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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by obnurse: Celebrity Equinox March 15-25th: A balanced review


obnurse
3 Reviews
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 1.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Celebrity Equinox March 15-25th: A balanced review

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We flew into FLL one day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th St. Our favorite aspect of this hotel is the location. We walked to have our meals and to Publix or Ross Dress for Less for last minute items. We had breakfast and headed for the port at about 10:45 am. Check-in was painless and then we were sent to the seating area and told where to sit, presumably so as to board in order of arrival. Makes perfect sense. Soon we were informed that embarkation was delayed due to immigration issues. We didn't mind the wait. It was relaxed and no big deal. However, when embarkation finally started, the kaos began. People didn't wait their turn and were going around the lines and boarding out of order which caused others to become angry. Although we shouldn't have been, we were among the last to board. Needless to say, the Ocean View Cafe was a mob scene. It's always crowded on embarkation day, but since the majority of passengers boarded within an hour, everyone headed for lunch. More We gave up looking for a table and took our food back to our cabin and ate on the balcony, which was nice. We had select dining and ate in the dining room for dinner. The food was great and the service was good but oh so slow. Dinner took 2 hours, which is just too long for us. Later in the cruise, we mentioned wanting to get to the show and asked the hostess if we could sit someplace with a little faster service. The servers were very accommodating and we got to the show with time to spare. After that we asked for faster service and they always accommodated us.

Our first two days were at sea, which were relaxing. Of course, getting a sun lounger anywhere near the pool is near impossible, as many people think their towels and magazines deserve a chair more than other passengers do. The poolside band was very good but they played for 1 1/2 hrs a day. The a Capella group played in 15 minute increments, once or twice by the pool during the day.The "DJ" was sub par. Otherwise it's very quiet by the pool; too quiet. We would have really enjoyed some Caribbean steel drum music around the pool. We also would have enjoyed seeing some tables and chairs outside in the pool area where we could play cards. We really enjoyed the tables/chairs on Princess. Bar service was very good in all the common areas. One thing we miss on this ship is the outdoor movie screen. It's so fun to snuggle up at night and watch a good movie under the stars, refreshed by the sea air. I know they show movies inside, but we wanted to enjoy the warm weather as much as possible.

Our room steward was Rosario and he was excellent. He was efficient, fun and kind. We enjoyed him very much and he took good care of us. We had a balcony cabin and it was quite nice. No problem with storage. No extra noise, very close to the elevators. Just perfect for us. One thing we really miss on Celebrity is coin operated laundry and an ironing board for passenger use.

The ship was clean and in good repair. The decor is contemporary and pretty but not overdone.

Overall, this cruise was wonderful, one of our best ever. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox Deluxe Ocean View W/ Veranda Continental Deck (6) 7198

Our cabin was 7198. It was quiet, close to the elevators. There is a lifeboat slightly to the right, 2 decks below the balcony but it does not effect the view at all. Two decks above the theater, but no sound noticed in the cabin. there was enough storage space. We slid our empty luggage under the bed. The cabin is set up with the bed closest to the balcony, offering a nice view.

Port and Shore Excursions


Beach Break

(5)
We got dropped off at Carlisle Bay. It was beautiful. We had loungers and a drink included. There was a beach bar with food available for purchase. We enjoyed the day very much.

Island Tour

(5.5)
We had a nice island tour on a open air 4x4 truck. We really enjoyed it. We stopped at Bathsheba for pictures and it was the highlight of the tour for me. It is beautiful there, with high surf and huge volcanic rocks in the water. Worth seeing. We saw sugar cane growing and being harvested. Our driver was great and really showed us around.

Catamaran

(2)
The Fun Cats were a disappointment. We entered the water at the beach but the beach was solid rocks, big, small, unstable. There was no man-made walkway or anything to allow us to walk more safely. The cats were battery operated but very slow. When we boarded our cats there was fresh wet bird poop on the seat of our cat. The crew member just looked at me until I finally sat in it. No napkin or even a splash of water to clean it a bit. We went across the bay for some very good snorkeling. The hard part was getting back on the cat because there was no ladder. There was a rope in the front to stand on but it was was unstable and difficult. The "crew" made no attempt to help people get back onto the cats. I wouldn't recommend this tour.

Island tour

(4)
After our "official" excursion on the Fun Cats, our driver (Lindberg) offered to take us on an island tour for $10 per person. We stopped at a fruit stand and enjoyed fresh fruit of the islands. Yummy! We stopped for pictures in a couple spots, including seeing Trafalgar Falls from a distance. It was nice and well worth the $10. Our driver was great. We enjoyed him.

We took a walk to Basseterre. The highlight for us was seeing the Catholic church which is very quaint and has old charm. Our walk was nice, but we regretted not taking an excursion. It's a beautiful island to explore.

We booked a catamaran snorkel tour on a beautiful boat called Mirabella. It was wonderful. There were only 23 people on board, roughly 25% of capacity, so there was plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy this incredible boat. The crew was very personable and attentive. There was a lady on board who was very sea sick. The crew was very attentive to her, doing everything possible to maintain her comfort. We were impressed. We snorkeled at one spot, which was just ok, then went to a beach at another spot. They used the dingy to take people to the beach who didn't want to get wet or couldn't swim. We were served drinks, snacks and sandwiches. It couldn't have been better. I didn't want the trip to end. It was perfect. We spent the afternoon walking around the boardwalk/shopping area on St Maarten. There have been some nice changes since we were there last. It has never looked better. It's very clean and charming.

We opted for a day at Sapphire Beach on our own. The cab fare was $10 each way per person. There were 4 of us. The beach is gorgeous, sapphire blue color with the mountainous islands in the background. Beach chairs are $7. There is a beach bar and restrooms are available, too.
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