We were lucky enough to be able to book a 12 day Mediterranean cruise on the Equinox before they changed their itinerary. We traveled from Barcelona to Nice France; Florence, Rome, and Naples, Italy; Mykonos and Athens Greece; Epehsus Turkey, and Venice. The ship was perfect except for our suite. We booked a sky suite (which I would do again) however never on the highest floor available. Over us was an observation deck where fellow cruisers could sit with a meal from the buffet, or drinks from the bar, or for any reason at all. They use a wooden floor with wooden chairs. We could hear the chairs being moved around from early morning to evening Interesting that they put a sound barrier on the bottom of the tables, but not the chairs. Forget trying to take any kind of nap or sleeping in past the time the first cruisers wanted to eat their breakfast at this prime location. We booked through Celebrity are were not told of any noise issues. Just as we were not told about the permanent More
obstruction off the side of our much touted balcony. Be sure you don't book one of these suites on Deck 12. Any other deck would be great. Our butler service (Ceasar) was first class and he is worth asking for. We chose to have breakfast in our suite each morning and Ceasar was always there on time and knew when we had mistakingly forgot to order an item. He always had it for us. HIs help throughout the trip was priceless. We only ate in the dining room once for lunch. We find that since we chose open dining, the service is not really that great because you don't get the same team each time, thus effecting their end of cruise tip. What we really loved was the specialty restaurant "Murano." The food is french based and each dish is more delicious than the one before. Tudor was our waiter the entire trip and he was fantastic. His charisma is charming and his cooking (many dishes prepared tableside) wonderful. The entire staff at Murano deserves kudos as they all work as a team and enjoy doing so. Entertainment on the ship was the best we have experienced, the entertainment director is first class and very hands on. The Equinox even has glass blowing furnaces where nightly shows are provided from extremely skilled craftsman employed by the Carnegie Museum in New York. Since they are a nonprofit organization, the pieces being made each night are not for sale but a few are auctioned off at cruise end to benefit Carnegie's scholarship program and one special piece is auctioned to benefit the American Center Society. Our auction was very entertaining even though I lost out on two pieces. We would highly recommend any cruise destination on the Equinox, just stay away from Deck 12 suites. Less
Sky Suites are terrific, just do not book one on Deck 12. The noise from the observation deck above (chairs being moved constantly by fellow cruisers on a wood floor with no sound barrier) will awaken you in the early morning and continue throughout the day into the evening. The staff on board is very aware of this problem but Celebrity seems to ignore the problem from the corporate level. You will not be told about the noise problem when booking directly through Celebrity. Neither will you be told of permanent obstructions located on the balconies of the suites in the corners (as ours was).