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13 Celebrity Eclipse Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

We have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords and they exceeded our expectations- absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! The weather was magnificent everyday, couldn’t have asked for more beautiful conditions! 4 of us traveling ... Read More
We have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords and they exceeded our expectations- absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! The weather was magnificent everyday, couldn’t have asked for more beautiful conditions! 4 of us traveling together, me and my partner, my mom and her best friend. We flew to Dublin 3 days early to enjoy the city. We had been before and loved it. It never disappoints. Embarkation and Disembarkation: There were some concerns before the trip as earlier cruises had some issues with Dublin port since they are new to having a ship begin and end there but by time we took our cruise, everything seemed to be ironed out and both were very easy and quick. Ship: We loved the ship. We have been on Reflection before so we were familiar with the majority of the ship. Sure hope Celebrity does away with the cheesy glass blowing thing and replace it with a lawn grill. Ship was very clean and always a lot of officers walking around inspecting things. Cabin: we were in an S2 Sky Suite...aft /wake view/ on deck 12. Loved the room, very spacious, lots of storage. Hated deck 12. Too much noise from the Oceanview Cafe above. Deck chairs dragging off and on all day long. My mom was also on deck 12 but over on starboard side and she heard rolling carts from the Oceanview Cafe all hours of the day and night. We will never book deck 12 again. Dining: ugh...so disappointing. We were excited about eating in Luminae but we didnt care for a lot of the menu options and the things we chose were just blah. Nothing was bad, just boring. Got steak one night and it had a strange texture. Sweet potatoes, squash and asparagus was in everything every night it seemed. We ordered from the main dining room menu a couple times in Luminae as we didnt care for our options in Luminae. We ate at Tuscan Grill one night....the Minestrone soup was good but my lasagne was terrible. It was just basically hamburger between a couple slices of lasagne noodles. Not several layers. Missing ricotta cheese, barely any tomato sauce, spices...clearly no Italian was in the kitchen. No wonder the restaurant was only half full....just dont think it was worth $180 for the 4 of us...We did Qsine..and most of it was good, but for being Tapas style...still think portions are too large to really enjoy very many courses... Our only really good meal was Sushi on 5 for lunch our last full day on the ship. It was excellent. Tasted very authentic and what you would expect. Entertainment: Can’t comment too much here, we dont really do the shows, few interest us. Don’t do trivia etc....There seemed to be a lot going on every day based on the daily newsletter thing that showed all the things to do. Service: Excellent. Everyone was fantastic from our butler and suite attendant. To our waiter at Luminae, concierge in MIchaels Club.... We felt like everyone was very genuine in trying to please us. In fact, our butler was better than most of the butlers we have had on Silversea. Only negative was that it took forever to get our drinks at Martini Bar once ordered. Shore Excursions: we only did 2 shore excursions through Celebrity. Both were very good and well organized. This itinerary is FANTASTIC!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First Time Celebrity. Several Holland America, Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Viking. This was the best of the best. Food was simply delicious. Entertainment was amazing. Cabin was very comfortable. # 6303. Staff were so down to earth and ... Read More
First Time Celebrity. Several Holland America, Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Viking. This was the best of the best. Food was simply delicious. Entertainment was amazing. Cabin was very comfortable. # 6303. Staff were so down to earth and friendly. This is a great ship. Love the lay out of the vessel. I highly recommend this cruise line and this particular ship. We enjoyed all the ports of call. I cannot say enough about how happy we were to have been on this 14 day trip. This was more adult orientated. Only one child on board. We purchased the beverage package, and the unlimited WiFi. Yes, I would travel with Celebrity again . The ship was spotless. The gym was amazing. Loved the pools. Hot tubs, could have been a bit warmer. I think the show's onboard were some of the very best I have ever seen. Look forward to more travel ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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
Great ports from Curaçao and Aruba, to St. Lucia and Barbados etc. We were able to scuba dive and snorkel in some beautiful waters; and enjoy great beaches too! The food was very good in the restaurants; but we did take advantage of ... Read More
Great ports from Curaçao and Aruba, to St. Lucia and Barbados etc. We were able to scuba dive and snorkel in some beautiful waters; and enjoy great beaches too! The food was very good in the restaurants; but we did take advantage of the specialty restaurants also. We highly recommend the evening entertainment, as they did an excellent job on many nights. The one area of disappointment for us was the total lack of Caribbean themed music with the guitarist, and pool-side band. Three years ago we found the strolling musicians playing carribean /Jimmy Buffett type music really helped relax and create a great mood for the trip. This year had more European musicians who did not know any Jimmy Buffet or Toes in the sand music. The pool band was very good and sang or played many good songs, and tried to accommodate! The blend of many different nationalities also help to create an even nicer environment and trip. We almost felt in the minoritity as Americans! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is pretty much a repeat of last January's trip. Some might find it repetitious, but missing 5 ft. of snow to enjoy 14 days in the Caribbean,well I'll take repetitious! We departed from the Port of Miami(my first time)Before ... Read More
This is pretty much a repeat of last January's trip. Some might find it repetitious, but missing 5 ft. of snow to enjoy 14 days in the Caribbean,well I'll take repetitious! We departed from the Port of Miami(my first time)Before it was Ft.Lauderdale,where we've done several Cunard trips as well.The port facilities were fine. A/C helped keep the temps reasonable. It was busy as many arrived before their scheduled arrive time. This is a new tactic by Celebrity, to have a "staggered" arrive time. In theory it would work, but with many of us who overnighted in hotels, you have to be out by 11:00AM. So unless you want to drag around lots of luggage, you head to the terminal. We were on board in about an hour. Not being in Concierge class or a suite, we muddled through the lines. Once on board we were able to get to our room quicker than last year. Luggage arrived about an hour after us. Very smooth.We did lunch in Ocean View Cafe. Quick & easy. It's a bit hectic for first timers, but after your first time, it's pretty much routine. Dinner the fist night was a bit hectic(which we expect)The staff "rotates" around the MDR after each cruise, so I think it takes them a bit of getting used to. Vadym & Bernadette took great care of us through the trip. We will request them next year(if they're on board)Food overall was very good to a few times excellent. The only fish I don't really like is Talapia, so I ordered Salmon that particular night. As a note, the portions are smaller than last year, but extras, if you wished were no problem at all. Food in Murano & Qsine were excellent as well. We also did a lunch in Murano & Tuscan Grill as well. The Lobster in Murano's lunch was over cooked, something all of us noted. The rest of the food there was excellent,however. The Souffle' dessert was outstanding. We did one lunch in Bistro on 5. It was excellent. We kind of advise them on the crepes.The staff was as excellent as last year. We did note some cutbacks, that we felt caused them to rush around a lot more.Bernadette,our asst.waiter did much more carrying of food trays than assisting the diners.The room attendants had everything under control as well. We tend to be pretty neat,so we didn't give them a ton of work to do. I did not see the "towel" animals as last year. I think this is due to them having a few more cabins to clean. Though, some pax make a big deal about towel animals, it's not a problem with us. tHer were no nightly pillow chocolates, Oh the humanity of it!(Just kidding) We hear that due to the amount of complaints, they will be coming back to a pillow near you! We did find the entertainmaint to be excellent overall. Great shows. The comedians,especially Dan Wilson(hysterical)were great.The magicians(especially Ping Fei Su)were great as well. Did miss Perry Grant, as he was on vacation. The musicals were nice as before. Really quite razzel dazzel type shows. One was like a Cirque De Solei. Very nice. It's where you first saw Ping Fei Su. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We chose the Eclipse for it's longer Caribbean cruise. This was 14 days. We've done Cunard to this point & with them doing few Caribbean trips we've had to look elsewhere. The ship was spotless with lots of artwork all ... Read More
We chose the Eclipse for it's longer Caribbean cruise. This was 14 days. We've done Cunard to this point & with them doing few Caribbean trips we've had to look elsewhere. The ship was spotless with lots of artwork all around the ship. Some was nice, some rather strange, but still a lot of artwork. Makes the ship look nicer inside, I feel. For main dining we were in Moonlight Sonata(the MDR)The food here was excellent overall. Most portions were generous & variety was excellent. This was much better than our trips on Cunard in Britannia(the Grills, however are still the way to travel!)Waitstaff never made us feel rushed & there was most definately more staff per pax than was visible on Cunard. The Murano rest. was outstanding with food done in a French flair, well worth the cover charge. Qsine was more of a tasting venue, with small portions you chose from an I Pad. We felt the average pax might not go for this as it was a bit adventuresome. Being "foodies" we like trying new things. Restrooms were always being cleaned with attendants cleaning & folding cloth hand towels.Entertainment was nice but not over whelmingly great. The ship's band, while small had really good musicians. The show tunes were good & the players did their parts well. Most of them were really easy on the eyes(especially the guys!)The spa was nice, about the same as Cunard's Canyon Ranch. Prices were about equal, as well. The staff,overall really made you feel welcome. They seemed really interested if you having a good time. Ron Banks with his Zumba classes was really perky & gave the ladies a good workout. Perry Grant in Michaels Club was a great Cabaret type piano player with a great sense of humor. We've never seen anything quite like him on any other ship. He has a following that is legendary. Attend one of his shows & you'll see why. Worth booking again just to see him! Overall this was an outstanding trip & a great way to experience Celebrity. We do plan a trip next year mostlikely on the same ship, as they seem to have things down to a science. We liked the fact that it was an older crowd with few children. I hear Celebrity wants to change this. well don't!! At least keep Eclipse the way it is & you'll have us on future trips! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We returned home a few days ago from another wonderful Celebrity cruise. This time we were aboard Eclipse for the very first time. We have been aboard most every other of the Celebrity ships and were excited to see Eclipse and we were not ... Read More
We returned home a few days ago from another wonderful Celebrity cruise. This time we were aboard Eclipse for the very first time. We have been aboard most every other of the Celebrity ships and were excited to see Eclipse and we were not disappointed. First of all I want to say that we finally tried a beverage package... the Premium Beverage Package. We have been very apprehensive about trying them because we were not sure that we were good candidates. Traditionally we would have 2-3 drinks before dinner each night and an occasional wine with dinner. What we found with the premium package was that we enjoyed several bottles of water throughout the day, were able to have a Cafe Americano instead of the usual brew that we do not care for, and we enjoyed a nice glass of wine each night with dinner. All in all it worked out wonderfully for us and we believe it was a very good convenience and value for us. Next... the ship! Eclipse is gorgeous, just as all of her sisters are. The staff were all wonderful and did an excellent job. I would have to rate this one of my favorite ships and favorite cruises. Dining in the main dining room- Our waiter.. while quiet, did a good job considering the demands put upon him by our large table paired with a couple of other tables. The assistant waiter stood way out and was amazingly congenial and efficient. Our dinners were excellent nearly every night and the atmosphere in the dining was perfect and fun for us. We truly enjoy the effort that goes into serving so many thousands of people... and they still find time to sing "Happy Birthday" and "Happy Anniversary" to people... I love hearing those little celebrations going on! Oceanview- We enjoyed breakfast each morning at our usual spot off the back of the Oceanview and were always pleased with the service and area. The only point I will make is that I hope they remove the awkward sofas back there like they did on Reflection and replace with usable tables.. it seems to be a hit on Reflection! At lunch in the Oceanview they are now offering individual salads each day, usually 4 different selections in nice glass dishes. Each of them were fresh and fun... and it really was a welcome addition to our lunch time routine! The only thing I would mention about them is that I think they should be more careful with the amount of onions they put in all of them.. of course that is a personal opinion :D. We went to Tuscan and Murano twice. Both were excellent as always and we appreciate the wonderful service, food and atmosphere that you experience with both of these. Lounges & Bars- At first we went to the martini bar, but we ended up meeting several others and the music was a bit too much for our conversations so we looked at it as a challenge and looked for a quieter area to suit our needs. We moved to Michaels Club, where we had a wonderful waiter set up a big seating area for us to sit and enjoy cocktails and conversation each evening. This worked out wonderfully. This about sums up our cruise... one of the best ever! I am grateful to be able to cruise as much as we do, and experience the things cruising has to offer... and I am especially grateful to still appreciate all of that after 55 cruises :). If anyone has any questions about Eclipse, feel free to ask! Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
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 ... Read More
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 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... Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
My partner and I cruised on the Celebrity Eclipse on the January 14th sailing out of Miami. This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it. Celebrity gets it right - from their service standards to the quality of the food, rooms, ... Read More
My partner and I cruised on the Celebrity Eclipse on the January 14th sailing out of Miami. This was our first cruise and we absolutely loved it. Celebrity gets it right - from their service standards to the quality of the food, rooms, and shipboard amenities. We booked an Aqua Class room and were very happy that we did. The room (1531 on the Penthouse Deck) was beautiful and immaculately clean and very quiet. One of the highlights for us was dining in Blu, the dining room reserved exclusively for Aqua Class passengers. Can't say enough about how great this restaurant was. I am a vegan and they catered each day to my special dietary needs. The service was top notch (thanks, Agung!!!). Certain days we would order from the Main Dining Room menu and they would happily bring that for us to Blu. We booked the premium drink package and were happy that we did. They definitely know how to pour a good (and strong) drink. I think we probably got our money's worth with the package but even if we didn't it was worth it just to not have to worry about "how much we were spending". Having the package gives you the freedom to try what you want whenever you want it. What we enjoyed most about the cruise was the fact that we were really taken care of all week. The staff on this ship went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. The only "opportunities for improvement" we could suggest would be to make the hot tubs hotter (they were warm at best) and that some of the stage shows did not seem as professional as they could have been. Small things, considering how fantastic everything else was. We would highly recommend Celebrity and the Eclipse to anyone looking for a restful vacation with top notch service. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
I apologize if this review goes a little long. This review will describe the good, the great, and the amazing things that happened onboard our week-long cruise to the Eastern Caribbean from 11/26 - 12/3 2011. We booked this cruise ... Read More
I apologize if this review goes a little long. This review will describe the good, the great, and the amazing things that happened onboard our week-long cruise to the Eastern Caribbean from 11/26 - 12/3 2011. We booked this cruise over a year and a half ago as a post-thanksgiving break. We were part of the Pied Piper group aboard this sailing. Since the prices were relatively close, we decided to book a Concierge Class cabin, but more on that later! Pre-Cruise: We arrived on Black Friday and stayed at the LaQuinta Airport-East. This hotel was quite nice. The rooms were very quiet, despite being right at the end of one of the runways. The staff were all very friendly and amazing! They offer shuttle service from the airport and to the port the next morning, but we chose to not use the port service, as I am an early riser, and like to get moving. Just don't pay attention to the many fliers shoved under your door for local eateries. We ate dinner at the Bennigan's next door. I was pleasantly surprised to find the food delicious and the portions generous and not overpriced. The reviews are not to always be believed! Embarkation: As stated, we chose to forgo the shuttle to the airport offered by the hotel, and opted to use a taxi for this. With tip and not being a flat-rate trip it was around $32 for the two of us. It was definitely a great way to start the day! What a quick ride to the port in comfort! We arrived at approximately 10:15. We were one of the first in line to enter the port to get seapass cards and to be checked in. This was a painless process and then were seated in an area for a short wait since the previous cruise was not yet cleared. We waited in this area approximately 20 minutes and were then led onto the ship by groups. We were onboard with mimosas in hand by 11. Stateroom: C3 - 1073 - After a delightful first lunch in a not crowded Oceanview Cafe, we were off to explore the ship until our cabins were ready at 1pm. We were just off the forward elevators on the port side of the ship. Very convenient and quiet, considering location to elevators. Bathroom is rather large, with a great layout. Our room stewards were always available and kept our large ice bucket filled all week. Enough storage for the two of us with room to spare for a week-long cruise. Did notice that on port days that when the window washers on deck 12 and 14 did spray downward onto balcony, also in the AM when the bridge washes its windows on sea days, you get a rainstorm on your balcony but it is brief. Ship: Immaculate! Always being cleaned. Never found it difficult to find a table in the Oceanview Cafe or chairs at the pool. All the public areas are well thought out. Spent a lot of evenings enjoying the Martinis in the Martini Bar, and Karaoke in the Sky Lounge. The lawn and Sunset bar were wonderful in the afternoons to just sit, relax, and enjoy lawn games. Traffic flow was never found to be a problem except at the beginning of dinner, and when the theater left out, but that is to be expected. Dining: Room Service was used most morning and was always delivered during our requested time slot. We usually had toast and croissants with cereal or oatmeal and coffee. This was a way to get us going for the day ahead. Lunch menus varied in the Oceanview Cafe with always something for everyone. The oceanview cafe is well laid out with the many stations. It can seem daunting at times, but it was always worth a look around before committing to an entree for the meal, as there may be something on one of the stations that you may like as well. The only island we noticed there were problems with was the Salad Bar as it was laid out backwards, with lettuce in the middle and dressings near where the plates were. We had second seating in the Moonlight Sonata with our group. We only ate here twice for dinner and once for lunch. As we do not participate in formal nights and at times found the menus lacking in items that sounded appealing to us. All times we ate here it was delicious and quite inventive with great service! If you wish for a great dining experience we highly recommend Tuscan Grille. This experience on the first formal night was an amazing culinary and gastronomical delight leaving us wanting more. Bistro on Five is highly underrated and worth the $5 cover - Portions are huge, and definitely a treat. We ate here one evening and noted only three passenger tables and two crew tables. We had the Premium Alcohol Package. This was well used and we are not huge drinkers. It was well used in the mornings for coffees at Cafe al Bachio, bottled waters for shore excursions, meals, etc. We also found it nice to not have a slip to sign and be able to order any drink whenever we wanted. It was definitely worth it for us! We highly recommend a drink package as they are a great value! Entertainment: We only attended two shows all week. We were pretty busy and spent most of our time relaxing and enjoying the ship. We saw a female singing impressionist who was great and attended the Voyage in Review show which was phenomenal! The entertainers throughout the ship were great - love the Riptides!!! AquaSpa: I am always one for a massage or two while on vacation, mostly to relieve some backpain and stress. I decided to try something different this trip after meeting Dr. Liu the onboard acupuncturist. Wow! What a week of being pain free after three sessions during the week. This was my first time using acupuncture and was a little skeptical but am a true believer in the alternative medicine catagory. It was as relaxing as a massage with longer term benefits. I will also include the Solarium pool and cafe here as well. This was an amazing area on the ship. The pool is quiet with 2 spas and plenty of loungers around to spend an afternoon reading or quietly relaxing. The cafe also serves amazing salads and salmon dishes. Ports: San Juan, PR; St. Thomas, USVI; St. Martin - I will say this itinerary is great for relaxing as there are three sea days. All the ports were great with our favorite being St. Martin, definitely want to visit again. Please read the Port reviews for further information. No tendering in any of the ports. This made it easy to get on and off the ship. Disembarkation: The time I hate the most! Our final morning we were up at 4:30 and watched the ship come into Miami and dock which was awesome to see at that hour. We slept until 6:30 and were out of our cabin by 7:15. We got coffee at Cafe al Bachio and went up to a moderately crowded Oceanview Cafe and had a light breakfast before heading to our debarkation meeting point of the Eclipse theater to disembark at 8am. There were still people on there balconies as we were leaving. Longest line all week was standing at the curb after walking thru customs, and getting a cab after 20 mins. This was our first, and definitely not our last cruise with Celebrity. It was an amazing experience! This is how cruising should be. The lack of announcements was a welcome treat. The Celebrity Today always had a lot of activities to attend. All the crew were extremely friendly with a pleasant smile and "Hello, How are you?" for you whenever you passed them onboard. As smokers, it was a pleasure to not have smoking in the casino, staterooms, or verandas. We were fine with the amount of smoking areas on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We took a spring break Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse a week ago. Before the cruise, I had looked over every review on this site in anticipation of our trip. This was our first cruise, so the excitement, and the anxiety, were ... Read More
We took a spring break Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse a week ago. Before the cruise, I had looked over every review on this site in anticipation of our trip. This was our first cruise, so the excitement, and the anxiety, were pretty high. I felt it was my responsibility to help out others like the other great reviews helped us...so here goes. We are a couple in our low 30s. We were turned on to Celebrity by our travel agent. He suggested we would enjoy it because of it's high class, modern approach to the experience. In addition, knowing our love of food and wine, he said it was the way to go. He was right. Embarkation was a breeze. PoM handled that very well. You are greeted onboard with champagne and a string quartet playing...perfect. While we waited for our staterooms to be available, we went to Bistro on Five and had lunch. By the time we were done, our staterooms were available. We had a small stateroom with a balcony, as the majority of rooms on this class of ship do. Clean, modern, spacious. It was a little short on drawer storage, but at the end of the day who cares. The only thing we did not realize was that irons are not allowed on ships. There is not one in the room. In other words, have your formal wear pressed before hand, or plan on getting your laundry service slip filled out as soon as you get unpacked. Food: We chose select dining option. This allows you "open" seating on the upper aft side of the main dining. We showed at various times throughout the week and never waited more than 5 minutes for a table. The food was good to excellent. There are plenty of options for almost any taste. I think as long as you keep in mind that there are 1000 other people eating at the same time, many exactly what you are, many not...you will be pleased with what you eat. We did one specialty dining night. We went to QSine. I have heard a lot fo flack about this place. We thought it was excellent. It was fun and silly. If you are going to do QSine, do so with an open mind and just have fun. Drinks: We did the Classic Alcohol package. Thank God! What can I say...we had a good time and just had basically what we wanted up to a certain price without having to think about it. Decent glasses of wine with dinner, AMstel lights and Pina Coladas all week. This also includes our trips to Cafe Bacio for espresso or americanos, which was sometimes twice a day. It adds up. Fun: We socialized alot, met new people, tried all the venues. Some nights we hung out by ourselves. We went to the show one night. Even though that wasn't our thing, it was there. There are so many options, you don't get bored unless you want to be. Most of the time, we either sat at the Sunset Bar, laid out on the lawn, or took naps on our balcony. The gym is excellent. Go early or late to beat the crowd. Even at busy times, though, I don't think I ever waited more than a couple minutes for a machine or treadmill. Shores: San Juan: Go to the Forts St Maarten: Either go to Orient Beach or stay on the ship. We took an excursion. BAD MOVE. Seriously... St. Kitts: Incredible. Find a beach. Order a Carib. Relax. Celebrity: They did it ALL right. The ship was incredible, the staff is mostly all friendly. We had an incredible sommelier. There were kids but not too many. There were seniors, but not too many. There were people our age, but not too many. Our rooms were always clean. Honestly, it was so nice I almost preferred At Sea days. We are already planning our next! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
BACKGROUND: My partner and I have sailed on most of the major cruise lines, including Carnival, NCL, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have probably been on 18 cruises and are Diamond RCI members which gave us Elite status on Celebrity ... Read More
BACKGROUND: My partner and I have sailed on most of the major cruise lines, including Carnival, NCL, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We have probably been on 18 cruises and are Diamond RCI members which gave us Elite status on Celebrity which offered nice benefits like free laundry. This was our first Celebrity cruise and it will not be the last. We previously avoided Celebrity because I wrongfully believed that they were too formal and stuffy. My job requires that I wear a suit and tie most days; therefore, on vacation I don't want to be required to wear formal attire. The experience was not as rigid as I had believed. A sport coat and tie are acceptable on formal nights and you can dine in the alternative restaurants in casual attire on formal nights if you prefer. I had read great things about Celebrity's new Solstice class of ships and decided to give them a try. I'm glad that we did. EMBARCATION: Here I thought Celebrity could have done a better job. There were numerous lines and the whole process took almost an hour. They need to improve this in Miami. Once on board we were very impressed. A glass of champagne and a warm welcome greets everyone. The ship is beautiful, very elegant and comfortable at the same time. The lounges, bars and theatres are all stunning. CABINS: We had an Aqua class cabin on deck 11. There was no noise from the pool deck above or the cabins to either side. The cabin was tastefully decorated and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom had the best layout I have ever seen in non-suite accommodations. The shower was amazing with, I think, 7 water jets, and it was large by cruise standards. There was lots of storage and something I have not seen mentioned before, the mirror is heated so that it doesn't fog up above the sink when you shower. Nice touch. The balcony was a nice size and the furnishings very comfortable with 2 reclining chairs, 2 foot stools and a fairly large table. Aqua class comes with nicer robes and towels. You also get fresh fruit, a bottle of champagne on embarkation day and canapEs each day (which you will want to skip). DINING: I have to admit I was very skeptical about Celebrity's acclaimed cuisine. I'm glad to say that I was wrong. I expected the usual cruise fare. We dined in Blu, and the food was amazing. Frankly, we are both very particular about food. My partner works in a very upscale steakhouse and we dine out regularly. The steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes were all excellent. Don't miss the halibut in lobster sauce. Breakfast in Blu was as good as the dinners. The blueberry walnut pancakes were great. Best of all was the service. The maitre d' in Blu, Joval, was the best I have every encountered as were our server, O'Neil and his assistant, Anna. They are all transferring to Silhouette in July. We tried both Tuscan Grille and Murano. We did not particularly enjoy Tuscan Grille, but did not complain, as the food was alright. The next night when we returned to Blu and our maitre d', Joval, asked about our experience the previous night. We told him it was disappointing. The food in Blu was actually better and no $30 surcharge. Joval telephoned us later that evening and invited us to join him for coffee the next morning where he invited the executive chef and restaurant manger of Tuscan Grille so that they could understand the problem we experienced and fix the inadequacies. I was frankly shocked at this level of service. In addition, they comped our dinner that night in Murano as a goodwill gesture. We did not try Quisine, but everyone we spoke with who dined there was thoroughly impressed. We only tried the main dining room once and that was for lunch, which was fine. The buffet was adequate, nothing spectacular; but it was laid out very well. No lines and no problem finding a table. The Mast Grill had excellent burgers, hotdogs and sides, but the lines were quite long at times. PORTS: Honestly, they could choose more interesting ports. San Juan? St. Marteen and St. Kitts at least have interesting excursions. We have been to all of them before, but at least they were all warm and sunny. DISEMBARCATION: Again, this did not go smoothly. Maybe it's the facility in Miami, but it literally took almost an hour for our luggage to appear on the carousel after our number was called. Not good! PROS: Just about everything. I especially liked the think cushions on all the lounge chairs on the pool decks and the lack of a "towel Nazi" policy like on RCI. You can have all the pool towels you like any time you like and they don't make you keep count. Does anyone really want to steal a cheap pool towel? The drink packages were also a nice option and you can vary your choices. I thought they were a good value. I thought the service was uniformly excellent from guest relations to the cabin attendant and everyone in between. CONS: Embarkation and disembarkation. Celebrity needs to work on this at least in Miami. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We were very excited for this vacation, having booked it almost 9 months ago to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It was also freezing at home, and we were very much looking forward to a chance to escape from the cold. Thankfully, the ... Read More
We were very excited for this vacation, having booked it almost 9 months ago to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It was also freezing at home, and we were very much looking forward to a chance to escape from the cold. Thankfully, the Eclipse did not disappoint on any level. It was a wonderful ship with beautiful rooms, amazing food, and top-notch entertainment. What a world of difference from previous cruises, which pretty universally had less than excellent food and only a few good entertainers. STATEROOM: Our stateroom, though small by non-ship standards, was arranged in such a way that we had no trouble storing our things or getting around the room. The 5 headed shower tower in the bathroom was amazing, even though the shower was VERY small. The TV swiveled, and the in-room entertainment options were pretty good for a cruise ship. We were very glad to have booked one of the "bump" cabins, as the extra balcony space was necessary to use the footrests. Not sure how standard-size balconies can fit all of that furniture! PUBLIC AREAS: This ship is, in a word, breathtaking. The most amazing part was that, despite having a lot of people onboard, the ship only rarely felt crowded (only when leaving theater events with big crowds did we really realize how many people were onboard). There are lots of visually interesting elements to the ship - the suspended tree, the lawn, and artwork at every landing on the stairs. There were a variety of lounges, bars, and spaces, decorated to suit any taste. We loved the Molecular Bar! SPA: We took advantage of the on board spa, and the access we got to the relaxation areas by being AquaClass passengers. My masseuses were both skilled and handled a long-standing shoulder injury carefully. The sauna, steam rooms, showers, and heated loungers were all lovely and not too crowded...we never had trouble finding an open spot to sit. I spent many an afternoon lounging, steaming, and relaxing in this peaceful hideaway. DINING: I can honestly say that I have never had such good food on a cruise ship. We knew it was going to be special from the boarding-day buffet...typically NOT a great meal on most lines. Celebrity threw together a feast, and I knew from that moment that we were in for a treat. As an AquaClass guest, we got to eat in Blu, which was worth the cost of the upgrade by itself. Blu had some of the most amazing hot soups that I have ever eaten in my life. Every night, there was a new, amazing soup to try. The entrees were delicious and perfectly portioned, and you could eat three courses without getting overly stuffed. The only quibble I have is with the desserts - they were hit and miss. We usually got lunch at either the AquaSpa Cafe (delicious, if limited) or the buffet. The buffet food, though obviously not as good as Blu, was still impressively varied and pretty tasty. Having ice cream available almost all the time was great, but dangerous for my waistline. Room service was a little disappointing (bland breakfast omelet, for example, and cookies that tasted straight out of the supermarket), but otherwise, we were blown away. SERVICE: The service on Eclipse was great...first off, it was in unobtrusive, which is always nice when you're trying to relax and get away from it all. Our stateroom was kept very nice, our flowers and toiletries refreshed, all without us really noticing Violetta, our stateroom attendant. In fact, I don't think I saw her at all after she introduced herself, except when she was making a quick delivery (pillow, room service, etc). The restaurant staff was also great - always there to keep a water glass filled as soon as you empty it, but except on the first night, not constantly asking you if there is anything that you need. Everything we needed, someone was able to get for us. ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment on Eclipse was truly outstanding. We were particularly fond of Last Call, the A Capella group on board. They were a lot of fun and kept popping up in all sorts of venues - in bars and lobbies, with the big band, and on stage in Ovations, the Broadway-revue type show that played on the first formal night. Ovations was pretty decent. Last Call was the highlight of the show when they popped up as the Jersey Boys. We went to almost every show they performed, and we were never disappointed. They were chatty and friendly, and developed quite a following throughout the cruise. Luckily, they were friendly and talked to all of their admirers. The party band was also exceptional, and had a huge repertoire. These two groups pretty much kept us entertained throughout the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
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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