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5 Miami to Bahamas Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Reviews

EMBARKATION flew on british airways 2 days before and stayed in south beach, then local bus to the port. very easy embarkation one of the best. went to the oceanview cafe for lunch which was quite crowded so ended up in the scorching ... Read More
EMBARKATION flew on british airways 2 days before and stayed in south beach, then local bus to the port. very easy embarkation one of the best. went to the oceanview cafe for lunch which was quite crowded so ended up in the scorching sun. then went to my cabin to unpack. CABIN 7223 on deck 7 balcony. lovely view from balcony, drawer space very limioted only 5 drawers! sofa not very comfortable! min bar and safe and bathroom with nice shower. DINING Was in main dining room with 4 others very nice people. ordered sirloin steak which changed into prime roast! but waiter did say sorry, dessert was creme brulee quite good. 2nd night i had quail which was not to my taste. QSINE was something else! managed to get there through a friend who had booked a table and kindly asked me to join her. too many courses but so well presented, worth every penny! SHOWS the best i have seen on any ship, OVATIONS on the 1st night was all the shows, very well done. 2nd nt was the comedian also very good. 3rd was cirque de soleil very well done. EXCURSIONS NONE DONE DISEMBARKATION very easy but spoiled by customs in the port queued for ages and people pushed in and nobody did anything about it, there was nearly a fight! i was even searched! SMOKING no inside smoking of cigars, so i bought cigarette tobacco so i could use the observation lounge only to find some group smoking cigars and nobody said anything about it. ALL IN ALL A GREAT CRUiSE Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
My wife and I returned from a (way too short) three day cruise on Celebrity's Eclipse and we cannot say enough good things about the entire experience. We have been on the Millennium and Century before and were both excited to see ... Read More
My wife and I returned from a (way too short) three day cruise on Celebrity's Eclipse and we cannot say enough good things about the entire experience. We have been on the Millennium and Century before and were both excited to see what the Solstice Class had to offer. Well not only did it offer the great food, service, amenities, and atmosphere that Celebrity is known for, but the pristine elements of a new, thoughtfully designed and spacious ship were just totally fulfilling for us. The only drawback for us was that we did not book a longer voyage (yet!) We had cabin 1122 which was on the "bump"--the balcony was expanded and on a slant which made morning breakfast on it spacious and comfortable. My wife and I loved the layout of the bathroom and especially how much space for storage the room had in general. The food was outstanding in the Moonlight Sonata main dining hall and the Oceanview Cafe took care of lunch for us quite nicely each day. We were not big fans of the Bahamas and didnt spend much time at all in Nassau. There were plenty of seats by the pool for us each day and the views from the Observation Lounge were fantastic. Being from the northeast USA, I would really would love to see Celebrity utilize the Baltimore and New Jersey/New York ports with more than one scheduled Solstice class ship though as these ships really are going to be major draws right now for Celebrity. One of the staff told me that Celebrity is planning to build a smaller ship the size of the Century and dress it up even nicer than the "S" class ships...whoa! Overall we had an absolutely wonderful time and cannot wait to sail again on the Eclipse. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
These S-Class ships are something else. We have been on the Solstice and the Equinox prior to "kicking the tires" on the Eclipse. Each of these ships has their own personality but the Eclipse we found to be in a class all its ... Read More
These S-Class ships are something else. We have been on the Solstice and the Equinox prior to "kicking the tires" on the Eclipse. Each of these ships has their own personality but the Eclipse we found to be in a class all its own. The art work and decor of the ship was different than its sister ships. The "floating" tree is really an amazing feat of engineering and science. The entertainment lived up to previous Celebrity experienced standards although abbreviated since it was a short cruise. The enrichment programs have always been home runs and the offerings that were scheduled did not disappoint. Single malt Scotch tasting, Beaujolais Nouveau tasting (which was VERY impressive as the French mandated release date was while we were at sea and Celebrity made special arrangements to have the new vintage available exclusively on most of their ships), Dr. Lori the appraiser had a "beyond the podium" presentation as well as a walking "art tour" which pointed out the onboard art pieces (no, not the gallery paintings). What was really cool was the fact that we can check out iPads at guest services and go on a self guided art tour ourselves. Check out the wooden Scotty dog outside of Micheal's Club. It's worth $800K according to Dr. Lori! We had dinner at the new specialty restaurant Qsine. If you have only one specialty restaurant on your itinerary, this should be it with Morano a VERY close second. Qsine is something else. What an experience of food and A LOT of it. Best thing to do IMO is get there no later than 1900 and give yourself at least 2 1/2 hours to eat. One party we met was there for 4 hours! And best to go with a group of 4 or more. There was just two of us with no one to share with and the "food pushers" kept taking us on the food journey around the world. We were so full, we never got to Mexico or China! Unbelievable is all I can say. Read reviews in other threads within CC about Qsine...wild! The Martini bar is always fun but this time we "found" (with the guidance of a fellow Cruise Critic member on roll call) the Molecular Bar. Best Mojito I've ever had. And we were lucky to have the "Liquid Chef" himself Junior Merino preparing our drinks and chatting with us as he and his assistant Aaron were onboard to train some select bartenders on how to make the intricate and delicate 15 drink menu. Awesome experience! Opens at 1700 and located in the art gallery area...easy to miss unless you look for it. Check out Youtube for the video of Junior making the Dragon Fly drink! It really looks like the video in person while at the bar! Service was spot on. Food was excellent (although the last night in the main dining was not as good as usual...the only demerit). And don't miss the theme party in the main promenade area. They refer to it if I remember correctly as "Theater/Broadway meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show". What a blast!!!! Fun, fun, fun! Dancers in costume going up and down in the glass elevators, great music blasting, the CD and others staff dancing along with the guests. Overall just another fantastic experience on 'X'. We love Celebrity and these S-class ships are truly something special. Can't wait to get on another which will be the Silhouette out of NYC in fall of 2011. Can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
This was the first cruise from United States for this ship and it showed in service. The ship was immaculate, well appointed, with good passenger flow. There were some dining room growing pains such as waiters not knowing the table ... Read More
This was the first cruise from United States for this ship and it showed in service. The ship was immaculate, well appointed, with good passenger flow. There were some dining room growing pains such as waiters not knowing the table locations, maitre d' not at post while attending to issues. Nothing earth shaking, and I'm sure it will be polished as the crew matures. The food was well presented. Not the best food I've had on a cruise, but acceptable. Cabin staff was excellent. The first night show was an ensemble production of Broadway toons. Well done and very entertaining. The second night featured a physical comedian and a female impressionist (she took pains to remind us she was an impressionist, not a female impersonator LOL). She too was great. There were a lot of folks on board in the afternoon of the Nassau stop and again not much activity. A band at the pool would have been nice. One appeared at 4 PM. They were very good. All in all a relaxing, pleasant trip. We expected some service gaps and they came to pass. I look forward to better things on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
We arrived around noon, and embarkation was easy. Our Concierge Class stateroom was on the "hump," which afforded us an over-sized balcony. Our stateroom attendant, Desmond, was excellent. The stateroom was roomy, the ... Read More
We arrived around noon, and embarkation was easy. Our Concierge Class stateroom was on the "hump," which afforded us an over-sized balcony. Our stateroom attendant, Desmond, was excellent. The stateroom was roomy, the bedding exceptional, the bathroom large and comfortable. The ship is absolutely breathtaking. The art/architecture throughout the ship is fantastic. The layout, however, makes for very crowded hallways in the public areas. For example, the Martini/Ice Bar is stuck in the middle of a main thoroughfare, as are other entertainment areas. The bars were sorely understaffed. Bartenders were always leaving their posts to get more supplies. Many people bought the beverage packages and overwhelmed the servers with lots of time-consuming specialty drinks that sometimes were discarded. The evening shows were, as Simon Cowell would say, typical cruise entertainment. The musicians throughout the ship were excellent and plentiful. The special guest lecturer was Dr. LoriK, an antiques and art expert. She was extremely informative and entertaining. I had not heard of her before, but now I'm a fan. She's smart, funny and engaging. The gym is the largest, most comprehensive I've seen on a ship. I think the casino was one of the biggest, too. Of course, we've never been on a ship with almost 3,000 passengers before. The only port visited was Nassau, and we did not get off the ship as we've been there numerous times. Recommendations: Take the I-Pad tour of the art throughout the ship. You can borrow an I-Pad from Guest Relations if you don't have one. Spend time in the Solarium. It's an indoor pool/relaxation area. The Aqua Spa Cafe is there, too. Pay the $5 for The Bistro. It's worth it. So is the coffee bar. DO NOT choose Select Dining. We had horrible dining room experiences. Even though we had reservations, we had to wait in line outside of the dining room for 10-15 minutes. Our "table for two" was separated by two inches from diners on either side of us. It was like eating at a long table for 20. Our servers, who varied from day-to-day, threw our food down and never checked to see if everything was okay. Although the food was mostly excellent, one night I was served overcooked halibut, left the whole thing and the assistant waiter just scooped up my full plate as the waiter put my dessert in front of me. We were on a waiting list for all three specialty dining venues, for every night, for any time (that's how much I hated the dining room), but never got in. If we ever go on such a large ship again, I will book specialty dining in advance of sailing. I didn't think it was necessary for a 3-day cruise. I was wrong. Sorry to end on a negative, but the poor F&B service really put a damper on the cruise. I suspect the staff will get better with experience on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Celebrity Eclipse Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 4.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates N/A 4.2

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