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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by mental: Great Ship, but do private tours


mental
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Member Since 2002
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Great Ship, but do private tours

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)

We loved almost everything about the Equinox, from the ease of boarding, to our huge veranda stateroom, the largest we have ever had on any cruise. We were in 9353, aft in a great room. Very quiet, good views from balcny, great closet space but limited drawer space. Noticed that even inside cabins were almost as large as the veranda cabins, so wouldn't be afraid to book inside on future cruise. Unfortunately, our butler seemed to lack any language skills, so whatever we asked of her always got messed up or only partially completed.

The dining optionw were good, except I still get annoyed with so many ships now forcing a cruiser to pay extra to eat in the specialty dining rooms. we eat out at fine restaurants at home, I don't feel we should have to pay $30.00 plus wine to eat while at sea. The main dining room is lovely, service is excellent, and the variety is very good, with many high end types of dining options on the menu each night. I was surprised to find escargot on More their everyday menu! The French onion soup is fabulous, don't miss it. Deserts while presented well, seem to have little taste. the last night I had the chocolate lava cake, a favorite dessert of mine, that I seldom skip when I see it offered. It was a huge disappointment. Spongy cake and little "lava".

We found the entertainment to be excellent. the options ranged from the usual song and dance variety shows, to Circe du soleil acts, classical pianists,string quartets, A Cappella song quartets, jazz bands, guitarists, to superb speakers who kept us spellbound. Seemed like there was always something to listen to and someplace to go. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox 9352

We were in 9353, aft in a great room. Very quiet, good views from balcny, great closet space but limited drawer space. Noticed that even inside cabins were almost as large as the veranda cabins, so wouldn't be afraid to book inside on future cruise.

Port and Shore Excursions


What disappointed us most were the ships tour in Alexandria, We signed up for a tour because we were not familiar with the area, and were concerned about personal safety. The tour had some good points, including a tour of the Cairo museum, but the fact that it cost more than twice what those who booked private tours paid, and that they were determined to force you to spend a certain amount of time shopping, whether anyone on the bus wanted to or not was a real turn off. Also the fact that the tour of the city where we were docked took nine hours is riduculous. We went by the same buildings more times than I could count, as we backtracked across the city, rather than visiting the sights in any logical order. We met several fellow cruisers who rented taxi's who saw everything we did and were back on board in four hours for $40.00 rathan than the $125.00 we paid.


This was our second time in Rhodes, and we learned not to book a tour. It is an easy city to walk around and the admission fees are low to any of the sites you might be interested in touring. You can get a cab to any of the reas outside the city right by the dock. The city is fun, historic and the shopping is great if you are into that. You will feel like you have stepped back in time to the days of knights and damsels.

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