Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Joe Schmoe: Celebrity Renewed my faith in Cruising and Cruise Vacations
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Celebrity Renewed my faith in Cruising and Cruise Vacations
My Partner and I have have been on more than ten cruises in the past, but after our last couple cruises, the "luster" of cruising seemed to have worn off..at least for me
anyway..We've been going to Hawaii or Las Vegas or all-inclusives in Mexico, spending the same amount of money and NOT being treated like "cattle"..or captives on a boat....
I wasn't sure what to expect with Celebrity cruises...They Kind of renewed my faith in cruising, and exceeded my expectations mostly...This is my first review Here. I'm not the best writer, but I did want to pass on my experience with Celebrity and the Eclipse....I'm not claiming to be a cruise expert..In-fact, I'm just some Schmoe from the Internet...So take my opinions with a grain of salt. Happy cruising! if you're still reading....
We always get at least a balcony cabin, but usually a suite for ourselves. But this time we brought along some friends who we were footing the bill for, so we limited our selves to a More standard Balcony cabin for ourselves...and we opted for an inside cabin for our friends on deck Nine of The Eclipse
Celebrity Gets most of the major stuff right in my Opinion. The Staff on the Eclipse...from the Officers to the Deckhands, were the Friendliest I have ever encountered on a ship anywhere. They literally made me feel like I owned the ship. Not that that is important to me...but it DOES feel nice..
I found the Ocean View Cafe (buffet) food to be Outstanding. But then again..I don't really go to buffett's that nice in my everyday life but once a year if that. Yeah..some of the food did repeat throughout the week...but I thought Yay! I get to eat it again..Sure there were a few dishes I didn't care for..There always will be I suppose..
I found the Bed in our Stateroom to be the MOST comfortable bed I have EVER encountered on a ship. I used to dread the beds on ships. I just figured they all sucked. Every one I have ever slept in till this one has..and like I said we've been on more than ten cruises. A+ on this celebrity!
The Pool Butlers really did work on the ship. Passing out cold towels, Sorbet cups, cleaning..fetching drinks, Stocking Towels..
The Shows Were Nicely done and entertaining....Vegas quality? NO..But for a ship? they were just fine. My favorite was ECLIPSE......
THE DRINK PACKAGE! I cant imagine they will keep this forever. We really got our moneys worth out of this..Not just alcoholic drinks..But coffee drinks, bottled water, soft drinks, etc..it was really nice, and did I mention I thought it was well worth the money?
The Gala Buffet served in the dining room is not to be missed. The clam chowder I ate there was probably the best clam chowder I have ever eaten in my entire life.
Beautiful is a subjective and overused word..but the Eclipse is a very beautiful ship in my Opinion...
Now...For some things I thought that could've been done better...
The dining experience in the Main dining room was just OK. Ive been reading about Celebritys food forever, and never really thought Id ever sail with celebrity..So I was really expecting to be blown away..and it was just OK..Not bad..Like I said..I dont frequent these types of restaurants anyway...so what the hell do I know? Joseph, The Head guy, since I cant spell Maitre d (sp?) was really great..Visiting our table nightly asking if everything was OK. When I mentioned I thought it was hot...He stepped away for a moment, whipped out a cell phone looking device, and within SECONDS...I felt cool air blowing on our table..We were seated on the second level of the Dining room, which can be kind of dim....and lacking in ambiance, compared to the bottom level In my opinion..so beware. Our waitstaff was great I thought...and our server assistant Olga was just super. I really liked her. The bread was awesome.
The other thing I thought that could have been better, and its kind of nit-picky, I guess...Is that sometimes they served us out of damp glasses. I hate that at home with my own glasses and it was a mental challenge for me on the ship. with hand sanitizers everywhere reminding me of a potential Noro-scare..I just had to trust that the glasses were in fact clean and sanitized, and just wet for some reason. I didn't get sick..but I would have prefered to have been served out of dry glasses..It was like there weren't enough glasses on board and they were being washed always just in time...
I would have like to have seen a staggered change over on the buffet...maybe keep one side open while changing from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner...I know it sounds silly to say..but many times when we went up to eat, there was nothing but finger food, and we had to wait while they changed over..we didn't really like that..as it interrupted our eat every two hour schedule we were on....
We would have like to have seen at least one bar on the ship stay open past 2am...one member of our party likes to drink, and our bars in our town stay open to 4am...so it was kind of disappointing to not be able to get a drink on the ship after 2am..especially since they confiscated his private stash at embarkation, and he was on the drink pkg...
We got on the ship before the cabins were ready so we were lugging carry-ons around..they said they would make an announcement when the cabins were ready and the passage way doors were closed leading to the cabins..after being on board for about an hour, I checked on our deck and the passageway doors were opened so I made my way to our cabin and dropped off my carry-ons. Im not so sure my cabin was really ready for us..while it was clean..it wasn't totally clean and our cabin steward told me he thought it was going to be unoccupied. That may explain the cut-off fingernail I found in the carpet..I don't think he had fully serviced our cabin before I moved in...so that one was really my fault...Our cabin steward Johnny, Was outstanding though.
I DID hear some banging around from OUTSIDE my cabin on the ship/water side...it was sometimes kinda spooky..especially at night with the Balcony door open...first time ever heard noises like that before on a ship..It kept making me think of the Costa incident...
Other than that..the rest of my dislikes are kind of nit-picky.
We are so glad we chose celebrity. We were going to choose NCL, except the last time we cruised with them things didn't really go so well and we havent been back with them since...shame really since we started off with them and we are "dance with who brung you" kind of people..Cruised withthem 4 times in suites and NCL called us they day we were leaving home to Board the Eclipse to get us to book the Epic. Now after one time with celebrity in a regular balcony room..I think I may have a New favorite cruise line, and I was sooooo worried that they may be to snobby for us... Less
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