Celebrity Eclipse juxtaposes bright sunlit colors, windows and skylights above with warm browns, tans, golds and reds in the carpets, furniture and wood trim below to warm up what might have otherwise been a stark decor. This stylistic stamp is most evident in the ship's cabins, which are characterized by little touches not evident on the majority of modern cruise ships. Solstice-class cabins are, on average, 15 percent larger than the rest of the Celebrity fleet, with correspondingly generous balconies. Of the 1,279 cabins with ocean views (including suites), 1,205 have balconies -- a whopping 85 percent of all cabins.
All cabins come with the following amenities: tea- and coffee-making facilities (only in the U.K.), robes ("waffle" robes for standard cabins and plush robes for suite passengers), safes, refrigerators/minibars and hair dryers. A large interactive flat-screen TV in every cabin interfaces with a Mac mini-computer, through which passengers can book reservations, services and excursions; examine their accounts; check menus; and watch on-demand entertainment.
Bathrooms have also been well thought out, with curved acrylic shower doors (in lieu of the oft-maligned shower curtains), while the design reflects the contemporary styling of the cabin. Toiletries include shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
We give Eclipse high marks for storage space: All cabins come with many nooks, crannies and cubbies to store stuff, in addition to the normal closet shelves and hanger bars. We're also impressed with the sheer number of family and accessible cabins. Real thought has gone into both, with a wide variety of styles and designs.
Interior: Inside cabins measure from 174 to 200 square feet apiece and represent 10 percent of inventory. They each feature two beds (which can convert to one queen), a sofa bed, cupboard, desk with chair and wardrobe.
Oceanview: Outside cabins feature large picture windows and the same furniture as the inside cabins. They measure 175 square feet.
Balcony: The standard balcony cabins make up the bulk of the inventory (719 staterooms). They are all 192 square feet, with 53-square-foot balconies. Inside, furniture is the same as what's found in the oceanview rooms, with the extra square footage given over to wardrobe space.
Balcony cabins break down into three further subcategories: Sunset Balcony (73), Concierge Class (273) and Aqua Class (130), all of which have the same square footage as a standard balcony, but they enjoy privileged spots and various perks detailed below.
The 24 Sunset Balcony Cabins are located at the back of the ship. These cabins are carpeted in red and gold, with blond teak and walnut paneling and furniture. The couch and chairs are upholstered in cream leather, and the desk-cum-makeup table is topped with beige speckled marble. Between the two spaces is a teak-topped pedestal table.
Though there is no onboard concierge, passengers in Concierge Class staterooms may avail themselves of concierge-type services (such as restaurant and private car reservations ashore) from Guest Services. This category has other perks, as well: a full breakfast room service menu, nightly canapes and complimentary welcome aboard Champagne. Other Concierge Class upgrades include Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels, a Hansgrohe massaging showerhead and Frette robes. Shoeshine service is complimentary, as is the use of a golf umbrella and binoculars. Priority treatment takes the form of priority check-in, luggage delivery, embarkation and debarkation. Concierge Class passengers also get the use of an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices.
Eclipse's 130 AquaClass staterooms are located on Deck 11 near the AquaSpa, and they include an expanded assemblage of spa-oriented cosmetics, gels and bath amenities; upgraded linens, including a selection from the "pillow menu"; Frette robes and slippers; a daily carafe of flavor-infused iced tea; canapes; and access to an exclusive room service menu of salads, whole grains and healthy dining choices.
The bathroom features a five-head Hansgrohe invigorating "shower tower." AquaClass passengers have their own specialty restaurant, Blu, as well as complimentary use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room and Persian Garden thermal suite, a value of about $100 per passenger based on a seven-night cruise. Lastly, a "spa concierge" is available to book treatments, provide spa product information and offer recommendations from the wellness library, which includes books with tips on healthy eating and lifestyle.
Minisuite: The 44 Sky Suites each measure 300 square feet with a 77-square-foot verandah accessed through floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. These cabins have two beds convertible to one queen-size bed. The living room area has a sofa queen sleeper, vanity and 40-inch LCD TV. Bathrooms come with a shower/tub combination and sink.
Suite: There are 22 suite cabins, split into three categories: Celebrity (12), Royal (8) and Penthouse (2). All suite passengers get butler service and -- following the May 2015 refit -- a range of other perks, which include exclusive use of suite passenger-only, Luminae. Celebrity Suite passengers and above also enjoy a free minibar and exclusive use of Michael's Club. Bathroom amenities are by Bulgari.
The Celebrity Suites each measure 394 square feet with a 105-square-foot balcony. They come with an entrance hall and two separate rooms. The bedroom is almost entirely filled by a large double bed. The living room area is expansive, with an L-shaped sofa, coffee table and chair, sideboard, flat-screen TV and double doors leading out to the balcony. The bathroom is the same as in a Sky Suite.
The Royal Suites are each 590 square feet with a 153-square-foot balcony. They have a master bedroom with a large bathroom that has a separate shower and tub; a second half bathroom; and a large living room with an L-shaped sofa, coffee table, a wet bar and a dining area that can seat six.
The two Penthouse Suites, measuring 1,291 square feet with 389-square-foot balconies, are, quite simply, breathtaking. These cabins offer floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors leading out to the balconies, separate living and dining rooms, baby grand pianos, full bars, sofa queen sleepers, two 52-inch LCD TVs (with surround sound in each living room), two bedrooms with full baths, and master baths with whirlpool tubs, shower stalls with dual shower heads, double washbasins and even 26-inch LCD TVs. Each balcony has a second whirlpool and lounge seating.
Family: Families can take advantage of 121 connecting staterooms and four Family Ocean View Staterooms with two bedrooms each. These rooms measure a massive 575 square feet with one master bedroom, plus a second bedroom (with a single twin bed) and sitting area with a sofa (convertible to trundle bed). They can sleep five.
Accessible: Eclipse has 30 state-of-the-art wheelchair-accessible staterooms, covering a wide range of categories from inside to Sky Suite. Eighty percent (24) are outside, and 20 of the 30 accessible cabins have balconies. All accessible staterooms have additional square footage over their non-accessible counterparts and have 32-inch-wide automatic doors with sitting-level keycard slots. Most accessible staterooms feature a five-foot turning radius. Bathrooms have roll-in showers, ramped thresholds and lowered fixtures. A service animal relief box is available on request.