Read our review of the theater entertainment on the Celebrity Eclipse.
This unusual concept is another exclusive to the Celebrity line, a live glass blowing show conducted daily on the top deck of Eclipse. Just three ships have a home for this unique feature (Equinox and Solstice as well) and it was definitely an appealing element of our journey on the Celebrity Eclipse.
The two-hour shows are hosted by three staff-members from the Corning Museum of Glass, and beautiful glass pieces are produced at each show, with one of the Corning staff explaining the techniques being used as the pieces are fired in a pair of glowing ovens. The venue seats about 103 guests in an open-air environment (only partly covered from the elements). Shows at the beginning of the cruise were overflowing, with overhead monitors available to watch the action from the surrounding lawn.
As a non-profit entity, Corning does not allow glass pieces produced on the ship to be sold. However at the conclusion of each show one or two pieces are raffled off to lucky attendees.
This attractive theater seats more than 1100 and is built for spectacles.
The ship-sized spectacular Eclipse: The Show is a Cirque du Soleil-style review, performed on one evening of our cruise. Ten acrobats and a team of singers perform the 45-minute show, and the fact that these acts are performed on a stage that’s gently undulating (when at sea) makes the derring-do all the more impressive. Other shows here were more traditional music and dance reviews that showed off the venue’s trap doors. On one evening a medley of Beatles songs was chased by various pop songs of the 70s and later; on another, a comedy and juggling act took center stage.
This wide, 185-seat theater is used for lectures, bingo, viewing major sporting events and the nightly movie. Seats at the side had limited or no visibility of the screen, and the quality of movie presentations was pretty marginal.
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