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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I took it because it was supposed to be the best of the best in cruising. I bought into all the advertising hype. The bath tub is too small to get into and extend your legs. I like all the high tech features they use. I don't ... Read More
I took it because it was supposed to be the best of the best in cruising. I bought into all the advertising hype. The bath tub is too small to get into and extend your legs. I like all the high tech features they use. I don't like that they don't give you a map to show how to navigate the ship. This may be a better cruise for younger people than me. The servers are not well trained yet. We didn't get enough towels for our state room. The use of a special dining room for suites is a nice touch. There are plenty of elevators for our use. They are offering free luggage transfer after the cruise to get the bags to the air port. I am taking a second 7 day cruise and have been told I have to get off, go thru customs, reboard the ship, go thru security again. I think they could have done this better.4 The captain is very good and tell jokes and stories with his presentation. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are "Elite" CCL cruisers and have cruised on all the Solstice class ships as well as on the Summit; we always book Aqua class cabins. While the ship is spectacular with terrific food, service, and style, the IV cabins are a ... Read More
We are "Elite" CCL cruisers and have cruised on all the Solstice class ships as well as on the Summit; we always book Aqua class cabins. While the ship is spectacular with terrific food, service, and style, the IV cabins are a disaster and, because of them, we won't sail on an Edge class ship ever again. Our concept of a veranda cabin is when we can keep our cabin cool and dry but step out onto our veranda to enjoy our own private deck space in the ambient climate with lounge chairs that have footrests and room to dine al fresco. On the "Edge," as soon as you open the upper/outer glass panel, the climate control system shuts down and the entire cabin immediately becomes, hot, humid, and stuffy. The folding doors inboard of the veranda serve no purpose and only take up space. Even if you don't mind opening up your entire cabin to the outdoors, the veranda is tiny. Tiny table, tiny chairs, and no leg room or footrests. We checked with guest relations and were told that there is nothing we could do to change this. Another downer is that only suite guests have access to the bow of the ship. For the first time, we felt we were treated a second class citizens because of this, One of our great pleasures has been to stand above the bow as the ship entered port; now no longer an option on the Edge unless you book a suite. Also, FWIW, the three production shows were just terrible. The performers worked their hearts out but the all original music/lyrics they had to work with were junk. CCL saves money by not performing copywritten music/lyrics but the shows suffered as a result of this misdirected cost cutting. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of cruises and have sailed over thirty times on ships owned by all the major lines from Carnival to Crystal. I am also a big fan of Celebrity Cruises. As a cruise buff I couldn’t help but be ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of cruises and have sailed over thirty times on ships owned by all the major lines from Carnival to Crystal. I am also a big fan of Celebrity Cruises. As a cruise buff I couldn’t help but be excited about the Edge. The hype promised a cutting Edge ship with innovations that will become industry standards. I bought into the hype and was more than willing to pay the higher than average ticket price. Once onboard the first impression is that the Edge is truly a beautiful ship. Eden is without a doubt the most beautiful venue at sea. The Solarium is also well thought out. Another nice design feature are the martini glass Jacuzzis. The staff keeps the ship spotless. As we explored the ship on the first day it seemed crowded. Elevators were slow and crowded. It was hard to find an available table in the bar areas and at the buffet. During the following days we learned that the only time the ship didn’t seem crowded was when the ship was at a port. Although the Edge is beautiful, in my mind it has several design flaws. First of all the Magic Carpet should be renamed the Windy Carpet because most of the time it’s too windy to use. Something that constantly drove me crazy was that several decks don’t permit you to walk from one end of the ship to the other. As for the infinity balcony there are pros and cons. Yes it does provide you more cabin space. What it doesn’t provide is the balcony that the early riser in the room can go to andpermit their cabin mate to sleep. This is because the blackout for light is only available at the window and not at the glass doors that devide the balcony from the room. The Edge doesn’t have a grand dining room but instead four dining rooms none of which are very impressive. This concept just didn’t work for me personally. Celebrity is known for providing a quality dining experience but food tended to be hit or miss in the free dining venues. As for speciality dining, one won’t find the fine dining Italian or French restaurant that other ships offer. Instead, the Edge’s speciality dining concept tries hard to deliver truly unique experiences. Both the Eden and Petite Chef offer diners very creative dining entertainment but fall very short on the food delivered. The five course Eden menu and the four course Petite Chef menu only offer two choices per course. The food wasn’t bad but didn’t live up to what you would expect from a premium restaurant. We did enjoy several lunches at the Grand Bistro which offered a quality lunch for only $20. Raw on Five, also provided a quality dining experience but there Al A Cart menu can truly add up. It should be noted that if you purchase a dining package you are only entitled to a $35 per person credit when using the package. Entertainment was ok but in no way memorable. The Edge production shows were high on acrobatics very poor on quality singing and dancing. They created their own shows which were slow and tedious with poorly created plots. I wish they would consider broadway type shows moving forward. I will say that the theater is very well designed and attractive. I can’t end this review without saying that service on the Edge was outstanding. The staff was always friendly and helpful. They always did all they could to handle any request. All in all, as an avid cruiser I’m glad it took the cruise but I highly doubt that I will ever sail on the Edge again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Great looking ship decor nice ew ship smell. Food was very average. Some dishes were downright inedible. Stay away from any fish not called salmon. Entertainment hit or miss. Some of the shows were downright strange others pretty ... Read More
Great looking ship decor nice ew ship smell. Food was very average. Some dishes were downright inedible. Stay away from any fish not called salmon. Entertainment hit or miss. Some of the shows were downright strange others pretty good Pool great long and not overcrowded Lots of lounge chairs on deck no issue with chair hogs. Never had to search far even on sea days Infinite balcony is a miss. Just a window cabin. Magic carpet is a total waste. Does nothing for me. Never moved from deck 15. Also didn’t use the new tenders so no mc do go ashore. Didn’t do any excursions just got off for a cheap t shirt at each stop Boarding and disembarkation flawless. Ten minutes from can to Cabin. Leaving ship same story.Running track and gym top on the seas. Track is 2 level nice to run on. Gym has tons of machines no wait ever. Service in dining rooms . Not great . Want iced tea? Better bring your own. Want to pay for a drink? They’ll be right with you. Would I go again on edge? No Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
A group of us went. It was a new ship and we purchased before it was built. Beautiful ship, food and service was great as usual for Celebrity. See below. Cabin was a dissapointment although it was beautiful it was smaller than ususal or ... Read More
A group of us went. It was a new ship and we purchased before it was built. Beautiful ship, food and service was great as usual for Celebrity. See below. Cabin was a dissapointment although it was beautiful it was smaller than ususal or it felt that way due to the configuration. The shows were great. The steak house is definately worth going to but I would highly encourage booking before you leave. We were able to get in for a lunch on the last day. The specialty restaurants are very busy and hard to get in so book ahead. The pool was nice for lounging and laps. Sunset bar area had very little shade if any. It could use some cover of some type. Great place to enjoy a cocktail. Emarkation and disembarking went very well and quick. Ocean view cafe always had plenty to choose from. I don't think I will go back on this new class. I prefer the Soltice ships better ie Reflection etc. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Long time Cel. Cruiser. Had heard many negative and positive comments. We were much happier then we expected. I think many problems have been addressed--with a few minor changes will be perfect for us. Check in was flawless-- starts ... Read More
Long time Cel. Cruiser. Had heard many negative and positive comments. We were much happier then we expected. I think many problems have been addressed--with a few minor changes will be perfect for us. Check in was flawless-- starts trip in a happy light. Going immediately to your cabin a big plus-- our cabin was ready before noon !!! We then had lunch and off to explore ship. We found many nooks and crannies to read or relax . Never felt crowded or closed in. Decor is that of an upscale resort. I felt a little sad that I did not feel I was on a ship. Expansive views,of water solved problem. We saw many activities each day. I think this had improved over the last month. Music throughout the ship was pleasant and nightly shows were far and above the usual. Plenty of deck space and inside spaces. Eden became our favorite spot during the day followed by the rooftop garden. Both great atmosphere !!! Do miss library, but they are adding book exchange. We also had traditional trivia and other games. The art auction was more subdued-- in much better taste and did not have tacky sales and pushy salesmen in shops !! Food was better then previous cruises in main areas. Uncharg es are high in speciality rest. and drink prices were raised. Very few wines or mixed drinks for classic drink package. Having 4dining rooms a great idea. Much nicer then 2 large ones. Eden a great addition for lunch and breakfast. Buffet much improved. My biggest negatives were shopping--totally expensive!!!! Did not cater to taste of guests. Everyone complained. A Fair trade shop would be great for gifts etc. Needed a sportswear shop like Columbia-- wearable and moderate prices. Only other complaints were decor details. Cabins great, but 6 throw pillows----look great in a pic but way too many plus 4 big pillows-no reg. Ones. You had to throw them on floor--then trip over them. Suites also had rocking chairs that we were told have been removed-- again not good for function just decor. Better overview on tables and chairs do they just look great or are they confortable -- form vs function. Bath design great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I love Celebrity but hate to fly. My brother is into all things tech.When we heard about the coming of the Edge in 2017 we talked and I decided I would fly to sail on the newest ship ever. We have been reading all the news stories, ... Read More
I love Celebrity but hate to fly. My brother is into all things tech.When we heard about the coming of the Edge in 2017 we talked and I decided I would fly to sail on the newest ship ever. We have been reading all the news stories, watching all the video and reviews since we booked in Feb 2018. We booked the infinite balcony 6117. The cabin had the beds near the bathroom. This made the room seem bigger than usual. The shower was great, Room to turn around in, adjustable shower head, bar for putting your leg up, extra tray for your toiletries. They had conditioner, shampoo and body wash is pump bottles firmly attached to the wall. Hooks for hanging up swimsuits. Large door that swung out. Big fluffy towels that had loops if you wanted to hang them up. Lots of storage space, hairdryer and plug in the bathroom. the cabin had a lot of space, very comfortable chairs on the veranda, a few too many pillows but they were easily moved. Fridge, ample plug for USB & other electrical needs. A plug next to the bed for CPAP or oxygen machine. There was a curtain that came down at the window that completely darken the room. We left the bi-fold doors open all the time and slept with the window down. It was only locked twice during the end of the cruise and that was due to rain. We dined in all 4 dining rooms. Each had a regional theme-Italian in Tuscan, Greek in Cyprus, French in Normandy and Cosmopolitan was sort of American. 25% of the menu represented the region. I found the food delicious. There was lobster on the 2nd 'evening chic' night. We dined that night in the Normandy but this menu was available in all 4. We had sushi at Raw on 5. it was fresh and tasty. Saw le Petite Chef. the pasta, and steak were good, the dessert a bit sweet for my taste. The animation was great. We did not see much of the entertainment-there are so many placed just to sit and relax aboard the ship. The service was excellent-from out room steward, to guest services to the bar staff at the pool and coffee bars-each was prompt, accurate and friendly. We took 1 shore excursion. We have been to these ports before. We actually went to the shore excursion desk (it actually was a counter with computer tablets), at 1000, swiped my card, picked a beach break in the Cayman Island, the tickets came out of a slot at the end of the desk and we were waiting for the tender at 1115 in the theater. The automation was quick and easy. We got color coded bracelets for out trip. the shuttles from the port to the beach were air conditioned and clean, Calico Jacks was a beautify beach, we had an umbrella and 2 beach chairs. Sure we might have done this on our own but Celebrity took care of it all and made sure we got back to the ship on time. There was trivia twice a day. All the baked goods were yummy! They were baking fresh each morning in the upstairs buffet. While Celebrity is fantastic for cruising. I would not recommend their shuttles to and from the ship or their hotel arrangements. We had Celebrity book a hotel for us before and after the cruise.We flew into Ft. Lauderdale, our ship was in Ft. Lauderdale and the hotel was in Miami. The cruise ship shuttle from the ship to the hotel made 7 other stops, 2 at Miami Airport, took 3.5 hours and the bathroom was locked. Next time I will make shore side arrangements independently. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
After cruising with Princess three times, we decided to try Celebrity. The Equinox is a smaller and older ship compared to the Royal & Regal Princess. Overall the ship was in good shape. It is apparent that they are letting some ... Read More
After cruising with Princess three times, we decided to try Celebrity. The Equinox is a smaller and older ship compared to the Royal & Regal Princess. Overall the ship was in good shape. It is apparent that they are letting some routine maintenance items go since the ship is going into dry dock later this spring. Our biggest issue with the ship was the pool area. The outdoor pool area is small and the chairs around the pool area are placed with no room in between them. The walking/running trail on the upper level of the pool deck had chairs infringing on the walk. The indoor pool area was no where near at capacity. The grass on the top deck is a unique feature, but there is a lot of wasted space. The entertainment on our week long cruise was lacking. Only one production show. The cruise director Simon, was very energetic but not very visible around the ship. We found the number of activities and the selection of musical entertainment was significantly less than what we were used to with Princess. The waiters and bartenders were excellent. We found the quality of the food in the main dining room comparable to Princess. However, we were not pleased with the buffet. The layout is very confusing and there is no traffic flow during busy times. The buffet food quality was just ok. As far as deserts, the best thing on the ship were the cookies and the ice cream. The other deserts were very bland. During our entire cruise, we were constantly approached during breakfast and lunch about booking specialty dining. We did have one dinner at Murano, which was excellent. We were never approached by any photographer or spa person during our week long cruise, which is not the case on Princess. Captain Kate was very visible during the cruise. Her morning updates which included trivia were very enjoyable and she was on the gangway shaking everyone's hand as they left the ship. We did have a bad experience on an excursion, and Celebrity handled the situation appropriately. We would definitely consider sailing with Celebrity again but Princess will still be our go to cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the ... Read More
We went with a large group and knew from the start that things would not be going well. First, they didn't have enough seating in the dining room for all of us. Second, the food was of such a low grade that we could not cut up the steak, no steak knives...safety reasons! So no more meat that needed to be sliced up. The baked goods appear to be frozen and then heated up...the biscuits were like hockey pucks! We had a guy who ordered the Kosher packaged meals and shared with the rest of us...one of the guys at the table remarked that this was the best meal he had on the whole trip! The entertainment was at fifth grade level...we had seen better performances at school theater! The acrobat couple were amazing! The comedians were fabulous but that was only 2 shows. The staff was wonderful and they did rise above all the miserable food and entertainment. I would go with a different line in the future...this one is done as far as I am concerned! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we ... Read More
On 2/1/19 we did a 9 day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. We do a lot of cruising so it is easy to make comparisons. We mostly cruise on Royal Caribbean but since Celebrity is owned by RC and we go on Celebrity as an Elite status so we do several cruises a year on Celebrity. Here are some of my notes that I jotted down while we were on the cruise, not in any specific order. They did not have the Elite club happy hour on first day. Our dining was linked together with friends per email but not actually linked once we got on board. It took a day to get that corrected. On the day we got on the ship we only got one of our two suitcases so I had to go looking for the second suitcase. It was being held on deck two because I had an outlet plug with four additional outlets so they confiscated outlet strip and I could not get until we got off ship. I got it back after I exited immigration's. On Royal Caribbean the Diamond Club is typically open from 5 to 8 PM but on this ship the Elite and Elite plus in the Sky Lounge is only from 5 to 7 PM per night. In Grand Cayman as an Elite you were supposed to have priority to get off but it was no faster as we waited about 25 minutes to get on the tender. On Aruba we took a taxi to Eagle beach, $15, rented two chairs for $20, the beach was ok, a public beach. On the way back we took the public bus, $2.60 per person, back to the bus terminal. We did not know it but the bus terminal is close to the port. Exit the port onto the Main St. and turn right go about 100 feet and there is a Diamond International store on the right and across the street is a Pizza Hut and the bus terminal is behind the Pizza Hut. In Curacao we walked to town. Docked at the newer dock, opened in Nov 2017, and it is a longer walk to town. Stopped and checked out the Renaissance Hotel on way into town. You can get a day pass and use there beach and infinity pool for $20 per person, including two beach chairs an umbrella. Super Bowl night there was nothing in the theater but the super bowl all night. The show, Cosmopolitan, had the great acrobatics but music was not appropriate for a 60 plus audience. Good comedian, Dan Wilson, the first night and also good, funny, adult show the following night. We went to see the production show Peril and did not like it. One of the headliner shows was Ashlie Amber, who did many of Whitney Houston’s songs. Nice voice and did a good job on Whitney’s songs. One night we saw a magician called Jay Mattoili and he was good, mixing magic with some comedy. All of his tricks were small, hand faster than the eye type of tricks. He interacted very well with the audience. We saw the third production show called Life which had singing and acrobatics. It was much better than the two previous production shows. The other comedian was Bill Garan and both his shows were very good. We have seen many comedy shows on cruises and most of the time I do not find them very funny but both of these comedians were really funny. On the last night of the cruise we went to see Savannah Smith in the theater. She sang songs made popular by female artist. She had a nice voice but I was only familiar with about half the songs she sang. Also on the last night on deck 3 they had a 60’s night, playing music from the 60’s after the theater performance at 10:15 PM. It was good. Food in the buffet was better than average and more room in buffet dining room than a lot of ships. Our cruise had very few kids. The average age looked like 60 plus years old. I joked that Celebrity is becoming the new Holland America. We had the non alcoholic drink package and I kept track of the drinks each day. The total for the 9 days was $325 dollars and we paid $423, not exactly a great deal but we had a lot of on board credit so it did not matter. We had coffee etc at the Cafe al Bacio on deck five many times. The pastries there are all free so you should try them, better than most ships. We ate on the outside covered area on deck 14 for lunch several times, nice. The lunch meals in the buffet were better than most buffets as they changed some of the selections each day. On the last two days in the buffet for lunch they had special deserts, one day was a special selection of truffles and on the last day they had a selection of great cakes in addition to the normal deserts. Ships common areas were cold for me. If you get cold easily make sure you take a sweater. Our room was 6224 on deck 6. It was what they called a bump out room, very close to the rear elevators. Most rooms on deck 6 have their view obstructed because of the lifeboats. This room was a veranda room and was fine, very convenient to the elevators and no obstructed views. It had a big safe in it, much bigger than the safes on Royal Caribbean. The shower was bigger than on Royal Caribbean which was good. Not as many draws for storage, only 3, but they had storage over the bed which is better than nothing but inconvenient. My wife and I both had internet service and it was much better than on most ships and price for an Elite status was reasonably priced. They were really pushing the specialty restaurants but we did not do any because we thought they were over priced at $45 or $55 per person for dinner. Getting off the ship went very smooth. We left our room at 8:10 AM, picked up our luggage around 8:30 AM and were at the airport at 9:30 AM. The Ft. Lauderdale airport is only about 4 miles or a 10 minute taxi ride from the port at a cost of $15 to $20. Read Less
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