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Exceeding all expectations

Elaine Goddard won a wonderful seven-night cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse in the Feb/March 2011 issue of Cruise International


e left the cold behind at Heathrow Airport and began our trip with sunshine in

Miami. After a night spent at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel, our journey to Celebrity Eclipse was very effi cient and we were on board within an hour. After being greeted with a glass of champagne, we found our stateroom which had a good-sized balcony and a large glass shower. Next, we were off to explore

the ship, for which we had high expectations, seeing as it was only launched in 2010. It exceeded our expectations – and we’ve been on quite a few cruises in our time! As my husband requires a gluten- free diet, we also stopped by the

Celebrity Eclipse exceeded our expectations – and we’ve been on quite a few cruises in our time!

restaurant to make sure he would be catered for – but there was no problem, they easily adjusted the existing menu with some gluten-free alternatives for him. Due to some windy weather,

we spent the following day at sea indoors listening to a guest speaker’s recollections of interviews with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and locating the multitude of restaurants, bars, spas, shops, theatres and pools. On our third morning, we awoke to a truly remarkable sight: the staff must have been very busy during the night, as the ship was covered with Christmas decorations everywhere we looked! It really was a sight that we’ll remember. We spent the day sunbathing and and swimming, and even managed to catch a

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arriving in San Juan that evening. We wandered around the city, fi nding it unusual being in such a hot climate so close to Christmas. After breakfast the next morning on our balcony, we walked into Philipsburg and enjoyed an afternoon beach excursion to Orient Bay – a great beach with plenty of surf (and rum punch)! Our excursion the following

day in St Kitts was to the Fairview Great House and botanical gardens. This 18th-century house had been restored to its former glory; however, it was the views of the Caribbean and gardens which made the greatest impression on us. On our way back to Miami, the

formal dinner was as good as ever, and we added a West End show to the list of theatre performances we’d seen. The standard of singing and dancing was very high. I’d like to thank you for the lovely time we had on board Eclipse; we anticipated the ship and service to be of a high standard, but it exceeded all our expectations!

The Cruise International competition Feb/Mar 2011 CRUISE-INTERNATIONAL.COM


Competition Celebrity Cruises

The lucky winner will have the option to choose from two Caribbean itineraries, East or West (see panel), which both start and end in Miami and include some wonderful ports of call including Puerto Rico, Roatan (Honduras), Grand Cayman and St Kitts.

Get on board Celebrity Eclipse If you’re not lucky this time, fear not. You still have the opportunity to get a taster of Eclipse later this year when she returns to Southampton in April after wintering in the Caribbean. She will run the popular short break and

traditional 14-night holidays to the Mediterranean for the summer season. A new itinerary for 2011 is the 14-night Italian Mediterranean which calls at some of the famous Moorish influenced cities of Spain en route to Italy. Also, due to popular demand, the 16-night Western Mediterranean and Adriatic Coast itinerary has increased from two to four sailings for 2011.

Highlights for 2011 include: l Four-night cruises to Cork from £359

l 14-night Italian Mediterranean cruises visiting Spain, France and Italy from £1,699


Step on board Celebrity

Eclipse as she

makes her way around one of cruising's hottest

destinations – the Caribbean

elebrity Cruises is giving one lucky reader and a guest the chance to set sail in the Caribbean on a fantastic seven-night cruise. Celebrity Eclipse is the line’s latest Solstice Class ship, which is redefi ning cruise ship standards, with modern, sophisticated

environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring on board programmes, and world-class cuisine. The ships are full of fi rsts, and Eclipse is no exception, with a number of ground-breaking innovations, which include The Lawn Club, the fi rst real grass growing at sea featuring

a lawn area larger than eight tennis courts where you can practice croquet and putting; and A Hot Glass Show, with live glassblowing demonstrations. There is even an iLounge where you can purchase MacBooks and iPods.

Eat, drink and dream There are 10 different restaurants, including the main dining room inspired by old Hollywood glamour, and smaller speciality venues with ambience designed to complement the fi rst-class cuisine. Solstice also features a new accommodation

level, AquaClass, featuring a range of relaxation options such as dream-enhancing television programming, a welcome kit with teeth-whitening sample, the option to dine in the exclusive restaurant, Blu, dedicated to guests staying in AquaClass accommodation, and complimentary access to the Persian Garden within the on board extensive AquaSpa facility. The Solstice Class rooms are based on the

design inspirations of fi ve women selected for their travel and hospitality knowledge. More than 90 per cent of the accommodation on board Celebrity Eclipse is outside staterooms, and an incredible 85 per cent have a balcony.

84 Cruise International February/March 2011 WIN A CARIBBEAN CRUISE FOR TWO WITH

l 14-night Scandinavia & Russia cruises visiting Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Finland and Russia from £1,699

l 16-night Western Mediterranean & Adriatic Coast visiting a number of ports in Spain, Italy, and Croatia from £2,089

Celebrity Cruises sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, Canada and New England, Europe, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity Cruises has won a range of accolades and honours, including top mega-ship line at the Condé Nast Traveller’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards in November 2009.

prize itineraries include EASTERN/WESTERN CARIBBEAN

Dates Between Jan-April, 2011 and Nov-Dec, 2011 Duration Seven-nights from Miami Ports of call

Eastern Caribbean Miami, At Sea (one day), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (St Maarten), Basseterre (St Kitts), At Sea (two days), Miami

Western Caribbean Miami, At Sea (one day), George Town (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico), Puerto Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan (Honduras), At Sea (one day), Miami

to find out more about Celebrity and its cruises tel: 0845 456 0523 or visit:

Terms and CondiTions

The prize must be taken before 25 December 2011 and is subject to availability and Celebrity’s booking conditions. Competition is not open to employees of The Chelsea Magazine Company, Celebrity Cruises and their associated companies or agents. Travel insurance is the responsibility of the prize-winner. The prize must be taken as stated and no cash alternative will be offered. The prize is not transferable, non-changeable, non-extendable and non-refundable. See cruise- for full terms and conditions.


How to enter: Answer the following question, then complete and send this form to the address below. All entries must be received by 9 FEBRUARY 2011. To find out if you're our lucky winner check out the April/May 2011 issue of Cruise International.

which of the following can you not do on board Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity eclipse? My answer is:

A: Practice putting and croquet on the real grass lawn B: Do a lap of honour on the Formula 1 race track? C: Purchase MacBooks, iPods and other Apple Mac equipment at the Celebrity iLounge?

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PRIZE INCLUDES ★ Seven nights full board accommodation for two on board Celebrity Eclipse in an Oceanview stateroom with balcony

★ Return economy flights from London Heathrow to Miami

★ Main meals, evening entertainment, use of the fitness centre and all applicable taxes and gratuities

★ The choice of one of two itineraries, Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean

£6,000 WORTH

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