Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Roksolana: Celebrity Equinox - Great First Cruise!
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Celebrity Equinox - Great First Cruise!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We recently went on a Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox (June 2012), and were very satisfied with the trip! We were wary of the experience, having never been on a cruise ship before, but our worries were unfounded. Essentially, everything we needed was on the ship. We over-packed little supplies, and the ship is virtually a hotel on the water, so there were no issues with motion sickness.
The procedure of check-in and check-out, as well as disembarkation in ports was great. Out stateroom, although relatively small, and inside, was adequate. (although an outside one would have been nicer...) The service in the room was first rate, the room was tidied up several times a day, and all small supplies were always there. The bed was very comfortable, and we likes the "wake-up" service. We were not far from the elevator, and had easy access to all parts of the ship. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview cafe, and never had a bad experience. All types of food was More available, and plentiful. The dishes were refreshed regularly. We did not opt for a beverage plan, but the supplied beverages were adequate. (the plans were too highly priced, as were the wines and beer!) The views from this lounge were fantastic, and we could always find a place to sit. When we were on the ship for lunch, the options were also excellent, with salads, hot dishes, meats, vegetables, breads, etc... as well as Mexican and Indian and Italian choices. A large assortment, with plentiful fruits and desserts to finish off the meal! No complaints there! Dinners were at the Silhouette restaurant, and we did not have any bad experiences. If there were any issues with food or a cold dish, it was always quickly and politely replaced. The waiters were very good, as was the sommellier. We were impressed with the Eastern European staff, much more than the Latin Amer. staff (unlike another reviewer), and thought they were less intrusive, and very polite and helpful.
There were many activities each day, including talks, programs, glass-blowing demos (which were outstanding!), spa activities, etc. The 2 pools were great, but we did not utilize them much, as we had other activities. There were many places to sit and relax.
The guest services were attentive, as were the people at the Excursions desk. The only caveat here - the excursions were very costly for the services offered, and we made an error in booking one trip at a relatively high cost (Istambul) fearing that we would not be able to handle this on out own. We were disappointed, as we did not see the promised sites on the itinerary. From that point on, we did independent touring of ports, and were very satisfied with this. The staff did make amends on our disappointment with the excursion, and did help us out with a future trip, though. The port specialist, George, was very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the various sites to see.
The shows were quite good (mainly), but we did not care for the comedian and the solo singer and mentalist. The other shows were amazing! Especially the final concert, and the crew performances. We particularly enjoyed the guest speakers presenting the cultural/historic elements of the site visited.
Patty Honacki, the cruise director, was terrific. She was visible and available, and did a dynamite job preparing entertainment and programs throughout the cruise. Situations were dealt with, utilizing humor and creativity.
In a nutshell, the port itinerary here was fantastic, and the best part of the cruise concept was being in one room all of the time, not having to pack/unpack, yet seeing many different places on a single trip. We enjoyed this ship, and will definitely be cruising again with Celebrity! Less
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