Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by seadiamond
- Sail Date: February 2019
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: AquaClass Stateroom with Veranda
Blu Restaurant- Aqua Class perk, the best one. They have completely messed up the design of this once beautiful space. One wall is completely open, only divided by a curtain, so the restaurant is really noisy, hard to talk to your dinner partner, let alone the people next you. There is no windows that look out to the ocean, instead you get a nice view of the life boats—so romantic, what were they thinking? They also installed an outside space to eat from the Blu, however, when would you use it? The deck is windy at sea at dinner or breakfast, did. I mention the life boats? The restaurant manager,was very grumpy, should not have been in that position. He seemed to resent the staff talking to the passengers, thankfully, the rest of the staff was wonderful, Cesar, Eduardo & Natalie were fantastic. The food didn’t seem quite up to standard, not sure why. I will also state that we had just sailed on the Eclipse two weeks prior and the Blu was absolutely fantastic, so take some lessons.
New layout/design - It’s called the Edge, however inside, it’s all curves and levels. It is beautiful, great art work, lovely colors, etc. However, so many levels, makes it seem like you are constantly going up or down stairs.
The Elevators are gorgeous, slow, but gorgeous, when they light up green, it will be going up, red going down. Not sure why they are slow seems like they are enough of them.
Public Restrooms- Very pretty, sink has pretty flowers moving in it —have to see it. However, you cannot tell when a bathroom stall is in use, kind of have to use trial and error to determine in what position the screw in the handle is. All very clean and well maintained. Saw complaints that passengers couldn’t find the restrooms, I saw great signage, maybe they listened.
Pool Main-pool is beautiful, has a few levels with tons of lounges, never had a problem finding one. However, the two hot tubs made to look like martini glasses are up two decks high above the pool, again pretty, not really practical.
Solarium- Beautiful, great lounges, great hot tub, needs to have some soothing music and it would be perfect. Instead it’s the loud thumping music that is played everywhere that belongs on a dance floor or the gym.
Gym- State of the art machines, wonderful.
Persian Garden, a big re-design. The lounges are squeezed together behind a curtain, there are several, “rooms” Crystal room, hot, smells nice, the salt room, not too hot, no smell. Both of these were not used during my visits. Two steam rooms, and a sauna, those were great. There is some hanging chairs that should be out somewhere else not in the spa. The rain showers seemed a little weird, so didn’t try them. Not sure I like the re-design at all.
Main Dining -The main dining room is the Cosmopolitan much smaller than all other ships. They encourage you to eat in the other complimentary dining rooms, Normandie, Cyprus or Tuscan. You are lead to believe you are getting specialty dining. No; each restaurant has the same food as the Cosmopolitan, with 2 or 3 different items reflecting the name of the restaurant for example, Normandie, expect French—or not. In my opinion, each restaurant should have a different menu, that would encourage people to book different reservations.
Eden- Heard a lot of hype on this, 3 level beautiful venue. It is very interesting space, however the entertainment is not one I enjoy. People standing on their heads, lounging in a ring, etc. I did not make reservations for dinner there because I don’t enjoy that type of entertainment. We did discover that they do a great lunch there with great sandwiches, salads & soups., didn’t seem to be crowded, although it’s a small space.
Magic Carpet- Great concept, but again not too practical. We enjoyed it before our sail away, but couldn’t connect with it the rest of the cruise. You can see it , but you can’t always get there. Inside the elevator tells you at what level it is. Hours are also an issue, not always available.
Captain’s Club- On this ship the Captain’s Club cocktail hour takes place in a joyless venue, call the Club. No windows, dark, three levels (don’t understand why) the furniture is pretty, but not comfortable for talking with your fellow passengers, and you easily slide off the leather sofas. Absolutely hated it. It was nice for the silent disco, but for anything else it doesn’t work.
Now to the biggest design mistake - For those who loved the sky lounge at sail away, dance parties, Captain’s club events, or anything else—it’s gone. They have replaced the entire venue with a private retreat for Suite Guests—talk about feeling like you are traveling in steerage. The entire front of the ship is for Suite Guests only, they never have to associate with those in lower paid cabins. I personally think this is a slap in the face for all other passengers, the ones that built the Celebrity Brand. I understand you should get perks for paying more, but not at the expense of most of the passengers.
Pros - Beautiful, doesn’t seem crowded.
Cons- No Sky Lounge, music everywhere too loud, ship is noisy, push you to use phone for everything, too many levels, food mediocre, entertainment hit or miss.
Would I go on the Edge again? Only if the itinerary was exceptional. Like most people reported, “I like the Solstice Class better”.
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