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We picked this cruise for the itinerary (UK, Ireland, Le Havre, Brugge, Amsterdam) and the ship. 14 days and only two at sea, so lots of ports and shore excursions, The ship was in great condition, the crew was very attentive, dining was above average for cruises, and the shore excursions were generally very good. We are frequent Celebrity cruisers and particularly like the ships in this class (Reflection, Eclipse, Silhouette, etc.) Always a learning experience, we picked up some tips for cabin selection, shore excursions in some ports, and little lessons in things like currency exchange. Even after 25 cruises, there are things to learn. Food: I hope people don't weight reports of past food quality as a criterion for picking a ship. The galley crew and chefs rotate regularly, so the overall dining experience can change in a few months, especially with senior food service staff turnover. We were very happy with Eclipse and have had only one sub-par cruise based on food quality. Remember, all these chefs are working with whatever gets delivered to the ship, unlike the TV chefs who shop daily in their local markets. Glitches: We did have a serious debarkation issue in Glasgow caused by tide conditions and having only one gangway. Shore trips were delayed 90 minutes and those going ashore on their own had a couple hour delay. This problem should have been predictable. We had some back-ups in Guernsey, too, but that's a tendering port using the ship's lifeboats. Even in low sea states, a passing ship or barge created dangerous conditions for departing or embarking on the lifeboat. Minor currency issue: Does everyone know that the Brits changed their 5 Pound note and in May started refusing to accept the old version? After I was slipped a couple of the old notes it became an adventure to try to dump them. No retail outfit will accept them and unless you have a local account, banks won't take them, either. The one place that happily fixed the problem was the Royal Mail post office. One more thing: Ne careful in the UK because there are different versions of the British Pound. We had Scottish and English Pounds, as well as Guernsey Pounds. While some places were nervous about Scottish Pounds, the Guernsey Pounds were almost impossible to use off the island - even though they are supposed to be official tender in the UK. Don't leave Guernsey with a fist full of Guernsey notes unless you plan to return and use them there in the future! Fitness: I am old but I use the fitness centers daily. While other Celebrity ships have had maintenance issues with equipment (or space stolen from fitness to turn into retail Canyon Spa money-makers, Eclipse had everything working, clean and ready to use.

Multi-Port, Dazzling Cruise on Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by skipcramer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
We picked this cruise for the itinerary (UK, Ireland, Le Havre, Brugge, Amsterdam) and the ship. 14 days and only two at sea, so lots of ports and shore excursions, The ship was in great condition, the crew was very attentive, dining was above average for cruises, and the shore excursions were generally very good.

We are frequent Celebrity cruisers and particularly like the ships in this class (Reflection, Eclipse, Silhouette, etc.) Always a learning experience, we picked up some tips for cabin selection, shore excursions in some ports, and little lessons in things like currency exchange. Even after 25 cruises, there are things to learn.

Food: I hope people don't weight reports of past food quality as a criterion for picking a ship. The galley crew and chefs rotate regularly, so the overall dining experience can change in a few months, especially with senior food service staff turnover. We were very happy with Eclipse and have had only one sub-par cruise based on food quality. Remember, all these chefs are working with whatever gets delivered to the ship, unlike the TV chefs who shop daily in their local markets.

Glitches: We did have a serious debarkation issue in Glasgow caused by tide conditions and having only one gangway. Shore trips were delayed 90 minutes and those going ashore on their own had a couple hour delay. This problem should have been predictable. We had some back-ups in Guernsey, too, but that's a tendering port using the ship's lifeboats. Even in low sea states, a passing ship or barge created dangerous conditions for departing or embarking on the lifeboat.

Minor currency issue: Does everyone know that the Brits changed their 5 Pound note and in May started refusing to accept the old version? After I was slipped a couple of the old notes it became an adventure to try to dump them. No retail outfit will accept them and unless you have a local account, banks won't take them, either. The one place that happily fixed the problem was the Royal Mail post office. One more thing: Ne careful in the UK because there are different versions of the British Pound. We had Scottish and English Pounds, as well as Guernsey Pounds. While some places were nervous about Scottish Pounds, the Guernsey Pounds were almost impossible to use off the island - even though they are supposed to be official tender in the UK. Don't leave Guernsey with a fist full of Guernsey notes unless you plan to return and use them there in the future!

Fitness: I am old but I use the fitness centers daily. While other Celebrity ships have had maintenance issues with equipment (or space stolen from fitness to turn into retail Canyon Spa money-makers, Eclipse had everything working, clean and ready to use.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 1B 9215
Were were midships in 9215 on the port side and it was great! There are three cabins in this location that are on the edge of the aft "bubble" where the cabins extend further out over the beam of the ship. The great things about these few cabins are: (1) Extended length of verandas to nearly double size; and (2) wonderful unobstructed views forward (at least below deck 11/12). There are matching cabins with these perks on the starboard side.

Hint: Choose your side of the ship wisely. For this cruise itinerary we should have picked the same cabin on the starboard side. This is a big deal to me but maybe not for you. I liker to get up at sunrise and see us come into the ports we visit (a Navy thing). If you sleep in through this experience, it doesn't matter which side you are on. On this cruise, the port side was great for 2 of 10 ports and not perfect for the others. Sometimes picking the right side is as easy as looking whether you are going clockwise or on your trip.
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