Very good itinerary on the first of a new class of ship.
There were four restaurant options for grades up to and including Concierge which we interchanged across all four. The menu's for these have a common thread plus 3 regional starters / mains that are special to each restaurant. Restaurant table layouts were excellent and the food/service top class - better than any other Celebrity ship. Speciality restaurants were ordinary and excessively overpriced. Blu and the separate Luminae restaurant for Suite customers are virtually the same as the four standard restaurants for menu, appearance and ambiance.
Relaxation in public areas and decks is compromised by the continuous playing of loud music - this made it very difficult to read a book in peace and particularly affected the two sea days. There was no library on the ship which normally provides a quiet peaceful area.
We do regular dancing but on Edge there was no provision for this and only a small dance area in the "Club" with inappropriate music.
Celebrity are allowing The Captains Club to stagnate at a rapid rate of knots and on Edge it shows even more. The "Happy" two hours for Elite members before dinner has been relegated the the Club which has no windows and we found the experience to be soulless versus the Sky lounge on other Celebrity ships. The quality of wine at the Elite event was barely drinkable. Also, the wine quality for the Classic drinks package is also a very poor standard.
Entertainment in the theatre was very good as was the live music around the Martini bar; Eden was repetitive and less than entertaining ; the "magic carpet" a novelty not for us.
The public areas and decks had a lot of novelty to them like dead ends on some deck walkways and a large amount of wasted space. Although the restaurant, cabin and general service was excellent we did not appreciate the new modernistic deck /public room style of Edge with music perpetually blaring out. On balance our experience was mixed and may lean towards more convention cruise ships in the future.
Quality of the bed, bathroom, furnishings, lighting and large TV were excellent. Balcony is not conventional as it is enclosed within the cabin giving maximum natural light. It is a full height/width window with the top half that open with an electric switch. This so called "balcony" has the advantage of increasing the perceived cabin size but is a compromise versus a conventional balcony. The electrically operated blinds versus curtains blackout are satisfactorily and worked well. The extra set of sliding doors on the onside of the window are less than practical and in our view superfluous. Good soundproofing from adjacent cabins.