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Celebrity Cruises: Eclipse

  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.

Eclipse Review

The third ship in Celebrity’s Solstice-class, Celebrity Eclipse was launched in 2010 with all the premium features previously introduced by the cruise line, including the Lawn Club, a buffet restaurant with stations instead of lines, spa-inspired accommodations, and

more specialty dining options. In addition, Celebrity Eclipse introduced a new restaurant concept Qsine—serving playful reinventions of familiar foods—and the Celebrity iLounge—an Internet center with the latest tech gadgets from Apple. Winter months find Celebrity Eclipse sailing 14-day exotic Southern Caribbean cruises, while she spends the summer season in Europe offering itineraries from Southampton, England, that roam from the Baltic Sea and Norwegian coastal regions to the Mediterranean.

Solstice-class ships are the largest in the Celebrity fleet. While the ships are contemporary in design—even a bit edgy for Celebrity—the line included enough spaces with old-world ambience to satisfy traditionalists. The atmosphere is not unlike a hip boutique hotel yet filled with grand spaces, as well as intimate nooks and crannies. Celebrity Reflection adds an additional deck for more high-end suite accommodations.

The Lawn Club, a half acre of real grass on deck 15, is where you can play genteel games of croquet, practice golf putting, indulge in lawn games and picnics, or simply take barefoot strolls. In a nearby open-air "theater" on Solstice, Eclipse, and Equinox, artisans demonstrate glassmaking in the Hot Glass Show. A similar space on Silhouette and Reflection houses an outdoor grill restaurant, and those ships also have private cabanas in the Lawn Club (for a fee). These ships have a lot to offer families, with a family pool and the most extensive children's facilities in the Celebrity fleet.

The Chandris Group, owners of budget Fantasy Cruises, founded Celebrity in 1989. Initially utilizing an unlovely, refurbished former ocean liner from the Fantasy fleet, Celebrity gained a reputation for professional service and fine food despite the shabby-chic vessel on which it was elegantly served. The cruise line eventually built premium sophisticated cruise ships. Signature amenities followed, including large standard staterooms with generous storage, fully equipped spas, and butler service. Valuable art collections grace the fleet.

Although spacious accommodations in every category are a Celebrity standard, Concierge-class, an upscale element on all ships, makes certain premium ocean-view and balcony staterooms almost the equivalent of suites in terms of service. A Concierge-class stateroom includes numerous extras, such as chilled champagne, fresh fruit, and flowers upon arrival; exclusive room-service menus; evening canapés; luxury bedding, pillows, and linens; upgraded balcony furnishings; priority boarding and luggage service; and other VIP perks. At the touch of a single telephone button, a Concierge-class desk representative is at hand to offer assistance. Suites are still the ultimate, though, and include the services of a butler to assist with unpacking, booking spa services and dining reservations, shining shoes, and even replacing a popped button.

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Pros

  • An interactive TV system allows you to book shore excursions and order room service
  • Aqua-class has its own staircase direct to the spa
  • A Hospitality Director oversees restaurant reservations

Cons

  • Closet space is skimpy in standard cabins
  • There are no self-service laundries
  • Dining choices are plentiful, but pricey
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,253
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 126,000 (Reflection)
  • Length 1,047 feet (Reflection)
  • Number of Cabins 1,515 (Reflection)
  • Passenger Capacity 3,046 (Reflection)
  • Width 123 feet (Reflection)

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