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11 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

11 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Auckland

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Auckland
  • Day 2
    Tauranga
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Napier
  • Day 5
    Wellington
  • Day 6
    Picton
  • Day 7
    Christchurch
  • Day 8
    Dunedin
  • Day 9
    Milford Sound
  • Day 9
    Dusky Sound
  • Day 9
    Doubtful Sound
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Melbourne

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

Cons

Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

Bottom Line

One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences


Cruise Reviews

7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This was our second cruise with Celebrity, and it certainly won’t be our last… In fact it was our second cruise on the Eclipse; we’d been around the Baltics and to St Petersburg (another superb itinerary) when she was newer and shone ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity, and it certainly won’t be our last… In fact it was our second cruise on the Eclipse; we’d been around the Baltics and to St Petersburg (another superb itinerary) when she was newer and shone a little bit more, but the slightly older lady definitely hasn’t lost her sparkle! This was one amazing itinerary- sailing out of Vancouver (spectacular in itself), on to Icy Strait Point, a trip to Hubbard Glacier, back to Juneau, Ketchikan and back down the Inside Passage towards home. The sights in the right weather, which we were lucky enough to have all week, are unsurpassed: snow-topped mountains, small islands dotted with pines, early morning mists, clear blue skies, humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald headed eagles, bears, and a glacier which grew before our eyes in a glassy sea dotted with curiously shaped ice blocks, some the size of a iceberg… Celebrity looked after us, and very well we felt: our balcony stateroom was cleaned twice a day by Imade, the best cabin steward we’ve ever had in our six cruises to date. Yes, it’s knocked about a little bit since the last time we were on board, but we’re all a bit weathered with age… Food was exceptionally good in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room where service was prompt and good humoured, thanks to Julius Caesar (minus his helmet), Santos and wine waiter, Rakman. We enjoyed the variety and quality of the buffet but found it difficult to get a table at times, one of the disadvantages of doing a cruise where many would otherwise stay outside on their sunbeds from dawn til dusk. On this cruise, we took to having lunch back in the main dining room, where we enjoyed all sorts of treats such as duck and steaks. Service in the bars was good although we felt that there should have been more staff on occasions. The main shows in the theatre were a little odd for our tastes at times- some strange song choices, and some weird concepts, one of which involved a top hat (!) but the singers and dancers were all well drilled and worked hard around the ship with their ad hoc shows to keep us entertained. Well sone to Simon, our Cruise Director. We particularly liked Savannah Smith, and knew that if ever the ship’s fog-horn lost its bellow, Savannah would step right in. What a pair of lungs! We enjoyed her so much, we ate lunch early one day just to attend her extra matinee show. With only three ports in the week we chose to book independent excursions at Icy Strait Point (whale watching) and Juneau (a city tour, a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier and another whale watch) which were cheaper than those on offer with the cruise company. We were also on smaller boats for the whale watching, an obvious plus. We chose the Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles tour in Ketchikan and were glad we did. The added advantage of this particular itinerary was the fact that so much was seen from the ship itself- the scenery, the glacier and the wildlife were all completely unforgettable. This was the first cruise we’ve done which included a drinks package- and what a difference that made! And despite various crew members’ efforts to get us to upgrade from the Classic to the Premium, we felt our needs were more than catered for with the basic one on offer. Bottled water, coffees, hot chocolates, endless cocktails and glasses of wines from around the world kept us more than satisfied. In fact we’ve told ourselves that we’d have to think twice before booking another cruise without that particular offer… We were lucky enough to be invited onto the helipad for the Vancouver sailaway where we were treated to exceptional views of the disappearing city while drinking complimentary champagne. We also found ourselves invited to a lunchtime drinks and canapes party up in the Sky Observation lounge, our favourite bar- a generous gesture we felt. And we couldn’t believe our luck when we were sent a special invitation to dine with the Hotel and the Public Relations Directors in the Tuscan Grille one evening… all these little touches made it a holiday to remember. We’re particularly pleased that we’ve already got our next Celebrity cruise booked- to the far East at Christmas on the Millenium. We’re already considering the next, to Venice, and the next, to South America… Thanks to all the thoroughly nice people we met on board, crew and fellow travellers, who made our first trip to Alaska a trip of a lifetime! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We cruised on the Eclipse to Alaska out of Vancouver, embarkation July 21, 2019. The Eclipse is very well maintained, with ongoing maintenance, both interior and exterior; exterior painting while in ports. The Eclipse is very easy to ... Read More
We cruised on the Eclipse to Alaska out of Vancouver, embarkation July 21, 2019. The Eclipse is very well maintained, with ongoing maintenance, both interior and exterior; exterior painting while in ports. The Eclipse is very easy to navigate and even with a full passenger sailing, you never felt crowded. Both embarkation and debarkation in Vancouver was smooth and very well organized. On embarkation day, we enjoyed the Concierge Lunch in the MDR. It was nice to have a relaxing lunch as there was a lot of activity in the Oceanview Café. Likewise, on debarkation day, we enjoyed the Concierge class breakfast, also in the MDR and then waited for our luggage tag numbers to be called for debarkation. There was a continental breakfast table with coffee, tea, juices, ice water and croissants. It was a nice way to end our cruise. We are residents of Vancouver and while we are very proud of our city, I will defer to our visitors to our beautiful city, to comment on their experiences. We opted for a Concierge Class stateroom, Deck 10, Cabin 1162. The location was close to the glass elevators and stairways. Our stateroom attendant, Cosmas, was outstanding. He was very pleasant, friendly and very accommodating. Our stateroom was cleaned on a very timely basis each day, as was nightly turndown service. Our Concierge attendant, Dana, assisted us with certain requests and it was so convenient to not have to stand in line at Guest Services. Our evening canapes were delivered at 5:00 p.m. and while many reviews have been negative, we found them to be fresh and quite tasty. The nachos were crisp as was the garlic toasted bread. The bruschetta was cold and vegetables crisp. The salmon/caviar rolls were fresh as was the brie cheese. The Oceanview Café was very busy, especially for breakfast and lunch. Because the weather was quite cool and we experienced a lot of rain, it was not possible to eat outside of the Oceanview Café or at the Mast Grill so we were confined to finding a table inside and it was quite congested but it’s a matter of being patient. Unfortunately, by the time you secured a table, your food was not hot….warm at best but that’s not the fault of Celebrity. You can’t control the weather. The service staff was accommodating, very helpful and very welcoming and friendly. We noticed that tables were cleaned immediately after a guest left. I have very severe food allergies, resulting in carrying an EpiPen everywhere I went. Prior to the cruise, a Cruisecritic post recommended that you call Celebrity and advise them of your food allergies, which I did. But to be extra cautious, I made business card size pieces of paper outlining my allergies and included my name and cabin number. We dined in the Moonlight Sonata, Murano & Tuscan Grille and every server had a small printout from the ship of the allergies I reported to Celebrity. If there were any questions by the Chef, both Chefs in Murano & Tuscan Grille came to our table to ensure that the ingredients were safe. I was so impressed and appreciative of their attention to detail. We had Anytime Dining in the Moonlight Sonata. Our experience with our servers, Elmer & Ryan was so pleasant and entertaining and while we had a table for 2, we met wonderful people on either side of us. Consequently, we asked for their section every night we ate there and we were seated immediately, with the exception of one night where we had to wait 30 minutes. We went to the Martini Bar until we were called. We dined in Murano and had the best experience. The quality of food was exceptional. The Sommelier was outstanding. His knowledge of wines and showing true interest in your taste, exceeded our expectations. Our server, Gael was also fantastic and provided outstanding service. As an aside, we attended the Food & Wine Pairing event, hosted by the Murano Sommelier. If you enjoy wines and wanting to understand how foods can be mirrored or contrasted with wines, this is a must event. He was very entertaining and shared very valuable information. We dined in Tuscan Grille as well. While it was a pleasant experience, it was not Murano. While our server was knowledgeable, his suggestions and recommendations were overwhelming, consequently, resulting in far too much food. My DH had the filet mignon (medium) and it was served closer to medium well…very well. I ordered the Ribeye (medium rare) and it arrived medium well. The Entertainment was very good in the Theatre. The production show ROCK was done very well. We especially enjoyed the 2 comedians, Randy Johnson and Kevin Jordan. The adult show by Randy Johnson was hilarious. The 60s performance in the Grand Lobby was packed and while the passengers were invited to dance with the performers, passengers on Decks 4 & 5 were also participating. It was a great evening. We met with Artur in Future Cruise Sales as we had a few questions regarding ‘booked’ cruises we have in 2020 & 2021. He clarified our inquiries and was very pleasant to deal with. We appreciated his efforts. I attended the Glass Blowing class and made a flower. It was an incredible experience and the result so rewarding. Having no experience, it was a bit daunting but the instructor was very encouraging and helpful. It was great fun! Onboard Shopping was good. As we all know, the best day is the last day at sea. There was good selection and the staff in all stores were helpful and pleasant and we never felt pressured to buy. There are lots of onboard activities and you’re never bored. We were always busy. Our Ports of Call were Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan and, of course, the Hubbard Glacier. The Hubbard Glacier was amazing to experience. Going through the ice flows to the Glacier was very exciting, hearing the ice rub against the side of the ship and seeing the calving were sights that no picture or video could do them justice. We attended the Park West Art Auction many years ago and decided to go again. The format certainly has changed. It’s hardly an ‘auction’ but an art ‘sale’. The price points were ridiculous. The first piece started at $15,000; saying the reserve was $13,500 and the ‘bidding’ started at $13,000. At an auction, you never divulge the ‘reserve’. All in all, not many pieces were sold and the 5 or 6 pieces that were sold were primarily purchased by one person. The format was basically to get you interested in pieces and then make appointments with you to get you to come back for the hard sell. It was disappointing. The Casino has the tightest slot machines we’ve ever encountered. Getting a bit of a return is fun but just feeding a machine helped us decide very quickly that we’d pass. Overall, this was an amazing cruise. The Eclipse is beautiful, the staff and service, the best! We met such wonderful people who made our cruise very memorable. Being Canadian, there were more Canadians than we have ever met on any other cruise – from our own city of Vancouver to the Prairies to the East Coast. Our neighbours to the South were fun and very entertaining and our friends from “Down Under” and the UK were very complimentary of Vancouver and, of course, Alaska. It truly was a once in a lifetime cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Great experience with Celebrity cruises ships before decided to vacation with them again Great service above and beyond expectations Melvin -room man amazing talents, had our room in tip top shape every morning and night. Making ... Read More
Great experience with Celebrity cruises ships before decided to vacation with them again Great service above and beyond expectations Melvin -room man amazing talents, had our room in tip top shape every morning and night. Making sure that we had everything in our room that we would need. Very friendly and outgoing. Khristopher our waiter in dinning room met all our needs remembering our likes and dislikes , very positive and outgoing attitude Ajit -wine Steward met all our needs and remembered what we liked,also suggesting new wines to try. Very positive and great energy Booked a transfer with Celebrity from airport to ship terminal this was very well organized, staff toke our luggage all we had to do was follow the celebrity rep and get on the bus. All amazing staff on this vessel in all areas that we were exposed to., The embarkation was busy the celebrity team made the line move quickly, disembark was very quick and well planned out Read Less
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