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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Riley Dog: Celebrity for the First Time


Riley Dog
1 Review
Member Since 2012
4 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Celebrity for the First Time

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

This was our sixth cruise but the first time with Celebrity (Equinox). Based upon what others had said to us, we expected it to be a "notch up" from the other cruise lines we had been with. In some respects it was: stateroom was more spacious(particularly the shower room); the food was, on the whole excellent such that we didn't feel inclined to try the specialty restaurants and all staff we encountered were friendly and helpful.

The downside? - We felt that for a cruise line claiming to provide sophistication and refinement it was difficult to reconcile this with the constant and vulgar "selling" that went on whether for an extra drink, an excursion or the free seminar encouraging you to buy an individualised package whether it be beauty treatment or detox. We felt the drinks were extortionately priced ($9 for a glass of red wine + 15% service charge + additional gratuity if you were so inclined - we weren't - so expect to pay at least $11 for a glass of red wine. If two of More you were to have just two glasses each per day over the course of the 12 nights.....well I'll leave you to work that one out).

Excursions were mixed: we complained about one as it did not live up to its description in the excursions' booklet. We got a 50% discount which wasn't sought but highlighted a responsiveness to our concerns. Other excursions were good but pricey and can be done much cheaper through local companies (or DIY).

Compared with other cruises we have taken, we felt the daily activities were limited or, at least, were endeavouring to cater for such a broad range of tastes that there was insufficient to interest anyone for more than a small part of the day. One thing we did miss (and we have had with other cruise lines) is the art auction which no longer features on Celebrity (this ship at least). We enquired and were told the company doing this previously had gone into liquidation.

On the whole, a good cruise but not "up a notch" sufficiently to make us want to cruise exclusively with Celebrity at the expense of other cruise lines. That's not to say we won't go with them again at some point. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


Spice Market

The tour we complained about: spice market good but the fish market poor. Expected it to be a part of something bigger but it is just a fish market requiring a 30 minute journey through city traffic to get there. The guided tour of the city centre was non-existent (DIY and come back in an hour!) and there was a stop at a jewellery shop billed as traditional Turkish crafts but selling Swiss watches (not quite in keeping with trades description!)

Ephesus

(5)
Very good guide - knew his stuff. Half day tour just long enough for what we wanted to do on (what turned out to be) a very hot day (100 degrees F ++)
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Enjoyed the town and its narrow streets. One of the attractions of cruising is the opportunity to mentally note places you'd like to go back to. This is one.
Read 375 Mykonos Reviews

Had the ship to ourselves so it was great! Decided against an excursion because of the mountainous nature of the terrain and one member of the party being extremely afraid of heights.

Having been to Athens before, we decided to stay in the ship. Nice peaceful day.

City Tour

(4)
Enjoyed the ambiance of the town. Contender for a re-visit.

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