Celebrity’s Newest Ship Celebrates Inaugural Voyage

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Celebrity’s newest ship the, Eclipse celebrated her inaugural voyage, a 2 day “cruise to nowhere” out of Hamburg. Though most of us couldn’t be be on board to enjoy this beautiful ship, we can still get a terrific glimpse of what the new ship looks like, thanks to cruise ship photography enthusiast, Andreas Depping. He was a guest on board and too over 900 photos of this brand new ship. They are available for viewing on his website: cruiseship-gallery.de.

The Celebrity Eclipse is the third ship in their new Solstice class of ships, the first of which debuted in fall of 2008. The second, the Equinox, ship rolled out in 2009. All three of these ship share the following statistics: Occupancy: 2,850, Tonnage: 122,000, Length: 1,033 ft, Beam: 121 ft, Draught: 27 ft, Cruise Speed: 24 kts

These ships feature numerous amenities designed to pamper and entertain guests. The Eclipse will feature several specialty dinning areas in addition to the Main “Moon Light Sonata Dinning Room” and the “Ocean View Cafe” buffet area. The specialty dining areas include Murano’s, The Tuscan Grill, Blu for Aqua Spa state room guests, and Cafe Baccio – a creperie and gelato bar. The new restaurant concept debuting on the Eclipse, replacing the Silk Harvest restaurant, is the Qsine. This restaurant will feature creative twists on old favorites.

One feature that we enjoyed when we sailed the original Solstice ship last fall was the Cellar Master’s bar. The self serve wine tasting dispensers have been expanded to just about triple the number of wines available for a taste or a glass. The way the machines work is that passengers load up an electronic card with a dollar amount. Then when they are ready to taste a wine they simply insert the card into the machine and select a 1 oz, 2 oz, or 4 oz taste of the wine. The wines vary in price in quality from just a few dollars for a sip, to Opus One for about $15 a sip.

Another popular spot on the two other Solstice class ships has been the Lawn Club and Hot Glass show. The Eclipse passengers will also be able to enjoy a game of bocce ball on the lawn and then take in the Corning Museum of Glass’s live glass blowing and sculpting show.

Mr. Depping took photos of every facet of the ship during his inaugural voyage. He has them grouped according to cabin category for accommodations, and deck for public areas. He reports that all services were up and running during the inaugural voyage and that he heard only positive feed back from others who were on board the ship. Cruise Talk featured Mr. Depping in an article a few months ago. We thank him for the use of his photo for this article.