New ship new problems?: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Rastus366

Celebrity Eclipse 5
Member Since 2012

Overall Member Rating

New ship new problems?

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Other
Our day started by packing the suitcases at 8 o'clock the morning we were leaving and then a two hour drive to Southampton to join the cruise.

We have always travelled with Celebrity Cruises on Millennium class ships but were uncertain if the Eclipse was going to be too large when compared to our usual size of ship. We needn't have worried. The ship is very impressive when viewed at the dock and doesn't disappoint once on board. The whole layout is very contemporary and is definitely a wow on first entry.

Embarkation is very easy. Cars are lined up in rows and called forward for the luggage to be off loaded into the custody of porters. You then proceed to a secure parking area. Once parked you proceed on foot to the terminal and join the queue for the mandatory entry procedures. Once into the booking terminal Captain's Club members are directed into a dedicated line and dealt with very quickly. Then through the access door and along a corridor/ramp up to the entry More port of the ship.

The usual photograph and entry procedure is followed by a welcome glass of Champagne or Orange Juice and then off to find your cabin.We always travel on the back so it's a fairly long walk to the cabin to be greated by our steward who immediately brought the first of our suitcases.

The cabin is of a similar size to other Celebrity ships but draw storage is a little limited and the overhead lockers need to be used if the cabin is to remain tidy. The hanging wardrobe is sufficient but access is limited to one side of the bed. The bathroom is a great improvement on previous ships with a dedicated shower cubicle and small cupboards adjacent to the mirror for all necessary ablution items needed for the holiday. Much better than trying to use a hanging wash bag.

The veranda access is good although the size is limited for two people to use the lounger chairs and footstools simultaneously. The veranda door sealed very well and minimised any external noise from entering the cabin.

The usual safety brief was far more civilised on Eclipse and essentially life jackets were not required. Groups were gathered at various locations on the ship and the lifeboat drill was tannoyed and displayed in text format on screens for all languages used on the safety brief. Mealtimes on the older Celebrity ships could become a bit problematic with long queues to each servery but on the Eclipse this has been resolved by having dedicated food islands accessible on all sides. The system works very well and is a vast improvement over conventional serveries.

Entertainment is very good with shows on most nights. Some are single performers but there were full review shows on both formal nights.

It is essential when on Celebrity Cruises to use the cruise schedule delivered each night for the following day entertainment as there are very few announcements to tell guests what is happening that day. It works very well and people rarely miss attending venues of choice. Dining is always a pleasure on Celebrity with an exceptional menu every night plus the usual standards of steak, chicken and fish in a simple form.

Alcoholic drinks are reasonably expensive but provided one does not drink to excess the overall cost is acceptable.

The speciality restaurants are grouped together on deck 5. We used Qsine and Bistro on 5. Qsine is very different but highly recommended. To explain exactly what happens would spoil the experience but suffice to say it is not to be missed and will stay in the memory for a very long time.

Bistro on 5 is a crepery and is excellent both for a change of venue and lunchtime experience.

Disembarkation was ver efficient and problem free. Groups are called using a coloured tag and number system. Exit is via the gangway and down to the luggage collection area where luggage is arranged in number order for quick identification. Collect a free barrow, identify your luggage and leave via the customs room to reclaim your vehicle at the carpark. Less

Published 06/04/10

Cabin review: Ver9307

Cabin 9307. Reasonable size. Very good bed. Limited draw storage. Hanging space adequate but limited access as beside one side of bed. Excellent bathroom. Adequate veranda but a bit tight if two persons using loungers and footstools simultaneously. Excellent sound suppression from glazing. Excellent TV facilities. Free films available, re-runs of enrichment seminars if required. Generally very quite as no passing traffic. Can be susceptible to sea movements in rough weather.

Port and Shore Excursions

The ship was docked on the outside breakwater and the recommended method of transport to town was the shuttle bus. The cost was prohibitive at $12 per person and the journey through the dockyard lasted all of 4 minutes.

The town is very pretty. Very narrow streets, all white buildings with blue shutters. The town centre has the usual selection of shops and a market was setup on the promenade selling leather goods and various bangles and skin treatments.

Generally a pleasant day off the boat enjoying the local environment

The entry to Lisbon is interesting. The ship docks about 3 kilometres from the city centre. Again shuttle buses were recommended but again costs were high. The more adventurous could easily take the train, station is immediately outside the reception building, and travel two stops into central Lisbon. We selected a walking tour of Lisbon. The guide was OK but the itinerary seemed to centre on churches and the cathedral. Generally our group was too large for the guide to control and most of the standard dialogue was lost in traffic noise. The free time was welcome prior to ending the tour. Lisbon feels safe when walking in the city centre and the selection of shops is extremely good. Costs appear to be reasonable for items that we purchased.

Generally a good experience.

Read 640 Lisbon Reviews

Funchal is very verdant and laid back. We went on a tour to Monte and the Botanical Gardens. The view from Monte is exceptional. The tour uses the cable car to travel from Monte to the Botanical Gardens. A visit to a lace shop and Winery completed the half day trip. The cost was typical for a tour and delivered reasonable value for money.

Having visited Tenerife many times in the past we elected to just go for a walk. The town hasn't changed and was as expected.

The local town provided shuttle buses to the town from the dock side. We visited the town and followed the suggested guide book routes following the coloured lines painted on the pathways. The people were polite and the buildings of typical Canarian design. Most shops had limited offerings and were generally quite expensive.

Read 392 Tenerife Reviews

Visit was on a Sunday. Shops didn't open until after church services had ended. Town was very clean and well laid out. A pleasure to walk around. Some people went up to the oyster stalls in the town while others waited until after the shops opened before leaving the ship for some retail therapy.

Overall an enjoyable visit and would probably be better on any other weekday.

Read 385 Vigo Reviews

Compare Prices on Celebrity Eclipse Canary Islands Cruises

Read more Celebrity Eclipse cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Celebrity Eclipse Review >>

Compare Prices on Celebrity Eclipse Canary Islands Cruises

Member Since 2012
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Celebrity Eclipse deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Celebrity Eclipse 84% Loved It

10 Night Spain & Canaries Cruise
See all Celebrity Eclipse Deals >>