Eclipse cruise,part deux
The 2 shows that they had on our 2 nighter, were good, but I do feel like other lines have better entertainment. I found this very traditional ship entertainment with a few exceptions. Ovations is your typical Broadway/West End homage, and honestly, who hasn't been there, done that, 10 times over by now. Songs from all the major shows are highlighted, but when, Don't Cry for Me Argentina came on, they sang about 10 bars My gf was not happy about that...Also, towards the end of the show, for me, the singers were singing so loud, I really was ready to go...
The other musical, "Edge" showcased some great dancing, the twist on this show is while most peoples attention is on the stage, they had harnessed a dancer above the stage, and, they circle the perimete, high above the stage, quite close to where we were seated! It was great! Also, during the show, they had a few dancers on bungee cords, twirling, and, bouncing to the ceiling. This was the best part of the show for me.
One unusual thing about the Eclipse we thought, were the rest rooms...On every ship, these are busy places, well get ready to wait in line, as the rest room, by the theater has 3 only stalls. one handicapped, with a button to press a light, to lock, advise occupancy, and a sink within. The outer sinks are large glass, & trough like and have a lacy pattern on them. Other restrooms we saw throughout the ship, had only 2 stalls. Walking bow to stern to get to the theater we noticed only 2 rest rooms along the way. As this was a press/ta cruise, with limited passengers, we never had any issues, but, on a full cruise, I can't imagine this going on without complaints and comments. Gee did we miss any we wondered?
The bars on this ship are numerous, 14 to be exact. We loved the aft Sunset Bar. Lunch and a beer was consumed in an area, conducive to long chatty lunches. We didn't want to move!
The Martini Bar, to my mind, is the place to be. The waiters put on a show, filling several martini glasses, with finesse, and humor. Spilling nary a drop. The top of the bar is iced and you can play tic tac toe, while sipping on what I thought were strong drinks....you can't go by me on that though...the Appletini and Margarita knocked my socks off:-) Seating here is generous, though if you sit under a speaker, the techno music piped, will drive you loop, and, you cannot carry on a conversation...move to a more quiet part of the room for optimum comfort.
Cellar Masters is a dark, spacious men's club feeling bar...I am not a fan of spaces this dark, but I can bet it will be a popular spot. The highlight I think is the pour your own wine carousel. You slide you sail and sign card in, determine how many ounces you want, it will show your cost per ounces, and, go.....you pull your card, and, start sipping! Done! The Sommelier will guide you with any questions you might have before you press the button.
All the bars have different hours, so check your "Celebrity Today" activity sheet.
Something most unusual on board a cruise ship,is the "Hot Glass Show"by the Corning Museum of Glass. This is an intimate live demo of the art of glass blowing. What we saw was quite interesting, though in the middle of a hot day, perfect for sunbathing I am not sure how many will want to sit in the hot sun for this. It is up on deck 15, situated by the Lawn Club. This is something, I thought a bit odd when I first heard of it way back when, but I have to say, what a serene space it is...Bring a towel and enjoy the sun, or bring your lunch and picnic. This perfectly manicured space is just a delight, with benches and chairs to read in the calm open air. We were told that a service dog, decided to shower the area on one cruise, the grass quickly died in that spot, as this grass,[Creeping Bent grass] can just not withstand it. Manicured to golf course perfection, don't miss enjoying it.
The Lawn Club
The Persian Room Spa is a restful oasis, to luxuriate,in, with so many options, it's mind boggling..Who knew you can now get botox at sea! Acupuncture, teeth whitening, have now become the norm on ships....a manicure has now become a fire and ice manicure, with hot stones, and cooling gels..I had a demonstration of a hot stone massage on my neck,and I thought, bo,y have I missed out all these years!! If days of pampering sounds good to you, the Persian Room, can do it all, that's for sure!
Booking an Aqua Class cabin, affords you dedicated pampering, from special pillows,100% Egyptian cotton bedding, browsing your photographs on tv, wellness themed entertainment on your free video on demand, on your 32 inch flat screen tv, to dining in the exclusive Blu Dining Room, it's a special experience, especially for couples/newlyweds.
The shops on the Eclipse, seemed more like what you would find, in a resort area, not your typical ship shops. Moda, the women's clothing store had a geat vibe,, with a cherry blossom design on the windows. They carry Joseph Ribcoff, a line of upscale clothing, Canadian based, that I happen to sell at home. Business was booming on our sailing! Before the shop was opened, I eyeballed a handbag through the window, which I ended up getting..No waiting for later, as most of the accessories were one offs, having done a sellout business on the transatlantic. You snooze, you lose..so I didn't Glitz,is a really funs shop filled with baubles and beads. Anyone want a pink boa? Fine jewelry, featuring the Solstice diamond, with 86 facets, never cut prior to exclusive availability on the Solstice Class. The Showcase, featuring glass merchandise from the Corning Museum of glass, and, the Riedel Gallery.
The Ilounge, Apple and Celebrity have a relationship now..kudo's to them, and they have set up an internet cafe with I would say about 20 stations or so, for passengers to touch base with home or work. If you are interested in learning how to use your Apple Ipod Touch, or IPhone, you can get instructions on the basic functions,and learn about available apps. Apple merchandise is also available for sale.
In closing, I have to say, there is so much to see, in a day and a half, and, what I saw was just eye candy. The Eclipse is the prettiest ship I have sailed, and, if I have my way I will sail her again. I tried to capture a taste of the Eclipse for our Cruisemate readers,and I hope, you get the feel of the beautifully elegant ship that she is. Pictures are up in the gallery..Titles will be on one page shortly....It was a wonderful opportunity to view the ship, and, Celebrity was a great host...as a parting gift, they gave me an Ipod Shuffle..all I need to do now, is figure out how to use it..thanks Celebrity..I had a ball!
Oh, before I go....sometimes you find a, "my spot" on a ship....for me this was, Cafe al Bacio and Gelateria. Set bistro style, this little bit of heaven offers coffee addicts a varied coffee fix, and, tea drinkers like me, high end teas, from Tea Forte, with the most delicious flavors. Tempting fluffs of pastry look like little works of art, in the pretty showcases...Also they have little slices of chocolate in cello envelopes, that are to die for...don't get me started on the gelato...go, savor your time here, and enjoy!
Trip, with her book & tea!
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Last edited by Trip; November 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 AM.