Baltic with Children!!: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by olliebear

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Baltic with Children!!

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
I thought I would write this review to help people thinking of travelling on Celebrity with children or to the Baltic as I struggled to find reviews when I was researching the trip. Here it goes!!

Embarkation - we travelled by car and arrived about 12.30pm. It was a slightly different procedure to P&O, we dropped our luggage off first, and then parked our car ourselves in an open air car park 5 mins walk back to check in. We only queued for 15mins before an easy check in and onto the boat! We were greeted with a glass of bubbily and were allowed straight to our cabin to have a look around. We also were allowed to explore all areas of the ship (unlike Ventura where we were only allowed on lido deck). Brilliant!

Stateroom - we had a family balcony cabin. It was the best family cabin we have had. A big king size bed and then at night the sofa converted to one single bed with another single bed on top which came down from the ceiling making double beds. Fantastic. More Stateroom was lovely, like all other reviews, very modern and enough space for all 4 of us to store clothes.

Dining - we opted for select dining, as then we can fit meal times in with entertainment, children etc. We varied what we did at night, sometimes taking the children to the MDR (kids menu and waiters great with the kids), room service for the children (again brilliant and very quick), ocean view cafe (see other reviews, well designed lots of choice). We also visited Quisine and Tuscan Grill (20% off cover charge on final night). Both were amazing and well worth the money, just don't eat all day!

Kids Club - only 25 kids on board, so we were a bit concerned how it was going to work as we have only been on cruises with 100s of children. The children were all put into one big club with activities designed for ages. The kids facilities were brilliant, all upto date computer games and DVDs, plus lots of games, crafts and more!! Children LOVED it!!! Better than Ventura they said! Counsellors were lovely and made us feel very welcome. Kids made friends with children from all over the world. One advantage you can leave children on board when you visit a port, disadvantage have to pay for babysitting after 10pm and lunch and tea times.

Entertainment - daytime entertainment was the usual trivia, dancing, lectures etc etc. No difference to any other cruise we have been on. Can do as much or as little as you want. Evening entertainment - ALL acts we saw in the theatre were an excellent standard from the eclipse shows to the guest comedy acts, juggler, singers etc etc. the only negative we had is that there was not an alternative thing to go while the theatre was on, could have done with a big quiz or a comedy act. There was also a cinema showing lots of new DVD release films. They were also shown in cabin too!

Disembarkation - VERY good. We chose what time we wanted to leave (up until 9.30am), and we were off within 10 mins of the time we asked for. Collected cases easily and were at our car within 30mins. No problems.

Summary - we LOVED Celebrity. Yes, it was an older crowd (60+) and we worried about the lack of children, but that was no problem. The ship is amazing, VERY high standard of furnishings and service was far better than P&O. Everyone we met was very friendly, loved the children, and we actually made more friends on this cruise than any other. We love travelling and this was the main factor on going to the Baltic and I would definately do it again, and I would go on Celebrity again. Less

Published 06/14/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

I have only rated a 3 as we did not make it to Brugge! The timescales were too short. We opted for the shuttle to Blankenberge ($15 each including kids - expensive) which took 10mins but no other option of getting out of Zeebrugge as very busy port. Trains to Brugge only went every hour so did not risk missing boat as only there until 3pm. Blankenberge was OK, nice beach and a few little chocolate shops and cafe. Would I pay $60 to go again? No.

Brilliant!!! We all had a great day. Ship docked around 10 mins walk from the little mermaid, we then walked all the way to Tivoli gardens (around 40mins), but along the way we saw lots of sites, had a beer, and visited LEGO shop. Tivoli with children was lovely. Clean, fun and quaint! We decided to all buy the multiride tickets which were around £30 each, not cheap but we definately got value for money. The problem we had was our 5 year old was not 120cm tall which meant to go on a lot of the rides she had to ride with someone 14 year or older (ie us), so we had to buy multi-ride too. Multi-ride was best option as only had to go on 4 rides to pay for itself. Would do it again as park was lovely. You can see lots of influences that Walt Disney took for his park. We then had tea at Hard Rock Cafe at Tivoli and walked bck to ship. All happy but tired!

Left the children on board ship as research before hand did not think it was much in their line. There was a local shuttle bus provided ($10 return, kids free), had to use as we were a long walk from town. We had fantastic hot weather which made the visit as Helsinki itself did not have much to offer. We walked to the Rock Church and then back to town via the train station, church and then harbour. We had a drink at the harbour and then wandered around the little market to get souveniers (pricy). Great to say we have been but would not rush back.

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One of the highlights of the trip. We took the children on 2, 4 hour excursions with Celebrity. The first day we went to Peterhof (about 1 hour on the bus), with a tour of the gardens which were stunning and a little train ride which the children enjoyed. On the second day we did 'Panoramic St Petersburg' a hop on and off the bus tour around major sites. We had an excellent guide and children enjoyed that too. We negotiated prices of Russian Dolls at the markets and worked out cheaper than the 'formal' gift shops that we were taken too on coach. Note, they take Euro and Dollars no need for Roubles.

After a 5 min walk from the ship, we purchased train tickets from VERY friendly ticket office lady to Rostock. Getting to Rostock was easy, little train ride and a tram ride and 30mins later we were there. Nice little town with shops and bars. We spent a couple of hours there and kids enjoyed the train ride. Warnemunde was a surprise, it was very pretty and if the weather had been better the beach was great.

Lovely city. Last minute changes meant we docked a long way from the city and tendered into shore. Celebrity put on free shuttle to Stockholm (took about 45mins) and dropped us off in town centre. We wandered into the Gamla Stan and shopped and then jumped on one of the HOHO boats which took us to see all the sites, children LOVED it! We hopped off to visit Skansen Childrens Museum. Kids loved this, old Sweden with lots of little wooden houses and shops and people dressed up. Also a zoo with a few Scandinavian animals. We spent 2 hours there and had a lovely time. We would definately return to Stockholm as more to see and do.

Loved Tallin!! We walked from the ship into town (around 15mins). Beautiful medieval town, very pretty and full of character. We followed our guide book and covered all the sites. Very easy to walk to see them all as very small city.

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