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4 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Caribbean - Western

First time I sailed with Celebrity Cruises and it was absolutely amazing. It was worth every penny. We were treated first class, the service was second to none. All staff were welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere on the ship was like ... Read More
First time I sailed with Celebrity Cruises and it was absolutely amazing. It was worth every penny. We were treated first class, the service was second to none. All staff were welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere on the ship was like one big happy family from both staff and guest. The food was of a high standard and a wide variety, fresh and taste was excellent. We were spoilt for choice. Certainly amazed at the standard of cleanliness and the whole operations of the ship. The rooms were spacious, clean and the steward assigned to the room was ver attentive and was very helpful. The facilities met every need of each gues. A variety of activities when at sea, you could do as much or as little as you want. If you take a cruise with Celebrity you will not be disappointed. Good selection of islands stops and use local transport. Highly recommended it will be a cruise liner/company I will be using again. Well done, i applaud you all for all you hard work and having a smile each day. GREAT!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were visiting Miami from Northern Ireland. We took our flight from Dublin direct with Aer Lingus to Miami 5 days before the cruise, this allowed us a few days to explore the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. We picked up a hire car for ... Read More
We were visiting Miami from Northern Ireland. We took our flight from Dublin direct with Aer Lingus to Miami 5 days before the cruise, this allowed us a few days to explore the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. We picked up a hire car for our stay before the cruise then returned it to MIA on the embarkation day. TIP - the taxi drivers are a bit crazy and the set fare seems to be $27 from the airport to Port of Miami. I recommend an Uber - this works out at around $14 and a much comfier ride - head to the car rental ground transportation level and your Uber will find you. Moving on to the cruise, we arrived at the Port of Miami around 11:30am, at this point hopped out of the taxi and had a very awkward greeting from a baggage collector who moved our bags away and immediately turned to us and said "We will load your bags for you, so I will accept tips now and ensure your bags arrive safely". Being a British tourist in a foreign country I gave him $5 for our 3 bags as I wanted to make sure they would definitely get on the ship. TOP TIP – have some small cash handy when you get to the port, by chance I happened to have a $5 in my pocket or it would have been awkward. Next we walked through a quick security check, nothing much to report, just a standard TSA like check but not as strict and then a very quick visit to receive our XpressPass cards and a check of our passports. We have British passports however there were no visa requirements for the countries we were visiting (obviously just ensure you have an ESTA for landing in Miami!). We then proceeded into the ship and did what anyone else would do, headed to the buffet. We skipped breakfast so were very ready for our buffet lunch. The range of food the Oceanview Café had was excellent, pizza stations, carvery’s, Indian and meat stations. We found a nice area out at the back with lovely views of Miami, including the AA arena and the Miami Causeway. Whilst we were eating an announcement came over to PA to say rooms were ready 45 minutes ahead of schedule, we were excited as we had booked a balcony room, number 7125. After 2 or 3 lunches each we decided to check out the room, the Atrium of the ship is incredible, I have previously sailed with Princess and NCL, I was told Celebrity were one of the best and they didn’t disappoint. Being from the UK we have been beat up financially by Brexit and the exchange rates so any opportunity to save money was welcome, we ended up booking a balcony room through a US company cheaper than an inside cabin on the Celebrity Website. I won’t go into huge details about the room but it was a decent size, big sofa that was used the whole week to hold the cases, an extremely comfortable bed and the balcony which was used for about 2 hours every day, my happy place. Room pictures are attached. The first stop was Key West, we booked a Trolley tour for $25 each which was nice to see around however with the benefit of hindsight we would have just hopped off the boat and walked up Duvall Street. Next was a day at sea to explore the ship, we visited the iLounge, being an Apple fanboy this delighted me. We also headed to the front of the boat where it was quieter to sunbathe (this is up 2 floors and I don’t believe there is a lift). You have more space here compared to the poolside however food is further away….burns a few calories I guess. Costa Maya – this stop was kind of poor and we had been warned about this. Our initial intention was to visit the Mayan ruins however when we began researching it showed that we were over 2 hours away. We decided we would go on shore; it was odd as we left the ship around 10am and already a lot of people were walking back to the ship telling us “not to bother”. We took a dander around the town and it was ok for souvenirs but it seemed the general consensus was that it is a stop that should no longer be on the route, this came from crew and guests. The following day we visited Cozumel, we were told this was the better Mexican stop out of the 2. Our initial intention was to go to the beach and explore from there however my wife kept asking about the excursions. In the end we decided to go to Dolphin Discovery and swim with the dolphins. I liked this area as the dolphins had loads of space in the sea to swim. The cost was $89 and it is treated like a dolphin swim with a beach area afterwards. The one thing that really grinded my gears was during the experience there is a huge push on photographs, one single photograph was $80! I thought it was pesos at the start when I first read the sign. TOP TIP – if you do this experience ask them for the online link and you can buy the photos for up to 2 weeks afterwards, they are approximately 75% off. A CD of photographs was $165 which is atrocious. The beach area was pleasant and it included food & beverage whilst at the facility which was just ok but all in all we were very pleased at the experience only costing $89. We took the bus back to the port and explored a few of the shops in the port; this was a lot nicer than the shops in Costa Maya. The next day we were in Grand Cayman, I had been there about 15 years before. We walked off the boat and purchased a bus trip for $25 each which took us around the island. TOP TIP – we wanted to Jet Ski at 7 mile beach and it was $100 for 30 minutes at the port to book. When you get to the beach most of the vendors sell this for $40 - $50 for half an hour so better than half price. The bus took us to Hell and a little shop of novelties; it let us see around the Island a little and gave us a good history of the Island. We hopped off the bus at 7 mile beach to stay there for a few hours and it was genuinely the best beach we have ever experienced. We have been to California, Hawaii, Portugal and Spain however this beach had the clearest water and it was the prettiest beach we have been to. After jet skiing we swam for a while, some snorkelling and sunbathed for a while. About 2 hours before we had to be back on board we started to look around for how to get back to the boat, luckily all the taxis and busses meet up at the beach car park, we were taken back to the port for only $2.50 each. There are small stalls at the port again for souvenirs and drinks; we felt the prices were pretty good too. Leaving Grand Cayman was sad as it was our last stop on the cruise; we still had a day at sea ahead of us before we got back to Miami. When we got back to Miami it was a very civilised process, we left the hefty luggage out the night before and we were given our “waiting area”. We did not go to the meeting area, we went to get breakfast first and at that point our number was called so we wrapped up and headed off the ship. We picked up our luggage and got in the queue for immigration, this was very slow. The CBP conduct a “light” check of the passports and didn’t ask many questions but we did notice those that requested porters at the luggage area walked to the front of the immigration queue. We grabbed an uber at that point and headed to MIA. Entertainment In regards to entertainment there was a stand-up comedian, a puppeteer, a Paul McCartney tribute show and the ship’s crew show. I hope I don’t offend anyone but I felt the ship’s crew show was poor, we really didn’t enjoy it, and it felt like a super budget restrained Cirque performance. The performers are trying hard but we couldn’t help but feel that another stand-up comedian or perhaps a varied music performance would work better. The stand-up comedians were excellent, genuinely brilliant and usually a full house. The Paul McCartney performance was very well played, a little dull at times and a lot of empty seats however the guys were very talented. Food The Oceanview café was the most impressive buffet we have used at sea, the food variation was excellent. It was nice to have Indian & Chinese dishes (even proper British bacon at breakfast!). The evening meals were at Silhouette, the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. There are static items on the menu and then one or 2 dishes per course are changed daily, a little more variation would really help but that’s a very minor thing as there were plenty of options. As a British couple we really enjoyed afternoon tea every day between 3pm and 430pm I believe it was, the scones and cakes were delightful. Room On our last cruise we had an inside cabin on the NCL Epic, so this room was a big upgrade for us. The balcony has very comfortable recliner chairs and a table which is nice for breakfast (menu is left on the door handle with your time preference) and our door locked tight so we didn’t have any outside noise at night. The bed was very comfortable and there was significant space underneath the bed for suitcases, the sofa was sizeable however I would assume most use it to hold their cases if not unpacking. A sizable wardrobe, safe, fridge and TV, the TV channels are enough for background noise, mostly news channels for some reason but best not to sit in the cabin watching TV on a cruise! The bathroom was very spacious, a good shower and plenty of storage. Stops I enjoyed all the stops except Costa Maya; perhaps it is my own mistake but I just didn’t enjoy it. Had we been able to go to the beach it could have been excellent however they are having a big sea weed issue at the moment so a lot of the beaches smell bad and you are unable to go in the ocean. Key West is a wonderful first stop, I hadn’t been there for over 18 years and had a great time, Grand Cayman was superb for the beach alone and the locals are very friendly. Service I could write a huge piece on this but my general impression is that EVERY staff member went above and beyond. Having worked in service delivery for 10 years I value this trait highly, Celebrity impressed on every single level. The waiters in the dining room were world class and the room attendants were friendly and thorough. I could write a long list of names but the whole crew is superb, the head Chef from Bergamo in Italy introduced himself to us one night. I congratulated him on the excellent display of his staff and food. Ship The Celebrity Equinox ship has been in service since 2009, we were told that the ship is due for a refurb sometime in the near future. I wouldn’t say that it would be overly necessary, I would say that the equinox has another 2 or 3 years before that would be required. The rooms are still in good form, the pool area, gym and shopping areas are very modern, the foyer is beautifully designed with glass elevators and the ship is very easy to navigate. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise as Celebrity have a good name and the price was right. Boarding was fine and went to lunch immediately, but the usual first day packed buffet so difficult to find a seat. Attended the muster which dragged on for ... Read More
I chose this cruise as Celebrity have a good name and the price was right. Boarding was fine and went to lunch immediately, but the usual first day packed buffet so difficult to find a seat. Attended the muster which dragged on for far longer than necessary. The cabin was ok if a little small. Celebrity only supply a bar of soap in the bathroom, how mean is that!! One hardly wants to share one bar of soap with a friend. We had brought our own shower gel in case this happened. Surely a luxury line can do better? The ship itself was great. Comfortable and inviting public areas with plenty of places to sit. Everything was kept spotlessly clean and everyone made to use the hand gel before entering the buffet, not so much the restaurant. The food was varied with plenty of choice and good quality. Fantastic burgers from the pool bar, although the lines could be long. I thought the specialty restaurants were way overpriced at $45 ahead so didn't try them. The service was excellent from all members of staff, particularity in the coffee shop (Phillip and another younger guy) and main dining room (Tasha and team). There were plenty of sun beds and we even got one on sea days after a time spent looking. The itinerary was ok but unfortunately we missed Key West due to strong winds preventing us from docking, nobody's fault. Other ports were Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The main problem was the lack of atmosphere at night with little to do. A lot of passengers had the drinks package and seemed to enjoy this at the pool bar during the day, meaning quiet bars at night. A couple of nights they had a silent disco which was great fun. The main disco had the usual Mr attitude DJ who couldn' t read his audience. When most people are over 50 they like 70s music rather than rap!! We attended an Elite cocktail party one night to mix and mingle with the officers but got the impression they would rather mix and mingle with themselves, at least from the one we spoke to. All in all an ok cruise but expected something more. I would recommend Celebrity though for the service and food. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our third time on the Equinox and our 12th time on a Celebrity cruise. Needless to say we like these ships and the company. However, there were a few things on this cruise that I wish had gone a bit better. This was our second ... Read More
This was our third time on the Equinox and our 12th time on a Celebrity cruise. Needless to say we like these ships and the company. However, there were a few things on this cruise that I wish had gone a bit better. This was our second time in Aqua class (the first was on the Constellation which was retrofitted with Aqua class so the dining room was actually the top right level of the normal dining room. This time we actually had the aqua class restaurant Blu. The service was fantastic but the food was just a bit off. The appetizers were just a bit too exotic for my taste so most nights I simply had shrimp cocktail and a Caesar salad. The entrees were also a bit overboard for my taste and the sirloin steak from the anytime menu was only about 1/4" thick and had no taste. Breakfast was also a hit or miss type situation in Blu. I order the pancakes the first day and they were cold and like rubber. Every egg order were served with a "garnish" of fried mushrooms, asparagus and fingerling potatoes. I do not eat asparagus or mushrooms. Although I recently read that the ship had been refurbished in 2016, the cabins were certainly not included in this. Our shower doors were broken, the curtains on the veranda doors were the same ones we had in 2009. Our cabin attendant was the most unfriendly one we have ever had on a cruise! We had no "Do Not Disturb" sign in our room and although we asked him for one several times, we never got one. One the previous Aqua class cruise we received 2 bottles of water each day. On this one we received a flask of "flavored" water/tea that was always warm because the ice had evaporated? The afternoon canapés were a joke since they were never "finger" foods but were not served with anything to eat them with? How are you supposed to eat humus without a cracker or piece of pita or bread? The rest of the ship was in pretty good shape but one thing that really bothered me was they way they handled the sale of Bingo cards. On the first sea day, they had two separate price charts, one showing the price of the cards without a Lotto ticket and the other showing the prices ($10 higher) with these Lotto tickets. There was no description oh how this lotto worked or what the prizes were. On the successive sea days, the price chart WITHOUT the Lotto tickets was gone and they were telling folks that the HAD to buy the Lotto ticket with their package? When I protested, I was sold the Bingo package I wanted without the $10 Lotto ticket. I felt that this was pretty low handed. One of our originally scheduled ports was cancelled before the cruise started and a second day in Cozumel was added. Since we have been to Cozumel so many times in the past, this allowed us to spend an extra day on the ship instead of on an excursion. The entertainment was overall pretty good even though we had seen a number of the specialty acts before - they were as good the second time around. Although some of this review may sound a bit negative, rest assured that this hasn't stopped us from booking 3 more cruises. The next two are our first back-to-back on the Princess Ruby out of Vancouver and sailing the California coastline to Los Angeles. The next is a 14 day out of Sydney, Australia on the Celebrity Solstice cruising a number of ports in Australia and New Zealand. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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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