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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,923 Reviews

Great overall experience especially 2nd week.

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by rookie1and2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2018
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda 2A

Staff once again went out of their way to impress and please us.

Special thank you to staff at Al Bacio, no matter how busy, they keep their friendly smile. The Dining room staff was well organized and we really liked the efficiency of the breakfast team.

Future cruise staff was unfortunately a big disappointment, they just don't care!

The only other big disappointment was the post cruise hop-on-hop-off excursion in Miami, where they let us wait for an hour beside the exhaust pipe of a bus, just because of lack of organization!

Glad that we did the ABC islands last, so that we kept the best for last!

Entertainment was good, although some parts become stale for repeat cruisers.

Overall once again a great experience, although we were a bit upset that they took the Leffe beer and the Baileys out of the classic bev pkg.

Perhaps we will have to start looking into a system where you will have to punch a clock and be given a set amount of time when you leave your deckchair, because too many chairs were occupied by a book or towel or flipflop for hours on end!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda 2A
Cabin 2A 8190

Kept very clean by Levon

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Maarten

Glad we visited this port to lend some support to the locals in their effort to rebuild. Unfortunately not a pretty sight yet. Regret not buying 2L of Baileys for US$27.


Took the local bus to Nelson's dockyard and Shirley's heights for 6 dollars total! Had a great time with the locals in the small but comfortable buses

Island Tour

Nice group of 9, not the greatest weather since it was cloudy with rain, which kinda interfered with the "mud treatment". Didn't bother with looking at the 'Falls'

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Sulphur Springs Mud Bath

see above

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Short uneventful bus trip to a beach bar/club which gave access to the beach with ample chairs. Nice snorkeling

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Mangrove Boat Tour

Bumpy ride to quiet preserved area, with view of flamingos. Nice boat ride. Saw several different types of herons. Bit pricey and not given too much opportunity to take pictures.

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Distillery Tour

Included a tour of Willemstad and a two hour beach stop. We visited the Distillery of the Blue Curacao and other colors. Interesting that while driving through the so-called rich neighbourhood, for every 3 houses, there was another one under construction. Tax heaven?

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Snuba Diving

Taken by bus and ferry to De Palm island, where we got instructions and helmet dive and free time on their resort. Since we arrived around 10 and had to attend instructions at 11 and do helmet dive at 12:15 and then grab the included lunch and be ready to leave at 1:30, it did not give us much time to enjoy the beach and snorkeling and other amenities on the island

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City Tour

Actual Hop-on-hop-off part of the post-cruise excursion with drop-off at airport was very nice. It was unfortunately overshadowed by the terribly unorganized beginning.

About 80-90 of us were herded together beside a running bus where we had to wait for about an hour before our bus would show up. All the while breathing in the exhaust fumes. Since this was all booked in advance, there was no excuse not to have transportation waiting for us. This was a disgrace!

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