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5 Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to South America

The prospect of visiting South America and cruising the Chilean Fjords was something we had on our bucket list. This was our second cruise on the Éclipse and fourth Celebrity cruise. Embarkation: took a Port transfer with Vasalfa ... Read More
The prospect of visiting South America and cruising the Chilean Fjords was something we had on our bucket list. This was our second cruise on the Éclipse and fourth Celebrity cruise. Embarkation: took a Port transfer with Vasalfa Turismo from our hotel the 4 Points Sheraton in Providencia, Santiago to Valparaiso for a tour and then onto the Port of San Antonio. Our guides Christian and Ashton were excellent and ensured our personal safety and our luggage was secure. Check in was quick, note all passengers had to surrender their passports at check in. Passports were returned to all passengers later in the cruise. The Port of San Antonio and Celebrity need to design another gangway, as this one was too steep and supported by sea containers as a base. Ports : Puerto Montt, Chile is a tender port. Tendering was ok overall. Booked our own tour at the Pier, went to Petrohue Rapids and the Chilean Lake District with a stop in Puerto Varas. Two sea days were next where we cruised through the Chilean Fjords & The Straits of Magellan. A third sea day was added due to inclement weather conditions in the South Pacific Ocean, which resulted in the cancellation of our next Port of Punta Arenas, Chile. The ship rocked and swayed all night as Captain Michael let the storm system pass ahead of the Éclipse. Cruised past Glacier Avenue at 0430 am. Our stateroom was on deck 8, port side and were treated to scenic views of the Glaciers as daylight started at 0425 am. Arranged a private tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park. Cruised around Cape Horn at 0600 am under cold, windy grey conditions. Cruise Director Alejandro and guest speaker Alan Riles narrated our passage and the history of Cape Horn. After another sea day we docked in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Took a Celebrity excursión to Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery. This is a 2 1/2 hour coach ride each way through the rugged Patagonian country side. Because of the cancelled port we docked in Montevideo, Uruguay over night. Explored the city on foot and took taxis with no issues. Our final port was Buenos Aires, Argentina where we over nighted. The ship docks about a 15 minute coach ride to the cruise terminal. Dining : Ocean View was very busy on sea days and ran out of items towards the end of the cruise. Cafe Al Bacio is good spot to relax and chat, ran out of speciality teas by day 10. Moonlight Sonata main dining room was ok, a good option for lunch on sea days. Celebrity should update the menus ad we had the same items on two Med. Cruises . The chefs also need to cut back on the heavy use of salt. Main of note was the lamb in pastry, best of the cruise. The Kobe beef meatloaf ranks as the most unappealing main we have been served, grey thin slice of something soft and mushy, I took a small bite and ordered another main. Service in the main dining room was off overall. Premium drink package was good ad was the wine and beverage service. Cabin Attendant Alfred got to know our schedule and took care of us and our requests. Overall staff were attentive, polite and greeted passengers through out the ship. Entertainment was good, the high light was the Tango show on our last night. Cruise Director Alejandro was funny and active through out the cruise. Tip: take clothing for 80F to 40F, warm socks, toques, layers, comfortable foot wear, rain gear. Only about 25 percent of male passengers wore jackets on Chic Nights. Disembarkation went smoothly and orderly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we wanted something out of the ordinary to remember it by. The cruise around the Horn was just what we were looking for. The only complain I had is the sail around the Horn went ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we wanted something out of the ordinary to remember it by. The cruise around the Horn was just what we were looking for. The only complain I had is the sail around the Horn went to smooth--calm seas and no wind was not what I was expecting, but I think most of the passengers were delighted, including my wife. The Eclipse is an amazing ship and the staff was just wonderful. Alejandro was our cruise director and was the best we have ever had. The captain and Alejandro kept us up to dat with all the events happening on the ship. Ship embarkation at San Antonio went smooth although the terminal is not the most modern. The ramp up to the ship was very steep and several people had trouble climbing it. We were booked Aqua Class for the first time and enjoyed the amenities very much. Our cabin was on deck 11 and was very nice, but also exactly like normal veranda cabins. We ate in Blu and enjoyed it immensely. Wait staff was awesome and food was very good. Onboard lectures in the "from the podium" series were excellent. Lectures included geography of the Chile and Argentina areas we were cruising around as well as history and information about the local people and food. Library was well stocked at the beginning of the cruise but the staff took all the books from the shelves for sanitation reasons when a norovirus outbreak occurred. Entertainment was outstanding. The Celebrity singers and dancers presented several broad way calibre shows and the guest entertainers were also very good. The first night show was by a gaucho group called Impact who had appeared on America's Got Talent and went deep into the competition. There were matinees at 2:30 in the afternoon on most sea days which were very well attended. Wait lines for getting off the ship at each port were very long, especially at tender ports which was most of them. Lines to get back on the ship were usually very long since most people were getting back from excursions at the same time. Shore time at each location seemed too short. We seemed to be struck by an unusual number of passenger incidents that resulted in at least 4 people being evacuated to a shore hospital. One of these required us to reverse course to Puerto Madryn after leaving the port by at least 5 hours to evacuate a passenger. This resulted in missing out next port, Punta del Este, but the life of the passenger greatly outweighed any inconvenience to us. Ship staff took immediate action when a suspected norovirus a outbreak occurred. Strick sanitation procedures went into effect to limit the number of cases. Debarkation went very smoothly but we had booked an excursion of the Tigre River Delta that then dropped us off at the airport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
One of our best cruises ever. We have been on 4 cruises with Celebrity, twice on Reflection and now twice on Eclipse. ANd this cruise was just amazing. The ship was perfect, the crew fantastic, great entertainment and from the top (Captain ... Read More
One of our best cruises ever. We have been on 4 cruises with Celebrity, twice on Reflection and now twice on Eclipse. ANd this cruise was just amazing. The ship was perfect, the crew fantastic, great entertainment and from the top (Captain Leo and CD Gioseppe) to our cabin attendant etc. was top top noch. Food was great in Luminae and BLU and spec. restaurants. To all the hardworking people in the Martini Bar, Luminae, Michaels Club, Guests relation, FUTURE cruises, Murano, Qsine (Le petit chef), pool area, pool bar, entertainment, orchestra Ocean View Cafe, El Bacio Security people, THANK you so much for your hard work. You are the reason that we will continue to book Celebrity cruises. And to see RIO during carnival was fantastic - you really cant imagine how big it is, until you are there and discover it yourself. Think we might be back one day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Sailing to and from the same port of call is a great advantage to me. This time from beautiful and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is a plus to this cruise. I live there! The celebrity Eclipse is a luxury ship with plenty is amenities for all ... Read More
Sailing to and from the same port of call is a great advantage to me. This time from beautiful and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is a plus to this cruise. I live there! The celebrity Eclipse is a luxury ship with plenty is amenities for all tastes: fitness center spacious with many elements and sea view from all corners, live music all the day long in different locations, matinee shows on sea days and evening shows every night with international artists, indoor and outdoor pools and whirl pools, spa and Lersian garden to relax. Food is fantastic in all restaurants, main one Moonlight Sonata is huge. We had access to Blu the exclusive restaurant for Aqua Class passengers which was cozy and well attended by Nelly and all Blu staff. Buy sailing along Paradise Bay in Antarctica is the most fantastic experience I have had in my entire life! Put it in your bucket list!! The views are outstanding with a few huge whales and tiny penguins swimming along the ship. Ports of call are also worth visiting Ushuaia southern most city in the world, Falkland/Malvinas Islands, Puerto Madryn , Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Each has it beauty and charm. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We picked this cruise in 2017, and booked on last cruise as we had been to Antarctica and thought the Chilean fjords and around the Horn sounded great. Picked our tours on line, had our special C1 stateroom, over wake, and looking ... Read More
We picked this cruise in 2017, and booked on last cruise as we had been to Antarctica and thought the Chilean fjords and around the Horn sounded great. Picked our tours on line, had our special C1 stateroom, over wake, and looking forward to cruise. Found out after final payment--our stateroom cost dropped almost to 1/2 our price--Celebrity was not easy to deal with-got a couple perks??? Then the "looking forward to" tours were cancelled for one reason or another?? The fjords were a waste --what we could see--the time of day--the weather--the Captains choices--same for going around the Horn (did not have to be early early morn)--soooo many things spoiled this expensive cruise. Food poising from the Murano restaurant, with nothing from hotel manager after being informed!! The entertainment was so poor---captive in the theater!!! The very last gift from Celebrity--the terrible cough many of us brought home with us--and still have. Think the new CEO is a bean pusher as the cost of everything has gone up-the quality is down--want the Celebrity Line from past 20 years??? GONE! The staff who is there to be of service to the clients are, as always, the top of the cruise lines---but hate to hear them beg for 10s on survey!! We will have to really think about returning to Celebrity---there are other lines to try--Elite Plus does not mean quite what it did. Unhappy with this cruise--can you tell?! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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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