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Sail Date: May 2006
My partner and myself (both in our sixties) travelled on the Celebrity Eclipse Western Mediterranean cruise from 11 May, 2013, to 25 May, 2013.We travelled from Grimsby on an Intercruise coach hired from Coopers, which was ancient, and ... Read More
My partner and myself (both in our sixties) travelled on the Celebrity Eclipse Western Mediterranean cruise from 11 May, 2013, to 25 May, 2013.We travelled from Grimsby on an Intercruise coach hired from Coopers, which was ancient, and quite uncomfortable, and the journey (via Hull!) was long and tedious. It is convenient from the point of view of not having to worry about handling luggage from the time it is put on the coach to arriving at your stateroom, but most of Coopers’ coaches should have been pensioned off long ago, or at least confined to local travel.We arrived at about 1.00am and were well received, and were soon settled in our stateroom. We had opted for an inside stateroom on the basis that we would not be spending much time in it, and it was quite a bit cheaper than the next category. On reflection, although it was comfortable and roomy, we probably would not do that again, , because the lack of a window does have drawbacks, apart from not having a view eg not knowing what the weather is like, or whether it is dark or light outside. Minor irritations at first, but over a fortnight they do perhaps assume growing importance.The first thing to say about the ship is that it looks stunning – very modern and with interesting artworks throughout. The wine tower in the Moonlight Sonata dining room is a very impressive functional work of art.However, we soon grew to dislike the glass sided lifts, and open central core of the ship, which had some form of music playing most of the time which carried around several floors and lounges, making it impossible to sit quietly around that area. I do not care for jazz which was played frequently by one of the resident groups, and found it very annoying.Almost without exception the staff are helpful, friendly and hardworking. I would exclude the staff in the Café Bacio from this praise however, as the ones we encountered were patronizing and unhelpful. We did not eat in the speciality restaurants, as there is plenty of choice on offer without doing so, although I did not think the food served in the Moonlight Sonata was as good as the equivalent on the Celebrity Constellation. It was sometimes very salty for my palate, and there were never enough vegetables (which we remedied by asking for extra after a few days, and they were always provided). The beef and lamb did not have much flavour, and on one evening, we both sent the rib of beef back twice. We had ordered it cooked “medium”, and it came almost raw. Having sent it back once, it was re-delivered the first time in exactly the same state.One of the best meals we had, however, was lunch in the Moonlight Sonata, which we only used once at lunchtime, and we regret not having used it more often.We found the Ocean View restaurant could be very busy. We were always able to find seats, but did sometimes have to walk around quite a bit, so our food was rarely hot when we got to eat it.Trays are not provided (in a self-service restaurant!) so we had to make several trips for food and drink.During the second week of the cruise, self-service became “assisted service”, due to an outbreak of norovirus. We had experienced this on the Celebrity Constellation last October, but then it was implemented from the outset, and the staffing levels were appropriate to the service. On this cruise, they tried to cope with the same number of staff who had been working on the self service regime, and not surprisingly there were problems, especially when obtaining drinks from the water, tea and coffee stations.Celebrity need to make their minds up – are they operating a self-service restaurant or one which is “assisted service”, and if it is the latter they need to staff up accordingly. Changing the status of the service part way through the cruise will only cause dissatisfied passengers.Norovirus will probably never be entirely eradicated from cruise ships, and although Celebrity do have commonsense procedures in place to prevent outbreaks, they do not police/enforce them. They rely on passengers to comply, and there will always be some who are selfishly willing to jeopardize the health of their fellow passengers, rather than inconvenience themselves slightly. They also need to re-examine some practices. For instance, we were surprised that bread rolls were initially served in the Moonlight Sonata in a basket, which was left on the table for diners to select their preferred roll, whilst handling the ones they did not want, and so risking the spread of germs. This was stopped after the outbreak of norovirus, but by then the horse had bolted.Most of the facilities on the ship are excellent. I sometimes had to wait for equipment in the gym on sea days when the weather was cloudy, but it is well-equipped, and I soon learned to pick the quieter times. We did not see the point of the gimmicky grass deck which could be better utilized by providing a reasonable sized swimming pool, as the existing pools are too small to swim in. The itinerary was generally good, although the four consecutive “shore” days, which included Florence and Rome, were a bit tiring, and taking us to Rome on the day before Pentecost, when the Vatican was besieged by pilgrims as well as the usual tourists was not good planning. We would definitely recommend taking the private train to Rome to any passengers who do not want a guided tour. It was a pleasant experience, although the space between seats was a bit cramped and you get to know the person facing you quite well by the time you arrive!Apart from the opportunity to buy duty free goods the stop at Gibraltar could have been replaced by something a bit more interesting, and the need to get ashore on lighters at Villefranche meant that time there was very short. Unless you are taking one of the tours I would not even bother going ashore at Sayne sur Mer – there is absolutely nothing of interest there.A tip for anyone taking one of the hop on hop off bus tours at Lisbon – if you want to see everything on the route, do not get off until you have completed the circuit of the city. The buses only run every hour and to complete the circuit takes about two hours, so if you get off you only have time to get another bus back to the ship, so miss seeing a lot of the city.We did not see all the shows, but those we did see were good. We particularly enjoyed Bernie Flint (winner of Opportunity Knocks in the 1970s) who is a very good singer and guitarist as well as a very funny man, and Jeff Stevenson, who is a very funny comedian who feeds off his audience. Neither of them are “blue” or use bad language as part of their acts, and having had coffee with them in the Aqua Spa café we can also say that they are both very good company, and are as entertaining in private as they are in public. We had seen Sue Denney, the Cruise Director on our cruise on the Constellation, and she really puts herself about in the best possible way. She seems to be everywhere, and on the last night she performed in the evening show, and is a good entertainer.Disembarkation was smooth and very well organized – no problems at all.We enjoyed the cruise overall, and would cruise with Celebrity again if the itinerary (and price) is right. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
What can I say about this cruise except that it was wonderful. What a great ship the Celebrity Eclipse is. We had previously been on the RC Independance of the seas and had now decided to try a Celebrity ship for a change so the 4 day ... Read More
What can I say about this cruise except that it was wonderful. What a great ship the Celebrity Eclipse is. We had previously been on the RC Independance of the seas and had now decided to try a Celebrity ship for a change so the 4 day cruise was ideal for this. We booked a GTY Balcony but were upgraded to Aqua class, now this was really spoiling us. We had use of the Blu Restaurant and the Persian garden , these were restricted to Aqua class staterooms at no additional cost. We had thought that we would not get these extras as we were upgraded. We had breakfast every day in the Blu restaurant, dinner on only one evening and used the main dining room at all other times as we had friends in another class of cabin and we choose to be together in the evenings. Lunch was in either the main dining room or the buffet. At all times service was excellent and food of a high standard. Nothing was too much trouble in any restaurant , bar etc. Would we go on another Celebrity cruise, you bet !!!! well done Celebrity. Visit to Cobh Ireland We have been to this port several times , both by cruise ship and whilst on holiday. We enjoyed the Titanic museum and the Cathedral. My husband enjoyed the Guiness!!! We have previously taken the train into Cork but this time we hired a car and visited Kinsale the first day we arrived , then to Blarney the next day. The house was open in Blarney so we booked a tour round the house and a visit to kiss the stone, quite scary when you get to do this. Good value car hire for 6 persons we paid 95 Euros with two drivers and 15 Euros for fuel. Entry into Blarney 10.50 Euros each to cover castle, house and grounds. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
This was our 7th cruise and our 2nd cruise without the kids. The Celebrity Eclipse was a great ship! Very clean and well designed. We had 7 couples join our vacation and our staterooms were all together in a row, and the steward opened the ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise and our 2nd cruise without the kids. The Celebrity Eclipse was a great ship! Very clean and well designed. We had 7 couples join our vacation and our staterooms were all together in a row, and the steward opened the doors between our balconies, THAT WAS AWESOME! We had our own little party patio! By far the best feature is being able to open the balconies! Stateroom: Our stateroom was #7260, pretty typical set-up, bed, TV, sofa, bathroom and balcony. Plenty of storage in closets and under beds. I enjoyed the complientary roomservice every morning. Nothing like coffee and sweet rolls out at sea. The ship was tasteully decorated and well lite. Dining rooms were a little dim at dinner. I never searched for a pool chair, even if I got up for lunch and gave up my chair to return later, I always found another one. The casino was nice. Theater shows average. Lounges and bars were fabulous! The ice bar is awesome, but the most spectacular was the Sunset Bar with Milton (from Jamaica)tending bar! Best spot on the ship in the late afternoons. My husband and I purchased the beverage packages (alcohol) and it was well worth it! He and I both tried different beverages every afternoon and always had wine with dinner. Ports were average. The nicest port was Roatan. The funnest port was Costa Maya but all we did there was go to Senior Frogs and purchase Foakley's for our kids for $20 each. Grand Cayman Motor Museum was a waste of time. The guys I went with are car fanatic's and it took them maybe an hour to see EVERYTHING. Cozumel was ... well Cozumel, stay on board next time. Leaving and re boarding the ship was easy, not very time consuming, and if the line was long, they offered ice water and a cool rag under a tent. The cruise was nice, but the service was not. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. At dinner the wait staff never remembered our names or drink preference like on other cruise lines. I never saw my steward, which is OK, our room was always very clean. Some of the bar tenders were...snobs! Milton was the only one who acted like he wanted to be there. I would go on this cruise line again, but I won't take my children as there is nothing for them to do. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We had a lovely time! Weather was unexpectedly fantastic. Ship "just out of the wrapper". Everything very very enjoyable. A couple of bad points: Our balcony cabin overlooked a smoking area on deck 5, which we weren't ... Read More
We had a lovely time! Weather was unexpectedly fantastic. Ship "just out of the wrapper". Everything very very enjoyable. A couple of bad points: Our balcony cabin overlooked a smoking area on deck 5, which we weren't very happy about. So watch out if you are allocated a stateroom beginning 62xx. We did complain, and the overflowing ashtrays were removed the next day. It seemed to be a staff smoking area, with chefs and other workers lingering around. Also, there was an access ladder leading down to deck 5 right outside our balcony, which was used by staff (not passengers). Any rooms aft of 6287 have a staff walkway in front. It's a bit difficult to describe, but if you look at pictures of the rear of the ship, aft of the lifeboats, you will see a blue area. The walkway is on top of this. In the Moonlight Sonata MDR, the tables for two were almost on top of each other. There was no possibility for a private conversation! I know all there is to know about the couple sitting adjacent to us. Just awful!!! That's all my gripes - we had a wonderful cruise, and the little bad points didn't spoil our overall enjoyment, I just find it more helpful to know the niggly things. I'm sure other reviewers will tell you all of the wonderful things onboard, so no need for me to repeat them. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2010
After all the good reports we'd heard about Celebrity I thought we were in for something special but unfortunately this wasn't the case. The service in the Main dining room was either quick quick or non existent and when we did ... Read More
After all the good reports we'd heard about Celebrity I thought we were in for something special but unfortunately this wasn't the case. The service in the Main dining room was either quick quick or non existent and when we did get the soup it was cold and the rest of the meals were very bland and reminded me of school dinners. The presentation of the food was also reminiscent of school dinners. The wine waiter (when you could get him to come to the table) had no finesse whatsoever when pouring the wine, slopping it out like it was lemonade. On 2 occasions they had run out of the wine we wanted to order. On the 3rd night we gave up and booked the speciality restaurant Qsine in hope of something better - and thank god it was - really enjoyed it. The cabins were lovely and well designed and the bathrooms were spacious too with lots of storage. The free toiletries were of a poor quality and ended up having to buy shampoo at the shop and there was no shower gel to use. On Holland America we had ample supplies of Elemis products. The entertainment was good, with acrobats, ventriloquist, fabulous quartet of male singers who sang songs from Jersey Boys and also a female string quartet who were very good. We made the most of the cruise and met some lovely people and the weather was glorious. Would I cruise Celebrity again?? Probably not, had far better food and service on other cheaper lines. Maybe we were just unlucky!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Celebrity Eclipse Inaugural Cruise 29 April 2010 - 4 nights Rosy spotted this cruise, whilst watching Sky TV and we were immediately interested. Initially we looked at an additional departure on 26 April, to France, but chose the ... Read More
Celebrity Eclipse Inaugural Cruise 29 April 2010 - 4 nights Rosy spotted this cruise, whilst watching Sky TV and we were immediately interested. Initially we looked at an additional departure on 26 April, to France, but chose the inaugural cruise to Cork, as it was 4 days for the same price as the 3 to France, for £359 per person, plus tips. We booked a balcony guarantee but were lucky to be upgraded to Concierge Class, with a few perks, including a bottle of bubbly on arrival. This was very welcome and a nice surprise. As we live very close to Southampton, we thought we'd leave home about 09.30 to board the ship at about 11.00, which we accomplished very easily. We enjoyed a leisurely drive and after some slightly confusing directions from officious security men, I dropped our bags and Rosy, at check-in and I parked the car, about 300 metres away then walked back, which was fine as it was dry, but in the wet would be a pain! We went straight through security and check-in and were on board immediately. We enjoyed a complimentary glass of bubbles and then had an early lunch in the Ocean View Restaurant. This was an excellent buffet, with free tea, coffee, lemonade, fruit punch, water and various juices. There's real buzz about the ship, just after boarding, as everyone is excited about what lies ahead. We checked out the activities list to sort out our day then went to our cabin to unpack. We were surprised to find a size 16 evening gown in the cupboard, together with a shawl, so presumably a lady must be feeling pretty cold! We handed them over to Jimmy, our steward, who apologised and told us that changeover day is very busy and he then produced the binoculars and umbrellas from under the couch! The bubbly, fruit and fresh flowers were all waiting for us. The cabin is very plush and the bed has several pillows and nice linen. We found the coffee table to be a nuisance so ejected it to the balcony. The mini-bar was unlocked and I put some of the stock in the wardrobe, to make room for our champagne, which we brought with us. One thing worth noting is there is very little space for clothes. There 5 fairly small drawers, but plenty of hanging space. I think they should convert half the hanging space to shelving. There are cupboards above the bed, but these aren't very accessible. The bathroom is very spacious and the shower cubicle large, with solid doors, so no flapping curtain to stick to one's bare skin! There's plenty of storage space and nice toiletries. The light stays dim overnight, which saves groping around in the dark and stubbing toes on furniture. The cabins have individual controls for heating / air con. There is a large, interactive flat screen tv and a long couch. The balcony is accessed by a large sliding door and has two loungers, with footstools and a round table. The balcony is very private and with strict rules re smoking, the air is very clean. The cabin (1184) was quite near the stern and a fair way from the lifts, so unsuitable for those with walking difficulty. After settling in we went to explore the ship, paying special attention to the hot tubs, which could have been much hotter, and the fitness centre. We took lots of pictures and checked out our dining table, which was for 4, when we'd requested one for 10! We quickly changed it and have been very lucky with our tablemates. Next we explored the open decks and found some very nice cabanas around the hot tubs on deck 12. These offer plenty of privacy and are very comfortable. In hot weather they will be very popular. There are also a couple of hammocks. The outdoor pool area will be popular in hot weather and the indoor version equally useful in cooler or wetter conditions. Towels are readily available and the showers in the spa area are both powerful and hot. Each changing room has a single sex sauna, but unless one books spa class, the mixed sauna costs $20. Meals We ate breakfast in the Ocean View Cafe, as we like the informality and the ability to see the food, prior to selection. We usually ate breakfast at about 08.00 and the restaurant was pretty empty and peaceful. The breakfast selection is comprehensive and the only chargeable items seemed to be freshly squeezed juices. These juices are complimentary if ordered with the Concierge Class balcony breakfast, but we didn't bother with this as the weather wasn't suitable. A 'healthy' breakfast is available at the Aqua Spa Cafe on deck 12, but there seemed to be an extra charge. Breakfast is also available in the more formal restaurant, for those who enjoy more service. Most people seemed to eat lunch, buffet style and again there was an excellent selection. Ice cream was available all day in the Ocean View Cafe. This was free of charge, but Gelato was also available on deck 5, at extra cost along with speciality coffees and Crepes. Dinners on each evening were first class, but I feel that the food on Princess was better presented. Glasses were kept full with fresh water. We didn't drink wine with our meals as it was very expensive, around $40 per bottle and we had a good supply in our fridge. We had probably too much fine food, but the cruise only lasted 4 days! There were tea-making facilities in the staterooms, but coffee had to be ordered from room service, which could be done on the interactive tv. Entertainment The entertainment in the spacious show lounge was excellent, but there were no comedians / impressionists, which was disappointing. It was easy to fall asleep in the theatre! Other cruise lines seem to offer a more varied entertainment programme, but maybe Celebrity's standard guest prefers a more musically dominated theme. There was the typical guest enrichment scheme, with lectures, wine-tastings, etc. No bingo, which for us was a definite plus! There were various games available on Deck 15's lawn club, but it can be pretty cold up there. I wore my coat, hat and gloves on one day! I won the croquet competition, but my good luck on the Lawn didn't extend to the slot machines. There were the usual trivia quizzes, table tennis competitions etc, but no rowdy pool games, an altogether more genteel area. Rosy and I took part in several fitness classes, but only the free variety. We didn't feel inclined to pay up to $30 per class! SHORE ADVENTURES We only visited one destination, on this short cruise, which was Cobh, Ireland, for Cork. We arrive mid afternoon and stayed for 27 hours, allowing the opportunity for a local night out, which we didn't take. On arrival, we took a short walk around the port and the town then took the half-hourly train, from the quay to Fota, where there is a wildlife park, house and gardens. The park costs about 13 Euros and is mainly for families. Walking around the gardens seemed to be free and we also had coffee and cake. The gardens are about 15 minutes walk from Fota Station. We then returned to the ship for the evening. The next day we again took the train, but this time to Cork. Cork station is about 20 minutes walk from the City Centre, along the River Lee. We did our own walking tour, enjoyed an Irish coffee and visited various churches, including St Shandon's, which is up a fairly steep hill. Entry is free, but to climb the tower and ring tunes on the bells cost 5 Euros each. To climb the tower, visitors must be fairly fit! Rosy found out it was the start of the Cork music festival, so went to a free concert featuring choirs from Dublin and Cork, on e Irish and the other, Hungarian. This was excellent and lasted 1 hour. The Hungarian and US Ambassadors were seated in front of us. After the concert we took the train back to the ship. Wine Tasting Rosy and I attended the cruise highlight, the wine tasting, a description of which is taking a long time to type as I have enjoyed the wine, particularly one sweet white, which I have forgotten the name of, but I'm not going to edit this section as it has to be a true reflection of the event. I have spell-checked it so that all my followers can read what I'm typing! We tried 12 wines, 6 of each colour, but no pink! I didn't like any of the reds apart from Pinot Noir, but loved the Spatsese (the one I forgot the name of, but Rosy just shouted it out!). The wine was complemented by some cheese and crackers and what one didn't like could be chucked away, which meant there were some buckets of pink wine.. After opting for the German white, we sat at the ice bar (martini bar with a counter like the inside of a fridge) and supped this wine, whilst discussing the merits of P&O cruises with another pair of wine connoisseurs. Debarkation We were scheduled to disembark at 09.00, with the other pax with independent arrangements. We awoke at 06.30, got dressed and had breakfast in the Ocean View Cafe. There was pretty much the same choice as on the previous 3 mornings. At about 08.00 there was announcement for all remaining pax to disembark, which we did, then collected our luggage and left the car park at 08.30, arriving home 1 hour later - easy. Conclusion The Celebrity Eclipse is a fine, new ship, with all staff and crew members polite and very keen to extend a warm welcome to guests. The main entertainment venues seemed much smaller than those we've experienced on Carnival and Princess, but the technology is superb. Most entertainment seemed to focus on music and dancing, whereas I would have liked more audience interaction and an adult comedian, or three! The food was superb, as all food has been on other lines. Drinks were expensive, but there was no heavy marketing in evidence, unlike on Carnival and Princess. We'd use Celebrity again, but not in preference to any other cruise line. We expected more fuss as this was the inaugural cruise, but it felt like any other, apart from everything looking and feeling in pristine condition. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Arrival and boarding took about 30 minutes from walking into the terminal and then into the cabin by about 14:00. You were greeted with a glass of Champagne as you boarded and directed to the lifts. We went straight to our stateroom as ... Read More
Arrival and boarding took about 30 minutes from walking into the terminal and then into the cabin by about 14:00. You were greeted with a glass of Champagne as you boarded and directed to the lifts. We went straight to our stateroom as many people already on seemed to be bereft of carry on. Cabin: The cabin was well laid out and seemed larger than the Queen Victoria balcony cabin in December. The layout of settee next to balcony works better than the bed next to balcony layout we had last year on the Equinox. Bed was extremely comfortable, tea tray is just a tea tray - no coffee on it. Bottle of water was $4 if opened. We requested jug of iced water, ice bucket to be filled and wine bucket for the Champagne we took on board this was all done by the time we returned to the cabin and refilled as required. We asked for the fridge to be emptied and managed to squeeze the 2 bottles of champagne in on their sides, could not remove the middle shelf to stand the 2 bottles up. 36 inch TV which could swivel out about 35 degrees for viewing from the bed. Storage - the wardrobes although well stocked with hangers are a bit on the small side and could be an issue on our 16 night cruise in October. The over bed storage and drawers will take the majority of clothes. The settee is more comfortable than it looks. Bathroom is extremely spacious with lots of storage and no shower curtain - sliding door instead - take note P&O. Balcony was a good size and being on the hump had an unobstructed view. Chairs on balcony are recliners and had 3 positions. Lights in cabin could be operated on a dimmer switch and the bathroom had a night light in it, the main bathroom light also had a red light on it to make it easier to find in the dark. Robes were in the cabin. The interactive elements on the television worked well. Moonlight Sonata Restaurant: My faith in on-board cooking is restored although I would never claim to have been disappointed with the food on a cruise I have felt the standard has declined over the last few years - the food we have eaten on-board in the main restaurant has been superb. The brunch on Sunday was outstanding everything you could possibly want. Found it very cool in both colour and temperature ideal for me. Chairs are heavy though Ocean-view Cafe: About 8 different stations with some duplication of areas. Food was good with a wide choice at all meals. Pasta and pizza was available from 12 noon to 21:00, Sushi available about 17:30. Qsine: was out of this world, you could graze until the cows came home. Wide selection of dishes with the menu and wine menu all on an iPad - great fun and unique. Food was well thought out and the staff great fun. Taste wise some was superb and others due to personal taste not so great but grazing was the name of the game so no worries about returning unfinished plates. Upside down lights, one armed chairs all different to a normal restaurant. Bistro on 5: well worth the 5 dollars and they also did Gluten Free Crepes my wife was delighted. Gluten free diet was well catered for across the ship and we were never made to feel awkward about asking for the Gluten Free options. Smoking: Major down was that the Sky lounge was part smoking which was very noticeable when you entered. There were smoking areas across the ship, I think 4 in total but we only noticed it here. No smoking in staterooms or balconies. - $250 fine and put off at next port if caught. Lounges/Bars: Good atmosphere in all the lounges and busy constantly. Yes prices were expensive compared to P&O but the measures were large. Different drink menu's in different bars. 2 happy hours 16:00 to18:00 and 22:00 to 00:00 - 2 Carona's for $5 or a set martini for $5. Cellar-masters was very good but could have done with more information on the available wines. There was a dedicated lecture lounge/cinema on-board which will be a bonus on longer cruises. Entertainment: The 2 ships company shows were very good. The singer Lindsay Hamilton was good but we had seen her before, as soon as she started talking about her children and showing photo's we left, we feel if she left the stories out along with the family slide show she would be a good act. There was a Welsh tenor, Ryan Morgan on-board in Cobh singing in the atrium - a last minute booking, he was superb with a wide repertoire- singing was effortless to him - he really deserved to headline a night. Around the ship there was a constant mix of music and it added to the atmosphere - classical, guitar, piano, barbershop quartet, jazz and different music in different bars and restaurants. Other: we played on the lawn and watched the glass show. The iLounge certainly brings a different feeling to the cyber cafe. Price on-board will be equal too or less than USA retail so bargains are possible for the UK buyer. Ipods - nano, shuffle, classic and touch and laptops 2 13" models and a 15" model were available to purchase, they hope to have the iPad shortly. Wide range and choice of goods in the shops. Unfortunately as the ship was only inside the EU 17.5% tax would be added to any gift shop purchases so we will wait until October. Ship photos were $19.95 each. A studio session is $575 dollars plus. As we are Aqua Class in October we deliberately avoided the Spa and Blu. One downside absolutely no reference to this being an inaugural voyage on-board despite it being advertised as such and the Celebrity UK website running a countdown timer to it. but 3 glass coasters were left in the cabin. Overall the ship has a definite WOW factor to her and does not feel as large as her size would suggest. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We did a back to back cruise, firstly to France then to Ireland. Weather in France was good, but cloudy and rain in Ireland, fairly smooth water, hardley noticed any movement. The ship is lovely, it has a very chilled out atmosphere, ... Read More
We did a back to back cruise, firstly to France then to Ireland. Weather in France was good, but cloudy and rain in Ireland, fairly smooth water, hardley noticed any movement. The ship is lovely, it has a very chilled out atmosphere, unlike the Royal Carribean ships which are a bit more lively. There was not a lot of activities during the day, but we liked the quizzes. The top deck has a grass lawn and smells lovely when its cut, where you can play croquet, bowls, hoopla, all very pleasant if the weather is nice. Our cabins were lovely and room service was good. The service in the restaurant first cruise was ok, but second half really slow. Food was nice, nothing outstanding though, we did not eat in the dining room every night. Food in Ocean cafe was hit and miss, mostly cold and had to be sent back by several customers, also manic at peak times, and they were slow with clearing the tables, which meant on a few occasion we had to wait for a table - being so many of us. It was open till early hours of the morning serving pizza if you got peckish later. The outside pool was heated, but it was too cold second cruise to sit outside. Indoor pool in the spa seemed cooler, which was full to capacity on cold days, so we had to wait until it cleared late afternoon - or get there early! Juccuzi's are quite small and we just about fitted in one all together. The entertainment was not brilliant, the ventriloquist was the best act, and the quartet who sang the Jersey boys was fab. The frontliners were also a very good band, which we saw most nights in the sky bar each evenings, as there was not much choice. The martini bar waiters were very entertaining and the casino was good. Overall we all had a nice time as a family and had some lovely photos taken to bring back. We would probably go back with celebrity, having had a bad experience with Royal carribean last time, but you could get value for money elswhere on other ships. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Booked this cruise a long time ago as the "inaugural" cruise, since then a lot of water has flowed. The ship was delivered early and so put in a 2 night mini cruise, the because of the volcanic ash Eclipse did a rescue mission to ... Read More
Booked this cruise a long time ago as the "inaugural" cruise, since then a lot of water has flowed. The ship was delivered early and so put in a 2 night mini cruise, the because of the volcanic ash Eclipse did a rescue mission to bring back stranded Brits from Spain. However this was still classed by Celebrity as the inaugural cruise. Travel from Leeds to Southampton was arranged via a coach, was OK but coach was not as nice as the Eavesway service that P&O use, that having been said it WAS perfectly acceptable. Boarding at Southampton was a dream, shore to deck in less that 10 minutes. Having previously cruised on Equinox we knew the ships layout, so no suprises there. Decor is, of course different, and I have to say, in my opinion, at least on a par with Equinox and maybe even better. We were fortunate to be upgraded from Concierge class to Aqua Class, I have to say I was slightly trepidatious at the thought of "healthy eating", with pictures being conjured up of lettuce leaves and raw carrot. BOY how wrong can one be!!! The Blu restaurant for Aqua Class passengers is a total joy, open seating a fantastic wait staff, Maitre d\ etc and a Sommelier (Marina) who actually knows how to use the little wine pan around her neck, very covertly whilst the passenger is "tasting" the wine, she pours a tiny amount into her pan, sniffs it, and slurps it for taste. Well done Marina. The food is fantastic, Blu is open from breakfast I can recommend the Blu parfait a layered mixture of Blueberries, granola and yogurt presented in a wine glass, my wife had a similar concoction with strawberries banana and yogurt. The evening meal has 4 starters, 4 main courses and a selection of wonderful desserts, I will not spoil your enjoyment by describing them all, but the short rib of beef on horseradish mash, was by taste and presentation unforgettable. Entertainment. Entertainment is always a strong point on Celebrity cruises. Eclipse does not disappoint. First night was a production show called EDGE, very professional, fantastic lighting effects and VERY loud music. Night 2 was a concert by UK singer Lindsey Hamilton, I've seen Lindsey on 2 other Celebrity ships, on Eclipse she received a standing ovation, so nothing new there then! She has sung in the West End of London in Shows like Evita (where she played the lead) and Les Miserable, a must see cabaret. Night 3 was a cabaret, featuring acts seen in lounges and bars throughout the ship and of course the wonderful Celebrity orchestra. Those appearing in this show were Manny Kelough Jazz Band, Inspiration Strings ( classical quartet from Ukraine )and a great a Capella quarter who as well as singing unaccompanied also sangs songs from The Jersey Boys, backed by the Celebrity Orchestra. Night 4 The Eclipse Production show All I will say about this show is you MUST see it. Conclusion. Another Celebrity triumph,ship superb, entertainment fantastic and food to die for. Was it worthwhile paying for Aqua Class (remember I had a complimentary upgrade) If you are into spa treatments and wonderful food food and service in a great Blu restaurant it would be well worth looking at. If, like me, its just the food and service and not the spa treatments maybe it's marginal, for example my next cruise on Eclipse is the first Transatlantic cruise in October 2010, the additional cost is just over £300pp for a 14 night cruise and this is £300pp extra from the Concierge Class fare so in my case the jury is still out on that one. But if any Celebrity Executives are reading this review please feel free to give me another complimentary upgrade. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We booked a B2B in Aqua Class (the 3 night LeHavre sailing followed by the 4 night 'inaugural' Cork sailing). We worked hard at getting the exact cabin we wanted (1606, with the largest balcony on the 'hump') and were ... Read More
We booked a B2B in Aqua Class (the 3 night LeHavre sailing followed by the 4 night 'inaugural' Cork sailing). We worked hard at getting the exact cabin we wanted (1606, with the largest balcony on the 'hump') and were truly looking forward to our first Celebrity experience. Embarkation in Southampton could not have been easier. We were on the ship at 11:20 and asked our cabin attendant if we could drop our handluggage off in the cabin, which turned out to be no problem. We wandered around the ship first (taking photographs before the crowds descended) and marveled at the most beautiful ship we have ever seen. Every lounge and public area is gorgeous and all the 'nooks and crannies' are beautifully designed. It's modern design with attention to detail. Our first meal was in Bistro on 5. Great food and wonderful service were on offer and it did raise our already high expectations to new heights for the remainder of the cruise(s). The cabin was spacious with ample storage (don't forget the underbed storage for your cases and the cabinets over the bed which we used for our folded shirts). The iced tea may not be to everyone's taste, but it is changed daily with a new flavour (in Aqua Class), and there are also tea-making facilities in every cabin. Unfortunately the weather was never good enough to use our enormous balcony. Not once in 7 days! We were assigned to Blu, and from everything I had read on CC we were in for a real treat. It is possible our expectations were too high, but although the service was spectacular and all the staff were stupendous (and knowledgeable), the food did not live up to our expectations. We were on two short cruises and the chef in Blu felt it necessary to REPEAT the first three night's menus for the second cruise. On one occasion one of us ordered duck breast and the other rib-eye steak. The steak smelled off and was full of gristle and too much fat, while the duck breast was a large grey lump of meat on the plate (not medium rare as requested and not sliced as one would find in a 'real' restaurant). Desserts were unimaginative, however, the coffee was excellent. We decided to 'desert' Blu on two occasions to try the MDR and found the service there to be on a par with Blu but with better choices, better presentation and above all, better food! The staff in Blu are very proud of their restaurant and work extremely hard to please you ... however they are let down by a mediocre chef! The 2nd cruise was the actual 'inaugural' and again our expectations were dashed. Nothing at all was made of this event (other than two glass coasters on the bed the last night, without so much as a note or letter attached!). We had expected a large party (or two), announcements involving all the guests who had booked this cruise just for the 'event', and a sense of 'occasion'. Nothing at all. A missed opportunity as far as we were concerned. As we've said, the ship is absolutely gorgeous, however, due to the inclement weather we experienced for most of the 7 days, the outdoor areas could not really be used (except on the first day). This meant we had to find a comfortable spot to sit and read indoors. This proved to be more difficult than we had imagined as there is loud popular music playing in ALL the public spaces. There is no space which can be classed as a 'quiet zone'. On occasion the music was so loud it forced everyone to flee the room in question. This was also carried through to the volume level of the shows. The last show of the 3-day (and the shows were simply repeated for the 3-day and the 4-day, although this was a 'natural' B2B and there were more than 190 passengers who stayed onboard) was so loud many people sat with their fingers in their ears during the entire production. As B2B passengers we were left completely in the dark as to the procedures in Southampton, with conflicting information given by ship's personnel and in writing. A detailed letter with a list of procedures would not have come amiss and would have prevented the 'grumbling and mumbling' which we overheard. From what you have read so far, I'm sure you are thinking we did not enjoy ourselves. On the contrary, we had a wonderful time. The service was impeccable, the staff a joy, the ship a wonder and the relaxed atmosphere everything a cruise should be. Would we sail on Celebrity again? Probably, but not in Aqua Class (we have had the first TA on the Eclipse on Oct. 31 booked for some time). As this ship is the 3rd in a series we probably had expectations which did not match the reality (although all the 'kinks' should really have been worked out by now) . Watch this space for our TA review in November. 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
Rates N/A 0.0

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