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Let me start with the Celebrity brand. Always at the top, great cruise line. I have many Celebrity cruises under my belt and being a Travel agency owner I had to try out the new Celebrity Edge to see if the reviews were valid. I am a forgiving traveler and try to give the benefit of doubt to the cruise line. Embarkation and disembarkation were better than expected. Easy on, easy off. The ship was beautiful with an unusual profile. Ships interior was classy and very roomy. A lot of reviews stated lack of bars and lounges, this was true which caused overcrowding in these venues. Champagne was offered when you come aboard AND you can go directly to your cabin to drop off your luggage and then grab lunch or check out the ship until you are officially allowed in the cabin. As expected, the buffet was crowded but orderly. The food was excellent and the service top shelf. The cabin was roomy with a balcony (if you wish to call it that) that had a picture window and dropped down half way at the press of a button. It was a very small area. The TV was very large and the drawer and cabinet space were abundant. A master control panel outside the bathroom door controlled lights and window shade. You can also operate them manually. The bathroom was larger than most cruise ships usually have. The restrooms around the ship all have push-button controls to open and close the sliding doors. Now for the lounges/Bars, or lack thereof. The Martini bar was always busy, The sunset bar was impossible on a sunny day as no shade is provided. The Coffee bar was very nice and did serve alcohol. The Eden bar was just ok during the day and very weird during the evening. When the evening approached so did the, shall I say, unusual entertainment? Unless you took a long drag on a doobie this was not the place for you, Just to get to Eden you have to pass through a long dark hallway with stupid pillars and outer space music. OK, so I scratched Eden off my list. Let's try the onboard shops. Unless you have Deep Pockets, stay away. All shops are upper class. I finally found a logo shop so I could buy a T-shirt. They almost had to take me out on a stretcher. Get this, a T-shirt was $80 and a Ball Cap was $75 and a golf shirt was $135. No wonder the shops were empty. So, back to the Martini bar for another stiff one. OK, let's discuss entertainment. The talent they brought on board was great, but the regular shows were weird and boring unless you like folks prancing around the stage and swinging from ropes. But, the lighting effects were good. It was a nice venue to grab a quick nap. OK, so back at the Martini bar for another quick pick me up and a bit of fun trivia. Dinner time was an event with better than average food and service. The casino was large and did have a bar that was in operation on sea days and evenings. The Magic Carpet when it was in operation was useless, just a gimmick. The specialty restaurants were pricey and in my opinion, were not worth the extra costs. That being said, I did try the La Petite, It was $55 per person and came with a cute animated video chef on your table preparing your meal. Yes, pricey but entertaining. But As I said, I give the benefit of doubt to the Cruise Line in hopes they will come back to the basics And stay away from the higher priced weird stuff. Would I cruise Edge again? Probably not. But if you like a big change and something different, then this is your ship. All in all I still give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by Shelp

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Let me start with the Celebrity brand. Always at the top, great cruise line. I have many Celebrity cruises under my belt and being a Travel agency owner I had to try out the new Celebrity Edge to see if the reviews were valid. I am a forgiving traveler and try to give the benefit of doubt to the cruise line. Embarkation and disembarkation were better than expected. Easy on, easy off. The ship was beautiful with an unusual profile. Ships interior was classy and very roomy. A lot of reviews stated lack of bars and lounges, this was true which caused overcrowding in these venues. Champagne was offered when you come aboard AND you can go directly to your cabin to drop off your luggage and then grab lunch or check out the ship until you are officially allowed in the cabin. As expected, the buffet was crowded but orderly. The food was excellent and the service top shelf. The cabin was roomy with a balcony (if you wish to call it that) that had a picture window and dropped down half way at the press of a button. It was a very small area. The TV was very large and the drawer and cabinet space were abundant. A master control panel outside the bathroom door controlled lights and window shade. You can also operate them manually. The bathroom was larger than most cruise ships usually have. The restrooms around the ship all have push-button controls to open and close the sliding doors. Now for the lounges/Bars, or lack thereof. The Martini bar was always busy, The sunset bar was impossible on a sunny day as no shade is provided. The Coffee bar was very nice and did serve alcohol. The Eden bar was just ok during the day and very weird during the evening. When the evening approached so did the, shall I say, unusual entertainment? Unless you took a long drag on a doobie this was not the place for you, Just to get to Eden you have to pass through a long dark hallway with stupid pillars and outer space music. OK, so I scratched Eden off my list. Let's try the onboard shops. Unless you have Deep Pockets, stay away. All shops are upper class. I finally found a logo shop so I could buy a T-shirt. They almost had to take me out on a stretcher. Get this, a T-shirt was $80 and a Ball Cap was $75 and a golf shirt was $135. No wonder the shops were empty. So, back to the Martini bar for another stiff one. OK, let's discuss entertainment. The talent they brought on board was great, but the regular shows were weird and boring unless you like folks prancing around the stage and swinging from ropes. But, the lighting effects were good. It was a nice venue to grab a quick nap. OK, so back at the Martini bar for another quick pick me up and a bit of fun trivia. Dinner time was an event with better than average food and service. The casino was large and did have a bar that was in operation on sea days and evenings. The Magic Carpet when it was in operation was useless, just a gimmick. The specialty restaurants were pricey and in my opinion, were not worth the extra costs. That being said, I did try the La Petite, It was $55 per person and came with a cute animated video chef on your table preparing your meal. Yes, pricey but entertaining. But As I said, I give the benefit of doubt to the Cruise Line in hopes they will come back to the basics And stay away from the higher priced weird stuff. Would I cruise Edge again? Probably not. But if you like a big change and something different, then this is your ship. All in all I still give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Cabin C1 12221
Nice cabin, but not worth the upcharge for concierge class. Very small balcony. Rest of the cabin was roomy with a very nice bathroom.
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