We were assigned an arrival time and had 4 emails/texts to remind us to NOT come early as there would be uncomfortable wait times. Three hours before our arrival time, we received text and email to delay our arrival for embarkation an additional hour as lines were long and we now had to receive the 15 min. COVID test even though we were vaccinated (first news of this we heard). When we finally arrived, lines were long outside the terminal and there were 3 ambulances treating people for heat exhaustion due to the 100 degree heat index outside. We heard horror stories of people waiting in line for 3-5 hours. By the time we got through the check in process, they were no longer testing passengers in an effort to expedite the process. Departure was delayed. We didn’t really care as we boarded, went to our cabin with our luggage in tow, unpacked, and headed for our muster station to check in.
Infinity Veranda Cabin Our cabin steward, Agniya was gracious, prompt, friendly, and thoughtful. At this point in the COVID recovery, crew members, although fully vaccinated, are not allowed to leave the ship for any reason so they are all still held captive by the CDC.
The cabin is standard for cruise ships. There is ample closet and drawer space for stowing clothing and suitcases. Hint: take magnets for hanging cool signs on your door, magnetic hooks for robes, shirts, etc. The walls and doors are all metal. Lots of the passengers love the infinity windows that lower from the top to open. With the window closed, the balcony area actually expands the size of your cabin. Our issue with these is to open the window, the blinds must be fully (automatically) lifted. It is basically all Or nothing. A/C completely shuts off with the window open. We love the sliding doors on other Celebrity ships that allow us to open the door a little but close the draperies to block the light. My biggest issue for NOT taking the Edge is I miss the sound of the sea in my cabin.
The bathroom space is well thought out and the often-mentioned capsule shower allows more room for movement. One other issue we had was the bedside lighting…my husband, who loves to read before bed, found the lighting too dim to be adequate.