Truth be told I was not loving this cruise coming up as I read all the lower rated reviews and was pretty sure this new Celebrity ship wasn’t for me. My husband and I haven’t been on a large ship in years our last cruise being with our sons perhaps 15 years ago. I had images of crowded embarkation lounge waiting an hour plus to board, long buffer lines and with mediocre food and equally mediocre entertainment. I was pleasantly surprised none of these experiences materialized.
First embarkation was literally showing up having pre-checked in prior and just showing our barcoded tickets and passports. We’d sent headshots ahead of time so we got our room keys, kept our passports and headed aboard. Nice!
First impression of our cabin which was a Celebrity Suite was okay. There’s an oddly wide hallway into the cabin that takes up too much room leaving the bedroom area cramped. The hallway also has no function other than an entry way into the room so it really was a wasted space. While the bedroom area was separated from the living room area, the doors separating the two spaces were glass but opaque. You couldn’t lie in bed and see out to the balcony to have a view. Another design oddity.
The bathroom was the least efficiently designed space and a source of irritation all week. The toilet has a separate room with a single sink and the tub/shower was in another room with a door separating the two rooms. The connecting door was unnecessary and just an annoyance as you have to go through two doors to get to the toilet. The tub is shallow maybe 10” high and at most marginally functional. The shower had great water pressure which made up for the disappointing tub. The sink in the room with the tub is an oddly long single sink leaving little room on either side for toiletries and makeup. We made do with my husband using the other sink with the toilet that also had a single sink with a medicine cabinet. A single bathroom without separate doors and a double vanity would have been more functional and would have made the space feel larger.
The living room area and balcony were the best features of the cabin. There was a coffee table and ottoman and the room is nicely decorated in beige and cream with bold orange accents. The balcony furniture allowed for sitting out with drinks or dining at a small rectangular table with chairs. No complaints there. Overall the Celebrity Suite has 450 square feet but a lot of it is wasted space (hallway), cramped (bathrooms & bed area) and designed poorly (bedroom no view, bathrooms in general).
With the Celebrity Suite cabin we did have access to some private areas like the Retreat sun deck which has a small pool, a bar and large deck area with loungers and other seating options some even covered all at the front of the ship. There’s also the Retreat lounge which is like a comfy living room where you can get coffee, light foods, wine and drinks all day. There’s also the Luminae restaurant which served breakfast and dinner but more on that under restaurants later.
We left from a Rome and did a combination of Celebrity shore excursions and some on our own. Notable for Celebrity were the Fragonard perfumery/St Paul de Vence I own for its art and Nice tour with a wine tasting. We’re very familiar with the Med so we did other tours on our own but felt that the price, service and length of the Celebrity tours were very good.
Ship space in general is lovely and surprisingly not crowded. Celebrity designed the ship well to disperse people throughout the ship depending on your interest. The main pool area on our one sea day while it was fairly full did not feel cramped given the various seating options on multiple decks. The two jacuzzis are martini glass shaped and given the upper deck level access kept usage relatively low.
Dining options are plenty and we definitely tried the pay for venues like Raw on 5, Steak, and the Rooftop Grill. We also ate several times in the private suite only Luminae restaurant for all our breakfasts. With made two order eggs versus a steam table it was nice to be able to order off a menu for breakfast. The dinner menus were more limited in choice and I am a fussy eater so I can only say my husband enjoyed it more at night than I did. I’m also allergic to shellfish which half the menus contained which limited my choices. I’ll take my husband’s word the food was really good that he ordered.
There’s been criticism about the entertainment on this ship but we found it surprisingly good. The theater shows are edgy with a large semi-circular backdrop that has projection images and lighting that complements the singing on stage. The Eden lounge is eclectic and may not be everyone’s cup of tea with all the posing and acrobatics. The entertainment in the main open area lounge on deck four was solidly good as well. We strangely loved the silent disco night and would totally do it again given the chance.
Final thought about the Edge. The profile of the ship is inelegant. Totally irrelevant unless you appreciate beautiful yachts like I do. Despite it’s ugly appearance the ship sail experience is incredibly smooth and quiet. The decor all over the ship is elegant, sleek and smartly designed if you take my cabin review out of the picture. Would we do this again we asked ourselves and the answer is yes with a caveat. We’d do it again with family as the ship is extremely family friendly but probably not if it was just the two of us alone.
Overall a large cabin with a small cabin feel.