1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Hi All First want to thank the boards for all the helpful info before the cruise! Our family had a wonderful time on the beautiful Edge. Boarding: (4.0/5): Apparently the port in Rome does not let cars close to the ships. So our ... Read More
Hi All First want to thank the boards for all the helpful info before the cruise! Our family had a wonderful time on the beautiful Edge. Boarding: (4.0/5): Apparently the port in Rome does not let cars close to the ships. So our car service drop us off in a parking lot and we then had to take a bus over. It all ended up okay. Probably the only knock here is that we were not aware of this issue. Past that, once we got to the port everything went smoothly. Rooms: (4.25/5) Beautiful room. The only issue was noise. We could hear movement pretty often above us which made it hard to fall asleep some nights. Housekeeping: (5.0/5) Genuinely friendly, super attentive. MDR's: (4.25/5) Loved the concept of 4 MDR's. It's definitely is nice to have the change of look/menu. The staff again was GREAT in each location. The food was above average in all. Nothing stood out as over-the-top but certainly all above average. Specialty: Eden: (3.5/5) Just not our cup of tea, I guess. Fine Cut: (3.5/5) First off read the reviews about it being loud - but it WAS loud. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but once you're there it is. The food was fine, but nothing you couldn't get in many restaurants in every major city. Rooftop Grill: (4.5/5) 2nd biggest surprise for us. When the weather is right, this is a great place to eat. Unlike fine cut for example that you can do anywhere, finding a nice place to sit outside and eat good food is a treat. Well done! Le Petit Chef: (5.0/5.0) WOW, what fun! This was our #1 surprise as we almost skipped it. This was BY FAR OUR FAVORITE dinner on the Edge. It's done in 2 seatings so your experience all as a group - which is not something I seek out - but is SUPER FUN. We actually were sitting next to someone from Silicon Valley and they said people just don't realize how special this technology is. The room was like a party, we all had an absolute ball. The staff gives extra energy to the room. The food would not necessarily be what I would pick, but we all LOVED IT because of course these little chefs made it for us!! There was very little signage for this, in fact we had to ask someone where this dinner was. The reason we went was because another couple at the pool said it was the best dinner of theirs. Here's the biggest compliment, on our last night we all decided to go back a 2nd time (we tried some items from the alternative menu) and if anything enjoyed it even more because we all saw little bits of the amazing animations that we didn't pick up the first time. Plus we got to see 2 different chefs win the night which was super fun. BIG CONGRATS TO CELEBRITY for giving us a night(s) we will remember. Entertainment: (4.5/5) The shows were a little hit and miss, but overall kept us entertained. Probably the biggest issue was early on they had a group called Barricade Boys and they were great, so it was hard to keep that level up - but overall good. Ports: (4.5/5) Beautiful locations. I will say that we hired private cars/tours on our own and were very happy with all of them. I'm not sure how it would be if we went through Celebrity or just fended for ourselves. So I guess the take-a-way is to look for local companies with very good reviews. Drinks: (4.0/5) We are not huge drinkers (1-2 a day) so we did not do a drink package. The prices were fine. The only knock is that different locations within the ship did not make the same drink the same way which seem like an easy fix. Everything else was really well done. The ship is absolutely beautiful. Each staff member is nicer than the next. You couldn't go 20 feet without hearing some wonderful live music. I cannot fathom how someone could give this ship anything but a lovely review. Thank you Celebrity, we look forward to many more family cruises making wonderful memories. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We booked cruise as part of our Golden Wedding celebrations. The ship is simply stunning, very understated very chic. We had a Concierge Balcony cabin which was beautiful and had everything we needed. Bathroom was a little bigger than ... Read More
We booked cruise as part of our Golden Wedding celebrations. The ship is simply stunning, very understated very chic. We had a Concierge Balcony cabin which was beautiful and had everything we needed. Bathroom was a little bigger than others we've had on Celebrity ships, though still quite snug. I was attracted to this cruise by the itinerary because we love the Greek Islands. Sadly as a disabled cruiser, I was unable to get off the ship as much as I would have liked because they had to resort to using tenders to get ashore because of weather conditions. Now I come to the piece de resistance, the food on Edge is just fantastic. We ate most nights at Tuscan and the food was outstanding. Every morsel just fabulous. Beautifully served by Tatiana (sorry for any misspelling) who knew all about the menu and ingredients used and she was ably assisted by Ranesh. Anna answered all our questions on the wine and never failed to find just the right wine to accompany the food. The service on board the Edge is just superb. Always discreet, never too much. I really can't praise the staff too much. Our stateroom was beautifully kept by Komang who did a fabulous job. We would love to sail again on the Edge but would have to save very hard as this was a very exoensive cruise. Could I say a very heartfelt thank you to Eduardo of Jet 2 based in Rome, who came to our rescue in Rome airport and helped with my wheelchair and guided us to where we needed to go. If there were 6 stars for dining an d service that's what I would give. My only negative would be the entertainment. It needs a couple of separate pubs. Maybe a nice quiet wine bar and a completely separate music bar for younger guests (adequately soundproofed). All entertainment seemed to happen around the Atrium with everything clashing together. Did it spoil my cruise, not really. If you get the entertainment to the level of the rest of the ship, what a cruise ship you will have Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Oh my goodness there are some whingers reviewing Edge. Ignore them! Ship - beautiful and ultra modern Cabin - modern & spacious. We loved the IV as you get the best of both worlds. Great light in the room. Window was never ... Read More
Oh my goodness there are some whingers reviewing Edge. Ignore them! Ship - beautiful and ultra modern Cabin - modern & spacious. We loved the IV as you get the best of both worlds. Great light in the room. Window was never locked by the captain!! Blackout and mood lighting was v cool. Bathroom was fabulous. Spacious. Double sink. Big shower cubicle. Plaza - awesome. You have to sit and feel it yourself. Look up. Look around. And enjoy. Bands - great feel. Club - cool. Pool - in August so very, very busy. Pool water was clogged as over-used. No pool burners anymore and fewer drinks trolleys. Jacuzzi - simply too hot to sit in so disappointing. Food - passable but not up to our high standards. Had to send a few things back and in Le Petit Chef - which was fab - my steak was awful. Eden tonight!! Dining rooms a bit cramped and difficult to have an intimate dinner. Main shows - ultra modern and setting new heights. 4 amazing voices and best dancers we saw on a ship Ents - generally poor. Cruise Director lacking the presence of others we have seen. Some of his team a bit lazy and arrogant. Pool volleyball consisted of putting up a net, throwing in a ball and disappearing. One comedian on and he wasn’t great but possibly not his fault. Magic Carpet is a great addition. Tenders untra-modern. So if you like modern, just do it! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Embarkation went extremely quickly on the Edge. We did the check in through the app and got the express pass. It took no more than five minutes to go through security and get on the ship. We went to our stateroom and the sea pass cards ... Read More
Embarkation went extremely quickly on the Edge. We did the check in through the app and got the express pass. It took no more than five minutes to go through security and get on the ship. We went to our stateroom and the sea pass cards were waiting in the mail slot outside of the room. The ship is gorgeous and there are many venues to hang out in and explore. I would recommend checking out the show in Eden. It is a little eclectic, but the performers are very talented. The aerialist show in the club is also fanatic. The evening shows are not to miss and are very high energy. The silent disco is always fun. There is a game show every night in the club, but I was disappointed that the newly wed game show wasn't offered! There are four dinning rooms with various themes. If you do my time dinning, you can eat at any of these restaurants for dinner without a reservation. Filet mignon can be requested even if it's not on the menu. Eden has a fee for dinner, but make sure to check out their lunch offerings. There is also a cafe that charges for coffee and drinks, but the desserts in the window are complimentary. The captain's circle party includes complimentary drinks if you are a returning Celebrity passenger. We originally booked an E4 balcony stateroom. We were in 6283 and unfortunately it's located directly above the Eden outdoor cafe seating area. This area is open all the time and is also a designated smoking area. We like to sleep with the balcony window open and could not sleep because of loud chatter from the seating area below. We could also hear the singers from Eden. We switched to 6169, but it was located directly above the club. While we could sleep with the balcony open, the vibrations from the club were a little annoying since it was all night long. I would just recommended staying away from deck 6 staterooms. The staterooms were beautiful, modern, and had a ton of storage. The bathrooms were also a nice size. I didn't really like the shampoo and conditioner offered as it didn't lather up my hair (maybe it's an eco friendly thing), so if you like quality products, bring your own. I wish the beds were a little softer as they are pretty firm, but after a long day of exploring ports, it's not very noticeable. Celebrity does little things to go above and beyond. They are one of the only cruise lines that still place a chocolate on the pillows at night. When you arrive back to the ship every day, several flavors of water, cold towels, and a snack are passed out. In Monte Carlo about half of the ship's passengers disembarked via tender before the seas got rough. The captain tried moving the ship around to decrease the waves and start tendering again, but was unable to safely do so. He ended up moving the ship 8 miles away to Nice, France and Celebrity chartered buses to bring everyone from Monte Carlo back to the ship. It was only a 20-30 min bus ride, but I'm sure a logistical nightmare for Celebrity! It was handled very well with constant updates and a happy hour discount was offered. Disembarkation went pretty smoothly as well. We were given a luggage tag for a time earlier than we needed to be off the ship, so we went to guest services and exchanged it for a later time. We placed our luggage outside the night before and it was waiting for us when we got off the ship. We took the free port shuttle in Civitavecchia to the entrance and got a transfer to the airport that was much cheaper than Celebrity's transfer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Chose this itinerary for the ports. Highlights were Eze/Monaco having lunch at Chateau Eza, Portofino lunch at Taverna del Marinaio, and trip after cruise to Bergun Switzerland staying at the Kurhaus Bergun. It is part of Swiss Historic ... Read More
Chose this itinerary for the ports. Highlights were Eze/Monaco having lunch at Chateau Eza, Portofino lunch at Taverna del Marinaio, and trip after cruise to Bergun Switzerland staying at the Kurhaus Bergun. It is part of Swiss Historic Hotels First day after immediately landing in Rome we took a private tour with Rome- Limousine Tours and Alessandro. He was very reliable and very knowledgeable about his Rome. He is a licensed tour guide and his wealth of knowledge was apparent. We also took a stop for the best espresso ever. Ask him about that. He picked us up from airport and was waiting inside. We then spent 3 or so hours touring Rome. He was very careful where he parked keeping in mind our suitcases. He either parked in a location he knew someone or parked by police stands. Second day we took our own trip to Isle of Capri. If we were to do again I would immediately get on boat for Blue Grotto and buy those tickets down the port front to the right past the main square landing area. I would also buy tickets for ferry departure to go to Capri before that day. We had to wait in long lines for both things. Highlight of Capri taking funicular up to main Capri and going thru beautiful gardens up top for spectacular views and pictures. Along way we stopped at awesome place for limon ice cream-Cafe Morgano. Third Day- cruise day Fourth Day- Mallorca Formula One Tours- driving hillsides of west side of Island. Taxi cost approx $25. Beautiful scenery. Standard shift on all cars. Fifth Day- Barcelona Montserrat- beautiful church and the Black Madonna. Try to get to area early. We did trip by our own accessing train station by taxi from port. Had an easy time. Was very beautiful. Long lines though to see Black Madonna. Headed back to Barcelona to eat at the beach- Xiringuito Escriba for the best Sangria and Paella down on the beach. Sixth day - Sea Day Seventh day- Monaco Lunch at Chateau Eza. Need to make reservations early before departure but you will be in for best views ever. And really fantastic gourmet food. Also stopped at the Casino and played a few slot games all while looking at the beautiful expensive cars parked outside. Seventh Day- Portofino Visited churches, castles, lighthouse El Faro and had great limoncello. Ate at the best restaurant ever- Taverna Del Marinaio. Ask for Paolo and tell him Shari from Texas sent you. We had the absolute best vino and pasta along with fresh octopus that was divine and lemon and olive oil fresh fish. Trust me on this one! I know I wrinkled my nose also but it was excellent- the octopus. Eighth Day- Cinque Terre Found a link on how to do this area in one day. Started in furtherest town away- Monterosso and visited beach. Then went to Vernazza and loved scenery. We left cruise night early because we were headed to spend three nights in Switzerland. We spent night in Manarola at DePaulin Hotel. Rooms are air conditioned. Loved our host who greeted us with Limoncello. We had a wonderful dinner at Trattoria de Billy for test another awesome meal with most spectacular sunset ever! Spent the final days at St Moritz, Bergun and Zürich Switzerland. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Absolutely loved our trip!!! Enjoyed celebrating our 30th anniversary together!! Feel free to message me for more details if needed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and ... Read More
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and 16year old cruised for free. Wow, we had such an amazing experience where do I even begin. First, me and my husband are both worried about sea sickness, we had everything on hand just in case but at the end we didn't need any of the meds, patches and wrisrbands, the ship was so smooth we didn't felt any of it. embarkation was smooth, same as disembarkation. Ship- like I said we had nothing to compare as this was our first experience. We like what we saw, everything new and clean. Cabin- when we did our booking, we went with Guarantee Concierge Class, we ended up with a beautiful room on deck 12. our room was roomy, with a king size bed and a pulled out trundle, more than enough room for our tall 16yrs old and 12 year. We love the Infinite veranda for extra room, we kept the windows closed for AC. used the chairs to hang cloths to dry when I hand washed them(they charge $3 to wash a sock). Celebrity knows how to design the space, they literally have every inch in mind. We especially like the charge station. Dining- Food was amazing!! Our designated restaurant was Cosmopolitan. They kept some items same but menu does change every night. Food was so good that we didn't feel the need to spend $55+/person on specialty restaurants. We tried Normandy one night, food was great, but had to wait a long time to get our meal. When we mentioned this to our waiter Johnathan at Cosmo the next night, he said we shouldn't have to wait and provided us with menus from Tuscan, Cyprus and Normandy, ordered what we wanted from other restaurants and he brings the food to us. Talk about service! After that, we dined at Cosmo every night. Oceanview cafe is also excellent! not your normal all you can eat buffets. They have everything, you name it. We didn't purchase any drink packages, we just traveled with our reusable stainless steel bottle and filled up with ice water for our excursions, handy in +30C temp. We would never get our moneys worth with any package. Entertainment and activities- Shows are excellent! Our 16yrs old liked the teen club. We went to silent disco, Acrobatic show, Beatles, Makcus Terall was really good. Service- Our cabin attendant Teodora was excellent, she is like a ninja, knows exactly when to come and leave. she kept our cabin spotless, always friendly and asked about your day. Our Waiter Johnathan goes above and beyond. We had a wonderful experience and would love to do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our ... Read More
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our wonderful butler. The space was perfect. The entire staff we had interaction with on a daily basis were friendly and helpful. Pricilla Schmitt who oversees the Retreat Lounge is exceptional. We loved all the ports with the exception of Ibiza. I am unsure why that stop is on the itinerary. I feel Majorca would have been better. We traveled with our 13 and 16 year olds. Along with friends they had a super time. That for the kids was key - to travel with a group. I am not sure the ship would have been enough for them without their buddies. The restaurants were fine. I would Say Luminae had the best food. Next time we won’t shop around the dining rooms and we will have our dinners at Luminae. Kumar, our waiter, made the dinners at Luminae very enjoyable. As well as the breakfast. In addition to dining, I would say skip Le Petit chef. Food was not great and the “show” was on par with a Disney experience. Overall I give the Celebrity Edge a 10! My only wish is that it was longer! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round ... Read More
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round without being too big. We had a cabin with a sunset balcony and it did not disappoint, however we did discuss this and thought if we were looking to save money a lower cost cabin would have been fine as we did not spend much time in the room at all. Everything being new did add to the magic as you would expect. The ship was spotlessly clean. The staff helpful, friendly and polite. Interesting how the 2 main restaurants had been split into 4 with different themes. There was never a problem getting table. I liked the themed idea, however I am thinking is this a way to steer you into the speciality dining concept. The children's clubs had been banished to the basements floors 2/3 which I have never seen before. This is more suited to adults however children were on board and were no trouble at all. But if a child were to pick they would pick one of the all singing and dancing ships that are built with children in mind. The ship was built with relaxation in mind it was amazing. I love cruising and look forward to booking the next adventure. I loved the ship and woudl love to return Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Sometimes, the best things in life are not planned. All my life, I've said I was going on a Mediterranean cruise. I didn't know when or how--I just knew it was going to happen. I, February, we were out of state, on a short ... Read More
Sometimes, the best things in life are not planned. All my life, I've said I was going on a Mediterranean cruise. I didn't know when or how--I just knew it was going to happen. I, February, we were out of state, on a short trip, when my husband received a late night phone call from one of his sons, asking if we'd be interested in cruising on the new Celebrity ship with them. My husband is retired, and though not stingy, he does watch his money. We already knew we were going to Costa Rica the second week of July with another one of our eight children, so we just said we couldn't make it happen. Our son called us back and asked if they took care of the airfare to Rome, if we would go. We looked at the link they had sent us and saw $1847 and my husband said we could probably do it. Mind you, we've only cruised Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival before, and the only time we had a balcony was on the Alaskan trip with Princess and an ocean view with HA, so the most we've probably ever paid was for the Alaskan trip (around $1200.00). We called around 10:30 PM to book it, and after he hung up, my husband told me they had charged him double the down payment. My sister and I looked at him and told him that was for two people, not one. He thought the $1847 was for both of us. He slept on it and we decided the next morning that we would call and cancel before April 25. My birthday was April 1 and his was April 15, so we decided we'd treat ourselves and keep our reservations. Then, we noticed a drastic price drop, so we called and took the four perks option, rather than upgrade our room. We knew after booking, we would be in Cabin 7101 and it was at the very front of the ship. We liked the layout and really thought we'd have access to the front of the ship (we did not) to stand out and enjoy the water. I usually only drink coffee, tea and lemonade, and purchase 1-2 drinks a day, so I did enjoy having the premium drink package. Probably a little too much! We arrived home form Costa Rica on July 16 and thought we would have nine days to enjoy being at home and resting up for our next journey, but my sister-in-law passed away on the Friday before we were heading to Rome on the next Thursday, so we packed our suitcases early and headed to Illinois from east Texas on Monday and left after the funeral on Wednesday to head back home. We arrived home at 1:30 am on the 27th, I did payroll for a company I work for, along with 2 loads of clothes, and we headed to DFW for our flight to Rome at 8:00 am. We got to Rome at 7:00 am on the 26th, dropped our suitcases off and headed to the Vatican and Sistine chapel for our pre-booked tour, then on to the Coliseum for that tour, before eating at a little café outside our hotel and crashing until the next morning. Operating on about 3 hours of sleep up until this point ( I had the darn middle seat, so my husband could have the aisle seat) I just knew I could relax on the cruise for the next week. But darn----the Edge was so exciting and beautiful, I was afraid I would miss something if I relaxed too much. The ship itself, is different from any I had ever been on before. She's sleek, she's modern, but she has all the charisma that makes a person want to enjoy every minute on her. I really like our cabin and it was the best and largest inside cabin I had ever stayed in. The bathroom was almost luxurious (mind you, this is only an inside cabin). The wall switch for the a/c and lights was very convenient. There was plenty of storage. Our bed was so comfortable. Our steward, Franco, was very attentive and after I asked for ice once, he usually saw I had ice in my room at all times. We are early risers, but from our busy schedule the previous week and maybe one martini too many the previous night, we slept until noon one day. I have not done that in 20 years! At noon, I hopped up, anxious that I might have missed an activity. I did enjoy watching A Star is Born while relaxing one afternoon in the Rooftop Garden. The pool did always seem to be full, and I would like to throw all the towel clips overboard. I still don't see why people can't be decent and take turns with the lounge chairs and don't see why the clips are even allowed. But, we can swim every day at home if we choose, so I just laid out a little and read. We always had set dining times on my other cruises, so did not know what to expect with select dining, but it ended up working out well for us, and we never had to wait. We enjoyed every restaurant. We even enjoyed the buffet, and we usually avoid it on most cruises. The servers always acted happy to see us, even if they had not seen us before. I worried that the service would not be as good, if they didn't see us for most meals. The wine selection was excellent, too. We also never felt rushed, as I was afraid we might. It was a tossup if we enjoyed Normandy or Cosmopolitan the most, but we did like to the other two, also. I also blame the coffee bar and sweets for my extra five pounds from the cruise. I thought the shows were good, but did not understand the one in Eden. My granddaughter loved it, though, especially when she and her dad were encouraged to participate. So, just remembering the smile on her face keeps me from thinking it was a waste of my time. I enjoyed all the singers and the bands. I loved sitting in the Martini Bar and listening or dancing to the bands and singers and we also enjoyed The Club. No matter what we were doing, we would always swing by The Club on the way back to our room. We had so much fun with our son, daughter-in-law and her family, enjoying the karaoke and the dancing! My husband and I had trouble with our internet and wifi connection, but every time it messed up, I went to customer service and they took care of my problem within an couple of minutes. Our keys stopped working at one point, and they also dealt with that problem immediately. We booked the scenic Naples-Positano tour and loved every exhilarating minute of it. The only tour we booked before we got on ship was the Train to Florence. We also did the scenic tour of Cannes, Nice and Eze. The Monaco tour was very informative. With the traffic being what it is in some of those places, I wanted to book a tour from the ship, just in case there was any trouble getting back to the ship. The only mistake we made, was doing a beach day in Isla de Mallorca. The taxis or services are happy to drop you off at the beach, they just will not pick up you. Dry or not, if you have any beachwear on, they will not let you in their vehicles, because of the sand. We were afraid to hop on a bus, not knowing where they would take us, so we hooved it back from Cala Mejor to the ship. Thank heaven for my Chacos, but it was still a long, sweaty trek! About midway back, I would have gladly ridden in the back of a chicken truck! I worried about going to a beach where tops are optional with the grandkids, but they never even noticed. I truly feel the excursions offered from the ship gave me glimpses of what life in the places we visited is actually like or what it was like in the past. My husband is very active, but has drop foot on one side from a previous injury, so we were very careful in our choices. Any of the tours, even though some were described as strenuous, were fine with him. At Eze, he did end up sitting at the restaurant while I made a quick trip the rest of the way up the mountain. But, the people at the Shore Excursion area can answer almost any question you may have about any of the tours. Embarkation and Disembarkation: Well, this is what sealed the deal for us! It really wasn't a process at all. I did have a slight problem when one of the agents asked to see something that we had put in our suitcase before handing to the baggage stewards. I went back and the lady at the table told me to tell him it was ok, they had what they needed on file. When I ran back, he said ok, and we took off. We kept thinking, "When are we going to have to stop and wait?" And, we never did. For disembarkation, we put our luggage out before 9:00 the night before and the next morning, when they called our number, we walked straight off the ship to the area where our luggage was located. Very easy! I am kind of upset with Celebrity because it will be much harder for me to book a cruise with anyone else after sailing on the Edge. I travel with my sister and her husband much of the time, and also some other friends from my area, so we usually do RC, Carnival or a more budget-friendly line, but I have to admit, I felt spoiled with Celebrity. I did not know what to expect, but I am happy to say that whatever my expectations were, they were exceeded! Thanks for a wonderful time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Our last cruise was onboard a MSC ship and almost put us off cruising for life so bad was the experience fortunately our week on the Edge was a million times better and has restored our faith in cruising starting with a smooth check in ... Read More
Our last cruise was onboard a MSC ship and almost put us off cruising for life so bad was the experience fortunately our week on the Edge was a million times better and has restored our faith in cruising starting with a smooth check in followed by a lovely warm welcome onboard and welcome drinks and then been able to leave our hand baggage in our stateroom where we met our brilliant attendant Mistan who as we had a last minute change of stateroom made sure we got our luggage delivered to our new room and then did a great job for the rest of the cruise. We had one of the controversial infinite balcony staterooms and have to say we loved it as it made the room feel so much bigger and brighter. We used the four MDRs and the food and service was great, we only used one specialty restaurant the Rooftop Grill but we didn’t think it was worth the extra money. We had breakfast in the Tuscan Restaurant where we were in the capable hands of the lovely Captains Club hostess Elizabeth and her great staff. For lunch we picked a quite spot in the Oceanview or went to the Eden Cafe.We did our own thing in port staying ashore for a couple of hours so can’t rate the shore excursions, then back onboard to enjoy a quite ship.We loved the variety of nightly entertainment particularly the silent disco, ship bands and the love it or hate it Eden show, certainly something for all different tastes. We availed of the extend your stay option at the end of the cruise as we were staying on in Barcelona spending another day onboard using the pools and whirlpool, coffee in Cafe al Bacio and lunch in The Oceanview, certainly beats queuing for taxis in the heat and waiting for your hotel room to be ready. In summary what we got was attentive and friendly staff, great food and service, great entertainment and a beautiful ship plus lovely fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Tried out this ship for birthday treat. Decided to splash out on two adjoining staterooms this time to avoid having to share bathroom with our teenage daughter! Good move. Had a great time. Infinity staterooms very comfortable. ... Read More
Tried out this ship for birthday treat. Decided to splash out on two adjoining staterooms this time to avoid having to share bathroom with our teenage daughter! Good move. Had a great time. Infinity staterooms very comfortable. Excellent bed, felt spacious and modern. Daughter loved technology - lights operational by phone etc. Bit torn re having no traditional verandah. Pluses- room bigger; could leave window open and shut inner door. Very private. Minuses - have always picked large verandah on hip of other ships before and I missed the outside space. In an infinity stateroom the verandah is no such thing - it is a cabin wide window where you can open the top bit and that is it. You’re not outside. I missed that. I did see on looking at ship from outside that there are a limited number of traditional verandahs so maybe next time. However wouldn’t put me off ship even if not available. Why? Other things were great. For me I liked being able to charge my phone at bedside port. I especially liked the dual voltage plugs in bespoke plug box. This meant I could use my own powerful British voltage 220V hairdryer on my thick unruly hair - having encountered the eye watering rip-off and variable skills of the onboard hairdressers on other Celebrity ships and the useless in room hairdryer, I wasn’t looking forward to this aspect, but with new power points, no worries . Wardrobe space and other storage was very good for a cruise ship. I always take extra hangers but ship was for once well supplied. The food was the best I have had on Celebrity. High quality and beautifully presented. We loved the ability to dine free at four different restaurants as well as buffet. We preferred Cyprus to our initially selected restaurant but with select dining, it was no problem to switch. We found staff there by far the most pleasant. Another very positive aspect was the way they handled our daughter’s nut allergy. She was asked which restaurant we were dining at the following evening and the waiter brought her the menu. She then placed her order for the following evening and we were told that even if we changed our minds about the selected restaurant and regardless of the time we pitched up, that order would follow her. They even provided her with a personal bread basket. Absolutely excellent service. As it happened we made it easier on them by mainly dining in Cyprus about eight every evening. Overall, all staff on ship were the best we’ve encountered on a Celebrity ship. They seemed happier - efficient and courteous without servility - a sign of good management and well selected teams - and I didn’t suffer the same passenger guilt at being waited on by other nationalities as I have before. The staff at the ice cream counter are always miserable though - very odd. Maybe the ship needs to rotate them more often if it’s a tough gig! The ship resembled the Eclipse and Equinox class ships but seemed cozy and welcoming given its size. The designers have built in lots of discrete seating areas and it was always possible to find a quiet corner. I particularly enjoyed the rooftop open air lounge area with cinema screen. Eden was also lovely. Heard beautiful singer there one evening. Enjoyed a couple of things in theatre. Waiter service there excellent. First Celebrity cruise I have been on where I’ve been approached to ask if we’d like something rather than queuing at a bar. Summer cruises tend to be busy! Destinations good. Celebrity tours where selected good as usual. In conclusion, I would like to go on another cruise on this ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose the cruise because we wanted to maximise our time in Europe. See as much as we could with a child during a short window and we wanted to experience the new ship and to see for ourselves if it lived up to the hype. We had ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we wanted to maximise our time in Europe. See as much as we could with a child during a short window and we wanted to experience the new ship and to see for ourselves if it lived up to the hype. We had well reserched the ports and had some great excusrsions planned (our own not Celebrity) and were really excited. Coming from New Zealand and having cruised before in Europe (on Reflection and on Holland Amrica) we knew what to expect from a busy European trip. Arrival and departure on the ship was best I have ever experienced. It was made easier by the Celebrity App and we have done all the photos and checked in weeks prior. We literally walked on board and went straight to our suite. Our ship passes were waiting and the room was almost ready so after being greeted by our butler and dropping off our carry on bags we were off to explore the ship. The Edge is beautiful. It is classic and on trend. It is not flashy and bright. I think of it as a Four Seasons Hotel at Sea. Definately stay suite class if you can. The resort deck, Lumine the suite lounge, the pool and the retreat is perfect. Even when the boat is full (it was on both our cruises) it didn't feel crowded. The magic carpet is stunning. Best to go around 8.30pm when hardly one is there and you can watch the sunset. It is fun and not to be missed. Eden is also a great space that is quiet and under utilised. They have amazing cocktails but also you can order any drink there. The bar guys are really good and its quiet. We found ourselves there a lot when wanted something different. Don't be put off by all the reviews saying its weird. It is actually quite neat. It's just different. Our Cabin (Sky Suite 11201) was beautiful. The bed was perfect and faced the sea. Lots of storage - more than we needed (2 adults and a teen) and our daughter loved her pull out bed. The retreat lounge acted as a second living space and we spent a lot of time there. All of the waiters were kind, professional and went out of their way to accomodate food preferences. The Chef made a special meal for my husband after a casual conversation about Indian food. Everything was perfect. The food at Lumine was so good, we didn't really want to eat else where although we did Le Petite Chef, which was fun (but the food average) We enjoyed the shows and the enetrtainment in general but we were not really on board for that sort of thing. After days ashore we were early to bed! Our daughter loved it. She chose to hang with the parents but there were lots of kids on board and if she had wanted interaction - she could have easily got it. We would do it again and really recommend seeing Europe with kids that way. You unpack once - arrive in the port while you sleep, the resort comes with you. Honestly it is perfect. We did two amazing excursions that I highly recommend. One was Blue Boat Cinque Terre. A private tour company run by a guy called Simone. He met us by the port and off we went on our own private tour of the Cinque Terre, stopping at varios towns, swiming in the Med, having a wonderful lunch prepared by his wife. Literally the best possible day. If you only have a day to see that part of the world - emil Simone and get out there. The other tour was with Rome Stefano Tours. We have used them 5 times now and every time it is perfect. This time in Livorno our driver Tony collected us and we explored wonderful small Tuscan towns, and had a fantastic lunch Villa Vignamaggio before returning to teh ship. It was a dream day. Honestly it felt like a movie. Obviously if you have seen Florence and Pisa and Lucca then this is the excursion for you! Back to Back cruises was so smooth. We had the same cabin so on change over day we had complete freedom to do what we wanted. It was really just like a normal day on the boat. We wrote a blog on the trip ( I am a travel writer) so for more information you can go to small travels.blog and read the reviews especially view of my daughter. She writes in a very honest way from her perspective. If you are thinking about upgrading to a suite - do it. You won't regret it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We are a married couple in our 50's who cruise a lot, especially living in South Florida. We have been cruising in Europe for the past several summers with the last few being on Celebrity. Our first cruise with them was in 2010 and we ... Read More
We are a married couple in our 50's who cruise a lot, especially living in South Florida. We have been cruising in Europe for the past several summers with the last few being on Celebrity. Our first cruise with them was in 2010 and we love how the line has evolved. The Edge is definitely not your Father's cruise ship! It has a young, hip and sexy vibe. We had a wonderful cruise aboard the Edge. We thoroughly enjoyed our Infinite Veranda cabin and the entire ship. It was incredibly hot but we made the best of it. We had been in Amsterdam the week prior and spent a few nights in 100 degree weather in Rome; luckily we had planned on just relaxing at the beautiful pool at our hotel, the Rome Cavalieri, a great decision! We ate at Fine Cut, Rooftop and the Magic Carpet specialty dinners. We cancelled our Eden dinner because we just could not face another big dinner lol. The rest of the dinners were spent in each of the 4 dining rooms as we had select dining. Being a couple made it very easy to get a table. We never waited. We thought that Tuscany had the best service and friendliest staff. Our favorite specialty item was the short rib appetizer in Cosmopolitan. The magic carpet dinner was lovely, we did the late seating at 8:45 when sailing away from Livorno. It is typically offered 2 times per week with 2 seatings each. You need to book it immediately when you get to the ship. Both nights had sold out. Fine cut was good with the only complaint being the shrimp cocktail; it wasn’t cold and firm like it should be. We didn’t eat much breakfast but did make the late buffet breakfast on 2 mornings. There was a nice variety. We really loved the pizza, a nice thin and crispy crust which has been absent on most cruise lines lately. Our IV cabin was great. We never closed the glass doors and left the area open giving us the extra space. It’s a whirlwind of a week with little downtime to sit around but we did open the window when leaving port and taking a nap. We were too tired to notice if the AC was shut off or not when opened so I can’t comment on that. The weather was terribly hot so I like the fact that we had the extra space. If we had a “normal” balcony I don’t think we would have gone out on it much with the weather. When I did the British Isles cruise I never opened it once as it was just too cold. This is a great benefit. The cabin is decorated nicely and very modern. I loved the large bathroom but it did take away some closet space. There was not much floor space inside the closet so I left my shoes outside of it next to the couch. You can charge your phone on only one side of the bed and not the other. They should have included an outlet on both sides. The desk is shorter with a box containing electrical outlets taking up space. I did like the lighted vanity mirror. The shows are different from the usual and contain a lot of acrobatics in the theater, club and Eden. There are no broadway showtunes shows. We enjoyed the live performances and especially loved the duo, Gilley and the Girl; they performed Eagles, Carol King and James Taylor, etc. there was a great Whitney Houston show as well as a Jersey Boys show. The Eden show is at 10:15 offered 4 times a week. We saw it one of the nights and enjoyed it. The ship is gorgeous with interesting artwork, upscale shops and a great boutique, sexy vibe. There isn’t bingo or ice sculpting or line dancing or any of the old school activities like you may be used to. There were many large extended families from all over the world with lots of children. I did notice the kids on our sea day as it was difficult to enjoy the pool without being splashed. Speaking of the pool: I like the ledge to sit on and the loungers on it but there is almost no spots to get some shade. Where there could be loungers they have placed cabanas which are peculiar because they are behind the pool facing away and don’t seem very desirable. All in all we loved the Edge. It’s always difficult to enjoy everything the ship offers on an intensive port itinerary but I think we did a pretty good job seeing and experiencing almost everything. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We are cruisers and wanted to check out this newest Celebrity offering. We were not disappointed. It is a magnificent ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went without a hitch. Love the infinity balconies. Really adds space to the ... Read More
We are cruisers and wanted to check out this newest Celebrity offering. We were not disappointed. It is a magnificent ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went without a hitch. Love the infinity balconies. Really adds space to the cabins. The themed restaurants were all good. Everything we ordered was perfectly done. We tried two of the upgrade restaurants - Le Bistro and Eden. The experiences there were like nothing we had seen before and, if possible, the food was even more excellent than the regular dining rooms. Service was impeccable everywhere. We thought the shows appealed to younger people. Lots of energy and lots of talent. Music throughout the ship was good. We did particularly enjoy the acrobatic shows. We never had a problem finding a place to sit and relax. The casino was terrific. We even won a couple of jackpots. Drinks were free to anyone playing. No minimum play requirements needed. Guest relations went above and beyond to help us find our lost luggage and gave us necessities to get by. Our luggage never arrived but we were not made to feel out of place. All in all, the Edge exceeded our high expectations and we will definitely go again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
My husband and I were looking for a European adventure that we could do with his sister and her significant other and flying to a bunch of countries or traveling by train was just not feasible, due to time constraints and expenses. We ... Read More
My husband and I were looking for a European adventure that we could do with his sister and her significant other and flying to a bunch of countries or traveling by train was just not feasible, due to time constraints and expenses. We found this particular cruise, and itinerary, and it seemed like a no-brainer. We wanted to sail on the Edge and we wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise and this filled both of those. Perfect. We flew in the night before, staying at a little boutique hotel in the center of Rome, and spent that evening walking through the streets and getting pizza (stereotypical but face it - the pizza in Italy is amazing). The next morning we did a tour of the Vatican, which is something I think everyone should do. I'm not religious and I found it to be simply amazing. It included visits to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. After the tour, we took a taxi from Rome to Civitavecchia. It's about an hour away but the drive isn't bad. Check in was an absolute breeze, but I'm attributing that more to the fact that we didn't get there until about 130p so most people were already on the ship. My sister-in-law didn't have her check in paperwork and her app wasn't working so she was able to quickly get checked in by the staff at the cruise terminal. Walking onto this ship has been like no other experience. It blew me away from the very first moment. The ship was immaculate and the staff was just fantastic. The Celebrity Edge is very modern in terms of cruise ship decor. I do enjoy sort of the kitchiness that other cruise lines have but I really, really enjoyed the modern look of the Edge. We had a concierge class cabin up on deck 12, which was right under The Spacafe. We heard no noise from the deck above us, which was surprising. Then again, the Spacafe is located in the Solarium so it doesn't see the sort of foot traffic that the Resort Deck sees. Our cabin had an Infinite Veranda, which is so nice to have. The balcony is truly a part of your room so when you have the doors to the veranda open, it becomes just an extension of your room. There's a window that you can lower to actually turn it into an open air veranda. We heard very little noise from either stateroom beside us and no noise from other verandas when we had the window open. The Edge has fantastic soundproofing in the cabins. The shower is a little bigger than other ships and the bed seems to be a bit wider, too. I was a little disappointed with some of the food in the MDR on this particular trip. None of it was bad, by any means, but there were certain items I felt could have been done better. For example, I had spinach and ricotta ravioli one evening and the pasta was flavorless and a little mushy. I'm not a pasta snob but I appreciate a pasta that's cooked correctly. This was just overcooked and underseasoned. On our previous cruise, on the Celebrity Equinox, we had a variety of butters and spreads each night with the bread. On the Edge, 4 of the nights, we got exactly the same three spreads and the other 3 nights were the same as well. I miss the variety that we'd experienced previously. The MDR is no longer one or two large dining rooms on this ship. They split the MDR up into 4 distinct restaurants, which I felt was very nice. It gave dinner more of an intimate feel. We had dinner in the Tuscan Restaurant, which had an Italian theme. The menus between all 4 MDRs are mostly identical - but there is a section of drinks, appetizers, and entrées specific to the restaurant that you're in. I found that to be interesting. Each section of each restaurant, comprising of about 10 tables or so, had its own sommelier. That made getting wine a little easier. The downside to the entire dining experience was there being only 1 coffee machine for all 4 restaurants. Many of the nights, my husband and my sister in law's SO didn't get their coffee until well after dessert had been finished. We, unfortunately, did not get to eat in any of the specialty restaurants. They all sold out very quickly. We were really wanting to do dinner on the Magic Carpet but we'll save that for next time. We saw many of the shows offered and I will say that, hands down, Celebrity has the best onboard shows that we've seen. The entertainment is just fantastic. The Theatre has sort of a wrap-around screen which made the entire experience just a bit more amazing. We didn't participate in many of the activities onboard because we had excursions every single day, save for our one sea day, but they did a silent disco twice on the cruise and that's just the funnest thing ever. I really wish they'd offer it every night. Overall, the service on the cruise was just above and beyond. There were a few hiccups with some staff members but all in all, it was the best staff of any cruise I've been on. Our room steward was wonderful. When he introduced himself to us, he asked us what we wanted to be called instead of just referring to the names on our information. Our server and assistant server in the MDR were great, too. They were engaging just enough but not disinterested. They didn't interrupt very often, which I've experienced sometimes on other cruises. We had fantastic excursions in every port except for Cannes and Palma. And it was NOT the fault of the port itself. Cannes, for example, was an excursion that left the ship before 8am and it was about 815am (I think) when we got to our first stop, a little town called Antibes. There was basically nothing to actually do, other than get some coffee, walk around, and check out the farmer's market. Our guide said this was because it was so early. She also cut our time in Antibes by an hour, which gave us less time to do any of the things that WOULD open later. When we went to Nice, we were given about an hour and a half. Again, not much time for anything. I think this particular excursion could have been fantastic had Nice been the first stop since it took longer to get there, thus increasing the chances of things being open. Then, the things to do in Antibes would have been open as well. We toured the Drach caves in Palma. It's a 75 minute bus ride from one side of the island to the other and when we got there, our guide essentially said, "Okay, here you go. You have an hour and a half." and off she went. There was a HUGE queue outside to get in. It takes about an hour to get through the caves. We were in line, just to get in, for close to 20 minutes. It didn't really leave much time at all to really enjoy the caves. There's a boat ride across an underwater lake but we had zero time to do it because of so much time being spent just waiting in line. Our second stop of that tour was a pearl factory that was literally 50 feet from the caves. Yes, we got back in the bus and drove that 50 feet before getting out again. We had about 45 minutes at the pearl place. I think it would have worked out much better if there had been more time just in that area to enjoy the caves, the pearl shop, and the town of Porto Cristo. The rest of our excursions were fantastic. We saw the ruins of Pompeii and hiked up Mt. Vesuvius. If you do this excursion, the hike is brutal. You NEED good shoes and plenty of water. It's worth it, though, when you get to the top. We toured Florence and Pisa, both of which were lovely. We took a hop-on hop-off bus around Monte-Carlo. We visited the casino but if you have any desire to get into the casino past the slot machines, there is a dress code and you have to buy tickets. You can't wear shorts past the slot machines. Disembarkation was a breeze as well. It went very, very smoothly. It was probably the quickest we've been off the ship and into a taxi that we've ever done. Barcelona is a lovely port to end the cruise in and we spent 2 days there before we headed home. All in all, my wedding cruise aside, this was the best cruise I've ever been on. The ship is the best ship I've been on. I loved this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
The Edge is simply beautiful! We were in SkySuite 10104. The Sky Suites was well appointed: Ceiling to floor windows with a small patio with 2 chairs and a small table; the bed was very comfortable with loads of extra pillows--it faced the ... Read More
The Edge is simply beautiful! We were in SkySuite 10104. The Sky Suites was well appointed: Ceiling to floor windows with a small patio with 2 chairs and a small table; the bed was very comfortable with loads of extra pillows--it faced the patio; there was plenty of drawers (including 3 in the bathroom under the sink), a large closet with hangers and a wardrobe area with a safe, and ceiling to floor drawers; there was a small but usable desk with a charging "box" for iphones and plugins; there was a small frig that was filled each day by our Butler Dino with water, soda and whatever else we requested; the main room also had a chaise-style lounger and a small table (unfortunately, the table is low and not easy to eat on, but it was fine. The table on the patio is too small to take a dining tray at all; it is really only good for cocktails. The draperies (blackout) are controlled by a wall panel. Very nice, the panel also controls the temp. and lights in the room. The bathroom is the best we have ever experienced! It has a full bathtub with a very powerful adjustable shower fixture. This has a glass door and shower curtain for privacy. The toilet in located behind a frosted glass door. The vanity area has been moved here too: a hairdryer, vanity mirror and small stool are also provided. The towels were top quality and we had 4 per stateroom. In addition, the robes and slippers were high quality. Our cabin steward was very attentive and friendly--our room was always clean. A neat feature: the bathroom mirror over the sink slides open into the room, letting in more light and view to the patio. The ship is filled with art--some modern, some traditional but all interesting. The room had a "book" highlighting some of the best, its name, artist and where to see it. There is even an area of the hull left "open" so you can get a glimpse of the hull and "skeleton" of the ship. The ship is magnificent and not like any other we have sailed. Food: the restaurants, grill and Oceanview Buffet were similar to other Celebrity's we have been on. We enjoyed the Luminae several nights and for our final day breakfast--superb service and food here. We did not get a chance to dine at Blu this trip, but it looks very nice too. We did have a chance to eat at several of the specialty dining locations: Eden (food and service were very good, but the "actors" and why and what they are there for is unclear--it was lost on us.); Magic Carpet (we were so excited about this, and were REALLY disappointed. It was cold, windy, the food arrived cold and the waiters were "surely". They do provide warmed blankets, but for the $95 extra, we wouldn't do it again. If you are planning to eat here, I recommend to go to the first seating or just experience it with a drink. It has a very nice bar and great views over the ocean.) La petite Chef: This is very cute and the food was good. We did not have time to do the steak house or Raw on 5: both looked very nice. Shows: We think they need some work here. The theater at every show was the emptiest we have ever experienced--maybe 40% full. The only show we really enjoyed, was called Incanto (4 opera-style singers who toured with Andrea Bocelli.) The Martini Bar and The Club were very popular--they did the Silent Disco two nights! Load of fun. One evening we went to the Eden show. It was interesting, but hard to follow. It really needs some work--a narrative or something. The talent is good and try very hard--interpretative dancing mostly with audience participation. We only attended a show 4 of the 7 nights. The Retreat is fabulous! Only challenge for us was it is not adult only. There were many small children running around during the day. At night, it was virtually empty. There are tons of unique and fun chairs to try out around the area. The Concierge services here are very professional. Wine and soft drinks were available all day and sometimes some crackers and small bites. The Tenders were the nicest we have ever been on too. Fold-down leather-type padded seating. The side elevator made for easy off and on. That feature is a "keeper"! We were less concerned about the ports than experiencing the ship. The only ports we had not been to before were Cannes and Palma de Mallorca. At both port we used Withlocals--great tour guides. Overall, we loved the ship and would definitely sail on it again. Next time, probably a longer cruise would allow us to experience more of its amenities. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Reading some of the earlier posts about the Celebrity Edge, we were somewhat anxious about whether we had taken the right decision Let me tell you from the start that we had. We have over 50 cruises under our belt and 35 of these were ... Read More
Reading some of the earlier posts about the Celebrity Edge, we were somewhat anxious about whether we had taken the right decision Let me tell you from the start that we had. We have over 50 cruises under our belt and 35 of these were with Celebrity and this was by far the best ship we have ever sailed on. It is difficult to understand what all the previous gripes have been about. I suppose if one has a bad experience, like the salt pot being empty, then one can give it one star, but seriously, Celebrity have produced a first class ship with excellent crew and first class service. You must go expecting it to be different, and it certainly is. Yes, its expensive, compared to other celebrity ships, but the standard of luxury is breathtaking. The infinite cabins are great, yes, the ac does go off if the balcony window is down, but wouldn’t you do that at home if you opened a folding door? So those of you worried about booking on the Edge, need not worry, unless of course you are serial complainers. Embarkation in Rome was a breeze, straight to your stateroom where your seapass card is waiting. The ocean view was at times crowded but it was always possible to find a seat, and the table clearing service was excellent. Others have complained they had difficulty getting someone to serve a drink. Just ask any waiter and they will organise it for you. Simple! The theatre has to be seen to be believed and the shows were generally good. We were fortunate that this was the President/CEOs cruise so we benefitted from additional entertainment such as a ballroom dancing exhibition in the Club and on the last night flamenco dancers on the resort deck I mentioned we had done 35 cruises and on this cruise we had our Zenith celebration party on the Bridge with Captain Costas and senior officers where we were joined by Andrea Shey, Director of Loyalty from Miami, and the great Captains Club Hostess, Elizabeth. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This ship was recommended to us by our Travel Agent. Why? Well we arent your tradtional cruisers, and I didnt fancy an old fashioned traditional cruise. Not even sure if thats a thing, but I had this idea that tradtional cruisers get ... Read More
This ship was recommended to us by our Travel Agent. Why? Well we arent your tradtional cruisers, and I didnt fancy an old fashioned traditional cruise. Not even sure if thats a thing, but I had this idea that tradtional cruisers get dressed up for eating, and that is not something I aspire to. I was also under the impression that everyone sits round listening to lounge music quietly drinking Martini, or taking ballroom dancing lessons. Again probably wrong, but i am sure you get the idea. Anyway, from the ultra modern cabins, to the ultra modern theatre and very modern performers and performances, the fabulous food, the amazing staff, glorious restaurants, great pool area, that was never crowded and some great bars serving draft beer, what more could ask for? Oh yes, the complete lack of a formal evening, was the icing on the cake. Yes the ladies dressed up, and yes the odd fella decided to wear a penguin suit, but generally it was just smart casual wear, which is how it should be on holiday, in my humble opinion. Never understood how anyone could be comfortable wearing a dickie bow tie, no matter what the occasion. Even ties are pointless. I digress. Everything was perfect, well thats how it seemed to me, butgranted I have nothing to compare it to. But why do I need to compare it? My wife and I loved it. Granted we met folk that didnt. Some of their complaints were on the bizarre side to be frank. From the lack of Bingo.......yes apparently thats a thing........and a few complaining that Eden was anti God. I kid you not. And talking about Eden. What a fabulous place it is. My favourite part of the ship. Three decks amazingly decoarted, with a wonderful bar, and Edenists, the performers that were incredible, and quite personal. Utterly superb. And very hard to properly explain. Just go, immerse yourself in the whole atmosphere and enjoy the Eden ride. Other bars we loved....The Sunset bar, deck 15, brilliant as the boat left port. The Club was great. Didnt like the Martini bar. A bit pretentious, with some extremely pretentious folk seemingly permenantly seated around the bar making it hard to get served. And service here was sometimes slow due to them making cocktails constantly, and never having more than 3 working there. The Pool was great and never crowded, and the food was immense. Agin nothing to compare it to. Arriving and leaving was a doddle really. Unless you are extremely picky. The state of the art theatre is great too, as were the peformances, especially the guest appearance of the amazing Incanto. Utterly amazing. Look them up on t'internet. Eddy the ships Diector was brilliant too. Very calm, casual, and down to earth. Just whats needed on such a modern ship. Loved every minute of it. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this particular cruise on the Edge as we were intrigued by Celebrity's newest ship and the ports on this 10 day adventure were fabulous (Naples, Mallorca, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Santa Margherita, La Spezia and Rome). We ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise on the Edge as we were intrigued by Celebrity's newest ship and the ports on this 10 day adventure were fabulous (Naples, Mallorca, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Santa Margherita, La Spezia and Rome). We read many critics of the new ship design (specifically the Infinite Verandah - that we had booked) but we boarded with an open mind. CABIN - 7126 - Infinite Verandah - Category E-1 Cruising is a very subjective vacation and I recognize that some people who like to sit on their balcony every morning may not like the Infinite Verandah, but we absolutely loved the new cabin design. When the window was open we felt like we not only had a verandah, but it was more private than a normal one, with no noise from our neighbors. When it was closed we had the extra square footage in our cabin to use. The bathroom/shower was the best of any ship we have been on for a standard balcony. We had 4 in the cabin and while it was tight the cabin design made it just fine. They have crafted storage in good places and the inclusion of the charging box for your devices and USB ports on one side of the king sized bed, was fabulous. It is tight between the bed and the closet but I would not trade the king bed for a queen for more room. Dining - We dined in all of the 4 main dining rooms and was impressed by the design of each room (Cyprus and Tuscan were our favorite color/table schemes, but all were beautiful). The food in the main dining rooms was really exceptional by cruising standards. I don't know if it is because it is their new flagship but you can tell that the quality of the food/menu design/preparation is important. There were 8 adults and 3 teenagers on our cruise and we all thought the food standards were high, including one of our friends who owns a restaurant. We dined at La Petite Chef and Raw on 5 and loved both meals. Our friends dined at Eden and loved the food but found the "side show" a distraction. Apparently there have been complaints about the cirque type performers and they have been dialed down to the point that our friends said that they offered nothing to improve the experience. Oceanview Café - we did not eat dinner at the Oceanview, but had breakfast and lunch there and thoroughly enjoyed the selections and food quality. In addition, you have to try the pizza at the back of the ship, behind the Oceanview café. Really good thin crust pizza. Café Al Bacio Our favorite part of the ship was Café Al Bacio. We love our coffee and it was great to sit in a corner, have our coffee and watch the people walk by while listening to music. Entertainment We only went to a couple of shows but enjoyed the comedian and the musical/dance show. The theater is innovative (in the round with huge video screens that are incorporated into the performance). Again it feels like the talent hired for this ship is of a higher quality than we typically see onboard Celebrity. We did "Bandaoke" one night and Lea and the band were fantastic. The band that played in the atrium most nights was high energy and great musicians. Staff Our cabin attendant, Oksana, was amazing. As mentioned above, we had 4 in our cabin, including two 14 year old boys. Oksana had fresh ice for us every night, the boys trundle beds prepared, chocolates on our pillows and their clothes folded. We felt well taken care of. The waiters in the restaurants couldn't do enough for us, even though you were not dining at the same table every night. Magic Carpet We used the Magic Carpet to tender twice and it is such a more civilized way to enter a tender. The Destination Gateway area is not the cramped mess that all other ships have when you are tendering or returning to port in a non-tender situation. I had drinks on the Carpet one afternoon and it was quite windy (an issue others have raised). We did not have dinner on the Carpet but the menu looked good. I don't know how well it is doing for dinner as we were offered a reduced price to eat there. Rooftop Garden We watched a movie on the rooftop one afternoon and it was fabulous. I miss the grass, but the area is now better purposed. We found that the ship has lots of nooks and crannies for privacy and places to sit and relax. The Spa We booked the Thermal Suite for the 10 days and while I enjoyed the spa there were a few things missing. I think they should have a hot tub/water therapy in the spa and could get rid of a couple of the other rooms that were kind of a dud (salt room or one of the two steam rooms). The hot tile beds were great. The showers don't have hair dryers, which my wife did not like. Otherwise it was a great place to relax, but I think it is slightly overpriced. Conclusion The ship is spectacular, the staff are excellent, the food was fantastic and the Infinite Verandah was a hit for us. Couldn't recommend the ship any more. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This ship is incredible. The best cruise we ever had. The sunset veranda rooms are definitely the best, short of an Aquaclass or suite. It is larger and a has a huge balcony...and it's quiet. We were on deck 11. Our cabin steward ... Read More
This ship is incredible. The best cruise we ever had. The sunset veranda rooms are definitely the best, short of an Aquaclass or suite. It is larger and a has a huge balcony...and it's quiet. We were on deck 11. Our cabin steward (Wyan) was so attentive we never wanted for anything. Room service is prompt and friendly. The shows are fresh and interesting and the performers can be found all over the ship doing exciting things. Eden is exquisite and the performances are really different (in a good way). The staff could not have been nicer. I've never been on a cruise where the senior staff were along the way to greet you and wish you a great day on the way off the ship in each port, and on the dock to greet you when you returned from your excursions. The waitstaff were friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to accommodate. We used all four of the main dining room and ate at the Steakhouse, Eden, and Le Petite Chef. The latter was the most fun evening ever. The food was always well prepared and delicious. If I had one complaint it was that you could not make a reservation in the main dining rooms on the app. The 7000 number almost always had a recording saying to go to the restaurant to make a reservation, and often there was no one at the restaurant prepared to do that. We managed to work around that and they always willingly accommodated us without a reservation, but since so much is doable on the app, that would be a nice addition. I will definitely cruise this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Booked this cruse almost a year in advance ( great itinerary that caught our attention) and were shocked when a few months later prices went up 50%!!! It was our 18th cruise and I've never seen anything like that before.. But I ... Read More
Booked this cruse almost a year in advance ( great itinerary that caught our attention) and were shocked when a few months later prices went up 50%!!! It was our 18th cruise and I've never seen anything like that before.. But I am sure that those who paid pretty big bucks, were not disappointed.. The ship is not small but very easy to navigate. wherever we went, we'd find something new we've never seen before. I am talking about ship's decor, theater reinvented, Eden, Magic Carpet .. and more.. Dining - for the 1st time we did not book any specialty restaurants. Edge has 4 dining rooms and each of them has their own mini menu beside the common for all 4. So we had tried 3 of them and food was great!!! Buffet - no complaints .. aft tea with scones and clotted cream ( and we are not British, but LOVED it). We decided to change our dinner time and didn't even had to tell anyone. All our walk ins were successful, we were accommodated right away. Took couple of excursions - no issues there. Tenders were so modern.. again it was the 1st time when we saw something like that. Entertainment - from singers to theater shows - we enjoyed it so much. This ship actually one of not many where you are getting entertained pretty late. usually after the late show ships are "dead" , this one was booming.. loved silent karaoke. Honestly, I teared up a little leaving the ship.. Highly recommend it to 1st time or experienced cruisers. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Celebrity Edge is a great ship and it put our faith back into cruising after a disastrous cruise on Cunard's QM2 last year which was so old fashioned, dirty and the food disgusting that we pledged never to go on a cruise again, ... Read More
Celebrity Edge is a great ship and it put our faith back into cruising after a disastrous cruise on Cunard's QM2 last year which was so old fashioned, dirty and the food disgusting that we pledged never to go on a cruise again, however, we saw The Edge and decided to give it a go and it was one of the best decisions we made. It has everything you want on a cruise: fabulous food; friendly and excellent service; sparklingly clean and hygienic; impressive and packed itinerary. If you're a first time cruiser you'll love it but probably be disappointed in other ships afterwards! Things to think about: we considered upgrading to concierge class but that would have doubled the gratuities. Why go on a huge ship and pay extra to keep separated in a small exclusive area at the front, if you don't like the 'Hoi Polloi' go on a smaller more exclusive ship. Forget the organised shore excursion , you could have got off the ship in at least 6 of the ports we stopped at and easily explored on your own. Get a Premium drinks package for a hassle free cruise experience, who wants to spend the cruise adding up the cost of drinks - prices are high AND theres always the 18% or 20% service charge Reduce the packing, you really DO NOT need those evening dresses and suits, the Edge has Evening Chic i.e. cocktail party attire , men take a smart linen suit or similar and women a cocktail dress or equivalent if you want to dress up. If you have restricted mobility remember that this is a massive ship and you can do a lot of walking to and from decks plus the ports we visited were not at all easy for wheelchair access. Pre-cruise we chose Select Dining as there were only 2 of you and it really worked for us. No fixed time or table, you choose when and where to eat in the 4 'free' restaurants between 5.30pm-9.30pm, simply ask the Maitre D' for a table ( you can reserve one but we just went were we fancied that night), you may have to wait for a table for 2 but if it's too busy then just go to another restaurant. We also ate in the Oceanview cafe 2 nights and wish we eaten there more often as it was superb. WHAT REALLY IMPRESSED US. The Silent Disco was THE best thing we've ever done on a cruise- just do it, it's a disco but not as you know it!!! Embarkation and disembarkation was top notch, easy and very speedy. Embrace the digital world (even we managed out at 59 yrs) get the App on your phone, check in online, sort out your sea pass photo, etc all before you leave home. Food was superb in all areas and we loved 4 main dining rooms but missed building up a rapport with staff. Don't waste your money eating in specialty restaurants (unless you're wanting to boast about it to others or are bored quickly and need the amusement ) the service and food in the 'free' restaurants are fantastic. Service was excellent throughout the ship and good to see officers mingling with passengers and eating in the restaurants. Infinite balcony stateroom was fabulous and the bathroom the best ever, so well designed and spacious. Plenty of cupboard and storage space (check the walls carefully, we didn't realise there was storage behind the curved bit until day 9!) but doors were difficult to open so proper handles would help to open them more easily. Cleanliness, as always Celebrity keep everything clean and well maintained. Plenty of people cleaning up constantly and enforcing hand hygiene at restaurants. NOT SO IMPRESSED BY. The daily programme was changed (printed and digital) without us knowing and we missed things because they were rescheduled without notification. Dress code wasn’t specified anywhere so was a mystery to us and we never realised it was evening chic ( plus no one dressed up) till after the evening! Eden was lovely area but wasted and underused, we were very disappointed in the bar , there was no drinks list and we were told beers were same as every else but we didn’t know what those were having just arrived. Cocktails were awful and hugely over priced. Make it into a proper mixology bar ( like on the Eclipse - 2013) with quality cocktails and get rid of the new age acrobats. Sad that non suite guests are barred from front of ship. We would have liked a smaller, intimate and quieter bar (with jazz, solo musicians, etc) to sit and relax in in after dinner. The Spa - as usual laughably expensive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
BACKGROUND INFO My husband and I were on the 10-night Iberian Peninsula sailing 15 May 2019. We are in our early 50s, foodies, and very active. PRE-CRUISE We stayed in London 5 nights prior to the cruise. Happily we were able ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFO My husband and I were on the 10-night Iberian Peninsula sailing 15 May 2019. We are in our early 50s, foodies, and very active. PRE-CRUISE We stayed in London 5 nights prior to the cruise. Happily we were able to share a private transport with another couple. NOTE: because of the high tax imposed on drivers into the city of London, our share of the transport was an additional 40£. The other couple was picked up at Heathrow. EMBARKATION The trip from London to Southampton is quick, especially when you’ve just met nice people! We had a great time on the way to the port. Check in was a piece of cake. Suite guests were provided an area with coffee, tea, water, and pastries. There is free Wi-Fi at the port of Southampton HOWEVER…it was very slow because everyone sitting in the terminal was trying to use it. I highly recommend you download the Celebrity app at home with a faster connection. SHIP Port disembarkation area: What an improvement! The space is much nicer, i.e., you don’t feel like you’re in this dark, make-shift space in the bowels of the ship. That’s not to say everything needs a designer’s touch, but typically this space just isn’t representative of the rest of the ship. Edge has changed that. There was plenty of light to review a map or tour information before exiting the ship, and space to do so before queueing up to exit the ship. Well done! Our trip next year includes several ports that require tendering and I’m actually looking forward to it. The Magic Carpet: One thing we regret not doing is sitting and relaxing on the MC while we were at sea. We typically go to the Solarium for a quick splash and a nap, and I wish we would have visited the MC. I’ve read some negativity about the MC and I just don’t get it. The MC is just quietly there; I don’t understand what’s not to like. It’s such a unique concept. The Edge Cabanas: We didn’t book an Edge cabana and I didn’t see them get much use overall. They look very comfortable however when the MC is on deck 14 it blocks the views one would have sitting in the cabana. I suppose the best time to rent one would be on a day where the ship requires use of its tenders because the MC would be on deck 2. Add to that most people would be off the ship and thus there wouldn’t be nearly as many passengers walking past the area. A main passenger thoroughfare is routed directly in front of the Edge cabanas so we weren’t certain how private they would truly be. Rooftop Garden: Overall it’s a lovely area. My recommendation is to erect a wind guard for diners and some shade for those who may want to enjoy the space without sitting in direct sunlight. My husband dearly misses the grass on the Solstice class ships. He loves the feel of it and the ability to lay in the sun without the clamor of pool noise. Solarium: We spent a sea day or two here and the day the Edge was put in at Gibraltar (we’ve already toured Gibraltar and decided to enjoy an empty ship). I’m not a sun-worshipper but I do enjoy a pool so having a covered area for adults only like the Solarium is such a bonus. The Spa Café is within the confines of the Solarium. Grand Plaza: This is a main hub, i.e., it seemed to be a very popular spot for people to meet before and after dinner. At any time of day there were people in the Grand Plaza but especially so starting from 1600 on. The Flair Bartenders didn’t disappoint and put on an amazing show with lots of juggling and multiple martini pours. There was a band playing most nights and while they were very good the music was WAY too loud. I appreciate a party atmosphere but conversation was no way possible when the band started to play. Eventually we opted to take our after-dinner nightcaps in Eden. Ocean View Café: This was one of the spaces that impressed us most. We loved the hand-washing station, the aft pizza area, the helpful signage above the kiosks, the large windows, and the absence of step-ups and ramps in the seating area. The food was generally very good, particularly the Indian cuisine selections. There is a Secondo Bacio within the OVC; outside the main dining hall area there is a selection of gelato, ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. There isn’t a dedicated Gelateria near Café al Bacio on the Edge. Out of sight, out of mind. Eden: Absolutely gorgeous and such a fresh concept! There are plenty of niches where one can curl up with a book. Happily for those who enjoy hardcover books, there is a tiered cart just inside Eden where one may borrow a book. The trolley is kind of a mini-library, and I appreciate Celebrity making the effort to provide hardcover books. Eden is a great space for socializing, having a cocktail, or just enjoying the view out the back of the ship, which is beautiful. It is a much quieter space than the Grand Plaza but still has a festive atmosphere in the evenings. During the day a quiet nook in Eden is like being a library. The Eden Bar has craft cocktails with a menu that is a cross between the now-defunct Molecular Bar and the World Class Bar on the S-Class ships. Some of the cocktails were priced above the PBP limit to include the $45 cocktail intended to be shared by four people. We are curious to know if it’s permitted to share the cost between parties for this special libation. The Retreat: We always appreciated the intent of Michael’s Club but it seemed to be an afterthought in terms of space, service, and décor (thankfully the Revolutionizing across all the ships will address the décor). The Retreat on Edge is a breath of fresh air. The layout makes sense and it feels like a comfortable lounge rather than a stuffy club. The color scheme is light and bright with large windows at one end and an outdoor patio at the other. Water, coffee, tea, and other cold refreshments were self-serve. Small nibbles were offered at certain times of the day. Basic cocktails were free for those without a beverage package, but only within the Retreat Lounge. Oddly, no matter if one has a beverage package or not, cocktails, water, etc. are NOT free is they are ordered on the Retreat Sun Deck. We just don’t understand this policy. The small pool on the Retreat Sun Deck seemed to be just the right size and there were plenty of deck chairs. I think this is another space that may benefit from a small sun shade. There were three Retreat Concierges (Shauna, Calli, and Isabella) and they were busy every time we visited the Retreat. Shopping: I am curious to know what the desired sales quotas are for Tiffany & Co, Cartier, and BVLGARI on the Edge. We never saw many passengers in them, but maybe it’s more about presenting an image rather than truly having function? There were a few sensibly-priced ( Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Because I'm a cruisey and it is the newest ship. The Retreat lounge was ok and I liked the idea that food was once again served in this lounge. I never made it to the Captain's Club. Our group, all in suites, liked to finish ... Read More
Because I'm a cruisey and it is the newest ship. The Retreat lounge was ok and I liked the idea that food was once again served in this lounge. I never made it to the Captain's Club. Our group, all in suites, liked to finish the evening at the Martini Bar - that's really so neat. The bar every so often is allowed to "mix martinis" showing their talents - every hour, I think. They were very tasty and the living room concept was comfortable. We went to the workout room and was impressed with all of the equipment and never had to wait for a machine. The hallways were a little cold at times but happily able to completely regulate room temperature with a digital unit. Raw on 5 was my favorite dining experience because the fillet Mignon was just to die for. We loved Le Petit Chef and would do it again - the Primecut (I think was the name - the steak house) served lamb, veal and wonderful cuts of aged fillet. Our friends brought Caymus and we were able to serve that to dine. All in all it was a great trip, my only comment is that the ship is new, staff has to grow to understand the steps of serving in this new configuration. They'll get there - they always do. This was our 41st cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We booked this cruise because we wanted to try out the Celebrity Edge from Ft. Lauderdale to Europe. We were planning to leave the ship in Le Harve, France for a river cruise to Normandy, and saw this as an opportunity to easily travel the ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we wanted to try out the Celebrity Edge from Ft. Lauderdale to Europe. We were planning to leave the ship in Le Harve, France for a river cruise to Normandy, and saw this as an opportunity to easily travel the Atlantic. We got off in Le Harve the day before the ship sailed to Southampton. First of all, I read the other review of the Edge Transatlantic, and I am thinking these people were not on my same cruise. To make a big deal over shampoo or sounds in the wind, give me a break! The ship is beautiful, had great service, great dining, great entertainment, and a relatively smooth sailing. I have been on many ships, including three trans Atlantics, and did not experience rough seas on this sailing. Maybe those people on the top decks should have been down on Ocean View cabins like me. We know better crossing the ocean. Our cabin was on deck three near the front elevator. The only criticism I have for the cabin is having to walk the length of the ship every day to get to dining. The restaurants were at the back of the ship and we were on the front. It was near the theater. We liked the idea of being able to eat in 4 different restaurants every night and had no problems making reservations for early seating. The service was excellent and food choices plentiful. The buffet dining in the cafe was not good at night. There was very little choice, the same menus, and not as good as other ships we have been om. The shows were great. We especially loved the first night entertainment of December 63 which featured Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons music. They had lovely voices, and a high energy show. Lorraine Crosby one night did a terrific show of Queen and other rock music. Every night there was entertainment in the theater. I did not particularly like the Celebrity production shows. Also they featured lectures, extra shows, and other events during the day. We knew that there was no library on board, so we brought digital books with us. The ship provided a restaurant every day for games to allow people to play. i took advantage of this by hooking up with fellow cruises to play cards on sea days. My husband liked the fitness area and said it was very modern with lots of excellent machines. He never had to wait for one the whole cruse. The shops were too high end. Not everyone needs expensive jewelry and watches. They were empty and I missed the typical sales that most ships offer. None were available. I think Celebrity will have to rethink these shops for most cruisers. The ship excursions were typical, my only criticism was the day in Lisbon where we had a very poor excursion with a poor tour guide. It was one of the worst tours we ever were on. It did not help that it was raining all day. The other days were sunny but cooler with better tour guides. We did not have many ports to visit on this itinerary. It is a waste of money to book a high verandah cabin crossing the Atlantic. We know this so we booked an outside cabin which was more than comfortable. Our cabin steward, Garvin, gave us excellent attention. I would highly recommend the Edge. We booked another Celebrity cruise on board for next year and think highly of them. This was one of the best cruises I ever have taken. 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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