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10 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

We booked this cruise as part of a group of 7. This was to celebrate 3 people's birthday and reunite with old friends. We couldn't have picked a better cruise or ship! Everyone enjoyed the cruise with very few complaints. ... Read More
We booked this cruise as part of a group of 7. This was to celebrate 3 people's birthday and reunite with old friends. We couldn't have picked a better cruise or ship! Everyone enjoyed the cruise with very few complaints. Embarkation was a breeze. We were a bit delayed due to a coast guard inspection but it was a short delay. We were on the ship by 11:30. The ship was beautiful. There were a few areas that showed wear but we know she will be going into dry dock soon. The headliners in the theater were great. We had 2 different comedians who were extremely good. I did not enjoy the Celebrity crew production shows but that is a matter of taste. The dining room staff was good but not great. There were a few mistakes made but everything was corrected quickly. My only complaint with the food was that there was not enough variety in their offerings and when choosing from the "always on the menu" items, these were not very good at all. The steak was thin and tough and the chicken dry. We enjoyed the adult atmosphere of the ship. Everyone was respectful of others and the entertainment in the lounges was very good. Very seldom did you see any children. This was by far the bet buffet (Ocean View Café) I've ever experienced. I use a mobility scooter and someone was always there to assist me with my food, drinks and finding a table. The area was easy to maneuver around. There were always places to sit. I would recommend this ship. I don't think it would be good for those with a young family or a younger crowd. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Chose for its itinerary but did not get in to Grand Cayman due to a tropical depression over Cuba making tendering very dangerous ..... also the Equinox had excellent reviews .... ship had numerous places to just sit & the same for ... Read More
Chose for its itinerary but did not get in to Grand Cayman due to a tropical depression over Cuba making tendering very dangerous ..... also the Equinox had excellent reviews .... ship had numerous places to just sit & the same for bars ..... never seemed overcome by crowds of passengers .... ate in the Murano one evening but found that the food in the Symphony diningroom & the Oceanside Cafe on Deck 14 were just fine for us .... lots of variety ... really enjoyed the Silent Disco 1 & 2 as well as the Disco Never Dies..... the Silent Discos were something new being tried out on the Equinox & what fun they were .... if you love to dance (even alone) & sing to your heart's content, this is for you .... those evenings were the most fun ever on a cruise ship .... Really had an amazing 10 days on the Equinox.... maybe will do again in the future ... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruiseship is one of the best we had in our 8 different cruises. We travelled already with Princess, HAL and Norwegian. But with Princess this is the best company. If you like more fun and color on the ship than Norwegian is much ... Read More
This cruiseship is one of the best we had in our 8 different cruises. We travelled already with Princess, HAL and Norwegian. But with Princess this is the best company. If you like more fun and color on the ship than Norwegian is much better. But the quality of this ship is excellent. The only negative thing was our Congierge-package. And most of the beginning of the trip. When we arrived in Miami to check in it was overcrowded. We had a priority check in, but waitingtime of almost 1 hour is not priority. Even worser, people of other categories were faster with check in than we. And we missed due the long waiting our special lunch. Very disappointing when your cruise has still to start! The room was good, but not really big. Even the bed is not really big. With our 1.83 and 1.90 meters it was just too small. Room was very clean (thanks Bernadette!), bathroom is very nice with enough space. But strange thing in the room. There are cupboards hanging above the bed. But if you are old it is difficult to handle. Like the room the balcony is also small. We had bigger rooms and balconies on other ships. But every day we were happy with our cleanest room ever in our cruise-life! And with the congiergeroom (1188) every day it was a joy to have the little pasteries etc around 4pm. And also one time a bottle of good champagne! The food in restaurant and buffetrestaurant was excellent. A lot of variety and very good tastes. Buffetrestaurant was good organized with the different islands. It was never too crowdy to find the food. One thing, the sommelier of our table was not good in English. He didnt understand us well and we didnt think that he understands the wine-differences. And yes, drinks are very expensive. We were lucky to have a free classic beverage package, but without this trip would be the most expensive one ever. 9 dollar for a glass wine or 13 dollar for a cocktail is much to high! The shows were also perfect. Of course not all, but depends of your taste. The best one was the show Elysium. The lady with the blond hair was too good! She has to be a popstar!!! And Rich....I know you are love yourself, but please do it less...you are too over-energized.... We organized most of our tours by Celebrity. But the Go Native Jamaica was the worst ever! The bus was too small, dirty, very hot. And the trip was unsafe and nothing with Go Native. Even we received 15% back, we still had a very bad feeling about this trip. Celebrity, stop with this organisation Johns Hall!!! The other trips were good and the trip to the stingrays in CaymanIslands was the best! The ship was very clean. I never saw dirty floors or dirty toilets. Always someone was cleaning. So in overall, the cruise was very positive! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had a terrific cruise. We had two cabins for five of us. My 91 year old mother is handicapped . The crew went out of their way to make her feel welcome and comfortable. The food was very good. We tried the specialty restaurants, all of ... Read More
We had a terrific cruise. We had two cabins for five of us. My 91 year old mother is handicapped . The crew went out of their way to make her feel welcome and comfortable. The food was very good. We tried the specialty restaurants, all of which were very good. We loved the Hot Glass show. My sister who has not cruised much was over the top about the trip. Embarkation was easy and fast. We were in a Concierges Cabin and a handicapped Sky Suite next door. One of the best parts was the destination concierge. She booked five excursions that worked for my mothers wheel chair. She when above and beyond, as did so many on the ship. The ship was clean and well maintained for a 9 year old vessel. We will and have booked again. We do wish the crew paid a bit more attention to glass by the pool and would turn up the hot tub temperature. Again it was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Understanding that reviews are subjective, this is our's - take it for what its worth. We were in HC suite 2130. My wife is in a power wheelchair and cannot walk or stand. Ship: The ship was clean and extremely well maintained. ... Read More
Understanding that reviews are subjective, this is our's - take it for what its worth. We were in HC suite 2130. My wife is in a power wheelchair and cannot walk or stand. Ship: The ship was clean and extremely well maintained. The lawn area was very cool and added something that you just don't see on other ships. Cabin: The one GLARING shortcoming of the HC suite was that anyone in a wheelchair cannot reach the sink!! It has one of those new bowl type sinks that sits on top of the counter. If you can stand its fine. If you're in a wheelchair be prepared to find new ways to wash your hands and brush your teeth! Aside from that, the cabin was roomy, the balcony very large and there was sufficient storage. There was some noise from the restaurant over it but it was not too bad. Dining: Out of ten dinners only two were memorable. We ate in Luminae, Blu, and Tuscan Grill. Never made it to the MDR. The food was average at best. Nice place settings and décor but the food was only average. Once in Luminae we had to send back a swordfish entre - it was terrible. Entertainment: Did not go to any shows. The lounge acts were OK but there were a few that were just terrible. BUT there was once jazz pianist in Michael's Club that was Outstanding. Service: Our butler Anand was EXCELLENT!! Always there when you needed him. This was our first time with a butler. He was great. Bar servers were fine but drinks were outrageously expensive. We don't drink enough to justify a package but be prepared to pay through the nose - even for beer! We have taken over 35 cruises - this was our first on Celebrity. We did a lot of homework. In our humble opinion it just didn't live up to the luxury hype. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are loyal Celebrity fans after cruising on the majority of of other cruise lines,then trying Celebrity and being sold. We've previously been on the Reflection a few times and the Solstice and were wowed! Taking ... Read More
My husband and I are loyal Celebrity fans after cruising on the majority of of other cruise lines,then trying Celebrity and being sold. We've previously been on the Reflection a few times and the Solstice and were wowed! Taking nothing away from them ships the Equinox gave us our absolute favorite vacation ever! We arrived early to board and the lines looked long in Miami and kudos to the staff ,before we knew it we were checking in! I will say the friendlieness at check in and diligence of processing us quick made our first vacation moments exciting. We boarded and were offered champagne and cool clothes. Right there and then the crew was all visible offering genuine smiles and welcome a boards. I love the intimacy of the specialty restraunts so I immediately went and booked my 5 night package dinner times. I'm so glad I did. They were sold out quickly and time slots filled quickly. It was a 9 night cruise so we had 4 main dining room experiences. The main dining had wonderful choices,great service, and we shared the table with one other lovely couple. The specialty dining was very good! The service outstanding! I will offer two suggestions. I am not a wine drinker I am a cocktail enthususiast. The wine drinkers glasses were refilled continuel yet I rarely was offered a refill. This was true on all of my Celebrity cruises. My other suggestion to the whole line is the meats and seafood are incredible,yet they are served with flake potatoes? Even on the buffet real potatoes are plentiful. My room steward was incredible! I asked for extra hangers and ice and besides for keeping my room immaculate he went out of his way to go above and beyond helping. If we were walking to our room he would open our door for us and with the biggest smile and welcome back asked if we needed anything. Now I am not the type of person who likes to be pampered,that being said this crew makes sure your pampered in a genuine,non obtrusive way. It's like fantasy island! The breakfast and lunch buffet we frequented for lunch was kept clean,food was plentiful and delicious,and waiters were available at all times. Also officers made it a point to interact with passengers. I witnessed so many officers going out of their way to make someone's day special! We had quite a few sea days. I never had a problem finding a comfortable lounge chair near pool,or in the shade to read. Pool towels were plentiful, throughout the day wonderful bands played. We had the drink package. We upgraded to premium. The majority of guests had the drink package. We never went long before getting served. I'm very picky about my cocktails. I never ran across a rude waiter,my drinks were always made right,and I could find my cocktails everywhere. The entertainment was very good. The ships singers and dancers were very talented. There was a true performer Travis Turpin who really knew how to perform the total package,a very funny and talented comedian I can't remember name,and a trio of divas who sang well. There was trivia,enrichment series, bingo,fitness,liquior tasteing,pool activities,and so much more! I really can't tell you how incredible the Equinoxs staff is! That being said I would like to address the bad behavior of a very small number of guests who realized no matter how rude they were ,understood the staff would continue to smile and pamper them! Shame on you! Our ports were Grand Caymen,Aruba,Bonaire, and Curaçao. Getting off the boat in ports was quick,organized.even the tender island was no issue! To say this ship is a well oiled machine is an understatement! There is not one flaw! I doubt I will ever find a caliber of staff that can compete. I just wish this ship went everywhere I ever want to tour ! I love this ship and staff that much! Thank you Equinox for making this my favorite vacation! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our 2nd cruise on Equinox, 4th Celebrity cruise and 28th cruise between Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We are definitely loyal. Loved the 4 Go Best perks that made this cruise really like an all-inclusive cruise (Unlimited ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on Equinox, 4th Celebrity cruise and 28th cruise between Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We are definitely loyal. Loved the 4 Go Best perks that made this cruise really like an all-inclusive cruise (Unlimited Internet that was really fast and reliable, Premium Drink Pkg., Pre-paid gratuities and Onboard Credit). Ship: Before our cruise I found the ship was last in dry dock in 2014 and was scheduled for a routine dry dock in 2019. The ship is well maintained and looks great! The only neglected maintenance were the drapes in our stateroom that had rips and looked in need of replacement. Otherwise, Equinox, like all S-Class ships, are beauties! Cabin: Our cabin was very roomy and accommodated me well in my wheelchair, both in the cabin, bathroom and balcony. I am a fulltime wheelchair user and cannot walk or stand so the roll-in shower, ramped exit and entrance to the balcony and automatic door opener were terrific! The room has a bench-style seat/chair combination my husband found comfortable. In addition, the chair folds out to make a twin bed. Dining: A big part of our cruise experience is dining. We enjoyed sitting with 2 other couples during early dining. Our table for 2 was positioned between two other tables for 2 that were placed 2 inches apart. So in essence this really means a table for 6. We were fine with this arrangement since our table, adjacent within 2 inches of tables on either side of us, were occupied with such nice people. The food was very good. We had noticed last year on Eclipse and this year on Equinox that many of the more upgraded/special dishes and even vegetables are no longer served. One example is Celebrity no longer serves stuffed quail. Also, asparagus that was often served at dinner was no longer. However, one of the last nights of the cruise we asked our Head Waiter about this and a nice bowl of asparagus was served us unasked the following evening. I had a couple appetizers with a salad or soup a couple nights without an entrée which was gladly served after our waiter asked if I was sure that was all I wanted. Our waiter served my dishes so they coincided with everyone's dinner entrees...very nice. I would also recommend the "everyday, always on the evening menu" entrees.....all good (grilled salmon, grilled steak perfectly prepared med. rare as I'd asked and the grilled chicken breast). Lobster tails were 4-5 inch tails and very good. Prime rib, served 2 different evenings was also very good. Desserts were pretty good, but sometimes went to Café al Bacio after dinner for a sweet instead. Café al Bacio is one of our favorites for specialty coffees and teas along with fabulous desserts, large and small, served all throughout the day and evening. Great venue! We love sushi and we ate at specialty restaurant, Sushi on 5, once and liked it but found the sushi selections over the top, although well prepared. One visit was enough. We also ate at specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grill, and it was great, as usual. Our waiter was very good, but forgot to tell us besides the wonderful bread basket served with dipping oil there is a complimentary Charcuterie board served before dinner that was really great. But, we ordered too many dishes since we didn't know about the Charcuterie board. We passed on dessert. Other meals we enjoyed were main dining room breakfast and lunch as well as breakfast and lunch at Oceanview Café. We think the evening main dining room menu has declined somewhat while Oceanview has maintained great quality and a huge array of food selections. I do miss the daily bread pudding offered in Oceanview (used to have a different "flavor" each day). Staff in Oceanview assisted me unasked on several occasions with my selections which gave my husband a break from fixing my plate and then going back to fix his plate. Several days we went to the Mast Grill, got a burger and then took it down to Oceanview to eat it. We usually picked a salad or soup while there to go along with our burger. Mast Grill has veggie burgers and turkey burgers but there is a sign posted that states having those means a 20-min. wait. By the way, we still think Celebrity food is a cut above Royal Caribbean's food which we also enjoy. As a side note, if you are invited to the Elegant Tea, this has really changed. Loyalty levels are treated to this invitation one afternoon for 45 min. during the cruise. We were shocked to find 4 small canapés (no finger sandwiches) on the table of 4 where we sat, followed by waiter-served choices of: raisin scone, Napoleon, small chocolate cake slice and small cream puff. Our former experience with the Elegant Tea looked like what used to be the dessert selection from midnight buffets. While we were satisfied at the tea, we are always uncomfortable with a small plate in the middle of the table as to whether or not to have anything before the others at our table, so we declined. One other thing we really miss is the one-time brunch that used to be held in the main dining room they no longer serve. These are noticeable dining changes that didn't spoil our cruise but we certainly missed them. Several of we past Celebrity loyals see adding a special dining room just for suites guests plus the special dining room for Aquaclass guests has changed what's being offered in the main dining room at night. Entertainment: The production shows we attended were very good. We missed the strings groups at venues playing round the ship before and after dinner. Service: Love the crew and staff! We got lots of personalized attention from a happy, professional and very visible crew who are always interacting with passengers. Neil, our steward, was the best steward we've ever had. He kept our room sparkling and our balcony spotless. Sam, our charming head waiter, was the best and most interactive we've ever had. Restaurant and bar servers were very good. Lots of bar servers circulated in pool areas for drink orders, but were not pushy. Ports: We didn't take any excursions. We don't get off in Grand Cayman because I can't use the tenders. Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Key West make for our favorite itinerary. I can easily get around these ports in my wheelchair. We love this ship and itinerary so much we booked for same time and ship next year. We did not travel with children and saw very few onboard. Highly recommend Celebrity and plan to go again and again. Fingers crossed they remember those of us that aren't suites guests! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Celebrity Cruises has been the standard as to which cruise line to compare. I'm not a professional cruiser with only about 9 under my belt but I absolutely couldn't find anything seriously wrong with this cruise. From the ... Read More
Celebrity Cruises has been the standard as to which cruise line to compare. I'm not a professional cruiser with only about 9 under my belt but I absolutely couldn't find anything seriously wrong with this cruise. From the exquisitely prepared food to the activities, it's the attention to detail I found amazing. Let me list the things I found wonderful about this attention to detail: People were at the beginning of chow lines to disinfect your hands-BAZINGA! OCD=Good There were abundant bathroom attendants to clean up after the dimwits that don't wash their hands after doing the deed. YAY! You are also urged to open the door handle with a paper towel and everything was abundantly supplied to do so. I'm all a twitter about preventing norovirus! (can you tell?) Each and every meal from the burger joint to the specialty restaurants was consistent, fresh and colorful. There was plenty of room and flow in the cafe' was usually very comfortable without the pushing and grabbing of those not so inclined to be polite (read: city folks) There appeared to be the same chair hogging freaks day after day but the crew seemed to be sincere in their promise to clear out those mouth breathers quickly so we always found somewhere to sit even on the ship days This ship was meticulous which (again) soothed my OCD need to be clean The entertainment was not cheesy, and the shows were upbeat and actually really good even for this old grouchy woman. You couldn't go around a corner and not see something spectacular-a statue, a small coffee shop, nightclub, spa...endless things to do. Don't miss the GREAT Molecular Bar our friends turned us on to. The ports. Now that's another story. But we knew what they were moving forward so it was not a disappointment because staying on board was so delicious an endeavor. You just don't care if Belize City is a soupy mess of humanity and Limon, Costa Rica is a disgusting little hovel of a city. If you *did* book a tour the folks were painfully sincere in their pride of their cities. Conclusion: Fine ship, nice mix of cultures, plenty of room, very organized and clean-clean-clean whether you liked it or not.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on the day before our cruise and stayed at the Cambria Suites. This was a fairly new hotel with a bar and an $8.00 breakfast buffet. Our room was spacious and the bedding was very comfortable. We arrived at ... Read More
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on the day before our cruise and stayed at the Cambria Suites. This was a fairly new hotel with a bar and an $8.00 breakfast buffet. Our room was spacious and the bedding was very comfortable. We arrived at the port about 11:00 am. Check-in the was a breeze, if you have all of your documents in order. After check-in we went to a waiting area. After about 30 minutes, they began calling for boarding. Suite guests went first, then Aqua Class, Concierge Class, etc. The ship was beautifully decorated with lots of bright and earth tone colors. She was clean almost to the point of immaculate. Our cabin was in Aqua Class (handicap accessible)only because we could not book an available H/A cabin in Concierge Class. The cabin was tastefully decorated in contrasting colors of beige and browns. Mu rented mobility scooter was in the cabin waiting on us to arrive. There was plenty of room for my scooter to be charged and extra room for us to maneuver around the cabin. There were no electrical receptacles in the bathroom except for an electric razor. There was one receptacle at the vanity dresser and one receptacle on both sides of the bed. Drawer space was limited to only five drawers. One large and four small so we had to 'cram' a lot of things together keeping in mind that this was an eleven day cruise and not the standard seven day one that we had grown accustomed to. The bathroom had plenty of room to maneuver around also. The shower had a wrap around curtain and was large enough for a wheelchair. It also had a pull down shower chair, and two shower heads (one stationary and one that slid up and down which was removable. To our room stewards credit, we did not meet him until the third day and then only because we ha to call for some washcloths. We found the food, overall, to be very good. The desserts were rich and delicious and the menus varied. The dining room was large but very crowded. Our waiters were nice, courteous and professional but were obviously overworked. There definitely was not enough staff to guest ratio. People were seated very close together and each evening I had to run a gauntlet of guests and employees with my scooter just to reach our table assignment. There was no room at our assigned table for my scooter and I had to be park it outside the galley area and walk to my table. The menus varied on one could choose his/her meal from the current day's menu or the standard Celebrity menu. They kept the dining room and most of the ship's temperature very warm most likely because most of the guests were older. It made dining very uncomfortable and some diners did not come back to the dining room because of the 'heat' or lack of 'adequate air-conditioning'. I would give the Dining room a C (only because of the temperature) the food an A, and the service a B. As far as specialty restaurants go, we ate at the Tuscan Grill once and the Bistro on Five twice. The Tuscan grill went beyond our expectations at all levels. The food was delicious and magnificently prepared and presented. The service was impeccable almost to the point of overbearing. The room lighting was dimmed and there were large windows surrounding the dining area. I would compare it overall to some five star restaurants. I would rate the Tuscan grill an A+. The Bistro on Five served salads, dinner crepes and dessert crepes. The crepes themselves were prepared as you entered the restaurant. You could choose from a breakfast crepe, a hot and spicy chicken crepe or an array of other delicious crepes. The dessert crepes were also good but our favorite was the Italian crepe stuffed with sliced bananas and slivers of pistachios and covered with chocolate Nutela. YUM, YUM. If you are a smoker, there were plenty of areas set aside for smoking. While we missed not having a morning cigarette on our veranda, it was not the end of the world. Smoking areas were: Two areas with seating on deck 5 port side, the entire port side of deck 12 next to the pool, deck 15 aft at the Sunset Bar and deck 14 port side forward. This area was inside next to a bar with comfortable seating and where karaoke was held. We give kudos to Celebrity for these areas as we had heard that smoking was very limited on Celebrity's ships. If you like your specialty coffee's as I do, the Cafe' Bacio was the place to be. It was on deck 5 and I could get my cappuccino and drive my scooter right outside to have my coffer and cigarette. Jose' and Mikelah took good care of me and always new what I wanted without me asking. The staff on the Equinox were very nice, courteous and helpful. Everyone always had a smile on their face and greeted us when we passed. Being a member of Cruise Critic and registering for and attending the on board 'Connections' party proved to be advantageous. Out our get together we were addressed by Que, the cruise director. He told us how important our cruise reviews were and that Celebrity definitely read them all. In his closing statements, we were invited to a Bridge Tour later in the cruise. This was first for us. We received our invitation and met as a group. Security was tight and photography was not allowed. It was amazing to see what it takes to maneuver a large sea going vessel from point A to point B. Thanks to Celebrity for this rare treat. The ports of call ranged from great to not so great depending on what excursion you had signed up for. As we had been to Cozumel before, we decided on the Bar Hop. We had a blast visiting the four bars and definitely drank too much tequila. "Coconuts" was by far our favorite bar and we recommend this tour to anyone who likes have a good time and get away from the 'touristry' stuff. In Roatan, Honduras were booked a private tour with Cynthia's tours. We wanted to see the diversity of people so our driver took us to the poor and disadvantaged part of the city and then to to middle and upper class part of the city. Then we went to several photogenic spots to take pictures of the ship in port and finally to a beach bar called Bananaramaville. Great place to relax, eat a great meal, listen to music and play in the water. We highly recommend Cynthia's tours for this port. Costa Rica was a disappointing port for us. We docked in the industrial side of Limon and took a ship sponsored tour. We went to the Del Monte banana plantation, took a canal ride by boat and then a train ride. As nice as this was, we would have preferred to see the rain forests and the beaches but a ship excursion took 10 hours. In Panama, we took another ship excursion. This was a lot nicer as we went by bus to Gatun Lake, boarded a small boat and cruised around the lake. Then the bus took us to the Gatun Locks where we stayed for app. one hour. We got to see two cargo ships going through the locks at the same time which was a treat for us. The entire tour lasted about three hours. In Cartagena, Colombia we took a private tour through Claudia's Tours. We were picked up dock side and taken to the Monastery, the Fort and to the 'Old City'. There is lots of history here with many photogenic spots for pictures. I got to take my scooter on this tour which proved to be a Godsend. PLEASE NOTE-While Cartagena is a fairly safe port of call, there are pickpockets mulling around everywhere. The city is very crowded and everywhere you go there are vendors trying to sell you something. Take only what money you think you will need for souvenirs and food or drink plus one credit card as some of the stores welcome credit cards. Leave your jewelry in the safe in your cabin. Take small bill - ones, fives, and tens to barter with (no large bills) and never pay what the vendor is asking. You can get a $20.00 shirt for $5.00 and a $40.00 silver bracelet for $10.00. Just walk away if you can't bargain with the vendor. Keep your cash in your front pocket or better yet carry one of the credentials holder with the lanyard and wear it around your neck. Sailing from Cartagena to the Cayman Islands was rough traveling. It was very windy and the ship "rocked" for about 20 hours. We were told by the crew that this was a common occurrence. If you are prone to being sea sick, plan ahead and take something as you leave Colombia. We did not get off the ship in the Caymens as we had been there before. This is a 'tender' port and I could not take my scooter. But if you do not have a major disability, there is definitely lots of stuff to do. Snorkeling, diving, para sailing, sunbathing, jet skiing, boating or shopping might be to your liking. Back in Fort Lauderdale, disembarkation went smoothly. Those in wheelchairs went to the front of the line through customs and no problems were encountered. We definitely would recommend this cruise, this ship and this itinerary to anyone. This was our first Celebrity cruise and we were very impressed with our overall cruise experience. We definitely plan to cruise with Celebrity again. We took over 400 pictures of the ship, our handicap access cabin, some of the food and the ports of call. If you would like see a certain picture please email us at: ahokiefan@live.com as our email has changed from that listed above. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Review of the Equinox Jan 17th sailing It would be good to start with a little bit of info about who is writing this review. We are in our 50's and have cruised Celebrity a bunch of times over the last 10 years. I am an Italian ... Read More
Review of the Equinox Jan 17th sailing It would be good to start with a little bit of info about who is writing this review. We are in our 50's and have cruised Celebrity a bunch of times over the last 10 years. I am an Italian trained Chef and a certified Sommelier. My wife of almost 30 years is disabled. We arrived in Ft Lauderdale a day early so we could enjoy our first day on the Equinox and not be tired from the flight. Embarkation took a whole 20 minutes from dropping off the bags to being on the ship. I was impressed. We went to the Aqua Spa Cafe for a light lunch. I then headed to Murano to make dinner reservations. The wife unpacked the carry on and I went to explore the ship. We normally cruise M class ships so the exploring was important. I did not want to get lost. It would be embarrassing to have to have the Coast Guard rescue me. All of the luggage came but 1 so I went to Guest relations and was told that they were holding the bag because there was a restricted item in the bag. As it turns out the wife had packed a travel iron. I filled out the paper work and was handed a claim ticket stating that I would get the iron back some time after 10pm on the last night. It was delivered by a security agent right on time. Room service We enjoy watching the sun rise in the morning with a light bite to eat. Some berries, melon and hot water to make our own coffee. On the first morning the wrong food went to the wrong cabin. When I called they were very apologetic but the second time the order was still wrong 1 hour later we got the correct order. All was well up to the second to last morning when it was wrong again. This time it was corrected within 5 min. Blu I think it was the second night and we wanted to experience Blu. We were in cabin 1524 Aqua class so I felt that if we are paying for it we should try it. I was not impressed. I felt rushed. I had not even finished ½ of my glass of sparkling wine and the appetizer order came and the sommelier was pouring my glass of white wine. I do not recall the appetizer dish but the salad was beyond belief, a celery salad. I could have had 3 of them and not done the entrEe. Speaking of the entrEe it was a well presented lamb rack. It was cool at best. I sent it back and got another one. It was just a bit better and still not hot. I was hungry and did not want to make the wife wait so I eat it. I commented on the way out to the asst. Maitre d' and I was given excuses. I do not want excuses just an apology and a resolution to the opportunity. Being a sommelier I want my wine served at the correct temperature. I was served a nice glass of Sancerre that must have been 40 degrees. 48-52 would have been correct. When I asked the sommelier I again got excuses. We enjoyed breakfast 3-4 times and everything was great. I had the Muesli that is made table side every time and had a different smoothie. All were good. As I see it, the difference between Blu and the main dinning room is kind of like the difference between going to a wedding for a 1000 and going to one of your better neighborhood restaurants. Tuscan Grill On a whim we thought a little bit of pasta might go well. We made reservations at Tuscan Grill. Things got off to a less then stellar beginning when the Sommelier did not know the difference between the different growing areas where Prosecco is grown. It does make a difference because different areas can have different levels of sweetness. Even though the wine came from a less then outstanding area it was surprising good. My compliments to the buyer. We had a great Antipasti served to us shortly after we sat down. It was good but the prosciuto had all of the fat trimmed off. If you know prosciuto you know the importance of the fat. I am sure that this is a liability issue but a pitted kalamata olive is no where as good as an olive with the pit. I know I am being a bit picky but you have to understand my back ground. Yes it does make a difference. I had eyed a 2003 Barolo at the Cellar Masters wine bar and asked my sommelier if I could have a glass. I was told that I would have to go get it my self one deck down and forward. I did just that but I was not happy about it. I was afraid that my steak would be setting at my place getting cold. The entrEe I had was a New York steak with vegetables and a paper cone filled with potatoes. It was to die for. It was correctly cooked and so hot I had to blow on it to cool it down. The night prior in Blu the potatoes were limp and cool. I thought I was going to get the same thing. I took a bite of the spuds and burned my mouth. On our return visit the Maitre D' offered to go down to the Cellar Masters wine bar and get any of the wines I would like. The Proscuito issue had been corrected. The main dish the Mixed grill had great flavor but very cool. The pasta portion served on the same plate was hot and tasty. Later that same evening I ran in to Chef Eric and he asked me how everything was. I told him about the prosciuto and he got out his phone and contacted the chef in The Tuscan Grill and the problem was solved. Murano We have been big fans of the M class specialty room for years. Murano did not disappoint us. I think we had 5-6 meals there and the quality of service went from outstanding to totally over the top. The assistant Maitre d' Christian had served us on the Millennium and was now at Murano to guide us through every meal. The room is drop dead gorgeous, the menu is improved and the wine list outstanding. Our Sommelier had no issue with opening a bottle of wine that was not on their list even when I only ordered 1 glass. One night I asked Executive Sous Chef J.P. if he would be kind enough to expertly prepare a special dinner for me. I told him what I was looking for and it could not have been better. If you truly enjoy and appreciate a fine dinner and outstanding service please go to Murano. One word of caution. If your idea of sea food is fish and chips you will probably not enjoy your experience. Many people have questions about the profitability of the specialty restaurants. I asked the Food and Beverage manager this question and was told that Celebrity looses money on them but gains so much more in guest satisfaction it is worth the loss. Speaking for my self, the Murano level of dinning experience is what brings us back to Celebrity cruise after cruise. We have never had the same level of excellence in either the Sterling Steak house or the Pinnacle Grill. On our first night I had ordered a bottle of a 1996 C Château d'Yquem. My intent was to have some with my seared duck liver and a little bit more with dessert. That happened but I was not able to finish the bottle. The bottle lasted me 4 nights and traveled to 4 different venues and was served beautifully. As for the $35.00 charge I added up what a comparable meal would cost in Las Vegas and it would be about $200 just for the food. At $35 I feel we get a great value. High Tea There were 2 high teas served in Murano I had a massage going on for the first one but attended the second. The cost was $21.00. If you have ever had a real true High Tea you would appreciate this one. The scones were warm, the tea sandwiches fresh and the Champagne was all you wanted. Louis Roderer. I got the latest on the attire question. On formal night, formal attire is required in the main dinning room. All of the specialty rooms except sport casual on formal nights. Bistro on 5 What a great venue. We had lunch there after doing my second massage. The food is light with the majority of the dishes being crepe based. You can see the crepes being made as you walk in. Even though there was a line to get in the service was fine and the food was hot. Try the vegetable lentil soup and the Cowboy Crepe. There is a $10 cover charge Aqua Spa Cafe This is another reason we cruise Celebrity. All of the offerings are first quality and good for you. The Cafe is staffed by the same folks that run Murano so the service is top notch. Although it is set up as a self serve venue, we ended up being served most of our meals. They offer a number of freshly grilled selections for lunch that they do not advertise and an egg white only omelet for breakfast. They serve the normal selections of cereal, yogurt parfaits, smoked salmon and fruit. For lunch try the marinated fruits and there 4-5 different sorbet that make a great dessert. There is no cover charge Silk Harvest Besides Murano this was the best dinning experience we had. We were greeted warmly and sincerely by all of the staff. We did not order off the menu. The Maitre d' ordered everything for us. We were not rushed and they kept my Sake flowing like water. We must have had 5 courses. The most unusual was the ice cream wrapped in a rice shell. They were so wanting to please they asked us 4 times if we wanted coffee. We declined each time. Ocean view Cafe I only eat there once and I had pasta with a meat sauce. It was good and hot. Although Celebrity listens to their guests and now offers a scaled down dinner buffet, I miss the casual dinning offering they had on the M class ships. The servers were very new and tried really hard to please. The food was always hot, the service very caring and you did not have to carry your own plate. We would eat and watch the sun set. Spa Services I had never had a professional shave before and because I like to try new things I gave it a go. The cost was $45. When it was all said and done I felt it was a value. The only down side was the sales pitch for skin products. If I would have taken the bait I would have spent $800 for a 6 month supply. I had 3 massages all on port days. One was with a Facial. Something I had never done before. Jana did all 3 massages and they were all outstanding. I thought it would be a good idea to help out the wife with her bad knees and back ache. We had Martha the Acupuncturist see if she could work some magic. The wife had almost instant relief. I do however question a professional Acupuncturist getting an automatic 15% gratuity for services rendered. Cellar Masters For me, this was a super venue. The prices for a 5oz pour of wine ran from $10 to almost $40. There were more reds then whites and the offerings did not change during the cruise. You can get a glass of wine at any time and use you sea pass card to charge it. I do recommend that you use the machine when it is staffed by one of the Sommeliers. If there is a problem they can take care of it right then. Wine tasting events I attended 4 of the 5 events that were an extra charge. I find that I do not learn too much from the free ones. All of the tastings were informative and a good value. The Riedel tasting still blows me away. Every one that enjoys wine should attend this event. It will change the way you enjoy wine forever. Wine and cheese on the Lawn This event was one of the most inventive ideas I have seen in years. On the lawn area on deck 15 the staff sets out about 10 square sheets and anchors them with wine buckets filled with ice and water. They then put out a bunch of pillows on each sheet to sit on. You can then order either a glass or bottle of wine from the sommeliers. They did this twice on our cruise. Michaels Club I stopped in twice after dinner to have a quick Cognac. The prices are reasonable and they have a wide selection ports, single malt scotch and a grappa. Great piano player that was a real hoot. Molecular Bar I have had my share of drinks in my day but ever have I had any thing like the drinks here. They are a fusion of food and alcohol. The bartender Ivan spends much of his day just preparing the different concoctions used in the drinks. Each beverage is $12.00 Cabin The Disabled cabin was great it was 297.6sf and the veranda was 82.7sf . We had ample storage room but the closet to hang up clothes was a little bit narrow causing clothes to get a little bit squished. I enjoyed the different flavored ice tea every day. The auto open and close cabin door was a God send. Our cabin attendant Newton was on top of everything. He was instrumental in helping me pull off my wine tasting party. I think we had over 20 tasters in the cabin. A good time was had by all. There was some comment about the different shower head configuration in a disabled cabin. In our cabin there were 2 shower heads on was a hand held and the other fixed. Both had adjustable spray patterns. The shower it self was of good size and you no longer flood the bathroom like you do on the M class ships. The beds were much better then what I remember on the M class ships. They seem to have had a pillow type cover over the mattress. There was a small issue with the auto close door. If you have the veranda door open, the air pressure can be so great that the door will not open. Coffee During a galley tour I had the chance to talk to corporate executive traveling Chef Eric. I asked him about the coffee served and was told that Celebrity serves a blend of both Arabica and Robusta beans. This explains why I do not like the coffee. I am an Arabica kind of guy. The food competition show After chatting with the F&B director a few times he asked me if I wanted to be a judge at the competition. I said yes and had a great time. The team I voted the best did not win. What a bummer. Glass Blowing I was totally transfixed during the whole demo. I believe they put on 2 shows a day. If you have time go to deck 15 and see what they do. You will be amazed. Shore Excursions. With the wife in a scooter we did not find a lot of trips that would be able to accommodate her needs and our and wishes. A special thank you to: Ismail Kahveci Maitre D' Murano Cristian Baluta Asst. Maitre D' Murano Bojan Radulovic Sommelier Murano Adhi Wicaksono Maitre D' Silk Harvest Newton Rodrigues Stateroom Attendant Edwin Adlawan Asst. Stateroom Attendant Ivan Djurovic Molecular Bar Saloshnee Night time cleaner Giorgio Di Pietro Food and Beverage Director Mustafa Karaca Front waiter Luis Rodriguez Asst. Waiter Jon Pilling Concierge Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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