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We have cruised quite a lot with various lines, most often choosing Holland America or Princess. We tend to go more for the itinerary than the ship, we have gone north quite a bit,as well as further away, enjoying Japan last year. The round Britain was a bit of a change, and although we weren't expecting Holland America, the Eclipse was a bit of a shock, supposed luxury level you don't expect trying to wring every extra penny out of you wherever they can. We mostly like to.take our time and do our on thing in port, but the supposed 'port talks'.we're solely excursion sales pitches with no actual.information. All other cruise lines we have been on provided a port guide in the room each evening, not the case with Celebrity. They did actually print one, but you had to.queue at the desk (and there was always queue), to get it. We didn't go find this out until.the 10th day, and this was something almost no one else we met knew either. In addition, you also had to.pay for the shuttles into.town, even in quite unsuitable container ports. We paid 10$ in Dublin to be dropped further from the town than we had previously been on a free bus! Another sneaky trick was not to.put on an afternoon film on sea days to try and keep you in the shops and casinos presumably, although they did so on port days.the daytime entertainment generally on sea days was very poor, a couple we had lunch with one day who often did cruises with several sea days commented he would have slit wrists if they bad chosen to do that on celebrity. We didn't have a drinks package, we are lucky to still have a proper travel agent near us, not one of the chains staffed by 16 year old that know nothing and are only interested in what extras they can sell you. Our lady pointed out that there were much lower fares available without the 'free' drinks package, and that it is only worth adding it on if you will drink more than 5 drinks every day, which we wouldn't as world to be off ship as much as possible and are not big drinkers. The drinks are very expensive though, only the basic house wines and beer would be covered by the 12$ drink package. We were normally paying 15$ per glass. Almost no one bought wine by the bottle as we usually do due to cost, a lot of tables only had water in the evening. We had tried to book a couple of trips in advance, but it seems you have to get in quite early with Celebrity as they were both full. The final disadvantage was there was no late show, if you had late dinner you had to see it before ,so we missed it quite often. The ones we saw weren't great, the girl so singers were a bit screechey, we did really like the ukulele lads though

Seemed constantly very money grubbing, especially as supposedly 5 star

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Heather 77

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We have cruised quite a lot with various lines, most often choosing Holland America or Princess. We tend to go more for the itinerary than the ship, we have gone north quite a bit,as well as further away, enjoying Japan last year.

The round Britain was a bit of a change, and although we weren't expecting Holland America, the Eclipse was a bit of a shock, supposed luxury level you don't expect trying to wring every extra penny out of you wherever they can.

We mostly like to.take our time and do our on thing in port, but the supposed 'port talks'.we're solely excursion sales pitches with no actual.information. All other cruise lines we have been on provided a port guide in the room each evening, not the case with Celebrity. They did actually print one, but you had to.queue at the desk (and there was always queue), to get it. We didn't go find this out until.the 10th day, and this was something almost no one else we met knew either.

In addition, you also had to.pay for the shuttles into.town, even in quite unsuitable container ports. We paid 10$ in Dublin to be dropped further from the town than we had previously been on a free bus!

Another sneaky trick was not to.put on an afternoon film on sea days to try and keep you in the shops and casinos presumably, although they did so on port days.the daytime entertainment generally on sea days was very poor, a couple we had lunch with one day who often did cruises with several sea days commented he would have slit wrists if they bad chosen to do that on celebrity.

We didn't have a drinks package, we are lucky to still have a proper travel agent near us, not one of the chains staffed by 16 year old that know nothing and are only interested in what extras they can sell you. Our lady pointed out that there were much lower fares available without the 'free' drinks package, and that it is only worth adding it on if you will drink more than 5 drinks every day, which we wouldn't as world to be off ship as much as possible and are not big drinkers. The drinks are very expensive though, only the basic house wines and beer would be covered by the 12$ drink package. We were normally paying 15$ per glass. Almost no one bought wine by the bottle as we usually do due to cost, a lot of tables only had water in the evening.

We had tried to book a couple of trips in advance, but it seems you have to get in quite early with Celebrity as they were both full.

The final disadvantage was there was no late show, if you had late dinner you had to see it before ,so we missed it quite often. The ones we saw weren't great, the girl so singers were a bit screechey, we did really like the ukulele lads though
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