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489 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Bahamas Cruise Reviews

First off, The Majesty of the Seas is not one of the Oasis class ships new to the blue seas, but is the perfect value smaller getaway ship for a 4-5 day cruise. We have been on the larger ships as well and had a great time on our recent ... Read More
First off, The Majesty of the Seas is not one of the Oasis class ships new to the blue seas, but is the perfect value smaller getaway ship for a 4-5 day cruise. We have been on the larger ships as well and had a great time on our recent cruise. My wile and I recently went on a 5-day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale and visited Key West and Nassau, Bahamas. Plus two relaxing days at sea. I highly recommend snorkeling in Key West. We also bought a day pass online in advance at the British Royal Hilton in Nassau (included full use of beach/pool, kayaks, generous food/beverage credit and towels). The Hilton is a 10-minute walk from the cruise terminal in Nassau. We totally enjoyed both outings. The rooms are small, but all we do in our stateroom is sleep, shower and change so we didn't mind at all. See attached photo of our room 5516. Our room attendant was our best on any cruise to date. The entertainment was really good each night! On par with other RC ships. We saw two different comedians, singing and dancing group was off the charts (two shows) - fantastic, with a full orchestra, and an amazing piano player from Australia who played classic rock and Jerry Lee Lewis. Dining - We are vegan and found very delicious offerings to meet our plant-based diet. The Windjammer buffet was excellent for breakfast and lunch. They had soy milk! We also had a vegan pizza made at Sorrento's pizza restaurant. Hold the meat and cheese please :)! In the main dining room, our head waiter helped plan our vegan dinner for the next day. All meals were delicious! Don't worry, they still have shrimp cocktail apps, prime rib and seafood for those of you that partake! Enjoy! All and all, this was one of the most relaxing cruises we have been on to date. Don't listen to the negative Nellie's, this smaller ship offers a fantastic quick getaway at a reasonable price. A good value. If you want more options and amenities then spend more for one of the larger newer ships. We'll be back on The Majesty of the Seas again soon! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The cons: We chose this cruise because I read that there aren't many children on this cruise, however, there were about 40% whining, screaming kids. Also the caliber of passengers was shocking -- i.e. women dressed like strippers at ... Read More
The cons: We chose this cruise because I read that there aren't many children on this cruise, however, there were about 40% whining, screaming kids. Also the caliber of passengers was shocking -- i.e. women dressed like strippers at breakfast, etc. Other things I did not like were: most of the activities were based on sales pitches, i.e. selling diamonds, whiskey, wine, etc. Nothing that interested us. There was nothing, not even a colored egg or candy, for Easter. The chairs were always taken in the solarium -- people put towels on them and went elsewhere. The music in the buffet was loud and wailing -- not appropriate. The buffet opened at 12pm and 6pm, which I think is too late. The clam chowder had NOTHING in it but the broth -- not one clam or potato, etc. The crew served dessert at the buffet as if people weren't trusted to do it themselves. Also catsup was squirted on plates in the dining room -- again no trust. We had a concierge cabin and the hors d'oeuvres they delivered in the afternoon were a JOKE -- 4 pieces -- no bigger than a dime each. I ordered a scotch and water with a twist at the Oceanview Bar and it was served in a tall glass with a wedge of lemon. The excursion in Nassau was 3 hours, beginning at 11am, yet there was no provision for lunch. And restrooms were scarce. The worst part was it was at least a mile to walk to the bus from the ship. The pros: The concierge was very helpful, we loved the veranda, the cruise was so smooth it didn't seem like we were moving, the crew were all very nice and the dining room was spectacular. The escargot was outstanding and the hamburger at the pool grill was also very good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Staff all excellent. Food in restaurants excellent. Enjoyed the speciality restaurants. Haven’t been on Celebrity for a while as we prefer smaller ships. As this was a sort cruise at Easter there were a lot of families on board. They all ... Read More
Staff all excellent. Food in restaurants excellent. Enjoyed the speciality restaurants. Haven’t been on Celebrity for a while as we prefer smaller ships. As this was a sort cruise at Easter there were a lot of families on board. They all looked like they were having a great time, especially when the Easter Bunny made an appearance. Our only disappointment was that the times for our dinner reservations (8pm) for the speciality restaurants clashed with the evening shows and special events organized for the guests in the Suites. I would recommend you choose early (6pm) or late (9pm) dinner times if you want to see the shows. Our Suite (6130) was fine although the bathroom while functional, really needs a refit. The Michael’s concierge lounge for suite guests is very nice. It certainly provided a quiet refuge from all the young families on board. They also have a nice selection of complimentary drinks. In fact the whole suite experience is well worth the extra cost. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Where to start. The "guest" is treated like cattle on embarkation. Once inside the ship, their bars did not have the necessary items to create basic frozen drinks. This issue lasted all cruise long. No room service menu in cabin, ... Read More
Where to start. The "guest" is treated like cattle on embarkation. Once inside the ship, their bars did not have the necessary items to create basic frozen drinks. This issue lasted all cruise long. No room service menu in cabin, broken phome in cabin, incomplete room service orders. Cabins attendant did not ntroduced herself, we finally saw her at the end of the second night by coinsidence. Not enough life jackets in cabin for the amount of passagers and the front desk REFUSED TO PROVIDE THE MISSIMG ONES (no joke). The food quality in the main dinning room was so poor that we went there just one night. The buffet food was fresh and the dinning area was clean but the food had no flavor. Why? The ingredients and the cooking personnel was there so what was the issue? Who knows. Hot items were cold and cold items were warm. Onboard stores did not engage with passagers interested in purchasing high ticket items. It appeared to me that the employees were there more to protect the merchadise from theft than to assist customers in a sale. Only one comedian and he was bad, no magicians, no ice carving, no cooking demonstration...NOTHING. One night show was terminated early due to technical difficulties and they did not offered to resume/finish the show at some point (ups!!, could not finish the show, sorry about your luck!!). Debarkation: somehow some passagers were able to leave the ship early, according to Celebrity, based on their return flight. Interesting because that was not mention in ther website, their daily newspaper or TV., tHE daily newspaper indicated to watch a debarkation video on the cabin TV but the video was never made available. The final statement of all expenses was never provided or offered, so I guess that you were forced to do the line at the front desk if you really wanted one. If this line cannot do the basic things right in a smaller/older ship, I can't imagine the spectacle in their newer/much bigger ships. Celebrity again? No thanks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Picked this cruise because I could only leave for 2 nights and i was within driving distance of the boat. Wasnt interested in Nausau, therefore the boat was what i wanted to check out. I knew it was going to be worn and i knew it was sold ... Read More
Picked this cruise because I could only leave for 2 nights and i was within driving distance of the boat. Wasnt interested in Nausau, therefore the boat was what i wanted to check out. I knew it was going to be worn and i knew it was sold out. It ended up being a drunken booze fest with no one interested in looking decent. Didnt know before this how many people you could fit into a hot tub with cocktail in hand. Makes you wonder when you watch for awhile, when someone gets out to use the bathroom. Didnt seem like it. Very low end. Comedian was pretty good and not raunchy. Show with crew was ok. Food was better than those who went on Carnival, but nothing special. Crew was pleasant but tired Sailing was smooth The wear on the ship wasnt as bad as expected but does need a refresher. Hate to judge Celebrity by this cruise but I think I am more of a Silverseas gal Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I choose this sailing just for a quick getaway with my hubby. This was my second time on this ship and the first for my husband. We were very surprised with the new terminal in Ft. Lauderdale very very nice and modern. The lunch options ... Read More
I choose this sailing just for a quick getaway with my hubby. This was my second time on this ship and the first for my husband. We were very surprised with the new terminal in Ft. Lauderdale very very nice and modern. The lunch options were good you have your pizza station, grill station in the back for meats, pasta station, other options and then salad. We decided not to go to the main dining room for dinner since it was such a short cruise and we just wanted to relax and not have to worry about getting all dressed up by a certain time and be rushed. The dinner wasn't the best in the buffet. The options were very limited and on some things I was a little disappointed but not a big deal. I guess I was okay with salads chicken and pizza. Of course in the main dining you have better options. The cakes on display were absolutely beautiful in the buffet. Unfortunately those were on display only. They do have a no sugar added section for deserts and you have several options which were not bad. I was very disappointed with the coffee shop because the deserts were always complimentary regardless if you need to purchase a drink or not. I was on this ship in November and it was free and now it's not. The breakfast at the Trellis was really good. The breakfast in the buffet was the usual stuff and as always the omelet station was super packed. We were very pleased with our inside cabin. Normally it would a real tiny cabin where we would easily run out of space but this cabin was really big and we got a corner cabin so it was even bigger. We loved it. Housekeeping was great they always do a great job, however my pillows did have boot marks on them and I couldn't find the attendant so we had to wait for the next day to get that changed. Also there was a very horrible smell throughout the lower decks of the ship which is always tough to breath that in. We loved our time in the solarium it's just so relaxing in there and that pool was so great. Loved that not too many people went in at night. The comedian was great we got to see him twice and he was great, original and kept it real the whole time. Love the fact that the casino is smoke free verses other cruise lines. This ship is not for bigger kids or teens. The camp on board is really for babies. The only thing that teens and bigger kids can do is play basketball and go in the pool. The camp that they do have for the older kids is extremely tiny so the kids actually don't even want to bother going there. The arcade is a joke. There's about 4 games that are from the 70's. This ship does not cater to kids it definitely caters to a much older crowd. All in all it was a great experience. I look forward to going back on with Celebrity on the OTHER ships and won't go back on the Infinity unless it gets revamped like the Summit is. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We wanted a quick little get away, we love to cruise and have been for many years. We took a 7 day Celebrity cruise about six years ago and thought it was wonderful. We hoped this would be the same due to the companies reputation but ... Read More
We wanted a quick little get away, we love to cruise and have been for many years. We took a 7 day Celebrity cruise about six years ago and thought it was wonderful. We hoped this would be the same due to the companies reputation but could not be more disappointed. We took an Aqua Class Stateroom with balcony which was small and cramped especially the bathroom, whenever you took a shower the whole bath floor got wet! The ship was allegedly updated not long ago, don't know what they updated but they probably need to go back to the drawing board. The a/c barely kept our room comfortable, the TV didn't work most of the time, the water coming out of our of the faucet and shower was dark rust colored at times! We tried to get a glass of wine at one of the bars, the bartender moved toward us, told my wife to have a nice day and then left! What great service! With a Classic drink package and trip insurance this was a $1,200.00 two night cruise. Not cheap at all for a small cramped room, lousy service and rust colored water. We could have gone on a three night with another Cruise line for nearly 1/2 that price! Again we went with Celebrity for their reputation. We also were constantly being solicited to try one of the private, pay for what you eat on board restaurants. We didn't come on the cruise to be constantly solicited, we came to relax. The only saving grace on this cruise was having the Aqua Class private dining room. We did have a great ocean view, the food was great and our waiter Hendar was fantastic! If not for the private restaurant and great staff this would have been a total loss. For me the bottom line is save your money, go on a different cruise line or just stay home. You will be much happier, we wish we never went. Celebrity has lost our business. We will be on a competitor from now on. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have sailed many times with Celebrity on the Solstice class and always have a great experience. Unfortunately, Infinity did not live up to the usual level of service on our short weekend sail to the Bahamas. It is really a loss for the ... Read More
We have sailed many times with Celebrity on the Solstice class and always have a great experience. Unfortunately, Infinity did not live up to the usual level of service on our short weekend sail to the Bahamas. It is really a loss for the guests and for Celebrity. As past guests, we were excited to see this short itinerary of two nights out of Ft. Lauderdale. We hoped it could be something we could do often. We also met a number of guests who were trying out Celebrity for the first time hoping to find a new line they could call their own. The crew on Infinity let all of us down. As past guests, we won't be back on Infinity or for a short cruise. We were embarrassed for Celebrity for all the first time guests. One couple said they were headed back to Carnival for better service! The ship is older and smaller than the bigger sister ships like Reflection, Solstice, Silhouette, and Equinox - we have happily been on all of them. The size and age does not excuse some of poor cleanliness in areas like the coffee shop. It also certainly does not excuse the inattentive service of the dining room staff, the store staff, bartenders and other crew. There was no effort to talk to guests beyond the absolute minimum to get in an order or a sale. The crew was not engaged with guests even to the point of gathering among themselves to chat and block areas in the buffet. We went up to the silent disco and again, crew were chatting with each other and no one was talking to guests. We never saw the Captain or any of the Officers interacting with guests. The two days felt like time out at sea so the port charges could be avoided in between two longer cruises. It felt like the fact that guests were on board was an annoyance to the crew. The crew was busy recovering from the prior cruise and getting ready for the next sailing. It felt like we were bothering them to ask for a drink or even try to get a price on merchandise in the stores. We did enjoy the entertainment in the theater - both the comedian and the singers and dancers were great. The pool side entertainers were also very good and we enjoyed the string duo in the afternoons. The food was OK and about as good as other Celebrity ships, we just were exasperated with the slow service in the main dining room. We were also aggravated that the Classic drink package was not offered. You could only buy the Premium packages. The reason given was it was only a two night cruise so they couldn't offer the lower priced packages. Makes absolutely no sense. We did not feel that this was a good value for us and I am sure Celebrity lost out on sales that would have otherwise occurred had the full slate of drink packages been offered. We were also frequently solicited for the premium dining and spa, just about as bad as the street sales people in port. We also tried the Concierge stateroom for the first time. Thankfully, it was a very low amount to have this because it is totally not worth any extra. We were offered free champagne twice but never received it. Would never pay for it again. We will be back on the S-Class ships but will be avoiding the M-Class ships in the future, especially Infinity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I read reviews and the ones I read before sailing were pretty critical of the ship and food, so here is my opinion on the ship I recently sailed on. Yes, the ship’s interior stateroom I had, 6011, could have used new bedding, curtains ... Read More
I read reviews and the ones I read before sailing were pretty critical of the ship and food, so here is my opinion on the ship I recently sailed on. Yes, the ship’s interior stateroom I had, 6011, could have used new bedding, curtains and furniture, but I found it to be very clean, with very fresh sheets. The lighting in the rooms could also be updated and I did not find a plug in the bathroom. I found the food to be very good, for what they serve. Their wait staff is professional and very courteous and work very hard. If I had to make one comment in general: the workers and staff are highly trained and very diligent performing their jobs. They all spoke and were courteous. Management was in evidence in every nook and cranny. Managers were conversing with the servers and overseeing their areas constantly. If you had needed something a mangager was never far away. I said “no frills” because it’s mainly, eat, sleep, and sail. Not a lot going on onboard the ship, but it was pleasant because Celebrity is making sure the basics are being covered in service and food. I would go on Celebrity again, maybe on a different route. After all Key West and Nassau are a little tired out themselves after thousands of cruisers are dumped on their shores daily. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We took the 4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to key West/Nassau. The people were very nice, the food was good and plentiful and the ship was clean. We were looking to chill out for a few days, so we didn't take any shore ... Read More
We took the 4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to key West/Nassau. The people were very nice, the food was good and plentiful and the ship was clean. We were looking to chill out for a few days, so we didn't take any shore excursions or see any shows on the ship - we didn't even eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We had a balcony room on Deck 6 and it was nice. Our room steward,Irwin, was the best, very accommodating. The room was large enough for us and the balcony waas nice sized. There are plenty of bars to choose from - 4 at the pool area alone. The service was good and fast. We didn't buy the drink package, so our beer and mixed drinks were 7-$10 each. We don't drink enough to make the drink package worth while. The only thing worth mentioning is that the ship needs an update. It looks like it came out of the 80's - but it didn't affect anything - the service and accommodations were good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We picked this cruise because we were celebrating my birthday and it embarked on that day. It was on my bucket list. We stayed in Ft Lauderdale previous to the cruise and enjoyed the warm weather as we are from Pennsylvania. We researched ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we were celebrating my birthday and it embarked on that day. It was on my bucket list. We stayed in Ft Lauderdale previous to the cruise and enjoyed the warm weather as we are from Pennsylvania. We researched a lot online and on you tube as to all of the rules, documentation, and cruise tips. So we were prepared for lines, waits, crowds, and frustration. We were travelling as a group of 4 adults. We boarded the ship really fast! We arrived when we were supposed to and the process was so fast we never stood still for more than 5 minutes! This was the case getting on/off @ ports and at disembarkation day. Everything went smoothly, our cabin was ready on time. Our luggage arrived without a hitch. All of our reservations were correct, The ship was beautiful. We loved the food, and service. Bars got busy and you had to wait for a drink. I am not sure I always got premium level wines/cocktails @ the bars as I had paid for the package. The activities were entertaining, like karaoke, trivia, and other type games. We enjoyed the great places to enjoy cocktails away from the loud and crowded pool area. We like the pool but did not find it as relaxing as other places on the ship. My favorite bar was the Sunset Bar at the back of the ship, live music gave it a great vibe there. We did go dancing several nights and had a great time. The silent disco is hilarious and fun, must check it out. It was 2 x on our short cruise. We enjoyed the Trolley Tour in Key West. It had rained and when we left the ship we were given unclear directions to find the trolley which made for a rough start as we got lost in the rain. Nassau was just shopping and pressure to buy, but we expected that. Maybe an excursion would have been a better call. But we returned to the ship early and enjoyed the ship. Overall this was the perfect size ship and amount of time to get a good idea if you like cruising. The ship was not too big and we found our way around. There was plenty for us to do and eat and drink. I did feel like I had fun and did relax. We have booked again with Celebrity for a longer itinerary because this cruise went so fast. I wished I had 3 more days to relax more and do everything I wanted. . Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the ... Read More
My friend and I wanted a quick weekend trip of fun and sun - I am a professor and I had off the Friday and Monday of MLK weekend. I have family in Florida so I got to visit with them as well. We liked the comedian and the massages at the spa - the gym was fine but having no water fountain was not cool). My friend is a vegetarian and she appreciated different choices each day. This cruise was advertised as a 2 day cruise, but we had to disembark at 8 am, and I didn't get on until 1 pm, so it wasn't a full 2 days. Because of this, it was a bit pricey. Next time I will go to an all-inclusive hotel and pick when I get there and when I want to leave. The disembarking was crazy - we asked three different people and got three different answers. Guest Services always had a line. You know how hotels have a book that describes the amenities, etc? Well, with only two days to get familiar with the boat, it would be nice to have a book like that in a cabin. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was an unusual itinerary, just two nights. Departure from Port Everglades and a slow overnight to Nassau, then overnight back to Port Everglades the following evening. My friend spotted this one-off type of itinerary and the ... Read More
This was an unusual itinerary, just two nights. Departure from Port Everglades and a slow overnight to Nassau, then overnight back to Port Everglades the following evening. My friend spotted this one-off type of itinerary and the reasonable price along with it, so we booked it for something to do other than sitting around at home this weekend. The Silhouette is a beautiful ship, I'm sure I didn't see all of it in the short time that we were aboard. We had a Concierge class balcony for our brief cruise, and aside from a bottle of sparkling wine and some hors d'oeuvres on the first night of the cruise I don't think the upcharge for "Concierge" carried with it anything extra. The cabin was perfectly fine for the two of us for two nights and the bathroom was a bit larger than some other standard balcony cabins I've been on, on Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Carnival. Our cabin attendant was excellent and made sure that our cabin was always neat and stocked, and he also quickly handled the few requests we gave to him. Dining was very good in the buffet area for breakfast and lunch, and we opted for some upcharge restaurants for dinner. I honestly found both of them to be overpriced as compared to the specialty restaurants I've experienced on NCL and Holland America. Also, in the case of QSine, I found the food there to be rather disappointing with a very limited menu. Tuscan Grille was much better, I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner there. We did do room service for breakfast one morning, which was just okay. The menu was not very large. I did get the opportunty to use the gym and I found it very well equipped, clean, and with a great view of the bow of the ship. I did find the duty free and general shopping area a bit disappointing for a ship this size. Prices were nothing special either. The staff onboard was excellent. Everywhere was friendly and nothing seemed forced. This was my first Celebrity experience and although brief, I would definitely try them for a longer voyage. It's hard to rate higher than the 3 stars I applied as this was such a brief cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My family wanted to celebrate some life events, a 60th birthday, a 10th anniversary. We came together from all over the country, 13 of us. The Celebrity Infinity is an older, smaller vessel. It is a lovely ship that is showing it's ... Read More
My family wanted to celebrate some life events, a 60th birthday, a 10th anniversary. We came together from all over the country, 13 of us. The Celebrity Infinity is an older, smaller vessel. It is a lovely ship that is showing it's age. Our cabin, 6022, was a small, balcony cabin. The balcony is very nice and long. We actually had our cabin steward get us a lounge chair. The paint is peeling on the rails of the balcony. Inside our cabin the curtains are fading and the bed skirt was soiled and torn. There is adequate storage space, but not enough electric outlets. Small bathroom, nice shower. We had to have the air conditioning repaired. The MDR, Trellis on 4th deck was not prepared for our family, even though they were informed well in advance of this sailing what our needs were. We had to move after seating started. Service that 1st night was fair. We waited a long time for drinks and food. The food, once served, was very good. We ate in Luminae on day 2. It was just okay. Day 3 we ate in Tuscan Grill. It was excellent. Day 4 MDR, was excellent. I particularly enjoyed Il Bacio. Entertainment was just okay except for night 3. There was a singer from Las Vegas who was AMAZING!! I wish I could remember her name. Service for the most part was as expected. My only BIG complaint was in the photo shop. We had a photographer who was assisting my cousin. When she did not quite understand the "terms and conditions" for purchasing 6 photos to be sent to her email. He became quite insulting and asked those of us with her if "she always is the one who looks like a deer in the headlights?" He was not being funny as he said it again. The person he was referring to is an attorney and BTW had booked the Penthouse and Sky Suites. Not a good idea to be that nasty to anyone, but how about to the person who spent the most money on the ship? Our two ports, Key West and the Bahamas were fun. My husband an I went on a privately booked food tour in Nassau that was outstanding. My cousins went to Pearl island. So, not the best cruise we've been on, but certainly not the worst. We are Elite with Celebrity, so we have cruised quite a bit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We had already been on the Koningsdam and we liked the NS. The RS Rock room and BB Kings gave new variety to the cruise. The Ship is beautiful and targets the younger boomers and gen xers imo. Embarkation was a mess as it was on ... Read More
We had already been on the Koningsdam and we liked the NS. The RS Rock room and BB Kings gave new variety to the cruise. The Ship is beautiful and targets the younger boomers and gen xers imo. Embarkation was a mess as it was on Oosterdam last month. They packed everyone in the lounge gave boarding cards by number. We were on by 1pm. Pinnacle was very good this trip after having been there several times now. They have some new menu items and we made sure to try them. The service led by the big boss Denise was 5 star! Our server handled a table of 12 plus the two of us with great ease. I kept thinking in the States this would have bombed. Very impressive! MDR was decent enough but service was very slow at lunch on embarkation day but was much better at dinner. Lido service was not up to the speed on the Oosterdam last month. HAL I guess has abandoned the staff serving food on the first day. We used to really respect they did that but we see it has been cut. They just have one maybe two people at each station and it is help yourself the entire cruise. There was nobody from HAL doing the hand sanitizer so many guests I would imagine would just walk in. HAL used to enforce this for the safety of the guests. This is a mistake to abandon this imo. Disembarkation had the longest Customs lines I have seen on the 20 cruises we have been on. I have no idea why but when we exited the ship we got in a line of 300 people long. For that many people they moved it the best they could. The Pinnacle class ships are a big change for HAL but they seem to be pulling it off. The overall staff at some times seemed to be learning about their new home as well. I was told for food the NS is intended to have enough for a 7 day cruise so on the previous TA they were stuffed with minimal space to accommodate everything for that long of a voyage. We had some rough seas so they did not go to the private island but I was very impressed at how smooth the ship handled itself. I could look out a window or look out from my balcony and see how rough the seas were but felt nothing on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I have been on 9 cruises on a variety of cruise lines, including Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, and Holland America. This was my second time booking a Holland America Cruise. The last cruise I took was a 7-day holiday cruise ... Read More
I have been on 9 cruises on a variety of cruise lines, including Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, and Holland America. This was my second time booking a Holland America Cruise. The last cruise I took was a 7-day holiday cruise a few years ago. I booked the original cruise primarily on the recommendation of a family friend, who told me that while Holland America caters to a more mature crowd, the service, food, and entertainment was second to none, and well-suited for a more refined experience. My first experience on Holland America was positive, which is why I decided to book again. My boyfriend and I wanted to take a short cruise (this was his first cruise experience), and I thought that we would splurge a little and take the new Holland America 4-day Bahamas cruise, traveling to their private island and Nassau. Having booked cruises before, I was a little surprised at the amount of information (or lack thereof) given prior to the cruise. Shore excursions seemed very limited, and very few details were made available on the entertainment options to be available onboard. I figured, not a big deal, perhaps this is because this is the inaugural sailing? The embarkation process was fine, but nothing to write home about. I noticed less of the "VIP" treatment I had received on other cruises, such as refreshments upon arriving onboard, and quite a few less-than-friendly faces as we explored the ship. We had an outside stateroom on the 10th deck - the room was fine, although the veranda was cramped with chairs and footrests that didn't quite fit the balcony size. Now, let me get to the areas we were disappointed: 1) Food: The best food I've had on a cruise line was on Celebrity, closely followed by my last Holland America experience. Unfortunately, we were left sending our meals back on multiple occasions on this cruise. Food was served luke warm, and some side dishes seemed oddly paired with entrees. They over-cooked our steaks, and fish was bland. The only decent meal we had was when we decided to splurge on one of their specialty restaurants, so perhaps this is their way of getting cruisers to spend more money? Understanding the large amount of people they are serving, I have experience much better on nearly every other cruise I had been on. 2) Entertainment: Typically, a cruise itinerary is packed with activities throughout the day, where one is left to make choices between, say, a dance class or a trivia game. This was not the case on this ship. There were very few options for entertainment, and for half of the days, we were left in our stateroom with nothing to do. Perhaps part of the issue is that we are not the type to blow hundreds of dollars on over-priced spa experiences. But it seemed as though this cruise expected you to spend your time spending the money in the spa, or be left with the dullest of activities to choose form (nearly every hour, there was a "Microsoft" training class - on a ship - really???). Completely disappointed with entertainment quality in the evenings as well. Now, I realize that cruise lines are notorious for cheesy very-off-Broadway shows, but in some cases, I have been impressed with the variety and talent. This was not the case on this cruise. The "dance" performances were of the quality like something you'd see a Six Flags amusement park, and the live music, while offering variety, was poorly laid out on the ship (e.g. while in the classical music hall you could hear the music from the rock club, poorly placed directly next door). 3) Service/Friendliness: Usually I have no complaints with service or friendliness on a ship. Unfortunately, this crew seemed genuinely unhappy to be serving us. Again I am not sure if this is simply because this is a new crew, but instead of friendly smiles and personal greetings, many of the staff seemed uninterested in answering our questions, or unable to. Lots of dull faces, and not many personal greetings in hallways as one would usually see on a cruise. The service was equivalent to something I would expect in a 2-star restaurant or hotel, not a quality cruise line. 4) Value/Quality: Last but not least, I'll address cost. The cost for drinks on the ship was about average, although the very green crew was not generous at all with their pours, and most bar tenders were clearly not trained to make any drinks not on their menus. Shore excursions were also average priced, and of course the spa was outrageous. We opted for a massage on Nassau so about 1/4th the price of what we would have paid on the ship - a very good decision. I felt as though I had a much better bang for the buck on my last Celebrity cruise, where perks like an all-inclusive drink package were added to sweeten the deal. Altogether, unfortunately, Holland America has proven to be a disappointment. I do not recommend this ship, the ship design, the food, the drinks, the activities, the entertainment, the crew, or the value. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We love this class of ship but had not been on Infinity. Food was very good, other folk on board were very nice and friendly (lots from FLA). We had an aft concierge cabin on deck 9 and it was very quiet (no engine noise at all) wonderful ... Read More
We love this class of ship but had not been on Infinity. Food was very good, other folk on board were very nice and friendly (lots from FLA). We had an aft concierge cabin on deck 9 and it was very quiet (no engine noise at all) wonderful views....although it is a long way to the elevators......(We have stayed in this location a number of times...so no surprises). Cabins are a tad shorter from hall to balcony....but wider which makes it feel bigger. There is no doubt that the reburbish in 2020 will be needed. Staff was attentive, bartenders fun, and our cabin attendant was great. We had been to all ports before, so did not take tours. We have been on RCL a couple times in the last few years, but MUCH prefer Celebrity and were glad to be back (itinerary driven choices). Fit and finishes of ship are just more subtle & to our liking. We cruise for NO chaos, so not looking for LOTS of kids. Our thanks to all on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
So we have been on Infinity before on a trip to Alaska and I do like the ship for its size but it is showing wear and tear. And I overheard alot of people complaining about some conditions, worn wood handrails, carpeting, paint and such... ... Read More
So we have been on Infinity before on a trip to Alaska and I do like the ship for its size but it is showing wear and tear. And I overheard alot of people complaining about some conditions, worn wood handrails, carpeting, paint and such... but seriously that really does not bother me for the price we paid for the cruise. Yes the new ships are way more updated but then lower your expectations if you want to sail on the Infinity or this itinerary. My biggest issue is the disparity in the bar service. For example, we had a drink at the Cellar Masters bar and the servers were incredibly attentive...asked what our preferences were for a wine choice and even made a better selection for us to try. We did have the Premium Beverage Package so we could choose the higher $ wines and cocktails. Now lets talk about the Martini Bar....the servers never once looked anyone in the eye. We quickly learned that you had to lean over the ice top bar and wave your room card to get their attention. This was not just us...many people complained. Same for several of the pool bars. I stood near several people who were there before me and completely ignored. Many asked for a particular drink only to be told we cant make that. Never experienced something like this on a Celebrity cruise before. So you had to learn where to go for a drink. For Dining we ate in Qsine and Blu...both fantastic food and the service was wonderful. The servers were exceptional. What was a little disconcerning was the price of the specialty dining. Qsine was $55.00 per person, Tuscan Grille was $65.00 per person, there was a special 'crab shack' lunch one day and that was $45.00 per person. Now being from New York City, I am accustomed to these prices but I do feel they are a little excessive for a cruise of this type. We did get an onboard credit so it covered Qsine. The entertainment was good..comedian one night, a broadway medley another. We did not get off at Key West since we have been there before. Did go to Atlantis which was nice but quite expensive for 5 hours. Its basically a very big waterpark..so the kids will love it. All in all it was a fine cruise, but I have been on many Celebrity cruises before and do not remember being nickled and dimed as much as I was on this cruise. I do recommend upgrading to the Premium Beverage Package and if you get a onboard credit..use it for the specialty restaurants....not the shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Infinity is a nice ship and the staff is wonderful. I would highly recommend to anyone. It is my understanding they are remodeling it within the next two years although I'm not sure it really needs any updating. From the buffet ... Read More
The Infinity is a nice ship and the staff is wonderful. I would highly recommend to anyone. It is my understanding they are remodeling it within the next two years although I'm not sure it really needs any updating. From the buffet to the specialty restaurants, the service was constantly excellent. We had two staterooms, a suite for the first part then aqua class for the second. For suite guest, you get to eat in an awesome restaurant called Luminae. It is fantastic. I can't speak high enough of the food and service. For Aqua you get to eat in another specialty type restaurant called Blu. I now understand the debates on which one is better. I can honestly say both for an amazing experience and you really can't go wrong with either. The fast speed internet is a nice change from other cruise lines. It is so fast you can easily stream apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc.. The entertainment was really good and not cheesy like other other lines. I will say if you have the opportunity for the suite experience just one time in your life on Celebrity it is worth the money and is just such a nice treat. Our Butler Arnish was so great. Just know whatever stateroom you pick, you'll be happy on this ship. The coffee shop was so much better than the chains. We went there every day. Also great service. We already have another Celebrity cruise booked and will most likely be booking more after that. After being on several of the others it is worth paying a little more for the treatment you get on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Review from Dec 6th preview 3 night. Bit about us, couple, both 34 and about 30+ cruises between us. Overall amazing ship and overall experience in our view. I do feel that those looking for a more traditional ship/experience may ... Read More
Review from Dec 6th preview 3 night. Bit about us, couple, both 34 and about 30+ cruises between us. Overall amazing ship and overall experience in our view. I do feel that those looking for a more traditional ship/experience may not find it on this modern ship. Modern in design and culture/vide reflected in activities, drinks, music, shows etc. Embarkation - in new Fort Lauderdale terminal was a breeze. Curb to ship on 2 mins! Using the celebrity app we completed all forms, photo and passport ahead and literally just walked on. Seapass was waiting for us at room in a sealed envelope. App was great. No issues. Stateroom - Infinite veranda. Design is subjected but we loved it. Clean, bright, modern. For two lots of storage, perhaps not for a longer cruise. Bathroom was good size, large shower. New sliding window veranda has pros and cons and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. There are traditional balcony rooms available. We liked it as felt made room feel bigger and very airy little frames/superstructure In way of views. In port we did experience the window close and be deactivated for a few hours, I can see how this would be annoying. Dining - we didn’t get chance to try any speciality dining but the 4 main dining rooms where great. Each has 10% of the menu exclusive to that restaurants “theme” (French, Italian, Greek, contemporary American) the rest is the same across each restaurant but changes nightly. With some classics served every night. Entertainment - main shows had some great talent! Overall all the entertainment is contemporary. Think pool side DJs/singer performing vocal house mixes, club played EDM and Eden is Immersive “theatre” that millennials lap up but other just won’t get. Again we loved it just a super cool space, vibe and unique cocktails. Overall we loved everything about this ship, it is a game changer in the cruise business in our view there isn’t anything like it currently (maybe virgin voyages once they launch) and it will divide opinion especially with those used to how celebrity has done things in the past. Go with an open mind and enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When only the best will do you have to try the new Celebrity Edge.From the magnificent terminal to the unbelievable ship itself get ready to be blown away...We had a S3 sky suite #8200 which was by far the best sky suite we have ever had ... Read More
When only the best will do you have to try the new Celebrity Edge.From the magnificent terminal to the unbelievable ship itself get ready to be blown away...We had a S3 sky suite #8200 which was by far the best sky suite we have ever had and was in fact as good as any Celebrity suite we have had on previous cruises.. Dining at the illumini was great.The food, the waiters by far the best in the whole fleet . We have tried at least seven different cruise line and sailed some forty plus times so nothing it exactly new to us or at least that's what we thought ..but a walk thru Eden or dare we say drinks on the magic carpet awakens your senses to the wonders of the sea and the ships that Celebrity sails upon it. Three days offers only a taste to wetting your plate and thier seven day offerings will also seem way to short for the full exploration of this might so well named beauty ....It does in fact take one to THE EDGE Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The ship is beautiful and decorated in a unique style that leans more to contemporary. Our Deluxe Oceanview cabin had a huge round opening where the top half was open and the bottom served as the railing for the verandah. The verandah was ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and decorated in a unique style that leans more to contemporary. Our Deluxe Oceanview cabin had a huge round opening where the top half was open and the bottom served as the railing for the verandah. The verandah was EXTREMELY small with just enough room to sit and not move in the 2 chairs w/mini table. Unlike other ships. the chairs on the verandah were padded and pretty stylish. The bathroom was gorgeous. Now to the cruise itself. The food quality in the dining rooms and even at the buffet was really, really good and the service/staff were superior. Always smiling, energetic and upbeat. We found the evening shows to be poor. One night a guy singing songs we have never heard except for an occasional Bruno Mars song. Another night a woman singing with backup but she seemed to be pushing a message about equality; me too; etc. We don't attend shows to hear messages about how one should think/behave. Basically the shows had little to no dancers and seemed to rely a lot on technological moving screens behind the singer. Many people walked out during the shows. The other negative was other than casino or lounging at the pool, there was nothing to do on sea day. There were hourly things listed but there were auctions, lectures on face care, acupuncture-all things that lead to selling you products. No bingo, pool games, trivia contests, no library. I think if you have more than 1 sea day you will be bored. That said, overall we did enjoy it and would book the Edge again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I've been monitoring this ship's construction for a long time and was very excited to experience it to see if it lived up to the hype. Some areas did. Others did not. Overall I felt it was a swing and a miss. I also think your ... Read More
I've been monitoring this ship's construction for a long time and was very excited to experience it to see if it lived up to the hype. Some areas did. Others did not. Overall I felt it was a swing and a miss. I also think your experience - and the reason the reviews on this ship are so varied - will depend on your choice of cabin. More on that later. I should preface this by stating that we were in an Infinite Veranda. I think anyone staying in a traditional balcony room - or better a Suite class or higher - will end up with a much better experience. The new terminal - Port 25 - is beautiful. We used the Mobile App to do our online check-in ahead of time. We also had Expedited Arrival. It was incredibly easy. Being a 3 day cruise we had carry-on luggage. So we walked into the terminal, showed our passport and Mobile Pass, and waited. We got there a bit early but did not have to wait too long before they let us get on the ship. I highly recommend using the Mobile App and online check-in. The Mobile App was super useful the entire time during the cruise. We loved it. The overall design of the Edge is stunning. Highlights include the Grand Plaza, Eden, Magic Carpet, Resort deck, and the Oceanview Cafe. The look and feel was very much boutique high end hotel rather that cruise ship. Kudos to the design team for their efforts. Just on visual design alone the ship gets 5 stars. There is nothing else like it. We dined in four areas - Cosmopolitan (one of the main dining rooms), Oceanview Cafe (the buffet), Petit Chef (extra pay), and Eden Cafe (lunch). The food was consistently fantastic everywhere we dined. Absolutely no complaints. The buffet area has to be one of the best ever. The 2 story soaring ceilings really open the space up. Instead of the traditional port/starboard cafeteria style lines, the Cafe is more of an open market area that cuts across the entire ship. None of the "sorry this side is closed go around" to deal with. Le Petit Chef is the restaurant where they use Skullmapping technology to beam a 3D-ish "show" onto your table and plate. It was very entertaining and the food was great. I recommend it. Eden Cafe was tasty but the salads were small. This was only for the lunch in the cafe, but it is a nice break if you want something light. There is also an extra-pay Eden restaurant for dinner, but we did not do that. We took in one show - The Jewelry Box - in the main theater. The theater itself is spectacular. The A/V experience was excellent. We did the first show of the night and the audio balance between vocals and music were off, drowning out some of the singers. It's a Preview cruise, so there were bound to be bumps. We heard the second show was better. We did not do the shows in Eden. To be honest, they just looked very weird. Eden itself is stunning. The entire multilevel design gives you endless spaces to relax, read, or socialize. It will be interesting to see if the show they do at night becomes a recurring thing or they change it to something else. I did not hear anyone praising it. I feel Eden and the Magic Carpet will be true highlights of all of the Edge class ships. Eden does indeed change in look and feel depending on the time of day. We did not dine on the Magic Carpet but we stopped in for cocktails during the day at sea. Here's a tip for you - if the daily agenda shows the MC will be doing both lunch and dinner that day, they will keep it parked on Deck 5. Lunch will end at 1:30pm and they will need to reset it. By 2pm it was open for drinks. Probably until 5 or 5:30 until they had to set up for dinner. At least that was our experience on our 3 night cruise. Sitting out there was fantastic. It was an almost surreal experience to look back at the side of the ship. We had champagne and watched the sun begin to set. It is a beautifully designed space. The Grand Plaza is wonderful. Of all of the spaces on the ship this one felt like it was perfectly designed. I wouldn't change a thing. Nothing but applause. I also want to praise the staff. They were fantastic. The team working the Martini Bar was highly entertaining as well. So far so good. So where does it start to fall down? A few areas: Design As gorgeous as the ship is, some of the design choices did not follow the "form follows function" rule. Meaning they picked something fantastic looking at the expense of usability: - The martini shaped hot tubs are two flights up from the pool. If you are relaxing poolside and feel like getting in the tub it is a very long way away. So if you see an empty or almost empty tub, it will most likely be full by the time you make it up there. - The jogging/walking track seems like a great idea, however half of the time it also doubles as the primary traffic area. Meaning there are long sections of the track that do double duty as a walkway. That beautiful ramp up to the forward hot tub is a perfect example. It is very narrow - the width of the track. So if someone is truly trying to jog/run they will constantly have to stop or ask people to move. You cannot go around them because there is no room to. This is very different from a dedicated properly designed sports deck/track. We tried to do a power walk for 9 laps and kept running into a cluster of women blocking both lanes talking as they strolled. Too much of that track is walled in on both sides, making it rather useless for true exercise use. - The cabanas are beautiful, but that area also serves as the forward/aft walking area on the starboard side of the Resort deck. So when that area is closed off (for either a private event or a day at sea cabana use) you have to either plan to walk on the port side of the ship, or maneuver through the chairs and starboard side of the pool. This may sound minor, but it was very obvious that people were grinding to a halt as they tried to maneuver through the pool deck front to back on the starboard side because they could not walk the path through the cabana section. - There is no stage in the pool area. If that is by design, then why do you schedule performers there? They end up putting them at this portable podium to the right of the pool bar in-between 2 sets of stairs. When the cabanas are closed you have tons of foot traffic walking right past them to either get to the Mast Grill or the Solarium or to go upstairs. Even with the cabana section open, you still have a lot of people walking less than a foot from the entertainers. That entire forward/starboard corner of the pool is a traffic jam area. - The Rooftop Garden is beautiful but seems like a wasted space. For some odd reason they chose to put an extra-pay restaurant at the back of it. I think it was something like $45 for gourmet burgers and stuff. There is no bar to sit at in this area. You can go around to the Sunset Bar and then come back to the Garden area with a drink if you wanted to. We tried to watch a movie there one night but found it to be an odd uncomfortable place to sit. - If you are not Suite class or higher, the only way to look out the front of the ship is from the Fitness Center. There is no bar or lounge for those of us in "steerage" to enjoy. That is all reserved for those in first class. Or pay to get into the Thermal Spa at the front. - There is no type of library or dedicated quiet space. Eden has lots of quiet areas - unless there is some event going on. And we did see a few nooks and crannies off to the side in a few spots. But if you really want to go browse some books or newspapers or even bring your Kindle to read in peace, you were pretty much out of luck. Bars: The bars are beautiful and well staffed, however there are simply too few of them. By our count there are 2 indoor and 2 outdoor. Indoor you have the Martini and Eden bars. There is also the Casino bar, but the bar top is covered in gambling games. I don't really consider it a true lounge area. There is a cafe off of the Grand Plaza that also serves coffee/dessert type alcoholic drinks. But it overlooks the Martini bar, and more importantly it does not have a bar top to sit at. Outside you have the Pool bar and the Sunset bar. The Sunset bar was quite large and did have a nice view. Magic Carpet only serves as a bar intermittently depending on the time of day since it also doubles as a restaurant. It seems closed most of the time. And ... that was it. There are no other lounges anywhere, unless you are in a Suite class or higher. We ended up in the Martini or Sunset bar anytime we wanted a drink. We did one in Eden, but most of the time we went back there they would have this odd incense wafting around. The smell was a big turn off so we only tried it once. We did manage to do the Magic Carpet the only afternoon we saw it open for drinks, and it was great. Cabin: The Infinite Veranda (IV) is not a balcony room. In our opinion it sits somewhere between an ocean view and a balcony class room. Unfortunately Celebrity has made the bulk of the ship IV type rooms. It will be interesting to see how the public reacts. It was a love/hate for us. What works: It is tastefully styled. The bathroom is big with a huge shower. We had the room set up for 2 twins. The rooms alternate so you end up with the bed either near the closet or near the window. (Go with near the closet.) The closet itself seemed a bit small but there were tons of drawers and other storage areas. The room darkening blind really blackens out the room. Perfect for a daytime nap. The technology with the touch panel - or the Mobile App - to run things like the lights and power window shade are great. When you have the bifold doors open the room feels so much bigger. It really is breathtaking with the floor to ceiling windows. Open that window up and then, yes, the room suddenly connects to the air and sea and you feel like the entire room is a big balcony. We also found it much more private than a standard balcony. You really were never bothered by your next door neighbors when outside. Because you weren't really outside on a balcony. You were in a room looking out a window. Which brings me to ... What doesn't work: Others have pointed this out but I feel it needs repeating. In a traditional balcony room, if you wake up early and want to step outside to enjoy your balcony, you cannot do it in an IV room. The current design prevents this. The room darkening blind is against the window. So if you would like early morning fresh air you have to raise the blind, and then lower the window. Your cabin-mate will wake up from either the noise or the light. The bi-fold doors can be closed, but they are not super thick. And with no curtain ... This is where the room fails the "balcony" test. In reality it is an Ocean View room with a window you can lower. It is a fantastic floor to ceiling window. But it is a window, not a balcony. Using the bi-fold doors was fussy. You have to constantly move the furniture around to do the blind, bi-folds, or power shade. It wasn't worth the effort. We never used the bi-fold doors. I was the early riser and would simply go upstairs to sit and enjoy coffee seaside. Here is the other huge problem we ran into with this cabin design. In a traditional balcony room, if your outer door/window are dirty, the steward will have that cleaned when the room is serviced. With these floor to ceiling windows, the only way to clean them is with an external window washing machine. Your window must be closed for this. Now, you would think this would be a fast process. You would be wrong. We were docked in Nassau for 9 hours. At 10am we attempted to lower our window. We could not. They can override it centrally. A message on the touch panel told us it was disabled. Window washing time. We went into town. Came back 2 hours later. Still locked out. It stayed that way until 4pm. So for 6 of the 9 hours we were in port we could not sit on our "balcony." It's possible it freed up before 4pm, but by 2pm we had given up. The point is that in a traditional balcony room you are not shut out from using it for half the day. This is where the entire "veranda" label falls apart for me. Another issue is the door to the bathroom uses magnets to close it. Slick. Until it is 2am and someone gets up to use the bathroom. There is NO way to quietly close that door. The magnets slam it shut every single time. This should be an easy fix. One last minor problem is that the safe in the closet was the smallest I have ever encountered. It wouldn't even hold an iPad. I think Celebrity can make a couple of simple changes - even retrofitted on the Edge - to make the IV room more usable. Add a curtain in front of the bi-fold doors. This would at least allow someone to go outside and keep the room somewhat dark while the other person sits inside. They also need to revamp the window washing schedule. We were at the forward end of the ship. The IV rooms go the entire length. Were all room windows locked shut until every single one was cleaned? Can they change this? It was a 3 night cruise with 1 port and we could not use our balcony most of the time in port. What will a 7 night cruise look like? Oh, and figure a way to dampen the magnet latching bathroom door. I think the Edge has a lot to offer. I know they have 3 more sister ships planned. My advice to cruisers is to really think about the design limitations of an IV room prior to booking one. I would never get one again. Maybe if they put a curtain in and changed the window washing schedule. But I much prefer a standard balcony. If everyone in the cabin is on the same schedule, the IV room may be perfect for you because you won't feel like you are prevented from using the balcony while others sleep. Just be aware of the window washing issue. Or get a regular balcony room. Or get Suite class or higher to have more options for bars/lounges as well as access to the front of the ship. My advice to Celebrity is to consider adding more lounges to the upcoming sister ships. Ditch a couple of those extra-pay restaurants for some unique lounges. Add a library/quiet area back in. Let those of us in steerage access the front of the ship somehow. And figure out a way to darken the IV room at the bi-fold door area. Or reduce the number of IV rooms with true balcony ones. Maybe you can cluster the IV rooms together to make window washing faster. Who knows. But I felt the IV room was not a balcony room, and you need to either change your marketing or change the room design. I most likely will not sail the Edge again. If I did I would get a regular balcony room. Or if I could afford it I would do the Single person IV room. But the lack of bars/lounges got boring during a 3 night cruise. I cannot imagine what a 7 night would be like. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Have cruised quite a bit across multiple lines so I feel that I have something to compare to. We booked this cruise for next month the day she went on sale and when the Previews came out we thought it would be a great way to try it before ... Read More
Have cruised quite a bit across multiple lines so I feel that I have something to compare to. We booked this cruise for next month the day she went on sale and when the Previews came out we thought it would be a great way to try it before boarding with our group for a week. This ship did not disappoint! All those who are ragging on every little detail, the ship is new, the technology is being updated daily, the staff is trying to learn as much as they can but so many of us are so well informed they might have a challenge catching up! Loved the elegance and beauty in so many areas....although our 3 day was filled with corporate and industry, I know the feel will be so much different when we're onboard with all the vacationing crowds...living in Vegas I know how it feels to be in a beautiful space taken over by bathing suited partiers! As soon as we boarded had to have a drink on the Magic Carpet...unfortunately we didn't get a chance to experience while sailing but will when we go back next month. The cabins are really nicely done. Had a Panoramic Oceanview (next month it'll the the Infinite Veranda) and it was nicely done...loved the technology box on the desk and the fact there's USB plugs on the side of the phone as well as one side of the bed. the outlet in the bathroom is GREAT!!! Where do you ever see a regular 110 outlet in the bathroom? And a drawer for things as well as plenty of shelf space....event little hooks in the shower for the loofah or body sponge. Loved the Martini Bar that fills the atrium although the bar stool cushions slope towards the bar so you feel like you're sliding off, and you just started drinking! Interesting that they have two sizes of Martini...the larger is $18 so when we have the drink package we'll stick to the regular $15 size. All the MDR's seem nice, we only did two but service was excellent and food was very tasty. Oceanview Buffet is gorgeous...nicely done although I'm wondering when the ship is filled how it will seem but the décor is gorgeous with multiple areas to sit and varied seating options also. And loved Le Petit Chef...was fun and interesting, not sure I'd do it over and over unless with others who wanted to experience. Visited Eden but not for more than and hour one night, show was....different? Eden Café will be a nice option for lunch and breakfast...very nice menu. Eden Bar had a very different menu, some drinks are very pricey but it's all about the experience as well! And the theatre is beautiful, much smaller than others and nicely appointed, didn't see anywhere that had a blocked view so that's perfect! Entertainment is definitely different,..and time will tell! And Rooftop Garden was beautiful, especially with entertainment; one guitarist was 'perched' inside one of the decorative items...nice relaxing area as is the Grill although not sure I'd want to pay the money to 'dine' there. Celebrity is using a new Spa company out of Miami...the Spa is HUGE and beautiful and the prices go along with that.... We had a few issues with the app. The guy in the I Lounge couldn't help so we went to guest services, a couple times, they were very very helpful and friendly, and the tech expert came out and fooled with our phones. Said they're updating the app daily and as time goes by more and more will be possible on it...like the messaging to others onboard. I think this will be a different class and experience and not the right 'cup of tea' for some...but I really believe this ship cannot be judged based on a 2 or 3 day Preview...and we all know that new ships need the 'shake down' period to figure things out...to expect everything to run smoothly right away is not the way to go...will be interested to see how my 'avid cruising friends' sailing in April will feel and what their experience will be! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We choose a suite with its large room and outfacing bed. The bathroom with its separate water closet, double sinks, and large tub was impressive. The wood rocking chair was a nice touch but, being oversized it did get in the way. The ... Read More
We choose a suite with its large room and outfacing bed. The bathroom with its separate water closet, double sinks, and large tub was impressive. The wood rocking chair was a nice touch but, being oversized it did get in the way. The Suites Retreat and sundeck was outstanding, no kids, no crowds, simply fantastic. The Cuisine as usual was wonderful and one of the reasons we choose Celebrity. We ate at the suites only Luminae Restaurant every night and 2 lunches. We can honestly say we enjoyed everything we choose off the menu were served extra except the beet sorbet. We have been on 3 Celebrity cruises and find that the speciality restaurants to be nothing any more special that their limited ethnic cuisine. Shopping on the ship was definitely upscale. My thoughts if I want to shop at Cartier I would go to one in my town. I understand most people don’t have a Cartier near them so they may find it more to their liking. The staff was outstandingly, friendly, corporative, other than the mix ups and some lack of complete knowledge of the ship. Our butler and stewart were fantastic. We can’t wait for next fall to take a seven day aboard the Edge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018

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