We decided to book the 21st August Mediterranean sailing onboard the Celebrity Eclipse after a truly memorable time back in April.
We arrived in Southampton the night before our cruise as we usually do, we stayed at the Grand Harbour hotel which was lovely. As usual, I got no sleep that night and I kept looking out of the window to see the Celebrity Eclipse sail in, swing round and berth at the City Cruise Terminal.
Embarkation was effortless, we arrived at the terminal around 10am and because we were staying in a Sky Suite we were straight on to the ship. In fact we were literally the first guests onboard! Once onboard, as we knew the layout of the ship etc. We went up to deck fourteen to the OceanView Cafe. As usual, the buffet food was of a very high standard and the complimentary beverage stations are a real bonus. (Especially the Fruit Punch!)
Around 1pm the announcement was made to say that the staterooms were ready for occupancy. In April we had a sky suite on the port side on deck 12 which was lovely. This time we had stateroom 2153 which is at the very aft of the ship and looks over the stern and the wake of the ship. It was so peaceful and relaxing to just sit out on the large balcony and look at the ocean. We met out cabin attendant Jose and our butler Renne. Both Jose and Renne were from Mexico and they worked really well together.
The Cruise itself was lovely, the food in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant was again spectacular and presentation really does make a difference. We were on Celebrity Select Dining which means you can dine in the main restaurant between around 18:30 and 21:00 which is always a bonus, especially if you have had a very long day and you have just arrived back from an excursion, so you are not in such a rush for dinner.
As we were a suite guest, we got two complimentary specialty dining reservations. After the amazing experience in Qsine in April, we decided to revisit this Uniquely Unordinary restaurant, the food was again spectacular and the whole concept is amazing. Sadly we did not manage to try every dish on the menu. There is simply to much! We also ate at the Tuscan Grille which do lovely Steaks and I thoroughly recommend both of these speciality restaurants. We wanted to try Blu, Murano and the Bistro on Five, but we just ran out of time! Breakfast and Lunch were taken in the Oceanview Cafe and the food was always hot and the staff are very attentive.
Afternoon tea was usually served in our suite but we used to go up to the Buffet aswell and return to more sweet treats! Another thing, the free ice creams in the Buffet are lovely, but you have to try the Gelateria downstairs on Deck 5 next to Cafe al Bacio.
Entertainment wise, there was so much to choose from! The 3 main shows in the Eclipse Theatre, Ovations, Edge and Eclipse:The Show are not to be missed. These are all high energy and will leave you with your jaw wide open in amazement.
The solarium pool was again lovely and the dancing fountains are so relaxing. My tip is to pop up to the Solarium on Deck 12 at night and watch the fountains dance with colorful lights.
The ports themselves were lovely, especially Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.
Overall it was a really lovely cruise and I would really like to sail on the Celebrity Eclipse or any Solstice Class Vessel in the very near future and I strongly reccomend Celebrity Cruises.
Written by Ben Montgomery
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