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We are a couple - late 40s/early 50s. We have 2 previous cruises under our belt - 7 nights fjords with P&O and 15 night TA with Princess. We picked this cruise primarily for the itinerary - and it also came at a great price. We were on Celebrity Eclipse - Cabin 1046 - Concierge Class and had Anytime dining. Barcelona Embarcation - incredibly messy - no-one appeared to stick to their embarkation time - although there were separate lines for each "class" they alll used the same check in desks - no dedicated ones. Although this went relatively quickly it just seemed a bit of a mess. Dis-embarcation - great experience. We had a late departure time, and were off with our cases within 5 minutes - perfect! We were able to get into our cabin by 1330 - as advised. However there were issues as DH found an apple under the bed and there was a left over "scrunchie" left hanging in the shower. Concierge lunch - a nice touch. We found it a shame that there was no sailaway party - everyone just wandered about, drink in hand :-( The ship was spotlessly clean and nothing seemed worn out or tired. I did feel sorry for the bathroom attendants who didnt ever seem to get any daylight - they did work very hard. What a great itinerary - every port was absolutely fantastic. We booked 2 excursions with our OBC - Florence by train and Rome in a day. Both were very well organised and our Rome guide was absolutely fantastic. We had the classic drinks package included - this worked well for us as we are not big drinkers. DH made use of the speciality coffees and we had the odd cocktail. We mostly stuck to the $9 drinks and found the wine perfect for us. We went to the shows on 3/4 nights - very professional and a good way to spend 45 minutes. We had 2 major issues with Celebrity as a whole however. 1 - the constant attempts to sell the speciality restaurants (and the spa to a lesser extent). If your restaurant is not selling at an additional $55 a person there is a reason for that!! 2 - the food. We love a formal night and eating in the MDR but are as equally happy in the buffet. But oh my - what a let down they both were. The buffet - the food was the same EVERY DAY - nothing inventive at all. The pasta/mexican/oriental/pizza/grill sections were the same every lunch and dinner. There "Italian night" consisted of a spread of cured meats/olives etc - but this selection also appeared on other nights as well. There was one different item each lunchtime and evening. It might seem like im being picky but honestly we are very easy to please. They did a fish pie one lunchtime at it was the best thing we ate the whole cruise!! As for the MDR again we were very disappointed. We LOVE to dress for dinner and using the MDR is a big part of a cruise for us. However again the menu was very repetitive and nothing special or inventive. In our view they kept the menu like this to push people towards the speciality restaurants. On the last chic night we saw that there were soufflés for desert. They weren't on the desert menu. Our waiter told us that usually they only serve souffles at the speciality restaurants and never in the MDR. On both P&O and Princess souffles were a standard addition to the menu. We were on anytime dining. We also found that the tables for 2 were stuck in the corners and out of the way. On our 3rd night were were being again ushered towards an out of the way table when we passed an empty 4 seater table set up for 2. This was right in the hussle and bussle of the restaurant - when we asked if we could sit there the waitress got all flustered and said she would have to go and check - leaving us standing in the middle of the dining room for several minutes. We then decided to just sit at the table anyway - just as well we did as she never returned! We also never saw anyone in the Sushi restaurants - again they charge extra for this. Our favourite place was the Level 5 Cafe al Baccio - what a lovely place to sit and pass the time - just a shame that it appears to be the most popular venue but also the smallest!!! We also booked Concierge class as it was the same price as a standard balcony. Again - what a waste of time and I dont know why they bother with it. The afternoon canapés are a complete waste of time and we poured the "champagne" down the sink. Other than the embarkation lunch I can find absolutely no benefit to concierge class. Everyone we talked to prior to the cruise hailed Celebrity as far better than both P&O/Princess so this is what we were expecting. I glad we picked the cruise for the itinerary rather than just because it was Celebrity otherwise it would have been a great let down. It have been very critical of the dining issues - however we had a really great time overall. We would use Celebrity again but the itinerary and the price would have to be right.

13 night Italy and the Adriatic - Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by plumduff68

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We are a couple - late 40s/early 50s.

We have 2 previous cruises under our belt - 7 nights fjords with P&O and 15 night TA with Princess.

We picked this cruise primarily for the itinerary - and it also came at a great price.

We were on Celebrity Eclipse - Cabin 1046 - Concierge Class and had Anytime dining.

Barcelona

Embarcation - incredibly messy - no-one appeared to stick to their embarkation time - although there were separate lines for each "class" they alll used the same check in desks - no dedicated ones. Although this went relatively quickly it just seemed a bit of a mess.

Dis-embarcation - great experience. We had a late departure time, and were off with our cases within 5 minutes - perfect!

We were able to get into our cabin by 1330 - as advised.

However there were issues as DH found an apple under the bed and there was a left over "scrunchie" left hanging in the shower.

Concierge lunch - a nice touch.

We found it a shame that there was no sailaway party - everyone just wandered about, drink in hand :-(

The ship was spotlessly clean and nothing seemed worn out or tired. I did feel sorry for the bathroom attendants who didnt ever seem to get any daylight - they did work very hard.

What a great itinerary - every port was absolutely fantastic.

We booked 2 excursions with our OBC - Florence by train and Rome in a day.

Both were very well organised and our Rome guide was absolutely fantastic.

We had the classic drinks package included - this worked well for us as we are not big drinkers. DH made use of the speciality coffees and we had the odd cocktail. We mostly stuck to the $9 drinks and found the wine perfect for us.

We went to the shows on 3/4 nights - very professional and a good way to spend 45 minutes.

We had 2 major issues with Celebrity as a whole however.

1 - the constant attempts to sell the speciality restaurants (and the spa to a lesser extent).

If your restaurant is not selling at an additional $55 a person there is a reason for that!!

2 - the food.

We love a formal night and eating in the MDR but are as equally happy in the buffet. But oh my - what a let down they both were.

The buffet - the food was the same EVERY DAY - nothing inventive at all.

The pasta/mexican/oriental/pizza/grill sections were the same every lunch and dinner. There "Italian night" consisted of a spread of cured meats/olives etc - but this selection also appeared on other nights as well. There was one different item each lunchtime and evening.

It might seem like im being picky but honestly we are very easy to please. They did a fish pie one lunchtime at it was the best thing we ate the whole cruise!!

As for the MDR again we were very disappointed. We LOVE to dress for dinner and using the MDR is a big part of a cruise for us. However again the menu was very repetitive and nothing special or inventive.

In our view they kept the menu like this to push people towards the speciality restaurants.

On the last chic night we saw that there were soufflés for desert. They weren't on the desert menu. Our waiter told us that usually they only serve souffles at the speciality restaurants and never in the MDR.

On both P&O and Princess souffles were a standard addition to the menu.

We were on anytime dining.

We also found that the tables for 2 were stuck in the corners and out of the way.

On our 3rd night were were being again ushered towards an out of the way table when we passed an empty 4 seater table set up for 2. This was right in the hussle and bussle of the restaurant - when we asked if we could sit there the waitress got all flustered and said she would have to go and check - leaving us standing in the middle of the dining room for several minutes. We then decided to just sit at the table anyway - just as well we did as she never returned!

We also never saw anyone in the Sushi restaurants - again they charge extra for this.

Our favourite place was the Level 5 Cafe al Baccio - what a lovely place to sit and pass the time - just a shame that it appears to be the most popular venue but also the smallest!!!

We also booked Concierge class as it was the same price as a standard balcony. Again - what a waste of time and I dont know why they bother with it. The afternoon canapés are a complete waste of time and we poured the "champagne" down the sink. Other than the embarkation lunch I can find absolutely no benefit to concierge class.

Everyone we talked to prior to the cruise hailed Celebrity as far better than both P&O/Princess so this is what we were expecting.

I glad we picked the cruise for the itinerary rather than just because it was Celebrity otherwise it would have been a great let down.

It have been very critical of the dining issues - however we had a really great time overall.

We would use Celebrity again but the itinerary and the price would have to be right.
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