A introduction to Celebrity Eclipse - the newest Solstice class vessel from Celebrity - Sailing to the Caribbean in 2010
Most Caribbean cruises come on crowded mega-ships designed to have "something for everyone." But you are not "everyone." You enjoy a classic cruise with quiet, attentive service - but you don't mind if it's on a luxurious, state-of-the-art, brand new cruise ship.
So, who has the answer for you? Celebrity Cruises, soon to deploy its brand new Celebrity Eclipse to the Caribbean this winter season.
The first time I saw Celebrity Eclipse I recognized her simple, tasteful elegance instantly. The ship's atrium has a ceiling of lapis and alabaster glass, framed by golden drapes that swayed to the floor four stories below. There was a string quartet playing Mozart; four lovely young women in black formal dresses, evoking a vision of musical goddesses.
I consider Celebrity Eclipse, third in the line's award-winning series of Solstice-class vessels, to be one of the most beautiful cruise ships ever made. Its spectacular floor plan boasts spacious but perfectly appointed public rooms. Some of them, like the library, Team Earth and the iLounge, can be seen in dramatic, dioramic views from a soaring atrium -- where a live tree grows mystically in seemingly empty space.
As the third Solstice-class ship, Eclipse added a few minor enhancements. Qsine, an entirely new restaurant concept, presents a unique and playful venue for cuisine from around the world, complete with wine selections on a personal touchscreen menu. Each course is presented in a tapas-like service, but in multiple portions for everyone to enjoy.
The new Celebrity iLounge is a modern Internet cafe offering guests easy access to the Internet, creativity-inspiring classes and access to the latest tech gadgets from Apple Computers.
The magic continues in Eclipse's staterooms; design-coordinated by a select, all-female team of advisers. They are the most spacious and comfortable cabins from Celebrity yet. A full 85 percent of them offer a veranda - and the abundance of rooms in this category makes them affordable for almost any budget.
A balcony stateroom on Eclipse - specially designed by ladies for ladies. Visit Celebritycruises.com for more information on booking a cruise.
Imagine a 194 square foot stateroom with a 54 square foot balcony. Inside is a queen-size bed with an ultra soft mattress and linens. There is a 32-inch flat panel TV and a separate seating area with a full couch, table and mini-bar refrigerator. The bathroom has a full-size shower, a large sink and plenty of storage for him and her.
If you care to splurge, you can book an AquaClass Suite complete with a special full-body shower, personalized aromatherapy selections, a pillow menu, daily deliveries of fresh bottled water and tea, Frette bathrobes and slippers, and unlimited access to the Persian Gardens thermal spa with a thelassotherapy pool, steam rooms, a dry sauna and warm ceramic loungers. AquaClass denizens get exclusive use of the restaurant "Blu," where each dish is prepared a la minute.
Blu is a special restaurant with a la minute meals prepared for Aqua Spa guests. Visit Celebritycruises.com for more information on booking a cruise.
Or you can opt for the ship's Concierge Class staterooms, where you receive priority embarkation with sparkling wine and flowers in your cabin on arrival. You also get concierge seating in all restaurants, expanded complimentary breakfast options from room service, the Frette bathrobes and slippers, special linens, the pillow menu and even complimentary shoeshine service.
There are a number of suites available, such as the 1,291 square foot Penthouse with a baby grand piano and a verandah whirlpool tub; or the 590 square foot Royal Suite with a 52-inch TV plus a 40-inch model in the separate bedroom - and a hot tub on the veranda.
The two-room Celebrity Suite is 394 square feet and the Sky Suite is 300. All suites come with a 52-inch televisions, assistance in packing and unpacking, in-suite lunch and dinner service from the dining room, daily hors d oeuvres, afternoon tea, and complimentary espresso and cappuccino anytime.
Celebrity Eclipse sails into Miami this coming November to begin regular alternating cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean. The unique itineraries come in at surprisingly reasonable prices -especially for a ship of this caliber - to make this one of the best Caribbean cruise values this winter season.
Beginning November 20, 2010, Eclipse will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami to San Juan (Puerto Rico), St. Martin and St. Kitts starting at $599 per person for inside accommodations -- but dont forget the abundance of beautiful and reasonably-priced balcony cabins. Veranda staterooms start at just $799 for this itinerary - the same price as the ocean-view staterooms. Other Eastern Caribbean cruise dates at the same price include: Dec. 4, Jan. 15 (2011), Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26 and Apr. 9.
The first Western Caribbean cruise sails November 27, 2010, and that cruise also starts at $599 (inside) with balcony cabins from just $799. This cruise sails roundtrip from Miami to Grand Cayman; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and the Honduran island of Roatan. Other dates at the same price include: Dec. 11, Jan. 8 (2011), Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5, Mar. 19 and Apr. 2.
An eight-night Christmas cruise sails from Miami December 18 starting at $999 per person, with veranda staterooms from just $1,099. The New Years Eve cruise sails Dec 26 and starts at $1,619, with veranda staterooms going for $1,849 per person.
The lawn club - Solstice-class ships are the first at sea with a real grass lawn. Visit Celebritycruises.com for more information on booking a cruise.
Like her sister ships - Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Eclipse will present The Lawn Club, with real, growing grass; The Hot Glass Show, a glassblowing show and studio developed with The Corning Museum of Glass; 10 unrivaled dining venues, including Qsine; and widely varied entertainment, including shows with breathtaking aerial acts.
Celebrity Cruises has earned top honors in many areas, but especially for its gourmet dining and superlative service. Celebrity Eclipse will leave you feeling pampered -- and pleased that you made the best choice for an exceptional Caribbean cruise.
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