Nicest ship, best entertainment and a great cruise: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by skiking1245

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Nicest ship, best entertainment and a great cruise

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We came in early and stayed several nights at the Park Central Hotel in South Beach. It is nice, well located and reasonably priced. You can become a gold member ahead on the internet, book on the internet and get better rates and perks such as free continental breakfast. We enjoyed seeing the sites and grand hotels up the beach. Had the best HB ever at the Beer and Burger Joint over on the bay side. We walked to it for exercise but took public bus back for 25 cents.

Saturday morning we checked out about noon and drove our car to the port terminal where we parked for the trip. Boarding went smoothly and after walking about the ship to get our bearing we went for the Oceanview Cafe buffet lunch which was outstanding. Our bags arrived at our room mid afternoon and we sailed about 430.

Room was nice. Better shower than on previous ships and the new mattresses were very comfortable. We were midship near the elevators but no noise concern there as they had a wall that More separated the rooms from the elevators. Our room was well kept by Jorge and his assistant Dennis. We rarely saw them but they did a great job with towels, etc.

The ship was absolutely beautiful. We toured the specialty restaurants which were incredibly nice but opted to stay in the main DR. The main DR is very nice and modern looking and the meals were great except for one night when several of us chose the cajun blackened ribeye steak. I have to say the only good steaks I have had on cruises have been tenderloin and this was no exception. The tenderloins were excellent and the ribeye was aweful. And the loaded baked potatoe was a joke. However, the other meals, appetizers and desserts were excellent. We did move tables after a few nights as our waiter seemed green and did not have the same assistants 2 nights in a row and left him overwhelmed. Subsequent nights service was as good as it gets.

We never felt crowded on the deck and pool areas. Had to wait some for the recumbent bikes a few times as few people adhered to the 30 minute limit.

We docked at all ports except Caymans where we tendered. The tendering was slow getting off the ship.

The entertainment was as good as I have seen cruising. It really was amazing.

I would be surprised if they can keep up that standard. We'll see. The major shows were incredible and there was also entertainment of some kind in other venues going on all the time.

We opted to carry our luggage off and that went well. By 700 we were in our car and headed back to Atlanta. Home by 530.

At some departure ports you can leave your car for free at the hotels. Not so in Miami. Parking is at a premium and we paid $25 per night at the hotel and $20 per night at the port terminal. Add on the speeding ticket at the speed trap in Cordele(Crisp County), Georgia and maybe we should have flown. There were 4 of us and driving was okay and it allowed us to bring whatever we wanted regardless of weight or whatever as compared to the flying restrictions.

A last note on the ship. They went to a lot of trouble to have a hugh grassy area on the top deck. Much ado about nothing. We all agreed in a few years it will be gone. Must have been the idea of some overzealous MBA at the home office. Same feeling about the glass blowing demonstration. We just felt like it trying too hard and the resources could have been better spent elsewhere.

All in all it was a great cruise and would definitely sail on the Eclipse again. We do prefer the atmosphere and sailaways on RC better but it's hard to complain about such a fabulous ship and the great trip we had. Less

Published 02/09/11

Cabin review: 2B6221 Deluxe Veranda

Room 6221 is well located about mid ship. While we were across form the elevators the wall between us and the elevators kept noise from being a problem. For the computer nerds our room was right across the hall rom the ship's I room with the computer stuff for people who want to check their email at midnight. Amazingly, I saw people going in there at that hour.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This is a made for cruise ship port and is very nice. The reason I rate it well is the day trip I booked online with Maya Chan. It is a little sliver of beach 30 minutes or so down the rough road but a great spot. I hope they don't mind me saying it but it is run by 4 or so what I call free spirit or hippie types. However, they run it very professionally. David has an outstanding staff and they do backover flips to be sure you have a great experience there. For $56 per head they pick you up, drive you there, and provide a palapa, drinks, food, kayaks, snorkeling, beach games and other things. Reasonably priced massages are available on the beach. They keep the drinks coming and will even bring them to you in the water. Lulu's lunch may have been the best meal of our entire trip. Grilled fish, chicken, and beef and all the fixings to make fajitis along with the best Charro beans I have ever had. Be careful of the red sauce. I like hot spicey food but did not hear when someone said it had Habaneros in it. So only use a little. I would definitely go back there if on another ship stopping at Costa Maya. And don't let the drive down there scare you. It's a poor country but we felt very safe.

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We have been to Cozumel many times before and usually spend the day at Chankanaab Park. Nice beach and snorkeling and beer and food available. Enjoyed again this time but will probably opt for one of the other beaches next time for a change. As always we ended the day with late lunch downtown at Palmeros. Great Mexican food and Margueritos. Good for people watching on corner. And the shopping nearby is the best in Cozumel.

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Ships have to tender at Caymans which shortens your day there. There really isn't much to do if you have already been to Stingray City and don't dive. It's not a particularily pretty island to tour. We opted to go to seven mile beach at the Royal Palm beach stop. It's just a nice beach, restaurant, bathrooms, etc. with chairs, unbrellas and all. We enjoyed it but after 3 visits to Caymans would as soon go somewhere else. And beers were fairly expensive.

This was our first visit to Roatan. It is a beautiful island, like St. Lucia or Dominica. We took a taxi to Tabyana Beach. Kind of a glitch there. Taxi first took us to a place that wanted to charge to use their facilities but said they were out of beach chairs. I told taxi driver it was unsatisfactory and to take us somewhere nice. And he did. It was a little more at $15 per person but the facilities and beach at Infinity Bay were outstanding. They put a bracelet on you. I would recommend getting off the ship early to get a spot at Infinity Bay as it was the best on the beach. We liked the beach a lot, beers were cheapest of the trip and the snorkeling right off the beach was as good as you will find anywhere. I would highly recommend this stop and hope this port is in the itinerary of one of our future sailings. Apparently Tabyana Beach is a bunch of resorts,etc and they each have their own entrance. And the way the taxis work is strange. For the 4 of us we paid $10 total to get there and another $70 when he picked us up. We arranged the pick up time/location in advance. So you come back with the same driver. The taxi ride was fairly expensive but the inexpensive beers, great beach and snorkeling made it well worth it. Talked to someone on ship who took the island tour and she was worn out with the driving up and down and around the mountains. Felt bad for her as we had a great day on the beach and it was a great way to spend our last port day.

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