Our family traveled together for Thanksgiving - 13 of us - all very experienced cruisers. 3 older teenagers, everyone else from 45 years of age to a very young 79.
The Eclipse is, quite simply, a beautiful ship. We were all blown-away by lovely decor and attention to design detail in both our staterooms and all public areas. Such a clean ship. Even the sinks in the public restrooms were amazing!
Positive: Very comfy beds, fabulous bathrooms including showers with very hot water and great water pressure, good toiletry storage, and outrageously thick and fluffy towels. Our staterooms were all adjacent so we slid back each balcony divider and therefore had one long veranda which allowed us to enjoy time together watching sunsets, port entries, etc. Great tv with good reception and the teenagers loved the on-demand movies.
Negative: Lacking adequate storage for clothes. Steward did not keep the room as clean as it should have been.
Beautiful dining room, with VERY slow service. After we expressed concern the service improved (additional waitstaff was added) but each dinner still took 2+ hours. Many times the food was cold or tasteless. We appreciated the nice try with the Thanksgiving dinner, but the turkey, dressing, etc. was really not good. The Buffet area was huge with a great assortment of food and very minimal wait time. Good cookies.
Theatre is beautiful. Saw a fantastic "Cirque du Soleil" type show.
Machines did not pay...lol.
None. Non-Existent. Our three kids(16, 17, and 19) are low maintenance, experienced cruisers and so they found what to do to amuse themselves but there were not planned activities or specific teen areas (as there are on Royal Caribbean) for them. I do not recommend taking your kids on this ship.
St. Marten - One adult and two teens went zip-lining - it was fun but strenuous for the adult. On a previous cruise we raced an America's Cup sailboat and I certainly recommend that excursion.
St. Kitts - Heaven on earth. Such a beautiful island worth many more visits. Take the tour offered by Rosevelt Taylor - email@example.com. www.stkittsislandparadisetours.com. This was the best tour we've ever taken on a cruise vacation. Rosevelt is professional, knowledgeable, and his van was clean and comfortable. We drove right through the area that the recent armed robbery occured in and saw police patrolling the area in an attempt to make the tourists feel more comfortable.
Wonderful spa and gym areas. Great variety of brand new work-out equipment. Took the stretch and ab classes each morning - good instructors.
Beautiful ship for adults wanting to just relax and enjoy the view. However, next time we'll cruise on one of the new big Royal Caribbean ships instead.