Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by John & Noreen Dixon: Celebrity Baltic Experience
John & Noreen Dixon
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Celebrity Baltic Experience
Sailed from Southampton on June 18th for 14 nights Baltic experience, will try and give an honest opinion, warts and all. please don't take to heart the negatives, all in all a lovely cruise and wonderful places visited.
Found the embarkation at Southampton very quick and efficient, (although the computers went down as we were at the boarding gate, but only delayed us for ten minutes).
The ship itself was, er, interesting, more like a land based hotel, interior all glass and stainless steel. Found the lounge and bar seating mostly very modern and quite uncomfortable for the most part. (my view only of course).
Food in main dining hall very average. Main courses were on the whole were between warm and hot, never piping hot, and vegetables were virtually none existent. Meat courses excellent, but again, warm rather than hot and very little veg. (Being an American ship, do Americans actually eat vegetables)??
The various sweet courses looked nice but More were mainly very bland tasting. But for all this criticism, on the whole we enjoyed most meals so give it 4 star, Waiter service was above and beyond the call of duty so it's up for a 5 star.
Entertainment, the only show we really enjoyed was the Irish comedian, who was very clean and poked fun at life in general - excellent. We also enjoyed the talks regarding our own MI6? Very informative.
The lawn club, excellent, spent most of our sea days playing bowls on the lawn and of course using the very comfortable bar facilities.
Drinks package..... very confusing, we took the standard drinks package, deciding that the premier package was too expensive!! The bar staff could not seem to fathom out that we were standard packageeven tho' we had to present our card after every drink ordered, and kept on charging us for drinks that were over the 'price' limit. We were down in the reception desk more times than we could count, but over the second week the bar staff seemed to click that we were not on premier!! More training please to make this work efficiently, or perhaps have a package where the price is between the standard and premium so mistakes cannot happen. (easy or what?).
Cabins - fantastic, had a balcony which adds extra space, bathroom just the best we have ever had on board a ship.
All in all, we were 85% happy with the ship, staff and facilities, could go on and on but will let others perhaps comment and put me to rights??
Dixie, Yeovil, Somerset, England. Less
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