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We decided on this cruise because of the itinerary. We had not previously been to this part of South America. We usually cruise Celebrity and enjoy S-Class ships like Eclipse. The ship was very well maintained in all areas but it will be updated in April 2021. Pre-cruise: We flew Philadelphia/Miami/Santiago on American Airlines. Long trip. We stayed a couple of days in Santiago at Hotel Plaza San Francisco. Unfortunately it was very close to the area subject to the government protests so we would not recommend it. On the day of the cruise we arranged for a group of us from Cruise Critic to share transport to the San Antonio port. Embarkation: Long lines but we had a suite so we were ushered through. The San Antonio terminal was a large tent. It seemed kind of chaotic. Celebrity took everybody's passports and they were returned later in the cruise. We went to Luminae for lunch before going to our cabin. The ship had an issue getting a fuel delivery and we departed 6 hours late. Cabin: Corner aft S1 Sky Suite 1666. See review below. Service: The service was exceptional for the entire 14 days on the ship. Dining: The dining was mostly Luminae or the Oceanview Buffet for some breakfasts and lunches. Luminae was superb. The buffet was decent but not great. We had breakfast once in awhile in the Spa Cafe (good). Most morning we got coffee in Cafe al Bacio (very good). We dined in Tuscan Grill (excellent) and Le Petit Chef (great food except for very weird Japanese desert). Entertainment: The theater entertainment was very mediocre compared to every other Celebrity ship we have cruised. The cruise director Alejandro was really entertaining and funny! The entertainment at other venues on the ship was mostly very good. Itinerary: We took the cruise for the great itinerary but the weather did not cooperate at all! We missed two ports (Punta Arenas and Punta Del Este) because they were tenders and we had high seas. This resulted in far too many continuous At Sea days. Kind of boring because we could not really see much on ship due to the rain, fog, mist and high winds. We barely saw very much of the Chilean Fjords and the Strait of Magellan and our rounding of Cape Horn was diminished by fog. We were not allowed on the outside decks on some days. This all really put a damper on the enjoyment of this cruise. Shore excursions: The Puerto Mont excursion to the rapids and volcano was very scenic. We missed visiting penguins in Punta Arenas as we missed the port. We took the End of the World Train excursion in Ushuaia which was scenic and historically interesting. We finally saw penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and a lot of other wildlife in the Valdes Peninsula out of Puerto Madryn. We nissed Punta Del Este and over-nighted instead in Montevideo. We had a nice city tour there by a local guide. The first day in Buenos Aires our shuttle from the ship was delayed in traffic and we were 5 min late getting to our privately arranged tour (Shore Excursions Group) who promptly left without us and refused our request for a refund. Do not use this company!! We arranged for a similar excursion with Tour Gurus at the cruise port and it was terrible. Avoid at all costs! Disembarkation: In Buenos Aires the cruise ship is in the cargo port and you take a shuttle (15-20 min) to the passenger cruise terminal and pick up your luggage. It was easy. We had private transportation to our hotel. At the end in Buenos Aires we really enjoyed the city and stayed in the Savoy Hotel. We had a great private tour by Francour tours and also went to a very nice dinner and Tango show by Tango Porteno. Travel Home: American Airlines Buenos Aires/Miami/Philadelphia. Last impression: No issues with the Celebrity Eclipse. Just bad weather caused us disappointment!

Celebrity Eclipse was fine but the weather was not

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by TeeRick

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite
We decided on this cruise because of the itinerary. We had not previously been to this part of South America. We usually cruise Celebrity and enjoy S-Class ships like Eclipse. The ship was very well maintained in all areas but it will be updated in April 2021.

Pre-cruise: We flew Philadelphia/Miami/Santiago on American Airlines. Long trip. We stayed a couple of days in Santiago at Hotel Plaza San Francisco. Unfortunately it was very close to the area subject to the government protests so we would not recommend it. On the day of the cruise we arranged for a group of us from Cruise Critic to share transport to the San Antonio port.

Embarkation: Long lines but we had a suite so we were ushered through. The San Antonio terminal was a large tent. It seemed kind of chaotic. Celebrity took everybody's passports and they were returned later in the cruise. We went to Luminae for lunch before going to our cabin. The ship had an issue getting a fuel delivery and we departed 6 hours late.

Cabin: Corner aft S1 Sky Suite 1666. See review below.

Service: The service was exceptional for the entire 14 days on the ship.

Dining: The dining was mostly Luminae or the Oceanview Buffet for some breakfasts and lunches. Luminae was superb. The buffet was decent but not great. We had breakfast once in awhile in the Spa Cafe (good). Most morning we got coffee in Cafe al Bacio (very good). We dined in Tuscan Grill (excellent) and Le Petit Chef (great food except for very weird Japanese desert).

Entertainment: The theater entertainment was very mediocre compared to every other Celebrity ship we have cruised. The cruise director Alejandro was really entertaining and funny! The entertainment at other venues on the ship was mostly very good.

Itinerary: We took the cruise for the great itinerary but the weather did not cooperate at all! We missed two ports (Punta Arenas and Punta Del Este) because they were tenders and we had high seas. This resulted in far too many continuous At Sea days. Kind of boring because we could not really see much on ship due to the rain, fog, mist and high winds. We barely saw very much of the Chilean Fjords and the Strait of Magellan and our rounding of Cape Horn was diminished by fog. We were not allowed on the outside decks on some days. This all really put a damper on the enjoyment of this cruise.

Shore excursions: The Puerto Mont excursion to the rapids and volcano was very scenic. We missed visiting penguins in Punta Arenas as we missed the port. We took the End of the World Train excursion in Ushuaia which was scenic and historically interesting. We finally saw penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and a lot of other wildlife in the Valdes Peninsula out of Puerto Madryn. We nissed Punta Del Este and over-nighted instead in Montevideo. We had a nice city tour there by a local guide. The first day in Buenos Aires our shuttle from the ship was delayed in traffic and we were 5 min late getting to our privately arranged tour (Shore Excursions Group) who promptly left without us and refused our request for a refund. Do not use this company!! We arranged for a similar excursion with Tour Gurus at the cruise port and it was terrible. Avoid at all costs!

Disembarkation: In Buenos Aires the cruise ship is in the cargo port and you take a shuttle (15-20 min) to the passenger cruise terminal and pick up your luggage. It was easy. We had private transportation to our hotel. At the end in Buenos Aires we really enjoyed the city and stayed in the Savoy Hotel. We had a great private tour by Francour tours and also went to a very nice dinner and Tango show by Tango Porteno.

Travel Home: American Airlines Buenos Aires/Miami/Philadelphia.

Last impression: No issues with the Celebrity Eclipse. Just bad weather caused us disappointment!
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite
Cabin S1
Our cabin was a corner aft Sky Suite on Deck 11 starboard side which you enter at the end of the hall through a doorway leading into a private foyer. It had a very large wrap-around balcony. The window washing equipment was parked below us on deck 10 but it did not obstruct our view. This cabin was extra large with a nice porthole window next to the sofa. There were two structural poles- one near the bed and one near the sofa. We got used to them. There was a lot of storage space. The bed was comfortable. Electrical outlet was on the desk area - but outlets will be added near the bed on the refurbishment in April 2021. TV was flat screen across from the bed. The overall furniture and carpeting were showing their age a bit. The bathroom was very nice with a tub/shower combination. We would occasionally have an issue with the toilet not flushing but it was usually corrected very soon. The cabin came with a butler and a room steward. Both provided exceptional service.
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