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We made a late decision to take this cruise after finding it was available at very attractive rates, and booked an Aqua class cabin mid-ship. Aside from cost, we were intrigued by the itinerary -- Buenos Aires to Cape Horn and back, with a variety of ports in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, plus a number of at-sea days for relaxation. We've cruised Celebrity several times before, and appreciate their adult approach and generally fine food. For the most part we enjoyed this two-week vacation, although a few things went awry, starting with ... Embarkation. Perhaps the port folks in BA weren't prepared for a ship the size of Eclipse (this is the first time X has sent one this big to South America). Whatever. Things went OK until we reached the final room before boarding the ship, where staff gamely tried to herd passengers into rows of seats so we could board in an orderly fashion. The crowd of impatient passengers rebelled, rushed forward and ignored the staff. Chaos. Our cabin was fine, plenty of room, great steward (Jamie) who met all our needs. Afternoon canapés were just OK. We rarely ate them. We found the food in general to be not up to the standards we remember from previous cruises. We had a few meals in the Aqua class dining room (I forget the name) but often opted for dinners in the main dining room, depending on the menu for the day, or even the buffet in the Oceanview Cafe. Some entrees were very good, others just OK. We could always find something good to eat in the cafe -- breakfast, lunch or dinner. Healthy meals in the little cafe in the Solarium were also good. And our dinner the first night in Murano was superb. We didn't try the other specialty (fee) restaurants. Productions shows in the theater were entertaining but the other artists were just so-so. We didn't really listen much to the various bands/combos/soloists other than the string duet. The Christmas music piped through the ship's PA system got old really fast. Guest lecturer Mickey Live was a treat -- entertaining and informative. We generally avoided much of the other on-board activities. I guess some people like art auctions, bingo, the casino, dance lessons and such. We were glad to be near the library. Service in general was very good. Not obtrusive, always there. Ports were always interesting, although we were mostly fending for ourselves or on private tours. Tendering at Punta del Este was a hassle, better later. The ports, sights and day cruising at Tierra del Fuego were outstanding although the weather was a bit rough at times. We saw lots of unusual wildlife -- penguins, sea lions, whales, albatrosses and other exotic birds. A last-day excursion with Celebrity was worth the expense. We toured Buenos Aires by bus, stopped at the colorful La Boca neighborhood, visited an estancia (ranch) where we were wined, dined and entertained before being bused to the airport for our late flight home. Despite a few glitches this was a most memorable trip, a bucket-list cruise.

Cruise to Cape Horn meets most expectations

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by wvjabe

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We made a late decision to take this cruise after finding it was available at very attractive rates, and booked an Aqua class cabin mid-ship. Aside from cost, we were intrigued by the itinerary -- Buenos Aires to Cape Horn and back, with a variety of ports in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, plus a number of at-sea days for relaxation.

We've cruised Celebrity several times before, and appreciate their adult approach and generally fine food.

For the most part we enjoyed this two-week vacation, although a few things went awry, starting with ...

Embarkation. Perhaps the port folks in BA weren't prepared for a ship the size of Eclipse (this is the first time X has sent one this big to South America). Whatever. Things went OK until we reached the final room before boarding the ship, where staff gamely tried to herd passengers into rows of seats so we could board in an orderly fashion. The crowd of impatient passengers rebelled, rushed forward and ignored the staff. Chaos.

Our cabin was fine, plenty of room, great steward (Jamie) who met all our needs. Afternoon canapés were just OK. We rarely ate them.

We found the food in general to be not up to the standards we remember from previous cruises. We had a few meals in the Aqua class dining room (I forget the name) but often opted for dinners in the main dining room, depending on the menu for the day, or even the buffet in the Oceanview Cafe. Some entrees were very good, others just OK. We could always find something good to eat in the cafe -- breakfast, lunch or dinner. Healthy meals in the little cafe in the Solarium were also good. And our dinner the first night in Murano was superb. We didn't try the other specialty (fee) restaurants.

Productions shows in the theater were entertaining but the other artists were just so-so. We didn't really listen much to the various bands/combos/soloists other than the string duet. The Christmas music piped through the ship's PA system got old really fast.

Guest lecturer Mickey Live was a treat -- entertaining and informative. We generally avoided much of the other on-board activities. I guess some people like art auctions, bingo, the casino, dance lessons and such. We were glad to be near the library.

Service in general was very good. Not obtrusive, always there.

Ports were always interesting, although we were mostly fending for ourselves or on private tours. Tendering at Punta del Este was a hassle, better later. The ports, sights and day cruising at Tierra del Fuego were outstanding although the weather was a bit rough at times. We saw lots of unusual wildlife -- penguins, sea lions, whales, albatrosses and other exotic birds.

A last-day excursion with Celebrity was worth the expense. We toured Buenos Aires by bus, stopped at the colorful La Boca neighborhood, visited an estancia (ranch) where we were wined, dined and entertained before being bused to the airport for our late flight home.

Despite a few glitches this was a most memorable trip, a bucket-list cruise.
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