We have cruised exclusively with Royal Caribbean for 6 cruises. This time, my hubby and I wanted to try something different. We are both in early 40s and like to relax, read, sleep and eat good food. We were not disappointed on Eclipse.
Yes, we were some of the youngest on board, but that didn't bother us. We visited with several people who were retired and a few who were with their kids on spring break. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to be having a great time.
We stayed in an Aqua Class room with the extended balcony. It was wonderful. Much nicer than any other room we've had. Loved the shower...big enough to dry off in so you didn't have to drip on the floor! And with the actual doors on the shower, my hubby could shave while I was showering. Very convenient. The bed was wonderful. We had no trouble sleeping. What we really liked were the water bottles delivered to the room each morning. We took them to the fitness center with us each day.
About the fitness center...we run and lift weights. There were quite a few treadmills, however, many people ignored the 20 minute request and were on much longer. One lady beside me was on 60 minutes while she read a book! Also, if you were really working out, it was too warm. They needed to turn the air up just a bit. Other than that, it was great.
We ate in Blu as our main dining room. We loved it. Loved the lighter portions including the low-sugar desserts. Of course, if you are going to go get coffee every night after dinner at Cafe Al Baccio and top it off with sugar cookies I'm not sure what the point is! The wait staff was wonderful and we requested the same waiter each night. We tried Q-Sine...ate so much hubby got sick! It was interesting, but probably wouldn't do it again. Tuscan Grill was good food, but, again, for the $35 cover charge, wouldn't do again. Murano...would do again and again! The filet was absolutely fabulous as was the chocolate souffle. We loved the atmosphere and the wait staff. Can't say enough about this place...you have to try it to appreciate it.
Didn't do the oceanview cafe as we aren't big buffet lovers. Ate breakfast and lunch at the Aqua Spa Cafe. Yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit every morning and salads in the afternoon. Helped offset the over eating the rest of the night!
Only went to 3 shows. Loved the intro show with sampling of different acts. Loved the cirque du soleil show. How can they bend like that? Did NOT like the trumpet player. We left half way through, but we sat in the last row of the balcony so I didn't feel we were rude.
Spent a lot of time in the Solarium. Sometimes difficult to find chairs, but didn't wait more than 15 minutes before someone left. So nice to read and sleep with the quieter music. We never sat out at the outdoor pool, but people seemed to enjoy the band and the activity.
The band was wonderful. Best we've heard on all our cruises. Loved the acapella group as well. One thing we really enjoyed was each evening before the late dinner the band would play in the foyer and "older" couples would dance. They did everything...cha cha, tango, waltz. Going to make hubby take lessons so we can do that next time!
Ports: Shopped in Grand Cayman. Nachi Cocom in Cozumel. Maya Chan Beach Club in Costa Maya. Bananarama Beach Club in Roatan. Our favorite was by far Maya Chan. This is a private beach club that only takes 50-60 people a day. Not crowded and absolutely beautiful. Bananarama was beautiful, but very very crowded.
One quick word about the staff. Our steward and all the wait staff were fantastic. They did everything possible to make the cruise perfect. Oh, and the pool workers were the same...constantly folding towels and cleaning up your plates. Super job! Others have commented on the customer service desk being rude and unhelpful. We found the same thing. We didn't even have a problem, just some questions and they couldn't help or didn't want to. Celebrity could really improve in that area.
We did the early disembarking because we had a noon flight. The ship was late docking, so there was a delay. Stood in line to get off boat for an hour, but then we ran right through customs and got a cab. Got to the airport way early at 9 AM, but better early than late!
Sorry this is such a long review, but we were in awe of this cruise. We loved it, in fact, booked a 10 day for next year before we got off this one! Even going to bring the kids for that one. Again, this type of cruise isn't for everyone...not a lot of partying or rowdiness. But if you love to relax and eat good food, give Celebrity a try.