Celebrity Eclipse Visit
We had a very enjoyable visit on board Celebrity Eclipse.
We actually had two visits on board. The first was to present a maiden call plaque commemorating the ship's first visit to Los Angeles on October 20. Then a couple weeks later we were invited on board for a press tour of the ship, culminating with lunch with the Le Petit Chefs experience.
Le Petit Chefs is a multimedia light and sound event that's going to be available on all the line's ships soon.
After you are seated, the dining room lights are lowered and everything starts to happen right in front of you.
There is no tablecloth; it's created by light. As are four tiny chefs who each take a different course of the meal.
Now, these are tiny chefs, appearing to be just a few inches tall, but they're working with what also appear to be full-size ingredients and equipment. So imagine a tiny chef wrestling full-size eggs to make pasta. And like magic, just as the Petit Chef finishes his or her work, that course appears for you from the kitchen.
There's a $55 surcharge to dine with Le Petit Chefs, but you can look at it as dinner and a show.
Celebrity Cruises has also announced partnerships that it’s pretty sure will enhance the onboard experience further.
Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud, founder of a range of restaurants, including DANIEL and Café Boulud in New York City, will design signature dishes for Luminae, Celebrity’s exclusive restaurant for suite class passengers.
He’s also introducing Chef’s Table by Daniel Boulud that will include a private gallery tour and five-course dinner and will make guest appearances on board.
Plus, he’s working with Celebrity on a culinary mentorship program that will help promising young people the chance to hone their craft.
And Celebrity Cruises also announced a partnership with American Ballet Theatre to bring ballet to its ships. There’s a San Pedro connection to ABT: Misty Copeland, principal dancer with the ballet, began her dance career with San Pedro City Ballet. ABT has a mission to present “the best of ballet to the widest possible audience,” said its executive director, Kara Medoff Barnett.
So the new partnership will allow passengers to see some of the best ballet in the world and the dancers and opportunity to see the world as they sail on board.
By 2023, Celebrity will complete a $500 million renovation and upgrading of its ships called the “Celebrity Revolution.” Celebrity Equinox has already been transformed, the cruise line said, with a number of innovations and new places on board. These include
- The addition of The Retreat for suite guests that includes an exclusive The Retreat Sundeck and The Retreat Lounge
- A reimagined Passport Bar
- Craft Social, a casual spot with more than 40 beers
- Refreshed staterooms and suites throughout the ships
- STEM learning and activities for young people in cooperation with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
- A new watch boutique and other retail additions
- Digital enhancements across the ship, such as the addition of RFID lock technology and pervasive Xcelerate wifi
If you’re interested in experiencing a cruise with Celebrity, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or call your travel agent. In the meantime, enjoy photos from what we saw on board.