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We took this cruise because of the 14-day (warm!) Caribbean itinerary, which included the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) to which we'd never been. Overall, Celebrity did a great job with service and Eclipse was in good shape, particularly considering it's getting a bit older. We've sailed on both classes of Celebrity ships and enjoy the Solstice class more -- more space, more opportunities, more options -- yet you never feel crowded or under-served. Our fellow passengers were very nice and seemed to come from more European countries (Brits, Scandinavians, Germans, etc.) than usual. We upgraded at the last minute to a Sky Suite and very much enjoyed a bit of extra room and storage -- more drawers and closet space. Our steward was terrific and magically knew when we were at breakfast and our room was clean upon our return. We had a butler but didn't use him much. The best parts of the "suite life" were dining in Luminae (excellent food, service, never crowded) and Sara, the suite concierge in Michael's Club, who helped us with some hiccups (wrong Celebrity Club status and our drink package was meant to be premium) and anticipated our needs. Luminae and Blu (for Aqua Class passengers) create a nice sense of community aboard a large ship. Loved the suite, but may go with Aqua in the future, as it is a better value. We had the WiFi package and it is MUCH improved from past cruises. Worth the money and was nearly as fast as our WiFi at home. We dined at Murano twice -- they do a nice job of discerning what a "special" experience should be for the extra cost. Ate at Sushi on Five and enjoyed the food and having an option for light, clean food. Past cruises we've eaten at Tuscan Grille and felt it wasn't "special" for the cost. And Qsine is not our cup of tea...love creative but want it to be for taste's sake, not just to be creative. Loved the ports of call and took Celebrity excursions in all but Barbados (which was our least favorite port...maybe there's a correlation?). Yes, they can cost more but we felt they did a nice job when exploring the islands, which we like more than simply going to the beach. Antigua was beautiful BUT we took the zip-line tour and would NOT recommend it. We felt the training was almost non-existent and they could have used more helpers at each station providing more instruction and encouragement. At the end, it felt like you'd been pushed through a factory of zip-lines as fast as possible. This was disappointing, because we'd been zip-lining in Kauai and loved it -- but they had more staff, training and longer zip-lines. Bottom line, I'll only do this in highly regulated locations/countries in the future. Lectures on the history and culture of our ports (rather than just excursion promotional talks) would have been a nice touch. We enjoyed several of the shows in the theater and Celebrity gets a nice variety of acts, including their own shows, which we thought were excellent and more creative than the usual "jukebox" shows.

14 Days of Pampering

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Jlhalldc

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We took this cruise because of the 14-day (warm!) Caribbean itinerary, which included the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) to which we'd never been. Overall, Celebrity did a great job with service and Eclipse was in good shape, particularly considering it's getting a bit older. We've sailed on both classes of Celebrity ships and enjoy the Solstice class more -- more space, more opportunities, more options -- yet you never feel crowded or under-served. Our fellow passengers were very nice and seemed to come from more European countries (Brits, Scandinavians, Germans, etc.) than usual.

We upgraded at the last minute to a Sky Suite and very much enjoyed a bit of extra room and storage -- more drawers and closet space. Our steward was terrific and magically knew when we were at breakfast and our room was clean upon our return. We had a butler but didn't use him much. The best parts of the "suite life" were dining in Luminae (excellent food, service, never crowded) and Sara, the suite concierge in Michael's Club, who helped us with some hiccups (wrong Celebrity Club status and our drink package was meant to be premium) and anticipated our needs. Luminae and Blu (for Aqua Class passengers) create a nice sense of community aboard a large ship. Loved the suite, but may go with Aqua in the future, as it is a better value. We had the WiFi package and it is MUCH improved from past cruises. Worth the money and was nearly as fast as our WiFi at home.

We dined at Murano twice -- they do a nice job of discerning what a "special" experience should be for the extra cost. Ate at Sushi on Five and enjoyed the food and having an option for light, clean food. Past cruises we've eaten at Tuscan Grille and felt it wasn't "special" for the cost. And Qsine is not our cup of tea...love creative but want it to be for taste's sake, not just to be creative.

Loved the ports of call and took Celebrity excursions in all but Barbados (which was our least favorite port...maybe there's a correlation?). Yes, they can cost more but we felt they did a nice job when exploring the islands, which we like more than simply going to the beach. Antigua was beautiful BUT we took the zip-line tour and would NOT recommend it. We felt the training was almost non-existent and they could have used more helpers at each station providing more instruction and encouragement. At the end, it felt like you'd been pushed through a factory of zip-lines as fast as possible. This was disappointing, because we'd been zip-lining in Kauai and loved it -- but they had more staff, training and longer zip-lines. Bottom line, I'll only do this in highly regulated locations/countries in the future. Lectures on the history and culture of our ports (rather than just excursion promotional talks) would have been a nice touch.

We enjoyed several of the shows in the theater and Celebrity gets a nice variety of acts, including their own shows, which we thought were excellent and more creative than the usual "jukebox" shows.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite
Cabin S2 2123
The port-side Sky Suite (2123) is just a few feet wider/longer, but those few feet make a nice difference. Having an extra credenza and closet were perfect for a 14 day cruise. Having a tub is nice, but we never used it....in fact, I've never spoken with anyone who has. The best part of having a suite, and why we'd consider it again, was having Luminae (it's open for lunch, too!) and an excellent concierge in Michael's Club (thank you, Sara!) Room looked well maintained and the couch was near the balcony. The room is beneath a carpeted portion of the Ocean View buffet, but we gratefully heard nothing from above. The balcony is covered by the buffet's overhang, which can be good for shade and rain protection when needed, but blocks stargazing at night. Also, the balcony view is obstructed by the hump when looking forward and obstructed when looking aft, making one feel a bit hemmed in. But it's not too bad...just an observation. Occasionally, only occasionally, there was a low rumble because of the high/aft cabin location, but the vibration actually helps lull us to sleep.
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