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Celebrity Edge Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
610 reviews
3 Awards
Celebrity Edge (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)
The Magic Capet Restaurant on Celebrity Edge (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)
Living room of the two-story Edge Villa suite in Celebrity Edge (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)
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Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
Cruise Critic
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Celebrity Cruises set out to design its newest and most technologically advanced ship, Celebrity Edge, to make a statement. Not with titles -- it's not the largest, nor the most luxurious; it doesn't have the most water slides or the biggest suite at sea. But it is one of the most unusual and appealing cruise ships we've seen in a decade, and it was very much built to appeal to the contemporary traveler. (Note we didn't say cruiser.)

Celebrity Edge's draw lies within its name: It's edgy. Entertainment in the theater is loud and influenced by today's top hits. Food venues are straight out of any big city, from a grab-and-go gourmet deli and a reservations-only sushi spot to a high-tech French bistro with an animated dining experience you have to see to believe. The cocktails you'll find in the ship's three-deck spiraling restaurant/lounge/theater called Eden are mind-bendingly one-of-a-kind.

The experience on the ship also blends edges -- between indoor and outdoor, between stage and audience. There's so much greenery onboard and so many massive windows, it's easy to feel as though you're outside, even when sitting inside Eden or in your cabin. It's especially true if you're in one of the 918 Infinite Veranda rooms, cabins that can function as an ocean view with solarium with floor-to-ceiling views and air conditioning or as a quasi-traditional balcony with the push of button to lower the top window. (The innovation also gives you more space.)

In the theater, the stage juts out into the audience, and in Eden, performance artists wander around the lounge, drawing people into the show. The Rooftop Garden on the top deck combines the best of the Millennium-class and Solstice-class designs, with a stage for live bands and metallic trees for performers to perch in.

Celebrity Edge didn't just revolutionize cabins, dining and entertainment. The ship has turned tendering -- that often unpleasant experience where you have to board a small boat to get to a port -- into an infinitely more pleasant experience. The Magic Carpet is a tennis court-sized moveable deck, kitted out with an open-air lounge, complete with bar and comfy couches and armchairs. From there, it's a breeze to get onto the tenders, or you can stay to get a drink and watch others get on and off -- talk about people-watching. It's somewhere people actually want to go, rather than escape.

And the Magic Carpet isn't just a tender platform. It can be positioned on Decks 5 and 14, where it serves as an eatery or bar. On special days, it climbs to Deck 16 for exclusive brunches and dinners "on the Edge."

With all these changes, there's a good chance past Celebrity cruisers, expecting the quiet sophistication that they've come to know and love from the line, are not going to be thrilled. In fact, many traditional cruisers may have a hard time with the ship. There are no quiet lounges for casual evenings of light music and a drink with friends, and for those who like to eat at the same table and time every night with the same tablemates, space is set aside in only one of the four main dining rooms.

But those who appreciate stylish, contemporary design will fall in love. In a few short years, Celebrity Edge has become a favorite for many adult cruisers seeking a sophisticated experience.

Health & Safety

To sail on Celebrity Edge, cruisers 12 and over must be fully vaccinated, with the final dose received at least 14 days prior to departure. Children two to 11 do not need to be vaccinated.

A negative COVID-19 test result will be required for all passengers. The tests must be conducted within two days of departure for those 12 and over, and within three days for children ages two to 11. Tests cannot be taken on embarkation day.

Unvaccinated children two to 11 also will undergo an Antigen test at the end of the cruise.

Celebrity Edge’s safety protocols are the same on every itinerary, whether the ship is in the U.S. or Europe. If additional testing is required for a destination or for home re-entry, Celebrity Cruises will administer them onboard for free.

The line’s mobile app enables cruisers to check in, view menus, make reservations and perform other contact-free tasks.

Before Boarding

  • Proof of a full vaccination by CDC-recognized companies: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm. U.S.-Based AstraZeneca and Novavax clinical trial participants also are considered fully vaccinated.
  • Show result of negative COVID-19 test (Antigen or PCR)
  • Health questionnaire with visual check
  • COVID-19 test at terminal for passengers two to 11
  • Complete first steps of safety briefing virtually, before muster drill

Onboard

  • Sailing at limited capacity
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols
  • Social distancing signage and measures such as hotel capacity limits and spread-out seating in public spaces (i.e. the theater, pool decks and dining venues)
  • Hand-washing sink stations and hand sanitizer stations throughout ship
  • QR code menus at all restaurants and bars

Off the Ship

  • Masks only required if mandated by the destination
  • Independent shore excursions are permitted in most ports
  • In some European destinations, you will need to show your vaccination certificate and ID at certain indoor attractions

Pros

Beautiful and innovative with outstanding accommodations and extensive dining choices

Cons

Expensive upcharge restaurants, spa and drinks; nighttime entertainment lacks variety

Bottom Line

A hip-at-heart ship that could challenge the expectations of experienced cruisers

About

Passengers : 2,918
Crew : 1,320
Passenger to Crew : 2.21:1
Launched : 2018
Shore Excursions : 1058

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the main dining room, the Oceanview Cafe buffet, room service and at select other eateries
  • All theater shows and most entertainment options
  • Most daily activities unless otherwise noted
  • Use of the fitness center, but not most classes
  • Gratuities, but only for those booked in Australia or New Zealand and paid in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($15.50 per person, per day for those in standard cabins; $16 per person, per day, for Concierge and AquaClass passengers; and $19 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic gratuities for beverage, mini-bar, spa and salon purchases (20 percent for all)
  • All beverages with the exception of water, tea (including iced tea), basic coffees and select juices from the buffet
  • Meals at several specialty restaurants and snack venues
  • Spa treatments
  • Most fitness classes and all personal training sessions
  • Access to the ship's Persian Garden thermal suite (except for people staying in AquaClass staterooms, for whom entry is free)
  • Activities like alcohol tasting events, select game shows and interactive trivia sessions
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Select theme parties
  • Photographs and artwork

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity Edge is a different ship from the rest of the Celebrity Cruises fleet and was designed to attract people who have never cruised before. Celebrity typically draws middle- and upper-class folks in their mid-40s and older. During school holidays, the line's ships usually see a number of families with children, and the same may occur on Celebrity Edge (although the ship was not designed with families in mind).

When the ship is in Europe, you can expect to find a fairly international mix of passengers.

Celebrity Edge Dress Code

Daytime: The dress code on Celebrity Edge is resort casual most of the time, with most people wearing whatever is comfortable to hang out by the pool or on the sun deck. Many of the indoor spaces are highly air-conditioned, so be sure to bring a sweater.

Evening: At night, people tend to dress a bit nicer; women might put on a skirt and top or a simple sundress, while men will don a pair of pants and a collared shirt. "Chic" nights are held twice per cruise, when cruisers will wear their nicest duds, but you won't see too many people in truly formal wear. Men might wear a suit or a sport jacket, but you won't see any tuxes.

Not permitted: T-shirts, swimwear, robes, bare feet, flip-flops, tank tops and baseball caps are not permitted in any of the restaurants at any time, though we're pretty sure we saw a flip-flop or two in the buffet. Shorts are not permitted in any of the dining rooms at dinner time.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.

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Where does Celebrity Edge sail from?

Celebrity Edge departs from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Rome, Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Sydney, Auckland, Dubai, and Singapore

How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Edge?

Cruises on Celebrity Edge start from $477 per person.

Is Celebrity Edge a good ship to cruise on?

Celebrity Edge won 3 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation in 2019.
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