A Review of the Celebrity Edge (with Youngsters)
Once I acquired an invite for a preview crusing of the Celebrity Edge, I wasn’t initially excited. Our final cruise with Disney had been decidedly mediocre and we didn’t have one other cruise in our journey plans. However I used to be additionally intrigued. The Edge was purported to be probably the most superior ship ever, with some actually cool options like a cantilevered restaurant on the outside of the ship. After which once I talked about the invitation to my Eight-year-old daughter, she jumped on the alternative to overlook a pair days of faculty and be a part of me. I imply, what number of occasions would she have the ability to say she was one of many first youngsters ever on a ship?
So I accepted the invitation and we flew out from Santa Barbara on a Wednesday morning, connecting in Phoenix and Charlotte, and arriving into Fort Lauderdale round 8pm. The good factor about Fort Lauderdale is that the airport, a number of resorts, and the cruise port are all very shut collectively. Lower than 15 minutes after strolling off the aircraft we have been at our lodge.
Thursday morning we checked out of the lodge at 11:00 after which headed to the cruise port at midday. Examine-in and embarkation have been remarkably quick as a result of we had already accomplished all paperwork on-line, together with importing pictures. Undoubtedly do that, both by way of the app (iTunes | Google Play) or web site, with a view to skip strains. A couple of facial scans and a baggage verify later, we have been strolling onto the ship. We headed straight to our cabin.
Celebrity Edge Staterooms
We have been in stateroom 12228, close to the center of the ship on the deck proper under the pool. We all the time want stairs to elevators on ships, so it was a bit of little bit of a hike to Camp at Sea (the Deck Three youngsters membership) and the Deck four eating places, nevertheless it was extraordinarily near the pool, the Rooftop Backyard and the Oceanview Café – the primary buffet spot (and website of the all-important 24-hour espresso).
The cabin felt giant in comparison with cabins on different ships we’ve been on. There was loads of storage (drawers and closets), and the toilet was giant by ship requirements. 12228 sleeps 4. There was one king-size mattress and a sofa that transformed to a different mattress. There’s a really upscale really feel, together with the beautiful toilet and bathe.
One of many coolest parts is that there’s, and isn’t, a balcony. It’s principally an enclosed veranda (an “Infinite Veranda”), the place you possibly can have the inside door open and have a bigger cabin, or shut it off and have a separate patio. There’s a window that raises and lowers, giving you a similar really feel of an ordinary ship balcony. Once we have been within the stateroom my daughter spent half her time on the mattress and half in one of many chairs on the veranda – sometimes doing homework.
We LOVED strolling round and exploring the Celebrity Edge. It’s really an unimaginable ship from a design perspective. From the three-level Eden space to the pool and pool cabanas to the previously-mentioned cantilevered restaurant/lounge (the Flying Carpet), it’s spectacular. And it’s colourful (in a really stylish method) and there are locations to loosen up in all places. Our preview cruise was sadly solely two nights, and I’ve the sensation that even with all of our exploration, we missed rather a lot. Over a 7 or 10-day cruise, I’d love continuously discovering new locations to chill out and skim. And I went as much as the highest deck each mornings to observe the dawn, however each of them have been in the identical course relative to the entrance of the ship. I’d love to have the ability to see the dawn (and sunsets) from totally different spots.
There are 29 eating places, cafes, bars and lounges on the Edge, from the Oceanview Café that serves all meals (in buffet type) to Luminae and Blu that are reserved for sure suites/friends, to Fantastic Minimize Steakhouse, Le Grand Bistro / Le Petit Chef, Uncooked on 5, the Magic Carpet, the Rooftop Backyard Grill and Eden, with eating on a reserved foundation. Plus there are the primary 4 eating places (Tuscan, Cyprus, Normandie and Cosmopolitan). We had breakfast every day at Oceanview Café, lunch each days at Cosmopolitan, a late afternoon snack on the Mast Grill, and dinner at Le Petit Chef (the transformation of Le Grand Bistro within the night) and at Oceanview Café the second night time. We might have been extra adventurous, however once I journey with my youngsters, they get to decide on, and buffets are merely simpler and extra versatile than set seatings. Plus the meals on the buffet is legitimately good, with a number of meat and vegetarian decisions and worldwide alternatives (heads up – a few of the Indian dishes are spicy). And there are a ridiculous variety of desserts.
I discussed Le Petit Chef. Do that. Make a reservation and go. Don’t miss out. It prices an additional $55 and it’s value it – a very distinctive eating expertise the place your desk involves life by way of animation. The primary story line is that 4 cooks (one for every course) are competing to make one of the best dish, however the enjoyable is in watching every chef create your dish – proper earlier than the actual model comes out. It actually was enjoyable, and the animation is beautiful and artistic. Plus the meals was nice.
The Vibe / Child-Friendliness / Disney Comparability
So we’re not anti-Disney by any means, however our Disney Cruises have actually examined us as to how a lot Disney we will take. Nicely earlier than the top of our 12-night cruises with them we’ve gotten uninterested in the fixed Disney soundtrack, the characters all over the place, the themed dinners, and truthfully, the speaking right down to us by forged members (like listening to “wipey, wipey” once we would enter a eating room). And with employees continuously interacting with us, we all the time needed to be on and able to work together again. Against this, the Celebrity Edge was a welcome respite; far more the best way we wish to trip. The employees was skilled – all the time round once we needed them, however not in our faces in a fake-cheery manor once we didn’t. We might loosen up, and we might benefit from the luxurious. And we each felt like the complete ship was kid-friendly. My daughter was snug all over the place. She says she appreciated it higher than Disney – particularly the youngsters membership (information under) and the pool. She doesn’t want a water park or drop slide to have enjoyable. Give her a pleasant, uncrowded pool and she or he’s completely happy each time. And truthfully, my youngsters don’t need to be round 1,00zero different youngsters.
I might say that when you’ve got very lively teenagers, they could be bored on the Celebrity Edge. There’s not a basketball courtroom, or climbing wall, or arcade, or loopy pool like we’ve seen on different ships. There are a few ping-pong tables, and we liked enjoying big Jenga and ring toss on the Rooftop Backyard, and there’s a jogging monitor, however it’s undoubtedly not an amusement park. Once more, that’s good for a way we wish to journey. However you might be totally different.
Camp at Sea
Camp at Sea is the Celebrity Edge’s youngsters membership. There are literally three totally different sections, for Three-5 yr olds, 6-9 yr olds, and 10-12 yr olds. My daughter liked the part for 10-12 yr olds. It’s all STEM-based, with LEGO, robots and computer systems galore, plus video video games and interactive toys like Rubik’s Cubes. We additionally performed Foosball for some time.
My daughter was one in every of solely 4 youngsters on our crusing and she or he was utterly welcomed at Camp at Sea each time we went down there, however we will’t converse to any of the group actions (scavenger hunts, hula hooping, impediment programs, coding, robotics, and extra). Subsequent time.
Notice: Camp at Sea is complementary a number of hours a day, and there’s an hourly cost for different durations, or for sleeping (tenting) in a single day. Or you should purchase a package deal that features every part Camp-related).
Celebrity Edge Fundamentals
The Celebrity Edge holds 2,900 visitors. Our preview crusing had 1,943 visitors, so we have been roughly 2/Three full. It by no means felt remotely crowded anyplace, and I can’t think about that crusing at capability would really feel crowded fairly often.
The preliminary sailings are across the Caribbean (usually seven nights), after which in April the ship heads to the Mediterranean for 7-11 night time itineraries.
Relying on the crusing, costs begin at $999 to $1,849 per individual within the Caribbean and $1,709 to $four,189 within the Mediterranean. There’s a reduction for teams/households.
This ship made me like cruising once more! My daughter and I each wished that our cruise was rather a lot longer. We didn’t cease at any ports, so I can’t converse to the disembarkation/embarkation course of, however Celebrity appears to have every little thing else right down to a science so I’m optimistic that there gained’t be points in port. My youngsters aren’t super-social. They like studying and enjoyable, and respect luxurious and actually good meals, and that is a completely good (kid-friendly) environment for that – principally an exquisite upscale floating lodge the place you’ll be able to unpack as soon as and see totally different locations every single day. Type of good!