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6 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not ... Read More
We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not really sure what we got for our extra money other then choice of time to eat in the Blu restaurant. We did not really like being up higher on the deck except it was faster to get to the pool deck/bar that was a plus. The extra large overhang we did not like at all! It was also a bit rockier on the 11th deck compared to the 7th deck the last cruise! Our staff of employees were outstanding our room steward was fantastic and called us by name every time he saw us! The food was good, Blu was good, however I would not say outstanding. Our waiter and his team were outstanding! The shows were OK, comedian was great! Would have liked to see a little more variety. Our ports were great we stopped at San Juan and the most disappointing part was we got there late in the afternoon, so this made it very hard to do much sight seeing since many things closed at 5 or 6pm. St Maarten and St Kitts, loved them all got real tired of the Indians hard sell every time you entered their store, "oh I make you happy" "I make you great deal" HA that was a joke! I really wish the cruise ships would come up with a better way to get deck chairs, goodness getting up and having to go sit in a deck chair by the pool at 6:30am in order to get one at all is stupid! I also was not happy with the lack of sun areas on the equinox and you felt like you were almost sitting on your neighbor in the way the chairs are so close together! Poor planning on that one! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our second go at Celebrity Equinox. Our first one was July with our daughters (not the best but not bad either), this was our second time in as many months and it was the Christmas cruise. So keep in mind that they were putting a ... Read More
This was our second go at Celebrity Equinox. Our first one was July with our daughters (not the best but not bad either), this was our second time in as many months and it was the Christmas cruise. So keep in mind that they were putting a little more into it this time. EMBARKATION:The PORT was nuts! They need to complain to the port authority for the congestion!! There has to be better flow of traffic it took us forty minutes from our hotel nearby to actually get to the ship!! Once we actually got to the check in it only took ten minutes and we were on board!! Miami port is the worst my husband and I will be checking to see how many ships are in port next time. That may affect our decision. ROOM: We upgraded to Concierge and we also had a disability room as I am going for knee surgery in a month and needed the bar for the toilet sometimes as my knee locks(the video is up on you tube now) and balcony. Very comfortable although I had to ask for extra padding for the bed, way too hard. Our room steward was really nice made sure we were comfortable and was very informative, a first for us!Never had so much information thrown at us. We did like the little perks of being Concierge. Our own line at embarkation (which was a breeze by the way). and little treats every day. Balcony lovely. SHIP:was decked out like I knew it would be. Very clean, was happy to see them disinfecting things every day. I know a RCCL line that had a norwalk outbreak just a week before our cruise so it was good to see them being so diligent in cleaning. SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES: What is with not letting people get into the sky lounge at night just before dinner?!?! Every single night the same thing, nope can't get in it's only Diamond and Elite. By the third night I was steamed!!! I want to enjoy a glass of wine while looking out the front for just ONE night before dinner!! Most nights there was maybe a handful of people in there!! 80-90 percent of it empty!! Do what RCCL does, make half of the room for Diamond and Elite and the other half for just anyone wanting to come up and enjoy the room and bar. Seriously this is a game breaker for me, I'll just choose RCCL in the future if I can't get the amenities I want. There is NOT Enough TRIVIA! And the time of day 3:30 and 4pm EVERY DAY??? People are getting ready for dinner or just getting back on board. We only got to one of the trivias all week! Mix it up! The most activities they had was in the evening, you wouldn't believe how late they were! Some of them at 10:30 or 11:00pm! By 10:30 I was usually so bagged I couldn't make it out to them! Although the white party they had was fun enough I wanted to go to some of the others but they were just too late! SHOWS: We went to every show. Elysium was the same as last time so we didn't stay for the whole thing. TOPPER was our absolute favorite!! Gotta have more like that one! It has a story and great costumes and variety! The comedians were okay. Carnival still has you beat on that one. The finally show was the most surprising, I loved it! The aerial acrobats were some of the best I've ever seen. Pools:Hmm very busy as usual, The adult only Solarium was nice but stuffy sometimes. They have a wonderful food and smoothie station that I loved! We had a premium beverage package so the smoothies were covered otherwise you have to pay for them. But the food the put out was free. Dining: Our Dinning Room staff was top notch. Thank you Michelle,Randy and our Sommelier Namdev (i hope I spelled it right!).I must complement Celebrity on speeding up service in the dining-room. From the moment we sat down to finishing desert no more than an hour and sometimes even less! Fantastic! We went to ALL of the specialty restaurants. Murano-delicious as always. Sushi on Five-too salty at times but fantastic! Well worth the cover charge it's a shame more people don't go to it. Tuscan Grille-Wonderful! Their plates aren't for everyone, but their sauces are to die for! AND the WINNER of the best of the specialty restaurants SILK HARVEST! What a surprise!! We wen back to Gulhan twice we liked him so much. And the food! I'm sorry we didn't take our daughters on the lats cruise to this restaurant! Seriously you have to try this place! The MAST Grill - wow what great hamburgers!! Better than guys burger joint on Carnival MUCH better! All in all Celebrity restaurants and dining room win for best best food. The ocean view cafe buffet we went to a few times for breakfast and lunch and only once for a snack after dinner. But what I found with their buffet is the tendency not to change it up. Same every day and night with the exception of the one night they had a crepe station. Ports of Calls: This is my biggest pet peeve. The change our itinerary twice. We went to San Juan on Christmas day! Who's bright idea was that!?! The old town didn't offer a lot and a great deal of San Juan couldn't offer anything because of the hurricane damage. Shore excursions were limited and the even the fort was closed for the day. We made the best of it and went in for the very VERY short time we had in the afternoon and ate at Baracchina birth place of the Pina Colada. great food, terrible salsa, fantastic drinks! Suggest highly! St Thomas: Another Island Limited because of hurricane damage. We decided to take the ferry to St John. It takes a good part of your morning, and they were hit really hard with damage. They were taking people to a certain beach by shuttle but there however, we booked ourselves with ECOtours for honeymoon beach. I think we should have thought this over a bit more. Although the beach was the best we've ever seen, it was remote and don't even ask how you have to get there (the trail we were told to take was horrible!!) and there was no food (they relied on Carambola resort for food and it was devastated!! Again another video we have on Youtube) other than a snack bar and only soda and water. My husband loved that it was off the beaten path and they did have floaties and body surfing boards and chairs, umbrella's, but without food and no booze we were starving by 12:30 and left. I hope they get the place up and running again because I'll bet it was heaven on earth before the hurricane. St. Kitt's:the saving grace of this cruise. We went to the Marriott and it was wonderful! Great waves! My husband and I love to body surf! Great pool, great food. We're considering it highly for an all inclusive visit in the future. CREW & STAFF: Great! A great big shout out to DESI at the coffee bar. Thank you for constantly making that extra effort! There's a new Director for everything by the name of Damien, who was great! He and Dan the Entertainment director were constantly around. Doesn't Dan have any helpers??? he looked like he was constantly run off his feet! He was funny. The Crew and staff work really hard be good to them they look like the work really long hours and try their hardest. Disembarkation: Wow! This was fast and the best I've ever seen. And the perk of having our own area for Concierge was great because we didn't need to leave until 10am and we were almost the last ones off, but they started walk offs at 7am on the nose and people were stunned! They were still having breakfast! (I like an early walk off instead of waiting forever for them to call it) All in all I would recommend this ship. With a few detractors like more varied things to do and making spaces more readily available to people it was fun for my husband and I. We would look at this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because Celebrity has a good reputation. I would say that it is mainly deserved. The ship itself was very smart and the buffet is the best I have experienced in terms of choice and spacious layout. Food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Celebrity has a good reputation. I would say that it is mainly deserved. The ship itself was very smart and the buffet is the best I have experienced in terms of choice and spacious layout. Food was generally good, although the chefs do seem very keen on mashed potato. The dining room had an impressive decor. Everyone we met at dinner seemed very nice and friendly. The room service menu is a little limited, I was surprised there were no omelettes or jacket potatoes included in the basic menu. If you're staying in your cabin in the evening, it's probably because you're not feeling that great. But hey, great to have food brought to your cabin for free. My mother-in-law has mobility problems and my sister-in-law asked what are the procedures for disabled people if there had to be an evacuation? Clearly not something that Celebrity has spent much time thinking about although to be fair, neither have the other cruise lines I've been on. Generally, the crew were very friendly and helpful except one time we wanted to disembark and one gangway was just about to be dismantled. We asked if they could just let my mother-in-law off and they refused even though going round to the other gangway meant her having to go up and down some steps, which she finds difficult, (and we did point that out to them). I was shocked at their attitude. We enjoyed lots of activities onboard including the Modern American Line Dance class, the Silent Disco, the Art Auction and Bingo for my mother-in-law. One overrated activity, in my opinion is the Hot Glass Show. Only go to that if you are very interested in glass blowing and are very patient. I only lasted ten minutes before I left. The quality of the entertainment was very good including the ship's company, but I did think the choice of songs sometimes was more for the benefit of the young cast rather than for the more mature audience. We were lucky enough to have a free classic drinks package and were told we could upgrade for $100 on the first day. This we did and it was the right decision. We didn't like the wine we tried on the classic drink package and the wines were much better on the Premier package. Plus it meant we could have any drink including cocktail or coffee we liked. I wouldn't say we were huge drinkers but we definitely got our money's worth. We went on the 5 Star Island Tour of St Thomas. What a rip off. The supposed scenic tour lasted about 15 minutes, one stop for photos and the rest of the time before the beach was spent at a large store. We were told that Magens Beach is the best beach in St Thomas. I hope not. If you hired a lounger or chair, you had to drag it yourself over a crowded beach with lots of tree roots. We paid someone to do that for us. You were meant to take them back and get your deposit back. We couldn't find the man and with the huge queue waiting to get back their deposits, we cut our losses and made sure we got to the trolley bus on time. Our fault for not starting to pack up earlier but with all this to sort out, you actually get very little time on the beach to relax. My advice is get a taxi and go straight to the beach. I will say that the trolley bus driver, Craig, was very good with my mother-in-law helping her off and on each time. The best trip we went on was the Scenic Railway Tour of St Kitts. Expensive but definitely worth it. Nice views of the island and very strong (included) cocktails. We couldn't hear the narration from the 4th carriage but our minibus driver had told us the same information (from what I could hear) any way. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Background information: This is my 7th cruise overall, DH 5th, and our 2nd on Celebrity Equinox. We did this exact same cruise last year, so it is hard to not compare our experience this time around with then. Some things were improved. We ... Read More
Background information: This is my 7th cruise overall, DH 5th, and our 2nd on Celebrity Equinox. We did this exact same cruise last year, so it is hard to not compare our experience this time around with then. Some things were improved. We were disappointed to find that some things were changed or done away with that we enjoyed last year. Hotel information: We stayed at the Sleep Inn, a budget hotel with $5 shuttle service to the pier. Convenient to a Walgreens, grocery store, and dining options. The staff was friendly and the shuttle from AP and to the pier was prompt. However, the room could have been cleaner, and the breakfast could have used some more healthy food options. It was adequate for one night. Ship information: Beautiful and well maintained. It was tastefully decorated and felt more like a boutique luxury hotel than a cruise ship. Activities: With a different Cruise Director and Activities Staff, felt that this area was improved from last year. The activities seemed more organized, energized, and as if they were trying to appeal to a somewhat younger crowd. Especially enjoyed the Masquerade Interactive Theme Party early on in the cruise. Service: Cut backs from last year were noticeable, both in cabin service, and in dining. Waiters in the buffet never seemed to want to make eye contact. Port & shore excursions: Shore excursions were on par with that offered on other cruise lines/ships. We have been to these islands enough times now to know when to take an organized tour and what we can do on our own. We most enjoyed the zip lining in St. Kitts (done thru the ship) and the beach in St. Maarten (short cab ride). Cabin: It seemed that there were fewer staff from last year doing the same amount of work, and we rarely saw our room steward. Our room was always cleaned and maintained, though. We are low-maintenance people, anyways, and didn't really have any issues, other than that our refrigerator never worked, but we didn't use it much anyways. Dining: Food in MDR was very good, as was in the Murano. Service in the MDR was good, except for the last night, when it was very slow. We had the drinks package, and found that it did not include many of the same wines that were available to us last year. We enjoyed, last year, the service from our Sommelier who was a wealth of information on what wines to pair with what dishes. This year, it seemed like we were offered the same limited choices at every meal, even though Celebrity boasts that they have an extensive wine selection. Entertainment: Enjoyable, if not outstanding. Disembarkation: This went smoothly. No problems whatsoever. Summary: There are a few other things that I would like to mention, and as I am not sure which category to put them in, I will add them here. One, we really missed the small sandwiches that used to be offered in El Bacio. If this is a cost-cutting measure, It hardly seems worth it to get rid of them. I suppose, though, if we hadn't been on the ship last year, we never would have noticed. Two, we were both disappointed to find out that drink prices had gone up and some drinks (certain wines, martini's) were no longer included in the drink package. It would have been nice to know this before we booked. Three, while dinner in the Murano was wonderful (our waiter Todor was exceptional), I had an unpleasant experience at the end of the meal when I was served a scalding hot cup of coffee, took a sip, and burned my mouth. It really was so hot that I thought for several minutes that I would need to see the ships doctor. The assistant and head waiters (not Todor) just stared at me as I explained what happened, then I was told "that is how the customers like it." Fourth, and finally, there were communication issues between the land office and the ship, with information on what was to be included in our booking, that was never transferred (our specialty dining voucher, ship transfers, and special occasions that we were celebrating). Guest relations were helpful in getting most of these things resolved. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I am a paraplegic and my wife and I are regular cruisers with Celebrity, but this was our first cruise in a Solstice class ship. We recently sailed on the Celebrity Equinox on their Ultimate Caribbean itinerary, in Aqua class. We ... Read More
I am a paraplegic and my wife and I are regular cruisers with Celebrity, but this was our first cruise in a Solstice class ship. We recently sailed on the Celebrity Equinox on their Ultimate Caribbean itinerary, in Aqua class. We have found Celebrity to be very accessible for wheelchairs, with a few problems here and there, but there have been major improvements with the Solstice class. One of these is the gently tapered ends of the ramps to the dock in the ports. It used to be that the ramps always seemed to have a sharp drop off at the ends, the ends were tapered, but very steeply, so that one was always concerned about slipping off the wheelchair seat, I usually wear a wheelchair belt to forestall this possibility. Another major improvement is the ease now of going from the interior unto the promenade and pool decks. The double automatic doors open quickly and the ramps over the doorsills are very gentle and now cause no problems, which is nice for a change. And these double doors are all over the ship now, rather than in just a few selected areas. In fact when we were traveling from one end of the ship to the other, we found it was fastest and easiest to go through the doors and use the outside promenade on deck 5. We also appreciated that Celebrity is using more hard surfaces on their floors in the public areas. In fact another relatively carpetless way to go from one end of the ship to the other is to use deck 4. As to the cabins, Celebrity's accessible cabins are always well designed, but we especially appreciated the addition of a gentle permanent ramp to the balcony. One other area that often gives wheelchair users problems is the wheelchair space seating in ship auditoriums, especially when the movable seats are taken (innocently) by able bodied passengers. Celebrity has (I believe) incorporated a subtle approach to this problem, that saves offending passengers who do not realize they are using space that is needed by wheelchair users. Signs are probably not the best solution, as the theaters are darkened and any signs would be hard to read. What we noticed Celebrity does is leave a large area at the back with no seats. Able bodied do not think to use this area, so a wheelchair user can position themselves and their able bodied companion can bring one of the second row of movable seats (which are hardly ever used, because of the poor sight lines) over to beside the wheelchair. By the way, these empty areas (off a bit to the side) actually have the best sight lines, with no poles in the way. These are just some of the improvements we have enjoyed on the new Solstice class ships. We recommend these ships highly for any cruisers, whether in wheelchairs or not. The Solstice class ships are beautiful in a way very distinctive from any other ships we have encountered, contemporary, but in a very classic way. Many of the public areas are high ceilinged and spacious, and the Celebrity dedication to fascinating art is everywhere. Celebrity is known for its food and we thoroughly enjoyed their offerings. For this cruise we were in the Blu restaurant set aside for Aqua Class passengers, and it was of the highest calibre. What surprised us was how much we looked forward to the table service breakfasts there, especially with the very large glass wall facing the open sea. We also enjoyed the always freshly cooked salmon and the tuna steaks available at the AquaSpa Cafe (this cafe is available to all passengers), especially the tuna steaks, you don't see these often anywhere. The spacious Aqua class accessible cabin gave us a lot of room to maneuver and we enjoyed the extra amenities that came with the Aqua cabin. All in all, a memorable cruise and a wonderful way to celebrate our 45th anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My husband travels in a wheelchair and Solstice Class ships make life easy. We selected this cruise because we could see the Holy Land and the Pyramids on the same adventure. The rest was icing on the cake. We spent the night in ... Read More
My husband travels in a wheelchair and Solstice Class ships make life easy. We selected this cruise because we could see the Holy Land and the Pyramids on the same adventure. The rest was icing on the cake. We spent the night in Rome at the Hotel Cicerone, which is centrally located with opportunities for excursions on foot to virtually any of the landmarks except the Coliseum. The land staff was friendly and helpful. Embarkation couldn't have been easier. We always travel Aqua Class and it is well worth the small increase in cost. Our stateroom had easy access with an automatic door and ample room for my husband to be comfortable. Various bathroom facilities around the ship also have automatic doors for those in wheelchairs. Tea is provided every day in your stateroom as are canapes, if you wish. The ports of call were the highlight of the cruise with an overnight trip in Israel as well as Alexandria, Egypt. The guide in Israel was outstanding, one of the best. Telling Israel's story is one of his passions. It is unfortunate that ships have limited tours for handicapped customers. The steps of the tour buses are difficult for those who are mildly impaired; impossible for those with limited mobility. That said, we booked a private tour with Ramses tours, which I would recommend for both abled and disabled passengers. We were able to see all the main sites that you would on a crowded bus tour and spend the time that you wanted at each venue. The guide and driver helped my husband in and out of the van and when they needed additional help, passers-by pitched in. Try that in any major American city. One of the great perks of Aqua Class is the Blu Dining Room. It's a smaller venue with superb food and service. Their "Clean Cuisine" is delicious, with smaller portions. Which is not to say that we ever left hungry. The Aqua Spa cafe, open to everyone, offers great healthy fare for both breakfast and lunch. Healthy should not be confused with boring. We found that their "Attention to Detail" is everywhere. There is a lift to help you enter the "adult" pool, if you need it, but the pool itself is designed so that people with limited mobility can enter it easily. This is an improvement over the Celebrity Solstice, which has the lift in the deep end of the outdoor pool. On an earlier cruise they discovered it was inoperable after my husband got into the pool. There is also a lift into one of the hot tubs. On the down-side,our room steward was not quite up to the rest of the ship's standards but adequate. We find that the entertainment on board is often boring, but then we do not particularly like musical shows. We prefer individual entertainers. But we have booked future cruises on Solstice Class ships. They are unmatched in our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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