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11 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

11 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 3
    Malta (Valletta)
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Santorini
  • Day 6
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 7
    Mykonos
  • Day 8
    Nafplion
  • Day 9
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Naples
  • Day 12
    Rome (Civitavecchia)

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Beautiful and innovative with outstanding accommodations and extensive dining choices

Cons

Expensive upcharge restaurants, spa and drinks; nighttime entertainment lacks variety

Bottom Line

A hip-at-heart ship that may challenge the expectations of experienced cruisers


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this particular cruise on the Edge as we were intrigued by Celebrity's newest ship and the ports on this 10 day adventure were fabulous (Naples, Mallorca, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Santa Margherita, La Spezia and Rome). We ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise on the Edge as we were intrigued by Celebrity's newest ship and the ports on this 10 day adventure were fabulous (Naples, Mallorca, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Santa Margherita, La Spezia and Rome). We read many critics of the new ship design (specifically the Infinite Verandah - that we had booked) but we boarded with an open mind. CABIN - 7126 - Infinite Verandah - Category E-1 Cruising is a very subjective vacation and I recognize that some people who like to sit on their balcony every morning may not like the Infinite Verandah, but we absolutely loved the new cabin design. When the window was open we felt like we not only had a verandah, but it was more private than a normal one, with no noise from our neighbors. When it was closed we had the extra square footage in our cabin to use. The bathroom/shower was the best of any ship we have been on for a standard balcony. We had 4 in the cabin and while it was tight the cabin design made it just fine. They have crafted storage in good places and the inclusion of the charging box for your devices and USB ports on one side of the king sized bed, was fabulous. It is tight between the bed and the closet but I would not trade the king bed for a queen for more room. Dining - We dined in all of the 4 main dining rooms and was impressed by the design of each room (Cyprus and Tuscan were our favorite color/table schemes, but all were beautiful). The food in the main dining rooms was really exceptional by cruising standards. I don't know if it is because it is their new flagship but you can tell that the quality of the food/menu design/preparation is important. There were 8 adults and 3 teenagers on our cruise and we all thought the food standards were high, including one of our friends who owns a restaurant. We dined at La Petite Chef and Raw on 5 and loved both meals. Our friends dined at Eden and loved the food but found the "side show" a distraction. Apparently there have been complaints about the cirque type performers and they have been dialed down to the point that our friends said that they offered nothing to improve the experience. Oceanview Café - we did not eat dinner at the Oceanview, but had breakfast and lunch there and thoroughly enjoyed the selections and food quality. In addition, you have to try the pizza at the back of the ship, behind the Oceanview café. Really good thin crust pizza. Café Al Bacio Our favorite part of the ship was Café Al Bacio. We love our coffee and it was great to sit in a corner, have our coffee and watch the people walk by while listening to music. Entertainment We only went to a couple of shows but enjoyed the comedian and the musical/dance show. The theater is innovative (in the round with huge video screens that are incorporated into the performance). Again it feels like the talent hired for this ship is of a higher quality than we typically see onboard Celebrity. We did "Bandaoke" one night and Lea and the band were fantastic. The band that played in the atrium most nights was high energy and great musicians. Staff Our cabin attendant, Oksana, was amazing. As mentioned above, we had 4 in our cabin, including two 14 year old boys. Oksana had fresh ice for us every night, the boys trundle beds prepared, chocolates on our pillows and their clothes folded. We felt well taken care of. The waiters in the restaurants couldn't do enough for us, even though you were not dining at the same table every night. Magic Carpet We used the Magic Carpet to tender twice and it is such a more civilized way to enter a tender. The Destination Gateway area is not the cramped mess that all other ships have when you are tendering or returning to port in a non-tender situation. I had drinks on the Carpet one afternoon and it was quite windy (an issue others have raised). We did not have dinner on the Carpet but the menu looked good. I don't know how well it is doing for dinner as we were offered a reduced price to eat there. Rooftop Garden We watched a movie on the rooftop one afternoon and it was fabulous. I miss the grass, but the area is now better purposed. We found that the ship has lots of nooks and crannies for privacy and places to sit and relax. The Spa We booked the Thermal Suite for the 10 days and while I enjoyed the spa there were a few things missing. I think they should have a hot tub/water therapy in the spa and could get rid of a couple of the other rooms that were kind of a dud (salt room or one of the two steam rooms). The hot tile beds were great. The showers don't have hair dryers, which my wife did not like. Otherwise it was a great place to relax, but I think it is slightly overpriced. Conclusion The ship is spectacular, the staff are excellent, the food was fantastic and the Infinite Verandah was a hit for us. Couldn't recommend the ship any more. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
What we enjoyed : Aqua Class Exclusive access to BLU restaurant , priority access to Thermal Suite and Spa facilities. Services Excellent service of staff, approachable and in general very helpful. Food Good to so-so ... Read More
What we enjoyed : Aqua Class Exclusive access to BLU restaurant , priority access to Thermal Suite and Spa facilities. Services Excellent service of staff, approachable and in general very helpful. Food Good to so-so depends on the menu and restaurants. Overall a bit too salty and sweat. The buffet is between Mirage Las Vegas to Wynn, somewhere in between. Cabin Technology - Cellphone App can control blinds, veranda, lighting, temperature. App also can show expense accounts, look up decks, activities, and daily menu of all restaurants. Daily recap video of Cruise Directors, shopping guide, and live map about whereabouts/speed on TV. Key highlight was the ship's Master / Captain Costa's one hour presentation on the second last day about how cruise ship operates, the organizational structure and changing industry trends including gender equality, ship's design for environmental considerations such as waste processing and GHG etc. What we hope to see improvement Food Oceanview Cafe ( Buffet) 1. Selection of food, especially on the Asian cuisine side hope to see a bit more availability of Chinese, Korean and Japanese selections. Too many repeat items over the 11 nights over three meals. 2. Reduce amount of sugar for deserts such as cake, tarts, ice cream and cookie, we found too sweat for most items. Le Petit Chef 3. Reduce sodium for some food, we found beef dishes in general are a bit salty across all restaurants. Raw on 5 We didnt try, but not very appealing based on what we have seen on the menu and on display. Entertainment Eden : it is just a bit too abstract for us to understand the concept. Excursion The tour to Nafplio ( Nauplion) was the first time Celebrity has ever been to. The town itself is wonderful and very pretty to stroll through and spend some time for photo and souvenirs. However, We feel Celebrity and tour operator should think about how to develop more for the town maybe like agri-tourism to visit to orchard or groves. There are basically three major spots that you can go, we went on with the Palamidi Fortress and Epidarus, the tour guide mentioned that they came from Athens 4 in the morning. The tour itself dont really going to take more than 3.5 hours all together which our tour guide spent a lot of time talking instead of walking ( also we were very disappointed about a nearby restaurant of Epidarus which the owner/server who told our guide and everyone about offering $3Euro for a cup of orange juice but then charged everyone $4 Euro, some paid some didnt, just on the principle side we dont enjoy being scammed). As a result, we are see the excursion can be improved. I am not sure if Celebrity will return to Nafplio, this port requires tender and Edge had to use its own tender/life boat for the job. Apparently cruise-tourism has not been developed here. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Chose the itinerary to experience the new Edge. Had been to all these ports previously except Napflion so the ship was the main driving point for our choice. Embarkation and disembarkation were perfect, total of 15 minutes combined. The ... Read More
Chose the itinerary to experience the new Edge. Had been to all these ports previously except Napflion so the ship was the main driving point for our choice. Embarkation and disembarkation were perfect, total of 15 minutes combined. The process for getting off the Edge at your preferred time was seemlless. Staff was first class everywhere we went. Ivan , Diana and Green in Blu, Cruz maintaing our cabin, Jesse In Fine Cut , the service was immaculate. We frequented Tuscan,Cyprus,Fine Cut,Normandie and Oceanview all were excellent with great menus and selections that always made decisions tough. Entertainment both throughout the ship and on nightly shows was good. I am totally perplexed about folks complaints about the Infinite Cabin. We loved it,Celebrity told us what they wanted to accomplish and in our opinion they delivered. Bathroom was more roomy with wonderful amenities, storage was plentiful for the11 night cruise we enjoyed the ship ,the technology made everything easier to control and the decor is simple modern and stylish. Throughout , Edge is a gorgeous vessel everywhere the art the attention to details made it a pleasure to sail in. The Magic Carpet was unique but with weather factors it may need some rethinking. We actually booked a meal on it and decided to cancel because of wind and cold weather. The one time it was used for tendering it was fantastic. The tender boats are plush and extremely comfortable. Destination gateway a tremendous innovation that made it a pleasure to go ashore. We did 3 private tours and 2 tours with Celebrity. Our Celebrity tour experience was average at best and needs work. The one point that was most interesting to us was Eden both the area and the Restaurant. I loved it my wife did not. Definently it’s something everyone should try with an open mind but at the end it’s an acquired taste. Overall The Edge exceeded our expectations. Again some of the complaints are so silly. Celebrity told us they were trying to change the cruise industry and in my opinion they have done just that. Great job and great cruise. Read Less
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