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Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Equinox
Member Name: clarka
Cruise Date: February 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: AQ
Cabin Number: 1518
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean: Aquaclass Experience
Here is a summary of our cruise experience:

SHIP: Wonderful use of light and color throughout the ship. We loved the live tree in the bedazzled flower pot 'floating' in the atrium. There are multiple levels of pool decks with an abundance of loungers. It was never difficult to find a chair. Two outdoor pools with 4 hot tubs and one pool in the solarium with 2 hot tubs; lots of room for everyone. We loved the quiet atmosphere of the solarium pool with the beautiful chromotherapy water wall. We loved the fact that this area was for adults only; although this wasn't enforced. The Persian garden in the Aquaspa was a highlight for us; we ended each night in the steam room followed by a rest on the heated loungers.

RESTAURANTS: Restaurants & bars were very classy yet modern in decor. We were a bit surprised that of all the specialty restaurants, Murano has no windows so it was very dark with no view.

Blu has beautiful, modern decor and huge windows with a great view. The food is high quality and presented creatively. We ate in Blu every morning for breakfast; (delicious and extensive breakfast menu although I found a piece of note paper in my pancakes the second last day!) We only ate dinner there the first half of our cruise due to the very limited menu. There were many nights that neither of us could find things that we liked. I wish that Blu would expand their dinner menu! We also found the service there very disorganized; there were always 3 or more staff looking after our table each night and they didn't seem to work together. They should use a team of two; waiter and assistant like they do in Silhouette. We also didn't seem to get the same level of service as other guests; maybe because we are young? However, this changed dramatically after we started going to the main dining room for dinner.

Silhouette main dining room is nicely decorated but noisy because of the number of people eating there. We had no trouble getting a table for two. We found the menu to be extensive and had no trouble finding things that we enjoyed every night. The portions were huge and very tasty! Our waitress; Mellini and her assistant Aris were fantastic! They made us feel special and gave us fantastic service every night; the Blu staff should take lessons from these two!

Cafe Al Bacio: tasty little desserts that you don't have to pay extra for!

Aquaspa Cafe: healthy breakfast and lunch but we always left hungry!

Mast Grill: great spot for lunch; hotdogs, burgers, wings and the best cookies!

Oceanview Cafe: huge selection of food from every ethnicity. We loved the homemade ice cream and candy toppings!

ENTERTAINMENT: There were always lots of activity going on around the ship. We loved 'The Equinox' show which was a Cirque de Soleil style show. The glass blowing show was okay; we went once and saw enough after the first hour. We went to a couple of other shows but didn't enjoy them as much; they are definitely geared towards people 65 and older!

Overall, we had a great time on our first cruise and would definitely choose Celebrity again. The food was great and there were very few children on board; very important things for us! Next time however, we will book a regular balcony stateroom; the extra amenities provided with Aquaclass/Concierge Class were not worth the extra money for us.

Publication Date: 02/21/11
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