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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by EmmyLaBlonde: Crusing the Greek Isles


EmmyLaBlonde
2 Reviews
Member Since 2012
177 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Crusing the Greek Isles

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

As we went port to port and saw the other cruise ships it was obvious that Celebrity Equinox was a far superior ship. The ship itself is mostly balcony cabins which are also larger than normal, with large bathrooms.
The entertainment was not always great, however, there were some superb moments. The equinox show itself was amazing and cirque du solie esque. I felt badly for the ships performs as they gave 110% every show, but their costumes were totally outdated. Shame on the company Celebrity hired to outfit them! Ask for a refund.

The cruise only had 2 at sea days, this proved exhausting. If you seek to book this cruise definitely choose this ship, but look for an 11 day not 10 day cruise so that you can get 3 at sea days. The ports are hot in the summer and lots of walking in the heat is required to view ruins etc, so at sea days are important to rejuvenate.

Out ships cabin steward was exceptional. We book concierge class, I would not recommend it, what you More get for the money is totally not worth it.

I was disappointed that almost all of the ancillary restaurants had to be paid for. The dinning room food was exceptional, the cafe was so so. could have been better food. Desserts were also so so. needed more variety.

For the ports I agree the excursions were expensive, however, I did not know how to book privately so we book all through celebrity.

Favorite tour bar none was Naples Amalfi coast via boat tour. It also included Pompeii, which was impressive, but was a long day at 9.5 hours. I would have liked them to offer just the boat ride and lunch at the Castle. Be warned the castle is on a cliff so if you have vertigo look out! The lunch however was incredible!
The tour guides on each excursion was excellent. We also took the bus into town on Mykonos and do recommend that. It is a charming town. Others went to the beach, but we just strolled the town and found that a perfect day.

My favorite part of this boat was the glass blowing show. There are only 3 ships in the world that have this and Equinox is one. It was brilliant and we went to every show!

We will any time dinning with prepaid gratuity and I do recommend that.

The hot tubs weer not every clean. I noticed they did close them off one night to clean them, but daily there was a ring around them that was gross! Only real complaint

We did book the celebrity trip from the airport to the port and do recommend. It was quick easy and efficient. A bit pricey, bit worth it. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox Concierge Class Panorama Deck (9) 1083

Great over sized balcony, oversized bathroom, but wish it had a clothes line in the shower that many other cruise lines have to dry your bathing suits. Cabin steward was wonderful. Lots of space for clothes and personal items. Loved that you would turn the lights off from the bed. My major complaint was that there was no lighted make up mirror in the bathroom. RCCL has this on the Osis class and I would have hoped Celebrity would have followed suit.

Port and Shore Excursions


Acropolis

(2)
guide was not very good, kind of crabby. acropolis is crowded and hot. Take water!! Port 2 was Ephesus Turkey. This is a must do excursion.

Use the Celebrity shuttle to get into town. Defintely do this, it is only $7 a person and the walk is not worth it. The town is a glorious postcard. There is really no need to book an excursion for this town, just go into town and enjoy it. It will be exactly what you hoped for.
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Pompeii Walking Tour

(5.5)
Best excursion of the trip!! Take the boat tour NOT the bus. The boat tour gives you a beautiful boat ride to the town of Amalfi, where you have time to get off and wander the town, shop and have some gelato. Then back on the back where a bus take you on a short ride to a castle on a cliff where you dine in the courtyard to a beautiful authentic Italian lunch with proseco and wine included. Then off to Pompeii bring a hat, umbrella, water and comfortable shoes, this is hot and a lot of walking, but well worth it! There is also a quick stop at a cameo making shop that is charming and interesting.

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You will be tendered in, the port has a cable car that goes straight up a cliff to take you to the town. The other options is donkey, do not take that option! There are excursions that will take you via boat, and you will not have to do the cable car. If heights are a problem for you, look into excursions that get you there via boat.

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