June 7, 2014 ~ Southampton, Celebrity Eclipse

Saturday, June 7, 2014

It is 10 am and we are all packed and ready to go to the ship. We had a great breakfast at the Premier Inn. It has been raining on and off and we have a bit of a wait before we go to the ship so will try to plan it between the showers. I am very glad we came in a day early!

Southampton, England onboard the Celebrity Eclipse

It was a short taxi ride to the ship and it stopped raining. We dropped off our two bags and went in to register. There really were no lines and we were through in no time. The rooms weren’t ready so we went to the Shore Excursions Desk and ordered three tours. We chose the panoramic bus tours in Tallinn, Estonia; Klaipeda, Lithuania and Gdansk, Poland. We figured that would involve the least walking.

We had lunch in the Oceanview Cafe and then our cabin was ready. Maria is our stewardess. The cabin is a good size, just not a lot of drawer space. The only thing I found missing was the retractable clothesline in the shower. For two weeks and not a public laundry on the ship, it would have been handy. I did bring my stretchy clothesline from 1964 and will have to get creative in where to hang it. It wasn’t long before our luggage arrived so we were all unpacked and settled by the time they called us for the boat drill. Our muster station was in the showroom. I made a mistake when looking at the map on the back of our door (yes, I was wrong) and we took the long way there. We didn’t have to bring life jackets. We went upstairs to look for the cruise critic group, but didn’t find them. We looked around and tried to get familiar with the ship. Kelly, our travel agent, sent us bottle of Beaujolais-Villages wine.

We are at table 123 at the early seating which is 6 pm for dinner at a table for eight. Annette and Jim from Stone Mountain, GA, MaryAnn and Alan from Chicago area, IL, and Veronica and Allan from Great Britain are our table mates, a nice group. The dining room, Moonlight Sonata, is very pretty and classy. Our dinner was good, Ray had prime rib and I had a pork chop. Our waiter is Xavier and his assistant is Dina. Our show tonight wasn’t until 9 pm so we looked around some more. The ship only has two sets of elevators so it seems strange to us. Our cabin, 9216, is closer to the forward elevators. We met the Cruise Director, Sinan Ulucay, while waiting for the doors to open. He is from Antalya, Turkey. We had a little of everything tonight. Peng Fei Su did the face-changing act we saw in China, Kateryna Sychova from the Ukraine played the violin, the Eclipse Orchestra and the singers and dancers. I was tired and went to the room and Ray visited the casino. It was a great beginning!

 

These pictures show our cabin, 9216 interior,the ship, Corning Glass, Oceanview Café and Theater.

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