We made our own travel arrangements to join the ship flying with American Airlines from Manchester to Philadelphia. Then on from there to Fort Lauderdale. I would advise you to allow about 2.5 to 3 hours to transit through Philadelphia airport due to the security checks and having to collect luggage for the transfer. The Airport is great, large and bright with plenty of signs to help your transition.
Arrival at Fort Lauderdale is easy as you have already had the checks done. On the way home all security is done from leaving the ship it did take 4 hours to get off and through the checks due to cutbacks on customs side of things so again allow time for flights. On the way home we did miss our flight to Philadelphia but the airport staff were fabulous and rearranged our flight efficiently with no fuss and no extra charges. On the plus side you don't have to collect your cases at Philadelphia on the way home they go straight through to your final destination.
On arrival to the ship we were allowed to board straight away at 11am. Rooms were ready by 1pm. We used the time to orient ourselves to this large and rather beautiful vessel. Captain Panos greeted us all very graciously and we sailed at 16.00 hours.
We had an inside stateroom on deck 8 we were delighted to find the stateroom was twice as large as any we had occupied on other ships. Our steward was Ashelle and she looked after our every need with dedication and a wonderful smile.
We chose 2nd sitting at 8.30 for dinner and enjoyed the show prior to dinner at 7pm. Our waiters Aston and Poonam were very attentive. The MaitreD visited the table every evening to ensure we were happy with the service provided. The food was good with an excellent choice each night.
The entertainment on the ship was excellent, the shows were broadway standard the other shows and entertainment around the ship were great.
The hot glass show on deck 15 was truely amazing, who would have thought you would see that on a ship!! We also enjoyed the lawn club, playing french bowls and golf putting on there daily. Grass lawns on a ship who would have thought it!
We particularly enjoyed our visit to Panama using a local Taxi with Henry our driver who took us to Gaton locks where we saw two ships passing through through the locks. We took a self directed walking tour in Grand Cayman and visited the museum which was very informative.
We had a fabulous cruise and would not hesitate to use Celebrity again I am sure we will sail on the Equinox again and can not thank Captain Panos and his crew enough for a suberb experience