Celebrity Eclipse: Review of specialty restaurants and food

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On our trip aboard the Celebrity Eclipse we decided to review the standard of food found in the specialty restaurants, which included the exclusive Qsine and tasty Tuscan Grille. While we did use the main dinning room, after paying that little extra for specialty dinning it became easy to get addicted.

The Celebrity Eclipse has a sleek style and makes you feel like you’re living the ‘celebrity’ life. Nice touches included the ice bar where you’ll find some martini’s and guests draw pictures in the ice each evening, some were very good, although they get cleaned away each day. Also on one hot day in Lanzarote, around 35 degrees, we arrived back at our cruise ship to find a complementary ice cold drink and cold towel waiting for us outside the boat, now that is a 5-star service.

Meals in all restaurants were visual masterpieces, it was great ordering different items from the menu each evening to see how they look, pure art. We never had problems getting service with at least two members of staff per table, and in the specialty restaurants it felt even more relaxed with a much more personal service, which was hard to believe considering how good the main dinning room staff were.

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While the service was great in the main dinning rooms, it did get busy at times and this is where you didn’t get the little extras that really matter to a family. If you do book a cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse we recommend you try a specialty restaurant early on so you know what you’ll be missing not to visit them. From the waiters singing with our children, making things for them out of napkins, and just spoiling them as they had that extra time. This made the experience that much better and gave the whole family some special memories.

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Celebrity want their specialty dining to include food from some of the world’s finest restaurants, and give the guest a first class service with a ‘chic, sophisticated ambience’, and this is just what they’ve achieved. A setting that is perfect for both adult and child.

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Qsine is a restaurant that is exclusive to Celebrity Silhouette and Eclipse, and while we loved the steaks and pasta in Tuscan Grille, it was Qsine that captured the hearts of our family. From our children enjoying ordering from an Apple iPad, to the unique way dishes were served. Qsine has some popular food that has been given a twist; you can see some of the food below from Qsine.

Some of our favorites included Sushi Lollipops, Spring Rolls, Tiger Shrimp & Bay Scallops, Disco Shrimp, and Filet Mignon. The kids loved the Slider Party, which were beef patties in aged Wisconsin cheddar and came with Qsine slider sauce, and Brioche buns.

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We know that over-eating is not good for your health, but the amount of food you get in the main dinning rooms are always much smaller per plate although you can order more than one main course. When it comes to the food in specialty restaurants, you’ll get much bigger portions and when you say you’re not sure what to have, they will bring you a bit of everything you like, all for a small fee of around $30 per guest.

This fee is not much considering the amount that goes into the specialty restaurant food, although considering you’ve already paid for a cruise it may be a bit much for some people. The other thing to watch is going most nights to specialty restaurants, we got hooked and ended up going to them over two thirds of the cruise days, which created a big bill on our sea pass card.

You can see the specialty restaurant menus for Celebrity Eclipse and other Celebrity ships via this page.

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