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  1. I've sailed Edge twice [once in the Caribbean; once for the April/May 2019 Transatlantic]; my recollection is the same as yours... On the Transatlantic, there were so many Elite, Elite +, and Zenith members aboard that the Happy Hour was hosted in both The Club and in a section of Eden... Both were still quite crowded so we chose to use the unlimited drinks [from the same list during the same hours]--loaded to the Sea Pass card--at, in our case, the blissfully quiet/speedy service Casino Bar... No canapes but the bartender became so accustomed to our visit [and our orders; our glasses were never empty] that he quickly kept us well-supplied with snack mix too...
  2. Lawn Club Grill--a specialty restaurant on Silhouette and Reflection--offers an oversized freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, served with ice cream, as an offering on the dessert menu...
  3. The area directly above The Sunset Bar/Oceanview [Deck 10] features five aft AquaClass cabins on Deck 11... The Rooftop Terrace above those cabins [Deck 12 Aft] provides commanding views [used it extensively--including at Hubbard Glacier (the ship will pivot)---while last in Alaska] and, yes, the area does provide generous outdoor seating and places to relax while taking in the views...
  4. Without wanting to come across as intrusive, you may or may not be aware that AquaClass staterooms all have a maximum occupancy of two guests...
  5. Following is a link to the comprehensive description of the Shareholder Benefit program and its administrative procedures as published on the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. [parent company] website... https://www.rclinvestor.com/faqs/shareholder-benefit/https://www.rclinvestor.com/faqs/shareholder-benefit/
  6. Sadly, I read this morning that the ill Zaandam crew member--who was evacuated to a hospital upon docking at Port Everglades last Thursday--has passed away... https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/04/10/hospitalized-zaandam-crew-member-dies-from-covid-19/
  7. Local news reports that rerouting of Coral Princess from Port Everglades to PortMiami was at the direction of the Coast Guard...
  8. Don;t know how I did it but apologies for the duplicate post... ----- Well, no wonder the "tunnel" comment--probably mine--was perplexing! All of the AquaClass cabins on Edge feature an Infinite Veranda... I booked my Edge trip to the Caribbean on the first day that Edge was open for reservations and called X to confirm the nature of the veranda--not that I was looking for an Infinite Veranda--before doing so... About three years later, guessing that Celebrity never has clarified that on their website but photos for AquaClass are clear... Similarly, I am confident that all--or the vast majority--of Concierge Class cabins [surely those that are located on the port or starboard side of the ship] feature Infinite Verandas... The Infinite Veranda stateroom category on Edge with dining in the Main Dining Rooms--including those smaller staterooms now available to solos--are akin to those classified as Standard Veranda cabins on the Millennium and Solstice-Class ships... Best I know, the only standard size [non-suite] staterooms that feature a conventional balcony are the few Sunset View cabins on the aft... It is possible--I just don't know--that some of those aft standard-size cabins are also considered Concierge Class cabins as some of the aft cabins are on Solstice-Class... Seems to me that @hcat--who posted above--occupied one of those standard size aft cabins [with oversized conventional balcony] and posted,--complete with photos--in the relatively recent past; you might want to search for it if interested... It is my understanding that those standard-sized aft cabins are considered hot real estate and have tended to sell out quickly... Finally, you should be aware that the cabins featuring a round window--far forward and far aft on the port and starboard sides of Edge--feature a somewhat different, but no larger, Infinite Veranda... If potentially interested,, you might want to look for a related post with photos submitted shortly after Edge went into service by @cruisestitch... Though those cabins were initially classified as "Deluxe Infinite Veranda" staterooms, [and still are on the website], they have since been recharacterized/priced as having a partially obstructed view... That said, friends had one of those cabins for last year's eastbound Transatlantic and loved it so much that they've reserved the same cabin on Apex next year As I noted above, Edge is a beautiful ship and to my mind worth experiencing but--if you choose to sail her--you will often hear senior officers, staff and crew remark that "Edge is different"... That's certainly true but please know that any preconceived notions you may have from having traveled on Millennium and/or Solstice-Class are not necessarily applicable on Edge-Class...
  9. Well, no wonder the "tunnel" comment--probably mine--was perplexing! All of the AquaClass cabins on Edge feature an Infinite Veranda... I booked my Edge trip to the Caribbean on the first day that Edge was open for reservations and called X to confirm the nature of the veranda--not that I was looking for an Infinite Veranda--before doing so... About three years later, guessing that Celebrity never has clarified that on their website but photos for AquaClass are clear... Similarly, I am confident that all--or the vast majority--of Concierge Class cabins [surely those that are located on the port or starboard side of the ship] feature Infinite Verandas... The Infinite Veranda stateroom category on Edge with dining in the Main Dining Rooms--including those smaller staterooms now available to solos--are akin to those classified as Standard Veranda cabins on the Millennium and Solstice-Class ships... Best I know, the only standard size [non-suite] staterooms that feature a conventional balcony are the few Sunset View cabins on the aft... It is possible--I just don't know--that some of those aft standard-size cabins are also considered Concierge Class cabins as some of the aft cabins are on Solstice-Class... Seems to me that @hcat--who posted above--occupied one of those standard size aft cabins [with oversized conventional balcony] and posted,--complete with photos--in the relatively recent past; you might want to search for it if interested... It is my understanding that those standard-sized aft cabins are considered hot real estate and have tended to sell out quickly... Finally, you should be aware that the cabins featuring a round window--far forward and far aft on the port and starboard sides of Edge--feature a somewhat different, but no larger, Infinite Veranda... If potentially interested,, you might want to look for a related post with photos submitted shortly after Edge went into service by @cruisestitch... Though those cabins were initially classified as "Deluxe Infinite Veranda" staterooms, [and still are on the website], they have since been recharacterized/priced as having a partially obstructed view... That said, friends had one of those cabins for last year's eastbound Transatlantic and loved it so much that they've reserved the same cabin on Apex next year As I noted above, Edge is a beautiful ship and to my mind worth experiencing but--if you choose to sail her--you will often hear senior officers, staff and crew remark that "Edge is different"... That's certainly true but please know that any preconceived notions you may have from having traveled on Millennium and/or Solstice-Class are not necessarily applicable on Edge-Class...
  10. Sorry I missed your earlier post... With nothing booked until late August, not spending a whole lot of time on Cruise Critic these days as I just can't deal--at least yet--with all the commotion and disruption associated with the world-wide, and generally unanticipated/underestimated. Covid-19 crisis... Though I know that I did not submit a cabin review, I did occupy Edge 10222 for a week in the Caribbean last March... That said, I believe that I may have long ago contributed to a post by vtcrusing relative to early deck plan inaccuracies--they may have since been corrected--in which I reported that the cabin was "tunnel like" and perhaps, that I found it "quirky" [rather than "funny"]... Specific to 10222... While not apparent from the Deck Plan when I booked--it looked perfect to me too--the Infinite Veranda is recessed into the ship's superstructure... One can look straight out with unobstructed view but can't look up, down, or side-to-side as I like to do [particularly when arriving at or departing from a port]; in 10222, all one can see is a few feet of steel... For me, I felt very disconnected from some of the experiences I most enjoy while cruising... If it matters to you... The Deck Plan suggested--at least initially--that the bed in 10222 is adjacent to the veranda as is always my preference... In reality, it is located adjacent to the closet/bath..., Generic "quirkiness"... Edge is a a beautiful ship with a few misses [including the afterthought location of Blu; rather than unobstructed views to the sea as afforded on Solstice and Millennium-Class, exterior views are to open deck/life boats with more interior tables along or proximate to a noisy thoroughfare hallway without solid wall [food/service were excellent] in common areas [of no implication to me, others include interior walkways that dead-end to stairways so as to present significant problems to those who are physically challenged]... That said---and I thought I knew what to expect and expected it would be fine--I've sailed Edge for a total of 22 days now--I really dislike [in fairness, some love it] the Infinite Veranda concept. Though interior cabin space is generous [at the expense of a traditional balcony], I concluded that several of the cabin design elements had apparently been created by a team of people who had never cruised [form over function;; the closet/safe are undersized; no clock on the phone or otherwise (handy for time zone changes); no swivel on the TV for direct viewing other than from the bed] and I found the furnishings to have been either misplaced or woefully inadequate... To me, it too often looked better than it lived... There were a few others quirks--I now realize that they were unique to 10222 four months after Edge started sailing---that I'm sure have since been corrected ... When I'd return to the cabin after nightly turn down,, the shade would raise the moment I opened the door... And the retractable desk surface would roll in/out of the adjacent dresser anchoring it with every side-to-side movement of the ship [the legs were not properly aligned to the cabin floor]... I now understand, despite my mentioning those matters to my steward, that he was--to put it kindly--disingenuous in his assertion that those flubs were common on Edge; I now know that he was a lazy loser and should have either reported those issues to maintenance or suggested I do so ... I can't say that it's the "best" AquaClass-1 stateroom on Edge but, six weeks after I disembarked last year's Caribbean cruise, I was back aboard--in 9236--for the eastbound Transatlantic to Southampton... Still not sold on the Infinite Veranda concept, cabin design or furnishings but no "tunnel" view [much more expansive], none of the cabin specific quirks I encountered in 10222, and an exceptional steward... No noise from the more proximate elevator lobby and, if it matters, bed is also near the closet/bath... On a comparative basis, I was much happier with my cabin selection... I've now sailed Celebrity more than 500 nights in less than eleven years; half those cruises were in AquaClass with the rest in Concierge or,, just twice, Suite-Class [don't need the space, not a fan of Luminae over Blu, I've reached top loyalty]... I'll never say never again--itinerary rules--but, thus far and for as glad as I was to have experienced the ship, I've not booked Edge-Class in the future [if I do, I'll choose 9236 again (or in the immediate vicinity) based solely on personal experience]... I spent ten nights on Reflection in late November/early December--in my favorite AquaClass stateroom with oversized conventional balcony on the forward-facing midships slant [on MIllennium-Class, I book one of the center three Deck 11 afts; I have one on Summit in August if we go]--and was back where I'm happiest when the itinerary and schedule are right... Hope this helps... If you haven't yet experienced Edge, you should... My comments aside, it's an amazing ship...
  11. Currently the beaches have been closed to address Spring Break crowding... Restaurants and bars are closing early for similar reason... At present Fort Lauderdale has closed its beaches through April 12, Miami has closed its beaches through March 19... Both will revisit those dates as necessary... In my community--about nine miles of south of Port Everglades--the beach has been closed until further notice...
  12. Don, I am truly sorry to learn that health issues may prevent you and your wife from sailing again in the future... Clearly cruising on Celebrity has brought you great enjoyment; I hope that circumstances improve so that you are able to continue to do so... Since I started cruising with Celebrity eleven years ago [first cruise in 22+ years, first ever with Celebrity and I haven't stopped; I've seen most of the world and made top loyalty in less than eight years], you have been a wealth of information to me and other Cruise Critic members... I've learned much about Celebrity's history--dating back to the Chandis acquisition--and about how Celebrity's product has evolved over the years via your posts here... Your knowledge of Celebrity's policies/practices is encyclopedic... And then, seemingly no one knows the Celebrity experience--particularly in Bermuda--better than you do... By all means, please continue to contribute to this forum if doing so brings you fulfillment... Many thanks; very best wishes...
  13. Truly sorry for misinformation in my post above; too late to edit... After looking at several local news sources, I discovered that there are conflicts in the information I shared... Consensus is that the comments I posted above are only somewhat accurate--the link I cited is seemingly correct--in that,... I stated that the third problematic cruise terminal is 21, it is instead 19... Sky Princess used Terminal 19 recently... I stated that the subcontractor is likely used by other Carnival-affiliated lines and that I didn't think--but didn't know for certain--that the same company is used by Celebrity and/or Royal Caribbean... The article linked above is apparently correct; only Princess uses Metro Services at Port Everglades... My sincerest apologies; I probably should not have posted in the middle of the night... It was clearly not my intent to further confuse a very difficult/scary situation or increase anxiety...
  14. I live nine miles from Port Everglades; following is the backstory from a local perspective... https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-coronovirus-metro-services-everglades-20200310-ocpt7i4jrzhdfkd5ilbp6sypte-story.html The cruise terminals cited as problematic--02 and 04--are primarily used by Carnival-affiliated lines including Princess [by far, highest guest count of the Carnival lines using Port Everglades] , Carnival itself [the vast majority of their Florida-based ships use Port Miami rather than Fort Lauderdale], and --on occasion [but recently]--Costa. HAL sometimes uses also-cited Terminal 21... While anything can happen in terms of Covid-19 exposure, I do not believe--but do not know for certain--that Celebrity and/or Royal Caribbean use the same subcontractor for embarkation/disembarkation assistance services at Port Everglades...
  15. I've long appreciated--and have sometimes benefited from--your significant contributions to this forum and the nuance of your response was not lost on me; what you said is generally true... That said I'm not sure that the Original Poster--from my reading, a first time cruiser on any line--did so in this thread specifically related to the Deck 11 cabins on Millennium-Class ships... Her immediate response to your first post was to express concern--unnecessarily--as to her Deck 11 cabin in the context of personal smoke sensitivity... Don't know if you've sailed Edge or, if you have, that you noticed... The primary smoking area on that ship--it's sheltered--is located on what is best described as Deck 14.5 Starboard [up a flight of stairs between the Mast Grill and Pool Bar; no cabins above]...
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