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I had been on this same cruise a couple of years ago and got quarantined by an outbreak of norovirus. This time there was no such problem. The ship was well maintained and comfortable. The service in the main dining room, the ... Read More
I had been on this same cruise a couple of years ago and got quarantined by an outbreak of norovirus. This time there was no such problem. The ship was well maintained and comfortable. The service in the main dining room, the Silhoutte, was outstanding. However, except for the last two days, the menu was weak. In addition, the passengers were laughing about the portion controls. The side vegetables were almost non-existant. The communications were poor. The emphasis was on selling jewelery and not on simple logistics. For example, the loudspeaker announcement when landing in St. Thomas was that the good news was that we were docked in the prime location adjacent to town. However, after starting walking, we realized we were 2.5 miles from town. The music from the DJ and the house band at the pool every day from noon to 4 pm was excessively loud and repeated requests from various passengers to lower the volume were ignored. It was impossible to talk among ourselves or to think. The bedding and room amenities were very good. The nightly shows were generally good, but the three productions by the ship's theatrical team would have benefited from a having a short description of the story-line in the daily news. There was lots of costumes and activity, but the roles were often confusing. There was lots of singing involving recent pop tunes, but it appeared that the arrangements had been modified to include lots of screaming notes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The cruise was excellent and we enjoyed time on the Equinox , My wife did not miss a glass show and enjoy the people who presented the show. We had the classic drink package and it worked out fine for us. We especially liked the Café ... Read More
The cruise was excellent and we enjoyed time on the Equinox , My wife did not miss a glass show and enjoy the people who presented the show. We had the classic drink package and it worked out fine for us. We especially liked the Café Bacio we would sit up there and have tea and coffer and enjoy the music from the Atrium. The music on board from the classical Violin and Cello , house band and the stage band were very good. The musical were great. I enjoyed the stage band they did a jazz jam two nights and were excellent. We took two ship excursion the Champagne catamaran cruise to St John's it was well worth the price and the crew was friendly. I would recommend this excursion. We took the Train ride around St Kitts we like trains and enjoyed the tour. We had room balcony room 8227 it was a good location The food in the Oceanview buffet was very good and we ate dinner there twice instead of doing select dinning two nights it was relaxing not very crowed mostly crew and musical staff ate there. The food was very good in the MDR and we ate with different people each night and enjoyed talking to them. The shows were good and we enjoyed them. We just walked around in Barbados and St Marten we had two day there. The cruise was a great time for us and will be back Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our 6th time on the equinox 15th Cruise overall Booked again for August 2017 The staff are always great We have never really had any complaints Room are a nice size We choose a mid ship balcony Have never tried a ... Read More
This was our 6th time on the equinox 15th Cruise overall Booked again for August 2017 The staff are always great We have never really had any complaints Room are a nice size We choose a mid ship balcony Have never tried a different category Not sure its worth the money Great food and drinks. We received the beverage package when we booked onboard. We upgrade to premium package. Really worth it of you like the World Class Bar We also did all 3 specialty restaurants this year. Tuscan Grill was much better this year than in previous tries. Murano never fails to please! Try it at least once if you never have We have not done any shore excursions in the last few years We have sort a been there done that but still really love all the ports that we went to Love the overnight in St Martin Gave us an afternoon of wondering around downtown and the next day for beach. Can't wait for the next cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We're 60-something retirees, and this was our 23rd cruise....the 4th with Celebrity. We came off a Royal Caribbean ship that morning in Miami...SAS shuttle from the Miami pier to FLL and then a taxi to the Equinox. We arrived at ... Read More
We're 60-something retirees, and this was our 23rd cruise....the 4th with Celebrity. We came off a Royal Caribbean ship that morning in Miami...SAS shuttle from the Miami pier to FLL and then a taxi to the Equinox. We arrived at check-in around 10:45 and were onboard by 11:30. Our cabin was ready around 1:30...a balcony on deck 9 midship. There was plenty of storage in the room, including 2 large overhead areas above the bed. But I'm 5'4" and it was difficult for me to reach those. The bathroom also had enough storage. The balcony was smaller than on other ships and had two chairs and a table. Our cabin steward Sannavuti did an excellent job. In fact, every staff member we came across was always very friendly and helpful. This is an area where Celebrity really is tops. The ship is well-maintained and the public bathrooms were always spick and span. And I love that they have small cloth hand towels in all the bathrooms. We ate in the MDR every night (6pm seating) and had a fantastic wait team of Marius, August and Feyduzah (our sommelier who NEVER forgot to refill my wine). I'm not a foodie....just happy that someone else is doing the cooking, so I was quite satisfied with our meals. And Marius always made sure we were 100% satisfied or he offered to replace our food. Breakfast at the buffet had plenty of choices, and the staff was quick to clear away dishes at tables to make room for the next guest. They also had a coffee cart circulating for refills. Boy, are those coffee-cart guys happy!! We had the premium drink package and rarely had difficulty getting a drink. Our favorite stop each day was at Cafe Baccio for a coffee and maybe a pastry. DH is a runner and I walk every day, so we headed up to the jogging track each day around 8am. The track is also the upper pool area so any time after 9 am you'd be dodging traffic. We love to play the trivia games onboard, and there were typically 2-3 games each day, though they should hold them in a larger space like the Sky Lounge because the Ensemble Lounge was at times too small....people who came in at the last minute often had to leave because there were no more seats left. Get there early! During the cruise one of the ship's guest speakers gave several talks about pirates in the Caribbean, but at the first one she read off a power point and frankly it was boring. What a wasted opportunity to really have some fun with an interesting topic. That time we SHOULD have sat by the door! There were also daily dance classes in the Grand Foyer, usually around 11:00 am. But aside from that, I felt that there wasn't much to do on sea days. We did attend the "Wines Around the World" tasting ($20 pp) one afternoon with 12 tastings and appys....I highly recommend it. We're both avid readers, so we were quite content to find a quiet spot and read. Lately, on several cruise lines the evening shows have been less than stellar. Our usual plan is "sit in the back in case we want to bail." But this cruise was the opposite. We attended most of the shows and they were all terrific. Maybe the cruise lines finally got the message. The only reason I gave this cruise 4 instead of 5 stars is because the music around the ship was quite disappointing. On past cruises there was great music in lounges, etc. But not here. At one point I walked through the grand foyer and there was a classical music pair playing....guys, I'm retired, but I'm not dead!! We did go to the silent disco the 2 nights they had it....lots of fun...thank goodness for that. We'll do Celebrity again, but our next one is with NCL...just to try those pool slides and high ropes courses. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Love the solstice class ships. Staff friendly rooms well kept and ship well maintained. Love the new overnights in port, ours was St.Maartin. Eating in the Blu restaurant is what makes this a special night out, with it's clean ... Read More
Love the solstice class ships. Staff friendly rooms well kept and ship well maintained. Love the new overnights in port, ours was St.Maartin. Eating in the Blu restaurant is what makes this a special night out, with it's clean menu and lots of choice. Enjoy the quiet of the solarium pool area and spa Cafe. Had some great singers and comedians on board that made for a wonderful evening. We stay in the Aqua class cabins and love the location close to gym and Hans Ghroe class door showers. Enjoyed all ports except St. Kitts which we enjoyed a quiet day on board. With the extra time in St.Marrtin we had a great day on the French side with a fresh fish lunch. Only draw back is their up charge for things like yogurt parfait and they used to offer water bottles everyday in Aqua spa rooms, now it is only on arrival day.. Still think they are above others for ships, food and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We're active late 60's couple who have only cruised a few times over the last 15 years including One on Millenium around 10 years ago. We were considering Princess or Celebrity and chose this cruise primarily because we liked ... Read More
We're active late 60's couple who have only cruised a few times over the last 15 years including One on Millenium around 10 years ago. We were considering Princess or Celebrity and chose this cruise primarily because we liked what we heard about the ship, the itinerary, and the price. Ft. Lauderdale: stayed at Crowne Plaza near Port Everglades for 2 nights and used Uber for rides to dinner and beach. Around $8.50 each way. Free shuttle picked us up at FLL and to Ship. For $12 each, they set up transport from ship to FLL. Celebrity charges $16.75 for same service. Embarkation and Sail Away 2/13: no problem. Easy and efficient process. Luggage got to our cabin # 8262 in an hour or so. Room attendant Ridoy couldn't have been nicer, and was happy to help us in any way he could. Grabbed light lunch at Ocean View Buffet on Deck 14 and set sail around 4. St. Thomas/St. John 2/14: no interest in shopping on St. Thomas, so we took Celebrity excursion to Honeymoon Bay in St. John for $84 each which included cab to ferry, ferry to Caneel , guide to the beach, and snorkel equipment and beach lounge. You can bring Beach towels from pool area. Price seemed high, and you could probably save $$ doing this independently, but if you want to go this route, check out options before hand. You need to get back to ship by 3:30 for 5:30 departure. St. Kitts 2/15: short day as we had to be back on board by 2:30 so we walked around town, did some shopping. We bought a Michele Watch (new model for 35% off list). It helps to have an idea of best on-line pricing and don't be afraid to negotiate. Back on Deck 14 to eat, drink and work on tan. Tough, but someone has to do it. Barbados: took cab to Carlisle Beach for $10 PP roundtrip. We paid driver when he picked up us up promptly at 4:00. Another $10 PP for Lounges and we had a great day on the softest sand anywhere. We had Flying Fish sandwich and daiquiris at "copacabana" cafe on the beach. Terrific day. St. Maarten: signed up early through Celebrity for America's Cup sailing $109 PP and had a blast. 14 guests per boat guided by Captain and 3 crew guided us through a Yacht race. We all are assigned jobs. We sailed on a Yacht that actually won an America's Cup for the USA. Though we lost to the Canada Yacht that day, it was a highlight. Beer, soft drinks are complementary, as well as post race "party" upon docking. Moderately strenuous. Dining: we had breakfast/lunch at Oceanview Cafe Buffet, where we had no problem eating healthy. Lots of yogurt, fresh fruit, cereals, salad options. No law says you must gorge yourself to enjoy a cruise. For dinner, we chose Celebrity Select which lets you dine anytime. Though we opted for the Tuscan Grille ($45 PP) one night we ate in the MDR evernight. We chose a table for 2 a few nights, we "shared" most nights with people we met on the cruise, several of whom we'll continue to be in contact with. Note: we totally enjoyed Tuscan Grille, but were so pleased with MDR, I doubt we'd pay additional for specialty drugs ning again. Personal choice. Bars: our favorite was Martini bar because it was unique and friends we made hung out there. Try 'em all. Entertainment: exceptional. John Grantham and staff are great. Musical reviews were terrific and guest entertainers were uniformly great. Jayne Curry is a force to be reckoned with. Lou Gazarra was terrific,, and comedians James Stephens, and Joe Printz were terrific. We went to 7:00 show and generally had dinner around 8:30, followed by Martini Bar. Packages: we chose Prepaid Gratuities and Classic Beveridge. Most passengers seemed to choose Prepaid Gratuities, and "drink" packages worth it dependent on your needs. We loved our cabin # 8262, Starboard Aft, near stairs and elevators. We used stairs 90% of time, but there were enough elevators for the less active. We were not in Aqua Class or Concierge, so no opinions on their value. Demographics: Obviously, most passengers over 50 with 60-70 dominating. Lots of active, fit people in very good shape. Lots of the opposite as well. It's up to you, but while it could be hard not to gain a pound or two, it's not necessary to gain 10 pounds either. Fitness facility always busy. Complaints: if you want a few lounges together, you'd be advised to towels and beach shoes out by 8:00 on sea days. This is discouraged, but it's the only way, since the Pool Butlers do nothing about this practice. Some passengers are totally inconsiderate of others and "hoard" lounges they might not return to for hours on end. Casual Chic: we love that there are no "formal" nights, but a little more guidance, expspecially for men, would be helpful. There were couples in Black Tie and Gowns, as well as guys wearing Khaki's with Golf Shirts. I think a sport jacket and casual shirt would work for most of us. Excursion Staff should be more knowledgeable about the Ports, and have better maps for those not choosing to purchase an excursion. Other than promoting a Jewelry shops and Excursions, they didn't seem to have much local knowledge. Do your homework ahead of of time. Disembarkation: you have to wake up early, but it's a well oiled machine and all went smoothly. We opted for "self assisted" luggage removal which meant we wheeled our bags of the ship the morning we arrived in Lauderdale, rather than putting it out the night before. Summary: exceeded our expectations. We'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We love this ship !! You couldn't ask for better customer service. They looked after us so well and we couldn't thank them enough. Latoya in customer service on the ship was amazing. John Grantham our cruise director is ... Read More
We love this ship !! You couldn't ask for better customer service. They looked after us so well and we couldn't thank them enough. Latoya in customer service on the ship was amazing. John Grantham our cruise director is absolutely fabulous. The evening shows were amazing, although we didn't love the juggler. The comedians were the best !! The food was great, although I did notice a bit of a down-turn. It was better a few years ago. The ship has cut back definitely. No more free sushi. There is a sushi restaurant, which is usually empty. Marc from the UK which did our trivia was hilarious. I have to admit, the sense of humor of the wait staff is amazing. Jonathan and Kris, our wait staff every night were amazing !!! Ziev who was working the Oceanview Café was hilarious and entertained us as we ate our lunch. All in all, we love this ship. There is nothing really to complain about. It would be nice if the El Bachio café didn't close at 11 pm. It should stay open later. They got rid of the midnight buffet; too much food. LOL We booked another cruise for next year already...just love Celebrity !! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted a 10 day cruise and were very pleased with our choice. We loved the ship, and the crew were great. The entertainment was the best of any cruise, or resort we have seen. The choices for entertainment were excellant and there was ... Read More
We wanted a 10 day cruise and were very pleased with our choice. We loved the ship, and the crew were great. The entertainment was the best of any cruise, or resort we have seen. The choices for entertainment were excellant and there was always something to do, if you wanted. The ports of call were all great, and the Excursion Desk was very helpful. The Staff Captain, even helped my husband and his dive partner find a suitable dive, after theirs had been cancelled. OUTSTANDING. The embarkation process was extremely fast, and efficient. The number of staff that was present made the process quick and they were very friendly. The only negative, and it was not the Cruise LIne, was the cab ride back to the airport. There is a sign, at the port that says, "cab ride to airport, $11.00". The cabbie charged us $15.00. When we questioned it, he was very rude, and yelled at us. We were questioning, only because of the sign at the port. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We are active 60-yr-olds wanting warm weather and relaxation in January, and we got that. Loved the easy days at sea w/ lots of reading and sun. We splurged on an high-end all-inclusive cruise last time and I wanted to compare the value ... Read More
We are active 60-yr-olds wanting warm weather and relaxation in January, and we got that. Loved the easy days at sea w/ lots of reading and sun. We splurged on an high-end all-inclusive cruise last time and I wanted to compare the value proposition with Celebrity. The ship was lovely, except the art work on the walls was very, very strange. But the ship is clean and well maintained. The staff was fabulous, always friendly and anxious to help. The entertainment was outstanding. Loved the comedians....laughed to tears both nights and so refreshing to be funny but not obscene. The ship's troupe was also very good, with lavish costumes, impressive staging and marvelous acrobats. Don't miss the shows each night! The food at the buffet was plentiful and varied....anyone will be pleased with the range of choices. But we enjoy the formal dining, and this was a disappointment for us compared with our recent all-inclusive experience. The wine steward was over-worked; we often had food before he had time to get our wine. The menu offerings were fine, but never once did I say "Oh, I want that again!" The presentation is nice but this is not five-star dining. But out charming dinner companions made the evenings wonderful, so thanks to Celebrity for that match-up! Final verdict: By the time you buy the wine package and internet (outrageous on Celebrity!) and maybe a specialty restaurant, the high-end lines get competitive. And you get to skip the tacky art auctions and tanzanite jewelry hucksters! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Love Celebrity. There is a high level of chic and sophistication without being arrogant. For the cost of one trip on Regent, Seabourne, or Silversea, I get two trips on Celebrity. Make sure that you book a suite!! The perks are ... Read More
Love Celebrity. There is a high level of chic and sophistication without being arrogant. For the cost of one trip on Regent, Seabourne, or Silversea, I get two trips on Celebrity. Make sure that you book a suite!! The perks are phenomenal. The restaurant, Luminae, is worth the cost of the suite, anyway. Sit down at any time-- breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The staff is eager to please, and the menu changes every single day-- no matter how long your cruise vacation happens to be. Quiet, intimate, and just delightful. No rock climbing walls, no bumper cars or skating rinks, no flow rider. Just the perfect level of spas and solariums to make the days fly by. Entertainment is okay-- but not big shows. Good enough each evening for an hour of diversion from cruise life. Suite cabins are great-- and the butler service is wonderful. Cabins are always clean and everything always works!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I cruised on Celebrity X Reflection in January 2016 with my mother. We decided another cruise was in order and my three sisters, mom and I sailed on Celebrity Equinox in January 2017. Sometimes your second trip doesn't always live ... Read More
I cruised on Celebrity X Reflection in January 2016 with my mother. We decided another cruise was in order and my three sisters, mom and I sailed on Celebrity Equinox in January 2017. Sometimes your second trip doesn't always live up to your first experience but that was not the case for us. Great food, service and overall experience. We dined in Silhouette the first night and, because of the extra special service provided by Roger, William and Pereira, we returned every night! Our 8th floor balcony staterooms were spacious and comfortable. Neves, our room steward, took amazing care of us, especially when our key cards didn't work or we needed more supplies. Embarkation and disembarkation was seamless - very impressed with the efficiency. Our ports of call were lovely. I particularly enjoyed Barbados where we booked an excursion to snorkel with turtles over a couple of shipwrecks. The crew of the boat we were on were terrific - as was the rum punch! The entertainment wasn't as good as my previous cruise on Reflection but it gave us a chance to enjoy evening swims and the hot tub. We may take a break from cruising for a while but when we decide to book again, it will definitely be with Celebrity:) Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We needed a relaxing getaway. The ship was our resort. While we did get off the ship a few times to "stretch our legs", it was only for about an hour and we stayed in the port areas. Food and service in the main dining ... Read More
We needed a relaxing getaway. The ship was our resort. While we did get off the ship a few times to "stretch our legs", it was only for about an hour and we stayed in the port areas. Food and service in the main dining room was outstanding! The best we have had in recent years. I was concerned we might be disappointed because our last two Celebrity cruises were in Aqua Class cabins and we dined in Blu. No problem. We enjoyed the ease of the buffet at lunch. My goodness, Celebrity still makes the best bread products at see. And wonderfully, the coffee has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. My husband got the Persian Garden Pass. He always enjoys it. I went to the gym one whole time (!) but it was great. I got the unlimited internet package. I was happy to have it. Sometimes I had difficulty connecting, but mostly it was fine. Even did some Facetime/Skype communication with family. It is wonderful how they have improved speed. The music on board was outstanding. My husband enjoyed the GastroPub. The Casino had a wonderful energy. The Sky Observation Lounge was lovely. A great place for a cocktail. Guest relations was very customer oriented. The pay extra gelato did not seem special, but it was fine. While I did not have one, the fresh made waffle cones smelled Wonderful! We wish they had offered more movies in Celebrity Central during the cruise. It is a great venue. The deck/relaxation areas and the conservatory pool and hot tubs were wonderful and well looked after. The ship was in excellent shape and had a truly outstanding crew! What a great ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We are 70 year old veteran cruisers who have become fans of Celebrity. This was our 3rd cruise on the line - first two on Infinity. We spent the precruise night at Embassy Suites with included parking and roundtrip transfer to port. This ... Read More
We are 70 year old veteran cruisers who have become fans of Celebrity. This was our 3rd cruise on the line - first two on Infinity. We spent the precruise night at Embassy Suites with included parking and roundtrip transfer to port. This worked out well in both directions. Embarkation was easy and fairly quick ( less than 30 min ) . The Equinox remains in lovely condition and is a very comfortable vessel. We were in 8146 starboard veranda slightly forward near the forward elevators. We found this to be a good location for easy access to other areas. It was a very quiet corridor with no noise from above or below. We do not use specialty restaurants because we again found the MDR excellent in service and quality. The entertainment was good, but not great. Activities were a lot of fun. We enjoyed all ports except Barbados which we will try again next year. The ship arrival time was changed from the original itinerary to a 10 am arrival. We had made arrangements for a private snorkeling tour and were unable to make the pick up time of 930am. We remained on board for that port after a brief shop in the terminal. All other ports were booked with celebrity and were fine. I recommend the Secret Beach excursion in St Thomas for a quiet and lovely time on a nearly deserted beach. We may well repeat the trip in 2018 as it visits a slightly different set of islands. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our third cruise on this ship and although we loved every minute of it, it's just beginning to look a little tired. Not so much in the public areas but in the cabins. It will soon need some attention. It would be a shame if ... Read More
This was our third cruise on this ship and although we loved every minute of it, it's just beginning to look a little tired. Not so much in the public areas but in the cabins. It will soon need some attention. It would be a shame if it lost its gloss. I've said this before, but it's a shame that all the Solstice class ships are so similar. We have done about 18 Celebrity cruises about 12 on Solstice class ships and there is no awe or wonder as we know exact,y what we are getting and where everything is. Having said that, Celebrity provide top notch service and always deliver a great holiday experience. We were blessed with the best weather we have had in the Carribean for years and that really helps. We had a restricted view cabin on deck 6. The lifeboats don't bother us and we try to be mid ships. We chose select dining. We were with friends and we ate at 8.15 after the first show as it was really busy earlier on as it was quite an elderly crowd We found the best waitress ever, Milena who pampered to our every need with a smile and great service. I have dietary issues and she went out of her way to help me. We found the food as good, if not better than ever. The choices are less but you can have as many of the courses as you need!! The Oceanview cafe is still good although one or two of the choices I used to pick have disappeared but believe me, there is still plenty to choose from. Other things have also been dropped like the Captains welcome drink in the theatre, the Grand Buffet, sorbets on deck on sea days, ice carving on deck on sea days and much to my husbsnd's dissappointment, the kippers in the main dining room at breakfast have gone, but in all honesty, in all the years we've been cruising, the price has hardly changed so something has to give. It's a shame but it doesn't spoil it for me. One good change for us is the dropping of the formal nights. People dressed appropriately, some very dressy and I was very happy to see the lady at the door turn a man away from the restaurant who was wearing shorts. Well done! The entertainment was the usual fair, some good some not so much. Personally I thought the two production shows were modern and visually much improved / could do without the acrobats but that's just me. I enjoyed all the islands but felt the overnight in St Maartin was a bit of a let down. We arrived at 3pm and left at 4pm the next day, so to half days. Hmmm. Why? All in all a very enjoyable cruise and looking forward to the next one Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Second cruise on this beautiful ship, now booked for The Eclipse next year, so obviously, we are very pleased with the Celebrity line. There were two issues on this trip which were disappointing. On a shore excursion to St John from ... Read More
Second cruise on this beautiful ship, now booked for The Eclipse next year, so obviously, we are very pleased with the Celebrity line. There were two issues on this trip which were disappointing. On a shore excursion to St John from St Thomas, the bus driver left us at Trunk Bay, not waiting for the 2 1/2 hours as the tour described. This caused some anxiety among the group of passengers, as we had to find a taxi back to the ferry pier, and then wait over an hour, for the ride back to the ship. We were later given a partial refund. My other 'disappointment', Michael Kors 'Grand Opening' !!! Like many women, I dropped a ticket in a bag, for a chance to win, as I was led to believe, a handbag. And, like many women, interrupted my day in the sun, to be present at 2pm for the draw. Imagine my surprise, as after 3 tickets being drawn to someone not there, my ticket was drawn. I thought the small gift wrapped box , must be a gift certificate...it was a gilt key chain, with the word MOM. El Cheapo !! For a company like Michael Kors, (and Celebrity ?). Just a ploy, to draw shoppers to the store. I was assured afterwards by the gift shop manager, that in fact, the key chain was worth $50....not to me ! Staff are too polite, and hesitate, 1. to prevent passengers from reserving multiple deck chairs for hours before they show up. 2. from waking up the snoozers, or asking those reading books in El Bacio, long finished their coffee, to move, and allow those arriving, to have a table. 3. also, many people stand in the theatre, and reserve a row of seats for friends who show up at show time. 4. The hostess in select dining has the most difficult job on the ship, attempting to accommodate passengers, who cannot wait even 30 minutes, to dine. Never witnessed any rude crew, many rude passengers, probably won't change. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This cruise was a bit more expensive than previous cruises, so expectations were higher. Ship was very clean with excellent service. The passengers were were very international. Buffet was very good, as was the dining room, but not ... Read More
This cruise was a bit more expensive than previous cruises, so expectations were higher. Ship was very clean with excellent service. The passengers were were very international. Buffet was very good, as was the dining room, but not exceptional. Buffet desserts and coffee were great. There are lots of bars, obviously to add to your cruise bill. There is an option to add a daily charge to your account for unlimited specialty coffees, soft drinks. wine, beer and liquor. I thought they all were over-valued, especially the alcohol options. For example, drinking a glass of wine with dinner and a couple of beers in the afternoon would still be less than half of the daily charge. If you plan to consume five or more drinks a day, then get the alcohol package. Excellent gym and spa and not very crowded - Surprise! The outdoor pools were small with lots of loungers packed side by side on two levels. People staked out their chairs early (7 am) and came back later. The aft area does not have a lot of outdoor seating like some other ships. The indoor adult pool/spa area was a little quieter, but I found it to be too warm and humid. There are at least three smoking areas (outdoor only), to my dismay. Entertainment was varied, with more comedy and solo performers than flashy production shows. The ships's orchestra was small but excellent. The house band was okay and there were other musical performers in various parts of the ship. Lastly, internet service was very expensive, unless you have Celebrity points for free minutes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Food was outstanding.....even in the main dining room! Enjoyed the on-board activities and most of the guest entertainment. Production shows were not good..this was a new cast and they had just come on board after 6 weeks of ... Read More
Food was outstanding.....even in the main dining room! Enjoyed the on-board activities and most of the guest entertainment. Production shows were not good..this was a new cast and they had just come on board after 6 weeks of rehearsal..not sure who picks these shows, but they were not the least entertaining..couldn't recognize the songs and the "themes" were obscure at best. Crusie Director was John Grantham...he was pretty full of himself. Not sure why he couldn't wear a tuxedo (or at the very least a tie!) on the "evening chic" nights - event eh captain wears a tie. Pete Matthews and Karen Grainger were excellent (as expected as we've enjoyed them int he past) but Samantha Smith really screamed more than she sang.... Bar and dining room staff were wonderful as well as stateroom attendant. We only did 2 shore excursions from the ship, but they were both excellent and what we expected. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because we love Celebrity, the Equinox, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. The itinerary was great, including St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Barbados, and an overnight in St. Maarten. This 10 night cruise also had 4 sea ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love Celebrity, the Equinox, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. The itinerary was great, including St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Barbados, and an overnight in St. Maarten. This 10 night cruise also had 4 sea days ( first 2 and last 2), a good beginning and end to a wonderful cruise. The Equinox is a beautiful ship, and the crew is outstanding. We enjoy Celebrity's food, and it's casual elegance. We ate in the main dining room most nights, and our waiter called us by name, and provided excellent service. We also ate in the Tuscan Grille, which was worth the extra expense. The Oceanview Cafe was well laid out, with a delicious variety of food. The entertainment was top notch, with a good variety of professionals from comedians to very talented singers and dancers. The cabins were well laid out, with plenty of room to spare. We would highly recommend this cruise. Of course it didn't hurt that the weather was cooperative, with sunny days between 80 and 85 every day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first Caribbean cruise in several years, so I chose a line that I thought would offer an above average cruise experience. That was not the case. Even though I had a fine trip, I found nothing to distinguish Celebrity from the ... Read More
This was my first Caribbean cruise in several years, so I chose a line that I thought would offer an above average cruise experience. That was not the case. Even though I had a fine trip, I found nothing to distinguish Celebrity from the other middle of the road cruise lines. I found the overall service level a bit above average. The staff were pleasant, but their command of english was inconsistent. I noticed a short staffing situation several times during the cruise, even in revenue generating areas.The ship was in good condition and well kept. The cabin had adequate space, with a nice shower setup. The WiFi was very good. The pool deck filled quickly and the 30 minute unoccupied chair window is not enforced by the pool staff. The food selection in the cafe was very good and offered enough variety to keep it interesting. Did I find anything that would compel me to return to this ship? Nope. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The food from the buffet to the dining room was delicious and a very good variety of choices. The staff is always there and ready to help you or answer any question you might have. The staff was very helpful at all ports we stopped at ... Read More
The food from the buffet to the dining room was delicious and a very good variety of choices. The staff is always there and ready to help you or answer any question you might have. The staff was very helpful at all ports we stopped at and made sure everyone got on and off safely and securely. Being a disabled senior, a so appreciated them providing shuttles at port stops that were very far away from the ship. I loved the idea of the pictures taken by the photographers when leaving the ship at each port. We so enjoy these pictures. They accommodate us heathens that still smoke and that was wonderful that they provided smoking areas. I would like to see a few more chairs and ash trays in these areas. There were a lot of smokers on this cruise. The cabin personnel, ours was Francisco, was fantastic. He always had our room cleaned and made up quickly and professionally. It was a wonderful cruise and if I go on another one, I definitely would choose the Celebrity Equinox. Kudos Celebrity Equinox. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have cruised many times but this was "only" our fourth Celebrity cruise. This was a 10 day cruise from Ft Lauderdale to St Kitts, St Thomas, Barbados and an overnight in St Maarten. We had been to each of these ports ... Read More
We have cruised many times but this was "only" our fourth Celebrity cruise. This was a 10 day cruise from Ft Lauderdale to St Kitts, St Thomas, Barbados and an overnight in St Maarten. We had been to each of these ports previously but looking forward to a relaxing trip and having some new experiences. We drove to the port and arrived shortly before 11. Dropped off the luggage and parked the vehicle in lot 19 which was a relatively short walk form our terminal. Lines were short for initial check in and process was quick and painless. Security had a longer line and after that we were seated in nice area based on our lowly status with Celebrity.......After 30 minutes or so our area was called and we proceeded on board and went to the Aqua Spa cafe area since we knew that the cabins would not be ready until 1:30. Had nice lunch and then sat in pool area until cabins were available. All and all a good embarkation experience. We had veranda cabin on deck 7 which was normal size and Kevin was our excellent and responsive cabin attendant. We had some noise issues with our cabin which I will cover on the S class cabin spreadsheet. On our last Celebrity cruise we had an Aqua class cabin so we got to use the BLU restaurant which we loved and we wondered how we might feel about the main dining room. We had anytime dining and we normally went early and had no issues getting a table for two. The first night we were seated in area with Gusti as the waiter, and he and his team provided excellent service, so we asked for, and were seated in, his section each night of the cruise. Except for one meal, we thought the food was good for a cruise ship and service excellent. Our wine person Joellina (sp) was a joy to talk with and she provided great service and the glass was never empty! Of course there is much more of a hustle and bustle feel to the main dining room than BLU, but we never felt the need to go to a specialty restaurant. This was the first cruise that we had ever taken that we could not find any open lounge chairs one morning by 10:45. We had gone to the cruise critic gathering at 10:15 which was nice but short, and then went looking for lounger......went everywhere on all the appropriate decks.......none.....of course half had book, towels, etc.....We had never seen so many chair hogs before.....some empty for hours at a time and no action by pool butlers......So the first day we retreated to our balcony for some sun......but during our next few sea days we crossed over to the dark side of the chair hogs....went up around 8 a.m. and put our markings down on lounger, then to buffet for breakfast and then back to sit......very unfortunate that this is necessary!!!! Worse ever!! Kudos to Celebrity for having the NFC and AFC championships available in a couple public venues as well as on the TV in cabins. So much better than last year's fiasco on Princess where Super Bowl was not available in cabins. One pleasant surprise was the quality of some of the entertainment! Other than one production show we enjoyed each night's performers, especially the comedians. We ate early so went to the 7 pm show and there were lots of good seats. We normally book our own independent excursions but this time we decided to do some different things and booked 3 celebrity excursions. Each were as described and we really enjoyed the trip to Nevis which provided a new island for us as well as good lunch, two drinks and quiet beach. We did self disembarkation for the first time and it worked out well. As we had read on cruise critic we found the early line on deck 5 so there was only 20 or so folks ahead of us and we got off around 7:30 with no wait at immigration. We did note that there were several people with canes, etc that did seem to have issues with their luggage with self disembarkation. Overall the ship was in very good condition and service was good. Only shortcoming was that we thought some of the bar service was slow and there was great variety in what drinks were available at different bars and how the drinks were made. We did really enjoyed the cruise as found it very relaxing (the great weather helped)! Will certainly consider Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have sailed on many ships, predominantly on Princess. This time we decided to try Celebrity, as our last cruise on the Royal Princess was disappointing, mostly because of the poor customer service everywhere on the ship. Our friends ... Read More
We have sailed on many ships, predominantly on Princess. This time we decided to try Celebrity, as our last cruise on the Royal Princess was disappointing, mostly because of the poor customer service everywhere on the ship. Our friends have traveled extensively on Celebrity, and we joined them to see how it compares to Princess. The aqua class cabin was smaller than Princess mini suites, but the bathrooms were way more spacious, and the balcony seemed to be larger as well. The ship was very easy to learn, and the elevators and steps were strategically placed, as opposed to Princess whereby easy access to anywhere is a bit challenging. The elevators in the central part of the ship are beautiful, spacious, and offer wonderful views of the central area. The central area of the ship can be viewed from all of the floors, and generally speaking, that is where the bars, coffee bar, and some of the entertainment is located. I felt that the Princess ships surpassed the Equinox in this area, due to the fact that they had the shops, bars, International Cafe, Vines, and more frequent entertainment there. The entertainment on Princess far surpasses Equinox, as does the availability for afternoon tea sandwiches and pastries in the International Cafe. In general, the food on Princess was better, including the specialty restaurants. We loved the grassy area on the top deck, as you could be in a "park like" setting, lay out a towel and sun yourself away from the massive crowds. This was a great feature, as getting a lounge chair anywhere is next to impossible on sea days on both ships. The pools are generally nicer on Princess ships, but the indoor pool on Equinox was excellent, spa-like and relaxing. The workout area on the Equinox far exceeds that of Princess, as the equipment is very much up to date, plenty of treadmills, and tons of other workout machines. Another big plus. Perhaps the best of all, and the reason for the 4 stars, was that the crew was amazingly accommodating. Unlike Princess, the crew on the Equinox were more than happy to try to accommodate special requests in all of the dining venues and in the cabin with the cabin steward. What a pleasure it was to never hear the words "no," or "we can't do that." Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We got invited on this cruise by a group of people we know. We have been on several cruises, with Celebrity, HAL and Princess, but we rate Celebrity as a little above the others. The ship is one of the older ones in the Solstice Class ... Read More
We got invited on this cruise by a group of people we know. We have been on several cruises, with Celebrity, HAL and Princess, but we rate Celebrity as a little above the others. The ship is one of the older ones in the Solstice Class but is in very goo condition . Continued maintenance and housekeeping keeps it that way. It appears as though the menu selections are somewhat less and portions a little smaller. but overall very good. You can always order extra. Cabin was fine, no problems. Cleaned daily, bin stewards do a great job. Only down side to us was that they seem to charge for more and more and the include less in your price. Still can get coffee,tea, iced tea, lemonade and orange and apple juice. Everything else is extra, Guess they do this to keep base cost of cruise down. Entertainment was good, but some of the one time acts were lacking. Service at the ports was good, even provided shuttles on the longer piers. We have already booked another cruise on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is our third Celebrity cruise and first on an S Class ship. Overall, we couldn't be more satisfied with the experience. We took the 10 day Ultimate Caribbean cruise leaving Ft. Lauderdale, Port Everglades on January 20, 2017. ... Read More
This is our third Celebrity cruise and first on an S Class ship. Overall, we couldn't be more satisfied with the experience. We took the 10 day Ultimate Caribbean cruise leaving Ft. Lauderdale, Port Everglades on January 20, 2017. Embarkation was a breeze, taking less than 45 minutes from the hotel to being on the ship. We ate a nice lunch in the MDR as we were in a Concierge stateroom. The menu was limited, but very good. The staterooms were ready around 1:00 pm. The Deck 10 aft staterooms number 1285 and 1287 were quiet. The stateroom attendant was beyond attentive and personable. We ate in the MDR 8 nights and in the specialty dining, Tuscan Grill and Murano, on two evenings. The quality of the food and service was outstanding at all three venues. We have no complaints. We had the premium and classic drink packages in our group and always found wines that were to our liking. The entertainment was also amazing on this cruise. The individual entertainers and the production shows (2) were outstanding and well attended. We organized our own activities in port. Rented a car to Smith's Bay beach in St. Thomas. Dolphin Discovery and Thenford Grey Tour on St. Kitts. Lobster Alive beach day in Barbados. And rented Can-Am moterbikes in St. Martin. Loved all the ports We highly recommend this ship and itinerary Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I asked many times and they did not turn it down. I had ear plugs, moved to the solarium, back by the slushee bar, etc. I asked if they would ask other people, what they thought. They did not. I wish people would speak up because ... Read More
I asked many times and they did not turn it down. I had ear plugs, moved to the solarium, back by the slushee bar, etc. I asked if they would ask other people, what they thought. They did not. I wish people would speak up because around me everyone agreed! You could feel the bass beating off your chest! Other then that, it was lovely, but a shame the staff did not listen. The room was a nice size, our steward gave us excellent service. The dining room crew was great and the food was good. Not as great as I had anticipated, but good. Overall, the entertainment was pretty good. One blond singer they had was good, but something was off. Either she tried to mix up the tempo or what, I don't know. People were leaving and I wanted to too, but was sitting in the middle and felt it would be too disturbing and rude, so I stayed. The band, which was fabulous, sometimes drowned out the singers....for a few short seconds. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
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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