Hubbie and I have been cruising for 20 years, on various cruise lines, averaging around 9 cruises per year. We recently sailed on the Edge for her first 2 inaugural sailings plus 3 following (5 weeks in total over the Xmas/ New Year period). We thought this length of cruise would help us embrace the changes and appreciate the differences of this new class of ship for Celebrity. Our first impressions were how beautiful she appears, however design has over-ridden functionality in many areas.
Cabin: Infinite Balcony stateroom - beautifully decorated but small. The verandah is so small you need to remove a chair to get to the window. No table on the balcony (or inside) to eat breakfast or dinner. (Not even the Sky Suite has a table.) Bathrooms are lovely and reasonably sized. Storage was OK. A family member in a single cabin (extremely small) did not have drawers or shelving. No couch or chair.
Dining: We rotated evening meals in the 4 main dining rooms (pre-booked) and were not disappointed. All meals and services were exceptional. We also experienced specialty dining on several occasions: Raw on 5 (a la carte but not expensive) - great seafood; Rooftop Garden Grill ($45) - nice but overpriced; Le Petit Chef ($55) with a set menu, was fun and different; Tuscan Grill ($55) beautiful steaks; Eden ($65) - a unique culinary experience; Chefs Magic Carpet ($75) - seafood buffet - only open once per cruise and only in good weather. Food in the Oceanview Cafe was brilliant.
Bars and Lounges: The number of bars and lounges has been reduced cramming passengers into smaller public areas.
The Martini Bar is located in the split level foyer (design fault). It has no ice bar, small and has limited lounge chair seating at the bar (stools were removed on lower level due to design fault). The atrium was always crowded and difficult to get a seat. The atmosphere was lacking due to type of music. Bartenders were wonderful as usual.
Sunset Bar: seating area very small and either too hot or wet due to no covering.
Rooftop Garden: no bar, very hot - no shade, some seating doesn't face the screen.
The Club: This 2 storey club doubles for small group lectures and activities. It is a cave-like dark and window-less dungeon. Limited music and no atmosphere. Waste of space.
Eden: A 3 storey glassed lounge at the stern - beautifully designed but different,reflective of the Garden of Eden, complete with Edenists (non speaking dancers and acrobats). This is very creative entertainment which certainly did not appeal to many, but we enjoyed the difference. Also has a bar and cafe - with great healthy lunch options.
Theatre: The 3 main shows were small groups of singers and dancers - very professional but disappointing. The new giant screens (instead of props) were a distraction. The 2 comedians were not funny, 1 guest singer (singing poetry type songs), house band and 2 guitarists were OK, female band was basically country and western. The best performances were from the orchestra - fantastic.
Activities: Extremely limited both physical and lectures. Outdoor pool (1) too small and cold, solarium was relaxing with a great spa. Cabanas $200-400 per day.
Shops: Ridiculously expensive high end shopping only. No signature shops for every-day jewellery, clothing, bags, T shirts etc. We had difficulty spending our $400 OBC.
Summary: Unless you are in a suite there is no access to the front of the ship or no views forward. Prices for these cruises are more expensive than most and not value for money. Specialty restaurants and shops are expensive. Rooms are too small - infinite balcony a novelty (prefer a regular verandah). Entertainment was disappointing. Limited activities. Service from all staff was professional and exceptional beyond belief. This ship appears to be designed for wealthy millennials and first time cruisers. There will need to be major changes before we would consider cruising on the Edge again. Very disappointing Celebrity.
Infinite Balcony stateroom - beautifully decorated but very small. The verandah is so small you need to remove a chair to get to the window and operating buttons. The air conditioning switches off when the balcony doors are open and window down . No table on the balcony (or inside) to eat breakfast or dinner. The small slide-away desk (covers the mirror when pulled out) is the only space for your room service tray. King size bed was extremely comfortable. Bathrooms are lovely and reasonably sized. Storage was good with drawers, shelving and hanging space enough for 2. The central device charging centre is great. TV cannot be angled from the wall, so must be viewed from the bed - cannot be seen from the couch. There are no hooks anywhere on the walls. Suitcases fit under the bed for extra storage.