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Celebrity Xcel will be the next Edge-class cruise ship to join the fleet. We have a while yet, as the ship won't arrive until 2025, but just wondering who is looking forward to the next new vessel from the cruise line? Also, any thoughts about the Edge-class in general?

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Not a fan of the infinite verandas, but otherwise the Edge-class ships are great.   We have only been on one - Edge in 2020 - but are looking at Beyond for later this year.  

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Edge class is a stinker. 35 days on the Beyond and 7 on the Ascent.  Imagine being on the Equinox and cramming the ; Martini bar and lounge, craft social bar and lounge, Ensamble bar and lounge, Passport bar and lounge and the Il Bacio all into one space with limited seating. That is what you'll face each evening on an Edge class ship. Infinite balconies are really just ocean view cabins with a window that rolls down. 3300 people won't feel like a Celebrity cruise. 

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@FJB I certainly trust your judgment when it comes to Celebrity ships. I know you have enjoyed quite a few of them. The ship is surely lovely. I can only imagine it's going to be a guest favorite.

@Seaawgs In comparison to the massive 5,000-plus mage ship guest capacities hitting the seas lately, this 3,248-guest ship doesn't shock me. I'm actually surprised the line isn't going bigger to keep up with industry trends. As someone who hasn't cruised on an Edge class ship, it's hard for me to compare, but I think the line is doing an excellent job at keeping up with the mega-ship trends while still maintaining its signature elegance that so many love and enjoy. It has to be difficult to do both! 

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@Cruising Caribbean I do sympathize with their attempt to lure new cruisers while trying to hang on to their loyal customers. The new mega cruise ships are actually competing with Disney World and other theme parks more than Celebrity or Holland. Most new ships, Edge Class included, are changing the ratio of "free" space to "pay" space. Exclusive space for Suite Class customers has expanded drastically. When you analyze bookings,  Soltice Class leads the way. We enjoyed our 42 days on Edge class ships last year but all future bookings are on Millennium and Soltice Class ships.

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1 hour ago, Seaawgs said:

@Cruising Caribbean I do sympathize with their attempt to lure new cruisers while trying to hang on to their loyal customers. The new mega cruise ships are actually competing with Disney World and other theme parks more than Celebrity or Holland. Most new ships, Edge Class included, are changing the ratio of "free" space to "pay" space. Exclusive space for Suite Class customers has expanded drastically. When you analyze bookings,  Soltice Class leads the way. We enjoyed our 42 days on Edge class ships last year but all future bookings are on Millennium and Soltice Class ships.

I am not a fan of what celebrity is doing with the suite class, especially the retreat area on the top deck - taking away the views from the front of the ship from those of us who are not sweet guests.  I always enjoyed watching us enter or leave ports from the front of the ship on the top outside deck.  Sadly no more.  
 

Like you, we enjoy the millennium and solstice class ships better than edge class.  We were on Millennium last February for the 3rd time.  We will be on the Silhouette this February.   Reflection is probably my favorite.  

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@Seaawgs I love the idea of more play space onboard. Celebrity Xcel will be built with all of the popular bells and whistles, but that's not what everyone is looking for in a cruise experience. I love that the Edge class ships are equipped with many suite class experience options. The number of exclusive spaces onboard entices guests to book this option. It's a bit costly but sounds well worth it. Do you typical cruise suite class? 

@FJB I see your perspective. This whole configuration is certainly a money-maker for the line. That's likely why the Edge class ships offer more intimate spaces for suite class guests. The line is pushing this initiative to make more money off of highter paying guests. I have yet to afford this experience, but it's evident that's what Celerity Cruises is capitalizing on. 

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