Day Tour of Celebrity Cruises Eclipse Ship
Guys – I never win anything! However, you must be in it to win it, as they say…
I’m now a loyal subscriber to CN Traveller which I thoroughly enjoy reading, I entered a competition a while ago and clearly forgot I did but came up trumps when entering a Celebrity Cruises competition!
We travelled down the night before to Holiday Inn Southampton, which has the most stunning view of City Cruise Terminal and “Checked in” the next morning onto the ship, went through security and on with our lovely tour guide.
It might be worth mentioning, I’ve been toying with the idea of going on a cruise, as I’ve just too many countries on my list to tick off, but have always been a little hesitant. It’s also no secret, but its never been tailored much to us 30 somethings, but I believe that may well be changing.
It was a beautiful day in Southampton with scorching temperatures which actually helped me to really visualise what it would be like being on holiday!
The Eclipse ship carries 2, 852 passengers and with Decks 3 – 16 packed with restaurants, bars, casino’s etc, I was intrigued to find there was no Deck 13! Well since the boat was constructed in Malta and the Maltese are particularly superstitious, they wanted to leave Deck 13 out.
There is everything on board from a nightclub, spa, basketball court to a solarium and full lawn for lawn games such as croquet.
After some tea, coffee and pastries we were given a tour of some states rooms, including the Royal Suite and Penthouse Suite and some of the standard balcony rooms. (Naturally I’ll need the Penthouse Suite… ! Notice the need element)Rooms are priced based on where they are located on the ship, so some may have an obstructed view because of the lifeboats, for example. The prices also include your meals and selected soft drinks throughout your stay and a few other features, so its worth bearing this in mind when considering the prices.
We then spent the afternoon exploring the ship in its entirety which if done in full would take considerable time! We stopped off at the Martini Bar, naturally!
All left to do was to sit outside and admire the view for a while before disembarkation began for us. As we left, all the new passengers started to arrive, as the ship would be departing for a 12 night scandinavian and Russia trip that night.
I felt like I’d truly been on holiday, if you cancel out the drive back to London that is. I’ll be having a nosey in the cruise book to see if there’s an itinerary that interests me, after all it ticks the Luxury Box ! Read more about Celebrity Cruises here and the Scandinavian / Russia tour here and perhaps a fun cruise trip, may just be an idea to consider again after all.