Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by rubinstein2r: The Ultimate Caribbean Cruise -- Ultimately Fabulous
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The Ultimate Caribbean Cruise -- Ultimately Fabulous
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our January 20th Ultimate Caribbean Cruise on the Equinox was our first on Celebrity but probably won't be our last. This itinerary provided a nice balance of port and sea days, the comfort and perks of Aqua Class accommodations and last but not least, good weather. I should point out that after much travel worldwide, we have decided the places we like best are the ones where the sun was shining. On this cruise the only cloudy day was the last sea day… pretty damn good for a week when most of the US was dealing with varying degrees of snowstorm.
We overnighted at the Holiday Inn Express and used their recommended shuttle service ($8/pp) both to get to the port and to the airport post-cruise. It was adequate (if overpriced). There is little to choose from in walking distance for dinner but the Old Heidelberg was a good find and I would recommend it.
I liked this ship better than some of the others I've been on. It is well organized with the food all at one end More and the entertainment at the other. All decks are walk-through and it never felt like all that long a walk to get from one activity to another.
Sea days found us dividing our time between activities and vegging either on the balcony or by one of the pools. I didn't' care for the lounge chairs at either pool because they don't sit fully up but there are some other chairs (rattan or plastic) at the ends of the pool areas which we found comfortable. Activities we enjoyed included lectures, the glass blowing show, and, of course, shopping.
We ate all our dinners at Blu. We did find one wait staff team (John and Sebastian) slightly better than others and tried to sit at their tables when possible. The hostess and restaurant manager were very attentive throughout. Food was mostly good to excellent though by the end of a week I was tiring of rich food. We ate breakfast in our cabin on port days and in the buffet on sea days. It was good, nothing to complain about, for sure.
The entertainment ranged from typical to better than typical. In the latter category I would put Jack Walker and Jayne Curry, both excellent singers. We did miss having a piano bar, which we have enjoyed on other cruises. Less
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Cabin review: 1548
Our cabin (1548) was close to the fore elevator. As Aqua Class on an S class ship, it was the same size as other cabins but with upgraded amenities, notably the multi headed shower (loved it). The bed was by the balcony. We made quite a bit of use of the balcony and particularly liked the chairs and footstools there which we found the most comfortable on the ship. Storage space was adequate for us. Cabin service (by Jose) was excellent, he promptly brought us everything we asked for and serviced the room twice a day plus brought afternoon snacks consisting of seven olives, seven chips, three tablespoons of something dippy and a fourth item every afternoon at four (the exception being the last day when only five (not seven) olives were on the plate. There were no noise problems in this room and I would choose it again in a heartbeat.
Port and Shore Excursions
We had planned to go snorkeling but decided to stay on board.
This was a highlight of our trip. The Witts took us to see a senior center and a day care center where we were able to directly interact with real people who live in Cartagena. This was followed by a walking tour and we were able to comfortably ask many questions and really get a good feeling about life in this city. Highly highly recommended.
Embera Indian Tour
Excellent tour to see this tribe and how the people live. Includes boat ride, rainforest tour with shaman describing medicinal plants, lunch (fish, plantains and fruit) and dance performance as well as sale of handcrafts.
We did the tour to Hell followed by the Stingray Experience. It was all good, nothing outstanding but good.
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