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    Descriptive info: .. Updated 18/09.. /2014.. Web Contact.. Reviews now.. replace the.. picture options.. Caribbean.. Solstice, 2009.. Australia/New Zealand.. Mercury, 2008.. ship sold to TUI in 2011.. Galaxy, 2007.. ship sold to TUI 2009.. Mediterrean.. Century, 2006.. Hurricane Centre.. Have you seen my.. wife !!.. ________________________________________________________________________________.. Silhouette berthed along side RCI's Adventure of the Sea on a.. previous visit to St.. Kitts.. Current Review.. Caribbean cruise with Eclipse 2014..  ...   with.. lifeboat obstruction.. Celebrity limited wines and spirits option.. prices.. When the page opens select top left Gifts by Celebrity Delivered abroad.. Electronic Cigarettes.. - Celebrity advise only to be used in designated areas, just like a normal cigarette.. Volcano News.. Flight tracker [ash].. Link.. to Baroarbunga, Iceland's latest eruption site.. Lammas Fair 2nd Tuesday in August - St.. Andrews,.. Fife, Scotland, UK.. Bill Christine's Cruise Website..

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    Descriptive info: Eclipse Review April 2014.. plus my wheelchair guide, hopefully helpful, but you might.. want to seek further advice from your cruise consultant.. Best viewed in Google Chrome.. Eclipse berthed in Grenada, I wrongly had this down as Curacao, so.. apologies.. Godmother of the ship Emma Pontin.. Em's first book is a candid account of her recent battle against breast cancer.. from diagnosis and mastectomy through the harrowing nightmare of soul.. destroying chemo and radiotherapy to the final reconstruction.. This is a highly motivational and uplifting true story of a young woman s battle.. against breast cancer.. Breast cancer is an insidious disease that attacks 44,000.. women and in excess of 300 men every year in Britain alone.. Quite simply we would like to do something about it !.. The challenge involved a small group of experienced sailors combined with a.. crew of forty two selected members of the public, all of whom have had a.. very personal relationship with breast cancer.. The team departed from London.. on their round the world sailing challenge in order to raise funds for, and global awareness of, breast cancer.. A carefully programmed selection of stopovers at which they acted as.. ambassadors to raise funds and awareness, not only of breast cancer but.. also of the fact that it can be beaten.. The plaque on the ship states "Celebrated cruises is extremely honoured to.. have as Godmother of the stunning Celebrity Eclipse Emma Pontin, a.. courageous woman who has leveraged the challenges of sailing to foster a.. compelling career and to overcome adversity.. Emma embarked as a crew member on her first transatlantic yacht race in.. 2002, after only a weeks sailing experience.. Winning sparked the.. beginning of a new career.. She continued her devotion to the sport and, in.. 2006, was selected to skipper the ARC Transatlantic race.. But, at the start,.. Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer, and returned immediately to the.. UK, for a double mastectomy and treatment.. Throughout he chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Emma continued to sail,.. instruct and race, and skippered such major competitions as the Fastnet.. and Sydney-Hobart race.. She also chronicled her battle against breast.. cancer in a book, Beating the Blowfish.. Emma has logged more then 100,000 nautical miles and completed 15.. transatlantic races.. She is married to Richard, and stepmother to.. three energetic and sea-loving children.. Emma continues to race and.. instruct, and plans to circumnavigate the globe (30,000 miles) in 2011.. to raise funds for, and awareness of, breast cancer.. ".. and now to the staff:.. Captain, Panagiotis Skylogiannis, *.. Born Athens, Greece.. Joined Celebrity July 1988 as a 2.. nd.. officer.. Past Port Captain in the Miami.. Office before being appointed Master on Zenith.. He has served on Horizon;.. Century; Infinity; Summit and was the inaugural Master of the Solstice/Eclipse.. He lives in Norwich, Norfolk, with his family.. Staff Captain, Theocharis Charalampos *.. Joined Celebrity in 1999 and has served on Century; Summit; Constellation;.. Millennium; and Equinox after which he joined Eclipse.. Chief Engineer, Georgios Spyrellis.. Born on the Greek island of Lesvos.. He began his career on cargo and tanker.. ships.. Joined Celebrity in 1998 moving up to Chief Engineer in 2006.. He is responsible for the ship s propulsion; electrical systems as well all the technical aspects of the ship.. He lives in Athens with his family and during vacation he.. enjoys Tae Kwon Do and playing football,.. Executive Chef, Paul Carroll.. Began his career in Ireland in the world famous Clarence Hotel in Dublin.. Catered for the Royal family when working with Marcus Wareing at Petrus in Mayfair, also served the needs of leaders of Government and stars from stage.. and screen.. Paul joined Celebrity Eclipse and since has changed the culinary landscape at sea.. Chef Paul brings his culinary experience to Eclipse in his role.. as Executive Chef.. Cruise Director, Sue Denning.. *.. Born and raised in Birmingham, England.. She has toured the world in musical.. theatre and caberet venues.. She has worked with many well known stars.. including Sir Michael Caine; Brenda Blethyn to name just 2.. Her hopes are to introduce more innovative and exclusive entertainment at sea.. Hotel Director, Darren Tiller.. Born in Liverpool, before moving to Oxfordshire where his parents became.. hoteliers.. Darren started his career with Forte Hotels and in the Caribbean for Westin; Raffels and Sandel Resorts.. He returned to the UK in 2005 to.. complete his Masters degree in Tourism and Hospitality and afterwards serve.. as Operations Manager in the Mayfair in London.. Darren now overseas the entire hotel operation on Celebrity Eclipse.. Food Beverage Manager, Cemal Ozcelik.. Cemal was born in Turkey and he graduated with a degree in Tourism/Hotel management.. He has been for the past 21 years working in premium hotels.. He started with Celebrity in 1999 holding various positions until finally.. promoted to F B Manager which employs the largest group of staff, some.. 620, more then 50% of the total complement.. On vacation he loves to spend.. time with his lovely family.. Graeme Kelleher, Captains Club Host.. Graeme is based on Deck 7, Team Earth.. As on previous cruises lately, the.. cruise sales team have taken over the space, part used in the past by CPH.. and the Sales team members when it was much smaller.. He is an Australian !!!.. * Where on Eclipse last April, 2013.. We flew down to Heathrow on the 8 a.. m.. flight after staying the night at.. the Hilton hotel at Edinburgh.. We then flew on to Miami on the 11.. 10 from Heathrow arriving around 3.. 15 p.. local time.. We then transferred to the.. Hilton Marina hotel.. at Fort Lauderdale, with.. the coach for Christine having a lift.. This is a great hotel with balconies.. something we have never had in previous visits.. Our only minor fault is there.. is a steep part to push a wheelchair up, but the remainder of the hotel was.. fine.. Drinks were served in Antea bar, just over from reception, they were.. free pour, costing $25 compared with the Eclipse who charged $16, this was.. for a double gin and rum and mixer and as the free pour had ended.. It was.. a room only basis, there was a choice at the bar area just inside the hotel.. for a good variety food or the main diningroom.. The.. breakfast cost was $22.. plus local tax, or in our case $46 max so we went for the buffet breakfast.. and it was good value for money.. We went down at 8.. 45 when it wasn't to.. busy but we quickly got a table and around 30 mins later the queues starting to form.. After breakfast we took it easy and we came down and past by the.. restaurant to where the.. reps were checking guests in and advising us to.. bring.. our cases down, or use a porter for around 10.. 30 a,m.. ,we popped.. our head out the back of the hotel where the cases were being collected.. to find our bus with the lift had arrived and another 20 mins we were on.. our way to the ship.. Just as on previous transfers there were a number of others leaving for other ships/other destinations so there was  ...   very heavy showers but they didn t last long.. Only other ship.. in port was NCL Norwegian Sun and a five mast sailing and guests were.. getting checked in to sail in her.. St Lucia.. [Temp 35 C very hot] Leaving the ship short trip to the shops with.. a variety of products for sale.. There is a shop that sells postcards and.. +stamps separately and for 6 cards to the UK it was $3.. The surface.. around the pier as far down to where Fred Olsen s ship was berthed.. scored 8/10 and inside the shopping area which is fenced off, whilst.. you didn t need to show your seapass to leave.. Other cruise ship was NCL.. Norwegian Sea.. Antigua.. [Temp 28 C partly cloudy] I never took Christine ashore after the.. problems with using the wheelchair last year, but I did go off to take some photographs which shows a few of the problems you have to face, for those.. walking well with care.. I have increased my score perhaps the real problems.. last year did force me to a much lower score, but still low at 3/10.. Other cruise was ship the TUI Inspiration or Celebrity Mercury as it was,.. confirmed by an officer.. St Maarten.. [Temp 35 C] As usual a wide selection of shops just a short walk.. from where the ship is berthed and on the mound a great shop with a variety.. of items including drink; cigarettes and some basic medical lotions etc.. ferry links you with the north and east part of the big shopping areas.. Other cruise ships included Independence of the Seas; Fred Olsen Boudicca;.. NCL Getaway; Mein Schiff 2 which we think might be the old Celebrity Galaxy.. sold to TUI some years ago now.. St Thomas.. [28 C some showers in aft] last time for Eclipse to call here next.. season St Kitts will take its place following the St Lucia visit.. The shopping.. has much improved greatly since our last year, but the shops with the ramp.. up not down at the other end is still there.. Access to pier not bad 7/10.. beyond not bad but pity about that ramp leading to a group of shops, up.. but no down at the other end, so will give it 7/10 here as well.. Other cruise ships in were Allure of the Seas Carnival ?.. The daily pour is a cocktail special of the day; Daiqri [Bacardi; lime juice;.. simple syrup and Aromatic bitters], details of others will follow.. Some images from around the ship:.. Both taken when the Ocean Cafe was on a change over.. An area to sit down and chat all about the Speciality restuarants.. A small launch takes guests away.. Some of the sweets available and at 4 p.. tea/coffee and sandwiches.. Some views all taken when guests were ashore !!.. Activities in no real order:.. Poolside Deck 14.. Several Interactive theme parties finisishing around 1 a.. / 1.. 15 a.. Dancing with Stripes where a guest dances with a member of the ships staff,.. was great fun for all who attended.. Last year there was a boat building competition whilst a few showed interest.. there was only one entry, but is was well constructed and floated so it one.. the prize.. This year 7 groups came forward but only 2 completed the.. the task, both well constructed but the Canadian entry was quite something,.. follow the.. aftermath.. Casino, Slot tournament officers vs guests.. Note: Most of the musical groups will take their turn in the various venues.. around the ship to entertain the guests.. Grand Foyer Deck 3.. Fusion house band.. Egg dropping contest 7 teams taking part.. There rotten eggs must be protected.. as when dropped from Deck 7 to 3 they must not be smashed, the team the.. fewest eggs smashed wins.. Eclipse theatre.. Peng Fei Su, Contemporary Chinese Magic;.. Lindsay Hamilton, singer featured in Evita; Fantine and in Les Miserables;.. Doug Cameron, The Music Humour;.. Antonoi Salci in concert;.. Jordan Bennett in songs of the Baby Boomers and more;.. Perry Grant in concert;.. Celebriy Showtime Edge The Show.. Sky Lounge Deck 15.. Ballroom Class with Darya Alexi several events;.. Motown Magic;.. Trivia Quizzes;.. Hot Glass shows during day/evening when at sea and evening on port days.. Central 4.. Bingo with Mega jackpots.. Cinema same area.. Austenland, Comedy/Romance PG13 97 mins;.. Monster University Animation/Comedy Rated G 104 min;.. Red 2 Action/Commedy PG13 116 mins.. Central various + also being held in the Sky Lounge Deck 15.. Trivia brain strain quizzes.. Ensemble lounge Deck 5.. Ray Brown Jr Quartet.. Cellar Masters Deck 4.. Various tastings; Perry Grant, Piano entertainer.. Reidel wine glass workshop fee applies.. Quaser Deck 4.. Megamix;.. Meetings 18.. 30; Single and solo travellers meet [Both these events normally.. on first day ?] Rock n Roll nights.. Shops on the Boulevard Decks 4/5.. Various sales organised during the cruise; watches; handbags; jewellery;.. lengths of gold etc.. Canyon Spa Club, Deck 4 a revamped one opened on Day 2.. My wife normally has 2 hair appointments during the cruise and this.. hairdressers failed miserably on those two occasions.. All she requires is.. the hair washed; put up in rollers; then under the dryers and finally back.. combed out, well neither attempts last more than 24 hours and the cost.. was the highest we have ever aid at $70.. I complained when we went.. for the 2nd appointment and they assured me it would be OK but as bad.. as the first attempt.. I arrived to take Christine back and just shortly.. after I arrived the hairdresser who Christine had and another were.. arguing over the dryer temperature and its position !!.. Smoking on the ship in designated areas.. Deck 5 port side open deck; Deck 12 port side midship; Deck 14 Starboard.. Mast Bar and Deck 15 aft open deck and Sunset bar.. Community Board for guests on Deck 3 close by Guest Relationswhere various.. events are posted such as bridge games; religious services; LGBT gatherings.. and many more.. Beyond the Podium.. Sany Cares Aruba and Curacao : Dutch treats of the Caribbean".. Gid Pool History of stand up comedy in America How to use humour in.. your presentations and speeches.. Misc : Visit the ships galley and here how all the planning and work is done.. to serve all the restuarants, with this team representing 60% of the ships complement of staff.. This is just a small sample of the activities taking place in various parts of.. the ship.. Finally on arrival we were transferred to the.. Courtyard Marriott.. We had.. a large room on the ground floor and once we had settled we went to the.. bar and out to the small area where we had a drink and I ordered a.. hamburger on a roll with chips.. The drinks arrived promptly but not the.. food and I had to chase after the server who did eventually deliver the.. food and advised there had been a reduction in price.. So come 5.. a coach appeared and we all piled on and set off to the airport.. Well as the sunsets on this cruise it will rise again in the autumn when.. we join Silhouette..

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    Descriptive info: Equinox Review Sept 2013.. in the Med out of Barcelona.. Eclipse Review April, 2013.. in the Caribbean.. Eclipse Review Sept 2012.. in the Med out of Southampton.. Silhouette Review April, 2012.. Constellation Review Sept, 2011.. Amsterdam to the Med.. Equinox Review April, 2011.. Eclipse Review Sept 2010.. Southampton to Med.. Millenniun Review April, 2010.. Solstice Review April, 2009.. Century Review Sept 2009.. Past Celebrity Cruise Reviews..

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    Descriptive info: Our Cruise History 1996 to 2014.. 1996.. Thomson s Sapphire [14] 2 weeks 7 + 7 in Palma.. 1997.. NCL.. Seaward [14] Back to Back Caribbean.. 1998.. Thomson s Topaz [14] 7 day Disney 7 in Caribbean.. 1999.. QE2 [10] Southampton to Madeira Canaries.. 2000.. Celebrity Century [14].. {1} West Caribbean *.. 2001.. SS Norway [18] Miama/New.. York/Halifax/St.. Johns/UK/Ireland/LeHarve/.. Southampton.. 2002.. Celebrity Millenniuum [11].. {2} Ultimate C.. aribbean **.. 2003.. Celebrity Millennium [12].. {4} Classical Med ****.. 2004.. Should have been two weeks on Century in.. Caribbean to celebrate 25 years but hurricanes.. spoiled all that.. 2005.. Celebrity Infinity [15].. {7} Westbound Panama Canal **.. Celebrity.. Galaxy [11] {9} Med Cruise ****.. 2006.. Celebrity Century [13] {12} Amsterdam to Barcelona **.. 2007.. Celebrity Galaxy [11].. {14} Caribbean San Juan stuck.. in the snow Boston for 3 days ****.. 2008.. Celebrity Mercury [14].. {17}  ...   Eclipse [14].. {29} Spanish Med ***.. 2011.. Celebrity Equinox [10].. {31} Caribbean.. Celebrity Constellation.. [12].. {34} Amsterdam to.. Istanbul ***.. 2012 Celebrity Silhouette [12] {37} Southern Caribbean ***.. 2012 Celebrity Eclipse [14] {40} Southampton to Med and.. back ***.. 2013 Celebrity Eclipse [14] {43} Caribbean ****.. 2013 Celebrity Equinox [12] {46} Barcelona to Venice ***.. 2014.. Celebrity Eclipse [14] {49} Caribbean ***.. from 25th November, 2014 we qualify for 5 points each.. for every night cruised currently 1,510 points and qualifies.. as for Elite Plus.. 2014 Celebrity Silhouette [12] {52} Venice to Rome ***.. 120 points 1,630.. 2015 Celebrity Eclipse [14] {55} Caribbean ***.. 2015 Celebrity Eclipse [14] {58} Med ***.. In total 30 cruises 23 will have been with Celebrity.. Total number of cruise days 343 including 39days with.. land based connections.. * Ocean View ** Veranda *** Club Veranda **** Suite..

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    Descriptive info: Hotel Marina, Fort Lauderdale.. A great hotel with balconies something we rarely see on our stays in hotels,.. located.. in Fort Lauderdale and only about 15 mins drive to join the ship.. This was a much bigger balcony than we have had on previous, so far no sign.. this hotel is available for 2015.. Some new rooms we were not aware of at our last stay here.. External G Bar and restaurant in a lovely setting..

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    Descriptive info: James and his animals.. Now we dry ourselves with towels but James has other ideas.. Our favourite the bird sitting on its nest.. The teddy bears befriend a dog incognito.. A rabbit in the middle of the Caribbean.. Amazing what you find on your balcony.. We found him in the loo, he had heard the chef wanted frogs legs on the.. menu that night.. Well whatever your thoughts some very nice animals did pop into see us !!..

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    Descriptive info: Sample Daily Listing..

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    Descriptive info: This is the Google map.. link.. On the Google map Weststraat and.. WerfStraat take you to the main shopping street.. This area features largely on the main street, quite impressive.. Views to the east.. View straight ahead.. Views to the right.. Extreme right views.. Yachts gather to take guests off on trips.. another boat departs.. So farewell Aruba we will visit again in 2015..

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    Descriptive info: This map is your Google map.. cruise ships dock at the Megapier and you.. head off the ship t your right to the shopping areas and the pontoon bridge.. All the houses lovely pastel colours.. The navy sails past.. The pathway to follow to the shops and to see the pontoon bridge.. Access into the shopping area.. Part of the shopping area.. The waves and the pool belonging to one of the hotels across the way.. So farewell Curacao we will visit again in 2015..

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    Descriptive info: The spice island and the one where we top up on our.. Nutmeg related.. products.. Google map.. You head up to the building where you will pick up your minibus for.. your tour or taxi if doing your own trip.. A good vantage point to get a.. great photo of your ship,  ...   canopy.. in view.. This is where you return to at the end of your tour if using a cruise tour.. Looking to you port and no sign of the little train if you don't fancy.. the walk.. Looking further to you port side.. So farewell Grenada we will visit again in 2015..

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    Descriptive info: The Google map.. link.. you may have to scan to the left and up to see the cruise.. terminal area.. So next year if we are visiting on a Saturday, we will be over a lot sooner.. before it closes.. So farewell Barbados we will visit again in 2015..

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