Having just returned from the Celebrity Equinox March 15th sailing to the Caribbean I am moved to review this voyage in lieu of some less than glowing reviews for the same voyage. As others have informed there was a delay in embarking on this particular voyage due to the supposed cuts to the immigration staff. Had the others been more cognizant of the situation they would have come to the realization that wasn't completely true. While waiting in the quite comfortable area we were able to see the late stragglers from the previous cruise disembarking. It appeared they were having trouble with immigration and this could be due to their foreign citizenship which can at times cause untold delays. Remember the ship doesn't allow for guests to leave until their shipboard accounts have been fully settled. The Oceanview cafe was of course extremely crowded as any venue would be if it were the only available eatery on a ship boarding over 2800 passengers. This voyage was almost completely booked. The attitude and friendliness of the staff was exemplary and we were directed with the proper amount of courtesy. For those interested they were offering the usual juice, water or a mixed sparkling wine and juice mix.
The staff in the Oceanview couldn't have been more accomodating in assisting us with food selection and then getting us a table. Be flexible with a situation like this and you'll enjoy it much more.
Having been on many Celebrity cruises we found this ship to be a fine example of cruising at it's best.
Having booked this cruise over a year in advance I was able to obtain the exact staterooms requested and since we had utilized that same stateroom on other voyages on other ships we knew what to expect. Things change and one should be able to adapt. We were very fortunate not to have to sit near or listen to the complainers who invariable cruise only to make it miserable for others.
We ate in almost every venue and were very happy with our selections and service. Most of our meals were in Blu as this is so much less crowded and the service has always been superior. The times we ventured to the specialty restaurants such as Tuscan and Murano were as always special treats. At times service can be overwhelming but they seem to have toned it down somewhat which is more pleasing to us. We were also fortunate to have secured discounts for these speciality restaurants. Those that complain about all the added fees can usually reduce these if they have a little "know how." Since we don't imbibe and utilize the free services from our stateroom we are therefore able to economize and that allows us to add extra money to those that deserve it at the end of the voyage.
Having been cruising since 1960 when I first sailed the now extinct Georgian Bay Line which cruised the great lakes I have seen many interesting parts of the world and had many memorable cruises. Some of which will remain in the forefront of the memory bank and some that will definitely remain in the background hoping to never be repeated.
I treated three others to this wonderful cruise and have heard nothing but raves about this wonderful ship and the line.