We began our first transatlantic cruise in Miami aboard the beautiful Celebrity
Equinox. The Equinox met all our expectations, being the first of the Solstice
class on which we had traveled. The ship was new and everything was fresh and well planned. We loved the Sky Observation lounge in the front of the ship as a quiet place for reading during the day, and a lovely cocktail lounge for the ship's parties. The dining room is two levels and very beautiful. We enjoyed the Martini Bar with its actual frosted bar top.
Being an Elite member of the Captain's Club we enjoyed the cocktails every
night from five to seven o'clock, compliments of the Captain, and the complimentary computer time.
Celebrity provides an excellent variety of entertainment for their guests;
everything from Broadway style revues to comedians, singers, magicians and
jugglers and xylophone artists. All the entertainment was very professionally executed.
The crew was exceptionally helpful, friendly and efficient. Our every need was cheerfully met. We do feel that the food no longer meets the higher standards of yesteryear, but it was still very good as proven by the extra pounds we were carrying with us when we arrived in Southampton, England, 13 days later.
We enjoyed the ports that we visited but were disappointed that bad weather prevented us from sailing to Cork, Ireland. However, the Captain made what we felt was a very wise decision in steering away from the storm and repositioning the ship for a stop in La Caruna, Spain instead. We appreciated that they took no chances with our safety. I should note that the seas we did sail were exceptionally smooth.
We love Celebrity and sail with them as often as possible. We are leaving in four weeks on the new Reflection for another transatlantic cruise ending in Rome. Looking very much forward to our next adventure.
We enjoyed visiting the Azores where they were entertaining with parades,
men and women characters on stilts, and belly dancers along with outdoor
restaurants. All this and a beautiful day, in a climate that is usually very mild.
La Caruna, Spain featured an interesting historic section and a very lovely square surrounded by majestic buildings and monuments.
LeHavre, France was disappointing as we had no prior reservations to get to
the American cemetery or LeFleur. We had expected cabs and tour guides to meet us at the dock as we had found in North American and Caribbean ports. This is not the case, so excursions need to be booked with the cruise ship for this port.
In Southampton, we booked a cab with another couple to get into London. This
was not much more expensive than it would have been to get a cab to the train
station and book the train trip. This way we didn't have to wrestle with our luggage and the very friendly and helpful cab driver took us each right to our hotel. Therefore, we didn't have to book a cab in London either.