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257 Celebrity Equinox Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

We've been on 47 cruises, mostly long cruises, even taken a 3-month cruise around the world, but a group of 13 from our apartment building, decided it might be fun so we jumped right in. I wasn't sure if such a short cruise ... Read More
We've been on 47 cruises, mostly long cruises, even taken a 3-month cruise around the world, but a group of 13 from our apartment building, decided it might be fun so we jumped right in. I wasn't sure if such a short cruise would be just a hassle, but it turned out great! The building usually has Happy Hour twice a week, so this was sort of like a 2-night Happy Hour (no I'm not a heavy drinker, maybe you could even say I'm not even a drinker but I do enjoy socializing!) What I liked about it was, with it being only 2 days, we could eat to our heart's content not worrying about weight increase, since how much weight can you put on over 2 days and not be able to take off after a week or two! The dock is only 20-25 minutes away as we live in Ft. Lauderdale, so there was no travel issues and it was a nice break in routine. Gave us all lots to laugh about before and after the cruise. The ship, crew and food were wonderful. The fare was a special for Concierge class. What's not to like about an upgrade, but it didn't entice us to try Concierge again as we didn't really use the room that much, never really saw the cabin steward much (which could be considered a good thing - just invisibly doing his job) and the tip per day was a dollar more than other the lower category cabins. So, I'd definitely recommend short cruises for a quick getaway, but in the very affordable inside cabins. Oh by the way, no it wasn't a drunken brawl type cruise. I didn't see any of that, of course we did go during a time when kids are usually in school. Hope the cruise lines have more of these short trips, if so, we'll certainly be back on one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise for the Caribbean itinerary and previous experience with Celebrity. BOAT DESIGN Really like the design of the boat. Now second favourite to Viking ocean cruise ship. It felt fresh and light filled Enjoyed the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Caribbean itinerary and previous experience with Celebrity. BOAT DESIGN Really like the design of the boat. Now second favourite to Viking ocean cruise ship. It felt fresh and light filled Enjoyed the solarium with soaring glass ceiling and windowed walls for the days when it was too windy to sit outside. It was supposed to be adults only until 4:30 although a couple of people brought kids in. The boat didn't feel too crowded on sea days. The common areas were very comfortable. Lots of places to sit. The Library was a good design feature with comfortable chairs - multi-storey. Didn't have much by way of books that one would actually want to read (lots of decor books). But as with many others, I was reading on my iPad so that lack of books not a problem. There was also a well-designed room with board games that seemed quite popular. DINING and food. Main dining room had good food, good service and was quite elegant. Did not try the speciality restaurants. Had breakfast and lunch at the buffet was quite good with many options. There were always Asian and Indian food, pasta options. The ordinary coffee Lavazza (ie not the premium coffee drinks that you pay extra for or a la carte) was very good. Best of cruise ships I have tried (Princess, Norwegian and Disney ). The a la carte coffee drinks seemed to be a bit more expensive than other ships from what I can remember but the regular coffee was decent. I don't drink alcohol but my husband does. Husband was able to buy a drinks package without me purchasing one (not all cruise ships allow). GYM was very good with good classes. From past experience I knew the spin classes might sell out so went straight to the gym on boarding to sign up. The two fitness instructors were very good, friendly, encouraging and enthusiastic. The gym is on the 12th deck - cardio equipment with views of the sea. There are machines and free weights. Near the gym is the AquaSpa cafe with such things as oatmeal with apple cider vinegar, mini wraps, gluten free mini - muffins etc. SPA was very pricey. There were discounts for spa services later in the cruise and I ended up doing the teeth whitening which gave me good results. Entertainment - really enjoyed the American Ballet Theatre performance (two principal dancers doing pieces from Nutcracker). Entertainment otherwise okay - prefer Princess ships for music and comedy in the evenings - in terms of quality and quantity. Loved the Celebrity App which used the ship's internet for free for messaging with spouse and finding out what events were on - when dining rooms opened etc. NB you don't need to purchase internet to get the free messenging. Paid for regular internet was slow but okay for checking messages.We didn't pay for the expensive streaming internet. Excursions were fine. Would have preferred more detail on the excursions. We did the bike trip in San Juan which was good. Although the description apparently indicated the wearing of closed toe shoes, there wasn't a reminder on the ticket - which resulted in me having to run across the street to buy water shoes or not be allowed on the trip. Best embarkation and disembarkation on a ship I have experienced, Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to try Celebrity, and thought the Equinox was the ship to try. We couldn't have been more impressed. The ship is beautiful, and in great shape.The crew very friendly, and the captain had a great sense of humor, and was ... Read More
We wanted to try Celebrity, and thought the Equinox was the ship to try. We couldn't have been more impressed. The ship is beautiful, and in great shape.The crew very friendly, and the captain had a great sense of humor, and was always out in view.The food in the Tuscan grill and Le Petite was excellent. The MDR was very good, and Ocean view Cafe very good for a buffet. We were impressed enough that we booked the Edge for a 10 day in 2022.The shows, too, were very good. I've seen people on CC knock Celebrity for cutbacks. I don't know, or care what there was that I missed. I've been on all the mass lines, including Princess, which, I believe, is the closest competitor, and as far as I'm concerned, Celebrity blows them all out of the water. I know the Equinox hasn't had the full revolution yet, but the ship is in excellent shape with maintenance never ending. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are repeat Equinox travelers, after doing the Western itinerary in 2018. With great service, accommodations, and food, it's hard to beat the Equinox. This trip was booked as a holiday getaway for Thanksgiving. We even were able to ... Read More
We are repeat Equinox travelers, after doing the Western itinerary in 2018. With great service, accommodations, and food, it's hard to beat the Equinox. This trip was booked as a holiday getaway for Thanksgiving. We even were able to watch the Cowboys game from the Lawn Club! We selected a concierge class cabin, and would not do it again. Unless you really want the extra cruise points, I would just stick with a Veranda or splurge for Aqua Class. The daily snacks were pretty bad,and we never received most of the advertised benefits. However, my wife did like the "premium" robe in the room. Ports in Brief: San Juan - Explored old San Juan and found a hole-in-the-wall rum bar. Had a great time, and I always enjoy Old San Juan. St. Thomas - Was honestly a little disappointed. We were docked quite a way from downtown, and had to take one of the "taxis" every where. After coming here a few times now, we'll probably not go back to St. Thomas for a bit. Samana, D.R. - The worst cruise port I have ever visited. I would strongly advise you stay on the ship here. I won't go into too much detail, but I don't see Celebrity visiting Samana much longer. Nassau - Spent the day at the Hilton British Colonial for some beach time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
wanted to try something different. have cruised extensively on other lines, notable RCCL which our status conferred to Celebrity , which was a nice perk. Embarkation was a breeze, no lines. Ship beautiful, clean. had lunch in Lumanae, ... Read More
wanted to try something different. have cruised extensively on other lines, notable RCCL which our status conferred to Celebrity , which was a nice perk. Embarkation was a breeze, no lines. Ship beautiful, clean. had lunch in Lumanae, first of many. LOOOOVED THE dining room and staff. Cant say enough about that. STayed in AFT Sky Suiite. View was great. was a little concerned about virbration, expecially when docking, but we were on 12th deck, never felt much except for when parking. Had Room service breakfast each morning, Eggs benedict yum. All staff were fab. Never saw the supposed Butler tho. unless we called. Never had flowers in our room, which I found strange because i even inquired about their absence to the Concierge. The Michaels Lounge was just wonderful. drinks, canapes, espresso and capucinnos. all the drinks on this cruise were special. especially martini bar and the World Class Bar. had the premium package but did not do it justice really. Entertainment was good. not GREAT. but good enough. Capt Tsoas is charming and participated in some of the entertainment. Cruise Director Dan was funny and grew on me/. We had 9 people, including 3 children, ages 8, 7 , 6. Kids club was a bit overwhelmed, 350 plus children onboard due to holiday, they were not the best but then again, this is not a line known for childcare. Ours had fun anyway. they loved eating on the balcony, having their ice cream. swimming, etc. Service far exceeded both Princess and RCC:L; ACROSS THE BOARD. pORTS. Naussau, kids went to swim with dolphins, I stayed onboard, i don't like this port. Sumana ( DR). dangerous port, no one needs to get off boat. poverty and possiblemugging awaits. St. Thomas, best port. went to megans bay. wonderful day. I did not book for the ports, wanted to experience this ship. I would travel on EQuinox again in a sec!!! Also, trying some other Celebrity ships in future. booked a Europe cruise for 2021 while onboard, got some great perks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
In the last three years we have sailed on RCI, NCL and Carnival and decided to try Celebrity. While the others were good, Celebrity was by far the best! And honestly in many ways it was not even close. Start by an embarkation that ... Read More
In the last three years we have sailed on RCI, NCL and Carnival and decided to try Celebrity. While the others were good, Celebrity was by far the best! And honestly in many ways it was not even close. Start by an embarkation that literally took 2 minutes. Have our tickets on our phone. Do the facial recognition and walk on board. It was that easy. We booked Aqua Class because we wanted to have access to BLU. Both nights we went to dinner there, it was very good. The wait staff was terrific. The food was great and the atmosphere was terrific. Ate breakfast at the Buffet in morning. Never had a hard time finding a table and the Omelet guys were great. Best Croissants I have had outside of France. Best dinner was at the Tuscan Grill. Just decided to give it a shot and it was unbelievable. Our waiter was terrific. Basically he put together how we should approach the menu and it was perfect. Also went to La Petit Chef because it looked fun. Great food, neat concept and our waiter was very good. Had fun eating with a couple we met on the ship. The Solarium was also so nice and relaxing. Hung in the pool for hours just meeting and talking with people. Cabin and balcony were perfect and our Cabin stewart was great. He would see us coming down the hall and made sure he opened the door for us. Kudos to Dan (Cruise Director) and Kellie (Activities coordinator). Met Kellie at the muster drill and had fun chatting with her throughout the cruise. Dan was terrific. Shows are good. McCartney show was especially good. Celebrity spaces the shows and activities perfect so that you can have dinner at 7:00 then do a 9, 10 and 11 activity or show. Minor thing but it shows how celebrity works! The NFL games were on!!!! And they put the Chiefs game (even though I am not a Chiefs fan) on the outside screen. So great to lay on the lawn and watch football on a sea day. (we had to beg and plead with Norwegian to put the NCAA basketball tournament on) Equinox is so well laid out. And the ship is spotless. Public bathrooms look like country club bathrooms. Even with 2900 people on board, there are so many nooks and crannies to find a place to relax, have a drink or read a book. Bartenders were also great. Never had problem getting a drink. Kudos to the bartender at Craft Social who I talked to a bunch and tried different beers. What makes Celebrity and this cruise on the Equinox is they handle every detail with precision. That is what impressed me so much. My wife and I are in our mid 50s and met so many great people around our age on board. It is not a party boat. Just a great cruise where Celebrity just hits the mark on service at every turn! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My D/W and I are Diamond on Royal but love both companies. I started doing the research for an anniversary cruise and wanted something different than sailing on Anthem out of Bayonne. The Equinox was rated very high, so I looked into one ... Read More
My D/W and I are Diamond on Royal but love both companies. I started doing the research for an anniversary cruise and wanted something different than sailing on Anthem out of Bayonne. The Equinox was rated very high, so I looked into one of her sailings. For many, many cruises, my D/W and I would walk back to the ship from some port and I would look at the aft cabins and tell her “one day, I want to try one”, so I booked a Sunset Veranda on Equinox. I read reviews, I did research...people complaining about soot, noise etc. It concerned me. I even came close to canceling right before final payment was due, but boy am I glad I didn’t. The Equinox could be compared with the thought of “old time cruising “. Elegance everywhere you look. Add a staff that is eager to accommodate your wants and needs, well it was a match made in heaven. We really cruise to be together and renew the “us” time without distractions. Our home life has us running in many different directions (my last six months of work...retirement for the second time), and grandkids and an 86 y.o. Mother-in-law, so when we get away, we relax. I chose a three day specialty dining plan and we really enjoy it. We went to Tuscan twice and Murano once. I probably should have reversed the two but they were great nonetheless. We had the table side lobster at Murano...it was to die for. Our waiter was so on his game, but that was the way we found the staff on Equinox...”Top of their game!” Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Although it was our 4th cruise on Celebrity, it was also our 2nd cruise on the Beautiful, Sleek and Luxurious Equinox! I am a Celebrity Loyalist! Would not consider using another cruise line because I’m very satisfied with Celebrity! ... Read More
Although it was our 4th cruise on Celebrity, it was also our 2nd cruise on the Beautiful, Sleek and Luxurious Equinox! I am a Celebrity Loyalist! Would not consider using another cruise line because I’m very satisfied with Celebrity! They give me good Value for my money... Although I took a beating in the casino... lol... I still am enjoying myself because the crew caters to your every need! All the Fortunes staff were professional but still fun to be around. My favorite server and bartender was Ramesh, a very sharp young man from India. It was his first contract and truly enjoyed his work. He was fast, and ALWAYS Smiling! The casino hostess (Andreea)was a very charming young lady that addressed any issues or questions from Blue Chip Club members quickly and made sure everyone enjoyed themselves! Our wait staff in the Main Dining room was Fabulous as well. The French Onion soup is STILL the best In the World(Not kidding!) And we found ALL our evening meals there were excellent! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I have cruised well over 15 times and this by far was my favorite cruise. This was my first Celebrity cruise. The pros: the food in the Silhouette Dining room was delicious, the Mexican buffet & Pizza at the Oceanside Cafe were very ... Read More
I have cruised well over 15 times and this by far was my favorite cruise. This was my first Celebrity cruise. The pros: the food in the Silhouette Dining room was delicious, the Mexican buffet & Pizza at the Oceanside Cafe were very good. The chef’s carved beautiful pumpkins for decorations throughout the ship for Halloween along with elaborate spooky desserts. The bathrooms were ALWAYS clean in the public areas (major kudos). The public areas were also very clean. Managers greeted us each day in the Oceanview Cafe to be sure we were happy with the service (and we were)! The ship was rarely crowded getting on and off. Embarkation and Debarkation were very smooth. We got checked in and on the ship in less than 30 minutes. The cruise staff overall was very friendly. The live music each night in the main lobby was very enjoyable (I sat and listened for hours). The staff put much time and energy into everything on this sailing and it was apparent to me. We felt welcomed and the staff were excited to have the guest there. They tried to make the best experience for each guest on board. Cons: the pillows in the room were not very comfortable and there was a lack of hand soap in the women’s restroom. Nightly shows in the theater were lacking in comparison to other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise for multiple reasons, first we had heard about celebrity’s top notch service and wanted to give it a go (usually cruise royal or carnival) It was great, definitely a upgrade the ship has an elegant feel with fun art ... Read More
We chose this cruise for multiple reasons, first we had heard about celebrity’s top notch service and wanted to give it a go (usually cruise royal or carnival) It was great, definitely a upgrade the ship has an elegant feel with fun art scattered throughout. There’s tons of deck space both covered and in full sun, we really enjoyed the solarium type area with a nice relaxing vibe nice size pool and two elevated hot tubs overlooking the ocean. Secondly the food, I was very impressed with the food onboard. The main dining room was outstanding food and service both were top notch. The buffet had great food as well, I will say the hours were a little bit frustrating as multiple times I went to eat inbetween meals or late at night with not much but fruit and maybe pizza. Third the shore experiences the ship was on time and quick to get on and off everytime it was needed, the shore excursion we did through the ship on Tortola was fantastic. A ferry style boat took us too virgin Gorda and we did the baths, this is highly recommended and already want to go back.. lots of exploring and beach time. We ate at the restaurant qsine and it was fantastic I was nervous the food was going to take a backseat to the show and that was not the case at all the lobster and steak were cooked superb Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We are an engaged couple (male 31; female 28; both military veterans) and took our first cruise on Celebrity Equinox. We chose Aquaclass for the spa access and after reading great reviews about the exclusive restaurant, Blu. We typically ... Read More
We are an engaged couple (male 31; female 28; both military veterans) and took our first cruise on Celebrity Equinox. We chose Aquaclass for the spa access and after reading great reviews about the exclusive restaurant, Blu. We typically travel "well," and this was truly one of our best experiences to date. We generally like low-key relaxing atmospheres with friendly people, but definitely still enjoy having drinks and such. This cruise matched our lifestyle to a T. EMBARKATION: We showed up towards the end (had a late brunch with a family member in Ft Lauderdale) so almost no one was there. Super easy and got on the ship without issue and in less than 5 minutes. CABIN: We were in Cabin 1630 and had a balcony. We thought it was perfect. Bigger than expected and very comfortable bed/sheets. SHIP: Overall (and we have nothing to compare it to), we thought the ship was great. It's not so big that it's overwhelming, but small enough where you can get anywhere quickly. Elevators usually worked fine. Great decor and seemed fairly updated. The only minor critique would be that the pools are very small (and the hot tubs even smaller), but again not sure if this is typical because we have nothing to compare to. *DINING*: This is really where our praise lies. Blu restaurant was absolutely amazing. Between the quality of food and the STELLAR service from Putu and his team, our expectations were shattered. It was so good that it has made me realize most of the US-based service industry is full of whiny grouchy servers and restaurants that charge astronomical prices simply because they can. We stayed in Miami for a few days after the cruise and every restaurant was terrible following our experience in Blu. Note that you need to stay in Aquaclass to have access, but it's really not that much more expensive and definitely worth the extra cost. I would recommend googling the Blu menus, as they have some really interesting choices. Also, the sky is the limit (meaning you can order as much as you want). We were especially happy with their allergy-friendliness (fiancee has celiac). The chef prepared anything she wanted and checked with her as to what she would like for the following evening. I cannot say enough great things about Blu, both for the quality of food and outstanding friendly service. We tipped extra at the end. SERVICE: In addition to the great service in Blu, I should also mention our awesome stateroom attendant, Gede. If he is the standard for the rest of the ship, then no reasonable person could ever lodge a serious complaint about anything. We wanted for nothing and felt like it was personalized service even though he had several other rooms each day. We also tipped extra for his great service. As for the rest of the ship, everyone is so friendly and welcoming (even if this is a show, they do a great job; fake it til you make it!). From the bartenders to greeters, 5-star all around. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: (all excursions booked online for a discount through the ship ahead of the cruise) - Puerto Rico: we did a self-guided tour of the old fort. Cool place to see, but not much else to do around there - St Thomas: did the catamaran excursion to St John and snorkeling. Great time and highly recommended. They also include a LOT of free drinks on the way back. - Tortola: we did the Escape to Jost Van Dyke and HIGHLY recommend it. White Bay Beach is the nicest beach I have ever seen in the world (and I have been to over 30 countries). Also basic lunch included and a drink. We ended up walking to another beach bar for more privacy and drinks. - Bahamas (Nassau): unfortunately, this was the only port it rained (early formation of Dorian) and our excursion to Pearl Island was cancelled. Ended up taking a cab to Atlantis with another couple and having quite a few drinks at a beach bar. Still a great time. SPA: Spa access is a great included feature of Aquaclass. The steam room, heated tile beds overlooking the water, and aromatherapy rooms were an awesome daily experience. OVERALL: The food in Blu and the stellar service from Putu's team and our stateroom attendant, as well as the general relaxing atmosphere of the ship, are what made our first cruise such a great experience. We met several experienced cruisers who told us that Celebrity is by far the best non-luxury line (we plan to test out those lines in a few years). We are excited to book our next cruise with Celebrity, perhaps on the Edge after seeing an ad for it on board. We also felt that the trip was a great value for our money, especially for what was included in Aquaclass. We overheard a few other couples saying that their MDR experiences were not that great. We signed up for the Captain's Club and plan to be back asap. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Where do I begin? This by far has been the most wonderful vacation we ever did. The crew on the Equinox is outstanding! We upgraded to concerige class. The embarkation was easy, nice lunch in the dining area. Snacks brought to our ... Read More
Where do I begin? This by far has been the most wonderful vacation we ever did. The crew on the Equinox is outstanding! We upgraded to concerige class. The embarkation was easy, nice lunch in the dining area. Snacks brought to our stateroom every afternoon. Our state room attendant Edy was friendly and made our stay special. You have to go to the martini bar and visit Putu who does his Cocktail moves and the rest of the martini bar crew. They really made our trip unforgettable! We never went to any other bar once we saw met this crew. I completely understand why the Equinox is rated #1 for so long. Amazing! The food, the decor, the personality and attitudes were top notch. Disembarkation was smooth and fast. We have been told that starting our first cruise with Celebrity Equinox was setting the bar high and spoiling ourselves. We truly believe this was true. Again amazing! When you stop by the martini bar tell Putu we said hi! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have just returned from a great week on the Equinox. This was our 12th Celebrity Cruise and 20+ overall. This ship is in excellent condition and very beautiful in all the public areas. This was our first time in a suite and we ... Read More
We have just returned from a great week on the Equinox. This was our 12th Celebrity Cruise and 20+ overall. This ship is in excellent condition and very beautiful in all the public areas. This was our first time in a suite and we both agree the experience was amazing. The retreat sundeck and the lounge were both great experiences as well as eating in Luminae. We never really figured out what the Butler was there for and ended up utilizing him very little. As an Elite Celebrity guest we both agree that the suite experience was great but that overall, Celebrity is just better at customer service then other lines. We enjoyed Michele Redding the guitarist and would typically end up heading to where he was to enjoy the music and views of the ocean. We both agree, that the ship never seemed to be crazy busy even in the Oceanview Cafe? Ports: San Juan- Just ok, been there before and getting in at 3;30 leave very little time to do very mush except walk around the town and shop. St. Thomas- Rented a Jeep and went to Hull Bay and then to Brewers Bay. Both were very nice and much less crowded! Tortola- Book an excursion to Virgin Gorda- This really is a must while in the area. It is a beautiful island. All of them are in various stages of recovery but still beautiful places to visit. Upon leaving Tortola make sure to be up top as you sail through the Drake Channel - very picturesque. Nassau- stayed on board. It rained but this place is really a poor choice for Celebrity. Wish they would head elsewhere like Key West?? We will for sure be back on the Equinox and Celebrity Cruises Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our third sail on Celebrity and overall we had a great time. DISCLAIMER: We're going to point out a few things Celebrity can do better, but do not let it discourage you from taking this cruise on the Equinox. Celebrity is our ... Read More
This was our third sail on Celebrity and overall we had a great time. DISCLAIMER: We're going to point out a few things Celebrity can do better, but do not let it discourage you from taking this cruise on the Equinox. Celebrity is our favorite cruise line and we had an absolutely fantastic vacation! The most helpful part of our experience was talking to other Cruise Critic members! Go to the Meet and Mingle! Talk to people. You will learn so much. We flew in to Fort Lauderdale the day before sailing and stayed at the Hyatt Place. Nice room, noisy lobby, within walking distance of several restaurants. We walked to Gregorio's, an informal Italian eatery. It was marvelous. The hotel had a shuttle, but we did not use it. We went straight to the valet, and in two shakes we were in a van with another couple and on our way to the Equinox. Embarkation was AMAZING. We love Celebrity's online check-in. We showed our Xpress Pass boarding passes and walked on at 11:00 a.m.! I strongly advise you to download the Celebrity app for your smart phone. You will not even need the paper copies of your Sea Pass, as you can access them from the app. The app also has interactive deck maps, a handy personalized schedule, a way to view your Xpress Pass account, and the ability to book reservations at specialty restaurants. We went directly to our cabin (a great aft facing Concierge room) and dropped off our hand luggage, and stowed some things in our safe. It looked like our cabin wasn't exactly ready, so we went for some lunch in the Oceanview Cafe. We found out later that the security team thought the contents of our safe belonged to disembarking passengers, and raced all of it to the cruise port -- but then figured out we had just checked in. We felt bad about it, but were impressed with their thoroughness. Before embarkation we had purchased the soda package. We had done the math 10 different ways and could just not see how we would drink $59 worth of sodas and alcohol per day. During our first lunch, Evan in the Oceanview gave us a deal: 50% off our second Classic Drink Package. That tipped the numbers in our favor, and we did it. Although he was very busy, Evan patiently explained the program and answered all our questions. Our overall impression of the Equinox? A spotless, well-run ship with a happy crew. We cannot recall one single time in which a crew member was less than cheerfully helpful. Even if they had answered the same question many times that day, crew members were always glad to share their knowledge. We were less than pleased with the excursions, but more on that later. Abdul, our room steward worked tirelessly to see that our cabin was made up to our wishes. We certainly appreciated his efforts and small touches. We booked a Sunset Veranda (SV) concierge class cabin. After many cruises, we knew this was the level we wanted, and were not disappointed. We had a large family in the corner suite next to us, and were worried at first about the noise they would make, but except for a little good-natured giggling each afternoon before dinner, we had no problems. Dining experiences aboard the Equinox are plentiful and varied. We ended up eating all our breakfasts in the Oceanview Cafe. Good food, good variety. Helpful staff. I must make a special note of the "Toast Guy". He was by far the most cheerful member of the crew and I enjoyed chatting with him while waiting for, "the best toast on the ship" each morning. Lunch at the Oceanview was hit and miss. The key to a good experience was arriving early. On one port day many passengers arrived back on board about 2:30 and it seemed all of them headed for the Oceanview, only the Oceanview was getting ready to switch to dinner, and there were very limited choices and even fewer seats. It's not like this is a surprise to Celebrity: This must happen each time at that port. A true disappointment on the Equinox was the lack of sugar-free desserts. I know his sounds awfully petty, but on our last cruise (Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas) we had many sugar-free choices each day. Celebrity, you need to up your game! You know the average age of your cruisers, and that they will appreciate these choices. One dessert on the buffet was labeled, "no sugar added" but after one bite, we were positive it had sugar. We both have to be very careful about added sugar, and were sad that we had to be on guard for the rest of the cruise. If you need a couple to be on a sugar-free taste-testing panel, we're your team! This is not a reason not to cruise on the Equinox, but as my husband said, in this day and age there should be many more choices available than just the sugar-free jello on some days. Dinner for us was in the Silhouette Main Dining Room each night. This was a planned decision, and it worked well for us. We asked for a two-person table, but when we booked none were available. We were seated at a ten-person table, in the farthest left hand section of the Silhouette. At first I was very disappointed. It was like getting put at the kid's table at Thanksgiving. On the second day we left a little early to get to the show, and saw how shockingly close the tables were in the main section of the dining room. From then on we appreciated our quiet little corner. We found it strange that everyone at our table had an aft-facing cabin and that we all had Abdul as our steward. We hope someone can explain this thinking to us. Overall, we enjoyed the food at the Silhouette. We had a great waiter. The sommelier started off slow, but grew to know our tastes. The appetizers were very good. The entrees were pretty good except for one very tough steak Diane on the second night. We did eat at two of the specialty dining restaurants. Once for lunch at Sushi on 5. Meh. We have a great sushi restaurant here in our hometown and it was nothing extraordinary. The other time was for a "Progressive Lunch" at the Tuscan. It. Was. Fabulous! We will do this again. Most frustrating was the wait to get a drink at a bar counter. Several times it was approaching 15-20 minutes. With that number of people and the number of staff, it's just, well, inexcusable. They know when, where, and how much people drink. Get it together, Celebrity. A personal request is maybe stock some diet tonic water. We really enjoyed the main evening shows. The production was of a higher quality than we have seen on any other cruise. We had so much fun at the Silent Disco nights and wished they had them every night. Cruise Director Maarten put on one heck of a party for the final cruise of his contract. So much fun! We were a little disappointed in the number of music choices around the ship, such as combos or quartets. We booked all our excursions through Celebrity. Okay, Celebrity, we think we know why you are so vague in your online descriptions of your excursions. If an excursion doesn't work out, you can claim that a third party had control of it. But in the end, it comes back on your reputation. We have a few limitations, and frankly felt we had to settle when it came to excursions. We did not book an excursion in San Juan because of the riots the week before. We went on the Kayak, Hike, and Snorkel in St. Thomas. It was crowded, a bit unorganized, and across the bay from a garbage dump. In Tortola we went on a beautiful beach day, but the hike between the two beaches was much more strenuous than described. Lots of bending through caves, etc. You must be very physically fit to be able to do it. In the end was it worth it? My husband and I disagree. It was the most beautiful beach we have ever seen (and we've seen a lot), but the hiking part of it let me down. My husband believes that the excursion was worth it, and not to be missed. We did it because we paid for it and we weren't sure we'd ever be back, but it will reflect on the way we look at --and trust-- excursions with Celebrity. In Nassau we took the Sea and Sea tour. The tender out to the glass sided submarine included a narrated tour past some stars' homes and villas. It was interesting. The submarine was better than one we had been on before. But the bus ride up to the fake straw market and fort was cheesy. It was not worth the $80 we paid. Departure. Ugh. While on the ship we bought the "Post Cruise Pier to Airport Transfer". We knew we would have to grab our luggage with the help of a porter to get to the bus. The bus ride itself was $16 each and we felt at the time that it was a bargain. Oh no. Once off the ship we headed to the bus. At no time during the purchase on ship did anyone at the guest relations desk tell us to KEEP OUR RECEIPT! Guess what, at the bus, they demanded our receipt before they would let us on. And when I said demanded, I mean it. The bus personnel did not give a rat's ass if we missed our flight or not, but they were not letting us on without proof of payment. We even had specially numbered tags on our bags that showed we had purchased the transfer. Finally I scrambled to dig in our Celebrity app and found our purchases (another reason to get the app!) and she accepted it. Just after we got on, the bus lady argued loudly with a man in a wheelchair who also did not have his receipt. It would have been a scary experience if I could not have found it and we had missed our plane. One of the bus personnel just sat in a luggage cart staring at her phone instead of trying to help us. What a shocking difference between Celebrity and this company. A special warning about the Fort Lauderdale Airport. We had someone on the ship tell us that you cannot check your bags more than two hours before your flight. We did not believe her, as we have never in over the 100 flights we have taken ever ran into anything like this. But when we got to the airport it was true. We had to literally sit on our luggage with hundreds of others for two hours until we could check in. Absolutely ridiculous. You can check your luggage all the way to your final destination from the ship for $25 per person. DO IT! It is the best bargain on the ship. Then take a cab to lunch and then to the airport. Learn from our experience. In all once you cruise with Celebrity you will not go back to lesser lines like Carnival ever again. This is beautiful ship with an outstanding crew. Go out of you way to sail on her! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I find all Celebrity ships are excellent in almost every way. This was a back to back cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean and then the next week to the Western Caribbean. I remained in the same balcony cabin, so there ... Read More
I find all Celebrity ships are excellent in almost every way. This was a back to back cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean and then the next week to the Western Caribbean. I remained in the same balcony cabin, so there was no shifting needed. All b2b passengers are required to leave the ship and go through USA customs as the first week ends. It took only a few minutes, and we were back on board. The Equinox had just been through a refit, so everything was new and shiny. The ship is kept in spotless condition for the entire cruise. Room service is outstanding. Your steward knows your name and addresses you that way - how they can remember all of their passengers amazes me. Rooms are tidied immediately after you leave for breakfast. and prepared for the night while you are at dinner. Towels and sheets are changed frequently. The cabins are large and nicely furnished. The shower is good sized, and solid - no floppy shower curtain to contend with. The television is large, and the remote is fairly easy to manage. Your steward will explain it to you if you need help finding programs or your account on line. Dining in the main restaurant offers early and late settings on deck 3, and "any time" dining on deck 4. The menu offers something for everyone, and notes things such as gluten free or sugar free. The "always available" portion of the dinner menu offers my favorite French onion soup, Escargot, and salmon. Enough said! Theater entertainment is shifting toward acrobatics and production numbers several times during a cruise. Other nights feature a comedian or musician or singer. Two shows allow you to enjoy your dinner hour and take in the show either preceding or following. My only bit of concern was the library. The room itself is beautiful and has great lounge chairs and a large number of shelves. The missing part was books! Very few new novels in English could be found. The majority of books were in foreign languages, and had apparently been donated by past passengers. There was no filing system, so you just had to pick up a book and look at a few pages to determine if it was in a language you could read. All lines seem to be letting the idea of a library fade away. And yet you see many passengers reading as they enjoy the pool area or one of the lounges. Bring your own paperbacks if you want to be sure of having something to read. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Background: this was our 6th cruise. 3rd on Celebrity (and 3rd on Equinox). We also sailed Royal Caribbean and Princess. We are a couple in our late 40s. Overall: we always had a preference for Celebrity. We like their "simple ... Read More
Background: this was our 6th cruise. 3rd on Celebrity (and 3rd on Equinox). We also sailed Royal Caribbean and Princess. We are a couple in our late 40s. Overall: we always had a preference for Celebrity. We like their "simple chic" atmosphere and the efforts to offer high quality service. We know there is not as much activities and features as other cruise lines and ships, but this is what we are looking for. A quiet high quality vacation. And this is what the Equinox has always delivered for us. This 3rd cruise on that ship was the best. The service, the food and the overall vibe were perfect for us. We were on the Equinox last December. To be totally honest, the "Revolution" is barely visible. The hull was painted blue (find it nice), a few public venues have been updated, the stateroom locks are now RFID based and the signage font has been modified. A small evolution is more representative of the changes, not a revolution. But it did not matter to us as the Equinox was still in good shape last December and they keep maintaining it very well. Stateroom Attendant : Iis was our room attendant. She was wonderful. So efficient, polite and genuinely caring. We would always see her smiling. She quickly understood our preferences, our little requests and our activity patterns. Such that the room was always in grate shape when we came back and stocked to our liking. We really appreciated the fact that Iis was so efficient, but not always roaming around our room. One of the best attendant we had. Food : We dined 6 nights at the MDR. We had gone for Anytime Dining. Never waited more than 3 min (but we had made reservations before hand in the Celebrity App prior to departure). We always appreciated the MDR and this cruise was no different. Actually we found that the food was a notch above what we had in December (and we thought that the December food was great). We were super lucky as we were assigned the same waiter we had in December: Duarte. He is THE best waiter we ever had. He is so attentive, efficient, polite, knowledgeable and always with a smile. He quickly understood our taste and proposed great combinations. His service makes the MDR experience even better. Even though the menu was essentially the same as our December cruise we had some of the same choices and also tried some new items. It did not feel like a repeat to us and we fully enjoyed the meals. Martinez was our assistant waiter. He made a great team with Duarte. He was also always smiling and he worked almost like a ninja. Fast in filling up glasses before we would ask and almost working in the shadows. The MDR hostess was Mariana. Such a lovely hostess. Some nights were very busy and you she would managed to still treat you like royalty as if there was no one else around. Always keeping her cool laughing and smiling. We also tried for the first time Murano. It was a very nice experience. We had a combination of Chateaubriand and Lobster. The lobster is table side prepared and was soooooo good. The Chateaubriand was also delicious, but I found my wife’s beef Wellington at the MDR to be even more perfect. It was nice to have a meal in a setting that seemed more like a restaurant (a bit quieter and more upscale). Would we do Murano again? Maybe, but not on our next cruise. We would likely try Tuscan Grill, just to get some variety. At Murano we had the honour of having Aurore as our sommelier, She is great. Her passion for wine is contagious. Her suggestions were very good and she convinced us to participate in the « around the world » wine tasting event that occurred the next day (at sea). What a fun activity. For 30$/person you get to taste 12 different wines and a few types of cheese. Very nice experience and Aurore definitely stood out as the best sommelier. Her explanations and suggestions made the experience even better. We also tried the 8 course japanese meal at « Sushi on 5 » with Sake pairing. This was lunch on the late arrival day (ship arrived in San Juan at 3h30 pm). The food was so good. Very plentiful and very varied (not just sushi). Tried very unusual (and tasty) types of Sake. A very unique experience. For breakfast and lunch we mostly did the Oceanview Café. Breakfast selection is mostly constant through the whole week, but good selection and quite good. Lunch selection varies a bit more during the week. My only complain is that the lunch buffet stops at 2h30 pm and they really do remove all of it super fast. So if you had a late breakfast or are coming back from an excursion you better get there before 2h30 pm. They do still put out some food between 2h30 - 6h00 pm, but selection is much more limited (pizza, pasta, cold cuts, salads and desert). On RCCL they had the full lunch buffet going until 4 pm or even later. But food was good and plentiful. We love having breakfast and lunch on the outside terrasse at the back of the ship. Entertainment : As we had cruised on the Equinox last December, we had already seen the big ticket shows. We had really enjoyed them at the time so this time elected not to see them again and enjoy more the rest of the ship in the evening. We did go to the 3 standup comedian shows. We found them quite funny. A lot of improv and interaction with the crowd. The house band and various singers were very good. Especially Sashi who was the solo singer. She would be seen at various locations throughout the week. Ports of call : We did appreciate that we had two sea days on this cruise (but this is very personal. some may disagree). San Juan : We were weary of the late arrival to San Juan (3h30 pm). But we actually enjoyed it. It allowed us to wakeup late, take our time and enjoy the 8 course sushi meal. And THEN go tour San Juan. We walked by ourselves old San Juan and did a thorough visit of the Castillo del Morro. Ship leaving at 11h00 pm gave us plenty of time to visit and be back on time. Hint: there is a Walgreen and a CSV right there by the dock. Perfect to buy last minute items, bottled water, etc. US Virgin Islands : We had booked an excursion to Turtle Bay / Buck Island with Celebrity (Caribbean Fast Cat Island Snorkelling and Beach). The tour was very well organized. All the staff was positive, energetic, very service oriented. Departed and arrived on time. The transit to Buck Island was a bit bumpy due to windy and choppy conditions. A few folks got sea sick (my wife included), but staff onboard were really caring about them. The snorkelling area had nice clear water. Not too deep. Unfortunately we saw no turtle, just a few small colourful fishes. The corals were ok. Nothing spectacular. We then went to Honeymoon Beach. Nice little beach actually very close to Charlotte Amalie (but you feel much farther). Very nice clear water. Restrooms available and two small restaurants. British Virgin Islands : This was the highlight of our cruise. We had booked the « Tour to Virgin Gorda Baths » excursion with Celebrity. This included a fast ferry ride to Virgin Gorda Island followed by a 5-10 min open-air bus ride to the Baths. Ferry was clean and both rides were nice and efficient. Likewise for the bus rides. Once arrived we walked 10-15 min to first beach. The walk was quite beautiful. The scenery is very desert like. Quite surprising. Cactus and desert vegetation. Very beautiful. And then the beach Wow! That was a nice beach. The sand and water really resemble Pacific islands (Tahiti). The beach was surrounded by beautiful rocks and boulders. Stead there 30-40 min. Then we slowly walked our way to a second beach. This walk was through the world famous rocks and grottos. Very unique experience! These rocks have been shaped by thousand of years of water current. So beautiful! You do not get water above your waist (hardly above your knees actually). You have to step some stairs and ladders. All very well laid out. The second beach was also splendid! Rocks and perfect water. Very well worth it! Other excursions were coming directly to the baths by catamaran. Then the folks had to swim from their anchor point all the way to the beach. And you do not get to do the nice walk from the parking to the beach. There are washrooms at the second beach and a small restaurant that also sells drinks (and bottled water). Nassau : We booked a beach break at Blue Lagoon with Celebrity. It started not so good. The ship arrived at 12h30 a few minutes after a large MSC ship and a smaller Royal Caribbean vessel. So a flood of passengers just got of those ships almost simultaneously. As we shared the same dock with the MSC ship, the area was very busy and chaotic. It took about 45 minutes before we boarded the ferry to Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon staff did their best but there was many people everywhere and little space. But once we got onboard the ferry things became fine. On the island we headed straight for the North Beach. This beach is on the Caribbean Ocean (not the internal Lagoon). Very pristine beautiful water (a good number of large rocks at the bottom though) and there were just 10-20 people there. Very quiet and calm. We had lunch at their buffet. Had a choice between burger, chicken burger, BBQ chicken and foot long hot-dog with a choice of sides (fries, rice & peas, fried plantain, salad, veggies). We had the hot dog that was quite good. Loved the plantain! The restaurant area was al-fresco, looked brand new and very clean (staff always cleaning up). Good lunch ! They also included iced tea or lemonade. A bit too sweet, but this is quite personal :-) All in all a nice beach break. There seemed to be a lot of activities offered for families and kids, but we just wanted quiet time by the water and that is what we got. The ferry back was also uneventful. Could catch nice views of fancy houses and Atlantis. Embarkation : we had done the online checkin using the Celebrity App. We had also taken our photos using the App. I was a bit apprehensive of privacy, but they take our photos over at the port anyway. But it turned great. By the time we were dropped off the taxi to the time we were at the Oceanview Cafe looking at the buffet, there was maybe only 10 minutes! Most of it spent walking up the stairs to the buffet. Our stateroom keys/cads were waiting for us at our room. The face recognition worked great and allowed us to bypass any lineup. BTW, Terminal 25 is brand new and very beautiful… but we only spent 2 min there. Disembarkation : similar experience for disembarkation. Once off the ship we went through facial recognition check with Customs (super fast) and the preceded to pick up our luggage that was waiting in a huge room, grouped by sections. Once we had our luggage we just walked off the terminal. No extra customs line up. Again an affair of just a few minutes. Celebrity as embarkation nd disembarkation really down to a science. Captain Kate : Much has been written about Captain Kate. I have to admit that my wife and I are now part of the fan club. Her daily announcement were fun and educational and you could see her all over the ship. She seemed to genuinely care about the guests and also her staff. She was also very keen in acknowledging her officers and their achievements. A nice touch! And the icing on the cake: she does really shake every passenger hands (if they want to) when you disembark! Not required, but very appreciated. It was a real pleasure sailing with her. By the way: YES ! they did remove the foot rests on the balconies. Is it that bad? Not really. The balcony table is also smaller! A real disaster? No, we managed with the smaller table and still had breakfast overlooking the ocean. I agree those are not the best decisions, but hey! nothing to really influence our cruise and experience. All in all a very good cruise on the Equinox. Looking forward to another Celebrity cruise in the Future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our Ideal Vacation: I think the first thing that I think everyone should state is what they're looking for in their cruise vacation. We were a group of four girls in our late 30's to early 50's who wanted to get away for ... Read More
Our Ideal Vacation: I think the first thing that I think everyone should state is what they're looking for in their cruise vacation. We were a group of four girls in our late 30's to early 50's who wanted to get away for a week's worth of extreme relaxing, reading, staring at the water, eating good food and just not having to do everything for ourselves for a week. We're not foodies, we're not super into all activities and we definitely did not want to feel busy. Three of us are seasoned cruisers, one was on her first cruise. So that established, the Equinox did NOT disappoint any of us in any way. Celebrity's Target Audience: Few notes on Celebrity if you're not familiar with the cruising world. They cater mostly to the 30-50 crowd who are not extreme partiers but enjoy great service, food and the ability to take in a wide range of activities from cooking classes and line dancing to evening Great Gatsby parties. There isn't an overabundance of kids on board but enough. I can't speak to the kids activities. You won't find raucous, loud partiers often which was just fine with us. Embarkation: The cruise embarked from Ft. Lauderdale Terminal 25 - which was newly built for the edge. Provided you have done your advance check-in as they advise you to do and have your credit card on file and all of the information provided - the check-in was smooth and we were on the boat by 11:30am (we arrived around 11am). Proceed right to your stateroom and pick up your key cards for your room right away and drop off your carry on. The rooms will all be ready by about 1pm. The Stateroom: We booked this cruise last year in order to get a room to accommodate 4 people with a larger balcony - in our case this was stateroom 9237 which is Concierge Class and in a perfect location just steps away from the main atrium elevators with a large balcony (must've been 13-15 feet deep and about 7 feet wide - it would fit two loungers and two chairs without issue - we had one lounger, 2 chairs and a table). The room was comfortable and had enough storage for the 4 of us to unpack. Unfortunately the Equinox revolutionizing was shortened due to a crane accident in Nassau that diverted them to dry dock in Spain, but the carpets, bedding and drapes are new, as is the TV (not that we turned it on the entire vacation, but looks lovely!). Our cabin steward was lovely and helpful. A young woman whose parents are taking care of her children back home as she works very hard to provide for them. She won't see them again until January. Having been part of many FB groups where the "is Concierge Class worth it?" debate constantly arises - to that I state that its less about being Concierge Class and any perks and more about what you want in your stateroom. We wanted a larger balcony - this just happened to be found in CC. We weren't interested in any of the other perks really. The Food: Having cruised for the past 5 cruises on NCL, I'd forgotten just how good the Celebrity food is. I'm not talking from the point of a foodie who wants fancy dishes I can't recognize. I was looking for variety, good taste and freshness - as were the other girls I was travelling with. We abundantly looked forward to every meal and did not encounter anything we didn't find tasty and fresh. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants since we were abundantly happy with what was provided in all of the complimentary dining venues. The Entertainment/Activities: Maarten/Martin (spelling?) our cruise director was funny and approachable. We didn't take in a whole lot of activities other than some trivia games. We mostly would go to the shows in the Equinox Theatre. The comedian the first night was quite funny, unfortunately the other shows involving the singers/dancers weren't as high quality as we've seen on other lines. Our main complaint being that certain singers were very pitchy and not really singing in a good vocal range for them. It made it a bit hard on the ears at times. The Crew: This is where the Equinox shines above and beyond. So rarely have I seen a crew that genuinely seems so cohesive as a group and happy to be interacting with guests. We had Celebrity Select dining (aka anytime dining), but they sit you in the same section each night. Our waiter and assistant waiter Rhys and Raul really made the week's suppers specials. They were absolutely lovely and we ended the week with a group photo as well as a group hug. Raul was excited to send a picture to his wife and kids back home to show them his "Queens" that week. I'm always very cognizant that many of the crew have families who they are far away from for a very long time. We were fortunate to have Captain Kate for most of the cruise (except the first couple days). She will be moving to the Edge in mid-August. She's regularly found around the ship and clearly enjoys her crew very much and they in return love her. As four women travelling together it was lovely to see a strong woman at the helm of the ship and as cat lovers - we thoroughly enjoyed that her cat lives with her on the ship. Check out Bug Naked on Instagram - makes me laugh. Disembarkation: This was perhaps the most smooth disembarkation I've ever experienced. We chose to leave our luggage out the night before and take a bus transfer arranged by Celebrity to the airport in Ft. Lauderdale. We disembarked at 8:20am and were at the airport just a little after 9:00am. Summary: Phenomenal. We loved every minute of it and would go again in an instant. We unplugged from the world for the week with no internet or cell service, we laughed, we read, we enjoyed eachother's company and the beautiful relaxing setting where our biggest concern was what of 10 entrees to eat and where to go read or nap. We definitely overheard many conversations from people who seemed determined to just complain about anything - from one gentleman who said that cake was atrocious and he had better recipes (I'm not sure which cake - I encountered at least 20 types during the week and thought them tasty), to the woman who bickered on about not being able to wear beachwear into the main dining room, to other really trivial complaints. We are already planning our next Celebrity Cruise and the Equinox is high on our list of ships we want to sail again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My husband and I took this cruise for our honeymoon, and we loved it. We had such a great time that we have another cruise booked for 2020 and are bringing my mother in law and sister in law along with us. By far the best vacation we have ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise for our honeymoon, and we loved it. We had such a great time that we have another cruise booked for 2020 and are bringing my mother in law and sister in law along with us. By far the best vacation we have had! The food was amazing, even in the buffet. We loved getting room service included in our price and not costing any extra. Loved that the captain and officers were always visible throughout the ship. We choose not to do any shore excursions and still had a great time exploring the islands on our own. Loved the spa! I got a pedicure and my husband got a haircut and both were amazing, better than what we usually would get at home! The ship was very clean and you can tell the staff really care about the ship. I would highly recommend this ship and company to anyone looking to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wife and I try to do two cruises a year. This cruise was our 2nd of the year, and our 2nd on the Equinox. We have been on this ship 3 times in the last 18 months, so we feel like we know every nook & cranny at this point. We ... Read More
Wife and I try to do two cruises a year. This cruise was our 2nd of the year, and our 2nd on the Equinox. We have been on this ship 3 times in the last 18 months, so we feel like we know every nook & cranny at this point. We usually sail with family, but this time it was just us celebrating our anniversary. WHY CELEBRITY? If you are reading this review, I am going to assume that you are curious about booking a Celebrity cruise. I can tell you that most of the positive things you hear from one person you will hear from many, and any complaints tend to be one-time issues that are rarely repeated. Celebrity is a sister-line of Royal Caribbean. With that being said, its nearly a complete opposite experience from Royal. The clientele is older, there are less children, smaller ships, higher staff to guest ratio, and better food/service by far. The "nightlife" and entertainment fall short of Royal Caribbean, but we knew that coming in to it. The average person on a celebrity cruise is an older couple aged 45-65 years old. With that being said, my wife and I are 26 & 30 respectively. We sail in March & June, so we do tend to see many younger couples like us who are looking for the same kind of cruise. My wife and I are not party-goers, we enjoy relaxing by the pool or sunset bar, eating wonderful food, and impeccable service. Celebrity gives us everything that a super-luxury line gives us for the same price as Carnival/Norwegian/Royal Caribbean. Our favorite part is that we can sail basically "all-inclusive". We get drinks, gratuities, OBC, & wifi all included in our booking package. I cant stand being nickel'd & dime'd on a cruise. My wife and I got off the boat owing $18 to the cruise line and we did absolutely everything we wanted to do. In fact, we at in specialty dining every night of the cruise. Its something that we will probably do from now on. THE SHIP The Equinox has become our home away from home. Its large enough to feel spacious and offer many different activities, but small enough that you dont really need a map after the 2nd day on board. The ship was recently refurbished and it felt fresh and stunning. THE DINING Let me get this out of the way... We had an issue with service in the MDR on our previous cruise in March. I am 100% convinced that it was an issue that was fixed and handled. But, we did have a lot of OBC and we love specialty dining, so we booked 7 nights at the stunning Murano. I cannot put into words how much we enjoyed this, so I wont try. But it is worth every penny and we will be doing this from now on. BARS AND LOUNGES We spent a ton of time in our two favorite places on the ship. The Sunset Bar and Ensemble Lounge. The Sunset bar is amazing at any time of the day. Its on the sundeck and at the very back of the ship. (Its also a smoking area, though we dont smoke). The Ensemble lounge is a wonderful place to hangout before dinner. We would get ready for dinner, and go sit down and have a drink & listen to live music while we waited for dinner. You have to walk through it to get to any of the specialty restaurants, so it was a no brainer for us. EMBARKATION & DISEMBARKATION It literally could not have been any easier and well organized. Its a non-issue with Celebrity. ENTERTAINMENT We have seen the major performances on past cruises, so we didnt choose to see them again. We did go see the two comedians and the live music. One of the comedians was fantastic, one was a train-wreck. It wasnt his fault, his material just wasnt current and it seemed better fitted for a 1960s supper club. CONCLUSION We love Celebrity, the Equinox, Captain Kate, and the Eastern Caribbean. We could not have asked for a better cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We sailed on the Celebrity Equinox for the first time and after sailing on other cruise lines (i.e. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCl and Disney) Celebrity was at the top of our list. I have been on 18 cruises and the only cruise line I ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Equinox for the first time and after sailing on other cruise lines (i.e. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCl and Disney) Celebrity was at the top of our list. I have been on 18 cruises and the only cruise line I would sail on besides Celebrity would be Disney. We loved the first class touches and treatment we received from Celebrity, no flashy gimmicks (slides and attractions), just a nice relaxing cruise atmosphere and nice people. We met Captain Kate who was very nice and psed with pictures throughout the cruise. We sat around and talked to her for awhile as she is from Las Vegas and so we are we. It was kind of neat. She also said good bye to us as we leaving the ship. Very personable. My husband is a school teacher and we wanted to find a cruise without the comotion of having a lot of kids running around and being shuttled like a herd of cattle (Carnival). Don;t get me wrong, we have 2 kids and 3 grandkids and love them to death, but it is nice to have a relaxing vacation without the "craziness". There were kids on board and honestly, they were so well behaved, even in the pools with the adults. There was not problem. Embarkation was a breeze, the beast ever. Only waited 15 minutes to board and once on board, we proceeded to our cain, dropped off our carry on's and left to explore the beautiful ship. The only disappointment was that the whole ship was not renovated as expected due to time constraints (carpets did not match in the hallways and stairs), but it was still very nice. Our room steward Pima was great, got us some pillows off of the pillow menu and they were so nice to sleep on. Our cabin and balcony were spacious, did not hear our neighbors at all. Food on the ship was great, we ate at all 3 speciality restaurants. My husband's favorite was Murano and mine was La Petit. Tuscany had the views, but the food was not as good as I would have expected. The main dining room, however was a little disappointing. We had Anytime dining and the 3 nights we ate in there we were crammed together and no privacy. Service was not so great, perhaps because they were so busy upstairs versus set time dining. One night they sat us next to a window, in the corner next to the bussers station and the office, so all we saw and heard was the clanking of dishes and the inside of the office each time they opened the doors. They need to do away with this table. Drinks were great. A BIG shout out to Miguel in the World Class Bar. He helped us when we got on board with our drink package (our travel agent screwed up at booking) and then we enrolled in the Mixology Class with him and Santos. We had the best excursion ever and it wasn't on any port. Miguel really took care of us throughout the cruise. He is the reason we will be back, whether it is on the Equinox or another ship. As for the Excursions, they were awful, not fault of Celebrity, it was just big mis-representations of the tour operators in what they say and what they actually do or have. In San Juan we took the Nights at Bacardi which was nice, but not what we expected. However the snorkel excursion in St. Thomas at Buck Island (Turtle Bay Sail & Snorkel Adventure) was absolutely horrible. They put you on a pirate ship that is worn and broken down (my husband got rust stains on his t-shirt from sitting against the side), the crew was gross and dirty looking and the boat was not conducive for snorkeling. The snorkel gear was not sanitized for those who needed it, there was not enough snorkeling gear for everyone and you either had to jump off a "plank" (as in a pirate movie) to get in or climb down stairs on the side of the boat which the ladder did not hook on very good. One lady who had knee surgery used the stairs to get in the water and did o.k., but coming up back into the boat, it took her 20 minutes to climb the stairs. This excursion should have used a catamaran (like others in the area) with walk up stairs. Entertainment was a hit or miss, just like other cruise lines. The comedian was great both nights, the production shows were just o.k. Casino was nice, clean and fun. We only gambled 1 night, as we are from Las Vegas and it was no big deal. Shopping was good, the "pop up" stores were fun and we found some great deals. Wish there was a more selection of souvenirs from the ship though. Debarking was a breeze, never had any issues we were off within 5 minutes. We loved this cruise so much, we booked a 10 day Mediterranean cruise on the Edge for next July for our 25th Anniversary with the Future Cruise desk while on board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Disclaimer: This review is shaded a happy hue due to this vacation being an opportunity to celebrate our son's recent graduation from college. If you don't want to read the entire review I will begin with the summary. We had ... Read More
Disclaimer: This review is shaded a happy hue due to this vacation being an opportunity to celebrate our son's recent graduation from college. If you don't want to read the entire review I will begin with the summary. We had a very good time during our seven day cruise. This partially refurbished ship is still the Celebrity Equinox, the staff remain as friendly and hard working as ever, there are fun and interesting passengers to meet, and there are places throughout the Caribbean that are as beautiful as any place on Earth. We left for South Florida on Friday, on a plane that took off just minutes after the 2019 Summer Solstice occurred. We overnighted at the Comfort Suites, which is convenient to both the airport and Port Everglades. Embarkation was easy, and would have been easier if we hadn't missed the sign for priority check-in. Even with the extra few steps and the extra few minutes of time, we quickly boarded the Equinox and made our way to the recently re-imaged Retreat Lounge. Fortunately, Cruise Critic reviewers had provided pictures and observations regarding the makeover of this space. Sadly, we too found the decor and ambiance to be that of an nice, well maintained airport lounge. While this is utilitarian and attractive for a public space that is transient by definition, we found it uninviting, except for the bar which allowed interaction with the bartender. Gone too are the desks and chairs for the concierges, apparently guests think that having chairs in which to sit conveys an invitation to talk with the concierges, which has been viewed from the corporate level as an inefficient use of everyone's time. The kindergarten-sized chairs are actually laughable. Although there were children in the suite class, we didn't get to see them use the little furniture. I do not have any photos or videos of the rueful looks that passed across senior officers faces when we offered our first impressions feedback, nor did we bother taking photos of this typically empty area. For a contrast, one could see passengers using the Library, the Gaming area, the Atrium, and the Sky Lounge throughout the day, just like they have on every previous cruise we have been on while aboard an S class Celebrity ship. These areas are occupied, they are used for intended purposes and unintended purposes (napping), and help to make S Class ships attractive cruising options. Other than people leaving their glasses, cups, plates, usually with uneaten food on any flat surfaces throughout the ship, the public spaces were clean and well maintained. The new bedding is firm, which I liked, and we took advantage of the pillow menu. The veranda furniture was replaced during the cruise, which meant we lost the solid wood-and-metal table, and the wicker-style lounger. They were replaced with lightweight, and cheap feeling patio furniture that one might find at a Target Department store. The two high-back chairs do recline and came with separate extensions that work as ottomans. We dined primarily in Luminae, and the Maitre 'd Tanya and her assistant Victoria worked hard to insure a memorable dining experience. Once again, the restaurant staff were excellent. The food was good to excellent throughout, with the only complaint being we have become overly familiar with the menus. We also dined in Tuscan, Murano, and Sushi on Five. In each restaurant the service was very good; preparation very good, timely, and as ordered; and overall the dining experiences enhanced our cruise. The onboard entertainment was hit-and-miss. The bands Nu Image and Dancing Town were good, and the Drift duo were adequate. Other than the talented Jesse Hamilton Jr., the evening entertainment was less interesting to us than during any other Celebrity Cruise. Our young adult son went the The Gatsby Party that was apparently well attended and enjoyed by guests. The one excursion we took through Celebrity was the Discovery Dive which was done by Underwater Adventures was safe and educational. The scuba equipment was well maintained. Visibility at the dive sight was good, and although the coral appears degraded, the other undersea life was interesting and pretty. The free dive excursion was also conducted from the same boat, and the experienced divers all expressed satisfaction with the outing. We recommend Underwater Adventures. Disembarkation was quick and easy, and in this case the facial recognition system was functioning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose celebrity because it had more of an adult theme than some of the others. It was perfect! From the moment my husband and I embarked, which went smoothly, we were blown away by the excellent service. The food was the best I have ... Read More
I chose celebrity because it had more of an adult theme than some of the others. It was perfect! From the moment my husband and I embarked, which went smoothly, we were blown away by the excellent service. The food was the best I have ever had, the ship was spotless, the shows were very good, and our aft room(1674)was very comfortable. I noticed our balcony was a little longer than most others. We had concierge class which was kind of nice. We didn’t eat in any specialty restaurants but dined in MDR for dinner and ate in buffet for lunch. The MDR was definitely like eating in a 5 star restaurant every night. Excellent service and food. We used the celebrity app to view menu ahead of time. The food in the buffet was also delicious! Try their pizza! We purchased premium non-alcoholics package and enjoyed the most delicious virgin pina coladas all week in addition to Perrier, Pellegrino, and coke. We also loved going to Bacios after dinner for lattes and espressos, which was included in our drink package. The pastries and desserts were great there, too. The ship wasn’t as crowded as the carnival cruises I have been on. I always found comfortable seating when I wanted it. Sea days were busy by the pool but not unbearable. The solarium was much quieter and cooler. No kids allowed in solarium which was nice. There were some whiny old people who complained about silly things, like wanting guacamole on the bottom of a poached egg instead of the top, or getting served 2 pieces of toast instead of one. But overall, everyone was very nice. Lots of countries represented amongst staff and guests. There were not as many onboard activities on this cruise as on the carnivals I have been on. The silent disco was really fun and the live music was great. Evening shows were really good. No ice sculptures by the pool, and exercise classes, like Zumba, required a fee, but this cruise was very relaxing, fun, and I felt pampered the whole week. Captain Kate and cruise director Maartin were very visible and made the trip even more fun. Because of the excellent and friendly staff, from the bussers to the captain, this cruise was amazing, Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wow, can't say enough about this trip. I've cruised with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Princess prior to this trip and this was by far the best cruise experience I've had. Embarkation took roughly 15 mins ... Read More
Wow, can't say enough about this trip. I've cruised with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Princess prior to this trip and this was by far the best cruise experience I've had. Embarkation took roughly 15 mins after arriving at pier and most of that time was walking to get on board. The ship was clean, easy to navigate and offered every type of shopping, eating, entertaining you can ask for. I've been on the big ships (Allure, Oasis) and the really old small ships (Mardi Gra, Oceanic) and this was just a great ship overall. I love the top deck with the natural grass, glass blowing , and movie screen. The bars were also great, from Craft Social to World Class and everything in between. The main dining and buffet experience we're top notch. I also tried Murano and La Petite chef. Murano was in my opinion equal to the main dining room so I could skip it. I did enjoy the show and experience at La Petite and the food was awesome. Cabin was clean and great for me, my wife and my 13 year old daughter. I loved the ship design and didn't miss the huge spaces on Oasis/Allure. My daughter never missed water slides or rock climbing walls. She actually loved the teen club and made friends and ran off their every night. SMOKE FREE Casino is epic! The captain was the most personable and everywhere at once. She was even at the gang plank on last day at 7am saying goodbye to folks. Cruise Director Maarten was funny and highly entertaining. Shows while not at Broadway level were beautiful, artful and entertaining. The comedian was even good. Definitely will be looking at Celebrity in the future. Feel free to send me questions. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was a great trip - better than we could imagine! We did not do aqua class and were perfectly happy in Main Dining Room. Clean ship, great staff, lots of activities on board ! One complaint - people hold chairs with towels so on ... Read More
This was a great trip - better than we could imagine! We did not do aqua class and were perfectly happy in Main Dining Room. Clean ship, great staff, lots of activities on board ! One complaint - people hold chairs with towels so on sea days all poole chairs saved by 730 am EVEN though that is not supposed be allowed. People put a towel/stuff and don’t come back for hours . This is really infuriating and I wish Celebrity would at least try to help/prevent. Excursion 1 - San Juan - walking food and culture tour - it was amazing- small group and actually joined by Michelle Bernstein. Perfect excursion! Excursion 2 - bus tour St Thomas with 2 hours at beach, 2 hours shopping, and ride to top. NEVER AGAIN Unfriendly, rude, not safe, too long -ugh Excursion 3 - escape to Tortola PERFECT. This was early 730 am but that meant crowd low we got there before crowds. We sat at Hendo hideout because as long as you eat/drink there chairs and umbrellas free. We liked this less crowded area more than Celebrity area provided. No excursions at Nassau - barely off ship for an hour - not clean or friendly - maybe good excursions available that we missed ?? Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Just returned from Stomptime’s first ever Ragtime/blues/jazz cruise. (Caribbean Miami to Miami). This was a fantastic cruise with quality talent. The musical lead was Brian Holland. Included were Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, ... Read More
Just returned from Stomptime’s first ever Ragtime/blues/jazz cruise. (Caribbean Miami to Miami). This was a fantastic cruise with quality talent. The musical lead was Brian Holland. Included were Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi, Sonny Leyland, Jeff Barnhart, Fredrick Hodges (all piano), horns by Baker, Caparone, bass by Pikal and Rocha, drums by Danny Coots and others. Annie Sellick provided female vocals. There were two to four hours of music each evening as well as daytime sea day q&a sessions with the performers. At least one cocktail reception for all. Music was performed in sea lounge as private party. Celebrity provided great support and the sound techs were great. A wonderful experience. The music was a mix of ragtime/early jazz, blues and traditional jazz. The folks are planning to do one again, this time in Alaska on the Millenium. (Tentatively June 2020). We would encourage you to check it out if you’re a jazz buff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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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