Everything on this cruise was perfection. Transportation in FLL is easy, lots of taxis at reasonable prices, plenty of hotels to choose from and a Las Vegas (wonderful Cuban casual) restaurant within walking distance of the Hilton. I chose a hotel based on the availability of transportation to the cruise ship, this was totally not necessary as transportation is easily arranged on your own and a call to the hotel would get you approximate rates...next time I'll stay on the beach.
Onboard ship we never lacked for anything from our room steward or wait staff. The food is the best I've had shipboard since I took a European Constellation cruise in 2008. I cruise regularly, and Celebrity is my loyalty shipping line. It seems all the trips are serving approximately the same menu. On the Eclipse their chef knew how to prepare what could be mundane so well that you looked forward to meals. The buffet had excellent variety and as always there is way too much food. The poolside grill served hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries that were really good.
We took two shore excursions. One, the swim with the dolphins, was exactly what I wanted...a swim with a dolphin in something other than an aquarium. It was pricy, but well worth the money. The coral reef tour was a bit of a disappointment, as I was expecting wonderful, colorful coral and it really is just pretty grey, but this wasn't a failure of the excursion, merely my faulty expectations. We negotiated several tours without the cruise line, and did just fine on our own, but we never got a first rate guide, as we have had in Europe and Hawaii.
The absolute highlight of the cruise was Michael's Club piano entertainer, Perry Grant. He puts his heart into making people happy. Perry does mostly older music you can sing to, which he frequently encourages. He makes an effort to call people up to the piano and get to know a bit about them and gets lots of laughs from the crowd. By the end of the cruise you felt you were part of a large family, as many of the fans came night after night. The second to last night Perry called almost everyone at his late show by first name and the room was packed. He really knows how to make his fans feel cherished. This particular cruise many people came strictly to reunite with Perry and each other, forget the tropical destination, Perry was the reason they sailed. His backup staff, Anca and Randy never let a cruiser want for anything. They had you drink preference memorized and took great care of you.
Perry is a very good main stage entertainer., One evening he was the featured entertainer and on the final night he opened both main stage farewell shows. He can and does stand alone as a main stage attraction but, Michaels club is his home and there he is un-rivaled, After doing both farewell shows Perry then did a full 2 hour show at Michaels club just to not disappoint his fans. My recommendation is go let this man entertain you, unless are prudish (strictly PG) or uncomfortable in your own sexuality, if so, there is plenty onboard to entertain elsewhere on this ship.