Celebrity's newest ship, the Edge, is more than a cruise ship. It's a destination in itself with innovations that are firsts on any ship. The Magic Carpet, the orange floating platform that is visible on the starboard side o the ship, moves up and down several times a day to serve lunch and dinner with a full bar area and musical performances (There is a surcharge here). The Magic Carpet also serves as a boarding platform to enter the plush seated tenders when the ship has to anchor in a port.
Another first is the infinity veranda. the top half moves up and down with the touch of a button. Curtains and a folding door can close off the veranda if you want the cabin darker. I left my window half way down during the whole cruise and never closed the curtains or doors. the sound of the ocean is very soothing. The cabin bathrooms are large with a roomy shower.
Duty free shopping onboard has reached "haute couture" heights with shops such as tiffany, Cartier and Bulgari. Dining on Celebrity Edge offers so many options that you need a few weeks to try them all. Among the complimentary opportunities are the four themed dining venue instead of one large main dining room: Cyprus, Normandie, Tuscan and Cosmopolitan, as well as Eden Cafe (lunch), oceanview cafe and Grand Plaza Cafe (lunch). Some of the specialty restaurants come with a small surcharge. The Rooftop Garden is a restaurant and also serves as an outdoor movie theatre and concert site. Cut into a delicious sirloin at Fine Cut Steakhouse, eat sushi at Raw on 5 among others, but for me, the star of the show was Le Petit Chef at the Grand Bistro.
Four animated competing chefs are projected on the table while they prepare different dishes. as soon as one chef finishes, a wait person appears at your side with the actual dish. and the food is delicious.
The Edge has many lounges and bars to have a drink, read a book or socialize at the Martini Bar. The spa has a rainfall water therapy room, infra red sauna massages and more.
Watch the magnificent Grand Plaza chandelier dance to music at night. and of course, there is Camp at Sea for youngsters from age 3 to the teens. At least once per cruise there is a "taste of the Edge" where tables are set up outside every dining venue so that passengers can sample a dish from each one. The ship is a techie's paradise. From your Iphone, you can open your cabin door, regulate cabin lights and temperature, make reservations, see deck plans and much more.
Celebrity Edge is sailing in Europe until fall when it returns to Ft Lauderdale on November 1. Then it will do 7 night eastern/western Caribbean itineraries and on December 8, there will be a moveable feast cruise with famous chefs, Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons.
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Ina Mesh, ctc
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