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  1. Hopefully that video works! I was playing around with Google photos and tried out the movie option .
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  3. Thank you, we really had a wonderful time on this cruise. I can’t say enough about the pre cruise City Stay package and all the excursions we booked through Celebrity. Enjoy your cruise!
  4. Here is the menu from the Veuve Cliquot dinner we attended. This was very pricey, and I’m not sure we would have done this if we didn’t have obc to use.
  5. Here’s a photo of the menu from the Chef’s Table as well as the book we were given at the end of the meal. We were not charged anything additional for the wine pairings (we had the premium package). The service was excellent, and the head chef was really personable. My absolute favorite dish was the short rib. Sorry for the lack of photos of the food, but did not want to interrupt the flow of the meal by taking pictures.
  6. Thank you! We were on the Summit a few years ago to Bermuda and it was one of our favorite cruises.
  7. Due to the school year calendar I can only travel during school vacations. We’ll be on the Summit on the 7/19/20 sailing.
  8. The excursions in Marseille and Villefranche were through Celebrity. They were well organized with great guides and drivers 👍
  9. We just returned, and did a tour of the spa. Our cabin category was CS, and we were told a week pass for two would be 399.00.
  10. Final thoughts on the cruise: This was a port intensive itinerary, so we really did not spend that much time on the ship. This is something to keep in mind if you are really interested in visiting these ports, but don’t want to pay the higher prices of the Edge. The public areas we did have a chance to spend time in we really loved. Eden is beautiful. We loved the performance, but can understand if it’s not for everyone. Hot Summer Night’s Dream was a great show. We also enjoyed the vocalists a few times in Eden. The art work around the ship is worth the time to explore. There is a book in the cabins that is really helpful as it lists the artwork by location with information about the pieces. I have a few more photos to add, including the menus from the Veuve Cliquot and Chef’s Table dinner. The cabin really had some functionality issues. When you are paying that much money for a suite you shouldn’t have to worry about the bathroom floor getting soaked when you take a shower, bumping into the protruding legs of a rocking chair, or disposals in the bathroom that just don’t work. There is a phone in the WC that would fall off the wall every time the WC door closed. The balcony furniture is just not comfortable. I missed having a walk in closet (I know, first world problems). The way the closet doors are set up in the bedroom made it really a pain for the two of us to get ready at the same time. This was actually the first time we noticed a real lack of storage space in a cabin. The interior design is meant to have a clean look, but with the lack of storage a lot of our things ended up all over the counter or draped over the rocking chair. I’m going to wait and see what changes are made (if any) before we book another Edge class ship. Did we have a great time? Of course we did! The crew is top notch, the ports are gorgeous, the food was outstanding, and the entertainment we saw was wonderful. I usually book another cruise while onboard, and ended up booking the Summit for next summer with stops in Newport and Bermuda. I booked a RS, and I’m looking forward to enjoying it as there will be more time onboard with that itinerary.
  11. The last port was La Spezia (Florence). I knew I wanted to see Cinque Terre, so booked the Coast of Cinque Terre and Portovenere excursion through Celebrity. My expectations for the excursion was that I wanted reliable transportation to Cinque Terre and back, and wanted to see the coast. Again, the guide for this excursion was excellent. You begin with a bus ride to Portovenere and then a walking tour with free time afterwards. I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the church at the top of the hill. The view, coupled with the church and a local playing the harp who happened to be there when we were standing at the top was breathtaking. There is enough time at this stop if you want to swim, so bring your bathing suit and towels. We were content with the natural air conditioning at the top. After the free time we were herded onto the ferry. There will be people from other excursions, so it will be crowded. Tip- get in line on the earlier side so you can sit up top in the ferry on the right hand side for the best views of the coast. The guide points out sights as the ferry sails up the coast before it stops in Monterosso. There is a walking tour, and then plenty of free time for lunch, shopping or swimming. We ended up spending most of the free time having a wonderful lunch, and then my husband couldn’t resist the water, so he went swimming. You return to the ship via train and then bus back to the pier. It was another long excursion with a lot of walking, but well worth it. Some photos of Portovenere:
  12. Photos from the village of St. Paul de Vence:
  13. Photos from the market in Nice, where we basically wanted to buy everything:
  14. Some photos of the stop at the wine cellar in Nice:
  15. Villefranche(Nice): This is a tendered port. You don’t need tender tickets, but don’t worry, everything was very efficient. They were using Edge tenders as well as local tenders. We did the French Day In Nice and St. Paul de Vence. The tour guide and driver were excellent, and really added to the whole experience. We had a walking tour in Nice as well as a visit to a wine cellar and free time to shop the farmer’s market. After that we went to a Michelin rated restaurant owned by chef Alain Llorca for lunch. The food and the view were incredible. The last stop was the old village of St. Paul de Vence, where we had a partially guided walking tour, and then some free time. This is an all day tour, leaving at 7 am, and not returning until 5, with a lot of walking (at least we were working off all the food we had been eating 👍).
  16. Here are some photos from the visit to the olive grove
  17. The next port was Marseille. I had hoped to do a private tour, but ended up booking Les Arles, Les Baux with Olive Oil Tasting at the last minute. This ended up being really nice, thanks in part to the guide, driver, and the visit to the olive grove at the end of the tour. It is a fairly long tour by bus, starting with a visit to Arles, where we walked around and had some free time. Les Baux was beautiful, and there was free time for shopping or lunch. We found a nice cafe cafe called La Reinne Jeanne-excellent service and delicious food. The end of the tour featured a visit to an olive grove owned by a family for 10 generations. We were given a tour by the daughter who is now running the olive oil production, and she also gave us a tasting of olives, tapenade, olive oil, and local wine. She was so passionate about what she did it was wonderful just listening to her. This was an all day excursion with lots of walking, so we were pretty wiped when we got back onboard, but I would recommend this excursion. Some photos from the excursion:
  18. Photos from Con Maymo Winery excursion in Ibiza
  19. Excursions and tours continued... Ibiza: We did the Con Maymo Winery tour through Celebrity. There is a bus ride into the countryside where the winery is located. A guide translated, but I understand enough Spanish that I just listened to the owner speaking. The family who owns the winery is passionate about what they do and very friendly. After the tour we were given fairly large pours of three different wines along with cheeses, crackers, and sausages. The wines were great, and now I need to find a US distributer of Ibizan wines with thyme 😉. You return from this tour with plenty of time to go to the beach if you want.
  20. We’re fairly seasoned cruisers, so typically book tours on our own. Unfortunately I had a crazy spring that left me little time to research. The only tour I booked privately was in Valencia, through a company called SeaSaffron. The tour guide met us by the Mediterranea terminal (the ship provides a free shuttle to get there), and we were driven first to the old part of Valencia. We had a great walking tour, and were then driven to the new part of the city. The guide was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. At the end of the tour we were brought up to the penthouse of one of the highest skyscrapers in the city, and were served tapas and Valencian wines. The view was outstanding. I can’t say enough about how pleased we were with this tour.
  21. Here are some photos the bathroom in our cabin CS 11104, including the infamous trash receptacle:
  22. Current situation, enjoying a cappuccino in the passenger lounge before our flight home. I’ll need to upload photos to my iPad, but it is much easier than typing on my phone. In the meantime, here are some observations of the cruise: CityStay Package, pre-cruise in Barcelona: This exceeded our expectations. The hotel was wonderful, the tours we received were private guided tours in a town car with a knowledgeable guide and driver, excellent meals included in the package, and the transfers provided by Celebrity were perfect. I would not hesitate to book a CityStay Package again based on what we received. Well done Celebrity. Cabin, CS 11104: Things we loved- the color scheme, and the location. Things that we scratched our heads over- the rocking chair we had to keep moving around in an attempt to get it out of the way, the lack of comfortable furniture on the balcony, the lack of storage in the bathroom, the half door in the shower, the ridiculous trash bins in the WC and the bathroom. We will be interested in seeing if anything will be tweaked for the other ships in the Edge class. Specialty Dining: We were assigned Luminae, which was wonderful as always. We also dined at Le Petit Chef, which was really enjoyable. I was not expecting the food to be as great as it was, and would not hesitate to book this. We also did a Veuve Cliquot pairing dinner that was held in Fine Cut. The meal was very good, the staff involved were excellent, but the noise from the martini bar area below made it difficult to hear the sommelier explaining the pairings. Remember I’m a Star Wars fan, right? Hearing the Imperial March being played at high volume could be considered an amusing juxtaposition with a champagne dinner, but I missed out on a lot of the information the sommelier was saying because I couldn’t hear her. We also did the Chef’s Table, which is also held in Fine Cut. The food was excellent, the staff and chef were great, but again, it was hard to hear. I had read on these boards that the wine pairings were not included. Our experience was we were initially told there would be an upcharge from the premium package if we wanted to do the chosen pairings, or the sommelier would choose wines for us that were included in the premium package. We chose the pairings, but were not charged anything additional. You also get a brief galley tour as well as a very nice, but very large and very heavy book. We were offered two, but only took one as the weight of the two books combined would have put a strain on our luggage. The Veuve Cliquot dinner was pricey, but we had a lot of OBC to use. I’m not sure I would book this based on the price. The Chef’s Table was not as expensive, but still pricey. I would book this again based on the quality of the food and the wine pairings. The Retreat: This itinerary is very port intensive, with only one sea day. We used the Retreat pool on embarkation day, and briefly one afternoon after an excursion. There’s plenty of lounges. Staff were great. We did not spend a lot of time in the Retreat lounge as we had long excursions every day we were in port, and had just enough time to take showers before dinner. The only thing we needed assistance with was getting our boarding passes printed. Excursions: I’ll do full reviews when I have time to upload photos, but we had great experiences with all the excursions booked through Celebrity. Future Cruise: Well... We looked over the prices for the Apex and the Edge. No thank you. We briefly considered the Reflection to Ireland, but also found the prices on those sailings high. We ended up with the Summit to Bermuda and Newport next summer in a RS, and are already excited about this upcoming cruise 😉
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