We took a spring break Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse a week ago. Before the cruise, I had looked over every review on this site in anticipation of our trip. This was our first cruise, so the excitement, and the anxiety, were pretty high. I felt it was my responsibility to help out others like the other great reviews helped us...so here goes.
We are a couple in our low 30s. We were turned on to Celebrity by our travel agent. He suggested we would enjoy it because of it's high class, modern approach to the experience. In addition, knowing our love of food and wine, he said it was the way to go. He was right.
Embarkation was a breeze. PoM handled that very well. You are greeted onboard with champagne and a string quartet playing...perfect. While we waited for our staterooms to be available, we went to Bistro on Five and had lunch. By the time we were done, our staterooms were available.
We had a small stateroom with a balcony, as the majority of rooms on this class of ship do. Clean, modern, spacious. It was a little short on drawer storage, but at the end of the day who cares. The only thing we did not realize was that irons are not allowed on ships. There is not one in the room. In other words, have your formal wear pressed before hand, or plan on getting your laundry service slip filled out as soon as you get unpacked.
We chose select dining option. This allows you "open" seating on the upper aft side of the main dining. We showed at various times throughout the week and never waited more than 5 minutes for a table. The food was good to excellent. There are plenty of options for almost any taste. I think as long as you keep in mind that there are 1000 other people eating at the same time, many exactly what you are, many not...you will be pleased with what you eat.
We did one specialty dining night. We went to QSine. I have heard a lot fo flack about this place. We thought it was excellent. It was fun and silly. If you are going to do QSine, do so with an open mind and just have fun.
We did the Classic Alcohol package. Thank God! What can I say...we had a good time and just had basically what we wanted up to a certain price without having to think about it. Decent glasses of wine with dinner, AMstel lights and Pina Coladas all week. This also includes our trips to Cafe Bacio for espresso or americanos, which was sometimes twice a day. It adds up.
We socialized alot, met new people, tried all the venues. Some nights we hung out by ourselves. We went to the show one night. Even though that wasn't our thing, it was there. There are so many options, you don't get bored unless you want to be. Most of the time, we either sat at the Sunset Bar, laid out on the lawn, or took naps on our balcony. The gym is excellent. Go early or late to beat the crowd. Even at busy times, though, I don't think I ever waited more than a couple minutes for a machine or treadmill.
San Juan: Go to the Forts
St Maarten: Either go to Orient Beach or stay on the ship. We took an excursion. BAD MOVE. Seriously...
St. Kitts: Incredible. Find a beach. Order a Carib. Relax.
They did it ALL right. The ship was incredible, the staff is mostly all friendly. We had an incredible sommelier. There were kids but not too many. There were seniors, but not too many. There were people our age, but not too many. Our rooms were always clean. Honestly, it was so nice I almost preferred At Sea days. We are already planning our next!