Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Rosie: Cabin 8258 - 16 night cruise on the Eclipse
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Cabin 8258 - 16 night cruise on the Eclipse
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
This is was our 1st time on the Eclipse but have cruised on it's sister ship Equinox so the lay out was the same.Our cabin 8258 was mid ship and although fairly near to the lifts it was quiet. The cabin was immaculate and the plus point was that the Balcony was slightly bigger as it was at the start/lead up to 'The Hump' The food at the Buffet for Breakfast and Lunch was of an extremely high standard. I can recommend the Curry station which was my favourite and we became addicted to the wide variety of Ice cream on offer each day at Lunch. We chose to dine at 2Nd seating 8.30pm as 6.30pm was a bit too early. We did ask at the time of booking (we did this direct with Celebrity) to be seated on a LARGE table but when we checked upon boarding - we had a table for 6! We decided to get in line with all the other people wanting to change tables and were eventually moved to a table for 8 We had some great dinner companions so that made our cruise. We always choose to sail with Celebrity for More
their high standards and we weren't disappointed.
On the Negative side... I have to say that the thing lacking on these Solstice Class ships is a place to meet for a drink and may be have a dance before dinner. The only place we found was opposite Guest Relations on Deck 3 but the space is very limited and gets packed in the lead up to dinner.Deck 4 has the Martini/Ice Bar but it was standing room there too. I hope they sort something out as it did spoil it a bit for us. On deck 5 there is a Cocktail Bar which is near to the Photo Shop that lacked atmoshphere and rarely used - during our 16 nights we only saw 2 or 3 couples use it but did notice some of the officers sitting there so that goes to prove how quiet it was! Less
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Cabin review: 1A8258 Deluxe Veranda 1A
Cabin 8258 Good Size and immaculate. Mid ship & close to the elevators. It wasn't noisy Balcony was slightly bigger due to the start/ lead up to the Hump. The bathroom had a great shower with proper shower doors - (hate those curtains)and was spacious and spotless. The bed is nearest to the bathrooom. The bed is high enough to be able to put suitcases under and the bed was quite wide too. The only down side was lack of drawers - there are a couple of cupboards above the bed but they weren't easy to get to.Read All Deluxe Veranda 1A (1A) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We have visited Dubrovnik several times before and love it. It is so picturesque. We have done the inner city and it is a must as well as walking the wall around the inner city. This time we decided to try out the cable car, thank goodness we got off early as by the time we came back down there were really long queues. It doesn't take long to get to the top and the view of Dubrovnik was stunning. There is a museumn at the top which takes you through the wartime history which was very interesting and it was only 2 Kuna to get in. The Cable Car will only take credit cards of local Kuna currency so beware. Just a reminder that to get out of the port gates at Dubrovnik you will need picture I.D.
I have to confess - we didn't get off at this port as we just wanted to enjoy a quiet ship but we did watch people getting off the ship and very soon after get back on again. The general opinion was that it was grubby with overflowing bins and lots of grafitti ...what a shame.
The thing I remember about Cagliari is that it was very hilly. Once again we did our own thing - just as well we like walking. We made our way to the Amphitheatre ...not an easy trek as it was all up hill and VERY hot ..only to find that we couldn't get in as it was closed. At least from there on it was all down hill. Cagliari has charm and I think next time we would possible do an organised tour.
We adore Venice as it is such a stunningly beautiful place and one that you can never get bored of. Once again we did our own thing and walked off the ship. Every thing is well signposted so we decided to walk as far as the Rialto Bridge. I would recommend where possible to get off the ship early as by mid afternoon Venice gets packed. The Murano jewellery is very affordable and pretty and can be found in most shops. Some of our dinner companions did a ship tour ..Secret Venice... and they all thought it very worth while so I think we may have to book that next time. Needless to say the sail away through the middle of Venice will stay in my memory forever as it is just like being on a film set!!
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