This was our first cruise on the Edge, third on Celebrity Cruise Lines and 28th overall cruises. Also we are senior citizens and were looking for something a little different. On the Edge we found it!
The ship itself is spectacular and a modern marvel. It is very advanced in every respect.
Boarding in Ft. Lauderdale was a snap and the terminal building for Celebrity was modern, clean and efficient. We took no longer than 10 minutes to board and would suggest downloading the Celebrity App and it will speed your time in boarding! As usual we were greeted as we boarded the ship with champagne. Nice touch that Celebrity has there. Since we were a bit early for arrival, our room was not ready yet and we headed for the Oceanview buffet. When entering the dining room there is a huge sink with multiple faucets for passengers to wash their hands. Since both the soap dispenser and water faucets were motion activated you never hd to touch anything except the paper towels to dry your hands. I understand the importance of washing your hands frequently while on board to stop and colds or viruses that others might have. The food in the Oceanview was good with plenty of variety. We are not fans of the main dining rooms but did try it a few nights and we're pleased. There are a number of dining rooms that all serve the same thing so every night we were directed to a different room. It can be fun going to a different room each night but I admit we did not do it. The Oceanview was fine for us.
This cruise was mainly for an older crowd and there were few if any children on board.
We loved the elevators as floor buttons can be easily seen and there is a video screen in each elevator that shows different things on floors that you pass.
We were disappointed in that there seemed to be no pool band or upscale bands on board. There were combos that had singers. The Martini bar seems to be a central point on most Celebrity ships. This one had the bar on level three adjacent to where the bands or combos played. There is a dance floor but we saw no one dancing. Also if you have sailed on the Equinox then you WILL be disappointed with this Martini bar. Yes the bartenders do their Tom Cruise thing but not to the level done on the Equinox! We would also recommend visiting the bar in Eden which is in the rear of the ship. There is usually a singer there up until 6 PM and then there is entertainment which we rated as bazaar! There is a guy wearing a gown that juggles, a girl dressed as a Princess that walks around singing and a fellow that plays an electric Sitar! Also a guy that is head to toe with tattoos that does yogi movements on a stage. I said we are senior citizens and this stuff was really bazaar to us. Guess we are showing our age.
The crew was very happy and friendly. We were always greeted and spoken to as we passed various crew members. That goes a long way with us. Our room Attendant, as usual was great. Arturo took great care of us and learned our daily schedule and always had our room ready when we returned.
Also need to mention we used the self assist when exiting the ship and breezed through departure. Customs was fast and they now use facial recognition on your departure. Don't ask me as I do not know what it does but we stopped in front of a camera, there was a pause then a prompt appeared on a TV screen that said "Cleared". Never lined up to do Customs! No more paperwork there either.
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The down point of our cruise was the room. The room is nice and were had one of the new type veranda rooms. No more sliding glass doors! The veranda is an extension of the room with two picture windows on top of each other. The top window is electrically opened and closed! There is also an electrically operated screen that comes down when you need privacy. The bathroom is about the usual size for a cruise ship but the shower appears to be larger! A great feature.
When we went to look out the veranda window we were next to the mechanism that holds the "Magic Carpet". It totally blocked our view forward. We were in room 9212 and it was supposed to be unobstructed. Not only this but as the "Magic Carpet" rises and descends with passengers on it that can look into your room! We were really upset as we paid for Concierge level service and a lot of money extra to have a nice view. My advice if you have not booked yet. Book a room on the other side of the ship to avoid the "Magic Carpet". We complained to the customer service/concierge about our room and they agreed to give us another. They gave us a room on deck 11 on the other side of the ship that also had some sort of a deck above the window with support beams for it going by our window as well. Choose your room carefully or you will be disappointed.
One final item, if you enjoy shopping for clothes on board you will be disappointed with the Edge. There is very little shops with clothing. Plenty of jewelry to be found although I do not think the Tiffany shop did much business.
Overall the ship is fantastic and it was a great cruise.