My wife and I took this cruise primarily in order to experience a transatlantic. Some of our friends who have cruised several times had told us that it would be too many days on a ship. We found that not to be the case. I could have stayed on longer!
Celebrity has done most everything very well on this new ship.
Public areas-They are numerous,comfortable and attractive. The Team Earth area, however, seemed to be the least used and the point of it (ecology)while important could be done some other way to reach more passengers. The Celebrity Theater, where the talks were given, is not easy to find but the talks were interesting. The live shows in the main showroom where very good, especially Lindsay Hamilton's singing and Greg Scott's violin playing. The exception was the first production show. It was too loud, wild and full of bright flashing lights. The modern music in it was not enjoyable to many of the passengers I talked with. The whole show was not right for the mature audience. The MC of every evening's show was professional and clever.
The casino was well equipped but as with all cruise lines I have been on,it had bad odds for the players. The man in charge of the electronic poker tables was pleasant and knew his job. The poker tables did have a problem. The electronic readers did not read your room card until you had inserted it 3 or 4 times.
The main dining room was modern in design with chrome as a main feature. We had a table for eight in the middle of the main floor. Our service was good. Most of the food was fine and some exceptionally good. We did not eat dinner in any extra pay rooms. We did have lunch once in the Bistro. The crepes were OK but we did not feel a need to go again. Breakfast in the main dining room has always been one of my favorite aspects of any cruise. The food and service were good. For breakfast the buffet was good also. The one evening we tried the buffet for dinner. We were not thrilled. Only half the stations were open and it seemed they didn't want you eating there.
Staterooms were attractive,well planned and had just enough room for storage of our clothes because we did use the cabinets above the beds. The beds and pillows were comfortable. The bathroom space was well planned and the shower was big enough for average folks. Our attendant was cheery and performed her job well.
The spa was enjoyed by my wife except she said the person who worked on her had little personality.
Ports-The biggest downer was the shore excursion to Paris. With the limited time to see the city, much of it was wasted on an overcrowded area for lunch, a river cruise that added little to what we saw and heard while on the bus and the usual stop at a souvenir shop. We took a private tour of the Normandy beaches an loved the experience. People we talked to who took the ship's excursion were not as pleased. We did not get off in Vigo,Spain. In the Azores we walked around the town and found beautiful churches, interesting shops and pleasant cafes.
All in all, Celebrity has a winner with the Eclipse and six days crossing the Atlantic went very quickly!