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16 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Wife and I decided to book cruise since the Hard Rock vacation didn’t turnout very good last year at Punta Cana with her getting bad sick. As title says this was our 1st so nothing to compare to other than resorts we stayed at. ... Read More
Wife and I decided to book cruise since the Hard Rock vacation didn’t turnout very good last year at Punta Cana with her getting bad sick. As title says this was our 1st so nothing to compare to other than resorts we stayed at. Overall it was a very good vacation. Our room attendant was top notch along with our waiters in the dining room we ate dinner at. I’ll just give review step be step as I remember it. Flew from MSY to FLL where Celebrity people where waiting on us to bus us to ship. All went well except bus driver was annoying about getting tips for loading luggage. Luggage went straight from bus to rooms which was nice except again the guys moving them seem like something bad could happen to them if they didn’t get tipped. Once on the ship I thought the breakfast, lunch and dinner were pretty good to be serving that many people. We even loved the hamburgers and hotdogs served by the pool and ate lunch there several times. We bought the drink package which we didn’t drink as much as I figured we would. Think we got to drunk the first couple days and calmed way down after that. We never tried any of the restaurants that cost extra but I heard some people saying they were better than what the normal dining was but we were fine with it. The majority of the crew were very hard workers and were very professional compared to resorts we stayed in before. I thought the pools would be bigger but most people rather laying around them which the ship had lots of chairs in the sun and under shade roofs which was very nice. Only complaint was the bed/chairs around the pool are packed so tight it hard getting in and out of them. The crew in this area done a very good job but there were two taller blacks guys working the upper pool deck bar being aggressive for tips. We tipped around $150 to the staff but when people act this way they get nothing from us. Now that I think about it they were the only staff members we didn’t like so that’s pretty good for that many people. We went to several shows that were very good especially compared to some of the resort shows we been to but maybe not what you would see at a nice Casino we have on the Mississippi coast but these were free without being a big gambler. We upgraded to a room with balcony and it was nice to be able to sit outside. Room was bigger than I expected and in very good shape with a nice bathroom. We have a smaller cruise scheduled with friends in February that we will have an interior room so will know more then if it was worth it. I booked straight from Celebrity and the only thing I was misled about was the dress code. I understood her as there would be a couple dinners that people dressed up for and the rest were nice casual clothes so we were thinking nice shorts and golf shirt or something. After being there I find out they don’t want you sitting at the bars in shorts except if your outside by the pool. I guess everyone already new this but we didn’t so we packed completely wrong. I am fine if that is what is expected but the people booking these need to let us first timers know. We didn’t do any of the excursions because most are not worth the money we have done in the past so elected to just visit the areas on our own. First stop was Key West which is really nice and we rented a motor scooter and had a good time on it exploring the island. I rented it for the whole day and should have just done four hours because in the afternoon it’s packed and hot in the traffic. Next stop was Costa Maya which if you not going on excursions to see the ruins or something I would hang out at the pool. The people at the shops will aggravate you continually to buy something in their shop. They will give you something free and want to see your sea pass. They must be able to charge against it some how and it’s tied to your credit card. I would keep sea pass in your pocket when your not on the ship. Cruise lines should warn about this if they can charge you like that. I may be wrong but why do they insist at seeing it. Next stop was Cozumel which was nice you take a taxi to town for $8 for two people. Lots of shops selling the normal tourist stuff but we finally had enough of them trying to pull you in their shops so we went back to the ship pretty early. Some people said it depends on where you go but we had no idea and just got out where taxi stopped. One couple was saying it’s fun to rent car and drive around island but the way they drive I would be afraid of being in an accident in Mexico. Next stop was Costa Maya which was best place of all. People in the shops didn’t pressure you and they had public beach to hang out on with the best water you could imagine. The stops in Mexico you had to pay for the excursion to beach unless you knew how to get to public beach which it wasn’t advertised on the ship. Also Mexico had a lot of sea grass washing in but the water is beautiful. Next back to Fort Lauderdale and the only issue we had was they got us off ship early then we had to wait till our number came up to get luggage were there were no bathrooms. I suggest carrying your on luggage off so you get off first. We were not told we could do this but many people did. We paid for transportation from airport to ship and back at the end of cruise and the only thing we had trouble with is the bus was not marked on which one we were supposed to be on so had to walk around asking different drivers. But overall we had a very good vacation and would book with Celebrity again. This review is all over the place but I’m sitting in airport waiting on flight and figured I should try and help someone out that never cruised before. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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
Surprises & pleased to see Captain Kate McCue! She is such a terrific marketing tool - she is so personal & interactive with the staff & passengers. We loved the Equinox - it was our 3rd time onboard. The ship personnel were ... Read More
Surprises & pleased to see Captain Kate McCue! She is such a terrific marketing tool - she is so personal & interactive with the staff & passengers. We loved the Equinox - it was our 3rd time onboard. The ship personnel were excellent, food was plentiful, loved Cafe al Bacio, embarkation & disembarkation went very smoothly. Outstanding crew members: Oyda* (cabin steward) Oz* (He would make a terrific Cruise Director!) Kristine & Debbie (Activities) Kian*, Ari, Made (Passport Bar) Henry, Jennylyn, Arlyn & Ogyjen (Silhouette dining staff) & Cuma our waiter from 2017 Also: Don Ryan, Fabian & Mellanie Phillip, Gerald, Andrei, Angela & Agus (Cafe al Bacio) Raluca (Captains Club Host) Julie, Kathy, Edrilyn, Alexandra & Alexandra (Guest Relations) Gerlie* on deck 5 was very friendly (she wants to be a room steward) & Gusti (Cleaning Staff) * Denotes the staff we would like to take home with us! Kian we remembered from our Summit cruise to Quebec in 2016 & he remembered us also! POSITIVES: Loved being docked in New Orleans for 3 days & 2 nights. Lots to see & do - especially the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. That’s the main reason we booked this cruise. Plus we celebrated our 49th anniversary while on board! Calm seas, wonderful weather! Excellent staff, great food! PROBLEMS: 1) We were in cabin 3126 and nightly we were woken up by air conditioner noises that were coming from below us. The noise lasted from 30 seconds to 2 minutes with a loud whoosh at the end and happened about 3 times every 15 minutes. I called Guest Relation and they suggested that we call them the next time it happened and they would come in the room to listen. That was not a solution for us. They definitely could have heard it standing in the hall. 2) My husband performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow passenger who could not breath or talk at the entrance to the Silhouette Dining Room & was able to expel a piece of meat. While he was saving her life, I noticed that there were 3-4 cruise personnel just standing around helpless. Every staff member should be trained to perform the Heimlich maneuver. SUGGESTIONS: Movies in the mid-morning. Some movies were being shown during our lunch or dinner time. Need a light in the closet (hard to tell black from navy) Please offer the Cafe al Bacio plates in the gift shops - I would buy some! We personally preferred 2 smaller lobster tails to the 1 larger (it was tough) More sports challenges. Sudoku challenges - please bring those back. This cruise had none. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship is beautiful and very clean. The staff is awesome. We upgraded our first night dinner to the Murano, they offered a 30% discount on the first night. There was a "computer glitch" and they called to change our reservation ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and very clean. The staff is awesome. We upgraded our first night dinner to the Murano, they offered a 30% discount on the first night. There was a "computer glitch" and they called to change our reservation to Thursday, but still honored the discounted rate. It is soooo worth it. The service is amazing. They cook table side and the presentation was spectacular. We also had the Classic Alcohol package. They changed two of our favorite drinks to the Premium, so Bailey's and Amaretto are a $1 upcharge. the bars always seemed busy, so it takes awhile to get served. Be sure to check the list of alcohol in each package so you aren't surprised by the upcharge. Food in the main dining room was OK. I ordered from the Classic menu three times because the offerings were not to my liking. One night the Salmon was so dry, I couldn't eat it. Our cabin stewart was great. We bring a small cooler and ask him to fill it with ice every night, so we have ice available for the next day at the pool or in port at a beach. You can take beverages off the ship, but you can't bring any back on. We traveled with three other couples, we had our rooms next to each other and asked for our balcony doors to be opened. It was great to have a four room balcony. Lots of great happy hours out there. We rented a golf cart in Key West and did our own tour. Went to Paradise Beach in Cozumel. $3 to get in, but have to spend $10 each on food/beverage, includes two lounge chairs and umbrella. Lots of fun water stuff for the kids. Rented golf carts in Costa Maya and did our own tour. Parked at a beach area and enjoyed the local beverages and shopping. Went outside the port area in Grand Cayman and got a tour guide, Brown Sugar, and she took us all over the island and gave us a local's prospective of everything, did a little shopping. Days at sea, the ship offers a lot of activities, so you can be as busy as you want or just laid back. Not many children on this ship, which allowed for a more adult time. Music and entertainment were great, enjoyed all the shows. The evening events at the pool were awesome. Great talented performers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our 6th Celebrity cruise. The embarkation took 2 hours! The entertainment was below average and repetitive. Normally the music throughout the ship is professional but this trip it was horrible. We could not find one thing to ... Read More
This was our 6th Celebrity cruise. The embarkation took 2 hours! The entertainment was below average and repetitive. Normally the music throughout the ship is professional but this trip it was horrible. We could not find one thing to do or listen to on a sea day. The educational programs were a joke. This was a Jazz theme cruise and they made no effort to incorporate more jazz into their programs except for a port day in New Orleans when we all were out at the Jazz fest. The food at the main dining room was mostly good with a few disappointing menu nights. What saved the cruise for us was the high quality of service we received across the ship. And the Murano and the Sushi on Five were incredibly good. Overall, the way the ship was managed shows that Celebrity is slipping in some areas. Maybe time for a look at Princess......... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary with a three day stop in New Orleans for Jazzfest. It was an excellent cruise. The entertainment was excellent. My only criticism was boarding. It was the worst I have had in over 60 cruises. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary with a three day stop in New Orleans for Jazzfest. It was an excellent cruise. The entertainment was excellent. My only criticism was boarding. It was the worst I have had in over 60 cruises. The ship was late due to repositioning from Fort Lauderdale. We were advised of that, but the checkin and was disorganized. The service aboard was excellent. The food was very good, but the variety was not as good in the main dining room. The hostess was excellent. She made sure we had the same waiters each night. The ship was handicapped friendly and enabled us to have a great vacation. The entertainment on the ship was very good. The six singers were outstanding as was the dancers. The guest entertainers were fairly average. We only took one shore excursion in Key West. It was a multilanguage tour on an accessible bus. We did New Orleans on our own with local transportation. We visited the French Quarter and the World War Two museum. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The glaring issues were the poor, never to be seen cruise director and THE WORST DJ at sea. A cruise director should be seen about the ship all day and night long. I have no idea where the cruise director John could possibly be at any ... Read More
The glaring issues were the poor, never to be seen cruise director and THE WORST DJ at sea. A cruise director should be seen about the ship all day and night long. I have no idea where the cruise director John could possibly be at any given time, but it was NOT entertaining the guests. He did make an appearance every night after the shows in the theater for about three minutes, never to be seen again, except for his way-too-hard music trivia. The Activities Director, Justin, was the main source of entertainment on this ship. He was constantly around anytime anything was going on around the ship. He refereed the pool games, taught line dance classes and generally made sure we all had a great time. The DJ was horrific at all times. He could not mix music together in any way, shape or form. Why wear headphones on your ears if you don't know how to use them to mix. Plus, mixing is not done on a DJ controller and a laptop pc, so it's super easy if you have even a drop of talent, which DJ Garcia did not. Every time a new song was getting ready to play, you could hear him stutter or scratch the intro of the next song. It was jarring to the ears and the music was plain bad, If nobody is on the dance floor, change up the music. Those big negatives are why I gave the cruise a three star review. On the positive side, staff, service and food were all excellent. We ate in both the dining room and in the buffet and found them both to be consistently good every night. My only complaint about the food, is the lack of a late-night or 24 hour eatery, like most other cruise lines offer. This was especially important since we two overnight stays in New Orleans. People stumbling back to the ship at 2 or 3 am had nothing to eat since the buffet closes at midnight and even the buffet is VERY limited after dinner hours. The ship was clean and well-maintained. The staff excelled in every way in every department. We had the classic drink package and never had to wait for drinks at any of the bars. Servers were constantly asking us poolside if we needed more drinks, which was nice. The shows were good, but not great. The ship cast has many shortcomings when it comes to singing. There was only one woman, Ashlie-Amber that could sing and she did it well. She needs to be a real recording artist. The others were average and downright bad. All three productions shows were medleys of songs with no plot or theme, so they were boring. Most ships now show Broadway musicals, like Hairspray, Chicago, etc. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was a brand new itinerary for Celebrity. We were the first ship of our size to enter the Mississippi and dock at Julia Pier. We had to go thru immigration since we had been in the Caribbean. Because the port authorities and customs ... Read More
This was a brand new itinerary for Celebrity. We were the first ship of our size to enter the Mississippi and dock at Julia Pier. We had to go thru immigration since we had been in the Caribbean. Because the port authorities and customs people were not fully prepared for all of us, it took us around 5 hours for all the passengers to disembark and then immediately embark right back on the ship. But, Mardi Gras was a good experience. The ship is a little old and dated. Decor was typical. Service was typical. Occasionally you do encounter a crew member that goes above and beyond his job. Our assistant waiter in the main dining room was awesome. We keep asking him for keylime pie. We were told only in the main dining room at lunchtime. We never could find any, finally on of our last nights he did bring us some. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Enjoyed the cruise immensely due to the itinerary, but being on the Equinox is just like being on a tired version of the Eclipse. I missed Qsine but still love the Martini Bar. We opted for select dining this time; not sure we would do ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise immensely due to the itinerary, but being on the Equinox is just like being on a tired version of the Eclipse. I missed Qsine but still love the Martini Bar. We opted for select dining this time; not sure we would do it again as I didn't realise how much I would miss not having the same wait staff each night. The food, however, is still great on Celebrity. I don't like the evening chic idea, but that's just me - some people didn't dress smartly at all, which is a shame when you see how smart the wait staff are. Sorry, but wearing jeans - no matter how smart you think they are - in a lovely dining atmosphere is a definite no-no, but like I say, that's my opinion, which we're all entitled to. Embarkation was as smooth as ever - have never had a problem with this on any Celebrity sailing. The only gripe I have with Celebrity is the standard of entertainment - most of it is poor, with the odd decent act now and again. Cleanliness was squeaky clean, as always with Celebrity - I never cease to be impressed with the cleaning on-board. Our cabin was on deck 7, mid-ship and in an excellent location together with being very quiet and with a brilliant cabin steward. Staff are always friendly - I've never met any staff on-board Celebrity ships who are not friendly and most of them will go above and beyond what you expect and always with a smile. The gym was always in a clean condition and was well used during our cruise. Didn't book any shore excursions so can't comment on them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We choose the btb option as we were going to Mardi Gras but wanted something to add on. The first 10 days of the cruise were fantastic, good ports, nice crowd on board good vibes. The Mardi Gras cruise was completely different. There ... Read More
We choose the btb option as we were going to Mardi Gras but wanted something to add on. The first 10 days of the cruise were fantastic, good ports, nice crowd on board good vibes. The Mardi Gras cruise was completely different. There were some people on the cruise for Mardi Gras who were determined that all guests should be involved in the Mardi Gras 'buzz' but people have different ways of joining in. Our friends came from all over and we had a good time in our own way. But Celebrity did not seem to have enveloped the theme as much as we would have expected but perhaps this was because it was the first visit. The CD John Grantham and Justin Actovities Dorector were great. Organisation by Celebrity could have been better re access to ship in New Orleans. The second 11 days on several occasions we ate in the MDR but did not enjoy it as much as Blu for no other reason that it was much bigger!! The food was fine. The first wine waiter we had in the MDR corrected both my and my friends knowledge of wine, which even if it was correct is inexcusable to a customer. It was not correct. Unsurprisingly we then had a different wine waiter who was much more customer friendly. Blu restaurant was superb with amazingly efficient maitre d' and hostess. It was lovely to see some friendly faces from Eclipse Vinod and Joseph. Disappointed with Celebrity's premium wines - we went to a wine appreciation event and were surprised at the poor quality. It is one area Celebrity need to improve. Went to the World Bar where I could get a drink as I had the premium package but husband could not as he was classic- not even a gin and tonic. Cabin Steward Elvin was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruises but the second just seemed to miss the mark. Strangely although identical Equinox did not have the ambiance of Eclipse - but maybe our expectations were too high. The standard of cleanliness, the food, the officers and staff were in the main outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Cruised with a group of friends; booked this one mainly for the Mardi Gras access. I had never been to any of the ports, so I was excited about the entire itinerary. We booked private shore excursions on Grand Cayman, Costa Maya & ... Read More
Cruised with a group of friends; booked this one mainly for the Mardi Gras access. I had never been to any of the ports, so I was excited about the entire itinerary. We booked private shore excursions on Grand Cayman, Costa Maya & Cozumel, which we all enjoyed tremendously. Took advantage of Celebrity's Signature Mardi Gras event, but we were all very disappointed with it. Very disorganized; bus departed late; physical fighting broke out in the staging area while Celebrity personnel ignored the mayhem; seating in grandstands was very unstable and overcrowded. Many people sitting around us were NOT from our cruise and had paid only $35-$45 per person, as compared to $249 pp charged by Celebrity. So many guests were offended by this that Celebrity ended up offering Future Cruise Certificates to appease those who complained (myself included). Furthermore, we only had time to see 1 parade and about 10 minutes of the 2nd parade before our bus returned to port. I would discourage future cruisers from booking this excursion unless Celebrity reworks and reprices it. We booked Cabin 6291 "partially obstructed view". The obstruction didn't bother us at all, but from Day 1, there was noise which disturbed us throughout the night. We complained, & personnel came to try to determine where it was coming from without success. It took until Day 7 before Celebrity finally changed our Cabin, & explained that the noise must have been from Blu Restaurant's dishwasher running directly below our cabin at night. If anyone is sensitive to noise when trying to sleep, DO NOT book this Cabin. All that being said, overall we had a great time & are glad we booked this cruise. The onboard entertainment was terrific, from the Celebrity singers & dancers to each of the comedians. John Grantham, the Cruise Director, did a fabulous job. The food was the best we've ever had on our 5 cruises. And our MDR waiter, Armony, was the most outstanding Celebrity representative we have ever encountered! She deserves special recognition for her genuine welcoming and caring attitude! She is always the first and last person we speak of when remembering this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Why we chose this cruise: Our cruises are usually itinerary driven. We selected this cruise because of the two-day port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Background information: We are veteran cruisers. This cruise on Equinox was ... Read More
Why we chose this cruise: Our cruises are usually itinerary driven. We selected this cruise because of the two-day port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Background information: We are veteran cruisers. This cruise on Equinox was our 28th cruise overall and our second on Celebrity (our first was on Infinity in 2014). Other cruise lines that we have cruised on include Oceania, Disney, RCI, Cunard, Holland America, Princess and a few others (some no longer in existence). We do not have children and usually do not travel with friends. I am somewhat disabled (walk with a cane and tire easily) so that condition must be taken into consideration on excursions. Pre-Cruise and Hotel Information: We flew to Fort Lauderdale from our home location and spent two nights at the Hilton Beach resort (booked independently). The hotel was very nice and we enjoyed the big room, the pool area, and local attractions. We had a marvelous dinner at Steak954 at the W Hotel next door to the Hilton. Our transfers to the ship were done with a limo service from the hotel. Ship Information: Equinox is one of the Solstice ships built for Celebrity and has been in service since 2009. The 121,000 GRT ship carries approximately 2800 passengers and this cruise appeared full because of the unique itinerary. Embarkation: Embarkation was rather slow and took quite a bit longer than a cruise we did on Oasis of the Seas a few years ago (at maximum capacity of 6200 passengers). Our rooms were ready fairly early and our bags arrived to the room right after we sailed. Cabin: We selected an Aqua class cabin on this ship. The cabin was very roomy and well-maintained and we enjoyed the large couch and the walk-in shower. More details are noted under the cabin review. Activities: We did not participate in activities on board, preferring to relax and read on days at sea. We also did not see any of the entertainment on-board. Dining: With the Aqua class cabin, we were allowed to dine in Blu, which is reserved for Aqua class passengers. With the unique itinerary (some nighttime activities) and specialty restaurant bookings that we made, we only ate here twice, but it was by far the best food on the ship. The two specialty restaurants were wildly varying in quality. Both of the restaurants charged a fee. Silk Harvest was excellent, with high-quality Asian food served family style. Tuscan Grille was very disappointing. I had a Caesar salad that was stale and we both had the carbonara pasta that didn't resemble any carbonara dish we have had and was tasteless and the pasta was overcooked. A clue to these two restaurants: Silk Harvest was jammed and very noisy with happy customers; Tuscan Grille was half-empty on the night we ate there. We did eat quite often in the large Oceanview Cafe (Buffet) because we liked sitting outside. The food was mostly bland, with some good fresh salad ingredients and passable pizza being the best selections. Bar Selections: We upgraded from the Classic to the Premium drinks package on the first day, for only $10 a day per person. This was a wise decision, as we could sample beers and wines up to $13 a glass and have most mixed drinks (we usually drink wine and beer but would occasionally have a rum drink). The beer selection was excellent, especially in the Gastropub. The wine selections were also good. The bars of choice for us were the Oceanview Bar (outside aft of the Cafe on deck 14), the Sunset Bar (outside on deck 15) the Gastropub (Deck 4) and the Ensemble Bar (deck 5). Service: Service was varying in quality, with many of the bar staff being indifferent (and often rude) with very few exceptions; other passengers besides us commented on the rudeness of the staff in the Gastropub. The wait staff was excellent in Blu and in Silk Harvest. Our cabin steward did a decent job although we didn't see him very often. The staff at Guest Services was very good. Many people on-board (including my spouse) had difficulty with the room keys being demagnetized. My spouse got a new key four times and he was not alone having this problem. One other note: I was mostly a lurker on the ridiculous roll call for this cruise (it was many pages and thousands of responses), but I did register with Celebrity for the Meet and Greet. I never received the invitation. Internet: The shipboard internet was pretty good and we able to get 50% off the second package. It was slow during certain times of the day, but we usually were able to get to sites and my spouse did some work while on-board with relatively few problems. Public Areas: Equinox is a beautiful ship, with attractive public spaces, a 12-story atrium and soothing choices for fabrics and colors. Some of the seats in the public bars were ridiculously low, causing problems for persons with disabilities (like me). The pool area is very nice, but we did not spend a lot of time there. The lawn area on deck 15 is pretty cool and we regret not seeing the Corning glass show. Public restrooms were clean and well-maintained. The shops looked nice, but we don't do much shopping these days, so we did not buy anything on board. Ports and Shore Excursions: This cruise stopped at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel before heading to New Orleans for the highlight of Mardi Gras. We booked ship excursions in all places. The best excursion, hands down, was the one we booked in Cozumel that had one of the sous chefs from the ship accompany our group of 15 to the Mayan Cocoa facility, to the public market, and to a beautiful local restaurant for a light lunch of exquisite tacos. Later that evening, the group met again for a tour of the main galley during dining hours followed by a special dinner that was created for us and held in the Tuscan Grille. The other excursions were fair to good, but most were very over-priced. We were also disappointed that a special pub tour in the French Quarter that we booked was canceled the day before we flew down to Fort Lauderdale (no good reason was given). In Costa Maya, we did a long tour that included the Chacchoban ruins and some time at a beach resort. Most of the tour was spent getting to and from places. In Grand Cayman, we spent quite a bit for an "exclusive" tour to a Colonial House on the beach (which turned out to be the White House; other folks spent less to go to the same location). Our tour price did include drinks and a fabulous lunch. In New Orleans, we booked the grandstand seats for the Proteus and Orpheus parades at the exorbitant price of $200 each, which included a short bus ride each way from the port. Locals sitting right near us paid $30 for the same seats. There was no handicapped seating, making it difficult for me to get to and from my seat in the stands and we missed most of Orpheus to ensure we had transportation back to the ship. Because of the cancellation of the tour on Mardi Gras, we booked an alternative tour to Houmas House outside the city. This was enjoyable (except for the tour guide who never stopped talking and also tried to sing, with bad results) but we were unable to really get a sense of the craziness of Mardi Gras itself (too far for me to walk from the pier). We also did the airboat tour to kill time on our way to the airport in Fort Lauderdale (average experience). Debarkation: This was almost always a problem in the ports, especially in Costa Maya and for the required passport check in New Orleans when we first arrived. Everyone tried to exit the ship at once in Costa Maya, resulting in many people being late to their shore excursion meeting points (located down a very long dock). The dock area in New Orleans also added many steps to your egress, before you were finally at the street level. Our final debarkation was at a different terminal in Fort Lauderdale due to a tanker problem at the normal terminal. This did create some delays in debarkation. Summary: Would we do it again? I would not do a cruise to see Mardi Gras in New Orleans again (we would most likely book a hotel package closer to the action). The rest of the cruise was typical for the western Caribbean, although we did like the excursion in Cozumel. After several cruises on Oceania and Disney, Celebrity is not necessarily making a case as a top alternative, although we will keep an eye on their itineraries. Their fares are usually fairly reasonable, which is one positive feature. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The annual Georgia Bar Association Advanced Urgent Legal Matters At Sea (Continuing Legal Education Seminar) cruise did not disappoint! A few little glitches since this was the first Caribbean cruise after the ship transitioned from ... Read More
The annual Georgia Bar Association Advanced Urgent Legal Matters At Sea (Continuing Legal Education Seminar) cruise did not disappoint! A few little glitches since this was the first Caribbean cruise after the ship transitioned from Europe, but once we got under weigh, it was smooth sailing. We had a Celebrity Suite (1622) which was nice, but the bathroom and bedrooms were both a lot smaller than other suites we have sailed in on Princess and Royal Caribbean ships. Food and service in Michael's Club and Luminae restaurant were spectacular. Specialty restaurants Murano and Tuscan Grille had both great food, ambiance, and service. We were so tired by the end of the day that we never made it to the evening shows! Would highly recommend the Equinox to anyone wanting a relaxing trip. The spa services were really good, and the Persian Garden was very relaxing. Am ready to go cruising again . . . anytime Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We certainly enjoyed our large group (100 members) cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. The captain, his officers and Activities Director and Team were so personable, funny and very good at what they do. We did many more activities ... Read More
We certainly enjoyed our large group (100 members) cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. The captain, his officers and Activities Director and Team were so personable, funny and very good at what they do. We did many more activities than we ever did before. The evening concert on The Lawn with blankets and pillows provided was a big hit with many of us. The evening entertainment was top notch!! Loved Top Chef at Sea. The dining room, buffet and specialized restaurant food were very good. Several in our group were in suites and were surprised to discover they could not join us and eat in the main dining room. They had to eat in designated dining rooms. Our group was supposed to have a block of tables indicated with signs on each table in the Silhouette Dining Room. Did not happen the first night and several other evenings. I miss "formal nights". These cruises have guests mainly between the ages of 50 and up who look forward to these special evenings. One day, we saw a bare-chested man entering the Oceanview Cafe. He was stopped 2' inside the door by a server and told he needed a shirt. We did have lunch in the Silhouette dining room and saw both men and women wearing baseball caps. Would have liked to see a staff member ask them to remove their hats or suggest they take a more casual cruise line. We were surprised the dining room ran out of Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio! Our Stateroom Attendant, Bernadeth, was an asset to Celebrity Cruise Lines. Very pleasant, helpful and hard-working. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I've read the other reviews on this particular cruise and rather than repeating the same things, I just want to add some thoughts... After years of all kinds of work in all kinds of industries, I've developed a true love ... Read More
I've read the other reviews on this particular cruise and rather than repeating the same things, I just want to add some thoughts... After years of all kinds of work in all kinds of industries, I've developed a true love of great customer service. In my opinion it is the core to success in business. I'm not talking about financial success, but about the kind of success that makes you proud of what you've done. Knowing that you've served your clients to the absolute best of your ability. That they KNOW you really care about them and that they truly are appreciative of your patronage. Being the best you can be.. seeking excellence in everything you do... this is true success. And Celebrity was the best example of this attitude I have EVER seen in all my years of working for and dealing with businesses. It absolutely BLEW ME AWAY. Are they just great at faking sincerity? Honestly, it felt real. They really cared about everything. They did everything with incredible care and attention. From the friendly smiles and warm greetings, to the towel animals on our beds every night, we were never made to feel like we created more dreaded 'work' for our the employees. I do think I will write a letter thanking Celebrity's HR department for hiring such great people. I don't know how they do it, but the collection of staff on board were very special. I can't say enough how impressed we were. We are spoiled forever as I can't see ever finding myself looking at another cruise line. How can I go with anyone else? Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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