My wife and I just returned from an 11 night cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. It was our fifth cruise and the second with Celebrity. We had a great time. The lines for embarkation were fairly long but moved quickly. Once we checked in and went on board, we went to our cabin and found it was ready. We were on the ninth deck, Concierge class. The cabin was nicely decorated and the veranda and bathroom seemed larger than on other ships we have sailed. The ship itself is really nice, very clean and though it is a larger ship, easy to get around.The cruise was sold out but we never felt crowded the ship has a nice flow to it. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The buffet at the Oceanview Cafe was crowded at times but we were always able to find a seat, I noticed waiters helping passengers find seating when it was busy. The food was quite good and changed daily. We dined in the main dining room for dinner, The service was excellent and the food was for the most part very good, with good choices. One night we dined in The Silk Harvest one of three specialty restaraunts on board, again the dinner was very good and the service excellent.We did not try the other 2 specialty restaurants but noticed people going into them and heard from other passengers that they two were quite good.
The ports of call were Grand Cayman, Catagena Columbia,Colon Panama, Costa Rica, Belize and Cozumel Mexico. Grand Cayman was your typical Caribbean island, lots of taxis to take you the numerous beaches and the port town was clean with some shopping and a few bars and restaurants within walking distance. Cartagena was another story, crowded, dirty with very aggressive taxi drivers and street vendors, we took a cab ride to see the Old City, walked around and viewed the old buildings all the time being hassled by street vendors and taxi drivers wanting to take us on tour. The one nice thing about the stop is at the end of the pier there is a small souveneir shop and coffee shop that also includes a small bird sanctuary that has parrotts and toucans flying around, you can also buy wifi at the coffee shop for $3 for 1 hour of wifi, worth it if you need to keep in touch, much faster than you can get on the ship. The other ports(Panama,Costa Rica, Belize) you really need to plan an excursion or stay on the ship since the ports themselves don't offer much. We did the Mayan ruins in Belize and found it interesting.Be prepared for a bumpy bus ride as the roads are not like the US, also going thru the country side you will see extreme poverty so be prepared. Cozumel was busy and crazy, 4 ships were in port, lots of shopping and things to do, tho I found the machine gun toting police a little disconcerting.
Entertainment on board was typical cruise fare, not bad not great. There were a lot of activities scheduled during the day, anything from cooking classes to IPad training. Since this cruise was an 11 day affair I found the passengers to be a bit older, but you did have a mix of younger people also. I don't think this cruise would appeal to younger families because of the length and lack of things for kids to do, but if you are looking for a relaxing 11 days this is for you, in fact we booked for next year, same ship but different ports of call.