Celebrity Eclipse - Fun Element Lacking!....: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by beardedladies

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Celebrity Eclipse - Fun Element Lacking!....

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
Well... were back after what we felt was a fairly disappointing cruise on the new Celebrity Eclipse... We arrived at Southampton Docks, dropped off our luggage and was onboard around 11.30 am, it's such a dream sailing from here...

As soon as we were onboard we were offered free champagne which was a nice gesture, as we had no breakfast we then headed off to the Ocean View Cafe which had a lovely selection of all sorts of foods, hot and cold dishes and was very tasty... During this time an announcement to say our cabins were now available...

We had been upgraded also to a Sky Suite (very appreciated), there was three of us, and so was grateful for the extra space. The Sky Suite was similar to a Junior Suite on a RCL ship, a balcony and a half in width, double queen sized bed and bed sofa, lovely bedding, two double wardrobes, LCD TV, kettle with glass cups and tea, nice sized bathroom with bath and big fixed headed shower, water was lovely and hot, complete with More smellies....

We thought we would try Celebrity for a change, its always exciting investigating and looking around a new ship. She was beautiful inside, lovely modern decor, and everything was new and fresh, but after the second day onboard we just found it was a bit soul less and lacked the warmth and homeliness of the Independence, I did try buying aftershave but could only sell me 50ml and they only had 100ml bottles plus the v.a.t. My other half was so bored he bought a book and read most of that, during the daytime was the worse, it was dead, nothing if anything much to do, plus the cruise director seems to take a back seat and just introduces the shows of an evening, that's about it...

We did skipped the MDR after one night, steak was dry and service was very slow, so we ate in Qsuine for two nights, wow that's a fab place to eat and relax, it was good fun, amazing service and wonderful food, plus got to play with new ipads... As we stayed in the suite you are entitled to a free experience within a speciality restaurant which is a nice extra perk, so we ended up using Qsuine twice in the end ($30 a head), the highlight of the last day is when the manager from Qsuine phoned as said we can fit you in as we've had a cancelation, we all went Whoooooooo!.... he he

What we both really missed was the promenade on RCL ships, (the central focal point) I love grabbing a coffee and people watching, having a good natter with fellow cruisers and hearing their experiences... We are both in our late thirties, but I don't think it is an age thing, the passengers I spoke to on this cruise ranged from similar age, up to their late seventies and they agreed the fun element was lacking, I just felt there was no real celebration and should had been something for the Inaugural sailing, a party or some recognition.

A couple of bars that were lovely was Molecular where the staff were so friendly and recommend their signature cocktail was $11, it was amazing.... and also visited the Martini Ice bar which is fun and you can scribe away at the thin ice on the bar or do noughts and crosses, was good fun , a bit drunk afterwards to say the least.... Drink prices not so bad, a can of Budwesier was $4.50, Gin & Tonic Tanqueray $6.00 both plus 15% grats, I don't worry to much about drink prices we're on holiday after all, enjoy it!...

There was a nice Cafe on Eclipse, serving all types of coffee but will charge you $4 a time, nice for treat but you could help yourself to small cakes as many as you could eat... As you guessed after eating all those cakes best hit the gym, it was very well laid out with various machines to use, at least 15 running machines and loads of free weights, staff helpful if needing advice on how to use the equipment, added bonus was the mini gym towels to hand...

It was worth trying, but if we went again on Celebrity it would have to be somewhere warm to kill time during the day and soak up some rays... were back on Indepedence of the Seas in a few weeks time and so looking forward to being back onboard her and RCL with some old friends... Mark Less

Published 05/08/10

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