Celebrity Edge is the newest ship from Celebrity Cruises and it is introducing many cruising firsts to the industry plus continuing Celebrity’s modern luxury ambiance on board. It also will be sailing a variety of itineraries both in the Caribbean and Europe when it debuts in 2018. Here are some tips to help you choose which itinerary to book – and how you can book more than one for the same vacation!
Western Caribbean vs. Eastern Caribbean
The first thing you’ll need to decide is if you want to visit the Western Caribbean or Eastern Caribbean. At first glance, you might think there isn’t much of a difference between the western and eastern sides of the Caribbean. However, there are some key differences.
Western Caribbean itineraries tend to visit ports with a wider variety of activities and scenery to do and see since they often include ports of call on both the coast of Mexico and Caribbean islands known for adventure.
Eastern Caribbean ports often include Caribbean islands known for beachside rest and relaxation and pretty port towns brimming with excellent shopping. Eastern Caribbean itineraries also sometimes depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico instead of Florida.
In the case of Celebrity Edge, both itineraries depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but visit different ports. The western itinerary will visit Costa Maya, Mexico, which is accessible to nearby ruins; Cozumel, an island in Mexico famous for snorkeling and scuba diving; Key West, Florida, which is great for sailing excursions and golf; and Grand Cayman, popular for its Stingray City excursion.
The eastern itinerary will sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where you can tour old forts and then explore the sights and shops in Old Town; Tortola, British Virgin Islands, known for its beautiful bays and coves; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, known for its duty free shopping (especially jewelry!), ziplining, and easily accessible beaches.
If you’re thinking beaches are great, but you were looking for a more cosmopolitan type vacation with a bunch of history thrown in, you’re in luck. Celebrity Edge will also be spending part of 2019 in Europe! From May through October, embark on one of Celebrity Edge’s intriguing European itineraries. These itineraries depart from Rome or Barcelona (and typically end in whichever one they’re not departing from). Celebrity Edge will be making ports of call at some of Europe’s most beloved cruise ports, some of which are Santorini, Greece; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and many more!
There is also one itinerary that leaves from Southampton, England, if you’d like to do a London getaway for a few days before you embark.
How to Decide on a Celebrity Edge Itinerary
So with so many great itineraries, how do you choose? Well, let’s take a look at what you love about the west coast.
If you’re a west coaster who enjoys living in this region of the U.S. because of the beaches and laidback SoCal lifestyle, then an Eastern Caribbean cruise will be right up your alley.
If you love the mountain hikes, surfing, skiing, and other adventurous activities you can do on the West Coast, opt for a Western Caribbean cruise and partake in some exciting shore excursions.
Can’t decide? You’re in luck! Celebrity Edge’s sailings alternate between each itinerary so you can book back to back cruises and sail the western itinerary the first week, and the eastern itinerary the second week for an amazing 14-night vacation — or vice versa!
Those who are happiest when spending a night out on the town in one of the west coast’s famous cities like San Francisco, LA, or Seattle while still being close to the gorgeousness of the coast may prefer a European itinerary that visits some of the Mediterranean’s most famous cities and also calls at some islands.
–>Check out this itinerary that departs from Rome and ends in Barcelona, and visits the glitz and glam of Monaco and Cannes, the historical allure of Florence and Naples, and the beach fun of Mallorca.
Celebrity Edge’s first sailing is scheduled to depart December 16, 2018. For more reasons why you’ll want to sail on this luxurious and innovative ship, click here.