Celebrity Equinox Cabins
- Pro: Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show
- Con: Main dining could use a little improvement
- Bottom Line: Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options in the Caribbean and Med
Celebrity Equinox Cabins
Equinox has 1,443 cabins in 11 main categories, ranging from the two 1,291-square-foot Penthouse Suites with 389-square-foot balconies to comfortably sized inside cabins (183 to 200 square feet, no windows or balconies).
Standard inside, oceanview (177 square feet) and balcony cabins (194 square feet with 54-square-foot balconies) feature gently undulating light-brown walls, hotel-style white bedding with red and cream trim, sitting areas and desks, safes, and large framed photographs. Wardrobes are filled with wooden hangers, and there are plenty of drawers, shelves and cubbies to pack away your things. Flat-screen televisions are interactive (although dated and suffering from signs of wear four years on), and you can make restaurant and shore excursion reservations, check onboard accounts and watch movies. Channels include a range of news, sports and cruise-line advertising, as well as the American cable channel TNT and channels in Spanish and French. Each cabin has a hair dryer -- but you may want to bring your own if you require something with a little pep. There are European and American outlets.
Standard bathrooms are well laid out, consisting of a shower cubicle with glass doors, single sink, large vanity mirror and toilet. The floors are tiled, and there is plenty of shelving, as well as a couple small drawers for storage.
The 283 Concierge Class cabins are identical to regular balcony cabins, but they're distinguished by location -- higher up, aft-facing, etc. -- and perks like priority check-in and debarkation, welcome bubbly, fresh fruits and flowers, Frette bathrobes, a pillow menu, massaging showerhead and expanded room service breakfast menu. In 2012, Celebrity expanded the Concierge Class services to include an exclusive pre-departure lounge onboard with free coffee and juices.
The 130 AquaClass cabins (also the same size as standard balconies, with the same configuration) give passengers access to the AquaSpa relaxation room (with heated tiled loungers and ocean views), the Persian Garden (pre- and post-treatment grottos with steam, dry heat and aromatherapy) and Blu restaurant. Special perks include fluffier bathrobes and towels, as well as AquaSpa "amenity kits" -- additional, nicer bath products (foot spray, lip balm, relaxation mist, etc.). During each cruise, you also get fresh iced tea and canapes on a daily basis, as well as an upgraded (and healthier) room service menu. The bathroom has spa products, and the shower has a five-head Hansgrohe setup.
Equinox has four categories of suites. The 44 entry-level Sky Suites are each 300 square feet with a 79-square-foot balcony. In addition to added space inside and out, the Sky Suites feature larger TVs, mini-fridges and shower-tub combos. Twelve 394-square-foot Celebrity Suites (104-square-foot balconies) add yet more space, a distinct separation between bedroom and living room and two TVs -- one in the sleeping quarters and a second 52-inch display that's part of a surround-sound entertainment setup in the living area. There are eight 590-square-foot Royal Suites with 158-square-foot balconies. Added amenities include wet bars, dining room tables, walk-in closets in the bedrooms and whirlpools on the balconies. Equinox's top accommodations are its two 1,291-square-foot Penthouse Suites, each with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors leading onto a 389-square-foot balcony, a master bedroom with marble master bath (including a 26-inch TV), a separate living room, a full bar and a baby grand piano. The huge balconies feature plenty of lounge seating and a whirlpool each.
All suite passengers have access to a butler, in-room lunch and dinner service, evening hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary espressos and cappuccinos, among other perks.
For families, there are four oceanview family suites, which are 575 square feet each. They feature two bedrooms and one shared bathroom. Among the standard cabin categories (balcony, oceanview and inside), there are 121 that interconnect.
There are a total of 30 wheelchair-accessible cabins -- from insides to Sky Suites -- for disabled travelers.
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