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9 Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to South America

the ship it self is still in quite good condition ,the cabins are well laid out and spacious , the staff were friendly and helpful ,especially in the ensemble lounge. this is not a family vacation ship as there are no slippery slides , ... Read More
the ship it self is still in quite good condition ,the cabins are well laid out and spacious , the staff were friendly and helpful ,especially in the ensemble lounge. this is not a family vacation ship as there are no slippery slides , wall climbing , surfing etc, only indoor kids area, which we were glad about, unruly kids on ships don't float my boat. The food in the main dining room moonlight sonata and ocean view café was repetitive and a lot of the time tuff, tasteless bland, (many felt the same) it felt like you were eating at a retirement village buffet. they did manage to do 1 lobster night on the whole cruise which was the second last night (presumably to make you feel warm and fuzzy) there were numerous charges added to our room account (by mistake) that we had to ring up about and have removed so keep an eye on your tv statement, the is no APP for this ship or touch screens to see what's going on (menu etc) you have to use your tv which did not display free dining menu for more than 3/4 of the trip only specialty dining, drinks and drink packages are now getting over the top a drink package costs nearly as much as the cruise? in room movies are limited and repeat often, the cruise director would bang on for ages every morning doing the hard sell for everything but the kitchen sink!!! the first 3 ports in Mexico were good but the tendering at Cabo san lucus was a joke up to 3 hours to get to shore only leaving a few hours to look around as it was a short stay. that's where things go really down hill from there (after Mexico ports) the remainder of the cruise ports were CONTAINER SHIP TERMINALS, (presumably because its far cheaper to dock at them) every port was a shuttle bus to the gate or another bus to town, ALL tours for san Antonio were cancelled the day before arrival BUT wait a minute hasn't the unrest been going on for months (we didn't care as we got off but many, many were not happy Jan) if this is the best that celeberity can come up with then its not looking good (I mean why pay more when you can do MSC and get the same) Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Celebrity Reflection Transatlantic 2014 cruise spoiled me. The Eclipse in 2019 woke me up. Food poisoning does that. I ate in the Celebrity cafe on the 14th floor. I was treated by the medical staff and once the ship docked in ... Read More
The Celebrity Reflection Transatlantic 2014 cruise spoiled me. The Eclipse in 2019 woke me up. Food poisoning does that. I ate in the Celebrity cafe on the 14th floor. I was treated by the medical staff and once the ship docked in Santiago South America I received further treatment. My cabin 6212 creaked incessantly. This ship does need to be overhauled. The dining room experience was enjoyable. The food, delicious. The Celebrity ships are not known for quality entertainment. This cruise was no different. I didn’t use the ship to book excursions. Third party excursions were much cheaper, very informative and enjoyable. Kristian, our cabin staff was excellent. All the staff I encountered rated five stars. The ship had a bad odor. The maintenance staff cleaned but the ship is old and in need of refurbishment. The upholstered chairs on the fourth floor, overlooking the grand foyer were filthy. I used a towel while sitting in these chairs. The cruise was geared towards seniors. Boring entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our first cruise with Celebrity having sailed mostly with HAL, it's interesting to wonder whether this means you become used to how a certain provider does things but our overall experience could have been better. The ship ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity having sailed mostly with HAL, it's interesting to wonder whether this means you become used to how a certain provider does things but our overall experience could have been better. The ship was lovely, well maintained, comfortable, everything worked, always a bonus. We had a standard balcony room and it was fine, big enough, plenty of storage and we were well served by our steward, friendly guy. Embarkation was fine, we followed the guidance issued about arrival times for each deck and breezed through. Similarly disembarkation was well organised, we were allowed an earlier time to fit our transfer/tour to Santiago and were off even earlier. Service was good, the staff to guest ratio was higher than we were used to and most friendly/welcoming. Our experiences with Guest Relations, Shore Excursions and Cruise Director and staff was mixed, some were too officious / bureacratic and inflexible, they didn't respond very well to mini crises and seemed impersonal. One of the main reasons we booked the cruise was to stop in Costa Rica and this was cancelled at very short notice for a reason (a silted up port, both of them I presume) which seemed odd. It was replaced with Puerto Quetzal Guatamala which compared poorly, only one attraction (Antigua) a two hour drive away. The tendering process in Cabo San Lucas was shambolic, we arrived late, took ages to get people off such that we got on shore at 2.45pm with just over 90 minutes to poke around. We witnessed complaints handled very poorly in Cabo, very uncaring. It did make you wonder how a real crisis requiring tenders would be managed. We arrived late in other ports too and then seemingly took a long time to gain "clearance" from port authorities, people with private tours were badly inconvenienced. Information on ports in the daily newsletters was very brief and rarely contained maps or noted places of interest. Huatulco was gorgeous, Manta and Arica were interesting stops and Lima deserved an overnight as there was so much to see and do there. We did an "Atacama Coastal Walk" in Arica which frankly was dangerous with an eroded pathway and sheer drop to rocks below. We really did not take to the Oceanview Cafe, a cold functional place, a bit like a staff canteen. Food was generally presented in an unappetising manner in the Oceanview, not a great experience. The Moonlight Sonata dining room was fine, roomy, well organised and very attentive staff. Breakfast was particularly good there, a nice cheerful start to the day. Overall the evening menu was not particularly comprehensive and portion sizes seemed to get smaller as the Cruise went on. Some of the Appetisers were pitifully small and a number of guests we shared with commented how some of the dishes were named differently but essentially seemed identical to dishes from a few nights previous. We've had much better food with other cruise lines, disappointing. Entertainment was distinctly average and often would be found in the strangest of places and the strangest of times. The Silent Disco was great though, the fact that it kept on being brought back due to demand should show Celebrity that a more modern and energetic programme should be their direction of travel. The daily programme was similarly average particularly on days "At Sea". Laundry prices were outrageously expensive including the usual mid cruise special offer, travel irons are strictly off limits due to safety concerns and yet hair straighteners are not a problem, so little to do with safety and more to do with driving business to the Laundry would be my conclusion. We met some lovely people on this cruise, very chatty and very friendly, more than usual I thought, a younger crowd than HAL generally. This included a number of guests who had English as a second language which was less of a barrier than you would think. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My husband and I have cruised over a dozen times onboard Celebrity ships. This was our first time on Eclipse. We were in Concierge class and selected the cruise because of the unusual itinerary from Los Angeles along the west coast of ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised over a dozen times onboard Celebrity ships. This was our first time on Eclipse. We were in Concierge class and selected the cruise because of the unusual itinerary from Los Angeles along the west coast of Central and South America. To get my primary complaint out of the way . . . from embarkation through the entire cruise, queue management was a problem. I do not know what department is in charge of that, but they were hopelessly befuddled. At embarkation concierge class is supposed to have priority boarding. We boarded after people who rode in the bus with us from our hotel. Most people gave up trying to go to Cabo because the queues for tenders were hours long. When we had to turn in our passports prior to arriving in Guatemala, they called everyone to turn them in at the same time. Ridiculous! The queue for shore excursion to Guatemala was the length of the ship and then some. The passengers were frustrated and so were the crew. I've never seen anything like it. It was as though Eclipse had never done this before. Prior to embarkation: We arrived in Los Angeles about 1am and slept in a cheap motel until it was time to go to the ship. Drop-off at the ship was uneventful. Common Areas: The ship appears well-worn. It is clean, but is definitely ready for refurbishment. Furniture in the common areas needs re-upholstery. I didn't see anything torn or broken, just worn. Cabin: I do like all the storage space on Celebrity ships. We participated in the Cruise Critic organized cabin crawl and that was really a lot of fun. Our cabin steward was very helpful and friendly. Dining: We had dinner in the main dining room, late seating. The food is wonderful and plentiful. We were well cared for by our waiter. The sommelier left a little to be desired. I wish I understood how they assign duties because it seems like on all our cruises we are served last on late seating, well into the dinner. So, I'm not sure how that works, maybe just bad luck. There was inconsistency at our table of eight, too, with the somm. Some were served before others on a regular basis. It was just weird. Perhaps the time has come for a Guide to Fine Dining. The bar man wants your cocktail order, the somm wants your wine order, the waiter wants your dinner order, the assistant wants the food accompaniment orders. If you don't want one of those things, wait for the proper person, don't ask the bar man for wine, etc. That may be where our table mates went awry. We had dinner one night at Murano and it was fabulous. Entertainment: We really enjoyed the Beatles cover band. Most of the other acts, we left before they were over. The Buddy Holly show should have been great, but it was lackluster at best. Overall, really disappointing shows. We did not go to the lectures. Dog-sledding in Greenland seemed a poor topic choice for a cruise to South America. We were the only ones to show up for the scavenger hunt. We used the spa pool a few times and took a day in the Persian Garden. Very nice. We spent a little time in the casino. That's another place some lessons would come in handy. I would probably lose more money in the casino if I understood how to play or what to do. That was the extent of our activities participation. Service: The service was top-notch as always. Couldn't ask for better. Guest services interactions were better than we've had on previous cruises. Ports: This itinerary was awesome! We basically were ashore and then asea every other day. Cabo I was planning to skip anyway, my husband tried to catch a tender, but people in the queue had been waiting 2 hours. Nope, not doing it. Puerto Vallarta we went to the beach on our own. Huatulco we went to the beach on our own. Guatemala we took the ship shore excursion to Antigua. Again, queue management was the primary problem. They said Yes to too many people and it was not fun. We arrived back at the ship after dinner and the ship left late, I think because they were waiting for people to return from that shore excursion. It was just badly managed. Manta, Ecuador we walked around the port area on our own. Interesting. Lima, Peru we took an independent tour with ten Cruise Critics. Fabulous time. I would go to Lima again. Arica, Chile we walked around on our own. That was our first glimpse of the civil unrest plaguing Chile right now. Graffiti on all building and statues, everything. On the first sea day following Arica, Celebrity canceled all their shore excursions in our final destination of San Antonio, except for transfers to the airport in Santiago. We were booked on a transfer tour to our hotel in Santiago independently with other Cruise Critic members. Of that I am very grateful. We had no issues with our transfer tour. I understand now what Celebrity's issue was in canceling, but I think they could have done this much earlier. Their concern was traffic and getting people stuck in traffic on tours to or from the airport or in Santiago. Several of the metro stations had been damaged in the riots, so the roads had an overabundance of traffic on them. Street signs and signals had been torn down in the riots, also. The ship arrived in San Antonio on a Friday which is when demonstrators came into central Santiago for the demonstrations over the weekend. It was just a bad combination of timing and infrastructure for the cruiseline. A little more than two days notice would have gone a long way, though. Plus they were offering to let people stay on the ship until late in the day to catch their transfers to the airport, for an additional fee. Really poor optics, that. Cancel the tours and then charge people to stay on the ship. Most flights depart Santiago for the US and Canada at 10:00 pm. I'm so, so glad we didn't get involved in that. Our transfer tour was delightful and we used the same company to take a tour into the Andes from our hotel a couple days later. Our hotel in Santiago was simple, but it was far enough away from the troubled area, but close enough to walk to historical sites. Our room was on ground level so no stairs, and we had air conditioning! The owner/operators were salt of the earth people who we could not help but love. We had a lot of fun in Santiago over the four days we were there. Our taxi to the airport had to be arranged in advance and took about an hour to get there from the hotel. I think it's normally a 30-40 minute trip, but again traffic, because of the metro stations damage, was considerable. We would do this trip again, but I'm not too keen on sailing on Eclipse again. It felt like a shakedown cruise instead of a repositioning cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Celebrity Eclipse Trip San Antonio Chile to San Diego California March 24 2019 Embarkation poor. Had people lined up for hours waiting to be processed. There was no place for anyone to sit. Other cruise lines issue a number and have ... Read More
Celebrity Eclipse Trip San Antonio Chile to San Diego California March 24 2019 Embarkation poor. Had people lined up for hours waiting to be processed. There was no place for anyone to sit. Other cruise lines issue a number and have passengers sit to wait for their number to be called. The gangplank to the ship was very steep so the staff had to strain to push wheelchair passengers on the ship. Room 9402 very nice and good location, efficient room design with the exception of no electric plug next to or near bed. I called Crucon prior to sailing and requested distilled water for a piece of medical equipment. It was not there. I am sure that there are many people who use a CPAP machine at this present time. Our room attendant Kam, came and introduced himself. He was pleasant and carried out requests. There were no extra special touches in the room, ie cotton buds, shower caps, razors or emery boards in fact you could not even purchase an emery board aboard the ship. There was only soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. We were not served a complimentary bottle of champagne as we were served on prior cruises,We had to ask for ice to be present in our room in the evening. There is no folder in the room to describe anything about the ship or contain a list of room service foods. I still don't know if room service is available for meals other than breakfast. There was a sheet for us to fill out every evening for breakfast. We had coffee in our room every day and twice they delivered without cups and milk. The towels and sheets had a funky unpleasant odor, perhaps it was their detergent or not enough detergent. The air conditioner/heat control was not predictable, one time it would be very cold on a setting and the next time it would be uncomfortable at that same setting. The room would become warm while we were in port. The bed was not wonderful, there was no pillow top softness but I am like the princess and the pea. The pillows were OK. Trip route- It was a relocation cruise and the stops were not earth shaking. The prices for ship trips to essentially nothing locations were very expensive. We only did two trips, one to Lima and the other in Punta Arenas Costa Rica. Both were interesting. The other ports did not have anything that looked like we needed to explore further or sounded uninteresting. Entertainment- Stale and according to passengers who previously sailed on the ship it was a repeat of the same performances. The songs were dull and uninspiring. The entertainment was aimed at old people and I am older than god. They need to update their performances. The Eclipse Orchestra was the highlight of the performances. They need to continue with “Live Orchestras” not a digital replacement that is being contemplate by the company. All of our table mates refused to attend the performances because of them being so boring and repetitive. Service-The staff were very positive, smiling and caring throughout the ship. The Captain was a pseudo comedian. Alejandro the master of ceremony was great. Jose P and Edwin our staff in the dining room were caring and attentive they get a 10 out of 10! Food- Terrible!! On previous trips the many tasty main courses offered were wonderful, one had to make a decision of choosing from all the very appealing meals offered most every evening. On this cruise trying to find even one was a difficult task, in fact there were many nights we only had appetizers for our meal because the selection was so poor. On the dress up nights there was nothing special offered except on the last dress up night and another regular evening soft shell lobster not New England lobster. The breakfast and lunch buffets were OK. The salad dressing were horrible. There were people stationed at the entry of cafeteria dispensing hand sanitizing solution but there are no hand washing places there. Hand washing is the only way to truly prevent novovirus. Passengers complained that there was a respiratory illness spreading aboard the ship toward the end of the cruise. Disembarkation-A nightmare! Directions printed for passengers to follow were not written by an English speaking person and were very confusing. Other passengers stated the same regarding the poorly written directions. No one knew where they were to go or wait. There were lines all over the ship. Exiting from the ship was down a very steep gangplank. If I had my luggage I would have been propelled down the gangplank. Being in a wheelchair would have been very scary. Summary We are not gung-ho cruisers but have enjoyed our previous 7 cruises because the food was outstanding, the entertainment fun, but this trip left a bad taste in our mouth. I am not sure we will cruise again anytime soon. Is Celebrity trying to drive people do the specialty dining?? I refuse to pay additional money that probably amount to $100+ for each night to get a decent meal. If this is their object the staff will be shortchanged and service will suffer. The staff in the dining room depend on their tips to supplement their income. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The cruise was pleasant enough but when we returned home we found our MasterCard had been charged for an unidentified item. Contacting Celebrity they informed us the charge was for items used from the mini bar. We, in fact, had not used ... Read More
The cruise was pleasant enough but when we returned home we found our MasterCard had been charged for an unidentified item. Contacting Celebrity they informed us the charge was for items used from the mini bar. We, in fact, had not used any items from the mini bar during the entire cruise and, more to the point, had not authorised any payment. Very concerned that payment can be taken from your bank card without authorisation. The cleanliness on the ship was of a high standard, particularly in the Solarium, toilets and pool area. The one outstanding excursion on the cruise, was a visit to the Palamino Islands. Very memorable and worth the money. However, some of the other excursions during the cruise were expensive and not good value. Food in the Lido Cafe was often cold and much of the selection was repeated every day. Overall it was a pleasant cruise but left us dismayed at being charged for something we didn’t have.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Price and itinerary.. Its was a destination that we did not do before. Food was good but not exceptional . Food was better on other celebrity crises we have been on . Disembarkation was awful. It appeared very organized with everyone given ... Read More
Price and itinerary.. Its was a destination that we did not do before. Food was good but not exceptional . Food was better on other celebrity crises we have been on . Disembarkation was awful. It appeared very organized with everyone given assigned times for immigration. But then they threw the schedules away huge groups go all at once . This caused long waits , long lines, long waits for elevators and lines jamming the stair cases. The captains club hostess did not seem overly friendly and a bit standoff and did not seem interested in the passengers. The cruise director was excellent. Bar staff / waiters seemed overwhelmed and service was slow. Stateroom attendant was excellent . ports in chile (except for santiago) and peru were poor and we would not do them again. Santiago and surrounding area was good. Would we do this cruise again ... No. shore excursions were expensive and limited. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I have become fans of Celebrity and Royal Caribbean for quite some time. >The service is excellent!! The staff on the ship are friendly and very helpful. My wife has a hard time getting around, the excursion team did ... Read More
My wife and I have become fans of Celebrity and Royal Caribbean for quite some time. >The service is excellent!! The staff on the ship are friendly and very helpful. My wife has a hard time getting around, the excursion team did an excellent job of helping us get to the excursions buses. Our dining room staff couldn't be anymore helpful. >Food is excellent, in all restaurants, buffet, etc. >Cabin was clean and comfortable. The steward was very helpful and took of room very well. We were at the very aft end of the ship.. WHAT A VIEW. We could see 180 degrees and going through the Chilean Fjords was amazing.. >We had a fun time at the Captain's Club events. >The ports were very interesting and unique. >We used Choice Air.. What a great idea that was. We did not have to worry about our luggage getting to the ship, Celebrity took care of that. I am now looking at using Choice air when we travel on Celebrity and Air to Sea on Royal Caribbean whenever we cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose Celebrity because of long and frequent previous experience. To begin : embarkation in Barcelona was the worst we ever experienced. Despite our Elite statute we stood in line for 50 minutes. One man fainted in another line. ... Read More
We chose Celebrity because of long and frequent previous experience. To begin : embarkation in Barcelona was the worst we ever experienced. Despite our Elite statute we stood in line for 50 minutes. One man fainted in another line. Cabin with balcony very much alike to other cabins on ships of this class. Excellent steward (Francesco) . Very attentive and efficient. We have no complaint at all over meals. Great quality,variation and diversity. The high prices of wines held me back from enjoying tastings of unknown origins. The cheapest bottles varied between 35/40 $ + 18% "gratuity". Also prices of excursions were unacceptable. It was much more affordable to take a taxi for tours.We booked only one from the ship : bus tour of Rio. The evening shows : the best were those performed by the ship's own artists and particularly their fantastic orchestra.Also the magician. The different single singers and instrument players were somewhat longish. Conferences were informative and sometimes funny (Alejandro). We met a young European couple who were shocked to find out that he ship's "gratuities" standard charge was almost 25% on top of the amount they paid for the whole cruise. If you calculate the amount the total must come to a hefty extra for all staff aboard. Why not quote a correct total rate ?? One thing that shocked all passengers we later met in town was the taxi mafia at exit of cruise terminal in Buenos Aires.They charged a standard rate of 15 to 20 US$ for any ride. We took many taxis later that never amounted to more than 4 to 5 US$ . The cruise line ought to interrogate Buenos Aires port authorities about this. We heard that this same racket had been terminated at the local airports. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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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