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Sail Date: March 2019
Celebrity Eclipse Trip San Antonio Chile to San Diego California March 24 2019 Embarkation poor. Had people lined up for hours waiting to be processed. There was no place for anyone to sit. Other cruise lines issue a number and have ... Read More
Celebrity Eclipse Trip San Antonio Chile to San Diego California March 24 2019 Embarkation poor. Had people lined up for hours waiting to be processed. There was no place for anyone to sit. Other cruise lines issue a number and have passengers sit to wait for their number to be called. The gangplank to the ship was very steep so the staff had to strain to push wheelchair passengers on the ship. Room 9402 very nice and good location, efficient room design with the exception of no electric plug next to or near bed. I called Crucon prior to sailing and requested distilled water for a piece of medical equipment. It was not there. I am sure that there are many people who use a CPAP machine at this present time. Our room attendant Kam, came and introduced himself. He was pleasant and carried out requests. There were no extra special touches in the room, ie cotton buds, shower caps, razors or emery boards in fact you could not even purchase an emery board aboard the ship. There was only soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. We were not served a complimentary bottle of champagne as we were served on prior cruises,We had to ask for ice to be present in our room in the evening. There is no folder in the room to describe anything about the ship or contain a list of room service foods. I still don't know if room service is available for meals other than breakfast. There was a sheet for us to fill out every evening for breakfast. We had coffee in our room every day and twice they delivered without cups and milk. The towels and sheets had a funky unpleasant odor, perhaps it was their detergent or not enough detergent. The air conditioner/heat control was not predictable, one time it would be very cold on a setting and the next time it would be uncomfortable at that same setting. The room would become warm while we were in port. The bed was not wonderful, there was no pillow top softness but I am like the princess and the pea. The pillows were OK. Trip route- It was a relocation cruise and the stops were not earth shaking. The prices for ship trips to essentially nothing locations were very expensive. We only did two trips, one to Lima and the other in Punta Arenas Costa Rica. Both were interesting. The other ports did not have anything that looked like we needed to explore further or sounded uninteresting. Entertainment- Stale and according to passengers who previously sailed on the ship it was a repeat of the same performances. The songs were dull and uninspiring. The entertainment was aimed at old people and I am older than god. They need to update their performances. The Eclipse Orchestra was the highlight of the performances. They need to continue with “Live Orchestras” not a digital replacement that is being contemplate by the company. All of our table mates refused to attend the performances because of them being so boring and repetitive. Service-The staff were very positive, smiling and caring throughout the ship. The Captain was a pseudo comedian. Alejandro the master of ceremony was great. Jose P and Edwin our staff in the dining room were caring and attentive they get a 10 out of 10! Food- Terrible!! On previous trips the many tasty main courses offered were wonderful, one had to make a decision of choosing from all the very appealing meals offered most every evening. On this cruise trying to find even one was a difficult task, in fact there were many nights we only had appetizers for our meal because the selection was so poor. On the dress up nights there was nothing special offered except on the last dress up night and another regular evening soft shell lobster not New England lobster. The breakfast and lunch buffets were OK. The salad dressing were horrible. There were people stationed at the entry of cafeteria dispensing hand sanitizing solution but there are no hand washing places there. Hand washing is the only way to truly prevent novovirus. Passengers complained that there was a respiratory illness spreading aboard the ship toward the end of the cruise. Disembarkation-A nightmare! Directions printed for passengers to follow were not written by an English speaking person and were very confusing. Other passengers stated the same regarding the poorly written directions. No one knew where they were to go or wait. There were lines all over the ship. Exiting from the ship was down a very steep gangplank. If I had my luggage I would have been propelled down the gangplank. Being in a wheelchair would have been very scary. Summary We are not gung-ho cruisers but have enjoyed our previous 7 cruises because the food was outstanding, the entertainment fun, but this trip left a bad taste in our mouth. I am not sure we will cruise again anytime soon. Is Celebrity trying to drive people do the specialty dining?? I refuse to pay additional money that probably amount to $100+ for each night to get a decent meal. If this is their object the staff will be shortchanged and service will suffer. The staff in the dining room depend on their tips to supplement their income. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Couldn’t pass up this amazing deal to do an 11-day balcony cruise to 3 countries in South America, including 3 days at Carnival in Rio, for only about $950! The Eclipse was recently remodeled, and the rooms and public spaces are ... Read More
Couldn’t pass up this amazing deal to do an 11-day balcony cruise to 3 countries in South America, including 3 days at Carnival in Rio, for only about $950! The Eclipse was recently remodeled, and the rooms and public spaces are beautiful. We’ve done 45 cruises and Guiseppi, at only 26 years old was probably the best cruise director we’ve ever had. He really was made for this job. The captain was one of the most visible we’ve ever seen, attending many events and chatting with everyone. He gave great reports from the bridge twice a day. The theater shows and live music were of extremely high quality. We loved the dancers 4 singers and Cirque-quality acrobatics. Keep that up and we’ll be back lots of times. We love eating in the main dining room and our two waiters were great. Although the quality of the food is down the past few years, Celebrity still has the best dining room food of the standard cruise lines. We appreciated having lobster in the main dining room, even if only one night. Formal nights are gone, for better or worse. Stateroom attendant was very efficient and charming, though they need to replace those horrible do not disturb signs that always end up on the floor. Having great internet really makes a difference and I was more than happy to pay for it. Apple internet center was nice, but should be staffed more often. Beautiful library but need more travel books. The Captains Club host forgot to call us and never sent us info about special events, so we missed all of them. That needs to be much better organized. Would like to have booked a future cruise, but there never seemed to be anyone available, and when there finally was the promotion offered the first few days was over. A lot of folks complained about this and it was a real lost opportunity for the cruise line. Pool, gym and spa were all in the top 10%. The always seemed to be reducing the the buffet just as it got busy, causing long lines. We found it difficult to get a clean table and almost impossible to get a drink from anyone on the buffet level. Port staff was good, but the port terminals in South America were horrible, usually requiring long bus rides just to get from the ship to the terminal and back. Security staff were great. We loved being at Carnival. If you buy tix at right place, you can get decent seats for $19. Don’t pay $600 to get them from the ship. Unfortunately, Rio during Carnival is a difficult place. Everything is boarded up, including every ATM machine, due to roving wild crowds. Everything is closed and most tours are cancelled. We did find a reasonably priced tour to see Impanema, Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. That and going to carnival added up to one wild day. But one day in Rio would have been enough. We never really felt unsafe, but it’s pretty wild vibe if you are over 30; even the locals don’t take their kids out. Unfortunately, the port at São Paulo is 2 hours each way from the city, too far to be practical for an excursion. But Santos port is a nice little city and trying hard to be fun for tourists. We really enjoyed the Coffee Museum, the Pele Museum and the trolley. Montevideo was fun and we did the free walking tour there. Buzios is the St. Bart’s of Brazil, but at 1/2 the price. Don’t pay for expensive ship excursions. Right at the tender port you can get a ship to take you to all 17 beaches with swim and snorkeling stops at three of them and a free drink for $15-20. Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen. Almost as nice as Paris, but cleaner and literally 1/4 the price. Do any of the free walking tours, which can be found on the internet. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
One of our best cruises ever. We have been on 4 cruises with Celebrity, twice on Reflection and now twice on Eclipse. ANd this cruise was just amazing. The ship was perfect, the crew fantastic, great entertainment and from the top (Captain ... Read More
One of our best cruises ever. We have been on 4 cruises with Celebrity, twice on Reflection and now twice on Eclipse. ANd this cruise was just amazing. The ship was perfect, the crew fantastic, great entertainment and from the top (Captain Leo and CD Gioseppe) to our cabin attendant etc. was top top noch. Food was great in Luminae and BLU and spec. restaurants. To all the hardworking people in the Martini Bar, Luminae, Michaels Club, Guests relation, FUTURE cruises, Murano, Qsine (Le petit chef), pool area, pool bar, entertainment, orchestra Ocean View Cafe, El Bacio Security people, THANK you so much for your hard work. You are the reason that we will continue to book Celebrity cruises. And to see RIO during carnival was fantastic - you really cant imagine how big it is, until you are there and discover it yourself. Think we might be back one day. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We recently completed our first cruise on Celebrity Eclipse in a Royal Suite on the South America Holiday cruise. This will be a long and detailed review for those who might be curious about how RCCL suite experience compare to Celebrity. ... Read More
We recently completed our first cruise on Celebrity Eclipse in a Royal Suite on the South America Holiday cruise. This will be a long and detailed review for those who might be curious about how RCCL suite experience compare to Celebrity. We are a couple with an elementary school aged child and have cruised on Disney, Princess and Royal Caribbean suites in the past. We had high expectations from the Celebrity suite experience based on online reviews. Our most recent cruise prior to Eclipse was in a Star class suite on RCCL Ovation of the Seas where we had fabulous service and loved our Genie. Our cruise journey started on the wrong foot with a very poor embarkation experience. We arrived at the Buenos Aires port around 4 pm and was greeted by port employee who checked in our luggage. Then she told us to go upstairs in the port building to the priority check in line for suite guests. However, when we went upstairs, we couldn’t see any line marked as the priority line and the employee in charge there told us we needed to go through the main line which was very long. Finally after waiting in the main line for what seemed like forever with, we bit the bullet and made an expensive international call to the Celebrity Shoreside concierge in Miami and was able to expedite our embarkation. After all this embarkation hassle, we were relieved to be finally on board but our relief was short lived. When we got to our room, we found that one of our hard shell suitcases was badly cracked during delivery. Our butler and the onboard concierge said the suitcase could be fixed on board but our suitcase came back with what appeared to be a superficial hot glue application which didn’t look sturdy. When we expressed concern that the suitcase fix was unlikely to hold together on the way back, our concierge offered to either give us $50 credit or send a new suitcase. We didn’t want to waste our port days shopping for a new suitcase so we asked for their replacement which turned out to be a fairly cheap, soft sided suitcase. On RCCL, we did not experience any of these embarkation issues. On the service front, the Luminae and other restaurant employees were wonderful but we were deeply disappointed with our butler. Though he did a decent job keeping the cabin tidy and clean, he was very poor at other aspects of his job. He didn’t bring us evening appetizers unless we asked for them and one time when we asked for tea sandwiches to be delivered he told us “ you can also get them at Michael’s yourself”. Another time when he was late delivering our room service breakfast on a port day where we had an early tour, he said he had too many room service orders and didn’t seem apologetic. In addition, we have requested a cake to be delivered to our room via shoreside concierge on New Year’s Eve which never showed up. Overall the butler service fell very short of the Genie service we received on Royal Caribbean. Another very disappointing aspect of our cruise was the poor communication from the captain about the Cape Horn itinerary. The main reason why we were on this cruise was to sail Straits of Magellan and Cape Horn. Though the Cape Horn navigation was nicely narrated, the Straits of Magellan cruising took place on January 1st, a day earlier than announced in the Celebrity dailies and cruise itinerary. We understand that itinerary changes can occur during a cruise but in this case there was no announcement by captain or his officers so we passed the Strait of Magellan without knowing where we were and without any narration of the historic sites we were sailing by. The navigation channel on the TV was also no help and didn’t have any updates. To add insult to injury, a similar itinerary changed happened without any communication for the Chilean Fjords portion of the cruise and we didn’t see the glaciers or the fjords as they were described in the Celebrity Dailies. On RCCL, there were digital screens everywhere that provided updates from the captain and showed the ship’s position in great detail so we always knew where we were. Celebrity Eclipse did live up to our expectations in a few areas. We really enjoyed the quality of food across all outlets and especially the quality of baked goods were exceptional. This is one area Celebrity definitely surpassed RCCL. Our kudos to to all the chefs on board! Theatre entertainment was great and appropriate for all ages. We also thought the photographers on board did an outstanding job. Will we sail Celebrity again ? Possibly, but it certainly won’t be at the top of our list. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We did the holiday cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to South America from Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2019. Pro: Service staff was all around excellent. Murano specialty restaurant was excellent along with the staff. Con:Transfer from airport to the dock ... Read More
We did the holiday cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to South America from Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2019. Pro: Service staff was all around excellent. Murano specialty restaurant was excellent along with the staff. Con:Transfer from airport to the dock was a little different. We where told by Celebrity representative that he was instructed by Celebrity to keep our group on the bus for 1 hour so other people can embark on the ship. The only problem we where in aqua class and we where having a special lunch in the main dinning room which was over when we embark on the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation was horrible. During embarkation they was certain lines for priority check in. They decide to combine all lines together. What a joke. Next joke was the gang way entrance. The gang way was a 4 story scaffolding entrance. Very difficult for slightly or fully handicap people. Disembarkation was the same joke. This also occurred at some ports of call. What a disgrace. Next the Ship needs updating. Finally there is NO DRESS CODE after 6 PM in the main dining room. After 2 weeks of dining in the main restaurant people come into the restaurant with baseball caps, tee shirts, shorts. Celebrity has already dropped dress code no jeans. Celebrity Cruises have fallen a few notches from a Premium cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
I was excited to get to this cruisw. I was traveling with my father in laws and my wife and son. My father ib law got really sick and we had to leave on the 6 th day in ushuaia We spento most of the cruise ib the medical center ... Read More
I was excited to get to this cruisw. I was traveling with my father in laws and my wife and son. My father ib law got really sick and we had to leave on the 6 th day in ushuaia We spento most of the cruise ib the medical center Special thabks to dr victor and the staff down there. Their labor was crucial in my father in laws still alive. Anyway the rest of the experiance was not very good due to the circumstances. Special thanks to the kids club. They were amazing My son salomon had a very nice time and had a lot of freibds and ciuld spend mist if his time tehre while we were busy with the medical issue. We got to do some speciallity redtaurabts that were very good as usual but really the experiance got cut due to these external isues Fornsureni will try to nake this cruise again and try to enjoy it next time Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because we have sailed with Celebrity and 3 other companies and Celebrity was the best. One company we had a suite, Celebrity we had level 6 and this time level 3 and enjoyed our cruise experience at a 10/10 . Here’s ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have sailed with Celebrity and 3 other companies and Celebrity was the best. One company we had a suite, Celebrity we had level 6 and this time level 3 and enjoyed our cruise experience at a 10/10 . Here’s why. 1. Incredible helpful staff at all levels. Nothing too much to help with. 2. Super Captain Leo’s is the most incredible mix of professionalism, fun, humour and kindness making his presence obvious. His officers are the same. At Level 3 cruisers we were treated like a million dollar customers. 3. the Shiws, guest entertainers incredible. The Production cast (oct 29 2018. What an incredible cast of talent. 4. The Cruise Director Angentina you did well. He is a master of brilliance and energy. 5. Food omg at every level from Oceanview to the incredible service and cuisine st the speciality dining 6. Cabin. We stayed level 3. Wow it was better than what we have received on level 9 with some cruise companies. We were very happy. 7. Gym. What an incredible place. Great staff 8. Theatre. The only thing better were the Shiows. An incredible mix world star standArd performers. We have attended all levels of entertainment in land so feel equipped to appraise. 9. Rest rooms. Cleaned to perfection. 10. Go on a back behind the scenes tour. An incredible look at how much hard work goes on. And a good look that systems and cleanly is throughout. And a massive call out to the waiters and bar staff. You all were so professional and fun Congratulations to everyone on Eclipse 29/10/2018 Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We had back to back, 12 day cruises from Barcelona (October 5 and October 17) - first the western Med. and then the eastern Med. - for a total of 24 days. These were our 11th and 12th cruises since we started cruising in 2010. ... Read More
We had back to back, 12 day cruises from Barcelona (October 5 and October 17) - first the western Med. and then the eastern Med. - for a total of 24 days. These were our 11th and 12th cruises since we started cruising in 2010. We've had 5 total on Celebrity. We selected the cruises based on the ports and that we had sailed the Eclipse for 14 days in the Caribbean earlier in the year with good experience. Embarkation and disembarkation were very quick and smooth - even better than we have experienced in Miami, which is good. We were in Aqua class for both cruises - SR 1625 for the first cruise (a good cabin) except for the sewage problem several cabins down the hall from us (wet hallway floor and awful smell for a few days). We also noted a sewage smell on the third floor at times. We had SR's 1517 and 1537 the second cruise. Both were less than satisfactory. SR 1517 suffered from an extremely loud band playing in the Sky Lounge two floors above every night - unsure how the noise transmits through two floors but we could hear all the instruments and voices until midnight. We asked Guest Relations several times if the volume could be lowered slightly - but the answer was no !? Not sure why Celebrity takes this position; we spoke with others in the Aqua class dining room (Blu) during the first cruise and they indicated the same problem and were finally moved. My suggestion - do not book a room on the port side on deck 11 in front of the forward elevators. We were finally moved to SR 1537 - much quieter location but the AC would emit a high pitched "squealing noise" during the night. Maintenance tried to fix it over a couple days but we finally had them shut it off for the last 5 days of our cruise (fortunately it was cool enough outside to keep the cabin bearable). The cabin stewards did a fine job on both cruises, although some new linens would be useful (towels and wash clothes have lived a full life!) as well as some new mattresses. Blu, the restaurant for Aqua class continues be a highlight for us (breakfast and dinner are offered). The food is good, service is good and we meet a lot of nice people. Much better than the chaos and rudeness of the general passengers that we experience in the Ocean View cafe at lunch (similar to what we experienced on Carnival when we first started cruising). Entertainment was generally good and we like the production shows on ships in general. We enjoyed the Topper, Amade and Euphoria productions although the band instruments and singing in the main theater would improve with a little less volume - the voices tend to be "screechy" and distorted when reaching for higher notes. I spoke to the A/V technician at the end of one show and explained that it was too loud - he responded "yes, I know"....? Some of our fellow passengers in the Aqua dining room indicated that they stopped attending the shows because of this. Celebrity excursions continue to be of limited value - unless needing to travel a longer distance from the port and there is a concern of returning to the ship on time (Pisa/ Florence and Rome, for example). Compared to reputable onsite tour companies, Celebrity charges at least twice as much for their tours and, most frustratingly, the tour guides inevitably detour to their favorite souvenir shops where they seem to have a vested interest in the business. Several of us expressed our concerns of this to the Shore Excursion desk personnel and we received no response. An example was a 7.5 hour excursion to tour Sorrento and Pompeii. We had 60 minutes in Sorrento and 80 minutes in Pompeii. The rest was spent in gift shops and coffee shops (no provision for lunch other than cheese tasting at a farm which just happened to sell cheese and liquor in the gift shop). The excursions experience tended to be a "hot topic" at the pool some afternoons. The more experienced cruisers indicated that Celebrity understands full well what is happening on the excursions. Lastly, on hygiene. The men's restroom outside the Ocean View Cafe was out of hand soap for the first three days of our first cruise. While there was always an attendant in that restroom on our Spring Caribbean cruise - ensuring that everything was in order (soap, hand towels, mopped floors) - I seldom saw anyone on our first cruise. The silverware and coffee cups in the Ocean View Cafe are often dirty with food particles on the forks/ knives. We usually would pick up 3 or 4 sets of silverware before finding a clean set. We mentioned this to one of the managers several different days and received a quick and insincere thanks. This was never the case in Blu or any of the other 3 specialty restaurants we tried - all was very clean and polished. We dined in 3 specialty restaurants during our 24 days: Murano, Le Petit Chef/Qsine and Tuscan Grille. All were delightful with very good food and great service. A missed opportunity would have been to have guest lecturer(s) speak on the ancient cultures and/ or architecture to which we were exposed on either of our two cruises. Some form of enrichment would have been wonderful. There was a 3 or 4 part lecture across several days on the history and demise of Broadway - perhaps this should have been saved for a New England Fall Leaf cruise. In summary, we're taking a break from Celebrity - we may try the new Holland ship or one of the slightly more upscale lines (Oceania or Viking) in the spring. The Eclipse and and overall attention to guest satisfaction has slipped. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse was booked for two couples and their adult daughters. This was our third European cruise and well into double digit cruises if we include Caribbean/other cruises. We had two adjoining balcony rooms on ... Read More
This cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse was booked for two couples and their adult daughters. This was our third European cruise and well into double digit cruises if we include Caribbean/other cruises. We had two adjoining balcony rooms on the 8th deck (1C), with daughters sharing an inside cabin across the corridor. This cruise was our first on Celebrity and was chosen mainly for the itinerary. Part of our group had been to some of the destinations before. The ship size was a plus for us as well as we have been on larger cruise ships that always seemed crowded. Our on-board ship experience, as a whole, was mostly good; though in the end we were not impressed enough that we would go out of our way to choose Celebrity or the Eclipse for another cruise. Embarkation/debarkation in Amsterdam was probably some of the smoothest & simplest that we have ever been through. It was our first time through Amsterdam, so maybe the local efficiency is what made things work so well. We were given a ‘check in time’ which may have organized the lines better; there was a fairly quick line, and no sitting around. For debarkation we had a Celebrity shore excursion booked which simplified things. Muster drill was a bit silly; meet in lounge and wait around until a rather corny video comes on to watch; which might have been better if the sound was synced to the video! The cabins were probably the best we have had compared to any of our previous cruises. While there were some signs of wear (curtains/linens/robes), the cabins seemed very well organized, bathrooms seemed spacious compared to some others that we have been in and they were well serviced by our cabin steward Gideon (thank you!). The deck chairs were comfortable, though it seems Celebrity could spend a little extra and put the matching leg rests in these cabins as there appeared to be enough room. Generally, the ship seemed to be in pretty good condition to our eyes; and it appeared to be scrupulously cleaned; food service areas had plenty of Purell dispensers; often with crew to apply as you walked in. It was also abundantly clear to use new service items every time you went for a re-fill or more helpings of food. Of course, one of the main activities, while on board, is eating. We mainly ate in the main dining room for dinners and the 14th floor café for breakfasts & lunches. Our dining room experience was fine with great service from our waiters/sommelier (Agostinho/Oleksandra/Rhoel – Thank You). The meals were good; it is difficult to be too critical as the feeding of so many people at one time is a major undertaking. Where we thought the food lacked could be characterized by seeing the menu and thinking ‘what shall I settle for’ instead of ‘how can I choose just one of these’; It tasted good, with a couple great items (shrimp linguine, gnocchi, and lobster, of course) but all seemed the same, day after day, as the cruise went on. The café was good, with a lot of different options; lines at the hamburger/hot dog grill were slow at times (compared to previous cruise line experiences) and people waiting for special orders (omelet’s) sometimes made getting a quick something more challenging than it should be; maybe the layout could have been better. As for drinks and beverages ‘up-selling’ seems to be a BIG thing for Celebrity which was a disappointment. As with most cruise lines, the cost of beverages is way over the norm of what seems reasonable ‘on land’. A can of soda was over $3.00, and a glass of wine or higher end beer was over $10.00 by the time tips are added on. The bartenders were often ‘up-selling’ their beverage packages for beer/wine/spirits; doing the math on these plans, I would have had to work at drinking to make them worthwhile; I’m sure some find benefits there, but not to our experience. Another ‘up-selling’ experience seemed to be with their ‘special’ dining/aesthetic opportunities. At times toward the last half of the cruise, attendants were at the café entrances drilling up interest in those special restaurants (for an added charge, of course); as well as for massages or teeth whitening. It was tiring to see and a little sad to watch. Maybe this is worth it to some, we didn’t try any of these other than the sushi restaurant for lunch one day; the sushi was good, but it was an experience we have had for free on other cruise lines. As for ship entertainment, our group didn’t attend a large portion of shows; and didn’t stay for all of the shows that were attended. I think it would be worth it to say while it wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t good enough to miss a few hours’ sleep for. The day to day pool music and other activities were okay; while on the ship during the day (sea days), we usually tried to find a quiet place to relax which wasn’t too difficult to find. Other ship related notes: the crew/staff always seemed polite, professional and helpful; though sometimes not as engaging as with other cruises we have been on. This cruise’s clientele seemed to be rather leisurely in moving about (more so than other cruises of similar destinations); especially as it seemed to affect loading/unloading elevators (‘can you step back and let more people in?’), which were already slow; pack your patience. This same trait seemed to evidence itself when people meandered across the “jogging track’ making it difficult for people actually jogging (one side or the other, eh?). ‘Chair Hogs’ didn’t seem a problem on the Eclipse; several times I saw staff going through and clearing lounge chairs with just towels laying on them; good work! As for shopping, seems like there was a plethora of shops to buy some overpriced (?) accessories or lounge wear, but if you wanted to find a Snickers bar, you had to do some searching. Down at one of the fancy shops there is a spot about the size of two book cases that has candy/aspirin/Pringles/etc. Seems like they could avail them more space; especially when getting over $3.00 for a bag of M&M’s! We had on-board Wi-Fi as part of our cruise ‘promotion’ or option; it was spotty and slow more often than one would like. Trying to get some work done on sea days or connect with home was frustrating; like the old dial up days sometimes. Granted, some go on cruises to avoid this; but some must stay in touch to continue to afford cruises! The ship has a lawn area with real grass which is rather novel; a good place to wander without shoes. We weren’t real sure how it was used; seemed mostly vacant, but it was a pleasant space. Near this area is a glass blowing ‘studio’ that gives demonstrations that seemed to be well attended. We didn’t make any of those, but it was a pretty interesting diversion. Down on the lower passenger deck, there was a lounge that indicated ‘members only’ for special guests or classes of cabins, I guess. Our group, of course, didn’t qualify for that; it seemed a little ‘off-putting’ having all these groups (suite class, captains club, Elite, etc.). I know a lot of cruises have these, it just seemed like this was more ‘in your face’ than our other cruise experiences. This also appeared on some of the re-boarding of the ship with special gangways for those special people! We made a trip to the fitness area that appeared well equipped and clean. If you wanted to get into a spinning session or yoga, you might need to get signed up early as the sign up sheets filled up quickly. No one in our group availed themselves to the spa area outside the fitness space, though there always seemed to be capacity available. Some very general port comments; not full port reviews: Amsterdam We spent about a day and a half in Amsterdam before our cruise. A wonderful city with great people, architecture and drink. Two highlights, Anne Frank house and a canal tour through Those Dam Boat Guys and our guide Dominique (thank you); a wonderful day. Zeebrugge Part of our group took a trip to Bruges for wandering/eating/shopping and part took a ship tour to Ypres. Cab fare is €55 for 8 each way. Be sure to arrange pick-up when you want to go back because it gets hectic and you don’t want to miss the ship. The Ypres ship tour was good though suffered from some lack of direction at times (restroom breaks, order of stops, etc.). All in all, very moving on the history of the Ypres Salient in WWI and an interesting museum stop. Good beer as well! Cork In Cork we had arranged a private tour through Butler Tours; Kevin our guide took us to Blarney Castle, Charles Fort, and some nice lunch/shopping/beer stop in Kinsale. While we beat most of the big tours to Blarney, it was still an hours long que to get to the Blarney Stone on top; further, they don’t even wipe it off after everyone kisses it; we just took a picture and walked by. Dunmore East In Dunmore East we had arranged a private tour through; our guide Mia from Brewery Hops took us to Cahir Castle, the Rock of Cashel, and a stop at the Waterford Crystal factory, as well as a great lunch stop and drive through the country. Dublin In Dublin, we arranged a tour through Tour Dublin and had a wonderful day with Alan, our guide. We included stops first at Kilmainham Gael which had some poignant Irish history woven through this former prisons walls; well worth it (make advance reservations); a drive past the Guinness Brewery and lunch stop that included some Guinness and some traditional Irish food; wonderful. We also made it through Phoenix Park, and a walk through Trinity College and shopping on Grafton Street. A great day! Liverpool For Liverpool, we arranged a tour 50/50 tour of part history/part Beatles through FabFour Taxi Tours with our tour guide Phil. This wasn’t a full day tour, but we managed to get a taste of Beatles history (Ringo’s home, Penny Lane) and some history that included elements of US history during the US Civil War era in Liverpool that was new to most of us. We also were able to get by Goodison Park and Anfield (for the soccer lovers) and some great history of the Liverpool Cathedral (which is amazing to go through). Edinburgh A two day stop in Edinburgh; on day one, one of our party went on a ship excursion for the cruise signature event to The Open at Carnoustie. As Carnoustie is a ways away, making connections in proper time seemed to indicate the ship tour might be best. This trip was for the Saturday (day 3) round. Three buses made the trip from our tender port in fairly good time with some narration along the way; when arriving in Carnoustie we had about a half hour drive around town to find the coach parking/drop off zone; whereupon the ‘two or three hundred yard walk’ to the course became about a mile. We were told the buses would leave a half hour after the final putt of the day; it had to be over an hour as bus 2 was missing two people. Not sure what happened, but it sure seemed like it could have been handled better. Too long a wait, too little information, and poor A/C on the bus; plus waiting outside for tenders once back at the pier. While the golf was enjoyable, the transportation was a disappointment. Day two was a Scottish Highland tour with Duncan McNabb; we were able to see the bridges at the Firth of Forth, hairy coo’s, Loch Lomond, a great sheep dog herding exhibition, Stirling Castle, the William Wallace monument, and the Battle of Bannockburn site; a very fun & informative day that also include a great pub stop for food and beer. Dover By Dover, we were pretty tired and didn’t have a formal tour arranged. We decided to get a cab and take a trip up to Dover Castle, which was well worth it; cab fare was about 2 GBP per person up, and less than that back. This sprawling complex has many points of interest that encompass its origin to the tunnels used as a WWII hospital and war planning facility. Plan on plenty of walking, some of which is hill climbing. Again, well worth a visit. Amsterdam Finally, at debarkation in Amsterdam, we arranged through Celebrity for a bus tour to Zaanse Schans and connection to the airport. While Zaanse Schans seems a bit ‘touristy’ it was interesting to see clog manufacturing, some great scenery & wind mills, and some of the best cheese we have ever tried; also plenty of souvenir opportunities. In sum, it was a great itinerary that gave a taste of a lot of different places that would be worth seeing on their own. We arranged most of our tours on our own and have found that to be the best experience. We would recommend any of the private tour operators our guides mentioned above. They were all well informed, hospitable to our desires, and passionate about their individual countries and region. As for Celebrity Cruises, we thought for the most part, they were good; we primarily choose our cruises by itinerary, not cruise line and nothing on this cruise pushed Celebrity to the top of our cruise line choices. By the same token, we wouldn’t avoid Celebrity for the right cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We just came back from the the July 1st sailing of Celebrity Eclipse to the Baltic Sea and I must say, we had a great time. The boat was beautiful, food delicious and plentiful and the itinerary was amazing. We booked two day tour with ... Read More
We just came back from the the July 1st sailing of Celebrity Eclipse to the Baltic Sea and I must say, we had a great time. The boat was beautiful, food delicious and plentiful and the itinerary was amazing. We booked two day tour with late night add on for St Petersburg through SPB tours and our guide Max was amazing!! The remainder of the cities we toured on our own, using Celebrity shuttle, public transport or just walking! We used tour books we borrowed from the library and just followed walking tours or took public transport to see what we wanted to see. In Copenhagen, we spent the day at Tivoli Gardens, which is a 175 year old amusement park and the perfect way to end our trip. Everyone spoke English, and while we had some Euros and Rubles, a credit card worked everywhere we went. We were really fortunate to have sunny weather everywhere except St Petersburg, but we were told it rains most of the summer anyway. This was our 7th cruise and our first with Celebrity. I do enjoy their "modern luxury " attitude, doing away with dancing waiters and such. In agreeing with other reviewers, they do try to upsell specialty restaurants, but a simple "no thank you" did the trick. While they have separate restaurants for aqua class and concierge class, they are out of the way and you do not feel as if you are missing anything. I don't really understand why so many passengers prefer to be separate by choosing these classes, if you feel that why, why would you choose to vacation with 3000 other people?? I only have 2 minor complaints. One, family swim time in indoor pool was scheduled from 6-8 pm which is the same time as early dinner. The Baltics can be chilly and on sea days, it would have been nice to have some pool time with the kids. We chose not to miss dinner to take advantage of this. Second, we missed the comedians that we have seen on other cruiselines, especially the family shows. Neither of these would keep me away. We will surely travel with Celebrity again. Read Less
Celebrity Eclipse Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
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