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18 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Honolulu

18 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Honolulu

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    Honolulu
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    Hilo
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    Tahiti (Papeete)
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    Bora Bora
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    Auckland
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    Sydney (Australia)

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

Cons

Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

Bottom Line

One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences


Cruise Reviews

We boarded on March 1 for a B2B that would end in San Diego. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the 2nd cruise was canceled and we were told we would be disembarking in Santiago, Chile. At that point, we were eager to get home so we ... Read More
We boarded on March 1 for a B2B that would end in San Diego. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the 2nd cruise was canceled and we were told we would be disembarking in Santiago, Chile. At that point, we were eager to get home so we really didn’t mind. However...that was not meant to be as Chile refused us docking and to make a long story short we had to sail to San Diego. 17 straight days at sea. Didn’t know I could enjoy so many sea days but I really did. So the cruise itself was very good. While I prefer smaller ships, we can’t always afford to travel that way. We booked aqua class on both legs but used a move up offer and were assigned a sky suite. In retrospect best thing we could have done given that we were 30 days onboard. We love have the amenities of the sky suite. We did have one of the suites that was directly below the ocean view and we did hear the moving of cards at odd times during the night but it didnt really bother us. It wasn’t constant. The bathroom and shower are excellent and I love Bvalgari products. The extra space was a blessing too with plenty of room for all of our shoes and clothes. Luminae was the other blessing. We don’t like buffets and one night we tried the main dining room and found it crowded, rushed, not very personable. On the other hand, Luminae has tables that are well spaced out. Mostly for 2 people. Service is impeccable because you are seated in the same section every night so have the same wait staff who know exactly what you like and how you like it. Tony, our waiter even remembered what we had eaten the week before and how we had our steaks done. He was an absolute gem. I don’t think I will ever sail again with Celebrity without being in suite class. Suite class also has other privileges. When other passengers had to wait in line for various procedures related to the inability to disembark, our concierge in Michael’s club did everything for us. The entertainment was very good in general. They brought on some very talented entertainers. And the cruise director, Alejandro was the best in the industry. Super funny, self effacing, spontaneous and very competent. I couldn’t tell you who the other cruise directors are we have had in the past - and we have been on 30 plus cruises. For Alejandro will always be in my memory. It was an extremely challenging time for the Eclipse Captain Leo and crew to keep everyone happy on the 17 unexpected days at sea. I am sure it was stressful and there were many sleepless nights but it never showed. Captain Leo was superb at keeping the passengers updated daily or sometimes more frequently. He was out and about among the passengers. Like Alejandro, I will never forget. We are eternally grateful to Captain Leo for getting us home safely during a terrible time in the world. We are also thinking about those who become very ill following the cruise and some who subsequently passed away. Prayers to those families. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Wanted to see South America for the first time. The ship's décor is dated and tired especially the ocean view café, cabins and the lounges. The guest relations staff are mediocre and mostly not good at dealing with problems. The ... Read More
Wanted to see South America for the first time. The ship's décor is dated and tired especially the ocean view café, cabins and the lounges. The guest relations staff are mediocre and mostly not good at dealing with problems. The projector in the show theatre is appalling, giving a very blurred image and lack of vibrancy in the colour. Everything on board is way too expensive - drinks, spa, hairdresser, shops, speciality restaurants, and shore excursions. We had a good cabin steward and the waiters in main dining room were also very good. Some staff ocean café and bars were downbeat and sometimes even surly. Entertainment: most of the bands were good but the solo performers were dire. Speakers were very good. Too many shows featured the cruise director, who is great, but this was overkill! Poor organisation at embarkation led to delays. The medical organisation was appalling, and this at the time of the coronavirus epidemic. The waiting room was always full of people coughing and sneezing, absolutely no social distancing, and having to wait an hour to see doctor or nurse. Had to wait even to simply to find out that they did not have the extra medicine that had been requested when the cruise had to be extended because we could not dock in Chile: they would not give this information by telephone! No use of masks or other PPE. At least two people on board were told they had "flu" and were not properly isolated. It was probably coronavirus because many people contracted it after leaving the ship, or amongst those who stayed on the ship in San Diego. As far as ship's management and medical staff were concerned the coronavirus epidemic might not have been happening. They fell well short of the mark on the precautions needed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Never been to South America. On ship for one month instead of two weeks due to fact that Chile would not let us disembark (San Antonio) - told regularly that cruise was healthy. Both my husband and I experienced symptoms common for C19 ... Read More
Never been to South America. On ship for one month instead of two weeks due to fact that Chile would not let us disembark (San Antonio) - told regularly that cruise was healthy. Both my husband and I experienced symptoms common for C19 however were told common cold and over indulgence created symptoms. Have since found out that 41 people were positive after the cruise (including one fatality so far.) Have been self isolating for 14 days and i have some lingering symptoms. Very concerned about this aspect. Cannot say enough about the crew that provided us with top notch entertainment - specifically The Rave Ons and Take Five (without female vocalist.) Our service team for the dining room were exceptional (have been on 10 cruises, best so far.) Gully and his team, state room attendant Dumis and Rosabelle (hostess.) The pool attendants that assisted me every time i used the Solstice pool (I have a disability and required extra help with the lounger etc.)The washroom attendants that always had a smile and were very accommodating. The Ensemble lounge servers. - Allan and Inma. Although a tense time for us during the second two weeks the wonderful treatment we received certainly made us feel at ease. Would not hesitate to travel with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
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