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Sail Date: May 2019
Two years ago, while sailing on the Celebrity Constellation, we heard about their new ship, the Edge. The ship’s description and concept looked interesting so we ultimately signed up for the May 25, 2019 cruise to Italy, Malta and ... Read More
Two years ago, while sailing on the Celebrity Constellation, we heard about their new ship, the Edge. The ship’s description and concept looked interesting so we ultimately signed up for the May 25, 2019 cruise to Italy, Malta and Greece. Unfortunately, after boarding the ship, we ran into one disappointment after another, not the least of which was our discovery that the infinite balcony cabin was poorly designed and generally inconvenient. Some of our issues are no doubt subjective. But as several are arguably objective, let me start with those. 1) The infinite balcony configuration in our cabin was such that only about one foot of space separated the bed from the French doors, which required that the doors be left open at all times. And given the narrowness of the balcony, the balcony furniture had to be pulled away from the window so that the descending blind wouldn’t hit it. Then the furniture had to be pushed back into the balcony so that I could get into the bed. The blind design itself was poor in that whenever we wanted privacy while in port, we had to close it, which blacked out the cabin. Didn’t the designers think about utilizing a sheer in addition to the blind to give privacy but allow in light? We were particularly angered by the fact that the brochures show a completely different configuration for infinite balcony cabins, one where the bed placement provided plenty of room. We were never informed that the cabin we booked was configured differently. 2) About five minutes after first entering our cabin, we realized that the “infinite” balcony is nothing more than a glorified picture window so that the cabin is no different from an ocean view cabin except that the window opens half way. 3) The closet configuration is badly designed. There is insufficient room to hang long items (dresses, pants, etc.). We even had to ask the steward to take away the bath robes as we needed the space for our clothing. As an FYI, the secondary metal shelf that’s situated about three feet off the ground should have been designed to fold away to provide more space. 4) Electrical outlets are only provided on one side of the bed. This makes little sense. 5) The interior spaces of the ship were surprisingly dark and dreary. I’m sure the designers claimed that the look was elegant and avant-garde. But when coupled with the fact that there seemed to be limited spaces where music wasn’t continuously playing at one volume level or another, this added up to an inhospitable arrangement. 10) Speaking of loud music, we dined at both the Fine Cut Steak House and Raw on 5. In both cases, although seated by the windows, the music blasting from the Grand Plaza made our meals unpleasant. Whoever thought up the idea of open restaurants near the ship’s central entertainment section must have been deaf. On the subjective front (and some of these points obviously apply to other cruise ships): 1) Daily menus for all restaurants and all meals should be made available on the cabin TVs or on the Celebrity app. If this was done on the Edge, we could not find them. 2) There was plenty of empty wall space in our cabin to accommodate wall hooks and covered shelves. These would go a long way to offsetting the limited closer space. 3) The elimination of the library, one of the main quiet spaces on most cruise ships, was a mistake. Sorry if this sounds like a lot of complaining, but although there were some positive features on the Edge we were expecting much more of the ship. So its failure to live up to expectations went a long way toward diminishing our enjoyment of the trip. As it is, while we will possibly cruise on Celebrity again, it will NOT be on the Edge or any of its future sister ships unless we find that they have been extensively redesigned to eliminate the Edge’s many problems. 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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