We've just completed the second of two back to back cruises. This review should be considered as an amplification of the first review we posted. Our opinion of the ship hasn't changed.
The deck area for non-suite passengers is very overcrowded with loungers often jammed tightly uo against each other in rows of 12 or 15. I suggested in the previous review that this probably was due to the proportion of the upper deck space dedicated to suites and their facilities. The problem is made worse by four other things:
On the starboard side of the swimming pool area much of the deck space is taken up by Cabanas which have to be booked and paid for (sorry don't know the cost).
On the port side there isn't a deck that overlooks the pool. Instead there is an upward sloping ramp presumably for walkers and joggers.
On the upper deck to the rear of the ship there is a large area dedicated to another restaurant for which you have to pay and a "garden" area. This is beautifully landscaped with some seating areas but no shade.
There is a promenande deck (but not a 360 degree walk around one if you see what I mean). Parts of this promenade deck are very narrow opposite the tenders and there simply isn't room for loungers. There are parts of the promenade deck which are VERY wide and spacious. However, there are NO sun loungers. This seems to be the case for two reasons. Firstly, some of the restaurants have outside seating in these areas (Please note there is no shade provided for this seating). The second reason for no sun loungers is that Celebrity simply refuse to put them there. "It's not the style" said the guest relations manager.
There are three speciality restaurants which overlook and are open to the Grand Plaza (which contains the Martini Bar) - Bistro, Raw and Fine Cut. These are fairly typical for Celebrity speciality restaurants - with one big exception. You can hear everything that is happenimng in the bar below the live music (whether you like it or not), the noise you'd expect from a several hundred people talking, (sometimes VERY loudly) in a bar. These are not the restaurants you want to go to if you want a relaxing or romantic evening.
One evening we sat in the Blu Restaurant (the service and food are excellent) near to two people who spent the entire evening browsing the internet on their mobiles/cells. It's not something we'd do but they weren't doing any harm and it didn't interfere with the enjoyment of our meal. That is it didn't until they both decided to start making calls to their friends/families whilst sat at the dining table. That was when my wife and I decided to leave the restaurant. I was later informed by guest relations that Celebrity regarded the use of cell phones in their dining rooms as acceptable. You should also note that on Celebrity Edge they encourage guests to take pictures/make videos in the theatre. So tough luck if you get sat behind an avid video maker.
On the second of our "back to backs" the table service in the bars improved a little but it was still well nigh on impossible to get a drink served to you out on deck.
As I said in the first review, "Some Good, Some Bad and Alot Downright Ugly!" We won't be sailing on this class of ship again.
Outstanding although we had some problems with the TV