Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

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4 out of 5

First Time Cruisers very satisfied

Sail Date: September 17, 2016

Reviewed: 22 days ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The service from cabin cleaning, room service and the resturants was very good.  The standard of food was excellent although one of us got an upset stomach - i believe either the Mexican lunch in Oceanview or Quisine was the cause and normally I am cast iron!  In case you are wondering, I had no food or drink ashore at all.

 

Still in spite of that it was very, very good.  For first timers, no need for books or games.  A library and games room take care of that providing cards, scrabble, checkers, chess etc.  Some free films in cabin and good bands around the ship.  Some of the entertainment was not to our taste, whilst some was very good, but that is to be expected, I guess.

Cabin / Stateroom
Realised after a while that cases are stored under the beds - was looking a bit crowded with my wife's cases until then!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
again for first timers, it is useful to know that the higher the deck or cabin class the earlier you can board and the later you can leave. There are fairly set times which we struggled to find until booked. this may have made a difference to our booking.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Some seasoned cruisers may know better, but we learnt as first timers that it is unlikely you are going on a cruise to see the destinations unless a quick snapshot is what you are after. We used the hop on hop off buses to get a quick look around and if there was somewhere we liked, told ourselves we would go back for a long weekend or simliar.
Onboard Activities
Depends what you are after - it is normally busy by the pools when sunny - we loved our balcony when we wanted quiet time and of course you can order a decent room service for any meal (to midnight) at no charge.
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Mohammed in the restaurant, and our cabin lady (sorry, forgot your name) were both excellent, remembering our names and preferences.
Food and Dining
Caught one lady picking semi cooked pasta out of the bowl with her hands in spite of a spoon being clearly available! Use the hand cleansers as I did and be diligent and you won't get what I got!

Tip

Don't think you will see too much ashore - go for the ship experience and the cruise with the shore time a bonus.



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