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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by sadou: Relaxing transatlantic in the spring


sadou
2 Reviews
Member Since 2006
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Relaxing transatlantic in the spring

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We left Montreal the day before the cruise which was leaving Fort Lauderdale on May 2nd, 2011.

After having checked the different option, we realized that this extra week at sea was like a bonus. In other words, it would not cost us more with airfare to spend this week being spoiled with wonderful food and shows than having organized one week in Europe with airfare! And what a wonderful way to unwind and cross the pond without having to suffer the jet lag.

Embarkation went very well (smooth). Before we knew it, we were on the ship, waiting for our room to be ready. What a nice surpise. The room was elegant, well equiped and with this king size bed, we knew we would spend very pleasant time in our quarters. Our room (3110) was right under the Celebrity Central and for those who are worried about the noise, be advised that it was very quiet, maybe except for one night where we heard some voices (very lightly) but it was amazingly quiet all the time.

As More Celebrity always does, we had our glass of champagne right waiting for us as soon as we set foot on the ship. What a nice touch.

For those who are still wondering what kind of clothing to take on a transatlantic, you can go from shorts to long trousers depending of the days. I always favor linen as it is so versatile: not too hot, comfortable and most of it, you always look ok (dinner or on excursion). A light raincoat is always very handy as place like Ponta Delgada can reserve certain rainy days.

The food at Silk Harvest was absolutely amazing. We had to order all we wanted to sample right from the beginning so we had to cancell the sushi in the end as although we had asked for very small portion, we ended up being so full it would have gone to waste. The service was so nice, and the waiters always smiling.

We were a bit disappointed not to be able to have a reservation at Murano, but as we ate so well in the main dining room, we just did not move fast enough. We were told by the maitre D that on the 3rd day after we left, it was already fully booked. So if you have any intention of going, do make your reservation early after embarkation.

Going back to the main dining room food, it was absolutely wonderful. My husband does a lot of cooking at home and he is a foodie. He knows his stuff. And he will tell anyone who wants to hear it that Celebrity is top notch. As for the service, once again, you only had to express your desire and the your waiters would be going through all the motions to get you what you wanted. really, a great experience all the way. I can still remember the seafood risotto they serve with the lobster tail one evening. It was to die for.

The creme brulee is as good as I had read on cruise critic, but the souffle (chocolate one night and Grand Marnier another night) was exquisite.

The shows were of great quality. We have especially appreciated the violonist Nicola Loud, as well as the lady from London West End who was in the cast of Les Miserables as well as Evita. The pianist (Brooke) was also very very good, sharing not only his music, but his passion for it. Rare are the entertainers who can deliver such a history, captivating his audience this well. Thank you Celebrity for bringing such high quality entertainment. Furthermore, we had the great pleasure of seeing them again during matinee performance, organized by our cruise director Drew Pavlov.

The 2 days we had brunch were, of course, very appreciated. So much choice, it is almost unbeleivable. Once again a great Celebrity signature.

We did not attend the two High tea as we felt it would be ridiculous to pay $25 for a champagne tea at 2.30 as there was so much place to eat during the day. It is however an experience if you want to do it. Very civilized, of course!

Ponta Delgada reminded us of Madeira and Tenerife. The Portugese influence shows in the architecture and we enjoyed every minute of it. We took the little train for 2 tours, one that took us in the city gardens (beautiful) and the other one was more historic. For 5 Euros each 45 minutes tour, you could not go wrong. (I think you can find the info on www.lagarda.com). You can take it on the street along the sea, not too far from where you see the landmark with the 3 arches.

Toulon (France).

A military port, Toulon has more and more an impression of being somewhere in Tunisia, with its market and cafes like Le Carthagene who reminded me of the visit in Tunis a few years ago.

If you walk up towards the train station, you will discover the Place de la Liberte (Freedom Place) which is a nice square with little terrace to have a coffee or a meal. Personnally, I would recommend you organize to go to Aix en Provence or somewhere else. Toulon does not have enough to offer. We were told by the people there that we would not have enough time to go by train to Aix en Provence, but we found out there is a TGV (fast train) that would work with the time we are into port. Some Greman people had already bought their ticket on internet. That is if you do not want to buy the excursion from the ship.

Our last reflexion: We came to the conclusion that after having experienced many cruise lines, we can safely say that our 2 favorite ones are Celebrity and Princess. If we could combine the 2 together, it would be the ultimate experience: Princess with its lively well thought of Piazza and its free 4 o'clock high tea and Celebrity with its top notch service and food... It would be heaven on the high seas.

Thanks and see you at sea one day maybe. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox Oceanview Stateroom Plaza Deck (3) 3110

Great with oceanview. Spacious, with a king size bed, nicely designed with a very modern bathroom with shower doors. Quiet and easy acces to everything despite being on the 3rd floor. Would take this room again anytime. Probably the nicest room we had so far on all 9 cruises we have done.

Port and Shore Excursions


Barcelona.... oh my wonderful Barcelona. We had been there before so we knew what to expect. The transfer from the port takes just a few minutes but is too long to waste that precious time by waling it. So much to see and do in Barcelona. Do not miss La Boqueria market, just on your left from going up on Las Ramblas (maybe a 10 to 15 minutes walk from the Columbus column). Do not be afraid of taking the metro. For 8 Euros, you can buy a 10 passages which my husband and I shared. You can go almost anywhere. One of our best souvenir is the visit of the Palau de la Musica Catalane. The outside is breath taking, but the inside is even more amazing. Well worth the visit. We promised ourselves we would go back one day to attend a concert. Of course, we are great fans of Gaudi. Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlo, Casa Mila... are all worth going inside. You just do not have enough time to do them all in one day. But you will be conquered by the spirit of these catalan master: Dali, Miro, Gaudi and how many more... Enjoy!


Livorno (Florence or Pisa). It was raining pretty much all day when we went to Florence. We only had 4 hours there as the transfer from the ship to the train station left at 8.30 to allow us to take the 9.10 train in the morning. Do not miss the market in Florence... so much beautiful leather stuff at a great price. Of course la Duomo is still the thing to see and Ponte Vecchio will be on the list of the nicest photographs you have taken... even with the rain and the dozens of umbrellas. Spoil yourself with the legendary gelato... You will have it on your mind for a long time.


Rome... Disembarkation day... sniff sniff. We were off the ship at 6.45 AM. Took the bus that dropped us off directly at the train station (which we were surprised as normally, they drop you off just at the exit of the port and then you have to walk for a good 10 minutes to reach the station). We had to fly back the same day as we had to go back to work the next day. Oh well... we can always encourage ourselves by thinking we will save again for another one of these wonderful cruise experience. However, Rome is a city that has so much to offer. Do not miss the Vatican Museum. If you have the chance of staying there pre or post cruise, plan a day just for the museum. You could spend a week there.

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