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5 Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Baltic Sea

We picked this cruise for the itinerary (UK, Ireland, Le Havre, Brugge, Amsterdam) and the ship. 14 days and only two at sea, so lots of ports and shore excursions, The ship was in great condition, the crew was very attentive, dining was ... Read More
We picked this cruise for the itinerary (UK, Ireland, Le Havre, Brugge, Amsterdam) and the ship. 14 days and only two at sea, so lots of ports and shore excursions, The ship was in great condition, the crew was very attentive, dining was above average for cruises, and the shore excursions were generally very good. We are frequent Celebrity cruisers and particularly like the ships in this class (Reflection, Eclipse, Silhouette, etc.) Always a learning experience, we picked up some tips for cabin selection, shore excursions in some ports, and little lessons in things like currency exchange. Even after 25 cruises, there are things to learn. Food: I hope people don't weight reports of past food quality as a criterion for picking a ship. The galley crew and chefs rotate regularly, so the overall dining experience can change in a few months, especially with senior food service staff turnover. We were very happy with Eclipse and have had only one sub-par cruise based on food quality. Remember, all these chefs are working with whatever gets delivered to the ship, unlike the TV chefs who shop daily in their local markets. Glitches: We did have a serious debarkation issue in Glasgow caused by tide conditions and having only one gangway. Shore trips were delayed 90 minutes and those going ashore on their own had a couple hour delay. This problem should have been predictable. We had some back-ups in Guernsey, too, but that's a tendering port using the ship's lifeboats. Even in low sea states, a passing ship or barge created dangerous conditions for departing or embarking on the lifeboat. Minor currency issue: Does everyone know that the Brits changed their 5 Pound note and in May started refusing to accept the old version? After I was slipped a couple of the old notes it became an adventure to try to dump them. No retail outfit will accept them and unless you have a local account, banks won't take them, either. The one place that happily fixed the problem was the Royal Mail post office. One more thing: Ne careful in the UK because there are different versions of the British Pound. We had Scottish and English Pounds, as well as Guernsey Pounds. While some places were nervous about Scottish Pounds, the Guernsey Pounds were almost impossible to use off the island - even though they are supposed to be official tender in the UK. Don't leave Guernsey with a fist full of Guernsey notes unless you plan to return and use them there in the future! Fitness: I am old but I use the fitness centers daily. While other Celebrity ships have had maintenance issues with equipment (or space stolen from fitness to turn into retail Canyon Spa money-makers, Eclipse had everything working, clean and ready to use. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise particularly because of the ports of call. Embarkation and disembarkation were very quick with no waiting. Everything about our cruise was amazing. Our balcony cabin was very spacious and had plenty of storage ... Read More
We chose this cruise particularly because of the ports of call. Embarkation and disembarkation were very quick with no waiting. Everything about our cruise was amazing. Our balcony cabin was very spacious and had plenty of storage space. The bathroom included a shower cubicle and was a good size with plenty of storage. The food on the ship was always of very high quality, the speciality restaurants are well worth the extra we had to pay. The theatre shows were very good, as were most of the other entertainment, particular the Russian folk group, the German oompah band and the Beatles tribute band. I like to be very active on holiday and there was plenty to do, I joined the choir, attended Zumba and dance classes, as well as walking miles round the promenade deck and up and down stairs, particularly to deck 14. (Had to do at least 10,000 steps and on most days far exceeded this) We loved the sky lounge for all the entertainment there, live music and trivia quizzes, and just for relaxing after a busy day in port. All the ports we visited where really well worth it with plenty to see and do. Brugge - only a short stay, so just get the bus outside the port for Eur 20 return. Stockholm - got shuttle bus from ship. Really enjoyed changing of the guard at the Royal palace, it's at 12 o'clock everyday, lasts about 45 minutes with marching band and soldiers marching - well worth a visit. Tallinn is a really beautiful medieval city. Lots of beautiful old buildings with lots of character. We were lucky as there was a medieval festival whilst we were there, with many stalls selling local crafts, and there was also a live band playing traditional music. St Petersburg - 3 day excursion with SPB travel. I would thoroughly recommend this company, everything was very well organised from our initial enquiry, to our booking including the necessary Russian visas. They were much cheaper than the excursions from the ship and in my opinion much better. We were a small group of 12 so it was easy to keep together in the places we visited which were also extremely busy. Warnemunde, Germany - no need for excursions here, it's only a short walk from the ship to the railway station. We got the train to Rostock (only EUR 4.90) which is a larger town, with many beautiful old buildings. The town hall/ market square is particularly nice with lots of restaurants and bars. try the local Flammkuchen - delicious. Warnemunde is also a lovely old town worth exploring and a beautiful beach. Copenhagen - loved this place, although much larger than I imagined. took the hop on, hop off bus from the ship which also included a boat trip on the canal. It's also not very far to walk - probably only about 20 minutes. Celebrity of course will try to sell their excursions, but these are more expensive and not necessary in any of these places. Except St Petersburg when I believe a local company is much better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We (My missus and I) booked this cruise via Iglu as (Im guessing due to a noro outbreak) the price of £735 each seemed a bargain for 8 nights on a Celebrity ship. We are very flexible with our holiday dates and where we actually go so ... Read More
We (My missus and I) booked this cruise via Iglu as (Im guessing due to a noro outbreak) the price of £735 each seemed a bargain for 8 nights on a Celebrity ship. We are very flexible with our holiday dates and where we actually go so booking last minute seems like a good idea wallet wise! On the morning of our sailing we drove down from London to Southampton. We had pre-booked the ABP parking for £55 if I remember correctly. Left home at 9am and got to the dock carpark at 10.40. Parked up straight away and luggage was taken by the porters. Walked the 2 minutes to the terminal and checked in immediately. Was given a boarding card with a number 6 on it, and within 15 minutes was called to board. We were on the ship at 11.10 and immediately we realised that Celebrity was in a totally different league to P&O. Over the next half hour we walked around the main decks in awe. Everything looked amazing, the shops were plush, the bars were stunning, the dining venues looked classy and the pool decks looked clean and inviting. We then decided (thanks to a tip by someone on our rollcall) to have lunch in bistro on 5. The waiters were really friendly and the food delicious. The staterooms were ready at about 1pm and luggage arrived by 3pm. Our stateroom was on deck 6 (6290) which was randomly assigned as we booked a "balcony guarantee" with Iglo. Compared to our P&O (Oceana) room this was appreciably bigger, much better furnished, had a lovely big flatscreen TV (Which was never turned on LOL) and a very comfortable bed. The balcony was nice and was actually bigger than the decks above (It was actually possible for those above to look down onto the end of our balcony, but it wasnt a problem). You couldnt see directly down to the water as there was a 2-3 meter blue roof from the restaurant on the deck below, but the view straight out and to both sides was totally unobstructed. In my opinion this balcony was as good as any other on the ship (We viewed a concierge class balcony on deck 9 as we made friends with a couple who invited us for drinks, and to me our balconies were similar (except ours was about 3 feet bigger nah nah na nah nah) The bathroom was also very nice. It had plenty of space for everything, and even at 6 ft 2 I could comfortably shower and do my thing. Our fantastic stateroom attendant couldnt do enough for us, always asking if wanted anything and seemed to always be around even at 3am when staggering back from the casino. Moving on to the cruise, we were fortunate to have a gloriously sunny sailaway, which was spent at the sunset bar with copious drinks. We had the premium package and it was lovely to order without giving a thought to the cost. Overall I think my missus broke even on the package and it saved me about $500. We also bought the 5 speciality restaurant package and our first night meal was in the Tuscan Grill. Service was outstanding, with the waiter and sommelier chatting to us for 10 minutes and genuinely happy to be serving us. The food (Fillet minion) was also perfect, and on a par with the nicest steakhouse I have ever eaten at. This was replicated for our 2nd meal here also. Our dinner a Murrano was also totally amazing, with outstanding service and food. Qsine was simply outrageous in all aspects. Our 1st meal there we teamed up with a couple we met at the sailaway. We ordered a total of 8 items and the way they are served is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Everything was totally wacky but so cool. Quality was outstanding here as well, and by the time we had desert we had spent over 3 hours at our table. For the 2 formal nights we ate in the main dining room. We found the service to be very good here, and the wine glasses were topped up without having to ask. I found the food to be not as good as in the speciality restaurants but more than the standard of a good £30 a head place in London. However I did feel that it lacked the absolute luxury of everything else on the Celebrity Eclipse. It just felt a bit "that will do" rather than "WOW AMAZING". We had one evening meal in the Ocean View buffet which again was superb, and I actually preferred it to the main dining room. I actually think that the quality of the food in the buffet was above that in the main dining room by far, really plush for a buffet with plenty of carved meats, kebabs, and varieties. We had nearly every breakfast at the Aquaspa cafe after our morning gym session which we managed on 7 mornings amazingly!! Nice healthy food, amazing smoothies and yoghurts etc On the subject on the gym it was almost empty every morning (11ish) and totally empty on 2 days!! We also had a massage which was $79 and worth every cent!! Bars...... As we had the premium alcohol package we frequented many of the bars. Our favourite was the martini bar which looks better in real life than any pic/video you will see online. We also had a few drinks from the Molecular bar which were unique and very tasty. I found myself ordering a drink from there and taking it to the martini bar/casino as there wasnt much of an atmosphere/buzz there unfortunately. We spend quite a few evenings having a flutter in the casino and the drinks service there was great. On day 2 the barman realised I was a regular gambler with a drink problem!! so he wrote down my seapass number and I never had to pull it out of my pocket again all cruise. Nice touch and I made sure he was looked after. I lost about $700 over the cruise playing mainly blackjack but had a good time and many hours playing. We booked 2 shore excursions. The flam railway: Stunning train journey on one of the sunniest days of year apparently. Hike to storforsen waterfall geiranger: A VERY hard uphill hike (again in glorious sunshine) up to a beautiful waterfall which you can actually walk behind. This was amazing, aided by weather the guide said they only get a few times a year. However it really is strenuous and out of our group of 42 only about 28 made it. In the theatre we saw the 3 "production shows" which we all really good , the best being the "Cirque du Soleil-inspired circus show". Our cruise directer Sue Denning? was very animated and energetic, and really got us in the mood every night. Well to sum up our holiday, we are both in agreement that this ranks up there with the best of them, if not THE best. Everything from stepping aboard to disembarking was effortless, wonderful, amazing and will stay with us until we sail off the planet!! Thank you Celebrity for an unforgettable week, we will DEFINITELY see you again next year!! 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Sail Date August 2013
Without doubt our first cruise on Celebrity was also our best cruise.We made so many new friends from all over the world.From the Uk,Ireland,South Africa ,Canada and the USA.As well as our native Aussies. It seemed to us Celebrity was a ... Read More
Without doubt our first cruise on Celebrity was also our best cruise.We made so many new friends from all over the world.From the Uk,Ireland,South Africa ,Canada and the USA.As well as our native Aussies. It seemed to us Celebrity was a cut above the previous cruise ships we had been on.(mainly princess) embarkation was a breeze ,in our stateroom in under half an hour. so pleased we chose the back of the ship,very quiet and no noise.Soot on the balcony was the only concern each morning,staff really need to clean it each day.However next time on a Soltice class ship we would choose the same,fabulous looking at the wake of the ship. All the ports were great St Petersburg was the highlight,fabulous architecture.Just wish the Russian people could smile a bit and the passport/customs officials at the port be more pleasant But there you go! It's their country! Rostok and Warnemunde next best,why bother traveling six hours on a bus to go to Berlin! Tallinn was also great. Food at the specialty restaurants was was out standing ,could have gone back every night. The buffet was also the best on any ship we had been on.Main dining room was good ,but with the company of our Canadian friends we really enjoyed it. Plenty of things to do on board and a two week cruise was just perfect. Thank you Celebrity Mark and Miranda Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Ros and I are not seasoned cruisers and generally choose our cruises by location and time rather than by line. However having cruised on Independence of the seas in January we had been told to expect 5 Star food when we travelled on ... Read More
Ros and I are not seasoned cruisers and generally choose our cruises by location and time rather than by line. However having cruised on Independence of the seas in January we had been told to expect 5 Star food when we travelled on Celebrity Eclipse. Sadly we were to find this was not really the case. Having boarded at Southampton, a quick and easy process, we made our way to our Sunset Veranda stateroom. Now this was impressive. There was plenty of room and our veranda was spacious with table and chairs. We were surprised to find on the first night that having asked for a table of 6 or 8 we were allocated a table for 2. Now I love my wife but we spend all day together and it is much nicer to meet others and discuss alternative issues and find out more concerning how to achieve great shore excursions without emptying the bank. Anyway this was resolved on day 2 and for the rest of the cruise we had a lovely table of 8 and made new friends. It is not often that I am able to review medical facilities but on this occasion I was a regular visitor. This came about as a consequence of an infection to a wound achieved prior to the cruise in a running accident, who says exercise is good for your health? My arm had swollen considerably on the afternoon of day 2 and during my first visit I ended up on an IV drip and missing the first formal dinner. The facilities on this ship in this regard are very good and the medical staff very helpful. By the end of the cruise I am sure I am on their Christmas card list. The swelling also meant a visit to the Emergency Room at Rostock Hospital in Germany where i felt abandoned by the ship as I was not accompanied and the majority of the staff did not speak English. Hey ho I was able to use my E111 here rather than medical insurance so at least my costs were down. The saddest part of this day though was having to miss a tour with "Friends of Dave", a tour raved about by previous guests on Travel Advisor - well worth looking this one up. Helsinki was brilliant in as much as we took a ship's excursion on a rib boat travelling at 55 miles an hour across the water and lunch on one of the islands. The next stop was St Petersburg, many before me have described this as a wonderful city and I would not challenge those views. We took a two day tour here as it was better than sorting our own visas and in any event would we have felt as safe - I doubt it. It was also St Petersburg's birthday so there was a carnival atmosphere about the place. If you are going be prepared to be exhausted at the end of two days and to have been flooded with information. When we got to Tallin the hop on hop off buses were right by the ship. At the cost of 10 Euro you can be taken to all the sites that the Panoramic ship's tour goes to at a fraction of the cost. Most people go to the old town at Tallin and it is impressive. However I would recommend a visit to the old prison. This was established during the communist era and many people were incarcerated, tortured and hung here. Surprisingly the tour buses don't go here and the tour guides deny ever hearing of it but it is an easy walk from the cruise births and is open from 12 noon until 9pm. It is only 2 Euro and expands understanding of a past era. The one thing it does not have is a guide book and try not to use the toilets as I am sure they have not been emptied since the prison closed. We had a fantastic time in Stockholm but this was because we met up with a pal I had not seen for 27 years. The last port of call was Copenhagen. Again the hop on hop off buses stop at the cruise terminal and cost 18 Euro - why pay much more for a shore excursion going to the same places. The little mermaid is an easy 5 minute walk from the ship and the city itself is also a flat, easy walk if you prefer. The canal boat trip is highly recommended and there seems to be two lines you can use. DFDS will charge you 70 Danish Krona whereas the other only charges 40 DKK for the same amount of time and itinery. Don't miss the Resistence Museum close to St Albans Church. It is free to enter and again demonstrates a period of history within Denmark. Getting back now to why this ship is not 5 star when it comes to food. There are a number of eating places without extra cost. Oceanview is a buffet on deck 14. Always very crowded and we did see them putting new food on top of old. The Moonlight Sonata is on decks 3 and 4. At breakfast you get a choice of express - here there is no food choice, you sit, it arrives and you leave but at least someone brought it to you. The alternative is picking from the menu - sadly the menu never changes so becomes predictable and boring. You can also have lunch in this venue but again the menu seems to be the same from start to finish and when you are brought cold chips or allegedly Creme Brulee ice cream that is really vanilla and your observations are met with a shrug, not good. Moonlight Sonata is also the evening venue. The food here had two sides to the menu; the first stayed the same everyday; the other had variations but sadly not a dish from the country we visited that day and again not up to 5 star level. The worst part though was the sommelier on our table, wine waiter to you and me. For ten days he ignored Ros and I despite serving others. I began to think we had a cloak of invisibility on us. The last straw though was when he took our wine glasses to give to others on the table - Mr Grumpy appeared and I then demanded wine - even though I did not actually want any that night, maybe that was his plan all along! There are other venues for dinner but these will cost you another $30 each and i am told then you get 5 star service! My recommendation for breakfast is on deck 12 where there is a healthy eating spot - much better than the others and just a shame we did not find it until the last 3 days. We had a lovely time despite my injury but that was really down to the locations, weather and company. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Celebrity Eclipse Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 4.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.2

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