Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Bucky63
- Sail Date: September 2015
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
Boarding the ship was a complete disaster. My wife has mobility issues and it took thirty minutes just to get a wheel chair for her. Check in was handled by a person who operated at one speed: slow. Another twenty-five minutes was spent completing the check-in process even thought we completed all pre-boarding paperwork. Once on board, things improved considerably.
We were assigned a cabin on the 8th deck (balcony). The stateroom was roomy, quiet, and very clean. There was adequate storage for two weeks' worth of clothing. Ship personnel were constantly cleaning and painting the balcony. Location was excellent, four cabins aft of the front elevators. Our cabin stewards were excellent. The room was straightened several times a day with clean towels provided each time.
Food in the Oceanview Buffet was excellent. Variety was good, until near the end of the trip. Service was efficient for all meals eaten there. The Mast Grill offered excellent hamburgers and hot dogs, far superior to the fare on most cruise ships. The main dining room was another matter. We were assigned a table in the very back of the room. This did provide quite a bit of quiet ion an otherwise very noisy dining room. The service was poor (maybe because of the location)? Every evening meal was a two hour affair. We elected to eat many of our evening meals in the Oceanside with much better results. The menu in the main dining room was not very interesting with the food being marginal at best. Vegetables were constantly undercooked. Salads were uniformly unappetizing. Portions were small.
The Eclipse was commissioned in 2010 and refurbished in 2015. It was in beautiful condition, one of the best we have sailed on over multiple cruise lines. The crew was continuously cleaning, polishing, and otherwise maintaining the vessel in wonderful shape. This included both cabins, public areas, and the exteriors
The fitness center was well equipped with new cardio machines. There was adequate equipment to meet the needs of the guests. Adjacent to the fitness center was an adults-only covered pool. This proved to be a godsend to my wife who used it for water aerobic therapy.
Evening shows were a real disappointment when compared to other cruises we have been on. The production shows were not always suited to the demographics of the guests. Several of the guest acts were very good which offset other not-so-stealer offerings. Zoe Tyler was absolutely outstanding.
Celebrity offered several different lecture series. Some were very informative while others were a waste of time. Celebrity did support religious services with a Catholic priest in attendance for the duration of the cruise. We participated in the guest choir headed by entertainers Mike and Rachel. This was quite enjoyable and a well done to both Mike and Rachel for making the experience memorable.
The cruise included some islands in the Caribbean not usually visited such as St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and Antigua. While the islands varied in acceptability, the itinerary was excellent.
Leaving the ship in Miami was quick and very efficient. Retrieving luggage was very easy as the terminal used airport terminal baggage carousels. With over 2800 passengers, there were no long lines or confusion.
Celebrity cruises are more expensive than other cruise lines but the extra cost was well worth it. Having a beautiful, well-maintained vessel with a most interesting itinerary was worth the extra cost.