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  1. When I asked my wife which was her favorite cruise , she didn't hesitate . The April , 2009 Transatlantic crossing on the Celebrity Constellation . It was a great cruise with beautiful weather , a calm sea , and a lovely aft facing cabin . Our first and only cruise on Celebrity , it included a nice mixture of port days and relaxing days at sea , on a fairly empty ship , and all at a great price . Our dream vacation . So in an effort to recapture that great cruise , we booked the April 21 cruise from Miami to London , that had a similar itinerary on the Celebrity Eclipse . So come with us now as we relive this trip using photos , videos and the printed word . Now I don't pretend to be a professional photographer , but I do enjoy taking photos . And like Rod Stewart , I believe that " every picture tells a story " , and so I'll be using lots of photos - to tell the story . So are you ready ? OK , lets go ! On April 21 st , we were the only cruise ship at the Port of Miami . We were the first cruise after the Eclipse's dry dock in the Bahamas . Here we are waiting our turn to board . Our turn ! Having fun with 41 . Sunset Veranda # 7364 Aft balcony The port of Miami
  2. Thank you so much for this fun review. We will be doing this cruise next year (either on Millennium or Eclipse, haven't decided yet) and you have definitely made the anticipation way more fun!
  3. Does anyone know if the NFL games are televised on the ship on Sunday and Monday, especially sea day? Thank you.
  4. I just noticed that the Revolution date for the Celebrity Eclipse was changed on the Revolution Schedule webpage https://www.celebritycruises.com/revolution/schedule/ from November 24, 2020 to April 4, 2021. I haven’t seen the change reflected on other webpages yet, but the 4/4/21 sailing of the Eclipse is currently scheduled as a 19 night trip from Melbourne, Australia to Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii. Is Melbourne a port with the facilities capable of completing the Revolution upgrades? She was originally going to be upgraded in Singapore in November 2020, which I believe is where the Millenium was done.
  5. I'm looking forward to scheduling flights for our cruise to Alaska out of Vancouver in September on the Eclipse. Disembarkation day flight selections from VYR to Arizona are not so great. The one non-stop flight leaves at 11:40am and gets us home around 3:00pm, which at least gives us a few hours to settle back in before heading to work the next day. All of the other options leave VYR from 2:00 - 6:00pm, have connections, and would get us home after 9:00pm. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 8:00am and we are planning on taking the SkyTrain to the airport. There is one other ship in Canada Place that day. We don't have global entry, but would get it if it made this flight more possible - first time cruising with an added layer of airport customs which I hear is done in VYR, not when we land in the US. Would we be crazy to schedule the 11:40am flight knowing there aren't many remaining options if we miss it, or is this doable?
  6. Hello All, Our family of six just finished a round-trip cruise to Alaska out of Vancouver on the Celebrity Eclipse. I have enjoyed reading others' trip reports so I thought I would share my own. I'm no Jack London, but I hope you'll get something out of this. Our family is me 49, wife 51, my dad 78, her parents 83 and 88, and my son 18. We have been on 8-10 cruises, her parents have been on just one to the Caribbean last December. CRUISE DAY -1 - We picked up mom and met her parents at the airport. We got there early and had issues checking in because we were taking a different airline out versus the one back. They were concerned we were going to Vancouver and not ever coming back, so that delayed our check-in. By the time we finished check-in the security line had grown to epic proportions. We didn't originally ask for a wheelchair for mom who walks with a walker since security line was so short. However, we were able to get one for her later so half of us were able to zoom through the long line. Anyway, we boarded the 7:25 AM flight as soon as we got to the gate. A little more stress than we needed to start our day, but we didn't let it get us down. The flight to LA with Delta was great. Love the seat back entertainment with TV, movies, and music. Made the 5 hour flight feel much shorter. When we got to LA we met my brother in law who planned to spen the next 30 hours with us - all our time just prior to the cruise. He hoped to cruise with us but things didn't work out work-wise. Our flight to Vancouver left about an hour late because of various issues, but that didn't get us down. Love the Vancouver airport. Very organized and efficient. BIL went to get our rental car - a huge SUV - and we made our way through customs and baggage claim with help of a cart to get the parents through the airport without too much walking. We underestimated how much space we would need for the 7 of us plus our luggage. It took some packing miracles including me and son in the 3rd row seat with 4-5 bags on top of us and mom's walker across the second row passengers. It looked like a real CF in the pick-up area as we wedged all our people and things in the SUV - but we did it. We went to our B&B, Windsor House, and dropped everyone except BIL who went to his B&B nearby. We unloaded then found a place downtown for dinner recommended by a friend of BIL - Moxies. Service and food were great except for the first 10 minutes when they completely ignored us despite not being too busy. Once we got their attention they gave us some free apps and great food and service the rest of the evening. After that we were tired and went to bed after a long day of travel. Windsor House was very nice. We had a third-floor room. There was no AC but with the window open it was completely fine. The street was very quiet and we slept well. Next is Day 0 - highlights of Vancouver and late embarkation!
  7. It just cant be, this 2 weeks passed with the blink of an eye. Please stay on for the BKB I need me live reviews. I am doing this same cruise next September on the Eclipse. Loved all the pictures and stories. I hope you will do a final recap. Norma
  8. Greetings to All This will be my attempt to post live on a regular basis while enjoying a seven day cruise on the Eclipse. We embark Sunday here in Vancouver. This is a “round trip,” so disembarkation will also be in Vancouver on the following Sunday. Arrived in Vancouver Friday evening on a non-stop Air Canada flight Phoenix to Vancouver. We took the Sky Train from the airport to the Waterfront station. This was easy easy. Thanks to all previous posters on the Cruise Critic boards for comments/recommendations on using the Sky Train. From the Waterfront Station we walked to our hotel. Staying at the Marriott Pinnacle. So exactly who are “We”? There are four of us on this journey: DW, DD, and DD’s SO (soon to be my son-in-law based on upcoming wedding in February). The four of us are regular cruisers. Of late, we have been cruising with Oceania. We also have one Celebrity cruise in the recent mix when we cruised with fifteen family members over three generations traveling on the Millennium. That was a great cruise with ports in England, Ireland, and Scotland. We also had a stop in Le Havre to do the Normandy beaches. Very memorable for my mother and mother-in-law as well as the rest of the family. This will be my first cruise on an S Class ship. Also my first cruise on what would be considered a larger ship. Although by comparison to some of the behemoths plying the seas, I guess you can’t say the Eclipse is truly large with “only” just over 2800 passengers. Signing off for now. I will try to be diligent in posting. I leave you with a photo taken from the Marriott’s Concierge lounge of a HAL ship arriving at Canada Place this morning.
  9. My husband and I just returned from a 7 day Alaska cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse Sept 1-8 2019. It was one of my best cruises, and probably the most relaxing one. Since I was on a brand new ship, the Norwegian Bliss last January, I will be doing some comparisons. On the Eclipse I was able to relax more, and it was less crowded than on the Bliss. The Eclipse has 1426 staterooms with 2850 passengers. The Bliss is much larger with 2043 staterooms and 4004 passengers. The Eclipse was more quiet and relaxing than the busy energy on the Bliss. Since I wanted peace and quiet on this cruise, the Eclipse was the better one for that. When it comes to the embarcation lunch, the Bliss did much better for it’s passengers. The main dining room was open for ALL passengers as well as the buffet and the Local. With the stress of travelling, standing in line, checking in, customs etc. I like to sit down in a peaceful setting for lunch, and that was not available for me on the Eclipse. My options was Sushi on Five or the buffet. The buffet was crowded and busy, and not a good start on the cruise. I definitely had better options on the Bliss. We enjoyed the dining on Eclipse better than the Bliss. The Manhattan room on the Bliss was extremely noisy, while the Midnight Sonata on the Eclipse was quiet and calm. The service was much better on the Eclipse, and the food was better. The one negative on the Eclipse was that the 2 person dining tables were extremely close together, so it was like we were on a table for 4. On the Bliss we did not have that problem. We had Select Dining and it worked very well. Our cabin was 8279 which is one of the large balcony cabins on the bump. I spent most of my time on the balcony with my book, Diet Coke, Hot tea and blankets. This balcony, and a large balcony I had on Norwegian's Pride of America are the best balconies I have had. I am grateful to all the contributors on this forum who was able to help me find the perfect balcony for me. Since spending my day on the balcony is so important to me, and I don’t want to run to a bar whenever I want my Diet Coke, I brought my own 12 pack onboard. For others being able to bring some soda onboard is not important, but for me it is. It was an irritant for me that I had to go to the bar on the Bliss every time I wanted to drink some Diet Coke on my balcony. Norwegian’s ban on bringing soda onboard may be why I won’t choose them again. For others not a big deal, for me it is. One place where Norwegian did better on the Bliss, than what Celebrity does is the bathroom. Here is a picture of the spacious bathroom, with a fantastic shower on the Bliss. n I think the entertainment was good on both the Eclipse and the Bliss. I especially like the Paul McCartney tribute band on the Eclipse as well as their production shows. The singers were better on the Eclipse. The observation lounge on the Eclipse was forgettable. I didn’t even remember to take a picture of it. I will never forget the one on the Bliss with its 5 food stations and bar. Lots of loungers and places to sit or lay down. Here are some pictures. Bliss observation lounge The last portion of my review is where Eclipse wins. It is not even a competition the Eclipse is so much better than the Bliss. Service. On Norwegian Bliss you could feel the crew did not want to be there. They did the minimum they could get away with, and hardly ever smiled. On the Eclipse I was always greeted warmly with a smile. The servers knew our names. The bartenders knew our names, Our stateroom attendant, Menino, was amazing, and the service was excellent wherever we went. It was the best service I have experienced on all my cruises. This is the reason I will continue to cruise with Celebrity. So in summary: If you don’t mind being nicled and dimed, and If you want lots of activities (co-carts, lazer tag, bowling etc.) and you have young adults, teens and kids in your party, then the Norwegian Bliss is the ship to go on. If on the other hand you want peace and quiet, wonderful music everywhere, great food and a more elegant setting, and fantastic service, then the Eclipse is the way to go.
  10. I saved $120 on an excursion in Maui for our upcoming Eclipse cruise. I had been looking at the excursion but didn’t want to spend the money on it. The sale changed my mind!
  11. Hi all- i did a quick search and came up with posts about wedding proposals so I figured I’d ask the CC hive. We just received a message from the engagement team at Celebrity regarding our cruise in 11 months. I booked this last November so it isn’t a new booking. She basically just welcomed us aboard and asked us to call her if we need anything. I’ve received called from cruise planners at Celebrity before and the messages were much different unless they’ve changed their titles? Also so for reference we are not in a suite and while we have cruised RC many times this is only our second with Celebrity. Just wondering if this is a new thing or fairly common? We did not receive this for our Eclipse sailing last year.
  12. Which location or room do you think is better and why: Ocean View Stateroom on Deck 3-3116 Veranda Stateroom-unknown deck or location. Thanks for your help! Have never cruised Celebrity before so I am clueless!
  13. The first one was through a very active TA roll call. Over the year of chatting pre-cruise, we clicked with another couple who loved to do wine tastings as much as we did so we emailed over the year and decided to do one onboard in their CS. We knew we would need to limit it (our roll call had 250 names - probably at least 500 people total) so decided to see who we clicked with onboard. We hit it off with 2 other wine loving couples and invited them as well. They each had some wine they had brought with them. We had a VT ice wine and we bought a wine at Cellar Masters, others brought at least one one bottle and the MC concierge added a couple of bottles, if I remember correctly. Our friends asked the butler about some food and they actually provided really nice hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. This was 5+ years ago on one of the first cruises with the new suites only Michael's Club - was CS and up back then so our friends could use it. The concierge even had invitations printed and delivered to our staterooms - very classy! She even visited us during the party and introduced herself. We started with whites and worked our way through the reds (each person who donated would tell a little something about their wine, why they liked it and what it paired with well, etc.). We tasted and commented on each (I think I had brought little notebooks and pens) and worked our way to the ice wine last. We then had a free for all, with people going back to their favorites. I took the lead since I have done wine tastings at our home (though certainly not an expert!). The second one was on our reunion cruise a couple of years ago (14 night Exotic Carib on Eclipse). The same 8 people, and an additional friend traveling with one of the couples, planned ahead via email for another wine tasting. We each brought 1-2 bottles that were favorites (local or another favorite). The butler brought an ice bucket for the whites, wine glasses, plates, silver, napkins and simple platters (shrimp, fruit and cheese and crackers) and we supplemented with a few items that we had (such as VT chocolates to have with the cabs). We again poured one at a time and each talked about their wines, with a free for all at the end. We did it in our aft S1 and have some great shots of us around the pole. 🙂 I think the roll call is a good place to start, but we didn't put it out to the whole group since there were so many people. We, and the people we clicked with and planned ahead of time with for the first cruise, attended the Roll Call Meet and Greet, the CC party, many Elite cocktail hours and had contact with some people due to shared shore excursions so were able to find other compatible wine lovers who might want to join us. I'm sure there are many ways to set one up, but that worked for us.
  14. I would do it soon as the Silhouette follows the Eclipse to SA next winter. Where it goes after that is anyone's guess but Celebrity will want their new ships in their prime cruise areas the Caribbean and Europe. I think that our Silhouette cruise in February could be the last time we see the ship near to our home.
  15. Can you board Eclipse with your bags and drop them in your room and then go around the ship befor the rooms are ready?? Just off Equinox 2 weeks ago and they allowed bag drop off in your room before it was 100 % ready and it was GREAT!!
  16. FINAL NOTES - This was our second Alaskan cruise (other on HAL) and second Celebrity cruise (other in Equinox Spring 2019). Our overall experience on this ship was better than that on the Zaandam two years ago - but I must share we paid more for "less" vacation. On that cruise, we finished with a 5-day land portion with two nights in Denali. This was a cruise only vacation. Here is my comparison: ROOM - Eclipse - but we did have a balcony. The Zaandam inside room was the best inside room we have had. FOOD - Eclipse by a hair - primarily because we had lots of on board credit which enabled us to have two nights in the fee restaurants and our experience in these was very good. Breakfast was the same on both, lunch in the buffet was slightly better on Eclipse, dinner in MDR was slightly better on Zaandam. ENTERTAINMENT - Eclipse was better - primarily the shows. That said, Eclipse was twice the size of the Zaandam. OUTDOOR AREAS - Tie - we enjoyed the lawn club on Eclipse but enjoyed the large enclosed pool area on Zaandam. BARS - this was the big difference. We had the Premier Bev Package on the Eclipse and took advantage of that. It made our trip more relaxing and enjoyable. ITINERARY - Tie - Eclipse went to Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier, Zaandam went to Glacier National Park and Skagway. We loved Skagway and missed going there, but our whale watching cruise out of ISP was phenomenal - the best excursion we ever had. Hubbard Glacier and GNP were both wonderful for different reasons. I'm glad we have experienced both. GUESTS - Eclipse had a MUCH younger demographic of other passengers - typical age was 40-60. Zaandam typical age was 55-75. In the end, we thoroughly enjoyed both vacations. I would recommend HAL for older passengers. It is a quieter and more relaxed vacation. Celebrity is better for the 40-55 crowd with a little more going on and a more stylish and hip atmosphere. Comparing this ship to the Equinox - there were very few differences in the ship, food, entertainment, cabins, etc. The main differences we noted were due to this being an Alaska cruise with fewer outdoor activities and that being a Caribbean cruise with more outdoor activities. Cheers!
  17. I think technically it is a B2B discount, not OBC. I wonder if the issue is that you are in Canada? We have the B2B discount on all legs of a B2B2B starting October 1 on the Constellation, a B2B2B2B on the Solstice starting in March, 2020, a B2B on the Eclipse starting in September, 2020 and another B2B on the Millennium starting in April, 2021.
  18. Thanks to this cruise forum I was able to enjoy an extra large cabin on my cruise to Alaska Sept 1-Sept 8 on the Eclipse. No issues at all with the cabin, and balcony was amazing. Here is a picture for anyone else who is researching the large balconies.
  19. Hi. Saw this and wanted your thoughts on our wine crawl on the Eclipse in October. We good with 10-12 in a cabin? Or should we try for a different venue?
  20. From 17/5/2021 untl 18/10/21 Celebrity Eclipse is registered at Palma de Mallorca's port. According to the bookings it will do 14-day cruises including Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Toulon.
  21. We are leaving from Honolulu Oct 3. My Xpress pass says check in from 12p-6p. The ship doesn’t leave until 11:59p. Can we check in and then get back off for a few hours? Thanks
  22. This is new.. So now I'm wondering if Eclipse inaugural season in Australia will be a revolution ship or not? That will be a shot in the foot if its not.
  23. The Eclipse Revolution was scheduled for Singapore not Freeport.
  24. This Cruise Critic article makes it clear that Cruise Critic members were an important part of their decision to reinstate the movies - nice work everyone! "September 18, 2019 (10:53 a.m. EDT) -- After pushback from passengers, Celebrity Cruises has reversed its decision to pull free in-cabin movies. According to a spokesperson for the line: "After careful consideration of guest feedback and from our friends on the Cruise Critic forums, we have decided to reinstate the complimentary in-stateroom entertainment. We will continue to offer a wide selection of the new releases and iconic films in our theaters, outdoor screens and in the guest staterooms using the On-Demand TV system." (September 13, 2019, 4 p.m. EDT) -- Following intense discussion on Cruise Critic's message boards, Celebrity Cruises has confirmed that it has pulled the plug on complimentary in-room movies. A Celebrity spokesperson told Cruise Critic, "At this time, we're no longer offering free in-stateroom movies. We will continue to offer a wide selection of the new releases and iconic films in our theaters, outdoor screens and in the guest staterooms using the on-demand TV system." Member Nymich posted about the change on Sunday, noting that complimentary movies had been removed from the system during a recent voyage aboard Celebrity Eclipse. "We were on Equinox last week, and when we got on, we noticed only five free movies, and all others were \$14.99. We checked again midweek, and they were all gone. Called Guest Relations, and they said broadcasting department said that the contract had ended and they would not be offering free movies in the cabins anymore, fleetwide." Member cruisestitch notes that there were "No free on-demand movies on Reflection as of now, 9/2019." While many readers lamented the removal of complimentary movies and noted that other lines continue to offer them, some are less bothered by the change. Member PTC DAWG noted, "Doesn't bother me at all.... I don't cruise to watch TV." https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/4456/
  25. Hey everyone, I'm looking into booking our first Celebrity cruise, cruising Alaska next year! We live in Vancouver so currently there's Millenium and Eclipse on the table. In addition to ports, food is also really important to us. I was under the impression the S class ships would have better food and more options in Oceanview Cafe as an example, but since Millenium just went through the revolution, things might have changed. Has anyone experienced these two ships (or their equivalents)? Their pricing is roughly the same so it makes it a tough pick. Thanks!
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