Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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5 out of 5

Best Cruise for a seasoned cruiser

Sail Date: April 16, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship is magnificient! Glassblowers and lawn for the cross Atlantic. There were only daily updates by the captain and cruise director at noon, so no interuptions. The agenda for the day was given and you had a choice as to be included or not included, so it was like we had the ship to ourselves for 13 days.
The food is great the entertainment top notch and even though there were not many children on board, the staff went out of their way to make them welcome and entertained. They even had a wine cellar for wine tastings and intimate gatherings. The details down to the bathrooms were so well taken care of that for the first time we actually spent a great deal of time in the room watching the ocean as they were that comfortable. I am looking forward to the next generation complete with tree houses on deck.

Pros: Ship, Staff, Voyage, Entertainment, Food, Weather, Ports

Cons: There were no downsides to this cruise, we did suffer a pick-pocket in Lisbon, but it did not even matter overall. It was Easter week and was considered a donation to less fortuate.

Recommends Celebrity Eclipse? No.

Ship Quality
All areas were clean and well kept. The staff personally held the anticeptic gels to ensure everyone used them and was a nice touch. The main foyer was used for many entertainment venues which ensured a great time by all.
Food and Dining
There were so many options for dining that you were always deciding. We chose main dining for dinner most nights, but could have opted for the specialty dinner which had a full floor dedicated to them including gelato(wonderful). The ocean cafe was set up in multiple mini stations that made it easy to get food and limited the normal lines expected. They were little diamond stations that made great use of space and crowd control. Pasta, Pizza and Salads were available at all times
Service and Staff
The staff is very accomodating and made sure that everyone was well tended to. The non children staff like Lawrence, Slogboton, Patrick and Vicent were entertaining to my eleven year old.
Cabin / Stateroom
The design of the stateroom was unbelievable. We had multiple cabins, so even the lower levels were better than higher levels of other ships. The soap was great at removing wine stains prior to setting.
Entertainment
The Glassblowers were a new entertainment all their own. They were able to show their craftman's ship as well as provide an entertaining show twice daily never doing the samething. The dancers were multitalented and were able to do a circus ole type show that was astounding. D'Revelation band could play everything from the 40's and 50's to current genre's. They were full of energy and unbelievable. The Comedians and singers were also great. Celebrity believes in learning at sea and the watercolor, dancing, singing and enrichment classes were well led and enriching.
Children's Programs
Cherbourg, France
This port provided tours to Normandy, but we used it as a shopping stop. There are many shops and markets. The fruit stands and the meat markets were interesting and they serve the best sausages ever eaten on French Bread.
Vigo, Spain
We visited the Sandiego De Compostela and were very pleased. It is the burial grounds of Saint James and was magnificent.
Ponta Delgada, Azores
It was a holiday when we visited, so the buses and museums were closed, but it was easily walked and we chose a horse drawn carraige ride that was entertaining. Watching them through the narrow streets and navigating traffic was skilled. The guide did not speak much English, but could point out the sights to see.
Lisbon, Portugal
This is where we were pick pocketed, but it was well worth it. We chose the ships shuttle to the town and then borded the Trolley 28 to the top of the hill. Lots of locals and wonderful sights to see. When a group gets on that creates many diversions be careful. If we would have been more aware instead of taking photographs, we could have avoided it. Ensure any fanny packs are under you clothes instead of readily accessible. The trolly provided transportation and photo opportunities and ended at the top of the hill where there was an unbelievable cemetary. The little mortuariums were like little catherderals all on there own.
Don't Miss: Cemetary at the top of Trolly 28.


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