Embarkation. We are arrived on the pier 24 Dec 29 at 1 PM and we were on our state room by 1:30 PM.
The ship: From the moment we first stepped on the ship we were simply amazed, The Eclipse is such beautiful ship. It was decorated for the holiday's which added a nice touch. The New Year cruising was terrific complete with a transformation of the foyer staircase into a winter wonderland ginger bread house display and a truly impressive . It has a very nice layout and easy to navigate. The person per public space is low compared to the other lines we sailed on, so even though there were around 2800+ passengers sailing we never felt crowded. It didn't take long for us to realized this was the nicest ship we ever been on. The ship had a glass blowing oven managed by Corning Museum where they fabricated different type of glass pieces and displayed throughout the ship.
Our Cabin 8288 which was a on the starboard side very spacious with lots of room to store our clothes we were able to fit our huge suitcases under the bed . It is real close to the elevators and was very quiet. Spent time on the balcony, my favorite time is the spectacular Caribbean Sun rise and Sun set during the Sea days of the cruise. The balcony was also my private study room
After we washed then went to Garden cafe` for lunch. The food on my 14 night Holiday cruise was outstanding. Being a Vegetarian I had freshly made Italian pasta, Thai curry or Chinese stir fry or Indian food for lunch every day. Food quality in the buffet Ocean view Cafe was also consistently high with plenty of cooked to order stations keeping everything fresh and hot. The curry station was excellent. I had curry at nearly 7/14 days for lunch and was delicious. I noted several people commenting on the quality and authenticity. Everything was kept well stocked and turned over.
The Main Dining room Moon light Sonata was also good the waiter brought me a choice 3 alternative Vegetarian dishes for evening dinner and we had early dining table 4, unfortunately the other couple didn't showed up, essential we had table for 2. Our waiter Ryan Asst. waiter Chavez rendered an excellent service every day Service was consistently outstanding, friendly and attentive even with 2 loyal waiters. Food quality was outstanding every night, plenty of variety and I was always impressed what was achieved considering they are trying to mass produce for several thousand people a night. The brunch on the last Sea day in the Main Dining this was stunning and looked like art gallery with tasty morsels everywhere.
The ship was kept so spotless and clean it was always impressive as to how much care was taken to keep the ship looking brilliant. So many great activities on board to suit every person's tastes and interests. Entertainment was fantastic all over the ship. The cruise director Ms. Patti Honnaki a friendly and caring person from Chicago kept everyone amusing. There 5 lectures given by Dr. Greg Wheeler a Retired Prof. from U. Washing ton kept us informed the geology, history, Volcanos and Coral reef of Caribbean with 5 of his wonderful lectures.
Disembarkation was very swift and trouble free we were out of the ship by 8:40 AM on Jan 12, 2013.
Weakness. Future Cruise Sales Staff. We went to the future sales office 3 times and stood on line for 1 hr. The sales staff were curt, gave us a price and cabin, when we asked for a alternative cabins the category they refuse to comply with our request, we politely walked out, there were other customers who were dueling with the sales representatives for their unfriendly attitude.
The ports were all interesting and quite different. My favorite being St Lucia and Bonaire. The other ports were also very interesting but we have visited many of them
The crew, waiters, room attendants and activity staff were all helpful and genuine.
Tasty food, beautifully decorated ship, amazing ports of call and very hard to leave the ship to come back to cold and winter Long Island.