1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Celebrity Eclipse
We picked this cruise for the itinerary, I've know people who took expedition ships to Antarctica, but that's just out of our budget range. This cruise offered the chance to get really close to Antarctica without spending extra thousands to set foot on the place. It was unforgettable! The weather could not have been better for viewing and photography. Add in icebergs, whales sea lions, seals and penguins, it was the single best day of any cruise we've done in the past 20 years. Add the port calls at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia, Porto Madryn and Montevideo and it added up to a great cruise. We were a bit unsure about Eclipse, because she is about 1,000 passengers larger than we'd sailed in the past But, other than the buffet at lunch and the que for tendering at Port Stanley it never felt crowded. In fact, maybe because of her size, it was easier to find a quiet corner for reading, or just watching the sea than on other, smaller, ships. We are frequent cruisers on HAL and just 3 on Celebrity. We gave Celebrity and Eclipse a grade above our HAL experiences in most areas. Food and service were exceptional. In particular we liked the Tuscan Grill. The buffet was also very nice for lunch and breakfast. The one food issue was that we gave up on room service breakfast, which we really like because in 5 tries they never got the order right. The lectures about ports and points of interest were excellent. Public areas are very nice and lots of them. Our one issue with Celebrity vs. HAL is the lack of a self-serve laundry on all Celebrity ships. But, you learn to adjust. Captain Leo and his crew did a great job of giving us the maximum exposure to the scenery and keeping us on time. We seldom interact much with the cruise director-led activities, but those who did were full of praise for Gusippe. As one passenger said of our day skirting Antarctica they would never come back because of the odds of having such a perfect day again were just too steep. But if you want to see Antarctica and all the goes with it, this is a great cruise even if the weather doesn't totally co-operate as it did this time.

Unforgettable Experience

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by boom_boom

3 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Sunset Veranda
We picked this cruise for the itinerary, I've know people who took expedition ships to Antarctica, but that's just out of our budget range. This cruise offered the chance to get really close to Antarctica without spending extra thousands to set foot on the place.

It was unforgettable!

The weather could not have been better for viewing and photography.

Add in icebergs, whales sea lions, seals and penguins, it was the single best day of any cruise we've done in the past 20 years.

Add the port calls at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia, Porto Madryn and Montevideo and it added up to a great cruise.

We were a bit unsure about Eclipse, because she is about 1,000 passengers larger than we'd sailed in the past But, other than the buffet at lunch and the que for tendering at Port Stanley it never felt crowded. In fact, maybe because of her size, it was easier to find a quiet corner for reading, or just watching the sea than on other, smaller, ships.

We are frequent cruisers on HAL and just 3 on Celebrity. We gave Celebrity and Eclipse a grade above our HAL experiences in most areas. Food and service were exceptional. In particular we liked the Tuscan Grill. The buffet was also very nice for lunch and breakfast. The one food issue was that we gave up on room service breakfast, which we really like because in 5 tries they never got the order right.

The lectures about ports and points of interest were excellent. Public areas are very nice and lots of them.

Our one issue with Celebrity vs. HAL is the lack of a self-serve laundry on all Celebrity ships. But, you learn to adjust.

Captain Leo and his crew did a great job of giving us the maximum exposure to the scenery and keeping us on time.

We seldom interact much with the cruise director-led activities, but those who did were full of praise for Gusippe.

As one passenger said of our day skirting Antarctica they would never come back because of the odds of having such a perfect day again were just too steep.

But if you want to see Antarctica and all the goes with it, this is a great cruise even if the weather doesn't totally co-operate as it did this time.
boom_boom’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Celebrity Eclipse price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Sunset Veranda
Cabin SV 7360
We liked the Sunset Veranda on the aft end of the ship. The veranda itself was a little small, but otherwise, it was a typical veranda cabin. Adequate storage, comfortable beds, good service from the room steward. We had no issues with noise, heating or cooling.
Vista Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews