Booked this cruise early thro' Bath Travel, Poole, in order to get cabins together which worked very well, 3 couples in adjoining cabins and our American friends on the same deck but a few cabins forward on the starboard side. Bath Travel's price was the same as I could get anywhere online. Free parking at Southampton, right on the dock with a truck to take the luggage. A short walk to the Embarkation area. The process was a dream almost straight thro' and onto the ship. A glass of 'champers' as we entered the door - a nice touch. We sat in a lounge area until our cabins were ready, probably 30 min's. Great cabin - bigger than usual with a shower to match. Huge bed right next to the balcony doors. we often slept with the curtains open to enjoy the view of the sea and the arrival at port early in the morning. We were also blessed with a super cabin steward.
We all met in the Oceanview buffet for lunch. It was a bunfight for tables. We complained to the guest relations as the More
tables were not being cleared despite lots of staff in the area. A poor show as people were desperate for a seat. We sat on the back in the fresh air, luckily we are hardy outdoor types and it was not too wet. The food was fantastic. Too much choice and wonderful. We were booked on the late sitting for dinner on a table for 8. The service and the food were just fantastic. 4 courses at each meal over 14 nights and every serving was a treat. Lobster, caviar, frogs' legs we enjoyed it all. I was trying the wines recommended by the Cellarmaster and they were top knotch. We had a birthday and anniversary cake along with a song from the staff - great. Because of the bunfight situation in the buffet we took breakfast in the dining room - very nice and very civilised, even on the last morning. After dinner we went to the shows, again first class. There were 3 comedians - all hilarious and a brilliant ventriloquist. Top class entertainment all round. The officers gave lectures on various aspects of the ship and were very informative.
I missed the 'cocktail of the night' a cheaper drink we found on Celebrity Galaxy some years ago. The decor too is a little arty instead of being bright and cheerful.I found the gym disappointing as I like the cycling m/c's.On one visit I found only 1 working out of 5. They were fixed by my next visit however apart from on-screen choices of scenery which never did work. Take a leaf out of 'Ventura's' book. Their mountain bike simulators are awesome. 'Ventura's' library is also superior with loads of travel guides. The only guide I found on 'Eclipse' was on Bruges - useless. P & O's free shuttles are a bonus too. Celebrity's are a rip-off. 15 euros for a 4 mile round trip. We never took a shuttle on principle.
Overall a fantastic cruise with good friends and family. Loads to do on sea days. Fantastic food and service. Less
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Cabin review: Deluxe Veranda 2C
loved the cabin and layout - the bed was right next to the balcony doors. We often slept with the curtains open just to see the sea and the ports on arrival. Downside it was situated just across from the crew access door to the hallway and from 7 a.m. the door was banging as room service delivered. it did get us up early however.
Took a taxi from the port to Carijelo, on the north west of the island. Would have been cheaper to hire a car! Fantastic ride towards the beach across a sandy desert that was normal looking sand and not the black sand found in the Canaries. Walked and paddled in the clear warm water until we found a nice shady spot. Swam for ages and had lunch, with fantastic Sangria, in a little beach cafe. They were later doing a barbie but we were too early and too hungry to wait. There were some great apartments next door which we found the phone number for. Great day.
Walked into town - quite a walk to get out of the port. Missed the tiny sign on the right for the exit and walked in a loop until we found it. Poor signing needs a better job. Long walk into town but once we found the little harbour full of colourful little fishing boats we thought it worthwhile. Nice little cafe for a coffee in the far corner. Bought a cheap Casio watch.
This was Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. We set off to walk to the old town but gave up due to the heat and the distance. Came back thro' the marina and had a coffee overlooking the boats.Went to the beach opposite the port which was excellent. Protected by a rock wall it was ideal for a dip. Gorgeous beach with loads of loungers and brollies. Enjoyed a few quiet hours here in the sun.
Did the bus tour - plenty to choose from right by the ship. Walked the old town, found a local cafe/bakery whose coffee was the best we have ever tasted and only 1.10 euros a cup! Lisbon is full of places to see and experience and cheaper too than Spanish ports. A word of warning, the map they give you is deceptive as the scale makes everywhere appear closer than it really is. It is a massive city and you can't do it all in a day on foot.
Walked into town to the cable car to Monte. At the top walked around the church and took distant photos of the ship. Went down on the wicker sledge and had a great laugh. Not as fast as we thought and in parts the guys had to pull the sledge along due to new tarmac. Seems a tip is required as you alight. Taxis are waiting to take you into the town but we elected to walk. Tough on the knees tho' and you need to be fairly fit as it is quite a jaunt. Toured the fantastic fruit and fish market - marvelled at the choice of fish especially the massive tuna. Found Blandy's Wine Tasting which is worth a visit.
Walked into town and found a nice park area for a coffee. Went right across the town to the Water Park but failed to find the entrance. Our friends found it and enjoyed it. Walked back to the ship along the waterfront.