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Celebrity Edge

Final Day

sunny 85 °F

Celebrity Edge is truly at the cutting edge of cruise ship technology and design. Last night we ate at our third specialty restaurant - Eden - which may be the best culinary experience I have had at sea. The ambiance is unique and the food was exceptional.

This ship has by far the best food in the Celebrity fleet. The menu's are exceptional in the dining rooms and the assortment of expertly prepared dishes in the Oceanview Cafe was superb.

For those of you who have not made plans for the summer yet, Celebrity is offering some great value adds for the Edge sailings in the Western Mediterranean, this summer!

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Celebrity Edge

Sea Day

sunny 85 °F

Sea Day today. Good weather. The cruise lines are starting to make real progress on the internet (the ones that invest in it, which not all do). I bought the Xcelerate (fast) package which was only $182.00 for the week. Pricing has come way down.

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Celebrity Edge

Key West

sunny 87 °F
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First stop, Key West, Florida. Conch Train ride and lunch at the Hog's Breath Saloon. "Hogs breath is better than no breath at all"

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Celebrity Edge

Embarkation

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For me it is always exciting when a new ship comes out and I am able to go to sea on it. Such was the excitement for boarding Celebrity Edge.
Edge has its own free app, which allows you to check in electronically, register your credit card and take a selfie for your picture in the system. The app the generates your set sail pass. When you arrive at the terminal, an agent scans your pass with a hand-held computer, scans your passport and then you board the ship. No standing in line. Your key is waiting for you at your stateroom. It was easy and fast as there was no waiting when we arrived just after noon.
The first night we ate at Raw on 5, one of the specialty restaurants, which features sushi and a variety of other seafood favorites. My brother and I are sailing with some clients who are friends from my time in the Navy, and we are enjoying each other's company.

Our cabin has in infinite balcony, a new feature on the Edge, which allows you to turn your balcony into part of your cabin, or pull a partition, and open the window and it becomes a traditional cruise ship balcony. Keeping the balcony as part of the cabin creates a great picture window overlooking the ocean. It's a great innovation.

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Norwegian Breakaway

New York

overcast 53 °F

We started this adventure in New York, where the Norwegian Breakaway was moored next to the Intrepid museum. We are doing a trans-atlantic journey to Southampton England with stops in the Azores, Ireland, England and France. Our next five days are at sea. We arrived in New York to a beautiful 75 degree day, and woke up the next morning with clouds and temperatures in the high 40's - certainly a transition.
We arrived at the pier about 1130, and the ship had not finished debarking yet. Apparently Customs and Border Patrol was severely limiting the number of folks who could debark at one time. As a result the ship was not cleared until almost 1pm. Slow and tedious with a packed cruise terminal of passengers, most of whom had arrived much before the scheduled boarding time of Noon.

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Directly across the river from where we were tied up was Hamilton Park in New Jersey, where Alexander Hamilton died in a duel.

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We got underway late due to needing to complete a large on -load of groceries for the next 12 days. The ship normally provisions for 7 days.

A good dinner and off to bed!

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