Just returned from a 14 day Baltic cruise on the Eclipse. Overall, it was an enjoyable cruise.
We booked 1 night PRE with Celebrity at the Doubletree Westminster 30 John Islip Street.
Very close to the London Eye and other attractions.
In front of the hotel, they are tearing down some sort of building. Expect construction noise for the next 2 years.
Otherwise, it is a very nice hotel with free wi-fi throughout, nice restaurant, tea kettle in room, nice shower with good water pressure, yummy chocolate chip cookie at check in.
The cruise before ours had Noro so the transfer to the ship was delayed until 11 am. We arrived at the City Cruise Terminal at approx 1 pm and quickly checked in. Rooms were ready. Went to the Oceanview Cafe for lunch. Muster was at 3:30 pm and we sailed away at 5 pm, only 30 mins late.
For 3 days, they had to serve the food to us.
Thankfully, during our cruise, there was no Noro and people were very good about applying the hand sanitizer.
In our room, there was a tea kettle which was really nice...I wish they had this fleet-wide.
The entertainers they had were mostly singers or comedians. Not a single magician.
Not to be missed : Claire Maidin, Mike Doyle and the Ovations show.
Majority of the guests were from the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and many were Spanish or French speaking.
We had the FREE Beverage package. Mostly, we used it for Fresh-squeezed orange juice, 1L Spring Water, Specialty Coffees + Teas, Fresh Fruit Smoothies available in the Aqua Spa Cafe during breakfast hours only, soda pop at lunch and a drink during the show.
It did make the cruise more enjoyable but since we don't drink alcohol; I think next time, we will purchase the coffee mug for $ 9.25 and you get 50% off specialty coffees.
We ate all our meals in the Oceanview Cafe. We ate once at Bistro on 5 and once at Qsine.
Qsine was $ 45 and although the presentation was delightful, I didn't think it was good value for money.
Towards the end of the cruise, I noticed that the Oceanview Cafe served the same foods at dinner.
Fried noodles, fried rice, dried fruits + cheeses, crabmeat salad, scallop salad, tuna salad, potato salad, shrimp with cocktail sauce. A lot of British desserts ie puddings.
I really enjoyed how they invite Guest Participation in the Eclipse Show Choir + dancing in Thriller. Also, many opportunities to interact with the ship's officers.
Currency Exchange is available at Guest Relations 48 hours before each port.
They have Swedish Krona, Euros, Pounds + Danish Krona.
On this cruise, they offer a lot of Trivia Games and instead of giving prizes to the winners, they give raffle tickets that you can accumulate + redeem for prizes on the last day of the cruise ie pens, lanyards, t-shirts, tote bags. I really like this idea + if you go for Trivia on the mornings of Port Days, hardly anyone will be playing + you'll have a good chance of winning !
The entire cruise was really quite windy + we didn't get a chance to see the Hot Glass Show.
The Gelateria has Happy Hour every evening from 4 – 7 pm. Buy one, get one free ( a really good deal )
The Cruise Director was Ian Cresswell from Melbourne, Australia.
I thought he spoke with a bit of a lisp.
It would've been good if he taught us a few words of the next port's local language at the evening show ( since he had a captive audience ).
One of the vocalists they had was Kylle Thomasson. Personally, I thought she couldn't carry a tune.
The walls between the rooms are paper thin. You can hear your neighbours talking.
Day 1 Embarkation Turn clocks 1 hour forward tonight
Day 2 Bruges Currency Euro Formal
Day 3 At sea
Day 4 Warnemunde Currency Euro German Buffet in the Oceanview Cafe tonight
The ship doesn't arrive until 9:30 am because it has to sail all the way in + out again so it is facing foward when it departs. Otherwise, you could've arrived at 8 am. Most people who visited Rostock said it was a delightful day. People who went to Berlin said it poured buckets + you didn't even want to walk around. We took a tour to Lubeck + Wismar which was nice but it was 90 mins each way.
Day 5 At sea
Day 6 Stockholm Currency Swedish Krona Turn clocks 1 hour forward tonight
It takes 3 hours to sail in + out of the Archipelago. It is so scenic !
Distance from the ship to downtown is 3.5 km. Limited taxis + HOHO buses are available.
Shuttle Bus Day Passes are $ 15USD roundtrip person or 10 Pounds from 8:30 am to 4 pm.
Drop off point is the Royal Opera House.
We took a tour to Sigtuna. Quite boring as it is a visit to a quaint village but the shops don't open until 11 am.
Day 7 Helsinki Currency Euro Turn clocks 1 hour forward tonight
Shuttle Bus Day Passes are $ 7 USD one way or $ 12 USD roundtrip 10 am to 5 pm.
Children 11 yrs + under ride FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Buses with wheelchair access are available.
We took a tour to Porvoo which is another quaint village. Many shops featuring arts +
crafts by local artisans. Then, we had a boat cruise + lunch at a very nice restaurant.
Afterwards, we had a tour of the city centre including the Rock Church.
Day 8 St Petersburg Currency Ruble ( You can also use Euros, make sure you have exact change ).
It will take about 1 hour to get through Russian immigration.
Most buses return at 5-5:30 pm. If you have an evening excursion, your time will be really
tight. Take your evening excursion ticket with you + maybe a change of clothes if you don't have time to go back to the ship, change + grab a quick bite + go through immigration again.
They will have a folkloric show tonight but it's only 1 show at 10:30 pm.
Turn clocks 1 hour back tonight.
Day 9 St Petersburg Turn clocks 1 hour back tonight
It will take only about 10 minutes to get through Russian immigration today.
Day 10 Tallin Currency Euro Formal Turn clocks 1 hour back tonight
There is absolutely no reason to take a ship's tour unless you have mobility issues.
Shuttle Bus Day Passes are $ 6 USD one way or 4.5 Euros or $ 10 USD roundtrip of $ 7.5 Euros from 8 am to 4 pm. It goes from the pier to Mere Blvd, 1 block from the Flower Market ( the entrance to town ). It is also an easy 30 mins walk to Old Town. They also have HOHO buses.
For local souvenirs: linen, honey, juniper woodcrafts are recommended.
I found juniper coasters at the market near the cruise terminal for only 3 Euros.
Day 11 At sea
Day 12 Copenhagen
Shuttle Bus Day Passes are $ 15 USD roundtrip per person from 8:30 am to 6 pm from the pier
to King's Square. If you walk, it's 25 – 30 mins. HOHO buses, taxis + a public bus is available
You are here from 8:30 am to 11:45 pm so it's possible to see + do everything in one day.
Two hours at Tivoli is plenty if you aren't doing any rides. Shows at Tivoli start at 7 pm.
Day 13 At sea Formal Turn clocks 1 hour back tonight
Charm Bracelet Event ( compatible with Pandora bracelets )
$ 29.95 for Classic, $ 39.95 for Deluxe + $ 59.95 for Signature
It's supposed to be a 2 hour event but the Classic + Deluxe bracelets will still be available
in the evening.
Day 14 At sea
Day 15 Disembarkation Breakfast starts at 6 am.
Staterooms have to be vacated by 8 am.
We had the Celebrity transfer to the airport.
The airport transfer time is based on which terminal your flight departs from.
For terminal 3, it was 7:25 am in the Eclipse Theatre.
We got to the theatre at 7:10 am and they were already calling group 11.
Our bus left at 7:25 am and we got to LHR at 8:45 am.