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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.

Fabulous in all regards!

Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by benatty

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
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.
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