New Years Cruise: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by iCruise7

Celebrity Eclipse 5
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New Years Cruise

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We flew into Miami a day early and stayed at the Sheraton Hotel, we ended up heading to South Beach for a little night life which I would recommend, what was really nice about the Sheraton besides the fact that it seems to be a fresh remodeled hotel is that they let us stay until 1:00pm which gave us the much needed rest after being out late and getting ready for our cruise.

Embarkation - A+: We chose to book concierge class which gave us priority embarkation, since we were out late we chose to show up at the 1:30 pm recommended time and were on the ship in less than 5 minutes, with the priority embarkation we had no line and were able to walk to the counter and get checked in.

Concierge Class Room - A: Our stateroom was more than adequate, the balcony was fantastic, the bathroom was twice as large as our previous cruise ships bathroom and the room looked perfect, we also had a complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit bowl which was a nice add on to the concierge More class, the only thing which was a little lacking was the drawer space and the closet, there is plenty of additional storage through out the room to compensate though.

Ocean View Cafe - A+: We found the Ocean View Cafe to be a much better set up than the windjammer on RCCL, the food selection was great, the drink selection was also much better than in the windjammer. The atmosphere of the Ocean View cafe was very vibrant and fun, yet very luxurious.

Side Note: We decided to add one premium beverage package to our room, we made this worth it though I do have to say if you don't plan on drinking more than 8 drinks a day then look at a different package or no package at all. Adding the package definetly gives you the ability to have no restrictions but after several days of drinking we started to wonder if we could have done with out it.

Bars & Lounges - A: The bars on the ship are awesome, especially the ice bars, I have no complaints about the bars, we did run into an issue with a bar tender mouthing off about us ordering a drink and not wanting to cover it under our premium package, if it was not for this I would rate it an A+.

Moonlight Sonata - A+: We chose the 8:30 seating but ended up changing midway through the cruise to a my time dining scenario due to a large group of children being seated next to us initially, this was nice because we were able to see different dining room areas and different staff (we had prepaid gratuities which is required to do my time dining). The food was the most consistent and great tasting I have seem considering we ate there 7 nights in a row. This comes from a standard of eating regularly at high end restaurants. The other nice option was customization, on RCCL ships you get what the menu says and that is it, on Celebrity your meal is made for you, because of the quality and daily menu changes we felt no need to try any of the specialty venues.

Nightlife - A: For a cruise ship the nightlife was a good scene, I am not sure if the holiday cruise helped evolve this though it typically did not get going until after 12:30am, not the cruise ships fault at all, just I believe they may be able to do something to help get the night life going a little earlier.

Casino - A-: After the shows let out the casino was always full yet they didn't have all the table games open, it is a very nice casino with plenty of slot machines and was open the rest of the ship so it did not feel confined or separate from the cruise ship, I just wish they had all the table games open so we were able to play a little more.

Entertainment - A+: The entertainment on this ship was fantastic, after spending thousands of dollars at shows in Las Vegas the entertainment was almost worth the the cost of the cruise alone. The evening shows were some of the best we have seen, the comedian was one of the funniest we had ever seen and the singers were some of the best we had seen live. The cruise director was very involved and really made things spectacular!

Public Areas - A+: There is so many nice spaces on this ship, we were able to do different things everyday, the ship looks brand new and is always being maintained. The pool area is very spacious and there is enough going on to keep the area active but also large enough to have peace as well.

Service - A+: We were very happy with the service on the ship, we ran into a couple little issues, but nothing that would not be expected when the amount of service is being provided to you by so many people on a daily basis. Celebrity Cruises really does have a good staff running their ship!

Enrichment: There was so many different options for enrichment including specials on the tv in regards to the ship, from all the options and the things that we had noticed going it did seem there were a lot of things the be involved in, we just chose to not.

Fitness & Recreation: We did not partake in any of these options though there were plenty available.

Cruise Overall - A+: Celebrity Cruises has really set the bar here, I don't know how it can be topped but they have definetly earned a repeat customer! We will be recommending this cruise ship & cruise line to everyone we know.

We booked this fantastic cruise through which prepaid our gratuities and gave us an onboard credit, they were great to work with and made our booking experience fantastic. Less

Published 01/12/12

Cabin review: C22107 Concierge Class

Great Balcony, Great Location near the Pool and Ocean View Cafe, Janitor Closet right next to the door (cart was always across from our door), Some noise from Ocean View Cafe at night when they were cleaning, Closet is a little tiny, Drawer space is limited

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Port and Shore Excursions

San Juan was our most enjoyable port and had many different options of things to do, wish we could have spent two days there! We ended up shopping and walking through Old San Juan which was very enjoyable, for the higher end shopping a taxi is required though we made it a little late and most of the shops were already closed for the day (closed at 5:30pm and we didn't arrive into port until 3:00pm). The people are friendly, the city is clean and it is a lot of fun walking up and down the roads.
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St. Kitts was the worst island for a cruiser who wants to explore on their own. Their are locals fighting with the security as soon as you get off the pier, there is nothing to do except see the same shops that were on the previous islands and deal with the locals trying to hustle you. I would not recommend leaving the ship with out an excursion planned. We were hoping to book an excursion once on this island, but the people we talked to on the island were not that helpful nor did they make you feel comfortable about working with them. I would recommend booking your excursion through the cruise line if you want to get off the ship on tho island.
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St. Maarten was enjoyable, it was the hottest day of our trip so we ended up laying out by the beach and taking a swim in the ocean which was a little bit on the chilly side, we also ate at The Hard Rock which seemed to have the cleanest atmosphere though they were a little pricey. The shopping in St. Maarten was nothing new so we really didn't find that to be to entertaining, we did take the water taxi over which was worth the $6 per person.

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