This was our first experience of cruising and oh my, did it have the WOW and X factor!! The ship is impressively HUGE! The staff are the most gracious, friendly and accommodating (without being overbearing)I have ever met. All the crew have big smiles and seem to really enjoy working on board - nothing is too much trouble. The ship is immaculately clean - you just do not see litter, dust or grime anywhere. It really does sparkle. The lounge, bars, restaurants, shops, theatre, & open decks areas, are just superb and went way beyond our expectations. Food quality is excellent, and then you appreciate how many meals are being prepared with each sitting to an exacting high standard and that then makes it astonishing. First impression was amazing and it just got better and better.
There was plenty for the kids to do within the activity clubs and all the staff there were really lovely especially with the younger ones attending.
We had an amazing time, met some new friends from San Diego - who have cruised many times before, and are already in the process of booking their next one!! (lucky - we may have to wait a few years yet).
We had the 11night ultimate caribbean cruise,from Port Everglades,FL stopping at Cozumel, Roatan, Puerto Limo, Panama and Grand Cayman. We were on deck 6 in staterooms 6225 &6227 - which were adjoining rooms - which was great for cruising with the kids. previous reviews have complained about this location in ship - we found it no problem. no noise at all heard. Staterooms are furnished nicely, and with black out curtains that really are black outs!. Our room attendant, was Raymond, who comes from the Philippines. he has a young family at home, so gelled really well with our kids, and did things for them that, in our opinion, were way beyond his call of duty. Nothing was too much trouble - such a nice man.
We had a tour of the Navigational Bridge, courtesy of the very friendly Captain. All very sleek and technical! and so interesting.
We did Select Dining, and mixed that between the Silhoulette, Ocean View (buffet) and speciality restaurants. All were superb. Silhouette - fantastic service & food. I thought we had been dead lucky with our waiters, as they were friendly, and amiable, but then you speak to other guests and it really does seem as though they are ALL like that. We felt we began to know our little team of waiters by the end of the cruise, who tirelessly entertained the children with their funny story's and antics. Cant' say enough about the food - delicious. Ocean View is way more relaxed. you help yourself. kids particularly liked this. Quality still spot-on, with lots of dishes still made fresh, and not standing on hot plates for hours shrivelling up. we did Silk Harvest (not my fav for the food, but husband and one of our friends gave it a big thumbs up), and Murano. Murano - you must eat the Goat cheese souffle and the fillet Mignon. OMG I had gone to Heaven. Service is very attentive, not overbearing, but a more formal approach than the style we enjoyed so much in the silhouette.
There is so much to do; that you just do not have the hours in the day to do it all. We are sun lovers (being from the UK we soak up every ray!), but inside the ship there was a huge itinerary of activities if you don't like being on the open decks. I am slightly regretful that we didn't partake in more, but then we have the great suntans soooo....
I shall probably think of more things to add to this in the comings days.
We are all grinning from ear to ear when we think of our time on the Equinox. I cannot recommend it enough.
We were shadowed by Carnival Cruises for a couple of Ports, and I briefly spoke with guests who were from New Zealand, and had cruised part of their journey with Carnival and then "jumped ship" to Equinox - they told me NO comparison. Equinox blows Carnival Princess out of the water on every aspect!
SO go, enjoy your cruise, we have set a very high bench mark, for all future cruises we'll take, to measure up too.... it simply was the best!