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Celebrity Eclipse Review

Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Eclipse
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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Adam Coulter
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Celebrity Eclipse Overview

Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship will receive additional suites, cabin upgrades and transformations of several venues. Michael's Club will become the Retreat Lounge with its own sun deck and the Oceanview Cafe buffet and Cellar Masters wine bar will be redesigned.

Celebrity Eclipse is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful big ships we've ever sailed. Its interiors blend sophistication with a bit of whimsy -- akin to a trendy W Hotel but with softer edges.

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About Celebrity Eclipse


Pro

Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

Con

Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

Bottom Line

One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences


It's a food-lovers paradise, with many options onboard from the complimentary Moonlight Sonata, which will satisfy almost any tastes, to the upscale but extra-cost French bistro Murano and the fun, animated experience at Qsine. Music fans will also appreciate the diversity of bands, duos and soloists that perform in various venues from early evening until late at night.

We love that the ship positions itself perfectly for the first timer -- not so big that it's overwhelming but not so small that you get bored. It's got a good selection of activities, the entertainment is high quality and cabins are bigger than the industry average.

On the downside, the rampant upselling and fee surcharges are a bit of a turnoff. Service is sometimes overwhelmed, and on warm sea days, the pool deck can feel crowded, especially when the ship is at its maximum capacity of 3,148.

But none of the negatives is enough to deter us from taking another cruise on this lovely ship.

Celebrity Eclipse Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows and most entertainment
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym but not all classes
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU or NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for those in standard cabins; $15 per person, per day, for Concierge and AquaClass passengers; and $18 per person, per day, for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage, mini-bar, sushi and spa tips (18 percent)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea, iced tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Meals at five specialty restaurants and snack venues
  • Spa treatments
  • Persian Garden thermal suite (except for passengers in AquaClass)
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Select themed parties
  • Photos and artwork

Celebrity Eclipse Dress Code

Daytime: Casual throughout, with bathing suits and cover-ups common on the pool deck.

Evening: Two evening chic nights take place per seven-night cruise. The rest of the time, it's smart-casual, with sport shirts and slacks appropriate for men, while women will be comfortable in skirts or pants and blouses, or casual dresses. On "evening chic" evenings, men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with nice pants or even designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses, designer jeans or nice pants.

Not permitted: Swimwear, spa robes and bare feet are not permitted in the buffet, while T-shirts, tank tops and flip-flops are not allowed in the main dining room at any time; shorts are not allowed at dinner (although this rule isn't always enforced).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.


Celebrity Eclipse Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2019 Best for Public Rooms
2019 Best for Service
2019 Best for Value
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Dining
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Service
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Dining
2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2016 Best for Public Rooms
2016 Best for Service
2015 Best Overall
2015 Best for Cabins
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Embarkation
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Public Rooms
2015 Best for Service
2015 Best for Shore Excursions
2015 Best for Value
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Dining
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Dining
2013 Best for Entertainment
2013 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Value

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Deck:
Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Entertainment Deck
Continental Deck
Sunrise Deck
Vista Deck
Panorama Deck
Sky Deck
Penthouse Deck
Resort Deck
Lido Deck
The Lawn Club
Solstice Deck

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Celebrity Eclipse Member Reviews

Celebrity Eclipse
ashstreet
Sail Date: Feb 2019
I chose the Celebrity Eclipse because I wanted to do its 3 back-to-back South America cruises. So it was the itinerary that was the draw. The ship is beautiful and comfortable.I cannot imagine how its...Read More
Celebrity Eclipse
bburger1166
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Quick review of our Celebrity Eclipse Hubbard Glacier Cruise June 20-30 2019....not one drop of rain the entire 10 days! The ship was very clean, friendly staff, decent buffet dining and ok main dining...Read More
Celebrity Eclipse
Diana Hyland
Sail Date: Jan 2019
from beautiful and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is a plus to this cruise. I live there! The celebrity Eclipse is a luxury ship with plenty is amenities for all tastes: fitness center spacious with many...Read More
Celebrity Eclipse
paul1439
Sail Date: Dec 2018
We did the holiday cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to South America from Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2019. Pro: Service staff was all around excellent. Murano specialty restaurant was excellent along with the staff. Con:Transfer...Read More

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