These S-Class ships are something else. We have been on the Solstice and the Equinox prior to "kicking the tires" on the Eclipse. Each of these ships has their own personality but the Eclipse we found to be in a class all its own.
The art work and decor of the ship was different than its sister ships. The "floating" tree is really an amazing feat of engineering and science.
The entertainment lived up to previous Celebrity experienced standards although abbreviated since it was a short cruise. The enrichment programs have always been home runs and the offerings that were scheduled did not disappoint. Single malt Scotch tasting, Beaujolais Nouveau tasting (which was VERY impressive as the French mandated release date was while we were at sea and Celebrity made special arrangements to have the new vintage available exclusively on most of their ships), Dr. Lori the appraiser had a "beyond the podium" presentation as well as a walking "art tour" which pointed out the More
onboard art pieces (no, not the gallery paintings).
What was really cool was the fact that we can check out iPads at guest services and go on a self guided art tour ourselves. Check out the wooden Scotty dog outside of Micheal's Club. It's worth $800K according to Dr. Lori!
We had dinner at the new specialty restaurant Qsine. If you have only one specialty restaurant on your itinerary, this should be it with Morano a VERY close second. Qsine is something else. What an experience of food and A LOT of it. Best thing to do IMO is get there no later than 1900 and give yourself at least 2 1/2 hours to eat. One party we met was there for 4 hours! And best to go with a group of 4 or more. There was just two of us with no one to share with and the "food pushers" kept taking us on the food journey around the world. We were so full, we never got to Mexico or China! Unbelievable is all I can say. Read reviews in other threads within CC about Qsine...wild!
The Martini bar is always fun but this time we "found" (with the guidance of a fellow Cruise Critic member on roll call) the Molecular Bar. Best Mojito I've ever had. And we were lucky to have the "Liquid Chef" himself Junior Merino preparing our drinks and chatting with us as he and his assistant Aaron were onboard to train some select bartenders on how to make the intricate and delicate 15 drink menu. Awesome experience! Opens at 1700 and located in the art gallery area...easy to miss unless you look for it. Check out Youtube for the video of Junior making the Dragon Fly drink! It really looks like the video in person while at the bar!
Service was spot on. Food was excellent (although the last night in the main dining was not as good as usual...the only demerit). And don't miss the theme party in the main promenade area. They refer to it if I remember correctly as "Theater/Broadway meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show". What a blast!!!! Fun, fun, fun! Dancers in costume going up and down in the glass elevators, great music blasting, the CD and others staff dancing along with the guests.
Overall just another fantastic experience on 'X'. We love Celebrity and these S-class ships are truly something special. Can't wait to get on another which will be the Silhouette out of NYC in fall of 2011. Can't wait. Less
Celebrity Eclipse Cruises to the Bahamas