Summer 2011 Baltic cruise: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by shrink13
Overall Member Rating
Summer 2011 Baltic cruise
Destination: Baltic Sea
Normally, we stay in a suite, but we opted for an ocean verandah room this time simply due to cost. The room was small, but very adequate and we spent very little time in the room. The lay out of the room was excellent despite the size. Our room steward was super.
We ate at the first seating at 6:15 and it was not totally full. We had a table for the 3 of us and had excellent service. The food varied from very good (try the coq a vin) to mundane. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants and loved Qsine in particular--very clever. Of course, we over ate. We also ate at the Bistro on 5 (crepes_--very good and the Italian restaurant-the name escapes me--also good, but not great.
Entertainment was typical. Frankly, it was kind of boring, with the exception of some excellent female classical musicians who played in some of the lounges.
The teen program was fantastic according to my daughter, who was the youngest kid in the teen program. But she is very responsible and sophisticated so she more than held her own and had a great time.
The health club was excellent and I used it almost every morning--plenty of equipmnent. Pools were small and crowded, but we are not pool people, so it did not pose a problem.
There was a major mixture of people from many countries. Our daughter hung out with kids from Australia, Belgium, France and Mexico. There was a large contingent from Mexico City (someone said 700) and they made their presence felt-primarily in a negative way--very pushy, demanding. Several of the Mexican kids were fairly destructive as well and the parents did not intervene even when the parents were present. As a child psychologist, this disturbed me, but I did not let it affect my good time. As Elite members, the free gin and tonics each afternoon certainly helped. Celebrity takes good care of
Elite members--not only free drinks, but a backstage tour which was very informative.
There were also a number of lectures on board and these were very informative and entertaining.
Overall, the Eclipse is a wonderful ship and the itinerary was simply the best. Less