We enjoyed a 10 night cruise on this beautiful ship. We have sailed Celebrity before, once on Century and twice on Millenium. We wondered how Millenium could be over-shadowed, but we found out on Equinox! Although she is a massive ship, she never seemed overcrowded. We also found it relatively easy to find our way around, as there is a similarity in the layout of Celebrity ships. This ship is immaculate, we found no fault. Our cabin was spacious and the bathroom larger than we have found on cruise ships, with a good sized shower (with proper door, no flimsy curtain!)and plenty of storage for all our bits and pieces. Slight problem with the wardrobe in the cabin being close to the bed, made it a little awkward, but a very minor point. The balcony was a good size, with comfortable furniture. We made good use of it, as the weather was wonderful! Our cabin stewardess (Odeta from Lithuania) and her assistant to be really attentive. Every need was met and more!
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second sitting for dinner, and found no complaints. We found the wait-staff, Arslan and his assistant Paulo to be polite and efficient, as well as entertaining! We had most agreeable table companions in Peter and Julie, Reg and Joy,and really enjoyed their company! None of us felt the need to use the speciality restaurants, as we were all well satisfied with what was served to us in the main dining room, the quality of the food was outstanding. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Ocean View Restaurant, and were impressed with how well organised it was. The absence of trays made for less of a "canteen" feel, and for anyone who needed assistance to get their food to the table, there was always someone around to help. The choice of food was amazing, and from plain eaters to those with a more sophisticated palate, everyone was catered for.
The entertainment on board was more or less what we had experienced before with Celebity. West-end type shows, cirq-de-soleil type acts, the usual A Capello group, a very talented latin singer and guitarist, etc. The Celebity resident orchestra were outstanding. We enjoyed most of it. The only thing I would say was that the theatre performance for the second-seating dining was before dinner at 7 pm and we found this a bit awkward. If I recall correctly, on the other ships it was after dinner, and we felt we would have been happier with that. Small point only. We like to dance, and found the music excellent around the ship.
The ports of call were interesting. New to us were Sicily, Turkey and the greek island of Myknos. We tend to do our sightseeing independently, but there were plently of organised trips to be had, both from the ship and to be organised at the port. One small piece of advice, if you take the local bus from Kusadasi to Ephesus, be aware that you will be dropped off 4 km from the top of the site. We found this out to our cost, but happily shared a horse and trap to the top of the site with a young spanish couple. The walk back to the bus stop from the bottom of the site was downhill, and only 1 km, so it worked out fine! Taxi will take you to the top then wait for you at the bottom. The site is breathtaking.
We found the other ports interesting, and if you have not been in this area before, well worth the trouble.
We would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful ship to you. You will be looked after to the highest standard from the moment you board until the moment you disembark. Nothing is too much trouble, and as we kept being told, anything you want, you only have to ask! Less
Celebrity Equinox Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean