14 Day Baltic St. Petersburg 7-20-13 Eclipse Cruise was great

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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14 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Southampton Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 20, 2013
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
This was our second cruise with Celebrity and was definitely the better of the two. Everything was great on the ship including food, service, accommodation and entertainment. We did not visit the premium restaurants, as the food in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant was more than adequate and suited our tastes just fine. The itinerary was great and the weather on port days was perfect. We booked a package of tours of five cities (Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn) though SPb tours, that was fantastic. We only booked limited excursions in Brugge and Copenhagen through Celebrity. The Celebrity excursions were not great and definitely not good value, when compared with the SPb tours. The fellow passengers on this cruise were about 70% Brits, Scottish and Irish, about 20% Americans, 5% Canadians and 5% others. Most were 50 to 70 years old, with few families with young children. Everyone we met was extremely friendly and engaging.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

Glass blowing was great

Entertainment

5 out of 5
great performers Claire Maidin and Mike Doyle

Children's Programs

No comment

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Fitness center was not crowded

Southampton (London), England Did not visit port

No comment
5 out of 5
Don't bother with the horse carriage ride, take a guided walking tour and canal boat ride
3 out of 5
It's a long bus ride to Berlin (3 Hrs). Bus tours are really impacted by traffic and photo ops are destroyed by construction. Focus on limited interior tours
3 out of 5
City hall is interesting, Vasa Museum is over-rated. Visit historical museums
3 out of 5
Visit open market and rock church, Skip bus tours
5 out of 5
Heritage Museum and Winter Palace,Church of Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral,Yusopov Palace
5 out of 5
Old town walking tour is lovely
5 out of 5
Forget Hop on-Hop Off bus, only runs to 4:30 PM, Canal boat tour is very nice,
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