Celebrity Eclipse

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Launched in 2010 and scheduled for refurbishment in spring 2025, the 2,852-passenger Eclipse is one of Celebrity's largest vessels. About 85% of Eclipse's accommodations include verandas, and cruisers who splurge on suites and AquaClass staterooms receive butler service and access to exclusive specialty dining. All cabins offer interactive flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

As far as activities go, travelers can stay active at the Lawn Club, lounge by three pools, participate in hot glass classes and shop at a variety of upscale boutiques. In the evenings, cruisers can enjoy theme parties, comedy acts and Broadway-style shows. Meanwhile, kids programming (geared toward guests ages 3 to 17) is available through Camp at Sea. 

When it comes to dining, past cruisers praised the variety of casual and formal choices. The ship offers 10 eateries, including four specialty venues where reservations are required and additional charges apply. From the room stewards to the restaurant servers, Celebrity Eclipse's staff was also a point of praise among recent guests.

Celebrity Eclipse offers itineraries in the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific, Bermuda and more. 

Pros & Cons

85% of ship's cabins include verandas

Ship's four specialty dining venues cost extra

  • Expert Rating » 4.0
  • Traveler Rating » 4.3
  • Health Rating » 5.0

Celebrity Eclipse ranks # 5 out of 13 Celebrity Cruises Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

  • # 4 in Best Cruises to Mexico
  • # 5 in Best Celebrity Cruises
  • # 15 in Best Affordable Cruises
  • # 16 in Best Cruises for Couples

Celebrity Eclipse offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 870 guests have reviewed Celebrity Eclipse , giving it a rating of 4.3 on a scale of 1-5.

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Celebrity Eclipse Review

The celebrity eclipse is a beautifully designed vessel. however, the dining was a mixed bag..

Anonymous Cruise Editor

Updated October 2, 2014

The third of Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships to arrive on the scene, the Eclipse had a number of features we found quite appealing. A top-deck, half-acre lawn—yes, real grass—and a working glass-blowing studio were two neat aspects. Solid musical entertainment, a Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic show, and an expansive spa and fitness center were other assets. The Celebrity Eclipse is a beautifully designed vessel, and we discovered classy art and handsome hand-blown glass pieces throughout the ship’s common areas. One experience we looked forward to was the dining, and with relatively high surcharges at the specialty restaurants, we wanted to be wowed.

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Cabin Overview

Our cabin: inside cabin, other cabins, cabin amenities, dining overview, moonlight sonata dining room, main dining room, tuscan grill, oceanview café and bar, mast grill and mast bar, bistro on five, café al bacio and gelateria, aquaspa café, in-room dining, drinks overview, cellar masters, martini bar and crush, ensemble lounge, michael's club, molecular bar, passport bar, sky observation lounge, spa and gym, decks & sun areas, shows and entertainment, other venues, internet facilities, staff & ship policies, health & safety.

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Overall, we enjoyed our experience on Celebrity Eclipse. The ship is beautifully designed, with a relatively sophisticated ambiance. But it’s not ostentatious or cold, as some modern design can become, allowing the environment to cater to a wide spectrum of cruise aficionados. That said, the ship is not for the tracksuit and T-shirt crowd, and couples who want to dress up a little will enjoy themselves.

For an inside stateroom, our cabin was a pretty fair hideaway save one main complaint: storage space was not great and the small closet was awkward to utilize. Beddings were of good quality, though we got annoyed receiving a couple of thin, frayed bathroom towels. The 32-inch TV was generous; if the pay-per-view had been a little cheaper (or if there had been a DVD library) we would have watched a couple movies.

Dining was a mixed bag. When the dishes were good, they were very good—but too often they were followed by something middling. Other than a solid experience at Murano, no venue was consistently great, and with surcharges running $30-$40 for specialty venues we can’t recommend the dining packages Celebrity pitched us at the start of the cruise.

Entertainment offerings were a highlight, both in terms of quality and variety. Every evening there were two or three live musical acts going, sometimes even four at once in various locations around the ship, and during sea days there was music in the afternoon by the main pool. The Hot Glass Show is a great offering, and while shows in Eclipse Theater were not all top-quality, the acrobatic show called Eclipse was pretty awesome.

Despite its size, the Celebrity Eclipse was easy to navigate, with location maps at all major intersections. The ship’s daily newsletter, Celebrity Today, was nicely detailed about the many activities on offer. We appreciated that smoking areas were kept to a minimum, though on a couple days decks 4 and 5 at mid-ship were plagued by a lingering stale cigarette smell (the adjacent casino is the only indoor area where smoking is allowed). And we liked that hand sanitizers were encouraged, especially when entering the two main restaurants, Moonlight Sonata and Oceanview Café.

And finally there was the Lawn Club, a somewhat heady name for a seemingly simple concept: a real half-acre of turf blanketing much of the top deck. We doubt this element is simple to maintain with all the spilled drinks and sea air, but we think it’s a terrific asset. We look forward to enjoying the grass again onboard the Eclipse or another of the ships in Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class.

There are three basic types of cabins, plus various suites on Celebrity Eclipse. Least expensive are the Interior cabins, which represent about 10 percent of the total berths, followed by Ocean View (which are actually a tad smaller than Interior). There are lots of cabins with verandas, a 54-square-foot deck with two chairs and a table; premium veranda units face aft.

One can also invest in Concierge Class or Aqua Class, with added services and amenities designated for veranda cabins in the best locations. Concierge guests receive early embarkation and debarkation, wine, fruit and flowers at check-in, an expanded breakfast menu, nightly hors d’oeuvres, and a massaging showerhead. AquaClass guests receive those extras plus a pillow menu, complimentary bathroom amenities, unlimited access to the Persian Garden and can dine in the restaurant Blu.

Inside cabins represent about 10 percent of the room inventory on Celebrity Eclipse and, being the least expensive cabin available, we didn’t expect anything grand. But the size—about 183 square feet—was reasonable for two people. The one key downside was an awkward closet that proved more trouble than it was worth. The cabin was serviced twice daily and our ice bucket refilled without prompting (ice machines are otherwise not available to guests).

Our bed was two single mattresses linked to create a queen-size bed; the seam between the two mattresses was noticeable but not too annoying. The mattress was relatively firm with a pillow-top and four pillows; it provided a good night’s sleep. At the foot of the mattress each corner was rounded, making it easier to navigate the confined space.

A backsplash of copper-y mosaic tile provides an accent behind the sink, otherwise the bathroom was short on décor. It was also small, as we expected, but there was good storage space for two people—seven stacked shelves each large enough for typical travel kit, plus larger shelf under the sink and a pair of small drawers suitable for jewelry and incidentals.

Towels varied in quality—some were plush and full, others were thin and frayed. A sign indicated we could hang towels on the rack if we wanted to use them again, or leave on the floor to replace, however ours were replaced some days even if they were hung on the rack.

The bathroom could have used a makeup mirror, and a line for hanging wet swimsuits would have been nice. One unexpected inclusion was a handy footrest in the shower for shaving legs.

There were reading lights on either side of the bed—both illuminated the whole sleeping area. Five switches controlled the individual lights in the room, one of which was on a dimmer; a master switch that turned all lights off next to the entry door. There was one additional light fixture for the bathroom only.

Above the bed were two extended compartments where a pair of pool towels were stashed. This was nice “bonus” storage, though we didn’t use the compartments (we were afraid of leaving something there when it was time to check out!).

Our major complaint: The maximum opening of closet was no more than 18 inches, making it difficult to store luggage or reach behind the side closed off by the doors (also, the sofa was positioned less than 12 inches from right side of closet doors). Otherwise there was decent storage space for two, primarily in the drawers next to the minibar; luggage could also be stored under the bed.

The large flat-screen TV—a 32-inch Samsung—was mounted to the wall in the middle of the room. It could be pulled out and angled toward the bed though the hinge was very tight and required some muscle to maneuver.

Channel selection was limited on our cruise—major networks were not available, but CNBC, Fox and BBC were. There was no DVD player in our room but there was a pay-per-view library of about 50 movies, mostly recent releases—$9.98 each. The TV had some interactive features, the most useful of which accessed room service, including add-ons like flowers, chocolates, cruise mementoes, etc.

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We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Celebrity Cruises. Note that any photos on this page may be provided directly by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Family Veranda

By far the largest Stateroom with a veranda – plenty of room for you and the family.

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Window staterooms with a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or relaxing as you want it.

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Deluxe Ocean View

Spacious stateroom located throughout the ship with a layout the same as AquaClass®.

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When you stay in a Sky Suite, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d’oeuvres and complimentary espresso and cappuccino.

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Sunset Veranda

These are some of our best located rooms – found at the aft of the ship with a similar layout to AquaClass® Staterooms.

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Concierge Class

The AquaClass® staterooms offer a tranquil retreat and provide unlimited access to many of the AquaSpa® amenities.

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Royal Suite

When you stay in a Royal Suite, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d’oeuvres and complimentary espresso and cappuccino.

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Celebrity Suite

When you stay in a Celebrity Suite, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d’oeuvres and complimentary espresso and cappuccino.

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Penthouse Suite

When you stay in one of our Penthouse Suites, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d’oeuvres and complimentary espresso and cappuccino.

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Two plugs at the desk handled 110 and 220 volt, and a plug at the top of the bathroom mirror could be used for shavers. A hair dryer was provided and the closet had a couple bathrobes. There was a 32-inch flat-screen TV that could be angled towards the couch or bed. The WiFi signal was adequate if not exactly swift. A safe was tucked away above the stocked minibar, and there was a small desk that was adequate for a laptop but not much more. A liter of bottled water was $4.50.

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With 10 different options for dining on small bites and full-scale meals, the variety on offer was impressive. Although we had several decent meals, there were only a few in which every course hit all the right notes. This was a surprise, as Celebrity heralds its cuisine as “world-class” in its marketing. But although the variety was solid, we wished the food had been a little more consistent, especially considering the $30-$40 surcharge imposed at the three main specialty venues.

There were two dining packages available for the specialty restaurants. One was $99 for dinner at each of the three main options (a $110 value), the other was $139 for five dinners (a $180 value). But on our cruise we were offered (and took advantage of) a 20 percent discount when booking and dining at one of the specialty restaurants on the night of embarkation, almost negating the value of the first dining package. The quality of our meals at the specialty restaurants wasn’t consistent enough for us to recommend locking in the five-dinner package.

Cast in silver and white, this two-story venue is impressive, dominated by a gleaming, two-story wine tower. This huge operation is open for breakfast and dinner daily, lunch on sea days, and one morning was devoted to an elaborate brunch buffet.

One side of menu at Moonlight Sonata stays the same throughout. The other half changes nightly and was our focus. All told, the nightly specials were hit-or-miss.

At breakfast the fruit plate was neither filling nor flavorful, but hot items delivered the goods. On the last sea day an elaborate brunch was served, including sushi, pastries, and chocolate fountains—white or dark.

The happy surprise was lunch. Mesclun salad was fresh, crispy. Pork with sauerkraut was hearty but not heavy, and perfectly cooked. Pineapple fritters were delicious for dessert. Though not fancy, this was one of our most satisfying meals on the cruise.

Moonlight Sonata has the longest wine list on Celebrity Eclipse, as well as the ship’s usual selection of cocktails and non-alcoholic offerings. The huge silver and glass wine tower at one end of the room was a conversation piece, but curiously we never saw waiters obtaining bottles from it.

For dinner there were two seatings nightly—6:00 and 8:30 p.m. Part of the upper level was to the Celebrity Select dining plan; they could arrive any time between 6:00 and 9:30 p.m. There were two formal nights.

Breakfast was served from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. daily (earlier on disembarkation day). Lunch was available on sea days from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., with one sea day late in the cruise devoted to brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Perfect for a romantic date night, Murano is a French restaurant inhabiting a 70-seat dining room. The room is made even more intimate by breaking the space up into several sections, and one of the rooms is occupied by a single larger table seating eight or more, flanked by wine cabinets. A minor quibble: Our table was located near the entrance and every time the door opened the restaurant’s (recorded) music soundtrack clashed with the jazz trio playing just outside through much of the meal.

We booked Murano for the first night of our cruise; doing so availed a 20 percent discount on the $40 surcharge. We put the savings to use by ponying up for the restaurant’s Gastronomic and Vineyard Tour, a five-course food and wine pairing option that added $49 to the surcharge, and which turned out to be the best meal of our cruise.

Overall, the wine pairing dinner was satisfying and, considering the quality of the accompanying 3-oz. pours (slightly more than a half-bottle in all), it was a fair deal. But with all of these food pairings available on the regular menu as well, we might have enjoyed our meal just as much sharing a well-chosen bottle of wine.

Murano has a strong list of both old and new world wines, with an emphasis on French wineries. Bottles start at about $35, and a selection of half-bottles is also available. Wines by the glass ranged $8-$27.

Murano is open nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lunch is sometimes offered at a surcharge, and on our last sea day a champagne high tea was available from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., for $25.

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The most unusual restaurant on Eclipse (or perhaps at sea anywhere), Qsine is a cozy 84-seat venue open for dinner only, at a surcharge. The most famous novelty is that the menu is presented on an iPad. Some guests didn’t care for this, and in truth, it didn’t actually make it easier to order. On the other hand, we didn’t have to reach for reading glasses in the dim light!

We found the $40 surcharge pretty steep, and the venue is not for all tastes, but it was entertaining. The décor was largely black and white, with upside-down lamps forming a chandelier of sorts. Our only complaint: the food did not justify the hype.

The menu at Qsine is definitely quirky (or should we call it qrky?), hewing to no single ethnicity or style—the only continent unrepresented was Antarctica. Oddly, the menu didn't specify appetizers and entrées—our server advised ordering four or five dishes each. With a pail of forks and spoons on the table, sharing was definitely encouraged.

We loved the cocktail list at Qsine, and the iPad provides the recipes for these amped-up versions of various classics. Upon ordering the "Q-jito", and our waitress brought a tray brimming with ingredients to the table, and assembled, muddled and poured them over ice—fun.

Though the divergent menu invites mixed drinks, there is a wine list and—given the wide range of tastes—an admirably robust selection of almost 30 half-bottles ranging $17 to $49. Full bottles started at about $25 for whites, and from about $27 for reds.

Qsine is open nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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The largest of Eclipse’s specialty venues, seating about 124. It's a romantic, beautifully decorated room, and every table has a sea view. We ate here once after a day at port. Though most slots were open, the maitre’d encouraged booking at 6:00, just as they opened. It also happened to be sail-away, and with a few other lucky couples, we snagged a prime window seat, and were treated to a glorious spectacle as the sun set and our port retreated in the distance. This scene alone was worth the evening at Tuscan Grill; alas, the food didn’t quite live up to the setting and excellent service.

Our meal started with a waiter bringing antipasto, allowing us to choose, accompanied by breads. Our waiter recommended the Tuscan onion soup, claiming it was very different from French onion soup; despite using some leeks in the broth and provolone cheese for the seared topping, we found it pretty similar to the onion soup served in the main dining room (and similarly salty).

A perky arugula salad benefitted from fresh greens and balsamic vinegar. The New York Strip, another waiter recommendation, was fine; but the tower of steak fries, bizarrely served fish ‘n’ chips-style in a newspaper wrapper, seemed excessive. At dessert we again took our waiter’s choice, crème brûlée, but the caramelized sugar crust on top was soft—perhaps made earlier in the day and left in the fridge?

Wine selection emphasizes Italians, starting around $32. By-the-glass options started around $7-$11. A nice selection of after-dinner drinks included limoncello and Vin Santo.

Tuscan Grill is open nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lunch was offered at a $20 surcharge on our last sea day.

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This Mediterranean themed restaurant is open only to guests staying in AquaClass accommodations. As we were booked in a standard cabin, we didn’t dine here during our cruise.

Although we didn’t get to try it, the menu at Blu looked appealing. Celebrity describes the food as “clean cuisine, lighter updates to your favorite dishes.”

The long wine list at Blu placed an emphasis on organic, biodynamic or sustainably produced wines. Selections spanned the globe.

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The main buffet on Eclipse, this venue seats more than 850, with several tables outside next to the Oceanview Bar. Quality ranged considerably, the best items being those with little preparation or finesse. But with so much variety it was easy to figure out hits and avoid misses. And the ice cream bar—open till 9:00 p.m.—was a happy find.

All the breakfast standards are available, as well as more exotic fare like black pudding and congee. The extensive lunch spread includes various pizzas and pastas, a carving station, a sandwich station, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and English offerings, a long salad bar, various breads, cheeses, fruits and a dessert section. At dinner, the selection was reduced, though the choices were similar to the lunch offerings. Desserts were most varied at lunch, with baked goods, pastries and more.

Complimentary beverages included coffee, tea, and juice from concentrate. At breakfast a waiter circled with a cart offering refills of coffee, tea and orange juice.

The Oceanview has two bars, one inside and one outside on the small terrace facing aft. In addition to the ship’s standard bar list, a few cocktails are available for breakfast. Beers were $4.50-$6 and wine ranged $5.50-$8.50, or a mini-decanter for $9.95.

Breakfast was served from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. (the full spread wasn’t available for the first 30 and last 60 minutes). Lunch was available from 12 to 2:30 p.m., followed by afternoon tea from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Dinner was from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., though the sushi station opened at 5:30 p.m. and the pizza/pasta station was available all afternoon. The drink station was open 24 hours.

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Open daily from 11:30 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., the open-air Mast Grill on Deck 14 is the main dining option for those enjoying the pool.

The menu is short: hamburgers, turkey burgers, vegetarian burgers and hot dogs. Though not cooked to order, the cheeseburger we tried was juicy, the French fries on the side were cold and chewy.

There was beer and soda available at the Grill, along with a full selection of drinks at the dedicated bar on the starboard side. This was also one of the ship’s four designated smoking areas.

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The fourth of the specialty restaurants on Celebrity Eclipse, Bistro on Five is, as the name implies, a casual eatery on Deck 5. There is a $5 surcharge for a meal of crepes—sweet or savory—with other choices paninis, a chef’s salad and daily soup. With simple dishes made to order, we found this bright, attractive room and small surcharge to be a worthwhile investment for a change of pace.

Our chef’s salad was decent, with crisp greens, dice egg whites, kalamata olives, chunks of ham and other goodies—our only complaint was that we would have preferred a more interesting lettuce than iceberg. While some of the crepes had a breakfast-y bent, we opted for the hot and spicy shredded steak crepe, which was tangy with cheese and jalapeno. Coupled with a dulce de leche crepe for dessert this added up to a good light lunch.

A small selection from the ship’s wine list was on hand.

Open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily, we never observed Bistro on Five close to full, making this 62-seat venue a pleasant option to escape the occasional crowds.

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This two-sided, 54-seat venue has the ship’s coffee stand on one side and a gelato bar on the other, with a common seating area of high-backed and barrel-shaped leather chairs.

A chilled case offered bite-size pastries and sandwiches at no charge, with the selection evolving through the day. The small bites are a treat—if one worked at it you could create a small meal from them.

We sampled a few of the gelati and liked the hazelnut and the mint best (some others lacked oomph). Dishes or cones are $3-$5, accompanied by toppings if desired.

At the café, espresso drinks are constructed at prices ranging $3-$4.50, with fancier concoctions—such as the Espresso Melba (peaches, hot chocolate, whipped cream)—running $5-$6. A selection of teas is also available for $4, and iced tea for $5. Any drink can be plussed-up with a shot of flavored syrup for 50 cents.

We found our caramel macchiato to be cloying and sugary—much sweeter than the same-named drink from Starbucks.

Café al Bacio served from 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 a.m.

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Located next to the Solarium Pool, this is a good spot for quick meals, served buffet style. With just nine tables (seating four each), we found all tables were filled within minutes of opening for lunch, leaving us to eat our meal perched on a wall. But tables turn quickly, and for breakfast another morning we had no problem securing a seat.

Breakfast included plates of individual fruits, yogurt and granola with berries served parfait-style, and a nice selection of breads (loved the orange brioche).

At lunch there was a small salad bar with lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, large chunks of white onion, bean sprouts, shredded cheddar cheese and cold meats—turkey, ham and tuna. Prepared plates included small portions of gilled veggies and cold cuts, fresh water shrimp and avocado, sliced turkey and mushroom with Roquefort dressing, and a grilled chicken salad. For soup, cold melon ginger was offered.

A couple a la carte offerings could be ordered: broiled, steamed or poached salmon or tuna and grilled or seared pork loin or chicken breast. There was an organic poached fruits bar; we liked the peach poached in honey, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, and the pear with vanilla, orange zest and star anise. Desserts included peach compote and passion fruit reduction and a raspberry tart, and there was a frozen yogurt machine.

Assorted flavored vitamin waters and bottled water were available (for a charge), plus fruit punch, orange juice and coffee.

AquaSpa Café was open from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, and from 12 noon till 2:30 p.m. for lunch.

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Room service was on call 24 hours a day—almost. Breakfast can be delivered between 6:30 and 10:00 a.m. by hanging a ticket outside the cabin the night before. The regular menu, inside the room directory, is offered between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. All meals can be ordered by phone or by using an interactive system on the TV monitor.

Compared to the selection on some ships, the room service menu was not extensive on Celebrity Eclipse, thought the breakfast menu covered the conventional turf well.

Meals are brought on a wide plastic tray, covered with metal lids or plastic wrap. The plates are oversized (up to 12½-inch), which means a full meal (soup or salad plus entrée plus dessert, all on separate plates) doesn’t fit on the tray or the coffee table. Salt and pepper came in paper packets.

For breakfast, there were seven choices of juice, five types of tea, plus hot chocolate. Also available were cold and hot cereals, omelets, French toast and pancakes, and sides of meat and hash browns.

We ordered breakfast once using the TV monitor—18 minutes from order to delivery. The eggs were fine, with nice runny yolks; there was a surfeit of bacon. The English muffin was warm but untoasted, as requested, accompanied by butter and marmalade. But the coffee, served in a small metal pitcher, was weak and undrinkable.

We ordered lunch by phone. After taking the order, the attendant said our order would be delivered within 35 minutes—it actually arrived just 16 minutes later. The food was fine with one exception: The chicken noodle soup arrived lukewarm (despite a plastic wrap cover) and the noodles turned out to be full-length spaghetti noodles—farcical when tackled with a soup spoon. Otherwise, the grilled salmon was tasty, and came with a side of caper vinaigrette, a large portion of white rice plus a side of grilled vegetables drenched in basil olive oil. Dessert of warm apple pie was satisfying.

A small fridge came stocked with various drinks, including 50 ml “nips” of liquor ($6-$8.50), splits of white and red wine ($15), beer, cans of soda ($2), and water ($4.50).

A small selection of beer and wine was available by the glass through room service.

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With a dozen bars available at various points in the day, there was no shortage of imbibing options on Celebrity Eclipse. A couple options we particularly liked were the Sunset Bar (especially at the titular hour), and the Molecular Bar, where creative, one-of-a-kind cocktails were the order of the day. A 15 percent service charge is added to all drink orders. The minimum age for drinking is 21.

Beer & Wine

Available at most of the bars on Celebrity Eclipse was a short selection of domestic (U.S.) beers at $4.50 with imports and premiums ranging $5-$6. Heineken and Amstel Light was on tap at some bars, for $5.

Wine by the glass generally ranged $5.50 to $8.50. The wine list varied by restaurant, but Moonlight Sonata and Blu appeared to have the full ship selection.

Note that although prices from one restaurant to the next seemed constant, by-the-glass prices were not always consistent with those at Cellar Masters, the ship’s wine bar. For instance, at Cellar Masters a 5-oz pour of Conundrum’s Proprietary White was priced $15.64, while the same wine by the glass was $12 at Qsine and Blu.

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Mixed Drinks

There was a standard drink menu on Celebrity Eclipse of cocktails available at most of the bars. All are priced $6.50-$8.50.

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Drink Packages

Drink packages are worth exploring, even for teetotallers. These include bottled water ($12/day), unlimited soda ($7/day), and a non-alcoholic package ($14-$18/day). Wine packages start at $99 for three bottles. The Premium drink package ($54/day) offered unlimited drinks priced up to $12. Look for pre-cruise discounts that bring prices down. But still allow for a 15% service charge tacked on to the package price.

Non-alcoholic Options

Celebrity’s line of non-alcoholic drinks are called Zero-Proof Cocktails, all priced $4. Non-alcoholic beer was available at most bars for $5. Soft drinks were $2.

Cellar Masters is a 24-hour wine bar—unattended in the morning hours—where about 64 wines are available by the glass, using Enomatic Wine Preservation machines that dispense wines directly from the sealed bottle. This allows relatively high-end wines to be dispensed days after opening without substantial alteration.

The Enomatic machines dispense glasses in 1 oz, 2.5 oz or 5-oz portions; a 5-oz pour starts around $8. Much of the ship’s wine selection is available, ranging up to Far Niente’s acclaimed 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.05 for a 1-oz taste, $40.25 for 5-oz).

When Cellar Masters is staffed—usually afternoon till 1:00 a.m.—a few dozen additional wines are available, including flights of four pre-selected 2-oz tastings ($15), themed around France, South America, Down Under, etc. There is a small selection of champagnes and ports also available.

In order to use the machines, one must purchase a prepay card (in any amount, which is billed to your room), available when the bar is staffed, generally some time in the afternoon until midnight. Watch for promotions when the prepaid cards come with additional credit and/or free WiFi.

Most of the ship’s wine activities are conducted here, priced $10-$20 for various tasting seminars.

Cast in cool white, gray and green, this popular bar specializes in martinis. A sheet of frozen metal circles the bar, and soon after opening, guests start to scrawl their names in the frost. A small array of caviars is available, ranging from $18 to $120, each served with blinis. Combos including a glass or champagne or shot of vodka are available.

There’s a long list of nouveau martinis, plus the classics. Those who can’t decide can get a flight of six. The martinis are individually mixed and then shaken in a stack before being simultaneously poured into their respective glasses—a mean fete. The portions are 3 oz each, making this a solid value for $15 (and a great conversation starter, too).

A few feet away, the bar Crush keeps more than 30 bottles of vodka and gin shrouded in shaved ice. The vodkas are organized by new world and old, with more exotic specimens hailing from spots like Iceland and Kazakhstan. Themed flights of vodka are also available. The narrow bar at Crush seats 10 and is serviced by crew from the Martini Bar.

The ship’s standard bar menu is also available at the Martini Bar.

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This popular bar on Deck 5 is located close to four of the ship’s restaurants, and it’s a good spot for subdued live music—usually either a string trio playing classical or a jazz trio later in the evening. Opening at 5:00 p.m., the lights are turned down very low and the seating is cushy.

The bar menu melds the ship’s usual selection, plus the signature cocktails of the four nearby restaurants ($8-$9). Wine and champagne are also available by the bottle or glass.

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As the bar designed to service the Lawn Club, faux wicker furniture invites lounging by the grass or facing the aft view, and if the weather’s decent at the titular hour, it is indeed a beautiful place for enjoying the sea. Note that the port side of this bar was one of the ship’s four designated smoking areas, and the only place cigar smoking was allowed.

The bar's signature cocktail is the Eureka—gin, triple sec, white cranberry juice, basil and cucumber ($7). Pitchers of margaritas were available for $28 and could be prepared with your choice of fruit-flavored agave syrup.

The standard bar list was available here but added several additional beers, two hard ciders, and several additional sparkling wines.

Sunset Bar was open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily (moonlight cocktail, anyone?), but the venue closes during inclement weather.

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Modeled after a cozy, old school gentlemen’s club, Michael’s is tucked behind the Ensemble Lounge and seemed overlooked by many guests. Despite live piano, guitar or vocal music most evenings, Michael’s was rarely busy. Not staffed until around 6:00 p.m., this overstuffed setting was our favorite place to hang out with a book during the day.

Scotch and Irish whiskies are served here (most priced $7-$20), and there’s a stash of fine brandies and cognacs ranging up to Hardy Perfection at $450 a swill. The ship’s standard bar menu is also available.

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This bar is in a heavily trafficked location next to the Deck 5 shops and art gallery, yet it is rarely busy except between main dinner seatings (the bar opens at 5:00 p.m. nightly). The drink menu, designed by mixologist Junior Merino, incorporates fresh fruits, produce and high-end spirits—along with a dash of molecular gastronomy—to create heady concoctions. With a confident bartender from Eastern Europe at the helm, we loved hanging out here and watching the show.

Drinks like Lucky Cat and Berry Patch overflow with cold steam, while others incorporate ingredients like elderflower liqueur, rose petals, fig-infused bourbon, and guava-chipotle foam. At $12 each, they’re a bit of a splurge, but we thought this was a nifty experience.

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Opening each morning at 10:00 a.m., this all-purpose bar is located opposite the guest relations desk in the Grand Foyer. It’s not used much except in the evening when live entertainment springs to life next to the elevators. Without live music to bring it to life, this spot felt a bit colorless to us.

The ship's standard bar list was available here.

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This busy spot serves the pool area. Most of the ship’s cocktails can be assembled here, but the focus is beer and margaritas. Live music erupts on the stage each afternoon, with multiple acts performing on sea days.

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This large, multi-purpose venue sits at the front of Celebrity Eclipse on Deck 12. By day it is often empty, especially on port days, but it makes for a great spot for lounging on sea days. There is a DJ booth, a bandstand and dance floor, and leatherette chairs, loungers and couches fill the broad, airy space.

By day, trivia contests, children’s talent shows, dance classes and more are conducted as per the ship’s daily newsletter, and during the evening this is the spot for karaoke. The house band goes live most nights.

The standard ship cocktail list is available here.

This lounge connects directly to the ship’s conference rooms next door.

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Sparkling with delicate mosaic walls, the handsome, 21,000-square-foot AquaSpa sprawls across Deck 12 forward, with a chunk of real estate on Deck 11 also dedicated for the facility, accessed by a circular stairwell. There is also a full-service salon, the Persian Garden—a spa within the spa—and a large gym. Among the spa treatment rooms were ones designated for couples that had sea views.

The tranquil facility's treatments are handled by cruise spa giant Steiner Leisure. Prices were higher than similar treatments at five-star beach resorts, though the facial we had was first-rate. Fifty-minute massages ranged $119-$159; 75-minute sessions were $175-$199; the 50-minute couples massage was $269. A variety of facials were available—all 50-minute sessions—and priced $119-$169. All of these were discounted 10 percent on port days, and packages and other specials popped up during the cruise.

The adjoining salon oversaw nail treatments, hair styling and color, waxing, acupuncture, and Botox, Restylane and Perlane cosmetic treatments.

Access to the gym onboard Celebrity Eclipse is through the main entrance to the spa. The entry is clearly defined (unlike on some ships), so when we were headed to our workout we didn’t have to navigate treatments rooms or the spa check-in desk.

The gym itself, positioned at the front of Deck 12, is a large facility, with a variety of equipment. Good thing, as on our cruise there was plenty of demand for cardio-vascular machines during peak hours. Two of the six Life Fitness bikes were out of commission during our cruise, which meant there was sometimes a wait for these.

One area of the gym was designated for classes, most of which carried a surcharge; yoga, spinning and pilates classes were $12 each, gravity was $20, body sculpting was $30. A few classes were free of charge.

A small shop in the AquaSpa sells beauty products, including Elemis, Bliss and Phyto.

The Persian Garden is a “spa within the spa” that carries a $20 fee for day use ($99 for the week); it is complimentary to AquaClass guests. Though we didn’t try it during our cruise, it featured heated tile beds facing the ocean, aromatherapy rain and mist showers and wet and dry saunas, all against a backdrop of soothing new age music.

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The Solarium is a covered space at mid-ship, and the mostly-glass roof allows a lot of natural light; it is also air-conditioned. The pool is slightly elongated, which makes it better than the main outdoor pools for lap-swimming (it’s still a pretty short lap). There is a good number of loungers and, unlike the ones located outdoors, we never observed them all in use. A pair of small heated whirlpools flanks the pool, and the AquaSpa Café provides good bites close by.

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Two side-by-side pools sit at mid-ship on Deck 12, ringed by four whirlpools. Although the space is all-outdoors, there is a good amount of shaded area on either side of the pools. But when the weather was good while at sea, every lounger was taken by mid-morning, and most never seemed to free up.

A stage is used for performances through the day—the ship’s party band put in an appearance here daily, and other acts were featured. There were also activities here: pool volleyball on several afternoons, dance lessons on another.

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On either side of Deck 5 is a long walkway below the lifeboats that is nice for stretching the legs or sunning, but it doesn’t circle the ship. Smoking is allowed on the Port side.

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The Lawn Club

Nearly a half-acre of real turf blankets much of Deck 15 aft, and a journey on Celebrity Eclipse will ensure that you’ll never take your lawn at home for granted again. We were told the lawn had been replaced a couple weeks prior to our cruise, and the conditions were tip-top—perfect for arranging a memorable picnic on good sea days. It’s also a place for light sports, starting with a three-hole putting course.

The Lawn Club is used as a venue for scheduled golf competitions (putting only, of course), bocce and croquet (what, no tennis?). Equipment is available for loan all hours of the day.

The Lawn Club has its own merchandize shop, with logo T-shirts, caps and flip flops made of plastic turf.

On one cloudless evening the top-deck and funnel lighting was switched off and the Lawn Club was a venue for stargazing, hosted by the ship’s resident astronomy buff, with blankets spread about the grass.

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Patio on the Lawn

This unusual concept is another exclusive to the Celebrity line, a live glass blowing show conducted daily on the top deck of Eclipse. Just three ships have a home for this unique feature (Equinox and Solstice as well) and it was definitely an appealing element of our journey on the Celebrity Eclipse.

The two-hour shows are hosted by three staff-members from the Corning Museum of Glass, and beautiful glass pieces are produced at each show, with one of the Corning staff explaining the techniques being used as the pieces are fired in a pair of glowing ovens. The venue seats about 103 guests in an open-air environment (only partly covered from the elements). Shows at the beginning of the cruise were overflowing, with overhead monitors available to watch the action from the surrounding lawn.

As a non-profit entity, Corning does not allow glass pieces produced on the ship to be sold. However at the conclusion of each show one or two pieces are raffled off to lucky attendees.

A small museum that explains the glass-blowing process is around the corner from the stage area. A few pieces are displayed here, but better ones are found throughout many of the ship’s common areas.

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Solstice Deck

There are no facilities on this desk, but that doesn’t keep a large contingent of cruisers from using this breezy deck for sunning and napping on the loungers. There are planters with grass sprouting from them, but we found the grass dead and brown during our cruise.

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A jogging/walking track circuits mid-ship—five loops equals a kilometer, eight loops is a mile. The track was well trod during our cruise. There are lots of loungers here, supplementing the limited supply located around the pool, so this is the ship’s main area for sunning.

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The ship’s disco gets going at various hours, with the musical focus highlighted in the daily ship newsletter. On some evenings, musical trivia games start the party, another night the DJ had a Rat Pack-focused lineup of tunes, while on another ballroom dancing was scheduled. But by 9:30 or 10:30 p.m. the energy shifted to one dominated by solid beats, albeit focused more on hits of the past couple decades more than today’s sound. An adjoining bar serves drinks.

During the day, a pair of ping-pong tables slides in for table tennis competitions and open play. XBox was also available here on a couple mornings.

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Eclipse Theater

This attractive theater seats more than 1100 and is built for spectacles.

The ship-sized spectacular Eclipse: The Show is a Cirque du Soleil-style revue, performed on one evening of our cruise. Ten acrobats and a team of singers perform the 45-minute show, and the fact that these acts are performed on a stage that’s gently undulating (when at sea) makes the derring-do all the more impressive. Other shows here were more traditional music and dance reviews that showed off the venue’s trap doors. On one evening a medley of Beatles songs was chased by various pop songs of the 70s and later; on another, a comedy and juggling act took center stage.

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Celebrity Central

This wide, 185-seat theater is used for lectures, bingo, viewing major sporting events and the nightly movie. Seats at the side had limited or no visibility of the screen, and the quality of movie presentations was pretty marginal.

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Grand Foyer

Located at Deck 3 mid-ship, this 12-story atrium is the focus of many activities, including the guest services desk and shore excursion desk. It can be very quiet during the day here, with an empty bar (Passport Bar) waiting for the odd customer, but during the evening hours this area springs to life, especially just prior to the two dinner seatings at Moonlight Sonata next door. Midway up the atrium, a large ficus tree sprouts from a giant metal sphere suspended next to the elevator shaft, a pretty nifty conceit—we’re just glad we don’t have to do the watering.

Nightly musical entertainment here is often quite good (it can be seen and heard from decks 4 and 5 mid-ship as well).

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Basketball Court

Adjoining the two kids facilities, this court is available for all. Basketballs and soccer balls are available for impromptu play throughout the day, and a few games were organized, like free throw and 3 on 3.

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Relaxation Lounge

Presumably, this small space located at the front of Deck 11 is designated for those using the ship’s spa services. Though attended, we found it open to those of us not using the spa, and it was a quiet area for reading and relaxing. Coffee, tea and cold water were available.

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This impressive, two-story lounge on Deck 11 is a great spot for sitting and reading, especially when the sun beams through the atrium. Celebrity Eclipse had an above-average lending library, with no borrowing formalities observed.

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This open area on Deck 9 has tables and chairs set up for card games, and chess and backgammon sets are also available. Games were scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily, but the space can be used by anyone at any time.

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Team Earth is a two-story lounge at mid-ship on Deck 7, themed around environmental awareness with handmade posters featuring generic platitudes pasted to the walls. A bank of video monitors displayed a loop of images. A giant globe is useful for plotting out future explorations, otherwise this space is little used, but it was a decent spot for reading or playing games.

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Slot machines covered the gamut of traditional games (Double and Triple Diamond, etc.) to modern games like Wheel of Fortune. Next generation slot machines offer new features such as multi-denomination machines that allow the guest to program the denomination being played. Video poker is also available, including slant-top multi-poker games. Table games include roulette, craps, blackjack and various types of poker.

Gambling is allowed for guests 18 and older. The casino has its own bar, offering the ship's standard drink list.

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Video Arcade

Actually, quarters aren’t in use here—you’ll use your room key or dollar bills to obtain arcade credits used to play. More than a dozen video games plus an air hockey table were available.

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X Club was the place for teens to hang and activities were scheduled throughout the day and till late at night, including teens-only dance parties, scavenger hunts and dodge ball in the adjoining basketball court. In addition to ample games and activities on offer, there was a coffee machine and ice cream maker.

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Fun Factory

Also on Deck 15 and designed for kids age 3 to 11, the Fun Factory was open from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 a.m. each day of the cruise. Activities included karaoke, crafts, treasure hunts and talent shows. A few activities carried an additional charge of $6 per hour, such as the dinner party and slumber party. The venue has a private entrance to the Basketball Court, where kids can burn off energy during supervised games.

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Galleria Boutiques

About 10 interconnected shops are found on the starboard side of Deck 5. We can only say “about” because the shops blend from one to the next—only the signs out front distinguish one from another.

Starting from the end closest to the Eclipse Theater, Adagio and Jasmine sell fragrances for women, with a small section in Adagio devoted to men’s colognes. The Showcase features women’s handbags, mainly leather. This flows into Moda, where colorful purses and dresses are displayed, along with showy necklaces and some swimwear.

The Men’s Shop sells resort wear, which segues into The Collection, and Pieces of Time, where watches are sold. At the Artisan Studio and Exquisites we found larimar pieces and other jewelry, and Boutique C had a collection of Indian inlay jewelry.

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Photo Gallery

Photographers roam the ship, particularly during designated events (like gangway and embarkation), taking photos of cruisers. Portrait studio photographers are also available for formal sit-down shots. The photos are displayed on racks and available for purchase—$19.95 each for any size up to 8×10. A DVD of the voyage is also available at the end of the cruise, for $34.95.

Photo albums, frames and a small selection of cameras are also sold here, along with binoculars, tripods, batteries and memory cards.

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Art Gallery

On each cruise a different artist is aboard with his or her work. The artist is available to discuss their art and arrange for sales. On our cruise the art was good, and we much preferred this to the art auctions that are common on some ships.

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Shops on the Boulevard

Also known as the Fortunes Casino Shops, this series of interconnected venues was flanked on one side by the casino (perhaps to capture some of your winnings?). Less upscale than the Galleria Boutiques upstairs, this was the place for informal cruise mementoes and sundries.

Starting from the forward end, Spirits and Such sells liquor, cigarettes and Dominican cigars; note that merchandize purchased here is held until the conclusion of the cruise. Next door, Glitz sells cultured pearl jewelry, lead crystals, Murrina glass jewelry, and other baubles. Serendipity had odds and ends ranging from drug store sundries (sun block, toothpaste, razors, tampons, etc.), snacks, stuffed animals and sunglasses. Last in the line is the Eclipse Shop, where Celebrity Eclipse logo merchandize—caps, T-shirts, etc.—can be purchased, along with travel gear.

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Sundries Shop

Located next to the main pools, this spot was handy for outdoor goods left behind. We found sun hats, flip flops, T-shirts and sun block, but a much better selection was available at shops on Deck 4.

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Celebrity Destinations

For those who are sold on the Celebrity style of cruising, this small office handles bookings for future cruises. Reserving a berth here avails shipboard credits on a future cruise.

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The Celebrity iLounge was Apple's first outlet at sea, and 27 MacBook Pros are available for guest internet. Classes are also offered (at an additional charge). The lighting is fairly bright here, cast by wall-size screens marketing Apple products—it's not a very relaxing place for web surfing, though we were told that some guests felt the signal was best in this part of the vessel, mid-ship Deck 6.

A small selection of Apple products is available for purchase, at standard prices—tax-free. As incentive to purchase the more expensive items, a complimentary Internet package is thrown in: Buy an 11-inch MacBook Air ($999) and earn 200 minutes of Internet (valued up to $150), etc.

WiFi on board was .75 per minute, though there were packages that brought the rate down (38 minutes for $24.95, 90 minutes for $49.95, etc.) along with specials that popped up on several days of the cruise to add bonus minutes to the packages.

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Service was uniformly excellent on Celebrity Eclipse. This included our cabin attendant, who made himself available for special requests at odd hours, and from wait staff in the restaurants. On the third day of the cruise, the concierge desk called the room to inquire if all our expectations were being met, a nice personalized touch.

Ship announcements were not piped into our cabin, but could be heard from the hallway. There were usually two announcements daily: one from the ship captain and a second from the cruise director. Announcements were made in English and most were translated (usually abbreviated) into Spanish.

Before re-boarding the ship at ports of call, cold towels and ice water and tea are offered next to a couple couches—it’s a good way of handling the line when a large number of passengers decide to board at once.

Celebrity recommends a tip of $11.50 per day, per guest for crewmember services, other than bartenders. The charge is automatically added to the bill during the cruise (and, according to Celebrity, 48 hours prior to disembarkation the amounts are locked in).

For bar service a 15 percent service charge is automatically added onto all beverage tabs, including minibar purchases.

Dress Codes and Alcohol Policy

Dress on Celebrity Eclipse was fairly casual by day, but suits and cocktail dresses came out on formal nights, usually two nights of a seven-night cruise.

For Celebrity, formal is a cocktail dress, gown or pant suite for ladies and a tux, suit or dinner jacket with slacks for gentlemen (full or partial tuxes can be rented from guest relations). On other nights, after 6:00 p.m. “smart casual” is the minimum: Skirt or pants for ladies with sweater or blouse, pants with sports shirt or sweater for the gents.

T-shorts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, sports caps and pool wear are not allowed into the dining room or specialty restaurants at any time.

Loyalty Programs

Celebrity’s frequent-cruise program is the Captain’s Club. Guests may enroll in the program following their first cruise with Celebrity.

General Health and Safety

A muster drill was held just prior to embarkation the first day. Names were checked off a list as we arrived for the safety briefing. We were not required to bring life jackets from our cabin to the drill.

A medical center is located on Deck 2 and was staffed daily from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A doctor and nurse are on-call for emergencies at all hours.

Smoking Regulations

Smoking is not permitted in any cabins or their balconies and is prohibited indoors except at the casino and its bar on Deck 4.

Most of the ship’s outdoor areas are also designated as smoke-free, with the following exceptions: Smoking is permitted on Deck 5 on the open deck, port side; on Deck 12 at mid-ship and aft, port side; on Deck 14, at the Mast Bar; and on Deck 15 aft, on the port side at the Sunset Bar. Cigars are permitted only on Deck 15 aft, and there was usually a collection of stogie aficionados gathered here.

Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

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Celebrity Eclipse Ship Review // What to Expect on Your Cruise

One afternoon during a particularly rough month when my anxiety was running high, I thought to myself “I need to get away,” and the only place that seemed secluded enough was the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In a beautiful alignment of events, my sister called the next day and asked if I wanted to join her on the Celebrity Eclipse for a transPacific cruise. While a floating city filled with thousands of people was not exactly what I had in mind, it still involved the ocean so I was sold.

Our 10 day adventure started in Oahu, sailed around the Hawaiian Islands and eventually made its way across the Pacific Ocean to Vancouver, Canada. Having only been on 2 cruises in my life, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but by the time we docked in British Columbia I was officially a silent disco attending, ABBA sing-a-longing, 10,000 calories a day eating cruiser. 

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CELEBRITY ECLIPSE OVERVIEW 

OCCUPANCY 2850 Guests / 1250 Crew  CRUISING SPEED 24 Knots  INAGURAL DATE April 2010 SHIP CLASS Solstice 

The Celebrity Eclipse is a beautiful ship. The interior design feels upscale and sophisticated but not in an intimidating or pompous way. 

The classy but laid back atmosphere seems to draw a more mature crowd. On our cruise there were a handful of passengers that looked to be in their early 30’s but most of the guests were 50+.

The ship offers a busy daily activity schedule featuring the classics such as trivia and karaoke, while the theater hosts full production shows, guest lecturers, singers, comedians and aerialists. There was always something to do but when you wanted a little R&R, there were tons of options for that too. From the swimming pools to the sunset bar, this ship is excellent for grabbing a lounge chair and a drink, and napping the day away. 

Overall, I was impressed with the quality that Celebrity Cruises offers, but the only thing that fell short was the food. While I can’t comment on the specialty restaurants, the food in the main dining rooms left a lot to be desired. 

Keep reading for a full, in-depth review of the Celebrity Cruise Eclipse. Discover what to expect on board, things to know before you go, what to pack and much more. 

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WHAT KNOW TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR CRUISE 

What is included/not included in the cruise fare price.

 INCLUDED 

  • Meals in the Moonlight Sonata Dining Room, Oceanview Cafe, Spa Cafe and the Mast Grill. If you are Aquaclass or Guests of “The Retreat,” you are also allowed complimentary dining at Luminae and Blu restaurants. 
  • Most on-board entertainment including nightly theatre shows  
  • Use of pools, sun decks, jacuzzis and the Lawn Club 
  • Most of the daily on-board activities 
  • Access to the gym plus a selection of complimentary fitness classes 
  • Children’s Clubs 
  • Room Service (although charges do apply from 11pm-6am)

 NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities ($15.50 per person per day if you book a standard cabin, $16 per person per day for Concierge and AquaClass passengers, and $19 per person per day for guests of The Retreat).
  • Alcohol and drink packages 
  • Non-alcoholic drinks excluding water, tea, iced tea, milk, coffee and select juices.
  • Specialty dining options at 5 specific on-board restaura nts
  • Spa and beauty treatments
  • Select on-board activities and entertainment 
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi and phone charges 
  • Laundry 
  • Flights, hotels & transfers (unless you have booked separately and directly with the cruise ship)
  • Laundry charges
  • Babysitting services
  • Travel insurance
  • Persian Garden thermal suite (unless you are an AquaClass passenger).

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IS THERE WIFI ON BOARD?

There is WiFi on board but it’s not free. In fact, it’s expensive AF.

You can choose from two different WiFi packages, the Xelerate Internet Package (which includes streaming) or the Surf Internet Package . With the Surf Internet Package you can browse the internet, email, text and use apps such as Instagram, Facebook etc. You cannot stream videos, send & receive photos, or use apps like FaceTime and Skype.

The WiFi prices vary depending on the length of your cruise and how many devices you want to add. My sister and I split a single WiFi package. We could only log into one device at a time but if you work out a schedule, a 1 device package should work for most people. 

If you need WiFi to simply communicate with your group on board, consider walkie talkies as a more cost effective option.

XCELERATE UNLIMITED INTERNET PACKAGE Sailing Length 1 Device 2 Devices 3 Devices 4 Devices 2 to 3 Days          $95          $143        $190      $238 4 to 6 Days          $175        $263        $350      $438 7 to 9 Days          $265        $398        $530      $663 10 to 13 Days      $325        $488        $650      $813 14+ Days             $335        $503        $670      $838

SURF INTERNET PACKAGE Sailing Length 1 Device 2 Devices 3 Devices 4 Devices 2 to 3 Days          $59        $89           $118       $148 4 to 6 Days          $89        $134         $178       $223 7 to 9 Days          $129      $194         $258       $323 10 to 13 Days      $179      $269         $358       $448 14+ Days             $199     $299          $398       $498

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WHAT IS THE  DRESS CODE ON BOARD THE CELEBRITY ECLIPSE?

Overall, the Celebrity Eclipse is a pretty causal ship. During the day, you’ll find people in bathing suits/coverups, athleisure wear and casual lounging outfits. 

During the afternoon, an Evening Chic or Smart Casual dress code goes into effect (you will be notified which one via your daily itinerary that is placed on your bed the night before).

If your cruise is 7+ nights, there will be 2 nights with an Evening Chic dress code. Cruises that are 6 nights or shorter will feature 1 night with an Evening Chic dress code. All other nights of the cruise will feature a Smart Casual dress code.

EVENING CHIC

Evening Chic nights made for the best people watching and it was fun to see everyone dress up and have a fancy night out on the ship. People wore a range of different outfits; we saw cocktail dresses, sundresses and blouses with jeans. There were even a few evening gowns and tuxedos in the mix. Feel free to interpret the dress code to fit your personal style and level of comfort.

The Celebrity Cruises website recommends:

WOMEN A cocktail dress, skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top MEN Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt or sweater with an optional sport coat or blazer on top.

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SMART CASUAL 

During Smart Casual nights, most women wore causal dresses and skirts or a nice blouse and most men wore slacks and a polo, or a short sleeve button down shirt. 

WOMEN  Skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top. MEN Pants or jeans with a short sleeve sport shirt.

DINING ROOM DRESS CODES 

Swimsuits, robes and bare feet are not permitted in the buffet, while t-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant or specialty restaurants at any time.

If you don’t feel like dressing up in either Evening Chic or Smart Causal attire during the afternoon, skip the main dining restaurant and head to the buffet where you are free to wear a more casual outfit at any time.  

The website states that shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours but we saw a lot of people wearing them, just not in the main restaurants. 

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IS ALCOHOL INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE? 

Unless you have purchased a drink package, alcohol is not included in the ticket price. You can buy individual glasses on board, or sign up for a drink package.

Drink packages range from $500 per week to $700 per week. This site has updated pricing and information on each of the packages available. 

DO I NEED CASH/CREDIT CARDS ON BOARD? 

It’s smart to pack cash and credit cards to use at the different ports on your cruise, but you will not need them on the ship. 

All purchases made on board are done using your SeaPass card. The SeaPass card is basically your ID and your credit card on the Celebrity Eclipse. If you make a purchase, they will simply scan the SeaPass and automatically add the charge to your guest account. 

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HOW DOES TIPPING WORK AND HOW MUCH ARE GRATUITIES? 

Gratuities are automatically added to your guest account each day so you do not need to tip crew members individually. 

Standard Cabins: $15.50 per person / per day Concierge and AquaClass: $16 per person / per day The Retreat (Suites): $19 per person / per day

On top of the daily gratuities, a 20% tip will also be automatically added to all beverages and mini bar purchases, as well as spa and salon services.

If you want to adjust the gratuity amount, you can speak to guest relations. 

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY ON BOARD? 

The Celebrity Eclipse uses United States Dollars as currency on board.

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HOW DO TIME CHANGES WORK AT SEA? 

Sometimes the ship will cross into different time zones during your cruise. The ship’s crew does a great job at reminding you when to move your clocks forward or backward. You will also find this reminder on the daily schedule.

During our cruise from Hawaii to Vancouver, we were told to move our clocks forward by 1 hour every night until we were successfully on Vancouver time. 

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WILL I HAVE PHONE SERVICE ON BOARD? 

No. We had very spotty phone service while in port, and on sea days we lost service almost immediately. WiFi is available at an extra charge (see above). 

If your cruise is International, don’t forget to switch your cellphone to airplane mode. When the ship crosses international boundaries, you might incur unexpected roaming charges. 

WHAT TYPE OF OUTLETS / PLUGS ARE IN THE ROOM? 

Staterooms are equipped with 2 North American style outlets (Type A and B will work) and one two-pin 220v socket (Type F .. but C and E will also work).

North American sockets are 110v and the European sockets are 220v.

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ARE THERE OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? 

Celebrity Cruises uses symbols on their menu to notate which dishes are appropriate for different dietary restrictions. Gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free and no sugar added symbols are included on each menu so it’s easy to differentiate what you can and cannot have. 

There is not a symbol for vegan dishes yet, but they say that if a dish is noted vegetarian and lactose-free, it is most likely vegan. The cruise line suggests that vegan guests talk with your waitstaff, who will help come up with options that work within your diet.

Celebrity Cruises is also Dine Aware committed, which means that their crew has been trained in understanding food allergies. 

If have an allergy or a dietary restriction, Celebrity Cruises is more than happy to work with you to provide dishes that you will enjoy. I recommend being pro-active, calling ahead and voicing your restrictions as it will open up a lot more options for you during your cruise.

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EMBARKATION 

I have’t taken many cruises so I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy the embarkation process was considering how many passengers were boarding the ship that day.

Celebrity Cruises gives you a window of time on embarkation day, and you are allowed to show up an any time within that window to board the ship. We arrived about 2 hours prior to the cutoff and it only took us 45 minutes to board the ship.

As soon as you exit your car/Uber/taxi at the vehicle drop off location, couriers  will whisk away your luggage so that you can be hands free. Make sure to pack hand luggage or a day bag with everything you might need for the day (swimsuit, valuables, passport and boarding documents etc) because you won’t see your bags again until they are delivered to your stateroom a few hours later.

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The check in process is easy and consists of a few checkpoints where you will show your passport and boarding documents, go through security and finally walk onto the ship. I recommend checking in online to expedite the process even more.

When you first board, staff will be waiting for you with trays of champagne (for those who have purchased alcohol packages). Find your stateroom, offload your belongings and finally you are free to roam the ship.

Before the ship leaves port on the first day, everyone on-board must attend the introduction welcome and safety briefing in the Eclipse Theater. They will announce it over the intercom so you’ll know exactly when it starts. 

CELEBRITY ECLIPSE STATEROOMS 

There are several types of staterooms on board the Celebrity Eclipse: Inside Staterooms, Oceanview Staterooms, Veranda Staterooms (85% of Celebrity Eclipse rooms include a veranda) and Suites.

INTERIOR STATEROOM REVIEW

We stayed in one of the interior staterooms which was basic, but perfectly comfortable. The room was slightly larger than some of the other cruise lines that I’ve traveled with, and while I wouldn’t exactly call it spacious, we did have room to move around. 

There was a standard amount of storage space available. We could’ve used more but we were able to make do. The room included basic amenities such a mini fridge, blow dryer, interactive TV, direct-dial phone and a security safe. 

Our stateroom attendant was very friendly and attentive. He would make up our room in the morning and turn down our sheets at night, leaving a chocolate on our pillow. Room service is also available 24 hours a day, although there is a small charge if you order between 11pm-6am. 

The only issue I had was that there were no outlets near the bed. I hurt my back and was stuck in bed for a few days. It was the perfect time to catch up on work but I was only able to do so when my phone and computer were charged. 

Eventually I would love to experience a cruise in a Veranda Stateroom but for now, I was satisfied with the comfort of the interior stateroom. 

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CONCIERGE, AQUA CLASS & SUITES 

Like other cruise lines, your comfort increases with the amount of money you’re able to spend. 

Concierge Class guests receive early embarkation and debarkation, personalized concierge service, welcome sparkling wine and fresh fruit at check-in, an expanded breakfast menu, nightly hors d’oeuvres, and a massaging shower head in their room.

AquaClass guests receive the same extras as Concierge Class plus a pillow menu, in-room aromatherapy diffusers, complimentary bathroom amenities, unlimited access to the Persian Garden and they can dine at Blu Restaurant.

Guests who book suites also have 24-hour butler service, priority check-in, luggage packing/unpacking, shoeshine, full en-suite dining service (expanded room-service menu, afternoon tea, hors-d’oeuvres in the evening, complimentary coffee (espresso, cappuccino), dining reservations and seating preferences, access to Blu and Luminae restaurants and welcome gifts. 

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THE STAFF 

The staff aboard the Celebrity Eclipse was truly incredible and they made the overall energy of the ship an extremely welcoming and fun place to be.

From the restaurant waitstaff to our cabin steward, everyone we interacted with was pleasant and helpful. They would smile if you passed them in the halls, go out of their way to help if you had a question and do their best to accommodate any and all requests. 

The Cruise Director (Lauren) and the Entertainment Director (Charlotte) worked their asses off. I don’t know how they were able to be in so many places at once. We’d see them hosting a challenge in one area of the ship and by the time we walked to the other end, they’d already be there leading a fitness class haha. From early mornings to late nights, they made sure everyone had a great time and never broke character or let on how tired they must’ve been. 

The employees work extremely long hours and they do it with a smile on their face. I very much appreciated the high standard of customer service that Celebrity Cruises implements. 

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CELEBRITY ECLIPSE RESTAURANTS 

From outdoor grills and fine dining restaurants, to the popular international buffet, the Celebrity Eclipse has a vast amount of restaurant and dining options available. Unfortunately we found the food to be the weakest link on an otherwise positive cruising experience. 

MAIN DINING RESTAURANTS (FREE)

Moonlight sonata .

Moonlight Sonata is the main dining room option for all guests on-board. This elegant restaurant is situated under a massive chandelier and the dining experience feels very high-end and classy. 

During our 10 day cruise, we opted to eat at the Moonlight Sonata 4 times. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and if you can get a table near one of the windows, the view of the ocean is the ultimate mood enhancer.  

Celebrity Eclipse Moonlight Sonata Restaurant.

Moonlight Sonata specializes in contemporary, globally inspired dishes which have been created for the ship by a Michelin-starred chef. 

Each day they offer a different menu featuring around 7-10 entrees including classics like steak, chicken, fish and pastas.  You will also choose from a selection of starters as well as dessert at the end of your meal. Each table also gets a dedicated sommelier ready to help with wine pairing and personalized suggestions (if you do not have a drink package, wine and cocktails will be charged). 

While the atmosphere at Moonlight Sonata is nice and although they do offer a great selection of menu items each night, this restaurant ended up being our least favorite out of the food options on the ship.

At first bite, the dishes taste good, but not once did we find ourselves eager to finish the entrees. The food was overly salty and it usually made us feel bloated and just a little off for the rest of the night. Kind of l ike we might have explosive diarrhea … but at the same nervous that we might constipated for the next 4 days. 

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With that said, the desserts in this dining room were the highlight of the meal. In fact, the chocolate cake was best thing I tasted while cruising on the Eclipse. If that cake was available at a local restaurant in my city, I would pay money for it. 

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS 

My sister is a vegetarian so we struggled a little in finding options that would work within her diet. At Moonlight Sonata they have at least 1 entree each night that is vegetarian friendly. It was usually a pasta, rice or basic vegetable dish.

We didn’t know this at the time but my sister took another cruise on the Eclipse and discovered that they actually offer a vegetarian menu , you just have to request it.  She said it was smaller than the main menu but she enjoyed having more options each night. 

She was also told that if you have dietary restrictions to call ahead and let them know, so that they can properly accommodate you. 

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THE SERVICE 

Aside from the chocolate cake, the staff at Moonlight Sonata was the highlight of eating in the main dining room. From the maitre’d to the waitstaff, everyone was extremely friendly and professional, and the service was fantastic from beginning to end.

We didn’t eat at the same table each night but it appears that many passengers do because we noticed that the waitstaff knew all their regulars by name. They seem to make real connections with their guests and people were very vocal about how much they loved their waiters and waitresses.

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OCEANVIEW CAFE

Oceanview Cafe is the Eclipse’s buffet restaurant located on deck 14.

Serving up an array of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oceanview Cafe is the most popular restaurant on the ship. The atmosphere is very laid back; seat yourself, fill your plate, eat and leave. It is perfect for those who want a casual, no frills dining experience. 

Although the buffet and the seating area are massive, the cafe still gets very busy during peak times. There were a few instances when we had to circle the restaurant several times until a table opened up. 

Oceanview Cafe serves breakfast from 7am-11am,  lunch from 12pm-3pm, snacks are available from 3:30pm-5pm, dinner is from 5pm-9pm, and there are even late night snack options from 10pm-1am.

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We ate lunch at the AquaSpa Cafe most days and preferred eating dinner at the Oceanview Cafe over the main dining room most nights.

The buffet offers hundreds of food options to choose from. Each night they have a handful of standard fixed items such as pizza, pasta, salad, carved meats, Indian food and a gourmet station which includes steaks, fajitas, grilled chicken, fish etc.

In addition to the regular nightly selections, they also feature a specialty station each day for lunch and dinner. You’ll find anything from sandwich and crepe stations to International themed nights like American, Greek, Jamaican and Chinese  (speaking of.. never in my life have I seen people get more hyped over egg rolls).

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Overall, the pizzeria was our favorite station (can you ever go wrong with pizza?). They served classic pepperoni and cheese pizza, plus one specialty option such as BBQ chicken or veggie. All of the pizza was delicious and it was one of the only things on the ship that I didn’t get sick of. In addition to the pizzeria, I also found myself at the Indian food station quite a bit.

The pasta bar had potential, as you were able to create your own from array of toppings and sauces that they cook on the spot. Unfortunately, the flavor just wasn’t there. We felt the same about the desert bar. While there are tons of options available each day (including gluten free and sugar free), we learned quickly to skip that station and head to the ice cream bar instead. 

The ice cream bar was the best free desert option on the ship. The flavors rotated every night but our favorites were the passion fruit and guava sorbet. 

For drinks, you can choose from water, tea, iced tea, milk, coffee and a few select juices. If you want alcohol or soft drinks, the buffet waitstaff are always within arms reach and are happy to serve you at an added charge. 

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Oceanview Cafe has hundreds of food items to choose from each night with a strong emphasis on meat based entrees. With that said, they do an ok job of including some vegetarian options.

While there is a small area dedicated to meatless entrees, they were somewhat uninspired. I feel like they could be more imaginative in creating dishes beyond steamed vegetables and potatoes. My sister ended up eating a lot of pizza, nachos and Indian food… which as you can imagine, gets old after awhile. 

For vegans, there are not a lot of fixed options at the buffet so I would recommend speaking to one of the crew members who can hopefully help you come up with some dishes that you can eat.

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AQUA SPA CAFE 

The AquaSpa Cafe is located in the adults only Solarium on deck 12, and it is one of the most underrated dining options on the ship.

The AquaSpa Cafe serves up small plates of healthier, lighter food options, and it quickly became our go-to place for breakfast and lunch. 

Unlike the other restaurants on the ship, the menu didn’t rotate but the food was excellent and the dishes felt so much more fresh.

For breakfast, I liked the banana bagel, made with a whole wheat bagel half, topped with peanut butter, apples, bananas, blueberries, and garnished with orchids. The apricot energy bar was also one of my favorite food items on the ship. It was made with apricots, coconut, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and honey. 

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Other breakfast options include gluten free oatmeal, muesli, fruit platters, breads and omelettes. You can also order fresh pressed juices and smoothies for an extra charge. 

During lunch you’ll find dishes such as chicken salad and salmon salad, as well as vegetable wraps, a whole wheat club sandwich, caprese and pasta salads. My favorite lunches were the sesame udon salad made with udon noodles, red peppers, scallions, sesame seed and lime. I was also a fan of the tuna salad made with celery, green onion, and herbs. 

The dishes at AquaSpa Cafe are designed for those wanting to make healthier food choices so they are made with low fat mayo and low fat yogurt. There are also a number of gluten free and vegetarian options available. 

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The AquaSpa Cafe has some of the best vegetarian options on the ship. From their cilantro pesto pasta salad to the sweet potato bisque soup made with coconut milk, cinnamon and orange confit, Celebrity Cruises put more creativity into this menu and it is definitely worth checking out. 

Vegans will also find a number of choices at the AquaSpa Cafe, but there are more options for vegans during breakfast hours. 

Mast Grill is open for lunch on deck 14, near the pool area and this was my second favorite dining option on the Eclipse.

The menu at Mast Grill is short (burgers, hot dogs and fries) but the quality of the food was great.

The hamburger/cheeseburger options included beef of course, but they also offered turkey and veggie patties (made to order). You can choose from classic toppings like pickles and lettuce, or go for sautéed mushrooms, onions and even sauerkraut.

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Mast Grill offers veggie patties for those wanting a meatless burger and they were delicious. Highly recommend. 

LUMINAE  

Luminae is the Eclipse’s exclusive dining room available only for guests who are booked in suites. 

Located on deck 3, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a smaller menu than Moonlight Sonata, with only 5 entree options available each night but during your cruise you will never see the same menu items twice. Sample entrees include grilled sirloin, buttered poached lobster,  seared tuna and cauliflower steaks.  

We were not booked in a suite so we didn’t have the opportunity to try or review Luminae. 

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Blu is a private restaurant created specifically for AquaClass Members, but suite guests are also welcome to eat here too. 

The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner and offers a quieter, more intimate dining experience. The menu is a somewhat healthier take on classic options, meaning you will still be able to find pastas and steaks, but they are prepared in a cleaner way with less heavy creams and more fresh ingredients. Sample entrees include pan seared salmon, turkey breast roulade and oven roasted lobster tail. 

There is one vegetarian friendly entree on the menu each night, but they are eager to accommodate dietary restrictions so be sure to speak with the maitre’d to request more options. 

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SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS ($$)

There are a handful of specialty restaurants on-board the Celebrity Eclipse, that you can dine in at an added charge. We were happy enough with our complimentary restaurant choices so we didn’t pay for food during our cruise. If you wish to do so, these are your options. 

MURANO  

Murano is an upscale, fine dining restaurant serving classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. The price is fixed at $50 USD for dinner, or you can opt for their popular FiveSenses Menu which is a 6 course meal served with expert wine pairings ($89 per person). 

One of Murano’s most popular dishes is the lobster, which they flambé table side in cognac. 

Out of all the specialty restaurants, this one has the most beautiful interior and would be perfect for celebrating a special occasion on board. 

For a review of Murano by Beyond Ships, click here .

Celebrity Cruise Murano Restaurant

TUSCAN GRILLE

Tuscan Grille is an Italian style steakhouse serving handmade pastas, artisanal salumi, fish, butcher cut meats, and USDA Prime dry aged steak. The price is fixed at $45 per person, which does not include drinks. 

Be sure to request a table with a view as this restaurant has floor to ceiling glass windows. 

Check out these reviews of Tuscan Grille by EatSleepCruise (here) and  Life Well Cruised (here).

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SUSHI ON FIVE

Out of all the specialty restaurants on board, Sushi on 5 was one that we intended to visit. We ultimately decided against it because the crew members who worked there on our particular cruise were so incredibly pushy that it turned us off. 

Everyday at the buffet, someone from Sushi on 5 would approach us and ask us if we wanted to make reservations. Which is fine.. but they would not take no for an answer. The back and forth was so uncomfortable that we started hiding from them. 

With that said, the menu looked good and the prices were actually reasonable for sushi. Unlike a lot of the specialty restaurants on the ship, prices are a la carte and you can order to go items as well. 

In addition to classic rolls and sashimi, they also serve hot dishes like udon and ramen. 

For a review of Sushi on 5 from My Virtual Vacations, click here.

Celebrity Cruise Sushi on 5

LE PETIT CHEF AT QSINE

Le Petit Chef at Qsine is by far the most unique restaurant on-board the Celebrity Eclipse. 

The dining experience is a combination of a show plus dinner, as each course is introduced by an animation that takes place on your plate. Diners will watch the Petit Chef create every course on the menu in front of you via a 3D projected animation, then the waiters will bring out the food.

Because of the animated show, two dinner seating are available: 6pm and 8:30pm. Le Petit Chef at Qsine offers one fixed menu plus an alternate menu with several substitutions. Just know that if you choose a substitution, it won’t match the animation on your plate. Everyone watches the same show. 

The price is fixed at $55 per person, which does not include drinks. 

For a review of Le Petit Chef at Qsine b y Forever Karen, click here.

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CAFE AL BACIO AND GELATERIA 

Coffee and tea is complimentary on the Celebrity Eclipse but if you are a serious coffee drinker, chances are you’ll want to check out Cafe Al Bacio for a more gourmet experience.

This cafe serves a multitude of Lavazza espresso drinks (including Irish), or you can choose from their premium hot and cold teas. While the drinks cost money, the desserts and pastries are complimentary.

Across the cafe from Cafe Al Bacio is the Gelateria where you’ll find authentic, artisan gelato and sorbetto. 

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CELEBRITY ECLIPSE BARS & LOUNGES

Sky observation lounge.

Located on deck 14, the Sky Observation lounge offers an excellent view of the ocean with tons of seating options if you want to read a book, work on your computer or even take a nap. This was my favorite spot on the entire ship. 

Many of the daily activities such as trivia and dance classes take place at the Sky Observation Lounge during the day.  At night it turns into a chic bar, serving up speciality cocktails based on your zodiac sign.

This lounge was also a popular location for many of the hosted evening activities such as sing-a-longs, silent discos and dance parties.

Celebrity Cruise Sky Observation Lounge

PASSPORT BAR

The Passport Bar is located right off the grand foyer in the center of the ship, and due to its busy location it offers some of the best people watching around. 

During the day, the Passport Bar is the setting for cooking classes, dance classes and the popular egg drop challenge. At night, it’s perfect for sitting back with a cocktail or a beer and listening to live music. 

Celebrity Cruise Passport Bar

QUASAR 

Quasar is the Celebrity Eclipse’s futuristic “nightclub” where you will find pub quizzes and Xbox challenges during the day and karaoke at night.

This seemed to be the least used bar/lounge on the ship; I only saw people in it a few different times. We did hear the Cruise Director refer to Quasar as the location for the late night party (after midnight), but we never checked it out. 

Celebrity Cruise Quasar

MARTINI BAR 

The Martini Bar is located on deck 4 and was one of the more popular afternoon hangouts. The bartenders put on a show as they perfectly craft your martini over a beautiful ice-topped bar. 

Celebrity Eclipse Martini Bar

ENSEMBLE LOUNGE

The Ensemble Lounge is a ghost town during the day but be sure to stop by in the afternoon as it really comes alive at night. With a nightly schedule of live music, this lounge acts as an elegant backdrop for pre or post dinner drinks. 

Celebrity Eclipse Ensemble Lounge

SUNSET BAR  

Tucked away toward the back of the ship, we didn’t discover the Sunset Bar until our last night and it’s a shame because you know how much I love sunsets and drinking.. 

The Sunset Bar offers an insane view of the horizon and they not only serve bottles of wine but pitchers of crafted cocktails as well. If I ever sail on the Eclipse again, this will be my first stop. 

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CELLAR MASTERS 

Cellar Masters is a quiet wine bar/lounge located on deck 4, across the way from the Martini Bar. 

While I never visited in the afternoon, this was one of the only lounges on the ship where I could find an outlet for my computer. It was the perfect, quiet atmosphere to tuck away in a corner and get some work done during the day.  

Celebrity Cruise Cellar Masters

SLUSH 

Slush is a small bar located near the main pool on deck 12 and their specialty is frozen cocktails. Choose from frozen margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos and more. All of the menu items are also available without alcohol.

POOL & MAST BARS 

The go-to bars to grab a drink while you’re out by the pool. The Pool Bar and the Mast Bar are located on deck 14. 

Celebrity Eclipse Pool Bar

MICHAEL’S CLUB

Michael’s Club is an exclusive lounge dedicated to guests who are booked in suites.

The lounge is open 24 hours a day and features a large-screen TV, reading areas with magazines, newspapers, and books, plus a continental breakfast. Complimentary pre-dinner drinks and tapas are served 5:00 PM –8:00 PM daily with complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available throughout the day. 

ENTERTAINMENT  

From theatre shows to trivia nights, hot glass classes and a silent disco, there is no shortage of entertainment available on the Celebrity Eclipse. 

THE ECLIPSE THEATER 

Evening entertainment .

The Eclipse Theatre hosts 2 nightly showings featuring an array of live entertainment acts including comedy shows, magicians, guest singers and of course the house entertainment group which is composed of singers, dancers, aerialists and musicians. 

During our 10 night cruise, the Celebrity Eclipse put on 4 original full production shows. The aerialists blew us away and were the highlight of the performances each night. While the singers and dancers were all very talented, there was one girl in particular with a phenomenal voice that made us keep coming back. 

Celebrity Eclipse Theater

Euphoria was by far my favorite production show on the Eclipse because it featured the most aerialist numbers and Cirque de Soleil inspired acts. It was beautifully done. 

Rock City was another fun one because it featured musical hits which spanned across decades. The entertainers sang and danced to songs from Queen, Bon Jovi, The Killers, Marilyn Manson, Journey, and a lot more. People seemed to enjoy this one because it was high energy and everyone could sing a long. 

Amade celebrates the evolution of music and features songs from Mozart to Daft Punk, while combining them with unexpected dance styles such as ballet.

Topper was my least favorite show during the cruise. They performed it on our embarkation day and it felt like a fever dream. All I can honestly remember is that they lived in a giant hat and there was a singing dog. 

During one of the nightly shows, the entertainment team put on a Broadway Cabaret   which is a must see if you like Broadway shows. They sang classics from Les Miserables, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera and more. 

As far as guest entertainment, some of the acts were hit or miss. A few of the guest singers were very good, one girl named TeaCake was particularly impressive. The comedian.. not so much.

Celebrity Cruise Entertainment

BEYOND THE PODIUM SPEAKERS 

During the day, the Eclipse Theater was used as the stage for the “Beyond the Podium” guest speakers and naturalists who presented daily lectures about the ship’s destination location, wildlife, astrophysics and more. 

One of the lecturers was a scientist who gave talks about Sci-Fi films and Albert Einstein. His talks were usually early, so I unfortunately didn’t make it to any.

THE NATURALIST 

The ship also had a naturalist on board who gave lectures about Hawaiian plants and wildlife. 

She was an excellent speaker and her information about Hawaiian species were fascinating, interactive and thought provoking. She also touched on how we can all be more aware as we travel, and be more conscious tourists which I appreciated (Celebrity Cruises should incorporate more of this into their programming).  

The only unfortunate aspect was that her presentation schedule started after we left Hawaii. I wish there was a way to have seen her lectures before we visited because it definitely would’ve enhanced our time on the islands.

With that said, she was more than happy to answer questions and identify species and plants from photos people took while they were in Hawaii. 

Celebrity Cruise Naturalist

DESINTATION AMBASSADORS 

In addition to the naturalist, there were also two native Hawaiian ambassadors on-board who taught classes about Hawaii and its culture. The hula class and a ukulele class seemed to be the most popular but all of their activities were informative and interesting.

Like the naturalist, the ambassadors didn’t start their activity schedule until we left Hawaii, so by the time the final hula and ukulele performances happened we were almost to Vancouver and the overall tropical vacation mood was already dying down.

BIG SCREEN MOVIES 

Occasionally, the Celebrity Eclipse would transform the theater into a cinema and play movies on their big screen. 

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Celebrity Cruises Eclipse Review

DAILY ACTIVITIES 

Each afternoon your cabin steward will leave a full schedule for the next day in your room. On sea days, the schedule is packed from morning to night, so there’s rarely a dull moment on-board. While we preferred to go the more relaxed route and not overbook our days, we did make sure to check out some of the most popular activites. 

During our cruise some of the activities offered were dance classes (ballroom and hula), trivia, game shows, bingo, cooking demonstrations, scrapbooking classes, fitness classes, pool volleyball tournaments and more.

I’m not a regular cruiser so a lot of the activities were new to me and I was surprised by how much fun I had. My favorites were the music trivia, the Sing a Longs (Queen and ABBA) and of course the silent disco. 

Celebrity Cruise Daily Activity Schedule

THE SILENT DISCO

Silent Disco nights were by far the most popular and fun activity on the Celebrity Eclipse. You are given wireless headphones with three different channels programmed into them (oldies, disco and modern contemporary). You simply choose your channel and start dancing. 

Make sure to take your headphones off at some point and people watch everyone around you. The room is completely silent except for feet shuffling and really loud, bad singing.

If you don’t go to dance, go to watch. It’s hilarious. 

Celebrity Eclipse Silent Disco

LIVE MUSIC 

Live music can be found in almost all of the lounges and bars throughout the ship each night. From solo guitarists to string duos, dance bands, DJs and more, the live music schedule is available on your daily activity planner.

ARCADE 

The ship offers a small arcade on deck 15 with video games and air hockey. Prices ranged from $1-1.50 for car games and shooting games, and $2 for the win-a-prize game. I never saw anybody use the arcade.

Celebrity Eclipse Arcade

HOT GLASS CLASS 

There is a permanent Hot Glass studio on deck 15 which features glass blowing from master glassblowers of The Corning Museum of Glass. You can sit and watch them create or take a class yourself (for a fee) and sculpt your own souvenir. 

Celebrity Cruise Hot Glass

CELEBRITY iLOUNGE

The Celebrity Eclipse iLounge is the ship’s internet cafe that also offers tech classes taught by an Apple-certified professional. The classes were beginner level, geared toward teaching non tech savvy passengers how to use Apple products. 

If you don’t want to carry a laptop on board, you are free to use the computers in the iLounge but you must have a WiFi package ($) to use the internet.  

The iLounge also has a small selection of Apple products available for purchase, duty free. 

Celebrity Cruise iLounge

FORTUNE’S CASINO 

The Celebrity Eclipse casino is located on deck 4 and features slot machines, blackjack tables, two roulette wheels, two three card poker tables, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, a craps table, and electronic lightning poker (Texas Hold ‘Em).

The casino would also host activities such as Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, raffles and lotto draws.

Celebrity Eclipse Casino

RECREATION & RELAXATION 

Pools and canyon ranch spa , the solarium  .

The Solarium is an “adults only” (16+) haven on the Celebrity Eclipse, and aside from the Sky Observation Lounge this was my second favorite place to hang out on the ship.

The Solarium is located indoors but the glass ceilings and walls make it feel like you are outside. The light is super bright and inviting, and the fountains, living plants and soothing music make the atmosphere feel very spa like. In the Solarium you’ll find a pool and jacuzzis, plus tons of lounge chairs and several daybeds. 

If the weather outside is too cold or too hot, I recommend staking out your lounge chair in the Solarium early. It’s temperature controlled so people flock there when the outdoor pool is closed or if the weather is not ideal. 

The AquaSpa Cafe is also located in the Solarium. Make sure to check it out during breakfast or lunch to find lighter, healthier food options. 

Celebrity Eclipse Solarium

POOL AREA 

The outdoor pool deck is one of the most popular hangout locations on the ship, especially if you’re cruising in a tropical destination.

Featuring 2 pools, 4 jacuzzis, several walk up bars and tons of loungers, this area fills up very quickly. Unless you claimed a spot early, it was difficult to find an open chair on busy sea days. For this reason, we preferred to do late afternoons in the jacuzzi, as nobody was around during and after dinner. 

The pool area was also used at the setting for several dance and aerobic classes, volleyball tournaments, the luau party and the live DJ. 

Celebrity Eclipse Pool

THE SPA 

Canyon Ranch Spa a full-service spa offering wellness and fitness classes, beauty treatments and even injectables.

They have a full service salon where you can get your hair cut, colored or styled. There are also makeup artists on-board as well as manicurists, waxing services, acupuncture, facials, massages and personal training sessions in the fitness center. You an also touch up on Botox and Juvederm cosmetic treatments while on-board.

Canyon Ranch offers a daily schedule of classes and presentations but they are mainly focused on getting you to purchase treatments.

Speaking of purchasing treatments.. the prices are high. Expect to pay between $150-$250USD for a massage, $150-$280USD for a facial and $80-$120USD for a pedicure. 

Celebrity Eclipse Canyon Ranch Spa

THE PERSIAN GARDEN

Within the Canyon Ranch Spa, you will also find the Persian Garden which features an aromatic steam room, Finnish and herbal saunas, sensory showers and a relaxation lounge with heated tile loungers.

The Persian Garden is available to those in Aqua Class Staterooms or you can purchase a daily pass. 

THE CELEBRITY ECLIPSE FITNESS CENTER & GYM 

Located on deck 12 within the Canyon Ranch Spa, you’ll find the 24 hours fitness center complete with treadmills, stair climbers, bikes and ellipticals. There is also a selection of weight machines as well as numerous free weights available

In addition to the machines and weights, the gym also offers a number of basic free fitness classes   like stretching, Zumba and an ab workout class. They also offer paid fitness classes such as pilates, yoga and indoor cycling, which cost $15USD (plus an 18% service fee). Free fitness classes run for 25 minutes and the paid classes go for 45 minutes.

I was really excited about having such a nice fitness center available on the ship but unfortunately when I hurt my back my gym goals went out the window. 

Celebrity Cruise Eclipse Gym

OUTDOOR RECREATION & SPORTS 

The Celebrity Eclipse has several outdoor recreational areas including a basketball court, a jogging track, bocce/lawn bowling, a 3-hole putting green, and ping pong tables.

RECREATION AREAS 

The lawn club .

Celebrity Solstice Class Ships offer half an acre of real grass on their top deck where you can have a picnic, play bocce ball or lay out. The Lawn Club was usually pretty quiet which made for a nice escape on the busy ship. 

Celebrity Eclipse Lawn Club

THE CARD ROOM

The Card Room is located on deck 9 and is comprised of several tables for playing cards and board games. It’s pretty basic but I noticed quite a few people using it each day. 

Celebrity Eclipse Card Room

THE LIBRARY 

The Celebrity Eclipse has a beautiful 2 story library with a large selection of books available for borrow. It didn’t look like there was a book check-out process, it seemed to run on the honor system.

The library also has a few comfortable seating options to sit and read, which is especially nice mid-day when the sun beams down from the skylight.

Celebrity Eclipse Library

SUN DECKS 

If you’re looking to catch some Vitamin D, the Eclipse has a ton of options for laying out in the sun. Head to the Resort Deck (12) to lay by the pool, or if that’s too busy the Lido Deck (14) is lined with loungers that circle around the outdoor jogging track. Take a towel to the Lawn Club Deck (15) and lay in the grass or visit the Solstice Deck for some (usually) people free sunbathing . 

Celebrity Eclipse Solstice Sun Deck

We didn’t do any shopping while on board but if you’re looking for some duty-free retail therapy, there are a few options available.

SHOPS ON THE BOULEVARD

Head to deck 4 for the main shopping aisle of the ship. Here you’ll find jewelry, clothing, fragrances, souvenirs and more. The Eclipse offers brands like TAG, Michael Kors, Bulgari, Omega, Dior, Lancome and Ray Ban. 

In addition to the Shops on the Boulevard, the Eclipse has The Galleria, a photo gallery and an art gallery. They also do trunk shows, auctions and merchandise sales throughout the duration of the cruise. 

Celebrity Eclipse Shopping

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CRUISE SAFE POWER STRIP There are only 2 outlets in each stateroom but power strips and extension cords are not allowed on board (and likely to be confiscated by Celebrity Cruises during embarkation).

This no surge power box is designed especially for cruisers and will give you three more outlets and 2 USB chargers for all your charging needs.  

WINE Many people don’t know this but you are allowed to bring up to two bottles of wine or champagne onboard (per stateroom) on embarkation day. 

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE Water is free in the buffet and in the AquaSpa but the cups are small. We would fill up our reusable water bottle ( I like this one because it keeps drinks hot/cold ) to keep in our room and carry with us throughout the day. 

Someone (a guest) yelled at us for filling up directly from the water tap, so use a fresh cup to transfer the water into your bottle.. for hygiene reasons I think.

Celebrity Eclipse Pool

WALKIE TALKIES With no phone service and outrageous WiFi prices, walkie talkies can be helpful if you’re traveling with a large party or kids on the ship. These ones have great reviews from cruisers.  

SWIMSUIT  Even if you’re cruising in cold weather destinations, you will regret not packing a swimsuit. The Solarium is indoors, temperature controlled and it has jacuzzis.  

BOOK OR IPAD There are so many different areas on the ship to sit and get comfy with a book or a game. The ship does offer complimentary book rentals in their library too. 

SANDALS  A pair of slides or slip on sandals come in handy if you need to quickly throw on shoes to run out and grab food, or if you’re heading to the pool or spa. 

CAMERA  Capture those memories. Don’t forget extra camera batteries and memory cards too.

IMMUNITY BOOSTERS  Being sick on vacation sucks. I recommend bringing some type of immunity boosters or supplements such as vitamin C. We brought a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar to keep in our mini fridge, but you don’t have to go that far haha. 

Celebrity Cruise Ship

LAUNDRY DETERGENT Laundry services are available on board but it costs $3 to wash 1 pair of underwear and $4 to wash a swimsuit. I like to pack travel laundry detergent and wash these types of items in the sink. They dry within a few hours and it helps me to not overpack. 

TUPPERWARE  It ain’t classy, but hear me out. If you eat too much at lunch but still want to try the chocolate cake, stick it in your Tupperware for later. If someone in your party isn’t an early riser, grab them a bagel at the buffet and keep it fresh. On the last day, fill up some breakfast items to go and have a free snack on your flight home.

This one is small and inconspicuous, and doesn’t look like your typical clear plastic food storage box.

EARPLUGS Sometimes it can be noisy pulling into port, especially if you’re staying on the lower levels of the ship. Also the walls were pretty thin in our stateroom so it’s better to be safe than sorry if you happen to wind up with noisy neighbors.

DAYBAG/BACKPACK  It’s helpful to have a small backpack or day bag to carry with you throughout the day. You can use it to hold your activity schedule, SeaPass card, camera, water bottle etc.. 

BINOCULARS On our cruise to Vancouver, the ship sailed through some of the best whale watching waters in the world. We stood at the front of the ship and spotted tons of them. It was amazing and I regretted not having binoculars on me. 

FIRST AID KIT Just in case. This one is made for cruisers and has 150 items including cold, cough, and pain medicine, hangover, allergy and dehydration relief. As well as aid for cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites, wounds and more. 

Celebrity Cruise Sunset

CELEBRITY ECLIPSE ACCESSIBILITY 

A few days before I boarded the Celebrity Eclipse, I hurt my back (like… really really hurt it). I was bedridden for the first few days of the cruise and didn’t even make it off the ship at 2 of the ports.

This is the first time I experienced a minuscule amount of what travel must be like for those with limited mobility, disabilities or special needs. The experience opened my eyes a lot. 

I am extremely grateful that this vacation was on a cruise ship because Celebrity Cruises made it as easy as possible for me to get around. Not only are there an abundance of wheel chairs available, but almost every section of the ship was accessible to me (except for the Solstice Deck where you need to climb stairs).

All the doors are automatic, even in the public restrooms, and they offer wheelchair and disabled seating in the theater and gathering areas. 

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MEDICAL CENTER 

While most passengers will not even step foot in the Medical Center, I was one of their regulars. I brought 2 ice packs on the ship with me and they were kind enough to keep them frozen so that I could rotate them throughout the day. 

The medical center also offers free sea sickness medication and has a minimum of 1 physician and 2 nurses on board at all times. 

DISEMBARKATION 

When the Eclipse sailed into our final port on the last day, disembarkation went as smoothly as it could’ve gone.

The Cruise Director and staff made sure to properly inform everyone of the process the day before and there is also a video that plays in your stateroom, detailing how it all works. 

If you want your bags to be taken off the ship for you, you will leave them outside of your room the night before. You’ll be given a color coded tag which lets you know your disembarkation order, and they announce each group over the intercom one by one. We chose to carry our own bags off the ship so we were allowed to leave at any time. 

Celebrity Cruise Ship Terminal Vancouver

We were staying in Vancouver for a few days so we weren’t in a huge rush to get off the ship. We had our last breakfast at the buffet (fresh donuts were set out for the occasion) before eventually deciding to head out.

Once you’re off the ship, the country you are in will dictate the immigration procedure. In Vancouver it was very painless, and only took us about 10 minutes to get from the gangway of the ship to the outside of the port. 

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By poinsettiaplate , February 7 in Celebrity Cruises

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I have been reading the reviews on CC about Eclipse.  They are not good for condition of ship and quality of food.  Has anyone been on her recently and can give their insights?  Is it likely she will have a drydock and refurbishment before January 2025?

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Food was great and while the ships in need of some updating it still was excellent 

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We were on the Eclipse for a B2B2B2B last spring.  We were in two different staterooms.  Both staterooms were in excellent condition but the color scheme was rather dated.  Crew were happy and upbeat.  We are scheduled to spend a month on the Eclipse later this year and have no concerns.

Oceangoer2

35 minutes ago, Northern Aurora said: We were on the Eclipse for a B2B2B2B last spring.  We were in two different staterooms.  Both staterooms were in excellent condition but the color scheme was rather dated.  Crew were happy and upbeat.  We are scheduled to spend a month on the Eclipse later this year and have no concerns.

Yes...the orange/brown is very dull.  Will be good if/when they revolutionize.

We will be on Eclipse this Fall.  Can anyone confirm whether there are still

books in library ?

Still prefer hard copies over my Kindl, but don t want to bring too many.

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Eclipse library had books in December 2023. Food and service were both excellent. The ship needs some work. Our balcony was pretty decrepit. Carpeting needs to be replaced, and yes, the decor is dated. 

Just disembarked Saturday.

Overall ship is maintained in excellent condition. If you care to look very closely there are some worn furnishings, chipped tiles, etc.

The MDR menus are varied, quality is ok to quite good.

Oceanview has a huge selection, quality varies.

The friendliness of the crew is outstanding, no staff shortages evident.

Officers out walking everywhere.

The library sadly has only maybe 25% of its shelves filled with books and is mostly used as a nap room!

I would not hesitate to sail this ship again.

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3 hours ago, poinsettiaplate said: I have been reading the reviews on CC about Eclipse.  They are not good for condition of ship and quality of food.  Has anyone been on her recently and can give their insights?  Is it likely she will have a drydock and refurbishment before January 2025?

No complaints from us about the ship or the staff on our October 2023 Eclipse cruise. 

We were on twice last year it was very good with a great crew!

Turtles06

5 hours ago, Oceangoer2 said: Will be good if/when they revolutionize.

We’ll be on the Eclipse this fall and I’m happy she won’t have been revolutionized by then, as the forward-facing outdoor Solstice Deck (Deck 16) won’t have been closed off as the Retreat Sundeck. I hate what they did to the Silhouette. 

ExArkie

According to a Cruise Critic article updated last October ( https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles/upcoming-cruise-ship-refurbishments#celebrity-has-multiple-refurbishments-planned-for-older-ships ), Eclipse is scheduled for next Spring:

"Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Dates: Spring 2025

Details: Celebrity Eclipse is slated for all new carpeting in this drydock along with new draperies. All staterooms and suites will get new balcony furniture and the galley is getting new equipment."

It is possible that schedule has changed.

I've only been on 3-4 Celebrity cruises and Eclipse is now my favorite ship.  Not renovated by Kelly Hoppen so still a lot of storage.  It has Murano, which I liked but my husband did not, as much.  He prefers Tuscan for the view.  And a real balcony not IV.  Ensemble Lounge was my favorite bar.  Relaxing but not LOUD music like the Martini Bar which I went to a few times.  

No it wasn't perfect.  One drawer in our cabin was kind of coming apart but it was ok.

I'm cruising on Millie in 10 months.  I don't think I'll like it as much.  No Murano.  Things seem a bit limited compared to S class.  And Kelly removed most of the storage in the Sky Suites.

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On 2/7/2024 at 3:58 PM, poinsettiaplate said: I have been reading the reviews on CC about Eclipse.  They are not good for condition of ship and quality of food.  Has anyone been on her recently and can give their insights?  Is it likely she will have a drydock and refurbishment before January 2025?

I was looking it up because I was considering a cruise on her this summer. No way, she is not scheduled for refurbishment until the Spring of 25 so I would say no go for you in Jan. I read on another post how bad the staterooms are last year so it will only get worse. I have only been on the Beyond so I am only willing to go on a new ship or a refurbished one.

1 hour ago, FloridaGram said: I was looking it up because I was considering a cruise on her this summer. No way, she is not scheduled for refurbishment until the Spring of 25 so I would say no go for you in Jan. I read on another post how bad the staterooms are last year so it will only get worse. I have only been on the Beyond so I am only willing to go on a new ship or a refurbished one.

 I disagree with the reviews.  I’m was on the Eclipse two months ago.  It was quite nice.  I have been on the Beyond.

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On 2/8/2024 at 11:41 AM, zitsky said: I'm cruising on Millie in 10 months.  I don't think I'll like it as much.  No Murano.  Things seem a bit limited compared to S class.  And Kelly removed most of the storage in the Sky Suites.

I haven't been on the Millie, but the Summit (also a "Revolutionized" M-class ship) is the ship I've sailed on the most. There are some features of the newer ships that I miss on the Summit, but there are also features of the Summit that I prefer to S- and E-class ships. Storage is actually one of the things I prefer on the Summit (I've only sailed in Concierge and Aqua classes, not suites). 

The Summit is actually my friend's favorite Celebrity ship. Hopefully you'll enjoy its sister Millie.

1 hour ago, Carried_Away said:   I haven't been on the Millie, but the Summit (also a "Revolutionized" M-class ship) is the ship I've sailed on the most. There are some features of the newer ships that I miss on the Summit, but there are also features of the Summit that I prefer to S- and E-class ships. Storage is actually one of the things I prefer on the Summit (I've only sailed in Concierge and Aqua classes, not suites).    The Summit is actually my friend's favorite Celebrity ship. Hopefully you'll enjoy its sister Millie.

Were any restaurants added to the Summit during the refurbishment?

Haha

15 minutes ago, zitsky said: Were any restaurants added to the Summit during the refurbishment?

No. That's one of the downsides of the M-class ships.

mtempelaar

I am not seeing anything on Eclipse calendar between April 4 (TA to Portugal) and April 26 (Amsterdam departure for British Isles) next year.  We are on that British Isles cruise so  🤞

4 hours ago, zitsky said:  I disagree with the reviews.  I’m was on the Eclipse two months ago.  It was quite nice.  I have been on the Beyond.

That is good to know. Maybe it was just that one room then that the person was describing. I would really like to go to Bermuda and that is the ship. Most of the ships in the northern ports are the older ones. We went on Royal last year from Pt Liberty. It was older but not bad so I am guessing Celebrity would be good.  Thanks for the comment!

8 hours ago, FloridaGram said: That is good to know. Maybe it was just that one room then that the person was describing. I would really like to go to Bermuda and that is the ship. Most of the ships in the northern ports are the older ones. We went on Royal last year from Pt Liberty. It was older but not bad so I am guessing Celebrity would be good.  Thanks for the comment!

Warning: humor ahead.  Stop reading now!

Speaking of old and tired ships that no one should cruise on.  There was one major problem which completely ruined my cruise on the Eclipse.  

In our cabin, the top drawer was coming slightly apart and needed maintenance.  With that one major problem, I was unable to enjoy the excellent service, food and drinks in Blu, Murano, Tuscan, Martini Bar, and Cellar Masters.  

I could have reported it and Celebrity could fix it but I’d rather tell everyone what a horrible ship it is.  I spent all that money and Celebrity couldn’t have someone walking in front of me every day to make sure my cruise was perfect?

Oh and on the Eclipse, one time a family was rude to me in the Solarium during family hours.  I canceled the cruise and flew home the next day.   😭

So you can see why I’m not a big fan of Celebrity.

As my photos showed, I agree fully with zitsky.

A few nicks and scratches here or there but certainly nothing tired or worn out.

Plus an absolutely outstanding crew in all areas.

No need to wait for a drydock unless your main interest is searching for issues rather than having an enjoyable cruise.

On 2/8/2024 at 11:24 AM, ExArkie said: All staterooms and suites will get new balcony furniture

Oh oh!  There goes the foot stools and reclining chairs.

3 minutes ago, Oceangoer2 said: Oh oh!  There goes the foot stools and reclining chairs.

Ok this is not verified.   But I heard if your cabin is missing a footstool, Celebrity will upgrade you to a Celebrity Suite. Is that really true? 😂

We were just on the Eclipse in Nov/Dec b2b2b and she is in fine form.  Very lovely lady matter of fact.  It was the staff that made her special. No problems with the food and we certainly did not go away hungry. We ate all our dinners except one in the dining room and the same table. We liked the location.  . The staff were all wonderful.    

Please take some of the negative reviews with a grain of salt. Some people are just hard to please.  

I will be on the Eclipse this July for my first Celebrity sailing coming over from RCI. looking so forward to it. sometimes an older ship shows character and class.

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Celebrity Eclipse current position

Celebrity Eclipse current location is at US East Coast (coordinates 40.66567 N / -74.07196 W) cruising en route to US BAY. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

Current itinerary of Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Bermuda . The itinerary starts on 07 Jul, 2024 and ends on 14 Jul, 2024 .

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Celebrity Eclipse Itineraries

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The 2010-built Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship is the 3rd of the Solstice-class Celebrity Cruise boats, together with Equinox , Silhouette , Solstice , Reflection . Celebrity Cruises Eclipse ship was scheduled for "Celebrity Revolution" drydock refurbishment on April 1, 2020.

The vessel (IMO number 9404314) is currently Malta- flagged (MMSI 249666000) and registered in Valletta .

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 as the Greece-based Chandris Line (cruise shipping operations between 1974-1996). In 1997, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) merged with "Celebrity Cruises Ltd" to become "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd" (RCCL). The "X" on ship funnels is the Greek letter chi (standing for "Chandris"). Common features of Celebrity Cruises ships include aft located glass-walled dining rooms, signature alternate dining venues, bars and lounges, spacious Atrium lobby areas, a large number of balcony staterooms, large sundecks with swimming pools, The Retreat (adults-only sundeck with full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas, poolside full bar service). Rooftop Terrace (top-deck outdoor lounge-restaurant-cinema), large Spa (with Thermal Suites), premium retail shops selling top-brand merchandise.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

The 2900-passenger ship Celebrity Eclipse is the 3rd Solstice-class vessel, preceded by Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Solstice, considered to be the most environment-friendly in the world, with a photovoltaic system, optimized hull design, efficient lighting system, and hull coatings - innovations, which save 30% more energy. Celebrity Eclipse went into dry dock in April 2015 and came out in May with new features: the Cellar Masters wine bar became the Gastrobar, serving 40 and even more craft beers. Passengers are now able to order drink and food on iPads. A frozen drink bar, the Slush, was added to the pool area. The American-style casino became more British with twelve British-themed slot machines. Eclipse also boasts a private photo studio.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship model (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

Decks and Cabins

Celebrity Eclipse staterooms (1425 total, in 30 grades) include 66x Suites, 1145 Balconies, 70x Oceanviews, 140x Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 195 ft2 / 18 m2. Around 85% of all passenger accommodations have a private step-out balcony. Most balconies are sized 55 ft2 / 5 m2. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 30. The largest are the Penthouse Suites (1290 ft2 / 120 m2 with terrace sized 390 ft2 / 36 m2).

The boat has 15 decks , of which 14 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are various restaurants to choose from. The multiple dining events include the Moonlight Sonata (MDR), BLU (offering exclusive dining to guests in Aqua Class), Cafe al Bacio, Oceanview Cafe, Mast Grill, the Continental, Murano and Tuscan Grille. The Qsine, a new specialty dining venue, was also introduced on Celebrity Eclipse. It offers remarkable and famous dishes from around the world.

Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Eclipse restaurants and food bars.

  • Murano (78-seats specialty restaurant, reservations only; with French cuisine, Five Senses tasting menu, Champagne High Tea Time; with Demonstration Kitchen for live cooking shows; also features the Wine Cellar annex)
  • Moonlight Sonata Restaurant (1,402-seat aft Dining Room, with open seating Breakfast 8:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 4:00-5:00 p.m., and two fixed Dinner seatings - at 6 pm and 8:30 pm or My Time Dining)
  • Bistro on Five (68-seat creperie all-you-can-eat restaurant; offers lunch and dinner with table-side service)
  • Qsine (72-seat dinner only specialty restaurant, reservations recommended, open 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
  • Blu (130-seat AquaClass passengers only restaurant, reservations required; also serves Suite guests upon availability)
  • AquaSpa Cafe (48-seat complimentary Solarium and Spa bar, self-service; offers healthy food choices for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Oceanview Cafe & Bar (768-seat indoor/outdoor self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary; open between 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with a variety of food stations)
  • Tuscan Grille (130-seat specialty seafood/steakhouse restaurant; reservations-only)
  • Mast Bar (alfresco burger bar, poolside; offers complimentary lunch).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Celebrity Eclipse hosts the Celebrity iLounge, a hip, modern Internet cafe providing passengers with Internet connectivity, inspiring classes, and new tech gadgets. Fresh green grass on the top deck's Lawn Club and fantastic pampering services in AquaSpa will make you love the ship forever. The Solarium and AquaSpa form an adults-only area for relaxation. The Lawn Club sundeck, with its real grass, cut every day, is where activities, such as giant Jenga, boules and mini-golfing, are held. Live music is available at almost all hours of the day and well into the evening, and the stage shows are unforgettable. Bars are good and are designed for any taste. For example, the Molecular Bar has very good cocktails.

Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class ship (Eclipse., Equinox, Silhouette, Solstice, Reflection)

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Eclipse lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Eclipse Theatre (1,115-seat show lounge for grand musical and show productions; hosts daily trivia games, bingo, classes, movies)
  • Eclipse Atrium “Grand Foyer” (3-deck open floor area with live music entertainment); Boulevard Shops (seven Atrium duty-free shops and boutiques); Galleria Boutiques (ten duty-free shops); Sun & Sea Shop; The Lawn Club Shop
  • Passport Bar (Atrium Lobby Bar with live entertainment)
  • The Entertainment Court (live performances, dance parties)
  • Quasar Disco & Nightclub
  • Celebrity Central (200-seat show lounge for movies, musical performances, comedy shows; also hosts classes and games)
  • Michael’s Club (piano bar); Martini Bar; Crush Bar (with a 12-seat table filled with ice cubes in the middle); Galleria Tastings (food and wine tastings, fashion shows, art auctions); Molecular Bar; Ensemble Lounge
  • Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Eclipse Fortunes Casino
  • Celebrity iLounge (24-hour Internet computers room; sells Apple computers; classes available)
  • Team Earth (eco-awareness club)
  • Game On (Card Room)
  • Relaxation Lounge
  • Sky Observation Lounge & Nightclub
  • Cafe Al Bacio & Gelateria (54-seat a la carte specialty coffee, patisserie, ice cream; with the Gelateria - Italian Gelato ice cream bar)
  • Cellar Masters (24-hour Wine Bar; features an Enomatic wine tasting system; provides Sommelier consultations in the evenings)
  • Art Gallery; Library
  • Acupuncture at Sea; Elmis Shop (Spa products); Aquaspa & Fitness complex with Persian Garden (Thermal Suite - rain shower, steam room, sauna, heated loungers), Therapy and Treatment Rooms, Hair & Beauty Salon, Solarium (adults area) and Aquaspa Cafe (spa bar)
  • Fitness Center (with separate Aerobics area)
  • Solarium Pool area (with adults-only Thalassotherapy Pool and seawater lap pool; 2 Whirlpools)
  • Pool Bar; Sports Pool;
  • Family Pool;
  • Wet Zone (kids & teens water play area)
  • The Hot Glass Show (live glass-blowing show; “The Corning Museum of Glass”)
  • Sunset Bar (alfresco bar, selling fine cigars)
  • Patio on the Lawn (relaxation area); The Lawn Club (real green grass relaxation area)
  • Kids clubs by age (Fun Factory 3-11 yo, Shipmates 3-5 yo, Cadets 6-8 yo, Ensigns 9-11 yo, with supervised age-appropriate activities, like arts-crafts, themed parties, games, movies, toys, interactive games, scavenger hunts)
  • X-Club (teen-only disco and lounge area); Video Games Arcade
  • Tennis Tables, Shuffleboard; Power Walking/Jogging Track; Multi-sports outdoor court; 3-hole Mini Golf putting, Lawn Bowling, Bocce, Croquet; Sun Deck area.

In 2023, Celebrity introduced pickleball playing (at the sports courts) fleetwide. The sports facilities are complimentary, including the pickleball equipment (net, paddles, balls) but operated with separate scheduled playing times for adults and families (with kids older than 6).

Pickleball Court's locations vary by ship class - on EDGE ships is at the Rooftop Garden (Deck 15), on SOLSTICE ships is on the Sports Deck (Deck 15), on MILLENNIUM ships - at the Multi-Sports Court (Deck 12).

Itineraries

Celebrity Eclipse itinerary program is based on Southern Caribbean cruises with departures from Miami Florida . Eclipse also operates in Europe on the Canary Islands and Baltic Sea sailings from Southampton , with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Celebrity Cruises Eclipse ship was the first large liner homeported in Dublin Ireland . The roundtrip program (May through June 2018) started on April 29 with a 10-day inaugural cruise to ports in Ireland and Iceland (Belfast, Reykjavik, Akureyri, Lerwick / Shetland Island, Cobh-Cork). Also from Dublin were visited Norwegian Fjords - 8-day itinerary to Bergen, Skjolden, Geiranger, Alesund, and Lerwick).

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Celebrity ship Eclipse was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru April 2022), restarting operations on April 26, 2022 (11-day Hawaii from Vancouver to Honolulu). The boat's inaugural Australia and New Zealand season was rescheduled from 2021-Q1 (ending on April 4th) to winter 2022-2023 (October-April). Between September 2022 and April 2023, Eclipse is homeported in Sydney NSW and Auckland NZ for 5- to 13-night itineraries themed as "Five Star Getaways, "Sun and Beach Escapes", "Food and Wine Classics". Season 2022 featured longer port stays (8 pm departures from Melbourne, Brisbane QLD, Lyttelton-Christchurch NZ, Papeete Tahiti, Lahaina Maui Hawaii), maiden for the fleet port ( Port Arthur Tasmania ), South Pacific Islands hoppers, seasonal Transpacific ship relocation itineraries (RepositionCruises.com) between Hawaii and Australia (Honolulu-Sydney).

Celebrity Eclipse is deployed in South America for 4 months (December 2023 thru April 2024) visiting a total of 16 destinations and offering a 14-night "Antarctica" and a 12-night "Argentina & Patagonia" itineraries. Call ports include Valparaiso-Santiago (Chile) ,  Buenos Aires (Argentina) ,  Montevideo (Uruguay) ,  Antarctic Peninsula . Signature land tours offer visits to Chile's Osorno Volcano (from  Puerto Montt ), Argentina’s Playa El Doradillo (from  Puerto Madryn ), as well as Peru's Cusco and Machu Picchu (from Callao ) during the 16-night repositioning voyage from the USA (Los Angeles) to Chile which includes 2 overnights in  Callao-Lima (Peru) .

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Celebrity Eclipse Wiki

Celebrity Cruises Eclipse ship was launched on February 28, 2010. The liner belongs to the company's Solstice-class vessels, with sisterships Equinox , Reflection , Silhouette , Solstice . Eclipse was built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg Shipyard (Germany) .

As newbuilds , Solstice-class liners were among the most environment-friendly marine vessels ever constructed. The Eclipse ship has an efficient hull design coated with light-emitting diodes and an innovative photovoltaic system. This way, the boat's energy-saving increases ~30% compared to a similar-class passenger vessel. Solstice-class also featured the fleet's first new cabin types and categories (ConciergeClass, AquaClass). Around 85% of all passenger staterooms have private step-out balconies.

The ship's namesakes are the two Scenic Yacht Cruises' superyachts Scenic Eclipse (2019) and Scenic Eclipse II (2023).

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Celebrity Eclipse Overview

Experience modern cruising in its most chic form aboard the Celebrity Eclipse . The Eclipse is one of Celebrity’s Solstice-Class ships, which as a group have features unlike any other ship sailing today. Take for instance the Art Studio. Here you can keep your hands busy and express yourself through painting, pottery and jewelry making. Need some inspiration before you put paintbrush to canvas? Be sure to check out the Hot Glass Show where the incredibly fascinating art of glassblowing is performed in front of your eyes at the Celebrity Eclipse’s outdoor studio. For a truly delicious work of art, dine at Qsine, where food is presented in a unique way.

  • Passenger Capacity: 2,852 (double occupancy)
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Last Refurbished: 2021

Celebrity Cruises Eclipse Lawn Club

  • Lawn Club Imagine kicking off your shoes on a cruise ship and feeling the lush green grass beneath your feet. Yep, it’s possible. The Celebrity Eclipse has a wide expanse of green grass at the Lawn Club. Here you can also enjoy a game of bocce ball, a picnic or even a live band performing. This country club venue is a true highlight.  

Celebrity Cruises Murano aboard Celebrity Eclipse

  • Murano Get dressed up for a night at Murano, one of the fanciest restaurants at sea. Here you’ll dine on a menu of classic French dishes with contemporary twists. Examples include the Diver Scallop Wellington Style, Loup De Mer along with a selection of caviar, wine and cheese.  

Celebrity Cruises Observation Lounge on Celebrity Eclipse

  • Observation Lounge Sip on a martini, chat with a new set of friends and take in the spectacular view in the Celebrity Eclipse’s Sky Observation Lounge, which is surrounded by windows. This venue is also where live music lights up the night and Celebrity holds a few special themed celebrations like Live@Sky, which features swinging songs of the big band era or the Motown night when funky soul takes over.  

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Destinations

Whether you are looking for a voyage to a Caribbean paradise, a culinary journey to the Mediterranean or an unforgettable cruise to Alaska, Celebrity Cruises can take you there in style. Visit hundreds of ports in numerous countries ranging from Anchorage, Alaska to Yangon, Myanmar and everywhere in between. You can go golfing in Bermuda, view the awe-inspiring Panama Canal or swim the Great Barrier Reef in Australia when you choose to cruise with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Eclipse Bahamas Cruise Destination

Escape to island life on a quick cruise to the Bahamas.

Celebrity Eclipse Bermuda Cruise Destination

Golf, pink-sand beaches, and luxurious and tasty beachside eateries are among the host of wonderful features to enjoy about a cruise to Bermuda.

Celebrity Eclipse Canada / New England Cruise Destination

From seasons changing to seafood feasts, you enjoy the rich history and natural beauty of a cruise to Canada and New England.

Celebrity Eclipse Eastern Caribbean Cruise Destination

Eastern Caribbean

Prepare to soak in some sun and splash in the turquoise waters of the islands with an Eastern Caribbean cruise.

Celebrity Eclipse Mediterranean Cruise Destination

Mediterranean

It’s your moment to shine when you sail with Celebrity Cruises through the Mediterranean – the playground of the world’s rich and famous. 

Celebrity Eclipse Northern Europe Cruise Destination

Northern Europe

Breathe the fresh air as you spot castles, fjords and forts on your Northern European cruise with Celebrity Cruises. 

Celebrity Eclipse Repositioning Cruise Destination

Repositioning

Enjoy everything your ship has to offer on a Repositioning voyage with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Eclipse Southern Caribbean Cruise Destination

Southern Caribbean

Enjoy the unique cultural mix and fine island lifestyle with a Southern Caribbean cruise. 

Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic Cruise Destination

Transatlantic

Travel from coast to coast and see some truly intriguing ports-of-call with a Transatlantic cruise.

Celebrity Eclipse Western Caribbean Cruise Destination

Western Caribbean

From Cozumel to the Grand Cayman, tropical pleasures abound on a Western Caribbean cruise.

Celebrity Eclipse Departure Ports

To set sail with Celebrity is an easy task as this premium cruise line has ships embarking from ports all over the world. Explore the Mediterranean on a sailing from Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul or Rome. Enjoy the land down under with a cruise from Sydney to Auckland. You can even explore the good old U.S. of A with a sailing to Alaska from Seattle or around Hawaii from Honolulu. Whichever port you want to leave from The Cruise Web has a deal for you so contact us today!

Celebrity Eclipse Piraeus (Athens), Greece Departure Port

Learn about the Greek gods and the early philosophy of Socrates when you visit the incredible ruins left in Athens, Greece. At night, go out and take in the culture with the modern Athenians.

Celebrity Eclipse Reykjavik, Iceland Departure Port

Reykjavik was just a small village until seeing a major expansion after World War II, but this popular cruise destination still offers a small town feel different than any other European capital.

Celebrity Eclipse Amsterdam, The Netherlands Departure Port

With Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and an open attitude you’ll find no shortage of interesting attractions in the capital of The Netherlands.

Celebrity Eclipse Barcelona, Spain Departure Port

Discover imaginative architecture, impressive Spanish dishes and beautiful excursions into nature when you cruise to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.

Celebrity Eclipse Boston, Massachusetts Departure Port

Boston is home to great sports, great food and loads of history with the Freedom Trail and Harvard.

Celebrity Eclipse Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Departure Port

With incredible weather, delicious fare and some stupendous attractions, you will find that Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades is one of the most attractive ports in the entire US.

Celebrity Eclipse Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey Departure Port

Cape Liberty, which is just miles from New York City, offers incredible views of the city skyline and easy access to many cruise destinations, along with everything NYC has to offer.

Celebrity Eclipse Deck Plans

Medical deck, promenade deck, entertainment deck, continental deck, sunrise deck, panorama deck, penthouse deck, resort deck, solstice deck, celebrity eclipse staterooms.

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (DV)

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (SC)

Balcony (v1), balcony (v2), balcony (v3).

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (UV)

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (CS)

Celebrity Suites include: Personal butler service. Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Luxury Bulgari bath amenities & plush robes. Priority check-in & debarkation. Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. Spacious veranda. Priority tender service. Complimentary daily in-suite espresso and cappuccino.

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (XA)

Each aqua class stateroom features: Special invitation to a VIP tour of the spa. Exclusive access to Blu specialty restaurant. Personal Spa Concierge to arrange AquaSpa treatments. Unlimited access to Persian Garden spa lounge. Complimentary access to Persian Garden & Relaxation Room. Aromatherapy diffuser. Wellness Channel - On Demand AquaClass Programming (only available on SL Class Ships). Upgraded room service menu. Daily delivery of flavored tea.

Balcony (A1)

Balcony (a2).

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (C3)

Each concierge class stateroom features: Accessible bathroom with grab bars, raised toilet and lowered sink. Roll-in showers with fold-down shower bench and hand-held showerhead. Lowered vanity and safe. Main & specialty restaurant seating time preferences. Veranda with lounge seating. Personalized Concierge service. Priority check-in. Exclusive embarkation day lunch. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.

Balcony (C1)

Each concierge class stateroom includes: Personalized Concierge service. Priority check-in. Exclusive embarkation day lunch. Destination Seminar. Exclusive pre-departure lounge. Priority debarkation. Main & specialty restaurant seating time preferences. Welcome sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Daily delivery of afternoon savories.

Balcony (C2)

Balcony (xc), balcony (1a).

Each veranda stateroom includes: Signature friendly, personalized service. Twice daily service (makeup and turndown). 24-hour room service. Custom blended bath products. Celebrity eXhale bedding. Private mini-bar. Interactive Samsung flat-screen television. Private safe. Complimentary tote bag. Personal veranda.

Balcony (1B)

Balcony (1c), balcony (2a), balcony (2b), balcony (2d), balcony (x).

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (FV)

Celebrity Eclipse Balcony Stateroom

Balcony (SV)

Balcony (2c).

Each veranda stateroom includes: Signature friendly, personalized service. 24-hour room service. Custom blended bath products. Private veranda. Celebrity eXhale bedding. Private mini-bar. Interactive Samsung flat-screen television. Private safe.

Celebrity Eclipse Inside Stateroom

Inside (I1)

Inside (i2), inside (11).

Each inside stateroom includes: Signature friendly, personalized service. Twice daily service (makeup and turndown). 24-hour room service. Custom blended bath products. Celebrity eXhale bedding. Private mini-bar. Interactive Samsung flat-screen television. Private safe. Complimentary tote bag.

Inside (12)

Inside (09).

Your Needs Matters Most. Designed with your special needs in mind, our accessible Inside Class staterooms feature more space and thoughtful additions to make your time on board as comfortable as possible. These staterooms feature wider doors, roll-in showers, grab bars and other special features for guests with mobility disabilities and other disabilities.

Inside (10)

Celebrity Eclipse Oceanview Stateroom

Oceanview (O1)

Oceanview (o2).

Celebrity Eclipse Oceanview Stateroom

Oceanview (07)

Each ocean view stateroom includes: Signature friendly, personalized service. Twice daily service (makeup and turndown). 24-hour room service. Custom blended bath products. Celebrity eXhale bedding. Private mini-bar. Interactive Samsung flat-screen television. Private safe. Complimentary tote bag.

Oceanview (08)

Oceanview (y).

Celebrity Eclipse Suite Stateroom

Designed with your special needs in mind, our accessible Sky Suites feature more space and thoughtful additions: Accessible bathroom with grab bars, raised toilet and lowered sink. Lowered vanity and safe. Accessible veranda. Personal butler service. Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Priority check-in & debarkation. In-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. Complimentary daily in-suite espresso and cappuccino.

Each Sky Suite includes: Personal butler service. Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Priority check-in & debarkation. In-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. Complimentary daily in-suite espresso and capuccino. Luxury Bulgari bath amenities & plush robes. Spacious veranda. Reserved theatre seating on select nights.

Celebrity Eclipse Suite Stateroom

Penthouse Suites include: Personal butler service. Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Unlimited dining in specialty restaurants. Complimentary Premium Beverage Package. Complimentary unlimited internet. Separate living area with Baby Grand Piano. Private veranda with whirlpool and lounge seating. Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower.

Celebrity Eclipse Suite Stateroom

Royal Suites include: Personal butler service. Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Unlimited dining in specialty restaurants. Complimentary Premium Beverage Package. Complimentary unlimited internet. Private veranda with whirlpool and lounge seating. Marble master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Priority check-in & early debarkation.

Celebrity Eclipse Suite Stateroom

Suites include: Luminae-private restaurant. Michael's Club-exclusive lounge. Personal butler service. Priority check-in & debarkation. Luxury Bulgari bath amenities & plush robes. Priority Tender Service. In-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner. Reserved theatre seating on Evening Chic nights. Fresh Flowers.

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Top 10 Celebrity Eclipse Cruises

  • Celebrity Eclipse 12 NIGHT GREENLAND & ICELAND CRUISE Departing From Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey (Aug 2024)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 12 NIGHT GREENLAND & ICELAND CRUISE Departing From Reykjavik, Iceland (Aug 2024)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 11 NIGHT BOSTON, MAINE & CANADA CRUISE Departing From Boston, Massachusetts (Aug 2024 - Sep 2024)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 10 NT BOSTON TO FORT LAUDERDALE Departing From Boston, Massachusetts (Oct 2024)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 7 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Oct 2024)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 10 NIGHT ULTIMATE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Oct 2024 - Jan 2025)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 9 NIGHT ARUBA, CURACAO & BONAIRE Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Nov 2024 - Jan 2025)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 9 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Nov 2024 - Feb 2025)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 10 NT ULTIMATE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Nov 2024 - Feb 2025)
  • Celebrity Eclipse 8 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Dec 2024 - Mar 2025)

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Celebrity Eclipse Accessibility Vendor Experience

Accessibility

Celebrity Cruises' handicap accessible cruises and accommodations for guests with special needs or disabilities include accessible excursions and accessible staterooms.

Celebrity Eclipse Dining Vendor Experience

Dining aboard Celebrity Cruises features main dining rooms and specialty restaurants like Blu, Qsine, Murano, Normandie, Lawn Club Grill, Tuscan Grille and Silk Harvest.

Celebrity Eclipse Entertainment Vendor Experience

Entertainment

Celebrity Cruises' onboard entertainment include stage productions, dance shows, comedians, live music, DJ performances, Lawn Club concerts, Sin City comedy shows and the 54 Below dinner and cabaret.

Celebrity Eclipse Onboard Activities Vendor Experience

Onboard Activities

Celebrity Cruises' onboard activities, bars, lounges and clubs features the Cellar Masters wine bar and Sky Observation Lounge. There's also duty-free shopping, the casino and pools.

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Review: Greenland on 'Scenic Eclipse II' Expedition Cruise

W e came bursting out of our cabin doors, pulling cameras from their bags faster than an Arctic gyrfalcon diving for prey. Only moments earlier, Captain Erwan Le Rouzic had come onto the ship's loudspeaker and said, "You all must come to the outside decks. There's not 10, not 20, not 50, not 100, but probably several hundred whales here. They're all around us." We had to see it.

He wasn't exaggerating. From our perch on the Observation Deck, it looked like the Fountains at the Bellagio had been stretched across the horizon, thanks to the blowhole sprays of several hundred fin and humpback whales.

"This is so rare, even for Greenland," an expedition guide told us, adding that whales don't typically travel in pods anywhere near this large and that they'd likely been enticed into this bay by an abundance of food. "It makes you feel like a real explorer."

"That's exactly why we've come," I think. In a world that's been explored to the point of overtourism, Greenland stands out. Though it's the planet's largest island (roughly three times the size of Texas), the mostly Indigenous population is made up of just 57,000 residents, and prepandemic, only about 68,000 people visited annually. (For context, Times Square sees nearly twice as many total visitors on an average day.)

Granted, visitation will likely increase in the coming years-advancements in polar sailing, such as a growing number of ships with ice-breaking abilities, are making exploration of this region more accessible. In recent years, a slew of cruise companies have launched their first trips to Greenland.

What it's like sailing on the "Scenic Eclipse II"

In fact, this was the first time the ship we were aboard, the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse II , the latest discovery yacht in Scenic Luxury Cruises ' portfolio, which launched in April 2023, had sailed to the ice-covered isle.

The new 10-deck ship has no shortage of comforts. All cabins (which range from the two-person 344-square-foot entry-level suite to the four-person 2,745-square-foot penthouse suite) boast private balconies, mini-bars that are restocked daily, a flat-screen TV, beds with remotes that allow you to adjust pressure and position, and butler service.

Then there are the eight dining options, which include two reservation-only tasting-menu restaurants (the French-themed Lumiere, where caviar, escargot, and champagne are givens, and the Night Market, which features different Asian cuisines each night), and the invite-only Chef's Table (which boasts a 14-course gastronomic experience, complete with wine pairings). Then there's the main bar, on the lobby level, that features a wall of more than 100 complimentary whiskeys and bourbons. (If you tell your butler which you prefer, they'll arrange for a decanter of it to be left in your room.)

Other amenities include a library, a gym, a spa complex (with massages, facials, and nail and hair treatments and gendered sauna, steam, and salt therapy rooms, which are always available to guests), a laundry room (free for guests to use), and a heated plunge pool. We spent much of our time in the theater, where expedition staff give daily lectures on everything from Arctic animals to how climate change is reshaping Greenland.

As amazing as the onboard areas and offerings are, the real appeal of the ship is its ability to access wilder areas.

Because the ship doesn't need to be anchored (it holds position with stabilizers), it can tuck into areas that other, larger ships can't. And onboard toys, like kayaks and Zodiacs (eight-person inflatable, motorized boats), get passengers even closer to nature. (Although it wasn't available on our sailing, all future cruises will also have access to a custom-built submersible called the Scenic Neptune II, which can dive 650 feet.)

One day, in an Edenic bay off the coast of the Nansen Fridtjof peninsula, we loaded into a Zodiac to zoom between bits of glacial ice. Roughly 80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice. During the summer, when it's warmer, large chunks break off and float along the shore. The pieces come in all sizes, ranging from massive tabular icebergs, as big as aircraft carriers, to smaller, baseball-sized bergy bits that float like corks in the choppy water. They also come in all kinds of surrealistic shapes, like a child's winsome doodle come to life.

Another ship amenity, a pair of Airbus H130-T2 helicopters, helped us take in the landscape from on high. With Scenic Eclipse II parked before the lolling tongue of a massive tidewater glacier in the Skjoldungen Fjord, three other passengers and I were swept into the sky. From 1,000 feet, we followed the river of ice, marred with veins of crevasses hundreds of feet deep and sprinkled with pools of water so otherworldly blue that they looked like a portal into another realm through the mountain pass. Soon, we found ourselves flying over the Greenland Ice Sheet, a pure white mass that's more than 1,200 miles long and 500 miles wide, so the horizon goes on endlessly. It's a landscape that feels both lunar in its starkness and more dazzling than the brightest sunset.

We were lucky to have that window to fly. Later in the trip there were few opportunities for airborne pursuits; the cloud ceiling was too low.

The unpredictability of cruising in Greenland

On the first day, following a lecture on being responsible visitors (including avoiding trampling plant life, not petting wild dogs, and being respectful of local communities), expedition leader Xavier Garcia told all the passengers that flexibility would be key to having a memorable and enjoyable trip. Sure, we'd be stopping in a few towns (Narsaq, Nuuk, and Ilulissat), where activities like visiting with a local family over a meal of smoked Arctic char or touring museums to get a better idea of how locals have lived in such a harsh environment were planned. But our excursions outside of port towns would be determined somewhat on a day-to-day basis.

While that's true of all expedition sailings, which are characterized by visiting remote regions where the weather often scrambles plans, it's especially true on sailings to Greenland.

Unlike other expedition destinations, such as the Galápagos islands, Svalbard, and Antarctica, which have been regular offerings from cruise companies for decades, Greenland is somewhat of a newcomer to the scene. Companies are still learning where along the 27,000 miles of coastline they can stop for activities like hikes, Zodiac rides, and polar plunges. (We did a polar plunge near the spindly finger of a tidewater glacier, where the water was just above 40 degrees-most jumpers came up shivering and swearing.)

For Garcia, who'd only been to Greenland once before our sailing, that meant reading about the history of the land and ice we'd pass, looking at navigational charts, and scouting out areas with the helicopter ahead of time. They're still learning, but those itineraries will only get better as time progresses. In 2024, this itinerary will be called the Greenland Explorer- it will start in Reykjavík before sailing to Fjallfoss in Iceland's Westfjords and then onward to Greenland for 11 days. (Three days are in towns, while the rest could be spent anywhere along Greenland's coast between the Fridtjof Nansen peninsula in the southeast and Upernavik in the west.) Afterward, guests will be flown to Copenhagen, where the journey will conclude.

"We're not planning only for this voyage, we're also researching for all the years to come," Garcia told me, before adding that regardless of when guests come or where they stop, his hope for them is that what they leave with isn't just a check on their bucket list, but a relationship with this vast and rugged wilderness. That they become better stewards of this fragile environment, where climate change and the effect it has on nature and wildlife is front and center. That they become modern explorers, not in the sense that they conquered, like the sailors of old, but instead, connected.

Bailey Berg is the associate travel news editor at AFAR, where she covers breaking news, trends, tips, sustainability, the outdoors, and more. When not interviewing sources or writing articles, she can be found exploring art galleries, visiting craft breweries, hiking with her dogs, and planning her next adventure (at present, she's been to 75+ countries and hopes to spend time in every one someday).

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