We've been trying to sail Celebrity for the past 1.5 years only to have all of our sailings cancelled. When cruising finally did resume, we used our future cruise credit from all our cancelled cruises to book a cruise over our anniversary. We've previously sailed the same itinerary (Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten), so we were not really interested in the ports, but more interested in the ship. I had always wanted to sail the Celebrity Edge. She did not disappoint!
Embarkation was a smooth process. We had all of our paperwork ready and it made the process go quickly. Make sure you have everything ready (via the app) before you get in line. It really speeds things up. Our embarkation time slot was 12-12:30. We were all checked in and on the ship by 1 pm. We were told we could head straight to our room and drop off our stuff. We looked around for a few minutes on our way and all I can say is wow. Everything was beautiful, very clean, and the in great condition. These ship is a work of art and every nook and cranny is an actual piece of art. I've never experienced this on a cruise (we are platinum with Disney Cruise Line - DCL) and it was wonderful.
We made our way to the buffet, Ocean View Cafe. This is where there's a huge difference between Celebrity and Disney buffets. DCL has a limited food selection and the quality isn't that great. Food is mostly lukewarm. With Celebrity, the choices of food were overwhelming. There's a different theme for lunch every day. We chose our lunch (there's a dedicated Indian station) and sat down. The servers ask for your drink order if you want something from the bar. We tasted our food and were blown away that it was actually hot and very good. This would be consistent throughout the cruise.
We love aft verandas on Disney, so it was a no-brainer to choose the same type of cabin on Celebrity. This cabin is actually a lower category than the Infinite Verandas and I think a better choice if you want a traditional veranda. They don't have many on the ship, so if you see one, grab it.
The room was beautiful, modern, with a ton of storage space. Not once did we feel cramped. Our stateroom attendant kept it very clean. The only dirty part was the soot on the veranda, but that didn't bother us. We'd definitely choose this room again. It was quiet due to being at the very end of the hallway. The aft elevators are a bit of a hike.
We ubered to the port and it was easy ride. We had to show our passports at the gate, but after that, we were just dropped right off at terminal 25.
We did not choose an excursion, but just stepped off the ship to walk around at port. It's definitely built for cruise ships and it's like other ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas. We ate at a little spot (Tickles) at the marina. It was fine. $60 for 2 orders of fish and chips and 3 beers.