1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Glamorous new ship with a lot of great new features. We did a back-to-back starting March 24th in Aqua Class and Suite Class for March 31st sailing, which provided a good way to see all of the aspects of the vessel. Lack of seating in ... Read More
Glamorous new ship with a lot of great new features. We did a back-to-back starting March 24th in Aqua Class and Suite Class for March 31st sailing, which provided a good way to see all of the aspects of the vessel. Lack of seating in the Martini Bar area and lack of shade on the Rooftop Garden and Rooftop Bar which could be easily remedied. The Captain and his officers were awesome!! The specialty dining was worth trying and would recommend Fine Cut and Raw on 5 for multiple visits. Our own restaurants, Blu the first week, was amazing as always. Great fresh meals with lots of options, but no view. Our second week in Luminae was up on the 12th deck and the sunset views were spectacular. The restaurant itself is very contemporary and the food was always cooked to perfection. Don't forget to see the shows or to dance the night away at silent disco. We particularly enjoyed the entertainers in the Grand Foyer (Martini Bar area), but as mentioned earlier seating was a bit of a challenge. The Edge is worth your time. It is pricey but our thought on this back-to-back adventure was that the entertainment was a step-up from other cruises and the food and service was also improved. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Just got off a week after booking nearly two years ago. Wanted to express some of my thoughts after being in love with Celebrity since 2002. I tried not to read too much before boarding but in talking with co-cruisers, I bet many of my ... Read More
Just got off a week after booking nearly two years ago. Wanted to express some of my thoughts after being in love with Celebrity since 2002. I tried not to read too much before boarding but in talking with co-cruisers, I bet many of my feelings have been previously shared. First, the Good! The ship is stunning, and I loved the grays & blues and the variety of furniture. The pool is larger and better. The Rooftop Garden was nicely designed though often too hot to enjoy in the daytime. My AQ cabin was bright, had great storage drawers, shelves and cubbyholes, a larger bathroom sink, and a better sofa. I liked the electronic shade which really blocked out light, and the idea of the "infinite veranda". The dining options were greater in number. I have loved Blu for many years, but I felt the EDGE's Blu served the best food of them all. Every dinner was remarkable. For example, I had duck twice (prepared differently) that rivaled what I've had in some fine restaurants. The service in all the dining venues was as outstanding as always. Now what I feel was disappointing. The room balcony/veranda was too small with no room for footrests or stretching out. The ship offered less views of water with Blu not directly overlooking water. The ship interiors felt "darker" and really more hotel-like. I missed the glass elevators with views of activity and entertainment. There were far less quiet areas and lounges and places to escape to read or just gaze out at water. There was no library, just a book cart. Shopping was horrible-no boulevards of shops, mainly high-end jewelry shops which never seemed occupied. Nothing like tables of sale items, Celebrity clothing, etc. I missed the Martini ice bar. The Sunset Bar was too small as was its mens' room (with one urinal!) The Fitness Center had nice equipment but NO locker/changing room, and one unisex toilet--who designed this?? Fitness classes were not actively promoted and we never saw any instructor or attendant. The pool level lacked adequate covered/shaded seating, and quiet areas. Walking to the forward section at top brings you to a screeching halt at the suite's Retreat area. I found Eden entertainment to be on the goofy side, and unsure if the Magic Carpet was worth the loss of additional seating area on the pool deck. I missed the daily printed "newspapers" and puzzles from Guest Relations. So...I am so glad I experienced this gorgeous ship but for me, the older ships were better overall. For the Edge, I'm "one and done" and am happy to have two future Solstice Class cruises booked. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We loved this ship. We had a S3 on deck 10 over the magic carpet. The retreat pool, retreat pool bar and to a certain degree the retreat lounge and suite benefits that come with a S3 make this one of the best Celebrity Cruises we have ... Read More
We loved this ship. We had a S3 on deck 10 over the magic carpet. The retreat pool, retreat pool bar and to a certain degree the retreat lounge and suite benefits that come with a S3 make this one of the best Celebrity Cruises we have been on (we are Elite + having sailed more than 18 cruises with Celebrity. We enjoyed our S3 suite even though we are used to a royal or celebrity suite. We toured an Edge Villa and would hope to be able to afford the EV in the future. Since we book the S3 sky suite when the booking first opened for Edge we got a much better price than the current rate. That being said we enjoyed the ship so much we book a future cruise on Apex while on board. Food: Luminae was great. Service perfect. Food quality as good as we have ever had in Luminae. Wine was the only negative in that we wish the choices in Luminae were of higher quality than the rest of the ship. Service: we had amazing service at the Retreat pool bar and throughout the Retreat pool. Our room steward was amazing. Martini Bar was the best we have ever experienced (although I missed the frozen bar top). Still we never had a problem getting a seat at the MB and the flair bartenders were a thrill to watch and fun to interact with. Music entertainment: we never did one of the shows but enjoyed the live entertainment brought the week all of bet the ship. We enjoyed Edge so much we booked a future cruise on Apex when she sails in the Caribbean. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Let me start with the Celebrity brand. Always at the top, great cruise line. I have many Celebrity cruises under my belt and being a Travel agency owner I had to try out the new Celebrity Edge to see if the reviews were valid. I am a ... Read More
Let me start with the Celebrity brand. Always at the top, great cruise line. I have many Celebrity cruises under my belt and being a Travel agency owner I had to try out the new Celebrity Edge to see if the reviews were valid. I am a forgiving traveler and try to give the benefit of doubt to the cruise line. Embarkation and disembarkation were better than expected. Easy on, easy off. The ship was beautiful with an unusual profile. Ships interior was classy and very roomy. A lot of reviews stated lack of bars and lounges, this was true which caused overcrowding in these venues. Champagne was offered when you come aboard AND you can go directly to your cabin to drop off your luggage and then grab lunch or check out the ship until you are officially allowed in the cabin. As expected, the buffet was crowded but orderly. The food was excellent and the service top shelf. The cabin was roomy with a balcony (if you wish to call it that) that had a picture window and dropped down half way at the press of a button. It was a very small area. The TV was very large and the drawer and cabinet space were abundant. A master control panel outside the bathroom door controlled lights and window shade. You can also operate them manually. The bathroom was larger than most cruise ships usually have. The restrooms around the ship all have push-button controls to open and close the sliding doors. Now for the lounges/Bars, or lack thereof. The Martini bar was always busy, The sunset bar was impossible on a sunny day as no shade is provided. The Coffee bar was very nice and did serve alcohol. The Eden bar was just ok during the day and very weird during the evening. When the evening approached so did the, shall I say, unusual entertainment? Unless you took a long drag on a doobie this was not the place for you, Just to get to Eden you have to pass through a long dark hallway with stupid pillars and outer space music. OK, so I scratched Eden off my list. Let's try the onboard shops. Unless you have Deep Pockets, stay away. All shops are upper class. I finally found a logo shop so I could buy a T-shirt. They almost had to take me out on a stretcher. Get this, a T-shirt was $80 and a Ball Cap was $75 and a golf shirt was $135. No wonder the shops were empty. So, back to the Martini bar for another stiff one. OK, let's discuss entertainment. The talent they brought on board was great, but the regular shows were weird and boring unless you like folks prancing around the stage and swinging from ropes. But, the lighting effects were good. It was a nice venue to grab a quick nap. OK, so back at the Martini bar for another quick pick me up and a bit of fun trivia. Dinner time was an event with better than average food and service. The casino was large and did have a bar that was in operation on sea days and evenings. The Magic Carpet when it was in operation was useless, just a gimmick. The specialty restaurants were pricey and in my opinion, were not worth the extra costs. That being said, I did try the La Petite, It was $55 per person and came with a cute animated video chef on your table preparing your meal. Yes, pricey but entertaining. But As I said, I give the benefit of doubt to the Cruise Line in hopes they will come back to the basics And stay away from the higher priced weird stuff. Would I cruise Edge again? Probably not. But if you like a big change and something different, then this is your ship. All in all I still give it 4 out of 5 stars. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I booked a last minute cruise on the Edge and we loved it. We cruise around six times a year on Royal Caribbean and they were booked solid at the last minute. I hadn’t read much about the Edge until after booking the ... Read More
My husband and I booked a last minute cruise on the Edge and we loved it. We cruise around six times a year on Royal Caribbean and they were booked solid at the last minute. I hadn’t read much about the Edge until after booking the cruise and then started reading on the negative reviews. I wasn’t worried at all by the comments because they seemed over the top and were often written by people who hadn’t sailed on her. We had booked an inside guarantee. When given the opportunity, we bid up and received an aqua class cabin. In short our cruise was perfect. The entire ship is stunning! We loved our infinity balcony and cabin decor. We met many couples on board and common conversation opener was did you read the reviews and how wrong they were. Aqua class was fantastic with the amenities and Blu restaurant and spa. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
my husband and i have cruised 20 times with celebrity, always a great experience. when we heard about the new ship of course we wanted to cruise on it. this cruise coinsided with our 45th anniversary which made it all the more special. ... Read More
my husband and i have cruised 20 times with celebrity, always a great experience. when we heard about the new ship of course we wanted to cruise on it. this cruise coinsided with our 45th anniversary which made it all the more special. what can we say the ship, the service, the food, the butterflies on the ceiling of my room (a great "special" from our butler and stewart for our anniversary) were great. the ship is very different from all the other celebrity ships....very contemporary decor, some not so confortable seating, but on the other hand there was EDEN where you can sit and watch the sea go by or have a drink with other cruisers and watch a contempoary dance show.....we liked the ship....depending on its (or the new APEX ships) itinerary we would definaely sail on it again....one small complaint we have is ...my husband had skin cancer (like many people his age) suite guests have access to the retreat, a beautiful top of the ship private area with its own pool, bar and reclining lounges BUT no shade.... except by the suites on the inside of the public spaces...like sitting in a hallway....the ship needs some shades on those cabanas, and the bar area...otherwise fantastic space. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My goal is to write a thorough review of the Edge while also taking into account other reviewers’ commentary (on here and on other boards). Before boarding, the reviews on here since the ship’s launch were disheartening. I began to ... Read More
My goal is to write a thorough review of the Edge while also taking into account other reviewers’ commentary (on here and on other boards). Before boarding, the reviews on here since the ship’s launch were disheartening. I began to have doubts and fear that this ship wouldn’t be as I’d hoped. We booked this ship before it had any deck plans and while we were on board the Silhouette in 2017. All this to say, thank GOODNESS I decided to take these bad reviews with a grain of salt and forge ahead. The Edge is glorious. I am enamored with her. Background I am in my 40s. Sailing Celebrity for 17+ years on M- and S-class ships and solely in verandas. Beyond Celebrity, I also enjoy Holland America. I sail for the relaxation, the service, amazing drinks and food – and well, to unplug. We’re friendly people but don’t go on cruises to meet new friends. I am not a chair hog nor do I like others who are. All this to say, cruising is my preferred vacation, and I’m blessed to have been on 20+ ships so far. The Edge is in my top two and may very well be my first choice of ship moving forward. Let’s chat about everything but the IV The public spaces are beautiful, well-appointed and very well thought out. There is attention to detail for flow, seating and service. Here are the highlights of what is exceptional: 1. Atrium with martini bar focus. WHAT A FABULOUS CHANGE! It was now about community gathering. Now, I’ll admit this had me a skeptic when I first saw it. There are usually glass elevators and illuminated grand stairs as the HEART of a ship atrium. Now, on Edge, it is the dance floor and the martini bar. The true special features of this new design are at night. After dinner and prior to the second show, we ended up cycling between the martini bar and the café one floor up. However, it didn’t matter because the way the atrium is designed, the band and people dancing were watchable and you felt like you were a part of a special evening. Even better? Before you couldn’t really watch the martini bar team unless you had a good seat. Now, every night at either 8:30 PM and 8:45 PM, the whole atrium lights up timed against the music and then everyone gathers by the railings to watch the martini bar flair. There hasn’t been anything like this on Celebrity before this ship. What fun. It is classy and thoroughly enjoyable. 2. Deck 2 is a new port em/de barkation area This is a well-oiled machine of a space. Multiple points of entry and exit to/from ship. At least 4 scanners. No lines to get in or off the ship in any of these docked ports. I haven’t seen anyone speak to these new efficiencies and am surprised. This new space is what all ships should aspire to. I never felt like I was part of the cattle call. Well done. 3. Bye bye MDR. Split up into 4 (Cyprus, Tuscan, Cosmopolitan and Normandie) restaurants and moved more midship onto decks 3 & 4. Again, would I like not having an MDR at the usual back of the ship? Yes! The worst space by far in S-class ships is the MDR where it is two levels of packed tables decked out in gold and red. On Edge, these new restaurants feel like a hybrid of specialty and main dining. You get great service as expected but you also feel like you can have variety the personalities of these new dining venues are all classy and do not feel cramped. I am a fan. I do not miss the MDR. 4. Eden. In the space formerly taken up by the MDR is a two level combination space. Why Eden has gotten so much bad press is beyond me. When we walked in for the first time, we both said that this is what other lines should do. Let’s just take a look at what Eden has to offer as a space: plenty of seating for intimate conversation, looking over the back into the water or at the bar, off to the side (outside and covered on one side) or a café with outside seating on the other side. Morning specialty coffee service – and NO line with fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Not to mention breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. OR lunch, where there were fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts. Miss the World Class bar? This is where the caliber of cocktails moved to on Edge. The bar team were TOP notch…and almost all women (yay Celebrity). Want a Negroni with Hendricks, Carpano and Campari? This is where you get it. Eden was quickly our favorite spot for pre-dinner cocktails. Eden as an entertainment space is where it goes off the rails. There are LOTS of times where there really isn’t anything being performed in this space and that’s when I most enjoyed it. The funkiness of where Celebrity wants us to go with these performers is just flat out uncomfortable. I will absolutely say that the performers are top notch. They’re very talented…but and this is a big BUT, this isn’t the right cruising community for this. Please Celebrity -- we don’t want it. I would absolutely recommend that Celebrity remove the podium stage, add more flooring for dancing and turn this into an extension of a jazz/big band club like they used to have on the M class ships in the early 2000s. And please, turn off the incense. Permanently. 5. Magic Carpet Is it windy? Yes of course. It’s not nearly as windy as others make you believe. You’re on the ocean for goodness sake. There is no other view like it. The feeling of being out on deck 14 with a 360 degree view of the water is so very special. This space is just wonderful. No frozen drinks on the Magic Carpet is true. Really though. There are 3 other bars in close proximity. You can get one there and walk back onto the carpet in less effort than it took you to complain about it. Which brings me to rebuttals of other reviews: _ Poolside service is amazing. On sea days, I think I had someone ask every 15 min if I needed a drink while I was sitting on a lounge chair. _Bar staff were all friendly. Every single person. If you have the premium drink package, simply ask them to make the cocktail with your spirit of choice. I always felt they just wanted me to enjoy what they made. There was fun banter and smiles around. _Restaurant service. Again, top notch. This was also the first Celebrity cruise where there was every ethnicity and gender serving as waiters to assistants to sommeliers. Celebrity should be commended. It was very refreshing to see the changes. _Wait times at venues or bars? Nothing that seemed excessive. The staff was also very aware of who walked up and when and took orders accordingly. It was awesome! SO many times on previous cruises, there is mental pushing and shoving to get an order in. The team on Edge were so professional that this type of ego didn’t even have a shot. _Sewage smell. Yes, something is amiss here and I bet they’re trying their best to figure it out. Where is it? Only a couple places: sometimes near the pool/table tennis area, the men’s restroom in the spa (not the woman’s) and the rooftop garden. What I’d like to see: _Many may not realize but all of these fancy stores and their store employees don’t work directly for Celebrity. Just like your local mall, these spaces have a contract with a third party who leases this space. This is why we see Tiffany, Cartier, etc. etc. as their own stores on Edge. It’s absolutely overkill. There is NO reason that the store directly across from the casino that has very high end jewelry and watches, cannot be retrofitted into a more appropriate space for this cruising community. It’s at least 100 feet long. It would be a perfect library. _The sunset bar needs shade. It used to be a really popular spot on S class but it’s just too hot. I feel badly for the team working there. _Rooftop garden is fantastic. I’d love to see the grill return with the ready to make pizza like S class and bring fun back into that space. It was delicious for dinner but just not the same. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Backgorund: I apologize in advance for the overly detailed review. At the cruise critic event on board, the Captain requested that we be specific on issue we found with the ship. Also, we are loyal Royal/Celebrity cruisers with over ... Read More
Backgorund: I apologize in advance for the overly detailed review. At the cruise critic event on board, the Captain requested that we be specific on issue we found with the ship. Also, we are loyal Royal/Celebrity cruisers with over 30 Cruises and we just want to insure other cruisers are informed before selecting the Edge. Embarkation: Very quick and easy. You could drop bags in the room as soon as on board. Infinite balcony Stateroom: Our first infinite balcony room on deck 6 forward had a view of about 20’ of blue painted steel. We had to argue with guest services to have our room changed to a new room. Changed to a deck 9 Infinity Balcony. The room was nice except the “balcony” was useless. This should have been called an ocean view with opening window. We liked the extra space but was not a balcony. When the window was open, the room instantly filled with humidity and the air conditioning turned off. There were times in port when the window would not open. When sleeping at night, other cabins close by would open or close the windows made so much noise it would wake you up. The fake doors to the balcony would barely close, get in the way and did nothing to stop the room overheating. Storage in the room was strange. The new room layout Royal uses on Symphony, Harmony and Anthem is awesome. This is a step back. Only room for about a foot of hanging items without hitting an immovable bar. Lots of very small cubbies that could not fit much. Designers went for look and not function. The bathrooms on the ship were the largest and best laid out on any ship. Unfortunately, the shower did not drain and flooded the bathroom because the perimeter drain was tied to the shower drain. Also, the spray nozzle in the shower was broken so the shower head would not stay in place. This is not what we would expect for a new premium ship. An odd annoyance was no indicator to put on the door to let the attendant know you were not in the room. They had to knock to see if the room was open to make up. Also, no towel animals. Dining: Ocean view Café was excellent. We did not specialty restaurants only because we liked or fixed seating table. The dining on the ship was a real disappointment since we did not rotate restaurants we were limited to the same food menu. I asked about prime rib or beef tenderloin but was told we can only get this if we leave our table and go to another restaurant. We ended up eating the same meals almost every night. Most nights our server steered us away from at least three dishes that other diners complained about. Food was mediocre at best. In the past, Celebrity food was a step up from Royal but this was a step down. Pool Area: We again were subject to the ‘new’ cruise experience were the only shade on the pool deck was located in the Cabana area that had to be paid for. The design of the hot tubs were ridiculous. These were located in full sun two stories up from the pool deck. In order to get to these, you had to walk up two flights of stairs or go to the forward elevators. Once of the two sets of stairs was through the smoking area. The music played at the pool was bizarre. For some reason, there was a jazz fusion band playing rather than a Caribbean band. Another strange item was serving glass bottles of beer to people in the pool. Retreat Area: One of the most annoying things about the ship was the Retreat area. All front views out of the ship were cut off unless you were in a suite. You cannot take the forward elevators up to deck 15 or 16. You must get off at 14 and walk up the stairs. On other Celebrity ships, this area is a lounge open to all. Ironically, we spoke to many Suite guests who complained of no shade in the retreat area as well. I get the need for additional revenue but to cut off over half of decks 15 and 16 is a bit much. Public Spaces: The Magic Carpet was nice. The Destination Gateway is a great idea. This ship was nice but not up to Latest Royal levels. The layout of all seating in the public spaces were all very low and very uncomfortable. The rooftop garden had awkward wooden seat that you could not sit on and cushioned seats with what looked like oil stains. The normally nice sunset bar had no shade and uncomfortable seating again which ruined the experience. Eden need to be re-purposed. Very bizarre. Crew: Best crew we have experienced. Everyone we encountered were attentive, friendly and polite. Casino: Non Smoking which was awesome! Entertainment: The guest entertainers were great except when they played in the rooftop garden as it was blazingly hot with no shade and uncomfortable seats. The onboard entertainers, though talented, were a real let down. Why would you put a jazz fusion band on the pool deck rather than a Caribbean band?? The on board shows were bizarre and was embarrassing to watch so many people walk out. Bingo was replaced with Deal or No deal where we give $25 to the cruise line and one person in the room wins $100? How is that fair? There were a few other that won a $10 match casino play! The best show was the Captain Dimitriue’s talk. Shops on Board: The stores were overpriced, no post cards of the ship, no Christmas ornaments of the ship, and no reasonably priced tee shirts. I have never had a hard time spending my on board credit and basically wasted it to use it up. The shop workers asked us to put this in our review as they are hurt by poor sales due to lack of merchandise. Debarkation: Customs and emigration had the facial recognition terminals which was a breeze. Until we got to our luggage. We stood and stared at our bags forever 15 minutes but were not allowed to touch them. Very disorganized luggage handling. They need to stop over at the royal terminal next door to see how it is done. To sum up, we paid a premium for this cruise in anticipation of the best cruise ever. It turned out to be the worst. I have written this review in the hope that this class of ship can be turned around. The crew did their best with what they had to work with. Our impression was upper management had a plan to be different and not necessarily better. We love sailing Royal and Celebrity but will not be back to this Class without major changes. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
A lot of things can be improved but overall a great ship! The steak house was awful FYI. IV ROOMS are not cracked out to what they make them as you seem your in a bubble without the air. Sometimes they do lock them which I get but lame. ... Read More
A lot of things can be improved but overall a great ship! The steak house was awful FYI. IV ROOMS are not cracked out to what they make them as you seem your in a bubble without the air. Sometimes they do lock them which I get but lame. Entertainment could have been better with more activities. Service at pool was not the greatest with people walking around and the bar. Lot of wasted space. Feels like they could have added something else like ummm a missing wine bar! The chairs at the bar were dangerous and you slide right out of them... no I was not drunk but that is what they blamed and felt as it was rude. Yes i had a few but come on. Eden had a awful smell like pee. The performance was kinda weird and feel like they could have done without. La Petit was great but feel like there should be more than one menu. Main dining rooms should have had more of selection based on what type of food it is. I did miss not having the same server every night. EDEN restaurant was great and food was on point. THE BIGGEST COMPLAINT about the CONCIERGE class room was that you had no concierge. Apparently he sits in a office and does nothing I was told. Miss having that special attention in room and the champagne was just thrown in a refrigerator and not in a cute holder. Also there were other drinks mixed in without prices. We had to ask for the pillow menu and was not offered. Was a waste of the extra money. Overall the ship was beautiful and would definitely book on the APEX hoping they make some modifications. I do miss the Solstice class and waiting for the renovations!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The ship was beautiful and we loved the restaurants and the decor as well as the service was top notch. I have been and stay a large number a great places but I am not sure I have ever received better customer service. Everyone was very ... Read More
The ship was beautiful and we loved the restaurants and the decor as well as the service was top notch. I have been and stay a large number a great places but I am not sure I have ever received better customer service. Everyone was very friendly and they were always willing to go the extra mile. Everything was very clean and workers were always busy "polishing the brass". I would not hesitate to get back on this ship tomorrow if I could. Really have very few complaints if any at all. I did notice a high pitch whistle back towards the ships exhaust which drove me crazy but could easily fond a new location on the boat to avoid the noise. We had the best experience while dining and love the Blu restaurant. Out time in Mexico was great and we loved our stop in Key West and Grand Cayman. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Please see my review dated 3/24/19 for particulars. I wont cover the same areas, but will mention a few things we did here that we didn’t prior. Just say, this is a fantastic ship. We’ve cruise the Caribbean many times and I’m not ... Read More
Please see my review dated 3/24/19 for particulars. I wont cover the same areas, but will mention a few things we did here that we didn’t prior. Just say, this is a fantastic ship. We’ve cruise the Caribbean many times and I’m not that interested in the ports much, so we went for the ship experience and Loved It! One new thing is the Magic Carpet for anchorages (not tied up at piers). Used it in Grand Cayman. That makes a very big difference in other ships and Celebrity classes. Very easy to embark/disembark the very nice lifeboats, large area instead of the small platforms down a set of letters on other ships. Outstanding for disabled. Very easy; not scary and good sitting areas. B2B Turnaround: The other is the turnaround between the B2B. You’ll get a letter the day prior on what to do. If a US port, you’ll meet in an assigned area about 9:15 (waiting for most all to have left), then they escort you off. You go through Customs and back on. Zip/Zap. If you signed up for a tour, you go on that earlier and just come back to the ship. If you want to go on your own earlier or leave then, you can. All very flexible. You’re charges will be completed at the end of your first cruise and closed out. Be sure to spend all you non-refundables or you’ll lose them. A new card will be delivered to your SR the night prior. Take your old and new card, and your passport to depart that morning. They will take you old card on leaving and return it at the end of the 2nd cruise so you don’t mix them up. We had a bit of a wait after getting off the ship, so on the 2nd day, they had a nice free drink social for us....I didn’t really think we were held up that long at all. If you stay in the same SR, you I just leave it come back to a clean SR. If you must switch, they take the hang up clothes in the closet and you back your bags and that morning of the B2B, they move to your new SR. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as our third week of cruising after being on Holland America's Nieuw Statendam docked right next to Edge. At the end of this write-up we will give a comparison of Nieuw Statendam to Edge. This was cruise number 48 ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our third week of cruising after being on Holland America's Nieuw Statendam docked right next to Edge. At the end of this write-up we will give a comparison of Nieuw Statendam to Edge. This was cruise number 48 for us, still keeping Celebrity as the most frequently cruised, while trying many other lines,the years.. Easy and earlier embarkation, which allowed us to stow our bags in the cabin. ( Note: NS also allowed us the bring our carry on to the room earlier). When we first walked into our cabin on Edge, we were quite impressed with the "Infinite Balcony" and how much larger the room appeared since the open balcony is part of the cabin. We played with buttons, got familiar with how to lower the top portion of the panoramic double hung window, and never regretted our choice of this type of cabin the whole week. The cabin appointments were nice, although the closet was a bit tight for two people. The bathroom was spacious with large shower, but the toilet is wedged into an impossibly tight space. Since we booked a "Concierge" Balcony we found out by accident, that we could dine in one of the four main dining rooms for lunch. We liked the idea that there are four smaller dining rooms, and three weeks before we cruised was offered the opportunity to dine in each, if we made advance reservations. While the menus are largely the same, each has 3-4 selections in French, Italian, Mediterranean, or Cosmopolitan indigenous to that specific restaurant. We did not dine in any specialty restaurants as $55 - 65 pp per restaurant was outrageously expensive. On the whole, the food was good in each of the 4 dining rooms and service very good, attentive. If for some reason you did not finish your plate, immediately the waiter or floor manager came to your table, asking if they could replace it. For us the Windows Cafe  ( buffet) was very disappointing. Poor choices, not very good food. We ended us avoiding it, eating at the 4 main dining rooms as much as possible. Ditto for the burger joint on deck 14. VERY POOR burgers, pre-made and  mediocre fries. We tried it once and never went back. Overall .... for the price we paid .... Edge should make improvements in the food. Entertainment was ok, just not as expected. There were a few productions on the round center stage, but they were not as good as on HA. Many nights we sat at the balcony overlooking the Grand Plaza on deck two and watched the bands, people dancing, and when the bands recessed ... the bartenders put on a great show of juggling drink cylinders filled with liquor. There were a few good comedians aboard, but this ship lacks, overall, in entertainment, day and night. Aside from the unique "Infinite Balcony" the ship is ultra-modern in design, almost has an "industrial feel". Some hallways on floors ( deck two and three) are dark and very unattractive. Art work is kooky. Overall, we did not feel this was a pretty ship, and the design and functionality in some places did not make sense. For example, there are way too many staircases on each floor, making you walk up and down half flights to get to venues in between floors. No consideration here for Seniors, or the walking-wounded. Annoying. As an example, to get to the pool ( and pool bar) on deck 14, you have to walk up 8 steps. Why? Does the pool deck (and its assigned bar) need to be on Deck 14 1/2??? There is a well appointed computer room on deck 3 for those who do not bring smart phones or IPADS. All of the computers are MACS ... no mouses. Internet service was very good, with free printing. As Concierge customers we each got 90 minutes of free internet usage. Shopping is over the top. All high end boutiques with full retail plus, plus prices. Duty free is a joke. Cheapest T-shirt was $50. Come on, couldn't you have some more reasonably priced items? Even watches were grossly overpriced. We had drinks one afternoon in the Magic Carpet bar when it was  miraculously not overcrowded. Each day it rests on a different floor .... 14, 15, 16... Did not use it to get off ship for excursions.  And the famous "Eden" ( back of the ship which takes up 3 - 4 floors). It's supposed to be Garden of Eden ... an etherial place of fairies, artsy folks and somewhat bizarre shows. We went one night to the 10 PM show which had acrobatics, aerialists, people jumping around, dancing and engaging the audience. It truly was bizarre and should be viewed at least once. Be aware that this room has the most uncomfortable chairs, couches you will ever sit on. We came early and watched as cruisers tried out all the different type of seating and moved from one uncomfortable chair to another. Thank God there were tons of pillows to ease the painful seating. Debarkation was quick and painless.Note: there is a lot of walking upgrade or downgrade to get on and off the ship. Not for the easily winded. Comparison to Holland America Nieuw Statendam (NS): We cruised on NS for two weeks right before walking off and walking onto Edge, right next door. We paid less for the two week cruise ( balcony) on NS than we did for one week on Edge, although the latter bundled in expensive amenities ( grats, classic drink package, huge OBC.... which we paid for .... Overall we enjoyed NS much more, for many reasons .... which surprised us. NS is more classic style ship, with terrific art work everywhere. Overall it is just prettier! Over the years HA has successfully recruited younger cruisers, and is no longer the geriatric line. The food on NS was better, particularly their Lido buffet. Much more varying choices for B/L/D each day including much available prime rib at one of the many carving stations. The main dining room on each ship was pretty much a "push" with Edge having more menu/venue choices ... getting high marks for the 4 different dining rooms ( versus 2 main, very large dining rooms on NS). We liked the more "intimate" dining room feeling on Edge. We purchased a five pack of specialty dining on NS for $95 PP ... very reasonable ... and for the most part all were superb. Pinnacle Grill had a full pound of Alaskan King Crab which was a delight, especially when shared with Hubby who ordered the 23 oz Porterhouse. Rudi's Sel De Mer offered a  12 oz lobster tail .... no extra charge. What also makes NS special are the smaller venue (free restaurants) .... "Dive-In" cooked to order burgers, delish coated fries .... "NY Style Deli/Pizza" ... with custom made individual pies ( and bavarian pretzels and popcorn for movie nights at the Lido pool one deck below). Don't miss the Dutch Cafe which serves interesting mini meals ( eq. individual gourmet quiches with mescalin  salad, huge profiteroles and  lattice apple pie. You just pay for the coffee or beverages, if you choose to order. Terrific free ice cream varieties ( and gelato for extra cost).  Entertainment hands down was much better on NS which has two major professional productions as well as comedians, magicians. What makes NS truly "unique" are the music venues ... 4 of them that host three shows each night ... BBKing's Blues and Soul; Billboard 100; Lincoln Center Concerts and Rolling Stone Rock n' Roll. All have superb bands with great singers. Lots of dancing cruisers. Just a fun evening, each evening. Finally, NS has a large Hydrothalassal pool which costs $299 per couple, per week for unlimited use, along with its steam room, heated chairs, etc. Very enjoyable. Edge does not have this feature. Celebrity used to have these on Millie, Summit, etc. We miss this feature on the newer Celebrity ships!! Overall, based on our experience,  if you asked us whether we would sail again on Edge, again, it would be no and on Nieuw Statendam, again, it would be yes, definitely. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
It is really a 3.5 stars. We booked this two years ago in anticipation of a brand new kind of ship. The ship itself was beautiful. We had an aqua class infinite verandah room. I didn't mind that it was a window that rolled down, or ... Read More
It is really a 3.5 stars. We booked this two years ago in anticipation of a brand new kind of ship. The ship itself was beautiful. We had an aqua class infinite verandah room. I didn't mind that it was a window that rolled down, or that the AC went off when open. It seemed more private as a balcony space. What bothered me is that the balcony portion was VERY small compared to other ships. No foot rests, and barely room for the chairs and small table. The rest of the cabin was great, pretty standard, with a nice bathroom. The 4 restaurants were nice, and the food was excellent. The Rooftop Garden Grill was very good, and the rooftop space is beautiful. I just wish they would have shown outdoor movies as originally scheduled. Eden was a pretty space, but you couldn't walk through, and the show in Eden was beyond weird, and childish. Cafe al Bacio was lovely. The live music was very good, and the martini bar had some fun "shows" to offer. The acrobatic show in the Club was also very good. The magic carpet, in my opinion was a silly gimmick, open once during the cruise for dinner, sometimes a bar without the bar essentials like a blender or rim salt. Very windy on sea days. Embarkation and disembarkation were the fastest and smoothest I've seen. The staff were excellent, and very friendly. The pool areas were very busy, and I wish they would enforce adult only in the solarium. Overall a great ship, I just don't think it is the ship above all other ships. It seemed fairly standard, just clean and new. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Special booking through our TA. This ship is the most incredible experience you can imagine. The food and service were impeccable. We dined in several restaurants and every meal was special and unique...don’t miss Le Petite Chef with ... Read More
Special booking through our TA. This ship is the most incredible experience you can imagine. The food and service were impeccable. We dined in several restaurants and every meal was special and unique...don’t miss Le Petite Chef with its unique projected animation right on your table. My sis and I have never been on a cruise besides the “booze cruises” down the west coast of Mexico; and these were years ago. We felt incredibly spoiled by the entire staff and especially our steward. The ratio of guests to staff is reputed to be 2:1 and it showed. Embarking and disembarking went smoothly with the checked luggage arriving promptly. Our cabin was more spacious, nicely appointed, and well-maintained. We frequently arrived to origami animals made out of towels sitting on the bed with our evening mints. We did hang out at the Martini Bar frequently and tried many of the unique types of martinis—definitely need a longer cruise to try them all! The entertainment was wonderful. We’d also need a longer cruise to fully avail ourselves of the activities and lectures. If you don’t schedule a trip on the Edge, you’re missing out big time! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my review/opinion of the Edge Eastern Caribbean sailing in March, 2019. My husband and I are in our early 50s and this is our 2nd Celebrity Cruise. While it’s probably not fair to compare with other ships, this review probably ... Read More
This is my review/opinion of the Edge Eastern Caribbean sailing in March, 2019. My husband and I are in our early 50s and this is our 2nd Celebrity Cruise. While it’s probably not fair to compare with other ships, this review probably will compare a few things to our last cruise on the Silhouette last March. EMBARKATION: Hardest part was getting the Lyft driver to go faster:) After arriving, dropped our luggage right out of the Lyft and away we went...on the ship in 10 minutes drinking champagne and trying to decide what to do first! STATEROOM: Our IV (infinite veranda a.k.a. window) room was not ready but we loved the fact we could go and drop off our things. We met our room steward and he told us to just leave our things in the closet so he knew they were ours. We stayed in a C1 Concierge cabin midship on deck 11 - stateroom 11187 port side. The room was very inviting and spacious. Bathrooms were roomy enough for the two of us. The bed was by the veranda. I liked this configuration because we had plenty of room to enter, dress and unpack/sort things out. The bed was very comfortable - pillows are the mushy type but you can order any kind you’d like. The window allows for great light to come in so it feels very open and airy. Personally, I thought the look of the IV is very inviting and clean/fresh! However, after working with it for a couple of days, it just didn’t fit my expectations - this being compared to a traditional balcony. If you’ve never stayed in a balcony room, you may end up loving it! This is how we use our balcony so you can get an idea of why it just didn’t feel great for us. We love to sleep with the balcony door cracked and curtains drawn so you get to hear the ocean, get some sea air but still have a dark room. We also use it to wait for the other to wake up - whoever wakes first will go get coffee or have it delivered and go out on the balcony and wait for the other. The IV doesn’t allow for this. There are two options, window shut/blinds down or blinds up and window open or closed. We also love to eat our daily delivered snacks and drink our wine on the balcony after coming in from the pool. We did this and it works fine for that - however, room 11187 has a huge overhang and you will not get direct sun on your balcony. If you are looking for direct sun don’t choose this room. If you like brightness from the sun but not direct sun, perfect spot. We appreciated the tips about turing the ‘green’ feature off on the thermostat so if you have the window cracked or open all the way, the air would still run. The thermostat in this room must have been off. We had it set to 66/67 and it never was cool/cold. The temp read 70/71 consistently - window open or closed it did not matter. We didn’t complain as we aren’t in our room too often, but I should have reported it...sorry to the next person:) Another annoyance was you had to stand there and hold the button to raise lower both the curtain and the window one at a time. The IV by no means ruined our trip or made us upset. I am pointing my opinion out so if you have options, you may wish to use my opinion to make your own choices. DINING: We selected fixed seating at 6pm at a table of 6 as we were traveling by ourselves this time and love meeting others. We had originally gotten on the waitlist for select dining but our travel agent removed us from it. Celebrity didn’t get the memo...after waiting in lines for 45 minutes or so upon embarkation to get this resolved. Most people in line with us wanted select dining so this was easily switched for us. We had an awesome table (143) in the Normandie. Right by the window! Getting a table really isn’t a problem whether you’re select or fixed. Honestly, I’m not even sure you need to stress about making those reservations ahead of time or taking your valuable time waiting in lines when you get on board to do so. We spoke to many people on the ship and they never had problems or a long wait. We did see pagers given out like in land based restaurants. We wanted to try the Tuscan one night. We up to the desk at 6:15 and were sat immediately. So don’t worry if you have either dining - and our ship was not completely sold out but there weren’t too many cabins left when I checked the Saturday beforehand. The food in the Normandie was excellent! Each restaurant has 3 of their own appetizers and 3 of their own main entrees. The right hand side of the menu is the same for all of the 4 complimentary restaurants. Our servers were attentive and quickly learned what we liked - and brought it to us without needing to be asked:) We love traditional seating for this reason! Getting to know the staff, where they’re from and the other tablemates is fun for us! Also, they were great about getting whatever you want...you just need to ask! I didn’t ask, but I bet if we wanted to come at 6:30 instead of 6:00 one night they would have allowed it. The only issue we had with main dining was that we wanted a full table of six to meet others. Maybe with the select option, people just go on their own like a traditional land based restaurant. We told the hostess each night how many empty seats we would have at our table and she did her best to seat people there. That was really fun too! We met great people from Canada, England and the east coast! But other nights it was the three of us assigned to the table for fixed dining. Ocean View Cafe was great - no issues. Open when you want it and a variety of flavors! We only went here for breakfast, lunch and snacks...so pretty much all day long:) Must watch the bread guy making different breads all day long! Oh and the hard scooped ice cream was delicious! The Spa Cafe was awesome as well! Love to go get a snack from here - it’s in the Solarium and offers a healthy option. We went to Eden one day for breakfast but it was closed. I want to say however, this is the same quality of food and service we had last year on the Silhouette! The staff was just as hardworking and friendly and the food was just as amazing! It must be the Celebrity way! BARS: We had excellent service in the Casino bar! That quickly became our hangout before and after dinner as we didn’t have problems getting drink and the entertainment in the martini bar was easily seen and heard. Pool service took up to 30 minutes or more during peak times. It wasn’t because people were slow or not working hard. Just not enough bar space. They had 4 bartenders behind the small bar area by the pool and I think the staff walking around went somewhere else to get drinks made. Also, the Ocean View Cafe was serving drinks if you wanted to go in there yourself. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to all the shows and comedians and never had a problem getting a seat. Now there were people who liked to walk in right at showtime or a few minutes after...if you are one of those people, then you might have a problem:) Shows were great! Singers and dancers were so talented! Some show might seem a bit odd but we appreciated how incredibly talented the singers and performers were. They aren’t that long either so if you really didn’t like it you could manage it. We had two comedians. Both did an early show followed by a late night show later on in the week. Both very funny. We had a couple fabulous groups perform as well. All excellent! One group was so popular they added a matinee the following day or so! Celebrity seems like they really want to make everyone happy...and that’s a tall order to fill! POOL: The pool is so large and accessible with the in water loungers and ledges to sit on. If you require a front row seat around the pool, get there by 7:30ish I’m guessing. But you really can get a chair anywhere and have a seat on the ledges around the pool or in one of the loungers. I didn’t use the hot tub but many complained that they didn’t like the lack of accessibility. You would have to go up a flight of stairs or two to get into one then walk down wet or back to wherever you’re going wet. A few other points: Elevators - there are only two sets of 6 elevators. At popular times they were very crowded and we got turned away by full elevators more than once. The casino is large and we had a great time. Didn’t win on slots but didn’t play enough money. Something you might not know is that you can use your On Board Credit to get chips for the tables or a ticket for the slots. Try to go to as many spots for entertainment - like the rooftop garden and the pool parties. So fun and switching up the venue from the theater makes it so much more fun! Final Thoughts: Probably one of the most stunning, eye-catching ships sailing! Always something new to discover! Eden is just beautiful! The art work around the ship is unique and interesting! My recommendation would be to ‘GO FOR IT!’ It’s something different/ new and if you can go with the flow and like uniqueness you won’t be disappointed! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I booked this cruise because it was new, modern, and innovative. Fact, I cancelled our Symphony of the Seas reservation for the Edge because of the attractive advertisements I saw. It looked so fresh and impressive. What I was hoping ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it was new, modern, and innovative. Fact, I cancelled our Symphony of the Seas reservation for the Edge because of the attractive advertisements I saw. It looked so fresh and impressive. What I was hoping for was a higher level of cruising with less crowds and a more "new school" approach to cruising. You have no idea how excited and overly anticipated I was to cruise the Edge. So did it meet my expectations? We (2 adults, 2 kids) booked a concierge class infinite veranda which we liked the for the extra versatile space. We also like the modern technology touches like the super quick and efficient check-in, app and TV options. Entertainment fell a little short with some hits and misses, lots of musical groups, not a lot of theatrical/broadway and no magician/illusionists (not that that is important, just felt it lacked variety). Two comedians. Also acrobats and game shows. Silent disco is lots of fun. There was also a "Color the Night White" and 80's deck party. An odd match was the performances in Eden which were very artsy, edgy, street avant garde. I totally can appreciate their talent and strength, but just saying maybe not a good match for a cruise. Food: of course, was good and plentiful with lots of options, no complaints. The much touted Petit Chef was not so outstanding for the additional big up charge, kind of underwhelming. Mast grill had pretty decent burgers and ice cream. Pizza in the back was also great. A huge bonus we loved was the premium drink package and free wifi. All in all, we enjoyed (and paid big $) for the fancy new Edge, but really in the end it felt like any other cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked our IV cabin when it was still in blueprints... and were excited to try such a stunningly beautiful and unique ship. Celebrity has taken a big chance and I hope they succeed. We are a couple in our 60s, and have been cruising ... Read More
We booked our IV cabin when it was still in blueprints... and were excited to try such a stunningly beautiful and unique ship. Celebrity has taken a big chance and I hope they succeed. We are a couple in our 60s, and have been cruising with Celebrity and RCI and Carnival about twice a year for the past five. Things we loved: It's a beautiful ship. A feast for the senses. Art and design features that amazed us (Picasso, Dali, and so many different chairs). Loved the winding corridors and asymmetrical spaces. There's almost no second hand smoke. The Edge is very fuel efficient, and has taken significant steps to reduce single use plastics. Four MDRs. Usually we book Aqua class and eat in Blu; glad we didn't on Edge. Tuscan was our favorite but we tried them all. Going for a walk on the walking/jogging track to work off some of that food. Lap swimming possible in the mail pool in the morning. Friendly, helpful, amazing staff. Captain Dimitrios sets a high bar and everyone we interacted with was superb. Embarkation and disembarkation - best we've ever experienced. An example of intelligent use of technology, which was also true of cabin climate and lighting controls. Solarium and spa. The solarium always seemed quiet enough for us to find a couple of comfortable chairs. Did a spa day pass for the thermal suite - fantastic! Loved the Hammam Turkish Bath, the sauna, the chairs, the views. Silent disco. Eden for a drink before dinner. Things we liked: Great Celebrity food, as expected. I could live just on their baguettes. All our meals were excellent. Shows, especially the acrobatics in The Club as well as in the theatre. The size and design of our room. The IV makes it bigger, no question about that. The bathroom and shower is great. The TV screen is much better than the norm, and there seem to be more options available, including a nice selection of free movies. Things we missed from other cruise experiences: Sitting on the balcony in the early morning without waking the other person in the room. This was probably the biggest drawback of the IV, because it squeaks to open and close that big rolling window. We didn't use the French doors or the blinds much at all. So, we had a fabulous cruise, one of the best we've ever had. We loved the ship, loved our room, enjoyed the ports. But we were lucky enough to book at a reasonable price, and so it was also a great value. When we look at current prices, we're not sure we'd book again, but we will keep looking for a good deal. We loved the Edge and hope to sail her again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I are in our early 60's. This cruise was a "big" birthday celebration for my wife. We were with her two sisters and their husbands. We traveled to our departure city of Ft. Lauderdale the day before embarkation ... Read More
My wife and I are in our early 60's. This cruise was a "big" birthday celebration for my wife. We were with her two sisters and their husbands. We traveled to our departure city of Ft. Lauderdale the day before embarkation and took the stress from an early flight and getting to the ship on time. We are "veteran" cruisers of 6 cruises. One previous cruise with Celebrity. We picked this cruise because it was the week of my wife's birthday. And the itinerary was exactly what we wanted. After reading numerous reviews about Celebrity Edge I was a bit apprehensive after booking this cruise. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The embarkation was flawless. From the time we left the shuttle bus until we were on board the ship it was 10 minutes. We used the Celebrity app with the Express pass. Couldn't have been any easier. The new cruise terminal built exclusively for the Edge is appointed to reflect the ambiance of the Edge. The ship was everything we hoped it would be. We had thought about booking one or two of the specialty restaurants, but, after the first evening in the Tuscan Restaurant we were so pleased with the food and service we had no desire to go anywhere else. Our server Slavica was so personable and attentive to us we looked forward to seeing her every evening. Celebrity has made great strides to improve the quality and portions of their food and they have succeeded, even in The Oceanview Cafe in my opinion. The ship itself is definitely different than any ship we've been on to this point. It is not geared to families with small children. We went to the theater one evening to see Thru the kaleidoscope and thought it was very well done. Another evening we saw an adult show of one of the comics. He was hysterical. The only negatives, the evening show in Eden didn't get it. Not being able to go forward of the Solarium. The upper floors forward of the solarium was reserved for suite guests only. Price of the cruise in my opinion was a bit overpriced. Disembarkation went as smoothly as embarkation. Facial recognition was great going thru customs. We were off the ship and thru security at Ft. Lauderdale airport in less than 45 minutes. Asked if I would cruise on Edge again? Definitely. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We've loved Celebrity since our first sailing eight years ago so we were excited when they announced the first new build to the fleet in a number of years. Good: Embarkation and debarkation were the quickest and most efficient ... Read More
We've loved Celebrity since our first sailing eight years ago so we were excited when they announced the first new build to the fleet in a number of years. Good: Embarkation and debarkation were the quickest and most efficient we've experienced in our 20+ sailings. The main dining restaurant variety was good, food and service was good. Nice decor although the modern feel does not lend itself to decor that's passenger friendly given most Celebrity passengers are 60+. Another noteworthy item - the shower was larger than other cabin showers. Great: Fine Cut Steakhouse - a must do. The food is the best you'll find on board even when paying the uncharge. We were so pleased with the quality of the food we booked a second time during the lunch hour. Too much hype: The infinity balcony was a total let down - Celebrity oversold the concept and under delivered on the value proposition. It should be advertised and sold as an ocean view cabin - it's not worth the additional money and you can't enjoy opening the window if you would like for your cabin to maintain a comfortable temperature. Cabin storage and space was adequate, however, if the bed is located by the closet, accessibility is awkward and difficult to maneuver. Public spaces have been taken over by retreat cabins, dining and pool deck. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this cruise because we believed all the hype and wanted to sail on a new ship. THE GOOD: Getting aboard the ship was the easiest and best experience. No waiting in lines, our express pass was scanned and we proceeded to the ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we believed all the hype and wanted to sail on a new ship. THE GOOD: Getting aboard the ship was the easiest and best experience. No waiting in lines, our express pass was scanned and we proceeded to the gangway. Went immediately to our cabin and dropped off our luggage. The cabin, an E2, was large and had plenty of storage. We like the 4 complimentary dining venues each offering a different specialty along with the normal menus. The show in the Club was good if you like an acrobatic theme. The theater was very nice with the stage coming out into the audience. The entertainers were good. The DJ on the pool deck was very good. Plenty of shaded seating areas. The captain, crew and cabin steward were great. Getting off the ship was also a breeze. THE BAD: The positioning of the bed and couch in our cabin should have been reversed. It made it a little tight to get into the closet. The layout of the ship is a little unusual. The front is dominated by the Spa, Fitness Center and the Retreat. Unless you spring for a suite, you will not be able to get to the front of the ship. No forward lounge. We were on the top deck just outside the Retreat and I wanted to go to the fitness center. The elevator was in the retreat, I had to go back towards mid-ship, walk down two decks, turn around and go through the Solarium and back up one deck. Every time I walked around I seemed to find a dead end. The Promenade runs right into the Raw on 5! Walking inside on deck 5 I found myself going into the Steak house only to have to turn around to get out. The Infinity cabin was a major disappointment. It was nothing more than a picture window. The captain can disable the sliding window at any time. When you open the window the a/c goes off and makes it very uncomfortable for anyone in the main area of the cabin. I went into the Magic Carpet the first day when it was on the pool deck to get a frozen drink and was told they don’t make them there, apparently they don’t have a blender. Never went back as on sea days it was too windy. In the Eden lounge, if you went upstairs there was no way out and the drinks were $18 to $20. The Eden Cafe was touted as having made to order food, but everything is pre-made and microwaved. I sat in a different lounge chair each day and half of them didn’t stay in position when trying to recline, as soon as you leaned back, they collapsed. Very crowded around the pool area. One side of the upper deck was the walking track, no seating. Roof top garden can use some shade options. Cabanas had no privacy and were placed next to the main walking area. Mast grill is rather small and the seating area above is a smoking section. THE UGLY: In the Eden we watched a performer with dreadlocks and wearing pants that had a crotch down to his knees do a headstand with his legs crossed and another was walking around juggling balls. While the ship looked impressive, it had a lot of empty space, and stupid ones like the black mirrored room with the gold structures you had to pass through to get to Eden The public handicapped bathrooms had no sinks, how do you like Norovirus? Still not enforcing the dress code in dining rooms (flip flops, shorts, tee shirts). Bottom line, never again, I felt the Infinity cabin was a ripoff and my wife needs a handicapped bathroom WITH a sink. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We have taken at least 30 cruises over the past 20 years on various lines, all the way from Silversea to carnival. We were excited to try this new ship with our young adult kids. The positives....the ship is beautiful, food is outstanding, ... Read More
We have taken at least 30 cruises over the past 20 years on various lines, all the way from Silversea to carnival. We were excited to try this new ship with our young adult kids. The positives....the ship is beautiful, food is outstanding, service excellent. However....by far the most boring cruise we have ever taken. There are almost no activities. No library or card room. No group type games. The cruisers were mostly in their 60’s-80’s and even that age group seemed bored out of their minds. Walking down the promenade on deck 4 during the day, the common areas were lined with wheelchairs and walkers and people just sleeping in chairs. Bored. The entertainment was a joke, with one of the comedy acts joking about sniper fire. The platform dining area is the most ridiculous ‘exciting’ concept ever. A restaurant hanging over the water??? It is a disaster to the cabins that are inside of the frame. We had 2 sky suites with noise that was the combination of doors slamming shut and hammers banging into every corner of the walls, all night. We researched this and found that it has been a frequent complaint, although the staff acted as if they had never heard about it. To their credit, we were moved to new suites on the 3rd day with an upgrade. This is, however, an inexcusable problem, being that we paid 20,000$ for the 2 rooms, and had to spend part of our trip dealing with a problem that was pre-existing. I would never take this ship again, or recommend it. The food and service cannot make up for the overall bad experience. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this cruise because we preferred Celebrity cruises over all others and wanted to see what new on the edge. We booked our usual aft balcony cabin and were glad we did. The ships hype was the infinite balcony. We did a cabin crawl ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we preferred Celebrity cruises over all others and wanted to see what new on the edge. We booked our usual aft balcony cabin and were glad we did. The ships hype was the infinite balcony. We did a cabin crawl and walked away thinking its nothing more that a ocean view that the window opens. The magic carpet was different but the staff are terrible , You cant get a drink there. We waited half an hour and they never came. No wonder we saw everyone there bring a drink from another bar. The only quiet area is your cabin hopefully. Piped in music everywhere all the time The shore excursions went up in price three times. as an example $79 to tour Bacardi That's why they give you so much OBC. They change a premium for everything Celebrity use to be the line one went on to avoid children but they are now actively seeking families with children. But there doesn't seem like a lot for kids to do. Celebrity should just build a water slide and get it over with. Be just like every other cruise line. Eden was awkward. we tried it a few times its nice inside but these goofy Avant garde shows are not interesting to me. Never were never will be. The singers were only on stage the first day and last of a seven day cruise. The rest was lectures and comedians. We use to prefer what Celebrity offered but no longer in the direction they are going. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Wow! So far wanted to have an open meeting nd about a new ship, but thisno where close to other Celebrity ships as others have stated. Unbelievable th lack of attention or detail. We had no problems getting on the ship, the ... Read More
Wow! So far wanted to have an open meeting nd about a new ship, but thisno where close to other Celebrity ships as others have stated. Unbelievable th lack of attention or detail. We had no problems getting on the ship, the streamlined process is a breeze. That said you board the ship at a low level with no one at the ship when you walk on. Weird, no one greets you on deck 4. You can go direct to your room if ready, nice touch, cards and keys are outside you door. Ours were wrong though. Concierge said they would have to check with Miami to fix(?). Still not right :-( Ship is new and modern, but as others have said fewer spaces for passengers replaced by cabins, expensive shops, and suite amenities. Ouch for us commoners. HATE the new balcony, it’s an ocean view room with a window that opens when they want. Um, a window that opens is a far cry from a balcony... horrible design and will be th bane of celebrity in the future! Room: upgraded to concierge at sailing for $150 pp, broken mirror with masking tape, attendenant never saw at all, not worth the cost! Food: did traditional dining in Cyprus, horrible day one... given breakfast menu at dinner, okay, no service, no salt in the shaker??? Um prime rib was an 1/8 of an inch in the dining room? Why cause I wouldn’t pay for higher priced dining?? Day one, HUGE disappointment for celebrity’s flagship, no wonder 3 stars, so far this is a carnival ship... without the party... Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
My husband (John) and I recently took our son, daughter-in-law and (most importantly!) our two granddaughters on the Celebrity Edge. We booked an Infinite Veranda for our son and DIL and kept the girls (aged 7 and 9) with us in a lowly ... Read More
My husband (John) and I recently took our son, daughter-in-law and (most importantly!) our two granddaughters on the Celebrity Edge. We booked an Infinite Veranda for our son and DIL and kept the girls (aged 7 and 9) with us in a lowly Panoramic Ocean View stateroom (we spoil our son and DIL and wanted to spend time with the girls). We were concerned about the new ship since we primarily sail on Princess and had read reviews about the Edge that differed wildly in their conclusions. We picked this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that ship would be a new experience. ITINERARY Ft. Lauderdale, FL; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Ft. Lauderdale, FL ABOUT US John and I are experienced cruisers, with over 50 cruises on Princess; this was our third cruise on Celebrity. It was the second cruise on Celebrity for our son (Elite with Princess), DIL (Platinum with Princess) and granddaughters (two Princess cruises). REVIEW OF THE CRUISE We can understand some contrary opinions but to us the ship was great! It is definitely not Princess. On their ships, you feel the reality of being on a ship; nautical nature abounds. The Edge could be a resort on land. You almost never get the sense of being on a ship (except for the fact that there are slight rocking motions and you can stare at the ocean). What follows are details of our cruise plus comments comparing the Edge to the Princess fleet (which we also love). Celebrity’s new Terminal 25 is attractive and well conceived. Embarkation was really easy. Celebrity already had the photos we submitted online to use for facial recognition, so there was no need for any more photos upon boarding. We arrived before actual embarkation and then had to wait as Celebrity boarded the higher-ranking passengers ahead of us. We are Elite on Princess so it was only fair that we saw how the other half lives. We could go directly to our cabins and deposit our luggage. Sea Pass cards were to be found outside our cabin instead of being given to us dockside. This was little odd and could raise concerns of someone strolling by and taking your card. But what would they do with it? Go into our empty cabin? It was also odd that our cabin number (but not deck) was shown on the card. If someone found a lost card on board, they could check that cabin number on every deck and proceed to steal the dirty clothes. The cards work via RFID and so there is no need for card swiping. They are also used when ordering drinks or on leaving and returning to the ship. The card is merely held against a reader. Our Panoramic Ocean View stateroom was quite nice. The entire outside wall of was the window and that was appreciated far beyond the typical couple of small windows in an ocean view cabin. However, while not having an obstructed cabin, we did overlook the top of one of the large tenders. We suspect that’s why these particular cabins lack the balcony aspect: there is no room for the balcony extension due to the presence of the tender. The cabin furnishings are sleek, modern and attractive. These included the usual sofa trundle bed for the children and a well appointed bed for us. The numerous drawers are all self-closing and the closet has actual doors. The dresser/desk has a side pull-out shelf that allows the surface area to be greatly expanded and provided a nice spot for room service breakfast for the girls. (It’s also nice that room service calls before arriving and calls again after delivery to make sure everything was okay. Princess has nothing like this.) The desk has a flip-top box that hides electrical outlets (both US and European style) as well as a couple of USB ports. One of the bedside lamps also has two USB ports. The cabin light control panel seemed a little confusing at first glance and the Celebrity cell phone app took some getting used to. But, after all, this ship is designed for Millennials. We Baby Boomers learned. Our bathroom had an actual shower stall with sizable room to turn around in and a plexiglass enclosure as opposed to a shower curtain. This shower did not have the retractable clothes line found on Princess ships. There is bar soap and a lotion dispenser on the sink counter and dispensers for body wash, shampoo and conditioner in the shower. Extra bar soap, toilet tissue and facial tissue are hidden in a drawer under the sinks. We visited our son’s Infinite Veranda. This new design provides complete privacy on the rather small balcony space. The top half of the balcony window can be lowered to give the outdoor effect but the whole thing seems rather more enclosed than a typical ship’s balcony. Son and DIL liked their cabin and balcony. One last cabin comment: the complimentary bath robes provided by Celebrity were much better than some found on Princess. Princess’ robes are either adequate or would fit only especially thin, famine victims; there is no in-between. The ship is elegant and well planned. Certain spaces are really special. We’re not sure of the theater capacity but it is a gorgeous, intimate space with three unobstructed viewing levels. We went to three shows, there was never a line, and we could always find a seat even if we arrived just at showtime. There were multiple ways to access the banks of seats unlike Princess’s more linear approach to seating. The two production shows we saw were well performed but seemed to lack coherent plots. We had noticed the same thing on a previous Celebrity cruise. Maybe it’s company policy? Princess shows tend to have an actual direction. Eden was an especially nice area for us since we like to read during sea days. The large windows overlooking the ship’s wake let us feel more like we were on a ship than most of the ship’s public areas. There is also an outdoor seating area nearby on the aft end of the promenade. The promenade itself goes right past the tenders and almost to the front of the ship. It is mostly an industrial looking space that’s not for lounging. We’re not sure whether the Magic Carpet is more than just a gimmick for the Edge class ships. On sea days, the wind there was definitely noticeable. We could find seats because people tended not stay. It might be grand for tendering but we had no tender ports. On the other hand, the Destination Gateway space on deck two is a great idea for control of disembarkation and embarkation in ports (but you embark and disembark at Promenade level in Fort Lauderdale). It is spacious and allows for two lines running simultaneously. It would be interesting to see how it works in conjunction with the Magic Carpet on tender days. Our previous experience with tendering on the Celebrity Equinox was horrible and no where near as good as on Princess. Our granddaughters enjoyed the children’s program, Camp at Sea. On sea days, they attended most of the morning, afternoon, and after-dinner sessions. In addition to the usual arts and crafts and games, there were special events such as cookie decorating, play writing (and performances), and a Laser Maze. An always important element of cruising is the food. Our experience was mixed but generally positive. Main dining room food ranged from excellent to acceptable. There are four different traditional dining rooms on the Edge; we were assigned to the Cosmopolitan Restaurant and ate our meals exclusively there. It was important for us to have early fixed seating with our two impatient (but well-behaved, of course) granddaughters. The steaks served there were exceptional as were the several preparations of salmon. Escargot and grilled scallops were always available and we frequently visited those dishes. We found a duck terrine to be bland and a branzino fish dish to be overcooked. We visited the Ocean View Cafe buffet for a few breakfasts and lunches and were pleased by the variety and flavors. We gladly hit the poached egg station for a nice Eggs Benedict. Pizza was seemingly pizza in name only. There was no comparison between this and the top-quality product available in the Princess fleet. The Mast Grill had good hamburgers and hot dogs and had a nice selection of choices for toppings (mushrooms, grilled onions, sauerkraut, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, relish—along with condiments such as A-1 steak sauce). The granddaughters loved the soft-serve machine located there and the ice cream station in the Ocean View Cafe. Our booking promotion included the Classic beverage package, hotel gratuities, and OBC. We upgraded to the Premium beverage package for $10 (plus $1.80 gratuity) per day because, why not? We particularly loved the Martini Bar and the coffee drinks bar (Cafe Il Baccio). The selection of wines by the glass at dinner was acceptable but there are many more choices on the separate wine list than are shown on the dinner menu. Be sure to ask your server or sommelier about that list. It’s over 60 pages long and is mostly wine by the bottle. It’s also mainly unrealistic with lots of expensive choices. If you want a glass that is more expensive than $15 (the limit on our package), you simply pay the difference. There’s nothing wrong with expensive wine (except the price) but we would have concerns over how the wine is stored and with ship vibration having a deleterious effect on pricey bottles. It was nice having a dedicated sommelier (unlike Princess) when considering the wines. Our serving staff was outstanding, especially considering the two smaller customers at our table, and quickly learned our preferences. The itinerary visited three ports we thought our granddaughters would like. In San Juan, the ship arrival was rather late in the afternoon (3:30 p.m.) to allow for much in the way of family activities. While our son and DIL strolled Old San Juan, we took the girls in a taxi ($3 pp, fixed price) to El Moro, where we used our “America the Beautiful” Senior Pass for entry. They were able to survive most of the trekking through the fort but eventually started to complain about the heat and being tired. They perked up at the sight of one of San Juan’s numerous stray cats, but we needed to take a taxi back to the ship ($4 pp; it is more expensive getting back from than getting to the fort even though the ride takes less time). Dinner revived them. On Tortola, all six of us took a ship’s shore excursion to Virgin Gorda and the famous Baths there. There were far too many people on this tour! We first took a fast ferry to the island and then our large group boarded numerous open-air buses to The Baths National Park, which encompasses Devil’s Beach, The Baths, and Spring Bay. The group first ambled down the long path to Devil’s Bay, where we joined the hordes for some beach time and snorkeling with a few small fish. After about 45 minutes, we were summoned for the hike through the huge boulders and caves of The Baths. The trail involves stairs and ropes and snaking around and through the impressive rocks. We were especially looking forward to this famous path. What a disaster! With so many people doing the transit, whenever anyone would slow to make some delicate descent or need to haul themselves on a rope, the entire line was stalled. Constantly. For long periods. The local guides helped to move people along near the end of our trek but by then it was far too late. By the time our family group got through, we only had enough time for a 15 minute dip at Spring Bay. Celebrity might consider fewer people on this type of excursion. Our Celebrity group overwhelmed this area. This was not well planned and a big disappointment. Nevertheless, the girls enjoyed the beaches and clambering on the rocks and showed more patience than the adults. On Sint Maarten, we took the granddaughters on a ship’s shore excursion to the French side of the island. The main goal was a semi-submersible boat ride to look at fish. However, along the way, after a long bus ride, we had a 45-minute stop in Marigot to shop. This was less than inspiring since most of the shops were closed. After another bus ride, we boarded the boat for a ride out to Creole Rock, a protected area in the Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin, to view fish. Once at the site, a diver entered the water to feed fish in order to attract them to the boat. There were not a lot of fish and all were small. We did manage to see a small green sea turtle. While the grumpy grandparents were not thrilled (we usually see many more fish close up when we SCUBA dive!), the kids said it was a fabulous day. The parents did their own ship excursion and really enjoyed riding horses up and down hills and in the surf. On the whole, we felt Celebrity’s shipboard experience far outweighed their shore side efforts on this cruise. Plus we got to spend great time with the family and that makes any trip worthwhile! The Edge will become a lot more attractive as the newness wears off and the prices become more reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because it was a new ship and had heard good things about it from our travel consultant. The ship is outstanding, including furnishings throughout, the staterooms, balconies that can be closed and become part of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a new ship and had heard good things about it from our travel consultant. The ship is outstanding, including furnishings throughout, the staterooms, balconies that can be closed and become part of the stateroom, the staff are well trained and friendly, the artwork throughout the ship can leave you breathless. There are innovative areas, such as, the Rooftop Garden and the Magic Carpet, which moves up and down the side of the ship and can become a dining experience or a bar up on 15 near the pool. There is a great jogging track that circles around the ship and connects the 14th and 15th floors. Wonderful food is available in the 4 main dining where we had Select dining (anytime dining) with little or no wait to be seated, there are, also, some fine dining restaurants that are quite good. The entertainment was varied with comedians, great singing groups and the outstanding Edge singing, dancing and acrobatic performers. The day you get on the Edge take one of the 3 excursions around the ship to acclimate yourself with where everything is located. Last, but not least, the Captain has a wonderful sense of humor. If you see him, he will stop to take a photo with you. 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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