On the whole a great cruise BUT......: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by Alan Schiefersten

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Alan Schiefersten

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On the whole a great cruise BUT......

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
We have recently returned from a 16 night cruise of the Western Med and Adriatic coast on the Eclipse.

We had enjoyed the inaugral 3 night cruise to Le Havre in April of this year.

The ship is magnificent in most respects, the ship's staff were without exception polite, helpful and efficient in whatever capacity they were employed.

There are, however, issues with the seating arrangements both on sun decks and internally. The design is such that sunbeds are lined up at right angles to the ship's rails and are touching each other. Access to and off the beds requires athletic prowess no longer present in guests over a certain age. In good weather days at sea, most of the beds had towels on them early morning.

This cruise was unable to make the scheduled stop at Split in Croatia due to sea and weather conditions. Disappointing but understandable in the circumstances. The inclement weather did highlight the other seating problem. Instead of towels on More beds, there were books on seats. We roamed from deck to deck trying to find a seat. OK - cruise liners are designed for sunny days and not with internal seating for 3000 passengers.

Much more important though was when the the cruise director staged events in and around the main boulevard and entertainment area - huge armchairs restricted access to those wanting to stand and view the dancing/singing etc. Only those guests who got a seat early enough thought they would enjoy an uninterrupted and many cross words were spoken to those who got in front of them. If the chairs were removed during show times something like 30-40 people could see what only 8 were seeing seated.

On one evening, guests, - us included - were monopolising the glass atrium lifts and controlling them between decks 3-5 in order to see what was happening. Not exactly what you would expect to see - 6 lifts yo-yoing up and down filled with people trying to see a show!!! Woe betide anyone who got in expecting to actual use the lift to go to their room! Please Celebrity Eclipse look at this issue and so save this fiasco.

Now onto the Stateroom - this was generally excellent - lovely comfortable bed and well equipped bathroom. Only problem really was storage - or lack of it. The wardrobe was too narrow for men's suits and there were not enough drawers.

However, now we've had our say, would we go back onto Eclipse again - perhaps not - lovely though she is, we just havn't the energy to fight for the seats!! Less

Published 10/19/10

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