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Terrific embarkation.....until the cameras wouldn't work for pictures and everyone had to wait for an hour, but that was about the last glitch. We have been on a lot of cruises, including a lot of Celebrity and this one was about the best, except for a really disappointing walking/boat/promenade deck. No walking around on either end, few chairs, and almost no view of the water because the lifeboats are beside the rail instead of above your head. However, back to things I really liked: Bistro on five is pretty good, especially for dodging the crowds on embarkation day, though it is up to $10pp now. A shower mechanism that makes sense. Automatic doors on some of the walking deck entrances. Salads that were actually good, with proper croutons, sometimes at least. Lots of tasty sugar free choices. Excellent cheesecake. Hint: get it at the coffee shop, not only free, but a nice place to eat. Unusually comfortable bed and nice decor. Proper sheets so you don't have to swelter under a duvet. Heating and air conditioning that worked consistently. A closer on the bathroom door so no more slamming door on rough seas, plus you can then adjust it to dim the nightlight as much as you like. The lawn club is so, so much better than on Infinity. You can walk on the grass, there are lots of chairs, some in the shade, and there is the glass show. Okay, I have to say it again.....the hot glass show is terrific. We watched it several times. Surprisingly comfortable bed, (but do ask for the egg crate) and surprisingly nice decor in the bathroom. Nobody smoking in the non smoking areas, and very few even in the smoking areas. No sewage smells (the one thing Holland America always gets wrong) Excellent service. Our waiter Vincente was perfect. Our cabin steward excellent, too Cute little light and water show near the outside pool, though the one by the adults pool never worked. Too bad, we loved it on Reflection. The assistant cruise director (Neil, I think) who commented on my Princess lanyard and then sent two Celebrity lanyards to our cabin. Excellent debarkation as we just walked off. Generally very good food in the dining room, with few "misses." A quiet enough dining room that we could speak to each other without shouting across the table to be heard. We achieved this by going as early as select dining opened to beat the crowds. The girl with the stupendous memory who worked at the upper entrance to the dining room. Front desk staff who were unfailingly pleasant and helpful. Alas, quite rare these days. A few quibbles: The elite breakfast was pretty sad. The one thing that was better on the Infinity. It was crowded and offered dry pastries that had been put out far too early, and not much menu choice, but we much preferred the waffles in the cafeteria, anyway. Speaking of the waffles. No fresh berries, but lots of whipped cream. No convincing the staff there that we might prefer a hot waffle, so we would just wait around and get them as we saw them coming off. Crowded cafeteria, as usual, trays would be so very useful. And, alas, that disappointing walking deck. All in all, an excellent cruise, the best in many a year and we have already booked another Celebrity cruise this summer.

An Excellent Cruise, Except for the Walking Deck

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by When and How

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Terrific embarkation.....until the cameras wouldn't work for pictures and everyone had to wait for an hour, but that was about the last glitch. We have been on a lot of cruises, including a lot of Celebrity and this one was about the best, except for a really disappointing walking/boat/promenade deck. No walking around on either end, few chairs, and almost no view of the water because the lifeboats are beside the rail instead of above your head. However, back to things I really liked:

Bistro on five is pretty good, especially for dodging the crowds on embarkation day, though it is up to $10pp now.

A shower mechanism that makes sense.

Automatic doors on some of the walking deck entrances.

Salads that were actually good, with proper croutons, sometimes at least.

Lots of tasty sugar free choices.

Excellent cheesecake. Hint: get it at the coffee shop, not only free, but a nice place to eat.

Unusually comfortable bed and nice decor.

Proper sheets so you don't have to swelter under a duvet.

Heating and air conditioning that worked consistently.

A closer on the bathroom door so no more slamming door on rough seas, plus you can then adjust it to dim the nightlight as much as you like.

The lawn club is so, so much better than on Infinity. You can walk on the grass, there are lots of chairs, some in the shade, and there is the glass show.

Okay, I have to say it again.....the hot glass show is terrific. We watched it several times.

Surprisingly comfortable bed, (but do ask for the egg crate) and surprisingly nice decor in the bathroom.

Nobody smoking in the non smoking areas, and very few even in the smoking areas.

No sewage smells (the one thing Holland America always gets wrong)

Excellent service. Our waiter Vincente was perfect. Our cabin steward excellent, too

Cute little light and water show near the outside pool, though the one by the adults pool never worked. Too bad, we loved it on Reflection.

The assistant cruise director (Neil, I think) who commented on my Princess lanyard and then sent two Celebrity lanyards to our cabin.

Excellent debarkation as we just walked off.

Generally very good food in the dining room, with few "misses."

A quiet enough dining room that we could speak to each other without shouting across the table to be heard. We achieved this by going as early as select dining opened to beat the crowds.

The girl with the stupendous memory who worked at the upper entrance to the dining room.

Front desk staff who were unfailingly pleasant and helpful. Alas, quite rare these days.

A few quibbles:

The elite breakfast was pretty sad. The one thing that was better on the Infinity.

It was crowded and offered dry pastries that had been put out far too early, and not much menu choice, but we much preferred the waffles in the cafeteria, anyway.

Speaking of the waffles. No fresh berries, but lots of whipped cream. No convincing the staff there that we might prefer a hot waffle, so we would just wait around and get them as we saw them coming off.

Crowded cafeteria, as usual, trays would be so very useful.

And, alas, that disappointing walking deck.

All in all, an excellent cruise, the best in many a year and we have already booked another Celebrity cruise this summer.
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Our inside cabin was clean and nicely decorated by cruise ship standards. There were some odd bits of wasted space, and not very many drawers, but we made do. The cabinets over the bed were hard to reach except by leaping up onto the beds, so we didn't use them except for library books as we figured they would be high risk for forgetting things in.
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