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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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Hudson, South Lincs - Commented on this review

Perhaps they did not reduce the price of your cabin by £1000, after you had paid in full, or play music so loud you could not converse with your partner. Both 'negative' comments on our Eclipse cruise last year.

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Torres, Scarborough - Commented on a comment by Hudson (04 Mar 13 18:49)

Most cruise lines reduce prices on unsold cabins close to sailing time. That is a chance you take when you book early. We don't care for loud music, but as long as I can find a quiet spot when I want one I will be happy. I agree with the reviewer, Celebrity S class are our favourite ships. Our only disagreement is that we are definitely NOT Perry Grant fans!!

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Nemenyi, Stanmore - Commented on a comment by Torres (04 Mar 13 20:27)

We had been trying to get another cabin anywhere for our son to join us on the trip who was in Florida with us at the time. Even at the last moment and on boarding we were told that that particular cruise was completely sold out. Going back to the music issue, I cannot recall any loud music anywhere? I can only think of the zumba session for 40 minutes when we were on deck. Terrific music by the way!

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Fox, BRISTOL - Commented on a comment by Nemenyi (05 Mar 13 07:53)

Well deserved comments we are going on the Eclispe in May i cannot wait, the staff could not do enough for us. My husband was suffering very bad ezcema bleeding. Our state room attendant changed our bed every day even if there was no blood on there. Its so clean the glass's were shining every thing was perfect. TO find fault with this ship would be hard. I went on the Contestellation last year not a patch on this one. Never heard loud music either. RCI now there music is loud.

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Nemenyi, Stanmore - Commented on a comment by Hudson (04 Mar 13 20:20)

No they didn't.

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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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Nemenyi, Stanmore - Commented on a comment by Browning (04 Mar 13 22:56)

I hope you enjoy the cruise as much as we did. I honestly don't understand the music comment. I just can't recall any loud music. I wouldn't have thought it was the kind of ship where music would be played loudly anywhere unless you actively sought out the band or jazz quartet etc. Maybe the writer will clarify. I think people can always find something to gripe about on any cruise. You can't please everybody. There are certain cruises we have been on where I could have been critical but this wasn't one of them. We didn't read any reviews about the Eclipse before we went and formed our own opinions. Enjoy!

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CALLAGAN, Cheshire - Commented on a comment by Browning (05 Mar 13 06:30)

We stayed on deck 10 concierge last year - fantastic cruise - we don't recall any music. We have booked the same deck again for September this year, certainly would not have done if it had been noisy.

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Southouse, Jersey - Commented on a comment by Browning (18 Feb 14 12:53)

We too are on Eclipse in September, concierge on deck 10... We cruised on Silhouette last year and it was the best ever cruise that we have done, celebrity have our future bookings!

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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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