Eclipse cruise March 12 to March 19th 2011
Eclipse is a beautiful ship combining traditional and contemporary design with modern amenities. We have not cruised in many years and found our Aqua stateroom to be stunning and spacious with a nice balcony and comfortable bed, the bathroom felt like a spa with an adjustable showerhead and vertical sprayers.
My husband and I bring many clothes and had ample room between drawers, over the bed storage and a closet, we fit carryon luggage under the bed and our larger luggage was stored in the bottom of the closet. The bathroom had plenty of storage space for toiletries.
There is so much to do and to experience while on board from the beautiful restaurants, bars and lounge spaces to the pool, lawn and outdoor areas. The entertainment was exceptional, musicians performed in several spots throughout the day and evening. Bring the daily newsletter with you if you want to keep track of activities, times and decks. Most of the staff is very friendly and helpful.
Most people spent a great deal of time in and around the pools (inside pool/ hot tub for adults only) outdoor pool and hot tubs for everyone. It was lively and fun.
Aqua class had access to the Persian "garden", the relaxation room and Blu restaurant providing a small ship feel. The Persian had heated ceramic lounges, a steam room, aromatic sauna and tropical or spring rain showerheads with heated overhead lamps. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere was exactly what we needed...
Restaurants we went to:
Qsine had a cool factor, with food presented in unusual ways from various cuisines. Too much for anyone to eat, ask for a half portion you can always get more. Dessert was extra fun and clever.
Murano is beautiful and formal the food was excellent and you are a five star restaurant.
Blu was a pleasure to dine in for breakfast and dinner, try the tableside muesli for breakfast.
Main dining room was very pretty a striking two level with chandeliers and wine bottle "waterfall". We ate there the first formal night and the lively waiters' tricks and interaction kept diners laughing and happy.
Oceanview is the buffet with food stations throughout the day, something for everyone day or night and late night. We enjoyed the food, desserts, Sushi at 5:30, fruit, coffee and tea, juices, ice tea available 24/7. Ice cream and toppings, scones in the afternoon, Oceanview a busy place.
Good healthier food, many options, when open the frozen yogurt machine was busy.
Highlight of our trip was a cooking lesson with lunch, learned some new tricks of the trade and had a delicious meal.
Each night entertainment in the Eclipse theatre was worth going to. The comedian in the Sky lounge late night had us laughing out loud, bands, solos and an A Capella group was exceptional. Masquerade in the Celebrity Central area was lots of fun. There is something to do all the time- there were several things we missed and look forward to next time.
Make sure you try a Cosmo at the Ice bar -the best I ever had. You must experience the Molecular bar even just to watch the magic of smoking drinks - they were also delicious. Each bar has its' own ambiance, some busy and noisy others quiet and cozy.
Celebrity can improve:
When boarding the ship give directions to cabins.
The Concierge should be familiar with the ports and be able to direct guests to destinations, especially when it is a popular attraction.
Some of the stores sales staff are very nervous if you touch anything or check a price, (others are very pleasant.)
Don't have a Roll Call Party at 10 am second day on board.
Would like to have more than one night in a port.