50 Celebrity Edge Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise BUT we did not like the ship for the following reasons:- 1) It is far too modern 2) There are a lot of dark rooms that look quite depressing. 3) We did not like the fixed dining ... Read More
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise BUT we did not like the ship for the following reasons:- 1) It is far too modern 2) There are a lot of dark rooms that look quite depressing. 3) We did not like the fixed dining room - unlike Solstice class there are 4 almost identical dining rooms instead of the 3 floor Dining and you are allotted one of them, you can get a seat in any of the other 3 if you take a pager and wait but they are all very similar with dark décor and soft lighting. 4) Because of the above (3) you are seated in rows and that means you almost positively have to talk to the people next to you and even if you don't they can hear your conversations. So, no privacy if you have booked a table for 2 as we do. 5) The Martini bar has been dumped in the middle of the Grand Plaza which is such a shame as that is normally our favourite bar. Also at night it is not at all like the other Celebrity ships as you cannot sit all the way around it, only 3/4 of the way and again it is very badly lit. 6) When you are on the pool deck and you here the group singing it will take you a while to find where they are - they are hidden behind a glass balcony to the left and slightly above the pool bar!!!! Why hide them?? 7) No sail away parties, we love a good sail away with a cocktail but we tended to be 2 of the very few on deck when that happened. The great things about this ship were the staff, the food and the entertainment and the rather large pool - plus the 2 shore excursions we did were excellent! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The itinerary was the first factor. Wanted to try out the new class of ship. It is a floating piece of art. Every detail is stunning. The new stage has all the bells and whistles. The food was tyical Celebrity presentarions. Good to very ... Read More
The itinerary was the first factor. Wanted to try out the new class of ship. It is a floating piece of art. Every detail is stunning. The new stage has all the bells and whistles. The food was tyical Celebrity presentarions. Good to very good. Movies in the garden, great touch. We enjoyed the new cabin redesign. Every thing was pristine. Very good areas for smokers.. The Edge sets the bar high for all other cruise ships. It is a big ship. However, there were many areas where one could feel intimate. Never large lines for anything. On tour excursion days the easy on/off was done quite well. After eating at the 4 dinning rooms, we ended up picking one that we particularly liked The Comopolitan....The specialty steak restaurant was noting special. The ship is uniquely modern. Fluid and graceful. The staff A+. We are signed up for a 2020 Edge Cruise foucsing on Croatia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Very good itinerary on the first of a new class of ship. There were four restaurant options for grades up to and including Concierge which we interchanged across all four. The menu's for these have a common thread plus 3 regional ... Read More
Very good itinerary on the first of a new class of ship. There were four restaurant options for grades up to and including Concierge which we interchanged across all four. The menu's for these have a common thread plus 3 regional starters / mains that are special to each restaurant. Restaurant table layouts were excellent and the food/service top class - better than any other Celebrity ship. Speciality restaurants were ordinary and excessively overpriced. Blu and the separate Luminae restaurant for Suite customers are virtually the same as the four standard restaurants for menu, appearance and ambiance. Relaxation in public areas and decks is compromised by the continuous playing of loud music - this made it very difficult to read a book in peace and particularly affected the two sea days. There was no library on the ship which normally provides a quiet peaceful area. We do regular dancing but on Edge there was no provision for this and only a small dance area in the "Club" with inappropriate music. Celebrity are allowing The Captains Club to stagnate at a rapid rate of knots and on Edge it shows even more. The "Happy" two hours for Elite members before dinner has been relegated the the Club which has no windows and we found the experience to be soulless versus the Sky lounge on other Celebrity ships. The quality of wine at the Elite event was barely drinkable. Also, the wine quality for the Classic drinks package is also a very poor standard. Entertainment in the theatre was very good as was the live music around the Martini bar; Eden was repetitive and less than entertaining ; the "magic carpet" a novelty not for us. The public areas and decks had a lot of novelty to them like dead ends on some deck walkways and a large amount of wasted space. Although the restaurant, cabin and general service was excellent we did not appreciate the new modernistic deck /public room style of Edge with music perpetually blaring out. On balance our experience was mixed and may lean towards more convention cruise ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
After much excitement and over a year of waiting for our first sailing on Celebrity Edge , we have hands-down decided that the Solstice Class ships are our favorite ships on Celebrity. Edge Is a beautiful ship but I found it locked the ... Read More
After much excitement and over a year of waiting for our first sailing on Celebrity Edge , we have hands-down decided that the Solstice Class ships are our favorite ships on Celebrity. Edge Is a beautiful ship but I found it locked the intimacy of the beautiful lounge gathering areas on Solstice Class ships. We missed seeing our fellow cruisers dancing in the grand foyer at nght and did not care to have the martini bar located in the middle of this area. The Club is isolated and always empty. The inhouse entertainment geared towards a young crowd. The new multi restaurant dining choices was awesome, but as far as Specialty Restaurants go, Fine Cuts was the best. Le Bistro average. Edge Restaurant had a strange menu and my husband refused to pay for a menu he could not understand ahead of time! The service was outstanding. Shore Excursion desk gets five stars . This particular team of crewmembers went above and beyond for us. Keep in mind that Shore Excursions on other ships is usually our least favorite department to deal with. These crewmembers were so knowledgeable and exceeded our expectations. We are booked on two Celebrity ships for 2020, and Solstice Class ships are we will be sailing! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Main reason we picked this ship was loved the ports of call. Spent 3 days prior in Rome which was also consideration. Loved the Edge, it really is something to see. So new and modern and without a doubt best service . We Loved Blu, not ... Read More
Main reason we picked this ship was loved the ports of call. Spent 3 days prior in Rome which was also consideration. Loved the Edge, it really is something to see. So new and modern and without a doubt best service . We Loved Blu, not having to have a specific dining time was the key. I bid for upgrade to Aqua mainly because I couldn’t get select dining time and was glad we did. Rooms are same as other IV but because we had Aqua class (A2) locations are on higher decks which I like. With Blu Only had to wait once for 10 minutes and only because we wanted a specific waiter. Service was excellent , food good but not great. Loved the Oceanview cafe and had breakfast there each morning. Lots of fresh fruit and omelets made to order. You can eat healthy food but not feel deprived. The service at the Magic carpet and Sunset bars was stellar. Only issue we had is that they always seemed to be very limited on their beer selection, especially at the pool bar. They advertise they carried Corona Light but never saw it anywhere. I frequented the Coffee bar every night for a late night dessert, nice selection of small treats so not a big splurge in calories. It’s complementary to everyone. I visited the casino, played 3 card porker and slots and ended up a loser but it’s what I expected. Ports of call were good but not all the docking were it all in nice locations. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
In preparing for this cruise I read whatever I could find about this ship. There were some not so flattering reviews which caused me to wonder if we made the right cruise choice. From my perspective, this ship is simply wonderful. ... Read More
In preparing for this cruise I read whatever I could find about this ship. There were some not so flattering reviews which caused me to wonder if we made the right cruise choice. From my perspective, this ship is simply wonderful. The ship was spacious, bright, the Infinite Veranda is the best cabin ever, the four different restaurants were awesome, the Oceanview Café was excellent, and the service was impeccable. Embarkation was a breeze. We went from our shuttle van to the ship in less than 5 minutes. Leaving the ship was just as easy. Our luggage was right where it was supposed to be and our shuttle van to the airport was waiting for us. Leaving the ship for excursions or visiting a port was well organized. We noted that when we were tendered from the ship, the ship's tender boat was MUCH more comfortable than an airplane! The ship's entertainment was great. We saw the shows we were interested in and passed on the ones we were not interested in. The pool area is a very comfortable area as is the Solarium. The senior officers were very visible around the ship. Captain Kate is truly an asset to Celebrity Cruises! Celebrity has become our new favorite cruise line and the Edge our new favorite ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our "trip of a lifetime" to celebrate our 30th anniversary! First time for both of us to Italy and cruising in Europe. We have cruised a few times on Celebrity before, mostly from NJ to Bermuda. We liked the itinerary ... Read More
This was our "trip of a lifetime" to celebrate our 30th anniversary! First time for both of us to Italy and cruising in Europe. We have cruised a few times on Celebrity before, mostly from NJ to Bermuda. We liked the itinerary and the Edge looked like a fun ship. What we loved: embarkation and disembarkation were the fastest we've ever experienced, having the Seapass waiting for you on your cabin door was great! We had an inside cabin (personal preference, I can get a little seasick) and it was well designed, quiet, and our room steward took good care of it. We appreciate good food and overall were really impressed with the quality and choices available. Most days we had breakfast and lunch at the buffet, dinners we tried all 4 of the main dining rooms and also Raw on 5 (enjoyed it), Le Petite Chef (really enjoyed it and recommend you do it once on the cruise) and Fine Cut (see below). For entertainment and activities, we enjoyed trivia, game nights and hanging out by the pools. Overall we thought the service on the ship was excellent. We did 3 excursions through Celebrity - Climb Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii tour (loved it but that was one heck of a climb!), Gaudi tour of Barcelona (enjoyed it, but tour guide was kept busy trying to take care of passengers who must have missed the description of the tour where it said it was "strenuous"), and the Tuscan Farmhouse tour (we didn't want to try to cram seeing Florence in a couple of hours so we picked this - it was great! A beautiful drive through Tuscany, then a family run farm where they sang, danced and served us lots of great food and Limoncello). We didn't attend a lot of the shows, but we loved the Elton John impersonator. What we think could be improved: We weren't crazy about Fine Cut Steakhouse. The service was fine, but the food wasn't great, IMO not worth the surcharge. First time I've ever heard a waiter tell anyone who ordered their steak rare that the "coating on the windows" made the meat appear darker and that it was "cooked perfectly". We had a drink package and at times it seemed difficult to get a a waiter or a bartenders attention, especially at the buffet. Eden was a nice place to hang out, my husband liked some of the unusual drinks they had there, but I thought the entertainers, while very talented, were wasted on the 10:15pm show. It went on for too long, the interactions with the audience were awkward, and it made me think of a bad hippie acid trip Overall, it was a great cruise and the Edge was a very nice ship. We would go again for sure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We waited over a year to board the Edge and of course we've read all the mixed reviews before the trip. We're mid-40 couples who love food and travel. Been on Celebrity, RCCL, NCL, and Oceania. So in terms of aesthetic the ... Read More
We waited over a year to board the Edge and of course we've read all the mixed reviews before the trip. We're mid-40 couples who love food and travel. Been on Celebrity, RCCL, NCL, and Oceania. So in terms of aesthetic the Edge did not disappoint. It was definitely the nicest large-sized cruise ship in the market. Staff spent alot of effort to maintain the beautiful condition of everything. I was very surprised how well they upkeep the upholstery. I once saw a large coffee stain on a white couch at Retreat lounge and the next day the stain was completely gone.The 4 MDR was very nicely designed too. Very contemporary and modern luxury indeed. People complained how the ship looks more like a hotel and not a ship - I don't get how this is bad, I did not miss the traditional wood finishing at all! We stayed at Sky Suite and we were extremely happy with its layout and furnishing. We loved the long basin and half tub (although the door did leak if showered too long). It was spacious with the right amount of storage. One thing we didn't like was the temperature setting. The lowest we could get was 19°C and on a hot day with down blanket the room felt like 25°C and we couldn't sleep well. Apparently they told us the ship went on ECO mode every night, somehow they assumed that people don't need that much cold air at night so the entire air-con system got turned down automatically. But then magically, one night, our butler with the help of an engineer, was able to turn off the temp sensor in our room and it became freezing cold which we liked! That was just one example of how happy we were with Celebrity's service. They simply went out of their way to make sure we were happy. That's the reason why we love cruising so much. We felt like cruising is the only place where we would be treated like king & queen every single day :)). Every crew on the Edge was cheerful and courteous. We had Captain Kate but we didn't see her greeting us on embark / disembark day like people have said. Also cruise director was not seen anywhere except during those very short trivias and games. That didn't bother us though. Service in general was exceptional and much better than on other Celebrity ships. Staying in suite gave us the privilege to use Retreat Deck and Lounge. The deck was beautiful and the area near pool was always full even on port days. So Retreat Deck was not that empty afterall, people did't seem to get off ship on this cruise :) The Retreat Lounge was the best place to chill and have a quick drink / snack. Without a bar was not a problem to us as ordering drinks was quick and easy. Luminae though, was a huge let down. Service was great but food was not. Menu selection was unimpressive everyday, food quality and taste was mediocre. My husband had the toughest halibut fish one night. And I once saw a Vegetarian Fried Udon on menu. IMO Luminae was overrated. I would say MDR (Normandie that we went) served better food than Luminae most of the nights with better selections too! So we ended up spending only 2-3 nights at Luminae because we just couldn't find anything we liked on the menu! Oceanview Buffet was simply the best!! It was much much better than the buffet on other Celebrity ships. Not only the food was delicious, selection was very good too. There were themed stations every night matching the country that the ship was staying in, for example when we were at Barcelona, there was a huge Jamon Iberico with lots of tapas served. In Italy, there were Tuna and Beef Carpaccio; in France, there was terrine etc. Pizza was the best too. If you're garlic lover don't miss out the garlic pizzas! We also went to 3 specialties - Eden, Raw on 5, and Fine Cut. Eden was better than expected - my husband said it was the best among all others, creative recipe with quality ingredients. We didn't interact with the Edenists though :) Raw on 5 was also good, freshest oysters (from Greece!) and lobsters. Omakase sashimi was funny, who serves cooked shrimp as sashimi? And finally Fine Cut, IMO it was below average. Husband ordered the USDA 30 Day Dry Aged Prime Bone In NY Steak and it was not edible. It could not be cut open with knife. Extremely tough and tasteless. He had to return and change to a Filet Mignon which was more tender but still lacking the delicious taste of beef. We tried not to compare with very fine restaurants on land but even BLT served better steaks than Fine Cut. That steak didn't taste like USDA prime grade to us when it was simply so dry and tough that could not be chewed and eaten. It was not a cheap meal on a cheap cruise ship, we were expecting a bit more. Even the waiter knew this and didn't suggest us to order it but my husband wanted bone in steak. Not a big deal though just something that could be avoided if manager paid more attention Entertainment was poor as expected. We went to Colors Of Life and Kaleidoscope, both very similar with 70% singing + 20% dancing + 10% acrobats. I remember reading somewhere people didn't like the show as they were "too different" from the ones on previous ships. On the contrary I think they were TOO similar to the ones I saw on Celebrity Reflection with the same old formula and same old gymnast flying around in curtains and big hula hoops. I was expecting real differences, more innovative shows not just acrobats all the time... but then again maybe it was only me... proven too much innovation would disappoint most passengers :)) I hope Celebrity would add more history / cultural lectures as there was literally nothing to do in the afternoon. Trivias cost $ and games only lasted 30 mins max. We had to take afternoon naps zzz on sea days. Overall we loved Celebrity and we loved the Edge. We didn't think it was "very different from normal Celebrity cruise ships" as we have been on Solstice and Reflection. Similar demographics, similar good service, similar (or better) food. Maybe fewer bars but that didn't bother us. We would not hesitate to choose the Edge (or Apex) again, despite our small complaints above. No cruise line is perfect and you just have to pick on that suits best. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my 3rd time cruising, 1st time w/ Celebrity. The 2 previous cruises were both with NCL. My review is mostly based on the fact that the food is HORRIBLE on the Edge. I do not know how they could've dropped the ball so low. The ... Read More
This was my 3rd time cruising, 1st time w/ Celebrity. The 2 previous cruises were both with NCL. My review is mostly based on the fact that the food is HORRIBLE on the Edge. I do not know how they could've dropped the ball so low. The buffet is disgusting & greasy; the food messed with my stomach. They also don't even have a sandwich station in the buffet, I mean COME ON... I don't feel like eating prime rib for lunch. All of my meals in the main dining rooms were terrible. I ate in Eden (specialty Michelin star chef) , it was so-so. Definitely not Michelin star quality. Raw on 5 (sushi) was TERRIBLE. Worst sushi I've ever had in my life. My only good meal was in Fine Cut (steakhouse) which was quite good and delicious. I also ate in le grand bistro (French) for lunch and that was a better experience. My Microwaved meal on the flight home was better than most of the food on board! ..Seriously! Aside from the food, the ship is nice... but I don't think it lives up to the hype and publicity its received. NCL's newer ships are just as nice in terms of aesthetics, maybe even nicer than the Edge. I also found the pool area's decor to be tacky. When you see it in person vs in pictures it definitely leaves you flat. Entertainment was also subpar. The singer in the main atrium was HORRIBLE. I couldn't stand her voice for 1 second. The shows are not theater quality like on NCL. Some are good, but most not so much. The comedian, Kevin Jordan was the best though! Captain Dimitrios was also a great captain, very charismatic-- which I think makes the experience more exciting. The Ports were also great. Cabins are nice and spacious. The service at first was pretty good, but as the cruise progressed I noticed the quality of service decreased. It's really too bad the ship fell short, I do not think I'll be cruising with Celebrity again, unfortunately. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity, but the first one on a new ship. We read and saw many things about the ship both pro and con. Having been on many, many other cruise ships, the Edge was amazing. The cabin, dining, ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity, but the first one on a new ship. We read and saw many things about the ship both pro and con. Having been on many, many other cruise ships, the Edge was amazing. The cabin, dining, entertainment, and service was outstanding. We chose an Infinite Veranda. This is much different from your standard veranda stateroom. We found it to be 99% positive, 1% negative. The negative was that fact that in order to see outside, you needed to raise the shade and in doing so, would awaken your partner. This was not a big problem for us since we were always up early and out for excursions. This could be a problem if you just want to sleep in and your partner doesn't. Our cabin steward was awesome. Whatever we needed he made it happen. Never needed to ask twice, and had it in a very timely manner. Room was always spotless and was always ready for us. Dining in their main dinning rooms was wonderful. They have created four separate dinning rooms with their unique food themes. Now when you go to the dinning room you are not in this gigantic room with all sorts or noise. Rather you feel that you are in a hight end restaurant with more intimate seating. Great job with the restaurants. Specialty restaurants that we ate in were La Petite Chef, and Fine Cut Steakhouse. Both outstanding and worth the extra cost. La Petite Chef was so much fun and interactive. Must experience it at least once. Fine Cut, was just that. Food was off the chart. Service in all restaurants, was impeccable. You would not get any better service if you were at a five start Michelin restaurant. We did eat some of our meals, (mostly breakfast) in the buffet. They had almost everything that we would want to eat. Food was fresh, tasty, and very appealing. We also did have few late dinners in the buffet as well. Always very good. Plenty of help to assist and answer questions. The only negative was that I do not like to eat desserts with refined sugar. They did not have a selection of such desserts. They need to improve that issue, especially for people who are diabetic. The entertainment on board was terrific. High energy and great talent. We had seen Ashlie Amber on a previous Celebrity ship and really enjoyed seeing her again on the Edge. She still has that amazing energy and great voice. The other shows that we saw were excellent as well. As far as activities on board, there were many. However, we really did not partake in them. Since we only had two days at sea, we needed those days to just relax and have some down time. Went to the spa which is lovely, and took time out to enjoy a massage. We took some tours with the ship, and they were fine. Took the majority of our tours without the ship, and they were great, and offered at a lower price. (Italy Tours EU). The only port that we were not able to drop anchor in was Monaco. Waters were too rough for tenders. Captain went to a port not too far away and there was no problem getting on tenders and getting to shore for our tour to Nice and Cannes. Didn't miss Monaco at all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
BOOKING We were not particularly looking for a cruise on the Edge, but it came up as best value when I compared with others (including other Celebrity offerings) in Western Med around the same time. I guess they must have been ... Read More
BOOKING We were not particularly looking for a cruise on the Edge, but it came up as best value when I compared with others (including other Celebrity offerings) in Western Med around the same time. I guess they must have been struggling to fill this cruise since we were still getting email offers to bid for an upgrade one week before embarkation. To be honest we were quite excited to be cruising on the latest in the Celebrity fleet, despite some of the less than ecstatic reviews. Our cruising experience so far is RC Navigator, Celebrity Constellation (twice), Queen Victoria. TRAVEL We booked a fly cruise package, all supplied by Celebrity via our agent. Return flights were from Manchester with Jet2 to Rome. Flights were ontime and adequate for our needs. Fiumicino has improved greatly since we last used it, although that was probably 14 years ago. Celebrity reps were on hand around the airport and had us all gathered and onto the transfer coaches in good order. EMBARKATION We had treated ourselves to Concierge class because we didn't much like the look and location of the few traditional balcony cabins. Consequently, having checked in and provided photographs using the Celebrity app in advance, with expedited arrival we whizzed through embarkation in minutes. Staterooms are immediately available once onboard. Seapass cards await you at your stateroom door so you can dump your carry-on bags, freshen up as required and head out to eat/drink/explore. Sadly, the Concierge special lunch finished at 13:00 so we missed that, but there were plenty of free tables in Oceanview cafe unlike some previous cruises. Duly fed and lubricated we explored the ship. THE SHIP The inside spaces felt much more spacious than we experienced on Constellation. The ceiling height and huge windows in Oceanview cafe provided a very bright and open environment, and we never failed to find a table (eventually). We loved Eden. Granted it does smell a bit wierd, but for us not so bad as some reviews suggest, and the deck 5 entrance is quite unique. Some people did not like this entrance, but you can also access the area via a stairway from deck 4. It is disappointing that access to the front of the ship is restricted to suite guests, although we did get out there once for a Concierge sailaway experience. The pool area gets busy, but there are plenty of sunbeds elsewhere although you can sometimes struggle to find somewhere quiet/sunny/shaded/sheltered depending on what you want. There is an interesting selection of artwork around the ship, but a less interesting selection of shops unless you have the interest/budget for high-end luxury goods. Even the 'basics' shop seemed to have excessively high prices, and they don't have the 'sales' we have seen before. The theatre is excellent. Again, very open with good views of the stage from all the seating which almost surrounds the main stage area. OUR STATEROOM Concierge class Infinite Balcony 12216. We did get some noise coming from above, but not sure if it originated in Oceanview cafe directly above us, or on the deck above that from people moving chairs around. Anyway, it was not a major problem for us. We found it a well designed space with plenty of storage for our 10 day cruise. The bathroom in particular was excellent - no bashed elbows or clingy curtain in the shower. Not 100% convinced about the 'infinite balcony' part though. The main problem for us was we like to take a quick peek outside in the morning; easy enough with curtains, but a real pain with a slow, noisy electric blind. The opening window was OK, but again very slow and noisy. I am not sure how reliable they are going to be. If your stateroom has the bed nearest the window, closing the sliding/folding doors really limits space at that side of the bed. We never closed them. Room controls (lighting/ac/tv/window/blind) are good and you can do a lot using the Celebrity app, although mine would not unlock the room door from outside. If you think you might want to use binoculars, bring your own; the pair supplied were useless. We were glad of the umbrellas though! FOOD & DINING We enjoyed the food in all the places we tried. We had late seating fixed dinner in Cyprus so had the same dining companions. We tried Raw on 5 which was (mostly) delicious and less expensive than we expected. All items are individually priced so we ate sensibly for less than $60 total. The only item we found questionable was a 'Green Tea Pannacotta' which had a really nice flavour, but was not a panncotta, more like a cheesecake topping in a huge jamjar. We needed to use up our onboard credit so booked Le Petit Chef towards the end of the cruise. They were obviously trying to fill up empty slots in the special restaurants by discounting so we paid $40 per head instead of $55. It was entertaining and delicious although due to some badly timed adverse weather several people including me struggled to finish. We enjoyed the coffee, tea and cakes in Cafe al Bacio. Everything else we consumed was in Oceanview where the selection and quality were excellent. Our only complaint was the strict adherance to opening times for lunch, even in Oceanview. If you return after 2:30pm, the eating options are very limited - pizza, pasta, burger, cakes. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES The usual mixed bag of entertainment options was provided. Some we loved, some were not our thing, but all were good at what they did. There was plenty of live music around the ship, way too much to list here. The leading light for the whole cruise was Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis who, in case you didn't know, is Greek! His daily pronouncements from the navigational bridge were peppered with great humour and his appearances around the ship, especially in the theatre, were met with huge appreciation from those present. If he ever decides to relinquish his Captaincy, he could easily have a follow-on career as an entertainer. He finished his tour at the end of this cruise, and should next appear on Celebrity Apex maiden season. Cruise director Eddy was good, but I wonder how much of his humour hit the mark with anyone not from the UK. Particular highlights for us were: Revelation in Eden. Don't expect to understand it, but it is quite unusual and unique. We took the opportunity to 'Meet the Edenists' on one of the sea days which did give some insight. Interaction with the audience is key to the performance, so be prepared for the Edenists to approach you during the show if you are within their reach. Tribute to Elton with Max Anthony Kevin Jordan - 3 different shows, all very funny. The Liars Club gameshow (= Call my Bluff) featuring Captain Dimitrios and Kevin Jordan. Martini bartender show each evening at 8:30pm and possibly repeated later. A good crowd-puller for a less than 5 minute show. PORTS OF CALL/EXCURSIONS Port 1 Naples. We took an excursion pre-booked with Cruising Excursions to Sorrento, Amalfi coast and Pompeii. Excellent guide and driver, but a long (8H+), hot day. Pompeii was really interesting for me, but to see it all in detail would take about one week. Clearly I will have to make a return visit. Port 2 Barcelona overnight. Day 1 we used HOHO buses to find our way around. Day 2 visit Las Ramblas, Boqueria market and Bario Gothiko. For me it's just another big city, but if I go back I would certainly consider a visit inside Sagrada Familia. The outside was intriguing. Port 3 Palma de Mallorca. Been before and we wanted to relax a bit so stayed on board ship. Port 4 Villefranche. Should have been Monaco, but bad weather meant the port would not allow tendering. We went ashore and walked around the town, sat on the harbourside and had a (very expensive) drink. Then back onboard for our normal late lunch. Port 5 Santa Margherita. Had a walk around town. Nice shops & cafes if that's what you want. We did not travel to the obvious Portofino on the basis many people were doing exactly that so would be busy. Port 6 La Spezia. We took a pre-booked guided tour with Cruising Excursions to Florence and Pisa. Again, an excellent guide and driver, but a very long day and not such good weather. CREW/SERVICE Without exception the crew are exemplary. Every crew member from the Captain down engaged willingly and happily with guests, always with a smile. We observed one member of the guest relations team trying with dogged determination to resolve a problem for what looked like a Japanese national who did not speak any language used by her team. She was using a translator app on her Smartphone and trying to persuade the guest to speak into the phone so she could understand his problem. Not sure if it was resolved, but we saw him later and he seemed happy enough playing Mah Jong with his friends. For us, the excellence of crew and service is the main reason why we have used Celebrity 3 times, and have booked a future cruise onboard for next year. CELEBRITY APP For us this worked really well. I set it up on my iPhone at home, and used it to check in ready for expedited arrival, including photographs for the Seapass/security system onboard. It took a bit of time to figure out how to connect onboard. I had to disable data roaming so my phone did not try to connect to the ship via mobile data, then connect to the onboard wifi. Note when you connect to the onboard wifi, you DO NOT need to have an internet package, there is an option to just connect to the wifi. Once connected, you have to remember to 'refresh' regurlarly using the button on the page for daily activities (top right side) so you see any changes to the timetable. You can also control TV, lights, AC and window blind in your stateroom, make bookings for most things available onboard 'and more'. I just found I had to remember to disconnect from ship wifi and enable data roaming again when in port so I could access the internet when I wanted. SUMMARY A great cruise on a fantastic new ship with a brilliant crew. We met one of the senior officers who asked how we liked the ship. After answering, I asked him what HE thought of the ship. He told us he has worked with the same cruiseline for 40 years (he was on Galaxy years back) and he believes Edge sets new standards in cruise ship design and quality. We agree. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Oh my goodness there are some whingers reviewing Edge. Ignore them! Ship - beautiful and ultra modern Cabin - modern & spacious. We loved the IV as you get the best of both worlds. Great light in the room. Window was never ... Read More
Oh my goodness there are some whingers reviewing Edge. Ignore them! Ship - beautiful and ultra modern Cabin - modern & spacious. We loved the IV as you get the best of both worlds. Great light in the room. Window was never locked by the captain!! Blackout and mood lighting was v cool. Bathroom was fabulous. Spacious. Double sink. Big shower cubicle. Plaza - awesome. You have to sit and feel it yourself. Look up. Look around. And enjoy. Bands - great feel. Club - cool. Pool - in August so very, very busy. Pool water was clogged as over-used. No pool burners anymore and fewer drinks trolleys. Jacuzzi - simply too hot to sit in so disappointing. Food - passable but not up to our high standards. Had to send a few things back and in Le Petit Chef - which was fab - my steak was awful. Eden tonight!! Dining rooms a bit cramped and difficult to have an intimate dinner. Main shows - ultra modern and setting new heights. 4 amazing voices and best dancers we saw on a ship Ents - generally poor. Cruise Director lacking the presence of others we have seen. Some of his team a bit lazy and arrogant. Pool volleyball consisted of putting up a net, throwing in a ball and disappearing. One comedian on and he wasn’t great but possibly not his fault. Magic Carpet is a great addition. Tenders untra-modern. So if you like modern, just do it! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our third cruise with celebrity. We thought the ship,staff and attention to detail was brilliant. However a few things are now lacking. The dress code for one . On numerous occasions when eating in the main dining rooms we had ... Read More
This was our third cruise with celebrity. We thought the ship,staff and attention to detail was brilliant. However a few things are now lacking. The dress code for one . On numerous occasions when eating in the main dining rooms we had people turn up in shorts . One of these occasions was a young woman in very untidy cut off denim shorts. On our last evening we ate in the fine cut steakhouse again we noticed men turn up in shorts and trainers. Children were in abundance. We have two grown up children so been there and done holidays with family but it was really noticeable just how many there were charging around and especially on evenings at bar areas. On our last day after visiting La Spezia we decided to go up to the sunset bar for a drink to be greeted as we were walking through it by a young topless female. I am no prude but I really didn't think this acceptable at all especially when we witnessed a few young teenager s going around and children. Surely the staff should have asked her discreetly to cover herself up. We feel the cruise company is out pricing themselves. On last two cruises,constellation and reflection they had certain events in the shopping mall . There was nothing like this,everything was so very expensive and obviously catering for the clientele were money is no object. For normal working people who have probably saved all year for their holiday it is a right kick in the face. On a positive note we were stuck in Monaco when the sea got to rough to get on the tenders.While waiting for the ship to move further down the coast to calmer waters around a two hour wait till we got back on tenders,the staff off the ship looked after us so well. Food and drink was brought off the ship to us at the harbour while we waited. Would we do Edge again? No Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Embarkation went extremely quickly on the Edge. We did the check in through the app and got the express pass. It took no more than five minutes to go through security and get on the ship. We went to our stateroom and the sea pass cards ... Read More
Embarkation went extremely quickly on the Edge. We did the check in through the app and got the express pass. It took no more than five minutes to go through security and get on the ship. We went to our stateroom and the sea pass cards were waiting in the mail slot outside of the room. The ship is gorgeous and there are many venues to hang out in and explore. I would recommend checking out the show in Eden. It is a little eclectic, but the performers are very talented. The aerialist show in the club is also fanatic. The evening shows are not to miss and are very high energy. The silent disco is always fun. There is a game show every night in the club, but I was disappointed that the newly wed game show wasn't offered! There are four dinning rooms with various themes. If you do my time dinning, you can eat at any of these restaurants for dinner without a reservation. Filet mignon can be requested even if it's not on the menu. Eden has a fee for dinner, but make sure to check out their lunch offerings. There is also a cafe that charges for coffee and drinks, but the desserts in the window are complimentary. The captain's circle party includes complimentary drinks if you are a returning Celebrity passenger. We originally booked an E4 balcony stateroom. We were in 6283 and unfortunately it's located directly above the Eden outdoor cafe seating area. This area is open all the time and is also a designated smoking area. We like to sleep with the balcony window open and could not sleep because of loud chatter from the seating area below. We could also hear the singers from Eden. We switched to 6169, but it was located directly above the club. While we could sleep with the balcony open, the vibrations from the club were a little annoying since it was all night long. I would just recommended staying away from deck 6 staterooms. The staterooms were beautiful, modern, and had a ton of storage. The bathrooms were also a nice size. I didn't really like the shampoo and conditioner offered as it didn't lather up my hair (maybe it's an eco friendly thing), so if you like quality products, bring your own. I wish the beds were a little softer as they are pretty firm, but after a long day of exploring ports, it's not very noticeable. Celebrity does little things to go above and beyond. They are one of the only cruise lines that still place a chocolate on the pillows at night. When you arrive back to the ship every day, several flavors of water, cold towels, and a snack are passed out. In Monte Carlo about half of the ship's passengers disembarked via tender before the seas got rough. The captain tried moving the ship around to decrease the waves and start tendering again, but was unable to safely do so. He ended up moving the ship 8 miles away to Nice, France and Celebrity chartered buses to bring everyone from Monte Carlo back to the ship. It was only a 20-30 min bus ride, but I'm sure a logistical nightmare for Celebrity! It was handled very well with constant updates and a happy hour discount was offered. Disembarkation went pretty smoothly as well. We were given a luggage tag for a time earlier than we needed to be off the ship, so we went to guest services and exchanged it for a later time. We placed our luggage outside the night before and it was waiting for us when we got off the ship. We took the free port shuttle in Civitavecchia to the entrance and got a transfer to the airport that was much cheaper than Celebrity's transfer. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were three adults all over fifty years of age. We each had a stateroom to ourselves. There are no complaints about the ship and its amenities. It is beautiful and impressive. The food was enjoyable. Some of my gripes: 1. The ... Read More
We were three adults all over fifty years of age. We each had a stateroom to ourselves. There are no complaints about the ship and its amenities. It is beautiful and impressive. The food was enjoyable. Some of my gripes: 1. The cruise was sold to us as a mainly adults cruse. There appeared to be more children on the ship than adults. I have four children of my own, so I know what it is like to be around kids and infants. For reasons unknown to me, management placed three children in a room next to the one used by me. They screamed and shouted on a daily basis at all hours of the day. I complained to management on three occasions but this was to no avail. These kids clearly loved jumping and playing in their room. Coupled with the excessive noise I felt and heard constant dull metal thumps. 2. The advertising spin for the ship and the cruise was that it would be luxurious. If you are against standing in line to get your food or being in something akin to a soup kitchen, this ship and cruise are not for you. 3. The prices for additional food and drinks are excessive. The ship is geared to make as much profit as it can on its guests. The ship has a captive customer and whatever you have to pay, you must add an additional 20% service charge to the bill even if you take something out of the cabin bar fridge. As an example, soft drinks are US$3.90 a cappuccino is over US$4. 4. The excursions are unreasonably priced. The ship cancels booked excursions when it does not have enough guests. They apologize to those who they have inconvenienced but it appears that the profit on the excursion is more important than the guest's enjoyment. There are more gripes but I will not bother you with it. I will not recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Sailed Aug 10 on 9 day western Caribbean cruise from Rome. As a point of reference I’m 73 yrs old and my lady and I have been on several cruises over the years on different cruise lines. Last year we sailed on the Solstice on an Alaska ... Read More
Sailed Aug 10 on 9 day western Caribbean cruise from Rome. As a point of reference I’m 73 yrs old and my lady and I have been on several cruises over the years on different cruise lines. Last year we sailed on the Solstice on an Alaska cruise and it was our favorite ship to date. We thoroughly enjoyed the Edge, but also miss some of the niceties offered on other ships. Pluses: • Boarding and exiting the ship was the easiest we’ve ever experienced. From the time our car dropped us off at the curb & a porter took our luggage, with our pre-check in express passes we were in our cabin in less than 10 minutes. Same exiting the ship. Luggage tags were numbered with the bus number to board for the airport. Very quick process. • One advantage of their concierge class is that on “welcome aboard” day you have exclusive access to one of the main dining rooms open for lunch, thus avoiding the crowded buffet. A welcome touch, as long as you board early. It closes at 1:30pm. • We were in concierge class on deck 12 port side near the aft elevators. Great location. We liked our cabin layout, comfortable bed, and really loved the infinite veranda. It makes the room feel larger and provides a better sense of privacy. The window is the full width of the room and the top ½ lowers electrically. You can sit or stand at the open window with no one staring at you from above or below as on a traditional balcony, and it’s quieter. The cabin attendant lowers a shade in the evening which totally blocks morning light if you wish, but we raised the shade and opened the window at night to enjoy the cool ocean air and hear the sounds of the sea. The weather when we sailed was great for this, although I realize that in different weather it could make the room uncomfortable because the A/C doesn’t run with the window open. • Dining - We liked the concept of four main dining rooms. Each has different décor and offers a bit of variety, although most of the menu is the same in each, with a few choices unique to the theme of each restaurant. We prefer select dining and just go down to dinner when we’re ready, and request a table for two. We never encountered a long wait. There are several extra cost restaurants available. We had dinner at the Petite Chef venue at Le Grand Bistro. My lady thoroughly enjoyed it, and the food was good also, although they did have to re-do my steak which came out very rare when I ordered med rare. We also had lunch there one day. Very nice menu and the food was distinctly better than what was served in the main dining rooms. We also had lunch one day at Raw on Five. We felt the offerings were OK, but not as good as the sushi places we have at home. We purchase the Go Best package with the premium beverage plan. On the Solstice you must present your cruise card(s) each time to order each glass of wine at the restaurants. On the Edge you show it just once and the wine steward returns to keep your glasses filled, an appreciated courtesy. • The buffet was nicely laid out with adequate seating available and the food was pretty good. Waiters come by frequently and offer to bring you bottled water, more coffee or alcoholic beverages. There is nice pizza station at the back area and also a small bar there. One day I complained to the bartender there that he didn’t have the premium wine we preferred. As I went back to my table a supervisor appeared and offered to bring us the wine I wanted. Nice touch. • Before we sailed I was dubious about the Eden lounge and the Edenist thing, but I found the lounge to be excellent. Beautiful layout, quiet and comforting to visit through the day and into the night, with easy listening music or soloist playing as you look out to the ocean at the rear of the ship. The Edenists appear briefly at dinner time at the Eden specialty restaurant. We dined there one night and felt the experience was exceptional, and the best we had on the ship. It was quiet and intimate, with personalized service. A four course meal is presented with two choices for each course. As a couple we each selected different choices and shared. The presentation is unique and enjoyable. The Edenists are a mythical creation of performance art, a bit strange but fun. They do a show in the later evening which was not to my taste however. Cirque du Soleil meets Star Wars. Just too weird for an old guy. • The Magic Carpet is fun. We went there a couple of times to enjoy a drink at the bar and lounge. It’s cantilevered out from the side of the ship and having the open ocean around you on three sides is nice. When it is lowered down for tendering it becomes a more friendly way to get on and off the ship. • I liked the new smart phone app that is new on the Edge. You can use it even if you haven’t signed up for the WiFi package. You can make reservations with it, see the deck plans and cruise information, and even set the lights & air conditioning in your cabin and open you cabin door. Negatives: • We enjoyed the Sky Lounge on the Solstice, which looks out to the front of the ship. On the Edge the entire front of the ship is sequestered for Suite passengers. They have their own pool, retreat area, bar and restaurant. The rest of the “lower element” must be content in the “back of the bus” so to speak. • Not enough shade. Aft on the top deck there is a really nice Rooftop Garden area and an adjoining specialty restaurant Rooftop Garden Grill. This is a beautiful area but we couldn’t use it most of the day because there are no shaded areas. Not everyone is comfortable sitting in direct sun in the hot summer. The same is true at the Sunset Bar around the corner at the rear of the ship. We felt the Sunset Bar on the Solstice was a nicer design, more inviting. The design on the Edge feels like a sterile plastic afterthought stuck in the rear of the ship. • Too crowded. The Edge has about the same number of passengers as the Solstice but it feels much more crowded. It’s really not a ship designed for kids, but there were lots of noisy kids on board our cruise. On an “at sea” day we went up to the pool deck at about 10:30 in the morning and there wasn’t a single lounge chair open anywhere near the pool or even in the Solarium. • The Grand Plaza and martini bar on this ship is a large space open to surrounding decks above. It is very noisy with either bands or recorded music and the loudness migrates up to the specialty restaurants on the decks above. In the evenings it is crowded and challenging to be comfortable, with kids all around, even by the bar. Many people come in casual clothing. The atmosphere is just not very inviting, and lacks the quiet sophistication of the one found on the Solstice. • On the Solstice, the concierge’s desk is located right in the concierge area of the ship. He gives you his card with phone number and you can walk over to see him or just call him on the phone. He was very helpful and accessible. There isn’t a way to easily contact the concierge on the Edge. No direct phone nbr and you have to walk way down to deck 5 at the front of the ship before the theater entrance to his small office. It’s as though they want to keep his existence as secret. • We’re not into a lot of the activities available but did go to two of the shows in the theater. Found them creative and unique but not particularly to our taste. In summary, we spoke with many other passengers during the cruise and found a recurring theme. People on their first cruise, or who hadn’t cruised often, love the Edge. Passengers who are veteran cruisers almost all said they wouldn’t sail on this ship again. It has the feel of a large resort hotel rather than the nautical allure and intimacy of other more traditional ships this size. As beautiful and modern as it is it lacks a “comfy cozy” feel many sophisticated travelers expect in a cruise ship. This is a comparatively expensive ship to sail on, so it’s reasonable to expect very good service, food, etc. We felt the service was very good but the food could have been better, generally speaking. It’s nice, as older travelers, that the Edge holds only about 2800 passengers. We’ve been on bigger ships and didn’t like them at all. We’re not into water slides or rock climbing and huge crowds. It would seem the Edge is not suited for families with kids, but we were disappointed to see so many on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose this itinerary for the ports. Highlights were Eze/Monaco having lunch at Chateau Eza, Portofino lunch at Taverna del Marinaio, and trip after cruise to Bergun Switzerland staying at the Kurhaus Bergun. It is part of Swiss Historic ... Read More
Chose this itinerary for the ports. Highlights were Eze/Monaco having lunch at Chateau Eza, Portofino lunch at Taverna del Marinaio, and trip after cruise to Bergun Switzerland staying at the Kurhaus Bergun. It is part of Swiss Historic Hotels First day after immediately landing in Rome we took a private tour with Rome- Limousine Tours and Alessandro. He was very reliable and very knowledgeable about his Rome. He is a licensed tour guide and his wealth of knowledge was apparent. We also took a stop for the best espresso ever. Ask him about that. He picked us up from airport and was waiting inside. We then spent 3 or so hours touring Rome. He was very careful where he parked keeping in mind our suitcases. He either parked in a location he knew someone or parked by police stands. Second day we took our own trip to Isle of Capri. If we were to do again I would immediately get on boat for Blue Grotto and buy those tickets down the port front to the right past the main square landing area. I would also buy tickets for ferry departure to go to Capri before that day. We had to wait in long lines for both things. Highlight of Capri taking funicular up to main Capri and going thru beautiful gardens up top for spectacular views and pictures. Along way we stopped at awesome place for limon ice cream-Cafe Morgano. Third Day- cruise day Fourth Day- Mallorca Formula One Tours- driving hillsides of west side of Island. Taxi cost approx $25. Beautiful scenery. Standard shift on all cars. Fifth Day- Barcelona Montserrat- beautiful church and the Black Madonna. Try to get to area early. We did trip by our own accessing train station by taxi from port. Had an easy time. Was very beautiful. Long lines though to see Black Madonna. Headed back to Barcelona to eat at the beach- Xiringuito Escriba for the best Sangria and Paella down on the beach. Sixth day - Sea Day Seventh day- Monaco Lunch at Chateau Eza. Need to make reservations early before departure but you will be in for best views ever. And really fantastic gourmet food. Also stopped at the Casino and played a few slot games all while looking at the beautiful expensive cars parked outside. Seventh Day- Portofino Visited churches, castles, lighthouse El Faro and had great limoncello. Ate at the best restaurant ever- Taverna Del Marinaio. Ask for Paolo and tell him Shari from Texas sent you. We had the absolute best vino and pasta along with fresh octopus that was divine and lemon and olive oil fresh fish. Trust me on this one! I know I wrinkled my nose also but it was excellent- the octopus. Eighth Day- Cinque Terre Found a link on how to do this area in one day. Started in furtherest town away- Monterosso and visited beach. Then went to Vernazza and loved scenery. We left cruise night early because we were headed to spend three nights in Switzerland. We spent night in Manarola at DePaulin Hotel. Rooms are air conditioned. Loved our host who greeted us with Limoncello. We had a wonderful dinner at Trattoria de Billy for test another awesome meal with most spectacular sunset ever! Spent the final days at St Moritz, Bergun and Zürich Switzerland. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Absolutely loved our trip!!! Enjoyed celebrating our 30th anniversary together!! Feel free to message me for more details if needed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Celebrity Edge is a new ship, other than that nothing special. Kind of disappointing when you book the AquaClass so you can have unlimited use of the spa and all you get is 2 steam rooms, one "salt room" which is not to par ... Read More
The Celebrity Edge is a new ship, other than that nothing special. Kind of disappointing when you book the AquaClass so you can have unlimited use of the spa and all you get is 2 steam rooms, one "salt room" which is not to par with today's "salt rooms", no cold showers or rinse for after the steam room, only hot showers, and a sauna that doesn't get hot. We cruised on August 3rd on a 7 day to Europe. Golden statutes by the spa's balcony were still been installed and some still sitting on wooden crates.The staff reprimanded guests for speaking loudly at the spa however they made no apologies for the drilling outside and the installation of the statues. The buffet would close at the most inconvenient times...like at the end of the day when you just got back from the port hungry and thirsty and not ready to go up to dinner. The entertainment was horrible! For the exception of Ms Amber Lynn Hines with her tribute to Whitney Houston. Wait staff was a hit and miss...some very nice and some scolding my husband for drinking too much water from his water package. We will not be booking our next European cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chosen to experience the new concept of design, dates and ports also met our requirements. Overall we loved the ship, the cabin felt spacious, well designed bathroom with plenty of storage but a mouldy smell in shower a little strange. ... Read More
Chosen to experience the new concept of design, dates and ports also met our requirements. Overall we loved the ship, the cabin felt spacious, well designed bathroom with plenty of storage but a mouldy smell in shower a little strange. Cabin itself again well designed had a gripe with the location of the wardrobe as so close to the side of bed made access a little tight. The infinity balcony, gave us more space, however to us felt like an open window rather than a balcony and was quite a slow process to open blind and window. Also blind has to be fully open to open balcony. The location of 7295 I would not recommend, when the balcony was open we could smell cigarettes wafting up from the smoking area outside Eden, also become a gathering area for smokers with load voices late into the night. We had to pass 27 cabins to reach lift/stairs - no good if an item was forgotten great for getting 10000 steps in each day! Enjoyed all meals ate in all four main restaurants plus buffet. Service good in main restaurants but hit or miss when sitting outside of the buffet. Enjoyed some entertainment the guitarist was great, the theatre productions, not as good as seen on other ships. Ports because of size of ship tended to be commercial so a view of containers most mornings something we will certainly take into account when deciding on future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and ... Read More
This was our first time cruising, it was a gift for my 50th BD. Our family of four did 7 days from Barcelona to Rome. We chose Celebrity Edge because we liked the itinerary and found a really good deal with Costco.ca where our 12 and 16year old cruised for free. Wow, we had such an amazing experience where do I even begin. First, me and my husband are both worried about sea sickness, we had everything on hand just in case but at the end we didn't need any of the meds, patches and wrisrbands, the ship was so smooth we didn't felt any of it. embarkation was smooth, same as disembarkation. Ship- like I said we had nothing to compare as this was our first experience. We like what we saw, everything new and clean. Cabin- when we did our booking, we went with Guarantee Concierge Class, we ended up with a beautiful room on deck 12. our room was roomy, with a king size bed and a pulled out trundle, more than enough room for our tall 16yrs old and 12 year. We love the Infinite veranda for extra room, we kept the windows closed for AC. used the chairs to hang cloths to dry when I hand washed them(they charge $3 to wash a sock). Celebrity knows how to design the space, they literally have every inch in mind. We especially like the charge station. Dining- Food was amazing!! Our designated restaurant was Cosmopolitan. They kept some items same but menu does change every night. Food was so good that we didn't feel the need to spend $55+/person on specialty restaurants. We tried Normandy one night, food was great, but had to wait a long time to get our meal. When we mentioned this to our waiter Johnathan at Cosmo the next night, he said we shouldn't have to wait and provided us with menus from Tuscan, Cyprus and Normandy, ordered what we wanted from other restaurants and he brings the food to us. Talk about service! After that, we dined at Cosmo every night. Oceanview cafe is also excellent! not your normal all you can eat buffets. They have everything, you name it. We didn't purchase any drink packages, we just traveled with our reusable stainless steel bottle and filled up with ice water for our excursions, handy in +30C temp. We would never get our moneys worth with any package. Entertainment and activities- Shows are excellent! Our 16yrs old liked the teen club. We went to silent disco, Acrobatic show, Beatles, Makcus Terall was really good. Service- Our cabin attendant Teodora was excellent, she is like a ninja, knows exactly when to come and leave. she kept our cabin spotless, always friendly and asked about your day. Our Waiter Johnathan goes above and beyond. We had a wonderful experience and would love to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our ... Read More
We just returned form a Med cruise on the Celebrity Edge. It was absolutely wonderful. The ship is brand new, clean, beautiful. Everything went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. Our cabin was the Celebrity Suite. We had Rhona our wonderful butler. The space was perfect. The entire staff we had interaction with on a daily basis were friendly and helpful. Pricilla Schmitt who oversees the Retreat Lounge is exceptional. We loved all the ports with the exception of Ibiza. I am unsure why that stop is on the itinerary. I feel Majorca would have been better. We traveled with our 13 and 16 year olds. Along with friends they had a super time. That for the kids was key - to travel with a group. I am not sure the ship would have been enough for them without their buddies. The restaurants were fine. I would Say Luminae had the best food. Next time we won’t shop around the dining rooms and we will have our dinners at Luminae. Kumar, our waiter, made the dinners at Luminae very enjoyable. As well as the breakfast. In addition to dining, I would say skip Le Petit chef. Food was not great and the “show” was on par with a Disney experience. Overall I give the Celebrity Edge a 10! My only wish is that it was longer! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round ... Read More
The Celebrity Edge is an outstanding ship. We loved the Celebrity Reflection but this was something different. Time and effort had been taken to create a different type of cruise ship, It was tasteful, slick and big enough to get round without being too big. We had a cabin with a sunset balcony and it did not disappoint, however we did discuss this and thought if we were looking to save money a lower cost cabin would have been fine as we did not spend much time in the room at all. Everything being new did add to the magic as you would expect. The ship was spotlessly clean. The staff helpful, friendly and polite. Interesting how the 2 main restaurants had been split into 4 with different themes. There was never a problem getting table. I liked the themed idea, however I am thinking is this a way to steer you into the speciality dining concept. The children's clubs had been banished to the basements floors 2/3 which I have never seen before. This is more suited to adults however children were on board and were no trouble at all. But if a child were to pick they would pick one of the all singing and dancing ships that are built with children in mind. The ship was built with relaxation in mind it was amazing. I love cruising and look forward to booking the next adventure. I loved the ship and woudl love to return Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Sometimes, the best things in life are not planned. All my life, I've said I was going on a Mediterranean cruise. I didn't know when or how--I just knew it was going to happen. I, February, we were out of state, on a short ... Read More
Sometimes, the best things in life are not planned. All my life, I've said I was going on a Mediterranean cruise. I didn't know when or how--I just knew it was going to happen. I, February, we were out of state, on a short trip, when my husband received a late night phone call from one of his sons, asking if we'd be interested in cruising on the new Celebrity ship with them. My husband is retired, and though not stingy, he does watch his money. We already knew we were going to Costa Rica the second week of July with another one of our eight children, so we just said we couldn't make it happen. Our son called us back and asked if they took care of the airfare to Rome, if we would go. We looked at the link they had sent us and saw $1847 and my husband said we could probably do it. Mind you, we've only cruised Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival before, and the only time we had a balcony was on the Alaskan trip with Princess and an ocean view with HA, so the most we've probably ever paid was for the Alaskan trip (around $1200.00). We called around 10:30 PM to book it, and after he hung up, my husband told me they had charged him double the down payment. My sister and I looked at him and told him that was for two people, not one. He thought the $1847 was for both of us. He slept on it and we decided the next morning that we would call and cancel before April 25. My birthday was April 1 and his was April 15, so we decided we'd treat ourselves and keep our reservations. Then, we noticed a drastic price drop, so we called and took the four perks option, rather than upgrade our room. We knew after booking, we would be in Cabin 7101 and it was at the very front of the ship. We liked the layout and really thought we'd have access to the front of the ship (we did not) to stand out and enjoy the water. I usually only drink coffee, tea and lemonade, and purchase 1-2 drinks a day, so I did enjoy having the premium drink package. Probably a little too much! We arrived home form Costa Rica on July 16 and thought we would have nine days to enjoy being at home and resting up for our next journey, but my sister-in-law passed away on the Friday before we were heading to Rome on the next Thursday, so we packed our suitcases early and headed to Illinois from east Texas on Monday and left after the funeral on Wednesday to head back home. We arrived home at 1:30 am on the 27th, I did payroll for a company I work for, along with 2 loads of clothes, and we headed to DFW for our flight to Rome at 8:00 am. We got to Rome at 7:00 am on the 26th, dropped our suitcases off and headed to the Vatican and Sistine chapel for our pre-booked tour, then on to the Coliseum for that tour, before eating at a little café outside our hotel and crashing until the next morning. Operating on about 3 hours of sleep up until this point ( I had the darn middle seat, so my husband could have the aisle seat) I just knew I could relax on the cruise for the next week. But darn----the Edge was so exciting and beautiful, I was afraid I would miss something if I relaxed too much. The ship itself, is different from any I had ever been on before. She's sleek, she's modern, but she has all the charisma that makes a person want to enjoy every minute on her. I really like our cabin and it was the best and largest inside cabin I had ever stayed in. The bathroom was almost luxurious (mind you, this is only an inside cabin). The wall switch for the a/c and lights was very convenient. There was plenty of storage. Our bed was so comfortable. Our steward, Franco, was very attentive and after I asked for ice once, he usually saw I had ice in my room at all times. We are early risers, but from our busy schedule the previous week and maybe one martini too many the previous night, we slept until noon one day. I have not done that in 20 years! At noon, I hopped up, anxious that I might have missed an activity. I did enjoy watching A Star is Born while relaxing one afternoon in the Rooftop Garden. The pool did always seem to be full, and I would like to throw all the towel clips overboard. I still don't see why people can't be decent and take turns with the lounge chairs and don't see why the clips are even allowed. But, we can swim every day at home if we choose, so I just laid out a little and read. We always had set dining times on my other cruises, so did not know what to expect with select dining, but it ended up working out well for us, and we never had to wait. We enjoyed every restaurant. We even enjoyed the buffet, and we usually avoid it on most cruises. The servers always acted happy to see us, even if they had not seen us before. I worried that the service would not be as good, if they didn't see us for most meals. The wine selection was excellent, too. We also never felt rushed, as I was afraid we might. It was a tossup if we enjoyed Normandy or Cosmopolitan the most, but we did like to the other two, also. I also blame the coffee bar and sweets for my extra five pounds from the cruise. I thought the shows were good, but did not understand the one in Eden. My granddaughter loved it, though, especially when she and her dad were encouraged to participate. So, just remembering the smile on her face keeps me from thinking it was a waste of my time. I enjoyed all the singers and the bands. I loved sitting in the Martini Bar and listening or dancing to the bands and singers and we also enjoyed The Club. No matter what we were doing, we would always swing by The Club on the way back to our room. We had so much fun with our son, daughter-in-law and her family, enjoying the karaoke and the dancing! My husband and I had trouble with our internet and wifi connection, but every time it messed up, I went to customer service and they took care of my problem within an couple of minutes. Our keys stopped working at one point, and they also dealt with that problem immediately. We booked the scenic Naples-Positano tour and loved every exhilarating minute of it. The only tour we booked before we got on ship was the Train to Florence. We also did the scenic tour of Cannes, Nice and Eze. The Monaco tour was very informative. With the traffic being what it is in some of those places, I wanted to book a tour from the ship, just in case there was any trouble getting back to the ship. The only mistake we made, was doing a beach day in Isla de Mallorca. The taxis or services are happy to drop you off at the beach, they just will not pick up you. Dry or not, if you have any beachwear on, they will not let you in their vehicles, because of the sand. We were afraid to hop on a bus, not knowing where they would take us, so we hooved it back from Cala Mejor to the ship. Thank heaven for my Chacos, but it was still a long, sweaty trek! About midway back, I would have gladly ridden in the back of a chicken truck! I worried about going to a beach where tops are optional with the grandkids, but they never even noticed. I truly feel the excursions offered from the ship gave me glimpses of what life in the places we visited is actually like or what it was like in the past. My husband is very active, but has drop foot on one side from a previous injury, so we were very careful in our choices. Any of the tours, even though some were described as strenuous, were fine with him. At Eze, he did end up sitting at the restaurant while I made a quick trip the rest of the way up the mountain. But, the people at the Shore Excursion area can answer almost any question you may have about any of the tours. Embarkation and Disembarkation: Well, this is what sealed the deal for us! It really wasn't a process at all. I did have a slight problem when one of the agents asked to see something that we had put in our suitcase before handing to the baggage stewards. I went back and the lady at the table told me to tell him it was ok, they had what they needed on file. When I ran back, he said ok, and we took off. We kept thinking, "When are we going to have to stop and wait?" And, we never did. For disembarkation, we put our luggage out before 9:00 the night before and the next morning, when they called our number, we walked straight off the ship to the area where our luggage was located. Very easy! I am kind of upset with Celebrity because it will be much harder for me to book a cruise with anyone else after sailing on the Edge. I travel with my sister and her husband much of the time, and also some other friends from my area, so we usually do RC, Carnival or a more budget-friendly line, but I have to admit, I felt spoiled with Celebrity. I did not know what to expect, but I am happy to say that whatever my expectations were, they were exceeded! Thanks for a wonderful time! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our last cruise was onboard a MSC ship and almost put us off cruising for life so bad was the experience fortunately our week on the Edge was a million times better and has restored our faith in cruising starting with a smooth check in ... Read More
Our last cruise was onboard a MSC ship and almost put us off cruising for life so bad was the experience fortunately our week on the Edge was a million times better and has restored our faith in cruising starting with a smooth check in followed by a lovely warm welcome onboard and welcome drinks and then been able to leave our hand baggage in our stateroom where we met our brilliant attendant Mistan who as we had a last minute change of stateroom made sure we got our luggage delivered to our new room and then did a great job for the rest of the cruise. We had one of the controversial infinite balcony staterooms and have to say we loved it as it made the room feel so much bigger and brighter. We used the four MDRs and the food and service was great, we only used one specialty restaurant the Rooftop Grill but we didn’t think it was worth the extra money. We had breakfast in the Tuscan Restaurant where we were in the capable hands of the lovely Captains Club hostess Elizabeth and her great staff. For lunch we picked a quite spot in the Oceanview or went to the Eden Cafe.We did our own thing in port staying ashore for a couple of hours so can’t rate the shore excursions, then back onboard to enjoy a quite ship.We loved the variety of nightly entertainment particularly the silent disco, ship bands and the love it or hate it Eden show, certainly something for all different tastes. We availed of the extend your stay option at the end of the cruise as we were staying on in Barcelona spending another day onboard using the pools and whirlpool, coffee in Cafe al Bacio and lunch in The Oceanview, certainly beats queuing for taxis in the heat and waiting for your hotel room to be ready. In summary what we got was attentive and friendly staff, great food and service, great entertainment and a beautiful ship plus lovely fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My wife and I cruise extensively. We love Celebrity ships for service at par with 6 stars luxury cruises. Smart ship design with multiple areas where one can enjoy smooth music, drink, conversation is another undeniable attribute of all ... Read More
My wife and I cruise extensively. We love Celebrity ships for service at par with 6 stars luxury cruises. Smart ship design with multiple areas where one can enjoy smooth music, drink, conversation is another undeniable attribute of all Celbrity ships. Edge managed to lack all the above. Service in all public areas is below average. Pool is small for the ship and is further squeezed by several lounges semisubmerged in the shallow part of the pool. Occupants of those lounges naturally being served drinks and food.I am not sure if that is the main reason or just a contributing factor but water in the pool is far from clear. It was totally uninviting FOOD in main dinning room was average. Menu DID NOT CHANGE for the duration of the cruise. Buffet affords usual fare, typical for cruise ship. Nothing special. We did not visit any specialty restaurant. DRINKS. I have never spent time in line waiting for service in the bar at any other ship. Edge was the first. DISEMBARKATION. Magic Carpet is a great innovation and made departure from the ship to tenders a breath. CABIN. We decided to book infinity room based on description on Celebrity site. This is the most non-functional poorly conceived design one can imagine. It is pretty much expensive ocean view cabin. If window is open room temperature immediately equalize with one outside. Shutters planned to isolate room from “ opened” balcony do not provide one. In order to close the metal drape to darken the room requires chairs to be moved inside of the cabin. Nightstands are very small ( size of shoebox) with a half of the surface occupied by standing lamp. One of them deemed unusable completely by the room phone. In bathroom long sink eliminate most of the vanity surface. Wardrobe has no room even for cloth, obviously forget about placing suitcase there. EXCURSIONS. We chose this trip because of great itinerary. Service provided by local guides was appalling. The main goal of most of excursion was to bring group to a local prearrange store. I am not even mentioning misinformation about Pisa Florence trip with stop at a local leather factory became a substitute for Pisa. Level of information provided was very poor. OVERALL. Value for money poor. Service below Celebrity level. Disappointed Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Celebrity Edge Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9

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