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I booked this cruise as part of my quest to experience as many different cruise lines as possible and this was my first Celebrity cruise ...... it most certainly will not be my last. I have to admit it did not start well with, what I ... Read More
I booked this cruise as part of my quest to experience as many different cruise lines as possible and this was my first Celebrity cruise ...... it most certainly will not be my last. I have to admit it did not start well with, what I thought was a very chaotic check-in process, with lots of unnecessary queuing. I much prefer the system where you are allocated a boarding group number and you are called to check-in by group number. The mandatory safety briefing, which lets face it can be a boring chore for regular cruisers, was made interesting by the showing a Bondesque film demonstrating safety factors as well as an amusing cartoon film about the importance of hand washing. Interestingly hand washing and use of hand sanitisers was rigorously enforced onboard, which was good to see. That said, once at the check-in desk the process was quick and efficient. Well the ship itself was amazing - probably the best laid out ship I have cruised on. The central atrium is amazing and there are plenty of nooks and crannies. An impressive library, a good games room but the absolute treasure was The Hideaway, a small area with an eclectic mix of unusual (very comfortable) chairs and nooks to chill and relax in. There is also a fantastic observation gallery. Turning to a subject dear to my heart - food. The buffet is one of the largest I have seen on a cruise ship although that may be an illusion because of the excellent way it has been laid out to make it look spacious. It has an amazing selection of food and you would have to be the most picky of eaters to find nothing you liked. The curries are especially excellent. The only minor gripe in the buffet is not enough seating - on most visits it was a struggle to find a table and it was often the case of loitering and grabbing a table as soon as someone left. The main restaurant is large and impressive with a mixture of large communal tables with some tables for two. We were lucky enough to have a table for two. One of my biggest bugbears with cruising is having to share a dining table with strangers - although I appreciate, for some, it's a major plus. Being picky, my only gripe concerning the main restaurant is dinner is only three courses, having said that portions are generous and you don't come away feeling you could have eaten more. We didn't try any of the speciality restaurants but to be honest we didn't need to as, without exception, the quality of food throughout the ship was exceptional - so why pay more when you can have perfection in your pre-paid package? Entertainment was good with two shows from the ships ensemble - who were very good. There was also a guest appearance from the amazing Claire Maidin when we were in Amsterdam - we hadn't heard of her before but she is very talented. It's a shame there were not more people to see her but many passengers were still ashore in Amsterdam - they missed a treat. Being an American cruise line service was exceptional, you couldn't walk past any member of the crew without being greeted with, at least, a cheery smile and hello. The cabin was very good, narrow but very deep. A silly thing but I liked the way the ends of the bed were rounded, which saved knocks when going to the loo in the middle of the night. The balcony was a good size although we got a soaking one day when, without any warning, they started hosing the balconies on the floor above resulting on an unexpected waterfall on our balcony and almost ruining my camera. A real bonus on this cruise was the sailing down the canal from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. Having previously lived in Amsterdam I didn't go on any excursions but looking at the prices they seemed very expensive for what was on offer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Having cruised with Celebrity many times we are Captains Club Elite members. We have always found them to be the best cruise line having cruised with Cunard, Royal Carribean,and P&O. The staff were unhelpful and sometimes rude. The ... Read More
Having cruised with Celebrity many times we are Captains Club Elite members. We have always found them to be the best cruise line having cruised with Cunard, Royal Carribean,and P&O. The staff were unhelpful and sometimes rude. The perks we were entitled to were usually waiting inside your cabin for you, but this time you had to ask for them if you wanted them. Needless to say Celebrity obviously needs them more then we did so we told them to shove them where the sun doesn't shine. Embarking was slow, luggage didn't arrive untill early evening and when it did one of the cases didn't belong to me. Balcony was wet,as were the chairs. Flakes of paint and dirty tissues left uncleared from previous cruise. Very mundane menu in main dining room, buffet boring and not enough seating on sea days. Smoke from the ships funnels came onto the balconies which we have never experienced before. No daily news sheet, lack of daytime activities. One free session of Bingo where the prize was a Celebrity Towel! A bottle of Stella lager was $16! Yes roughly£12. Bottle of house white wine $54. Have always recommended Celebrity but never again. We complained at the the time to Guest Relations but it just fell on deaf ears. This is just my personal review of the cruise others may have a different view. But will never cruise Celebrity again. Not the Celebrity we once loved. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We traveled with a group from RFamily vacations. We chose this trip because of our great experience on Celebrity Solstice to Alaska, and wanted to see the newest design in ships. We really enjoyed the ship. The veranda idea worked great ... Read More
We traveled with a group from RFamily vacations. We chose this trip because of our great experience on Celebrity Solstice to Alaska, and wanted to see the newest design in ships. We really enjoyed the ship. The veranda idea worked great for us. We enjoy A/C, so I think we opened the window 3 times the whole week. WIthout the shear and blackout curtains, it felt open, airy and big. The pleated shade was perfect for privacy and blocking light, and the power controls on the thermostat and balcony were convenient. Yes, the martini bar isn't what it is on the Solstice class, but we found Eden a great replacement. We give Celebrity credit for doing something new with the ship instead of just serving up the same. We ate at all the specialty restaurants and enjoyed them all, even the Rooftop Grill. Yes, it's a bit expensive, but we had a great meal and the outdoor dining room worked well for us (weather was great and wind speed under sail wasn't bad at all). Two things I'd express to Celebrity: I would make the Martini bar more oval in shape to serve more people surrounding it....and make the seating all one height, instead of the multilevel that's on the Edge. Second: The Cabana's.....we had a half cabana on a sea day. I tried, but the whole cabana's were all booked before the ship sailed. WARNING: the half cabana isn't worth it. We were a party of TWO and felt very confined....there isn't enough room for two adults to lounge. Then, the party on the other half of the cabana arrived....oh, boy. What I wouldn't have paid to get the whole cabana. Our neighbors were a mom and dad, young daughter and an INFANT in a stroller....ugh. Nothing like listening to parents and TWO sets of grandparents crammed into a small space, correcting and comforting children. Hey, I get it, people have children, and yes, it was Easter week, but If I was Celebrity, I'd put an age and party size limit on the half cabana's. We did have a great view of the young daughter practicing here dance class stretches on the ships wood balcony railing......and we did get a front row seat for the grandparents performance.....ugh. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
First and foremost, it was a good cruise. I'm a firm believer in a cruise being what you make of it. Embarkation was incredibly smooth. I don't think we've made it through check-in and onto the ship as quickly on any ... Read More
First and foremost, it was a good cruise. I'm a firm believer in a cruise being what you make of it. Embarkation was incredibly smooth. I don't think we've made it through check-in and onto the ship as quickly on any other cruise as we did this one. The staff on the ship, specifically our wait staff in the MDR and our room steward were fantastic. Easily some of the best we've ever had. The food was pretty good in the MDR as well, although I think Celebrity may be off a bit on their portion sizes. Some dishes were way too much, when it should be less, and not enough when it should be more. We had a concierge class cabin, which was great, although most of the perks were just sort of "eh". My husband is Elite and gets better perks. This was the smoothest sailing I've ever been on. There was hardly any rocking, the entire time. The shows were amazing. We weren't a huge fan of the comedians that they had but the shows and the magician were great. This was our first cruise, out of 17, where we actually wanted to attend as many of the shows as we could. All the ports were great. We were even able to tender into Grand Cayman, which I missed the last time we were supposed to stop at this port due to high winds. We did all of our excursions independent of Celebrity and paid way less per person than what they wanted for the same trip. There were a few things that really irked me, though. My husband and I are fans of winding down at the end of the night playing some card games where it's kinda quiet and we can actually hear each other talk. So on previous cruises, there's always been the library or the card room that's pretty closed off from a lot of noise. It's been great. We expected the same thing on this ship. However, the card room and the library are both positioned in a manner that when there's a band playing in the grand foyer, and there typically is up until about 11pm every night, the sound drowns out everything. Both the card room and the library are not closed off. The only place we were able to find quiet enough in the evening, aside from our own cabin, was in the World Class Bar. They seemed to have a bit of an issue stocking the bars, too. Several times over the course of the cruise, my husband would order a drink from a bar menu and he'd be told "we don't carry that". So it was a little strange they'd list a drink they don't carry. We were usually able to find what he wanted in another one of the bars but that was after a couple days and having that, "oh, hey look! that beer is here" moment. For example, at the Passport Bar, my husband ordered a specific beer that was on the Passport Bar menu and the bartender told him "we don't have it" and when my husband asked about it being on the menu, the bartender just sort of shrugged. I can understand being OUT of a particular thing, but not carrying it at all when it's on the menu is a bit ridiculous. Debarkation was a bit of a disaster. Mainly due to the fact that other than a sheet of paper they give you with your luggage tags, there's no real communication about it. We were told two different things in regards to where to wait for self-assist and even then, where we actually needed to be was different. It was a bit stressful. I'm cruising on Celebrity again in June so I won't say that I'd never sail on them again but this cruise certainly wasn't up there in my list of the best cruises. It was still a good cruise, though. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise took us too Hawaii, of which we have not been. Also it gave us a taste of Celebrity as we have never sailed Celebrity before. And was not too pricey. Overall, seemed like the perfect cruise. For this cruise we booked an ... Read More
This cruise took us too Hawaii, of which we have not been. Also it gave us a taste of Celebrity as we have never sailed Celebrity before. And was not too pricey. Overall, seemed like the perfect cruise. For this cruise we booked an inside cabin. The stateroom was very large for an inside room. And had contemporary design with a wonderful stateroom attendant, Dragana. We were on deck 7, all the way forward. For two days when crossing the pacific we felt a little seasick, though for the rest of the cruise we did decent. As far as dining goes, we went to the main dining room twice (once for dinner, once for lunch), and the buffet for the rest of the cruise. As far as the buffet, the food was good with a large selection. However, breakfast was almost the same every day, it got a little monotonous. Regarding the main dining room, it as a bit of an experience. The one time we went for lunch the food was very delicious, we looked forward to our next visit to the main dining room. Dinner was where things took a turn. We went to dinner in the main dining room for the first time on the ninth night of the cruise (the 8:30 dining time got in the way of activities and was too late to eat for us). First, our waiter shamed us for not attending dinner service in the main dining room, alright...then, he said "I gave up your table because you didn't attended for so many nights." We felt shamed, though we sat with a wonderful couple. Furthermore, he begged us to give him and the assistant waiter a 10 as "it will lower their salaries." After this fiasco, we did not go back to the main dining room. Entertainment on the Eclipse was phenomenal, the best we've had on a cruise. The production shows blew us away, especially with the acrobatics. All of the guest entertainers were always entertaining, and interacted with the guests. Even the cruise director, Alejandro always entertaining, he was hilarious. There were enrichment activities regarding Hawaii every day, and always were appealing topics. Also, there were trivias every day, sometimes two a day. Great for those who enjoy trivia; most of it is more modern trivia. In our first port, Hilo, we did the most. In our first day in Hilo we booked rental car (of which I highly recommend). We first went to Punalu'u Black Sand beach. It as absolutely wonderful as there was a lot of wildlife and scenic areas. Soon after, we drove to the Papakolea Green Sand beach. To get to the actually beach after parking there were two options, by an hour hike, or by standing in a truckbed going 30+ mph through deep trenches and sharp hills. It was very rough and we sustained a few bruises when holding on to the bars. Though if you're lucky, you will be on of the select four who get to sit inside of the pickup. The fee was 10 dollars per person for both ways. Even so, the journey was worth it. The beach was absolutely stunning. To get down to the beach we had to hike down a very narrow corridor of sharp rocks...not very ideal. With this, we still find this our favorite journey ever. For the second day in Hilo, we took a Celebrity sponsored bus tour that took us to Akaka falls, a macadamia nut farm, and the tropical rainforest zoo. Our favorite was Akaka falls, absolutely gorgeous. The excursions was very worth it, I highly recommend it. Our next port, Kailua Kona was more modern and new compared to Hilo. We did not stray far from the port, we bought souvenirs and hanged around the beach at the port. Kailua Kona was very walkable. We also booked a glassbottom boat reef tour. We saw many fish and even a turtle, which was unexpected by the guides. It was a pretty good excursion. For our final port, Lahaina, we stayed for two days. On the first day, we booked a whale watching excursion. Of which we saw a mother humpback whale and her baby on a couple of occasions. Lahaina was also very wakable. On the second day we browsed around shops and walked pretty far. Overall, this cruise was the best cruise we have had yet. The itinerary, and the overnights. Not to mention the stateroom, ambiance, and overall atmosphere was a pleasure. We plan to sail Celebrity in the future and we strongly encourage you to book a Celebrity cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do ... Read More
We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do unless you pay $$$ to visit a resort. I also understand the ship is being refurbished and it needs to be. More furniture for the Lawn. Staff as usual AMAZING. They are always such a credit, so helpful and want you to have the best experience possible. I always choose Celebrity because the food is consistently serious. Far too many towels by the poolside this year but that could be spring break. I managed to find a super quiet spot on the 5th deck which was less windy and packed out. ALL cruises need to up their involvement for helping the environment and cleaning up oceans. Encourage recycling. Educate people onboard. I was pleased to see paper straws and recycling stations but still plastic bottles of water. Let’s give all passengers a reusable water bottle and commit to The Ocean Cleanup. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My teenage daughter and I just returned from our very first cruise and we loved it! The Equinox is a beautiful ship and everywhere we went there were staff members cleaning and keeping it beautiful! My daughter is a "germophobe" ... Read More
My teenage daughter and I just returned from our very first cruise and we loved it! The Equinox is a beautiful ship and everywhere we went there were staff members cleaning and keeping it beautiful! My daughter is a "germophobe" and appreciated that they was hand sanitizer everywhere :) All the common areas were very nice and with the exception of the pool deck they did not feel crowded. The public bathrooms were immaculate and in one of the bathrooms there was an attendant who would open the stall door, clean the seat, squirt your soap in your hand, turn your water on and hand you a towel (a real towel, not a paper towel) to wipe your hands. The pool deck and solarium were busy during peak times as expected, but we were always able to find a chair somewhere. The solarium pool (adults only) was not very crowded but the outdoor pool was pretty crowded during the middle of the day on sea days. Our cabin (6165) was spacious for the 2 of us and there was plenty of storage. The bathroom was more spacious than I anticipated and had lots of storage space. We enjoyed our balcony very much. Each morning it was nice to sit out there and look at the ocean or watch the ship pulling into the next port. The beds were comfortable. We took everything out of our mini fridge the first day and used the space to store the water and soda we brought with us. I read complaints that the fridge didn't keep things very cold, but I thought it worked just fine. Our room was serviced twice a day but we often had to request items (additional shampoo, etc) and I felt that our stateroom attendant should have replaced these items without being asked. From what I have read, our experience was not the norm and service is usually better than what we encountered. We were very pleased with the dining options. We did not visit any of the specialty restaurants because we thought the food that was included in our cost was very good. In the main dining room our waiters were very attentive and remembered our preferences. We enjoyed the food and if we ordered something and found it not to our liking the waiter would replace it with another item. They seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy our meal. We thought the steak and desserts were especially tasty. The Oceanview Cafe had more options for food than you can imagine! Everything was hot and tasty, and we especially enjoyed the omelet station, stir fry station and desserts. The selection at the Mast Grill was limited but very tasty and was perfect for a quick lunch on sea days. There was a drink machine at the Mast Grill as well, so it was convenient to grab some tea, lemonade or fruit punch to cool off while sitting by the pool. Being first time cruisers, we thought there were a good variety of activities. We enjoyed trivia, game shows and poolside activities. We went to 2 production shows, 2 comedians and a magician. They were fairly good. Our favorite thing was Silent Disco! So much fun to watch everyone sing and dance to their own music! The fitness area was adequate - I had to wait for a treadmill but not for long. There were plenty of activities but also plenty of spaces to just hang out and relax. Each port had something different to offer and we enjoyed them all. In San Juan we took a food and history walking tour, in St. Thomas we took a shopping/signtseeing/beach tour, In Nassau we went to Blue Lagoon Island and in Punta Cana we went to Scape Park and Juanillo Beach. We really felt at home on the ship and it was nice to come back at the end of our port days. We loved every minute of our trip and hoping to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also ... Read More
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also thrilled to visit, pet, and feed sting rays in Grand Cayman again! She's a lovely ship with a devoted crew. She's clean as a whistle and the crew is friendly and provides excellent service. The food has somewhat degraded over the years but still very good in "Blu". Ship shows some signs of wear but due for refurb in 2020. The main theatre is worst with sagging chairs and threadbare carpeting. Hanging overhead window gaskets in aquaspa pool tacky. Most of the ship is meticulously maintained however. Sorry the cabanas have taken over the pool area too. Overall I'd give the Silhouette 4 out of 5 stars and will enjoy sailing again after the refurb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my second Celebrity cruise after sailing on Equinox in Mediterranean 2 years ago. This ship went through total overhaul and it did not feel like an old ship, but sadly, the staff training was not there. Cabin was well appointed, ... Read More
This was my second Celebrity cruise after sailing on Equinox in Mediterranean 2 years ago. This ship went through total overhaul and it did not feel like an old ship, but sadly, the staff training was not there. Cabin was well appointed, and kept immaculate by our attendant, but our Aqua suite was extremely small. I have never been in a shower as small as this before. I was frustrated with the dining and bar staff. Obviously, they are understaffed. Our dinner at Blu lasted more than 2 and half hours every day. Everyone in my party of 6 agreed that their bar staff are not accommodating and extremely inefficient. There is nobody going around taking orders in the lounge, and usually the line at every bar is 5 to 10 minutes. Food quality at the main dining room and Blu were ok, but the buffet and specialty dining was worse than my experience at Equinox. I used private shore excursions so I cannot comment on them, but the night time entertainment was better than ever. We used Go Best package which includes premium liquor; prepaid gratuity, and free internet and some shipboard credit. Overall, this cruise was a great value for the money we paid, however, I am not sure if I’ll sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. Only three small issues overall. One was that it was tight walking around the foot of the bed with the tv on the wall. Second was the new shower door made it difficult to get in and out of the shower stall. A rather odd design but better than a shower curtain sticking to your legs as you showered. The room was otherwise perfect! Quiet and comfortable with lots of storage space. The only other issue was not with the cabin or the ship but with the bar service. We upgraded to premium drink packages but several times the bars did not have the premium alcohol that was in our package. One time when I specifically asked for a tequila that I could see they had my drink was mixed with a lesser one. Bars were not properly staffed and waits were long. Don’t get me wrong, we are not heavy drinkers but the poor bar service seemed like they were taking advantage of those with the drink packages. The Summit staff was outstanding and our room steward, Ian, was the best we have had in all of our 12 cruises! I love Celebrity and the Summit! This ship overall was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed our meals in Blu but also visited the buffet for breakfast and afternoon snacks. The production shows were not our favorite but the performers were very good. There was nothing to complain about and the shows were all different. The music at the Sunset Bar was also enjoyable. We could hear it from our aft balcony and enjoyed it each night. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Best, effortless vacation i have had in years. disappointed with not getting veranda room during bidding but the view of the ocean was quite adequate. there was a lack of current movies shown on outdoor big screen theater. I was less ... Read More
Best, effortless vacation i have had in years. disappointed with not getting veranda room during bidding but the view of the ocean was quite adequate. there was a lack of current movies shown on outdoor big screen theater. I was less than excited to spend my evening with die-hard fans yelling at the screen during March Madness. I was disappointed that the Cruzan Rum and West End Highlights tour excursion that i wanted was not offered. I still made it to the distillery, where we were lied to cause we couldn't take the six bottles duty free that they promised. The walk around the St. George Botanical Garden was too intense for me and didn't show me anything more than i could see at my local botanical garden. I understand that the Whim Estate has not opened up since hurricane maria, but surely one of the other estates was open that could have been substituted. I prepaid for a martinin flight and the Blendtique experience, i was charged $31 on the ship for the flight which was reversed but i was still charged $40 for the bottle of wine that i created which was part of the experience. But the fact i didn't have to go to a muster drill, there was no line to get on or off the ship, and the cabin steward checked on our room twice daily and called me by name was oh so worth it! hands down. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wow! So far wanted to have an open meeting nd about a new ship, but thisno where close to other Celebrity ships as others have stated. Unbelievable th lack of attention or detail. We had no problems getting on the ship, the ... Read More
Wow! So far wanted to have an open meeting nd about a new ship, but thisno where close to other Celebrity ships as others have stated. Unbelievable th lack of attention or detail. We had no problems getting on the ship, the streamlined process is a breeze. That said you board the ship at a low level with no one at the ship when you walk on. Weird, no one greets you on deck 4. You can go direct to your room if ready, nice touch, cards and keys are outside you door. Ours were wrong though. Concierge said they would have to check with Miami to fix(?). Still not right :-( Ship is new and modern, but as others have said fewer spaces for passengers replaced by cabins, expensive shops, and suite amenities. Ouch for us commoners. HATE the new balcony, it’s an ocean view room with a window that opens when they want. Um, a window that opens is a far cry from a balcony... horrible design and will be th bane of celebrity in the future! Room: upgraded to concierge at sailing for $150 pp, broken mirror with masking tape, attendenant never saw at all, not worth the cost! Food: did traditional dining in Cyprus, horrible day one... given breakfast menu at dinner, okay, no service, no salt in the shaker??? Um prime rib was an 1/8 of an inch in the dining room? Why cause I wouldn’t pay for higher priced dining?? Day one, HUGE disappointment for celebrity’s flagship, no wonder 3 stars, so far this is a carnival ship... without the party... Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is my review/opinion of the Edge Eastern Caribbean sailing in March, 2019. My husband and I are in our early 50s and this is our 2nd Celebrity Cruise. While it’s probably not fair to compare with other ships, this review probably ... Read More
This is my review/opinion of the Edge Eastern Caribbean sailing in March, 2019. My husband and I are in our early 50s and this is our 2nd Celebrity Cruise. While it’s probably not fair to compare with other ships, this review probably will compare a few things to our last cruise on the Silhouette last March. EMBARKATION: Hardest part was getting the Lyft driver to go faster:) After arriving, dropped our luggage right out of the Lyft and away we went...on the ship in 10 minutes drinking champagne and trying to decide what to do first! STATEROOM: Our IV (infinite veranda a.k.a. window) room was not ready but we loved the fact we could go and drop off our things. We met our room steward and he told us to just leave our things in the closet so he knew they were ours. We stayed in a C1 Concierge cabin midship on deck 11 - stateroom 11187 port side. The room was very inviting and spacious. Bathrooms were roomy enough for the two of us. The bed was by the veranda. I liked this configuration because we had plenty of room to enter, dress and unpack/sort things out. The bed was very comfortable - pillows are the mushy type but you can order any kind you’d like. The window allows for great light to come in so it feels very open and airy. Personally, I thought the look of the IV is very inviting and clean/fresh! However, after working with it for a couple of days, it just didn’t fit my expectations - this being compared to a traditional balcony. If you’ve never stayed in a balcony room, you may end up loving it! This is how we use our balcony so you can get an idea of why it just didn’t feel great for us. We love to sleep with the balcony door cracked and curtains drawn so you get to hear the ocean, get some sea air but still have a dark room. We also use it to wait for the other to wake up - whoever wakes first will go get coffee or have it delivered and go out on the balcony and wait for the other. The IV doesn’t allow for this. There are two options, window shut/blinds down or blinds up and window open or closed. We also love to eat our daily delivered snacks and drink our wine on the balcony after coming in from the pool. We did this and it works fine for that - however, room 11187 has a huge overhang and you will not get direct sun on your balcony. If you are looking for direct sun don’t choose this room. If you like brightness from the sun but not direct sun, perfect spot. We appreciated the tips about turing the ‘green’ feature off on the thermostat so if you have the window cracked or open all the way, the air would still run. The thermostat in this room must have been off. We had it set to 66/67 and it never was cool/cold. The temp read 70/71 consistently - window open or closed it did not matter. We didn’t complain as we aren’t in our room too often, but I should have reported it...sorry to the next person:) Another annoyance was you had to stand there and hold the button to raise lower both the curtain and the window one at a time. The IV by no means ruined our trip or made us upset. I am pointing my opinion out so if you have options, you may wish to use my opinion to make your own choices. DINING: We selected fixed seating at 6pm at a table of 6 as we were traveling by ourselves this time and love meeting others. We had originally gotten on the waitlist for select dining but our travel agent removed us from it. Celebrity didn’t get the memo...after waiting in lines for 45 minutes or so upon embarkation to get this resolved. Most people in line with us wanted select dining so this was easily switched for us. We had an awesome table (143) in the Normandie. Right by the window! Getting a table really isn’t a problem whether you’re select or fixed. Honestly, I’m not even sure you need to stress about making those reservations ahead of time or taking your valuable time waiting in lines when you get on board to do so. We spoke to many people on the ship and they never had problems or a long wait. We did see pagers given out like in land based restaurants. We wanted to try the Tuscan one night. We up to the desk at 6:15 and were sat immediately. So don’t worry if you have either dining - and our ship was not completely sold out but there weren’t too many cabins left when I checked the Saturday beforehand. The food in the Normandie was excellent! Each restaurant has 3 of their own appetizers and 3 of their own main entrees. The right hand side of the menu is the same for all of the 4 complimentary restaurants. Our servers were attentive and quickly learned what we liked - and brought it to us without needing to be asked:) We love traditional seating for this reason! Getting to know the staff, where they’re from and the other tablemates is fun for us! Also, they were great about getting whatever you want...you just need to ask! I didn’t ask, but I bet if we wanted to come at 6:30 instead of 6:00 one night they would have allowed it. The only issue we had with main dining was that we wanted a full table of six to meet others. Maybe with the select option, people just go on their own like a traditional land based restaurant. We told the hostess each night how many empty seats we would have at our table and she did her best to seat people there. That was really fun too! We met great people from Canada, England and the east coast! But other nights it was the three of us assigned to the table for fixed dining. Ocean View Cafe was great - no issues. Open when you want it and a variety of flavors! We only went here for breakfast, lunch and snacks...so pretty much all day long:) Must watch the bread guy making different breads all day long! Oh and the hard scooped ice cream was delicious! The Spa Cafe was awesome as well! Love to go get a snack from here - it’s in the Solarium and offers a healthy option. We went to Eden one day for breakfast but it was closed. I want to say however, this is the same quality of food and service we had last year on the Silhouette! The staff was just as hardworking and friendly and the food was just as amazing! It must be the Celebrity way! BARS: We had excellent service in the Casino bar! That quickly became our hangout before and after dinner as we didn’t have problems getting drink and the entertainment in the martini bar was easily seen and heard. Pool service took up to 30 minutes or more during peak times. It wasn’t because people were slow or not working hard. Just not enough bar space. They had 4 bartenders behind the small bar area by the pool and I think the staff walking around went somewhere else to get drinks made. Also, the Ocean View Cafe was serving drinks if you wanted to go in there yourself. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to all the shows and comedians and never had a problem getting a seat. Now there were people who liked to walk in right at showtime or a few minutes after...if you are one of those people, then you might have a problem:) Shows were great! Singers and dancers were so talented! Some show might seem a bit odd but we appreciated how incredibly talented the singers and performers were. They aren’t that long either so if you really didn’t like it you could manage it. We had two comedians. Both did an early show followed by a late night show later on in the week. Both very funny. We had a couple fabulous groups perform as well. All excellent! One group was so popular they added a matinee the following day or so! Celebrity seems like they really want to make everyone happy...and that’s a tall order to fill! POOL: The pool is so large and accessible with the in water loungers and ledges to sit on. If you require a front row seat around the pool, get there by 7:30ish I’m guessing. But you really can get a chair anywhere and have a seat on the ledges around the pool or in one of the loungers. I didn’t use the hot tub but many complained that they didn’t like the lack of accessibility. You would have to go up a flight of stairs or two to get into one then walk down wet or back to wherever you’re going wet. A few other points: Elevators - there are only two sets of 6 elevators. At popular times they were very crowded and we got turned away by full elevators more than once. The casino is large and we had a great time. Didn’t win on slots but didn’t play enough money. Something you might not know is that you can use your On Board Credit to get chips for the tables or a ticket for the slots. Try to go to as many spots for entertainment - like the rooftop garden and the pool parties. So fun and switching up the venue from the theater makes it so much more fun! Final Thoughts: Probably one of the most stunning, eye-catching ships sailing! Always something new to discover! Eden is just beautiful! The art work around the ship is unique and interesting! My recommendation would be to ‘GO FOR IT!’ It’s something different/ new and if you can go with the flow and like uniqueness you won’t be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I booked this cruise because it was new, modern, and innovative. Fact, I cancelled our Symphony of the Seas reservation for the Edge because of the attractive advertisements I saw. It looked so fresh and impressive. What I was hoping ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it was new, modern, and innovative. Fact, I cancelled our Symphony of the Seas reservation for the Edge because of the attractive advertisements I saw. It looked so fresh and impressive. What I was hoping for was a higher level of cruising with less crowds and a more "new school" approach to cruising. You have no idea how excited and overly anticipated I was to cruise the Edge. So did it meet my expectations? We (2 adults, 2 kids) booked a concierge class infinite veranda which we liked the for the extra versatile space. We also like the modern technology touches like the super quick and efficient check-in, app and TV options. Entertainment fell a little short with some hits and misses, lots of musical groups, not a lot of theatrical/broadway and no magician/illusionists (not that that is important, just felt it lacked variety). Two comedians. Also acrobats and game shows. Silent disco is lots of fun. There was also a "Color the Night White" and 80's deck party. An odd match was the performances in Eden which were very artsy, edgy, street avant garde. I totally can appreciate their talent and strength, but just saying maybe not a good match for a cruise. Food: of course, was good and plentiful with lots of options, no complaints. The much touted Petit Chef was not so outstanding for the additional big up charge, kind of underwhelming. Mast grill had pretty decent burgers and ice cream. Pizza in the back was also great. A huge bonus we loved was the premium drink package and free wifi. All in all, we enjoyed (and paid big $) for the fancy new Edge, but really in the end it felt like any other cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I'll start this review as I have started all of my previous ones, with a bit of an introduction: My wife and I do 2-3 cruises a year, nearly all of them with Celebrity. We are 30 & 26 years old respectively, and have sailed the ... Read More
I'll start this review as I have started all of my previous ones, with a bit of an introduction: My wife and I do 2-3 cruises a year, nearly all of them with Celebrity. We are 30 & 26 years old respectively, and have sailed the Caribbean a half-dozen times. I will be writing this with the target audience of "First Timers" and will hope to shed some light on what we enjoy, and don't enjoy about cruising with Celebrity, and on the beautiful Equinox. Why this cruise? My wife is a school teacher, so we take a 7 day cruise every year on her Spring Break. We don't have bitter winters here in Central Alabama, but the end of March is the perfect time to hop down into the beautiful weather that the Caribbean offers year-round. We started off cruising Carnival years ago, but ultimately made the jump to Celebrity as we wanted something more sophisticated and relaxing. We don't like to be charged for every single item on a cruise, so we love that Celebrity allows us to go for the "all inclusive" package. We book through a wonderful Travel Agent who only does cruises. We went on board with a drink package, prepaid tips (paid by TA), and $450 on board credit. With Celebrity, the OBC can be used to book excursions, specialty restaurants, on board shopping, or virtually anything else you buy on board. Frankly, its one of the main reasons we sail with Celebrity. All in all, we got a beautiful Concierge Class Balcony and all the perks for well under $3000 for the entire trip. We brought about $500 US in cash for port spending and tipping on board.We have found that, with all of the inclusions, its really hard to beat Celebrity on price. Add in the service and the wonderful food, and its a no-brainer for us. We also have been fortunate enough to have my parents join us for each of the last three spring break cruises. Its wonderful to be on any cruise ship, but even better when you can spend the time with family. My parents being older, do not want a "party cruise". Celebrity offers a wonderful atmosphere that allows everyone to have a great time but not at the expense of others. The Equinox: After having sailed on her twice, it comes as zero surprise that the Equinox wins "Best Overall" on CruiseCritic every year. Its a beautiful ship with a very user friendly layout. At 121k GT, it sits right in the happy medium of cruise ships in terms of size. There is plenty to do, plenty of room, and yet still small enough to be able to get comfortable with the entire ship over the course of 7 short days. Our two favorite areas of the ship are the sundeck and the main atrium. Both are absolutely stunning whether it is day or night. Decks 3-6 are where all the magic happens. Bars surround the atrium on all sides but they are presented in a way that is very classy and doesn't ever feel crowded. The four main bars that we frequent are all very different in design and styles, and they are spread out in a way that no place ever feels particularly crowded. The martini bar and the Gastropub are opposite each other from the atrium. One serves decadent martinis in dozens of flavors and all is served in a beautiful lounge and a solid ice bar top. The Gastropub has the feel of a rustic craft beer bar that has an awesome selection of beers from around the world. This bar has ESPN running on TVs so it was crowded while the NCAA basketball tournament was going. The World Class bar is a really cool bar near the art gallery and shops. This bar has two "mixologist" that are expert beverage makers. I go here to experiment and try new drinks that I may not have tried otherwise. This requires the premium drink package, but you can literally tell them you like whisky, citrus, and sweet drinks and they will come up with something you've never tried before. Its a wonderful place to hang out before dinner or after shows, especially if your wife enjoys shopping as much as mine does! This last bar is my personal favorite: The Sunset Bar. Its an outdoor bar that is open from morning til late at night. It is at the top of the boat and at the aft, so the breeze and views are breathtaking. The Equinox, like all Solstice class ships, are covered in real grass on the aft 1/3 of the top deck. Its something extremely unique about Celebrity and its really neat to be in the middle of the ocean and have grass between your toes. All in all, its a wonderfully balanced ship. Its large enough for there to be plenty of options in how you spend your days, but small enough to still feel intimate. Captain Kate Mccue: Oh Captain, My Captain! I'll admit I was a skeptic at first. Not that I thought she was a bad Captain, but I didn't believe a Captain could have a significant impact on a cruise vacation. Most Captains that I have sailed with are only worried about doing their jobs, getting us to and from our destinations safely, and they allow the entertainers and the service staff to provide us a good time. And while that is completely fine, Captain Kate is amazing! Her personality infects the entire ship and everyone stops what they are doing when she speaks over the PA. She is an awesome Captain, and every single bit as good as she is advertised. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with her, other than it would be a mistake for Celebrity to ever let her go! Stateroom: Concierge Cabin (C2) Room 1249. The stateroom is the same as any veranda on the ship outside of Suites, but this cabin does offer a unique feature that only a few cabins on the entire ship offer... a larger balcony. The Equinox has a few "bump outs" or "humps" in her design that cause a few of the cabins on each floor "bulge" out a few feet. At the angles of these "bumps" you get a slanted balcony. From the nearest corner, it is no smaller than any other balcony on the ship, but at its widest, its nearly twice as long. Our deck chairs came with ottomans and the chairs reclined enough that we effectively had loungers on our balconies. We didn't get quite the breeze off the balcony due to where we were, but the extra balcony space will be missed on the cruises that we dont have it. Room layout is spacious enough for a cruise cabin, our bed was near the balcony compared to others that are near the bathroom. Speaking of the bathroom, its about average in size if you are used to balcony rooms. The shower has simple but elegant sliding glass door that doesn't waste any space. In concierge class we had access to slightly better bathroom toiletries and cosmetics. My wife didn't seem particularly impressed with the shampoo, but there could have been other factors that led to that. Dining: In this section is where we found the best and worst that our particular vacation had to offer. We went into this cruise knowing we would be doing a night or two in specialty dining, specifically Murano. I'll dive into the specialty restaurants in a bit, but lets get the not-so-pleasant out of the way. Please understand that we have never had an issue in the Main Dining Room. Celebrity does dining very well, and I'd even argue that it is one of their strengths. This time, we just weren't impressed. My wife, myself, and my parents got sat at a very nice four top. The MDR is crowded as it is on all ships, so that didn't bother us. We had a very nice and attentive head waiter, and the food both nights that we dined there was excellent. The bar/drink service however, was severely lacking. My father and I managed to get our wine quickly enough usually, but my wife and mother waited 15-30 minutes for their bar drinks every time they ordered. It became such an issue that our poor head waiter would go off running to get the drinks himself. This isn't a major issue, I am aware of that, but I expect more from Celebrity. After two identical services with the identical problems we called our Concierge (perk of concierge class) and told her about the issue and she asked if she could inform the Maitre'D. Literally 5 minutes later the Maitre'D had ran up to our rooms to apologize, hear our feedback, and promised to improve the service going forward. People, this is what makes Celebrity different. There are 3000 people eating dinner in his beautiful dining room, and he stopped mid-service to run up to our room to personally apologize and ask how to fix it. The next day we got back from a day at port and my parents and I each had a bottle of nice champagne from the Maitre'D, it was a wonderful gesture and we were impressed. Now as it turned out, we had a reservation at the famous Murano that evening. When we left Murano we were so blown away that we called our Concierge and asked her to book us in specialty dining for the remainder of the cruise. These restaurants are not free, nor cheap, but our concierge got us 20-40% off the listed price each night we dined in a specialty restaurant. So, in the end we never got to go back in the MDR, but I am convinced that the issues would have been fixed. Murano If you do one thing on a Celebrity Cruise, eat dinner at Murano. The first night of the cruise they offer it at a discount if you book ahead of time. My father and I are "foodies" and love fine dining. We both agreed that the Murano dinner service and quality of food is an experience that would be incredible even if it weren't on a cruise ship. Every single aspect, from the bread to the Grand Marnier Souffle is perfect. Lobster Murano is a top 5 dish that I have ever experiences and is cooked table side with everything from bacon, to lobster cooked in a cognac mustard creme sauce. We were so impressed that we booked it for every remaining night of the cruise that we could. One night they were fully booked, so we tried Tuscan Grille. It was very good, but with it being a for-fee Italian steakhouse, we left miserably full compared to the lighter and more elegant Murano. Entertainment & Activities This will be rather short as we did not attend any of the main productions in the theater. Celebrity keeps the same shows for 3-5 years before cycling them out, with us sailing on the Equinox as frequently as we do, there weren't any that we hadn't already seen. We did however attend the comedy shows and watch a lot of live music. The comedian was great and the house band was excellent as well. Celebrity offers other activities like bingo, concerts, seminars, and workshops that many find to be fantastic. Admittedly we mainly go find somewhere quiet near a bar, as we are both young and always seem to be around crowds on land, we enjoy a more laid back experience on the boat. Service With the exception of the MDR, which I consider a fluke rather than a flaw, service is impeccable on Celebrity. Tipping is a hot topic on any cruise forum, but I can definitively say that when I hand a bartender or my room steward a $10/$20 bill on the first day, they take care of my wife and I the rest of the voyage. I personally try to find a specific bartender in my most regular bars and tip heavy on days 1/2. I tip $1 a drink the remainder of the time and I am having another drink brought to me before the first one is finished. Celebrity has a wonderful staff and an underappreciated staff/guest ratio. I think the reason they named it "Celebrity Cruises" is because of how they want each and every guest to feel. It really is what makes them so special. Cafe Al Bacio: I couldn't figure out the best place to include this place in any of my previous sections, so I ultimately decided that it needed its own. Bacio is arguably the most loved place on the ship. They are a full service coffee & dessert bar that is open all day. In the morning people are getting their day started with anything from a cappuccino to a cup of decaf, and late at night every table is full with people winding down in the low light setting of an old city jazz bar. The live music from the atrium fills the bar and its just a super unique place to relax and enjoy yourselves. It sounds so simple and quaint, but I am amazed that every cruise ship in the world doesn't mimic this place into their own. Ports & Excursions: We loved every port we stopped at. We are very familiar with the Western Caribbean so only Key West was a first time port for us. Everyone has different interests at respective ports, so I will just tell you what we do every time and you look for more information if you wish. Key West: We wandered on our own, Key West isnt a large town and most of the cool stuff is near the ship. There are tours galore and a really neat aquarium nearby. Grab you a piece of Key Lime Pie and a Conch Fritter and enjoy your first stop of the cruise! Grand Cayman: 7 Mile Beach at Calico Jacks. You go to this beach for the water as it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. CJ's is great, but very crowded. Costa Maya: New favorite port in the Western Caribbean. The port itself is a maze, but very very beautiful. We find our way out and go to Maya Chan Beach Resort every chance we get. Check it out, its the epitome of a relaxing beach day. Cozumel: I have an answer to the famous Sancho's vs Nochi debate... Sancho's is the best! All inclusive, wonderful service, and a beautiful (safe) beach. We go every time we are in Cozumel and have no plans of changing! In Conclusion: My wife and I fell in love with cruising on our honeymoon and have been blessed to go one more than most our age. Celebrity is a perfect fit for what we want to do and how we want to spend our time on the boat. Its generally an older crowd, but we cruise like "older people". We have 2 more cruises currently booked with Celebrity, and 81 days cannot get here soon enough! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have sailed on the Silhouette previously. Love the ship, perhaps our favorite Celebrity Ship. We were in a Celebrity Suite. Check in at terminal 25 went quickly. We were on the ship about 10:30 AM. We proceeded to Michael's ... Read More
We have sailed on the Silhouette previously. Love the ship, perhaps our favorite Celebrity Ship. We were in a Celebrity Suite. Check in at terminal 25 went quickly. We were on the ship about 10:30 AM. We proceeded to Michael's club and met Vanessa, the Michael's Club concierge. She was great and helped to facilitate multiple reservations. We also saw Rose, the Captains club Hostess. She as always was great. We had lunch in Luminae. The staff also was always meeting our needs for special requests. However, we preferred the specialty restaurants for dinner. We then proceeded to our suite at about 1:00. Our butler Surin was also excellent- enjoyed breakfast on our balcony and in the suite. We used to get white table clothes, but apparently no longer used. Su our stateroom attendant was also wonderful and keep our suite immaculate and well stocked. We even found Maja from the shops excellent. The entire staff was great. We had dinner in Qsine- which was changed to a wonderful show and dinner venue. It was better then any Disney dining room experience. While I really enjoyed the old Qsine menu, we did dine in Qsine twice on our cruise. We also enjoyed dinner at the Tuscan grill and Murano's. Our favorite specialty restaurant, the Lawn Club grill was excellent, we also had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill twice. We enjoyed spending time in an Alcove on Sea Days and had excellent service from the Alcove team. Only negative comment is when we went to the sunset bar near our alcove, we experienced horrible offensive Cigar smoke from two smokers. The wind allowed to smoke and smell to move into the no smoking area, as the smokers sat on the board of smoking and non smoking- Celebrity has a great no smoking policy in the Casino, and all internal areas of the ships. However, cigar's should be banned from the ship. The Captain Georgios Latrou was visible throughout the cruise- always a smile . We enjoyed taking photos as we had the photo package- what fun and great picture memories. I had my hair styled twice by Jose who was also great. Didn't use any other spa services. The shows were disappointing. Celebrity clearly dosen't invest in entertainment. Mostly one guest performers a night- also a couple of production shows that were poor. The dancers and singers talented by the shows had no substance. For great shows, we love Royal Oasis class ships. The internet was great- no connection problems. Disembarkation was easy and fast. We also were able to use the luggage valet program which was excellent and very worthwhile. We had laundry done- and I just recommend that you limit what you launder to underwear, sleepwear and tee shirts that aren't expensive as they use very hot water and detergent. We loved as usual, lthe Martini Bar. Didn't participate in any enrichment activities as non interested us. As always Cafe Al Bacio was wonderful. Enjoyed spending time their daily. StilWell at Al Bacio was great- he remembered my name and order. The ports were great, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Grand Cayman. I am sure we will sail on the Silhouette again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 20th cruise and our 14th with Celebrity so we have sailed their other ships and wanted to try the Edge. We booked a concierge Infinite verandah. (cabin 9214). This cabin is on the starboard side aft of the Magic carpet. The ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise and our 14th with Celebrity so we have sailed their other ships and wanted to try the Edge. We booked a concierge Infinite verandah. (cabin 9214). This cabin is on the starboard side aft of the Magic carpet. The view was great straight out however, looking forward your view was obstructed by the sides of the Magic Carpet rails/sky suite rooms. I was not impressed with the Infinite Verandah because it just did not feel like you were outside. It felt more like you were sitting in your room with the window open. Another thing that was noticeable to me was the height of the toilet and how much narrower the space it was in compared to an "S" class ship. I am an average size man and it did not give you much space. Other than that, the cabin was fine. On the second day I wanted to walk each deck and check out the different areas compared to the Celebrity ships I have been on. I started on deck 15 and went straight to the Sunset Bar or should I say Sun Burn Bar. It seemed much smaller than what I was used to and the total lack of shade made it almost unusable for me. What should of been a shade cover was a clear glass roof that felt like a magnifying glass. I then explored the Roof top Garden and its funky furniture and big screen TV. For a outside TV the picture was fantastic. There were some nice seating areas to socialize but once again there was ZERO shade anywhere. The days that the biggest sports events were being played it was empty because nobody could stand the sun and heat. The pool was very nice but like always on sea days by 7:00 AM the chair hogs were out in force. Most prime real estate loungers had towel clips and books on them by 8:00 AM. In Celebrity's defense I did see the pool butlers removing items several times. As for the Martini Glass shaped hot tubs.... what were you thinking?! Yes, they looked cool but who wants to hike a flight of stair between the hot tub and the pool? As for the Solarium it was perfect. It had a giant size hot tub and a nice pool with plenty of lounge chairs. The shops on Decks 4 and 5 were all up scale and way out of my price range. Even the store that sold Celebrity swag was overpriced. The least expensive thing I saw was $25 for a ball cap! We ate in all four of the complimentary restaurants and the food and service were first rate. We also ate in the Fine Cut steak house and again everything was amazing. Most lunches were had in the Oceanview and the food was always fresh and tasty. We did try the Captains Club Elite breakfast once in Tuscan and everything was very nice but found it to be a little stuffier than we are used to. I am quite sure nobody will be disappointed in the food. As for the Activities they could stand to add a few more. They try to give everyone something to do but just fall a little short. The beyond the podium speaker was very good and informative. The service was amazing! I think that they brought the best of the best from every ship. I ran into so many familiar faces on this cruise! It was like a reunion of friends, All of the crew were amazing! Entertainment in the theater was very good however, when you go to Eden go with an open mind. It is beautiful but freaky. The actors are very good but not for everyone. It's just different and I think everyone should try it at least once! The bottom line....It's new, It's different, It's beautiful and it's Edgy! Enjoy the ride! CHEERS! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 27th cruise, 1st-time Celebrity Cruise. We couldn't have been happier. My husband and I are 52 years old, we have no kids. I love to have options when we travel. On a cruise there is always the option to do nothing, ... Read More
This was our 27th cruise, 1st-time Celebrity Cruise. We couldn't have been happier. My husband and I are 52 years old, we have no kids. I love to have options when we travel. On a cruise there is always the option to do nothing, however, there is not always the option to do everything (except for now!). The Celebrity Edge, aside from the fact that it's absolutely modern and gorgeous, it was so much fun! We were worried about the fun. We had the preconceived notion that this was a company for retirees, people who like it "quiet". This ship had more fun going on than do I dare say it...The Fun ships??!! It did. But there are plenty of quiet spaces as well. Newest movies every night are played at the Rooftop Garden around 10-10:30pm. Multiple Trivia thru-out every single day. Loads of entertainments everywhere, from live singers & bands to the shows in the evening. But my absolute favorite...Silent Disco. Fun for all ages, it's hysterical to watch and a blast to participate in. There is so much going on, it was actually hard to fit it all in. The food was excellent. The 4 main dining rooms were beautiful, try to eat each one if you can, the menus vary slightly per dining room. Le Petite Chef was fun, and delicious, and did I mention fun?? Service was above and beyond, and I'm picky. We had an oceanview room at 200sq ft. and it was very comfortable. 50-55" interactive flat panel TVs on the wall. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. Bottom line we loved it and we booked 2 more future cruises while on board. Hopefully, you'll love it too. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cons: Overall, our room was clean but outdated. Spent nearly $850/person to sleep in a windowless room. WiFi was horribly expensive and slow (couldn’t even upload photos on instagram). Our TV was constantly flickering in and out. We ... Read More
Cons: Overall, our room was clean but outdated. Spent nearly $850/person to sleep in a windowless room. WiFi was horribly expensive and slow (couldn’t even upload photos on instagram). Our TV was constantly flickering in and out. We were hassled to buy drink packages. Once bought, we could hardly get any service. And also not many options on the lower priced drink package (almost $400 for the lowest option). Also there is hardly anything to do on the ship during sea days. Pros: The food was okay and the crew was very friendly. Musicals were good. Lots of Talented entertainment. Showers were surprisingly larger than expected. The excursion we took was awesome. Decent amount of storage in room. This is not a bad cruise ship, but so not worth the money we paid. After talking to other people and their experiences, our next cruise will probably be with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I recently took our first cruise on the Celebrity Millenium to Asia, boarding in Singapore,disembarking at Hong Kong. As this was our first ever cruise we cannot compare the other ships or companies. We chose this cruise ... Read More
My wife and I recently took our first cruise on the Celebrity Millenium to Asia, boarding in Singapore,disembarking at Hong Kong. As this was our first ever cruise we cannot compare the other ships or companies. We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. We found on arrival at the terminal that everything was well organised and boarded the ship within 45 minutes. The bars were open and our luggage arrived at our room within 3 hours. You could tell the Millenium was an older ship but having recently been in for a refurb it was very tastefully done in neutral colours giving it a spacious, airy feel. Our cabin (7156 balcony) was of a high quality with no problems, plenty of storage,a good shower and a very comfortable bed. Our cabin steward kept it immaculate and if he met us in the morning he always welcomed us by name and enquired if there was anything we required. The food was of a high quality and we had all of our breakfasts except one in the self service cafe. We had dinner in the main dining restaurant, ate at the Sushi on 5, Tuscan and Qsine, which we were happy to pay extra for as we wanted to experience food in different restaurants. The service and quality of the food was excellent in all. We had a classic drinks package which was more than ample for our needs and on the odd occasion when we ordered a drink which was not in the package we were advised that a supplement would be added to our bill which was not a problem. The evening entertainment in the theatre was of a high quality. Only two shows out of the ten that we saw were mediocre but that is a matter of opinion. All the staff shows were brilliant. The music and dancing in the Cosmos bar at the end of the night appealed some nights depending on the choice of music and the Silent Disco where everyone was wearing headphones listening to different music was hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. The docking for excursions were varied - very scenic and easy to to visit Singapore,Halong Bay and Hong Kong but the other ports were not central which meant quite long bus trips to get to Bangkok, Chi Chi Tunnels,Hoi An and Hanoi. While this is our first cruise we have been fortunate to travel the world staying in all types of accommodation, from houses in India to Five star hotels and we think that all in all this was amongst the top ten of our holiday experiences. On the strength of this our first cruise we will certainly consider doing another cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Firstly, we are not cruisers and chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South America for the first time. On immediate embarkation we were met with a fairly hard sell with regard to drink and dining packages. A lot of people had ... Read More
Firstly, we are not cruisers and chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South America for the first time. On immediate embarkation we were met with a fairly hard sell with regard to drink and dining packages. A lot of people had been travelling for 20 + hours and we questioned whether this was really necessary at that time. It just seemed a money making exercise. Surely, it might be better to charge more for the cruise in the first instance. There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin and people were going to the restaurant and returning to their cabin with cups of hot water/tea/coffee. In terms of safety, we couldn't see the logic of this. Our cabin on the Deck 8 was good - plenty of storage and an unrestricted view. Our cabin steward - Jon, was excellent. He couldn't help us enough. Unfortunately, on our last days at sea we both contracted a gastrointestinal illness. We had been ashore on an excursion earlier in the day but had eaten and drank very little indeed - only bottled water. We called the Medical Centre and despite mentioning it in the daily bulletin of Sunday, 3rd March that "a member of the medical staff will be seeing you in your stateroom" we were told that someone would collect us in a wheelchair. I visited the surgery twice and my husband once - I was in isolation for 24 hours and my husband for 48 hours. My experience of the surgery was poor. Admittedly, it was 1.30 am but all the staff really seemed interested in, was me signing a disclaimer having had an injection for repeated sickness. I was just left with little instruction re medication and wheeled back to my cabin. At 1.30 am you cannot remember how many times you have been ill and they seemed to insist on a number. The nurse, Bernadette, the next day was very abrupt and I really felt, I was just too much trouble. The Receptionist on duty at the surgery in the morning, was, however, helpful. Customer Relations were good but they sent a letter to my husband when his isolation was over to say they hoped he was better after suffering from the flu. The Medical Centre certainly needs to improve. A lot of the food is warm at best and some improvement needs to take place. The Ocean View restaurant is more like a canteen and not a good experience in my view. The staff in the main are excellent and very pleasant. We enjoyed the talks by the Captain and we thought the entertainment director was brilliant. The entertainment was good but could be improved. Certainly, the show re the tea cup was lost on a lot of people, including myself. We enjoyed the excursions but the PA system was not working for Christ Redeemer trip and this was a pity. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have had a number of Celenrity Cruises this was the most disappointing. The positives - Luminae dining, cabin housekeeping and general level of service. The Sky Suite was spacious and service excellent but the noise from trolleys ... Read More
We have had a number of Celenrity Cruises this was the most disappointing. The positives - Luminae dining, cabin housekeeping and general level of service. The Sky Suite was spacious and service excellent but the noise from trolleys in the buffet restaurant directly above was intrusive - especially in early morning. Negatives- We saw no evidence of 'priority boarding' which is sold as part of the package. Our check in at Auckland, which was a shambles and left is standing on the gangway with all other passengers for over 20 minutes, set the scene for all other ports. We appreciate port restrictions where only one gangway ( which would sometimes only carry 5 at any one time) seemed to be a feature but no attempt was made to prioritise and there tended to be only one card reader in operation,which for a ship this size is ridiculous. We felt sorry for disabled passengers. Occasionally there were two bag screening machines but not very often. NOISE! Screaming music invaded almost every public space even the Lawn Club, which we associate with peace and calm. A number of other passengers asked for it to be turned off or turned down but it was systematically turned back up. So many of us complained especially in the Martini bar where a disco was thumping out mindlessly. Up selling was intrusive and infuriating. Celebrity clearly have a mandate to squeeze as much out of passengers as possible. This is even more evident in our bookin for next year ( which we will probably cancel). Gratuities are added to the total cost of the cruise and the customary service for those of us who have to fly to Florida, where flight times are not compatible with cruise times, were an overnight hotel pre cruise and day room on day of departure are now an extra the latter being totally unavailable. We have contacted Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are a couple in mid 40’s with 2 teen girls, our 10th and 11th cruise. Previously sailed with: Costa, MSC, Holland America, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity. Have already explored about 90% of Caribbean islands, so now mainly sailing for ... Read More
We are a couple in mid 40’s with 2 teen girls, our 10th and 11th cruise. Previously sailed with: Costa, MSC, Holland America, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity. Have already explored about 90% of Caribbean islands, so now mainly sailing for the ship, not for destination. Year and a half ago, we decided to check both ships (being under construction at that time), and booked them right after the tickets become available. We were so excited to cruise again with our 2 favorite cruise lines, and check both brand new vessels back to back. Expectations were set very high. We sailed on Nieuw Statendam first. Best food ever, including buffet, Dive-In, and MDR with delicious lobster, prime rib dinners, and mouthwatering desserts. One of the nicest looking MDR we ever saw (see pic), our waiter Sudiatmika was above and beyond. Great laid out buffet never crowded, so many healthy options to choose from, individual deserts or fruit portions (no mess). We did not try up charge restaurants, Grand Dutch Café, or New York Deli & Pizza, no casino, or spa. There are tons of great music venues: performers at Rolling Stone Rock Room were the best, best, best we have ever seen, great couple at Billboard on Board, talented Lincoln Center Stage and BB King Blues teams! Nieuw Statendam is very easy to navigate ship. We would like to re-christen her to “Nieuw Cozydam”. The most friendly and most professional crew, mainly Indonesian / Filipino. Very polite passengers, and yes, bit older, but worked perfect for us. Most technological advanced theater with LED screen around. Areas around both pools never crowded, several free loungers. Here are other small premium touches not found on competition’s vessels: orchid plants on every single table in the buffet, live flowers in MDR, tons of live floral arrangements through out the ship, our cabin has 2 bathrooms (family ocean view stateroom 1030), received beautiful “diploma of finished cruise” signed by Captain on the end of journey. For disease prevention no self service in the buffet (very smart). Thinking about any room for improvement.... and simply can’t find any. Right after disembark from Nieuw Statendam, quick stop at the garage’s rooftop where we parked (see pic), exchanged clothes and supplies, and hopped on the Edge. I must say that Celebrity built a state of the art terminal (yes, matching Edge design), and it is the most beautiful terminal we’ve ever sailed from. Since we did all the paperwork in advance, the embarkation took 5 min. We had a blast from the first moment we stepped on board and were welcomed with champagne. Better name for this cruise liner would be “Celebrity WOW”. Very modern, stylish, impressive, spacious vessel we’ve ever been on, or we’ve ever seen including futuristic computer mock ups found online. Well-designed contemporary ship inside and out. Impressive atrium, theater, beautiful pool area and Rooftop Garden. We actually love the controversial infinite veranda concept (had 2 Concierge Class Infinite Verandas 11131, 11133 – it was a free upgrade from Celebrity, had originally 1 ocean view quad cabin booked – thank you Celebrity). State of the art cabin/bathroom/infinite veranda, all these light years ahead of any competition (seriously). Shows were great, food too. We did not try up charge restaurants, no casino or spa. We loved our waiters at Cosmopolitan Suphawan & Bundhoo, they worked in tandem, and were the most professional, quickest and beautiful looking team ever served us (see pic). Stateroom attendant Tania, she worked by herself, and also I would say she was the best, and very hardworking room keeper out of all 11 cruses. “Next generation” elevators, so modern and very efficient, biggest we’ve ever seen. There were so many new things for cruise industry we loved: non stop playing “mysterious” music on the stateroom hallways, two story high ceiling in the buffet, extra large staircases, multiple decks running track, amazing chandelier in the atrium, bizarre Eden, and even more bizarre Eden’s performers (we actually liked the controversial smell there), silent disco experience, professional and dedicated cruise director, spacious public areas, every single furniture well made and designed, very high quality materials allover, specially loved premium velour fabrics used on almost all chairs in all food venues. Tons of beautiful art and décor through out the ship. Since this is a band new product, there are minor things we would like Celebrity to polish: all shops on board are on high end side. Deserts and cakes at buffet some times were tasteless. There are designated areas with sink vases when entering the buffet, but no crew posted to encourage passengers to wash their hands. Sticky tongs in the buffet. Cakes were not individually portioned on plates, caused bit of mess at dessert stations. Too many restaurants located directly in the atrium area made this impressive space very loud (kitchen noises), and food smells. Final conclusion: Both these cruise lines, and both these ships are our favorite to date. As we mentioned earlier, our expectations were set very high, and we waited with a heart beat 1.5 year to both these sailings. What happened was we ended up with best vacations ever! Celebrity Edge is unique, most beautiful and most modern, truly a ship of the future. We really enjoyed photographing and exploring her. We had 3 stops, but in the event we have zero port of calls during 7 day cruise, we wouldn't complain. On the other hand, when we are looking from the distance at Nieuw Statendam, what we immediately see, it is an icon of premium and quality. Nieuw Statendam offered best music experience, best food quality, coziness, and the most friendly crew in the industry. This cozy ship makes us feel so special, like we were guests at our own resort. If you are not paying attention to all the bells and whistles other lines offers to attract families with children and younger crowd, both above vessels will fit you perfect. If you love dancing, great music, relaxing atmosphere, great food and service definitely do Nieuw Statendam. If you are décor person, would like to sail on the most modern ship in the world, sleep in “next generation cabin”, definitely Edge is a must to see! Now Scarlet Lady, and Edge’s and New Statendam’s future siblings are on our radar. Happy sailings! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We Chose this holiday because it took in some places we haven’t seen in that area . The problem with this cruise was the cost of the drinks it’s which was the most I’ve ever paid on any ship . The food was okay but the hot food ... Read More
We Chose this holiday because it took in some places we haven’t seen in that area . The problem with this cruise was the cost of the drinks it’s which was the most I’ve ever paid on any ship . The food was okay but the hot food wasn’t very hot. Wi-Fi was overpriced. One good thing was the entertainment residents and guest artist . But you could’ve done with a comedian . The cabins were excellent, and the cabin staff were very good. specially Ed cabin 6084 . Shore excursions were okay,coaches were very good Plenty of water on board at no additional charge which is unusual . The guide on board was very very knowledgeable and friendly also the drivers . The meal on our first stop was okay apart from raw chicken which when mentioned no one seems to take responsibility. The second trip off ship had a very enjoyable lunch,meal was excellent lovely hotel local music being played and singers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Chose cruise because of itinerary and previous pleasant experience with Celebrity. On a positive note - nice cabin, excellent steward and friendly, helpful crew with the exception of shore excursion staff. However from the moment of ... Read More
Chose cruise because of itinerary and previous pleasant experience with Celebrity. On a positive note - nice cabin, excellent steward and friendly, helpful crew with the exception of shore excursion staff. However from the moment of boarding, incessant pressure to upgrade. Pestered to take out drinks package. If you have drinks package, pressure to upgrade to premium package. Constant pressure to upgrade dining package. Smoothie for breakfast? - $10 please! Mundane activities in daily programme - cycling in gym **Fee applies. Yoga class**Fee applies etc.etc Outrageous prices of drinks, internet and shore excursions. Shore excursion staff snotty and so far up their own backsides. Unhelpful to the point of being obstructive if not taking their tour. Little or no provision for independent travellers wanting to do their own thing ashore - scant interest/help/direction/maps on ports of call. Several so called city dockings in Vietnam and Thailand actually up to 3 hours travel from city with docking at an obscure cargo terminal with minimal onshore facilities - presumably Celebrity saving on docking fees and increasing pressure to use their shore excursions. Food choice repetitive. Meat and fish invariably overcooked and dry. Culinary highlights poached eggs, water melon and ice cream! Overall ship's appearance OK but a little tatty in some areas with tired/worn upholstery Comfortable recliners on sun decks. My second, and last, cruise with Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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