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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
My wife and I are avid ballroom dancers. We enjoy dancing on cruises: lots of live music, locations, and fun. People we'd met had told us to try Celebrity. We were not disappointed. Embarkation went well and smooth with no ... Read More
My wife and I are avid ballroom dancers. We enjoy dancing on cruises: lots of live music, locations, and fun. People we'd met had told us to try Celebrity. We were not disappointed. Embarkation went well and smooth with no problems; disembarkation was a bit chaotic. We weren't used to getting our luggage off of carousals but we did eventually get our luggage. First time on a Celebrity, we chose the Eclipse as a good deal. Previous: Carnival two times (three times too many!); RCI Grandeur of the Sea (we were on it when it caught fire and we had to depart early), Freedom, Independence, Oasis; Princess: Emerald; Holland Am: Oesterdam; MSC: Dvina: NCL: Escape, Getaway, Epic. Ship is an excellent size. Our dancing was in the Deck 3 Grand Foyer. I was rather disappointed, as the Deck 3 Grand Foyer was neither Grand, nor very big. In fact, on the last few nights they further blocked it off with Christmas decorations and photography areas. Thanks guys, it was already too small. Common areas were quite spacious, to include public bathrooms. Hallways were wide enough for wheelchairs. Ship did not feel too crowded with 2900+ on board. Few children as between Thanksgiving and Christmas (thank goodness). Deck 14 had the Sky Lounge: Excellent floor, and a good size. Unfortunately during some of the waves we went through you could feel the ship moving and rocking. Tough on your rumba. Dance area on the pool deck (12) in front of the bandstand. We made use of it, even when they turned the "dancing waters" on. CABIN: Interior Cabin 8169. Excellent size with lots of room for storing our items. We had more than enough room to get dressed, move around, and do what was necessary. The wife and I always get an interior cabin due to cost, and that we only spend time in the cabin to change to go dancing, change for sunning, and sleeping. We were most impressed. One good touch was our bathroom had a built in night light in the overhead panel. Bathroom was an excellent size with lots of additional storage space and a large shower. Water could get HOT. DINING: Didn't have a bad meal. Could get seconds and special requests as we needed. My wife likes her meat WELL DONE and we had a problem with some kabobs not being cooked enough--but they tried to accommodate her although she eventually chose another dish. The Buffet was excellent and had lots of selections. They had "ethnic nights", and I would NOT recommend the Indonesian food--the chef didn't really know how to cook it. Again, we enjoyed our meals. Entertainment and Activities: Eddy, the Cruise Director is the BEST I've encountered. Very funny without being over the top. Smart, sharp, and quite approachable. After 17 cruises we are no longer enamored with the same activities. They are what they are. The shows were EXCELLENT. Topper, and Chandelier were interesting, although I have NO idea what Chandelier was about. Still enjoyed the show. Overall excellent shows, good singers, great dancers. Live Bands: Kudos to Sea Monkeys and Dancing City. Both were fantastic musicians. The house band was very good in supporting the shows. Peter Rossetti plays good tunes, and the other two-person groups were good musicians----but we spent most of our time with the dance bands: Sea Monkeys and Dancing City. Service: Excellent in the MDR, albeit a tad slow. The servers did their best and you could tell. One item in the bar I noticed: On other cruise ships we would sit down and by the second night the server would be putting our normal drinks in front of us (water, ice, lemon--we don't drink when we dance). That did not happen on Eclipse. Steward (Rose) was very responsive and attentive. Ports and Shore Excursions: Only one excursion: Jolly Roger in Barbados. Not quite what we had hoped for, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. Face it, the excursions are the excursions-we generally grab a cab and find a beach. It was our anniversary while aboard, but they sent my wife a happy birthday card. Secret to happy cruising: low expectations. Don't let the little things disturb your trip! In closing, we'll hopefully sail Celebrity again to check out other ships and would have no problem with the Eclipse. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
The food and entertainment were great. A bit of chaos at the entrance of the dining room on the first night but not too bad. We booked late and had the late seating but they were able to accommodate our request to change to the earlier ... Read More
The food and entertainment were great. A bit of chaos at the entrance of the dining room on the first night but not too bad. We booked late and had the late seating but they were able to accommodate our request to change to the earlier seating. The room steward (Andres), waiters (Michael and Mario), cruise director (Eddy) and captain (Leo) were fantastic. There was a medial emergency that required a helicopter evacuation. I hope I never need it but, if I do, I know I will be in good hands. The 'Lies' late night activity was hysterical - especially Captain Leo. I loved the Persian Garden - very relaxing. The steam room was HOT - just the way it should be. Enjoyed the glass blowing demonstrations. Would be nice if the shops switched out their merchandise more frequently. There were 400 guests from The Villages on the cruise - many wheelchairs and walkers so the elevators were full at times. A good excuse to use the stairs and work off some of the calories :) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Hi all, we are just off the Eclipse 10 night cruise (OK, 3 weeks ago). We booked 2 years ago while on the same route but on the Equinox. I didn’t take a lot of pictures and don’t have any food photos as they’ve been posted on here ... Read More
Hi all, we are just off the Eclipse 10 night cruise (OK, 3 weeks ago). We booked 2 years ago while on the same route but on the Equinox. I didn’t take a lot of pictures and don’t have any food photos as they’ve been posted on here many times already. We are in our late 50’s (very late) and for the most part retired although we still dabble in Real Estate. We are pretty boring on a cruise. We don’t hang out in the public areas much, no trivia, games, etc. We cruise to relax, read, watch some movies, gamble a bit, eat, etc. I mean we do get out and about but don’t hang out around the ship unless there is a good show or talk. I’d pay a fortune for an ocean front room at a nice hotel and you can’t get any more ocean front than my balcony. We live in S Florida (other coast) but still go over the night before. Costs just a little more than parking for the 10 days so it works. Stayed at the La Quinta Airport East. We stay there anytime we cruise out of Miami. OK hotel. Rooms are fine, breakfast nothing to write home about but the hotel was remodeled last year so it’s in decent shape. Since we drive we leave our car there and use their shuttle to the pier. Never had an issue. We arrived at the pier right about 11:30. Our shuttle dropped some folks off at Carnival and there was a line stretching way out the door. I’m thinking, on no…… But when we got to Celebrity we walked right through security, right up to check in then directly on the ship. Easiest boarding ever, probably 10 minutes from the time the shuttle stopped. As is our habit we went to the Aqua Spa for lunch. Figure we might as well start out eating healthy and it’s so quiet compared to the buffet. We were in Aqua Class 1552, large angled balcony by the front elevators. We’ve been in this cabin at least 4 times now and it’s our favorite. Originally booked a normal verandah cabin but the prices dropped so it wasn’t much to bump to Aqua. Loved the shower. Not the body jets but the shower head was great. Nice pressure. Cabin attendant is OK. He does his job but isn’t very friendly. Tried talking to him a few times, no go. That’s OK as long as he does his job which he does. I love this balcony. I spend most of the sea days out there reading, watching the ocean, listening to music, etc. Never once sat around the pool. We don’t see the draw, elbow to elbow with everyone else. But being from S Florida with our own pool we don’t need the sun. One issue we had is the AC. We could never get the cabin cool enough at night. I like it a bit cool to sleep and it wasn’t cooperating. We did call and they said they’d send an AC person. Who knows if they did but it never got cool enough We are not foodies and don’t worry too much about expensive wine or drinks. I don’t drink and my wife was happy with the Classic package. I asked a couple of times if she wanted to upgrade since we had so much OBC but nope, she was fine with house wine and mudslides. We don’t really sit at the bars either so that might make a difference. A ritual was to go to the Mast bar when we got back from shore or around 4 PM and grab 2 mudslides then head back to the room. We are more, get a drink and leave instead of hanging out. Our opinion is you really do not have to upgrade by any means. And yes the wine is drinkable and call brands are OK if mixing. I am sure we do not get full value even out of the Classic package but I enjoy grabbing a soda, coffee, etc. without thinking twice. We never did go to the Elite social. Shows were good. Went to the first and last production show and thought they were pretty good. Great costumes, good singers and decent choreograph. They had a Michael Buble “tribute” band that was very good then a one person performer that sang, joked, etc. He as pretty good. We missed the Broadway show, the Virtuoso and the Divas. The Rock and Roll show was OK. Decent choreograph but the singing was off. They just tried to put their own spin on these songs. Didn’t care for it. The house band, Sea Monkeys, was pretty good too. They played in the foyer quite often. While my wife gambled I’d hang out on deck four overlooking the foyer watching the dancers and listening to the band. As has been reported the casino will not give you money for your OBC. You can get promo ships for table games and credits put on your sea pass for slots. They did have a promo if you put money on slots. Not sure of the entire promo but if you put on $200 they gave you $25 in extra credit. I think $400 you got even more but forget the details exactly. Guess where most of our OBC went. We ate in Blu every night. Had a great 2 top off by itself as they pulled the table next to it so they could make a 10 top. Server and Assistant were fantastic. How they can stay so positive while working so long and hard…… The rest of the staff was just a great. While not all the menu items were to my liking the experience was. It was like eating in a nice restaurant. We are not fans of the MDR as it is too noisy and crowded for us. But, there were many nights I just “settled” on something as nothing on the entrée side interested me. Wife felt the same way. We almost always found a good appetizer and salad, it was just the entrees that were lacking – for us that is. We weren’t sure about booking Aqua again but went to the MDR for lunch one day and that kind of sealed it. It was chaotic and loud compared to Blu. What a difference! This will be a tough choice going forward. Other than Blu the only other benefit to Aqua Class is the Persian Gardens. I went to the Persian Gardens probably 3 times the entire cruise and that was after a workout just to use the steam room. Wife never went. There really isn’t much of a draw. Sure the loungers are nice but I’d rather sit on my balcony. I think they missed the boat as there is no hot tub. It’s just there isn’t much to it. Steam, a few chairs and an aroma room. It could have been really nice. Went to one enrichment seminar on Barbados – about fell asleep. He tried I guess but it was pretty dull. We stayed to the end but others got up and left. Also went to a Barbados excursion talk that lasted about 15 minutes. We were renting a car and weren’t sure where to go so thought these would help. They didn’t. A couple of talks from Eddy the Cruise Director and the two from the Captain and his crew later in the cruise were good. The only ship excursion we have ever purchased was on this trip. We bought the St John “On Your Own” tour. This is basically just the boat ride over. They pick you up pretty much right from the ship and drop you back off there too. Figured that for $39 each it was worth not having to catch a cab to Red Hook, then the ferry and do the same back. Since we docked in Crown Bay the taxi would have taken a lot longer to the ferry and back. Overall it probably cost us about $10 more per person but I knew my wife would prefer the less hassle. Well, not sure I’d do it again. First off the boat ride is about 40 minutes versus the 10 minutes from Red Hook which is not an issue if the seas weren’t rough. My wife gets motion sickness so the ride was a little rough. Second issue was they stopped to pick up other passengers from RCCL at the other pier. This added about 45 min to the trip. We ended up with only 3 ½ hours on St John and that included taxi/walking time. St John is so beautiful though. We went to Honeymoon beach. The water was the prettiest we’ve ever seen. We’ll go back, just not sure how we’ll get there next time. We took the trail and walked back to the ferry dock and it was a bit of a hike. Up, down, rocky….. Don’t do it if you have mobility issues. Kept promising my wife “we are almost there”…. In St Kitts we took a snorkeling tour from Theneford Grey Tours. We had a short around town tour then headed out to Frigate Bay area. Some really nice places out there. We had a guide that took us to two places to snorkel. After we spent some time at a local beach then headed back. The snorkeling was good but after St John……. We’ve already been on island tours here so we wanted something a bit different. Rented a car on Barbados. We had a blast. Booked the car from Voyager and they were great to deal with. They were there when we showed up and after a little paper work we were on our way. A tip – get the GPS! It was only $5 and was a life saver. The plan was to just a make a big circle of the island. We headed up the coast and stopped to check out some beaches, shopping and grabbed a bite to eat. Headed over to the East coast which was beautiful. The Atlantic side is quite a bit different than the Caribbean side. From there headed down South to the Rum Distillery, which was closed then back to the West side. We went around Bridgetown and headed back up the coast to a spot we saw earlier so we could swim for a bit. Beautiful water. Since we swam with some turtles on St Kitts we didn’t pursue it on Barbados. We did last time and it was fun. So for under $100 we got to explore on our own all day. It was a lot of fun but I’ll warn you, some of the roads are a bit “bumpy” and narrow, especially on the East coast. I’d do it again in a heartbeat though. Sadly we were here overnight. Not a fan of the overnight, I would have preferred to go to Dominica which was the original itinerary when we booked the cruise. We didn’t do anything that night, no desire to go to the fish fry. The shops and casino were open that night. The overnight did allow me to go on a nice long run the next morning which was nice. Being Sat the roads were not that crowded and that was important when the “sidewalk” suddenly disappeared. I am proud to say that we never ate at the buffet. I take that back, we did stop by after being off the ship and grab a piece of pizza to take back to the cabin. Breakfast was either room service or just a couple of Danish from the Bistro. I finally went to Blu for breakfast the last day. It was decent but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get there. By the time I finished working out I didn’t feel like showering and rushing down for breakfast. Lunch was either room service or a burger. Room service, for lunch that is, was pretty good. Everything was fresh, hot and very tasty. I became fond of the turkey club. There is something nice about have shrimp cocktail delivered to your room. Two at a time actually..... We did breakfast room service on port days. It was decent but breakfast food gets cold quickly. Love the gym. Plenty of equipment and I was able to find open equipment every time I went. I took two spinning classes for $15 each. Not a bad price and it was nice being pushed a little. I’d never work that hard by myself. Decent weight set up. I don’t use the weight machines so I can’t really comment on the quality of them. One sea day I waited until about 10AM figuring the place would have thinned out by then. Nope, busy as can be. But I can attest that at 8PM the place is pretty empty. It’s a shame that a ship this nice has such small hot tubs and nothing in the Persian Gardens. If there are 4 people in one of these tubs they get crowded. Not a fan of playing “footsies” with a man I don’t know. I started going after the show at night. Wife would go to the casino and I'd go to the hot tub. No one around and I could have the hot tub to myself. We'd catch back up after awhile. Sure miss the T pool from the M class ships. We had a 9:15 disembarkation so we went to breakfast in Blu then sat in Tuscan until our number was called. They said Blu closed at 8 am but there were still people eating in there at 8:30. If I had known I would have just gone around 8. We thought you’d have to be finished around 8. When our number was called we passed the huge line up at the aft exit and went mid ship. No one mid ship. Took a little bit for the luggage then we just walked through customs. Got an Uber and went back to the hotel to get the car. Uber was $16.50 whereas last time a cab was over $30. I love how this cruise is set up. Two sea days, then ports then end with two sea days. Very relaxing. Having been on the S class a few times now we are thinking of maybe going back to the M class for our next cruise or try RCCL again. The T pool is calling…. This was a great cruise. Nearly everyone we talked to was amazing. Considering the hours they put in I can’t see how they can always be so polite and accommodating. Food was for the most part good, dinner service was excellent. But, I’ve never had a bad cruise and we’ve been on Carnival, NCL, RCCL and Celebrity. And yes, Celebrity is our favorite at the time but I’d sail on any ship given the right price. Thanks for reading Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We sailed on the Eclipse before and were very pleased with all aspects of the cruise by this time the food quality in the dining rooms was awful. Tried to eat I the main dining room 3 times and each time the quality of the food was ... Read More
We sailed on the Eclipse before and were very pleased with all aspects of the cruise by this time the food quality in the dining rooms was awful. Tried to eat I the main dining room 3 times and each time the quality of the food was terrible. The service staff were fine and apologetic for the quality of the food but couldn't recommend any better options. We ate in the cafeteria on the upper deck for the remainder of the cruise. The food was ok, but it was rhe same cafeteria type food each evening. Lunches and breakfasted were much better. One Broadway show was excellent but the other shows were average to poor. We have been on five other Celebrity cruises and always found the food, shows and service to be very good. We complained about the quality of the ship in our review but never received any response from celebrity. We will not be sailing on any more Celebrity ships. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Well designed ship. Was easier than most big ships to find way around. Cabin comfortable and well designed. Friendly and mostly competent crew. Gym is excellent and well-sized for ship, but spa prices to use sauna and steam are very ... Read More
Well designed ship. Was easier than most big ships to find way around. Cabin comfortable and well designed. Friendly and mostly competent crew. Gym is excellent and well-sized for ship, but spa prices to use sauna and steam are very high. The solarium is a wonderful space for adults-only relaxation. Wi-fi was better than experienced on other ships but still often very slow and expensive. Computer guy was great at solving problems. Biggest issue was lack of attention to detail. Lifeboat drill instructions in cabin were different than those ordered by cabin attendant. Instructed not to wear life jackets at drill. Never experienced in 19 previous cruises and seems like a critical omission. Ship lost credit card info despite entering it on website in advance and providing at check-in resulting in having to experience long lines on last day. Complex system (too many packages) for purchasing drinks slowed down bar service. Events in daily news not always correct (went for ballroom dancing one day in a lounge only to be told a private party was happening). Received incorrect instructions on how to exit ship for shore excursions. Received incorrect replacement card when cabin entry card failed resulting in two long waits in line. And so on. Food and service in specialty restaurants was excellent, well above typical cruise experience, but significant extra cost. Service in main dining room was fine but food was indifferent. May explain why the specialty restaurants were frequently sold out. Casual restaurant was fine for breakfast and lunch. Entertainment was typical for the size of the ship but too much focused on singing. The huge showroom was often not full which limited audience enthusiasm. Shore excursions were well done, albeit relatively short for the price. Entering and leaving ship at beginning and end were relatively painless. As independent travelers we were off and on our way by 9 AM. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first cruise on Celebrity, and we chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We enjoy cruising as it enables us to see new places without having to commit to an extended vacation. Embarkation was by far the easiest we ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Celebrity, and we chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We enjoy cruising as it enables us to see new places without having to commit to an extended vacation. Embarkation was by far the easiest we have done-very fast and efficient. Our cabin was not ready until after 1:30, and luggage did not arrive until 4:30. Our cabin (7216) was nicely appointed, although the closet storage was awkward to get into. The bathroom with a real shower was a treat. The ship itself is beautiful. Our major complaint was the strong smell of 2nd hand smoke around the public areas near the casino and shops. Apparently the exterior smoking area exhausts back into the public area. Several of the venues are very congested if there are game shows or popular entertainers, so much so that it could be a safety hazard. The area along the shops tends to be congested as well as sales staff have tables set up along the hall. We chose MDR first sitting and were initially seated at a table for 6. However one couple did not make the cruise, and we enjoyed sitting with a delightful couple from Australia for the balance of the trip. Our huge disappointment was the food quality and choices in the MDR, but perhaps our expectations were too high based on the rave reviews. If I were to rate the food in the MDR, it falls well below Princess and Holland America. Selections for dinner included meatloaf, country style pork chops, fried chicken, mac and cheese, and yes, pork and beans. I've never sent food back before, but some of the appetizers and entrees were inedible. According to senior staff we spoke to, Celebrity has decreased the budget in the MDR to support Luminae, Blu, and the specialty restaurants. General consensus among veteran Celebrity cruisers was that the standards have dropped significantly. However, we would give higher marks to the Oceanview Cafe which appeared to have far better selection that the MDR. If we ever cruise on Celebrity again, we may just forget about the MDR. The redeeming quality in the MDR was the service which was excellent. Entertainment was on the whole very good. While we didn't care for the Chandelier and Rock City productions, the quality of the performances was good, and we particularly liked the aerial dance portions. Aaron Shaw, December 64, and Claire Vinkesteijn were very good. Richard Spacey and Maarten were excellent cruise director staff. We took 5 ship excursions which were all very good. We attended the port destination presentation on the first sea day expecting a description of the ports, but it turned out to be a very boring hard sell of port excursions by the excursion director. General activities were well attended although the grand foyer and entertainment centers were very crowded. There seems to be a lack of a large enough venue for some activities. We attended food demonstrations in Celebrity Central which were very good, as well as a couple of the wine tasting activities which were also very good. The sommeliers particularly are very knowledgeable. Disembarkation was the best we have experienced - very fast and efficient. In summary, I'm not sure if we will try Celebrity again. We are a couple of "foodies" and the MDR was a major disappointment. We feel for the amount we paid, we should not have had to spend up to $45 per person at a specialty restaurant for a better dining experience. We did not do a BBB or 123go as we feel that it is misleading to pay extra for "free" benefits. There were lots of passengers on a drink package or Concierge guests with drink coupons, and we saw more alcohol consumed than on any other cruise. Our impression was that Celebrity hard sells extra purchasing on board, whether specialty restaurants, shopping, spas, alcohol. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
First, the ship is beautiful. Great design and very well maintained. Cabin staff were excellent. Specialty restaurants were excellent, as well. Entertainment was first class. Service in all areas was "spot-on". My only ... Read More
First, the ship is beautiful. Great design and very well maintained. Cabin staff were excellent. Specialty restaurants were excellent, as well. Entertainment was first class. Service in all areas was "spot-on". My only "needs improvement" item is a minor item: on the last formal night in the main dining room for dinner, the wait staff all got together and did an "end-of-cruise" celebration dance (lasting about 10 minutes). This is reminiscent of Carnival and totally not necessary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
I can't think of anything really bad to say about this beautiful ship. It is immaculate, the food is great, the entertainment is very good, the staff is friendly and very professional, the officers and senior staff are out and about ... Read More
I can't think of anything really bad to say about this beautiful ship. It is immaculate, the food is great, the entertainment is very good, the staff is friendly and very professional, the officers and senior staff are out and about and very approachable and on and on. Nothing upset us, it was wonderful from the start. This was cruise #30 for us with a total of 306 days at sea so we are veterans. Celebrity has been the right fit for us for awhile. On the morning of the second day my husband rebooked for next March so that says a lot. Some general thoughts. The only change I would like to see is maybe some different ports. Grenada has only one beach nearby and the vendors are constantly pestering people just trying to get a little sun. Curacao is a pretty port but we are getting tired of it. No nice beaches other than the man-made one by the aquarium which is no big deal. Martineque, Guadeloupe, St. Croix, Tortola, all would be a nice change. I can never understand how people can criticize the dining. We had such a great selection of choices it wasn't easy to choose. I wish the dining room was open for lunch on more than the 5 sea days. The Ocean View Café is a mad house. We enjoy the benefits of Elite. The hostess in the Sky View Lounge, Elaine is a sweetheart. Sue Denning is the nicest and hardest working CD we've ever come across. She is a valuable asset to the ship. Everyone loves her. I kind of avoid the shopping on the ship. My closet is full of tee-shirts and I have enough cheap jewelry. It is basically "same old, same old." My husband splurged and bought a $20 watch. We will see how long it lasts. Our cabin attendants were very good and efficient. They kept us well supplied and the cabin was always nice and tidy. Embarkation was run very well. We didn't have to wait for long. Getting off the ship yesterday was a long and hard time but I don't think we've ever had an easy one. It goes with the territory. 3500 people and all their luggage don't get off quickly. On a 14 night cruise there are bound to be a lot of senior travelers. It can be difficult but it seemed like the staff were helping them as much as possible.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Still on board, even the Internet works great. We'e sailed on a lot of ships and brands. 7 of our last trips on X, two on Princess. Aqua class with the Blu restaurant and cruise directors like Sue Denning has us convinced X is the ... Read More
Still on board, even the Internet works great. We'e sailed on a lot of ships and brands. 7 of our last trips on X, two on Princess. Aqua class with the Blu restaurant and cruise directors like Sue Denning has us convinced X is the best for us. Yes no more chocalates on the pillows, sowhat, Anita the Blu. Asst. mgr made sure choc chip cookies were delivered each day. The entire crew was awesome.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
We booked WELL in advance to be sure of getting adjoining cabins with our friends on this particular cruise that included both our birthdays. This was our third cruise on The Eclipse and she still looks pretty damn good, clean and ... Read More
We booked WELL in advance to be sure of getting adjoining cabins with our friends on this particular cruise that included both our birthdays. This was our third cruise on The Eclipse and she still looks pretty damn good, clean and sparkling! We flew with Virgin for the first time in MANY years and were extremely pleased with the overall experience in our Premier Economy seats. (Well it was a special holiday). As predicted Miami airport was hideous! My wife was in a wheelchair so we were through in no time but our friends took an hour and a half to get through Immigration! Unacceptable USA! Over night at the Marriott Miami Airport was a good start to the holiday followed by an extremely easy boarding experience on the Sunday morning. Access to the cabin was delayed (as usual) until early p.m. which we were prepared for of course. The cabin was situated way back on deck seven which was great for dining but not so good for the theatre which is at the very front of the vessel. Lesson learned. We knew exactly what to expect cabin wise but were, for some reason, more aware of the real lack of storage space on this ship. A reasonable sized wardrobe is adequate for a two week vacation but there are no proper bedside cupboards! Just a strange tiny shelf unit that isn't a uniform shape and gives SO little space for 'stuff' like glasses, pills, a drink etc. The over-the-bed cupboards are OK for small items but not really much use for clothing like tops, T shirts etc. as they are too shallow. The only other storage are four medium sized drawers situated under the LED TV. Hence much of our clothing was left in the cases under the bed. A real pain. Otherwise the cabin was OK. We took lunch in the Oceanview buffet on deck 14 which had a w i d e choice of food to suit every taste. From Asian to American, Greek to British cuisine. Although not my favourite buffet layout (I much prefer the 'old style' buffet like on The Constellation and Century), it is a bright and clean area with adequate seating (usually) to cope with peak time dining. In the evenings we dined in the Moonlight Sonata dining room on deck four, any-time dining was great as the usual early seating time is 6pm which is a little early for us. We turned up after 7pm and managed to get the same table #540 and waiter every evening! It overlooked the dining room on deck 3 so was perfect. The entertainment, which is often criticized by other reviewers, we found to be generally of a high standard and the resident team were pretty near to West-End quality. The cruise director Sue Denning was simply the best we've ever had! All the guest artistes were great! From singers to comics, we enjoyed them all although the Jersey Boys tribute act were not the best we'd heard. Some of the music on board was not to our taste for a variety of reasons. The solo singer/guitarist had a pretty good voice (a little reminiscent of James Taylor) but became fairly tedious after a half a dozen songs or so. The 'party band' were from the Philippines and had a very wide range of music from Toto to the Eagles, reggae, swing, standards etc. The lead guitarist was outstanding! I love to hear a steel band when in the Caribbean but soon tire of the sound when in close proximity for an extended period and although the guy on board was the best soloist I'd ever heard we found it intrusive when trying to relax on deck! Which brings me neatly to the sound quality/levels on the ship. Why oh why do cruise lines insist on playing 'inappropriate' music at high volume on deck? I've been a muso all my life and the one thing I've learned is, play to the room. Most of the folks on this cruise were retired and of a certain age so why do they play modern 'dance' type music? It has no meaning to 99% of people in that age group. I guess the term 'easy listening' is what's required and at low level so one can read, converse or listen to ones own music if required. Just saying........... We'd been to most of the ports before but we didn't care as we LOVE this part of the World. The weather was kind and we only had a little rain on one of the islands. The rest of the time it was in the 80's most days. Leaving the ship was fairly hassle free and we were in our hotel, the Sheraton Miami Airport soon after 10am. From there it was a ten minute cab ride to Bayside where we dined at The Hard Rock Café and did a little shopping (as if we hadn't had enough already!) before heading back to the hotel to prepare for our flight at 9.30pm. This where it all went belly up! Miami airport is THE WORST!! Tatty and inhospitable. I went to the 'Budweiser Bar' for a couple of drinks, they had no Budweiser products at all and small glass of Merlot and a JD and Coke was $23!!!!!!! So pleased to be out of there. The flight back to Heathrow was uneventful, thankfully. Overall a brilliant and enjoyable holiday, little thanks to USA immigration but full credit to Celebrity Cruises once again. (We still find the no smoking policy on your own balcony a big pain but hey.....) We hope to be back with you soon. P.S. It's a BIG thumbs up for the drinks package!   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our second cruise on the Eclipse, and our fourth Caribbean cruise with Celebrity. The Boarding procedure went quite smoothly and quickly -- even though we had arrived around 12:30 pm on boarding day. Our luggage made it to our ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Eclipse, and our fourth Caribbean cruise with Celebrity. The Boarding procedure went quite smoothly and quickly -- even though we had arrived around 12:30 pm on boarding day. Our luggage made it to our cabins within two hours, which was great, since we could get unpacked and settled very quickly. The itinerary is essentially the same as all the previous Caribbean cruises we've been on with Celebrity. We think it's time for some variation and changes, if possible. Our cabin was exactly what we knew we would get, and it was well-maintained by our excellent cabin crew. We asked that the contents of the mini-bar be removed so we could use the refrigerator for ourselves. The cabin was quiet at night, the a/c worked well, and was very comfortable for sleeping. Our objective on this cruise was rest and relaxation, not sightseeing. We travelled with three other couples whose cabins were alongside ours.We all sat together at a round table for 8 in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room, early sitting dinner. I availed myself of the Persian Garden, and went to the spa every day. I especially like the wonderful steam room: that I came down with a touch of a cold was another reason to use the steam room, and it helped nip the problem quickly. We ate breakfasts and lunch in the cafeteria. My wife, who has a problem with gluten and rice, was extremely well looked-after by everyone connected with food preparation, both in the cafeteria and the dining room. Since we do not eat non-kosher meat, we chose the prepackaged kosher meat meals one evening, and found most of them to be rather bland and tasteless. We decided that once was enough. But on the last Friday evening of the cruise, the Maitre D' -- on his own -- ordered kosher meat meals for both of us. That was a very wonderful gesture which we found incredibly thoughtful. It's not the cruise line's fault that their supplier of kosher meals can't make them tastier. The food that we ate was mostly very tasty, and our servers were attentive and helpful. We didn't eat any desserts other than fruits and crème brulee. But my birthday on the cruise was an occasion for the chef to make us a gluten-free cheesecake that was delicious. The evening entertainment was ok. It was only the last few shows that were really great. And there was a treat one evening, when Sue Denning the cruise director gave us her own one-woman show. It was one fantastic hour's entertainment. For many of the shows, the music was simply way too loud. Although I turned 71 on this cruise, I guess my hearing might be better than Celebrity expects. While most of the passengers were of a similar vintage, perhaps Celebrity thinks that their hearing is gone -- otherwise why does music (at all the venues) have to be so darn loud. Even at the outdoor pool. For those who would like to just relax, there's incessant noise (some call it music) with an inane dj all day every day at the pool. We preferred the air-conditioned, indoor pool and solarium. There always were sufficient cots to use. The ports of call are the same year in year out. We didn't do much late-night clubbing; in fact, usually after the show we'd join some friends at the cafeteria for a tea and then retire to our cabin. The process of getting on and off the ship in the ports was always very smooth and problem-free. Debarking at the end of the cruise was very simple. We decided to take our own baggage with us. By 7:30 am on the last day, we were off the ship. No trouble, and no hassles. All in all this cruise would rate about 8 out of 10 for us. We future-booked for 2017 for the same ship, although we chose a cabin on deck 8 instead of 10, and not in Concierge Class. We don't need or use the generous beverage package that comes with Concierge Class (and that you pay for in the fare). The experience was well within the parameters that we have come to expect and like about Celebrity. We have Elite status in the loyalty program, and the coupons for cocktails that we got each day was more than sufficient for our imbibing pattern. The ship is well-maintained; staff are constantly cleaning, dusting, polishing, disinfecting. We spoke with a number of the crew members, and each one is truly concerned with creating a wonderful experience for the passengers. And they succeeded in that with us. Bravo! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
My husband and I just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse. We truly love cruising and Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. This particular cruise was however one of the top cruises out of our 24 cruises. The staff ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse. We truly love cruising and Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. This particular cruise was however one of the top cruises out of our 24 cruises. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. While most cruise line employees on Celebrity cruises are typically very good, this staff was outstanding. We enjoyed the food at the buffet, so many choices, the diningroom, specialty restaurants and room service all excellent. Our S1 cabin was spacious and very clean. Our butler Kanika and cabin attendent Karen were the best. We loved the Martini Bar and the staff including Egar and Sasha. Even the photographers were friendly and very professional. The entertainment was just fair to okay, except for the excellent performers Perry Grant and Clare Vinkelstein, they were the best. Loved the adult pool area but didn't appreciate the canned "new wave" whinning music. Celebrity I beg you please discontinue playing this horrible music in this venue. as it isn't restful and relaxing. Also horrible canned music at the Martini bar. The live music, though limited around the ship was very good. We love the Reflection and Silhoutte layouts as they are our two favorite Solstice class ships. Perhaps it is because we love the Lawn Grill and Porch on those two vessels. We did miss them on the Eclipse. The Eclipse as well as some of the other Solstice class ships have the Corning glass show. We have previously seen the Corning glass show on other solstice ships, and once is truly enough. While the glass blowers are talented, at the show, you must sit for two hours on benches in the heat, so not something to see more then on once cruise, especially if you are over 50 or have a bad back. Perhaps time to remove and try something else like the Lawn Grill and porch or another venue. We also enjoyed the two weeks out of the cold. While we have a few more cruise booked during 2015 and 2016 I would consider booking the Eclipse again sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
My husband and I just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse. We truly love cruising and Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. This particular cruise was however one of the top cruises out of our 24 cruises. The staff ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse. We truly love cruising and Celebrity is our favorite cruise line. This particular cruise was however one of the top cruises out of our 24 cruises. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. While most cruise line employees on Celebrity cruises are typically very good, this staff was outstanding. We enjoyed the food at the buffet, so many choices, the diningroom, specialty restaurants and room service all excellent. Our S1 cabin was spacious and very clean. Our butler Kanika and cabin attendent Karen were the best. We loved the Martini Bar and the staff including Egar and Sasha. Even the photographers were friendly and very professional. The entertainment was just fair to okay, except for the excellent performers Perry Grant and Clare Vinkelstein, they were the best. Loved the adult pool area but didn't appreciate the canned "new wave" whinning music. Celebrity I beg you please discontinue playing this horrible music in this venue. as it isn't restful and relaxing. Also horrible canned music at the Martini bar. The live music, though limited around the ship was very good. Also the passengers were great! Best Cruise Critic crowd we have been with on any ship. Thank you Celebrity for hosting our special events. We love the Reflection and Silhoutte layouts as they are our two favorite Solstice class ships. Perhaps it is because we love the Lawn Grill and Porch on those two vessels. We did miss them on the Eclipse. The Eclipse as well as some of the other Solstice class ships have the Corning glass show. We have previously seen the Corning glass show on other solstice ships, and once is truly enough. While the glass blowers are talented, at the show, you must sit for two hours on benches in the heat, so not something to see more then on once cruise, especially if you are over 50 or have a bad back. Perhaps time to remove and try something else like the Lawn Grill and porch or another venue. We also enjoyed the two weeks out of the cold. While we have a few more cruise booked during 2015 and 2016 I would consider booking the Eclipse again sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
On Jan. 18th we set sail for a port intensive cruise to the Caribbean. This 14 night cruise visited 8 Caribbean islands. However this is our feelings about the ship in general. Not the islands. Just to let you know, this was our 47th ... Read More
On Jan. 18th we set sail for a port intensive cruise to the Caribbean. This 14 night cruise visited 8 Caribbean islands. However this is our feelings about the ship in general. Not the islands. Just to let you know, this was our 47th cruise, so we are not wide eyed rookies. Having reached elite level on Celebrity shows we have a good impression of the way they do business. First off, there was a problem in Miami which held up over 1000 people from getting on the ship. But I consider that just one of those things that happen from time to time and not the usual. We still got on in plenty of time before sailing. On the positive side, the perks for elite level are the best I have found on any ship. One outstanding one is that we were invited to go out onto the helipad while departing St. Thomas. Never had that before. Another positive is that the ship as always was neat and clean. The workers were all very friendly. For some points that I cannot say were outstanding. First the food was very average, almost mediocre. The buffet (Oceanview Cafe) was poorly laid out and some mornings we found the food moved from one area one day to another the next. On the last 2 days they started to run out of things like half and half for our coffee. Another trivial point is the disappearance of chocolates on our pillow each night. This ship does have the glass blowing show which is interesting. The main show ranged from great to mediocre depending on ones taste. They told us this ship is going into dry dock around April. Not sure how much they can improve it, since everything is a matter of taste. So once again, Celebrity lived up to it's reputation as an upscale cruise line and I would sail it again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
WE just returned from a 14 night Caribbean cruise on the Eclipse. I agree with a previous writer that the little things are missing - no flowers in the room for Elite guests, no chocolates on the pillow (the one chocolate covered Oreo was ... Read More
WE just returned from a 14 night Caribbean cruise on the Eclipse. I agree with a previous writer that the little things are missing - no flowers in the room for Elite guests, no chocolates on the pillow (the one chocolate covered Oreo was awful), afternoon canapés were icky and we stopped getting them. Suggestions at Guest Relations were met with denials and with an admonition to ignore these things and enjoy the vacation! The entertainment was not as good as on previous cruises. Has Celebrity taken a look at the age of the cruisers on this trip? I'd guess that the average age was 60+. Bear Stevens was excellent and the gal in Cellar Masters was entertaining. Cabin 1124 was a wonderful location and it has an extra large balcony which we really enjoyed. We'll still cruise with Celebrity but we hope that the main office will listen to our comments. Charge a few dollars more and provide the "little things" that make us feel special. Also, better communication would be helpful. We received numerous emails, phone calls, and texts about boarding times but these were not enforced. And, embarkation was a nightmare. All of the guessing, etc. would have been eliminated if they just sent someone out to the sidewalk to explain why we had to sit out there for more than an hour! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This was our first venture on Celebrity, having mainly cruised Princess previously. Although I may use this line again it would not be my cruise line of choice. Although much is made of the cuisine on this line I was disappointed ... Read More
This was our first venture on Celebrity, having mainly cruised Princess previously. Although I may use this line again it would not be my cruise line of choice. Although much is made of the cuisine on this line I was disappointed overall. We had the anytime dining and it seemed there was an issue with this. Although the cook to order steaks etc. came up fresh, many of the other hot courses appeared to have been standing on the hotplate for far too long, fish became over cooked and dry and sauces often congealed. There was the same issue in the buffet. Particularly disappointing was the English bacon- over cooked and dry. Waiter service was efficient and friendly. There was an overdose of political correctness over Christmas, seemingly it was not a major celebration with much emphasis on 'holiday' greetings rather than Christmas and the celebration was very low key. New Year was a much bigger issue with a deck party. The ships main atrium was beautifully decorated. We had the drinks package and probably made more use of this than we would normally do. Drinks service was generally good although cocktail service/ preparation was erratic at times. Entertainment was mixed, ranging from 3 or 4 really good shows but also a couple that were really dire, but guess you can not please everyone. We had verandah cabin on deck 8. Comfortable bed but plastic covered sofa. Storage space was really tight particularly drawers. Pretty good bathroom with more spacious showers than some ships with doors rather than curtains. Glass blowing demos were interesting as were the iPad lessons - both something we have not seen elsewhere. As expected there were many small children onboard who seemed to have very late bedtimes. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This cruise was over Christmas and New Year. The cruise went to 8 of the Caribbean Islands, (Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts and St Maarten). Overall the cruise was up to Celebrities high standards. However, ... Read More
This cruise was over Christmas and New Year. The cruise went to 8 of the Caribbean Islands, (Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts and St Maarten). Overall the cruise was up to Celebrities high standards. However, the Ultimate Dining Package, which we have used in the past, had been withdrawn for this cruise. The excuse given was that this was done to allow all passengers the opportunity to dine in the specialist restaurants. However, everyone had had the opportunity to book specialist dining prior to cruising either on Celebrity's web site, direct with them or via their travel agent. We had booked for every night prior to the cruise, costing an equivalent of $1180. The normally available Ultimate Dining Package gives a discount to this plus other benefits, lunches, coffees being some off them. The withdrawal of this package for this cruise should in my opinion have been mentioned on their web site, so as not to have tarnished the cruise slightly for us. The staff in all departments were again excellent, particularly Marion (the Maitre'D), Christian, Micha and Alicia in the Murano restaurant especially. The cabin staff Muhamad and Brian kept our cabin tiptop and Tanishia looked after us in the bar. The ship was decorated out for both Christmas and New Year and the majority of entertainment was very good. The shore excursions we took took were generally very good, particularly the catamaran cruise from St Kitts to Nevis. Hopefully the management staff of Celebrity will in future give consideration to their loyal customers!   Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2014
It a week or so to decide to kick an old friend in the teeth. However, thats how we felt after quickly realizing this was not going to be the cruise we'd been looking forward to for months. Getting on the ship was very easy as usual ... Read More
It a week or so to decide to kick an old friend in the teeth. However, thats how we felt after quickly realizing this was not going to be the cruise we'd been looking forward to for months. Getting on the ship was very easy as usual in Miami. Celebrity really does a great job getting you situated in your new environment. The ship was in great shape. Since we are Elite with Celebrity, we are very familiar with the program and had a high level of expectation...WHAT HAPPENED to our favorite cruise line?? The dining room was a total diaster...raw steaks, cold food, missing sides and they ran out of some main dishes. Food quality was marginal and sevice stretched. We finally gave up and spent the second week eating in the buffet which was very good. Spending 1.5 hours each evening feeling sorry and being sorry was NOT what we expected. With Celebrity's new desire to have EVERYONE on a beverage package, wine service is impossible. Hundreds of people ordering cheap wine by the glass could have you waiting 20-30 minutes. On that subject, they quickly ran out of premium and craft beer. NEVER saw a bottle of liquor opened in two weeks. Otherwise, the cruise was good. Celebrity offers a great on deck experience with padded loungers and plenty of towels. Rarely a crowd anywhere with many different types of venue. Overall, non showroom entertainment was very disjointed and confusing.due to scheduling. No venue had consistant music, you had to chase it around the ship. 40 minutes...and that was it for an hour or two. Pool entertainment was very lacking. Learn the schedule! Only burgers and pizza from 2:30 to 6. With so many stops, folks returning to the ship will put a strain on these two places. Celebrity has obviouly decided to cheap-out and cut-back. Moving to the middle makes it less likely we'll choose them in the future. NCL and Princess offer a better experience in that category.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Hi , Lesley and I (Dan ) booked this cruise back in Apr/14 . We wanted to try a 14 day cruise that included a lot of our favourite islands. Well Celebrity offered one on the Eclipse and since we had been on the Equinox back in 2010, we ... Read More
Hi , Lesley and I (Dan ) booked this cruise back in Apr/14 . We wanted to try a 14 day cruise that included a lot of our favourite islands. Well Celebrity offered one on the Eclipse and since we had been on the Equinox back in 2010, we knew what expect of the ship.We also took advantage of the 123go promo and took the classic booze package. I also signed up here on the roll call. Well over the next several months I chatted with quite a few people on here. And as we got closer , we got more excited!. the fateful day came we are on our way and WOW! What a fantastic time we had ! The ship was Fantastic! the Staff was Fantastic! the Captain came to the Celebrity Connections Meeting and invited all us Cruise Critic members to bridge tour which was very neat! The food was great ! the menus every night were different ! Portion size was just right. Every night at the Martini Bar was a great time meeting new people and making new friends. Everything about this cruise was wonderful. A lot of memories for Lesley and I to cherish. Thanks to everyone that was part of this cruise ! WOOHOO!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Can't say enough about Celebrity. We were sailing the day Royal Caribbean acquired Celebrity and it wasn't a pretty picture. Crew was arrogant taking up much of the public rooms with friends and family and refusing passengers ... Read More
Can't say enough about Celebrity. We were sailing the day Royal Caribbean acquired Celebrity and it wasn't a pretty picture. Crew was arrogant taking up much of the public rooms with friends and family and refusing passengers seating. Ugly enough I complained to hotel manager. Have traveled again on the Celebrity Equinox a few years ago [after finding Royal Caribbean and Princess unable to accommodate the length of our itinerary and pricing] and found it to be far superior to other cruise lines]. Our cruise departed March 8th for 14 days and was absolutely the finest cruise we have been on. This is the first time I have ever approached the executive chef and other senior officers to compliment them on their outstanding service. Service 5; Food 5; Islands and tours 5 but returning to Ft. Lauderdale and processing through Customs too long {loooonnnnnggggg cattle lines,] a 2. A few of Celebrity representatives in the Customs area a bit arrogant and short with passengers, not what you would expect from Celebrity after receiving such royal treatment on ship. I would recommend Celebrity, especially the Eclipse, to anyone looking to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We hadn't cruised since 2007 for a variety of reasons. We booked Eclipse because of the itinerary - it isnt worth flying from theUk for less than 14days and we love sailing out of fort Lauderdale. We have always sailed on Summit ... Read More
We hadn't cruised since 2007 for a variety of reasons. We booked Eclipse because of the itinerary - it isnt worth flying from theUk for less than 14days and we love sailing out of fort Lauderdale. We have always sailed on Summit before and she occupies a very special place in our hearts so it was with some trepidation we boarded Eclipse. The ship is outstandingly elegant. The staterooms immaculate although a little smaller for storage space than Summit. This was compensated for by a fabulous shower in aqua class yes it accommodated 2! Cruising has changed a little since 2007 - lot more 'add ons' like speciality restaurants etc. I am sure for adding choice this is a good thing but does add to the cost of the holiday. The food in moonlight sonata was good but not as good as we expected. Blu was superb for breakfast and we would travel aqua class again just for this. Although blu was good in the evening we only ate in there twice as we preferred the MDR and were glad we made a fuss about eating there before we left. This is one thing Celebrity need to clarify. We had select dining and didnt find the same rapport with our waiter as previously on late sitting - but it was still excellent. Ensemble lounge we found dark and depressing. We did most of the ships excursions which were all ok with the exception of St Lucia which was appalling and I would hesitate to leave the ship here again. We booked one private excursion-Silver Moon in Barbados which was truly outstanding. We joined in a few activities and the staff were excellent especially Chiko and the choir - such fun. The lawn and the Solstice deck were great for peace and quiet and lovely views when in port. I had the soda package which was excellent value especially as it was very hot coming home and much needed! We didn't take the all inclusive as I don't drink that much and we calculated after that this was the right decision for us. We only went to two shows the second was excellent - broadway review- the first we felt a little unpolished. We never got to see Perry Grant as he was 'performing' in Michaels club which was too claustrophobic for me and I felt his 'wit' as reported by other cruisers would not have been to my taste - but it would have been better if we could have sat in the sky lounge to judge. The cruise activities director was Australian and didnt interact to well with the guests. All in all a lovely cruise and we will definitely book for 2016 - 2015 is to soon to do the same itinerary - thats how I feel at present but when the memory of the long tiring journey from the Uk and the horrendous experience of Miami airport fades who knows? We booked all our travel thru Celebrity and could not fault the arrangements. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
As far as on-board service, the number of island stops and our cabin, this trip was terrific. However, it was a decidedly "old" trip, meaning almost no one under 50 was part of it. In fact, I felt sorry for the few young couples ... Read More
As far as on-board service, the number of island stops and our cabin, this trip was terrific. However, it was a decidedly "old" trip, meaning almost no one under 50 was part of it. In fact, I felt sorry for the few young couples and a young family with the children, all of whom must have felt decidedly out of place. This also made for a really dull environment and turned the ship into a ghost ship after 10 p.m. I understand the timing and length of this trip would tend to limit it to those with time and freedom to take it, but it was not a vibe that I particularly enjoyed. Maybe my fault for not anticipating this, but we liked the itinerary well enough not to ask. This trip was also decidedly "dress-up" oriented, something with little appeal to me. I was definitely in the minority, though. Most people liked that there were no kids and everybody was carefully attired. The dining room food was really excellent, the service there both impeccable and personal, and the "anytime" option seating we'd chosen was great. But I was disappointed at the lack of eating options that did not require some sort of big surcharge. Outside of the buffet and a place to get a burger, the dining room was pretty much it in terms of free choices. We tried one of the surcharged "specialty" restaurants and the food was good but not special enough to justify the add-on cost. We also tried the Bistro, where surcharge was smaller, but food was awful Enjoyed most of the big stage entertainment, but again, there was little else to do and thus everybody attended, meaning it was always crowded and I felt like a cow being herded with walkers and canes. The need to buy overpriced water, beer, soda and specialty coffees felt like being nickeled and dimed to death, but the packages were way too expensive for anyone indulging only moderately in any of them, and therefore a bad deal financially. Am neither a shopper nor a gambler, so that part of ship held little interest, though we felt constantly exhorted to buy, shop, buy nonetheless. Enjoyed the galley tour, though, and all but one of the shore trips, which I've reviewed on Celebrity site. A private shore trip we booked through shore trip concierge was really good, so I'd recommend that if you are trying to get off on your own. One big advantage to the age of the travelers was that we had no trouble getting on active shore trips! Smokers were treated well, with plenty of designated smoking areas, most of them convenient to use. Cleanup of those areas could be improved, but at least we didn't feel like lepers. Mostly this ship was kept spotless so any empty glass or cup was overly obvious. Overall, the many destinations, the great cabin and the wonderful service saved this trip for me from the issues listed above. But the vibe was a little "snooty" for me. I surely recommend this trip, but you should know what you are getting into atmosphere-wise and seriously consider whether that atmosphere is one you will enjoy. Plenty of people do. Many of our fellow travelers had been on it numerous times. Read Less
Celebrity Eclipse Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 4.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.2

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