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A Baltic cruise was on our bucket list. The price was right this year, and we chose Celebrity, our favorite cruiseline, to take us there on a 12- night itinerary from Amsterdam. The weather started out cool and drizzly, but after four days we had long glorious sunny and warm days. We are a mid-60’s couple from Toronto, and sailed on the S-class ships several times, so we knew what to expect. However, we did encounter a few unpleasant surprises with our cabin. We flew to Amsterdam and stayed one night pre-cruise at the Holiday Inn Express Sloterdjik. Using the rail it’s 2 stops from the airport, and 1 stop to the cruise port. A long Elite embarkation line was moving well and we were enjoying lunch shortly afterwards in the Oceanview Café with drinks from our Classic beverage package. The ship is very clean and being constantly maintained. The crew is friendly and the officers mingle with guests. While there were very few young kids on board, a large group of recent school graduates from Mexico was poorly supervised, creating loud noise issues well into the early hours of the morning. Maybe they would be better served on the other cruiseline staring with a “C”. Meals: Generally met our high expectations. We had Select Dining at 6:45pm at a table for 6 (with our friends). Waiter Endrich and assistant Alit did an excellent job every night. Our dishes were nicely prepared and arrived at the proper temperature. Our Classic package wine selections were very good and glasses were regularly topped up. The Oceanview Café was somewhat crowded at times, but the food stations are spread out and lines moved quickly at the pasta, stir-fry and egg stations (at breakfast). There were different cuisine themes relating to the different ports we visited. The ice cream stand offered good variety of flavors, soft-serve, and toppings. We dined in Qzine (group of 6) when a special deal was offered. It was the last sailing for Qzine, as they were changing it to the new “le petit chef”. Our Elite level light breakfasts at Tuscan Grill included cheeses, cold meats and fruit along with fresh juices and specialty coffees. There were few Elite guests with plenty of servers available. The “cocktail hour” now allows three free drinks from the Elite menu at most bars, but cold and hot hors d'oeuvre were served only at the Sky lounge. We enjoyed trying many cocktails on the Classic beverage package, guided by the lovely server Madeleina. The Café Al Baccio was a nice meeting place for coffee and pastries, although at times too loud with music from the atrium. The Aspen coffee with a delicious cake were the perfect nightcap. Entertainment and activities: Generally good cooking demonstrations (fish, steak), enrichment (about dogs), movies and trivia. The headline soloists were average except for the talented vocalist Jane Curry and Russian Folklore show in St. Petersburg. The big production shows Topper, Rock City and Euphoria were very good, but Amade was too weird and artsy for our taste. Ports: The itinerary kept us busy discovering six new cities and cultures with self-organized walking tours. Disembarkation was very well organized. We cleared our cabin by 8, waited in Tuscan Grill for 40 minutes and then got off the ship, found our luggage and breezed through with no immigration check needed. We shared a minivan taxi to the airport. It was convenient, but rather expensive compared to the rail option. Would we do another cruise with Celebrity ? – Yes. In fact we’re already booked for November

Rewarding itinerary with courteous service.

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by onyourmark

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
A Baltic cruise was on our bucket list. The price was right this year, and we chose Celebrity, our favorite cruiseline, to take us there on a 12- night itinerary from Amsterdam. The weather started out cool and drizzly, but after four days we had long glorious sunny and warm days.

We are a mid-60’s couple from Toronto, and sailed on the S-class ships several times, so we knew what to expect. However, we did encounter a few unpleasant surprises with our cabin.

We flew to Amsterdam and stayed one night pre-cruise at the Holiday Inn Express Sloterdjik. Using the rail it’s 2 stops from the airport, and 1 stop to the cruise port. A long Elite embarkation line was moving well and we were enjoying lunch shortly afterwards in the Oceanview Café with drinks from our Classic beverage package. The ship is very clean and being constantly maintained. The crew is friendly and the officers mingle with guests. While there were very few young kids on board, a large group of recent school graduates from Mexico was poorly supervised, creating loud noise issues well into the early hours of the morning. Maybe they would be better served on the other cruiseline staring with a “C”.

Meals: Generally met our high expectations. We had Select Dining at 6:45pm at a table for 6 (with our friends). Waiter Endrich and assistant Alit did an excellent job every night. Our dishes were nicely prepared and arrived at the proper temperature. Our Classic package wine selections were very good and glasses were regularly topped up. The Oceanview Café was somewhat crowded at times, but the food stations are spread out and lines moved quickly at the pasta, stir-fry and egg stations (at breakfast). There were different cuisine themes relating to the different ports we visited. The ice cream stand offered good variety of flavors, soft-serve, and toppings. We dined in Qzine (group of 6) when a special deal was offered. It was the last sailing for Qzine, as they were changing it to the new “le petit chef”. Our Elite level light breakfasts at Tuscan Grill included cheeses, cold meats and fruit along with fresh juices and specialty coffees. There were few Elite guests with plenty of servers available. The “cocktail hour” now allows three free drinks from the Elite menu at most bars, but cold and hot hors d'oeuvre were served only at the Sky lounge. We enjoyed trying many cocktails on the Classic beverage package, guided by the lovely server Madeleina. The Café Al Baccio was a nice meeting place for coffee and pastries, although at times too loud with music from the atrium. The Aspen coffee with a delicious cake were the perfect nightcap.

Entertainment and activities: Generally good cooking demonstrations (fish, steak), enrichment (about dogs), movies and trivia. The headline soloists were average except for the talented vocalist Jane Curry and Russian Folklore show in St. Petersburg. The big production shows Topper, Rock City and Euphoria were very good, but Amade was too weird and artsy for our taste.

Ports: The itinerary kept us busy discovering six new cities and cultures with self-organized walking tours. Disembarkation was very well organized. We cleared our cabin by 8, waited in Tuscan Grill for 40 minutes and then got off the ship, found our luggage and breezed through with no immigration check needed. We shared a minivan taxi to the airport. It was convenient, but rather expensive compared to the rail option.

Would we do another cruise with Celebrity ? – Yes. In fact we’re already booked for November
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
Cabin 2D 6180
Our 2D balcony cabin #6180 had less obstructed view compared to others, located between the two lifeboats, so you can see the ocean looking down. However, the wall with cabin 6158 is totally not soundproof and the three or four chatty young party girls there kept us up at night. After numerous complaints over four nights we were offered a C1 Concierge cabin on deck 10 (#1259, bed near bath). Previous guests had to disembark in Helsinki due to family emergency back home. The neighbours were quiet but unfortunately the A/C fan had high-pitch noise and the ship’s constant shuddering vibrations were very noticeable, getting stronger the more you move towards the balcony. The same vibrations are felt up on the Oceanview Café midship port side. It’s probably a major issue with Solstice class ships. The TV system in the cabin was not providing vital information such as outside temperature and wind speed. All other aspects of the cabin were up to Celebrity’s high standards, including efficient cleaning by our steward Marlen.
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    We view exhibits at the tourist office, and stopped for coffee and cake at Café 28 near the market square. We strolled through the streets and viewed the old buildings then headed back to the train.
    The weather did not clear up for the evening, so we did not return to town for an evening stroll as we had hoped.
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  • Copenhagen
    Copenhagen – we took bus #26 to City Hall where we started the free walking tour booked with Sandeman at 11am. It was a 3 hours (including a short pause) and our guide Bryony was very good. The city was full of celebration as high school grads were partying while riding in rented decorated trucks and limos from one residence to another, a-la “pub crawl”. At the end of the tour we met a cousin who drove us to his place about 25 km north of Copenhagen for a Danish lunch and short hike in the countryside.
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  • Helsinki
    Helsinki - This was a public holiday (Midsummer), so many buildings and stores were closed. We took bus #14 from the ship to the city center and walked to Senate Square for a 2 ½ hour tour with Happy Helsinki Walk. (free on weekends). The market square was full of tourists and locals. We had some free time to stroll through the artisan market near the harbour. The weather was sunny and cool, and we walked back to the ship along the coastline
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  • St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg – we stayed in port overnight. We did the 2-day deluxe tour with SPB Tours. It was comprehensive and included all visa requirement, admissions to attractions, full Russian style lunches,
    boat and subway rides. We were a group of 12 on a modern mini-bus with free wifi, and a lovely young guide Irina. She gave us modern receivers and earphones and kept us engaged at all the venues we visited.
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    Stockholm – we walked to the dock next to the ship to board the s.s. Emilie water taxi at 8:28am. We bought the all-day ticket at senior rate on the boat with a credit card. It took us to the Vasa museum, then at 10:38am to the market Square. We walked to the Royal Palace and viewed the changing of the guards and the parade. At 1pm we did a free walking tour from the Gamla Stan train station. Our guide Anna was a Canadian from Montreal studying in Stockholm. Not as experienced as others we’ve had. When the tour finished we returned to market square at 2:50pm to take s.s. Emilie at 2:50 back to the ship (20 minutes).
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    Tallinn – we walked to town (15 minutes) and found the Tourist office – our meeting point for the free walking tour. Our guide Heli, who is also a casting director, took us for 2 ½ ours with animated stories about her country and culture. After the tour we joined a group and ventured beyond the old city to the modern Tallinn with its shopping centers and wide streets.
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