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Celebrity Eclipse Review

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Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor

Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship will receive additional suites, cabin upgrades and transformations of several venues. Michael's Club will become the Retreat Lounge with its own sun deck and the Oceanview Cafe buffet and Cellar Masters wine bar will be redesigned.

Pros

Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

Cons

Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

Bottom Line

One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

About

Passengers : 2,850
Crew : 1,250
Passenger to Crew : 2.28:1
Launched : 2010
Shore Excursions : 413

Celebrity Eclipse is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful big ships we've ever sailed. Its interiors blend sophistication with a bit of whimsy -- akin to a trendy W Hotel but with softer edges.

It's a food-lovers paradise, with many options onboard from the complimentary Moonlight Sonata, which will satisfy almost any tastes, to the upscale but extra-cost French bistro Murano and the fun, animated experience at Qsine. Music fans will also appreciate the diversity of bands, duos and soloists that perform in various venues from early evening until late at night.

We love that the ship positions itself perfectly for the first timer -- not so big that it's overwhelming but not so small that you get bored. It's got a good selection of activities, the entertainment is high quality and cabins are bigger than the industry average.

On the downside, the rampant upselling and fee surcharges are a bit of a turnoff. Service is sometimes overwhelmed, and on warm sea days, the pool deck can feel crowded, especially when the ship is at its maximum capacity of 3,148.

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But none of the negatives is enough to deter us from taking another cruise on this lovely ship.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows and most entertainment
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym but not all classes
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU or NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($15.50 per person, per day for those in standard cabins; $16 per person, per day, for Concierge and AquaClass passengers; and $19 per person, per day, for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage, mini-bar, sushi and spa tips (18 percent)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea, iced tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Meals at five specialty restaurants and snack venues
  • Spa treatments
  • Persian Garden thermal suite (except for passengers in AquaClass)
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Select themed parties
  • Photos and artwork

Celebrity Eclipse Dress Code

Daytime: Casual throughout, with bathing suits and cover-ups common on the pool deck.

Evening: Two evening chic nights take place per seven-night cruise. The rest of the time, it's smart-casual, with sport shirts and slacks appropriate for men, while women will be comfortable in skirts or pants and blouses, or casual dresses. On "evening chic" evenings, men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with nice pants or even designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses, designer jeans or nice pants.

Not permitted: Swimwear, spa robes and bare feet are not permitted in the buffet, while T-shirts, tank tops and flip-flops are not allowed in the main dining room at any time; shorts are not allowed at dinner (although this rule isn't always enforced).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.

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Where does Celebrity Eclipse sail from?

Celebrity Eclipse departs from Vancouver, Melbourne, Honolulu, Sydney, Singapore and Auckland

How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Eclipse?

Cruises on Celebrity Eclipse start from £299 per person.

Is Celebrity Eclipse a good ship to cruise on?

Celebrity Eclipse won 97 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best Overall and Best for Cabins in 2019.
Celebrity Eclipse Cruiser Reviews

Celebrity Eclipse was fine but the weather was not

Last impression: No issues with the Celebrity Eclipse. Just bad weather caused us disappointment!... Read More
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TeeRick

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Very pleasant overall and a cut above Princess

I chose Celebrity because I had heard and read positive things about them and they had a rare round trip sailing from L.A. available. I was very impressed overall. The Eclipse is a beautiful ship.... Read More
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dhaslett87

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Good ship, inconsistent shore excursions

We sailed on the Eclipse about 8 years ago and knew the ship was due for refurbishment next year so we were concerned it may be a bit worn about the edges but to our surprise it was very well maintained... Read More
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SBaxter304

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Cruise to nowhere

I don’t think I will ever sail again with Celebrity without being in suite class. Suite class also has other privileges.... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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