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June 26 - July 3, 2021

 

Cruise #32: 7 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN.

Ship : Celebrity Edge

Itinerary:
DAY 1,Sat, Jun 26
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Departs: 6:00PM

DAY 2,Sun, Jun 27
At Sea

DAY 3,Mon, Jun 28
At Sea

DAY 4,Tue, Jun 29
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Docked: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

We were allowed to get off the ship as long as we wore our mask indoors. It was recommended outdoors. We walked around and did some shopping. Lou bought 2 belts and some cigars. Carol bought a beach dress.

DAY 5,Wed, Jun 30
Cozumel, Mexico
Docked: 7:00AM to 6:00PM

We did not reserve an excursion here or in Costa Maya. We've been here a few times. We had intended to get off the ship and walk around, shop, and eat some authentic Mexican food. Unfortunately the local authorities did not allow passengers off the ship unless they were part of a ship organized covid-19 protocol excursion. So we stayed onboard and enjoyed the ship.

DAY 6,Thu
At Sea

DAY 7,Fri, Jul 2
Nassau, Bahamas
Docked: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Tour: Essential Nassau 8:30 am - noon.

This was a disappointing tour.  We toured a rum factory which does nothing for Carol and Lou doesn't love rum. We drove around and saw some sites in the rain. We then went to a chocolate store which was just ok. There was a wine tour next door, but after the rum, none of us cared for the idea. We ended up at a sidewalk cafe hoping for some authentic food in the Bahamas. Instead we got conch that was so tough we could not chew it. The chicken wings and fries did not count as authentic. Service was minimal.

DAY 8,Sat, Jul 3
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Arrival: 7:00AM
 

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Carol on the sundeck on our way to the Rooftop Grill.

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Lou and Carol on the sundeck on our way to the Rooftop Grill. Carol had filet mignon and Lou had ribs. Yum! And then we watched the sun set over the horizon.

Comments:

This was a fabulous cruise. As the 1st cruise from North America in 15 months there was a lot of media attention aboard the ship. On day 1 we saw the CEO of Royal Caribbean interviewed by CNBC. We have seen him before on other media outlets. On day 4 many of the major media outlets were onboard during their morning show.

 

Here is just one of many stories about the cruising restart.

 

The Celebrity Edge was deployed in 2018. It is a beautiful ship with multiple fabulous venues and fun to look at artwork. There is a piece of artwork of a ship made out of pearls. The theatre is a 3 level venue for broadway style shows. We saw "Uptown" which was totally awesome. I had to find the 3 performers the next day and let them know how wonderful the show was. It was a show depicting motown music with songs by Stevie Wonder, Manhattan Transfers, and many more.
The crew was very welcoming and authentically excited to have passengers on board. They were very helpful and provided great service. The food as always was spectacular and yeah I may have had a few cocktails :) The celebrity edge normally carries about 2900 passengers but with the restrictions the ship was only 40% occupied.

Everyone aboard the ship including passengers and crew except for 24 kids were all vaccinated. There were further restrictions in port so we were not allowed to get off in Cozumel because we did not have a ship-curated excursion so we stayed on board and enjoyed the pool.
captain Kate McCue is the 1st female captain of a Mega cruise ship. She was a great person to get to know. Obviously she knew her stuff but she also had a great personality and was very very funny. She also traveled with her hairless cat (Bug Naked) which everyone got to meet. She met passengers on the 1st day while boarding and said goodbye to everyone while we disembarked.

Apparently captain Kate was not the only female officer as the 2nd and 3rd officers were also female. We also got to meet Al and Brad who were married on day 2 aboard the ship. They were all fabulous. Glad we got to go on this cruise and share the joy of cruising again

The pool deck was very well done. Fountains and statues decorate the deck. Very comfortable chairs and lounge chairs fill the space. There was an outdoor and indoor pool. I really liked that the deck was designed so that supporting columns were minimized and therefore less of them for me to crash into.
The staff at the Casino were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately I lost my shirt. Fortunately, Carol found it.

Luminae is a restaurant for suite passengers. We ate most of our meals here. It was really sad to say goodbye as we were treated so well by the staff.
Ivory the hostess recognized us everytime we showed up. We ate there many times including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not sure how she can remember everyone's name given there were 350 suite guests. I think the ship is using facial recognition software. Ivory was very welcoming and enjoyable to speak to everyday.
Madeline was our wine steward. She kept me very happy with multiple glasses of Caymus cab. Very yummy.
Our waiter Adash was nothing short of spectacular. I think he works 24 by 7 as he was our waiter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A highly friendly and professional waiter that would go out of his way to fulfill our wishes. One night I didn't care for anything on the menu. So I asked Adash for a ceasar salad and filet mignon steak medium rare. What came out was perfect. The steak was so tender and cooked perfectly that you could cut it with a butter knife. Adash makes us want to book another cruise immediately. We miss his friendship and sophistication.

 

The Oceanview Café is what you would call a Buffet except there is no longer self service Buffet due to covid restrictions. All of the stations are served by staff behind the counter wearing mask and gloves. I would say the Oceanview Café was adequate but nothing special. Fine for a quick bite or a nice salad. Just avoid the pizza as it droops when picked up. Princess makes much better pizza.

The Mast Grill - Burgers - was disappointing. The burger was slightly better then McDonalds. It was pre-prepared and thus fried. Compare this to Princess where the burgers are grilled to order. Yes it takes longer to get a burger on Princess, but it is right off the grill delicious.

 

We ate at Fine Cut Steakhouse on day 1. WOW!! What a fabulous ribeye. Extremely tener and prepared perfectly. The mac and cheese were quite yummy as well. This is a must do.

Raw on 5 (sushi) was surprisingly very good. It did smell a bit fishy when we walked in, so we were concerned. However I think this is due to the fresh crabs and oysters. Carol and I both had sushi and were amazed how good it was. I recommend this place expecially if you love seafood and sushi.

Rooftop Garden Grill is the barbecue restaurant on top and back of ship. This is a fabulous venue. We had dinner here twice. You can watch and smell the food as it is prepared. You are seated on the top deck all the way in the back so there are fabulous views of the ocean. On our second dinner here we were 30 miles off the coast of Miami and many folks were able to see the Miami skyline with the sunset as a backdrop. We made new friends here. The first dinner I had a half rack of ribs dry rubbed that just fell off the bone. The second dinner I had beef brisket that just melted in my mouth. This venue is a must do.

 

The Retreat Lounge is another exclusive venue for suite passengers. We spent a lot of time here. Open 24 hours a day and located at the front of the ship. From here there are fantastic views of the ocean and ports. The venue had comfortable furniture and where you could grab a snack, coffee, wine, or cocktail at anytime. We really enjoyed spedning time here just relaxing looking at the ocean and listening to our books.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Gregory! Here's to you!!!!

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Our first dinner at Luminae.

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The view from the ship of the fake Mayan ruins at the Costa Maya harbor.

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Costa Maya - is there a ship stranded in those trees??

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The looonng pier at Costa Maya.

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A view of our ship, The Celebrity Edge, from the shore.

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The stage at the Theater on board The Edge.

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VP of Celebrity on the left and the infamous Captain Kate on the right during a Q&A from the audience. Very moving and inspirational session. Captain Kate spoke rewarding crew members with special suites during the pandemic while they were stuck on the ship for 15 months.

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The resort deck on The Edge. This is the location of the Good Morning America broadcast of the first sailing of a cruise ship from American shores post-Covid19 pandemic.

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Lou sips a cappaccino on the resort deck.

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Captain Kate with her hairless cat, Bug Naked! They are supposedly all over tik-tok but we're too old for that stuff!

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The sunset over Miami. Taken from our second visit to the Rooftop Grill. Carol ate a ribeye and Lou got beef brisket.

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The sunset over Miami, taken at the Rooftop Grill.

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As we left Nassau (our last stop), The Eqinox and The Reflections set up so that The Edge sailed right between them. This is a picture of The Equinox on the port side, taken from one of our favorite spots on the ship, the Retreat Lounge.

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Our view from the Retreat Lounge.

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