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My wife and I had a wonderful European vacation which included two weeks on the Eclipse cruising the Mediterranean. We’ve sailed on Celebrity before but this was our first on the Eclipse, and we found the experience exceptional. We live in Southern California so the cost was considerable when factoring in the air fare, however, we got our money’s worth and more. The ship had much to offer and even after two weeks never seemed old. Our Aqua Class cabin was well-appointed, comfy bed, and attended by Mary who always seemed to know whenever we needed anything, yet was never intrusive. One minor constructive suggestion was we thought there could be more storage space, like two drawers under the built-in sofa. However, most of the fun was outside the cabin and there was plenty to be had on the Eclipse. The ship was spotless, with light and warmth abounding. Although the ship was at full capacity and buzzing with people I could always find a quiet spot such as up on Lawn Club or in the Library. The highlights of the ship were the food, service, and activities. Cruise director Sue generally made one public address announcement in the morning so you were never bombarded with unnecessary PA announcements. If you read the daily list of activities you could plan accordingly. One poignant event was a brief, solemn remembrance on the morning of 9/11. We were blessed with wonderful, sunny weather and calm seas so most passengers jumped on a poolside lounge early morning and basked in the sun most of the day…including my wife. You can’t write about a cruise without mentioning the food. We spent most dinners in Blu and thoroughly enjoyed the savory cuisine. Blu was bright and cozy and was expertly managed by Igor, the Maitre D, and the hostess Marie who was there to seat you with a smile. Most nights our waiter was Umesha and he was a joy, with his spot-on menu recommendations with pleasant and efficient service. Steven, was our sommelier, and he made sure our wine glass was never empty. You also got to meet other interesting and friendly couples dining on adjacent tables. We had purchased a five-night specialty dinner package but did not use all of them because we preferred Blu. The passengers were primarily from the United Kingdom and we found them to be a fun group to holiday with. Unlike many cruises we’ve been on most passengers did dress up for the evening, especially formal nights with tuxes and array of gowns. The Martini Bar was the social hub and although I’ve read complaints on the wait for service I found the bar staff quite attentive and gave each drink the time it took to make it special. If it took a few extra minutes at time it was because there were so many people enjoying themselves - and isn't that the whole point of a cruise? We chose the itinerary because of the ports and they did not disappoint. We visited Gibraltar on its national day of celebration, Villa France (our favorite) with its sparkling blue waters. We actually spent the afternoon on local beach and took a swim. Next was Rome, which was crowed on a Saturday, Then to Livorno (Florence), although we took a short train ride to Pisa. Then on to Malaga, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and finally back to Southampton. It’s been two weeks since we’ve disembarked but the vibrant memories remain. The Celebrity Eclipse and her crew provided us with a fantastic cruise.  

Celebrity exceeds our high expectations

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Mateo&Kali

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: AquaClass
My wife and I had a wonderful European vacation which included two weeks on the Eclipse cruising the Mediterranean. We’ve sailed on Celebrity before but this was our first on the Eclipse, and we found the experience exceptional. We live in Southern California so the cost was considerable when factoring in the air fare, however, we got our money’s worth and more.
The ship had much to offer and even after two weeks never seemed old. Our Aqua Class cabin was well-appointed, comfy bed, and attended by Mary who always seemed to know whenever we needed anything, yet was never intrusive. One minor constructive suggestion was we thought there could be more storage space, like two drawers under the built-in sofa. However, most of the fun was outside the cabin and there was plenty to be had on the Eclipse. The ship was spotless, with light and warmth abounding. Although the ship was at full capacity and buzzing with people I could always find a quiet spot such as up on Lawn Club or in the Library.
The highlights of the ship were the food, service, and activities. Cruise director Sue generally made one public address announcement in the morning so you were never bombarded with unnecessary PA announcements. If you read the daily list of activities you could plan accordingly. One poignant event was a brief, solemn remembrance on the morning of 9/11. We were blessed with wonderful, sunny weather and calm seas so most passengers jumped on a poolside lounge early morning and basked in the sun most of the day…including my wife.
You can’t write about a cruise without mentioning the food. We spent most dinners in Blu and thoroughly enjoyed the savory cuisine. Blu was bright and cozy and was expertly managed by Igor, the Maitre D, and the hostess Marie who was there to seat you with a smile. Most nights our waiter was Umesha and he was a joy, with his spot-on menu recommendations with pleasant and efficient service. Steven, was our sommelier, and he made sure our wine glass was never empty. You also got to meet other interesting and friendly couples dining on adjacent tables. We had purchased a five-night specialty dinner package but did not use all of them because we preferred Blu.
The passengers were primarily from the United Kingdom and we found them to be a fun group to holiday with. Unlike many cruises we’ve been on most passengers did dress up for the evening, especially formal nights with tuxes and array of gowns. The Martini Bar was the social hub and although I’ve read complaints on the wait for service I found the bar staff quite attentive and gave each drink the time it took to make it special. If it took a few extra minutes at time it was because there were so many people enjoying themselves - and isn't that the whole point of a cruise?
We chose the itinerary because of the ports and they did not disappoint. We visited Gibraltar on its national day of celebration, Villa France (our favorite) with its sparkling blue waters. We actually spent the afternoon on local beach and took a swim. Next was Rome, which was crowed on a Saturday, Then to Livorno (Florence), although we took a short train ride to Pisa. Then on to Malaga, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and finally back to Southampton.
It’s been two weeks since we’ve disembarked but the vibrant memories remain. The Celebrity Eclipse and her crew provided us with a fantastic cruise.
 
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Cabin Review

AquaClass
Cabin A2 1640
Excellent location on deck 11...middle aft.
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