I took this cruise because I bought the hype and video while on another Celebrity cruise. This was going to be a whole new way to cruise. A new angle on the cruising experience. The Magic Carpet, Infinite Verand, computer design, state of the art. Wow. What I found is that the ship is an Ikea budget design with delusions of grandeur. Upscale pricey shops, ridiculously overpriced dining venues, And even more (but more that is not good)....
Here are my thoughts while they are still fresh in my mind. I got off the Edge this morning. In over 35 cruises and many happy ones with Celebrity, this was easily the worst cruise of my life. To put this into perspective, I have never written a negative review in 20 years of cruising. So what is so terrible about the Edge?
1. There is no access to the front of the ship for passengers under Suite class. Want to see where you are going? Anticipate that next port? Dream a little? Suite class right this way, here's your private pool, hot tub and bar, careful getting on the deck lounger. You are not Suite class? Oh, be glad that we allow second class passengers to look out the side or stern. Who do you think you are?
2. The ship looks like it was designed from stem to stern by Ikea. Plain to the point of starkness. A passenger I spoke to described it as Motel 6 at sea. That's not fair. I like Motel 6.
3. Elite passengers get free drinks from 5 to 7. That is unless you pay $100 extra for a Private dining experience, then your drinks are 18 dollars each at the table, or you can bus your own table from a bar on another floor. So you are telling me I get free food, drinks, and waiters in the buffet but if I pay $100 extra for a couples dinner I have to bus my own drinks to the table? Yes, you got it.
4. Buffet food is good. Rest of dining experiences are slow service and mediocre food. Do not think you will eat and go to the show. You will not have time for dessert unless you miss the show.
5. Speaking of shows, if you enjoy second rate lounge singers and tribute bands this is the cruise for you. The one show that took advantage of the wonderful holographic experience available in the state of the art theater was acted like an 8th-grade drama club production. It was horrid. Ditto for the Eden big show.
6. Furniture across the ship was designed with 3D glasses and no concern for ergonomics. There is barely a place anyone can find to sit comfortably.
7. Big Screen movies are behind lamp posts from the seats so you have to peer around the poles to watch them. Curiously most of the seats face away from the screen anyway. Smokestacks are too close to the deck of the ship so you will often find yourself breathing diesel fumes while you try to watch the film.
8. There are signs on the ship with white letters on a white background. Can you read white on white? I can't.
9. We were on 3rd floor, behind the Secret Door. What ship has a secret door for staterooms? It's a secret door that is manual. If you are older or in a wheelchair you will not be able to open it due to the doors spring pressure, even after you find it.
10. The ship apparently was designed by committee. Areas are chopped together with no sense of flow or logic. I was recently on Symphony of the Seas. In a couple days I had most of the venues down. After a week on Edge I was still clueless.
So there are ten reasons why Edge is NOT a GOOD VALUE. I could give more but you get the idea. EDGE is a four letter word in my book. Avoid it if you can. If you are booked already, eat in the buffet, and hideout in the solarium.
Cabin was ok. Closet doors have no handles and are hard to pry open. Window was large and offered good views. The bathroom was nice with a glass shower door.
This was an excellent excursion for those interested in Mayan archaeology. It was hot and there was quite a bit of walking but worth every step. Bus was nice and in good condition with working A/C. Tour guide, Aldo, was friendly and knowlegeable. Dzibanche tour was a high point in an unfortunately poor cruise on the Edge.View All 179 Mayan Ruins Reviews