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A laid-back coastal California itinerary and a chance to enjoy an Aquaclass cabin (and especially the small, non-harried Blu restaurant) were the main reasons we chose this cruise. It had been four or five years since we'd sailed on Celebrity and we definitely found the quality of the food less impressive than we remembered. But the service was attentive and smiling, the ship was beautiful, the cabin comfortable, and it's wonderful to take a cruise with the chance to eat alternative healthy (low-calorie) fare, especially at breakfast and lunch on the spa deck. And Celebrity still has a remarkably good library, which we enjoyed very much. Murano is well worth a splurge, especially for the special sea day lunch. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We mostly wandered the ports by ourselves and weren't especially impressed by the 17-mile drive tour out of Monterey (we wanted more scenic driving and much less hanging out at the pretentious golf course) and the boutique winery tour out of Ensenada that we chose was exceedingly uninteresting. But the scenery from the ship was unfailingly lovely and we had some memorable lunches in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and at the El Cielo Vineyard near Ensenada. The only serious disappointment was the new incarnation of the specialty restaurant Qsine, which is now about predictable food and an animated tableware show that seems designed for children. We missed the delicious, fanciful, small-plates food we'd loved on past Celebrity cruises.

Low key coastal California cruise

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Gail MG

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: AquaClass
A laid-back coastal California itinerary and a chance to enjoy an Aquaclass cabin (and especially the small, non-harried Blu restaurant) were the main reasons we chose this cruise. It had been four or five years since we'd sailed on Celebrity and we definitely found the quality of the food less impressive than we remembered. But the service was attentive and smiling, the ship was beautiful, the cabin comfortable, and it's wonderful to take a cruise with the chance to eat alternative healthy (low-calorie) fare, especially at breakfast and lunch on the spa deck. And Celebrity still has a remarkably good library, which we enjoyed very much.

Murano is well worth a splurge, especially for the special sea day lunch. The food was beautifully presented and delicious.

We mostly wandered the ports by ourselves and weren't especially impressed by the 17-mile drive tour out of Monterey (we wanted more scenic driving and much less hanging out at the pretentious golf course) and the boutique winery tour out of Ensenada that we chose was exceedingly uninteresting. But the scenery from the ship was unfailingly lovely and we had some memorable lunches in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and at the El Cielo Vineyard near Ensenada. The only serious disappointment was the new incarnation of the specialty restaurant Qsine, which is now about predictable food and an animated tableware show that seems designed for children. We missed the delicious, fanciful, small-plates food we'd loved on past Celebrity cruises.
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AquaClass
Cabin A1
Well designed, comfortable cabin--with great deck chairs for lounging that got a lot of use on this cruise.
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