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9 minutes ago, VitaminSea53 said:

Is it true that they no longer use the Magic Carpet as a tendering dock or as a restaurant?  Someone reported this on Facebook.  

well what is true no E class ship has sailed over one year, but last Edge did, it was used in this manner.  What happens next remains to be seen.  And "reported" on facebook....nuff said

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When the ship was sailing the Magic Carpet was a bar, restaurant and tender platform.  While out of service it hadn’t been used as a bar or restaurant; not sure about a tender platform. 

 

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Thanks all.  I realize it has been out of service - as have all the ships- for over a year but the message was that the tendering dock was the wrong height for the port transfer vessels and that the life boats were the right height but too unstable to use in rocky seas. After several passengers fell, they stopped using the Magic Carpet for tendering. Also was mentioned that the Magic Carpet is too windy for dining so it is now planned to only be a bar.   Just wondering if this was a single event or a new policy. 

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10 minutes ago, VitaminSea53 said:

Thanks all.  I realize it has been out of service - as have all the ships- for over a year but the message was that the tendering dock was the wrong height for the port transfer vessels and that the life boats were the right height but too unstable to use in rocky seas. After several passengers fell, they stopped using the Magic Carpet for tendering. Also was mentioned that the Magic Carpet is too windy for dining so it is now planned to only be a bar.   Just wondering if this was a single event or a new policy. 

Only sailed Edge once, when we did it was used for tendering, was very easy and convenient.  Only had drinks when it was on upper decks, was a bit breezy.

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17 minutes ago, VitaminSea53 said:

Thanks all.  I realize it has been out of service - as have all the ships- for over a year but the message was that the tendering dock was the wrong height for the port transfer vessels and that the life boats were the right height but too unstable to use in rocky seas. After several passengers fell, they stopped using the Magic Carpet for tendering. Also was mentioned that the Magic Carpet is too windy for dining so it is now planned to only be a bar.   Just wondering if this was a single event or a new policy. 

Also, Edge has their own tendering transfer vessels, designed for the magic carpet.  On CC there are many reviews about this.  Many of those same reviews say MC is great for tendering but not so much for dining.

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5 hours ago, VitaminSea53 said:

Thanks all.  I realize it has been out of service - as have all the ships- for over a year but the message was that the tendering dock was the wrong height for the port transfer vessels and that the life boats were the right height but too unstable to use in rocky seas. After several passengers fell, they stopped using the Magic Carpet for tendering. Also was mentioned that the Magic Carpet is too windy for dining so it is now planned to only be a bar.   Just wondering if this was a single event or a new policy. 

 

Some ports still use their own, sometimes larger tender boats. Despite the fact that the new "launches" are pretty neat.


It might very well be that not all of them are a perfect fit for the Magic Carpet tender platform. So exceptions can occur. But it´s definitely not a new general policy.

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On both of our EDGE cruises, the  Magic Carpet was used for a special "res only"  expensive dinner on some port days..subject to weather conditions.  Res sold out almost instantly, and we heard it was an amazing meal..tailored to the outdoor setting.    It was a great spot in the morning and afternoons for drinks and views.

 

Although we did not get to ride the fancy ferry, we  enjoyed  leaving and returning to/ from ports via  the area  built for it..very clean,  spacious, and efficient etc.

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8 hours ago, VitaminSea53 said:

Thanks all.  I realize it has been out of service - as have all the ships- for over a year but the message was that the tendering dock was the wrong height for the port transfer vessels and that the life boats were the right height but too unstable to use in rocky seas. After several passengers fell, they stopped using the Magic Carpet for tendering. Also was mentioned that the Magic Carpet is too windy for dining so it is now planned to only be a bar.   Just wondering if this was a single event or a new policy. 

 

This info seems dubious at best. 

 

I'm pretty sure Captain Kate's TikTok showed her boarding the Edge tenders via magic carpet a month or two ago to pick up stuff from the mail delivery ship. Also, the entire Destination Gateway is designed around the Magic Carpet tender experience... wall of windows protected by sea doors, the automatically extending gangways, etc. It's a key part of the Edge class experience.

 

Speaking from personal experience having tendered on the Edge (and many other ships), there's absolutely no way more people fell on the Magic Carpet compared to the rickety heaving stairs of death that lead to a normal tender. And they still have crew members assisting people on and off the actual tenders as needed.

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Remember that Apex got a modified version of the Magic Carpet with glass or plexiglass in some places that are open air on the Edge version. The hope is that these changes will increase the opportunities to use it as a dining venue especially while the ship is at sea. 

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Those would be welcome changes

 

Same for improvements to the  Rooftop Garden/ movie/ music  area... needed shade and wind protection....heard changes were made on EDGE( including pulling out the curvey wood bench)  and also for APEX.

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1 hour ago, hcat said:

Same for improvements to the  Rooftop Garden/ movie/ music  area... needed shade and wind protection....heard changes were made on EDGE( including pulling out the curvey wood bench)  and also for APEX.

When we sailed the Edge in summer of 2019 in Europe, the rooftop garden was entirely abandoned. It was the record-breaking heat wave, and the temps were oppressive.
 

They seemed to be installing new shade or sculptural elements via crane when we were in port some days, but overall that space was a complete bust on our sailing. No programming or entertainment of any sort, and other than a few people at dinner, no one was ever up there. 
 

Living in a NY apartment, we missed the lawn and green space of the Solstice class. 

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