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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Cardiff Owl: Celebrity Equinox - Eastern Med with Venice Stopover


Cardiff Owl
1 Review
Member Since 2013
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Celebrity Equinox - Eastern Med with Venice Stopover

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona

I mentioned all the drinks bit because for 1st time cruisers like we were, it can be a major question / decision so I hope it helps.

THE SHIP is fantastically spacious and CLEAN and with as much as 2300 guests we appreciated the efforts of the less glamourous / non customer facing staff. I'd suggest that is why the tips package of $12 per day each is an appreciation worth paying and why tip the sales orientated waiters etc. It's an american cruise company with service tips orientated approach, its by their efforts they are rewarded.

FOOD was excellent in the dining room & oceanview buffet and we never felt the need to pay for the specialist dining options although our fellow guests at dinner all gave these very high praise. In the buffet the staff preparing food will try and accomodate special requests & on the pizza / pasta bar they prepared me a Calzone that was better than anything I've tasted in the UK.

BREAKFAST choices in the buffet was very More extensive and even the breakfast (non-fee) taken in the cabin / stateroom was always delivered on time (15 min slots) and toast was warm. We appreciated the phone call ahead of breakfast delivery to avoid any embarrasing moments mid-shower.

PORTS of CALL all were new to ourselves and we only used Celebrity Excursions for ROME given the approx 1 hr 30 min transfer each way and had a very positive experience. CANNES we walked and explored a little then went by train to Nice and returned on the frequent (30 mins) service. LIVORNO (Florence / Pisa) we went by train to Florence and experienced some delays but it was easy given the shuttle bus from Ship to Livorno drops you for free by the Tourist Info shop.

NAPLES we had choices of Amalfi Coast / Sorrento / Capri and more, but once off the ship found regular ferry service within 300m to Capri and enjoyed the day of free exploration and would recommend Anacapri and the chairlift to the highest point for stunning views. KOTOR - amidst a lovely fjord this is a little gem of a place and we only explored local to the ships tendered locations but would love to return. VENICE - this was the JEWEL of our cruise as the ship arrives for approx 2.30pm mooring sailing passed St Marks Square and the frenetic water taxi / gondola world of the Grand Canal. We opted to take the public transport water bus to St Marks Sq then explore on foor to find the Rialto Bridge and find ourselves back near Ferrovia Rail Staion which is near the Cruise terminal, with a 1 euro cost to get you within 500m of the ship.

This was also our opportunity to enjoy a local meal on the grand canal opposite the Ferrovia at reasonable cost. Be warned that meal / drink prices can appear reasonable near St Marks Sq or Rialto Bridge, but beware of 'cover charges' as USA people did report a 150 euro cover charge for drinks only !!

The walking option of getting lost and confused the 1st day allows for a more relaxed morning of getting lost and exploring the 2nd day, well it did for us and we simply used the 1 euro people mover to find a post office then walked and went photo crazy. Venice is OUR MUST RETURN DESTINATION. Then the marvellous moments come when the ship sets off for Dubrovnik and passes all the wonderful sights again, but this time you know what photo opportunities to capture. DUBROVNIK is the only port of call that isn't in the Euro zone so local currency (Krunas) is required. We called into the tourist info / shop on the quayside and purchased Dubrovnik Tourist Cards in euros (32 for 2) which includes a bus ticket valid for 24 hrs and entry to walk the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town. The buses were frequent both ways and took approx 15 mins. We used our ATM card to obtain approx 250 Krunas (30) and this was all we needed for our beer / wine / t-shirt & ice cream purchases and we are still left with 20 worth if we return which we would quite happily.

DAYS at SEA these were a mixed bag of experience given you can't account for the behaviour of people reserving sun beds. However personally I loved the lawned 'real grass' upper deck for a day in the park without trees. You will find that people do remove towels so its always possible to get sunbeds if your relaxed about how much of the day you need to be in the sun. Back to drinks again the deck service was frequent and always with a smile, we loved a guy at the Mast Bar called Ikertut, you'll never have a dry mouth with him around.

Back to food the Mast Grill burgers are FANTASTIC REAL GROUND BEEF affairs with skinny salty fries and all the lettuce, tomato, gurkin, fried onion, mushrooms and crispy bacon sides !!!!!!!

STATEROOM with BALCONY this more than roomy with plenty of storage space with plenty of hangers / drawers / above the bed cabinets and room below the bed to stow away the cases.

STATEROOM attendants were attentive and helpful especially when we had a snag with the digital safe not opening, but was resolved within 15 minutes. Clean towels when required, chocolates on the pillows at turndown were nice touches. Showeroom was more than sufficient with again good storage for toiletries etc emptied from our toiletry bags and not sitting on the side.

LAUNDRY SERVICE - only used this to have my formal evening shirt cleaned twice at $4.95 a time it saves packing multiple shirts.

DID WE ENJOY THE CRUISE - OH YES :-)

WOULD WE CRUISE AGAIN - OH YES and WITH CELEBRITY as don't want to risk anything less in the standards we enjoyed. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox Deluxe Ocean View W/ Veranda Continental Deck (6) 9123

The stateroom was quiet as it was the 7th from the end of the corridor so very few passing staff of fellow cruisers. Plenty of the room on the balcony for our small breakfast selection on a table of approx 700mm diameter. We had no obstruction to views. Located on the same levels as the card table room and towards the front of the ship. While a more central location would give shorter walks to Central Lobby of bars and dining you'd have more guests passing so would go for this cabin again if cruising on the same Solstice Class.

Port and Shore Excursions


CANNES we walked and explored a little then went by train to Nice and returned on the frequent (30 mins) service.

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DUBROVNIK is the only port of call that isn't in the Euro zone so local currency (Krunas) is required. We called into the tourist info / shop on the quayside and purchased Dubrovnik Tourist Cards in euros (32 for 2) which includes a bus ticket valid for 24 hrs and entry to walk the walls of Dubrovnik Old Town. The buses were frequent both ways and took approx 15 mins. We used our ATM card to obtain approx 250 Krunas (30) and this was all we needed for our beer / wine / t-shirt & ice cream purchases and we are still left with 20 worth if we return which we would quite happily.


LIVORNO (Florence / Pisa) we went by train to Florence and experienced some delays but it was easy given the shuttle bus from Ship to Livorno drops you for free by the Tourist Info shop.
In Florence itself we used the open top tourist bus and this allowed us to view the city from its high point and get great photos. For ourselves nice / pretty but not special hence the rating.


Simply got the tendered boats after the initial scramble for designated early landings (you've got plenty of time) then said no thank you to the many taxi drivers / tour operators and walked into Kotor Old Walled Town. It's a lovely clean place with old world charm, we especially loved the brass band playing in the square & seeing a wedding procession.
NOTE - tendered ports like this had very frequent sevice between ship & port and you could easily return for food / drinks on the ship and return to Kotor frequently if you wanted.

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NAPLES we had choices of Amalfi Coast / Sorrento / Capri and more, but once off the ship found regular ferry service within 300m to Capri and enjoyed the day of free exploration and would recommend Anacapri and the chairlift to the highest point for stunning views.
Note train and local buses only 1.80 euros per journey and ferry return from Naples to Capri was approx 70 euros for 2 people. We booked a specific return ferry but exchanged without problem for a earlier return ferry only paying the small difference in quality of ferry / speed.
RATING - for the amazing views from Capri Marina to Capri by train and Anacapri quiet charm and stunning views from the peak reached by chairlift at a worthwhile cost of 10 euros.
NOTE - this was in fact the 4th port of call on our cruise, just sequenced wrong in this review.

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Pantheon

(5)

A walk through after a great explanation on the outside so we could appreciate what we would experience, the radio transmitters remove the need to stand near your guide (ours Paulo was fantastic). With clear times / location to meet after 20 minutes of free exploration.

Spanish Steps

(5)

A walk from Hard Rock Cafe our start point was an introduction to Rome history before arriving at the top of the Spanish Steps. Through after a great explanation at the steps top we could appreciate what we would experience. With a steady progress to the bottom we then had clear times / location to meet after 20 minutes of free exploration.

St. Peter's Basilica

(5)

Amazing place in terms of its scale and decoration / adornments. It's a bit of a procession given the need to direct all the many tourists (of course that's ourselves) in a one way scheme around the Basillica. Again all the explanations were given ahead of going to the entrance and we had about 1 hour free before our final meeting point to head for our return coach to the ship.

St. Peter's Square

(4)

Before we arrived here our guide explained the route over the Bridge of Angels and the history of Vaticans establishment + points along the way that would afford good photo opportunities. Having the build up was useful and avllowed the talking to be spaced out and not be continuous.

Trevi Fountain

(5.5)

A confusing and chaotic place so always having the radio transmitter on helped us all know we were free to roam & take our time for photo opportunities and the mandatory coin throwing. We were warned about pickpockets but not so as to alarm or scare - just the need to sensible about having coins to hand and not start opening wallets & purses with 100's of euros / dollars showing.
A MAGICAL PLACE for revisiting on a more relaxed & quieter season.


(5.5)

VENICE - this was the JEWEL of our cruise as the ship arrives for approx 2.30pm mooring sailing passed St Marks Square and the frenetic water taxi / gondola world of the Grand Canal. We opted to take the public transport water bus to St Marks Sq then explore on foor to find the Rialto Bridge and find ourselves back near Ferrovia Rail Staion which is near the Cruise terminal, with a 1 euro cost to get you within 500m of the ship.
This was also our opportunity to enjoy a local meal on the grand canal opposite the Ferrovia at reasonable cost. Be warned that meal / drink prices can appear reasonable near St Marks Sq or Rialto Bridge, but beware of 'cover charges' as USA people did report a 150 euro cover charge for drinks only !!
The walking option of getting lost and confused the 1st day allows for a more relaxed morning of getting lost and exploring the 2nd day, well it did for us and we simply used the 1 euro people mover to find a post office then walked and went photo crazy. Venice is OUR MUST RETURN DESTINATION.

Read 505 Venice Reviews

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