Winter Getaway 14 night Cruise on Eclipse: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by ZubnoyVratch

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Winter Getaway 14 night Cruise on Eclipse

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity. Our accommodation was in a Concierge Class Stateroom.

Cabin: Our cabin was sufficiently spacious for us to put all our things away, and store the suitcases under the bed. The bed was very comfortable. We had the best sleep we've had in many months on this cruise.

We had a welcome bottle of champagne, and instead of canapes every afternoon, we requested and received two bowls of fresh berries, daily.

Itinerary: We didn't choose this cruise for the itinerary, because we've been to these ports many times before. In fact, it would be a good idea for Celebrity to choose a somewhat different set of ports-of-call. Boring!! We chose this cruise because of the anticipated weather, which did not disappoint. 13 gorgeous days of warm sunshine.

Food: We ate in the Cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and after-theatre dessert. We ate in the Moonlight Sonata for dinner, at the fixed first seating. The food is plentiful, More beautifully prepared, tasty, but there is a tendency for the food to be very stingy with spices. Special requests were provided for us without any hesitation. Our dining room waiter was really the only disappointment on the cruise. He was somewhat older, and his English wasn't very good, so he contented himself (but not us) with just taking our orders and serving the food.

Entertainment: There's a show every night, but the ones on this cruise weren't of the calibre that we experienced on the Constellation in 2011 and 2012, or on the Solstice (Med Cruise) in 2012. The "big shows" were way too loud; even many of the solo musical performers seemed to be in competition with the orchestra to be heard. About 30% reduction in volume would have helped, not hindered. But some of the performers seemed to be tired and recycled. Some we had seen before, and not much had changed.

One must-attend performer is Perry Grant, the pianist who entertains in Michael's Lounge nightly to standing-room only attendance. His show is a bit gross for some tastes, and his antics are very repetitive, as is his music. But he is a fabulous entertainer who makes his audience laugh, and keeps them returning night after night for the same old, same old.

Generally: The ship is constantly being maintained in tip top shape. Always staff cleaning, and squirting hand sanitizer at every turn. They are very polite, and everyone greets you, and asks if you're having a good time. There were some special interest lectures that were very good. We had Friday evening Sabbath services that were excellent: accompanied by prayer books, challahs, wine,

For disembarcation: We chose Luggage Valet. For a fee of $20 per suitcase the ship transported our bags to our airline carrier, and we picked them up at our final airline destination. Worth every penny. Less

Published 02/17/14

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