Have just arrived back on the Celebrity Eclipse 4th Sept 2010 I have seen other reviews from people on the same voyage so will try to limit this to our experience of Aqua Class.
Booking late we had a choice of an unknown balcony or paying more and being allocated an Aqua Class cabin. As we were traveling with another couple decided that we did not want to be opposite ends of the ship, so elected to pay the extra and go Aqua. We originally made the booking directly through Celebrity and the salesperson advised us to take ajoining cabins 1552/1554 (there were two others together at the very front). Having made the booking and checking on the review and critic sights, we found that 1554 had a metal structure directly in line with the balcony (the rep never mentioned this, she also put us down for Anytime dining). We had previously spoken to Caroline a cruise specialist with travel councellors, and after further discussions switched our booking to her. (A very good move). She More
came back to us and advised that the view was very restricted from 1554 and this should have been discussed on our original booking - she therefore changed that cabin for one just down the hall - she also discovered that if you select Anytime dining in Aqua Class you get re assigned to the MDR! Anyway the point is make sure you have a very good agent or your holiday could be ruined.
Aqua Class - everything I read about this was true - the food was exellent, well presented and varied all cooked in its own kitchen. Our waiter Danni said the chef checked every meal as it left the kitchen, and it didn't get served unless he was 100% happy. The staff in this restaurant couldn't do enough for us and we will find it very hard to go back to the MDR on future cruises. The restaurant was small and intimate, we never felt rushed- every meal was an experience in fact I even took photo's of the food (never felt the need before) it was a work of art and tasted even better. One of our party was poorly one morning and the assistant Maitre De Akar arranged for something to be sent to the cabin.
One thing that surprised me for the whole ship, was how many people dressed up for the 'formal' nights it was good to see even young lads with dinner jackets - it wasn't over the top, but really added to the experience As for the ship - it felt small, however we could always find somewhere to relax and never crowded. I think the cruise director has just changed to John Grantham, an ex stuntman from Hollywood, he was very low key and likeble, his talk about his experiences was very good.
I can't remember a cruise where all the performers around the ship were so good - the standard was terrific and we even made a point of going to the lounges just to hear them - Les Merle who played with some of the greats and took over from Buddy Rich fronted a jazz group, the accapelo group had a large following.
The stage shows were good in the main, however I found the show ECLIPSE over indulgent and the singing had no real words (unless you were an Inca) I Have been interested by the comments regarding the level of sound in the theatre - it didn't seem to be any more than normal
Eclipse is a brilliant ship, and Celebrity seem to keep their staff for many years and they all appear to be very proud of their ship.
The ports of call were good we really loved Cadiz and Toulon in fact the only dissapointment was Gibraltar where we only had half a day. Venturer followed us in and it was a very rushed and crowded experience.
I can highly recommend this ship, and as you can guess especially Aqua Class Less
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1552 - ok with slightly restricted view, however there was a very large overhang which blocked out the sun entirely. The size of the balcony perhaps makes up for this a bit. However beware if you are a sun worshiper