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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by shirleyuk: Baltic Cruise Celebrity Eclipse June 8 - 22, 2013


shirleyuk
1 Review
Member Since 2013
2 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.5
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.5

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Baltic Cruise Celebrity Eclipse June 8 - 22, 2013

Sail Date: June 2013
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Embarkation: Other

We thoroughly enjoyed our Baltic Cruise experience on the Celebrity Eclipse. Although we did this same trip three years ago on the Eclipse, must say this time everything was so much better (except the weather!!!)

We are in the over 60's age group and were a party of four.

We found all the staff exceptionally helpful. I have a mobility scooter and whenever, and wherever, necessary the staff were always there to help board and get off the ship at all the ports of call.

The State Room was adequately furnished with enough draws and cupboards and the bathroom and shower was an excellent size. Our Attendant was cheerful and very helpful.

We opted for Select Dining and would normally go to the Moonlight Sonata Restaurant around 7.30pm. In the Restaurant we were shown to a table and then one of the staff would take my scooter, park it and then return it to me after a meal. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sitting with different people every evening. We More managed, by choice, to nearly always have the same waiter. He remembered our names, was polite, courteous, smiling, helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

In the Self Service Restaurant, a member of staff would usually escort me around and then take my meals to the table where we were sitting.

The choice of food was excellent in all the Restaurants , very tasty and this time the hot food was really hot.

We mainly did our own thing in the Ports of Call and took the Shuttle Bus into the nearest Drop Off point or the Big Red Bus which was easy and gave us the freedom we wanted to do our own thing.

One of the main problems we encountered was in St. Petersburg when trying to get breakfast at 6am in the Ocean View Restaurant with hundreds of other people all with the same idea. It became impossible to get any food, so we decided to go to the main Restaurant. This didn't open until 6.30am which served an Express Breakfast until 7am and then a normal breakfast. Express breakfast is ok if you like American streaky crisp bacon and scrambled eggs (which we don't). Trying to get off the ship in time to meet our tour at 7.30am was impossible and a bit of a nightmare to say the very least. We actually didn't manage to meet the tour until 8.30 but all worked out ok as our Tour Guide was very understanding.

In St. Petersburg we used Alla Tours for a 2 day tour and cannot praise them highly enough, or fail to recommend them. We communicated by email on their site and every time we posted a question, a reply came through usually within 24 hours. Every step of the way was very easy to follow, including printing off our tour tickets and our invoice. Unusually, no prepayment was required. In fact, we didn't have to pay until the second day of our tour.

Our tour guide Tanya was a lovely, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable person, who made our tour so interesting, fun and very worthwhile. They have a maximum of 16 people. On our first day we had 12 people and on the second we had 10. We did the Comfort Tour and saw so much. Lunch on both days was included and the choice of restaurants excellent and although set meals, the food was very good..

The driver of the mini bus was also exceptionally helpful. Always there to lend a hand to everyone getting on and off the mini bus and loading and unloading my scooter.

The entertainment on the ship could have been better on some nights, but it's always a matter of not being able to please everyone, There were, in our opinion, some very good acts, and some very bad where we, and a lot of other people, walked out of the Theatre.

We did go to three excellent late night adult humour shows which we were very pleased that we did go to. The comedian with brilliant and although billed as adult humour, contained only one swear word in three nights.

Up on the 14th Deck in the Sky Lounge they also did a couple of late night Interactive shows which were also excellent. The Eclipse boys and girls worked extremely hard and their shows were very entertaining and suitable for all ages.

We had chosen a late time for disembarkation and it all went very smoothly indeed with absolutely no problems.

All in all we had a wonderful time and loved every ,minute of our Cruise. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Eclipse Concierge Class Panorama Deck (9) 1150

We were on deck 11 and not too far from lifts. The cabin was very nicely furnished with adequate storage, although the large wardrobe was a little difficult to get to as it was situated sideways on to the fixed settee. Cases fitted well under the bed. Bathroom was quite a fair size with an adequate sized shower with sliding doors and high enough for a person over 6ft tall. The balcony, which we made good use of, had two nice chairs with footrests and a table.

Port and Shore Excursions


We only took the Shuttle bus to Blankenburge as we have been to Brugge several times. Lots of people either did a tour or took the train from Blankenburge. Blankenburge has lots of shops and a lovely beach and promenade. Unfortunately for us, the weather was not good. The beach and Promenade would not have been accessible for me with a mobility scooter.


Again we took the Big Red Bus Tour of Copenhagen. We went along the pedestrianized streets to look at the shops and to explore. We stopped for coffee in the City Centre. 3 coffees cost 14.00. Nice but very expensive.

This is a new route for the Red Bus and they need to get their act together as it took us 1.5 hours from the Little Mermaid stop 6 to get back to the ship. Lack of communication and understanding, being directed to getting on and off different buses, etc, plus the drivers not being able to speak enough English didn't help, but we have now received an apology by email from them. Can only suggest that at Stop 6, you make it clear which ship you want to get back on.


Again, we took a shuttle bus into town. Again we had heavy rain, so did not see, or explore, as much of Helsinki as we might have done.

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It's easy to walk from the ship to the town but there are stairs up and down under the railway bridge. I have a mobility scooter and found an easy route through the car park which enabled us to explore. Again we only stayed in Warnemunde but spoke to lots of people who went into nearby Rostock by themselves or Berlin on organised trips. It was nice to walk around. Lots of shops and restaurants, and you could do a river trip if you wanted.


Amber Room

Wow again. It was just a fabulous experience to see this room.

Catherine Palace

Another Wow factor. The interior was amazing to see. Again I was given lift access.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

This had easy mobility access which enabled me to go inside this magnificent Church. It was an incredible sight to see all the mosaic pictures which were in themselves works of art.

Hermitage Museum

You can never tire of going to the Hermitage Museum. There are works of art to suit everyone's taste. Three hours just flew by. We were lucky enough to go first thing in the morning when, although crowded, you could still get round easily. Our guide even found lifts for me and my scooter so that I could keep up with our group.

Neva River Cruise

It was a very nice boat ride and very interesting to see parts of St. Petersburg from a different aspect. Very enjoyable experience.

Peterhof Palace

We took the Hydrofoil to Peterhof and it was just a Wow factor The gardens and fountains are just magnificent,. We had lunch in the restaurant in Peterhof which, although a set meal, was very good.

Private Tour

In St. Petersburg we used Alla Tours for a 2 day tour and cannot praise them highly enough, or fail to recommend them. We communicated by email on their site and every time we posted a question, a reply came through usually within 24 hours. Every step of the way was very easy to follow, including printing off our tour tickets and our invoice. Unusually, no prepayment was required. In fact, we didn't have to pay until the second day of our tour.

Our tour guide Tanya was a lovely, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable person, who made our tour so interesting, fun and very worthwhile. They have a maximum of 16 people. On our first day we had 12 people and on the second we had 10. We did the Comfort Tour and saw so much. Lunch on both days was included and the choice of restaurants excellent and although set meals, the food was very good..

The driver of the mini bus was also exceptionally helpful. Always there to lend a hand to everyone getting on and off the mini bus and loading and unloading my mobility scooter.


Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions, the ship could not dock in Stockholm. To get to shore, you had to go by Tender. A free shuttle was then able to take you into Stockholm which was an hour each way. Unfortunately there were terrible traffic hold ups and although 30 shuttle buses had been ordered, none were available when we got to the pier and there were long queues. Due to the heavy rain, we decided to return to the ship for the rest of the day. A longer stay was organised for those people who managed to go on trips. Well done to the Captain and crew for what must have been an extremely difficult time for them and for their organisation in such a short space of time.


Tallinn is just a beautiful town. We took the Big Red Bus Tour as that is all we wanted to do. We didn't get off the bus as it would have been too difficult as lots of cobblestones. It was nice to see how they have developed the dock area with covered stalls and shops and a cafe now. The quality of the merchandise was excellent albeit expensive.

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