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Celebrity Edge Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Can't wait to go back to Solstice or Millenium class ships

Celebrity Edge Cruise Review by nofufu

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Stateroom

The Edge has many great qualities and features. It also has a few downsides, at least per our cruise in late November 2019. The stateroom design of 3rd deck cabin (porthole window) is very good-big king size bed that was very comfortable and nice bed linens; the bath is equally terrific-big shower and well laid out- the magnetic door is a big improvement as well avoiding the clicking sound on previous class ships; the thermostat not so much-it was a good 3-4 degrees off- no off button-if set to 74 it was about 78 and so on- 4 room lighting options on thermostat a bit overdone; really nice large HD tv on wall- channel selection still sparse (no CNN); extra wall outlet by bed a big plus and outlet box on dresser a nice addition; our cabin attendant Gavin was excellent; The Eden bar room is beautiful but hardly a bar ( 8 bar stools)-best time to go there is during the day before entertainment starts; the entertainment at best was weird- we walked out after a few minutes as did others – I don’t know who the target audience is but certainly not the majority of passengers we spoke to; the chairs at the upper level window face back in towards the room, not the view so that itself is bizarre – I feel bad for the staff that has to work that room at night- way too artsy; The Martini bar on deck 3 is again hardly a bar- a semi circle at end of room with apx 12 seats – it is more like sitting in someone’s living room than a bar- no more frozen bar counter in previous class ship either; awkward to order a drink standing up and the bartender show gets old after a few sessions ; in that Grand Plaza / deck 3 room the entertainment has apx 30 table seats behind speakers that are not omnidirectional so good luck with sound if seated back there – it may actually be a plus as the musical entertainment was weak to mediocre at best – the acoustics in that room are not very good- if there is a lull you can actually hear the thumping base from The Club which is quite a distance away; “Those Crazy Kids” due were awful- can’t sing a lick-you’d do better at Karaoke ; other musicians seemed to be going through the motions with little interaction – that’s fine for the nursing home set but not what you’d expect on their newest ship; the rigid 45 minutes sets are boring- many of the musicians are reading their Ipads to sing their songs as they don’t know them by heart giving a real dull experience; when there might be some good audience response and participation it quickly ends as the schedule must be adhered to- suggest building flexibility to the schedules – put a disclaimer in to the audience – tell them “if management decides a show will be extended without notice as everyone is having a lot of fun we will do so” ; The Hard Days night Beatles tribute band was pretty good and fun; the Blues / Jazz quartet were ok ; suggestion – gets some mixture of ages for entertainers, particularly ones that don’t need electronic readers to sing the songs as they know them by heart ; On the comedy side it was 50/50 – Dave Burleigh was very good, talented, entertaining; Chris James was the opposite ( regular show – did not go to his late night show as regular show was so bad) – it was like he was a comedian to grammar school kids – really stretching to be funny based on his personal stories ( the pre-show 5 minute video of cruise director was very strange also ; All four of the regular dining rooms were very nice and staff very nice- the food was good to very good- the strip steaks still not a lot of improvement; at lunch in the Cosmopolitan I had a steak and my wife had a cheeseburger- we were served 2 different types of French Fries which is bizarre since payment is not a factor- I had very nice steak fries and she had the tasteless coated fries that they also serve at the Mast Grill on all of their class ships – just charge me $10 more and do yourself a favor and give everyone steak fries- you can simplify your ordering and storage too; the Oceanview café was generally good- food temperature always an issue- selection of more exotic foods ( Indian, Asian) gets equal billing so choice for North American diets limited a bit ( no black forest ham every day); the bakery as always was outstanding; It appears Celebrity Edge class decided to move away from customers who enjoy bars and conversation with fellow passengers – when compared to Solstice class ships the following bars are no longer : the Passport bar which is off to side, not in Grand Foyer/Plaza and seating all around bar-gone; the Sky Lounge at front of ship- seating all around there too and fabulous views on sailaways- gone ( Celebrity obviously wants the wealthier clientele as suite guests take up most of the front of the ship now); the Ensemble lounge with seating 2/3 around- gone; the Martini bar off to side with apx 20 seats around for plenty of conversation- gone; even the pool par has 2 less seats on each end; on the Edge website they list Café Al Bacio and Il Secondo Bacio as “bars” – check again- they are coffee shops with no bar seating and plenty of people sleeping in their chairs; one of the better places to have a drink is actually the Magic Carpet ( if you can find a seat and it is open) – bartenders there were excellent as they were at pool bar and casino bar- but it seems only open on sailaways if tendering ; The Casino bar only option to watch sports as the Rooftop Garden big screen is wasted during NFL games and shows flowers instead ( we were told on first day the 4:25 NFL game would be on there and we and about 20 other people waiting 20 minutes after being told first it would be on, then “they are programming it to be on” and then as the staff person was leaving she admitted she had been told it wouldn’t be on- what a shame as it is a very nice area ; The guest relations area redesign is very good; elevators are quiet and smooth; embarkation and disembarkation were both a breeze; the consolidation of 2 info ship channels ( view from the bridge and moving map/music) in to one is ok but shipboard announcements don’t come through on channel 1 or any other channel so you have to open the cabin door which is not what you would expect from a new ship; internet coverage generally pretty good; the larger hot tubs were also a plus; Suggestion- it is great to give kudos to great staff but as most adults on the ship are over 50 the name tags on staff almost make it impossible as they are dark apx 8 pt font letter on a dark background- alert –we can’t read their names so they can’t get the credit they deserve ; In summary won’t return to Edge class – will gladly go back to Solstice and Millenium class ships where they allow more fun


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