The ryanair / holiday camp of the seas: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by graham goode

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graham goode

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The ryanair / holiday camp of the seas

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
The positives -

The ship was clean . The food was generally very good . The embarkation and disembarkation from Southampton was very organised and very efficient . The evening entertainment with one exception of a hypnotist who flopped and a talent show winner female singer impersonator who was very good was just that - entertainment . The Celebrity organised excursions were top dollar but the guides were, without exception , good .

The negatives --

The cabin - or if you call a rat catcher a rodent operative , a stateroom, was kept clean and stocked . But it is badly designed . A couch blocked out so much room of the room making access to the limited amount of hanging space tricky. Two comfortable chairs would have been so much better . There was barely two feet on space around the end of the bed .

The Aqua Class cabins midships on level 11 under-hang the deck on level 12 meaning no sun ever reaches the balcony - and children running round More on deck 12 can easily be heard as can the rumbling of restocking trolleys .

And OH THE NOISE . A Celebrity lifestyle enhancement is that you cannot escape screeching jazz in every public area 24/7 . Pipe music can be bad enough but 'easy listening' in the morning - if you have to - and a little light classical in the evening wouldn't be so bad but not jazz 24/7 . A comment from guest relations was that there are NO QUIET PUBLIC AREAS ON THE SHIP AT ALL. The card room and library overlook the atrium where 8 glass fronted elevators clunk and clank and the open card room and library areas pick up every noise from the painfully loud bands and groups that play in the foyer .

Fancy a zzzzzz after lunch outside ? FORGET IT - pipe music round the ship - you've guessed it - screeching jazz - only to be blasted itself by pop bands who mistake volume for ability . And holiday camp crew v guests games keep some amused .

Lunch in the Oceanview Cafe - or fancy an upgrade to one of the speciality restaurants ( at a dinner supplement $30 , $45 , $55 or $89 per person per day ) - thinking you might escape - no sir . As the supplement dining rooms are not that well populated more chance to hear more jazz . Walk to and from them - more chance to hear more . Walk round the ship more chance to hear more . In the Sky lounge more chance to hear yet more and not always the same . Walk down the parade of shops - prices on average about 50% higher than Princess for the same items - and you often have the chance to hear two lots of jazz - clashing - for its not the same soundtrack all the way around the ship . Caught short? - catch more piped music .

Find the sundeck - level 16 at the front and your serenaded by the bang bang bang of the basketball court which doubles up as the children's playground and the pool butler calling for drinks which at $9.50 for a glass of pinot grigio and $7.50 for a bottle of Budweiser ( plus tip ) are top end - oh and did I mention the jazz ?

So be prepared Celebrity cruisers - rob a bank take earplugs and if your Aqua class midships a sun ray lamp - and you could have a good time . Enjoy -safe in the knowledge that you won't see us there . Less

Published 07/18/11

Cabin review: A11593 AquaClass

badly designed - couch took up too much room and is uncomfortable to sit on . not enough storage space . ( Cases on Princess taken away and stored elsewhere - not celebrity ) . Aqua class ( level 11 ) midships see no sun , the over hang of deck 12 acts as a big parasol . No bath - shower only . Badly designed tap over a small sink - if you tried to splash you face when washing you couldn't do it .

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Port and Shore Excursions

perfectly functional for on and off . no problems

Easy access and egress . Most port shops closed early - which was a surprise - but when you get as many ships/day as they apparently do you don't have to try too hard .

pretty little seaside town of Warramunde walking distance to fishing harbour

car parking and organisation couldn't be faulted . One or two larger road signs wouldn't go amiss.

Charming little town - good local market - but a local boy band / pop group blasting out a sort of music was a distraction . The band were trying earn money to get to America - they won't make it . I asked if the took requests they insisted on carrying on .
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