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WE LOVE THE SHIP. The crew, food, accommodations, technology and design are FABULOUS. The first few days I was missing the old Solstice class but now I find it will be hard to go back to it. We have been truly spoiled. We choose our Celebrity ships based on the itinerary, and we sail mostly Trans-Atlantic. We are not normally Caribbean cruisers but were excited to try the ship as soon as possible and have a Christmas Sail. Here are my findings in great detail: CABIN: The Infinity Veranda is basically a large window! The “Veranda” is an extension of your cabin and not really outside. It is enclosed on the top and sides as part of your room, so you really don’t get the balcony feel. Not sure it is worth the up charge. If you sleep with the window down there is no way to shut out any light. It has a shade but it needs to be up if your window is open. It is not like a curtain where you can part it sideways a bit and slide the door to get as much fresh air as you like without flooding the room with sunrise. The “balcony” is smaller than other RCL ships and the furniture is too bulky to fit properly in the space. There are glass bi-fold doors to separate the two spaces in the cabin, but they are superfluous as the veranda is too tight and they do not really give any privacy. It is too hot to enjoy as the sun radiates the heat through the glass and you do not get the ocean breeze on your face. If you love to sit outside on your veranda, enjoy your room service breakfast or ocean breezes; you may want to rethink the new option. If traditional verandas are available, choose those especially if going on a long cruise with many sea days. The Infinite Veranda is also pricey and I hope in time it will drop a bit. Celebrity is getting ready to launch the new APEX next year, which is identical to the EDGE. The EDGE moves more than any other Celebrity I have been on. One crewmember says this ship is wider with a shorter keel and that may be the reason. The prow is a bit flat to hit the wave instead of cut it. Not sure this has anything to do with it. But, we have crossed the Atlantic many times on Solstice class, out ran or chased hurricanes, and we never felt a thing. The swaying woke us up at night as we were being tossed side to side in our beds. The next day was so rough many crew and passengers were seasick while on the Caribbean! The Solstice class is a bit larger: longer, 1 deck taller, wider, holds 3000. EDGE 2800. The controls for lighting, HVAC, balcony door and shade, are all touch pad on your cabin wall. You can also access these on your phone app if you want to cool you room off before returning, or make adjustments without getting out of bed. Bathroom is lovely with a great shower and lots of storage. Sink is a wide rectangle so no getting water on floor. The hairdryer has its own plug and lives in bathroom not the desk drawer. The cabin is very modular with no handles or hardware making the decor seamless and blended. The beds are very comfortable and make it hard to get up in the morning. Phones in the room are antibacterial. If only TV remotes came that way! Conveniently located on one side of the bed is an electrical outlet for a CPAP machine, and also USB ports for your phone. The bureau has large drawers and a charging station with several ports and plugs. DINING: Instead of one main dining room there are 4 different décor dining experiences: Cypress-Mediterranean; Cosmopolitan-American/Continental; Normandie-French; Tuscan Grill-Italian. Each of these concepts has 75% same menu as we are used to getting in the one main dining room. Each has 25% dedicated to theme foods. There is no extra cost for any of these. You must have “select dining” to enjoy these. If you choose standard dining you must use the same dining room each night. Food is very good and service is its usual excellence. Lots of specialty restaurants if you wish to spend a bit more to enjoy them. We went to Le Petit Chef, which was totally amazing for $55pp additional. Instead of a tablecloth, your table is set with a “movie screen” and an excellent animated show takes place with each course. There are 4 petit chefs (each from a different nationality) demonstrating in 3D animation, projected on to your plate and table, how each course is prepared. I was expecting the plate to be used for the projection, but when the entire table was saturated with colors and scenery, I was breathless. I started filming with my camera but had to stop so I could enjoy the whole experience first hand and not through a lens. Go to Le Petit Chef Celebrity on YouTube for a sample. All the 4 dining rooms are beautifully appointed and you feel like you are dining in a fine restaurant. Really nice! I don't see the need to try another specialty restaurant, although RAW, the sushi restaurant was always sold out. The OceanView Cafe is much better planned and has lots of GF, lactose free, vegan options at separate stations. Instead of Purel, there is a troth of many faucets for guests to wash before dining. However, I find very few people doing that. The serving times are shorter than usual. Same goes for room service breakfast. One dining room is open for breakfast and lunch but only for 1 hour. The “Magic Carpet” extends outside the ship but charges a la carte to eat there. It stops on 3 floors: off the pool deck, Deck 5 as an extension of RAW, and sea level when it is used as a tender station. It was really designed for this purpose, eliminating the shaky gangplank and platform to board. The new tenders are evenly docked with the Magic Carpet and you just walk on. However, when it moves to the other stops, no one is allowed to be on it. The advertising gives you the impression you are “flying on a magic carpet”. It is also open air so it can only be used “weather permitting”. If you have a cabin mid-ship in the path of it, your balcony window automatically shuts as it passes by to avoid anyone getting hurt. It relocates 3 times per day. ENTERTAINMENT: Theater is in the round with 270 degrees of viewing and backdrop video screen. No columns or obstruction for any seating. It is very nice and the EDGE talent is outstanding. The many musical groups that rove around the outlets and play throughout the day are cutting edge with the latest sounding voices and instrument styles. EDEN is a new concept in entertaining and drinking/dining. It is located on the back of the ship with multi-levels and great ocean views. If you do not wish to pay extra for dinner, have a drink and still get to watch the show of acrobatic/ballet interpretation dancing. Costumes are fabulous. We were told the room was designed for this entertainment concept. If you don’t enjoy hanging at the pool or trying your luck at the casino, there is not much to do on sea days during a seven-day cruise. Mostly “shopping at ports” lectures and all seminars involved the ship trying to sell you something.... health ideas for your feet, your arthritis, etc. Gym is packed and in order to get into the classes they offer, you need to buy a pass. Otherwise, a higher-ranking Captains Club guest will lock you out. They would only sold 20 passes. TECHNOLOGY: Lots of new technology: use your iPhone for an onboard app “X” that lets you message with other guests, check the activities, check your bill, unlock your stateroom door, get a detailed deck plan of each deck, make dining reservations and check menus. Comes in very handy. It uses an internal Internet at no cost. Wi-Fi is outstanding! We were able to call our family in Australia on Christmas Day, using Face Time. We got through immediately while everyone else on the ship, including the crew, were doing the same thing, at the same time. No more waiting for Internet connections. At night, THE CLUB has fun events like “Silent DJ”. Everyone wears a wireless headset and dances to their own music. There are 3 channels with different music genres and you can switch around. What fun to see everyone dancing without any noise. Tap your SeaPass card key at any self-booking excursion station and book your tours. No more getting on line at the excursion desk and no meeting in the theater for your tour escort. You meet the tour at the port. Tap your SeaPass card to view your photos at the photography kiosk and they come up instantly. Public bathrooms all have electronic door buttons at elbow height so touching door handles is avoided. INTERIOR DESIGN: Ship is very different from other Celebrities with no atrium lobby, and lots of closed off areas. As a result you don’t see much sun or sea as the center of the ship is closed off and the sides along the windows are for hallways and restaurants. The main lobby is multi level on floor 3-4-5. It is elegant and spacious with lots of tables for drinks. Martini bar is located here as the main lobby bar. No iced bar-top but very nicely done and much larger. The décor is modern and contemporary with much flair giving the ship a very tasteful and clean look. Traffic flow has been considered and much of the normal congested areas have been avoided. Most of the color scheme throughout the ship is various shades of grey and white and the cabin is the same. The dining room follows the muted palette. Some are tones of pink and blush, taupe and cream, black and white. All very lovely! ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE: The cruise terminal was built and designed just for the EDGE. It is beautiful and highly technical. If you checked in on line, you can breeze right through AND go right to your room where your keys will be waiting for you in a small mailbox outside your room. No more waiting until 2pm. We arrived at noon and went right on the ship where we were greeted with a glass of champagne and headed to our room. Going through immigration was just as easy with a quick facial recognition avoiding the lines for passport control. Just breeze through and pick up your luggage. LUGGAGE VALET SERVICE is offered for MIA and FLL airports. For $25 they take your bags to the airport a day before and get them checked in. There is no library and no card room, which are both missed by the older clientele. One passenger said the ship appeals to 30-50 year olds and not retired folks. Another passenger described the cabin as being Ocean View with a large window that opens. The most passengers love the ship but agree the veranda is a bit disappointing. One said, “This is a perfect cold weather ship. It would be great sailing in Alaska.” You will see many familiar crew faces that have been chosen for the inaugural sailings. I am told much of the team will change in February along with the Captain and the Captain Club Hostess. This is a truly great experience that raises the bar for all the rest. Enjoy your cruise and Bon Voyage! Let me know if you have questions. I welcome comments.

CHRISTMAS ON THE EDGE. 7 DAY CARIBBEAN

Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by Nonni02

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda
WE LOVE THE SHIP. The crew, food, accommodations, technology and design are FABULOUS. The first few days I was missing the old Solstice class but now I find it will be hard to go back to it. We have been truly spoiled. We choose our Celebrity ships based on the itinerary, and we sail mostly Trans-Atlantic. We are not normally Caribbean cruisers but were excited to try the ship as soon as possible and have a Christmas Sail. Here are my findings in great detail:

CABIN: The Infinity Veranda is basically a large window! The “Veranda” is an extension of your cabin and not really outside. It is enclosed on the top and sides as part of your room, so you really don’t get the balcony feel. Not sure it is worth the up charge. If you sleep with the window down there is no way to shut out any light. It has a shade but it needs to be up if your window is open. It is not like a curtain where you can part it sideways a bit and slide the door to get as much fresh air as you like without flooding the room with sunrise. The “balcony” is smaller than other RCL ships and the furniture is too bulky to fit properly in the space. There are glass bi-fold doors to separate the two spaces in the cabin, but they are superfluous as the veranda is too tight and they do not really give any privacy. It is too hot to enjoy as the sun radiates the heat through the glass and you do not get the ocean breeze on your face.

If you love to sit outside on your veranda, enjoy your room service breakfast or ocean breezes; you may want to rethink the new option. If traditional verandas are available, choose those especially if going on a long cruise with many sea days. The Infinite Veranda is also pricey and I hope in time it will drop a bit. Celebrity is getting ready to launch the new APEX next year, which is identical to the EDGE.

The EDGE moves more than any other Celebrity I have been on. One crewmember says this ship is wider with a shorter keel and that may be the reason. The prow is a bit flat to hit the wave instead of cut it. Not sure this has anything to do with it. But, we have crossed the Atlantic many times on Solstice class, out ran or chased hurricanes, and we never felt a thing. The swaying woke us up at night as we were being tossed side to side in our beds. The next day was so rough many crew and passengers were seasick while on the Caribbean! The Solstice class is a bit larger: longer, 1 deck taller, wider, holds 3000. EDGE 2800.

The controls for lighting, HVAC, balcony door and shade, are all touch pad on your cabin wall. You can also access these on your phone app if you want to cool you room off before returning, or make adjustments without getting out of bed.

Bathroom is lovely with a great shower and lots of storage.

Sink is a wide rectangle so no getting water on floor. The hairdryer has its own plug and lives in bathroom not the desk drawer. The cabin is very modular with no handles or hardware making the decor seamless and blended. The beds are very comfortable and make it hard to get up in the morning.

Phones in the room are antibacterial. If only TV remotes came that way!

Conveniently located on one side of the bed is an electrical outlet for a CPAP machine, and also USB ports for your phone. The bureau has large drawers and a charging station with several ports and plugs.

DINING: Instead of one main dining room there are 4 different décor dining experiences: Cypress-Mediterranean; Cosmopolitan-American/Continental; Normandie-French; Tuscan Grill-Italian. Each of these concepts has 75% same menu as we are used to getting in the one main dining room. Each has 25% dedicated to theme foods. There is no extra cost for any of these. You must have “select dining” to enjoy these. If you choose standard dining you must use the same dining room each night. Food is very good and service is its usual excellence.

Lots of specialty restaurants if you wish to spend a bit more to enjoy them. We went to Le Petit Chef, which was totally amazing for $55pp additional. Instead of a tablecloth, your table is set with a “movie screen” and an excellent animated show takes place with each course. There are 4 petit chefs (each from a different nationality) demonstrating in 3D animation, projected on to your plate and table, how each course is prepared. I was expecting the plate to be used for the projection, but when the entire table was saturated with colors and scenery, I was breathless. I started filming with my camera but had to stop so I could enjoy the whole experience first hand and not through a lens. Go to Le Petit Chef Celebrity on YouTube for a sample. All the 4 dining rooms are beautifully appointed and you feel like you are dining in a fine restaurant. Really nice! I don't see the need to try another specialty restaurant, although RAW, the sushi restaurant was always sold out.

The OceanView Cafe is much better planned and has lots of GF, lactose free, vegan options at separate stations. Instead of Purel, there is a troth of many faucets for guests to wash before dining. However, I find very few people doing that. The serving times are shorter than usual. Same goes for room service breakfast. One dining room is open for breakfast and lunch but only for 1 hour.

The “Magic Carpet” extends outside the ship but charges a la carte to eat there. It stops on 3 floors: off the pool deck, Deck 5 as an extension of RAW, and sea level when it is used as a tender station. It was really designed for this purpose, eliminating the shaky gangplank and platform to board. The new tenders are evenly docked with the Magic Carpet and you just walk on. However, when it moves to the other stops, no one is allowed to be on it. The advertising gives you the impression you are “flying on a magic carpet”. It is also open air so it can only be used “weather permitting”. If you have a cabin mid-ship in the path of it, your balcony window automatically shuts as it passes by to avoid anyone getting hurt. It relocates 3 times per day.

ENTERTAINMENT: Theater is in the round with 270 degrees of viewing and backdrop video screen. No columns or obstruction for any seating. It is very nice and the EDGE talent is outstanding. The many musical groups that rove around the outlets and play throughout the day are cutting edge with the latest sounding voices and instrument styles.

EDEN is a new concept in entertaining and drinking/dining. It is located on the back of the ship with multi-levels and great ocean views. If you do not wish to pay extra for dinner, have a drink and still get to watch the show of acrobatic/ballet interpretation dancing. Costumes are fabulous. We were told the room was designed for this entertainment concept.

If you don’t enjoy hanging at the pool or trying your luck at the casino, there is not much to do on sea days during a seven-day cruise. Mostly “shopping at ports” lectures and all seminars involved the ship trying to sell you something.... health ideas for your feet, your arthritis, etc. Gym is packed and in order to get into the classes they offer, you need to buy a pass. Otherwise, a higher-ranking Captains Club guest will lock you out. They would only sold 20 passes.

TECHNOLOGY: Lots of new technology: use your iPhone for an onboard app “X” that lets you message with other guests, check the activities, check your bill, unlock your stateroom door, get a detailed deck plan of each deck, make dining reservations and check menus. Comes in very handy. It uses an internal Internet at no cost.

Wi-Fi is outstanding! We were able to call our family in Australia on Christmas Day, using Face Time. We got through immediately while everyone else on the ship, including the crew, were doing the same thing, at the same time. No more waiting for Internet connections.

At night, THE CLUB has fun events like “Silent DJ”. Everyone wears a wireless headset and dances to their own music. There are 3 channels with different music genres and you can switch around. What fun to see everyone dancing without any noise.

Tap your SeaPass card key at any self-booking excursion station and book your tours. No more getting on line at the excursion desk and no meeting in the theater for your tour escort. You meet the tour at the port. Tap your SeaPass card to view your photos at the photography kiosk and they come up instantly.

Public bathrooms all have electronic door buttons at elbow height so touching door handles is avoided.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Ship is very different from other Celebrities with no atrium lobby, and lots of closed off areas. As a result you don’t see much sun or sea as the center of the ship is closed off and the sides along the windows are for hallways and restaurants. The main lobby is multi level on floor 3-4-5. It is elegant and spacious with lots of tables for drinks. Martini bar is located here as the main lobby bar. No iced bar-top but very nicely done and much larger.

The décor is modern and contemporary with much flair giving the ship a very tasteful and clean look. Traffic flow has been considered and much of the normal congested areas have been avoided. Most of the color scheme throughout the ship is various shades of grey and white and the cabin is the same. The dining room follows the muted palette. Some are tones of pink and blush, taupe and cream, black and white. All very lovely!

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE: The cruise terminal was built and designed just for the EDGE. It is beautiful and highly technical. If you checked in on line, you can breeze right through AND go right to your room where your keys will be waiting for you in a small mailbox outside your room. No more waiting until 2pm. We arrived at noon and went right on the ship where we were greeted with a glass of champagne and headed to our room. Going through immigration was just as easy with a quick facial recognition avoiding the lines for passport control. Just breeze through and pick up your luggage.

LUGGAGE VALET SERVICE is offered for MIA and FLL airports. For $25 they take your bags to the airport a day before and get them checked in.

There is no library and no card room, which are both missed by the older clientele. One passenger said the ship appeals to 30-50 year olds and not retired folks. Another passenger described the cabin as being Ocean View with a large window that opens. The most passengers love the ship but agree the veranda is a bit disappointing. One said, “This is a perfect cold weather ship. It would be great sailing in Alaska.”

You will see many familiar crew faces that have been chosen for the inaugural sailings. I am told much of the team will change in February along with the Captain and the Captain Club Hostess.

This is a truly great experience that raises the bar for all the rest. Enjoy your cruise and Bon Voyage! Let me know if you have questions. I welcome comments.
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