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3 Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western

Our second transatlantic cruise was, for the most part, enjoyable. Our cabin and cabin attendants were adequate and the Aqua class dining in the Blu was always pleasant. We made some new friends which is always a plus when you are ... Read More
Our second transatlantic cruise was, for the most part, enjoyable. Our cabin and cabin attendants were adequate and the Aqua class dining in the Blu was always pleasant. We made some new friends which is always a plus when you are traveling alone. We were especially pleased with our usual servers Felix Diaz and Marta Ilchyshyn (sp?) whose knowledge, service and ability to serve items not on the nightly menu to be much appreciated. Also, seating hostess Marie was delightful. We did suspect that the coupons for free drinks came at a cost in that we felt, in retrospect, that the gin must have been watered down a bit since three martinis did not have the expected result (i.e. No Buzz at all). Bar service prompt and friendly in the Rendezvous Lounge with our favorite server, Red, always ready to take our order and keep our drinks replenished. We had a number of rainy and/or rough sea days which made navigating the corridors an adventure and deck walking impossible some of the days. The solarium was always nice with the hot tubs ever ready to ease the tired muscles and joints. Although in Aqua Class we had free access to the Persian, we found that we did not use it. Also, the pool and the Persian on the Constellation were superior to that on the Eclipse, IMHO. We were disappointed to learn that our favorite entertainer was making his last voyage across the pond and leaving Celebrity in the fall. The change of venue from Michael’s Club to Celebrity Central was not appreciated by us and, I presume, by him either. Well, Celebrity’s loss in Princess’s gain. Best of luck to a much appreciated entertainer. The quality of the other entertainment, overall, seems to have decreased over previous experiences. Enrichment experiences were also marginal at best. Since we have lost Perry and have no great desire to move to Princess, we will probably transfer our credits to and cruise with Royal Caribbean going forward; we learned that this is an option. All in all, this was a very good but not perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This short cruise was offered to waitrose store card members and went to Le Havre with shore excursions to Paris and the surrounding areas. Had a fantastic time in Paris as part of a small tour group. Shuttle Buses provided. A substantial ... Read More
This short cruise was offered to waitrose store card members and went to Le Havre with shore excursions to Paris and the surrounding areas. Had a fantastic time in Paris as part of a small tour group. Shuttle Buses provided. A substantial number of people never left the ship at all or got the free shuttle. The ship itself has had a re fit but very little has changed. The popular public areas have been maintained and a new set of Evening Shows introduced. A Violin band called Fuze gave a great performance and speakers Ben Fogle and Jenny Bond were interesting guest speakers . The cabins was kept clean and public areas tidied quickly. The ship has the Lawn area and Glass display which create a nice atmosphere on deck, and good swimming pool with jacuzzi and loungers. The Main Sonata restaurant gives an accepetable standard of cuisine, but on Celebrity more than any other line, there is a big difference between the quality of food served in the main restaurant and the chargeable venues. In these extra venues the quality is regarded as excellent and level with a top London Restaurant.Unfortunately however service in the main restaurant suffered from some cold vegetables, tougher cuts of red meat and thin soup etc. In the self service area the food was well stocked and popular at all times. Due to deals including Drinks Packages there was a lot of drinking going on around the ship. This meant that Drunk, loud people could be found all over the ship especially after dinner. There are large groups congregated in the public walk ways, laughing and swaying about, and empty glasses were left abandoned in these walk ways where someone could easily have trod on them. This drinking is part of trend happening throughout the cruise industry and is probably not for the best. Passengers are heavily encouraged to buy Drinks packages or given them as incentives to book early. It seemed at least half of people had premium drinks packages and were determined to get their full value out of them. If this continues, cruising wont be a relaxing, enjoyable experience but become an excuse to get drunk. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Check in was efficient and fast by eleven o'clock I was in the stateroom. I found the room to been clean and all the necessary info was laid out on the coffee table except for dinner table assignment. On the main deck, I purchased a ... Read More
Check in was efficient and fast by eleven o'clock I was in the stateroom. I found the room to been clean and all the necessary info was laid out on the coffee table except for dinner table assignment. On the main deck, I purchased a drink package (in my opinion one of the best deals on board). The Captain's Club hostess was able to get me a dinner table assignment. So by noon I was settled on the pool deck with an adult beverage.As usual with Celebrity the baggage arrived about three o'clock and unpacking was very easy. There was plenty of storage space and an abundance of hangers. But unlike Aqua Class, A2 does not have the same high tech shower.Dinner in the main dining room was better than I had experienced with Celebrity before and continued throughout the cruise.I only have two minor criticism. The bar staffs were somewhat impersonal and the furniture in the Spa (adult pool)area was beautiful but uncomfortable. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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