The stunning Celebrity
Eclipse, the third ship in the Celebrity
Cruises Solstice Class, is truly a Luxury
Experience. With its sleek and sexy design,
well-appointed staterooms, Spa, 10 restaurants, 14 bars, outdoor and indoor
pools, day and nighttime entertainment and activities, green grass lawn where
you can play croquet, diverse shops, an art gallery, a casino, a library, and
enough intimate places to relax, plan on leaving reality behind the minute you
embark on the ship.
Celebrity Cruises has a
lovely new addition to its sophisticated Solstice Class, the Celebrity Eclipse,
the third in its class, built in Germany and inaugurated on April 29, 2010 weighing
122,000 tons, 1041 feet in length, with 2850 occupancy, and a cruising speed of
27 knots; she is gorgeous, she is yar.
Celebrity Cruises Solstice Class - Eclipse
In November 2010, the
Celebrity Eclipse made her North American debut from the Port of Miami,
and we had the pleasure of partaking on her inaugural voyage. To say that we
were impressed would be an understatement, the ship is luxury personified, and
even with the ship at capacity, there was a feeling of spaciousness, with
gracious and attentive service.
Edward Enjoying the View
We stayed in a 194 sq. ft.
Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with a 54 sq. ft. Veranda resplendent with its floor to ceiling
sliding glass door, sitting area with cream leather sofa and an oval coffee
table laden with a fruit plate and a chilled bottle of champagne in an ice
Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom
Luxury amenities included a
32" Samsung LCD television with Apple Entertainment system, vase with pretty,
purple freesias on the vanity with large mirror, a pop-up vanity mirror in a
drawer, hairdryer, large closet with Frette robes, slippers, a safe, a
mini-bar, postcards and stationery, ship information in English, Spanish, German,
Italian, Portuguese, and French, and a full-length mirror on the wall.
Debra Setting Sail
The attractive bathroom
featured a jetted glass walk-in shower with rain showerhead and hand-held
showerhead, toilet, a large mirror over the vanity with a bowl sink, and a
selection of private label amenities.
Edward Resting on the Veranda
The king bed was dressed with
a pristine white duvet, attractive throw, and decorative pillows. Paintings
graced the walls, and there were ample drawers throughout our spacious
stateroom. The 54 sq. ft. veranda was the pièce de résistance though, with its
inviting reclining chairs, ottomans, and round table, where we watched the
glorious sunrises over the ocean each morning, and was the perfect spot to curl
up with a book or take a short nap in the afternoon.
The Spa and Fitness
The Celebrity Eclipse truly
has it all for the sports minded including a basketball court, jogging track,
Spa and Fitness Center, saunas, steam rooms, outdoor and
indoor pools, and whirlpools.
AquaSpa by Elemis
During our cruise, we
experienced the ultra-luxurious AquaSpa by Elemis with its diverse Spa
menu offerings. A few of the many treatments offered include a 24 karat gold
facial, indulgent massages, acupuncture and cosmetic treatments, tooth
whitening, fitness classes, specially designed treatments for men, and salon
Read about the AquaSpa by
Elemis in the Spas section.
The Dining Experiences
Yes, it is true, cruising is
all about the food, and with Celebrity Eclipse's 10 dining venues that range
from casual to elegant, there was much to discover.
Bistro on Five located on Deck 5 is a Crêperie that brings a French
touch to the cruise with its low background music, taupe velvet loveseats with
silk cushions, green cushioned chairs that flank wood tables, decorative metal
screens frame the wall of windows, and decorative fabric screens create
intimate spaces. A dessert chef at the front of the restaurant entices patrons
where you can watch the chef in action creating the crêpes.
Bistro on Five
We had a delicious lunch of
the Hot and Spicy crêpe made with shredded steak, peppers, jalapeño, cheddar
cheese, and cumin dressing, and the Tuscan Sun crêpe made with sautéed
artichokes, mozzarella, and sun dried tomato aioli. Paired with glasses of Jean
Dorsene Brut champagne it was oh so delicious and très French.
Chef Making Crêpes
We also indulged in French
and Italian dessert crêpes. Lightly golden, and folded, the French crêpe
featured Grand Marnier and candied oranges, while the Italian crêpe featured
Nutella, bananas, and pistachios.
Café al Baccio Gelateria located on Deck 5 is an intimate space where we
enjoyed relaxing with afternoon coffees and refreshing Italian gelato.
Oceanview Café located on Deck 14 is open 24 hours, and was where we
liked to start our day with breakfast from the diverse buffet including Belgian
waffles, blintzes, and more. Dining al fresco at teak tables in the bright
sunshine overlooking the ocean was indeed the perfect morning "wake-up."
Qsine, one of their specialty restaurants, is a play on the
word, cuisine, which clearly defines its focus on being "uniquely unordinary."
Chef Jacques Van Staden is the man behind the innovation of menus
presented on iPads, where wait staff are "Culinary Tour Guides," Sommeliers are
"Grape Connoisseurs," and imaginative food presentations are all part of the delectable
The setting is contemporary
elegance with touches of whimsy, and the presentations are uniquely creative.
As for the food, our palates found paradise with inspired dishes of Lava Crab,
Lobster Escargot Fritters, Disco Shrimp, Baby Back Spring Rolls with Chipotle
Coleslaw and White Truffle BBQ Sauce, and Chocolate Tombstone to name but a few
of the many highlights.
Tuscan Grille, also one of their specialty restaurants, is an
attractive restaurant where the entrance has the feel of entering a wine
cellar, and the wall of windows provides the perfect location to watch the
The restaurant's focus is a
harmonious blend of steakhouse and Italian favorites. Excellent cuisine and
professional and attentive service made for a delicious evening of dining. A
few of the many highlights of our dinner included Bistecca Tartare
(Steak Tartare), Filletto Mignon Rustico (Rustic Filet Mignon), Trancio
di Salmone (Pan-Seared Salmon), and Chocolate Fondue.
Read about Qsine and
the Tuscan Grille in the Restaurants section, and read the Chefs'
Recipes section where Chef Jacques Van Staden shares recipes for a
delicious taste of Qsine.
The Wine and Spirits
The Celebrity Eclipse has 14
bars located inside as well as outside the ship. We enjoyed experiencing the Cellar
Masters an intimate space that definitely appeals to oenophiles with its
wine tastings and pairings, and an excellent selection of 32 wines where you
can serve yourself with the touch of a button, all kept at the perfect
We also enjoyed martinis at
the Martini Bar where their focus is 100 different vodkas and 25
varieties of martinis. The ice-frosted bar surface kept our martinis perfectly
Another interesting bar we
experienced was Crush, where the focus is on caviar and vodka pairing on
an ice-filled table.
The Molecular Bar features
creative cocktails designed by our friend, Liquid Chef Junior Merino,
whose cocktails feature all things molecular and organic. Liquid nitrogen,
fresh squeezed juices, and specially created syrups are a few of the many
things that distinguish this fun bar for cocktail connoisseurs.
Junior Merino, Debra, and Edward at the Molecular Bar
One of Junior's innovative
cocktails that we indulged in was named the "Tan Russian" made with Russian
Standard Vodka, Malibu Rum, grilled pineapple, coconut, lemon, with a coconut
and coffee foam, and a dehydrated coconut rim.
Bar Chef at the Molecular Bar
Corning Museum Glass - Hot Glass Show
During the day, we enjoyed
watching the glass artists from the Corning
Museum Glass demonstrate their craft during the Hot Glass
Show, walking on the green grass lawn of the Lawn Club,
soaking up the sun on the many deck chairs lining the outdoor pools, and
visiting the Celebrity iLounge where we used the Internet.
Each night we enjoyed
grand-scale productions in the Eclipse Theatre, where one night we saw
the show "Edge" with classic Rock and Pop songs and dance, as well as
innovative cutting-edge technology; and on another night, we saw the show
"Ovations" featuring songs from Broadway and London's West End Theatre
including Chicago, Tommy, Billy Elliot, Cats, Les Misérables, and more.
Edge Show at Eclipse Theatre
We also tried our luck in the
Fortunes Casino, listened to the live music in many of the
lounges and clubs located throughout the ship, explored the Art Gallery,
and enjoyed romantic moonlight walks under breathtakingly beautiful
Additional amenities include
a Medical Center,
Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, Video Arcade, Fun
Center, Celebrity iLounge, Xclub Teen Center, outdoor pool, and the adult only
The Celebrity Eclipse
definitely lives up to its slogan, "Celebrity Life. Now that's the good life.
Enjoy every minute of it." We did!
Read more about Celebrity
Eclipse in the Restaurants, Spas, and Chefs' Recipes sections
where Chef Jacques Van Staden shares a delicious taste of their
specialty restaurant, Qsine, with recipes for Lobster Escargot, Lava Crab, Vegetable du Jatour: Carrot-Cardamom Purée - Sweet Potato-Raisin Purée - Truffle Potato Purée, and Chocolate Tombstone.
For information on the Celebrity
Eclipse and Celebrity Cruises, Inc., please visit the website: www.CelebrityCruises.com.
Celebrity Cruises, Inc.
© December 2010. Luxury Experience.