Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by airy_fairy
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Norwegian Fjords
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
This was our third trip on the Eclipse out of Southampton and this cruise combined our favourite Fjord ports of previous cruises. The Eclipse is now four (ish!?) years old but shows no signs of wear. No rust, no buckled floors nor any strange sewage smells (unlike our last Millennium cruise...). The guest areas were spotlessly clean. Previously we have found that used glasses and plates etc. are discarded where their uses finished them and left quite a while. None of that on this trip!
The staff were polite and helpful - our room attendants Mario and Smith made every request feel like nothing was too much trouble. We had select dining so no repeated service but we recognised some familiar faces from previous trips (Jeronimo!). Bar staff were largely attentive although the martini bar had less personality than we are used to - very little 'entertainment' factor this time :( We did get a little grumpy the first few nights with the constant recomendantions to upgrade to the premium drinks package. In fact we left two bars because the bar tender's pushiness were grating on us - one bar tender even got a calculator out and started showing us breakdowns! "No thanks" just didn't seem to have any effect! Perhaps we need to perfect our steely glare to go with our "No thanks" - clearly the gentle smile didn't work for us.
We didn't use any celebrity shore excursions but we missed the useful port information that used to be left out in our staterooms the night before arrival. It was only at the last port we discovered they were at guest relations. Ah well, Next time! We booked two tours ourselves online before arrival. A bus tour to Mt. Dalsnibba in Geiranger booked through the Norwegian tourism office and a Mountain Bike descent of the Flåm railway after (plus ascent by train) booked through the Flåm railway website. In Bergen we visited the Hanseatic museum and the restored castle then ate at the fish market. In Alesund we went to the Sunnmøre museum and Aquatic Park (Don't miss feeding the penguins and seals!). In Stavanger we went to the Petroleum museum which was far better than one of us (the none engineer one!) was expecting. Really hands on and fun. We finished our afternoon in the Cardinal Bar, Stavanger, sampling some Norwegian beer and hospitality. We enjoyed ourselves immensely in every port.
Our cabin was a Balcony 1A just behind the front elevators. No real complaints - the shower door was loose on its runners and needed a good tug at the right angle and one of the bathroom drawer fronts was ripped off on one side (we only noticed on the last night though so ample was the storage we hand't used it!) The cabin was spotless, the bed comfortable and it was a quiet location.
For the most part the dining was excellent. We ate from the main and vegetarian menus in the main dining room. For sail away we treated ourselves to a meal in the Tuscan Grill. Delicious :) Only on the last night were we very disappointed. It was the Top Chef at sea night and the menu just did't live up to the hype. The menu was also limited - there were no vegetarian main or entrees (I used the vegetarian menu). Both of us were underwhelmed by the entree (the vegetable one was bread with cheese in a watery tomato sauce), and both of us sent our mains back (The vegetarian promise of 'Mediterranean vegetable tart with pesto eduction turned out to be mixed vegetables reminiscent of a frozen mix in a very familiar watery tomato sauce plonked in two plain pastry cases with no pesto in sight.) Desert was delicious though... Strawberries & Cream. If you go... have that, for every course!
We didn't watch much of the entertainment as port heavy days left us tired and happy to sit somewhere quiet with a drink and people watch but we enjoyed the comedian/juggler, the string quartet and the singer/guitarist that performed most early evening in the central atrium. The celebrity life activities we attended (egg drop, he/she/who knows and Top Chef at sea) were excellent. We are looking forward to the new shows that Sue (Cruise director) said would be coming from December - many of the shows we had seen before.
All in all we had a great holiday, we just had more disappointments than we are used to with Celebrity.
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