For travelers seeking luxury, adventure and a foodies’ paradise, a cruise is a great option. The thing is, if you’ve never tried one, it’s a risky venture. There are usually no lukewarm cruises – you either love it or absolutely hate it. The biggest complaint is the confined space of the staterooms….so if a cruise is a possible vacation, luxury suites allow elite travelers to enjoy the amenities of a ship with more spacious accommodations.
The Celebrity Eclipse is a top option for luxury accommodations and great port destinations. During the winter months, she sails from Miami to Caribbean ports such as Curacao, St. Kitt’s, St. John’s, St. Maarten, and St. Lucia for the snowbirds who love to escape to the tropical weather.Celebrity Eclipse SC Route.JPGIn April, there is a transatlantic cruise from Miami to the Azores, Spain, Portugal, Paris, then England where it stays for the rest of the year for European port sailings. Personally, the transatlantic voyage sounds like an amazing option. End in England for round two of vacation? Absolutely!\n\nAs a regular cruise traveler, I’ve noticed that some cruise lines have dated or mediocre decor. The Celebrity Eclipse is a different story – the decor and furnishings are sophisticated and beautiful throughout the ship.

While cruising requires a bit more patience than staying in most luxury resorts, many find the amenities and variation in destinations worth the investment of time and good humor. For example, the dining on the Eclipse, as with most Celebrity cruises is amazing…actually, you may find the fitness center to be a must with food this good.

In addition to meals in the main dining room, travelers have several specialty restaurant and bar options. By far, the best dining option is Qsine, which blends tapas with elevated comfort food…and Louisiana style beignets for dessert.

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Qsine – Courtesy of celebritycruises.com

Cruises are known for having a wide variety of diversions, and the Eclipse delivers. And thank goodness – being bored and stuck on a boat for hours upon hours would be torture. So the cruise lines make it a point to offer as many activities as possible to keep you engaged, and not going stir crazy between ports of call.\n\nIn addition to typical trivia games, the Eclipse offers wine, rum and whiskey tastings, a glass blowing demonstration at the Hot Glass Show, casino, a library, spa with sauna, steam room, several pools and jacuzzis, a fitness center, tons of shopping boutiques, musical performances, dance lessons, art auctions, and my favorite, the Cirque du Soleil style show in the main theater. Believe it or not, those seeking more cerebral offerings can even attend lectures on a range of topics by field specialists.

The Penthouse Suites are the most luxurious accommodations, boasting almost 1,300 sq ft of living space and about 400 sq ft of veranda space with chic patio furniture and outdoor jacuzzi. Each suite has a bedroom with king size bed and ensuite marble bath with two-person shower and jacuzzi tub. There is also a living room, and dining room for very spacious accommodation with fabulous furnishings (including a baby grand piano) for a true luxury cruise experience.

In May of 2015, the Eclipse began offering new features, like the Gastrobar, offering craft beer and comfort food. A Michael Kors boutique is also new, showcasing his signature handbags, watches, and jewelry. A new pool bar named Slush features frozen drinks using fresh ingredients including pressed lemon juice, raspberries, cucumbers, mint, and Florida Valencia. — I like your style, Celebrity.

 

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