Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by caiaphas: Wonderful Cruise to the Baltics
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Wonderful Cruise to the Baltics
We thoroughly enjoyed this 14 night cruise to Scandinavia and Russia and felt that the overall experience with Celebrity was outstanding and worth every penny.
Our comfortable and spacious stateroom was well appointed, mid-ship on deck 9, and we were glad that we opted for a particular cabin rather than go for a concierge guaranteed upgrade where we could have ended up anywhere- pool deck (not our scene), under the protruding canopy on deck 11 (obliterating sunlight and stars) or by lifts, stairs or somewhere like the card room which attracted lots of excited teenagers at night.
We mainly dined in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant, which was excellent in all respects. The food choice was beyond our expectation, as was the quality, presentation and service from all staff. The waiters fell over themselves to please, and we were always able to secure a table for two even if we did have to wait a while on occasions. (You could make a reservation 24 hours in advance which More we forgot to do once or twice- these slots get quite heavily booked, leaving you no option but to wait in line.) We also used the Oceanview Cafe (excellent choice and presentation, although busy and difficult to get a table at times) and all three speciality restaurants. Murano, Qsine and Tuscan Grill were all exceptional and well worth the three restaurants $99 deal.
The ship itself looked beautiful and stylish and most areas were meticulously clean. As a previous reviewer has stated, our stateroom perhaps needed a more rigorous polish as there were handprints on surfaces from previous occupants, but this was a minor niggle.
We loved Perry Grant in Michael's Club most evenings, and some of the theatre shows were worth a watch. Some evenings were very poorly attended, and we felt sorry for some of the performers who were giving their all for relatively few audience members. The bars were all quite distinctive and attracted their own crowds- we did find drinks prices varied enormously throughout the ship. A dry martini could cost anything from $7 to $11.50 depending on where you were! All were nicely served.
As some other reviewers have noted, the sound levels on the ship are quite loud, even for smaller bands in the bars. At times we felt that amplification wasn't needed. If Top Notch were performing in the lift well, then they could be heard quite clearly at the top of the ship, even in the library on deck 10! On the subject of sound, were unfortunate enough to be in the same place as some rude and noisy South Americans (eight of them) on several occasions. Our final meal in the Tuscan Grill was almost spoilt by shouting and drunken behaviour. A word with the Maitre D seemed to work, although he did admit that he was having difficulty...
We loved all the ports of call, and were glad we paid the seemingly hefty fee for the two day excursion to St Petersburg. It saved the hassle of applying for visas, and our tour guide, Marina on Bus 5, was outstanding. I was so glad I'd read another reviewer's tip to wake early on the morning of the day in Stockholm, as the approach through the archipelago was just amazing- a memory that will stay with me for a long, long time. As the sun rose our huge ship weaved its way through this maze of tiny islands, some so close you felt you could touch them! Most of the places could be visited on the hop on hop off buses, although the one in Copenhagen was probably not needed as everywhere seemed comfortably walkable.
Finally our thanks go to the entire staff and crew of the Celebrity Eclipse- everybody worked tirelessly to make us feel special with a smile, a greeting, a helping hand.
We would definitely recommend this cruise, as would many of our fellow passengers we spoke to.
Thank you, Celebrity, for a memorable trip! Less
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