First - we were very surprised and privileged to be on this particular trip: This was in celebration of International Women's Day and our bridge crew (as well as many department heads) were all women. They refereed to themselves as Oceans 27. Our Captain Kate McCue and her staff were always present throughout the cruise, ready for a quick discussion. Captain Kate also did a Q&A about her journey to her captaincy. A truly remarkable woman!!!
As we were just moving out of Ft. Lauderdale, Captain Kate comes on to tell us that du to ocean conditions being a bit rough we were gong to have to slow our journey down to keep both the ship safe and the passengers comfortable. My first thought - can I swim back to the port if I jumped now? Was not looking forward to a rocking cruise! The bad news continued - we were not going to make our port call in Tortola. Not a huge low because now we were going to get a full day in San Juan vs. just a few hours. So all in all good news. We got an extra day to truly experience and explore the Edge. And what a time it was! This ship is incredibly beautiful, stunning, very edgy in design. A very modern, sleek concept - not your typical cruise ship. The stores are a bit high end. The decor and layout of the ship is very pleasing. The restaurants extremely different not only in design but by food choices and cuisines. what is particularly appealing about the restaurant, you hae a choice a four to to go for your select dining. Our group was assigned to Cyprus (the greek themed restaurant) and we all gathered there the fist night. We all splintered off in other directions to try the other restaurants.
Absolutely for a very unique experience, try Eden Restaurant! Live performers entertain, the food is beautifully presented and just the experience of the restaurant is worth the upgrade charge.
The buffet is as expected. Many good choices. What we enjoyed was the made to order stations (two) Plenty of seating if you walk away from the main area where everyone seems to congregate.
The roof top garden was breathtaking with it's sculpture. There's also a big screen up there and plenty of lounge chairs. Also a big screen by the pool area but it is noisier.
Highly recommend the adults only pool space if you are not traveling with young ones or teens. The only issue is that since it is glass domed, it does get a bit humid in there and even though the windows do crank open, we didn't see anyone doing this.
The walking/jogging track is unusual in that it goes over two decks so you get a good feel for different levels of walking. It is completely outside and the views and fresh air is wonderful.
Take the Inside Access Tour!!! Very interesting. Note - you do have to wear long pants and closed shoes. I didn't pick up on this when making the reservation and unfortunately my husband had to back out because all he had was dress shoes and long dress pants, not particularly good for an access tour. You get to tour the provisions area, laundry area, engine control room, crew lounge, galleys and the best part - The Bridge!!! The tour is roughly about two hours and you get earbuds to listen to the tour leader as not to be distracted by other noises. I feel it is a bit pricey at $140 USD per person; it really should be about $50/$75 range. If you can spring the cost (use your ship credit) it is definitely worth it.
Entertainment on board - well, not particularly our taste. Again very innovative, contemporary, modern dance, singing and song interpretations. All was okay but again not our taste but the main theater is again something new and different in cruising. The on board arts/crafts, enrichments, were good and fun.
Really not impressed with all the hype Celebrity is giving this infinite veranda experience. It was a novel concept but we didn't feel any appreciative size difference. The shade and window controls are both at the balcony and on a panel as you enter the room. It has a predetermined setting - morning, evening, sleep and movie. Be aware - if you hit the morning setting, the shades will also go up automatically. If using the control on the balcony you have to continually press the button to activate the shade and window. Note too that the captain has an override so the window can be locked for bad seas, weather conditions and/or cleaning. You gain some space by leaving the folding doors open between the edge of the room and the balcony itself. Our room class we found there was just enough room on the balcony for the two chairs and table. We chose to leave the folding doors open the entire trip. Note too that when you open the window, the AC in the room automatically turns off and the cabin will get warm. We found plenty of space to store our clothes, etc. The round corner opens to several shelves. Provided is an umbrella and tote bag - NOTE: If you take both or either you will be charged!! So use it and leave it. The bathroom we felt was very spacious. The shower was roomy and gels for lathering, hair conditioning and shampoo is provided There is also a shaving bar but it's situated right under the shower head so if you use any shower gel, it will get washed off. Plenty of safety bars in the shower stall. The on/off knobs for the shower water - the left is the degree, the right for the pressure. Once you set the temperature, it stays there. Again plenty of storage space in the bathroom for your toiletries.
Given we were the last ship back before the corona virus hit its stride, we have to absolutely comment the ship crew on how the entire ship was continually disinfected and sanitized. We saw housekeeping staff at least twice a day literally washing hallway walls down and every hand rail to be seen. Crew members were also readily available with hand sanitizers and the buffet entry ways had massive sinks to wash (preferred method). To this point we were to be one of four ships that were suppose to dock at Sint Maarten. We were the ONLY one allowed by local health authorities to actually put into port; the other two (unknown what lines) were turned away.
Our guide was well informed and knowledgeable I wished we had heard more history.
Very pretty port. Great Bay Beach was a bit disappointing based on what I had read before the cruise that this was suppose to be an excellent beach. Glad I didn't spend money to do an "excursion" to this. Was easily seen from the shopping district. We did take the water tax from the pier over to the district.