The decks around the main pools were crowded, but we found at least one unadvertised hideaway for sunning.
On either side of Deck 5 is a long walkway below the lifeboats that is nice for stretching the legs or sunning, but it doesn’t circle the ship. Smoking is allowed on the Port side.
Nearly a half-acre of real turf blankets much of Deck 15 aft, and a journey on Celebrity Eclipse will ensure that you’ll never take your lawn at home for granted again. We were told the lawn had been replaced a couple weeks prior to our cruise, and the conditions were tip-top—perfect for arranging a memorable picnic on good sea days. It’s also a place for light sports, starting with a three-hole putting course.
There are no facilities on this desk, but that doesn’t keep a large contingent of cruisers from using this breezy deck for sunning and napping on the loungers. There are planters with grass sprouting from them, but we found the grass dead and brown during our cruise.
The Solarium is a covered space at mid-ship, and the mostly-glass roof allows a lot of natural light; it is also air-conditioned. The pool is slightly elongated, which makes it better than the main outdoor pools for lap-swimming (it’s still a pretty short lap). There is a good number of loungers and, unlike the ones located outdoors, we never observed them all in use. A pair of small heated whirlpools flanks the pool, and the AquaSpa Café provides good bites close by.
A jogging/walking track circuits mid-ship—five loops equals a kilometer, eight loops is a mile. The track was well trod during our cruise. There are lots of loungers here, supplementing the limited supply located around the pool, so this is the ship’s main area for sunning.
Two side-by-side pools sit at mid-ship on Deck 12, ringed by four whirlpools. Although the space is all-outdoors, there is a good amount of shaded area on either side of the pools. But when the weather was good while at sea, every lounger was taken by mid-morning, and most never seemed to free up.
A stage is used for performances through the day—the ship’s party band put in an appearance here daily, and other acts were featured. There were also activities here: pool volleyball on several afternoons, dance lessons on another.