The Eclipse--More a damp squib: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by kestrelg
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The Eclipse--More a damp squib
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
I will start with the food, in the main dining room, almost everything was heavily soaked in garlic or spices, each of the five choices was "overcreated". Surely they could have had simplicity in just one of the courses. The self service buffet at lunchtime was another big disappointment, this was dominated by curries, Indian, Chinese, sushi, stir fry and pastas. Each day there would be only one "British" dish and several times this was shepherds pie and guess what it included curry powder and garlic. Other days there was fish and chips, the quality that you see on a polystyrene tray in the supermarkets. I must not forget the great British pudding, the sponge alternated each day between "spotted pudding" and "bread pudding" 8 days of each. A rice pudding or lemon/ jam sponge would have More been a delight.
Entertainment This was a let down but could have so easily been improved. The Individual or small group performers were asked to perform in small bars or lounge areas which were more condusive to conversations than listening quitely to musicians and singers. These were very talented entertainers who had a raw deal. One place for the various acts was "Ensemble 5" which was little more than a very dark passageway with a bar and tables. It was a main thoroughfare and people just walked passed the entertainers in full conversation. There is a delightful lounge theatre (if you can find it) which would be ideal for these acts but it was only used for occasional games of bingo and an evening film show.
We were due to call at Split in Croatia but due to weather conditions the Harbour Master would not let us in. this was expected by everyone but the entertainments team who obviosly had no "plan B" for such events. Other than all that the Eclipse is a beautiful ship but as one other reviewer indicated " The Americans get far better treatment than the British" Less