Eclipse Review Med 2015

plus my wheelchair guide, hopefully helpful, but you might want to seek further advice from your cruise consultant.

 

 

Celebrity Eclipse berthed in Southampton

Godmother of the ship Emma Pontin

Em's first book is a candid account of her recent battle against breast cancer from diagnosis and mastectomy through the harrowing nightmare of soul destroying chemo andradiotherapy to the final reconstruction.

 

This is a highly motivational and uplifting true story of a young woman’s battle against breast cancer. Breast cancer is an insidious disease that attacks 44,000 women and in excess of 300 men every year in Britain alone.

 

Most people’s bookshelves contain a hotchpotch of novels, biographies and maybe a self-help book or two.

Emma Pontin's are given over almost exclusively to Lonely Planet travel guides -

more than 50 of them covering the remotest corners of every continent.

 

A born adventurer - an ocean-racing skipper and instructor for whom the world has

always been a place of infinite possibilities.

 

The question of what it must feel like to have a life-limiting illness is one that few

of us can bear to contemplate. "No one can tell how long I have got' she says. I

would love another 20 more years, but I might only have two.

 

The plaque on Deck 3 states "Celebrated cruises is extremely honoured to have as Godmother of this stunning Celebrity Eclipse. Emma Pontin, a courageous woman has leveraged the challenges of sailing to foster a compelling career and to overcome adversity."

 

Normally I list the officers on this cruise but it now can be seen here.

 

CRUISE NEWS : Celebrity sale of our favourite ship Century raised $157 million and was sold to a Chinese Group part Ctrip Holdings and will be renamed Exquiste Marine and is to be based in the Far East.

 

Thev first female Captain was appointed in August, 2015 more here...

 

CRUISE NEWS : Celebrity sale of our favourite ship Century raised $157 million and was sold to a Chinese Group part Ctrip Holdings and will be renamed Exquiste Marine and is to be based in the Far East. Celebrity Infinity has been upgraded.

 

The Infinity has been revitalised and Summit the ship Kate McCue commands will also be revitalised in 2016 with a new Tuscan Grill restaurant; a big TV screen like you see on Royal Caribrean and Princess ships etc is to be added and many more...

 

The newest ship to be launched in 2018 whilst the same number of passengers as the Solstice class, will be the first of two of the Edge Class of ships with a dedicated diningroom for those staying in a Suite. As on the introduction of a new class the ship will be called Celebrity Edge. On Eclipse the main diningroom on Deck 3 around 1/3rd was now given over to a new restaurant for those in suites, named Luminae and there appeared some resentment from some guests who on the first night and at the 3 formal nights had to join a very large queue to enter the main restaurant viathe only access now on the starboard side New Deck Plan [2015]

 

We flew down to Southampton fron Edinburgh airport with Flybe at cost of £138 each return bring met at the Aero taxis £18 + £5 meet and greet and it was well worth the extra. We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn rigth beside where in the morning Eclipse would be berthed.The image above was taken from our bedroom on the 6th floor. The cost including room; meals and drink came to just under £200. We did meet up with our good friends Colleen and Jim who we had met on a few other ocassions when we were flying out of Heathrow or Southampton and had a great evening with them.

 

The arrival at the ship was fairly straight forward, as you enter over the the left an area to sit for for on assist until someone is available to take you on board. Around 30 mins later the staterooms were ready and we sat on the balcony sipping glass of champagne.

 

Our luggage arrived just after the 3.45 p.m. compulsory fire drill our stateroom reports to Deck 14 starbord. Our luggage arrived shortly after our return when Mike Osmans brought them during the whole cruise both took great care of us, but especially of Christine.

 

Now back to our favourite, the room service was excellent ordered every morning

for 8.30 a.m. The breakfast menu served in your room:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the main diningroom our table number was 101 and looking after us were Ryan and Sergeous with Sanja, M our superb sommelier. This location by the window suited Christine as it was tucked top corner on starboard side, but being there it was much warmer than being seated in the open part of the restaurants,whether we can get this area again on our next 3 cruises? would be excellent.

 

We had met Sanja on several other cruises and her knowledge was extremely useful although we did disagree over the Premium selection of wine, we weretold when we booked the Premium package we had a wide range of drinks tochoose from, but Sanja said it was only those listed on page 1 of the wine list.

 

I had already had a look through the other pages and saw numerous with the price of a bottle and by glass, all under $13 but we were advised it was $15. However Nikola who was the Maitre'd agreed with Sanja so we accepted this explanation, but later in the cruise we were advised we could have the more expensive wines if we paid the difference, so it is something we need to clarify if we opt for this package on a future cruise.

 

However after the problems on the Caribbean cruise Mar/Apr the food and service

were excellent and renewed our faith in Celebrity. Both Ryan and Sergeus were

excellent and if there was a problem it was dealt with quickly. The Maitre'd

Nikola was very proactive in helping to resolve guests issue, which was a

massive improvement than on the last cruise.

 

Now over to the ports of call:

 

Gibralter was our 1st port of call................

 

Villefrance was our 2nd port of call..........

 

Civitavecchia our 3rd port of call.....

 

Livorna our 4th

 

Genoa our 5th

 

Malaga our 6th

 

Lisbon our final port of call and a word of warning very, very hilly but beautiful city for all that.

 

Entertainment/Activities

The musicians moved around the various areas on the ship

 

Music

Ray Brown Quartet

String Harmony Duo [Classical string favourites & more]

Solitaire the house band

UpBeats Duo

Abba Mania Sing along

 

Club Q with DJ Crazy Prince [over 18+]

 

Main Theatre

Edge the Show; Mike Doyle; Jamie Allen [illusionist]

Malcom Pitt [Lionel Ritchie Tribute] Jayne Curry [Female Entertainer]

Late night show Mark Palmer [Comedy] Ovations [Broadway music]

 

Grand Foyer/Sky Lounge

Foxtrot class; Rumba; Modern Line Dancing; Dancing with Officers [old name dancing with stripes; Bandeoke [or karaoke]

 

Cinema

The Imitation Game [Thriller]; Birdman [Drama]; Interstellar [Adventure Si-Fi]; Unfinished Business [Comedy]; Take 3 [Ruthless murder] Hello

Ladies [Comedy] The Theory of Everything [Biography]

 

Fitness Centre

Zumba; Yoga

 

Cellar Masters

Run with the Bulls Wine Tasting

Wine Auction

 

Celebrity iLounge classes and purchase of iPad etc and help setting

up your access on the cruise slow wi-fi, upgrade could be 12/18

months away. There is a fee of $298 for wi-fi 24/7. [2015 prices]

Elite Captains’ club members receive 240 mins FREE each.

 

Sport

Progressive Golf competition Officers vs Guests

Croquet Competition; Table Tennis; Baggo Competition

Volley Ball in the pool Competition Officers team stepped down & Hotel staff played the Guests and they won

 

Bingo usually the Main theatre but other venues are used

 

Glass blowing demonstrations

Studio 15

Heart Beat of the Operation – Galley tour

Final formal night often photo opportunity with the Captain 8/8.30 p.m.

 

Sky Lounge [plus others]

Beatles Celebration Revisited; Quizzes

 

Late evening discos by the pool on Deck 12, normally finishing around 1.15 a.m.,

weather permitting.

 

Regrettably this review has taken much longer to complete but problems with Christine's health and now mine have contibuted greatly, but our next cruise now is no far away and the Zita virus might or might not play some part in some changes to the excursions, time will tell.

 

 

 

Well until we meet Eclipse again in the Caribbean, farewell and wish you a great

cruise wherever you are sailing in the world.