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We are committed Celebrity cruisers this being our sixth cruise on Eclipse, we like everything about the ship and feel really comfortable onboard. Embarkation went smoothly, we normally stay overnight in Southampton and arrive at the Port around 11 o'clock. There was no need to use our Concierge priority boarding as it wasn't busy and my wife has a disability wheelchair so we were ushered through without any holdups, Registration and checking in was straightforward and the ship was just opened up for passengers so we were almost straight on. It wasn't long before we were invited to the welcome Concierge lunch which was very nice without being overfilling. It didn't take long before the cabins were made available, we were welcomed by the best pair of cabin attendants that we have had on any of our cruises including with other lines before we migrated to Celebrity. Nothing was too much for them and our luggage was quickly delivered giving us plenty of time to change for dinner. Staterooms were superb but we knew that. Our first experience of the restaurant this time was somewhat disappointing. We always go Celect dining and prefer to share a table which was ok but the menu has shrunk, there wasn't the full selection of courses as in the past, probably part of a cost saving excersize, quality was still up to standard. As an example there is French Onion soup on the daily menu, this is now served in a bowl 30% smaller this year. No other problems with the dining room and we met a lot of nice people sharing tables. We used the buffet for lunch other than a couple of times when we used the dining room, no complaints. Didn't make use of Bistro on 5 but were regular visitors to el bacio cafe on the opposite side, at least 5 times a day, it's brilliant. We had 4 evenings in the outrageously expensive Speciality restaurants, all of which were on a deal otherwise we wouldn't have bothered. They are all hard sold on the ship, we won't do Qsine again, didn't enjoy it at all. Food and service at the other two was excellent. We didn't do too much on the shore excursion front because the majority have restrictions on wheelchairs. Tendering is also very difficult, we had two ports where tendering was in place so my Wife couldn't take advantage of the sights. We did manage a Panoramic tour of Reykjavic which we enjoyed even though she didn't get off the coach. Where we did get off the ship we had a good time and found a particularly nice cafe/bistro in Belfast. What a transformation there from the Belfast I remember in the 70's, wonderful. We went to a number of shows in the main theatre and enjoyed the majority, I went to a couple of lectures in Celebrity Central which were very informative. Disembarkation was very straightford other than having to be bussed from the dock to where our car was because Royal Caribbean's new ship was occupying our berth, what a cheek! One of my gripes was that Celebrity make a big thing about the presence and visibilty of the ship's crew. The Captain this time was completely inconspicuous other than at Captain's Club events and then he stayed in the background. I got the feeling he didn't want to be there. This is almost the opposite to the Captain on our first four cruises, Dimitrios Manetos who could be seen round the ship chatting to passengers and crew every day, what a difference! My only other gripe is the dumming down of formal nights, I think this is wrong as proved by the volume of passengers who wore Dinner Suits and Gowns. We'll be continuing the tradition. Will we go again, of course but we'll wait for a deal because Future Cruise sales don't have anything to offer and we've been caught before and had to revisit our booking.

Highlights of our Icelandic Cruise May 2016

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Carskint

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We are committed Celebrity cruisers this being our sixth cruise on Eclipse, we like everything about the ship and feel really comfortable onboard.

Embarkation went smoothly, we normally stay overnight in Southampton and arrive at the Port around 11 o'clock. There was no need to use our Concierge priority boarding as it wasn't busy and my wife has a disability wheelchair so we were ushered through without any holdups, Registration and checking in was straightforward and the ship was just opened up for passengers so we were almost straight on.

It wasn't long before we were invited to the welcome Concierge lunch which was very nice without being overfilling.

It didn't take long before the cabins were made available, we were welcomed by the best pair of cabin attendants that we have had on any of our cruises including with other lines before we migrated to Celebrity. Nothing was too much for them and our luggage was quickly delivered giving us plenty of time to change for dinner. Staterooms were superb but we knew that.

Our first experience of the restaurant this time was somewhat disappointing. We always go Celect dining and prefer to share a table which was ok but the menu has shrunk, there wasn't the full selection of courses as in the past, probably part of a cost saving excersize, quality was still up to standard. As an example there is French Onion soup on the daily menu, this is now served in a bowl 30% smaller this year. No other problems with the dining room and we met a lot of nice people sharing tables. We used the buffet for lunch other than a couple of times when we used the dining room, no complaints. Didn't make use of Bistro on 5 but were regular visitors to el bacio cafe on the opposite side, at least 5 times a day, it's brilliant.

We had 4 evenings in the outrageously expensive Speciality restaurants, all of which were on a deal otherwise we wouldn't have bothered. They are all hard sold on the ship, we won't do Qsine again, didn't enjoy it at all. Food and service at the other two was excellent.

We didn't do too much on the shore excursion front because the majority have restrictions on wheelchairs. Tendering is also very difficult, we had two ports where tendering was in place so my Wife couldn't take advantage of the sights. We did manage a Panoramic tour of Reykjavic which we enjoyed even though she didn't get off the coach. Where we did get off the ship we had a good time and found a particularly nice cafe/bistro in Belfast. What a transformation there from the Belfast I remember in the 70's, wonderful.

We went to a number of shows in the main theatre and enjoyed the majority, I went to a couple of lectures in Celebrity Central which were very informative.

Disembarkation was very straightford other than having to be bussed from the dock to where our car was because Royal Caribbean's new ship was occupying our berth, what a cheek!

One of my gripes was that Celebrity make a big thing about the presence and visibilty of the ship's crew. The Captain this time was completely inconspicuous other than at Captain's Club events and then he stayed in the background. I got the feeling he didn't want to be there. This is almost the opposite to the Captain on our first four cruises, Dimitrios Manetos who could be seen round the ship chatting to passengers and crew every day, what a difference! My only other gripe is the dumming down of formal nights, I think this is wrong as proved by the volume of passengers who wore Dinner Suits and Gowns. We'll be continuing the tradition.

Will we go again, of course but we'll wait for a deal because Future Cruise sales don't have anything to offer and we've been caught before and had to revisit our booking.
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