We recently returned from an 11-day cruise around the Mediterranean on this wonderful ship. Check in was very simple and the express check out was even easier. Having the String Trio playing as we boarded the ship I thought was very classy. We found everyone, from the people cleaning the toilets, Joseph who looked after our stateroom, the restaurant staff, bar staff and officers full of smiles with a cheerful greeting every time they passed by. People like Housani the waiter in the Seaview Cafe who remembered guests names and the bar staff at the various bars who remembered what we liked to drink. The food in all the restaurants we used was simply delicious, well prepared, well presented and served with a smile and the wine recommendations with each of the courses was perfect. I loved the Lobster in the Murano Restaurant but my favourite was the Rib-eye Steak in the Tuscan Grill, we went to the Tuscan Grill 3 times during the cruise, absolutely fantastic.
We booked our own private shore excursions using OceanWave Tours on Santorini with Nick our driver waiting at the top of the Cable Car when we disembarked. Nick was very knowledgeable about the island taking us from one end of it to the other, allowing us time to walk around Oia on our own which was nice. He also took us to Santo Wines for a wine tasting which was wonderful. If you want a Private tour on Santorini talk to OceanWave Tours fist.
We used George Kokkotos in Athens who is an encyclopedia of knowledge of Greek history, If you want to know who and why all of the ancient ruins were built book a tour with George.
WE used Fez Travel in Kusadasi and our driver, whose name I cannot remember was also a font of knowledge of everything regarding Kusadasi. He took us to Sirence a lovey village in the hills, then visited Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis plus a lovely buffet lunch.
In Naples we hired Enrico from Italy Limousines to take us to the Amalfi Coast visiting Sorrento and Positano. Enrico would be one of the best tour guides I have met. Enrico looks and is very professional and I am in the tour guide business myself in New Zealand.
All in all this was a wonderful cruise on a fantastic ship which was pure luxury and I highly recommend the Celebrity Equinox and her crew. We will definitely do more cruises on this ship.
Jim & Gloria Archer