Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Off Shore: Back to back in the Caribbean
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Back to back in the Caribbean
We had a wonderful time on back to back cruises the the Eclipse.
We parked at the pier in Miami and embarkation was very smooth.
Our first Sky Suite 2122 was very nice. It was about the size of a hotel junior suite and the bathroom was large for a cruise ship, and covered with marble tile. It had a full tub, although I would have preferred a walk-in shower. The bed was very comfortable, and there was a generous amount of storage and closet space, particularly when compared to the regular veranda cabins. The flat screen TV had excellent reception when we watched it, but the greatest attraction in the room was the balcony. It was large enough for two lounges and a large table. There we enjoyed a full breakfast served by our butler every morning. Iliya was super, and made our trip very special.
In general we avoided the chaos of the buffet area. As we had breakfast in the room we only went there for a light lunch, usually just salad, and also ate in the Aqua More Spa. At times it was crowded, but we always found tables. We had select dining in the maid dining room and it worked out very well. The food was good, well-prepared and not at all bland. The service by the wait-staff was excellent, and they were friendly and accommodating; the sommeliers were knowledgeable and helpful. We ate with a different group every night and it was an enjoyable way to meet people. We tried Murano twice and it was well-worth the hefty price. Q-Sine was an exciting dining experience, and should not be missed. We tried Blu, and it was a nice change in pace. Tuscany, however, was only so-so.
Entertainment was terrific. We were able to get into the theater only 5 minutes before the show (and the shows are always prompt!) and find seating in the balcony. We particularly enjoyed the young magician Adam Trent. The most memorable entertainment experience was Masque, performed in the main lobby. It is not to be missed!
The Apple store was helpful with computer problems, and my wife used the Spa for teeth-whitening and three acupuncture treatments. She felt these were effective. The gym was airy, and well equipped. We were always able to find the equipment we wanted, perhaps due to our penchant for exercising in the late afternoon on sea days. The public areas of the ship never felt crowded except for the dance floor in the Atrium. The dance band was excellen, and both weeks seemed to have dancing crowds.
We often went to the Customer Service Desk and they were extremely polite and helpful. They handled the back-to-back transition perfectly, as they formed us up at a meeting point, marched us off the ship and trough customs, gave us new rooms cards, and after a brief wait led us back on the ship. Our luggage and hanging garments were moved to our new cabin by Iliya, our butler. The new cabin, 2124 was somewhat inferior, as it has a one foot by one foot structural pillar by the bed. These pillars are not on the cabin plans and are in every other suite cabin.
We took the ship tours on St Kitts, a pleasant small group walk in the rain forest. We also took the ship's tours at Costa Maya and Cozumel. Although the guides were outstanding, the trip to Tulum was marred by a sickening ferry ride to the mainland in rough seas.
The trips to the Mayan sites at Costa Maya involved a long bus ride, but the roads were excellent, and I was able to enjoy one of my great dreams, climbing Mayan pyramids.
We self-disembarked at 6:30 AM in Miami and drove home. Less
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