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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by The_Zips

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Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Eclipse
Member Name: The_Zips
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 10
Cabin Number: 9154
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Not Quite the Way We Remembered...
Embarkation -- We arrived in Ft Lauderdale a day early and choose a hotel near the Port. With 9 ships in port the day of our departure, it took about 45 minutes to travel the mile or two to the ship. Security and check-in lines were fairly long -- about 45 minutes for us. Thankfully, everyone was very polite and helpful and we didn't encounter any problems.

Cabin -- This was our first (and last) sailing towards the front of the ship in an inside cabin. There was plenty of room, however it would have been nice to have a little more drawer or shelving space. We did make use of the over-bed cabinets and managed very nicely.

Cabin Bathroom -- WOW! In four sailings, this was surely my favorite cabin bathroom. Had tons of space for toiletries and we especially liked the glass shower doors. We did miss the toiletry samples we have enjoyed on other cruises in the past, but thankfully we had packed everything we needed. Toilet Paper was awful.

Cabin Service -- What happened to the towel animals? We really missed having a creative towel animal in our stateroom each night after dinner. We did have a couple towards the end of the cruise after a subtle hint may or maynot have been dropped to our cabin attendants who routinely parked their carts directly outside of our stateroom door during service hours.

Oceanview Cafe -- Buffets were setup nicely with a nice variety of standard options, although it would have been nice to see more variety between days. Beverage service was generally slow. We learned to stop at the bar and pick up our drinks before finding our seat. Sushi, Afternoon Tea and Pizza were our favorites.

Breakfast in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room -- Basically the same options as the Ocean View Cafe buffet, but ordered off the menu. It would have been nice to have at least one daily breakfast "special" on the menu for some variety. Service in general was excellent, with the exception of bar service which tended to be slow on most days.

Lunch in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room -- Nice alternative to eating the standard fare in the buffet. Food options were generally good, but not excellent.

Dinner in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room -- Our table was located under the stairs (really) which generally led to slower service by both the wait staff and the wine service. On several occasions, we had finished our first course before our wine selection arrived at the table. Food portion size, quality and general appeal have greatly diminished since our first sailing with Celebrity in 2006. Perhaps our expectations were unreasonably high after our outstanding first experience, but we found ourselves rather disappointed during this sailing.

Mast Grill - Cheeseburgers from the grill were absolutely outstanding!

Cafe al Bacio -- One of our favorite spots on the ship. Nicely decorated, comfortable lounge with great coffee and prompt service.

Specialty Restaurants -- We didn't choose to dine at any of the specialty restaurants on board, because the main dining room was so exceptional during our first sailing with Celebrity. We wondered if the quality and service in the main dining room is being deliberately lowered to help sell the specialty restaurants?

Solarium -- One of our favorite spots on the ship. Very relaxing music and water fountains. Larger whirlpools and a nice fresh water pool in a temperature controlled environment with no wind! We enjoyed spending many hours here...

Celebrity Entertainment -- A bit underwhelming and maybe even amateur. Not the Vegas style shows we remembered from our earlier sailing with Celebrity.

Guest Entertainment -- Generally very good! A few were just ok. A few were exceptional. Our favorites were James Dilesco (Entertainer) and Jason Neistadt (Impressionist).

Ports - Terrific itinerary. Grenada was our least favorite port, primarily because the port town was closed on Sunday during our visit. The open shops and locals were overly aggressive with their sales techniques. Otherwise, we really enjoyed each port! Too many great ports to choose a favorite...

Disembarkation -- Well planned and organized, but poorly executed! We had an 11:55 flight, so our meeting time in the theater to disembark was 8:10. We didn't actually get off the ship until nearly 9:45. Fortunately, everything worked out and we didn't miss our flight, but it was VERY stressful.

Publication Date: 12/27/12
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