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Jan Shaughnessy

Age: NA

Occupation:Cruise Specialist

Number of Cruises: 85+

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Sailing Date: 2010-11-15

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Celebrity Cruises has once again delivered the "Wow" with the brand new Celebrity Eclipse. The 16 deck ship offers cruisers a pampering experience from the moment they step onboard. Guest are welcomed with a champagne drink to start their cruise experience and are treated to the Five Star service of Celebrity Cruises.

Like her sister ships, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox, the Celebrity Eclipse offers the Lawn Club, a half-acre of real grass on top deck. Guest can try their hand at bocce ball, croquet, bongo, or perhaps just run their toes through the grass while enjoying a picnic lunch. The Lawn Club also features a learning experience Hot Glass Show, featuring the Corning Museum of Glass. Glassblowers demonstrate their techniques, and provide lectures and workshops in the art of glass-making. The lectures and workshops are part of the Celebrity Cruises onboard enrichment experiences. Other onboard enrichment opportunities are classes in Mixology, wine and food pairing, wine appreciation, Rosetta Stone language classes, dance lessons, Yoga, Chilates, and acupuncture seminars. New to the ship is the iLounge, a modern environment with Apple computers. Lessons are taught by certified staff.

Celebrity Cruises is known for it's stellar cuisine and the Celebrity Eclipse doesn't disappoint. The Moonlight Sonata main dining room is exquisite. Silver accessories glisten on the crisp white linens. Service is attentive but unobtrusive. Dinner entrees consist of choices of steaks, poultry, fish, pastas, and vegetarian. All complimentary. Speciality restaurants for a cover charge are Murano, a sophisticated dining experience featuring European style service and wines; Qsine is new and offers dishes from around the world with an element of surprise. The Tuscan Grille, also a cover charge speciality restaurant, is a sophisticated steakhouse with an Italian accent. Those looking for a lighter fare can try crepes and sandwiches at the Bistro on Five, a modest surcharge applies. Other food venues that are complimentary are AquaSpa Cafe, Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria, Mast Grill, and the Oceanview Cafe. The Oceanview Cafe serves made to order omelettes in the morning along with all the traditional breakfast favorites of pancakes, waffles, french toast, pastries, and fruit to name a few.

Guest will find a variety of nightly entertainment to choose from with twelve bars and lounges. They may even be entertained by creative bartenders at the frozen Martini Bar, who can pour eight martinis at once. Broadway and Las Vegas style production shows can be seen in the Eclipse Theater. The Fortunes Casino offers 275 slots and video poker machines and 16 gaming tables.

The Celebrity Eclipse has a full service beauty salon, a fitness center, and full service spa offering massages, facials, and other spa treatments. The spa has a solarium and the Persian Garden for a quiet relaxing experience. Shoppers will be delighted to know the ship has over 18 different venues. There's something for everyone from fine jewelry, perfumes, and name brand clothing, to logo sportswear and children's gifts.

Staterooms are well appointed. Robes and hairdryers are provided. Concierge and Aqua Spa level staterooms offer upgraded services and amenities such as butler service, VIP embarkation/debarkation, champagne and fruit bowl.

The Celebrity Eclipse will sail alternating Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries for the Winter and will sail in Europe starting in April 2011.

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