Beautiful Norway: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by rastus366

Celebrity Eclipse 5
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Beautiful Norway

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
This was our fourth time on the Eclipse and we never seem to tire of either the ship and the superb crew.
We arrived at 1055hrs and after the luggage drop and parking the car our embarkation was the usual efficient procedure. The introduction of passenger photographs at the check-in desk is a definite improvement to the old queues at the ship's embarkation desk; by using multiple cameras on the initial check -in desks an old bug bear has been resolved in a very efficient manner.
Once on board we were greeted by a very smart crew member with either Champagne or Orange juice and then proceeded immediately to the lunch buffet on deck fifteen.
Our cabin was ready just after one and this allowed us unpack prior to the emergency boat drills prior to sailing at 1630hrs.
Sail away was smooth and we watched as the Solent shoreline passed slowly as we proceeded to sea.
Our favorite watering hole for a pre-dinner drink is the Cocktail Bar and although the drinks vary from More $8 - $12 their size makes them good value.
The main dining room food at dinner is always varied and of good quality although we did hear others complaining about size of portions or the lack of vegetables. Vegetables are always available, you just need to ask the table waiter.
The generous on board credit allowed us to buy an ipad from the Apple store. The units were discounted and once the exchange rate was applied it made the purchase very advantageous. The store manager set the unit up and this allowed us to use the on board wifi to practice using the unit to check emails during the cruise. As the boat is American owned the charger is 100-240v input via a flat two pin plug but all this means as the purchase of an adapter to use on the standard 13amp socket in the UK.

Our ports of call were Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Oslo.

The scenery when visiting these ports is very special and allows quiet meditation on the beauty as it passes by the balcony. The weather for day visits was sunny and warm except in Bergen when we were caught in a squall of frozen rain for maybe ten minutes. Even this slight negative didn't dampen the experience of visiting such a beautiful country.

Overall the cruise was great but unfortunately too short to allow a complete rest; so we'll just have to book another trip on this marvelous ship. Less

Published 05/26/12

Cabin review: C18378 Concierge Class

Very quiet cabin but can be subject to excessive movement in rough seas. Balcony is slightly larger than adjacent cabins. Bed is adjacent to the balcony window, gives excellent views of scenery when lying in bed Bathroom and cabin amenities similar to other concierge cabins.

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Port and Shore Excursions

On our previous visit on the Century we docked in the the inner harbour and walked into town. This time, as Eclipse is so much bigger, we docked in the commercial area and used the shuttle buses to proceed to town. The temperature was around five degrees C but everyone was dressed for the expected weather. Our group were caught in a ten minute squall of frozen rain and had to shelter in the bandstand otherwise the weather was cold but sunny. Having visited before we were content to just wander around, take in the views around the old part of town and admired the wooden construction of the building. After a couple of hours we returned to our floating hotel for the next leg of the trip.
Read 406 Bergen Reviews

This was the main reason for this cruise was our last visit up to the North Cape didn't call here. Our arrival up the majestic fjord was very special and after the ship spun around in its own length to dock those passengers booked on a shore excursions left the ship. We both wanted to ride the railway up to the top of the mountain to view the extraordinary scenery in the high peaks. The train is the local means of transport up to join the main Oslo to Bergen railway. The train trip met expectations as each special carriage for cruise passengers had its own guide/interpreter to explain the construction methods used on the railway and other points of interest on the route. After coffee and waffles at the hotel in the mountains and a walk in the snow fields surrounding the area we returned by train to the ship in time for lunch. The afternoon was spent sunbathing and admiring the scenery.
Read 152 Flam Reviews

The approach to Oslo through the islands is spectacular. Once in port passengers on excursions left the ship and others just left in their own time to either use the local hop-on, hop-off buses or just walk into the city about 800 metres away. There are various buildings and museums to visit, shopping in both super-markets or small stores to select gifts and souvenirs or just wander taking in the local colour. Our scheduled departure was mid afternoon so just a gentle walk and re-familiarize ourselves with this very pretty city.
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