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Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Another great cruise on the Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by tomjn111

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

This was our third cruise on the Eclipse and enjoyed it immensely. For some reason the Celebrity product can be different from ship to ship. The Eclipse is our favorite. We arrived in Dublin the day before the cruise and because my wife uses a portable oxygen concentrator, we basically just rested from traveling. We did go to an excellent restaurant, Urban Brewing for dinner.

We arrived at the embarkation point around 3:00PM and there was no wait getting on the ship. Our cabin was ready so we did not have the usual wait. This trip we did have an accessible cabin which we recommend highly if it is something that you need. Our cabin steward, Irwan, was exceptional and went out of his way to accommodate my wife.

I believe that dining is where the Eclipse is superior to other ships. Normally we do three nights of specialty dining but because the main dining room was so good, we only did one. Our waiter, Mario and his assistant Igor, along with Oliver the wine steward were among the best we have experienced. The menu and the food itself were very good for a cruise ship.

We did the Tuscan Night Out special dinner in the Tuscan Grille and it was very disappointing. For $89 each we were supposed to get a very special dinner prepared by the executive chef accompanied by fine wine. The actual menu appeared to be a limited menu from the regular one and the wine served was quite ordinary. The only highlight was that each table had a senior officer dining who in our case was engaging and forthcoming with so much information.

We did the lunches at both the Tuscan Grille and Murano. The one at Murano was much superior to the Tuscan Grille.

The entertainment on this cruise was very ordinary. The production shows were repeats of past shows that have outlived their welcome. Please Celebrity, get rid of Topper!

The individual acts were better but not as good as our last three cruises on Celebrity. Pete Matthews, the juggler, was great.

What was very welcome was the fact that there were no mega sales clogging the aisles. All sales were held inside the shops with an occasional table outside. Greatly appreciated.

The service throughout the ship was exceptional. Even in a crowded OceanView Cafe tables were cleaned almost immediately. Bar service was very good. Since this was a cold weather cruise very few passengers were ever outside so all public venues were very crowded especially the buffet and Cafe al Bacio.

Every person from any division of the cruise staff said hello or some other greeting. No exception.

We did a ship excursion in Dublin and Scotland. Both were better than usual. It is hard not to enjoy yourself in those countries.

In Iceland we did a tour with fellow cruise critic roll call passengers , the south tour with GeoIceland which was about nine hours and was really good. In Belfast we did a tour with Odyssey tours which was very much enjoyed.

We picked this cruise because of the itinerary and the ship. Thoroughly enjoyed both!

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