This was our second Celebrity cruise but the first on Eclipse
Embarkation was so smooth, it really didn't take any time at all and Southampton is well organised for ships as large as the Eclipse.
The room was ready and excellent;plenty of room, neat, clean with friendly staff meeting you. We really liked the design.
We did Select Dining and didn't have to wait more than 15 mins on any night in the Moonlight Sonata dining room. We saw a variety of waiting staff who were all excellent and attentive, remembering you even if they did not serve you that night. At this point we must say how wonderful the staff were; they never failed to speak as you walked by them and could not do enough to please you. They were so patient with those who considered it was their place to criticise, far more than we could have been. How mealie-mouthed some people can be!
We enjoyed the trip around the kitchens and the Head Chef proved very entertaining, as was Que.
The entertainment was OK although we would personally have preferred more comedy.We enjoyed the Behind the Podium lectures
We bought a Rick Steve's guide to use to walk around the ports on our own; our advice is that if you are fit do most of these ports on your own, language is not usually a barrier and the buses, trams and trains are reliable and cheaper.
Disembarkation was excellent and slick yet we didn't feel they were in a hurry to get rid of us to clean the cabins for the next trip.