Another good cruising year
Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Sail Date: September 03, 2016
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6127
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 months ago
Having traveled with Celebrity on numerous occasions, we were happy to step aboard once again, having young adults with us to show around (23 & 24)
The check-in procedure was outstanding, I think we were through security, checked in and on the ship within 10 minutes - better than any other year.
Our Cabin, was as always first class, although we did notice a few minor things here that we hadn't in recent years.
The bedding, although clean, was very tired and worn, so much so that my husband actually put his foot through the threadbare sheets, something to tackle in the middle of the night.
As we had bought a comprehensive drinks package, we did have use of the mini-bar as part of the all-inclusive this time round, which started our cruise off wonderfully, as going on deck for sail-away was out of the question due to the inclement english weather.
WE also found a difference in the dining room, the menu selections had been cut drastically, and although the food was scrumptious you were sometimes limited for choice for the fussy eaters. WE had two waiters, one was outstanding and the other was a little hit and miss, as I think we were only offered coffee after dinner once - but no point complaining and I suppose if we were that desperate we could have asked.
The buffett style dining was as usual outstanding and I would suggest that anybody who struggled to find something to eat, should not really have been on the cruise.
We had booked shore excursions, and I will say these were probably better than the year before with the exception of Florence where we queued over an hour to spend 10 minutes in the Academia Museum - totally not worth the money, and this would be the one thing that I would say Celebrity do let themselves down on - the extortionate prices they charge for these tours.
I would say one of the most disappointing things was Celebrity's decision to do Casual chic instead of formal - come on Celebrity EVERY woman loves to dress up - make it compulsory !!!!
All in all, I would say that the standard had slipped slightly, but it wouldnt really stop us going again.
One suggestion though - why have they stopped doing a 14 night cruise to Norway and the Fjords - anybody know ??