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  1. Definitely stay in Rome for 2 nights, and don’t waste a night in a hotel near the port. The ride to the port is easy (maybe an hour or slightly more), and it’s all highway. There won’t be traffic on a Sunday. We hired a private car transfer to drive us from Rome to the port the morning of the cruise, and it was great. We were not in a suite, but we were among the first on the ship. No lines. In Rome, we stayed at Hotel Artimede in connecting rooms for 2 nights with our teenage son. We did a private one-day Rome tour the day after our arrival. We did the “Rome with the Vatican” tour with ItalyTours.EU. It was so worth the extra money, as the private tour allowed us to move efficiently around the city. The tour company really did deliver “Rome in a day.”
  2. We were offered a 10 percent discount for a same-day booking at Eden during our July Mediterranean cruise.
  3. Date of Cruise: July 27, 2019 Ship: Edge Cabin #:7184 and #7186 (connecting cabins for family cruise) Deck #:7 Cabin Category: Top category for infinite veranda Cabin Location: Mid-ship Bed Position: 7184 as the bed by the bathroom. 7186 has the bed by the infinite veranda. Balcony Type: Infinite Veranda Balcony/Window Size: Balcony/Window View/Obstruction: Full view with lifeboats slightly visible Balcony Overhang?: Magic Carpet Issues?: We were right next to the magic carpet, but it did not obstruct our view because it was either stopped on a higher deck or at embarkation level. Noise Issues?: No Wind Issues?: No Connecting Cabin? Where Does it Connect?: Yes. These are connecting cabins. The connecting doors are on the wall in between the two cabins like in a hotel room. See the attached photo, cabin 2, which includes a visual of the connecting door on the wall. Suite Details: Advantages/Problems/Comments: This was a great connecting cabin for families. Each cabin had its own heavy door separating it from the other, so it probably would not be a noise problem for people who are not in a family group and don't want to be connected. Also, the connecting doors shut automatically, so this would be a problem for families who have young children. The doors are heavy and difficult to turn the latch, so younger kids would not be able to open the door to get into the next cabin. Our son is a teenager and was in the connecting room, and it was not a problem. We did occasionally prop the two doors open with shoes when we wanted to be "together." Also, note that one cabin would be a very tight squeeze for three adults or families with older kids. The third bed is a trundle (a drawer) and would not be a comfortable option. We were so glad we chose connecting cabins instead of trying to crowd into one tiny cabin. Yes, it's still very small for more than two people even with the infinite veranda! Would You Book It Again?: Yes, but in general, we didn't feel the infinite veranda was an improvement and would opt for a ship with real balconies. Photos or Photo Links:
  4. Curious if anyone has an update about taking their kids on Celebrity Edge?
  5. Every family is different, but we are getting connecting cabins for peace of mind. Our son is 12 (an only child, no friend coming with us, so he'd be alone). We aren't sharing a triple because our DS is really tall -- 5' 8" already -- and wouldn't fit on the trundle bed that serves as the third "bunk" on Celebrity. So, we sprang for connecting cabins, although it is expensive. If I had two boys, ages 11 and 13, and they were relatively mature and responsible, I would consider side-by-side cabins but would probably be a little nervous about it. I would make sure there is a way to communicate instantly, such as cell phones, walkie talkie or even a baby monitor just for communication (to make it more like everyone is together). I would set extremely clear rules about not letting anyone in the room, staying in the room when expected, safety, what to do in case of emergency. I will add that my parents always did split up when we got side-by-side rooms until we were maybe 16.
  6. I am prone to seasickness. The cabin makes a difference. Mid-ship is better. Bonine works well. I hear the transderm patch is better for serious motion. I have brought the patch with me on cruises just in case but didn’t need it. I felt better knowing I had it, although you are supposed to put it on before you get on the ship. You might consider asking your doctor for anxiety medicine, if fear of sickness is what’s bothering you.
  7. Jesseslola, Our cruise is Western Mediterranean in July. Too bad.
  8. We are cruising as a family on the Edge in the Mediterranean this summer. We are a couple with a tween boy, and Celebrity is our favorite line, whether we are traveling as a couple or as a family. I'd love to hear feedback from other families. I also posted on the family board. Thanks!
  9. Hi, We will be on the Celebrity Edge in the Mediterranean this summer and would love to hear from families who have been on Celebrity's newest ship. We are a family of three (a couple with a tween boy). We like Celebrity in general and have taken our son on Celebrity in the past. I'd be interested in hearing about the kids' club on the new ship and anything else that would be of interest to families.
  10. It sounds like a great place, Cruisemom -- and an excellent value. I appreciate the details regarding what 3 stars means in Italy. I am sure we will be happy! We hope to be out in Rome exploring, so it's not worthwhile for extra amenities we would not sure.
  11. Cruisemom, Thank you so much for the tips! I booked the Albergo Santa Chiara. We got a large room that can fit 4 people, even though we are just 3. I was wondering if you can tell me a little bit more about the hotel. The booking website says it's 3 stars. We usually go 4 stars or higher, but I have also stayed in 3 stars in Europe that are great. Just looking for a little more detail. We like a little charm, very clean and up-to-date rooms, comfy beds, and a nice place to eat. Also, how's the AC? DH hates the heat, and we're going in late July.
  12. Hello, We are a family of three (2 adults, 1 child - Age 12) cruising out of Rome this summer. We are flying in two nights early so we can tour Rome. The cruise line has us in a hotel that looks like it's outside the center (Crowne Plaza St. Peter's), and the quotes are overpriced for what we are getting. Can we do better on our own? We are thinking we'd like a car private transfer, airport to hotel, and hotel to cruise port as well. Any recommendations are welcome. We are not budget travelers per se, but we like to make sure we are getting our money's worth, and it looks like we could get a nicer and better located hotel for what the cruise line is charging!
  13. The Celebrity rep told us an adult must be booked in the tween's room, even with connecting cabins. So, cabin one is one adult/one child, and the second cabin is one adult. We are fine with that. Our goal is to have the extra space and a real bed for everyone. The suites were significantly more expensive than connecting cabins, and the third person in a suite still sleeps on a trundle or single sofa bed. Our son happens to be very tall for his age at 5' 8". At the rate he's growing, he could be 5' 10" by cruise time :)
  14. You don't have a photo, do you? The Celebrity customer service rep had a hard time explaining on the phone exactly how the cabins connect. The rep stated there was some sort of partition and specifically said there was no door in the middle of the room connecting to the other cabin. I am thinking the rep was mistaken, since you were actually in this type of room? Our cabin numbers are 7184 and 7186. On the deck plan, there is a little bar drawn in between to indicate connecting.
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