Visit on Board Celebrity Eclipse
We were pleased to have the opportunity to visit Celebrity Eclipse twice over its season of calls in Los Angeles Harbor.
Our first visit was on October 20, 2019, where we participated in a plaque & key ceremony with the Captain, presenting him with a commemorative plaque that now sails with the ship as a welcome to San Pedro and its Port of Los Angeles.
The ceremony took place on the ship's bridge and we include a couple of photos in this gallery.
Then on November 11, we were invited on board to cover the ship for our magazine, San Pedro & Peninsula Visitor.
For this visit, we got a more extensive tour, finishing with lunch with Le Petit Chefs.
Le Petit Chefs is an innovative dining experience, so allow us to explain. The dining room is initially somewhat plain looking.
Not utilitarian, but you get the idea that there's something up, especially when the lights dim.
Four light projectors above each seat give every diner a personal show that starts with a kind of title plate--that is, the title of Le Petit Chefs is projected onto the charger that sits in front of you. It's the first part of the table that will become a screen.
Soon the chefs are introduced and they come out like lighted magic, each with a personality in a 3D virtual body.
The formerly bare table was awash with a table cloth made of light and it would change through the preparations of each course, reflecting cultural and national elements of the chef.
The first chef got to work on the first course, using full-size ingredients and equipment that, while not at full scale, still presented challenges to the tiny chefs. And every ingredient in each dish was actually shown being used, every procedure was represented.
Then, very dramatically, as each Le Petit Chef finished their work on the dish, the real thing emerged from the kitchen to be served to each diner.
There's a $55 surcharge for the meal and show. Seems well worth it because the food was good (with options for vegetarians or non-beef eaters) and choices of two very good wines, red and white.
The ship, though, is more than just this one outstanding specialty dining experience.
Celebrity Eclipse is an attractive ship that's being made better through a multi-million-dollar fleet-wide upgrade program.
Celebrity Eclipse has nice facilities very well laid out and notable art on board.
And it has one of the most beautiful main dining rooms afloat, Moonlight Sonata.
Details About Celebrity Eclipse
Port of registry: 2010–2010: Nassau, Bahamas, Bahamas
2010–Present: Valletta, Malta
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: US$750 million
Christened: April 24, 2010 at Southampton by Emma Pontin
Identification: Call sign: 9HXC9
IMO number: 9404314
MMSI number: 249666000
DNV ID: 27760
Class and type: Solstice-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 121,878 GT Length: 317.14 m (1,040 ft 6 in) Beam: 36.80 m (120 ft 9 in) Draft: 8.30 m (27 ft 3 in) Decks: 17 decks
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 16V46 67,200 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipods Three Wärtsilä CT300 bow thrusters (3,000 kW each)
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2,850 passengers Crew: Approximately 1,271
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