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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Podie

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Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Equinox
Member Name: Podie
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
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Cabin Number: 6256
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
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Still Love the Equinox!

We did a Med cruise on Equinox when she was brand new and she still looks great. Unfortunately the embarkation went very slowly as only a few agents were checking us in. We stood in line for an hour but then got on board quickly. And is there anything nicer than free champagne and mimosas to welcome you on board? We had planned on going to lunch at Bistro on 5, but the buffet was scrumptious so we stayed there. The free classic drink package really spoiled me as I had a drink and a cappuccino with my lunch for free. The cabins were ready by 1 and I was very pleased with my partially obstructed balcony as it was only obstructed if I looked down. The cabin was very nice and our steward, Antonio, was great. Before our late seating each night, we visited the Molecular Bar or Martini Bar. Depending on where we sat, the piped in techno music at the Martini Bar was usually too loud for us to have conversation. Why do they do that? We took full advantage of the wonderful coffee, tea, and pastries at Cafe il Bacio - at all hours - and often sprung for an excellent gelato as well. We usually hit the buffet for salad at 6 to hold us over till late dinner, which ran to 10 pm. The food in the MDR was so wonderful - and our servers, Ioanna and Kristijan were so great - we never felt the need to go anywhere else although we did have one meal at Bistro on 5, which was good. Another thing we continue to love is how Celebrity has cold cloths and drinks available when you return to the ship. So nice! My only other complaint (that was Celebrity's fault) was the only ship's excursion we did, snorkeling in Belize, which was not as advertised and we were packed in like cattle. When we disembarked, it took more than 2 hours to get through Customs because there were 6 LINES for 2800 passengers. They told us Customs had recently laid off hundreds of employees.

Publication Date: 04/02/14
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