We Were met at Rome Airport by the reps of Celebrity annd were quickily loaded on to coaches and away to the port. Our cases were taken off us to be transported to the ship seperately. We arrive at the port and were quickly checked in and issued our security passes etc. in about 15 mins. Very efficent and prompt. But be warned, people were asked for around $92 each for a one way transfer from Rome airport a bit hefty consdiering 50 people on a coach at $92 works out a very high mark up. Some passengers instead took taxis which worked out cheaper.
The Ship was very clean and our room was fitted out well with one of the best size showers I have come across. There was ample room and a settee too.
The ship is very modern and contempary, the entertainment was of an high quality and the dancers the most professional I have seen at sea. But the "celebrity life" activities were poor :- play table tennis with the officers, battle of the sexes quiz, Strictly come dancing with the crew( hardly a lot of thought put in to). In fact the crew seemed to spend more time participating in activities with the passengers than their sailing duties.
The executive Chef was paraded around the chef at every opportune moment so they could tell you how good the food was on board. In Fact the food was good and their was a fantastic choice in the self service restaurant(ocean view) but it was spoilt a little as it was lukewarm and cold by the time you had eaten it.There was probably to much choice.
The main restaurant was clean and well presented. The waiters were excellent, and were a credit to Celebrity, they wanted you to enjoy your meal and if there was a problem put it right straight away. I thought the menu was a poor choice not as good as other cruise lines, but Celebrity try to get you to go to the many specialist restaurants on board the ship so you can experience fine dining at an extra price.
The drinks were a bit pricey compared to other cruises charging about $6 for a half pint of draught beer and of course the Service charge on top.
Most of the activities centred in the main stairwell in the centre of the ship
so people had to peer over the balustrades to get a view of what was going on, dancing was down at he bottom near the guest relations. It was a bit crowded and not really suitable. The ship had a large casino and a number of designer shops to entice you in to spending. I felt the space for activities was limited and it felt as though there was a lot of people on the ship, but on other cruise lines the ships felt roomy and a quiet corner could be found.Perhaps too many staterooms and specialty restaurants have been installed to maximise revenue at the cost of space to entertainment area.
The ships excursions were good and the guides were excellent, the organisation was second to none, but once again a few passengers thought the prices were a little over the top.
The top decks were clean with plenty of sunbeds and once again good drinks service. only one thing spoilt it, the walk way was a little narrow in places and people insisted using as a jogging/ running track,quite often made you feel in the way by pushing past you, The track was so small you would meet them twice in the time it took to walk the entire length of the deck.
Summing up we had a pleasant cruise with celebrity but they always seemed to be trying to get money off you - At Mykanos there was a $6 charge each for coach transfer to the town, other liners there tendered and were dropped in to the centre of town at no charge. They also did on board trips to the navigation bridge and engine rooms and charged for it!
Celebrity do have a habit of patting themselves on the back and telling you how good they are through out the cruise,which I thought was over the top.
I would sail Celebrity again but it would be because of the Itinerary not the cruise line, I found both P&O and Cunard a better alternative. I would not do a long cruise on the Eclipse as it lacked quality activities and space.