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Eclipse Southern Caribbean – Apr 2 – Apr 16 – 2017 Welcome to all cruisers who are reading this review of our wonderful vacation aboard the Celebrity Eclipse. I will be attempting to keep this trip report concise, reflecting our experience both good and no so good, keeping in mind that some of our comments will be subjective (food/dining) and will represent our personal expectations having 11 cruises under our belt. PRE CRUISE: Arrived a day early to ensure meeting our timeline of arriving at the cruise pier at 10:30 AM on departure day. This is all due to weather and flight delays that may occur, but did not happen on this cruise. Check in was a breeze, lined up in the AquaClass line and 10 mins later we were directed to a nice room with sofa seating apart from the general public. Aqua Class perk. We boarded a short time later very casually. RATED A BOARDING DAY: After having cruised the Eclipse prior and the Equinox, we were very familiar with the ship. We strolled along Deck 5 and upgraded our beverage package and ran into some nice characters who offered a 2 for 1 deal to dine at Qsine and Murano, so we took advantage of the offering. Qsine the first night and Murano the second. The Ensemble lounge was where we sat and enjoyed a couple of beverages while waiting for our rooms to be ready. 1PM did arrive and as promised the announcement was made. Our body was craving some food so we visited the Oceanview to energize. And then back to the room to unpack. Very quick, casual, easy going boarding experience. Rated A SHIP/PUBLIC AREAS: Clean, sparkling, well upheld, the ‘grand dame’ of ships. Well maintained and decorated. The ratio of space to passenger is phenomenal. All public areas/room are extraordinary. I’ve never seen washrooms anywhere like the ones on this ship. They have a attendant on duty at all critical times ensuring all amenities are plentiful and room is immaculate. It was very obvious of senior staff wanting to interact with cruisers. We had experienced great communication with all staff regardless of their rank. It was a happy ship. We even met the person with the most boring job on the Eclipse, the attendant at the Gelateria part of Café al Bacio. Never seen anyone use this service compared to the always busy Café al Bacio who by the way have the most comfortable chairs on the ship, I’m talking the semi circle ones in front (near the counter). Wouldn’t these be great in the dining room instead of the difficult and heavy ones to which were very difficult to move Rated A WEATHER: Sun was aplenty but so was the wind. The seas were never like a mirror, white caps throughout the entire cruise. The ship she was ‘a rockin’ so no one came ‘a knockin’. The side to side and front to back movement along with some jerky movements only occurred for a couple of nights, OK maybe 3 nights. Windy conditions was present throughout the entire 2 weeks. The big factor was NO RAIN. Rated B (because of wind) FOOD/DINING: This is purely subjective in nature. So please take these comments as a guide only because others may have an entirely different opinion. Celebrity began being highly regarded for their food/dining and still continues to do so, albeit to a lesser extent. We enjoyed all food that was consumed on the ship. Let’s begin with the Dining Room, the best way to describe the food here was ‘hit and miss’ some evenings were better than others without a doubt. Nothing was overly spiced or salted, nice and mild in flavour or at times no flavour. Portions may be perceived as small but we didn’t think so especially if you order an item from every category on the menu totalling more than enough and you can order as many as you wish.. We tried Qsine once and Murano once at a 2 for 1 discount for both Specialty Restaurants. Well let’s just say we would never pay the full price to eat there. Never at Qsine again and Murano although no complaints about the taste of the food, probably will never go again, simply not worth the extra cost. The Oceanview Café provided an array of choices but always the same every day, they did however add some special items only once or twice during the 2 weeks, namely deep fried battered fish & chips creating long line-ups for this item. Blu however did not catch our fancy at all. Being Aqua Class this was our assigned dining area. We tried one night and never returned. We secured a table for 4 in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room on My Time Dining for the remainder of the cruise. Our wait staff in the Moonlight Sonata were simply second to none. Arrtee our waiter and her assistant Anthony worked together like a well oiled machine. They complimented each other and never left us waiting for any service required. Their menu suggestions and their friendly and open attitude kept us comfortable and satisfied. They were quick and prompt and never erred on any items. Food portion RATED B…Service portion RATED A+ CABINS: Aqua Class 1610 Starboard on Deck 11 was your standard balcony room with a larger than normal balcony due to the location on the hump. There was an exhaust fan outside on the balcony above the door than provided a constant noise that was not too overbearing, never the less still noisy, so keep in mind if choosing this cabin. Our cabin attendant upheld his duties and provided us with a very well kept clean and neat cabin, and being very attentive to our needs. He was very friendly and always was around to greet us 2-3 times a day to ensure all was well. 4:00 PM canapés are included every day to all Aqua Class cabins, you can ask for a cheese plate instead as we did. Aqua Class rooms also get a welcome bottle of Sparkling Wine, just ask your room attendant for a bottle of white or red perhaps a bottle of rose instead. Comfortable beds and nice shower with all the toiletries included making it a nice and comfy room to spend 2 weeks on. Closet and drawer space has been said to be on the weak side but we found it to be just right, found a place for all our clothes. Yes we also will complain about the drawer above the bed. This is not so convenient as others have commented. RATED A ENTERTAINMENT: We are Theatre people, always love to attend the 9 PM theatre shows. This cruise, we attended only 3 theatre shows. This should be a good indicator of what we thought of the entertainment on this cruise. We seen the first performance of the Celebrity Singers and Dancers ‘Rock City’ (OK), Tribute to Billy Joel, David Guidice (terrible singer, but great piano playing) and finally a tribute to Motown, Horizon (Excellent). We are fully aware that Celebrity has chosen not to increase the budget for entertainment and that includes the Cruise Director John Grantham (who spent prior time as an actor and stuntman), I guess he was just acting as a Cruise Director (Poor). RCCL the mother company has chosen RCI as the line with top notch entertainment and not have Celebrity to compete. However we thoroughly enjoyed the house band Sound Stars as they had an astounding play list that covered every music genre and played the music pretty good to boot (Excellent) The entertainment is all over the place from excellent to poor. RATED C CREW: A smile accompanied with jovial exchange of conversation was evident with all crew that we met, regardless of rank. They were visible either cleaning railings, painting, wiping down, making glass glisten or just walking around being visible interacting with the passengers. You can’t mistake knowing that this crew is a happy crew and are enjoying their roles. Some were going home after this sailing as the Eclipse will make its way trans Atlantic and begin the Europe/Baltic cruising Season and some are continuing. So all had good reason to be enjoying the last cruise of the Caribbean for the Eclipse. RATED A DISEMBARKATION: We had to be out of our room by 8:00 AM. Our luggage tag indicated to disembark at 8:00 AM, waiting in the theatre, our Number 15 was called at 8:00 AM all was on time. Luggage retrieval was downstairs on the carousel, something new for us. Just like at the airports we quickly gathered our luggage and out to the curb we proceeded to the assigned taxi area. A $27 flat fee is charged to the airport. Although the line is quite long, there are plenty of cabs and within 15 mins we were on our way to the airport. RATED A GENERAL COMMENTS: Let me say that we had a great time on this cruise. It was a relaxing and easy going 2 weeks. If you want to re-energize and spend quality time with your spouse/ partner, Celebrity Eclipse Southern Caribbean is the cruise to do so. Celebrity does do a lot of things right, but let me mention areas that could use some attention. Quality of food in the price included areas must be upgraded. The entertainment package does leave you short. Now you must consider the demographics on this cruise (older) to really understand the type of entertainment offered. The Aqua Class staterooms offerings are trivial, so for the extra charge for these rooms, we say NO WAY JOSE. Don’t let them wheel you in on taking Aqua Class, settle for a regular balcony stateroom, believe me you will not miss out on anything. Service in all areas was exemplary. Celebrity knows a thing or 2 about service. Your fellow passengers will be mostly seniors (60-75), some over 75 and some under 60 with very few children. Every type of ailment that is synonymous with the elderly will be witnessed along with their apparatuses. I do give these people credit for going forward and enjoying their vacation and that is what Celebrity Cruises can do for them. To conclude I will say this was a pleasant and very enjoyable cruise (is there any other). Get out there and book a cruise, you will not regret it. Best way to Vacation.

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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by italian stallion

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Trip Details
Eclipse Southern Caribbean – Apr 2 – Apr 16 – 2017

Welcome to all cruisers who are reading this review of our wonderful vacation aboard the Celebrity Eclipse.

I will be attempting to keep this trip report concise, reflecting our experience both good and no so good, keeping in mind that some of our comments will be subjective (food/dining) and will represent our personal expectations having 11 cruises under our belt.

PRE CRUISE: Arrived a day early to ensure meeting our timeline of arriving at the cruise pier at 10:30 AM on departure day. This is all due to weather and flight delays that may occur, but did not happen on this cruise. Check in was a breeze, lined up in the AquaClass line and 10 mins later we were directed to a nice room with sofa seating apart from the general public. Aqua Class perk. We boarded a short time later very casually. RATED A

BOARDING DAY: After having cruised the Eclipse prior and the Equinox, we were very familiar with the ship. We strolled along Deck 5 and upgraded our beverage package and ran into some nice characters who offered a 2 for 1 deal to dine at Qsine and Murano, so we took advantage of the offering. Qsine the first night and Murano the second. The Ensemble lounge was where we sat and enjoyed a couple of beverages while waiting for our rooms to be ready. 1PM did arrive and as promised the announcement was made. Our body was craving some food so we visited the Oceanview to energize. And then back to the room to unpack. Very quick, casual, easy going boarding experience. Rated A

SHIP/PUBLIC AREAS: Clean, sparkling, well upheld, the ‘grand dame’ of ships. Well maintained and decorated. The ratio of space to passenger is phenomenal. All public areas/room are extraordinary. I’ve never seen washrooms anywhere like the ones on this ship. They have a attendant on duty at all critical times ensuring all amenities are plentiful and room is immaculate. It was very obvious of senior staff wanting to interact with cruisers. We had experienced great communication with all staff regardless of their rank. It was a happy ship. We even met the person with the most boring job on the Eclipse, the attendant at the Gelateria part of Café al Bacio. Never seen anyone use this service compared to the always busy Café al Bacio who by the way have the most comfortable chairs on the ship, I’m talking the semi circle ones in front (near the counter). Wouldn’t these be great in the dining room instead of the difficult and heavy ones to which were very difficult to move Rated A

WEATHER: Sun was aplenty but so was the wind. The seas were never like a mirror, white caps throughout the entire cruise. The ship she was ‘a rockin’ so no one came ‘a knockin’. The side to side and front to back movement along with some jerky movements only occurred for a couple of nights, OK maybe 3 nights. Windy conditions was present throughout the entire 2 weeks. The big factor was NO RAIN.

Rated B (because of wind)

FOOD/DINING: This is purely subjective in nature. So please take these comments as a guide only because others may have an entirely different opinion. Celebrity began being highly regarded for their food/dining and still continues to do so, albeit to a lesser extent. We enjoyed all food that was consumed on the ship. Let’s begin with the Dining Room, the best way to describe the food here was ‘hit and miss’ some evenings were better than others without a doubt. Nothing was overly spiced or salted, nice and mild in flavour or at times no flavour. Portions may be perceived as small but we didn’t think so especially if you order an item from every category on the menu totalling more than enough and you can order as many as you wish.. We tried Qsine once and Murano once at a 2 for 1 discount for both Specialty Restaurants. Well let’s just say we would never pay the full price to eat there. Never at Qsine again and Murano although no complaints about the taste of the food, probably will never go again, simply not worth the extra cost. The Oceanview Café provided an array of choices but always the same every day, they did however add some special items only once or twice during the 2 weeks, namely deep fried battered fish & chips creating long line-ups for this item. Blu however did not catch our fancy at all. Being Aqua Class this was our assigned dining area. We tried one night and never returned. We secured a table for 4 in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room on My Time Dining for the remainder of the cruise. Our wait staff in the Moonlight Sonata were simply second to none. Arrtee our waiter and her assistant Anthony worked together like a well oiled machine. They complimented each other and never left us waiting for any service required. Their menu suggestions and their friendly and open attitude kept us comfortable and satisfied. They were quick and prompt and never erred on any items. Food portion RATED B…Service portion RATED A+

CABINS: Aqua Class 1610 Starboard on Deck 11 was your standard balcony room with a larger than normal balcony due to the location on the hump. There was an exhaust fan outside on the balcony above the door than provided a constant noise that was not too overbearing, never the less still noisy, so keep in mind if choosing this cabin. Our cabin attendant upheld his duties and provided us with a very well kept clean and neat cabin, and being very attentive to our needs. He was very friendly and always was around to greet us 2-3 times a day to ensure all was well. 4:00 PM canapés are included every day to all Aqua Class cabins, you can ask for a cheese plate instead as we did. Aqua Class rooms also get a welcome bottle of Sparkling Wine, just ask your room attendant for a bottle of white or red perhaps a bottle of rose instead. Comfortable beds and nice shower with all the toiletries included making it a nice and comfy room to spend 2 weeks on. Closet and drawer space has been said to be on the weak side but we found it to be just right, found a place for all our clothes. Yes we also will complain about the drawer above the bed. This is not so convenient as others have commented. RATED A

ENTERTAINMENT: We are Theatre people, always love to attend the 9 PM theatre shows. This cruise, we attended only 3 theatre shows. This should be a good indicator of what we thought of the entertainment on this cruise. We seen the first performance of the Celebrity Singers and Dancers ‘Rock City’ (OK), Tribute to Billy Joel, David Guidice (terrible singer, but great piano playing) and finally a tribute to Motown, Horizon (Excellent). We are fully aware that Celebrity has chosen not to increase the budget for entertainment and that includes the Cruise Director John Grantham (who spent prior time as an actor and stuntman), I guess he was just acting as a Cruise Director (Poor). RCCL the mother company has chosen RCI as the line with top notch entertainment and not have Celebrity to compete. However we thoroughly enjoyed the house band Sound Stars as they had an astounding play list that covered every music genre and played the music pretty good to boot (Excellent)

The entertainment is all over the place from excellent to poor. RATED C

CREW: A smile accompanied with jovial exchange of conversation was evident with all crew that we met, regardless of rank. They were visible either cleaning railings, painting, wiping down, making glass glisten or just walking around being visible interacting with the passengers. You can’t mistake knowing that this crew is a happy crew and are enjoying their roles. Some were going home after this sailing as the Eclipse will make its way trans Atlantic and begin the Europe/Baltic cruising Season and some are continuing. So all had good reason to be enjoying the last cruise of the Caribbean for the Eclipse. RATED A

DISEMBARKATION: We had to be out of our room by 8:00 AM. Our luggage tag indicated to disembark at 8:00 AM, waiting in the theatre, our Number 15 was called at 8:00 AM all was on time. Luggage retrieval was downstairs on the carousel, something new for us. Just like at the airports we quickly gathered our luggage and out to the curb we proceeded to the assigned taxi area. A $27 flat fee is charged to the airport. Although the line is quite long, there are plenty of cabs and within 15 mins we were on our way to the airport. RATED A

GENERAL COMMENTS: Let me say that we had a great time on this cruise. It was a relaxing and easy going 2 weeks. If you want to re-energize and spend quality time with your spouse/ partner, Celebrity Eclipse Southern Caribbean is the cruise to do so. Celebrity does do a lot of things right, but let me mention areas that could use some attention. Quality of food in the price included areas must be upgraded. The entertainment package does leave you short. Now you must consider the demographics on this cruise (older) to really understand the type of entertainment offered. The Aqua Class staterooms offerings are trivial, so for the extra charge for these rooms, we say NO WAY JOSE. Don’t let them wheel you in on taking Aqua Class, settle for a regular balcony stateroom, believe me you will not miss out on anything. Service in all areas was exemplary. Celebrity knows a thing or 2 about service. Your fellow passengers will be mostly seniors (60-75), some over 75 and some under 60 with very few children. Every type of ailment that is synonymous with the elderly will be witnessed along with their apparatuses.

I do give these people credit for going forward and enjoying their vacation and that is what Celebrity Cruises can do for them. To conclude I will say this was a pleasant and very enjoyable cruise (is there any other). Get out there and book a cruise, you will not regret it. Best way to Vacation.
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Mid ship, close to elevators, large balcony on hump. Noise from Exhaust fan above balcony door outside. keep in mind if choosing this cabin. Regular size balcony cabin with enough closet and drawer space. Complete line of toiletries and upgraded shower taps. Can hear some noise from deck above (pool area) dragging chairs etc. not bad though. Balcony is deep so you can sit back from rail and be out of wind and sun to relax, read etc. Suggest to book a cabin that is sandwiched between cabins above and below to ensure quietness
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