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  1. Our day in Key West was a lot of fun. We docked a little early and it was so quiet we didn’t realize we were tied up. The same thing happened when we left, the ship is so smooth we didn’t realize we were moving until we were about 25’ off of the dock! This ship is smooth! We were joined by an RCCL ship (don’t remember the name, but one of the older ones) so it was a bit busy in port, but not jam packed. We’re scuba divers so we booked a double-dip to the wreck of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg with Captains Corner. The seas in the winter are unpredictable in Key West so we were super lucky to be able to get out to the wreck and dive it. The weather was a little windy and partly cloudy, so sometimes felt chilly but it was in the mid-70s so when the sun came out it felt warm to the skin. Really perfect sunning weather. After our dive adventure we walked around Key West, bought a fun souvenir, ate key lime pie (a must for us, and SO good), then headed back to the ship for a light lunch. We’ve been in Key West many times both on vacations and cruises, so we’ve seen pretty much everything there is to see, so didn’t feel a huge need to spend a lot of time in town. Lunch was at the Oceanview Cafe and it was very good. We grabbed drinks at the pool bar and headed back to our cabin to sit out on the veranda and enjoy the sunshine. We spent most of the afternoon out there, watching the RCCL ship leave (no pier runners), then watching Edge depart Key West. We have select dining and I had previously made reservations for each night at the various restaurants and tonight was Normandie. When we arrived at 6:30 there was a 20-30 minute wait for those without reservations so I definitely recommend pre-booking. Dinner was SO good, and I cannot recommend the baked Brie appetizer highly enough! If you enjoy cheese, this is a must IMO. We found the menu to be excellent, though it wasn’t entirely accurate when compared to the Celebrity app. There was one item that was different, which was no big deal, but it’s worth noting. We’ve been enjoying the convenience of the premium beverage package that we got as a perk, but dinner was where it really shined. We both ordered champagne and after the sommelier saw we had the premium package, he simply kept coming by and refilling our glasses all evening and we never had to worry about what we were spending. There’s no question that had we paid full price for the drink package we would never make it pay, but as a part of a perk package, we feel it’s definitely worth it for us. We've had smooth seas, but there’s definitely motion in this cabin. I don’t know if it’s because I’m more sensitive to it, or because we’re on deck 10 so fairly high up, but we can feel minor vibrations and light rocking motion. None of it is terrible, and definitely not making me motion sick, but it’s worth mentioning for anyone considering an SV cabin who is concerned about motion. Today we’ll explore the ship more, but we’re definitely loving the less traditional aspects of Edge, especially the smaller MDR concept...it was lovely sitting in a smaller restaurant rather than a huge MDR like on other ships, which I never enjoyed.
  2. We boarded Edge yesterday for our Western Caribbean cruise and first impression is that we really love this ship. It’s been 15 years since our last cruise on Celebrity Horizon (where we had the one balcony cabin on the ship!), and we chose Edge because she’s a little different than other ships. Since the most modern ship we’ve been on to compare Edge to is Infinity, which we cruised on a year after she was put into service, it gives you a little perspective that we have nothing recent to compare this ship to, so you can either call it a fresh perspective or an uninformed one....you’re choice. So far we’ve been impressed with just about everything and feel that Edge lives up to our fond memories of our many cruises on Celebrity from years past, with a modern twist. However I must say that one HUGE improvement was embarkation. Holy cow, from drop off to boarding was literally less than 15 min using expedited arrival, and being able to drop our things in the cabin right away was the icing on the cake! The muster drill was also a dream to sit in a comfortable restaurant watching a silly video rather than lining up on a hot deck with a bulky life jacket on for 20 min. Yup, that’s how it was done in the old days so count your blessings! We’re in a Sunset View cabin on the aft of the ship, which became our favorite location after our Infinity cruise. We picked our cabin based more on location instead of traditional balcony vs infinite veranda, so I’m not in a position to enter the debate about them. There’s definitely some vibration and motion in an aft cabin, and it’s a long walk to everywhere, so it’s a bit of a trade off IMO. Because the two big football games were being played, Celebrity did a great job of making sure it was on TV as well as various large venues around the ship. Because my husband is a Packers fan we didn’t do much on our first evening except watch football, but I don’t mind a slow roll into a fun week of cruising. Today is Key West and we’ve booked a scuba diving charter, then find some Key Lime pie and do a little shopping/walking around. I’ll try to post as the week goes on for those who are interested.
  3. There’s definitely some vibration and motion in this cabin, however I think because I’m prone to motion sickness I’m sure I’m more sensitive than others. We’ve had calm seas so I haven’t needed motion sickness meds, but I’d advise anyone who is prone to motion sickness to have some Bonine with them just in case the seas pick up.
  4. Date of Cruise: January 19, 2020 Ship: Edge Cabin #: 10271 Deck #: 10 Cabin Category: Sunset Veranda Cabin Location: Aft Bed Position: Next to window Balcony Type: Regular balcony Balcony/Window Size: Balcony/Window View/Obstruction: None Balcony Overhang?: Yes, about 1/2 Magic Carpet Issues?: Noise Issues?: No, very quiet Wind Issues?: No Connecting Cabin? Where Does it Connect?: No Suite Details: Advantages/Problems/Comments: A long walk from the elevators/stairs. Not a problem for us as it’s a great way to get our steps in Would You Book It Again?: In a heartbeat! Photos or Photo Links:
  5. Hope this works. Here are pictures of SV cabin 10271 as promised. Love the veranda, love the cabin, love Edge!
  6. We’re in 10271 in 2 weeks and would be happy to share pictures once we’re on board. I haven't found info or phots for this specific cabin either.
  7. I haven’t seen discounted first night bookings available for our cruise in 2 weeks. Thinking they’ve had enough prebookings that they don’t need to discount.
  8. What is it? I don’t see it on our upcoming cruise on Edge.
  9. I always smile a little when I read the remarks and concerns about soot on the balcony of the SV cabins. We were on the NCL's Norway back in the mid-90's, a 60's trans-Atlantic ocean liner that had been converted into a cruise ship, and if you were ANYWHERE on deck behind the funnels (which was most of the ship!), it would rain soot! To top it off, the outside seating to the buffet was on the aft of the ship and you'd see soot drifting down onto your food. Fortunately that was our second cruise so we knew what a modern ship would be like and it didn't deter us from cruising again. I'm sure if I see soot on our SV on Edge I will have a smile and a memory of cruising on the Norway back in the day.
  10. I don’t understand why it doesn’t seem to be okay to like the IV cabins. Whenever I read a post from someone who really liked it and explains why, there are always a bunch of people who have to chime in and say why the IV is terrible, practically calling the person who liked it a liar. I hope someday that people who like them will be “allowed” to like them instead of being told they are wrong.
  11. With a premium drink package you can make it your mission to try all of them yourself! Seriously though, it seems like people either love or hate the drinks in Eden, so your taste may vary.
  12. It seems like people either really like the IV or don’t.
  13. I’m super excited about our upcoming cruise on Edge BECAUSE she’s not a tradition cruise ship. One reason we stopped cruising was because it felt like the same thing over and over without much relief. Having another option was what got us excited about cruising again, and although I’m sure we’ll get back on a more traditional ship in the future, it’s nice to know that something different with the Edge class ships is available as well. Personally I think there’s room for these different type of ships.
  14. Sign in, go to "plan my cruise," click on "calendar," and you can scroll down to see each day of your cruise with your booked excursions.
  15. I have to agree with the OP in that I would also be one who would make a lot of noise and take this up the chain on command as far as I could take it. It would only be because I had a booking number and confirmation email, which (although I’m not an attorney) I’ve always understood to be a contract. Heck, what would Celebrity do if YOU “booked by mistake??”
  16. We picked Edge for our next cruise BECAUSE she’s so different and can’t wait to experience all she has to offer. One thing I really think was genius was diving the MDR into 4 themed dining rooms with special offerings in addition to the MDR ones. I love that we will have many different opportunities for dinners with our select dining.
  17. That’s such a personal question that to me it’s tough to answer. We had the same dilemma on our upcoming Edge cruise, but we chose the SV over the Sky Suite.
  18. Thank you for posting info and pictures of the SV cabin! We’re booked into one (on deck 10) in January and can’t wait. We love the aft cabins and don’t mind the bit of vibration as we feel the views and balconies are worth the trade off.
  19. If you talk to someone, will you ask if it has an A12X Bionic chip with the neural engine? That’ll tell us if it’s the brand new version or the old one. Thank you so much!
  20. Wow, that seems pretty inexpensive for an iPad Pro! I wonder if these are the newest ones, or the older ones. The newest version are up around $1000 or more for the 256gb on-line. Maybe Celebrity gets some deal with Apple?? I'd definitely be tempted to buy one on board at these prices!!
  21. Keep in mind that not every TA participates in Move up. I know Costco doesn't.
  22. I agree, set the expectations before you get on the ship. It's important to know that everyone is on the same page or feelings might get hurt if some people expect to do everything together and others don't. Set it up so that you'll have dinner together each night, and during dinner talk about all of the options for things to do the next day, and let everyone decide what they want to do whether its separately or together. Also don't be afraid to tell them that you want to do things together, but don't want to be joined at the hip since it's your vacation too. If you're planning excursions, get together before the cruise and go over the excursion booklet together. Encourage your friends to pick the ones they're interested in and pre-book. Encourage them to book with the cruise line this trip so that they won't have to worry about anything from start to finish. Then you can go ahead and do whatever you want to do, whether it's with them or not.
  23. Keep in mind that not every TA participates in this program. I know Costco doesn’t and I’ve heard there are others.
  24. Try calling your travel agent and having them check. Mine was able to switch me to select after booking. You can ask about putting you one the wait list if they can’t switch it.
  25. Are there any free weights in the gym?
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