Like many others, we booked this cruise nearly two years ago. The ship has several hurdles to overcome.
Embarkation: This was a simple process if you have done your preliminary sign in work.
Cabin: We thought our cabin had more storage than any ship we had been on. The verandas looked impressive, but they really aren’t as functional as other ships. As others mention, you have to go to a lot of work to keep humidity out. If one person is an early riser and wants to go out on the balcony, the other is disturbed by having to raise the privacy shade. I’m not sure the designers have ever cruised.
Dining: We opted for fixed seating. Service was excellent and the food very good.
Shops: Get ready to spend your children’s inheritance. All are upscale.
Entertainment: This was a disaster. The theater in the round concept has reduced dozens of seats. You have to be there 30 minutes early to find a seat. The musical performances were the poorest we have experienced. There is too much interpretive performance.
Public Areas: There aren’t many spots to relax and people watch. The martini bar takes up the whole atrium.
Embarking: It went as usual. But there are far fewer taxis at the new terminal.
Final Thoughts: The Edge is going for a younger audience with its design. I’ll be returning to the Solstice class.