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14 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Western

First of all I would like to thank captain Kate also all the crew and staff for a fantastic cruise the waiter in the silhouette restaurant whose name was Omar was nothing but first class service he was brilliant and a fantastic ambassador ... Read More
First of all I would like to thank captain Kate also all the crew and staff for a fantastic cruise the waiter in the silhouette restaurant whose name was Omar was nothing but first class service he was brilliant and a fantastic ambassador the standard of food in the restaurant and Buffy was brilliant also I would like to praise our waiter who served the wine he was excellent the bar staff on deck 14 gave a fantastic service and I would like to thank Jose who had a smile for every person he served all the bar staff on deck 14 are credit to the equinox and gave a great service I could not have wished for a better ship to experience our first cruise my only gripe was with bar staff who served cocktails they tended to show boat to much and I found it hard to get served the tended to show off and forgot customers needed serving I avoided this bar but overall a fantastic ship and nothing but 5 star service from the person who serviced your room right up to the top staff highly recommend a ship not to be missed if you are after a fantastic holiday thank you for making my first cruise unforgettable the entertainment host did a brilliant job but he should stick to present ing but dismiss the dancing great singer well done Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
First time I sailed with Celebrity Cruises and it was absolutely amazing. It was worth every penny. We were treated first class, the service was second to none. All staff were welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere on the ship was like ... Read More
First time I sailed with Celebrity Cruises and it was absolutely amazing. It was worth every penny. We were treated first class, the service was second to none. All staff were welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere on the ship was like one big happy family from both staff and guest. The food was of a high standard and a wide variety, fresh and taste was excellent. We were spoilt for choice. Certainly amazed at the standard of cleanliness and the whole operations of the ship. The rooms were spacious, clean and the steward assigned to the room was ver attentive and was very helpful. The facilities met every need of each gues. A variety of activities when at sea, you could do as much or as little as you want. If you take a cruise with Celebrity you will not be disappointed. Good selection of islands stops and use local transport. Highly recommended it will be a cruise liner/company I will be using again. Well done, i applaud you all for all you hard work and having a smile each day. GREAT!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Celebrity Equinox had excellent food and service. I had dinner every night in the dining room. All my tablemates and I agreed the food was fantastic every night. I saw no reason to go to the specialty restaurants as the food was so ... Read More
Celebrity Equinox had excellent food and service. I had dinner every night in the dining room. All my tablemates and I agreed the food was fantastic every night. I saw no reason to go to the specialty restaurants as the food was so good. Service was excellent, too. Even the buffets were very good with a huge variety of food. There was an excellent female singer at the pool and almost nightly singing in the main lobby, where people danced. The casino was very large and nonsmoking. They even had a $5 Blackjack table! There is a free children's program for each age group. I would highly recommend the Luggage Valet. It is $25. After you put your luggage out the last night, it is taken care of until you arrive at your home airport. You don't have to get it from the conveyer belt after you disembark the ship or lug it or carry it at anytime until after your flight home. I've used it on several cruises, and it is a pleasure and well worth the money!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our 6th cruise and chose Celebrity as we had a very nice holiday on Celebrity Reflection one year earlier. Was nervous that Equinox was built nearly 10 years ago and it is starting to show. Overall the ship is generally in good keep, but ... Read More
Our 6th cruise and chose Celebrity as we had a very nice holiday on Celebrity Reflection one year earlier. Was nervous that Equinox was built nearly 10 years ago and it is starting to show. Overall the ship is generally in good keep, but our Concierge cabin, especially the bedding, was really worn/stained / full of tears - yuk! Not OK!! Our cabin Steward put on a fresh mattress pad - but needing to ask for this was not ideal. Also disappointing that our specialty dining reservations were moved to other days even though we prepaid and booked months in advance. Crew was always very apologetic...but nonetheless shouldn’t have happened. Food at specialty restaurants and the main dining room was very good. Great service in the MDR; even the wine steward (who was very slow on last cruise) was great this time. Enjoyed all the ports (but keep in mind the Mexican stops are just what you expect -lots of junky gift shops and street vendors). Nice beach in Costa Maya. Cayman is always great! We have only ever done concierge class on celebrity and I’d liken it to ‘economy plus’ on an airline. Some nice touches, but probably not worth the minor cost increase. We had to ask on day 3 for our ‘complimentary champagne’ (which nerves me to need to request it). We also laugh about the ‘pillow menu’ and x-linens for bedding...on two cruises now with Celebrity and have yet to see a pillow menu....oh well...I would have settled for a clean bed. The afternoon snacks are nice in theory (but not all that good and there is no shortage of better food everywhere else on the ship.) Love the bathroom setup and the cabin Steward was very responsive (we don’t blame him for the old/dirty mattress cover - to me that is more a training/purchasing of newer bedding issue with celebrity corporate....he was probably doing the best with the bedding he was given). On a ship build in 2009; we probably weren’t the only cabin with old bedding. The wear and tear items (towels/bedding/carpet/even some of the chairs in the MDR) really should be upgraded more often; if Celebrity wants to differentiate itself. The entertainment was very good...though we are in our mid 40’s and too much of the music was geared towards a much older crowd. You would think they would adjust over spring break for families with kids and try to attract the next generation of cruisers. I’m an old soul and like all kinds of music; but a little too much Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton/ Johnny Cash for a modern experience. The show Topper and comedian Rondell Sheridan were the highlights and were excellent. We really wanted to love Equinox- but was sort of a mixed bag. I’d really like to see Celebrity adjust prices and, in turn, provide truly a world class experience on a big ship. It is currently very reasonably priced (at least relevant to other family vacations) but you kind of leave feeling like you got only some of what you paid for. Most cruises are sort of like water parks - I think people choose Celebrity for the food, service and quality...so it would be good if Celebrity really figures out their demographic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose Celebrity Equinox because i did not want to cruise with spring breakers or too many heavy partiers and the reviews stated it is 63% couples. I was very happy with the crowd. I also loved the spa pool for adults only, very ... Read More
I chose Celebrity Equinox because i did not want to cruise with spring breakers or too many heavy partiers and the reviews stated it is 63% couples. I was very happy with the crowd. I also loved the spa pool for adults only, very relaxing. I never felt crowded. I also enjoyed the shows. The downside.. i would not cruise to cozumel or costa maya again, both very hokey tourist traps. I loved Key West and Grand Cayman was ok. The food in the main dining room was adequate, not top notch, they do push for people to pay for the upscale restaurants, which i did not do. The buffet was ok too, it gave me the freedom to make better choices, lots of salads. The staff was amazing and worked very hard. I recommend bringing a reusable water bottle, you can fill it in the morning, add ice and lemon and your good to go. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarked on the 6th of January for a cruise to nowhere, I mean Cozumel. We were taking the trip for the points in concierge class so as to move up to elite in captains club. Food in the MDR was good and the service there was Celebrity ... Read More
Embarked on the 6th of January for a cruise to nowhere, I mean Cozumel. We were taking the trip for the points in concierge class so as to move up to elite in captains club. Food in the MDR was good and the service there was Celebrity standards, room was, as usual, what we have had before, comfortable. Our attendant was always prompt when needed and was our salvation at cocktail,time delivering a cheese and fruit plate as well as the canapés that come with concierge class. If I were to go back to this area of Mexico I would do Cancún, Cozumel seemed like a cruise port and bazaar for the cruise guest, didn’t care for it. Again the Celebrity brand, to me, has not lost any of its luster from the last cruise we were on, a transatlantic last year. Loved the Equinox but it is back on the Silhouette for me. The Top Hat show on this cruise was great, a little odd, but great. All in all a fun trip and cocktails were, as I remembered, delish at the Martini bar. Love Celebrity. More cruises this year, another transatlantic on the Silly, April 15th, so looking forward to it and all the sea days. If you are cruising soon, enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We choose this cruise for the itinerary. We did not count on a nightmare misery in order to board. We were told that the ship would board at 2:30pm. We adjusted our schedule and arrive at the port at that time. We put into a line that ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinerary. We did not count on a nightmare misery in order to board. We were told that the ship would board at 2:30pm. We adjusted our schedule and arrive at the port at that time. We put into a line that went on forever. The sun was beating down on everyone. Over 2 hours in the hot sun before we entered the building and another 1 hour to check in. We had a incompetent check in person that gave us wrong information. This let us to stand in another line in the ship, only to find out we did not need to be there.By the time we got to our cabin they then called the life boat drill. We were not happy cruisers at this time.Not a word form Celebrity on this misery we had just gone through.It was poor choice to move the Equinox from Ft.. Lauderdale to Miami. Once we settled in the cruise itself was good.It took over a day to recover from the embarkation nightmare. The ship is starting to show its age. The food was good and some of the shows were not up to standard..Murano's restaurant was great.. If we could forget the boarding we had a nice time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because a friend recommended it and said it was her favorite cruise line. The itinerary was great and the ship was very clean and the staff extremely friendly. On the negative side, a room that was advertised as having ... Read More
We chose this cruise because a friend recommended it and said it was her favorite cruise line. The itinerary was great and the ship was very clean and the staff extremely friendly. On the negative side, a room that was advertised as having "partial obstruction" really was understating the obstruction. We made the best of it and enjoyed room service breakfast on the balcony, trying not to look down. The dining room staff was attentive and friendly, the food was excellent the first 5-6 days, but declined after that. We bought a 4 night dining package for speciality restaurants. Murano was incredible, so was Silk Harvest. Both were first class in service and food. The Tuscan Grill was not that good - the food unimaginative and in two cases overcooked. We were not impressed with the sushi restaurant at all. The excursions were good but on previous cruises, all-day tours usually included time for lunch or actually included a meal. We were out from 9:30 to 3pm in several cases and while the tour operator offered water we were given no opportunity to purchase lunch or even a snack. Since the buffet shut down at 3, that left only pizza or pasta, and a few salad options at the buffet. Forget about trying to get a chair at either the indoor or outdoor pool unless you get up at dawn and toss personal belonging onto them. The Solarium is a great spot if you want to just relax without the blasting of pool side entertainment, but the lounges were attached to large platforms. If you were agile enough to climb up onto one, if you could even find an available one, the chair was so uncomfortable that it wasn't easy to achieve the zen-like feeling the area was supposed to create. For those like me who are active and like a great running track on the ship, forget this one. It is an extremely short track that requires you to dodge lounge chairs, sunbathers, and waiters. On the plus side, the gym was usually empty so I ran indoors. The activities available on the ship itself were pretty slim and not very well advertised. We had to hunt around for three days on the TV before we found the cruise director's show. There really wasn't a whole lot to do on days at sea. The shows were just OK. If you aren't very active physically and don't mine getting up really early to just sit by the pool, this is probably a good choice. We did have a great time and loved seeing all the new ports we had never visited before, but I think I'd stick with other cruise lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our 12th cruise and 2nd on Celebrity and was thoroughly enjoyable. Since we have sailed on Celebrity Infinity, I thought I would like the Equinox and she was better than I imagined. It's with mixed emotions that I write ... Read More
This was our 12th cruise and 2nd on Celebrity and was thoroughly enjoyable. Since we have sailed on Celebrity Infinity, I thought I would like the Equinox and she was better than I imagined. It's with mixed emotions that I write this glowing review of our trip knowing that Christina Cassin lost her life scuba diving with the ship's excursion in Cozumel. My heart and prayers go out to her family and friends. We had an aft S1 and in interior which worked well for our family. We have had aft staterooms on Princess two other times and we enjoy the location and the wrap around balcony very much. Unlike reported in earlier reviews, there was no discernible soot or vibration. This sailing had very smooth seas with only one day of moderate seas and the aft location was great. We slept with the sliding door open most nights to enjoy the sound of the wake and it was very, very nice. Our stateroom attendant Leslie was very good and the butler Rodney was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed our conversations very much and as busy as all the staff were; I always felt they would make the time to visit. We know what we like to do on the ship and we usually like spending time as a family, so we don't get too involved in the shows so I can't comment there. My son enjoyed playing trivia and met many friendly guests. We had select dining and that was fine for us, but we had to wait a couple nights when we happened to show up at the same time a performance let out. We thought the main dining food was very good; particularly the plank salmon for the first formal night. We ate twice in each of Murano, Tuscan and Silk Harvest and in Bistro once. All but Bistro were great and Bistro I thought was just OK. I was surprised about that given all the reviews we heard prior to sailing. The desert crepes were great, but the dinner crepes were not what I was expecting. I thought our previous SS United States dining was better, but that was more for the changes to the menu, than the caliber of the food and certainly not from the service. We enjoyed the lawn very much; far more than I imagined. I liked playing bocce with our family in the evenings and despite the heat and the humidity; you can find some shaded areas on the lawn to play. My wife had the premium non-alcohol plan and I had the premium plan with alcohol. The non-alcohol plan was a fantastic plan for us with multiple coffees from Cafe al Bacio during the day (who has the absolute best staff anywhere!), waters throughout the ship, and Pellegrino with dinner. My wife might have a glass of wine with dinner and 1 drink in a week, so her plan worked best. For me; I'd enjoy a drink from the Molecular bar before dinner and enjoy the Welsh bartender's great conversation. I would then request that they pair the wine with my dinner and have a coffee drink afterward. While I'm sure I may have reached the breakeven point on paper most nights; it was too much for me for 11 nights. I think only because you can have higher priced drinks that I may have reached the breakeven point, but 11 nights is just too many for me. I might opt to upgrade from non to with alcohol later in a long cruise or just stick to the non-program. My wife and I both used the gym often and she did the boot camp, multiple spinning classes and stretching classes. The gym staff was excellent and it was a treat to have access to excellent equipment and trainers. Out of all our cruises; the Equinox was hands down the best for the fitness program and facilities. It was utilized, but not overwhelmingly so. We went scuba diving in Cozumel, Roatan and Grand Cayman and enjoyed the diving Roatan the best. We used Bananarama who was one of the best dive operators I've encountered in the 25 plus years of my recreational diving. We used Dive with Martin in Cozumel who was located right at the pier. I'm so thankful for Jean and Julie who encouraged us to join them here as otherwise we would have been diving with the ship at the fateful location that took Christina Cassin's life who was diving with the ship's scuba excursion. The currents were very strange this day, but I had arranged for a private dive master for our family of 4 since my 2 children were recent divers and I knew when my wife and I went scuba diving in Cozumel before how challenging the drift dives can be. The diving in Cayman with the ship was the weakest and I felt the dive operators wanted to rush us through the dives to get back so they could take another group for an afternoon dive. It was just OK and not at all memorable. I organized an excursion with Okey Dokey tours in Costa Rica. We ended up with 35 people and two vans to zip line, have lunch, and visit the jaguar rescue center. I had used Okey Dokey tours previously and our guide George was excellent. This tour was rushed however and we did not go to the beach, or the national park. The zip line was great fun, but there were many groups there so it took a while to complete the runs and the drive to the jaguar rescue center was quite long. This pushed our lunch too late in the afternoon and we just ran out of time. I wouldn't hesitate to use Okey Dokey, but I'd select a different group of activities. In Colon, Panama; we used Mario and our guide (also named Mario) was outstanding. We saw the canal, wildlife and the San Fernando fort. The trip was great, but did not stop for any food and you'd think we wouldn't be hungry after days on the ship, but in the heat and humidity coupled with walking around; the tour would have been better if we had the opportunity for a food stop. In Columbia where we had been previously, we took a cab (from outside the fenced port area) for $2 per person to the walled old city (dropped off by the convention center). We love Cartagena very much for its beauty and history. We had a typical Colombian meal at Sorchero which was excellent! We met some great people, enjoyed time as a family, ate some great meals and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. As with life, attitude is everything and while there may have been some areas for improvement, I'll remember this trip for all the enjoyable times we shared. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
• Background Information - This our 9th cruise, most of them with Celebrity because we have enjoyed them so much but we have tried NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Carnival. • Hotel Info (if any) - No Hotel, we did the red ... Read More
• Background Information - This our 9th cruise, most of them with Celebrity because we have enjoyed them so much but we have tried NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Carnival. • Hotel Info (if any) - No Hotel, we did the red eye from the west coast there and over nighted at a family's place on the way back. • Ship Info - We weren't sure about such a big ship, but things went smoothly. The ship is beautiful. There is a book in the stateroom that describes the art around the ship or you can pick up an ipad that has the information on it and wander around the ship for a private art tour. There was always a place to sit to eat at the Oceanview Cafe although it took a few minutes to find one on embarkation day as most people like us had been traveling and were ready for lunch while our rooms were being made up. • Activities - The Celebrity Life activities had so much going on we had to pick and choose. We love the trivia! The Aussie Team won the progressive trivia with 154 points but we were right there with 152.5. We had them sweating! We love to dance and the band Top Notch was great. The dance floors have room to move and the DJ was great too. We enjoyed the bocce, the Olympics, Wii, Xbox, Karaoke, the glass blowing shows, and other activities spread over the day. The grass lawn is awesome. It was a nice place to sit and watch the world go by or play a game. • Service- Service was excellent. Our Assistant Waiter, Reynaldo was on his first cruise and he worked very hard to meet our needs. Toney, our Waiter was very attentive. One member at our table had food allergies and he was very careful to make sure anything that came her way was permitted. We had a window seat and a table for four that was with another table for four so we just considered it a table for eight. A little harder to talk at a longer table, but the location was so good off in a corner out of traffic. • Port & Shore Excursions - Cozumel and our favourite Celebrity arranged excursion. We did the Secret River Trip. The ferry met us for a 45-minute ride to Playa del Carmen. We were met there and had a van ride to our starting point. A 15-minute highway drive and a 15-minute bumpy dirt road drive. There we were showered, toileted, given water shoes, wetsuits, and helmets with lights. Our guide Gonzo was amazing. He was well educated on the caves and was so enthusiastic!!! We went down into the caves and into the river. Sometimes walking on dry land and sometimes swimming. We saw catfish, crab Spiders, and bats. Two hours later we emerged and were fed some tortillas with cheese and salsa and fruit as well as something to drink. There was a concession if this did not appeal to you. A photographer follows you along the way and takes photos. You can purchase one or the whole cd at the end.• Costa Maya - Dzibanche & Kohunlich Mayan ruins in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico. Okay so the bus ride is long, but the guide Esbel, spoke about so many things on the ride the time flew. (Or you could ignore him and sleep.) These ruins were amazing and were the first we have ever seen. The lunch provided was a little skimpy for my husband the beverage was terrible so... maybe plan ahead. • Costa Rica - Our float in tubes down the river was cancelled due to low registration, so we walked off the ship. We listened to three sales pitches, talked it over and went with Robert. Robert was a very interesting guy and showed us his beautiful Island. He took us to an old museum location in the hillside, a look out, and the Tortuguero Canal where Jorge piloted us up the river. That was extra and we invited Robert along for the ride. We saw Caiman, monkeys, a sloth and many other animals and plants. We had a swim and lunch at a beach the ship staff likes to stop at. The lunch was supposed to be for four people but could have fed twice that! We packed it in a little early, as one of our members was not feeling 100%. • Panama - We booked our own tour with Mario's Tour. They met us at the ship and had great, clean vans. Rey our guide was knowledgeable and we enjoyed the trip to the Panama Canal where we watched a ship pass. Stop number two was the lake head and we boarded wooden canoes with engines for the 30-minute ride to the Embera Indian Village. The Chief spoke to us and we were allowed to wander their village. I realize this is how they make their living, but I did feel a bit of a voyeur. They also prepared us tilapia, plantain and some pineapple. The Tilapia is a bit muddy, but considering the water is so muddy it is expected. The pineapple was to die for. They did some dances for us and we joined them in one they would use at a wedding. They also had handcrafts for sale. Part of the trip was to include a trip to the waterfalls, but the water is very low and the canoes could not go up there. • Columbia- Rosario Islands - Okay, unless they make changes don't do this one. They did not provide what was offered in the description and wanted another $20 per person once you got to the Islands to go snorkeling. Others complained about their bus trips, that their guides were more focused on street vendors and street entertainers and less on the historic places. The happiest people seemed to be the ones who took their chances with the taxi drivers at the port. • Travel To Port of Embarkation - Choice Air was great from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale. We used the bus transfer, but you could just as easily taken a taxi, the port is very close by. • Stateroom - We had a stateroom at the bow of the ship with a window. It was roomy and very quiet. We like the large shower and the new flat screen TVs that swing out. Kind of short of drawer space but we got creative. Our Room Attendant Jeneley was very good.• Dining - The layout of the Oceanview Cafe was great. I never had to wait for anything more than a minute or two at the most, even the ice cream station. We tended to have our breakfast in the Aqua Spa Cafe and there was never a wait for service or a table. We preferred the Silhouette for dinner and enjoyed great food, well prepared and tasty. I suppose the only complaint is the sea bass was fishy, it tasted a bit old. We talked about doing a specialty restaurant, but never got a round to it as we enjoyed our tablemates. • Children's Clubs - Did not use.• Entertainment - Top Notch the dance band was great. They played great covers, sang well and they engaged passengers to dance. Jukebox, a Capella group was my overall favourite. They were tight and so much fun to listen to. I guess it didn't hurt that they sang a medley for me for my birthday. I love Mario D'Andrea and his amazing guitar; we enjoyed the Manny Kellough Jazz quartet and Martin Andales Guitar and vocals. I didn't get too excited over the steel drummer, B Sharp. He wasn't bad; I think it was because he was playing covers of pop hits rather than something you hear more traditionally with a steel drum. • Disembarkation - There was a delay, but really it was painless. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
EMBARKATION: We embarked from Ft. Lauderdale on a Monday, which was preferable due to less cruise traffic in Port. We arrived early around 11:30, waited about 1/2 hour and started to board first since we were in Aqua Class. The room was ... Read More
EMBARKATION: We embarked from Ft. Lauderdale on a Monday, which was preferable due to less cruise traffic in Port. We arrived early around 11:30, waited about 1/2 hour and started to board first since we were in Aqua Class. The room was not ready, but we relaxed in the lounges and library and walked around the ship to familiarize ourselves with the layout. The room was ready by 1:30. The shipped sailed at 5:00. The muster drilled did not require wearing the life jackets and standing outside like sardines. Sat in one of the lounges, watched a video, and we were on our way. Much preferred than the old way. One thing to look for is the ship allows two bottles of wine to be brought aboard per cabin. DO NOT pack it in your checked luggage. They will pull the luggage, not deliver it to your room, you wait until the ship has sailed to be notified, have to go get it on deck 2, open the luggage and show them what's there. You might have to wait a very long time in line waiting to retrieve the bag. Then you have to bring it to your cabin. My recommendation for Celebrity (and anyone thinking of this) is to suggest a more preferred way of bringing the wine aboard, perhaps in your carry on, and put it in their literature. CABIN: The room was in excellent condition, well decorated and very clean. The beds have extra room underneath for luggage due to a higher level off the floor. The shower was glass enclosed and large enough for anyone. The balcony was spacious and very clean. The flat screen TV was also a nice touch since it was out of the way. Had more TV channels than usual, which was a change from the past. Reception at times was spotty due to the satellite, I assume. Flowers everyday, fresh fruit and bottles of water as promised. With the cabin in Aqua Class comes unlimited access to the Persian Gardens and Relaxation Room. Well worth the extra price. FOOD: Room service was excellent since we usually ate a light breakfast in our room before going to the Blu restaurant for breakfast. Exceptional food. Nice atmosphere not waiting in a line of an omelet or eggs in the Oceanview. Always had a table looking out on to the water. We ate in the Blu every night. Loved the menu, very diverse and the food was excellent. My wife indicated she to them she could not have salt in her food, and the people in charge could not have been more accommodating. She was able to order the night before for special preparation of her food. The food over all was not salty, superbly prepared, which cannot be said for main dining room food. Service was exceptional as well. It was open seating, starting at 6:00. For the most part, you could have the same table every night if you arrived at approximately the same time. Tables for two were present in a sufficient number. At times and certain locations, they were a bit close to the table next door. Not a problem, however. As a result, we usually had the same waiter and assistant, who could not have been more friendly and professional. We also ate at the Tuscany one night. The food was of high quality as well as the service. Too much food and a bit on the salty side. Ate only once (dinner) at the Oceanview buffet. Very good but nothing exceptional. Excellent sushi. Ate lunch usually at the Aqua Cafe. Very well done and very healthy. ENTERTAINMENT: For the most part, very well good, excellent dancer and musicians. Typical cruise ship stuff except for acrobatic act which was very high over the theatre. Outstanding. Great dance bands played in the foyer usually every night. Many dancers took advantage of this. EXCURSIONS: Well organized. You wait in the theater for your excursion to be called, not outside standing on the dock, waiting in the hot sun. Panama for me was the highlight and seeing the Canal in operation. Costa Rica (rain forest) and Columbia (old city tour) were interesting. Costa Maya was a total waste. Nothing to do but shop near the pier. I'm not a big fan of Cozumel, but if you like water and diving, it's your place. Enjoyed the tour on Grand Cayman, especially the Botanic Park. Saw iguanas up-close. Beautiful flowers and foliage. DISEMBARKATION: From what I read in the past, it was supposed to be flawless. Everyone said normally the ship is cleared by 10-10:30. Not this time. Let me emphasize it was not due to Celebrity. Customs took it upon themselves to slow the process up considerably. By 10:30, at least 1000 people were still in line. I can only imagine how many people did not make their flights. Disgraceful. Shame on Customs & Immigrations. One suggestion would be to pay the $20 per bag to have them pre-checked with you airline. Our bags were last seen outside our room until we reached our destination. Perfect. And you even get your boarding passes printed. Do not need to hang around the internet room on the last day. Arrived on a Friday, again less port and airline traffic. Less ships in port. None of that Saturday/Sunday congestion. LAST POINT: The smoking restrictions, especially on the pool deck, were not enforced very well (if at all). Still smelled smoke on the balconies. If Celebrity and the cruise industry are really committed to limiting or banning smoking, they need to get serious. I suspect they do not want to offend groups of people who traditionally come from countries that allow smoking in all venues. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We just returned from a Feb 15, 2010 "Ultimate Caribbean" sailing on the Celebrity Equinox. I'm the first to admit that I should have known what I was in for, as my wife and I had sailed on a two-day inaugural travel ... Read More
We just returned from a Feb 15, 2010 "Ultimate Caribbean" sailing on the Celebrity Equinox. I'm the first to admit that I should have known what I was in for, as my wife and I had sailed on a two-day inaugural travel industry cruise on the sister ship Solstice and then again on a Solstice New Year's Cruise in 2009. Equinox is a clone of Solstice with more earth tones and a slightly different motif. Our biggest complaint on the holiday cruise back in 2009 was the overcrowded feeling and the daily fight to grab a poolside chair each day, especially on sea days. We thought this was unique to the holiday cruise syndrome, but after just sailing in mid February, I can attest to the fact that it is ALWAYS a problem. There is simply not enough space around the pools. It is ironic that the aft section of the upper decks is covered with a grassy lawn reserved for Croquette and Bocce ball, rather than making sensible use of the extra space for sun worshipers. (Let's be candid folks, these are not two of North America's most popular sports) Let me begin with what was good about our cruise: "The Ultimate Caribbean" itinerary offers up some off the beaten path destinations including The Cayman Islands, Cartegena, Columbia, Colon Panama, Puerto Limn Costa Rica and Roatan Honduras and Cozumel. I am in no way suggesting these are terrific ports of call, BUT they do offer a change of scenery from the "been there, done that islands of St. Marten, St. Thomas, Nassau, Barbados, etc. As is true with Solstice & Equinox, the cabins are comfortable and offer state of the art entertainment systems with Apple powered interactive flat screen TVs. A very nice touch which included a contemporary selection of both FREE and Pay for View movies and the ability to track your shipboard charges in real time. We were happily surprised to find the wireless Internet speed to be among the fastest of any ship we have sailed. I highly recommend bringing your own laptop if you like to keep in touch with home via Skype or email from the comfort of your cabin. Celebrity offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch buffet items, with my favorite being the freshly made Chicken Salad ? This was our sixth sailing with Celebrity and we were pleased to find they still make their own salad dressings and soups which we find to be superior over other similarly priced cruise lines. The theater is beautiful and Celebrity continues to use a LIVE ORCHESTRA in most of their stage shows compared to music on tape which is the case on most other cruise lines. We found embarking and disembarking a breeze and overall, the service was very good. Now allow me to move on to the not so perfect elements of our Feb 15, 2010 cruise: The ship feels crowded with over 2800 passengers. We especially felt the passenger crunch on sea days when trying to secure a deck chair around the pool. We had to rise and shine EARLY to secure a spot and chairs were pushed together like sardines. (WE HATED THAT). This particular cruise was comprised of a very elderly and international passenger manifest. We are in our mid fifties and were among the younger couples, which seems odd for Celebrity which I thought was seeking the "Baby Boomer" crowd. As a result, we were nearly run over by several electric carts and wheel chairs during the eleven days. Our cabin was an aft cabin on the fantail on deck eight. Unfortunately, many days the hallways smelled like a nursing home with that unforgettable and highly undesirable stench of urine. Many of the passengers were in their 60s, 70's and even 80s. Many were from Quebec and spoke French and there were also a fair amount of Brits, Germans and Portuguese on this sailing. I'm guessing this is why the entertainment was not the least bit contemporary. With the exception of several comedians we had seen on other Celebrity sailings and a highly talented female singer who impersonated other singers, the entertainment was just too outdated for our taste. Other performances included an acapella group singing old standards, an opera singer, a very talented electric violinist, and the same old, same old Broadway reviews by a troupe of young college kids. There was also a very mediocre juggler that we have seen on scores of other cruise ships. They also featured a Cirque type show that was a clone of the show they present on Solstice. It would be enlightening to see Celebrity book entertainment that has relevance to "Baby Boomers" and those in their 30s and 40s instead of those born in the 1940s and earlier. Why not play CURRENT MUSIC, rock & country classics from the late 60's, 70's and 80's? What's wrong with being a little "hip" and making the baby boomer generation happy? We've sailed on Holland America several times and I have to confess that Celebrity seems to be attracting the same age group if not older has HAL. The most BROKEN part of the operation on Equinox is the "Anytime Dining" option. Traditional seating is only available at 6:00PM and 8:30, which is both too early and too late for us. We opted in for Anytime Dining. Now it's bad enough that you are required to pre-pay your tips with this option, but the really dysfunctional part of "Anytime Dining" is that despite making a reservation, you will likely still have to wait up to 30 minutes by standing in line for a table, especially on the formal nights if you want to dine between 6:45 and 7:30. What is the point of making a reservation if you have to stand in a line of 30 other upset passengers whose reservations were also not being honored? This program CLEARLY needs much work and we found it sorely disappointing. Also, unless you ask for the same section each night, you will miss the advantage of having the same waiter each night that gets to know your likes and dislikes. This Christmas, we made our first sailing on Princess on the Royal Princess for a 14 day Amazon cruise. I think we were spoiled by the small ship concept with a passenger load of only 750 souls vs. 2800. We MUCH PREFER the small ship experience but sadly, the industry is moving away from smaller ships and building bigger and bigger vessels which are becoming the destination, rather than the ports of call. If you like having a room in a "Shopping Mall" atmosphere these new ships will satisfy your needs. I long for the golden age of cruising when with smaller ships made it possible to actually recognize faces and easily make new acquaintances. On a final note, we really enjoyed the Silk Harvest Restaurant. It's an Asian Fusion dining experience where we dined on three different evenings. The food and service was delightful. Of course their prices have gone up to $50 a couple. For lighter fare outside of the traditional dining room, we also enjoyed the "Bistro on Five" which features crepes and Panini sandwiches. If you are a spa person, make sure you wait until later in the cruise on port days and negotiate your massage treatment. As the cruise comes to its final days, it isn't unusual to negotiate a $190.00 seventy five minute massage down to $120.00. Celebrity does provide a relaxing and soothing spa experience, provided they don't try to push Elemis spa products down your throat at the end of your treatment. My wife and I have decided that after six cruises on Celebrity, this will probably our last, as we continue to seek a smaller ship experience in new ports still to be discovered. You could not pay us enough to take a cruise on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.....a ship I like to call a floating Mall of America! I hope you find this review helpful. And Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
We have always been a loyal Royal Caribbean family cruise line fan. For myself and my husband we prefer Celebrity or Azamara. When we have the kids we like Royal Caribbean. We booked in the Aqua Class of the Equinox and it came with great ... Read More
We have always been a loyal Royal Caribbean family cruise line fan. For myself and my husband we prefer Celebrity or Azamara. When we have the kids we like Royal Caribbean. We booked in the Aqua Class of the Equinox and it came with great perks. The best of which was the Blu Restaurant. It's private dining feel is the best I have ever had on a ship. The staff was awesome. Also, the entertainment on the ship was superb. What was disappointing was the service on the rest of the ship. Our room steward was adequate, but certainly did not go out of his way. I had to ask every time I wanted diet coke added to the refrigerator and then I got charged for all 6 when they were delivered. Not, just as I drank them. The overall public dining service was the worst I had seen on any cruise. I don't think we were ever offered coffee, water or drinks in cafeteria style dining - breakfast or lunch. Not all of the tables had salt and pepper and there were no trays. The absence of trays meant you got your food and then went back and got your drinks and then went back and got your fruit. You get the picture. And while I am not trim and slim, I am far from obese. I just wanted to get all the food at the same time. The poor service continued at the pool and other public areas. I am so disappointed, I am considering looking at other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
The Equinox is absolutely superb.I agree with all the minor criticisms regarding cramped sunbeds & lack of storage.etc. However after my initial moan I did get used to the lack of drawer space. Aqua Class & Blu is the only way for ... Read More
The Equinox is absolutely superb.I agree with all the minor criticisms regarding cramped sunbeds & lack of storage.etc. However after my initial moan I did get used to the lack of drawer space. Aqua Class & Blu is the only way for us to cruise now. My husband is a fitnees freak & loved the speciality healthy menu in Blu, I did find it hard some evenings but they were more than accomodating.We also had the options of the other restaurants, our favourite being the Tuscan Grill.I was also concerned about the open seating arrangement in Blu & thought we may not meet other people but actually found it easier to meet new couples every evening.The staff were superb. The Lawn Club is a good gimmick but a waste of space! We also had a bad smell in the corridor of our deck & found out that this due to a disinfectant spray on the handrails to try & keep the ship as germ free as possible.I have never seen such fabulous clean & beautiful public restrooms. The decor & furnishings are something to behold, I have never seen such attention to detail & would notice something new each day. There was a long delay getting off the ship & not the 5-15 mins that we were told. However this was immigration & not the Ship.They held all nationalities other than US citizens for a further 3 hours in the terminal after a 1hr delay on board. We can't wait for our next cruise with Equinox Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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