Really nice trip, but....: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by acbailey501
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Really nice trip, but....
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The dining room food was really excellent, the service there both impeccable and personal, and the "anytime" More option seating we'd chosen was great. But I was disappointed at the lack of eating options that did not require some sort of big surcharge. Outside of the buffet and a place to get a burger, the dining room was pretty much it in terms of free choices. We tried one of the surcharged "specialty" restaurants and the food was good but not special enough to justify the add-on cost. We also tried the Bistro, where surcharge was smaller, but food was awful
Enjoyed most of the big stage entertainment, but again, there was little else to do and thus everybody attended, meaning it was always crowded and I felt like a cow being herded with walkers and canes. The need to buy overpriced water, beer, soda and specialty coffees felt like being nickeled and dimed to death, but the packages were way too expensive for anyone indulging only moderately in any of them, and therefore a bad deal financially. Am neither a shopper nor a gambler, so that part of ship held little interest, though we felt constantly exhorted to buy, shop, buy nonetheless. Enjoyed the galley tour, though, and all but one of the shore trips, which I've reviewed on Celebrity site. A private shore trip we booked through shore trip concierge was really good, so I'd recommend that if you are trying to get off on your own. One big advantage to the age of the travelers was that we had no trouble getting on active shore trips! Smokers were treated well, with plenty of designated smoking areas, most of them convenient to use. Cleanup of those areas could be improved, but at least we didn't feel like lepers. Mostly this ship was kept spotless so any empty glass or cup was overly obvious.
Overall, the many destinations, the great cabin and the wonderful service saved this trip for me from the issues listed above. But the vibe was a little "snooty" for me. I surely recommend this trip, but you should know what you are getting into atmosphere-wise and seriously consider whether that atmosphere is one you will enjoy. Plenty of people do. Many of our fellow travelers had been on it numerous times. Less
Cabin review: 9253
This was a great cabin, with big bathroom and balcony and plenty of space to move around. Couch, table and desk area (with electrical sockets) really nice touches. Storage space good. Quiet. When we first moved in, we discovered a drawer that didn't work in dresser. It was fixed before we got back from our first dinner. Attendant service was impeccable and friendly. Location was excellent. Near elevators but not too near. And just about centered between eating and activity areas above and below.