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  1. I've about decided to change from my Feb 2020 Equinox cruise to a Feb 2020 Edge cruise (same week, leaving a day later). I just need to wait to get through my upcoming birthday trip to make that change since it'll mean paying more on the deposit (I booked Equinox with the $20 deposits they ran recently, and even with the lack of Revolutionizing on the Equinox they won't just transfer the deposit over - I asked). Either way, it will be my first Celebrity cruise. But I have a question about dining. I really want to do Select so that I can experience each of the MDRs (as I understand it, with fixed you are assigned to one of the 4). But I'm gluten-free. I know on Disney (where you rotate MDRs but keep the same waitstaff) and on RCCL (where I've been able to make a reservation for the same time each night in My Time - for just between the 2 set times - and have been able to get the same table and waitstaff since I had that reservation) I've ordered the night before. Would that work with Select and changing MDRs each night? Has anyone done it? Or should I just pick the one MDR that appeals the most and reserve that one for the same time each night? Or are the menus clearly marked as to what is and isn't so pre-ordering would not be necessary? (I really don't want to do a fixed time because I hate being put at solo dump tables - or worse being the only solo with a group of couples - since most tables for fixed dining are shared as I understand it.) Thanks in advance!
  2. We are thinking of booking an aft Sky Suite on Celebrity Apex. I would like to be on deck 12, however, I know there is a public deck above and I wondered if anyone who has been in one of these aft suites or cabins can tell me if they are noisy as a result of the deck above? Similarly with the deck 7 cabins which I think are above Eden, are these noisy? Any info gratefully received.....
  3. Hello, Does anybody have Dailies for EDGE Amalfi cruises, 2019? We will really, really appreciate it. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!
  4. Can our attendant open the balcony door so my mom and I have a bigger balcony??
  5. Not sure if this is common knowledge, but I hadn't heard many details of the Edge Class after the Apex, so figured I'd share. I found this French article about the Apex from a few weeks ago and when translated, it says that Edge III, Edge IV and Edge V would be larger, with a new section added. They will be 140,600 tons vs 129,500 on the Edge/Apex and 1072 feet long as opposed to 1004 ft as with Edge and Apex. There will be about 1600 cabins as opposed to 1467 on Edge and Apex. It didn't say if the ships would be wider - hope they will be wider and might add some regular verandas or at least make the IV verandas bigger. 🙂 It looks they will be adding about 135 cabins and I would think that they would add more public space (maybe another lounge, book nook, card/game space?) - I would think that they would need to make the MDRs a bit bigger with 9% more cabins and probably about 300 more guests (? continuing with 4 MDRs), as well as Blu and maybe Luminae, if more suites. The pool area might need to expand a bit as well. I know the theater would have to expand - it only holds about 970 people on the Edge. Hopefully they will listen to feedback about the Edge while finalizing details for the Jumbos. Can't wait to see what the "Bee" (Beyond) will have to offer! This is the translated version - that 4 years of High School French really came in handy. 😉 "Chantiers de l'Atlantique launched the second of five cruise ships ordered by the American company Celebrity Cruises. Postponed for a day because of too strong wind, the transfer of the Celebrity Apex (K34) of the form B to the dock dock Penhoët, through the form-lock Jourbert, came Friday, May 17. An operation carried out by the teams of the Nazaire shipyard, the pilots of the Loire and the tugs of Boluda France. The K34 is the sister ship of the Celebrity Edge (J34), a 306 meter long and 39 meter wide vessel, 129,500 GT gauge and 1467 cabins delivered last October. It will be completed in March 2020. Three other ships will complete this class, with the 5th Edge order confirmed last month at Chantiers de l'Atlantique. These future ships will nevertheless be larger than their two eldest, thanks to the addition of an additional section. The length will be increased to 327 meters and the gauge to 140,600 GT. As for the number of cabins, which is not yet official, it should turn around 1600. The L34, the first of these "Edge Jumbo", will be delivered in 2021, the next M34 in 2022 and the N34 in 2024." https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/les-chantiers-de-latlantique-mettent-leau-le-celebrity-apex
  6. I did check up on the edge class cabin info but I did not find this particular cabin. I just received confirmation from my travel agent and they said this cabin is obstructed? If so how bad is it. Thanks
  7. Grateful for anyone’s experience who has stayed in the aft cabins on Celebrity Edge (deck 7) which are directly above Eden. Concerned as to whether noise is an issue...many thanks in advance.
  8. Does anyone have a recent list for the "Premium Wine by the bottle" package on the Edge? I saw a list that wasn't dated and it listed Perrier Jouet as the premium champagne. I'm particularly interested in verifying if that is correct. Thanks.
  9. We didn't really plan for this, but we felt like we got an offer that was too good to turn down - it may not be, compared to many other offers, but we thought so! My parents-in-law "actively-accidentally" found the December 1, 2019 Eastern Caribbean (FLL-San Juan-Tortola-Philipsburg-FLL) sailing at a nice rate which included grats and the classic beverage package, but after a bit of research on various TA websites I found an even better deal for them - and it ended up with me and my wife going as well! A GTY cat. 11 deluxe inside with prepaid grats, 300$ OBC ("Sail Plus" perks) and additionally 100$ OBC (TA perk) at $ 2,191.90 total for my wife and me. The TA doesn't have anymore cat. 11 at this group rate, so we were lucky to get the last! A GTY cat. 1B deluxe veranda with Classic Beverage Package, 300$ OBC ("Sail Plus" perks) and additionally prepaid grats (TA perk) at 3,411.90 total for my parents-in-law. The TA still has this group rate, and strangely now with a specific stateroom number - but only one stateroom left. On top of that, we snatched some quite cheap plane tickets (especially seeing that this is the weekend after Thanksgiving, which, however, we don't celebrate in Denmark/Europe) from our local airport via Frankfurt to Miami, booked with United, but flown by Lufthansa. LH themselves strangely didn't have any regular Economy tickets left, only Economy Flex, but United had regular Economy tickets left. We were a bit nervous about booking with a US TA and us being from Europe, but I called the TA before booking to assure that we would indeed receive all the advertised perks, and that there were no other restrictions on booking from outside US/CA. Booking went smooth and initial booking confirmation was received instantly, and a revised confirmation with our chosen Sail Plus perks should arrive within 48 hours. So far, so good. We sailed on Equinox in January (MIA-San Juan-Charlotte Amalie- Samaná (originally Punta Cana) -Nassau-MIA, and had already booked another cruise on Equinox in January 2021 (Western Caribbean), and didn't really plan on going again in-between, but at our recent wedding we received a travel gift card from my parents-in-law at ~750$, which actually meant that we could afford this cruise in December as well. My parents-in-law have cruised four times with Celebrity thus far, but like my wife and I not on Edge yet, so both my wife and I and my parents-in-law are very excited to get "the Edge vibe". By the way, it seemed that we couldn't choose any specific stateroom number for any of the TA's group block offers, only if we chose a standard/full-rate pricing. Is that normal? Ie., when booking in a group block, you would be assigned a GTY stateroom? Our previous and upcoming Equinox booking were both made directly with the Scandinavian Celebrity office, hence we received our stateroom number at time of booking, so I don't know if the GTY stateroom is normal procedure when booking in group blocks.
  10. Yep, it's yet another Edge pricing thread... I'm just browsing X cruises as I'm probably going to book one later today and I came across this :- Edge sets sail from Rome in just five days time. Yet according to Celebrity UK it currently has 34 sky suites available to book including 32 x SS1 and 2 x SS2 staterooms. It also has 13 available Aquaclass rooms including 11 x A1 and 2 x A2 staterooms. Considering their move up program has been adopted by Celebrity UK now I find this surprising. Across the insides, the ocean views and other balcony cabins Celebrity UK is showing an additional 173 cabins available to book for a total of an apparent 220 empty staterooms. You can all verify this by performing a dummy booking on the UK site. I read on here all the time that X ships are sailing full. Well Edge certainly isn't... It kind of proves that Edge pricing is artificially inflated and that RCL prefer to sail with empty cabins rather than drop their prices.
  11. Folks, we had some questions about the club on EDGE. I noticed that some pretty cool entertainment, especially some aerialists have been presented in the club. We also saw some pretty interesting bits (to us geeks) about the rather steam-punk Andromeda events in there. So my question is whether those are still (as of Spring 2019) happening on EDGE cruises, and whether there is a hard age limit for the club. At least one of our daughters is under 18 but would be sad to miss out on aerialists and the like if they were limited to happening in an age-limited club. Any info on the events they are doing in the club and how they are handling access would be appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Since many people who are booked on the Edge or who are thinking of booking the Edge seem to be confused about the Edge cabin categories, hopefully the following info will help. This thread is meant to cover the non-suite cabins only to keep it more manageable - there are some suite threads out there. Cabin Types: Insides (9% of cabins): Deluxe Inside categories 09, 10, 11 (depends on deck) - 202 sq ft Deluxe Inside accessible - 09 - 231 sq ft - one on deck 9, one on deck 11 Inside - category 12 - 181 sq ft These cabins still have the larger bathrooms and showers, king beds and other amenities of other Edge cabins (no window or veranda). There are pictures and descriptions in the link here (and scroll down for a couple more pictures) - this is 10168, which is the smaller inside - category 12: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2631115-thrifty-couple-celebrity-edge-review-jan-27th-to-feb-3/?do=findComment&comment=56712673 Oceanview - OV - (10% of cabins): Panoramic OV - IO - 212 sq ft - on deck 6 Deluxe OV - 06 - 238 sq ft - looks out of front of ship on decks 8, 9 Deluxe OV accessible - 06 - 348 sq ft - windows look forward (front of ship) on decks 8, 9 OV - 07 - 200 sq ft OV - 08 - 200 sq ft These cabins still have the larger bathrooms and showers, king beds and other amenities of other Edge cabins (no veranda). Here is a Panoramic View - 6137 - they all seem to have tender views (on deck 6): A review of another Panoramic OV with link to more pictures: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56380678 The forward OV's (looking out over the front of the ship - category 06) have large round or square windows. A link to some pictures and review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56407049 Veranda - Traditional (6.5%): Deluxe OV with Veranda - 1A - 201 sq ft with 40 sq ft veranda - has slider that goes to veranda, which has a round opening (is considered partially obstructed because the round opening limits the view when sitting on the veranda). These are forward and aft. Deluxe OV with Veranda - 1B (lower decks) - 201 sq ft with 40 sq ft veranda - has slider that goes to veranda, which has a round opening (is considered partially obstructed because the round opening limits the view when sitting on the veranda). These are forward and aft. Here is what they look like from the outside (round porthole veranda openings). Here are some links to reviews and some pictures of a Deluxe OV with Veranda: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56349736 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56328649 Sunset Veranda (36 of these cabins in the aft between the corner S1's): 228 sq ft with average 89 sq ft veranda These have the typical Edge cabin amenities, but are slightly larger than infinite verandas and have large traditional (open) balconies. These pictures are from 10269: This guest had the connecting section of the balconies opened (unlocked by cabin attendant) since friends were in the cabin next door: This is what they look like from the outside (the Sky Suites are in the corners of each deck - the Sunset Verandas are the 36 cabins in between): A review of a Sunset Veranda and more pictures: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56327772 Infinite Veranda (62.5%): Aqua Class 1, 2 with Infinite Veranda (determined by location) - 201 sq ft - 42 sq ft veranda Aqua Class 1 Accessible - 304 sq ft with 65 sq ft veranda (Aqua Class has access to Blu as restaurant for breakfast and dinner and complimentary access to Thermal Suite, as well as an upgraded shower and other AQ amenities) Concierge 1, 2, 3 with Infinite Veranda (determined by location) - 201 sq ft - 42 sq ft veranda (concierge cabin the same as other IVs, but concierge class has a few more amenities) Concierge 1 Accessible with Infinite Veranda - 304 sq ft with 65 sq ft veranda Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda E1, E2, E3, E4 (determined by location) - 201 sq ft - 42 sq ft veranda Edge Accessible Stateroom with Veranda - 304 sq ft with 65 sq ft veranda Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda - 142 sq ft with 42 sq ft veranda The Celebrity description: "The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water’s edge." The Infinite Veranda (IV), is a non-traditional veranda that is separated from the living area with bi-fold doors. The veranda area is a bit smaller than traditional balconies on X ships and has two chairs and a small table. There is floor to ceiling glass looking out to the ocean (flush to the ship as opposed to protruding out, as most traditional balconies do). The top half of the glass drops down at the push of a button, opening the veranda up to the outside. One can sit and look out of the bottom window or stand at the "rail" and look out. There is a shade that can be activated with another button. Each button needs to be held down to open and close the window and shade so each can be partially opened or closed (a button on the control panel will open/close the shade all the way). They both make a moderately loud noise when operating. The captain can lock the windows in bad weather or when windows need washing or maintenance. When the glass is open, the AC does not work (as when a traditional balcony slider is left open). When the bi-fold door are closed, it is not a tight fit so the AC still may not function. Some leave the bi-fold door open all the time to add more space to the living area. There has been a lot of discussion here about the pros and cons of the IV. Those who have sailed in them have mixed reviews - many have found them not to their liking and say they will never book them again, others liked them and would book them again and many others are ambivalent and have found positives and negatives. Here are some of the pros and cons people have discussed: Cons: -some say it feels like an oceanview with a window that opens, not like a cabin with a veranda -too small - tiny table - can't do room service easily on veranda - no room for foot stools or reclining chairs -have to move furniture around to shut bi-fold doors -shade is on a track and can't lift it to see weather/port/ocean when it is down - have to activate it and it is loud so may wake other person in room - also would wake other person if opened glass, due to noise -no curtain in front of bi-fold doors so one person can't go onto veranda and enjoy the ocean view while leaving the room darkened -when upper glass is dropped down, the double lower glass has a tint -when glass dropped, AC goes off and living area gets too warm -can be locked by Captain so that unable to open at times Pros: -floor to ceiling view of ocean when in living area -bigger living area when bi-fold doors left open -option to have sun room or open to the outside - makes a nice sun room when have inclement weather -less direct sun if prefer or medically need to avoid sun -quieter on veranda since don't usually hear neighbors in next veranda -more privacy because people can't hear you talking or peek around the veranda dividers as on a traditional veranda -can stand at "rail" and have a similar view as a traditional veranda with a little more wind protection and privacy In addition to the veranda, all IV cabins have a king size bed except the single IVs have queens. They all have the larger bathrooms (larger than other Celebrity bathrooms) with larger showers. As with all Edge staterooms, they have electronic controls, a huge TV and more than lots of storage space (there is more dresser space, but the closet space seems a bit less). They are decorated in neutral colors that some will love and others will not. Here are some pictures: This is what they look like from the outside (you can see the glass down on some of them): View at rail: Here are some IV reviews, some more negative and some more positive: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56361664 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56407320 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56746784 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56291465 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56448387 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56639072 Single IV (16 singles on deck 6): These are smaller - 142 sq ft with 42 sq ft veranda. They do not have a sofa and have much less storage area. They have queen beds. They still have good-sized bathrooms with larger showers. A review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/?do=findComment&comment=56526345 Here are a few pictures: The Infinite Veranda Accessible cabins are 304 sq ft with 65 sq ft veranda. They have a king bed, a much larger bathroom and veranda and a closet where the rack can be pulled down from below. That's the overview of the non-suite Edge cabins. Also, please visit the Edge Cabin Information sticky at the top of the Cruise Critic Celebrity Forum - there are 36 cabins reviewed so far and hopefully others will follow as more people cruise the Edge. There are a lot of pictures of various cabins on that thread and a spreadsheet with lots of info about specific cabins. If anyone wants to add to the spreadsheet, please read the first post about how to post info about your cabin. 🙂 https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609144-edge-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/ Here are the Edge cabin category numbers/percentages: http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/EDGE/Celebrity_Edge_Stateroom_Internal_Categories.pdf This site will give you deck plans, cabin layouts and pictures (depictions and actual pictures): https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Celebrity-Edge This resource identifies various obstructed view cabins and the percentage of obstruction - note that for many, it is just a blocked view to one side by a bump out, though others may be more significantly impacted, such as with a lifeboat blocking part of the outward view. http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/Flyers/EDGE_Percent_Obstructed_View.pdf Here are virtual tours of Edge cabins: http://thecelebritycommitment.com/360/EDGE/Edge.html I'm sure I've forgotten some things so feel free to add to this - it is meant to be a resource for those looking to book the Edge or those who have booked and aren't quite sure what they booked. 🙂
  13. There is a "How Sweet Will the Sweet Life Be on the Edge?" thread from last year prior to the launch of the ship, where there was much speculation about Edge suite life. Though there has been some info posted on that thread post launch, it is difficult for people looking for accurate info to find it in one place (it is a long, winding thread, with lots of speculation). There were some surprises in the actual suite life that were not gleaned from Celebrity marketing materials. I will outline what I have learned from my own Edge Sky Suite experiences and will post pictures of all of the suites on the Edge (I was able to tour all of them). Hopefully, others will join in with their experiences and Edge suite tips and secrets. FYI, I also started a Edge Non-Suite Cabin overview thread that looked at all of the non-suite Edge cabins that hopefully will help people make informed choices of class and location (there is a chart outlining partially obstructed cabins, for instance). The Edge Suite Life: Of the 1497 staterooms on the Edge, 176 or 12% are suites (compared to present M and S Class have 5-7% suites), with 146 Sky Suites and 30 upper level suites. There are new types of upper level suites, the Iconic (2) and Edge Villa (6), as well as the old favorites of Penthouse (2), Royal (4) and Celebrity Suites (16). Here are some other Fast Facts: FAST FACTS / FEATURES • The Retreat Sundeck Total Square Footage: 12,701 sq. ft. o Seating Capacity: 190 o Pool – 16.8 ft. L X 10.9 ft. W X 4 ft. D o Bar – 19 ft. long, seats eight • The Retreat Lounge Total Square Footage: 2,756 sq. ft., plus an 829 sq. ft. outdoor terrace with connection to the Suite Sun Deck – a total of 3,585 sq. ft. o Seating Capacity: 100 Seats Indoor + 28 Seats Outdoor • Luminae @ The Retreat Total Square Footage: 4,133 sq. ft. o Seating Capacity: 170 Seats This was the first Celebrity ship to have an exclusive suite sun deck (The Retreat Sundeck) and now the Millie also has a Retreat Sundeck and the Michael's Club on Millie is now called the Retreat Lounge, with more ships to follow as the Revolution changes each M and S Class ship. The Edge has the Luminae suite dining room and other Revolutionized ships will continue to have a Luminae suite dining room. On the Edge, all three are positioned forward on decks 12 (Luminae), 15 (Retreat Lounge) and 16 (Retreat Sundeck). The suite life starts prior to the cruise with upper level suites:  Pre-Cruise: If in a Celebrity Suite and above, you should receive a call from the shore concierge within a few weeks prior to the cruise. They can help get your needs and desires taken care of before you board (type of liquor and beverages in room for upper level suites except Celebrity suites, reservations, special requests, etc.). Embarkation: Terminal 25 (T25) offers Suite Class guests an entirely separate experience along the path to The Retreat, with an exclusive elevator, a lounge, screening areas and even a private rooftop terrace. After you go through the private screening area, you go right into the lounge area. There is coffee, tea, non-alcoholic beverages and pastries and fruit, etc. to start off the cruise. While seated, check-in people walk through and ask to see your passport and scan it in and take or retake your picture, if needed. There is an elevator to the rooftop terrace, which seems to be usually empty. There are several tables/chairs with umbrellas up there and a great view of the ship for picture-taking. There is a guard up there who is happy to chat - they are there to keep people from jumping down to a staircase close by and then getting onboard the ship (apparently it has happened). Suite Check In Sign Security Screening Greeters T25 Retreat Lounge Outside Terrace After the ship is cleared, the suite guests will be the first to board. All passengers can head to their staterooms, obtain their Sea Pass cards from the mail slot next to the stateroom door, leave their carry-ons and proceed to the Retreat Lounge on Deck 15, Retreat Sundeck on 16 or Luminae for lunch, if open (usually open on embarkation day around 11:30). Your Sea Pass card will open the doors to the Retreat Lounge and Retreat Sundeck. The Retreat Lounge: The Retreat Lounge consists of a long, sort of a crescent-shaped room with floor to ceiling windows at one end and a door to an outdoor deck on the other end (this was the Retreat Lounge deck, not to be confused with the Sundeck, which is one deck up). It was designed by Kelly Hoppen and has many comfortable couches and chairs with coffee tables and tables, chairs, bench seating in the narrow part of the crescent that is near the food area. The outside deck is set up with several tables and chairs for dining/drinking and some comfy chairs for sitting, relaxing, reading. It has ocean views and is all enclosed except is open above the railing overlooking ocean. It is a nice place to have a continental breakfast before a morning excursion or a shady place to have drinks or read. The stairs up to the Retreat Sundeck are out there (can also take the elevator outside of the Retreat lounge). TV Outside Retreat Lounge Deck Stairway to the Retreat Sundeck The Retreat Lounge is open 24/7, with bar service during the day into the late evening. There is a continental type breakfast in the morning, with a coffee, latte, cappucinno, etc. machine and Tea Forte tea. There are bites to eat at other times of the day and a tea in the late afternoon. There are some pre-dinner bites, including sushi. There are self-serve coolers with bottled water, Pelligrino and sodas in the Lounge. Continental Breakfast Evening Snacks One of the surprises was that there wasn't a free standing bar in the Retreat Lounge as found in Michael's Clubs, though there is attentive bar service service from roving servers (and all drinks are complimentary in the lounge). They explained to us that they didn't want anything to come between the guests and the staff (like a bar). The idea is for the servers to rove through the room, chatting and taking orders. There has been a lot of discussion about this - many people miss being able to sit at the bar and talk with the bartender and other guests (especially those cruising alone or who visit the Retreat Lounge without their partners/roommates). They stock a variety of wines, beers and make most anything for cocktails (have top shelf items and will try to obtain items you request by the next time you visit, if they don't have it). There are 3 Retreat Lounge concierges (more than usual due to the high number of suites). The Retreat concierges will help you with any questions, dining reservations, shore excursions, special requests and much more. They are usually very busy that first day, so you may need to wait a bit. They also can have someone from Shore Excursions or Future Cruises come to the Retreat to book excursions or cruises, if desired. If you want something like a bridge tour or have something you are celebrating onboard, the concierges will try to make your wishes come true. They have a small round desk with chairs around it - again, it was explained that they didn't want a big desk between the concierges and guests. There always seems to be at least one of them available in the Retreat and they also rove through and stop to see how things are going. They have some some special events there, such as musical performances or meet and greet officers. The menus for Luminae, the specialties, the MDRs and Blu are available, along with extra dailies. There are 2 single bathrooms with electronic doors that are tricky to operate. You need to remember to lock the door after it automatically shuts (it seems secure, but it will suddenly open at inopportune times, if not locked). Retreat Concierge Desk (Table) Retreat Bathrooms Retreat Bathroom Opening and Lock Switches Retreat Sundeck: The Retreat Sundeck on deck 16 has many comfortable and pretty padded loungers (some were double ones) and other types of chairs, with side tables. There seems to be plenty of seating for all, between the forward section near the bar and the back part of the sundeck with seating around the Solarium dome. The forward section, with the bar, pool and hot tub seems to have a vibrant feel when busy, though not loud. The back section is quieter and a better place fore reading or a nap. They play background music at a softer level than the main pool, but the music when I was there was some sort of mediocre acoustic sound. The Retreat Pool Bar is a nice spot to hang out, with seats at the bar and several tables for dining or having drinks. They had a limited menu of snacks and lunch. You can eat a full lunch at the tables and at the time we were there, they would also serve snacks at your loungers. The bar service is friendly attentive, with servers wandering through both sections of the Sundeck. The Pool Bar charges for drinks if you don't have a drink package. You need to give them your Sea Pass when you get a drink. Most people in suites have Go Best (and suites above the CS's have premium beverage packages). There is a pool and hot tub with some basket chairs hanging over the pool. The pool isn't huge - it was always popular when I was up there, but not full by any means. The hot tub was also popular and the basket chairs seemed to have lots of fans. Retreat Pool Bar and Tables Shaded Areas Luminae: Luminae is the dining room for suite guests - breakfast and dinner served every day and lunch is served on sea days. It is a walk-in restaurant, though with the large number of suite guests on the Edge, they may suggest reservations for dinner for your cruise. Suite guests can invite non-suite guests to dine there, for a fee, based on availability ($10 B, $20 L, $30 D). It can placed on the suite guest's bill or the non-suite guest's bill. There is a Maitre d' and hostess in Luminae. The food and service are generally excellent in Luminae. Here is the breakfast menu and some pictures. They also go around with a pastry tray - the pastries are a bit of a step up from other venues onboard (though the croissants from Le Grand Bistro are authentically flaky and delicious, IMO). There are 3-4 rotating lunch menus for sea days. Lunch here is a treat. This is the usual embarkation menu and some pictures: The dinner menu has fewer choices than the Main Dining Room, but they are accommodating with special requests for modifying the items on the menu or, if made the day before, requests for off-menu items. They don't allow ordering from the MDR menus as they do on other X ships because Luminae is on Deck 12 Forward and the MDRs are on Decks 3-4 Aft. Staff reported that the Luminae galley is quite small so couldn't handle making a lot of extra items, though they did add an everyday menu including Caesar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, French Onion Soup, Escargots, Chicken Breast, Steak and Salmon. Menus for the 7 days are in this thread: There is a one-stall bathroom in Luminae and public restrooms by the Spa Cafe are available one floor up by elevator or stairs that just outside of Luminae.  Suites have butlers who can help you with reservations, meals served in your suite (we have had dinners on the balcony served course by course, buy may depend upon their workload), serve Cafe al Bacio coffee/cappuccino in the suite in the morning, work with guests services on issues (such as plumbing/mechanical problems with the suite, errors on your bill, etc.), set up parties in your suite and much, much more (can unpack for you, if you really want that). The Retreat concierges and butlers often work together to make things happen. Note that the upper suites usually receive more attention to their wants/needs, which makes sense since they may be paying $20-50,000. That said, we were in 3 different Sky Suites on the Edge and felt pampered. Here is a list of suite amenities: http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/AMENITIES_GRID_sales_11x17.pdf Other suite perks: There is reserved suite seating in the theater on Chic nights. Suite guests have preference for booking specialty dining. Suite guests receive priority tendering. Suite guests get priority luggage delivery. There are many other perks listed in the brochure (link above). Disembarkation: Edge suite disembarkation includes having the Retreat Lounge as a comfortable place to wait to be escorted by the concierge to exit the ship. Getting off the Edge is generally painless if you have nothing to claim. You find your luggage (area well-marked) and with facial recognition you are allowed to walk off without stopping at customs (at least in FLL). There is complimentary Luggage Valet in suites in ports where that is done (you leave your luggage outside your door the last night and it is on the carousel at your home airport when you arrive). Unique to Edge suites: If traveling with a group and some people in the group are in a connecting suite, any people in their group in a non-suite connecting to that suite will receive access to The Retreat, but with no other suite amenities, including butler service. There are 8 Family Suites, available only during Christmas and New Years sailings: The Celebrity Family Suites (2 pairs CS- C2) and Sky Family Suites (6 pairs SV + S1) are only available during Christmas and New Year’s Eve sailings. The brochure will identify that the rooms can convert to family suites. To book, you must to call Reservations as these suites will be held back. Note if they do not sell they will re-categorize to the original categories. Common Themes in Positives and Negatives Reported by Edge Suite Guests So Far: Many people in Edge suites who have done reviews have had an overall positive experience, though have often identified suite issues. Here are some themes seen on Cruise Critic. Most are from Sky Suites since there have been few reviews of upper suites. Positives: 1) The Retreat Sundeck seems to be a home run. Some have wished for more shaded areas, but overall people like the comfortable seating, staff and service. There seems to be enough loungers for all and the no complaints about noise levels that I have seen. It can get windy up there at times, though the windscreens do a pretty good job of keeping it comfortable most of the time. 2) The Retreat Lounge - there have been positive comments on the comfort and attractiveness of the furniture and space and the mellow atmosphere. The food is a plus and drink service are positives and the outside deck is a nice addition. The concierges are very attentive and work hard to meet the needs of the guests. The suite manager has also worked hard to help solve suite issues. 3) Luminae - many have remarked that the space is beautiful and food and service excellent. 4) The Sky Suites - excellent storage (though somewhat smaller dresser in aft S1's), attractive decor (surprised that it looked better in person), beds facing the ocean have been enjoyed. The bathrooms are bigger (to the detriment of the living area), with a huge double sink, a vanity, a separate toilet area with a door and a huge Roman shower/bathtub with a great shower head. All have good-sized balconies, with the aft S1 with a huge 163 sq ft balcony - the balconies seem generally quite private. 5) Easy embarkation and debarkation. 6) Overall sense of being pampered in suites on this ship. Negatives: 1) Price - the cost of suite living on the Edge has stayed high and some have said they won't book again until prices drop. 2) Substandard Balcony Furniture in Sky Suites - this has been a huge dissatisfier for many. The furniture is a big step down, where sky suites, and even many concierge and Aqua cabins on other X ships, have reclining chairs, footstools and tables big enough for room service. They have been bringing loungers for people in suites who request them, but IMO they should be standard or at least they should have reclining chairs, foot stools and a larger table. There hasn't been a lot of feedback from guests in the upper suites, but we have heard about the lack of loungers on the Celebrity Suite balconies (they have padded chairs and larger table - no foot stools and one guest was refused a lounger). Room service on the balcony is a big part of the suite life for many. Hopefully, they will listen to the feedback and fix these issues on the Edge and plan to have better furniture on the Apex. 3) Lack of Coffee Table/Comfortable Chair in Sky Suites - the lack of a coffee table in the living area (and shelf space in general) makes it even more difficult to have room service (this may be in the process of being remedied with coffee tables being added). Also, there were some designer rocking chairs in each Sky Suite, though they were too large for the space and were removed after 3 months. At this time, these rockers haven't been replaced by a smaller rocker or other comfortable chair (and the couch has been described as uncomfortable by many). 4) Position of Beds in Sky Suites - When marketing the sky suites, it appeared that all were going to have beds that faced the ocean and a window over the bed that was a mirror in the bathroom that could become a window to look at the ocean. Many of us following the build were doubtful that all would have beds that face the ocean because of some renditions showing otherwise. It was a disappointment to many to find that their suites had beds against a sidewall and no mirror/window in the bathroom. My guess is that they found that floor plan would not fit in all of the various Sky Suite footprints and had to make changes after the marketing had started. It appeared that this never was passed on to TAs and X reps, as they still were saying that all Sky Suite beds faced the ocean. 4) Retreat Lounge lack of bar has impacted the use of the lounge for many. Though many have reported enjoying the Retreat Sundeck, there seems to be less satisfaction with the Retreat Lounge because of the lack of a bar. On S Class, the bar seems to be a central part of Michael's Club - the lack of one in the Retreat is noticeable. There have been some reports from staff that they are planning to have a stand alone bar in the Retreat Lounge on the Apex. 5) Luminae - Some have commented upon Luminae being noisy when busy, likely because it is one big open space. There have also been complaints about the lack of choices in the menus and about not being able to order from the MDR menus. 6) Leaky shower/bathtubs in the Sky Suites and has also been reported in a CS. The Sky Suite shower was originally open, without any enclosure or curtain. Water was flowing along the rim of the tub and then out onto the floor. They added a plexiglass section (about a foot wide) on one side to help block the flow of water on that side and then the flow went to the other side. A soap dish was glued on that rim and that helped with the majority of the leak, but there still was an issue when water sprayed out due to positioning of shower head or of the person showering. A curtain was added and there is less leaking, but there are still some reports of issues. It seems to be a design flaw that will likely be remedied on the Apex. 7) Lack of adequate bathrooms in Luminae or nearby. Electronic bathroom doors in Retreat Lounge bathrooms and Luminae bathroom are difficult to operate and slow to open/close. Hopefully, this thread will be helpful for people who are looking to book an Edge suite. I hope that others will add their experiences and things I may have forgotten. Those that have been on the Edge and haven't done a cabin review for the Edge Class sticky at the top of the Celebrity Forum can add their reviews by clicking the link below. Just copy the template in the first post and paste it into a new post - add your info and pictures and submit the post. It would be great to pay it forward for those searching for the best cabins. Thank you to all who have done reviews and added some great pictures! There are several Edge suites reviewed below (mostly Sky Suites) and lots of pictures, if you are in the process of choosing a suite. Next post will have features and pictures of all types of Edge suites...
  14. Be warned about the Infinite Verandas on the Edge. If one person gets up early and wants to sit on the Balcony and opens the shade, The WHOLE cabin is flooded with light and the 2nd person could wake up. CEL need to add a 2nd dark Curtin at the start of the Balcony to keep the light out. They are testing adding Tint or frosting to the Glass. This will not work!
  15. We will be traveling for Christmas this year. Traveling with 8 people 3 of them being kids ages 10,12 and 14. What is there to do on Edge??? These kids are active and like doing stuff all the time.
  16. Doing the trans-Atlantic and I have not seen if the Edge has that laundry line in the shower to dry “undies”. The idea of using magnets on the walls leads to asking if the walls are still steel. Hope your voyage on the Edge was enlightening, Thanks
  17. Hello, Does anybody know if there is Mahjong set aboard Edge?
  18. I booked this TA the day the schedule opened, and then spent over a year watching the build. This was both a reunion cruise with friends, and a much needed break from work. Despite some frustrations with our IV cabin, my DH & I had a wonderful cruise on this beautiful ship. During our fifteen days aboard Edge, I had hoped to try every venue at least once, visit every piece of art, and thoroughly explore the public areas of the ship. I didn't quite reach my goal, but we almost made it🙂 This was our sixth cruise, and our first at Captain's Club Elite level (hello, lovely laundry benefit!). We've sailed both M & S class, most recently on Silhouette last summer. Our music and art tastes are broad, and we enjoy both the classical and the Edgy (couldn't resist lol). I'll review: embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale our cabin, including our experience with the layout & functionality of the IV itself our impressions of cabins we saw on our cabin crawl our impressions of the ship herself, and her officers, staff, and crew the four main dining rooms, the OVC, plus lunch at Eden four specialty restaurants, including Eden drinks in Eden, the Casino bar, the Martini bar, Sunset bar, and on the Magic Carpet several shows, including Eden the music the art the pool deck, Rooftop Garden, and track Guest Relations & Future Cruises Captain's Club, Concierge, and Cruise Critic events disembarkation in Southampton I'll try to post segments daily, including some photos and video, and hope to have finished within a week. Please remember that I'm posting my opinions (sometimes including those of my DH) only. Others on the same TA will have had different experiences, and have different opinions.
  19. Maiden call at Piraeus ,some days ago..
  20. We are sailing on the Edge next month and we apparently have unlimited specialty dining as a perk of our stateroom. However, I can't seem to make reservations via the Cruise Planner without having to pay. Do we wait until we are onboard before making the reservations (I am afraid they will all be booked out by that time) or do we reserve via the Cruise Planner, pay the fee and then have it refunded to our onboard account upon boarding? Thanks in advance!
  21. Calling Celebrity gets me conflicting answers. If you have a suite and NO DRINK PACKAGE are drinks ( liquor, beer , soda, bottled water) complimentary in the Retreat lounge? Retreat Pool Bar? In your stateroom? Also can you eat, complimentary , at BLU?
  22. Is it worth bothering to go on the Behind the Scenes Access Tour on a sea day on Edge, if we've already done one on the Equinox? Wondering how different it is on Edge and whether it's worth the money to go again?
  23. Celebrity talked bout making many changes from the reviews. What if any have the accomplished?
  24. Is this against the rules? Ran into this guy when looking for reviews for a different cruise, really like his reviews. It's in cantonese, but has english subtitels. I wanted to put this here because 1) I like this guy's reviews, and 2) I think for people this can give an insight as to the demographic they are chasing. For some griping, I like his reviews a lot because all the Americans seem to be trying to do Vlogging these days and are trying to become influencers and half the video are their face. I don't want to see your face, I want to see the ship. Also I feel like I can trust his food reviews, coming from a very metropolitan city and obviously very well traveled (and an amateur chef from his other videos). He actually shows the food up close and critiques it well.
  25. Relaxing sail away with Linda Capewell on Rooftop Garden We are staying in Sky Suite. It was 2 chairs and table on decl. We asked butler to put lounger, he said no problem. Butler also said they no longer put rocking chairs in room. He wasn’t very friendly but room attendant was super nice. Eden Cafe was not open for embarcation lunch so we went to Luminae which was great! the retreat area for suites is amazing, both the inside section and the outside section. Tons of different types of chairs, I can see us spending a lot of time there this week. when we boarded first thing we did was go to the retreat lounge to do restaurant reservations as we had 8 night specialty package. There were 3 people ahead but went fairly quick. There were lots of spots already sold out but we were pretty happy with our reservations. we stayed in rome pre-cruise and used rome cabs for the transfer. Very easy. 130 euro for 2 people. Left at 915 and it took about an hour. We basically walked on the ship, super quick!! overall ship feels a lot less crowded than our usual cruises (RCCL Oasis class ships)
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