High expectations, all exceeded: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by hart 400

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High expectations, all exceeded

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
we arrived at the port of Southampton about 3 hours before embarkation, we had early embarkation due booking a concierge class stateroom. There was no queues, we drove straight up to baggage drop off and in to the car park, easy, straight forward and simple, that's how it stayed, we were on the ship sipping Champagne less than an hour later. We spent some time enjoying the quiet ship, then the buffet. There was an announcement about an hour later saying the staterooms are ready, off we went to find ours.

We could not have been happier with our stateroom, champagne on ice, flowers, plush robes, large bathroom, huge corner shower, larger than large towels, lovely furniture on balcony, it was just what we booked. Our stateroom attendants were invisible, keeping it spotless, we only saw them when they delivered our breakfast. The only slight niggle was storage, but because we did not have to fly, we took too many clothes, serves ourselves right really.

Just after sail More away we went to find the restaurant, we had asked for a table for 2, but found we were on a table for 8, we spoke to the maitre d, he swiftly, with no fuss, moved us to a table for 2. perfect. We had every evening meal in the main restaurant, enjoying some lovely food and wine. it was busy, lively and buzzing. we did not use any speciality restaurants. we ate quite a lot in the buffet, the range of food was huge, there was some queuing to be done, but we took it in our stride, timing was important and that also made it easier to get a window seat. the brunch in the main restaurant is not to be missed. we enjoyed the speciality coffees in the coffee lounge. The only niggle was afternoon tea was served in the buffet, we were expecting it to be white gloved service, silver tea pots with soft music, but you could get something similar in the coffee lounge

The sun decks are fabulous, all the pools are lovely, the pool butlers work hard. the sun decks were busy at times but we always got beds and very often got our favourite double sunbeds on pool side, we really enjoyed them. we also enjoyed the solarium. Drinks service was frequent and prompt. Frozen pina colada was lovely. ( we purchased drinks packages 6 weeks before sailing, they were very good value).

The gym was very well equipped, the inclusive classes were good, we did not pay for additional classes.

On the last port day i took up the special offer from the spa, a fabulous body brush, moisture massage, with scalp and back massage, perhaps a little expensive but what a treat. There was a full programme of activities to be enjoyed, we like lawn games, but there was something for everyone, no announcements were made, so it was easy to miss an activity, but we liked the no announcement policy, you cant have it all ways.some people we met went on a galley tour, they said it was good and we wished we had gone. We went to the theatre most nights, the acrobatics were something special,the singing was OK, generally the productions were good.the live bands, strings and quartets were enjoyable. sometimes the theatre time clashed with dinner so we missed out.

Interactive TV very useful for seeing photos, room service, movies and checking out the all important account, keep an eye on your account, we had to speak to guest relations a couple of times, they were always very helpful and sorted anything out swiftly and with no fuss.

We have had a brilliant cruise, would not hesitate to sail with celebrity again, though we would choose a different itinerary. We fancy Greek islands, so look out, here we come, oh best start saving. Less

Published 06/24/10

Cabin review: c31136

great balcony. no shelf in wardrobe, quiet location. easy to find near to library. because cabin at back of ship and the shape of the ship you could not see down the side of ship. deck 10 so not too high, still got good sunshine

Port and Shore Excursions

Gran canaria. ship docked very near to beach here, but weather very poor, so walked to beach, stayed a while but nothing more. you could get open top bus tours very easily.

only went for short walk round the harbour here. did not do anything else

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we love tenerife, but we are biased because we have a second home there. we walked in to santa cruz, quite a long walk but there was a free shuttle bus to take you half way. we enjoyed coffee and the shops, lots of other trips were on offer but we chose to do our own thing.

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port close to shops, so we just walked off ship and stayed local. you could hire a segway in port.

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