Couldn’t pass up this amazing deal to do an 11-day balcony cruise to 3 countries in South America, including 3 days at Carnival in Rio, for only about $950!
The Eclipse was recently remodeled, and the rooms and public spaces are beautiful.
We’ve done 45 cruises and Guiseppi, at only 26 years old was probably the best cruise director we’ve ever had. He really was made for this job. The captain was one of the most visible we’ve ever seen, attending many events and chatting with everyone. He gave great reports from the bridge twice a day.
The theater shows and live music were of extremely high quality. We loved the dancers 4 singers and Cirque-quality acrobatics. Keep that up and we’ll be back lots of times.
We love eating in the main dining room and our two waiters were great. Although the quality of the food is down the past few years, Celebrity still has the best dining room food of the standard cruise lines. We appreciated having lobster in the main dining room, even if only one night. Formal nights are gone, for better or worse.
Stateroom attendant was very efficient and charming, though they need to replace those horrible do not disturb signs that always end up on the floor.
Having great internet really makes a difference and I was more than happy to pay for it. Apple internet center was nice, but should be staffed more often.
Beautiful library but need more travel books.
The Captains Club host forgot to call us and never sent us info about special events, so we missed all of them. That needs to be much better organized.
Would like to have booked a future cruise, but there never seemed to be anyone available, and when there finally was the promotion offered the first few days was over. A lot of folks complained about this and it was a real lost opportunity for the cruise line.
Pool, gym and spa were all in the top 10%.
The always seemed to be reducing the the buffet just as it got busy, causing long lines. We found it difficult to get a clean table and almost impossible to get a drink from anyone on the buffet level.
Port staff was good, but the port terminals in South America were horrible, usually requiring long bus rides just to get from the ship to the terminal and back. Security staff were great.
We loved being at Carnival. If you buy tix at right place, you can get decent seats for $19. Don’t pay $600 to get them from the ship. Unfortunately, Rio during Carnival is a difficult place. Everything is boarded up, including every ATM machine, due to roving wild crowds. Everything is closed and most tours are cancelled. We did find a reasonably priced tour to see Impanema, Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. That and going to carnival added up to one wild day. But one day in Rio would have been enough. We never really felt unsafe, but it’s pretty wild vibe if you are over 30; even the locals don’t take their kids out.
Unfortunately, the port at São Paulo is 2 hours each way from the city, too far to be practical for an excursion. But Santos port is a nice little city and trying hard to be fun for tourists. We really enjoyed the Coffee Museum, the Pele Museum and the trolley.
Montevideo was fun and we did the free walking tour there.
Buzios is the St. Bart’s of Brazil, but at 1/2 the price. Don’t pay for expensive ship excursions. Right at the tender port you can get a ship to take you to all 17 beaches with swim and snorkeling stops at three of them and a free drink for $15-20.
Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen. Almost as nice as Paris, but cleaner and literally 1/4 the price. Do any of the free walking tours, which can be found on the internet.
Our balcony room was beautifully laid out with great storage and the best bathroom we’ve had at sea. Loved the glass doors in the shower. TV could be a little bigger and better placed. Bed was great, but sofa was so hard as to be unusable as anything but a storage rack. The WiFi access point didn’t work for our room. They came to fix it and it worked better, but signal was still too weak for me to use. Not a big problem, as the Apple Internet cafe had a great signal and I used that room. The obstruction from the roof of the night club was minimal; we could barely notice it. Our kids room 6205, had a bit more obstruction from the top of the lifeboat.