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Celebrity Eclipse

 

Overview: This is a sister ship toCelebrity Equinox(2009),Celebrity Reflection(2012),Celebrity Silhouette(2011), andCelebrity Solstice(2008).


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Beautiful Eclipse! by Nemenyi, Stanmore

Beautiful Eclipse!

Overall Rating: 5
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Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Celebrity Eclipse
Destination:
Caribbean

Reviewed By: on
We have just returned from a 2 week Caribbean cruise with Celebrity Eclipse and it was the best cruise I have ever been on. I just cannot understand the negative comments about this ship! Were they on the same ship as us? Perhaps, as someone wrote, it's "horses for courses" and perhaps they were just on the wrong ship. My husband and I enjoy American based entertainment (though it was mixed entertainment - we didn't quite "get" the Canadian comedian but no problem, there was other quality stuff) and the mix of American and Canadian guests as well as other nationalities and we like the fact the ship is not overrun by noisy teenagers. The ship is beautiful, modern and bright. We even preferred the Eclipse to Cunard (QM and QE), probably as we are both travellers of the world and quite gregarious people.

From start to finish this trip was fabulous. Well maybe not finish as the hour long queue to get through Customs was horrendous.

I cannot understand why some people are complaining about the staff. Every member of staff we came across were friendly and accommodating and bent over backwards to ensure our needs were met. These youngsters worked so damn hard and deserve some credit. They were all lovely.

We were in a Concierge Class cabin on the 10th floor. The room was sufficiently spacious with sufficient storage. I missed having a bath tub but I should tell you we have already booked to go back on the Eclipse same time next year - we have booked a Celebrity suite next time which comes with a bath.

The Oceanview restaurant was really good and with an ample selection of dishes at all times of the day. We had Select Dining in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant. This was a good choice inasmuch as we could eat when we like. We usually chose to share a table and have made countless new friends. We also bought the Speciality Restaurant package when we boarded for $99 pp. All 3 restaurants were fantastic - the Italian, and the French top class. Qsine was also excellent too -the ordering system was quite unique as well as the way in which the food was presented. I won't spoil it for you.

The Shore Excursions were good - I enjoyed the Butterfly Farm and shopping trip in St. Maarten very much, my husband did snorkeling, and the American Cup in St Maarten. This was our 3rd trip to Antigua though - the first time was bad, the second worse and this time was dreadful - not a nice stop. I wish they would replace it with somewhere else. It probably was okay if you had done a shore excursion here but we just went into the local town which is not pleasant at all and there was a lot of hassling by vendors.

Entertainment - Entertainment Director Sue, an English lady. It was varied and excellent. The show troupe were very edgy and talented.

Perry Grant in the Sky Lounge! What can I say about Perry! This is the 2nd time we have seen him (last time was 2 years ago on the Constellation) He is just so entertaining and funny and we can't go back next year to enjoy him more. Perry is like Marmite - you either like him or you don't We are very much in the first category. The Sky Lounge was packed every night.

There was really enough to do on board, and the weather was mainly great for sunbathing too.

As I said earlier, disembarkation was horrendous. This was not Celebrity's fault. I believe there were 6 cruise ships disembarking at the same time. I can't understand why they didn't have trolleys for people to use as I saw a lot of the older people struggling with their luggage by hand.

But all in all a wonderful holiday.

Times cruised before: 6-10
Sailed: February, 2013
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony


Quality of Food
We ate in the Moonlight Sonata most nights but tried all 3 speciality restaurants which were exceptional
5

Entertainment
Douglas Cameron the violinist, Jordan Bennett singer, the singers and dancers, Perry Mr Wonderful Grant in the Sky Lounge
5

Shore Excursions
For my husband it was the America Cup yacht race in St Maarten - for me it was also St Maarten the Butterfly Farm and the shopping. Private excursion in Barbados to Sandy Lane golf club - also Aruba shore excursion to the Aloe Vera Factory etc is worth going on.
5

Staff
I cannot single out any particular member of staff. They were all good. Mark, our cabin valet was really helpful. The Serbian girl at the entry to the Moonlight Sonata good too.
5

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
I have been on ships were there were more activities but many of those, eg bowling, climbing were children and teenager based which we didn't miss (now ours are grown-up!). I wouldn't say there was a huge choice of activities - Cunard has more including interesting talks by well-known academics, actors, writers etc - but there were enough.
4

Cabins
Yes the cabin was a good size - compact and comfortable bed.
5

Overall Rating
5
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yeahman, WORCESTER - Commented on this review

100% agree with you !! We have been on all the Solstice Class ships and will shortly be back on Equinox - Ultimate Caribbean. We have over 30 cruises under our belts and just love Celebrity. We think Princess is pretty close mind you...

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Fold, Bromley - Commented on this review

I totally agree with you Nemenyi this is a fab ship and full marks for everything except one thing, 16 days on my cruise was not long enough shame it could not be stretched out to feel like a month !! But great loved it want to go back. Lynda.

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Simmons, PURFLEET - Commented on this review

We were on our second cruise on Eclipse in September last year, with my older brother and his wife who love P&O/Cunard...and we all had an amazing time. Everything from the food to the wonderful fresh and modern decor of the ship wowed them. We did, however on a couple of days, complain about the music around the pool, which was screaming at each other loud but only when the band were on. Otherwise the other fantastic entertainers were at the correct level..and when the band came on we slipped into the tranquility of the solarium. The entertainment was good (except one juggler who was so bad it was hilarious), late night comedy shows, films, cookery demos, quizzes. even a choir and free zumba. Then there are the amazing special restaurants...QSine, (we could hardly walk afterwards, and its so quirky), Tuscan..(wonderful fresh italian style with amazing views) and Murano, which is just stunning...both service and food wise. We felt like millionaires. The quality and varied menus in both the main dining room and the cafe was stunning. Go Enjoy and see why this ship has just won ship of the year again on Cruise Critic UK.

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Williams, NEATH - Commented on this review

Booked on Eclipse in late April for short caribbean and transatlantic sail-back (presumably re-positioning cruise). Did transatlantic eastbound last year on QM2 and, whilst the ship was outstanding, we found it a little too twee and Home Counties for us (we are not in our dotage quite yet). Whilst we do not require "Benidorm" on sea we like to visit the nightclub late at night and hope that on this ship, at least, the lights will be dark and the music a little louder unlike the QM2 which was drowned out by the formation dance-band the other side of the wall. Reassured by the food comments and the vessel itself appears (on paper at least) sparkling. Will try (as we always try to,purse permitting) as many of the facilities as offered. The positive comments seem to be outweighing the negative ones through this journal. Cannot please all of the people all oif the time ( i.e., us with Cunard). But generally we count ourselves as blessed to be able to experience what we have done and look forward to Eclipse greatly and our voyage with a chancde to meet new friends.

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Baskerville, Shipston On Stour - Commented on a comment by Williams (05 Mar 13 16:18)

We, too, are on the repositioning cruise next month and following it with the cruise to the Fjords on May 3rd. It will be our 3rd cruise on Eclipse and definitely prefer it to Cunard (QV and QM). We always threaten to use the speciality restaurants but so far have found the Moonlight Sonata so good we have yet to venture further afield. Interested to hear of the $99 package for the speciality restaurants - may well give this a try. What does this package offer? Having cruised with Celebrity before trying Cunard, we found the QV & QM disappointing on both occasions we used them. The service, food, entertainment and modern layout of the Celebrity Ships makes me wonder what all the hype about Cunard is about. Have Cunarders not tried other ships? Williams of Neath, we must meet up and compare notes!

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Marshall, Edinburgh - Commented on this review

I agree TOTALL with your comments about the Eclipse. The crew are so friendly and from the young men cleaning the glass and mirrors to the officers, they all greet guests with a hello and smile. Officers on view at all times during the day. We sailed on the Queen Victoria recently and we did not see officers walking around - a few came into the shows in the evening. Someone commented on the small basin in the bathroom on the Eclipse but did not comment on the large shower with GLASS door (great), a step bar in the corner on which to place one's foot for washing, also the many storage cupboards. The QV had a very small shower. I am not big but I had difficulty finding space to bend down without the curtain opening and the water escaping onto the floor! I think that it is not possible to change 'Cunarders' or P & O 's views as they appear to only be comfortable with Britains and British food. The enjoyment for us while cruising is listening to the various nationalities especially the Americans who are always great fun and don't indulge in moaning!

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Chilton, Peterborough - Commented on a comment by Marshall (05 Mar 13 12:04)

I totally agree with your comments as well. My husband and I were on the Eclipse in August, to Iceland ,Norway, and Faroe islands. It was our first time on this ship and the only one in 6 cruises we have been on that we wanted to go back on! We were in Aqua Class and cannot fault anything. The ship was very clean . Staff very helpful and friendly. We had a fantastic time. So good that we have booked a cruise again on this ship, and the same cabin!. The only downside was the Upselling which I hate, but just avoid!The food was on the whole excellent. A couple of times a very tough steak you could use as a weapon, and an overcooked lobster. Tuscan Restaurant was superb, will have to try one of the others. We ate mainly in Blu and also the Buffet Restaurant. Loved the coffee shop, especially the iglu coffee!!

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Marshall, Edinburgh - Commented on a comment by Chilton (05 Mar 13 12:21)

Try Murano next time FANTASTIC! I had lobster prepared at the side of our table. Watching all the many ingredients come together was pure theatre. it was so delicious my mouth waters just thinking of it! We reserved on embarkation which gave us a reduction of 50%.

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Atkins, Worksop - Commented on this review

Regarding your comment: "I just cannot understand the negative comments about this ship!", my wife and I went for two weeks on Eclipse last summer - great cruise to Iceland and the Fjords, but I hated all that cheap looking vinyl everywhere and those awful, uncomfortable tub chairs in the dining room and in some of the lounges. You couldn't even get your face near the wash basin in the cabin as they have those awful taps which hog the central part of the basin! If that's what they call 'solsticising' their ships, then it's not for me. A victory for so-called style over function no doubt, but not to my taste. The staff were great and the itinerary excellent.

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Browning, Manchester - Commented on this review

It is good to read your review as we are booked on the Eclipse, concierge on deck 10 too in September. I was a bit worried about what people had said about the music.

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