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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We choose Celebrity Equinox because of the itinerary; my husband and I wanted to experience a few islands that we had not been to before and we found that with Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. First, the ship is beautiful! Easy to ... Read More
We choose Celebrity Equinox because of the itinerary; my husband and I wanted to experience a few islands that we had not been to before and we found that with Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. First, the ship is beautiful! Easy to maneuver, open, sophisticated and bright. The cabin was nicely appointed in AquaClass. I always say the bathrooms, especially the shower, can be a little bigger but at least it wasn't like years ago where you could barely fit. The overhead bin for additional storage was a plus -- and yes it was used! The food was awesome! My husband and I both thought this ship provided the best food we experienced on a cruise in a longtime! Although we were assigned to "Blu" and we did have dinner there twice and the service was excellent, our favorite place to eat turned out to be the "Oceanview Cafe". The staff was impeccable! They were helpful, always had a smile, and one of the managers, I believe her name was Mihela, was professional, helpful, available and always smiling! The choice of food, including the grilled chicken breasts [my favorite], steak, fish & pork as well as the pasta and salad station - unbelievable! The fitness center was bright and had a variety of weights and machines. I visited the gym regularly - especially after tearing into the food daily! Shore excursions, although we did not participate in any of the onboard tours all of the islands were fun. Colon, Panama was my favorite. A few of us visited the Embera Village, indigenous people, by canoe. Gliding through the forest was so calming and seeing the monkeys jumping from branch to branch was fun. The highlight was learning about the different vegetation and its holistic properties. We were treated to lunch, freshly caught fish while we were there; grilled to perfection and unbelievably delicious! Grilled plantains added to the meal all tied up in banana leaves. Highly recommend a stop here. Dancing - that's one of the reasons I love cruising because we don't venture out as we did when we were dating. The "Silent Disco" was so much fun! To have the ability to switch channels and to increase the sound or lower to your liking was awesome! The music variety was so good. Thank you. Activities - I think the activities department need to offer a lot more choices. I don't feel there was enough group activities for all to participate in. They did offer line dancing, which was the highlight of the daytime activities and that was fun, but to constantly teach the same dances when there are literally thousands of dances to learn was a little disappointing. Overall it was a good time and what a work out! The other activity I thought was good was the volleyball tournament between staff and guests. It had everything; fun, laughter and a crazy ref! With 12 days I think there should have been a lot more choices. The Hot Glass Show - awesome! If you board this ship make it your business to learn about glass and the intricate process of glass blowing. It offers a free education on glass blowing. One of my grips is entertainment in the theatre. I think a broadway like show, i.e., Mamma Mia, should be one of the major attractions. I don't feel there was enough of a variety for the theatre to draw me in. Also, with the availability of satellite I don't understand why there wasn't many "free" choices on the television. I do know many people are not in their cabins however its nice to have that choice. Overall it was an excellent cruise and I highly recommend cruising aboard Celebrity Equinox; I am planning my next cruise right now! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
We booked this cruise by happenstance and so glad we did. The actual date we left may be incorrect but the rest of the review is spot on! We have cruised many times and this was a completely stressless pampering experience from the moment ... Read More
We booked this cruise by happenstance and so glad we did. The actual date we left may be incorrect but the rest of the review is spot on! We have cruised many times and this was a completely stressless pampering experience from the moment we stepped foot on the Equinox to the organized disembarkation. The ports were interesting and we had enough time at each stop to enjoy the ambiance. Few tendors required. Our verandah cabin was clean and comfy with lots of storage options. The entertainment was top notch. The enrichment activities were fun and varied. The food was tasty and plentiful. The ship was spotless. They readily accommodated our request for gluten free selections. The adults only pool and spa area appreciated. Our fellow passengers pleasant and happy to share their travel experiences. The captain and senior crew were visible and approachable (nice change) and the hard working front line staff excellent. Our booking through Costco.ca included a beverage package which we highly recommend. Not only for alcohol but for the other specialty treats like specialty coffees. We have only been on the one Celebrity Cruise but they certainly are maintaining quality standards while some others are blatantly reducing theirs. Highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2016
First time on Celebrity Cruise lines and it was a WOW! The room, service, entertainment and the staff were all great. A pleasure and so much fun. We will go again. This time we were on the Celebrity Equinox. Just the right size for us. The ... Read More
First time on Celebrity Cruise lines and it was a WOW! The room, service, entertainment and the staff were all great. A pleasure and so much fun. We will go again. This time we were on the Celebrity Equinox. Just the right size for us. The embarkation and disembarkation were so smooth, we never touched our bags until we got home. Just loved it. The dining room was great and the food was over the top as were the choice of wines. The activities and the ports were all very well thought out. The nightly entertainment was great and a lot of fun. The room were very spacious and the beds were king size and very comfortable. I can't say enough about the cruise. Fun, Fun, Fun. They even had real grass on the top deck, real grass, so nice on the feet. Can't wait to do it again on Celebrity. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
we arrived a day early and stayed at margaritaville in Hollywood. We were scouting for next year's trip with the family. Got a good deal for room as the place is new and is not filling up yet. It was right on boardwalk in Hollywood ... Read More
we arrived a day early and stayed at margaritaville in Hollywood. We were scouting for next year's trip with the family. Got a good deal for room as the place is new and is not filling up yet. It was right on boardwalk in Hollywood and right on the beach. No roads to cross. Hotel was clean and upbeat, ate at 3 of the restaurants and all were good. Lots of music and entertainment and the 2 and a half mile long boardwalk was great. I think hollywood will be an up and coming place since Miami and Ft Lauderdale are so pricey and overbuilt. Embarkation was a breeze. Left hotel at eleven and we were on the ship at 11:45. Everything moved quickly. Rooms were ready by two. Ate at the buffet, not as crowded as people say and explored the ship. We sailed the Eclipse in Europe years ago and were familiar with layout. We actually ate every meal at the buffet, and almost all outside on deck 14 or 15. Great views and the weather was perfect except for one rainy afternoon. We don't like the time restrictions and the amount of time spent eating, so I can't offer feedback on other restaurants. We found the food at the buffet excellent with good variety, if it's good enough for the officers it's good enough for us. Staff at buffet and elsewhere were excellent and saw no disgruntled staff. Matija was particularly friendly every day on deck 14. Enjoyed deck 15 rear and along the lawn for sailaways and sea days. Great breeze and beautiful location. Had classic drink package with no upsell pressure. Friendliest bar staff was at gastropub for evenings in atrium. Only caution on drinks was during second half of cruise my mojitos were not made with Barcardi. Grabbed Ron Carlos instead. If you requested bacardi then you would get it. Entertainment continues to be mediocore on Celebrity. We have sailed on several others lines since our last Celebrity cruise and all had much better entertainment across the board. There was a definite void in anything happening from 8:45 to 10:00. If you didn't go to the show there was nothing. The itinerary was great. We did a scouting expedition in Cozumel at Playa Mia for next year's cruise with the grandkids and were impressed. We got lucky as we left at one o'clock and got back to the ship before the skies opened up with heavy rain the rest of the day. Did ship excursions for Costa Rica..train boat bus tour, Panama...canal and Panama City, Cartagena ..old city tour and best excursion of all THE PARTY BUS evening excursion was fabulous....Second day in Cartagena we took a death defying cab ride back for shopping, and took public bus to 7 mile beach i Grand Caymen , which was a mob scene. way too crowded in most areas, next time we'd go near to the hotels where beaches had more room. Mid ship balcony cabin was great and Viviana our cabin steward was excellent. Mostly used the stairs, but the few occasions we were on the elevator it was quick. Ship looks great and it was a smooth sailing journey. Captain Leo, only 38, was very visable and brings positive vibe to ship.His lecture last day should not be missed. We're not into cruise directors but Alejandro was high energy and humorous. All in all a great cruise. We were very impressed with modern skylines and Panama City and Cartagena. Great sail in and sailaway from Cartagena. Excellent itinerary all around.We did independent walk off at 7:30 and had not problems getting off and through customs. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Hotel night before and Parking: Cambria Suites, Dania Beach: Wonderful hotel with separate TV’s/sitting area and large rooms. Free parking for 11 nights. Close to restaurants and nice shopping area, but better to drive 5 minutes ... Read More
Hotel night before and Parking: Cambria Suites, Dania Beach: Wonderful hotel with separate TV’s/sitting area and large rooms. Free parking for 11 nights. Close to restaurants and nice shopping area, but better to drive 5 minutes there rather than try to walk over busy roads. Must wait to day of check-in to book shuttle ($5pp paid at desk). Do not pay van driver...He tried to rip us off and charge $10 each! Got $5 back from desk when we returned. Returned via cab to hotel rather than await shuttle ($20). We were allowed entrance to port and check-in at approximately 10:30am. Included Beverage Package was marked on shipcards. Then sat for a short time and boarded ship around 11am or so. The weather wasn’t great so we changed our plan from lunch poolside at Mast Grill to exploring Equinox and having drink/lunch at Oceanview Buffet…Excellent food and choices! Rooms ready around 1:30 or so. Pleased with our Concierge, Deck 10 cabin with best steward ever, Mario. I had typed up a list of items we like in our cabin at home and gave this to Mario….. i.e., icebucket, glasses, extra hangers, etc. All appeared soon after muster along with our luggage. Mario also cleaned out mini-bar, but told us he could no longer exchange the free white wine bottle in our room for something else. This policy has been changed. Unpacked and headed to Sailaway at Sunset Bar to meet Cruise Critic friends. A bit disappointed that Celebrity’s Sailaway party was affected by weather. Met friends at our nightly stop, the fun Martini Bar, then headed to dinner around 7pm. Never a wait for Anytime Dining on any night of our cruise. In fact, the hostess kept our “usual location and staff information” in her computer and seated us there nightly. Kudos to Suki and Meta. Fabulous service. Food was the best we’ve ever experienced. We had lots of On-board credit to use up, but didn’t feel using it to book a specialty restaurant was needed. Ate one night in MDR with two of our neighborhood friends and their UK friends/relatives who were staying in AquaClass as well as our two nightly tablemates. No problem having them join us in MDR. Loved the first of the new Celebrity Production Shows (think it was called Live). Second show, Elyssium wasn’t as good, but still enjoyed it. Sorry the third production show wasn’t ready for our cruise. This new concept of entertainment really seems promising. The comedian, Phil Tag, was the funniest man we’ve ever seen on a cruise. Ventriloquist (sounds boring, but don’t miss this one) was absolutely amazing. The lone male singer/entertainer was pretty good. Did not care for the flute player, the house band, Take Five, or the woman singer. Kudos to Cruise Director, Alejandro…Lots of fun. Also loved Andres, one of the entertainment staff. Not as crazy about his assistant. Felt like she really didn’t connect with passengers DJ Flow’s music and personality were the very best. Danced at a 70’s party one evening in the Sky Lounge which is very pretty….Fun w/DJ Gio. Don’t know if it’s getting older, doing lots during the day or more probably, not feeling great, but we passed on lots of late night dancing, etc. Next cruise! Enjoyed Sea Day and Meet N Greet with fellow Cruise Critic passengers. Alejandro, the captain (very friendly and fun) and other staff attended. Went to snorkel at Eden Rock in Grand Cayman. Just walked the few blocks from ship, seeing shopping area enroute. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy and didn’t see nearly as many fish there as we did on our last visit to Paradise Grill area right next store to them a few years ago. We did see a huge spotted flounder which was nice though. Snorkeling Chankanaab National Park this year was so much better. Missed our group’s scheduled slot pull since I wasn’t feeling well. Heard that they won $47 each…Oh well, next cruise! Thoroughly enjoyed our prearranged trip with Dora in Cartagena Columbia. Thanks for arranging, Steve! The walled city was beautiful as were the other stops. Would have liked more time to shop in the dungeon area though. Dora bought the group some fresh fruit which was really delicious, especially in the high humidity/heat of Cartagena. Panama – Toured privately with Robtad’s. When we arrived Roberto, the owner, told me we would be with another guide which worried me a bit since I had read so much about him. He informed me that our guide, Edwin Miranda Gurro, would be better than him. Edwin was extremely knowledgeable and fun and we were extremely happy with him. A great day…Thanks to Carl for arranging our tour. Thankfully, we had just enough time to see a huge cargo ship approach the lock, watch the water level change and the gates open. Amazing. I really wasn’t thrilled about going to the locks initially, thinking it would be slow and boring…NOT. The rest of the tour to various spots in Panama City was also fun and amazing. We tried to stop for a local lunch enroute back to the ship. However, traffic was crazy due to upcoming holidays and a parade so the group voted to pass on lunch. Costa Rica was probably our favorite port this trip. We used William Guerrero/Luis Martin’s private tour with Carlos as our guide. We stopped frequently along the way and saw amazing red tree frogs, green tree frogs, little ants carrying leaves, a paprika pod, a Ylang-Ylang leaf which smells like Chanel No. 5. Saw many sloths and other wildlife on the Tortuguero Canal boat trip. I had arranged this tour and was hoping my cruisemates would enjoy it. Glad that it was fun. Enjoyed relaxing on our next sea day and seeing some of the daily ship’s activities. Probably a good spot here to commend the fitness spa for cleanliness, equipment, etc. Although we didn’t take advantage of the paid items this year, the Zumba last year was great. Loved dancing with Alejandro and others during the day. Visited Blue Kay Beach Club which I had read about on Cruise Critic. Took $2 taxi back and forth. You can also take an open air bus for $3. We somehow missed where to board it though so taxi was fine. No charge to visit there although they do expect you to buy food or drinks. Pina Colada was awful. Local beer and nachos good. Walked the Malecon, passing various beach clubs. Great beach day. Shallow, clear water. Snorkeled our favorite spot in Chankanaab National Park the next day. So worth the $22 pp fee. ($2 coupon at their site). Split a cab with another couple so just $6 to get there. $12 for just 2 of us to return to port. Nice molded or wooden chairs with tiki hut umbrellas/tables included. Extremely clean. Saw a seal show in Spanish which was really nice. Adventure of the cruise….There are so many fish, small and large, very close to the easy entry steps to water at this amazing Park. We would never miss this Park at Cozumel. Best snorkeling ever except in an area we visited on a catamaran near Buck Island years ago. I had read that if one brings dog biscuits to draw the fish, your snorkeling would be even better. So I put some dog biscuits in my snorkel vest and open it a bit to take one out to put in my hand to break up occasionally while snorkeling. Wrong move! In a few seconds we were totally surrounded by fish, some pretty large. Beautiful, but they started swimming under our arms, over our heads, up our backs, etc. I dropped the biscuit that was in my hand, but of course they still could smell them in my vest! It felt like we actually were in a bucket of fish. Both of us were bitten a bit (not seriously), but knew it was time to get to shore and get rid of the dogbiscuits and clean vest out. (Later on that day on our ship someone told me that feeding fish in the islands is not permitted) We later headed out again and snorkeled along the beach very far. Fabulous…Lots of colorful fish including some big schools of them. Headed to the lagoon area at the Park and saw two iguanas which I love. Also saw some huge crocodiles in their exhibit. Had the most delicious salsa, chips and fish tacos of my life at their beach restaurant along with some light Tekante beer. Great, friendly service also. Nice to have a Sea Day before we disembarked. Enjoyed various onboard activities such as the Top Chef at Sea show, etc. Said our final goodbyes to Sukihara and Mehet in the MDR and our cabin steward, Mario. They were really terrific. Woke up in Fort Lauderdale at around 5:30am and sat on the balcony watching another large ship pulling in. We decided to grab some coffee and light breakfast items and eat there so we could relax before heading to the Equinox Theatre for our departure call at 8:20am. Celebrity had a recap of the ship’s activities playing while we waited. Nice touch. We were called on time to depart from this fabulous cruise full of wonderful memories. The only negative I can remember from this cruise was that customs was so SLOW. At first just one clerk for US passengers and then just two. The waiting lines were really awful. We’ve had just one other problem with customs in the past and that involved a drug bust which held us up. Understood that, but this time really seemed uncalled for. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was the perfect cruise. Embarkation was good, the only problem that I would see where concierge passengers wait in different lines and the helpers do not guide you or tell you where to go... but it is all good. Our cabin was awesome, ... Read More
This was the perfect cruise. Embarkation was good, the only problem that I would see where concierge passengers wait in different lines and the helpers do not guide you or tell you where to go... but it is all good. Our cabin was awesome, concierge - 1024, spacious and quiet traffic. Carlton and Wilson were awesome in maintaining our cabin, we never in want.... Denis & Celeo in the MDR were perfect!! Service was awesome and food was great. We went to Murano's, mmmmm, the red balloon dessert was delicious and having lobster cooked at your table was an experience. The bars were great, classic package was good enough for us and really enjoyed not having a bill at the end. I have to say thought that we tipped with cash sometimes since we realized that their tips must be less. The one thing that I am very disapointed is the spa package that we bought at $80/pp to have access 6 times each, 1 during sea day... This was pointless and total waste of money since the chairs were always full and there were only steam rooms available.  A not to do.  We also did the unlimited photo package, it was worth it, it was fun and we have a bunch of pictures.  Celebrity has wowed us and we have booked another cruise with this company. It is worth it to look into it. One other negative is the after 11:00pm, the ship is a ghost ship and that is no way Celebrity's fault.  Just weird. The ports, they were all fantastic! Beautiful!! Poor also... Exucrsions, Grand Cayman - 7 miles Beach, took a taxi, Cartegena - Dora with Beach - Great, Colon - Mario with beach - Great, Limon - just walked around, grocery store for some real cheap coffee, Belize - snorkeling with Eco Tour - booked once off the ship and Cozumel - Nachi Cocom - quiet and all inclusive. Just a really good time!!   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our eleventh cruise, third with Celebrity, third going to the Panama Canal, and we were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. We're from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. We're not going to bother with reviewing the ports or ... Read More
This was our eleventh cruise, third with Celebrity, third going to the Panama Canal, and we were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. We're from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. We're not going to bother with reviewing the ports or excursions here, since these are not exclusively specific to a Celebrity's Equinox cruise. Port Everglades Embarkation: We were advised before-hand via e-mail and phone messages, that the previous voyage had an significant outbreak of Norovirus, so the ship's staff was going to do a top-to-bottom sanitation of the entire ship, which would mean they would be delaying everyone's scheduled embarkation times. This was more than fine with us. We arrived within 30minutes of our newly assigned embarkation time, and we were walking over the gangway within fifteen minutes of arriving at the port. The before-mentioned extra sanitation was very thorough, i.e. all staterooms were completely stripped of their contents, sanitized, and then returned into place, so everyone had to wait until 7pm (an hour after sail-away), before anybody could go to their cabins. The result was a ship-load of travel-weary passengers stuck in all the public spaces schlepping their carry-on luggage still wearing their winter travel clothing, met with a shortage of bar/wait staff to accommodate them (because they too were busy sanitizing the ship.) We just relaxed up on the sunset bar area by the lawn area soaked up the fine warm weather, and had a few drinks. We were just glad to be aboard and sailing away, and considered this to be just a minor inconvenience compared with getting a case of Norovirus during our precious cruising time. Our bags were bought to our room just as we were going to our 8:30 dinner. Dining: We usually cruise by ourselves as just a couple, so we request assigned seating dining at a large table of other couples who often become our temporary traveling companions during a cruise, and we were not disappointed on this cruise. We were assigned to a ten person table of awesome table-mates, who were roughly the same age, and we got along wonderfully, (So kudos to Celebrity if they try to arranged this.) Our waiter, asst. waiter, and sommelier, Edin, Ryan, and Chris were outstanding, and the best we've ever had. Our asst. maître d was also very attentive and entertaining. Needless to say, we had dinner and breakfast in the main dining room every day, except one night for our anniversary, where we went to the Tuscan Grille Italian Steakhouse, which was excellent. We suggest a 6pm or sunset time for the Tuscan Grille like we had, since it has wonderful expanse of windows facing aft. The enhanced sanitation procedures were in place for only the first three days, which meant no self-serving of food anywhere, e.g. wait staff had to shake salt and pepper our eggs at the table. Stateroom Amenities: We had a "2B" cabin and veranda a few doors forward of the forward elevators, starboard side, on the seventh floor, with a very spacious balcony, and the best cabin layout we've ever had. There were lots of storage spaces to stow our clothes and gear, and a very well ventilated and easy to use bathroom and shower. Our stealthy cabin stewards did a great job of refreshing our rooms without getting in our way. The bed was a little stiff, but the room temperature was comfortable at all times. Day-to-day Cruising: The "behind the podium" lectures/seminars were great. We enjoyed The Equinox Theater production shows as much as any we've seen before. They also featured some outstanding Cirque-Du-Soleil type acrobatic, juggling, and contortionist specialty performers. My only quibble was that they only had later shows for the 8:30pm seating on the two formal nights (sea days), Otherwise, the late seating diners needed to go to an earlier 7pm show, which jams up those who are coming off of afternoon excursions or just those wanting to enjoy the ship's late afternoon activities like the pool or fitness area. The various on-going daily entertainers offered a good variety for most everyone, though we wish they had a late night piano bar. Most entertainment other than disco was closing down at 11:45pm. Crowd control was good in that there were no large groups being assembled to wait needlessly, or grouped together so that they would block passage to others not involved. There were the to-be-expected deckchair reserving/kerfuffles on sea days which are typical of any cruise ship anywhere in the world, but since we're not sunbathers this was a non-issue for us. There were uniformed personnel stationed poolside to keep things from getting out-of-control, which was odd to see at first, but understandable. This is not a child centered cruise, or cruise line, so not surprisingly there were hardly any children seen or heard. We had our Kindle tablets with us, so we bought the cruise length WiFi package up front, and glad we did.because it was the best shipboard WiFi we've ever had on a cruise ship. It was truly ship-wide coverage, and it was fast, broadband fast! This allowed us to update family and friends back home on Facebook with pictures throughout the whole cruise. We enjoyed the fitness area, which was the same equipment we're used to at home (except the metric weight settings.) We never had to wait to ue any equipment and the view was way better than anything back home. Even though we didn't use the SPA facilities, the staff there seemed very friendly. The ship was spotless, no salt spray was allowed to accumulate on any windows or glass panels, so the ship just glistened and the carpets always vacuumed showing no wear and tear. The ship uses state of the art propulsion, so there no constant vibrations or chugging felt while underway. The ventilation is excellent, not one bad smell was detected anywhere during our eleven nights. The ship lecture was fascinating, and we learned how efficient and Eco-friendly these new Solstice class ships are. My only technical complaint is that we couldn't hear the ship's announcements while we were in the dining rooms, or anywhere while outside on the public deck areas, and many other public spaces inside. Also, the air wash in Celebrity Center may need to be looked at since both of us, and other passengers found ourselves falling asleep (even in the morning lectures we were interested in.) The extra sanitation evidently paid off, i.e. our cruise had no recurrence of Norovirus. We were so impressed with our Celebrity Equinox cruise, we booked on-board our next cruise on its younger sister ship, Celebrity Eclipse, for a 14 night Eastern Caribbean cruise in 2016 with the same cabin. Disembarkation: We didn't have to put our checked luggage out until 11pm on the last night, which is much nicer than the usual "before going to dinner" we've had to do on our previous cruises. From the time we were called to the gangway, to getting into our cab was no more than 30minutes.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
My husband and I are in our 50's and this was our 6th cruise, 2nd with Celebrity. We've done 2 cruises with Princess and 2 with Carnival. Unlike many others, we are not loyal to a particular cruise line, the line we choose is ... Read More
My husband and I are in our 50's and this was our 6th cruise, 2nd with Celebrity. We've done 2 cruises with Princess and 2 with Carnival. Unlike many others, we are not loyal to a particular cruise line, the line we choose is dependant upon the type of cruise we're looking for at the time.....family cruise, romantic getaway, etc. Itinerary and price dictate our choice for the most part. It was just my husband and myself this time and I have to say this cruise was incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. A perfect combination of sea days and port days giving us lots to do as well as time to relax. Precruise - Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale. We had an upgraded room on the top floor with a view (distant) of the port. The room was enormous, extremely comfortable bed and the included breakfast the next morning was excellent. The free drinks and snacks at the manager's reception was much appreciated! Quick ride to the port in the morning (included in the hotel cruise package) and we were ready to cruise! Embarkation - the most organized embarkation we have experienced thus far. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:15. We were Concierge Class but all lines seemed to be moving well. Cabin - 2106 on the hump. Absolutely LOVED the location. 30 sec walk to the pools (and pool bar....nice) and the buffet. No noise whatsoever. Food - We had select dining and chose to eat in the MDR most nights. Service was good, however the sommeliers table assignments were changed after the 2nd night and we were forgotten one night and had to bring it to their attention. We ate in Murano one night and although the quality of the food was excellent, it was just too rich for my taste. My husband enjoyed his meal very much. We had the Chateaubriand for two and the dessert sampler. We had the premium drink package and were overcharged for our wine but had it corrected the next day. Silk Harvest was just ok but the service was probably some of the best we had on the ship. The waiter went out of his way to make sure we were happy. Tuscan Grille was my favourite! We both had the filet mignon and it was delicious. The creme brûlée has a layer of chocolate on the bottom and chocolate swirled on top which my husband liked but I prefer the traditional version myself. Buffet was good, I always found something I liked but breakfast got a little repetitive after 3 or 4 days. I really enjoyed the freshly squeezed orange juice and latte every morning though! We both enjoyed hitting the mast grill for a burger and beer after returning from a shore excursion. Mmmmm. We ordered room service twice for breakfast and it was delivered right on time and hot. Appreciated the call before it arrived and call afterwards to make sure everything was ok. Bars We both had the premium package and agreed it was worth it since we preferred the wines available with this package. Martini bar - entertaining bartenders and STRONG drinks. Enjoyed my white cosmos and dirty martinis. Always crowded but lots of seating in the areas around the bar. Pool bar - handy for bringing drinks back to enjoy on the balcony. We also liked sitting at the tabletop bar by the pools when the band was playing. Ensemble lounge - Dark, dreary and boring in my humble opinion but there always seemed to be lots of people in there so to each his own. Sunset bar - not the party bar it was on the Reflection but still fun and not nearly as busy Molecular bar - Entertaining but one drink a day is my limit there. Very filling. Tanned Russian was my drink of choice. Entertainment We only went to 2 shows in the theatre and were not overly impressed. Not horrible but not great either. I would also give the live band on the ship the same grade, mostly due to the poor mixing of their sound. Vocals were turned way down and guitar was loud. Acoustic guitar player Michael was awesome but his music was a little melancholy. Not really what you want to hear when you're on vacation. Many of Celebrity's passengers are baby boomers. Why they play club music around the pool is beyond me. It doesn't appeal to most baby boomers or older generations. The glass blowing show was incredible! We both really enjoyed learning about the process and seeing these talented people create some beautiful pieces. I won't review the ports in detail but the itinerary was what drew us to this cruise and it did not disappoint. The ferry trip through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip and an experience we will never forget. We did the luggage valet service for $20 each and it was well worth it. We walked off with our carry ons at 8am and didn't have to worry about our luggage til we picked it up at our home airport. And Celebrity takes care of printing your boarding passes as well. FYI, our airline was not listed as one participating in the program but we had used it before so we inquired. They said it would work but they just hadn't included it. It pays to ask. I truly believe attitude goes a long way towards your enjoyment of a cruise. I overheard people complaining about the weather, the fact someone cut in front of them in line, etc. We enjoyed every day and had a fantastic holiday and we're looking forward to our Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Reflection in September.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
It's hard to think of ways that our 11 nights with family and friends could have been better. The ship is beautiful and the staff keeps it clean while maintaining a great attitude. We did the select seating (choose your own time) and ... Read More
It's hard to think of ways that our 11 nights with family and friends could have been better. The ship is beautiful and the staff keeps it clean while maintaining a great attitude. We did the select seating (choose your own time) and we ended up requesting the same table each night. By the fourth or fifth night Gregory and Jorge knew each (8 of us) of our preference in coffee and even anticipated desserts. The food was excellent. What I liked most was that the daily menu (left side) had a number of entrees that were 'can't miss'. When nothing appealed to me from the 'tonight side' of the menu, it was easy to pick one of the standards, especially the sirloin steak. Our rooms (inside) were big enough for us and our daughter to be comfortable and the extra bed was fine. For my wife and myself the size and quality of the inside stateroom was a pleasant surprise, and the $1500 we saved over a balcony will pay for another short vacation. Because the ship has so many public places to sit and read, sit and watch the ocean or sit and eat or just people watch, we actually spent very little time in our rooms. For anyone who is budget conscious I can highly recommend the inside. A big plus for us on the ship were the number of extra talks, tastings, seminars and things to do. The Corning Museum of Glass - Glass Blowing demonstrations were amazing and the three glass makers all had engaging personalities. The Apple talks were highly informative. It was shocking to see standing room only when the iLounge director was talking about the iCloud. I also appreciated him staying to answer questions after his talk. All in all I think most cruise lines are about equal, just different strengths and weaknesses. That being said I think Celebrity does stand above the rest. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our second cruise with Celebrity...and will not be our last!!...love love love this cruise line...the crew are friendly and helpful and the ship is elegant and spotless....from the moment you board and you are greeted you know you ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity...and will not be our last!!...love love love this cruise line...the crew are friendly and helpful and the ship is elegant and spotless....from the moment you board and you are greeted you know you are in for a special experience...our cabin was on the sixth deck....the room was clean and the beds...so comfy!!...very quiet....our balcony was right over the life rafts which did not block our view but they are very big and orange!!!...hard on the eyes....lol...we have booked on the ninth deck for our next cruise.. and closer to the elevators....... we loved the dinning room and enjoyed the different variety every night....so many new and wonderful entrees to try.....and if you didnt care for your choice you can always head on down to the buffet....although there were so many courses to dinner we were always so full!!... we enjoyed the entertainment....especially the tenors of rock.....what a treat to hear them!... we did go on several ship excursions ...some good others better....but I have to say the ones we found on our own we enjoyed the most.....probably because the groups were smaller...but overall we loved everything... Cant say enough for the staff who looked after us, both in the dinning room and our stateroom....all were excellent...they remember your name , what you like and need....so friendly and accommodating....service can make or break a vacation.....they made ours wonderful!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our 4th cruise - 3rd with Celebrity & sailed once on RCL. We loved every minute of the cruise. You know you are on Celebrity the moment your foot touches the ship with the lovely welcome & excellent customer service. The ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise - 3rd with Celebrity & sailed once on RCL. We loved every minute of the cruise. You know you are on Celebrity the moment your foot touches the ship with the lovely welcome & excellent customer service. The Ship is bright & Silhoutte dining room delightful. We did find the lighting to be a little too subdued for reading menus!! There wasn't anything that we disliked about the cruise. Entertainment was excellent with a wide onboard program including Zumba classes. My only critism would be that that the Zumba classes would be better to be held at an alternative venue rather than poolside due to the heat. The onboard programs were wide & included interesting lectures, didn't have enough time to enjoy as many as I would have like. Hats off to Celebrity for catering for all interests, I particularly enjoyed Richard "The Nerd" with his internet & ipad seminars, & also his excellent service in the iLounge. Andres the Zumba instructor was also wonderful, I enjoyed his classes immensley. All those extra touches are there with Celebrity, including the chocolate on the pillows - we love these touches including the wet towels & cold drinks next to the ship after port calls. If I was to nit-pick - the fact that we had to turn the clock forward twice on the last day would be my only grumble. We turned it forward once at midnight & again as 14:00 on the last day. Maybe it'd have been better to turn it forward an hour the day before. We therefore lost an hour between 14:00 - 15:00 coupled with the fact that it was a sea day packed with activity as well as packing, I felt that I was running around all day. I would have preferred a more relaxing last cruising day. Liked that the restrooms had electronic automatic doors which you could tap with your elbows to open, excellent for hygiene purposes. The public restrooms were lovely with unusual wash basins & lovely orchids in everyone. We loved the ship & would definitely like to sail on her again in the future. Hats off to Celebrity for a wonderful holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I have always cruised with Princess and I must say, this was quite an experience for me. The service was exceptional. We entered the ship as soon as we arrived and I never got registered so fast on a cruise. They are a very organized ... Read More
I have always cruised with Princess and I must say, this was quite an experience for me. The service was exceptional. We entered the ship as soon as we arrived and I never got registered so fast on a cruise. They are a very organized cruise line, especially their tours off the ship. We were in a holding area with a numbered tour and it was so easy to find the bus once we exited the ship. The food was fantastic and was prepared very well. Our waiter , was very helpful by suggesting the top picks for dinner in the evening. We booked some tours privately, but one we booked from the ship in Belize, was terrible. A long ride on a bus to the Mayan ruins, on a very bumpy road that was barely air-conditioned, was not good. As far as entertainment, I think Princess has a better variety, but all in all, it was o.k. The day we disembarked was great. Our luggage was numbered in a holding area, which made it easy to find. I would definitely cruise with Celebrity again. They are very upscale and seem to have everything up to par.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
We did a Med cruise on Equinox when she was brand new and she still looks great. Unfortunately the embarkation went very slowly as only a few agents were checking us in. We stood in line for an hour but then got on board quickly. And is ... Read More
We did a Med cruise on Equinox when she was brand new and she still looks great. Unfortunately the embarkation went very slowly as only a few agents were checking us in. We stood in line for an hour but then got on board quickly. And is there anything nicer than free champagne and mimosas to welcome you on board? We had planned on going to lunch at Bistro on 5, but the buffet was scrumptious so we stayed there. The free classic drink package really spoiled me as I had a drink and a cappuccino with my lunch for free. The cabins were ready by 1 and I was very pleased with my partially obstructed balcony as it was only obstructed if I looked down. The cabin was very nice and our steward, Antonio, was great. Before our late seating each night, we visited the Molecular Bar or Martini Bar. Depending on where we sat, the piped in techno music at the Martini Bar was usually too loud for us to have conversation. Why do they do that? We took full advantage of the wonderful coffee, tea, and pastries at Cafe il Bacio - at all hours - and often sprung for an excellent gelato as well. We usually hit the buffet for salad at 6 to hold us over till late dinner, which ran to 10 pm. The food in the MDR was so wonderful - and our servers, Ioanna and Kristijan were so great - we never felt the need to go anywhere else although we did have one meal at Bistro on 5, which was good. Another thing we continue to love is how Celebrity has cold cloths and drinks available when you return to the ship. So nice! My only other complaint (that was Celebrity's fault) was the only ship's excursion we did, snorkeling in Belize, which was not as advertised and we were packed in like cattle. When we disembarked, it took more than 2 hours to get through Customs because there were 6 LINES for 2800 passengers. They told us Customs had recently laid off hundreds of employees. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I have never cruised on the Celebrity line before as the price was always out of my budget, but you get what you pay for. Went with a group of 13 and had a marvellous time. Was on deck 7 in an inside room mid ship. I truly missed a balcony ... Read More
I have never cruised on the Celebrity line before as the price was always out of my budget, but you get what you pay for. Went with a group of 13 and had a marvellous time. Was on deck 7 in an inside room mid ship. I truly missed a balcony but it was a late booking and was all booked up. The staff were excellent, efficient but relaxed. I never had a bad meal. Still miss the burgers around pool side. Speaking of pools, they were on the small side and as the days got hotter they were all very crowded. I love to swim so I just made do. Bought the spa package for $90 which let me use steam rooms, aromatherapy sauna and heated lounger. It was well worth it. I found it nice that I wasn't constantly asked to fork out money as has been my experience on RCCL, Princess, & Holland America lately. The itinerary was interesting and enjoyed swimming with the stingrays in Grand Caymen. Best experience for all 6 of us was in Belize. I booked the tubing in the caves privately with BUTTS UP and was delighted. The ship was charging $119 and Butts Up charged $50 for the same experience without crowds! They delivered everything they promised. I would cruise again on the Celebrity Line. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
PROS: The embarkation was very quick and well organized. The ship was very clean and most of staff onboard were fantastic, friendly and hard working. The Martini Bar is a must visit (our fav bartender Iketut greeted us everyday with a ... Read More
PROS: The embarkation was very quick and well organized. The ship was very clean and most of staff onboard were fantastic, friendly and hard working. The Martini Bar is a must visit (our fav bartender Iketut greeted us everyday with a smile and by our names) The show they put on when pouring Martinis should not be missed. We never had any problem getting lounge chairs on deck - we were normally on deck 15. The food in the MDR was very good and well presented - our waiter (Michelle) and assistant waiter (Fransisco) went above and beyond trying to please. They really made our dining experience. CONS: Not sure why they had "Club" music blaring in the Martini Bar - that bar is more suited to some soft Jazz in the background. I mentioned the embarkation was a breeze - well, the disembarkation was the complete opposite. It seemed they were trying to rush everybody off the ship, which led to very long lines (even getting down the gangway, getting to your luggage). Once you reached the lines for US immigration the lines seemed never ending. It took us 2 long hours in line - have never seen anything that disorganized. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
Embarkation was a breeze ,we arrived at the terminal about 11.30 and because we are Elite we walked straight to a desk and checked in, I guess we were on board in about 15 minutes of arriving. We thought the ship was beautiful and this ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze ,we arrived at the terminal about 11.30 and because we are Elite we walked straight to a desk and checked in, I guess we were on board in about 15 minutes of arriving. We thought the ship was beautiful and this opinion never changed during the cruise. Our cabin was well appointed , on deck 7 forward, our cabin Steward was excellent and always spoke to us and smiled. The tv in the cabin was OK we got BBC News and Sky news and also some coverage of the Winter Olympics . We had chosen select dining and went about 6 times to the restaurant other nights we ate in the buffet, we found the food to be excellent, great choice , warm plates( I hate hot food on cold plates) and it was lovely to sit at the sunset bar the evenings eating dinner. We nearly missed the brunch as it was not advertised and we only heard by word of mouth. We made good use of the Elite lounge in the sky bar very evening and met some very interesting people. The weather was glorious everywhere and we only saw a short rain shower early one morning. We did a private tour in Cartagena which was excellent and the old tow was very interesting we would have spent more time there but it was very hot and humid. In Colon we only walked round the shops at the pier ,same for Porto limon and Belize . We felt the ports were dirty and had lots of litter and rubbish round the piers which does give a bad impression of what the rest of the town is like. Cozumel was better much cleaner but we did find the shop keepers quite persistent and it was a bit of an ordeal walking on the shop side of the street. We went back to the ship and went into senior Frogs bar and had the largest cocktail. I have ever seen in my life, but at least we were within crawling distance of the ship 😜 We never had problems finding a sun bed on sea days and enjoyed the burger bar food on deck 14 and especially enjoyed the Aqua cafe in the solarium, absolutely yummy health salads. great entertainment enjoyed all we saw. We did not see the singer or the comedy shows as we knew hey would not appeal to the English sense of humour .Singers and dancers were very good and the Cirque de soleil show was amazing. The cruise director was excellent and we enjoyed his regular morning shows. We found all the crew and officers friendly happy and always willing to stop and chat especially the officers. We did think the grass areas was a waste of space and part of it could have been made into a mini golf course as we hardly ever saw the grass areas being used. We enjoyed the glass shows and saw quite a few pieces being made, we were amazed how much they went for at the auction 1000 USD plus. The bad. Dismbarkation. We asked for a 9.30 departure as we were going to stay in fort lauderdale . We waited in Tuscan and eventually our number 48 was called at about 9.45. We left the ship and everyone was all smiles, then the problems began. We queued for 20 minutes to go down the escalator to the luggage collection area. Things only got worse. When we started down the escalators we saw the queue of probably 1000 people all dragging their own luggage round a long snaking line to 3 immigration officers. We collected our bags. And joined the end of the queue. It took 2 hours to get to the front of the queue where the Americans were sent to 2 lines and non Americans to the other line. There was no warning that this was likely to happen and hence we were not prepared , no water, and no restrooms. We are fit and could drag our bags but there were older people and people with walking problems who really struggled. Celebrity could have warned us that this was going to happen they must have known. Overall we had a good cruise and would not let disembarkation issues spoil it, but in future we will walk off early. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
Wonderful ship and the crew made it special as they were very involved and visible . Lots of fun games that involved the crew and passengers. The ports on this cruise were varied with city stops and beach as well as rain forest. The ship ... Read More
Wonderful ship and the crew made it special as they were very involved and visible . Lots of fun games that involved the crew and passengers. The ports on this cruise were varied with city stops and beach as well as rain forest. The ship is still in tip top shape. My cons were they have terrible coffee now and they are nickel and dimming in areas they have not before. Example no regular yogurts in Aqua spa cafe, yes they had their up charge parfait but until I asked for them they were not available and even at that they kept them in a fridge hidden away (maybe 5). Same at lunch salad bar with a few choices but to the side they had many other offerings for add on's to the salad at a charge. This just felt like being taken. Great service love the restaurant Blu. Lots of things to do on days at sea and some good entertainment. Was very impressed with the Celebrity tour we took at the Gamboa rainforest, usually it is a big group and we avoid it but this time it was a nice small group and very well run. Fitness is great but lots of machines were out of order. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
After having taken a number of cruises with Royal Caribbean, Last year we upgraded to Celebrity. It was a nice switch. We found this cruise with a number of stops that were unusual for the Caribbean runs. Yes it had Grand Cayman and ... Read More
After having taken a number of cruises with Royal Caribbean, Last year we upgraded to Celebrity. It was a nice switch. We found this cruise with a number of stops that were unusual for the Caribbean runs. Yes it had Grand Cayman and Cozumel, but it also had Cartagena, Columbia, Porto Limon, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. while we had been to Cartagena many years ago, we were amazed by the change, especially in the Boca Grande Area. As experienced cruisers we don't normally take the ships cruises, since we can find local operators with a greater ability to meet our needs. The ship is quite beautiful, but I understand it's going into drydock after the Caribbean season. Celebrity is noted for upgrading their ships usually every four or five years. This make the experience quite pleasurable for the traveler. The entertainment was not up to par, with the exception of a Cirque de Soleil type of show which was spectacular. The first production show was so bad we left halfway through. Our cabin seemed smaller than we were used to, though the veranda was larger and I spent quite a few hours there while we were under sail. The bed however was the most comfortable i've slept in on any cruise I've taken in the past. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants, since we found the food and service in the main restaurant exceptional. My only criticism was with the maitre'd, We had asked for a table of eight or more, since we like to spend time with a company of cruisers. My wife and I were on a table of eight, but their was only one other couple. We asked him to find another with others. We finally had to discover a group of two couples ourselves who we sat with for the rest of the cruise. The only other disappointment was disembarkation which took two hours. I don't think the fault was Celebrity's but our own ICE government agency, since it appeared that at least half of the immigration staff seemed to be missing.. In the past the in room entertainment contained a few entertainment channels. They have mostly disappeared, with TNT only remaining.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
Just back from the 11 day leg of the Equinox Caribbean Central America cruise. We are Celebrity Elite Plus cruisers so we know the line well and love Celebrity. However I was frankly concerned because I tend not to like very large ships. I ... Read More
Just back from the 11 day leg of the Equinox Caribbean Central America cruise. We are Celebrity Elite Plus cruisers so we know the line well and love Celebrity. However I was frankly concerned because I tend not to like very large ships. I felt that the Millennium -class ships were the largest I would enjoy. Happily sailed many times on all of those class ships. and then we went on the "solsticized" Millennium last year and were not happy. Adding 10% more people in the same size ship does not work! But the Equinox had an intriguing itinerary, so we tried it. I gotta admit when i am wrong. The Equinox is not only beautiful, but it really works! The flow is great and you never feel like you are on a 2850 passenger ship. There are always places to find solitude away from the crowds - unless you want to be by the pool on a sea day of course. The crew was excellent, professional and welcoming. We sailed in Aqua Class for the first time and ate every night at Blu. We never ventured out because the food was really really good! I had forgotten just how good Celebrity's food could be. Our hostess, Aurore from France, learned not only our names but our seating preferences quickly and our server, Agung from Bali was perfect. The staff in the Oceanview Buffet were always friendly and helpful and the breakfast included anything you could imagine. We had the Beverage package which is a pretty great amenity if it is included. We are not heavy drinkers, but have a cocktail before dinner, a glass of wine with your meal, a cup of expresso or hot chocolate in the Cafe after dinner, and fresh orange juice at breakfast, and you have saved a bundle! Only negative comment: I do agree with one reviewer who noted the arrogant bartender at the Martini Bar, usually my favorite hangout. I actually asked which vodkas were under the Classic Beverage package and he said it included Ketel One. I ordered a Ketel One martini and he presented me with a bill for $13. Seems that if you have Ketel One on the rocks, it is included but if you get it "up" as a martini it is not! He said any martini - even with the cheapest vodka or gin - costs $11+svc, and is therefore off the Beverage Pkg. But he said it like I was stupid for not knowing the technicality. That was the last time I visited that bar. Having said that this jerk was the total exception. I guess Divas come in all sorts! EVERY OTHER bartender and waiter on the ship was superb, friendly and professional. Of special note are Sebastian, the bar server from Denmark, and bartenders Devon and Sylvia. Look them up and say Hi! Warning: If you do the itinerary that includes Colombia and Panama, the passport and Customs process at debarkation is horrendous! What normally is a 15 minute exit process took us almost two hours of standing in lines. Celebrity should have warned us more clearly, but then nobody would have gotten off the ship so I get it.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
I and my husband (37yo and 43yo) together with three of our best friends (30yo, 37yo and 41yo) took the Ultimate Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox 20-31 of January 2014. Some of us stayed four days pre cruise at South Beach. Our ... Read More
I and my husband (37yo and 43yo) together with three of our best friends (30yo, 37yo and 41yo) took the Ultimate Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox 20-31 of January 2014. Some of us stayed four days pre cruise at South Beach. Our hotel was the Carlton (not the Ritz) on Collins. I can’t recommend this hotel at all if you stay in the Miami area as it was so loud with old single glass windows. This was my fourth Caribbean cruise and my eight in total, my husband’s fourth in total while our friends were first time cruisers. The previous cruises have been on Celebrity and RCI. We have both enjoyed them all and the differences between the two lines. On Celebrity we love the food, the fantastic service given by everyone and the demographics which has been well divided among all age groups. For some reason though our fellow cruisers on this cruise was in average much older. This dampened the spirit of our single friends the first days. Not that I say that we couldn’t enjoy the company. On the contrary we had much fun with many (Alicia you were such a lovely company at the Sky bar) and the old “girls” constantly flirted with us in the elevator. Interesting to read Cruise Critic reviews or the boards were many are complaining on the younger crowd not dressing up according to dress code or being just rude. On this cruise that description better fitted on some of the older cruisers who just did whatever they wanted without thinking of others. Some were very rude not only towards other cruisers, but also towards the hardworking staff. I’ve cruised both the M- and S- class before and we all though Celebrity Equinox is slightly too large compared to the M-class, but as always we managed to get friends with a whole group of people as well as some staff. The S-class is tastefully decorated and in my view the most “modern” in the cruise industry. Many make the comparison to the W hotels, but as an architect myself I wouldn’t go that far. The whole ship is well laid out and logical as well as outfitted with a high finish. I was visiting the yard when Celebrity Solstice was built and it was fun to later take a cruise on her. I can really recommend visiting the Meyer Werft! I and my husband had an “obstructed” balcony cabin on deck six. I had carefully chosen this cabin (6174) due to that the life boats beneath is of a smaller type so when sitting down there is nothing “obstructing” the view. If one stands up looking down then one can’t see the ship’s hull meeting the water, but that wasn’t a big thing for us. Our cabin attendant Michael and his assistant were great and always greeted us with a smile. They were always accessible, either in the hallway or by phone. Don’t know if this is a new feature to be able to call them over the phone, but it was in any case great. What wasn’t great is room service. To order on the interactive TV was the easy part, but selection has gone downhill. If one wanted anything interesting then one has to choose the per fee items which wasn’t priced that bad though. Our cabin had the seating next to the balcony which we preferred. The seating and balcony creates a single larger space when laid out like this. The public areas I like the most on board are the whole entrance/atrium/shopping “street” complex with the Martini bar and Cellar Masters as well as the café and creperie. It’s well laid out, a smart floor plan and all interiors are stylish with a great diversity of styles without making the whole area “busy”. The Cellar Masters is not well used, but with a drink in one hand and nowhere to sit we often went here and had no problem finding a seat. Other areas I love are the main dining room, the specialty restaurants (except the Tuscany Grill which I find rather bland) and the Solarium. At dinner we were seated at the lower level next to the wine tower. First night we sat at the center since they hadn´t figured out that we were a larger group although our bookings were linked by the travel agent. We actually moved to the other location since we liked the fact we could see the whole center of the dining room, but still not being at the center with much more noise. This was a cozy location, but I can see that many wouldn’t like it due to the close proximity to the back area of the food deliveries. The first nights the whole group of dinner staff was great and felt very professional. This could be a very high end restaurant in Europe. Later during the cruise service slipped with a lot of orders messed up and we got food we hadn’t ordered. When pointing this out the head waiter was reacting as this was our fault. The assistant waiter was then stepping in and saved these dinners. The sommelier also failed to deliver great service mid cruise and ignoring our table for the first half of the dinner service, only attending tables which had passengers without the drink packages. This was though the only time we saw this happening and in other bars this was not an issue. We do all though appreciate Celebrity are still having this service and hearing that this will soon disappear was not good news. The dining room sommeliers are one of the few things still separates Celebrity from the competitors. Food. A topic everyone has an opinion on with a large variety of opinions when asking around. I cruised when Michel Roux was Celebrity Cruises food consultant. Everyone was raving about the food before my first cruise and what a letdown it was. The ingredients were for sure fresh and there many higher cost items on the menu which were nicely plated, but all food just lacked the most important thing – taste. After Roux left I had better food on following cruises with Celebrity, but the last cruise before this one on the Solstice was sort of a let down again. This time I was surprised about how great most things tasted on this “cheaper” menu. Some things like the salmon tartar appetizer was beautifully plated like on a very high end restaurant on land and tasted fantastic. There were though some main courses that didn’t really hit the right note and some of the meat dishes were a letdown. On the whole the dining room experience is much better than the cruise price would suggest. The Mast grill offers freshly made hamburgers and hot dogs. Gone are the tacos and nachos unfortunately, but one can find them in the Oceanview Café instead. The hamburgers are the best and we went up there a lot for an afternoon snack (we had late seating) and some of our friends commented after the cruise that the burgers we tried in Fort Lauderdale didn’t taste as good. The café on deck five was not packed with passengers on the drink package filling the seats for hours and hours as I read pre cruise. Rather empty in most cases. They offered same sweets as up in the Oceanview Café with a few special ones. A little disappointed also that they didn’t serve the small sandwiches I had on previous cruises. The coffee tasted well, but the specialty coffee drinks wasn’t any good. I thought we were going to use the café a lot due to our drink package and when thinking how much we sat here on previous cruises. As it came out we just sat here once and then ordered out three times. Staff is as on the rest of the ship the best and helpful. I tried the gelato (had a Captains Club coupon), but it wasn’t that much better than the included variety up at the Oceanview Café. We tried some of the specialty restaurants like Murano and Silk Harvest. First Murano which is outstanding and better for each time I visit. The menu has changed slightly and to the better with more interesting appetizers and main courses. The table side preparation is really elegant but the presentation of the lobster dish main course did not look appetizing. It tasted great though. The whole experience is something not to miss on a cruise and staff is fantastic without being up your face. Second Silk Harvest. I read quite bad reviews of this restaurant, but my memory of the first time I tried it out on the Solstice are positive. This time though the new main courses and the sushi wasn’t like a remembered it. The dishes are served family style for all to share and we opted for the waiter to make the selection. We got almost all the dishes on the menu out on the table and this was too much for us to eat. I think its better one decides for themselves since too much uneaten food just get wasted. Most appetizers were really good and I can recommend the Chinese main courses, but the rest was quite bland and the sushi rice was to “wet” due to that these weren’t made fresh at the time of ordering. We all had a great time though with great service and some of us thought it was the best dinner we had onboard. My last notes about food are the Oceanview Café and the Bistro on Five. The buffet on Celebrity is great, but this is only in regard of the food itself. We over heard people complain that there weren’t enough choices. Well the themes areas are the same everyday like pizza, Asian, Mexican, salad bar and sandwiches, but within these areas we found new dishes every day. I can understand from where this complains come from. We saw many having all kinds of food the Oceanview put on one or two plates. So after two days I guess these passengers had tested it all and from then on everything was a repetition. My complaint about this area is the interior style. It’s too cold looking and just oozes efficiency which works ok for lunch, but dinner time it doesn’t work. For diner I recommend taking the food out on the aft terrace which is much cozier and it’s close to the bar. We didn’t try the Bistro on Five on the Solstice so we said let’s do it now. The soup tasted great, but from there it was so so. Service was as always on Celebrity the best and they try their absolutely best to cater for our needs, but the crepes were not great. Basically a thin pancake folded with some boring filling and then some ketchup tasting sauce on top of it. The dessert ones are alright though, but didn’t leave much of an impression. As on the Solstice the gym is large enough and have all the equipment one can find on a land based gym. Enough free weights and plenty of space. One of the guys working there always said hi, but the girls didn’t care at all. Who cared though was Sanja working at the SPA. What a great girl! During the last days they throw a SPA special at the entertainment court and give you special offers which worked out well for me and my husband. The 75 minute massage cost almost half of the original price. What made it great was though Sanja who was very professional and gave me one of the best massages I ever had. After cruising on the M-class then the rest of the SPA experience leaves a lot to ask for. The M-class huge changing room and large sauna with a view is changed into a cramped area of which most space is just corridors and with a small sauna to fit even more passengers than the M-class. If one wants’ anything like the M-class then one have to pay extra. The Solarium is a fantastic space we used quite a lot, but the SPA Café is nowadays an extra fee space. Too bad, since it on the Solstice was such a great lunch alternative. I’m closely monitoring these small steps away from what Celebrity offered in the past and I’m more and more inclined to test other cruises lines. Not because they might offer a better experience, but the cost cuts might take away my loyalty to Celebrity. What I do love with Celebrity is the abundance of life acts and music. This is to my understanding not the case with many of Celebrity’s competitors. Great pool band, classic trios and jazz acts. It doesn’t end there. A guitar player we enjoyed at the Sunset bar, two young girls offering low key entertainment on pool deck and a good band in the observation lounge during the evenings. I myself like the production shows in the main theatre, but I can understand they are not for everyone. One has to understand the limited space they have to work with on a cruise ship and how many special acts they can afford on the budget they have to work with. So considering that I think they do a great job and the live orchestra is just something I really applaud to. Mike Pace was the late night comedy show. I write just his name because the whole package with Sin City Comedy didn’t work well. I have no problem with burlesque dancing, but it wasn’t well placed in the show. On top of that the “host” was mostly laughing at his own “jokes” which were the same throughout the three shows (each repeated twice) while Mike Pace put some effort to it and when he realized that many came back for the last repeated show he had new material. And how fun he was! The whole group enjoyed all the bars onboard and the diversity of them. For some reason though the Martini Bar was mostly empty and not the center of the ship as on our last Solstice cruise. It wasn’t full even on formal nights or nights before a sea day. They should also offer a smaller martini for us with a drink package which I read in some reviews they have done. Not so on this cruise where I got a no and a no every time I asked. Otherwise we didn’t notice any bad service due to the drink package. We got the same great service as always. There were though some things that need to be changed. First the LGTB gatherings which is not anymore advertised in the Celebrity Today (this was taken away some years ago together with other interest groups like Friends of Bill, which for some strange reason is listed again in Celebrity Today) and placed in the Martini bar. So on a crowded evening (like the first early evenings when the LGTB gathering was to be) this gathering just vanished in the crowd. Not a very good choice of bar. The second permanent change they need to make is the time when the disco starts. It’s listed to start at 12:00 midnight. So after the dinner and show we had to lurk around for over an hour before it started so many just didn’t bother. Some Canadians complained and it was moved to 11:00 PM and that worked better. Our biggest complaint and it wasn’t just us but all who used the disco, was the two bartenders working in there. I don’t know and frankly don’t care if this was their last weeks onboard, but they behaved really badly as if they stopped caring anymore. Not what I expect from the staff at Celebrity cruises. Never a smile if it wasn’t to each other, rude behavior and not service minded at all. They also didn’t know how to end service in the disco on the most populated night in a good way. So there was an argument and they didn’t know how to handle this professionally so security had to pop by and sort out the mess they created. I was personally treated in a very unprofessional manner one night at the Celebrity Central which the disco bar staff handles at night as well. I asked one of them if they had Celebrity’s own labeled sparkling wine since I knew that not all bars stocked it. The answer was the bartender faking going through his mind if they had it in a feminine way and returning with the Italian sparkling wine I specific asked not to bring. The other bartender was for a whole night just talking to his girlfriend whom he at one moment in front of everyone touched in an inappropriate way while ignoring everyone who waited at the counter. If Celebrity want to attract a younger demographics they want then they need to treat the disco as important as others areas of the ship. On a more positive not I want to mention the fantastic people working in the Ensemble Lounge and the Sky Bar during the evening. Erol, Salvador and the nice dark haired girl (who I unfortunately forgot the name of) in the Ensemble Lounge was very professional, learned our names and preferences. They made the best cocktails onboard by far and every pre dinner drink hour was a delight with them. Last I want to mention the bartender up in the Sky Bar who for most of the evenings took care of the bar up there single handed, but always gave everyone great service. He also kept a bottle of the Celebrity sparkling wine for me just in case I wanted a glass. We had a nice time talking to him about his family and being away so long from them. He created a classy atmosphere up there. I and my husband saw the last glass show and it was very entertaining. They do a great job in not only describing the step by step procedure to create these glass objects, but they are also funny and the hours up there pass by quick. Finally I want to mention the excursions. I looked around the internet before ordering any excursions to see the price levels in comparison to the ones offered by Celebrity. In many cases we could save 10 Dollars on taking the taxi on our own to E.G. the dolphin attraction in Cozumel or booking with a local operator, but since we hadn’t been to these places we weren’t sure how much hazzle and haggle it would be to arrange at port so we ordered all on line on Celebrity’s home page. It worked all fine except that a pre cruise canceled excursion wasn’t refunded until we complained onboard. This was then three months after the cancelation which we think is very badly handled. If you do any dolphin related excursions in Cozumel then be warned about the prices of the photos they take of you while being in the basin with the dolphins. Each photo package on a CD cost 150 dollars. You are not allowed to take your own camera with you so this is your only option. We said no thanks and then they lowered it to 100 dollar directly. We still thought this was a robbery and opted out. One can though film and take photos from land so at least we got some photos and film of the dolphins. If you cruised with Celebrity Cruises before you know they hand out cold towels and beverages when you return to port after your excursions and we all thought this is an elegant gesture and much appreciated after a long day in the hot sun. All in all this was a very good cruise. I wouldn’t say the best or really great since it had its glitches and they single guys’ couldn’t really enjoy themselves when there was no other singles in their age at all. Food is still very good in the main dining room and Celebrity still offer sommeliers, Murano is still outstanding, lots of live music everywhere and staff is extremely service minded. Celebrity Cruises still delivers a lot for the dollars and feel refined without being stuffy.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This is my third cruise and my first with Celebrity Equinox. The whole trip was absolutely fantastic. I went away with my sister and parents. The boat itself was lovely. It was very modern in style and really had something for everyone. ... Read More
This is my third cruise and my first with Celebrity Equinox. The whole trip was absolutely fantastic. I went away with my sister and parents. The boat itself was lovely. It was very modern in style and really had something for everyone. Embarkation was a breeze and whilst we were waiting for our luggage went and had a look around the ship. As someone in my mid twenties I noticed that the crowd were quite a lot older on this trip. We stayed in Aqua Class which was totally worth it in my opinion. We had a balcony room which was lovely....fresh canapés, bottled water and iced tea every day. The rooms are very spacious and I was surprised at the generous amount of room in the bathroom. With Aqua Class we could enjoy the gym and spa for free and also dined in the Blu restaurant. Blu was amazing. I've seen on here a lot of people saying its the 'healthy' restaurant. Whilst I would agree to a certain extent I wouldn't exactly call it health food, with things on the menu such as steak, lobster, fresh seafood and a mountain of naughty desserts. The waiting staff in Blu were equally amazing. We did dine in the main restaurant one night and went to the brunch on the last day...both of our times in the main restaurant were also good. During the day we never had any problem finding 4 sun beds together. In fact, there were often empty sun beds for a lot of the day...even on the at sea days. Itinerary wise, there was endless amounts of choice for things to do. It seems every half an hour or so something else was happening; quizzes, ballroom dancing, ping pong tournaments, hot glass shows, zumba...the list goes on! The entertainment staff were brilliant and special note to Andres the Zumba coach who was excellent and never seemed to run out of energy! There were so many choices of bars. I really liked the molecular bar, the cocktails were delicious and so inventive, however these are only included in the premium drinks package. The sky bar was always mostly good for after dinner. I can imagine if it were a slightly younger crowd it would have had a really buzzy atmosphere however there did always seem to be people dancing. The nightclub Quasar never really took off. For the first couple of nights of the cruise it didn't open til midnight. They then started to open it at an earlier time. At its busiest there were probably 30 or so people in there. The music was good though and it stayed open pretty late! The excursions we did were fantastic; swimming with stingrays and dolphins in Grand Cayman, Zip-lining and crystal cave tubing in Belize, white water rafting in Costa Rica and Mayan ruins in Mexico. The only show we went to was the cirque du soleil type show which was very good but the other shows weren't really to our taste. There was a late night comedian that played on a few nights in Celebrity Central who was quite funny but VERY much catered to only the American crowd. I'm sure he would have been funnier if we knew all the references he was making. All in all, a brilliant cruise and I'd definitely go back on this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This was our sixth cruise, and fourth on Celebrity. The Equinox is in great shape. What really made the cruise was the service. I cannot say enough about the dining room staff, specifically our waiter Nadim and sommelier, Maggie. Each ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, and fourth on Celebrity. The Equinox is in great shape. What really made the cruise was the service. I cannot say enough about the dining room staff, specifically our waiter Nadim and sommelier, Maggie. Each night was just made wonderful by the perfect amount of attentive service. Our cabin service was excellent and as usuall when you leave for just an hour they rush right in to make up the room which is always appreciated. The itinerary including ports we have not visited before including Cartegena (which is wonderful), Pamama, Costa Rica, Belize along with standards Grand Cayman and Cozumel. They new and different ports helped make the cruise that much better. Overall I think Celebrity represents an excellent value given the premium experience for a relatively small additional fare. As a longer cruise the crowd was a bit older, but we still had a great time and the folks young and older who wanted to have a good time all managed to find each other! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Well we had a great time as usual on a Celebrity ship Embarkation was smooth - we arrived around 11:00 am and were walking on the ship by 11:15 greeted with a glass of champagne. We walked around the ship and headed to the Oceanview for ... Read More
Well we had a great time as usual on a Celebrity ship Embarkation was smooth - we arrived around 11:00 am and were walking on the ship by 11:15 greeted with a glass of champagne. We walked around the ship and headed to the Oceanview for lunch - I must say the selection of items were varied and what we had was excellent Upon changing we sat at the pool and enjoyed the warm weather - just a note that they must have cut back on the waiters at the pool - all week we usually had to go to the bar to get our drinks - oh well About 1:00 pm our rooms were ready and as usual it was very clean and everything was neat - our room steward Manuel was very friendly and kept our room extremely neat and clean - the round shower is great and provides you plenty of room - we were in room 9139 which is on the same deck as the pool - you could hear very faintly carts rolling from time to time on the deck above us (The Oceanview) - it never kept us awake - only complaint was the lack of hot water on numerous occasions when we were getting ready for our evening out The food in the Main Dining Room was fair to good - the specialty Restaurants are amazing - Murano is the best one with Tuscon running a close second - Silk Harvest is ok - nothing special - the brunch on the last sea day was beautiful and the selection of food was extensive - I know they charge more for the specialty restaurants but the food and service is well worth it - we ate two nights up in Oceanview and had a wonderful meal Each one of the ports are very different - Columbia is one port I have no interest in seeing again - the street vendors are relentless - Grand Cayman is very pretty and the Turtle Farm is very interesting - save yourself some money and walk past all the taxi's about 2 blocks up and catch the local buses - $2.50 per person each way to the Turtle Farm and $18.00 per person to get in - Panama was an education seeing as we took the Dome Train along the canal and Gatun Lake - the guide Mike was extremely informative and the scenery was beautiful - make sure you take the dome car if you take the train - Costa Rica was our adventure we went white water rafting - not many rapids but still an amazing way to see such a beautiful country - Belize is ok - we went snorkeling and were a little disappointed - the water was cloudy and the crew on the boat were about as interesting as a two toed sloth - Cozumel is your typical tourist trap but must say the shopping was the best of any port we visited Entertainment was very good and if you could not find something you like then it is your fault Service overall was excellent and all the staff are extremely friendly - it starts with the cruise director Paul who has been on other Celebrity Cruises we have done and he does a great job Summary - Equinox is a beautiful well designed ship and the crew is fantastic - we had a wonderful vacation and look forward to our next Celebrity cruise PS - be prepared for a long lines when you disembark thanks to the US Customs - also don't worry about tenderd ports it not that bad of a wait Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
This was our first cruise on Celebrity and we cruised to the Western Carribean and Central/South America. The 11 night cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Equinox included stops in Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Panama, Columbia and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Celebrity and we cruised to the Western Carribean and Central/South America. The 11 night cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Equinox included stops in Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Panama, Columbia and Costa Rica. Overall, my wife and I were truly impressed with the quality and level of service on Celebrity. The food in the specialty restaurants was outstanding and we also found the food and service in the main dining room to be very good. We did not attend the production shows, but we really enjoyed the alternate shows (comedian, pianist/singer, etc.). We are Diamond Level on RCCL, therefore we immediately qualified for Elite Status in Celebrity's Captain's Club. We found the Captain's Club benefits to outshine those on Royal Carribean. Elite Status members on Celebrity have access to the Concierge Lounge, whereas Diamond members on Royal Carribean only have access to the Concierge Lounge on some of their ships. The free 90 minute WIFI package for each member as well as the free laundry service came in very handy. I realize that I may be nitpicking here, as we really enjoyed the cruises we've taken on Royal Carribean, but there was "something" on Celebrity that won us over. After returning home,we cancelled our scheduled 7 night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona on Royal Caribbean and booked a 12 night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Equinox with the same departure date. My wife and I are a "young" 64 and that may have a lot to do with our choice. The pool area on Celebrity is much quieter. I did not miss the absence of pool games, etc. I also did not lament the lack of a jumbo movie screen, rock climbing wall, etc. The live music around the pool on the Equinox consisted of contemporary music with several of the ships musical entertainers performing (no steel band). The padded lounge chairs in the pool areas also added a little more class and comfort. You probably can't go wrong on either line, but we plan to stay with Celebrity. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
SHIP We have been cruising since the early 1990's long before Cruise Critic appeared and the Equinox is the largest ship on which we have sailed to date. EMBARKATION This was very efficient and stress-free. Our flight left ... Read More
SHIP We have been cruising since the early 1990's long before Cruise Critic appeared and the Equinox is the largest ship on which we have sailed to date. EMBARKATION This was very efficient and stress-free. Our flight left Toronto a little after 07:00, and we were enjoying lunch in the AquaSpa Cafe at 12:30! Transfer from Fort Lauderdale Airport was fast and efficient, and the cruise check-in was very smooth. Celebrity has photographers on duty if you feel the need to have your picture taken, but unlike those from other cruise lines, Celebrity's photographers are polite and willing to take "No thank you" for an answer. They never bothered us on this trip. ACCOMMODATION We selected an inside cabin on deck 7. We always choose an inside cabin for 2 reasons, a) We spend very little time in the cabin, apart from sleeping, and b) Inside cabins are usually nice and dark; combined with the gentle movements of the ship this is a perfect lullaby. Our cabin was spacious and conveniently arranged. One nice touch; the light in the bathroom has a night-light feature, which helps you navigate the cabin safely without disturbing your partner after lights-out. There is plenty of storage space and a small safe. Another reviewer commented that the heat generated by the refrigerator melted a bar of chocolate he had placed in the top drawer of the console. Here's a tip: place any chocolate in the fridge rather than on top of it. DINING We usually took breakfast and lunch at the Ocean View Cafe and we enjoyed every meal. Some reviewers have described the Ocean View variously as a zoo or a works canteen. We disagree: the food was always good and the staff always helpful and polite. Some people either have ridiculously high standards, or they must be professional complainers. If the buffet atmosphere upsets you (but why it should is anyone's guess) take all your meals in the Silhouette Dining Room (open for lunch on sea days) or in the AquaSpa Cafe. We had an excellent dinner in the Murano restaurant. We enjoyed Cheese souffle, Latticed Turbot (a work of art), Scallops Wellington and Sea Bass accompanied by a delicious Gewurtztraminer. The sampler desert is delicious: tip, eat the ice-cream first if you want to avoid it melting while you savour the others. PEOPLE We appreciate the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of every one of the crew members on the Equinox. With a crew drawn from 73 different nationalities you can meet interesting people everywhere on board. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and cheerful and managed to find time for a brief chat. We realise that a vacation day for us is a work day for them, so we don't like to distract them too much, but they were always polite and as interested in us as we were in them. Tip: everyone likes to feel appreciated; we find friendliness is returned every time. There were several opportunities to meet and mingle with Captain and officers and they are equally cheerful and easy-going. Captain Panos runs a happy ship. Some crew members went over and above the call of duty and we want to recognize their efforts in making our trip so enjoyable. These are the crew members with whom we interacted most often. Firstly we must mention our stewards, Manuel and his assistant -- always cheerful and always helpful -- indeed this is true of all the crew who service the rooms in the forward area of deck 7. They work a long day, but are always friendly. In the Silhouette Dining Room we must mention Olena who is a first-class assistant maitre d'. She always manages to find time to talk to the guests at every table, and makes everyone feel special. We must also acknowledge Dev and Santiago who provided excellent service at our table. Similarly, Sonya did an excellent job of recommending wines and keeping our glasses full. Last, but by no means least, we must include Anthony and Cecilia who are just delightful people. In the Ocean View Cafe, Khryztyna made us feel welcome as did Denise (the only female sous-chef and token Canadian). We also enjoyed talking to Ana (Documentation Officer) Maria (Head of Housekeeping) and the excellent fellows who keep the pool area neat and tidy. ENTERTAINMENTS We're not interested in shopping, or in casinos, so we cannot comment on these areas. Musicals don't appeal to us, but we recognize the skill and dedication of the performers who delivered 3 distinctly different shows during our 10 days at sea. We attended several of the shows and enjoyed the speciality acts. Hypnotist Christopher Caress was excellent (he told me to write that!!!), as was pianist/singer John Bressler. The ship offers something for all tastes; like many other reviewers we enjoyed the North by North-West a capella group and the Chamber Music Trio. The Corning Glass display should NOT be missed. We could never get bored watching these artisans, and we tried to attend as many sessions as possible. Lori, Ryan and Brandon are incredibly skilled and consistently create amazing works of art that start as a blob of viscous liquid. It was fascinating to watch the pieces develop as they demonstrate their skills. Many beautiful glass creations are displayed throughout the ship. The onboard lawn is unusual, and standing on the turf while the ship was at sea was a strange experience at first; rather like experiencing an earthquake. The Activities Staff David, Nick, Doddy, Jaey and Sarah organized the Trivia games with great patience and made sure we never cheated (not that we would even consider cheating, of course). The Zumba classes with Nick were always well-attended. On the last sea day, one of us opted for the $150 See-How-It's-Done tour, and it was worth every penny. Our small group visited the bridge, the mooring deck, the helipad, the backstage area of the theatre, the crew mess and bar, the engine control room, the main galley and the ship's store rooms. The tour was followed by an excellent lunch in the Tuscan Grill. There was just one downside to this: while we were exploring these areas, Captain Panos was presenting a lecture on navigation. Most of us on the tour would have enjoyed listening to his talk, but no-one can be in 2 places at once. Sorry Captain, next time for definite! Sarah (Activities) guided us expertly around these restricted areas, and we met some very interesting people including Jonathon (Bridge), Damier (Mooring Deck), Bogdan and Stephanie (Theatre), Dave (HR) (crew mess, bar and facilities) Christos (Engine Control Room), Marius (Galley), and Earl (Stores). Thank you all for an excellent tour and the delicious lunch. SIDE TRIPS We took two side trips through Celebrity; the Bananas, Train, Boat trip in Costa Rica, and the Gatun Lock trip in Panama. We were not impressed with the Bananas, Train, Boat, excursion, but perhaps it was the wrong trip for us. We hoped we could spend some time on the canals, but that seemed to be the shortest section of the trip. The banana packing plant was nothing special -- you can see bananas being packed by watching How It's Made on the Discovery Channel. The train section was the worst. An asthmatic diesel engine struggles to haul two (yes, just 2!) coaches at a snail's pace through some woodland where you might see some monkeys. Big deal. The aquatic part was the most interesting, but as mentioned, it was also the shortest. We did see a caiman, an iguana, a Basilisk lizard, some birds called Kiskadees, some egrets and 100s of crabs. We can't honestly recommend this trip. The excursion to the Gatun Lock was far superior to the Costa Rican trip. We had an excellent guide who was a mine of information about the canal. His informed commentary added another dimension to this trip and we were very pleased to be able to watch 3 huge ships move through the lock. We'd recommend this trip for anyone interested in ships and history. SUGGESTIONS We had no complaints about the ship, her crew or any of the activities or meals we enjoyed on board, but we want to suggest a few small improvements that we believe might make a difference to people's enjoyment of a trip on the Equinox: 1)Portion Control. We enjoyed every meal we ate in the Silhouette Dining Room, but we noticed that if we ordered a cut of meat we were never able to finish it because the portions were just too large. A nicely cooked and well-presented pork chop was delicious, but two of us working together were unable to finish it. We were similarly defeated by a lamb shank and a pork schnitzel. We hated sending food back to the galley, especially when many of our servers are from countries were food is not always plentiful. Would it be possible to let dinners select the amount of meat they want, so nothing goes to waste? 2)Daily Schedule. The daily newsletter includes a schedule of activities, but how many people think to carry it with them when they leave their cabins? Would it be possible to post enlarged copies of the schedule in prominent locations (for example, near the elevators)? 3)Having the beverage section of the AquaSpa Cafe open during all daytime hours (not just during breakfast and lunch) would provide an opportunity to get refreshments on deck 12 forward. 4)Add a few more speakers/presentations with topics unrelated to selling the ship's goods/services, especially on sea days. 5)Disembarkation. As other reviewers have mentioned, this process seems to need some improvement. It was nowhere near the smooth, efficient operation we experienced when we embarked. Confusion led to chaos as people milled around trying to discover what exactly they were required to do and where they were required to be. The officer and staff on duty managed to get things under control, but it was a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent cruise. Perhaps this situation was related to the problems the US has with its Customs and Border Protection people, if so Celebrity cannot be held responsible, but we hope they will make every effort to streamline the disembarkation process for future cruises. SUMMARY We would definitely sail with Celebrity again, and have no hesitation recommending the Equinox and her crew. We select our trips according to the itinerary, and we have already seen a great deal of the Caribbean. Perhaps our next trip will be a Trans-Atlantic crossing, or the exciting idea of rounding Cape Horn. Bon Voyage Equinox! Read Less
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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