One of the best cruises we have been on in all of our cruising. However, there were definitely areas that Celebrity needs to address.
The food in all areas was terrific, however, I still got the cruisers rash on my lower legs from preservatives! Most of the crew were wonderful, very helpful and attentive, not overly!
Tuscan Grill was our personnel favorite specialty venue, Silhoutte dining was very good, and the Oceanview buffet areas were excellent, as were the other specialty restaurant choices.
All of the ships areas were always neat, clean and very comfortable.
Best Port for shopping was Chania (Crete), least expensive shopping by about 30-40% (same stuff as all other stops on cruise) buy jewelry, scarfes, etc here!
Grab a taxi off the ship to the port and shopping old town area drivers will negotiate fare, and if you tell them what time to pick you up, they will be at the taxi stand, waiting for you. (E12 for four people each way)
Best Port of Call had to be Turkey's two stops, Istanbul and Kusadasi, as we call it, "The Other Italy", wonderful people, beautiful Country (full of Roman Ruins)! When at the blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, don't miss eating at the Pudding shop across the street, small and packed, terrific food and reasonable, best time seemed to be about 1:30 PM.
Not our favorite port:
Piraeus and Athens, just another big city, however, Athens does have the Acropolis, what a wonder, must see! and the walk is not nearly as bad as it appears, about ten minutes to the top, after paying E12 entry to all sites, and their are several around the Acropolis.
suggestion: Take a taxi, negotiate a rate, we paid E140 for four people for all day, and saw and visited Acropolis, Olympic stadium, shopping in Praka (spl), tomb of unknown soldier of Greece, changing of the guard at the Palace, and viewed the damage across from the Ministers Palace from occupyers (come out after 6;00 PM...we were on the ship by then of course.
Hired driver in advance, Raining ugly, visited CastleMora, Savoca (godfather movie site and really quaint mountainside homes with beautiful vistas, Taormina, and one other village, which happened to be our drivers home town, and had lunch in a wonderful restaurant overlooking the valley and Mediteranean. Name of restaurant is Noemi Ristorante Tipico, located in Gallodoro on Via Manzoni, had Six course Italian meal! at E30 per person.
Third visit, wife and I walked to the Galleria Umberto (very high end clothing shops, not much around it, other than local businesses. Would have preferred to have gone north of town to Museo archielogical Pompeii, however, wife is not much on museums, shopped around port are, returned to ship for a relaxing afternoon on board.
Embarkation from Ship: Excellent and very efficient.
Very important! Be at the Airport "AT Least" three hours before your departure, as the ships unload, and it seems as though everyone is in line to check baggage for your flight!
Lastly, the carryon baggage size is somewhat smaller than on US Airlines for Alitalia, Air France, Luftansa and KLM...if your bag is too large, there is e75 charge for an extra bag
Number One disappointment, as this was a high end cruise for us with a sky suite for the first time, spent more than normal for cruising, suite and service and two specialty dinners was a very nice incentive.
Major disappointment was the Internet / WiFI, for the price that Celebrity is charging, this should be a very fast access. It is not! it really is a money eater, for just locating and printing our return air boarding passes, it cost me over $15.00 at .65 per minute.
The WiFI, based on the slow service should be priced a .05-.10 per minute!Celebrity really needs to address this soon.
Number Two dissppointment was the Camera Shop, and the Guest Relations department when dealing with a Product failure for return, DO NOT BUY a CAMERA on board the Equinox!
Camera shop was not willing to exchange three day old camera, purchased on board, therefore, friends headed over to Guest relations.
Equinox Guest Relations were absolutely no help in resolving the issue, and our friends whom were trying to get satisfaction by returning the failed device for a same or similar unit (purchased on ship), were told by Guest Relations Manager that she was "TOO BUSY" to speak with them about their concerns. She did visit with them later, however, no solution too their problem...bring your own camera, batteries, etc., do not buy any Cameras or device from Camera shop on Equinox!