise Critic reviews for EDGE posted from December 2018. Hotel information (if any): Came in the night before and stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Marina Hilton. What a treat that was. Had previously stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale on the December cruise and thought the FLL Marina Hilton was a better all around experience. Treat yourselves to a wonderful dinner at The Boatyard which was wonderful. Embarkation: New FLL Terminal 25 is awesome. However, they need to have folks gather by their Captain's Club status to make the boarding process less cattle rush. Ship information: We opted for an inside cabin for two reasons: the complete darkness really helps with sleep and the price was about 1/3 the cost of a suite per person. They have definitely changed the ship layout on EDGE to create a more exclusive experience for suite holders with their own pool area and lounge at the front of the ship. A nice touch for those willing to pay the uptick. Didn't really notice any reserved seating at shows for suite holders like you find on RCCL, but I am sure they would provide that if asked. Ship positives: Very cool design and layout. You don't feel like you are walking as much to get to all the things you need to on board. Great spaces and very hip/modern feel. They achieved a W-Style with Four Seasons flair atmosphere. The Magic Carpet is a very cool feature. The Destination Gateway on Deck 2 is really awesome and we never had a wait to get off or on at ports. Thank you!!!! The Celebrity app is awesome and a huge plus. Fitness center was great with awesome views at the front of the ship. Ship negatives: Elevators seemed to only be running 3 out of the 6 on each bank all the time. Probably a programming issue that they can fix. Only one bar at the back of the ship and virtually so shade. They need to put misters up on both decks 14 Oceanview Cafe terrace and the Deck 15 Sunset Bar. Also, the liquor is being baked by the sun along with the bartenders and that is not a good thing. Pool bar also has zero shade and needs misters installed. Activities: The online trivia and games were good and much better than just paper. Archery was fun. Drone racing was good. Need more enrichment lectures even if just about the ship and design, etc. The officers could do all these and it would be great to hear. Private Journeys for shore excursions is a great concept. However, their prices are three times what we would have paid. Great idea, just get real on pricing. Service: We thought service was very good and worthy of inaugural season sailings on a Flagship. Staff really makes an effort to say hello using your first name and have your drinks ready by the time you sit down to order them. That is a very nice touch. The photographers did a great job capturing moments. However, the price of ordering portraits from their studio is insanely expensive. Three times what would have been a reasonable amount. They need to research the price elasticity of demand and get real. Port & shore excursions: These were three great ports of call: San Juan, Tortola and St. Marteen. Glad to see them all recovering from the 2017 hurricanes. Travel to embarkation port: Fly in the night before and relax and then UBER to the cruise terminals. Super easy and fast. Cabin: Cabins felt bigger and also had wonderful storage space and more than the Millennium or Solstice class. They also raised the bed up a couple of inches so our big extended stay bags slid right under them for storage.The tech enhancements and iPhone interface were great. Dining: Breaking up the main dining room MDR into four venues was a very smart idea. we ate at three of the four and preferred Cosmopolitan and Normandy the best. Slightly smaller seating than Tuscany and Cyprus. Wine list is excellent and very reasonably priced. If you purchase the premium drink package you will not be left wanting. All top shelf vodkas including Stoli Elite, Belvedere, Grey Goose and great wines. They need to amp up the tequila choices to include some top shelf items better than Patron. The rooftop grill is an awesome space, but not worth $45/person as an upcharge from fancy barbecue. They desperately need a cool bar in that space and can take some of the bamboo bench seating out and make that happen. Then it would be worth $20-25 per person coverage to be in the coolest bar/restaurant on the high seas. We were going to eat at the top of the line specialty steakhouse Prime Cut, but discovered they removed the souffles from their desert menu. Bring back Murano. We have often eaten there seven nights in a row on previous cruises just because of the souffle and the amazing serving experiences with the staff. That was worth every penny of uptick on Solstice Class ships. Children's clubs: Didn't attend, but glanced in and they looked very cool and there were probably 10-20 age appropriate children on board to enjoy that venue and programs. Entertainment: They have stepped this up big time. Shows and acts were as good as you would find in most Vegas venues. The in the round experience with immersive lighting wall backdrop is a real innovation. Bravo!!!! Eden was a great space and the immersive show was fun, but wen't on about 15 min too long. There is only so much audience participation that works before it becomes boring. However, the Martini Bar area, while cool as a gathering spot isn't working like it used to with the ice bars from other ships. The live music is far too loud with the speaker system. You can't hear yourselves speak from 2 feet away from each other let alone a group of 4 at the gatherings spots. Just turn the volume down. Also, some of the servers are running to get drinks and the consistency of our martinis varied wildly. The Club is a great venue and addition. Was a multipurpose area and fun hot spot at night to dance and hang out. Disembarkation Summary: This ship is truly setting a new bar. However, that bar won't appeal to everyone. It will draw in a younger crowd. We saw more forty and early fifty somethings on this cruise. Not sure it is worth double the price for sailing on a new ship versus the others in the fleet. We still love Celebrity overall as our favorite vacation get away experience. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I loved the ship, performers were talented, Food as good but not exceptional for the price. Liked the pools, Eden, rooftop garden, track, facilities. Sad that there wasn’t a promenade deck. I was very unhappy with the ... Read More
I loved the ship, performers were talented, Food as good but not exceptional for the price. Liked the pools, Eden, rooftop garden, track, facilities. Sad that there wasn’t a promenade deck. I was very unhappy with the following 1. Terrible on deck dance party - horrible DJ and music. I love dancing . It was not fun. I love having a white night, videos , amazing dance music that keeps you going. Lots of people. The cruise director was not even there. They Did not get the dance going. Music was terrible. The crew were trying to get people to dance in their uniforms and it was not fun. They did not know how to dance. They did not have young dancers to get the party going. Very disappointed. 2. Disco, had dancers from the show come out but the dancers and cruise directors were so self absorbed, they made people feel unwanted. Except for one young woman the others didn’t even a knowledge the dancers. Thus happened several times. Disappointed. Music however better in the disco but too late at night. 3. Terrible performances and music in the grand lobby is n front of martini bar. This should be where there is music that Stimulates people’s desire to dance. The party should start here. The performances and music were awful. Not fun at all. Very disappointing. 4. Shows in the theatre. The comedians, the violinists and singers were good. The house band was awsome. The dancers were great. However the shows were awful. The story lines were of extremely poor quality. In particular the Jewlery box story line was insulting. I was offended. I addition they same dancing and acrobatics were used in alm the shows and it became Boring. The cruise director was unfriendly and condescending. He did not mingleg with the guests. He acted as if the guests were beneath him. Very inhospitable. 5. Room - I liked the room. I have a veranda. Not a conventional veranda. I was unhappy with this. However, everything else was okay. 6.Buffet in ocean view cafe. I was extremely disappointed with food in the cafeteria at lunch. Always the same. A lot of mishmash stuff that looked liked good from breakfast or the dinner before was used. In appealing. Same Indian, Mexican etc foods every day. Dry grilled chicken. Cheeses were not interested. Basic. Not what I expect for the price of this cruise. Deserts were boring and the same each day. Super free desserts were the worst. At dinner only ice cream and only one flavour, no other sugar free desserts were offered in dining rooms. Very disappointed. 7. Dining room open seating was disappointing. Half the restaurants were fixed seating, the other quarter was reservations which were always booked. Only one quarter of the space was open and we were never able to get seated I. The restaurant with our waiting one hour. This is terrible service. Worst than any other shop where we’ve had open seating. Must change. Cost of specialty restaurants is too much. Now we have to pay for most restaurants even at lunch. Felt that I had to pay for everything even at lunch. 8. On-board stores are so high end you don’t even want to go in to look at the stuff. 9. Nothing to do during the day that didn’t either lead to try and sell you something or that you had to pay for. 20. Spa and spa area was exhorbitan with less services. There’s no shower areas, not salt baths and plung pools. Messages were over 230.00 each. Just ridiculously expensive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
A COMPARISON OF 2 NEW SHIPS: NCL BLISS AND CELEBRITY EDGE Introduction My wife and I accompanied by another couple cruised the NCL Bliss round trip out of Miami January 5-12, 2019. The itinerary was 2 sea days, pier stops at ... Read More
A COMPARISON OF 2 NEW SHIPS: NCL BLISS AND CELEBRITY EDGE Introduction My wife and I accompanied by another couple cruised the NCL Bliss round trip out of Miami January 5-12, 2019. The itinerary was 2 sea days, pier stops at Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Tortola BVI, another sea day, a finally a stop at Nassau. Our Cabin was Category MC (Mid-ship Mini-suite with Balcony) located on Deck 10 having 207 sq. ft. and a 32 sq. ft. balcony. Following a 1-night stay at the Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale, we sailed the Celebrity Edge January 13-20 by ourselves round trip from Port Everglades. The itinerary was a first sea day, pier stops at San Juan, Tortola, and St. Maarten, followed by 2 more sea days. Our cabin was Category 1B Guaranteed (Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom on Deck 6 having 202 sq. ft. space and a 40 sq. ft balcony. Base cabin costs including taxes and port charges were nearly equivalent for both ships. Much has already been published about these ships individually which doesn’t need repeating here. Listed below are some basic comparative facts to orient the reader: Basic Information NCL Bliss Celebrity Edge Year Built Mid 2018 Late 2018 Capacity @ Dbl Occupancy 4004 2918 Tonnage 168,028 129,500 Length, ft 1094 1004 Beam, ft 136 128 Ship Crew 1716 1320 Cruise Critic Rating 4.0 expert/3.5 guest 4.5 Expert/3.0 guest Our reviews are based on the features we like to use and things we like to do when cruising. So it will not cover all aspects of cruising on these ships. For example, we have cruised 35 times now and have seen all the Caribbean islands, some like those on the above itineraries numerous times. Therefore, there will be no comments about shore excursions. Overall Impressions of Each Ship Both ships are beautiful in their own right, and we enjoyed both of them. The Bliss is about a third bigger on a capacity basis but you don’t get that impression when on board. Both the Bliss and the Edge feel like large ships to us. The Bliss is designed more classically with straight-through main deck plans and a central atrium with functions such as Guest Relations, Shore Excursions, Computer Room, Future Cruise Sales around the bottom floor. The Edge has a more contemporary design with the above functions on different decks which are not as easily accessible. The Edge feels like a glitzy hotel more than a cruise ship. It is interesting that the Cruise Critic expert rating for the Edge was higher than that of the Bliss, mainly due to the daring, stepout design. Guests did not share that opinion, and we feel some of the early guests were out of their comfort zone. This should change in time. The main new feature of the Bliss, which is absolutely fabulous to us, is the Exploration Lounge on Deck 15 which was designed to view their Alaskan itineraries. The step-out feature on the Edge is the Eden concept, which is located on decks 3-5 aft. More detail will be provided about these and other new features below. Boarding Process The Boarding process for the Bliss was satisfactory but not as smooth as for the Edge. With the Bliss after dropping off the luggage and passing through Security, we had to wait for an hour in a crowded room before being allowed to board the ship. A good bit of the delay was caused by the ship having to return to last port of Nassau to drop off a seriously ill passenger. The luggage did not arrive at the cabin until around 6 pm. One of our friends did not get his luggage until around 9 pm. For the Edge went over to the sparkling new Port Everglades terminal 25 around 9:30am and we were on the ship several hours later and had our luggage in our cabin by 1 pm. NCL offers a neat app where you can communicate with your friends over their WiFi system via phone or text message. Celebrity has a very useful App with your boarding passes, restaurant reservations, and itemized bill. Cabins There was sufficient but not excess room in either case. Both were very narrow passing by the bed. There were no drawers on the Bliss; rather, compartment slots. The TV in the Edge is larger but not movable, so it must be watched in bed. Both rooms have a small sofa, but the Edge sofa is lower and not really usable other than to lay the bed decorative pillows. Both rooms have a safe. The Bliss has a switch to tell the cabin attendant if you do not wish to be disturbed or are out of the room and want it made up. The Edge uses a magnetic card to attach to the outer door surface for this purpose. The Edge also has a master switch to control lighting and temperature as well as a connection box next to the dresser inside which plugs and USB cords are attached. The Edge bed was a king and felt better than the Bliss queen. Bathrooms on both ships are excellent with plenty of space. We had a problem with our balcony on the Edge. Window washer fluid drained through the semicircular porthole at night all over the chairs, table, and floor. A photo is attached. This is a design/maintenance flaw in our opinion. Specialty Restaurants This is an aspect of cruising that we really enjoy and use so we will spend more time discussing it here. On the Bliss we were provided a 3-meal perk, and we purchased an additional 4-night package before boarding so that we could enjoy these restaurants every night of the cruise with our friends. We could make reservations beforehand for each restaurant. It was more cumbersome on the Edge. We bought a 5-night package but Celebrity does not allow pre-booking before boarding. To us this is a real disadvantage to buying a package. Once on board we made a beeline to the Steakhouse to make reservations for the week. The line was long, and we had to settle for much later times that we prefer, but we did get reservations. We had dinner twice at Cagney’s steakhouse, twice at the Le Bistro, and one each at Teppenyaki Japanese, BBQ Smokehouse, and the Ocean Blue on Bliss. Also enjoyed a great burger lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The best restaurant was Cagney’s, followed closely by Le Bistro and Teppenyaki. The latter was a lot of fun with the skill and comedy of the Japanese hibachi master combined with excellent filet and shrimp. The Ocean Blue seafood was a bit of a disappointment, especially taking into account the $12 per person upcharge. All in all , the array of specialty restaurants on Bliss is very good. The specialty restaurants on Edge kick it up another notch. Their steakhouse was one of the best we’ve eaten at, land or sea. Raw on Five Seafood was outstanding as well. The meal in Eden was remarkably different and really good. Le Petit Chef was entertaining with overhead projections of chefs and food onto the plate and table. The food was very good as well. The Rooftop Garden Grill was a very nice outdoor setting. We went there on the San Juan port day to avoid extremely windy conditions. The food was very good but not memorable like most of the other venues. We tried the Bistro for lunch and were rewarded with an excellent meal. Buffet Both ships have excellent buffet presentations. Quality and range of offerings were very good, perhaps better with the Indian and Oriental stations on Bliss. I went to the buffet each morning with my Yeti cups and brought back coffee, rolls, and occasionally muesli to the cabin. Edge had an outstanding ice cream station next to the buffet, and we rewarded ourselves with 2 scoops each day at lunch. The burger stand on the Edge, called The Mast Grill, was very good as well. Edge offers Hot tea, cappuccinos, and lattes at Café Al Bacio as well as pastries. There is a Starbuck’s in the Atrium on Bliss with is an optional extra. Theater and Evening Shows Bliss has a decided advantage in this category. The theater is much bigger and advance reservations are required, guaranteeing a seat and allowing an on-time arrival. The shows were high quality. Havana and especially the Jersey Boys were extremely well done with talented performers. The Edge theater by comparison was small. If you didn’t get there 30 minutes before showtime, forget about getting a seat. We saw Kaleidoscope and didn’t care for it as much. Common Areas Again, a big advantage to Bliss and the Observation Lounge. This covers the front third of the ship on deck 15 with panoramic views forward and to the side. It is nicely furnished with lounge chairs, many reclining, The front has a big bar and a band stage with tables and chairs. We often played bridge there during the afternoon. Cold buffet items are also served here continuously. You can sit and read there in comfort. There is nothing comparable on Edge. Limited seating on the martini bar area. We like to sit and have cocktails before dinner. The seats fill up around 5 pm. Eden has a wonderful bar as well as a café for breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Eden restaurant is on the lower level. Performers, mostly gymnastic types dressed in Sherwood Forest costumes, mill around and occasionally interact with guests. The whole setting is unique but takes some getting used to. Games We like to play bingo on sea days. Bliss has bingo but it’s getting too expensive. $69 for shared cards for 2. Edge has no bingo. Both ships have Trivia. Edge does some games on your hand-held device. Casinos are very nice on both ships. Bliss has a casino smoking room. Service The best trained personnel are used for these new ships, so service is very good in both cases. We found our cabin attendant to be better on the Edge. The Magic Carpet on Edge This novel feature is only on the Edge and rides on the starboard side with capability to position at levels 2, 5, 14, and 16. Its primary function seems to be a tender disembarkation station from deck 2. Since we had no tender stops on this cruise, we did not see it in action. The night we dined in Raw on 5 in port, it was positioned next to us. Very few guests used it since it was windy. It is designed to serve as a bar or eatery. Elevators The Edge elevators are larger, faster, and more responsive. Internet Both ships have a WiFi which they offer packages to use. Both offer an unlimited time option for one or more devices. The Edge package costs one-third that of Bliss and is faster. Beverage Package Upgrading the Classic beverage package to Premium on Celebrity made it comparable to NCL. However, water and cappuccino beverages were extra on Bliss. We enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, and both packages allow a $15 cap. All cocktails are included. Edge offered some notable quality bottles of wines at a big discount for dinner. Disembarkation Process worked well on Bliss, but we were going to a parked car at Miami to drive to next destination. Customs checkout worked well. They used facial recognition from our passport to check us through. Celebrity offered a first for us: valet luggage handling for $25 a bag. We put out our luggage the night before tagged with airport and flight #. We never saw it again until we reached our final destination of Houston. We highly recommend using this service. We walked off the ship carrying only our handheld bags. It was raining hard when we disembarked Edge at 8 am and we didn’t have to wheel the big luggage to the taxi stand 2 blocks away. Wildcat63 Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Love Celebrity Solstice class ships, so we wanted to see the latest and greatest EDGE We were disappointed in just about everything except the infinity balcony, upgraded bathroom and numerous storage cubbys! and the installation of ... Read More
Love Celebrity Solstice class ships, so we wanted to see the latest and greatest EDGE We were disappointed in just about everything except the infinity balcony, upgraded bathroom and numerous storage cubbys! and the installation of "hot water and soap dispensers" at the entrance of the CAFE! The wait staff was excellent! Boarding and disembarking was smooth, using facial recognition! This ship was created for the " techno - millennial" group of people. One needed an I pad or I phone to download all info about the ship! Also needed to participate in game shows...etc. You did not need internet access package, just download Celebrity app. Why would people go on a cruise and keep their noses buried in their I pad? The entertainment was poor, but the acrobats ( in greenish fairy outfits!) were talented...AND ....boring...the exception: the a Violinist! ( and I did not even want to go see her!) Deck 3 entertainment was not conducive to the majority of cruisers: a guitarist, playing his own music and a trio of gals, with unknown songs! Should have had music from the 60's -90's era, that we could sing along to and dance to! And , the entertainment was not continuous. You could wait for an hour, with a drink and not see or hear anyone! Drinks were small and overpriced! One cruiser complained about the casino...we did not play! The furnishings were brand new, light colored, solid pastels and FILTHY! This was probably only the 6th sailing of the new ship! Seats were quite low and difficult to get into or out of and very uncomfortable! We went to the "Garden deck-15 " wearing white shorts and came back to our room with soils on them! Four restaurants were the option for regular paying cruisers, these were quite noisy, low ceilings and disappointing. The Cypress room resembled the inside of shipping containers--steel colored walls and tables too close! We spent the rest of the cruise at the Cosmopolitan! The other two options, Tuscan and _______, had identical menus except for maybe one entrée. "Eden" was the room where a lot of activities were held. It was quite dark, no natural light at all and reminded me of being in a cave! We never went back. Rent a cabana for the day...lovely partitioned areas around the pool, white coverings on furnishings...for $400.00 a day- 12 hours! They were mostly empty! Our friends took the EDGE on the following cruise, the day we left the ship! I said nothing to them before they boarded. Upon return, I let them speak first...and they were even more disappointed than us! The "MAGIC CARPET" was nothing great! It was for dining and drinking, and also to be used for tendering to any island without a port. Our friends visited Cayman Islands, but the water was too rough(?) to use the Magic Carpet! Do NOT bring children on this ship! They were assigned a room on deck 2, the bowels of the ship! No smiles! Finally about 90% of the cruisers we spoke with were NOT impressed with the cruise! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I booked a year ago from photos to see a brand new ship. It was a good experience, but there are some large flaws. First the good: Amazing food, best on any ship (after 35 cruises) I have sailed. Good staff - very helpful and remembered ... Read More
I booked a year ago from photos to see a brand new ship. It was a good experience, but there are some large flaws. First the good: Amazing food, best on any ship (after 35 cruises) I have sailed. Good staff - very helpful and remembered our names. Unique design and layout which was confusing at first, but still a neat look. Best part: The suite we booked included a butler and three fantastic places only for suite guests. On a ship with 3,000 folks this was a godsend. The Retreat offered wine, beer, a few snacks (not nearly what was described) and a very comfortable place to sit and read. The 16th floor with a bar and grill and private pool, lounges and hot tub was great. No fighting for a pool chair! The restaurant, Luminae as easy access and great service. Getting on and off was a breeze. The bad: horrible seating in suite. Very difficult to get a table at any specialty restaurant with a paid package. Was booked at 9pm each night! No library, no newspaper, no lectures on anything they didn't sell on the ship!! No room service menu. Too much technology and trying to find out anything on a confusing tv site or your phone was annoying, just print it once and put it in the darn room. Not One Ship Layout anywhere, have to use your phone - and I don't enjoy carrying it everywhere. Last and worst. Public seating is made for a very very short person. All about 13" off the floor. Hard for those with limited mobility. And hard - with hard pillows everywhere. There were so many choices of "activities" and 86% of them had a cost - even tours of the ship were $$$! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We just got off the Celebrity Edge, some things were very nice, but others were extremely disappointing!! We are Elite Plus (35 Celebrity Cruises), we have sailed on all their ships. The appearance of the ship is impressive outside and the ... Read More
We just got off the Celebrity Edge, some things were very nice, but others were extremely disappointing!! We are Elite Plus (35 Celebrity Cruises), we have sailed on all their ships. The appearance of the ship is impressive outside and the public spaces. We were in Aqua Class (9th floor). Cabin: The Infinite Balcony is a bust, it feels more like large window. The actual balcony area is very small. The ship can close the window without warning and did so 3 times on the 7 night cruise. So now your veranda is a window. The bathroom is better then the Solstice Class ships, shower selections are great. The cabin feels small!! Dining: The Blu Restaurant was similar to the other ships, but entree selections were weak. The waiter was awesome, 3 or 4 times, he went to other restaurants, to get our meals. You can now use your phone to view the menu's of all eating venues (Celebrity App). Entertainment: Thank you Celebrity for providing a place for "Homeless Stoners," that was my first impression of Eden!!! They walk around like a bunch of glassy-eyed druggies. The production shows carried the same theme (Kaleidoscope and Jewelry Box). Since there's no negative numbers or zero, I guess they get one rating. Extremely disappointing!! I would have never thought Celebrity would provide, suchpoor entertainment. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Three celebrations with friends and a brand new ship sounded like a wonderful way to begin 2019. However, it proved not to be as great as advertised. Firstly, the entire concept of the Edge seemed exciting but the Magic Carpet, a small ... Read More
Three celebrations with friends and a brand new ship sounded like a wonderful way to begin 2019. However, it proved not to be as great as advertised. Firstly, the entire concept of the Edge seemed exciting but the Magic Carpet, a small platform cantelieved on the side, was more of an eyesore than anything else as it proved to be either too cold, too windy or closed whenever we wanted to try it out. We chose to have one of the regular suites. Unfortunately, the only photos were of the more expensive suites so we couldn't help but find ours rather ordinary. The sofa was hard as a rock and not attractive with matching cushions - tough to the touch. There was no table on which to set a tray or eat if you wanted a meal in your cabin. Clean, comfortable and spacious enough with good service and its own balcony but hardly the "unique, indulgent, ultimate" design afforded to the higher suite classes pictured online and in the brochure. One of the worst aspects of this cruise ship was the noise. Since most of the restuarants, bars, etc. opened off the main multi-story central bar area there was the most awful racket in every area. The loud and often banal band playing in the central bar could be heard competing with the music from the casino and other restaurants. In Raw on 5 you were subjected to a cacophony from at least two other bars or restaurants. In fact, other than our suite and the associated Retreat lounge there was hardly an area of the ship not polluted with noise. In addition, considering that the bulk of the audience was not 15 or 25 years old we felt the music was distinctly inappropriate. The one show we attended was so incredibly awful that were we not trapped in a long row we would have left. It was rock-concert loud, the costumes were grotesquely ugly, all the numbers, at the same level of decibels sounded the same, there was no drama or story line so it was inane and intensely boring. I guess if you stayed drunk for the entire cruise the noise and the shows would be tolerable - and obviously some people chose that route. The idea of four separate themed restaurants sounded great. It was not. The specialities did not live up to their descriptions and the across the board daily courses were poor. Everytime I ordered the Ceasar Salad it was sad and wilted. In fact, we found that with the exception of the Luminae, a suite class dining room, the food on all fronts was inferior to dining on the Celebrity Solstice. While the wine list was decent several of the so-called sommeliers and bar tenders were irritatingly incompentent. I know it sounds snooty but when you request champagne you do not expect to be served Prosecco (don't get me wrong - I love Prosecco) and told, "Why the fuss - they both have bubbles." I also found all the restaurants claustrophobic. The ceilings are very low and the interior design in all but the Normandie was, to my eyes, uninspired, particularly the Tuscan which couldn't seem to decide between Japanese and Baroque elements. Speaking of design - both Kelly Hoppen and Patricia Urquiola are well known designers. The Spa, designed by Hoppen lacked small details like clothes hooks in the right places indicators of locations, some way to use the cushions on the lounges, for a start. Little things but as they say, "God is in the detail" - or is it the Devil? And for some reason I took a dislike to Eden. Friends loved it but the Peacock chairs were diabolical on the back, and despite its size it somehow felt claustrophobic. The plants failed to make it seem lush or clean as they should have done and it was often filled with smoke and people walking around looking silly. The Eden bar drinks were the worst I had - wrong balance of ingredients - undrinkable. Pre-cruise was too busy for a hair cut so I made an appointment in the Spa salon. Wonderful to look out to sea as your hair was cut and dried but the hairdresser talked too much to allow for relaxation and worst of all was the determined push to purchase products - for me a form of harassment. In fact, that was all too often practiced on the ship - too much hype, too much advertising rather then simple focus on the comforts of the customer. I suppose I hoped for more variety in the music, activties and the ports. Every port seemed filled with markets of Chinese made junk and unless you booked a tour with huge crowds there was little to do or see just walking off the ship. For example, on the Queen Mary 2 there were classical concerts, lectures, a flower arranging class where you were able to keep fabulous flowers in your stateroom or on your dining table. It is no longer cool to dress up on Celebrity cruises so almost no one does. If you appreciate men and women who make the effort to look their best it is pretty uninspiring to see the hideous and ridiculous outfits that are allowed in the restaurants. But I am getting old and being a designer am sensitive to these things. Somehow, I think a cruise should be elegant, luxurious, reasonably peaceful, with excellent food and wine, lovely sights and a sense of occasion. Otherwise, might as well stay home. Read Less
Celebrity Edge Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.0
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.2
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9

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