We hadn't been on a cruise to Amalfi Coast or the Greek Isles and the Edge was certainly a draw. I had read the review before leaving but was determined to form my own opinion. While the ship is beautiful and innovative in many ways we missed some of the old standby design elements.
There is no way to walk the promenade and enjoy the sea. You can catch a glimpse of it occasionally between lifeboats but that's it. You can not walk all the way around the ship. The only place to do this is upper deck walking track which is nice but terribly busy with runners and standers and very windy, always. You can't get that, "by the sea" feel because you are so high above it. We missed the bar at the front of the ship. We were in New Zealand on another Celebrity cruise and enjoyed the beautiful dance floor & bar that was huge and filled with curved windows around the entire horizon. There is nothing like that on the Edge. The front of the ship is for "suites" or better and the rest of the ship's guests are in the back with no access to the view out the front other than on their TV. The pool area is beautiful. However, access to things like bars, hot tubs, food is poorly planned. In order to go from the pool to a hot tub, you have to go up a floor, either by stairs or by a long ramp, it isn't close. There is only one very small bar that is always overworked with a long line. There are plenty of chairs around the pool. We never had a time when we couldn't find a chair. The sanctuary pool area was nice but too warm most days. Saw very few people using the Cabanas (there is an extra charge for these).
The Sunset bar on the back of the ship is nice but small as well. Very limited space and there were many times (usually every evening at sunset) when there was no place for people to sit. The area at the rooftop garden is nice but usually empty. There didn't seem to be much happening there. Nothing except the occasional saxophone soloist or a movie. The Sunset bar is around the corner so it was just not used much.
The Sunset Bar is the only nice place outside for you to sit and look over the water if you aren't in a suite so it should have been larger. The bartenders do a great job here. Much friendlier and faster than the ones at the main pool bar.
Specialty restaurants: We ate at Eden, La Petite Chef, Steakhouse, Magic Carpet.
Magic Carpet - food is amazing but you can't enjoy it because the wind on the magic carpet is crazy! The ship is moving so, of course, there is wind but they didn't design the space to mitigate the problem. Everyone was wrapped in blankets, trying to hold down their food while they tried to eat. At one point the waiter was pouring wine and it blew out of the glass onto the people at the next table. The bread was flying off the plates. We saw several couples just call it and leave. Crazy expensive ($100 each) for that experience.
Eden - interesting but wouldn't do it again. The food and service were good. Keep in mind that the focus here is art. With the food as well as the entertainment. You will have amazing looking food but super small portions. The food is art and they do a good job of pulling that off but you won't walk away stuffed. This space was NEVER filled. People walk in, look around, leave. Huge area but not being used.
La Petite Chef - fun to do once. Food not very imaginative but the show is interesting. Wouldn't do it again unless I had little kids with me.
Steakhouse - excellent food. Our service was good. Not a fan of the huge chairs that you can't see out of. Felt like we were in a hole. Lot's of noise from downstairs.
Breaking the main dining room into 4 separate areas is genius. We ate at three of the 4 and they were all excellent with exceptional service.
We were in Aqua Class so we ate at Blu most nights. The food and service there were wonderful. No way to see out because you are looking at lifeboats and unfortunately it was always very noisy.
There is only one restaurant (other than the buffet area) where you can actually look out from most of the seating and that is in Eden. Otherwise, you are inside rooms with curtains that are closed. Our group of 4 was never seated near a window. It always felt enclosed. I thought when they were talking about the design that it was more outward looking. Not so, it felt more like the inside of a hotel. I did miss the glass elevators in the atrium like Celebrity's other ships. Here you have banks of elevators that are all enclosed. Fast but enclosed.
Miss the promenade area of pubs and little shops (ice cream, cupcakes, Irish pub, etc) on other ships. Edge has Tiffanys, Cartier, etc. instead. Very expensive shopping venues. Great if you are interested in spending $18K on a watch. (seriously, that was the price)
Embarkation and disembarkation were both seamless. Celebrity has this down and they do a great job. The tenders are beautiful and the area for disembarking on the ship is amazing.
Enrichment activities were nonexistent. We had naturalists aboard on our last cruise who gave talks about ports and wildlife, etc but not on this one, where there was such a great opportunity for a historian or geologist, but there was nothing. At one point we got excited because of the daily planner listing "4 Ocean" enrichment activity. We rushed to fit it into our schedule and tracked it down (no one even knew where it was being held) and it turned out to be a marketing ploy to get you to buy a bracelet made from recovered plastic for $20 from one of the gift shops. Not a presentation just an end cap in a shop.
No sail away band on deck at any port. Very little entertainment on deck. One female vocalist and one great band tried to rotate around the ship. Seemed they were always playing somewhere but they weren't enough. Lots of canned music playing.
Spa and thermal suites were wonderful. The staff was great and the facilities are awesome.
Classic drink package has apparently been changed and now there is an upcharge on many drinks. You are encouraged to upgrade to the premium package at every turn.
The excursions were good for the most part. Only one was a drag. In Athens, we were literally hearded from one space to another by a tour guide who couldn't stop talking for two seconds. The tour listed lunch and we were moved through the streets (at 3pm) past multiple spots with sidewalk seating to the side door of a place where we stood in line to get a wrap and told to find someplace to sit and order our drinks. Several people on the tour left at that point and took a cab back to the ship. It was ridiculous.
Conclusion: The Edge is a beautiful, innovative ship. It doesn't feel like a ship but like a new hotel. We did miss some of the things we cruise for, a view of the sea, the feel of being out on the water, walking the Promenade, enjoying early mornings on our Veranda, etc., are just missing. We won't book this class of ship again but it was a lovely trip.
Beautiful when you first walk in! The infinite veranda gives the feel of a larger room. However, we never closed the folding doors, they are in the way all the time. The "veranda" just doesn't give you the feel of a balcony. It's just a big window, let's be honest. You can not open it and have the A/C work. It takes forever, to open and close. Ours stuck open and we had to have the electrician come at 11 at night to fix it. The blinds are wonderfully dark however, you can't just peak out in the morning or sneak out while someone else is sleeping to sit on the balcony. You must raise the blind completely from floor level to ceiling which takes forever and it wakes everyone. Not a fan, won't book one again.
Aqua Class rooms have beautiful bathrooms and our was lovely. The only problems were the shower leaked every time and flooded the floor and the mirror, which is heated to prevent fogging, was so hot it ran you out. It heated up the bathroom. We asked if it could be turned down but it isn't possible. You had to leave the bathroom after showering because it was so hot.
E-bike tour of Appian Way and Catacombs. It was great!
Taste of Sicily, Mt. Etna & Taormina. Rainy day and this should have been cancelled. We rode on a bus up to Mt. Etna (which you couldn't see because if was pouring rain then we were told to get off the bus and we all crammed into a small shop to get our Cannolli with at least 4 other busloads of tourists. It was elbow to elbow and then we ran back through the rain and road down to Taormina which was interesting. Did a little shopping and came back on the bus.
Village of Oia on your own tour. Had a great day. Toured around Oia on our own then road the tram back down. A long line for tram.
Worse tour ever. PR79: Acropolis Signtseeing, New Acropolis Museum with Plaka Free Time. Literally herded all day with a very talkative tour guide. No time at Museum to look on our own, herded through, no free time at Plaka. Late, late lunch and we were made to walk in a line past many nice little eating spots with outside dining to the side door of a restaurant to stand in another line to get handed a wrap and told to find a seat somewhere and find ourselves something to drink. Many left this tour and headed back to the ship by taxi on their own. Awful!View All 390 Acropolis Reviews
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MK57: Sailing around Mykonos Famous Beaches. Great Day! We left from the dock on the sailing ship that was lovely. The owner was great and very informative. We lounged on the deck and enjoyed the view. Swam from the ship and then sailed over to Paradise Beach resort for time to ourselves to enjoy the beach. Then we got back on the ship and enjoyed a lovely lunch and sailed back to the dock. It was a beautiful day and a great excursion.View All 11 Paradise Beach Reviews
Enjoyed a day off from excursions and just wandered around town. Lovely shopping area and park.
Wandered on our own. Lovely sidewalk spots to enjoy the beach view and have a lunch.
Gorgeous drive along the Amalfi coast! Hint: Get on the right side of the bus! We had a great day with an excellent tour guide. Went to Pompeii after lunch and had a great day!