The Edge is beautiful- VTCruising was correct! Our S-1 cabin was lovely and we had great service from a very attentive and hard working asst room steward and butler.
Luminae dining was outstanding- almost Michelin level- better than Luminae on the Reflection in 2018 and better than Crystal Serenity in 2016. Service was almost over the top.
Raw on Five (sushi) was also excellent. Grand Bistro Cafe- mostly excellent food with a few service lapses and the best pastries on the ship- particularly the apple and pear tarts- we had lunch there a few times.
The pastries at Cafe Al Bacio have gone downhill. Croissants, coconut macaroons and bite size tarts are still good but the cakes now have an odd and tasteless commercial frosting- gone are the delicate and fragile whipped cream toppings.
Public areas tended to be quite crowded and unpleasant (for us). The pool at the Retreat for suite guests was too small but we enjoyed the other Retreat seating areas on decks 15 and 16.
Most of our fellow passengers were either oblivious to the Corona threat or avoiding discussion of it. Most had more cruise and travel plans coming up in the Spring.
We were as careful as possible with hand sanitation but I've come to the conclusion that avoiding illness on a cruise ship is almost impossible.
Here are just a few areas that Celebrity should look into (I'm sure there are many more that other passengers can identify):
Constant handling of our plastic room cards by ship staff. Here's the scenario- bartender (ID required even at Retreat bar) takes our card, makes a drink, tears off straw paper wrapper, fingers contaminating the straw tip in most instances, hands us a drink with the fingers that have handled dozens of other cards. A much better plan would be to use a scanning device similar to the one at port embarkation/disembarkation- crew doesn't touch the card- passengers hold them up. However, on initial embarkation, at the beginning of the cruise, cards were handled twice by various crew members. I didn't see any crew hand sanitation between passengers.
Communal shampoo/conditioner/lotion bottles are not a good idea in the time of Corona.
Luminae charger plates- beautiful and showy but why? The heavy menus end up on top them and later the chargers are whisked away. Are they washed again and sterilized? Doubtful.
Capt Kate said that hand shakes were to be avoided yet our butler extended a hand on initial greeting and during some trivia type games in The Club, the crew were high fiving passengers. Why has the crew not gotten the message?
Service comments: our waiter at Raw on Five crossed out the tip we had written down and said he preferred a recommendation- he said all tips were pooled. Service was so friendly and helpful throughout the ship -especially at Luminae but it had a bit of a desperate feel. Staff is very dependent on good reviews almost to the point of desperation? It contributed to a slightly unrelaxed feeling at times. Is the staff under too much scrutiny and pressure?
Overall, a great trip and we look forward to sailing again on the Edge. Hopefully we aren't coming down with COVID-19 in the next few days!
Unfortunately, we had an awful taxi driver on St Martaan/Martin who was very irritable and unpleasant. Next time, I would spend a few mins chatting with a driver before agreeing to ride with them. We've been in St Martin several times before but I was struck this time but the unattractive appearance of the island. Orient Beach was attractive but the rest of the island was very unappealing. Don't ever do the "America's Cup" excursion- incredibly boring if not windy and then you are forced to exit through a giant souvenir shop. On future stops I guess we would take the ferry shuttle to St Barts as we've done in the past and avoid St Martin. The cost of a 2 hr private tour of St Martin for two people in a minivan was 100 USD.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Ft Lauderdale Land and Sea w/FLL drop off. The second part, the boat ride on the Carrie B was great- fun and interesting. The first part, bus tour of Ft Lauderdale was awful with lots of germ exposure- many people near us coughing into their bare hands and the participants were from all RCCL ships at port that day including Celebrity. The tour guide had good intentions but was incredibly awful- delved into minutiae and seemed to be padding the tour. She spoke in a lilting voice and had the tone and demeanor of a condescending kindergarten teacher -but she was no Mrs Rogers.View All 60 City Tour Reviews