We were contacted on a Friday afternoon in Junes by a sweepstakes agent that said we won a cruise and that we would have to sign an affidavit with soc., and a lot of other info, have it notarized and faxed back within 36 hours. Of course we thought it was a scam and my wife hung up. They called back and assured us that this was not a scam. I spent the whole weekend looking up E-Prize, the company that contacted us and who handled this sweepstakes for Celebrity. Finally confirmed with Celebrity on Monday that it was true. She won 1st place which was either the Solstice or Eclipse Eastern or Western Caribbean. We had been on the Solstice in Feb 10, so we decided to do the Western on the Eclipse.
We went down a day early and stayed in South Beach at the Z-hotel. Kind of a swanky hotel that is no way worth the $500+ a night price tag (we used points so it was well worth that.) Great location for walking around though. Just don't go to the bar just outside the lobby - $22 for 2 More
Our room was 1626. My wife and I thought this was a fantastic location. It was 1 floor up to the pool and 2 floors directly up to the cafeteria. I'd book AQ just for this location. AQ- The only reason to book this is for the location and for Blu. Blu was a nice intimate dinner. I cannot rave enough about the matradee - Adrian and our waiter and assistant - O'neal and Anna. Adrian sat us in same private table every night. Couldn't ask for better service, soups and salads. The main entrees need a little work though. The one that really left me at a loss was warm lobster tails with cold mandarin orange butter. They can do better. This was much nicer though than being in the Moonlight Sonata.
Grand Cayman - went shopping and then to the beach - Royal Palm - $4 cab ride, $10 chair and $9 dollar drinks. The beach was nice and relaxing.
Cozumel - bought a day pass to the Wyndham AI. $50ea plus $30 cab round trip. Beach was great for snorkeling and the drinks flowed all day. Food was edible. Swim up bar had a great crowd.
Costa Maya - Went to Maya Chan. Maybe about 4 miles away that took 40 minutes by bus due to the pot-holed roads. The people really made this stop. We stepped off the bus and they were serving our every request. Food was great. Lost in the golf match, but had a great time.
Roatan - Sailed with Captain Dusty. We didn't have much wind until late, so we snorkeled. The snorkeling was fantastic. Captain Dusty did a great job. It was a little rustic, but a great experience.
Exiting the ship was a nightmare. Took 2+ hours to get through customs.
We had a great time, mostly on Celebrity's dime. The Eclipse was top notch. Less
Celebrity Eclipse Cruises to the Western Caribbean