Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Spondooly: Refreshing Change
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This was our first adventure on a Celebrity ship, having previously always been faithful to one of their competitors- Princess.
We found the Eclipse to be an very modern ship with the interior decor being especially engaging. The artwork one would encounter in the stairwells - yes we took the stairs a lot - both much quicker than waiting for a lift and better for the legs ladies - was particularly mesmerising e. g a glass box filled with multicoloured knitted balloons just waiting for some athlete to attempt the inflation process. The latter installation reminded me of a quirky emergency facility - only break glass and inflate in emergency situations! Other enchanting inclusions - the lawn club, the glass blowing shows, admiring the skills of the bartenders in the Molecular cocktail bar, the Ice bar with real ice counter tops etc etc
Our balcony cabin was very comfortable and offered plenty of storage space -the over the bed aircraft style lockers were a bonus . We More had some issues with the TV volume controls part way through the cruise but the whole TV was replaced within an hour or so - no problem. Great cabin stewards - both cheerful and helpful.
We chose anytime dining in one of the main dining rooms as opposed to the fervently advertised speciality restaurants. 98% of the time our decision was vindicated with the food on offer on only one evening being leather disappointing. The Speciality restaurants were US$45 per person and Q sine particularly rather gimmicky e.g order on an Ipad, meal in a wooden box . Why?
The entertainment was hit and miss as with all cruises - we preferred to listen to one of the bands on board - Who's Carter Hayes ? Great sound and took requests. Having said that the Chinese illusionist appearing in the main theatre was incredible ! Never had a problem accessing machines in the gym and the panoramic seaview was an enticement to keep attendance regular.
Port excursions were well organised and enjoyable - notable mentions included Monte Carlo , Florence and Pisa in the one day. We also loved Gibraltar although we walked into town organised our own tour.
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and timely. Overall the cruse was very relaxing and dilemma free. Would sail with Celebrity again. Less
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