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kandajones October 16th, 2010 11:17 AM

Eclipse 'must do' advice requried
 
Hi all, we have just booked our first Celebrity cruise (Aqua grade on the Eclipse), but as it's only 4 nights, we want to make sure that we experience everything.

So if anyone has recommendations or advice on activities that we may need to plan ahead to make sure we don't miss out, we would love to hear about them.

If we eat in the Blu restaurant each night will we be missing out on any activities such as parades or music in the main restaurants?

Are any of the "additional charge" restaurants "experiences not to be missed?"


many thanks,

Alan & Katrina

dkjretired October 16th, 2010 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by kandajones (Post 1323257)
Hi all, we have just booked our first Celebrity cruise (Aqua grade on the Eclipse), but as it's only 4 nights, we want to make sure that we experience everything.

So if anyone has recommendations or advice on activities that we may need to plan ahead to make sure we don't miss out, we would love to hear about them.

If we eat in the Blu restaurant each night will we be missing out on any activities such as parades or music in the main restaurants?

Are any of the "additional charge" restaurants "experiences not to be missed?"



many thanks,

Alan & Katrina

You won't miss anything significent in the MDR, I would suggest trying one of the specialty restaurants especially Tuscan or Murano for dinner and maybe lunch one day at Bistro..Breakfast is great in Blu..

Martini bar is fun especially at night when there is a good crowd. Casinos, I have found to be a black hole, sucking your money in and I have a lot of experience with casinos...

johnthed0g October 16th, 2010 12:05 PM

Hi there,
We went on Eclipse this year (probably the same one as you, Cork?) the ship was beautiful, the staff so helpful & pleasant nothing too much trouble. We decided to try all the restaurants (except Blu...we were too common!) this may have been a mistake too much rich food in a short time, Tuscan was our favourite, Murano was lovely but we found a bit too subdued & the dinner we hoped to have with matched wines was too expensive, something like $80/$90 each. Qsine was basically like a mezze with no planned actual courses but I felt was more of a lunch style than dinner, I liked it my wife didn't. One thing not to miss is Sunday "Brunch".. fantastic. The Captains welcome party was an occasion compared with the P&O offerings, as was the =X= version of the Portunus party. The one dinner we had in the MDR (formal night & well observed) was really good with good service, we had a table for 8, but that night the others did not show up (didn't inform staff), we chatted to a couple on a table for two by the window & told us we had a narrow escape with the tablemates, two families ....from shall we say ''North of Winchester'' who were noisy with unruly kids. We thought the shows were outstanding, as was all the entertainment we saw, the Martini bar was very entertaining, the hot glass show was very interesting but having seen it once it was enough. If it is Cork you are going to we found it a waste of time, Cobh is a nice little place to wander around.

kandajones October 16th, 2010 02:53 PM

Thanks john
 
Hi there John and thanks for taking the time post your very informative reply. We have been looking at photo's of the ship & if it really is as good as it appears to be we think that we may find it very hard to return to a P&O ship.

Hope you are both well,

Alan & Katrina

johnthed0g October 16th, 2010 03:44 PM

Just remember what I say...when you get on you will just look at each other & say ...wow! we got in the cabin & my wife said ''I could do a world cruise in THIS'' not huge, similar to our usual cabin on Arcadia but just so much nicer.. then the bathroom. All at least one star better than P&O, & I like P&O, just hope our cruise on Azura is as nice, ship wise. The Aqua class cabins are the same as a standard, the only benefit I could see was Blu & early boarding. On the subject of boarding we have done two =X= cruises & both we were on the ship within a very short time indeed, unlike P&O, with the exception of Artemis, we can be there for hours sometimes at the old terminal, new one is ok.
One thing though TIPS, these are added to your account (I like this personally) & it's US$12 per person per day...and you pay 15% on all drinks too.

kandajones October 16th, 2010 04:14 PM

Thanks dkj, I missed your reply when I checked earlier,

I will certainly take a look in to the Martini bar, it sounds like we would do better enjoying drinking our money, than feeding the machines ;o)

Alan

kandajones October 16th, 2010 04:19 PM

Again thanks John, the photo's certainly made us think "Wow".

We paid for our tips at time of booking, which appears to now be the default option when booking Celebrity. Unfortunately there is no discount for soing this, but at least we haven't got to think about them.

johnthed0g October 16th, 2010 04:26 PM

Hmm...when we booked the TA said "you don't want to prepay tips do you?'' we didn't! it may be something to do with the class of cabin.

dkjretired October 17th, 2010 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1323315)
Hmm...when we booked the TA said "you don't want to prepay tips do you?'' we didn't! it may be something to do with the class of cabin.

John

Has nothing to do with the class of cabin, some like to do it volunatarily but if you choose Select Dining (anytime dining), it is mandatory...

Many of us common people have been booking Blu because they have had great upgrades on many of the cruises...

kandajones October 17th, 2010 11:25 AM

Hi dkj,

So there's no doubting it, we would also classify ourselves as 'common' people, and booked the Aqua grade room because the offer was too good to decline ;)

Alan

Paul Motter October 17th, 2010 12:41 PM

Hi Alan & Katrina...

Since you get Blu included with the Aqua suite then I would certainly go there most of the time, but I also recommend Murano. I preferred it to Tuscana.

The creperie, Bistro at Five, is also inexpensive and is very popular.

johnthed0g October 17th, 2010 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by dkjretired (Post 1323430)
John

Has nothing to do with the class of cabin, some like to do it volunatarily but if you choose Select Dining (anytime dining), it is mandatory...

Many of us common people have been booking Blu because they have had great upgrades on many of the cruises...

I knew there was some reason for mandatory tips, can't see any reason to pay up front voluntarily.


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