We set sail on the Equinox on the 3rd August, hopeful of experiencing the famous Celebrity 'touch of class'.
Our room was on deck 7 port forward
Now I have very high standards and most of the time they were met by our hosts.
The food was excellent, the rooms were spacious and smily happy people were here there and everywhere.
So why 'very nearly excellent'?
The ship's docking procedure was so noisy that it would wake the dead. Invariably the ship would hit shore around 6AM on port days and the shaking and noise would start-sometimes for up to an hour. We have been on many ships, some bigger, some smaller, some older and some newer but there has never been one so bad as this. Surely this can not have been designed this way?? On the one day we had to tender (Santorini) it felt like the anchor was coming through our balcony, so that was a 4am treat for us!
On our second 'at sea day' why the Captain had to do an announcement at 8AM announcing wind speeds and temperature and generally nothing that couldn't wait until later. The cynic in me would ask 'why would they do this?'
Simple, you can't spend money whilst asleep!!
The entertainment at night was very 'samey'. If you happen to like violinists, tinkle tinkle piano players and jazz hand performances then perfect...however if you like a bit of variety, even if it is an old comic wheeled on to the stage (which is normal cruise practice) then you were out of luck.
As a result, we were looking for something to fill our times most evening with very little joy.
We did have the 'treat' of Bob Eubank's dropping in to do a newleywed game in the theatre. Not being of American origin we found the nostalgic trip was a bit painful and he was quite frankly rude to some of the guests and contestants.
He called one old guy a pervert for having a much younger wife/partner...harsh maybe...but a few days later we saw Bob with his wife on the ship....hmmmm...pot, kettle black springs to mind.
The ship, although sailing nearly full seemed deserted in a lot of areas at night. Most of the bars were empty at peak times-maybe price related?
The lawn area is very gimmicky and the huge space it takes up would best be invested elsewhere I feel.
Glassblowers were talented but again, not the best use of space.
Don't get me wrong, we would definitely cruise with Celebrity again but a few tweaks to cater for the non Americans may just help them long term.