Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Wirral
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Norwegian Fjords
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
We stayed overnight at the Premier Inn at the airport in rooms I had booked and paid for some months in advance. I chose the airport as I did not know when I booked whether my daughter would have to work on the Friday and so would have arrived late. In fact I booked 2 rooms for us and the total cost for the 2 rooms was less than 1 room in one of the Premier Inns close to the docks. We also booked the meal deal and had a good dinner and breakfast the next morning. Children breakfasting free with paying adults.
First time ever I got help in getting on the ship. Asked to wait for an available chair and attendant and only had to wait about 10mins or so. For me a smooth ride to the ship rather than the long , slow slog up the gangways to the ship. I was very grateful. I also got the same help on leaving the ship.
We shared a room with balcony on deck 6 just by the main glass lifts. I had chosen the cabin and it was an excellent choice as it was literally only a couple of steps to the lifts from our room 6229. My daughter and I had 2 single beds and Erin, my GD slept on the couch with an extra topper. having been on Eclipse before I knew the drawer storage was not brilliant so I brought along 6 large folding fabric cubes and 3 small ones. They were a great asset and solved all our storage issues. The cupboards above the bed actually would have taken 8 boxes but we used the extra space to store 2 blankets we brought for sitting out on the balcony. Actually only used them once I believe, though my DD and I sat on the balcony for an hour or so after GD had gone to bed most evenings. So the weather much better than we had anticipated.
As we had GD with us we decided not to use any of the speciality restaurants and certainly did not feel as though we missed out. Dinner in the main dinning room was excellent each night. We were unable to get first sitting dinner despite booking a year in advance so we opted for select but I booked us in for 6:15pm each night before we left. The time chosen to allow the first sitting people to have finished with the lifts hopefully and we certainly had no real problem in getting a lift during our stay. We ended up with having the same table and therefore the same waiter for the entire cruise, except for one night when GD fell asleep and we had to go for dinner after 7pm and therefore no booking so we had to wait a short while in one of the bars with a pager till a table became available. For us we thought we had the best of both worlds as we would have had to miss dinner in the dinning room if on first sitting when GD fell asleep.
Not only did we have a brilliant waiter who really looked after us well especially my GD but we had a window table for the entire cruise. Even the day we were late! How lucky were we when you think of how few window tables there are. All the staff in the dinning room were brilliant with my GD and it really helped to make the holiday for us all. Our sommelier got to know us well and topped us up when needed. Must say 2 glasses of bubbly was about our limit.
We had breakfast in the dinning room twice but enjoyed the vast choice available in the buffet. We also had lunch in the buffet each day and again the choice was brilliant. We all eat totally different things from each other. The only problem was finding a free table on sea days when everyone was in there about the same sort of time. However we managed. The food quality and selection in the buffet was really, really good. We personally could not fault it.
Erin LOVED the kids club and wanted to be there every available moment. My DD took her off the ship at every port and they did their own thing, feeling that was better than an organised excursion. We only too 1 ship excursion which was in Stavanger and we took the boat trip down the fjord to Pulpit Rock. We all enjoyed that, though I stayed inside and forewent the trip to the café feeling that my legs were not up to it. My DD spent most of the time outside and GD had a brilliant time when she found one of her friends from Kid's Club on board.
I only got off at one more stop which was Flam were I made it to the local shop for cards, stamps and a few gifts to take home. I decided I was happier staying on board and spent a lot of time between the coffee shop and our balcony. The iglus in the coffee shop being delicious and also able to get them for taking back to room in disposable cups. The coffee shop was also our last port of each day. Erin went to the Kid's Club each evening as soon as she had finished her meal. DD took her and then returned to finish her dinner. She was collected at 10pm and I made my way to the coffee shop and luckily most nights found a spot for us to sit. My DD and GD joined us there after collection and my DD and I had hot chocolate with baileys as our bedtime drink and GD had warm milk and a cookie. Then to our room, Erin for bed and my DD and I sat out on the balcony. Not too many stars due to the cloud cover but a few nights the moon was full and a wonderful sight in the sky. I tended to put my fleece on of a night outside but it really was not that bad.
We only managed to see one show which was very good, due to a variety of reasons one that the family disco was on at the same time as the show one night and we had a 3 line whip from my GD to attend. We did frequent the casino and for the first time ever we lost money rather than made a small amount. We were up on the first 6 nights but lost overall on the last 2 nights. We only play the cheap slots and preferably ones that make noises as my DD preference. However we did get our money's worth in fun and laughter.
I must mention once again the Kid's Club. My GD attended last year on the Reflection when we did a Greek Island cruise with my SIL as well. She loved it then as was really keen to go again. She was not disappointed this year. She had a fabulous time there and her only complaint was when her mother came to collect her! So certainly for younger children they do a brilliant job. It also meant DD and I had time to ourselves to chat and just chill out together and of course lose our money in the Casino!
So a cruise for 3 generations. One with problem knees and 2 fit and able people. It was a great fit for us all and we all had a really good holiday. Sorry my DD and I did my GD had a brilliant holiday. Some really good memories to look back on a couple of thousand photos my DD took!
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