Check in at Southampton
Parking was included and the whole process of parking up, luggage drop off and getting aboard was stress free and quick.
The Eclipse - first impressions
The ship was simply superb - the modern design was slick and fresh and we really appreciated the modern art aboard. The ship never seemed crowded and whenever you wanted access to all the bars and restaurants was easy.
We were in an Aqua class cabin and the shower and other little touches were well worth the extra. A special mention for the Blu restaurant which Aqua class has access to, the whole serving team were brilliant and the food was excellent both in terms of presentation and taste. Although the menu was limited anything off menu seemed to be no problem for this efficient and friendly team.
I had the full drinks package and more than had my money's worth with the frozen topped Martini Bar being my favourite watering hole
The entertainment was first class especially the hypnotist, the Musicals show, Sam Kane and the Circ du Soleil style show Equinox.
We tried the speciality restaurant Qsine and enjoyed it so much we went back for our last night. One piece of advice - don't over order with the I-pads as the portions are huge. The inventiveness and theatricality of the food experience here was unique. Again the service from the team was friendly and faultless.
The Ocean Grill Buffet was very good and less cramped than the ship last year with international food stations giving great variety and freshly cooked options.
One thing that was missing was the relentless selling pressure that we'd experienced on Princess last year. One thing I wish was missing was the relentless Musak all over the ship. Even the Spa suffered from Enya style wailing.
This is a very minor gripe on what was a thoroughly enjoyable and fun 2 week cruise