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Embarkation – Very smooth. We arrived around 1130 and walked on. Had loaded security photos ahead of time, so no slow down. Okay to go straight to room and cards were waiting at the door in secure package. We were able to drop carry-ons and go enjoy the ship. As usual, rooms were fully ready-to-go at 1 P.M. Cards are now RFID, just tap to device when needed. Have to be careful if you like to punch them for lanyards. RIFD runs around the border, so punch has to deep enough from border to not break the wire. Luggage delivery on the EDGE and Infinity back in October had bags at the rooms very quickly. Most before 3 P.M. and muster drill. 9307 had a little, private hallway to our cabin and 9305 JS on the corner. Very nice cabin. Nice size bathroom and shower, lots of storage spaces. The Infinity cabins are nice, but I’ll stick to a regular veranda. It’s a neat concept, but I think it’s not so great. The new Celebrity app still needs a lot of work and if you use it, you have to carry your tablet or cell phone around with you. You can use it to open your door, if you want, and can also control TV, lights and AC from. That part works well because it is local in the cabin. Lots of conflicts between ship paper schedule and the what shows in the app schedule. The texting between people in the app needs work too. The ship is beautiful. A very different feel and look. Very upscale and neutral colors. Elegant. Crew is awesome. Captain is a hoot. We’ve had him before. Morning announcements are hilarious. Overall, nice layout. Personally, not a fan of the size and layout of the Sunset bar, but nice view. Dinner at the Rooftop Grill was outstanding. Got it ½ price on turnaround day by being BTB customers. Not a fan of where the hot tubs are, but having them up high opens up pool deck space. Pool is very nice and great size. Not a fan of the “revenue producing” cabanas, but whatever. Pool lounge chairs suck, in my opinion. Backs don’t come far enough upright to sit up comfortably and watch people and events. The Magic Carpet is very nice. Great views at sea and arriving/leaving port. Big miss is the one pool bar. They had some of their best bartenders there, but just not enough work space for them and too many customers. POS systems aren’t fast enough and make them take too many steps to complete sale. I think they thought the Magic Carpet would pick up some of the slack, but not so much. They also didn’t have the extra drink stations and beer carts on sea days that they use on other ships. The deck smoking area is a homerun. Tucked between deck levels and where most people don’t need to traverse to get places. Oceanview Café is a home run. Great food and new layout reduces congestion. Lowered lighting during dinner is also very nice. New seating arrangements also help keep seats available and easy to find. Gym is nice, still has new car smell. Kellie had feet and nails done in the spa. Very good service. Cakes’ wife had acupuncture for a sciatica flareup. She was also very happy, good results. Grand Plaza is nice, but terrible acoustics for music and music intrudes into the Bistro and Steakhouse. Whoever bought and designed the furniture in all the public spaces, except the theater, never sat on them for any length of time. Especially, the ones in the casino bar. I’m 6’1” and my legs were hanging with no place to put them. No foot rails on chairs or tables. Most of it needs to be thrown overboard. Casino table limits are pretty much $10 and up. That blows…………… Casino itself is nice. Eden is very weird in my opinion. Strange space. I didn’t go to any of the “shows” in there, but a fellow passenger confirmed what I thought. Taking a hit of LSD or smoking a mushroom first might help you figure out what’s going on. Billy B thought it was pretty weird. The café in there is nice though. Good sandwiches, cookies and brownies. We did a shore excursion in Grand Cayman. Debarkation/tendering very smooth. Dockside organization, very poor. No Celebrity people helping out and vendors weren’t on their game. You also had Carnival guests mixing in which didn’t help. We did the Dolphin/Stingray encounter. Once we got there and got things straightened out, the rest went great, very nice day. We just walked around the port side “mall” in Costa Maya. Nice, but nothing to write home about. Very high winds that day. One ship couldn’t dock due to high winds and seas. We were banging into the dock all day because of the wind. High winds in Tortola also. A lot of wind overall, the first week. We had a private charter scheduled to go to the Baths. The ship cancelled all tours to the Baths. Our boat advised against trying to do it also. They took us on an alternate outing to snorkeling and lunch at a restaurant on an island. Very nice. Phillipsburg beach at the harbor/town center has taken quite a beating and is still recovering. They lost a good bit of beach front. Still nice, though. Music groups and DJ’s were all very good. Comedians were good. Rondell Sheridan is awesome. We had seen him before on another ship. As usual, we blew off most of the shows. Some weird, some just the usual production stuff. Billy B liked the Paul McCartney tribute band /show they had brought on board. Bingo has been replaced by “Deal or No Deal” like the TV show. We played once. $25 for two games. Max. prize is $1000. Not bad for one go round. The redesigned “Destination Gateway” on Deck 2 has nice look and feel. Not just the industrial area like other ships for gangway operations in ports. Well thought out. Debarkation gets 5-stars. We did the walk off early. Lineup is in Eden Café and then they funnel the line down the outside of Deck 5. From the time the line started moving around 0715, we were at the curb within 15-20 minutes. They are using facial recognition technology to screen exiting passengers. If you have nothing to declare, we didn’t even have to show our passports. Very painless!!!!

The redesign has both good and bad points!

Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by ktrss

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Sunset Veranda Stateroom
Embarkation – Very smooth. We arrived around 1130 and walked on. Had loaded security photos ahead of time, so no slow down. Okay to go straight to room and cards were waiting at the door in secure package. We were able to drop carry-ons and go enjoy the ship. As usual, rooms were fully ready-to-go at 1 P.M. Cards are now RFID, just tap to device when needed. Have to be careful if you like to punch them for lanyards. RIFD runs around the border, so punch has to deep enough from border to not break the wire. Luggage delivery on the EDGE and Infinity back in October had bags at the rooms very quickly. Most before 3 P.M. and muster drill.

9307 had a little, private hallway to our cabin and 9305 JS on the corner. Very nice cabin. Nice size bathroom and shower, lots of storage spaces. The Infinity cabins are nice, but I’ll stick to a regular veranda. It’s a neat concept, but I think it’s not so great.

The new Celebrity app still needs a lot of work and if you use it, you have to carry your tablet or cell phone around with you. You can use it to open your door, if you want, and can also control TV, lights and AC from. That part works well because it is local in the cabin. Lots of conflicts between ship paper schedule and the what shows in the app schedule. The texting between people in the app needs work too.

The ship is beautiful. A very different feel and look. Very upscale and neutral colors. Elegant. Crew is awesome. Captain is a hoot. We’ve had him before. Morning announcements are hilarious. Overall, nice layout. Personally, not a fan of the size and layout of the Sunset bar, but nice view. Dinner at the Rooftop Grill was outstanding. Got it ½ price on turnaround day by being BTB customers. Not a fan of where the hot tubs are, but having them up high opens up pool deck space. Pool is very nice and great size. Not a fan of the “revenue producing” cabanas, but whatever. Pool lounge chairs suck, in my opinion. Backs don’t come far enough upright to sit up comfortably and watch people and events. The Magic Carpet is very nice. Great views at sea and arriving/leaving port. Big miss is the one pool bar. They had some of their best bartenders there, but just not enough work space for them and too many customers. POS systems aren’t fast enough and make them take too many steps to complete sale. I think they thought the Magic Carpet would pick up some of the slack, but not so much. They also didn’t have the extra drink stations and beer carts on sea days that they use on other ships. The deck smoking area is a homerun. Tucked between deck levels and where most people don’t need to traverse to get places. Oceanview Café is a home run. Great food and new layout reduces congestion. Lowered lighting during dinner is also very nice. New seating arrangements also help keep seats available and easy to find. Gym is nice, still has new car smell. Kellie had feet and nails done in the spa. Very good service. Cakes’ wife had acupuncture for a sciatica flareup. She was also very happy, good results.

Grand Plaza is nice, but terrible acoustics for music and music intrudes into the Bistro and Steakhouse. Whoever bought and designed the furniture in all the public spaces, except the theater, never sat on them for any length of time. Especially, the ones in the casino bar. I’m 6’1” and my legs were hanging with no place to put them. No foot rails on chairs or tables. Most of it needs to be thrown overboard. Casino table limits are pretty much $10 and up. That blows…………… Casino itself is nice.

Eden is very weird in my opinion. Strange space. I didn’t go to any of the “shows” in there, but a fellow passenger confirmed what I thought. Taking a hit of LSD or smoking a mushroom first might help you figure out what’s going on. Billy B thought it was pretty weird. The café in there is nice though. Good sandwiches, cookies and brownies.

We did a shore excursion in Grand Cayman. Debarkation/tendering very smooth. Dockside organization, very poor. No Celebrity people helping out and vendors weren’t on their game. You also had Carnival guests mixing in which didn’t help. We did the Dolphin/Stingray encounter. Once we got there and got things straightened out, the rest went great, very nice day.

We just walked around the port side “mall” in Costa Maya. Nice, but nothing to write home about. Very high winds that day. One ship couldn’t dock due to high winds and seas. We were banging into the dock all day because of the wind.

High winds in Tortola also. A lot of wind overall, the first week. We had a private charter scheduled to go to the Baths. The ship cancelled all tours to the Baths. Our boat advised against trying to do it also. They took us on an alternate outing to snorkeling and lunch at a restaurant on an island. Very nice.

Phillipsburg beach at the harbor/town center has taken quite a beating and is still recovering. They lost a good bit of beach front. Still nice, though.

Music groups and DJ’s were all very good. Comedians were good. Rondell Sheridan is awesome. We had seen him before on another ship. As usual, we blew off most of the shows. Some weird, some just the usual production stuff. Billy B liked the Paul McCartney tribute band /show they had brought on board. Bingo has been replaced by “Deal or No Deal” like the TV show. We played once. $25 for two games. Max. prize is $1000. Not bad for one go round.

The redesigned “Destination Gateway” on Deck 2 has nice look and feel. Not just the industrial area like other ships for gangway operations in ports. Well thought out.

Debarkation gets 5-stars. We did the walk off early. Lineup is in Eden Café and then they funnel the line down the outside of Deck 5. From the time the line started moving around 0715, we were at the curb within 15-20 minutes. They are using facial recognition technology to screen exiting passengers. If you have nothing to declare, we didn’t even have to show our passports. Very painless!!!!
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Sunset Veranda Stateroom
Cabin SV 9307
Very nice sized cabin. LOTS of storage spaces. Outstanding cabin steward, Miss Rhodora. Nice size bathroom and layout. You have some additional vibration and noise being on the fantail, but that's to be expected. It doesn't bother us for the view aft!
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