Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Stroppymare: First and Last time
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First and Last time
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
This cruise was chosen for a family holiday, likely to be the last we will all share together, so we wanted something special and it was picked because of the destinations. Unfortunately, it did not match my expectations.
Cabin: 1046 advertised as a quad room but no larger than other concierge cabins. It has two single beds which can be zipped together , the settee makes the third bed and the fourth is a bed which comes from under the settee. Quite adequate for our 13 and 11 yr olds but could be a bit small for older children.
The settee and the trundle bed are nearest to the window, which makes it very difficult for anyone to access the balcony when the two smaller beds are occupied. The balcony is slightly larger because of where the cabin is situated but still only accommodates 2 chairs, footrests and table. Because of the angle of the balcony the view is restricted in that you cannot see to the front of the ship.
In comparison to other ships I have been More on, the cabin itself is smaller but has a bigger bathroom. It has generous shelving, good sized shower with perspex doors. Towels, flannels, soaps etc replenished very frequently. Beautifully soft dressing gowns.
Storage space generally was ok, but to access the overhead cupboards it might be necessary to stand on the bed and for four occupants extra coat hangers. Cases can be stored under the beds.
Close to lift at the theatre end.
Evening canapes always the same and not very appetising
The large bottle of water in your room will cost you $6 so read the small print.
Tea and coffee making facilities.
Hairdryer not brilliant.
Laundering is available but expensive. (no diy laundry on the ship)
Dining: The food was excellent and plentiful. On occasions the presentation could have been better in Moonlight Sonata. Most of the waiters were very helpful and friendly. Drinks are expensive so you have to weigh up the pros and cons of the available packages. No flowers on the tables. The dining chairs are extremely heavy and virtually impossible to position near to the table without some help from the waiters who I fear will suffer with back problems later!
Entertainment: Would have liked to have seen more complete shows rather than a medley of songs with a couple of dancers thrown in for good measure. Costumes unimaginative. Singers shout rather than sing............either take away the microphone or turn them down! Comedian ok, although had seen him on another ship using same material. Violinist, very good but not my cup of tea. Aerial acrobats were very good and something a bit different. Tenors of Rock good, although half the audience seemed to sleep through it!
Evening singers on deck 3 far too loud and very often out of tune.
Entertainments director sounds like a working men's club MC rather than what you would expect on a 5* cruise. Great if you like that sort of thing.
Dress code: Formal nights most men wore DJ and women evening or cocktail dress. Smart casual was anything from leggings to sequined and everything in between. The ship did not adhere to its own policy of not allowing shorts in the dining room/public places in the evenings and are football shirts really smart casual?
Pools: one indoor for adults only and never very many people in it. Outdoor pools (2 next to each other) nowhere near big enough for the number of people on the ship. Always full of kids so lots of splashing and no opportunity to swim with my 13yr old who was too young to use the adults. There is no separate pool for babies/young children.
Music: Plays constantly......everywhere. Either very loud or very monotonous. Sounded like a rave at times but it's 'company policy'
Library: Books are identified by author not genre so very difficult to find what you want unless you know who the author is. Poor choice of books. No managed system of logging books in and out which only goes to show how little they value the books they have.
Sun beds: Never enough on sea days so we took towels and lay on the lawn deck which was not particularly comfortable. Struggled to find comfortable seating for elderly parents so they consequently spent a lot of time in the indoor spa area or the sky bar.
Casino: How many slot machines???? Obviously for the American market.
Games room: about 12 different games (pay for) with air hockey but extremely noisy. $10 will last about 30 minutes
Tours: Guides very knowledgable. some panoramic tours which were recommended for those with limited mobility were still a lot for elderly to cope with because of cobblestones or steep inclines which were not always mentioned in the itinerary.
Confidentiality: Bills delivered to the room and left on the bed for all occupants, stewards, assistance to see. These should surely be in envelopes.
Tips: These are automatically added to your account at $12.50 per day per person unless you go to guest relations and ask to opt out and then you can pay who you want, how much you want.
Photography: If you are hoping to take home a happy family snap then start early. On the second formal night we had several photos taken of our party by one the ship's professional photographers. When it was developed and displayed, we discovered that one of the party was hidden behind another. We were informed that he had only just completed his training and that it was our fault because we moved and to 'have another one taken on the next formal night'. Unfortunately, we were not able to do this as one of our party was not well. Thanks to his incompetence and not checking what he had taken we now do not have a formal family group photo.
Shop staff: Michael Kors shop assistant extremely rude to a member of our party who was deliberating over buying a fairly expensive watch. Her attitude lost her the sale and presumably her commission.
It's true, you get what you pay for and I would rather pay more and experience real 5* luxury on any one of Cunard's Queens. Less
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Cabin review: 1046
Cabin: 1046 advertised as a quad room but no larger than other concierge cabins. It has two single beds which can be zipped together , the settee makes the third bed and the fourth is a bed which comes from under the settee. Quite adequate for our 13 and 11 yr olds but could be a bit small for older children.The settee and the trundle bed are nearest to the window, which makes it very difficult for anyone to access the balcony when the two child beds are occupied. The balcony is slightly larger because of where the cabin is situated but still only accommodates 2 chairs, footrests and table.In comparison to other ships I have been on, the cabins are smaller. The bathroom is bigger with a generous shelving, good sized shower having perspex doors. Towels, flannels, soaps etc replenished very frequently.Storage space generally was ok, but to access the overhead cupboards it might be necessary to stand on the bed and for four occupants extra coat hangers.Close to lift at the theatre end.Evening canapes always the same and not very appetisingThe large bottle of water in your room will cost you $6 so read the small print.Tea and coffee making facilities
Port and Shore Excursions
Piazza Della Signoria
Although recommended for guests with mobility problems this was still quite difficult due to the uneven paths
$50 to ride in a carriage, well worth it for my elderly parents, without which they would not have been able to seen the beautiful buildings.
they are obviously trying to build up the port area with shops, cafes etc. but, at the moment, it is not worth getting off the ship for.
OK but would have preferred longer time seeing Gibraltar without the tea
Shuttle to centre via Bellum is $20 bought on board
Nice cafes and bars, reasonable shopping area near to first stop but bigger shopping area is further away
St. Peter's Square
Excellent guide. This tour took in Colosseum, Forum, St Peters, V E monument, Borghese Gardens, Castel St Angelo, Circo Maximo to name just a few.
Only 45 mins in St Peters Square so not long to do much more than take a few photos and absorb the atmosphere.
Visit to leather factory en route - in my opinion the time could have been better spent. All the items were very expensive. Would have preferred a few photo stops instead.
After being dropped off we took a local bus into Monte Carlo and enjoyed drinks at the Cafe Paris people watching. Very expensive but had to be done!
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