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5 Celebrity Eclipse Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

This was our second celebrity cruise and the ship was great. We had excellent service from domestic staff and restaurant staff. The food was all excellent not always enjoyed due to sea sickness and vile weather!! Not the fault of the ship ... Read More
This was our second celebrity cruise and the ship was great. We had excellent service from domestic staff and restaurant staff. The food was all excellent not always enjoyed due to sea sickness and vile weather!! Not the fault of the ship or the exceptionally friendly and amusing Captain Leo. Sadly 2 things let the holiday, our honeymoon, down. We had poor service from most bars as the staff rarely recognised who was next at the bar often serving males first or those who shouted loudest even if they came after several others. Having paid for premium drinks we were (as on last cruise) disappointed by staff trying to give us prosecco or cava when we asked for champagne and not all bars serve all the drinks advertised. Our pool bar service was rescued by Ricky who kept us some after a few days of asking. Our sommelier at dinner Arnold was knowledgable and very amiable, never disappointing us. My final disappointment,although I don’t know what I expected, was after ticking the ‘it’s our honeymoon ‘ box we received a congratulations card and a whole 4’’ x 1’’ ship shaped fridge magnet!! Wow!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
14 night Southern Caribbean Cruise – Miami 04/03/2018 This was our very first cruise, we travelled with friends who had also never cruised before, only spoken to friends who were seasoned cruisers. So it was with some ... Read More
14 night Southern Caribbean Cruise – Miami 04/03/2018 This was our very first cruise, we travelled with friends who had also never cruised before, only spoken to friends who were seasoned cruisers. So it was with some trepidation, that we embarked on our first Caribbean cruise. Our trepidation in vain, when we arrived at the check-in desk. From that point to arriving at our the state room the embarkation couldn’t have been more simpler. For the 14 nights on board, the service from all the staff was exceptional. Our room attendant Jose, was superb, the waiting table staff in the dining rooms was also exceptional, knowledgeable about the menu’s and the wine lists, the bar staff all around the ship were all first class. The ship its self, exceeded expectations, pictures online didn’t do it justice. We spoke to many people on-board during our vacation, and all said we has “ set the bar high” for our first cruise with Celebrity, so I guess we will be booking our next cruise with Celebrity. There are a couple of things I would mention as some constructive criticisms. The shore excursions are expensive, Try some of the local taxi drivers on the islands, far more flexible with timings form coming back to the ship if you don’t want to stay on the beach all day !! The internet package is expensive for the Wi-Fi service you receive, very poor in places, especially in the state rooms where most people would want to make their private calls / facetime family back home, this is the one place where Wi-Fi should be easily available. The Classic drinks package does not cover enough of the basic drinks people would normally have, which then forces customers to upgrade to the premium package, an understandable move by Celebrity, but customers should be told or give a sample of the drink packages menus when booking their trips. I booked through Igloo.com, who when questioned said the Classic drinks package would suffice, it didn’t by a long way, we ended up upgrading to the premium drinks package. All this said, the whole trip was exceptional from beginning to end, a truly brilliant vacation, and a wonderful experience. Thank you Celebrity Cruises Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were quite apprehensive booking a cruise: our usual mode of travel is to pack light, head to Europe, rent a car and see where the wind takes us. For several years we've listened to (dedicated cruiser) friends talk about how much ... Read More
We were quite apprehensive booking a cruise: our usual mode of travel is to pack light, head to Europe, rent a car and see where the wind takes us. For several years we've listened to (dedicated cruiser) friends talk about how much they love it, but we always felt it probably wouldn't be for us. How wrong we were! When holiday plans in the Yucatan with other friends fell through last July, we went back to the drawing board. We considered everything under the sun - a cold-weather city break in Europe, eco-lodging in Costa Rica or Panama, a quick zip across the Pacific to Hong Kong or Singapore, or South Africa. And the cruise. Putting all the pieces together, the cruise just made the most sense at the time, and more than once we said to one another and to our friends, "well, if we don't like it, we can survive anything for a week, and the weather's practically guaranteed to be good." Amex in hand, we booked it. Went for Aqua Class on the advice of the travel agent at American Express (who, when she learned this was our first cruise, said, "You're setting the bar awfully high") and we were glad we did. Flew down to Miami a full day in advance, cashed some points and bunked into the Conrad. Rental car from the downtown Hertz location, and we took off exploring Miami for a day and a half. Two quick plugs -- had lunch at the Segafredo cafe at Bal Harbor Shops (we always seek out Segafredo cafes in Europe, and this one didn't disappoint), and dinner at Jaguar in Coconut Grove. Both were great. Breakfast at the Conrad in the morning, then an hour walk on the beach, return car, and off we go on the grand adventure. Relatively quick check in (about 1:30 pm - could have gone earlier, we now know), and met the couple in line in front of us. They made the vacation! We ended up having dinner together twice on board, in San Juan on that shore day, and hanging by the pool as well. Attended the Connections event and met another great couple and a family of four - we became a little group throughout the cruise. And it was a great time. The dining in Blu made a big difference we think. The food was good, but the atmosphere really made it. Only figured out that they served breakfast on day 4, so missed that the first half of the cruise. Did specialty dining in Tuscan Grille and Murano. Both were good - not spectacular, but definitely passble. the night we ate in Murano, there was a loud band playing in the bar outside, and the music clashed notably with the background music being played in the restaurant. It detracted from the experience, but wasn't a total killer to the experience. Great wine list at Murano, BTW. Also enjoyed the Aqua Spa cafe. Nice healthy alternatives. I actually lost weight on the cruise! Did our own thing on the port days. Nothing pre-planned. We think we missed something in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. it was fine, but not the destination we expected. Really glad we went to St. John on the St. Thomas stop. it was beautiful. There was a real rush for the chairs at the pool -- descending into what I dubbed "Chairgate" when one woman sought the intervention of three personnel. A very loud argument ensued - which made many people uncomfortable. One morning I arose before 6 am -- and was able to get the last of the beds for two by the pool, and a few chairs for the rest of our crew. Also, the poolside crew didn't enforce the adult pool occupancy rules - and when pressed on the topic, said that it was because of the number of children on the vessel. While we love children, it would have been nice to have had the rules enforced. We wanted to use the spa, but essentially couldn't because it was occupied by groups of young people who occupied it from 10 am and didn't get out til the end of the day. The entertainment was decent -- a bit on the cheesy side, and as we seemed to be at the end of a contract period, some of the singers were exhibiting audible vocal fatigue. Also, found it quite odd that the string trio would be playing selections from the movie Titanic -- or is that some inside joke that I'm not in on? FInal analysis: I've never been more relaxed in my life. We've booked a short 5-day'er at the beginning of April - not S class ship, so we'll be in C1, (or is it C3 -- highest Concierge Class) and we'll be looking forward to trying cruising without the benefits of AQ. Will be interesting to see how the impact of Blu, etc, will be on our experience. But we're hooked. See you on the seas! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was our first time on Celebrity was we was a little unsure what to expect after reading so many reviews on cruise critic and other sites after reading review after review with people saying "It's full of old people" we ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity was we was a little unsure what to expect after reading so many reviews on cruise critic and other sites after reading review after review with people saying "It's full of old people" we are 38 & 43 and I would say the average age was 50-60 and we had more fun with the people we met on this cruise then any other we have ever taken. Embarkation was a dream we arrived at 10:20am and was on the ship at 11am what a great start to the cruise. We opted for Aqua-class and had cabin 1603 a hump cabin with balcony and boy was we pleased such a great location in the middle of the ship and right near the lifts and no we never heard any noise apart from one afternoon when getting changed we could hear the band playing at the poolside. Blu... we had read so much about Blu and was really looking forward to dining there however the first night was not good they had a very small selection of starters and nothing I liked :( so I ordered the steak for the main course that arrived cold so ended up ordering room service not good when you pawy the extra for Blu and end up with burger and frys in your cabin however the following night we was informed there had been alot of problems in Blu and this would not happen again,the food in Blu is good but only ever warm I made a point of telling them I liked my food piping hot and this was seen to with no problem another point worth mentioning was three times we was given a plate or saucer with a chip in it surely the kitchen should see this when plating up ? so for all of the above I would give Blu 3 out of 5 the main benefit for us was not having to dine in the main dining room that was very crowded and the tables and chairs far to close to one another. The brunch buffet was a total nightmare it was more like a bun fight :(( there was huge ques both sides of the dining room and you could not even see the food the chefs had prepared because of the amount of people so we left and had lunch in the ocean view cafe it was lovely and quiet bliss :)) I think Celebrity should address the brunch better in future so everyone gets to enjoy it. So overall for food I would again rate it 3 out of 5. The entertainment was brilliant and the best we we have seen so far in St-P they had some Russian dancers come aboard to do a show for us and this was great. The circus act was also very good and worth seeing again. Service was probably the best we have ever received on a cruise ship every member of staff smiled and said hello when walking past you from the cleaners to the captain and nothing was ever to much for the staff to ensure you was happy and enjoying your holiday. Shore Excursions.. next time I will do far more research on ports because like all cruise company's Celebrity love selling you there shuttle tickets and some points of interest was only 10-15 Min's walk from the ship and they charged you $10-15 a time. OK we had issues with the warm food and poor service in Blu the first night but would we book again ? you bet we have booked to return next year :)) Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Embarkation We stayed in South Beach before the cruise. We took a $20 cab to Port of Miami and arrived at 11am. Embarkation was slower than I anticipated- we boarded at 11:45, rooms were ready at 1:30 (bags arrived at 2). Went to the ... Read More
Embarkation We stayed in South Beach before the cruise. We took a $20 cab to Port of Miami and arrived at 11am. Embarkation was slower than I anticipated- we boarded at 11:45, rooms were ready at 1:30 (bags arrived at 2). Went to the buffet at 3 to eat lunch and it was crowded, but we got a table outside near the Oceanview bar. Service After the first few days we did not feel the pampering and top rate service that we expected from X based on cc reviews. However, we reported our problems and they were very well handled (see below part about the MDR). Even so, service was inconsistent (great cabin steward & activities staff, but other crew were cold). Dining Oceanview cafe (buffet): Very good. It's a buffet, so no gourmet experiences were expected or delivered, but we were impressed with the variety offered, the easy traffic flow even during busy times, and cleanliness. X does very good breads, cookies, and ice creams we discovered. Aqua Spa Cafe: This is a very small venue (few tables) located near the solarium pool. It's not open for dinner. At breakfast there are tons of different types of delicious rolls and real yogurt parfaits, at lunch I enjoyed the salmon burgers and the herb-poached fruit bar. Q'sine: This was the only specialty restaurant we tried. It was worth every penny and certainly lived up to the hype. Truly excellent service! We had a reservation at 6pm and left at 9:30! Try the kobe tacos with make-your-own guacamole. This was a real highlight of the cruise. Room service: surprisingly good! We used the TV to order. The "quantity" doesn't mean one serving it means one item so we pushed one French toast...but what came was one slice, one pat of butter ... Everything was delivered fast and hot. Moonlight Sonata (MDR): Worst part of the cruise. On night 1 my partner opened the wine menu and a big, dead bug was squished in there! Our server was not very friendly and rarely came by. The escargot and the steaks from the everyday menu were bad. On night two things were worse. Our orders came out wrong multiple times; the lamb was quite good, but frustrated we bailed without dessert. We boycotted for two more nights dining elsewhere then went to guest relations to report the issue. They responded very, very fast with phone calls from the Maitre D, a nice letter and bottle of white wine in our room. The Maitre D met us at the MDR entrance the next night and he took us himself to a new table in another section. Our new server was excellent, the sommelier brought us complimentary champagne and the assistant waiter was really good. The MDR manager came by to check on us. That night we enjoyed the short ribs, meatballs, passion fruit cheesecake and pastry cigar. We had good MDR experiences from then on, but we never liked the menus as much. On a side note, we enjoyed the 1st sea day brunch there very much (chocolate fountain). *** We only ate in the MDR on the first formal night, the food, decor and service were no different than other nights. Most guys wore suits and ties followed closely by those who, like me, wore sport coats and ties with slacks. We only saw one or two tuxes. Cafe Al Baccio: This is a nice cafe and you don't need to spend a dime. The coffee drinks all cost extra (not much more than Starbucks though), but the pastry case is free and full of delicious finger sandwiches and treats. Design/Public spaces This ship is beautiful (even the bathrooms) and it does not feel very big or crowded. The public areas are lush, mod and classy. The outdoor spaces are nice too, spa-like, but the casino and art gallery are the only tacky parts. Everything is gleaming and new. We were very impressed by the boutique hotel vibe. Pool deck - I fell in love with the 4-poster hammocks on the pool deck! Yes, there were a lot of people on the pool decks on sea days, but we still got chairs on the inner deck of the main pool. Surprisingly, the adult-only indoor solarium pool was always more crowded, though we could get seats in there too. These areas are very nice. Gym- We found the gym to be quite nice. We didn't have to wait for equipment. The locker rooms (well, the men's) were really good. We enjoyed the sauna and the fact that they had shaving cream and razors. iLounge- This place is cool looking, but it's too small. The staff is overwhelmed too. The net was often down because too many people were using it. There was a lot of frustration over the Internet packages. Don't buy one if you can help it. Cabin We were in a cat 1A, # 7290. This is on the aft angle of "the hump." We loved our cabin! The dEcor is upscale and understated, there was plenty of storage for two people on a 7-nighter (big luggage fit under bed), and the bathroom was very nice. The balcony on this cabin is one of the extra large ones, it is about 50% of the total room size. The table is eating height and chairs are comfy. We found the bed super comfy too. This was also a great location, right near the middle elevators/stairs still it was really quiet. We liked the TV and how it works for many functions (facial recognition with the photographers is cool and it shows your pics while the radio feature plays) and were pleasantly surprised with the channels, which had current sporting events and lots of free, pretty recent on-demand movies. We did have a couple odd moments in there - the divider between ours and our forward neighbor's balconies once came unhinged. And beware the main door - pull them hard, the door was hard to close all the way and lock. Entertainment/activities: In some ways what people say about X is true, entertainment isn't their strength, but in other ways we were pleasantly surprised. Activities- I did go to some scrapbooking sessions, they give you a free, nice kit with materials to make one project. We also went to "Name That Tune," which was fun (we won easily and got lots of loot-tee shirts, pillows, playing cards, pens, medals). We also did the galley tour on Thursday (2nd sea day). This was ok, but be prepared to wait around in the upper MDR waiting for your group to be called. Unfortunately I could not understand a single word our chef/guide said because of his accent. Celebrity theater shows- It's a mixed bag. The first night is a preview show of sorts. You get to see some of the dancers and the instrumental groups you'll see onboard all week. EDGE (Tuesday night/St Martin at 7 and 9pm) we are split on. He found it too cheesy, but I thought it was fun. It was a musical revue with four main singers and many dancers set to digital light show. They covered Sting, Journey, The Beatles... cool, but not exactly current. If you like the show Glee, you'll like this one. Eclipse the Show (Thursday, 2nd day at sea, 8:30 and 10:45): It was a good show. There was a real set and a cirque du soleil-like show with tight rope walking, aerialists, and contortionists. This was far better than any of the other shows we went to. Celebrity Chefs Cooking Show (Friday, last sea day, 10:30am): This is a cute, iron chef-like contest between two ship chefs, each paired with an audience member. Hot Glass Show up on the top deck is good and you learn a lot about glass blowing; we went twice for afternoon shows on sea days. It was standing room only, but they make a new piece every 20 minutes or so, so if you arrive and can't get a seat, wait around ad then swoop in and like us you'll be able to get seats when the next piece starts. Masque and Motown- Both were good and surprising. Masque (Monday/San Juan night at 10:30) was a goofy, fun little show with dancers in Marie Antoinette garb set to songs from Rocky Horror and pop music in the grand foyer. We could see well from the aft stairwells and it was neat to move around deck 5 seeing it from different angles. The Motown party was also good, but I didn't like it quite as much as Masque. One thing we loved was that some dancers set up shop in the elevators dancing as they ride up and down and occasionally catching unsuspecting cruisers in there. *** we HATED the ubiquitous pool and grand foyer band, D'revelation. Every time I heard their female vocalist start I'd think of Simon Cowell on American Idol and how his biggest cut down is to tell someone they sound like a cruise ship singer. This was bad wedding music level: the Macarena? Love Shack? I'd take a Caribbean band or a jazz band by the pool over this any day. The one musical act we did like, though it's not our normal cup of tea, was an all-female string quartet from the Ukraine. They played "Back in the USSR!" - I think they were called Del Canto Strings. Overall, X isn't the greatest for entertainment if you're looking for something honestly current, let alone cutting edge or unique, but especially when it didn't involve singing, it was better than we expected. Ports- Disembarking in ports was painless - there were never any lines or waiting. San Juan (Monday)- The sail in was gorgeous. In this port we opted out of any tour and stayed in Old San Juan. The bad thing about this stop is that being there on a Monday means a lot (all museums) is closed. All the street vendors on the Paseo only work Tues-Sun. We walked left off the pier up to El Morro fort, which is very nice and it was only $3pp. There are great views and photo ops everywhere. We took a break to try piraguas - PR's snow cones, wandered the streets going into tacky little shops and such, and visited the famous, divey diner, La Bombonera, where two people ate for only $20. St Martin (Tuesday)- We booked privately with Bernard's tours (group tour, $35pp in an air-conditioned van with all the bottled water, sodas, rum punch and beer). Our guide/driver was Thomas. We stopped for 20 minutes at the very tacky, but funny Rima's souvenir shop. Then, despite being told we'd do 3 of these, we stopped at our only scenic look-out for a photo op. At Maho/Sunset beach, the famous beach near the airport, I started to dislike the tour. In order to "avoid traffic" Thomas changed the order of the itinerary we'd been given. As a result we were there when no planes were set to land or take off - I felt gipped. We went to the open market on the French side in Marigot and the famous Serafina's French pastry shop, Yum! Our last stop was Orient beach. We paid $8 each for an umbrella chair and a drink (any), but we had very little beach time (less than 90 min). We got dropped at Front St. in downtown Philipsburg where we wandered around in the many jewelry shops and walked the boardwalk before we walked back to the ship (15 min). Overall, the tour was ok and the price was definitely right, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. St Kitts(Thursday)- Like I did for St Martin, I used to ports of call board to select a private tour operator, Thenford Grey's Island Excursions, but I booked a private, custom tour. Our driver for the day was Don. So we had four people, each paid $37.50. This tour was GREAT. We got a full driving tour of the island, Don was amazing and very informative, we got out once for pics, drove to the southeastern peninsula past the Frigate bay area where we saw incredible homes and resorts. We went to the Caribbean side to Shipwreck beach bar at South Friar's bay beach. WOW! This is almost untouched beach, in a valley, with just the one bar. We felt totally safe leaving things on our chair and paid $18 for two chairs with a palm shade. Unlike St Martin, we weren't harassed by people selling stuff. We rented snorkel stuff for $10pp. The reef is extremely close to the shore line. We saw a variety of fish and a sea turtle swam under us. Don then drove us to Ottley's Plantation Inn. What a view! We had an easy lunch. This was by far our best port and excursion. Disembarkation: On the last morning we ignored our assigned lounge and time and had our last breakfast in the Oceanview buffet until at 8:45 they called our group. Just as we arrived they made an announcement that there was a customs delay so no one could get off yet, so we nabbed seats in the photo gallery to wait until at 9:15 things started to move and we were quickly off the ship. We found our luggage in the (ugly) terminal pretty fast and customs was a breeze. OVERALL/what we learned: As first-timers we learned a lot from this experience. We were glad we took a travel power strip, but never used our refillable coffee mugs. Surprisingly we liked sea days and never felt bored. We were too shy at first. If you have any issue tell guest relations ASAP, we would have been happier if we resolved our MDR issues earlier and also if we were more social - once we started talking to people we had more fun. As 30-somethings we were on the younger side of the passengers (most couples in their 50s and 60s, but we saw all ages including young kids), but if you're looking for relaxation vs. athletics, noise, or a nightclub vibe, it won't bother you. We would grade this cruise a B. Would we sail X again? Certainly, but we had really high expectations, some were met while others weren't. If we go again we'll go Aqua Class and hope that Blu is more akin to eating specialty every night. I would recommend X (S-class specifically) to others, but advise they try AQ if dining is very important to them. full review with pictures: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1325230 Read Less
Sail Date December 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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