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I chose this cruise because of the new ship the Edge. I’m an elite plus member and I’ve been on many ships starting with the Century I believe Celebrity has cause a major faux pas introducing this series of ships. This ship is for ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the new ship the Edge. I’m an elite plus member and I’ve been on many ships starting with the Century I believe Celebrity has cause a major faux pas introducing this series of ships. This ship is for those guests who have it $$$$$$ and those who don’t For instance I chose the infinity room It is a lovely room with an oversized picture window. It can be opened half way with a movable button. However it is not a balcony. If you want a balcony you need to upgrade to a suite. This infinity room cannot be enjoyed by you if your significant other is sleeping. There is no way to order even a pot of coffee without disturbing your mate. Second of all the suite guests can enjoy the top of the ship. The rest of us are not allowed on that floor. The Club established for the elite and above is a darkened room with no windows. Tried it once and at least I’m able to go to other bars for remainder of cruise. On a positive note I will not be spending much time on this ship as we have many ports of call. I’ll be spending future cruises on the Solstice class. At least I’ll be able to enjoy sky lounge and roof top without being turned away because of this caste system. Good luck Celebrity with filling up these ships after the curiosity wears off Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I had multiple frustrations long before boarding. Most of which were related to the fact that my mother and I were in different staterooms and it was very difficult to coordinate reservations for excursions or dinner. I was able to for ... Read More
I had multiple frustrations long before boarding. Most of which were related to the fact that my mother and I were in different staterooms and it was very difficult to coordinate reservations for excursions or dinner. I was able to for main dining after I figured out how to associate a reservation (tho website still less than intuitive as you have to check the selection you JUST entered for it to associate). However specialty restaurants reserving with two separate rooms was awful. Called concierge. Sort of helped. But when room two called back they showed no availability. Even though we each were singles and would only need one table of two they couldnt do that without days delay and could reacting concierges. Day of embarkation there were multiple stories of same at captains club. It seems to be an incompetent process. I reserved finding ahead of boarding and was assured cancellation would go to my card. So when we cancelled one restaurant that I had out on my CCard for two separate staterooms they credited the respective staterooms rather than my card. I had to fight to get the credit removed from second room back to mine. And notably NOT to my card but as a room credit despite what I was told when booking weeks prior. WiFi - this was a selected perk so we didn’t pay for it (seems expensive). Quality was pretty good however it dropped a LOT (several times a day) and had to continually sign in. Also we had a single device so had to switch between iPad and iPhone but that was a personal frugal option. Drinks. - pool bar frozen dacqaris really bad. They didn’t have Lime (and bartender didn’t even know what I meant by traditional lime) and then added (dark!) rum after so it was not mixed in. The REAL benefit of a drink package is you can just trash the bad drinks and get a different at no charge. Regular margarita was typical and good. I didn’t have many mixed drinks but not one I had wowed in the least. My mother is elite captain level and supposed to get three free wines. They told her free was “not at dinner”. What?? That is just pathetic. Way to value your customers. They really seem to nickel and dime on everything here from alcohol to coffee to dining. Really takes away from overall experience Fitness: The jogging track was lovely as it traversed two levels so had “hills” and went by garden view and sunset bar as well as around pool (a floor above). A very nice walk and longer than most ships at nearly a 1/4 mile per lap. I had heard there was one or two Pelatons on the edge but found no reviews of them so here it is: Peloton. 6 bikes. 2 never seemed to be available for use - always covered. Technically, you must be in suite or have own pelaton account (used peloton before). Free but must reserve a time to use It (or take chance it will be free which it mostly was). However they told one woman it would be $50 for cruise to use them - I think bc she was neither I suite nor had ever used it before. They remove the seats unless someone is scheduled to use it though you might get lucky if you show up after someone finished, but you can just ask trainer to get them. There are never any seats on until 7 am when trainers begin day and you have to ask. They will provide clip on shoes in your size if you want. I LOVE Pelaton and loved that I could use it daily. For me, it was one of the best part of the Edge. I was not in a specialty room but told them (truthfully) I had my own Pelaton account. Something a trainer said led me to believe they may begin charge for using it (if they don't already - no clear policy it seems) They are very tight with making seats available for peloton use. Don’t know why. Sailing day - arrived on ship early and toured gym. Looked good and only 1 or 2 using it. First day we didn’t port until noon. Got there at 7:30 am and hopped on a peloton (before i knew you had to reserve) got kicked off after 30 minutes for someone who had it reserved. Still a good workout. The real shortcomings of the gym: lack of cool down stretching space. Quite crowded (yoga room in use or probably could do there). The free weights area is quite small too and crammed on sea day. There were enough cardio equipment that something was open whole time I was there - stair master, treadmill, techno bike etc. Day two first sea day. Had reserved peloton for 8 am but forgot the time change and got there late. No problem they accommodated me as others were finishing their ride. There was a good amount of buffering at sea and I cut my 45 Min ride to 30 due bc of buffering. The Pool: love the pool for many reasons the main one being it is actually long enough to swim laps in. It is between 20-25 meters (Based on personal stroke count) so a very respectable swim workout can be had. Even at 10:30 am first sea day there were very few in the pool and I was able to swim 1/2 hour without dodging others much at all. However many days into cruise it was clear anyone who had goggles (and some who didn’t) decided to swim laps even if this meant dog paddle, as they realized others were swimming laps. It got congested much of the time after morning. The pool length gets huge points in my book. You could have the pool to yourself in the evening as no one ever there after 6 it seemed. The pool setup with a sundeck and chairs is lovely and pool has submerged rim all around is very nice. Best pool I have experienced on a cruise ship. Pool itself was busy after excursions but still usually could get a couple seats, always both sun and shade available. Did not pay money for fitness classes but there was a good variety of yoga boxing HIIT and Techno Hume RYDE classes. I did yoga in my room a few times which was nice with infinite balcony feeling part of the room. $149 gets you unlimited classes which include yoga, hiit, boxing and more Entertainment. Mediocre. All of the dance and song performances (which seem to be most nights) are a different version of same. 4-5 women are dressed in boy shorts and halter tops (sometimes sequences sometimes In different colors) and the 4-5 men are in tanks and tights or pants. They pair up. One male and one female lead sing. Songs are mostly known songs and they set some plot to it (which is not evident without narrator or reading write up) They finally got a comedian to come after cruise director got feedback of too much of same thing. Musicians were quality violinist and piano from what I heard. I only made it through one full performance. But shows are not my thing. Food. Overall pretty good. Spa cafe is nice, light and healthy - however it is the same bfast and same lunch every single day. Main dining rooms have quality food and service with a different ambiance in each. La Petite Chef was great and worth it. Best food of all and really fun. Ocean view cafe had great variety and all seemed good. I will say desserts are better looking than tasting - in all venues. Eden. First impression on day 1 visit. Feels 70s and dated with plants growing out of walls. Some decor just seems weird. It is not a place I would seek out for any reason particularly to read or relax. Had dinner there night 3. The presentation was wonderful, the service (too) attentive and the food was very good. Not great. The steak dish was decent but far from a great steak. I don’t think it is worth the supplemental expense and wouldn’t do it again. The Eden performance - I misunderstood and thought there was something to happen during dining. Nope (tho we had an early seating). A few crew walked around with weird costumes which is what they wear for 10:15 performance which only happens every other night. Never went but ship mates went and said it was only a singer. I just don’t get (nor did I like) Eden. Finally, this was my first celebrity cruise and I truly enjoyed many things. I really appreciate they now offer single rooms with balcony without doubling the price for solo. But I doubt I will cruise Celebrity again unless there is a fabulous itinerary. It is fine. But if I traveled with my young adult kids I would want a ship that had more fun - race cars on NCL, rock climbing/surfing etc on Royal Caribbean - I like those things too. Yes celebrity is a 'bit classier' but also not as many options for fun. And mixed drinks were not good and packages are ridiculously expensive. If I go by myself I will go Crystal from now on. That is class, never crowded and ALL inclusive with awesome itineraries. Ports: The Nafplio Greece port was the best of all. Beautiful quaint town with great shops and not busy with tourists. Pick an itinerary with that port! Did Corinth canal which was good. Skip OIA in Santorini. It is a MADHOUSE. Horrible. Mykonos was crazy busy too but great streets and shops to wander through. Malta was a let down. Beautiful from ship, great historical buildings but kind of too short stop to do real substance and it just felt like a big city (w traffic) - though historically stunning. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The food was fantastic, we ate at some specialty dining and the main dining venues. No complaints here. The food and service were excellent and the venues were always beautiful. I particularly enjoyed Raw on 5. The sushi was excellent and ... Read More
The food was fantastic, we ate at some specialty dining and the main dining venues. No complaints here. The food and service were excellent and the venues were always beautiful. I particularly enjoyed Raw on 5. The sushi was excellent and the quality of the seafood was exceptional. The entertainment was also fantastic; Kaleidoscope, Dos Duo, and Ashley Amber being standouts. But, some of the singers in the Grand staircase bar or pool deck could be off key or sound awkward. The spa and fitness centres were excellent facilities but unfortunately have 2 flaws. The gym has so many windows it doesn’t take long to get warm and when your working out more AC would be appreciated. The biggest flaw however, is the spa being below the gym area (maybe they can flip them for the Apex!) I had a wonderful massage but it was marred by the stomping of a gym class above. I suggested to my masseuse they provide some noise cancelling headphones with soft music as a quick fix. We will see what happens! As for excursions they were usually fun and exciting but could sometimes be hindered by being too large. A group can only move as fast as it’s slowest member so if granny with her cane is in the group you’ll spend lots of time waiting at the front. A suggestion for Celebrity would be to give people the option to break groups up by ability. This would give highly active people less time waiting for the group. In turn it would also make less mobile people’s experience more enjoyable by not feeling rushed or guilty by holding up their group. Disembarking and reembarking on the cruise was always orderly and as easy as possible. The ports were all beautiful with something unique to experience at each one. In some cases (such as Catania, and Katakolo) it’s worth looking at an excursion either with Celebrity or privately as the port town itself is either a bit run down (Catania) or just has nothing to see (Katakolo) but they have amazing things to see close by. Edge was my first cruise experience. Other than the minor issues mentioned above I loved the voyage and am already looking ahead to another trip aboard. I hope the suggestions get read! 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
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
We went on this Celebrity Infinity cruise with several friends from our church who were all very interested in seeing the Holy Land. As I'd previously had a marvelous experience with Celebrity to Bermuda in 1995--indeed, of nine or so ... Read More
We went on this Celebrity Infinity cruise with several friends from our church who were all very interested in seeing the Holy Land. As I'd previously had a marvelous experience with Celebrity to Bermuda in 1995--indeed, of nine or so cruises I had taken, they were my favorite (prior to Royal Caribbean's acquisition of the company in 1997). So, it was quite a surprise to get to the ship terminal in Rome and discover that the culture had changed. Perhaps Royal Caribbean's culture had overtaken Celebrity's--I cannot be sure, as I've also taken Royal Caribbean, and didn't remember the awful hard-sell when I sailed that line. However, as soon as we hit the ship terminal (around 10:45 am, and a good point in Celebrity's favor is that we were one of the first to board in a smoothly-organized fashion), there were employees coming up to us and selling drinks packages, themed restaurants, etc. Multiple people, multiple times. This surprised me. It did not stop there, either. The moment we headed to the Oceanview Cafe to rest prior to our stateroom availability, there they were--easily 20 pitches from 20 different bar staff to sign up for drinks packages. So, a sour start. The funny thing was that I already had a drinks package, but, once they heard that, they started to pester the friends with us that didn't. When declined, they left pretty quickly, only for the next person pitching the package to come by minutes later. The other side of the coin is that it's likely the staff are pressed to push these things--drinks, specialty dinners, shore excursions, etc. Because, outside of this annoyance, they are fabulous people. We were satisfied with the service, and everyone was really pleasant, even when you were telling them "no". The selling died down as the cruise progressed, and we were able to relax a little more. The condition of the ship really didn't bother me--I certainly understand the impression that the furnishings were tired (indeed, they did not appear new), but, everything did appear clean around the ship. In our stateroom, the only things that I really didn't want to sit on or use were the upholstered couch, the runner across the tip of the bed, and the decorative pillows. Old upholstery is not synonymous with clean upholstery, though I saw nothing particularly gross on it. I'd have appreciated a spare sheet to drape over the couch. The veranda was nice--we spent several hours on our balcony each day that we didn't have activities scheduled in port. Worth it, for us. One thing to note--if you are subject to "earworms", note that there is one track of Euro-Pop that continuously plays in the interior hallways, cafe, channel 31 on the TV, and upper level cabana-type deck outside. So, you'll be able to say, "Oh, yes, that's 'Another Day is Over, and All I Ask Is to Share the Next One with You, and it is followed two songs later by the one with a lot of whistling'". Perhaps I'm overly sensitized to this, as there was one Holland America cruise I took several years back where only one song played over and over--Kenny Loggins' "This Is It". That one really stayed with me. Showers were nice and hot--remember that you have to push a 38 degrees Celsius button and twist the knob beyond it to get the water to run above lukewarm. Wish I had known that before day 5! I was generally quite satisfied with the food. The savory items, that is. Desserts were definitely not a strong point for any of the dining rooms, specialty restaurants, cafe, and in the buffet, but, I always liked the creme brulee (which I usually had, when in the main Trellis dining room). Specialty restaurants were generally good--they should be, since you are paying $40-$50 per head to dine there. My favorite was Tuscan Grille--we actually ate there three nights, and weren't disappointed at any. The Creamy Burrata/tomato salad with croutons with balsamic was to die for, as were the Italian meatballs, and Lobster pasta. If you go, ask for Volkano. He's the best, will treat you like family, and load you with great selections. Qsine was fun, and my husband's favorite, kind of a novel "video on the plate" concept. Didn't try the sushi restaurant, but, note that it's per piece-charged, and not a single cover price. Back to the selling--also noted in the Canyon Ranch spa setup. Now, If I am going to pay over $300 (more like $392 when you add in tip) for their over-the-top "invigorating ritual" composed of multi-step masks, wraps, and massage, I feel like I really shouldn't be plugged to buy expensive spa products--that adds nothing to the sense of relaxation. Couched in terms of my physical needs, such as "your heels are very dry--we've got something for that", and "for that cellulite at the back of your legs, we've got something for that" to justify the hard sell. Really? When I refused the products (no luggage space, the truth), the sale points morphed into "well, we can send them by mail". Deferred again, then it became,"Well, I see you have another treatment scheduled on 9/27, we'll discuss this again." Needless to say, I canceled all subsequent appointments. Another thought--the spa is not set up well for multi-step treatments. The room was cold, open, and bright, and though she (masseuse) did place a sleep mask over my face when I was supine, when prone, I was looking at a bright linoleum floor. Further, the process necessitated getting up twice for showering off various products. Not too relaxing. Further, the exercise room was right next to the massage room, making for a noisy, thumping backbeat over the calm spa music. Entertainment was enjoyable. I'm generally not big on Broadway or magicians, but did go to a few of the musical entertainers (a violinist, a trumpeter, and some celebrity review acts). Of note was that the ship crowd was much older (many more like my parents' age, in the 80s), so, if you are looking for nightlife, you may want to think twice. At least in September. I think I saw fewer than 5 kids the whole cruise, all of them pretty young. Ports and Shore Excursions--enjoyed these, Malta, Catania through the ship. Our Sorrento tour got canceled due to lack of interest. The Israel, Crete, and Rome tours were through an independent cruise tour venue. Didn't do many enrichment activities through the ship. One $15 photography class for iPhones, which pretty much taught me that I need to learn a lot more, and I still can't delete more than one photo at a time...hence below for "enrichment activities" I just put "average", since there's no "n/a" option. Likewise for fitness. Disembarkation was smooth. So, to summarize--wonderful staff, but, the high-pressure sales tactics we experienced ensured that I will not go back on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship is nice and new. I do like the new ship design but I do not think that it is worth the extra dollars to take the Edge. The staff is nice. Our ports were rerouted due to weather. The rerouting of the ports caused chaos for ... Read More
The ship is nice and new. I do like the new ship design but I do not think that it is worth the extra dollars to take the Edge. The staff is nice. Our ports were rerouted due to weather. The rerouting of the ports caused chaos for the shore excursions staff. We had 3 Discovery Collection/Exclusive shore excursions, but were only able to take the one in Athens (which was very nice). The others were cancelled due to port rerrouting. For us the excursions are the highlight of the cruise. This is our 10th cruise overall and our 4th on Celebrity. The Santorini excursions were a hot chocolate mess in a flaming dumpster. Due to us being one of the last cruise ships in port many excursions were cancelled and others were very very negative experiences. I recommended the firing of our tour guide and the bus driver. Celebrity tried to make it up to us so I give them 2 stars instead of one. Celebrity also tried to save the excursions for its suite guests in Santorini. In Santorini shore excursions issued free cable car tickets to the many people who had their excursions cancelled. As a result the cable car lines were two hours long and as a result people were walking through the donkey poop. The shows were average in talent level and content, although the layout of the theater was better than the other Celebrity ships. We spent several hours on the magic carpet for a glass of wine. It is very windy out there while the ship is moving. It is convenient for tenders. The Fine Cut and Eden restaurants were very good. The Fine Cut restaurant was difficult to book on sea days. Eden had a menu that was good for our unique dietary requirements. La Petit had a nice projection show, but I preferred the menu choices of previous ships of steak or lobster. The menu choices in La Petit were not as good. The spa was also very nice but crowded on sea days. The embarkation process is very smooth. In fact embark/debark were the smoothest that I have seen to date. The silent disco was very good. I wish that the other cruise lines would adopt the concept. The photographers were very average. On some other lines the photographers take longer to get the perfect picture. Celebrity cruises used to be my favorite line, however the shore excursion debacle on this cruise has knocked their ratings down a notch or two in my eyes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Edge is a fairly new ship trying to break the mould, but unfortunately it is a bit like Marmite, you etither love it or not! We are the not type. Although I have stated we had a Balcony there are two types on this ship and the ... Read More
The Edge is a fairly new ship trying to break the mould, but unfortunately it is a bit like Marmite, you etither love it or not! We are the not type. Although I have stated we had a Balcony there are two types on this ship and the Infinity balcony is definately a miss selling as it is more an ocean view with a window that opens (when it doesn't get stuck and makes a lot of noise). The ship decor is clean and modern with some odd twists but to acheive this they have removed the odd lounge and bar. The old style main resturaunt has beem replaced with smaller ones and unfortunately did not live up to expectations and I can say the food was some of the worst I have had on a cruise having to send at least three of my meals back and the selection was poor even our waiter made recommendation NOT to order something and agreed the buffet was better especially for deserts. The entertainments I have to admit compensated for some of it with some very good guest acts and the house acts putting on some excellent shows. On a positive point the Captain (Kate) went out of her way in ensuring we got to a port when bad winds affected the cruise changing two ports for safer options and switching the itinerary for the others where other cruise lines would have just had an extra sea day. The Captain also was at the gate when we all left at the end of the cruise. So in summary, if you don't care about a balcony and having good food then this ship might be you for the experience it gives you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise mainly for its itinerary but also for the opportunity to sail on a new, innovative ship. What we found was a beautiful ship with excellent service. Having said that, there were some areas that need improvement. Please ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for its itinerary but also for the opportunity to sail on a new, innovative ship. What we found was a beautiful ship with excellent service. Having said that, there were some areas that need improvement. Please keep in mind that these are only our personal views and may not reflect everyone’s perspective. We are senior citizens and on our recent 11-day Greek Islands Cruise observed that the majority of passengers (approx. 65-70%) were seniors as well. There were very few children on this voyage. Regarding the entertainment, except for one or two shows, found that the entertainment was geared towards a significantly younger audience. The theater itself is beautiful with state of the art equipment. It’s a shame that the quality of the shows did not live up to what we have experienced on other Celebrity cruises. Regarding our infinite veranda cabin, it was quite spacious with plenty of drawer and storage space, a beautiful big screen TV and the best bathroom we have ever had. With all of that, I still prefer a cabin with a real balcony, not a sunroom, which is what this cabin really is. For this reason, I would not choose this type of cabin again. Now to the restaurants: I like the four smaller restaurants as opposed to two large dining rooms. We opted for Select dining and never had to wait for a table. The quality of the food was very good to excellent and service was outstanding. We ate at only one specialty restaurant- Le Petite Chef, which was entertaining and the food surprisingly good. Service was excellent. Now to the ports: The original itinerary was Catania, Malta, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Katakolon, Nauplion, and Naples. Unfortunately due to weather conditions (strong winds), the itinerary had to be shuffled around, causing a serious logistical problem for the crew. This is where Captain Kate and her amazing crew took over, shifting port order while not cancelling a call, but substituting alternate ports which were actually more attractive, IMO. They did a fabulous job, providing free shuttles on Crete and offering assistance to those with private shore arrangements. Bottom Line: would we sail on the Edge again? Maybe, but they need to provide more live music venues, both for listening and dancing and only if we can get a cabin with a real balcony. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Overall lovely ship and itinerary, despite changes due to bad weather. However single cabin booked off plan with Celebrity 18 months ago did not indicate a 50% obstruction. Lifeboats situated all the way along single cabins on decks 6 and ... Read More
Overall lovely ship and itinerary, despite changes due to bad weather. However single cabin booked off plan with Celebrity 18 months ago did not indicate a 50% obstruction. Lifeboats situated all the way along single cabins on decks 6 and 7 port and starboard. Some have 0% obstruction and some 50%. Mine was the latter. I have photos to show entire bottom half of infinity window blocked. Even with no obstruction there was no visibility down to the ocean. Met other single cabin occupants who had the same experience. Stonewalled by Customer Services. Very little storage space nd no shelves at all. Dining experience very good and quality of food in both complimentary restaurants and Ocean. Kew were excellent. Staff were very friendly. Itinerary was changed due to adverse weather around Greek islands but Captain Kate did a sterling job trying to get us into as many ports as possible. Santorini shore experience was a nightmare due to too many ships in port at same time. Also Catania in Sicily was a container port and ver6 poor. Taoramina is a much nicer port of call. Entertainment, some good and some not so, particularly Eden brief and random performances were slightly weird. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I want to start this out by saying the ship is gorgeous and the staff is incredible. I appreciate everything Celebrity tried to do with this ship. To me, the ship lost some of it's charm though. The reason my wife and I chose this ... Read More
I want to start this out by saying the ship is gorgeous and the staff is incredible. I appreciate everything Celebrity tried to do with this ship. To me, the ship lost some of it's charm though. The reason my wife and I chose this cruise was partly due to it's itinerary, but mostly because we were on the Celebrity Soltice and were smitten hearing about this new amazing ship. The solstice, although an older ship, had some features that we really liked. We had access to the front and back of the ship for better views, everything was accessible, and the balcony outside the room was nice. The "infinite veranda" was kind of weird on the Edge, the window that goes up and down makes and awful screeching sound, and we didn't really use it. Also, everything was spread out on the Edge, and only the very exclusive top-end customers got access to the front of the ship. Also, everything that wasn't included (The spa, spin classes, drinks above the classic drink package) were almost double the price of the Solstice ship. The reason I gave it 4 stars was due to the incredible staff and the fact we were sailing around Europe. The intinerary was awesome, and the captain did a great job due to having to cancel 2 ports (bad weather) and finding us 2 different ports so we didn't have to just spend it out at sea. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Lovely ship, food was excellent in all areas. Did not try speciality restaurants.Staff all very friendly. Entertainment different to other ships but enjoyed them. Loved the rooftop garden with film in afternoon. Eden was our favourite bar ... Read More
Lovely ship, food was excellent in all areas. Did not try speciality restaurants.Staff all very friendly. Entertainment different to other ships but enjoyed them. Loved the rooftop garden with film in afternoon. Eden was our favourite bar for pre dinner drinks Oliver the bar attendant was great. Also loved breakfast outside of Oceanview Restaurant. Shops way out of our price range. Lovely cruise despite being diverted and change to ports due to bad weather over Greek Islands but Captain Kate and her team went to great lengths to get us into ports. Santorini was a nightmare 4 large ships and a smaller one in port. Island was packed and no organisation with the queues for cable car and became very dangerous especially getting off no handrails. We witnessed 2 accidents. Definitely not for disabled or people with difficulties walking. Enjoyed the ship and cruise but would go for a balcony cabin in future not infinite for me but other people we spoke to liked it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise wanting to experience the Edge and the great Mediterranean itinerary. The highlights for us were the cleanliness of the ship, superb customer service, phenomenal food, and we loved the solarium pool. We were able to ... Read More
We chose this cruise wanting to experience the Edge and the great Mediterranean itinerary. The highlights for us were the cleanliness of the ship, superb customer service, phenomenal food, and we loved the solarium pool. We were able to eat in all of the main dining rooms as well as a few specialty restaurants including le petite chef, Fine Cut Steakhouse, and the Rooftop Grill. We loved them all. While having dinner on the rooftop grill, the volcano on the island of Stromboli erupted . So surreal having dinner and watching a volcano erupt. We had drinks on two occasions on the magic carpet. Great spot fo happy hour. Our cabin steward Ricky kept our cabin so tidy. We had a sunset veranda room. Beautiful sunsets, however very hot in the afternoons. We loved Eden as well. Great spot for cocktails and to listen to music. The shopping options onboard were very limited unless you enjoy very high end shops. The only time the ship felt crowded was of course on sea days. Get a spot early if you don’t want to be in the sun all day. It was 95 degrees most days so very warm. Our favorite bar was the martini bar. You just have to give it a try. Definitely a step in the right direction for cruising. We have been on most cruise lines. This was hands down our favorite. We had some amazing shore excursions. Will post separate reviews of those. Lastly embarkation was a breeze. We arrived about 11:00. Since we were checks in online and downloaded our sea pass on the ap, we were on the ship in less than 10 minutes and laying by thepool and having lunch by 11:45. Make sure if you are cruising from Rome that you line up your transfers ahead of time. We used welcome pick ups and it was seamless. Keep in mind that if you are a group of 4 or more, consider using tours by locals or get your guide for private tours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first Celebrity cruise, 4th overall cruise. It was just my husband and myself travelling. We were celebrating my 50th birthday. We typically pick cruises based on itinerary first, ship second. We picked the Edge because it is ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity cruise, 4th overall cruise. It was just my husband and myself travelling. We were celebrating my 50th birthday. We typically pick cruises based on itinerary first, ship second. We picked the Edge because it is a new ship and we wanted to experience that. We were fortunate enough to be able to book about 2 weeks before the prices shot up out of range. The ship: The ship did not disappoint. We marveled at every detail. The public spaces were well laid out. I especially liked the size of the outdoor pool, which, when not busy, is large enough to do laps in. I know previous reviews complained about the lack of bars and seating in the martini bar. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a drink (except in the club, where their bar was seriously lacking). We did spend most of our time at the martini bar as their bartenders were top notch. We only walked through Eden once, never saw a show, so we can't comment on that. Eden had some nice quiet spaces, though the prices of their drinks exceeded what our allotment was on the premium package. We went to most shows, especially the ones that featured live music. We loved the live music shows (not the theatrical ones), though one complaint on this is the over-the-top autotuning. The Whitney Houston tribute singer was so autotuned, it made her sound horrible! The comedian was fantastic! Embarkation/disembarkation: We were on the ship within 10 minutes of arriving to the port. Disembarkation was the same. Our stateroom: We had an oceanview stateroom. This room had plenty of space to move around in. My only comment on this is that it would be nice if the bed had an additional 6 inches of space between it and the window. It was a tight squeeze to get in on that side. There were also no outlets on the window-side of the bed, so I had to charge my phone on the other side. With no clocks in the room, and not being able to keep my phone charged on that side, it was difficult to determine the time when waking up in the middle of the night. There was plenty of closet space for all of our belongings for the 11 night voyage (I know I packed a good 8 days worth of clothes to wear day and night). Activities: This itinerary was port-intensive with only 2 sea days. I felt there was plenty to do if you wanted it. We went to most shows, spent lots of time in the martini bar, theater, and the club. I even attended one talk about the Naples port. I actually wished I had gone to some of the other talks, it was so informative. During the sea days, there were trivia, martini tastings, pool-side games, etc. We chose to chill during those days, as we were exhausted from the port days. The only comment here was the lack of channels and free movies in the stateroom. A couple of nights we retired early due to having to get up early the next day to go to port. Who wants to pay $14.99 to watch a movie that we are just going to fall asleep to? Service: The service was top notch on the EDGE. Captain Kate and crew did a phenomenal job rearranging ports so we could see Santorini and Mykonos. The crew was extremely responsive to our needs, from the guest relations, to our stateroom attendant, to the bar tenders and waiters. Our favorite main dining room was Tuscan, due to its outstanding service. We felt Cypress was a little disorganized in the service department. The food was excellent in all places. We didn't dine at any specialty restaurants, so we can't comment on those. Ports: All of the ports were a joy to visit, except Sicily and Santorini. I think it was partially our fault for not researching Sicily enough. Definitely get a shore excursion as the port town is not too impressive. We liked Santorini, though we hated having to climb up the hill to get there. There were 4 ships in port, with a 2 hour wait for the tram. We walked up the steps. This was a big mistake, and is enough to make us not want to ever go to Santorini again. It was very dangerous as it is the same path the mules take as they carry passengers up the mountain. I felt the passengers riding the mules weren't safe either as the mules had a mind of their own, were not tethered, and could basically walk (or trip) any way they wanted up the hill. When they dropped the passengers off, it was a stampede as they ran back down the hill. The town of Fira was nice, but not as beautiful as some of the other islands we visited on this trip. The island is basically overrun with tourists. It is difficult to walk through the narrow streets to navigate through the crowds and vehicles, which appeared to drive anywhere! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Cruise Ship: Celebrity Edge Sail Date: 9-9-2019 to 9-20-2019 Cruise: 11 Night Amalfi Coast & Greece Original Ports: Civitavecchia,Italy, Catania, Sicily, Valetta Malta, at sea, Santorini, Greece, Piraeus, Greece(Athens), ... Read More
Cruise Ship: Celebrity Edge Sail Date: 9-9-2019 to 9-20-2019 Cruise: 11 Night Amalfi Coast & Greece Original Ports: Civitavecchia,Italy, Catania, Sicily, Valetta Malta, at sea, Santorini, Greece, Piraeus, Greece(Athens), Mykonos, Greece, Nafpilion, Greece, Katakolon, Greece(Olympia), at sea, Naples, Italy, Civetavecchia. Revised Itinerary: Civitavecchia,Italy, Catania, Sicily, Valetta Malta, at sea, Piraeus, Greece(Athens), Rhodes,Greece, Crete,Greece, Mykonos, Greece, Santorini, Greece, at sea, Naples, Italy, Civetavecchia. Pre-cruise hotel: Marriott Grand Flora Rome Tours: Pre-cruise: Tours by locals (Fabio) Rome and Vatican Sicily: Castlemora wine tasting and canoli Malta: no tour Athens: Highlights of Athens Rhodes: Tsambika beach Crete: no tour Mykonos: Sailing around Mykonos' famous beaches Santorini: Tour of Santorini and Oia village Naples: Breathtaking landscapes of Amalfi coast, Positano and Capri tour. Room: Sky Suite 10193 Purchased weekly pass to sea thermal suite Now for the review: The reason why Celebrity Cruises is the best cruise line is because of the following: During our cruise, Greece experienced some very bad weather with high winds that would have prevented us from visiting Mykonos and Santorini since these are "tender ports". The majority of cruise lines or captains would have simply made the decision to cancel both of these ports and simply add "days at sea". Since these ports were the highlights of the itinerary, this would have been greatly disappointing for all passengers. The Captain (Kate McCue) and her crew decided to reschedule the whole itinerary so we would not miss these ports. She took the ship all the way across the Aegian sea to Rhodes and then to Crete in search of perfect weather and wonderful ports. The amount of cost and work hours required to do this is unimaginable. From the cost of fuel, to rescheduling and adding all excursions, to securing port access, to rescheduling guest entertainers, etc... shows an incredible amount of commitment by Celebrity Cruise Lines to keep their passengers happy. (AND WE WERE VERY APPRECIATIVE!). Everything turned out perfect, we had the chance to visit two great ports Rhodes and Crete, and kept Mykonos and Santorini on the itinerary with great weather throughout the cruise. Bravo to Captain Kate and her crew. Now the details: Pre-cruise hotel: Marriott Grand Flora was an exceptional hotel. Great central location. Clean rooms. Amazing rooftop breakfast buffet overlooking all of Rome and the Vatican, across the street is Harry's Bar (iconic venue in Rome for movie stars). Highly recommend this. Pre-cruise tour: Booked a private tour with Fabio by tours by locals. This was somewhat expensive but worth every penny if you don't speak Italian and you don't have a lot of free time. He picked us up at the airport, dropped our luggage off at the hotel, we had a 2-3 hour tour of the Trevi fountain, Collesium, Spanish steps, Patheon in a private bus just the two of us. We returned to the hotel and had a skip the lines Vatican tour in the morning pre-cruise. He took us back to the hotel, collected our luggage and dropped us off at the cruiseport. Cost was a little over $1000 for the two half days. Embarkation: Since we were suite guests, we were sent to a special embarkation lounge provided with snacks and drinks (well appreciated since we missed lunch) and boarded the ship within a few minutes at our own pace. We noticed the other lines for non-suite guest did not appear to be long but we arrived in the mid afternoon. Champagne on arrival. The Ship: The ship is amazing, can't believe the negative reviews on this. The decor is modern and tasteful. I agree that in some places they sacrificed some comfort in seating for more pleasing aesthetics, but it was really well done and never an issue. The layout was great with two banks of elevators that worked very well and we rarely ever waited more than a few seconds. The Room: Immediately upon arriving we met our Butler (Costin) and our room attendant (Bart). Both were exceptional throughout the cruise. The room was impeccably clean, quiet and spacious. The bed was facing the balcony which we loved. The balcony was huge and we requested loungers that were place on our balcony for the remainder of the cruise the following morning. The bathroom is huge and the storage is massive. We travel quite heavy and still had empty drawers and room int he closet. There were enough outlets both 110 and 240. The electronic climate and light controls are amazing. Touch a button and the shades close and the light dim to off. Various touch setting based on the situation. Separate toilet area in the bathroom and largest shower and tub we have seen. Double sinks, separate vanity area in the bathroom and also a desk area in the main cabin. This room was definitely worth the upgrade to suite class. The Butler: Extremely helpful, especially when our itinerary changed and he coordinated all excursions, did special decorations and treats for my wife's birthday, took care of our laundry(there is an extra charge) (24 hour return). He got coffee at cafe Baccio for my wife, and coordinated many other activities and reservations. A really great service that kept us from needing to go down to guest relations multiple times. We did give him an extra tip at the end of the cruise for exceptional service above pre-paid gratuties. The Food: We ate at Luminae every night but one. This is the specialty restaurant for suite guests. We normally sail Aqua class so we had been used to Blu as our primary restaurant. The food and selection was exceptional. Natasha, Yasin and Roder ensured that we never had to wait and did an incredible job at coordinating the open seating. Our waiter Jonathan along with his assistant Tracie and wine steward Kimberling provided the best service of any cruise we have ever been on and we only went to one outside restaurant once. For cocktail, try the Return from Tokyo, The Ultraviolet or the Peach Bourbon all very good. The outside restaurant was Eden and was "different". Food was very good there also and the entertainment reminded us of a "toned down" cirque de soleil. We had breakfast every morning in Luminae and that was excellent. We also had lunch a few times in Luminae but found that to be too much right after having a big breakfast. We preferred the spa cafe with its smoothies and healthier options for a light lunch. We rarely ate at the oceanview cafe, but the selection and quality appeared the same or superior to other Celebrity ships we had been on. The Bars: Multiple venues available. Celebrity got it right by placing the martini bar in the central plaza. You can now sit or dance while enjoying entertainment and martini's best service and great drinks (special call out to Derwin). We also enjoyed listening to Bryan James the acoustic guitarist in the bar at Eden. He was amazing, tributes to the Beatles, James Taylor, Elvis, Ed Sheeran, etc... The bar served great cocktails "the Fig" was my favorite and the "Forbidden" for my wife. (Shout out to Jovana). Sunset bar and rooftop bar were also favorites that we visited. Each place seemed to have their own cocktail lists. The Entertainment: Bryan James: Awesome acoustic guitarist. Main Show: We saw one show and it was fantastic. One of the singers sounded and looked just like Prince. The dancing and choreography was of Broadway quality and we usually don't like these type of shows on other ships. The new theater is AMAZING. The visual effects and acoustics are stunning. Impossible to describe in writing, you have to experience it. Guest entertainers: Elton John tribute and Whitney Houston tribute was incredible. Too short, I would have loved another two or three hours it was that good. The comedian was very funny. The only show we did not like was the violinist who did the weirdest combination of classical, hard rock and somewhat burlesque show. We left the theater on that one. I believe that was a trial and was the only disappointment of the cruise. House bands: There were multiple, but one brazilian singer was really good, can't remember her name. Eden: Great show, different, a mixed of rhythmic gymnastics, ariels and Cirque de Soleil with great vocals. The Retreat Lounge and Pool: Celebrity got it right. Never appreciated Michael's lounge, but having a separate area for suite guest was well appreciated. Great bar, enough seating, nice plunge pool with a hot tub that never seemed overly crowded. Best views on the ship. Worth the extra money if you can afford it. The main pool and solarium. As suite guests, we only went to the main pool once and never went to the solarium pool. The main pool was great when the crowds were low in the morning and you could even do laps. Putting the "Champagne" hot tubs on a different level actually made sense and gave great views. Most people probably would not make the two story trek to get to them making them less crowded. The running track is the best especially with the incline. Unfortunately never used the fitness center, but I should have. The Thermal Suite: We always love this part usually sailing Aqua Class. Nicest of any Celebrity ship. There are 8 different venues. A Turkish bath steam room, an aromatheray room, a sea salt room (???) (I would convert this to something else), a crystallarium (cool concept), an infrared sauna, hanging basket chairs and ceramic loungers. I felt it was worth the extra cost for this service. My wife did get a massage and acupuncture and loved both. Photo package: We did get the photo package and loved the improved service of getting access to your digital images while on the shift within a day or two. We left with over 300 photos by the end of the cruise. The photographers Lazar, Kravitch, Wanda, Rodrigo were really fun. I'm glad they got rid of the prints. Never used them and often added several pounds to our suitcase. The value for the package is great since the memories are priceless. My wife loves the memories of what dresses she wore on different cruises. Excursions: Sicily: Castlemora wine tasting and canoli: Excellent tour scary bus ride but great wine. Athens: Highlights of Athens. Average the guide gave a good review of the Acropolis dropped off in Athens for lunch and shopping on your own for 3 hours. Rhodes: Tsambika beach (great beach, would recommend) Mykonos: Sailing around Mykonos' famous beaches (great excursion, great beach) Santorini: Tour of Santorini and Oia village Loved this excursion. Great wine, great village. Naples: Breathtaking landscapes of Amalfi coast, Positano and Capri tour. Too much to do in one day, I would suggest choosing either Capri, Sorrento or Positano and doing just one. Miscellaneaous: Cafe Baccio great, Gelato is limited and part of the oceanview cafe, but at a cost, ice cream is free. They had a great guy giving port information and a history of the Mediterranean. Older gentleman, he was very good. The conference center was very good. Attended some medical lectures there. Disembarkation: Very quick, no issues. Finally, I would like to comment on Captain Kate. This was her inaugural cruise as the Captain of the Edge. We had sailed with her on the Summit twice previously and she is amazing. The best Captain ever. She truly cares about her passengers. Her daily messages are informative filled with both funny riddles and quotes. She gets her photo taken with all the passengers and most importantly shake everyone's hand on disembarkation and asks how was your cruise. I have never seen that done before. We truly appreciate that. Unfortunately she is on vacation for the next few months, so some of you won't be blessed to have her as your Captain. In conclusion: Lisa Lutoff-Pelo CEO, Kelly Hoppen, Scott Butler, Patricia Urquiola,, Tom Wright , Nate Berkus and Jouin Manku, you got this right when you designed this ship. I hope all the other Edge class ships are as beautiful as this one and paying extra for suite class was definitely worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have been on over 25 cruises and i thought other cruise lines were great well forget about them. This was my first Celebrity Cruise and it was fabulous! Lets start with embarkation which was a breeze from the front door of the port to ... Read More
I have been on over 25 cruises and i thought other cruise lines were great well forget about them. This was my first Celebrity Cruise and it was fabulous! Lets start with embarkation which was a breeze from the front door of the port to inside the ship in 10 minutes. They avoid getting in long lines for your sea pass card instead you go right to your room and they are on the door. We were greeted by Erik our stateroom attendant and he was fabulous from beginning to end. Our room was so clean and he explained everything to us. We were in concierge level so we had a sit down lunch but decided to go explore and then eat at the oceanview buffet. I cannot get over all the different stations and food that was available and delicious. After lunch went back to our room and our luggage was there unbelievable not even on the ship two hours! The muester was so funny with a video that had us in stitches and introducing the new female captain Kate. What can I say such a wonderful story about her and she is a class act. She was visable all over the ship and even had a picture with her. Due to some weather issues we changed some of the ports and I loved them even better than the ones we were suppose to go to. Celebrity did so much for their passengers went out of their way to make us all happy. The food was delicious. We ate at all the individual restaurants all beautiful and great service as well as the steak house sushi on five and eden. We loved the steakhouse the best sushi on 5 was average but great service and Eden is another story. Very strange place food was good but did not like the options of food to order. Our excursions were all booked on Celebrity and they are so organized and it was great. Now for the entertainment some of the shows we left early but for the most part the others were really good. Silent disco is a must! as well as other CLub activities. Loved having our martini each night in the martini bar before dinner great music and people watching. I am a complainer but sorry there was nothing to complain about on this cruise. In fact getting off took 10 minutes from the time they called our number to standing outside the door with our luggage! Best vacation ever! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have sailed with Celebrity on numerous occasions over all classes of ships and wished to try The Edge. We are in our late 50s/60s and we were joined by my husband’s daughter and her husband in their 40s. Embarking the ship at ... Read More
We have sailed with Celebrity on numerous occasions over all classes of ships and wished to try The Edge. We are in our late 50s/60s and we were joined by my husband’s daughter and her husband in their 40s. Embarking the ship at Civitavecchia was very easy. Bags in, up the escalators, through security and staff with iPads to check you in standing in the main hall. Our daughter was able to change her credit card at the desk and we were off. As for the cabin, we were not in all honesty sure we were going to like the IV arrangement. We like a balcony. However, on this cruise, we loved it! We had extra space in the room, the privacy was good with no chance of faces around the screen. We slept with the blind part way down and with the bed near the balcony woke to lovely views. We could bring down the window as much as required to have fresh air and sun on our bed if facing the right way. Our stateroom attendant Joanna was excellent and very friendly. Dining. We loved the different restaurants on select dining. We booked them in advance and had no wait whatsoever. If we wanted to cancel, we did this on the App which we had pre loaded. The food and service was superb. Oceanview. Absolutely lovely. The food excellent and friendly staff. Martini bar. The staff great, especially Jonis. We are however lovers of the old set up with the ice bar. It was difficult to get a seat - anywhere. It was really the Passport bar, martini bar and crush in one. It is dramatic and the setting lovely, but our preference is the Solstice class. The pool was fabulous and very spacious. There is not much shade for those who want it however. The cabanas did not appeal to us at all. The carpet was lovely as tender aid, but I could not see the point of it as it was cold when at sea. Aesthetically it looked unpleasing! Subjective however. The cruise and ports were fabulous. Bad weather tested the Captain and her staff. They went above and beyond to deliver the cruise and the ports. Very well done - you all did great! Eden is a lovely space for a pre dinner drink. We did not eat there however. We did watch the show one night - it is ‘different’! We found this cruise to have a great many younger passengers. As a family everything worked well for us on our chosen entertainment. We do like a bit of a party scene and this is all worked well. We would happily return for another cruise. 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
The cruise experience is terrible on this ship with fun prohibited at every turn - one small pool for 3000 guests to fight over - pool marshals warn kids not to splash, just sit and be quiet NO FUN - on the disco the DJ asked that ... Read More
The cruise experience is terrible on this ship with fun prohibited at every turn - one small pool for 3000 guests to fight over - pool marshals warn kids not to splash, just sit and be quiet NO FUN - on the disco the DJ asked that no drinks be brought onto the dance floor NO FUN - casual events such as bingo and trivia are hard to come by, no prizes / swag to be won NO FUN restaurant staff are pleasant but seem rushed and service is slow theatre productions are hit or miss The ship uses powerful facial recognition on board which makes you feel like you are being spied on during your vacation. For example, I had an issue with my beverage package and the manager said he would get back to me. Later that evening as soon as I sat down for dinner he showed up to chat about my issue. Other crew I spoke with about various issues happen to run into me around the ship but it was too coincidental. Worst of all, I never asked for facial recognition to be used on me. This is why facebook is in hot water - because of the invasion of privacy and not notifying customers of the extent of the data collection and usage. The same with Celebrity. Only this time, it is not a free social media service but an overly expensive cruise operation. The cruise is not worth the money and I would not take my family on it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is our eighth cruise, our sixth with Celebrity. We chose the Edge because we wanted something new, but trusted the company to provide us with the five-star treatment we've been used to. There are reviews from inexperienced ... Read More
This is our eighth cruise, our sixth with Celebrity. We chose the Edge because we wanted something new, but trusted the company to provide us with the five-star treatment we've been used to. There are reviews from inexperienced new cruisers who loved it, and experienced cruisers who hated it (and a few in between). We weren't disappointed, so this review is aimed towards the semi-experienced cruiser who has previously been on Solstice class ships. The positives changes: - Check in and out, no lines at all. Great to get right to your room instead of hauling your carry-on up to the buffet. - Cabins were larger, with decent storage (when you moved all the art out of the way) and the bathroom very easily handled two adults with, shall we say, no small amount of "product". - Infinite Veranda came as advertised, seemed to open up the room, especially light-wise. Amazing to come into Malta and lie on the bed and see castle walls right there. Blackout shutter worked when you wanted it dark, bi-fold doors worked when you wanted light but privacy. - Food was either excellent (Eden, Le Petit Chef), or very good (Normandie MDR, buffet, Pool Grill). Both Eden and Le Petit Chef could be seen as kitschy (hey, its called "Edge" for a reason), but both the food and service were incredible. Our friends ate at the steak house and Raw and said the food was also excellent so if you want only "old school" specialty, you might want to skip the new places and try there. - Service was excellent, a few (obviously tired) crew near the end seemed to fade a bit, but Paul our cabin steward was amazing and our MDR crew very good. - The Flying Carpet was pretty amazing, nice view of Messalina and Etna as we sailed past Sicily at 8 in the morning. When we tendered it provided a great platform (and the new tenders are pretty nice too). When on the pool deck it was a great option from the very busy pool bar. - Cabanas: our friends splurged and got a cabana on the sea day, so I have no idea how much it cost, but it was a great experience, so it might be worth it for some. - Eden: we loved it. Beyond the actual setup, the service at the bar was excellent, the view amazing and during the day, it was a very quiet and uncrowded spot. The actual 10:15 show was fun if you like that Cirque de Soleil stuff, and don't miss the food options, which were a nice change from the buffet for breakfast. - Theater: we're not much into this aspect cruising, but went a few times for talks on the upcoming ports, as well as a couple of shows. Sound was amazing and the screens for the shows were great. - Other entertainment: one great solo male and solo female, (sorry, names aren't coming to me), one great band, one mediocre band. The negative changes (and some quibbles): - Shade. Yes, the Negative Nellies are actually not wrong. The Sunset Bar has little, the otherwise amazing Garden Deck basically none. Maybe this might work in Alaska or the Baltic, but not in the Mediterranean in August. We resorted to pulling chairs into the walkway for a breather. Although I didn't really miss the live grass, at least there is a canopy on the top deck of Solstice class. - Grand Plaza. Ok, not really that negative, but its certainly no Solstice. While many might not miss the atrium with the glass elevators up to the 14th floor, and the new Martini Bar is very nice, with the dance floor, multiple levels and "showtime" bartenders it wasn't near as nice as the Passport Bar. I think more would miss the size (and elegance) of the Passport Bar, Cellar Masters, Ensemble Lounge, the old Martini Bar (with the ice-counter), the World Class Bar, and the Sky Lounge. - Mast Bar is gone, which was my "go to" as you could get a burger and a beer and not have to deal with the Pool Bar. - I'm glad we didn't book the Flying Carpet for dinner: our day in Mykonos was very windy, and while the FC is amazing for drinks or simply watching the coast go by, beware of having to eat with the wind. - Dining: couldn't find out exactly how to move from one MDR to another, so we had to stick to Normandie. As well, we were seated in the far back, and had trouble actually getting into one seat as the curtain was right up against the chair. - Flow to the ship (I mean walking-wise). As we are now missing being able to access the bow (first class only!), its hard to move from side to side as you often have to walk past the specialty dining areas to get anywhere: you can't simply go straight across to get to portside from starboard. - Hot tubs. I have no idea if they are any good because I wasn't about to walk upstairs from the pool...as well, the indoor one had a large number of suspiciously young "adults", i.e., over 16... - Infinite Veranda: window SQUEEEEEKKKKKKEEEEED when used sometimes, which wasn't fun for anyone in the early morning/late nights. As well, the blackout curtain was top-down, which means when you wanted to see what it was like out...you had to open it a bit then duck down... - I couldn't get the much-vaunted app to load on my (not exactly old) tablet. The ones in our group who could get it loaded found that it didn't update automatically, and we even heard one crew member to trust the printed sheets, not the app. You've been warned... - Small quibble: no deck chairs on the lower decks. Nice to find a quiet spot on sea days especially and have a nap with the breeze going by. General Issues (which could happen on any ship): kids. Seriously, I'm not old and cranky enough to always complain about kids having fun, especially on a cruise ship vacation. But the pool was virtually held hostage by kids who continually ran and jumped in, not to mention throwing a ball from one end to the other. Fun for a few minutes but hours of it? As well, we apparently had an entire stateroom full of children with no adult supervision right beside us - both sides. As they didn't have security cards, they would open the deadbolt, they push the doors open (which would then SLAM closed). From the deck plans we saw, every OTHER stateroom has pull outs...so that means families are on either side of couples. How about...a section for quiet couples? All in all, 4 out of 5 stars. Will probably be on the Edge again next year...but...all those modern doo-dads don't appear to be very robust. Unless its refurbished more often than Solstice class, I'd hesitate to book five years from now. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is an honest review from a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class enthusiast. Celebrity Edge is beautiful. There were 25 of us, 2 children, 2 seniors, 4 Gen Z, and the rest Millennial Boarding in Rome– disorganized, there was no sign ... Read More
This is an honest review from a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class enthusiast. Celebrity Edge is beautiful. There were 25 of us, 2 children, 2 seniors, 4 Gen Z, and the rest Millennial Boarding in Rome– disorganized, there was no sign where the Edge entrance was, we almost entered another ship. We were dropped off in one area, we had to drag our luggage from limo to drop off (outside the building) to the terminal, to a disorganized luggage check in. Then, we have to ask somebody to tell us where we could enter to check in. Once we were in, it was a breeze. First impression – very modern, did not get the AHH!!! that I was hoping for. Being used to the Oasis class and its grandeur, the ship looked very small. As you enter, there is a pictorial area, then the poured champagne, then you look for your cabin. The chandeliers looked classy, the decors modern. Eden was okay. There was some kind of incense smell at night that was disturbing. We left. Roof top garden, beautiful at night, very hot in the morning. Music – we did NOT find it too loud. Rooms – beautiful. LOVED the IV. No noise issue, no problem with blinds, always opened the balcony. At one time, there were 25 people having a drink in one IV, laughing and talking for half an hour, we never heard the sound outside the cabin. We were amazed. Bed was great, pillows were big and fluffy. Bathrooms – A BIG PLUS, towels need upgrade. Food – A plus, but we noticed a decline in the last three days of the cruise. We were assigned to Cosmopolitan, but have no issue with trying to get in the other three venues. We loved our Cosmo Waiter - Jonathan and Assistant Waiter-Belen. Book the Magic Carpet as you board. We cannot get a booking on the second day. We were planning to try the Specialty restaurants but cancelled and went back to Cosmo. Shrimps were small. Asked where we can get bigger shrimps and the waiter said, that is it!! Desserts were okay Oceanview was very nice, high ceiling and airy. Found it small and some days, one or two buffet counters are closed/empty. We loved the Pizza and the Pizza chef Ramesh. We visit him nightly for our last bite. He made special pizza on request from us. We were lucky to have met Head Sous Chef Jeff. He is in charge of the Specialty Restaurants aboard Edge. As we sat down for dinner Aug 26, our waiter said, “No Menu” tonite. We were surprised. Then came the specialty Filipino food from the kitchen. Chef Jeff made us a dinner we will forever remember!!! Thank you Chef!!! First Aid – my grandson had a bite that got infected. We took him to the First aid station. The doctor treated him and gave us the antibiotics – no charge. Thank you Doctor!! Entertainment and activities – for the seniors who only want to sit around and people watch, this is the ship. For the rest who wants to be active and busy, this is not the ship. There is nothing to do between 7:00am to dinner. The activities being offered are so,so and not challenging at all. In other words, boring. There were three groups of entertainers that were amazing..That’s it. Children Camp at sea – My grand son (8) and Grand daughter (5) got bored and went only once. My grandson was placed in a 6-9 (I believe) level and they were doing dinosaurs and coloring. He was so interested in doing robotics. We asked for him to be moved to the next level and they declined. Staff – A PLUS – our room steward KIMBERLE was an A plus – such a lovely guy, always smiling and accommodating. The EDGE staff made our cruise wonderful!! We chose this sailing for the Ports. We were not disappointed. Tenders – most of the time, the tenders used were from the local suppliers and not the Edge life boat- Semi awful. Only once I have heard that it was used. Most people in our group who used it said it was nice. FINALLY – We loved Edge, but because we always travel together, Edge is not the ship for our active members. And one more very important thing..if you do not have a drink package, there is only ONE place to get coffee (self serve) – you have to go to Oceanview. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Cruised the August 19th Almafi,Greek Island. Let me start by stating the ship is a beauty. So, I have a few things and I'm interested what others thoughts are. First Eden, I really enjoyed Eden it was a great space and the Eden ... Read More
Cruised the August 19th Almafi,Greek Island. Let me start by stating the ship is a beauty. So, I have a few things and I'm interested what others thoughts are. First Eden, I really enjoyed Eden it was a great space and the Eden dinner was fantastic. My question is why did they build a fancy entrance that doesn't take you into Eden, instead you come out in a generic cruise ship hallway and a restaurant and a jewelry store befor your actually in Eden. Second, why isn't there any forward facing observation areas for passengers who aren't in the Retreat, standing in the spa or gym to watch to the ship sail into a port is not an option. Finally, the Martini bar, on past cruises we've loved the Martini bar on this cruise nor so much. I'm not sure making it the focal point of activity was the best idea. It was not possible to have a pre dinner drink and conversation because the noise level was to high, there shouldn't be a rock band playing at this bar the volume of there music not only drowned out the Martini bar but also the surrounding atrium. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Hi All First want to thank the boards for all the helpful info before the cruise! Our family had a wonderful time on the beautiful Edge. Boarding: (4.0/5): Apparently the port in Rome does not let cars close to the ships. So our ... Read More
Hi All First want to thank the boards for all the helpful info before the cruise! Our family had a wonderful time on the beautiful Edge. Boarding: (4.0/5): Apparently the port in Rome does not let cars close to the ships. So our car service drop us off in a parking lot and we then had to take a bus over. It all ended up okay. Probably the only knock here is that we were not aware of this issue. Past that, once we got to the port everything went smoothly. Rooms: (4.25/5) Beautiful room. The only issue was noise. We could hear movement pretty often above us which made it hard to fall asleep some nights. Housekeeping: (5.0/5) Genuinely friendly, super attentive. MDR's: (4.25/5) Loved the concept of 4 MDR's. It's definitely is nice to have the change of look/menu. The staff again was GREAT in each location. The food was above average in all. Nothing stood out as over-the-top but certainly all above average. Specialty: Eden: (3.5/5) Just not our cup of tea, I guess. Fine Cut: (3.5/5) First off read the reviews about it being loud - but it WAS loud. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but once you're there it is. The food was fine, but nothing you couldn't get in many restaurants in every major city. Rooftop Grill: (4.5/5) 2nd biggest surprise for us. When the weather is right, this is a great place to eat. Unlike fine cut for example that you can do anywhere, finding a nice place to sit outside and eat good food is a treat. Well done! Le Petit Chef: (5.0/5.0) WOW, what fun! This was our #1 surprise as we almost skipped it. This was BY FAR OUR FAVORITE dinner on the Edge. It's done in 2 seatings so your experience all as a group - which is not something I seek out - but is SUPER FUN. We actually were sitting next to someone from Silicon Valley and they said people just don't realize how special this technology is. The room was like a party, we all had an absolute ball. The staff gives extra energy to the room. The food would not necessarily be what I would pick, but we all LOVED IT because of course these little chefs made it for us!! There was very little signage for this, in fact we had to ask someone where this dinner was. The reason we went was because another couple at the pool said it was the best dinner of theirs. Here's the biggest compliment, on our last night we all decided to go back a 2nd time (we tried some items from the alternative menu) and if anything enjoyed it even more because we all saw little bits of the amazing animations that we didn't pick up the first time. Plus we got to see 2 different chefs win the night which was super fun. BIG CONGRATS TO CELEBRITY for giving us a night(s) we will remember. Entertainment: (4.5/5) The shows were a little hit and miss, but overall kept us entertained. Probably the biggest issue was early on they had a group called Barricade Boys and they were great, so it was hard to keep that level up - but overall good. Ports: (4.5/5) Beautiful locations. I will say that we hired private cars/tours on our own and were very happy with all of them. I'm not sure how it would be if we went through Celebrity or just fended for ourselves. So I guess the take-a-way is to look for local companies with very good reviews. Drinks: (4.0/5) We are not huge drinkers (1-2 a day) so we did not do a drink package. The prices were fine. The only knock is that different locations within the ship did not make the same drink the same way which seem like an easy fix. Everything else was really well done. The ship is absolutely beautiful. Each staff member is nicer than the next. You couldn't go 20 feet without hearing some wonderful live music. I cannot fathom how someone could give this ship anything but a lovely review. Thank you Celebrity, we look forward to many more family cruises making wonderful memories. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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