Celebrity Edge is a great ship and it put our faith back into cruising after a disastrous cruise on Cunard's QM2 last year which was so old fashioned, dirty and the food disgusting that we pledged never to go on a cruise again, however, we saw The Edge and decided to give it a go and it was one of the best decisions we made.
It has everything you want on a cruise: fabulous food; friendly and excellent service; sparklingly clean and hygienic; impressive and packed itinerary. If you're a first time cruiser you'll love it but probably be disappointed in other ships afterwards!
Things to think about: we considered upgrading to concierge class but that would have doubled the gratuities. Why go on a huge ship and pay extra to keep separated in a small exclusive area at the front, if you don't like the 'Hoi Polloi' go on a smaller more exclusive ship. Forget the organised shore excursion , you could have got off the ship in at least 6 of the ports we stopped at and easily explored on your own. Get a Premium drinks package for a hassle free cruise experience, who wants to spend the cruise adding up the cost of drinks - prices are high AND theres always the 18% or 20% service charge
Reduce the packing, you really DO NOT need those evening dresses and suits, the Edge has Evening Chic i.e. cocktail party attire , men take a smart linen suit or similar and women a cocktail dress or equivalent if you want to dress up.
If you have restricted mobility remember that this is a massive ship and you can do a lot of walking to and from decks plus the ports we visited were not at all easy for wheelchair access.
Pre-cruise we chose Select Dining as there were only 2 of you and it really worked for us. No fixed time or table, you choose when and where to eat in the 4 'free' restaurants between 5.30pm-9.30pm, simply ask the Maitre D' for a table ( you can reserve one but we just went were we fancied that night), you may have to wait for a table for 2 but if it's too busy then just go to another restaurant. We also ate in the Oceanview cafe 2 nights and wish we eaten there more often as it was superb.
WHAT REALLY IMPRESSED US.
The Silent Disco was THE best thing we've ever done on a cruise- just do it, it's a disco but not as you know it!!!
Embarkation and disembarkation was top notch, easy and very speedy. Embrace the digital world (even we managed out at 59 yrs) get the App on your phone, check in online, sort out your sea pass photo, etc all before you leave home.
Food was superb in all areas and we loved 4 main dining rooms but missed building up a rapport with staff. Don't waste your money eating in specialty restaurants (unless you're wanting to boast about it to others or are bored quickly and need the amusement ) the service and food in the 'free' restaurants are fantastic.
Service was excellent throughout the ship and good to see officers mingling with passengers and eating in the restaurants.
Infinite balcony stateroom was fabulous and the bathroom the best ever, so well designed and spacious. Plenty of cupboard and storage space (check the walls carefully, we didn't realise there was storage behind the curved bit until day 9!) but doors were difficult to open so proper handles would help to open them more easily.
Cleanliness, as always Celebrity keep everything clean and well maintained. Plenty of people cleaning up constantly and enforcing hand hygiene at restaurants.
NOT SO IMPRESSED BY.
The daily programme was changed (printed and digital) without us knowing and we missed things because they were rescheduled without notification. Dress code wasn’t specified anywhere so was a mystery to us and we never realised it was evening chic ( plus no one dressed up) till after the evening!
Eden was lovely area but wasted and underused, we were very disappointed in the bar , there was no drinks list and we were told beers were same as every else but we didn’t know what those were having just arrived. Cocktails were awful and hugely over priced. Make it into a proper mixology bar ( like on the Eclipse - 2013) with quality cocktails and get rid of the new age acrobats.
Sad that non suite guests are barred from front of ship.
We would have liked a smaller, intimate and quieter bar (with jazz, solo musicians, etc) to sit and relax in in after dinner.
The Spa - as usual laughably expensive.
fantastic room, very quiet, no vibration, spacious.
PLEASE NOTE: The cabins have 2 layouts, this one has the bed nearer to the bathroom and main door the other layout has the bed right next to the balcony which some people didn't like as reduced the effect of have an infinite balcony so check the room layout if it'll bother you.