No, I didn't add the option "small lounge" - ran out of option options (only 20 allowed). 🙂
We also thought we would miss the small lounges on the Edge, and did on our first few short cruises, but on our January cruise, we enjoyed her for what she is - a very unique experience that is not "S Class". We have never been Martini Bar people - too loud and not enough seats many times that we have tried it - we like the Ensemble Lounge on S Class and missed it on the first cruises. We did like the Grand Plaza on the Edge - we had the excitement of the Martini Bar right there, live music and dancing and some nice, cozy separate areas to have a group of friends meet before dinner (did that many nights and seemed nicer to us than Martini Bar on S Class when we were there). It did get louder as the night went on, so that was often our early evening go to spot.
We also loved different nooks in Eden in the late afternoon or pre-dinner for live music, lovely private areas to sit and chat, with amazing bar service and a view that was breath-taking. Actually, I learned to like it better than the dark Ensemble Lounge with people constantly walking between you and the musicians on their way to dinner and people talking so loudly next to you that you can't hear the music. This venue is by itself and absolutely peaceful much of the time. The Edenist show is ~3 times/cruise for 45 minutes now at 10:15 so easy to avoid - lots of other fantastic live music there other days/evenings/nights. I never watched any Cirque-type show on the Edge - not my thing, but saw many other great shows (lots of choices like other X ships, where I have seen a Cirque-type show).
The Magic Carpet is a wonderful bar option - we have had some lovely evenings out there and had a light dinner out there on a nice night and it was great. The Rooftop Garden was also a lovely place to chat with friends, in nice weather. If the weather was bad, we would go elsewhere (as we do for the Lawn Club Grill and The Porch - just not enjoyable out there when the weather is ugly, IMO).
As far as the IV's, I likely won't book one either except for a cold weather cruise, though some love them - I only have SV's and S1's booked. Both are amazing spaces and though I like things on the Edge like the storage and bathrooms much better than S Class (I hate the above the bed storage and smaller bathrooms on S Class), there are some things I do like better on the S Class.
Perfection, no, but no ship is - we like enough things about both S and E Class to enjoy sailing both.
Not trying to convince you, since you sound like your mind is made up, for those who have booked and might be nervous about not having any nice spots to meet up with friends - it's just not true - they may not be what you are used to, but we enjoyed them very much. Some examples of small places (in larger venues) to meet with friends are below. Very different than S Class, but we came to enjoy all of the unique options for meeting spots. 🙂
Grand Plaza/Martini Bar (deck 3) - our favorite spot when meeting more than a couple of friends:
Eden (choice of cozy nooks or open spaces):
And if the evening is nice: