Embarkation: The embarkation was a smooth process through the port in Fort Lauderdale. We were able to meet up with some of the cruise critic group at the Sunset bar. The group was nice and the guitar player very good, unfortunately the sunset eclipse drink which sounded so very good wasn't available due to the lack of some of the ingredients at the bar and the mojito wasn't very good.
Dinning Room: Moving on to the dining room was a bit disappointing with being seated at a table for four and only the two of us there. The waitress was very nice, but very quite and not informative. The sommelier was not very helpful and stated she was very busy, again with little information, we were told all of the wines are good and no recommendations were offered. The food was 50/50 - the vegetable korma was excellent, but the prime rib was mediocre. Later we found out that they were running short of prime rib so they were cutting it much thinner. After a bit of trouble, we were finally More
able to get our tabled changed to a larger group which was wonderful. Dinner again was 50/50-the veal chop was excellent but the NY strip was tough as were the crepes for dessert. However the company this evening was wonderful. Throughout the cruise, the steak dishes were hit or miss, sometimes great, sometimes not so good. As the cruise progress, the steak did get better. The rest of the food was wonderful. Even our sommelier seemed to improve and recommended a few good wines, even though she couldn't pronounce some of the names. Our waiter GiGi and assistant waiter Aya were top notch, the best I've experience in my 28 cruises to date. One note: We only ate at the Moonlight Sonata for dinner, no specialty restaurants.
Spa: Spa services were very good service for both a facial and massages. As well, the hair salon did a fabulous job.
Bar service: Our favorite bar had to be the Molecular Bar. Alex at the Molecular Bar hosted an absolutely wonderful tasting. We went back often to see Alex, he recommended many different drinks and we tried most of them.
Entertainment: The entertainment on board was not as good as we have expected from Celebrity. The production shows were excellent, the comedian was good, but some of the other single musical entertainment weren't our cup of tea. Many probably shared this since the theater was relatively empty. However, Patty the Cruise Director had a wonderful voice. In addition, the Hot Glass Show was beyond belief. It was amazing to see glass blowing on the high seas. Less
Celebrity Eclipse Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
The name of the excursion was "Carusoe Island Experience" - This entailed taking a taxi to other side of the island, getting in a small boat and heading out to Prickly Pear Island. There we meet Miguel who had run the beach on the island for a long time. This was a very nice, restful time. In addition, Miguel's wife made a fabulous lunch.
We walked around the market right by the ships. This was a wonderful little market with all hand made products. Bonaire is NOT for the shopper of name brand items, but for those who enjoy the unique items.
For the excursion, we took the Samur junk to Klien Bonaire which was a wonderful trip. Capt. Chris told of the rich history of the junk. Snorkeling at the island was the best we saw. Just a few hundred yards from where the main group was dropped, the reef opened up and had easy access to amazing colors and variety of fish.
Labadee was a nice relaxing day. Just be careful of walking through the Straw Market - everyone has something to sell you that they made "just for you". Also, make sure to negotiate, the prices will drop.