Celebrity Edges the Competition

Celebrity Edge Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 40

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Celebrity Edge

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 16, 2018

Ship: Celebrity Edge

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8253

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Celebrity and the Edge class. Very nice cruise experience and will do again.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Seamless

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Only one specialty restaurant needs work on their menu and preparation. Everywhere else, including main dining and buffet was excellent, with a special nod to Fine Cut Steakhouse (adequately replacing the Solstice class Murano) and Eden, a novel and creative experience where we expected an artsy-fartsy pot luck eating experience. We were wrong. Food was excellent. Only Le Bistro disappointed. While an animated show was performed on everyone’s table in coordination to a set-menu, the food was bland and tasteless. Hoping they’ll improve that very quickly. Book your restaurants ahead, especially Fine Cut and Eden. The Magic Carpet takes no reservations. Just show up as you wish. The buffet was once again Celebrity notable with a special nod to the bakery. Food selection, variety, preparation was top-notch and in stark contrast to the previous week on RCI Symphony of the Seas where the buffet was not only like feeding-time at the zoo, the food was only luke-warm, ill-prepared and no variety. The layout and space to accommodate buffet-diners was stark in comparison. Plenty of room on the Edge. Not so on the Symphony and nothing to do with many more passengers. The whole buffet experience on the Symphony (3 out of 10) pales in comparison to the Edge (10 out of 10).

Le Grande Bistro

2 out of 5

Novel idea but the set-menu food is bland and boring.Enjoyed the animated show on the table but had to head to the buffet after. Couldn’t eat the food here.

Oceanview Cafe

5 out of 5

One of the best buffets at sea.

Tuscan Restaurant

5 out of 5

Very nice experience as usual at the Tuscan. This restaurant no longer a speciality. Go ahead and reserve for free as you would maindining.

Rooftop Garden Grill

4 out of 5

Enjoyed the food and service. Local entertainment.

Fine Cut Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Excellent steak and service. Can’t go wrong.

Café Al Bacio

4 out of 5

Handy coffee-stop. Very comfortable.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They can do much better here.

Eden

5 out of 5

Fun experience. Food unexpectedly good. Definitely try this. So different.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
The most disappointing and maybe the only thing on the Edge that needs to improve. The singers and dancers were third-rate at best. First time we’ve ever walked out of a show. The theater is poorly designed and cold in the round. Entertainment much better on other ships. We’ve sailed many times on other cruise lines and can say with confidence that the entertainment on the Edge was a low-light on a par say with Oceania, where a focus is on good food for a mature clientele. Celebrity needs to pick this up. Entertainment on the Symphony we experienced the previous week was MUCH better and if Celebrity wants to compete with MSC, they need to smarten-up. MSC actually has Cirque Du Soleil on some of their ships.

The Theatre

2 out of 5

Theater is (almost) in the round and no curtains as in a traditional ship theater. Cold experience. Poor entertainment doesn’t help. Could never handle a big-production show as you’ll find on other ships.

Children's Programs

Didn’t notice or look for any kids activity. Not a ship geared for children.

Casino

4 out of 5

Great this a no-smoking area. Stark contrast to the Symphony we were on the previous week where they had half the casino smoking ok and the other half no-smoking. Of course the no-smoking section gets the smoke from the other side. So dumb. Edge casino needs more $25 Blackjack tables instead of having a $100-$200 and even a $300 table just sitting there as empty as the bored dealers just standing there.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff happy and keen to be of service. Notwithstanding this is a new ship with crew at the beginning of their tenure, the crew we encountered all seemed to have a genuine like for people and happy to be of service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Can’t find fault in this nicely laid-out ship except for the main theater. Poor design leaves us cold, especially when stocked with poor performers.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Thought we’d try the new infinite balcony idea. Smallish but we’d just come off the Symphony the previous week where our Junior Suite was almost 300 square feet and more spacious than the infinite balcony on the Edge. The infinite veranda idea won’t be novel to those who’ve river-cruised and opened the balcony window. With inclement weather or window-washing, the bridge will auto-lock the window. With the window open in warmer weather, the A/C can’t keep up and the room gets muggy. Best to close it and let the room cool down. For more efficiency, close the blinds too. Now your ‘balcony’ is closed off and will feel much like an inside cabin. Not good.

Ship tip

If you like good food and service, don’t care too much about the quality of entertainmen or activities for kids, this is your ship.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
New terminal. Very nice though the pick-up area needs to be allotted zone numbers (like the new RCI terminal in Miami). Makes it much easier to direct your driver looking to pick-up upon disembarkation.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

Been there many times.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

4 out of 5
Very friendly and comfortable port

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
St.Maarten hardly ever disappoints.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very good. No worries, no problems, no hiccups. Though they do need to train staff in the terminal not to instruct everyone to have their passports out and ready. Facial recognition makes it unnecessary to show a passport unless the new technology has a problem identifying you which we never saw once. Ain’t new technology grand.
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