November 19, 2010
Celebrity Eclipse, the third ship in Celebrity's new Solstice class, finally made its U.S. debut on November 13 in Miami. The ship launched in April in Southampton, England, then spent the summer catering to an international crowd on voyages to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. Now it's arrived at Celebrity's headquarters to offer winter Caribbean cruises.
With more Americans now able to experience Eclipse, what's to be expected? The ship, like its sibs Solstice and Equinox, is known for innovative elements like a creperie and gelateria, a live-grass lawn and a studio for glass-blowing demos. Yet it has enough of the cruise-ship favorites -- pool areas surrounded by lounge chairs, a spa and fitness center, etc. -- to please any purist. Eclipse also has a few new elements its elder sisters don't have: the unusual restaurant Qsine and the iLounge (half Internet cafe, half Apple store).
Already, Cruise Critic has posted 85 member reviews of the ship, with all but eight reviewers rating the ship 4 stars or higher (the highest rating is 5+). You can read a recap of some of these first impressions on our U.K. blog.
To give you a preview of the ship, we've come up with 10 activities onboard that we think you shouldn't miss -- plus the few features we think fall flat. Click here to view our photos.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor