The opportunity to sail on The newest(at the time) Edge class ship's first itinerary in North America popped up, and it was too hard to pass up. Beyond would be the newest and largest ship I've ever sailed on in the Celebrity fleet(we tend to stick to the smaller Millennium class ships), and I'm very happy to report that I'm glad I booked. There were a few cons that made me hesitant--the size(16 decks!), the max passenger capacity(I'm used to less)--but after sailing, those qualms were put at ease.
Even with a higher passenger capacity, the ship never felt crowded or stifled, and that included the Oceanview Cafe. Seating there was plentiful, and the offerings fantastic(except for the pizza) for breakfast, lunch, and teatime. Anytime dining concept was the only choice for the four main dining rooms, I was able to successfully book all our desired times months before sailing, and we enjoyed all the meals in all four venues. I missed having the same table and servers every night(we prefer fixed time dining, but this was offset by being able to meet even more wonderful waiters/wine stewards every evening, and being able to greet those now familiar faces by name as they worked their different stations during the day was nice. Definitely enjoyed the newest additions Magic Carpet Bar, Eden(specifically Eden Cafe), The Club, Le Grand, Il Secundo Bacio(in the Oceanview Cafe), The Rooftop Garden, and the expanded Sunset Bar. The new to me Craft Social and World Class Bar were also great to experience.
The transition itinerary itself was wonderful (departed from Bayonne, NJ to Bermuda, Curaçao and Aruba, dock in Ft Lauderdale), check in/embarking was fairly smooth; we were nearly the last to disembark, as we stayed in Ft Lauderdale overnight(again smooth) and took an extra early flight home. If the opportunity arises to try the other ships in the Edge class comes my way, I wouldn't hesitate to book.
The larger sized OV cabin was very noticeable and welcomed, and there was more than enough drawer, closet and cupboard space, and ample shelf space in the bathroom for all our toiletries. The one drawback(small and still annoying) was the bathroom tissue hanger, the roll insisted in not staying on the open ended hanger. While nice looking, it's extremely inefficient. Our steward, Mechelle, is a gem, and I hope to see her again on another sailing.
The island itself was lovely, and because there were three other ships in port with us, I chose to walk around on my own.
I adored Curaçao, and of course our only day there was a rainy one,, and their first rainy day of the wet season! Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the island, and would love to return, especially for a extended land based vacation.
I've visited Bermuda many times over the years, and the novelty of this itinerary was that in was a single day. Because of this, I didn't hop on a ferry or bus and decided to stick to The Dockyards for those few short hours.