For some of the best -- and simplest -- entertainment on the ship, head to the Lawn Club for a demonstration of glass-blowing by the crew of young artisans from the Corning Museum of Glass. It's particularly nice to sit out on a mild evening, as the kilns' interior temperatures average around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pavilion can get hot on a sunny day.
You can cool down with a cold drink just a few steps away, though, at the Sunset Bar, with its perfect-for-sailaway vibe -- at the aft of the ship, of course.
If you're craving something a little bit more bawdy (and not in any way family-friendly), try the Sin City late-night comedy and burlesque show on Deck 4. During this adults-only show, veteran comedians are joined by scantily clad women as they perform the standup and vaudevillian variety bits that have won the troupe awards in their hometown of Las Vegas. It should be noted that the comedy acts are from the U.S. circuit, and the humor is of a definitively American variety.
For more typical cruise entertainment fare, there are the twice-nightly acts in the Equinox Theatre, performed shortly after each dinner seating has finished. In addition to the shows produced onboard, well-respected guest headlining acts include singers and musicians from stage and studio backgrounds, magicians and theatrical productions; evening shows are generally well attended.
The casino, located on Deck 4, doesn't break the mold with its flashing slot machines and standard set of games, including craps, blackjack, roulette and three-card poker. Nearby is the futuristic nightclub, Quasar, which is a favorite with the younger crowd. On the other side of the casino, you'll find the 24-hour Cellar Masters wine lounge. The wine on offer is dispensed via self-service Enomatic machines, which means there's little need to staff the place with a bartender.
The ice-topped Martini Bar on Deck 4 remains one of the most popular before-dinner drinking spots, but if you're in the mood for something lighter, look no further than the Molecular Bar on Equinox's Deck 5. If "healthy cocktails" exist, the Molecular Bar has them. The small, midship bar creates a list of around 10 specialty cocktails using herbal infusions, fruits and vegetables, and other fresh, natural ingredients (think ginger, dark chocolate or even grilled pineapple). It goes almost without saying that the liquors are all top-shelf. Everything on the menu is $12, except a Celebrity Signature Cocktail that runs $20. Keep an eye out for the "Brilliante," a sweet little concoction of Brut Champagne, Agave Nectar, Angostura Bitters and Grand Marnier.
All the way up on the 14th deck is the spectacular Sky Observation Bar & Lounge. With killer views and the feel of an elegant ballroom, it quickly became one of our favorite bars at sea, without question. Have a martini at the bar on formal night to get that James Bond feeling.
During the day, Celebrity offers a number of choices for enrichment and entertainment. Those who feel compelled to try their hand at winning door prizes can compete in multiple games of trivia, game shows and the ever-popular cruise ship cliche, Battle of the Sexes.
Passengers who prefer something requiring a bit more brain power can attend educational programming that ranges from computer lessons in the Internet cafe to lectures on a range of subjects and foreign language classes with Rosetta Stone.
Equinox, of course, has the standbys we all expect: art auctions, bingo, dance lessons, wine appreciation and the like, as well as the casino and smaller groups of musicians playing sets on the pool deck during the day and around the lounges at night.
Equinox splits time between the Caribbean and Mediterranean, so shore excursions reflect those different deployments. In the Caribbean, options focus on snorkeling, beach days and island tours. Mediterranean cruises may concentrate on more cultural endeavors, with food, wine and city tours frequently playing a large part in what's offered.