Amazing trip: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by saltywave
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Destination: Baltic Sea
We dined most evenings in the main dining room at a table for 8. Our table mates were great and we spent many evenings partying with them in the Sky Lounge. (our favorite bar) The food was great and there was plenty of variety. We dined at two of the speciality restaurants; Qsine and Tuscan Grill. Qsine was really unusual and the food wonderful. We had a very knowledgeable waiter who made the experience even better. Tuscan Grill was ok; the food good. We both ordered steak and it was a bit disappointing. Service was excellent, tho. We both had the premier alcohol package which made ordering wine at dinner and drinks in the bars easy. I am an espresso drinker and our package included coffee drinks at Cafe Bacio.
Casinos on cruise ships are usually a real $$$ drain. My husband hit a $500 jackpot on a penny slot machine. I was "up" about $700 over all also playing a penny slot. We had a blast!
We booked the majority of our shore excursions though Celebrity and were not disappointed. The best was the 1/2 day car in St. Petersburg. We had a large Mercedes with a driver and an english speaking guide. Oxana made sure we got to go everywhere we wanted (that time allowed) We had a special request - a Russian hockey jersey for our grandson. Oxana made some calls, directed our driver where to go and soon we were in a shop called The Hockey Club. Also made a stop at a nice souvenir shop. We extended our car for an extra hour. I would not hesitate to book a car again. The next day we had a walking tour to The Church on Spilled Blood. Our guide was way too political, chewing us all out about the situation in Ukraine; told us not to believe the news; etc. Came close to ruining the experience for most of our group. We informed Celebrity of this less than stellar tour guide, hoping he would be replaced for the next tour. Surprisingly, Celebrity refunded our $$$ for that tour even though we never asked for a refund. We also booked tours through Celebrity in Copenhagen, Germany, and France and loved them all. Lots of folks say don't use the cruise line excursions but we don't agree. The Celebrity excursions were wonderful!
Disembarkation went smoothly and we were on our bus, headed to Heathrow by 9:00 am for our 3 pm flight. We were at the airport 4 hours prior to our flight but enjoyed the Admiral's Club and some shopping so no complaints. Celebrity Cruise Line did an awesome job. We will certainly sail with them again! Less
Cabin review: 2114
Large room with plenty of space to move around. Two closets so plenty of space for clothes and shoes for a 14 day Baltic cruise. Four large suitcases stowed easily under the bed. Loved the extra large bathroom with tub/shower. Lots of places for all our toiletries. We heard an occasional cart rolling on the floor above us in the buffet but nothing that ever bothered us. Large balcony with extra large overhang above and also next to the "bump out". Both of these features helped shield us from chilly weather in the Baltic at that time of the year. Would book this cabin again.