Fresh out of dry dock in May 2015, I was one of the first few people on board for a 2 night mini-cruise to Le Havre. New features include a new restaurant exclusively for suite class passengers called Luminae; Gastrobar with craft beers; World Class Bar, Slush cocktail bar by the pool and an improved on board casino.
The Celebrity Eclipse is part of the Solstice class of ships, and one of the main features on top deck is the Lawn Club – yes that is real grass on the top deck, a team of gardeners work on the ship year round! You can have drinks, sunbathe, have a picnic or play games on the lawn club. By the Lawn Club is the Hot Class Show, an impressive display right in front of your eyes. There is a quiet Solstice Deck, which is great for relaxation, as well as the main pool and Jacuzzis and plenty of places to lay out in the sun, and also lots of areas if you want to lay in the shade as well. There are private cabanas in the adult only solarium, which is a heated area for pool – great for all weather conditions.
On Deck 14, as well as the Lawn Club, you will also find the basketball courts and the kids clubs – they will be entertained for hours, whilst you enjoy yourself! When your sailing out of a port – head to the Sky Observation Lounge on Deck 14 for panoramic rooms, a great place for pre-dinner cocktails.
Deck 12 will take you to the impressive spa area – with treatment rooms spanning over two decks with a quiet relaxation room and a beauty salon, you can truly get pampered whilst on your cruise holiday.
There’s an impressive collection of shops on board as well, over two decks – you can literally get anything here from sweets to hand bags, from branded clothing to cuff links, from perfume to children’s toys. Remember that the shops aren’t open when the ship is in port, only when at sea or during sailing in the evening.
Deck 4, Promenade Deck, you will find a number of lounges and bars including Cellar Masters, Martini Bar (with real ice bar), Crush, Fortunes Casino and Quasar the nightclub – which you can throw some shapes on the dancefloor until 5am… so I am told!
The Eclipse Theatre spans over decks 3 and 4 and offers great broadway, west end style shows every night of your cruise holiday.
There is an impressive collection of staterooms on board Celebrity Eclipse. The entry level is interior staterooms, followed by oceanview staterooms. I had a deluxe balcony, which was very spacious and had your own balcony to enjoy the sail-away from port. Then there is the suites, ranging from Sky, to Royal and finally the Penthouse Suite which was literally like a maze with all the different rooms – including a walk in shower in a huge bathroom, a very spacious bedroom with a separate walk in wardrobe, a lounge and dining area as well as a bar area – yes all in your own suite!