New Year on the Equinox: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Tanito
Overall Member Rating
New Year on the Equinox
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our cabin was modern and spotless and the shower door in the bathroom a great surprise,the closet space not so great but we didn`t mind since we booked an inside cabin.
The crowd was older than other cruises,well behaved[I felt young at 60] and included South and Central Americans,Europeans[many fron the UK] and Canadians[I found manyFrench Canadians to be rude].
We dined every night in the Main Dining Room and found both the quality and variety to be very good and didn`t feel the need to use the Alternative Restaurants to get a decent meal[ like NCL].
A nice surprise was the New Year`s Eve party on deck with free flowing champagne, the weather was perfect and you could see the distant fireworks along the Keys.
The ship was full but we didn`t feel "crowded", in the pool area loungers were available after a More short search and the covered pool was allways welcoming and quiet.The Garden Cafe on deck 12 was the only place were you "felt" the crowds but a repositioning of the food stations could improve the flow so you don`t constantly bump into someone.
The ports were fine altough I think that Puerto Limon ,Colon and Cartagena could be replaced by Roatan,Fallmouth and Labadee.We usually don`t do the tours from the ship and prefer to do it on our own,this time the four of us[daugther and friend stayed on cabin next to us]used local taxis and since we speak spanish didn`t have any problems.
In Cozumel we took a cab to the beach $15 one way and used the beach clubs facilities free [beers $5.00 drinks $7-10]In Costa Maya we went into town $2/person/each way and found many beach clubs,used their facilities and had $10/buckets of beer[another great beach day]
In Limon we went to the Tortugero Canals did it on our own boat and avoided the crowds of the ship for half the cost.On the way back we also had a stop at a local beach although it was windy and the waves were high.
In Colon we took a cab to the Locks nearby for a private tour [$20/person]and the ladies did some shopping at the port[Limon looks scary].
Cartagena is nice ,clean and safe again for $20/person we contracted a tour and the A/C in the cab was weak and over 90 degrees[they have two seasons one hot and humid and the other hot humid and wet] we skipped the tour of the old town[looks nice] because you have to walk[cars not allowed].
In Grand Cayman,we used the local mini buses to go to the beach $2.50/person/each/way and rented 2 and 1umbrella for $15.we also had a bucket of the local beer for $20.00.
The only blemish was the entertainment,during 11 days they had one great circ of soleil type show,a so so variety show, a good comic from the US and an awful comedian form the UK and some other forgettable singers.Carnival,RCL and NCL manage to do much better]
The service was excellent all over[not one rude person]even when I was wrong I was always treated with respect].
Disembarkation was slow and crowded,perhaps they need a larger facility, once we got past the split from the non US citizens it moved fast,it looks like they needed more Agents for the non US side,we need to do a better job with the foreign tourist. Less