Elegant, stately, with impeccable dining options and features for days, the Celebrity Eclipse is heralded by cruise goers as a luxury cruise experience although it does not have the hefty price tag.
The Celebrity Eclipse is the third in a series of five Celebrity ships in the Solstice class built by German ship maker Meyer Werft. The Eclipse was launched in April 2010. The other Solstice-class ships include the Solstice (2008), Equinox (2009), Silhouette (2011), and Reflection (2012). The Solstice ships are almost identical in layout and features.
One of the finest features of the environmentally-friendly Solstice-class is the half-acre, freshly manicured grass lawn. The staterooms on Solstice-class ships are significantly larger than the previous classes with 85 percent having a veranda. Solstice-class ships feature a large theater, multiple dining options, a Martini Bar, high-end spa and the iLounge, which is a combination Internet café and Apple Store.
The 122,000-ton Celebrity Eclipse can carry 2,850 passengers and 1,250 crew. The ship has 18 retail shops, including merchandise from the Corning Museum of Glass and the Riedel Gallery of wine glasses.
The Eclipse has 1,426 staterooms in 11 different classes, of which 85 percent have verandas. Thirty staterooms are wheelchair-accessible. The staterooms average 15 percent larger than those on other Celebrity ships. The cabins have modular closets and under-bed storage, the showers feature a footrest, and there is an automatic night light in the bathroom.
The Eclipse has 130 double-occupancy AquaClass staterooms on deck 11 that feature unlimited access to the AquaSpa relaxation room and Persian garden. Guests in AquaClass cabins are guaranteed dining reservations in the Blu Restaurant with no extra surcharge. The guests also have a spa concierge along with an upgraded room service menu. In addition, the AquaClass staterooms have a multi-headed shower, Frette robe and slippers, and expanded bath toiletries.
Onboard there are multiple dining options as well as dine-in room service. Most of the dining areas are complimentary with the cost of the cruise and others may have an additional fee, like the Tuscan Grille, Murano, and Qsine. Those that have a surcharge usually try a little harder to please the diner with embellished food items, such as a Grand Marnier and chocolate souffle at Murano or Kobe beef sliders at Qsine.
Take a closer look at the Eclipse's 10 dining venues:
- Moonlight Sonata - Main dining room
- Oceanview Cafe & Bar - Buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- AquaSpa Cafe - Lighter fare served in the solarium
- Mast Grill & Bar - Poolside casual venue with grilled items to order
- Bistro on Five - Creperie with tableside service for lunch and dinner
- Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria (extra charge) - Traditional gelato and Italian ices, pastries, and specialty coffees
- Blu (extra charge) - Complimentary specialty restaurant for passengers in AquaClass cabins. Blu is also open to those staying in suites, based on availability.
- Tuscan Grille (extra charge) - Italian steakhouse
- Murano (extra charge) - Classic and modern continental cuisine
- Qsine (extra charge) - The brainchild of Chef Jacques Van Staden, Celebrity's vice president of culinary operations, this innovative restaurant presents guests with a modern approach to familiar dishes from around the world sometimes with an element of surprise. For example, menu items may include popcorn fish & chips and sushi lollipops.
A big hit with Eclipse diners, Qsine uses iPads for the menu, which can add an element of whimsy to the dining experience, as can the puzzle-box cubical dessert menu, reminiscent of a Rubik's cube.
The Eclipse AquaSpa by Elemis includes all the of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments that are a hallmark throughout the Celebrity fleet. In addition to massages, facials and beauty treatments, three new spa experiences debuted on the Eclipse.
- Veinwave - Veinwave is the only FDA-approved treatment specifically designed to treat facial spider veins for men and women with no downtime.
- DIY Scrub Experience - For cruisers who do not feel comfortable with strangers touching them, there is a do-it-yourself exfoliating, herbal scrub treatment. You can choose the ingredients, AquaSpa mixologists blend the combination, and then you apply the mixture. Also, you can enjoy the thermal suite while in the spa.
- St. Tropez Sunless Tanning - If you want a golden tan without the worries of premature aging and sun-induced skin damage, you can try St. Tropez Sunless Tanning. As part of this service, your skin will be exfoliated until smooth. Then, a spa technician applies St. Tropez's formula to the skin. The result is a smoother, more hydrated skin with a natural glow.
iLounge Computer Center
The Celebrity iLounge is a newer venue for Celebrity Cruises. Located on deck 6 on the Eclipse, it is composed of three main areas: a work area, Apple Store and learning center.
In the work area, there is a series of 26 MacBook computer workstations where guests can use the computers for e-mail, social media check-ins, and printing.
As an authorized Apple Reseller, you can try out the latest MacBooks, iPods, and accessories and purchase them if you want.
For those looking to do more on their computers, Celebrity's certified staff have had more than 125 hours of training on operating systems, applications, and products and can offer guests tips and courses on Mac or iPod usage. You can sign up for computer courses, such as how to make do-it-yourself photo books, movie editing, and web design using programs including iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and iWeb. Also, the staff can help you understand differences between Macs and PCs.