Before the end of our first day aboard Eclipse, we knew that we made a great decision in sailing with them. And after 14 days with the crew of the Eclipse, we still felt that we made the right choice for our third cruise. The Master of the Ship, the entertainment and the crew exceeded all our expectations.
At the first show in the Eclipse Theater, our cruise director, Sue Denning, introduced a number of the acts that would be performing throughout the ship during our cruise. We were amazed by the breadth and depth of the entertainment. Celebrity had at least seven daily acts, the production staff of the Eclipse theater and special guest performing nearly every night in the Eclipse theater.
The ship's 14 floor atrium, with a growing tree hanging in the middle, ensured that everyone felt connected no matter what floor they were on. The party band was located in the Grand Foyer at the base of the atrium so that there music could be heard in the elevator lobbies on each floor. And you could look down at them from any of the glass enclosed elevators. The Grand Foyer connects decks three, four and five just off of the Atrium and acted as a miniature theater with two balconies. Other entertainment areas were spread out along decks four and five so that you could walk the whole deck and experience a number of different entertainment offerings. The only area that seemed separated from the rest of the ship was the Sky Lounge on the top deck at the front of the ship.
Another surprise was that the officers spent the evening hours in their dress uniforms walking about the ship. And as we found out on the second day, they were also found throughout the ship in public locations. All the officers made themselves available for pictures, questions and conversation.
Our cabin was well laid out and our cabin steward ensure we were well taken care of. The only problem was the lack of hangers and shelf space for clothing.
The food was was amazing especially in the dining room and the Tuscan Grille. The hidden gem on the ship is the Bistro on Five. If you want a light meal, this little restaurant is the place. The menu features a number of different crepes that will satisfy any individual. My favorite was the Italian crepe (bananas, nutella and pistachios. And our favorite hangout was the Cafe al Bacio, which was the first stop in the morning and the last stop of night. The selections of teas, plus the steamed water made a great cup at any time during the day.
We will need to sail again on the Eclipse in order to take in all the activities that we missed.