This was a last minute Switch as I had planned to go next year. Coming down from Yorkshire I had decided to stay at the Ibis (which I would also recommend) Having previously sailed with Cunard from the QE Terminal was expecting the worse. Being in Aqua Class check in was fast, efficient and friendly. This time it was possible to take family photos in the drop of which had not been the case previously.
The ship though is huge and although full did not seem crowded. Obviously having been on the Queen Mary I could not notice the differences in layout, personally I liked the Eclipse better with its grand enfilade of rooms and the Atrium. The only thing that the ship lacked was a proper ballroom, since events suited to the Queens Room were scattered through out the Ship.
Being in Aqua class meant meals were taken in Blu, which is the best restaurant afloat, the service was superb and the food excellent, it was also noticed how well ALL the staff worked together. Other restaurants used included Tuscany and Bistro on 5, all of which were excellent.
Entertainment was both good and bad. Some of the special external acts were extremely poor and rude. This contrasted with the excellent "Home staff" who's performances were superb but were sometimes squeezed into the odd corners. On a number of occasions a lousy "show" was followed by an excellent "ambush" by Full tilt in comedy central.
Going to the Baltics meant booking tours and I opted for Celebrity Tours. The quality was generally ok, but if I doing it again would go off more by myself. it should be noted that only information on Celebrity tours was available on board this will be mentioned later. The only bad things were the on board shops which were under US Customs regulations for allowances and which closed after Tallin.