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409 Celebrity Equinox Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

cruise exceeded all our expectations and was fantastic from the food crew and entertainment. only did 2 excursions which were island tours at St Lucia and St Marteen and did our own thing at the other islands. embarkation and ... Read More
cruise exceeded all our expectations and was fantastic from the food crew and entertainment. only did 2 excursions which were island tours at St Lucia and St Marteen and did our own thing at the other islands. embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and i was very surprised by this when you consider the amount of people on board. the service was top notch and the crew always had a smile on their faces and were very friendly. waiting staff in the silhouette restaurant were really friendly and efficient and helpful with some good information on the ports we were visiting giving us some good tips cabin was very good and roomy (deluxe veranda deck 8) and kept spotless by our cabin boy overall condition of the ship looked very good and was maintained at every stop my only concern was the quality of the drinks obviously the bottled beer etc is not a problem but i have been a spiced rum drinker for over 20 years and it is mainly what i drink yet at times when getting Morgans Spiced rum with coke it did not seem to taste right, one night you could not taste anything so i got extra rum straight whichI added to the drink and it didn't even make it taste any better - went on the Bacardi Oakheart which was much better Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity and what a great experience. The embarkation was smooth and well organised. There was a small issues with our cabin which was dealt with.Daniel at guest relation assistance was very good. ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity and what a great experience. The embarkation was smooth and well organised. There was a small issues with our cabin which was dealt with.Daniel at guest relation assistance was very good. We ate in the Silhouette Dinning room which was beautiful.on our first night we were welcomed by Linda and we were seated in the section managed by Alejandro , Branson , Nadaha the Sommelier and Amalia, we cannot praise the staff enough they made our dinning experience something to remember. The food suggestions and wine was exceptional. Credit has to given to this group of staff, Each morning we visited the coffee shop Mark remembered our drink order every morning. Juariel in the lounge bar on deck 3 what a guy. Carlos the Cruise Director great effort goes into the planning of the activities well done. Loved the 2 comedians and the final show and the silent disco was fantastic what a laugh. Overall this was a fantastic holiday and I am sure I will travel with Celebrities Cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I just returned from the 11 Day Caribbean sailing on the Equinox. The itinerary could not have been any better. 2 Sea Days to get into Cruise Mode and then 6 port stops to be followed by 2 more Sea Days. The Equinox is a ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the 11 Day Caribbean sailing on the Equinox. The itinerary could not have been any better. 2 Sea Days to get into Cruise Mode and then 6 port stops to be followed by 2 more Sea Days. The Equinox is a beautiful ship that is kept VERY clean! The entire crew were very attentive and gave you a sense that they truly wanted you to enjoy your holiday. We were fortunate to be in a corner aft Sky Suite on Deck 10, number 1403. Being in a Suite we were able to dine in Luminae for most of our meals. The food and service were both excellent. In Luminae Richie and Paul (waiters) and Yan (bar service) each provided amazing service for the entire trip. The full staff in Luminae were all wonderful and welcoming. We also dined with a group in Murano one night and had a spectacular meal. We also used the Oceanview (buffet) a couple of times for lunch and found it to be full of options and also seemed very well maintained and organized. We also enjoyed many of the entertainers and live music. Some other things we really liked: - Being handed a glass of champagne upon boarding - One sunny sea day there was in impromptu sorbet service parade poolside, an actual parade of waiters served sorbet to anyone interested - Being greeted port side with cool drinks and or chilled towels - Cleanest vessel we have ever sailed on - Due to the ship design and implementation live music played in the grand foyer in the evenings was able to be enjoyed from floor 3 through 5 in many venues (martini bar, café bacio, Craft Social etc...) - Activities such as putting in the grand foyer and archery were welcome new events. As were Yes/No and Filthy Feud. - I had read/heard that the entertainment was not at the same level as Royal. Maybe there were no broadway shows but the entertainers did a very good job and there was a show each evening. We also saw two very funny comedians. When the show is not to your liking just move on the next event... - We enjoyed the Sunset Bar/Lawn area for a nice place to chat lawn side and have a cigar. The occasional live music out there was also a very nice touch - Glass blowing class was an amazing experience. Josh and Justin were both excellent. - The retreat lounge was excellent but we did not partake very often due to so many options. Alexandra and Ute (sp?) were both delightful. The only real downer was the Suite Sun Deck. It really is a shame the refurb was cut short because that area NEEDS water. We went up there a couple of times and walked right back out. I guess if you just want a quiet place to bake it is fine but there is no bar (but there is service) and no pool or hot tub or shower or sprinkler.... When the cruise ended the debarkation process was also seamless. We did luggage valet and were at the airport by about 8AM without any struggle at all. All in all, this was a wonderful cruise vacation. Thanks to all the folks who answered all my questions and provided input leading up to this. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is our 10th cruise on Equinox.. It's are go to when we don't want to fly since we live in Florida...Was supposedly revolutionized in May... very little signs except for suite amenities... Michael's club is now The ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise on Equinox.. It's are go to when we don't want to fly since we live in Florida...Was supposedly revolutionized in May... very little signs except for suite amenities... Michael's club is now The Retreat and is totally redone plus they added a suite only deck area.... This trip we booked Veranda... Only change in cabin were the bed coverings which our now Grey.. Really looks odd because they didn't update the color scheme anywhere else... What we were looking for is new night stands with drawers... Nope old ones still there looking worn as ever.. We really enjoyed the main dinning room, definitely felt the food has gone up a few notches (it was always good)... Enjoyed our one night in Murano.. Still top notch Tuscan grill was the same but found their steaks just didn't match up... Silk Harvest is gone :( replaced by LePetite Chef... Please understand what you are getting into before you spend $55... There are 2 seatings... 5:30 and 8:30, there is a fixed menu with NO choices... Because they project a cartoon on your plate of a tiny chef preparing your meal... 3 courses, 3 cartoons... Some people loved it, most did not... We go to Disney all the time so their concept would make an interesting option there.... So this reviewer gives it a thumbs down... We always love the Sushi restaurant but we're disappointed in quality and service there... Staff and crew outstanding as usual.. And the ship is still excellent and looks great... It's back to blue hulls instead of white... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise to celebrate my 45th birthday. This was our first time on celebrity but we have cruised with carnival NCL and Holland before. We wanted to splurge a little so we did a 10 day in concierge class aft facing balcony. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my 45th birthday. This was our first time on celebrity but we have cruised with carnival NCL and Holland before. We wanted to splurge a little so we did a 10 day in concierge class aft facing balcony. We did have ups and downs unfortunately and I do feel like we got sold on service that we mostly did not experience. Also the food was no better than what we experienced on NCL. We were on deck 10 in room 1208. Aft was very cool...we liked the room and the way it was set up. Loved seeing the wake every day, nice chairs that reclined on the balcony. Embarkation and Debarkation Both were easy, no issues. We got on in 10-15 mins and off just as easily. Our room was ready at 1 pm when we arrived. We did wait till 930 am to get off as we were staying in ft. Lauderdale for a day afterward. So it was way less crazy at that late hour. Ship It's beautiful but is showing signs of wear. Still very gorgeous. Just things like chair arms, mouldings, furnishings etc need to be replaced or repaired. We really loved the sky lounge for it's fresh 70s look and the theater...perfect seating and comfy chairs. The ship does feel modern but also classic. She's a bit smaller than what we have sailed in the past but still plenty of different venues to hang out. Dining ( average majority) We went daily to the buffet for breakfast. The menu never changes it's always the same and the food is average to less than average. Service was hit and miss. Our first night we ate at Tuscan grille. My steak was awful and I didn't like any of the appetizers. Service was less than impressive. fortunately as time went on specialty restaurants got better. Le petit chef at Quisine, sushi on 5 and Murano were all very good food and service was super at them most of the time. We also did a progressive lunch at Tuscan grille on the last sea day. much better service however some of the food was lacking and they stopped playing guitar in the middle of our lunch. Very strange schedule. Also occasionally we order something and it would never come. It was usually a second app so we figured the waiter just forgot. This happened at least 3 times with different places / people. I have to say the best food was at sushi on five but Murano was a very close second. Bars Service was lacking in the bars most of the time. Craft social was really the worst. they were out of a ton of different beers one time they served warm beer and more often than not they were either under staffed or simply hadn't planned for enough people. Big disappointment for those who love beer. we also had several waiters there that were just plain rude. we also experienced some of this at the sunset bar and at sky lounge. Once you got a drink though it was usually good. I don't drink alot so ordered water or ice tea and almost never got a chance at refill afterward. Disappointing. we had the classic package and felt that it did cover enough alcohol beer and wine to satisfy us. Entertainment Pretty good, we enjoyed both production shows that we saw. Topper and Elysium. We felt one of the male singers was lacking but the female leads were really good. The aerialists were awesome. Our favorite was the comedians. We wish there had been more. Celebrity is not good at telling you when the night is the only night you will have to see that particular show. The seats were comfortable in the theater and we enjoyed all the stuff we saw. Get there at least 10 to 15 minutes early though if you want a decent seat. We also thought we could see adequately from any spot in the theater. We did not participate much in the other activities as most of it was not interesting to us. We don't like trivia scavenger hunts card playing and other activities like that. Excursions I had some big issues with the UTV excursion. It was awful but I don't hold celebrity responsible. Our other excursion was canceled due to lack of wind it was land sailing. I think the biggest disappointment was on my birthday I rented an alcove which is just like a cabana. When we arrived at 9:30 a.m. we found that we had a waiter however had not been told the amenities the Cabana came with. Therefore we had ordered some things to be delivered that we did not need. then we had to go down to guest relations and spend approximately 40 minutes canceling and then replacing some of the items. also one of the items that came with was a bottle of grey goose we asked that we put on ice and it was. When we asked for it at 1:00 p.m. our waiter was going on break, we saw his bus take the bottle from the ice put it in an empty Cabana and then wait a half an hour for him to come back. By then in 90 heat it was warm. Stupid and ridiculous. also no one cleared the plates in our cabana and therefore it got really full and we had to ask three times. we had asked for chocolate strawberries to be delivered at 1:00 p.m. and they never showed up. We left and came back at 3:30 pm and the waiter told us they had been waiting since 3:00 p.m. and were now melting. Really? overall we enjoyed our cruise however we had many disappointments related to service in the bars restaurants and Cabana. silent Disco was probably our favorite activity very fun and we highly recommend it. we would take this cruise again however we would not pay for the extra things that concierge class provides. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I believe to give a fair cruise review a little back ground about my cruising experience.My first cruise ship I was ever on was when I was in my early 20's and was the SS Norway by Norwegian cruise line. Since those many moons ago I ... Read More
I believe to give a fair cruise review a little back ground about my cruising experience.My first cruise ship I was ever on was when I was in my early 20's and was the SS Norway by Norwegian cruise line. Since those many moons ago I have been on Carnival, Royal Carribean, Princess Cruise, Norwegian(again) and now Celebirty. I can defieanlty say without a doubt there are major differences in service and food on everyone of these cruiselines and the review I am about to give of the Equinox is my personal opinion only. We mainly chose the Equinox based on the cruise critc awards and the reviews of others so I am not sure if this was just us having so many different experiences on so many different cruiselines that the reviews of others maybe don't have or it was just a bad week for equinox in some areas. For example... if you have never been on a cruise ship and you go on a carnival cruise ship for the first time most would say it was the best food and service and the ship was so great...ect...ect .ect but if you were to go on say a Princess cruise ship then a carnival cruise ship you have something to measure it too. It was be like comparing apples and oranges Food and service vs activites, partying.Its just hard to compare and to give a good review. Opinions are so subjective. Never the less this is my only humble opinion of celebrity and the the ship. What helps us to decide on a cruiseship are two things....Service and Food. We are both in our late 40's and waters slides and rock walls aren't on our top of the list. Ship: For those that don't know the ship went throgh a mild remodeling but the ship being about 10 years old was still in top notch shap and the design and colors and interior were execellent. Cabin: We were in an Aqua Cabin 1631...interior was still in good shape, Large flat screen Samsung TV with FREE movies(some were saying that Celebrity has remove the free movies thats not the case) Free movies for us was John WIck 2, Dumbo and US? and they had several others. The channels that are availble on the ship as of this day are ESPN(internaltional ...big difference in American ESPN) ESPN2, CNN, Fox news, FOOD network, Sea movie channel and more.Bath shampoo and body wash by CO Bigelow Dining: So this was average to us ...at best...We thought by getting the Aqua cabin and able to dine in Blu that we would get a little better quality of food but thats not the case. You will be just getting a smaller version of the main dining room.(in my opinion) The food was average at best to us. We were disspaointed cause we read so many reviews of how great the food was on the ship so that along with service we thought how could we lose. We think this happened for several reason...Celebrity probably carries more international passenger than alot of other cruise lines so the dining menu was not our cup of tea. Alot of entrees came with a sauces or a marinde on it and that wasn't the problem..but the timing of it was. You could tell the sauces had been sitting on alot of fish or steak that was being served for a time..now I understanding feeding the masses can be very challenging but it is possibable and still be excellent(Princess cruises).. We really got tired of having not so fantastic food every nightt (dont get me wroing ....it wasn't bad its just average)so we decide to go to Murano which was a specialty resturant...this was Excellent and we were not disappointed so the next night we decide to go to the La Petite chef restuarant...this was more about the 3d aniamation than about the food. So we decide to stop messing around and go for the chefs table we were disappointed except for the dessert and which was a warm moist cake out of the oven and was exellenct. One the main dishes for the Chef table was a Halibut cooked in banana leaf marinated in wine(sounds good ..right?) wrong....we got this dish and opened it up and started eating it and I started to look around the table to see if it was just me but it wasn't ...the fish was very dry and didn't taste like it had anything on it...so I leaned over to the gentlman next to me asked how it was and he said it wasn't only dry but had not flavor...and i proceed to watch couple of people begin to dip their fish in the olive and vinger that was meant for the bread then i knew right there it wasn't just me but it was the fish. Sigh...very disappoinnting. There is one trend I have been noticing on alot of cruiselines and that is if you want execllent culunary food (excluding viking, regent, krystal and other top cruiselines) you have go to specility dining.It used to be you didn't have to do this and that the main dining room was the top notch on all cruiseline for while now its not the same anynmore. The buffet was above average as far as buffet go and as many do we ate there during lunch seeing its so close to the pool. Entertainment: The shows leave alot to be desired having seen broadway shows on Royal and Norwegian cruiseilnes..you wont' find Grease or hairspray or blueman group..this too was a disappoitnement. They did have a comdian and an illustionist and there singers and but they get blown away by Royal and Norwegian in these areas. This makes it very interesting because Royal owns Celebrity you would figure the would be more of a collabartion of sorts. Service: This is were Celebrity shines.....every person that I was in contact with every day called me by my last name and took care of any and all concerns we had...and for the most part did it promptly. Now saying that....there is a reason why this ship has outstanding services....its simple math....2,800 passengers and about 1300to 1400 crew members that ratio is incrediable. Bigger isn't always better when it comes to cruise ships and you do pay above to get on a celebrity ship compared to other cruiselines but there not huge crowds whereever you go and you can get a drink pretty fast no matter where you The Spa...for those interested in the spa.we had an aqua class cabin...if we decide to go back to celebrity again will more than likly not be doing the aqua cabin...we could have saved probably over 500.00 and just got the regular balcony cabin. The persian gardens was one the benefits of our aqua cabin but it wasn't worth it...Its not that we didn't use the gardens its that they kept forgetting to put the essential oils in the aromatic steam room and when that basilcly all you have to offer compared to other ships the you really don't have anything,The whole canyon spa is way over rated...Comparing it to say the Epic ship by Norwegian where you get not only aromatic steam rooms but cold rooms and indoor thermal waters to lay in ...no comparison.... Passengers: Alot were our age late 40 early 50s but there was alot of people late 50's to 60;s too. Don't expect a young crowd. This was a 10 day cruise so there was about 2800 people on this ship. I found out later there was 10 children aboard and I think i saw 3 of them. This is more of an middle to upper income class of passagners on this ship and alot and I mean alot of people from Europe. For those of you that have been on more than one cruise line you will notice small things that add up for this being a premium cruiseline... 1. All public bathroom don't use paper towels but use cottan hand clothes. 2.When you get back on board the ship from long hot day of excursions you will be greeted on the outside of the ship with your choose of ice water infused fruit and a chilled hand towel that has herbal frangrance. 3.I know its not a wow factor but most cruise ships require you to check out a beach towel when laying by the poolthat means having to return it....here you just grab one and go. 4. We learned through our dining experience ...that if there is anything that is wrong about your service or food they do all they can to make it right...example...I am not one to complain at all.. everyone on that ship is on contract so I do all that i can to make sure each crew member(waiter, room sterward,ect)that i am in contact with will get there contract renewed and so I don't complain openly but when I got back to the Blu resturant the next night my waiter asked how we liked our chef table ...we looked one another and said ...it was "ok" within 10 min the head waiter came up to us and applogized for such bad experericed and offerd us a specialty resturant the next night.Now to me that was a wow factor. 5. Room Steward....ok dont' laugh but everytime i was coming down the hallway and my room steward saw me coming...he stopped what he was doing and walked met me at my cabin door and unlocked it and said the exact same words...."How was your day' callign me by my last name...now i cant say that will happen with everyone but I can say Jonthan was very special to us and no he wasnt a butler but he sure could be one if he wanted. 6. The bars: this ship has some of the most exotic drinks and cocktails around. At the World Class Bar on the boat they make everyday all there syrups and fresh juices by hand and its discarded every day...for all their specialty drinks.. 7.On just about every event that they had gave alot of free sparkling wine and i know most cruise lines do this but this happend when first stepped on board the ship throught most of the cruise. Side notes....the interenet connection is "ok " for basic surfing but not for streaming even if you pay for the streaming...I got a max speed of 1.1 megabits on my speed test for a stream.It will be a pixal stream. Enjoyed laying on the grass on the back ot the boat watching movies. We did the mixolgy class and its pretty good deal...you will make yourself 4 premium cocktails and its not only fun but worth the money. One final note...Though celebrity brands themself as "modern Luxury"..this is not a luxury cruiseline its a solid premium cruiseline...I have seen some trying to compare this to a Viking cruise...I just don't think that its possible or fair to celebrity...think more of the lines of Princess cruiseline.... Overall looking back at the past 10 day cruise to southern carribean....it was a very good cruise...just wish the food was more to our liking...Would we go on it again?...probably not anytime soon I think we will go back to Princess or Norwegian or maybe save some pennies up and try for a Viking cruise. Saying that don't let one couples review sway your excitement for upcoming trip with Celebrity...its just an opinion and everyone experience is different...Look forward to sailiing with a good premium cruiseline. HappyCruising Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
10 day southern itinerary....we had never been to the abcs before so we chose this. Embarking.....we had expedited arrival on our boarding passes....we arrived at port at 10, got in the doors to ship at 11, drink in hand at ... Read More
10 day southern itinerary....we had never been to the abcs before so we chose this. Embarking.....we had expedited arrival on our boarding passes....we arrived at port at 10, got in the doors to ship at 11, drink in hand at 11:15.....staff was so friendly and welcoming!! Love the welcome champagne touch. Cabin....8242 and 8244....on the hump.... Fabulous location right by the elevators....very quiet and wonderful room steward...dwi.....he did everything for us! so kind and friendly!!! super comfy beds and great toiletries!!! Nice big pump bottles!! Ship....i've been on equinox before....2 years ago....since then they have gotten lots of new furniture all over the ship. the public restrooms were always spotless. the entire ship was spotless!!! they were always seen cleaning, wiping, mopping!!! Food....mast grill delicious! buffet... Delicious with huge variety! main dining room....hit or miss with entrees and we had select dining with different wait staff nightly that varied.....not the greatest service. tuscan grille.....loved it! great service and outstanding food...ate there twice. le petit chef......wayyyy too long, food meh and service terrible...rude waiter...would not recommend! al baccio.....went daily for specialty coffees..... Outstanding service! Shows.....boring. Live music all around ......loved it! but needed more younger music.... Seas.....super smooth besides our last night. Ports.... Aruba ..... Disappointed....public crowded touristy beaches but friendly natives! Curacao.....did irie west beach tour....it was eight hours long and half was spent on a super hot bumpy open air bus....i do not recommend! Bonaire.....our favorite!!!!! SO GORGEOUS Grand cayman.....stingrays and royal palms beautiful! Key west....got diverted to labadee and so glad....it's gorgeous! Had a great time there!!! Debarkation.....had luggage valet....best thing ever!! was off the ship in 10 minutes! Overall......super friendly bar staff at the pool and other bars, incredible room steward, all the staff was so sweet and helpful!!! but....never once saw the captain and his daily announcements were useless. GREAT SHIP GREAT ITINERARY Great food and beverages!!!! Outstanding cruise!!!! LOVE YOU CELEBRITY!!!!⚓ Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is now my favorite route in the Caribbean. Equinox is just he right size ship not too big and not too small. Public spaces are many and Sky lounge was practically empty early morning and late evening The bar tenders in Sky area are ... Read More
This is now my favorite route in the Caribbean. Equinox is just he right size ship not too big and not too small. Public spaces are many and Sky lounge was practically empty early morning and late evening The bar tenders in Sky area are also great group. We were in balcony room 9139 and enjoyed having the deck and location close to elevators. Our room steward "Mat" saw to our every need. We were able to dine in Murano, our favorite restaurant. Wonderful food and great wine pairing. We also tried Sushi on Five this trip. Food was amazing and we sampled almost the whole menu with our group. Tuscan unfortunately was again disappointing. Their hand made pasta is the worst of any Italian we have ever eaten. My ribeye steak was good as well as the tiramisu. Wine server filled our glasses once and never returned until the end of our meal to splash a drop in the glass. Outside pool, the usual chair hogs but Celebrity was really good in removing towels from areas vacant for long periods. Plenty of chairs available on higher deck. I did glass blowing and was a real treat. We now have a beautiful vase as a souvenir of our trip. Due to hurricane winds headed for Key West we missed that port and were taken to Royal Caribbean private island in Labadee,Hiati. This was fun but really did not like all the begging for you to shop in their booths. Enjoyed the local music and costumes upon arrival and departure. Embarkation and debarkation using the facial recognition was so easy. Process didn't take more than 10 minutes and we were on board. Same with going thru customs. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise was a birthday celebration for my wife, Suzy. Every step of the way, Celebrity made this cruise vacation very special. As usual, all of the staff and crew on Celebrity made our cruise very special. I reserved a Celebrity Suite ... Read More
This cruise was a birthday celebration for my wife, Suzy. Every step of the way, Celebrity made this cruise vacation very special. As usual, all of the staff and crew on Celebrity made our cruise very special. I reserved a Celebrity Suite which was simply amazing. Besides the usual items for the Solstice Class ship, these are some of the special things we enjoyed this cruise. -Check in - Expedited and personal check-in embarkation / disembarkation. Special area for sail away from Miami port -Michael's Club - Stored carry on luggage in Michael's Club while we explored the ship while awaiting for our cabin to be prepared. Michael's Club is the Suite only lounge which will soon be converted to the retreat. Great spot for pre-dinner drinks and different events. The staff arranged for silent disco. They mentioned it was the first time and it was an absolute blast. Really fun event. Also, there is a concierge that was absolutely amazing. She was able to get me a reservation for the glass blowing. The glass blowing demonstration is a must do. - Cabin - Celebrity Suite. I thought this cabin was a tremendous experience. A little pricey but with all of the amenities and services, I think it was worth it for a special celebration. Approximately 400 square feet and a larger balcony. - Luminae Restaurant - Suite class restaurant with meals prepared to order. We had dinner in the Tuscany Grill one evening but quite honestly, the Luminae makes the specialty restaurant unnecessary. We did the specialty restaurant after our Chef's table so everything would pale in comparison - Chef's table - I believe this was an additional $150 per guest but the meal was an incredible experience. The Executive chef, the Head Wine Steward, and an executive officer were present. - Reserved seating for the performances during formal nights - Butler service - All 4 upgrades for a suite. You do get two upgrades with the Concierge Class but the beverage package for the suite class is the Premium package which we upgrade. . - Premium coffee and teas - One of our favorites is Tea Over Ice in the afternoon. Refreshing I have cruised a variety of cruise lines and cabins (around 20 and counting). It has been a full evolution from it doesn't matter what cabin since we were rarely in the cabin to a Celebrity Suite which left us wondering how we would go back to Concierge class. Regardless of your cabin choice, this is a wonderful ship for a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my 65 cruise cruising on 11 different cruise lines that include Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Disney, Costa, Cunard, and Celebrity. This was my 16 cruise on Celebrity (I am an Elite member of ... Read More
This was my 65 cruise cruising on 11 different cruise lines that include Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Disney, Costa, Cunard, and Celebrity. This was my 16 cruise on Celebrity (I am an Elite member of Celebrity captain’s club program). I am 47 years old. Hotel Info: We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami/Brickell-Downtown night before the cruise. We had lunch at Perricone's Marketplace and Cafe that was within walking distance from the hotel. I rate the hotel and restaurant a perfect score. You are within the financial district and it is very clean and I felt safe. Ship Info: Celebrity is one of our favorites when we are traveling with just adults. We sailed in November for 11 nights when school was in session, so the average age was probably around 60. Even if school was out, there usually is not as many children compared to other cruise lines that offer a lot of family activities (water slides, etc). The ship was extremely clean. We were fortunate to have Captain Kate on this sailing. She is very friendly and funny and I truly enjoyed having her as a captain. If you have the opportunity to have her as your captain, make sure you go to her question and answer session towards the end of the cruise. We love sitting in the solarium pool area because it is peaceful. The solarium also has a small healthy breakfast and lunch buffet in the corner I enjoyed. Activities: If you want to take some gym classes (yoga, spinning), you should make reservations on the first day for these classes. It costs around $15 per class. Service: Service was friendly in all areas. Towards the beginning of our cruise, we found a comment card that we could fill out inside of our cabin. I filled it out and put a positive comment for someone in the dining room and someone in the aqua spa in the solarium. I handed the comment card to guest relations. Within a couple of days, both of those employees came up to me and thanked me for the positive comments. I can tell it made their day and I’m going to make sure to do this going forward on every cruise. Shore Excursions: we had a lot of rain on this cruise so out of the six stops, we only had the opportunity to enjoy some good weather at two locations. At St. Croix, we got off the cruise and took a cab to Rainbow Beach. I plan to go there again because it was clean, friendly, had a restaurant, and you could rent umbrellas and chairs. Plus, nobody was trying to solicit you. If there was nice weather in Barbados, we were going to go to Carlisle Bay because it was next to the pier and the captain recommended it. If I go back to St Lucia again, I would book an excursion with the cruise line because I didn’t like the “pushy” feeling of their taxis and the service at the beach. We went to Rodney Beach and it was beautiful but every 10 minutes, someone tried to sell us something. One local dropped his glass bottle (after he finished drinking it) on the beach in front of me and left it there when I said no thank you to what he was selling. Stateroom: We stayed in a concierge balcony on this sailing; however, our favorite category is Aqua Class because we enjoy the Blu Restaurant and the Persian Gardens Spa area. We only book these categories when it is a great deal. Otherwise, we book an inside cabin. Dining: Before you order your meal, ask the waiter what they recommend. If you don’t like what they brought you, they will bring you something new immediately. Another tip, asked to have the cheese and cracker plate they offer during dessert brought to you before your appetizers so you can enjoy them before your meal. If you don’t like crowds, eat in the main dining room for breakfast and lunch instead of the buffet. The specialty restaurants are excellent too (especially Tuscan and Morano). If you want to eat in a specialty restaurant, I recommend booking it in advance and not on the same nights as their Evening Chic nights because I find those nights have great menus in the main dining room. To avoid the first day lunch buffet crowd, go to a specialty restaurant when you get on board. We normally would go to the sushi restaurant after embarkation because it isn’t busy; well worth the money. Because we were part of the concierge‘s class, we received a private luncheon in the main dining room on embarkation day. The pastries and desserts at Cafe al Bacio are free and very good! Plus, if you have the beverage package, the coffees and teas are included. If you have the beverage package, make sure you try some of their homemade juices and smoothies in the solarium. Dress Code: They offer two Evening Chic nights, less than 50% were dressed up in a suit/dress. Most people dressed business causal during the dinners. Entertainment: We saw a few of their shows and enjoyed them. If you want to see them, they are usually at 7 pm and 9 pm. Disembarkation: If you want to carry all your bags off the ship by yourself, they will let you off starting at around 7 a.m. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Had this cruise picked for me by fellow travellers. I was told it was the best of the best. In fact, I was not impressed. Started off with being charged £250 for 11 days wi-fi, then balcony partitioning panel between rooms was broken. ... Read More
Had this cruise picked for me by fellow travellers. I was told it was the best of the best. In fact, I was not impressed. Started off with being charged £250 for 11 days wi-fi, then balcony partitioning panel between rooms was broken. Followed by being charged $29 per day for tips we hadn’t sanctioned. Next up the service at the a la Carte restaurant was slow, as was the service at the bars, due to card system. The shows were ok, not brilliant, same for the bands. The islands were nothing flash either, a few decent houses but mainly shanty towns. The touts on Antigua were horrendous. On the top deck is a jogging track, so there is always about 6 idiots walking round, getting in peoples way, especially the stewards. Sunloungers were too tightly pushed together, not much room to manoeuvre. Our first cruise and probably our last, not value for money. I don’t suppose this review will get past the sensors, but that’s life Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to try it for first time , loved it , need better info on how your packages work especially the drinks package , would prefer more shore time but imagine it’s governed by tides etc . Food was excellent especially the service from ... Read More
Wanted to try it for first time , loved it , need better info on how your packages work especially the drinks package , would prefer more shore time but imagine it’s governed by tides etc . Food was excellent especially the service from staff in silhouette restaurant.was not impressed with one of our bags getting separated with the other ones on disembarkation , and poor communication for our trip and it didn’t do what leaflet stated arrived far too early for airport departure. Tv package not very good needs more stuff to watch gym needs more classes putting on .drinks packages need more choices and better quality to choose from and it was hard to understand what you can have and how it works.hygene was super , we did have issue with toilet failure and nobody told us had to report it and then later had to re ask what was wrong it was block issue Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Maybe I got carried away with the hype of celebrity being a step up from the other cruise lines and my expectations were too high but I can honestly say this was the worst cruise I have ever done. The ship does not seem able to handle ... Read More
Maybe I got carried away with the hype of celebrity being a step up from the other cruise lines and my expectations were too high but I can honestly say this was the worst cruise I have ever done. The ship does not seem able to handle its amount of passengers very well at all. Myself and my party often felt invisible at the bars where service was very slow and a lot of the staff just seemed like they would rather be anywhere but there ( maybe a lot are coming to the end of their contract and are counting the days down). There was a couple of exceptions but overall it was a big disappointment. Also on that note maybe it’s time for ALL cruise lines to have separate pool bars for cocktails and beer. It’s so frustrating waiting long periods while the staff faff around making all these fancy cocktails when all you want is a bottle of beer! Just a thought for the powers that be of cruise ships. I also found the bar areas inside to be all on top of each other with everybody congregated in such small areas, it was very noisey and crowded and again very poor bar service. The food in the dining room was excellent but I booked this cruise some 16 months in advance with the any time dining option so was not happy on embarkation day with a note in cabin saying that due to ship being very busy we advise you arrive at 20.30! Not my problem, don’t sell it if you can’t deliver on it. The buffet upstairs had a great choice but the food was never very warm. The organisation with the shore excursion left a lot to be desired queuing us up like school children when it was apparent the sky’s were going to open up any minute. Heavens forbid they should just tell us a coach number to make our way, no they waited until we were soaked to the bone before walking us to the coach in the rain. Not a great start to the long tour. I could go on and on but you catch my drift. I love cruising but thank the lord this was not my first cruise because if it was I would never cruise again. So it’s back to ncl and rcl for me because I can not do justice in describing just how bad the service was on this ship. Before I go praise to the cabin person, she was fabulous and always happy to chat with you. Something a lot of the other staff could learn from. So in a nut shell, too big a ship with inadequate facilities and space to cope with passenger load. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Cleanliness, friendliness, and service of staff was excellent. The fine dining was a joke. The food was terrible and selection was limited. The scallops in one of the entrees were as small if not smaller than pearl onions. Have you ever ... Read More
Cleanliness, friendliness, and service of staff was excellent. The fine dining was a joke. The food was terrible and selection was limited. The scallops in one of the entrees were as small if not smaller than pearl onions. Have you ever heard of turkey parmesan? Well, either have I. There were no grapes, cherries, blueberries, or strawberries to be found other than a garnish. The Cafe food was better than the fine dining and I'm not a fan of buffet food. We did eat breakfast and a few lunches in the dining room and that was excellent. The entertainment was mostly comedians. The entertainment was rather boring. It seemed the staff was having more fun than the guests. The only saving grace of this cruise was the people. Meeting people from around the world was fun and very interesting. We all had a great time. Celebrity, your cut backs are very visible. I guess someone has to pay for the renovations you're making to your fleet. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
First, to set context: My wife and I have been on 25+ cruises on 8 cruise lines. This review is about our experience in a Celebrity Penthouse Suite on the Equinox, a Solstice-class ship, our first cruise with Celebrity. Prior to this ... Read More
First, to set context: My wife and I have been on 25+ cruises on 8 cruise lines. This review is about our experience in a Celebrity Penthouse Suite on the Equinox, a Solstice-class ship, our first cruise with Celebrity. Prior to this cruise, our most recent cruises had been multiple stays in the highest-level suites on Oceania and Regent as well as multiple trips in butler-serviced rooms on the Paul Gauguin. If you’re interested in our perspectives about the highest-end Celebrity experience in that context, read on! Summary: All things considered, this was the best cruise we’ve ever taken. The ship was in excellent shape, food and wine were outstanding, and the staff was amazing. We’ve already booked multiple additional cruises in the Penthouse Suite on Solstice-class ships. More detail on each of those topics is contained in the sections below. Please keep in mind that this is about the top-end experience on Celebrity, your mileage may vary. Embarkation/Disembarkation: The process of getting on the ship was very smooth, on a par with what we experienced in the Owner’s Suite on Oceania. We boarded the ship at Terminal G in Miami, where there were separate security and check-in lines for Suite and Premier passengers. After check-in, a representative escorted us up the boarding ramp and we were quickly scanned in onto the ship. Celebrity staff with champagne was waiting just past security check-in. After we got on the ship, we were directed to Michael’s Lounge, a lounge available only to Suite-class passengers. Michael’s is a nice lounge, and we enjoyed it later during the cruise. However, it was too crowded during check-in—too many people in too small a space. A tip for other travelers: Consider going into Michael’s and getting a beverage, then sitting in the Ensemble Lounge just outside Michael’s. Getting off the ship at the end of the cruise was also very easy. They let us off early and we walked down to baggage claim/Customs. The Suite-class bags were set in a specific group, we grabbed our bags and walked through Customs. Less than 10 minutes from the time we checked out on the ship until we were out of Customs. Ship: We sailed on the Equinox, which is currently scheduled for dry-dock during spring of 2019. Given that schedule, we expected that we would see a “worn” ship…and from a poor experience on a recent cruise on another cruise line, we decided we’d look closely to see what that looked like. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship was in beautiful condition. Granted, we were staying in a Penthouse Suite, but we also went to pretty much all of the public areas. Carpets were in great shape, we didn’t see any leaking pipes, rust, or large areas of flaked off paint. Furniture on the decks and the deck floors were well-maintained. All things considered, the ship was in the best condition of any ship we’ve been on. It was also decorated in a style that suits us nicely. I don’t know the correct term to describe it, just look at pictures online and you’ll see what I mean. Food: We like to eat “European style”—multiple courses, subtle spicing, a couple of hours for dinner. We ate many of our meals in Luminae (the Suite-class only restaurant). We also ate in Murana (the upscale premium “French-ish” restaurant, Sushi on 5, the Spa Cafe (in the solarium) and the Oceanview lunch buffet. In addition, we had food delivered to our room from Silk Harvest and the Tuscan Grille. With just a couple of exceptions, the food was very good—at least as good as anything we’ve had on any other cruise line, and much better than most of them. Food was cooked properly and had subtle but complex spicing. We had chateaubriand in Murano, the best beef I’ve ever had, and I almost never eat beef. Desserts were very good; we typically don’t eat desserts, but the chef did some great things with high-quality chocolate, so we didn’t even try to resist. It was also very nice that we could ask for things to be prepared a specific way, or to have things brought from the main dining room to Luminae, and the chef always accommodated us. Basically, if the ingredients were on the menu, he could make something for you. He even cooked some Filipino dishes for us (e.g. adobo) that weren’t on the menu but which were outstanding. I won’t list everything we ate (you’re welcome!), suffice it to say that virtually everything was great. That does bring me to the “with just a couple of exceptions” point. We had two fish dishes that weren’t good. One was a trout dish, one was sea bass. On both, the filets were too thin, and the fish was overcooked. All of the other fish we had—three kinds of tuna, shrimp dishes, various Indian fish dishes—were quite good, so we know that it can be done properly. If I decide to try sea bass on future Celebrity cruises, I’ll make sure that they’re steaks (not thin filets) and that they’re not overcooked. But hey, two dishes that were exceptions out of 33 meals with about 3 courses each…I’ll take it! Wine/Spirits: We like to try new wines, and we like to try special wines. From the start, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of wines available in Lumniae and the wines and spirits that came with the Premium Beverage package that is one of the perks in the Penthouse Suite. If you found something that was more highly-priced than the Premium list (e.g. a Penner-Ash pinot noir), you only paid the different between the per-glass price and the top limit on the Premium list. And if you bought a bottle, you got a 20% discount. We found several new wines that were outstanding. They were high-end wines, and the 20% discount was very much appreciated. The sommeliers served the wines appropriately, and were great at making recommendations. We’ve found a few new favorites, and I plan to send Celebrity an email a few weeks ahead of our next cruise to ask them to have some of those in stock. If you like spirits, there’s a good selection on board. One of the perks with the Penthouse Suite was a couple of bottles of spirits. I chose a 12-year old McCallan single-malt Scotch that’s only available on cruise ships. And when we got on the ship, there was a bottle of Perrier-Jouet waiting for us. Staff: The staff on the Celebrity Equinox was outstanding, the best we’ve ever had. Every member of the staff that we encountered seemed to have an honest passion for making sure that we were having a great time. It’s obvious that this comes from the top down—hats off to Captain Kate McCue. By the way—she was a great captain, made a very enjoyable announcement every day at 10, and made a point of interacting with all the passengers. The crew in general made a point of being out and about and interacting with all the passengers. I can’t say enough about how good the staff was. We had the best butler we’ve ever had (Izzy), our room steward was the best (Wilford), the dining room staff in both Luminae and Murano were outstanding (Yan!), and the sommeliers were top-notch. In addition, everybody else we saw was very helpful and pleasant, no matter what they were doing. Crowd Management: This was the largest ship we’ve ever cruised on and it had the most passengers. We were concerned that we would feel “packed in”. Interestingly enough, the ship never felt any more crowded than the smaller ships we’ve sailed. Sure, the buffet at lunch was crowded…but on a “per square foot” basis, it didn’t feel any more crowded to me than those other cruise lines I listed above. There was just more square footage :-) Whenever we went to public areas, we were always able to find someplace where we had space and weren’t crowded. I guess that’s because the bigger ship has more public areas and lots of things people would be interested in. Or maybe it’s because we just weren’t going to the places where everybody wanted to be! Leaving and boarding the ship in ports also never felt crowded. We got off and back on the ship at times when most people would have been doing the same thing, but the lines were never long and they always moved smoothly. Only took a couple minutes to leave or re-board the ship any time we did it. It seemed to me that Celebrity had the process tuned very nicely, did a better job than the other cruise lines we’ve been on, and that continued all the way to final disembarkation. Okay, so you made it to the end of this long-winded review. Hopefully you found some useful nuggets in there. As you can probably tell, we’re very excited about sailing with Celebrity again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Although we've been Loyal to Royal, a good friend suggested we join him on this cruise (he and his partner had been on Equinox before and loved it); so, we did! Primarily because: 1. It was an eleven night cruise out of a Florida ... Read More
Although we've been Loyal to Royal, a good friend suggested we join him on this cruise (he and his partner had been on Equinox before and loved it); so, we did! Primarily because: 1. It was an eleven night cruise out of a Florida port (we live in FL) 2. The itinerary was great; going to many places we've not been to and 3. The price (Go Better) was pretty darn good (plus we received an additional $500 off per person about a year after we booked it!) We drove to Miami for pre cruise eve and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Doral. We had a one night stay plus parking for 12 nights for about $175. The hotel offered a shuttle to/from the port at $12 per person per way; we opted to use Uber so we could go at our own convenience (it ended up being $55 (including tip) each way split between three of us so it came close to the $12 shuttle price). We did wine tasting and ate at Cooper's Hawk, which was a less than five minute walk from our hotel. Great place. Embarkation We arrived at the port around 10:30. Easy process to drop off our luggage with a porter, go through security, and get in line (Concierge or Elite line, can't recall) to check-in. There was a delay in checking in; the person was training someone else, and somehow managed to key in the wrong stateroom number, which threw the system off. By the time they got it figured out, they were boarding the ship. On we went around 11 (I think). Very nicely greeted on board with a glass of sparkling rose. After a stop at the Passport Bar, we went to the dining room for the Concierge class lunch; this was nice, especially as we were hauling carry on bags around with us and the Ocean View Cafe (buffet) was probably a zoo. Went to our staterooms around 1:00; most of our luggage was there (the rest showed up an hour or so later). Ship Just beautiful! Super classy. Size wise a bit smaller than, say, Freedom Class on Royal Caribbean. Laid out nicely and easy to get around. I didn't notice anything that looked worn down, dirty, or in need of repair/replacement. Our favorite places to hang out were The Solarium, The Martini Bar, and The Ensemble Lounge. Stateroom 1245 Deck 10 Port Hump. Very conveniently located near the aft elevators. Although smaller than what we typically book on Royal Caribbean (Junior Suite), it was nicely appointed with plenty of storage. The bathroom was much nicer than those in a regular balcony cabin on Royal Caribbean and its shower was a huge improvement. Concierge Class 2 meant robes, umbrellas, and binoculars (all to borrow), upgraded toiletries, a bunch of complimentary things (shoe shines, laundry, press, dry clean (which we didn't use)), daily fruit and snacks (which we didn't eat but it sure was pretty!) and a bottle of sparkling wine on embarkation day. The bed was close to the veranda, which I usually prefer however it probably would have felt a bit more spacious had the desk where I did m hair been closer to the veranda rather than right next to the bathroom/walkway into the room. The veranda as larger than usual due to being on the hump/bump out; large enough for a table, two chairs, two footstools, and one lounger (which we had removed to give us more space to stand and walk about). Our stateroom attendant was Paulino, and he was fantastic. He really liked my door decorations (I didn't see hardly any other doors decorated) AND the candy I brought for him. He was very good about responding to the Post It Notes I left for him on the mirror :-) Although the stateroom was located close to a supply closet (right outside the door in fact), we didn't hear any noise from employees opening/shutting the door. We could hear some chair scrapping from the stateroom above us, and the folks next to us in 1243 had their TV on quite a bit but it was faint. I put a video of the stateroom on You Tube for those who care to see it. Dining We ate primarily in the MDR for dinners, second seating at 8:30. Although seated at a table for 8, there were always only four of us (me, DH, our friend, and a very nice lady from Turkey!) Our dining team were great at Table 213: Mohanty, Chandra, and Fatma. I really liked, too, that both a bar person and a sommelier (Fatma) were on hand nightly for drinks/wine. Generally speaking, the food in the MDR was pretty good. We're not overly picky, though. I heard others saying they thought it wasn't a good as on Royal Caribbean, and yet others saying the felt it was a notch up. We had dinner one evening in The Tuscan Grill and this was superb. Excellent. Ditto with our lunch in Murano on the last sea day (who can beat surf and turf for $30? (although, honestly, the surf and turn in the MDR was very nice as well)). We had breakfast and lunch and afternoon snacks a few times in Ocean View Cafe. Despite the fact that no buffet is ever my favorite place to be (due primarily to it seeming people check their brains at the door when they enter), the selection and variety of the food available was very good. Each day there was a different country-based theme, and there was a lot of options in general. We also had a few plates of burgers and fries at The Mast Grill and ordered room service breakfast several times (this is a nice way of "setting an alarm" as they always call the room when they are on their way with your order). Most of the time the food was just fine. Entertainment We are epic fail folks when it comes to going to shows. At this point, we're just not overly interested in this sort of thing. The few musical groups, duos, solos, we heard while sitting in various lounges were pleasant. I did think, however, that the DJ/music they had outside The Martini Bar every evening was WAY TOO LOUD; could barely hear ourselves talk. Speaking of The Martini Bar, the nightly "shows" they put on with pouring the stacks of martinis was cool to see. Service Definitely excellent service and care, from Captain Kate on down. Most everyone was friendly, smiling, and helpful. We only ran into a few that were not; namely, a bartender in The World Bar who snubbed us when we asked for a Maker's Mark one evening ("This is The WORLD Bar!") so I guess asking for a simple bourbon was considered heathen! Ha ha. From our stateroom attendant to dining room team to waiters in the specialty restaurants to the bartenders (for the most part, see above) to the guest services staff, to the folks working the pool area, and to my pal Kumar at Slush, we really enjoyed the crew on Equinox. Ports Well, what can I say? It rained a lot this cruise, so, we opted out of excursions in St. Thomas, Antigua, and Barbados. We did do the a rum tour in St. Croix and a Cosol tour in St. Lucia; both were fine. Fellow PAX We met a lot of folks via our Cruise Critic thread and enjoyed hanging out with them doing a roulette pool and cabin crawl. This was the first time we've been on a cruise where I'd say 1/2 of the PAX were NOT from the U.S. A nice change! I think I saw 10 kids the entire time (not that I have anything against kids). A different mix. Most people were friendly and polite with only the few either rude or totally obtuse ones thrown in for good measure. Frankly, the worst experience I had was in the luggage area on disembarkation morning (a few men pushing me out of the way so they could get closer to the baggage conveyor). Disembarkation We had #12 tags. There was hardly anyone in The Tuscan Grill where we waited. Our number was called quickly and we were off the ship before 8:00. Aside from it taking a while to get our luggage, the process was smooth. We called for an Uber at the curb and off we went back to the hotel to get our car. All in all this was a fantastic cruise! We'll definitely book Celebrity, and likely the Equinox, again. In fact, we have an open booking that must be selected by the end of the year :-) Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first cruise with celebrity the check in was smooth although we did get let down at the airport and our hotel which was all booked through celebrity. Was charged £93,00 for transfer to ship which was 5 minutes from hotel, ... Read More
This was our first cruise with celebrity the check in was smooth although we did get let down at the airport and our hotel which was all booked through celebrity. Was charged £93,00 for transfer to ship which was 5 minutes from hotel, local cab would have been 20 dollars. The crew on board were excellent although i had to chase our room attendant for bathroom supplies. Captain Kate was amazing very interactive with guest and funny riddles this was her last cruise for 3 months so very lucky to have been on this cruise. The food was excellent in the main restaurant and we tried the Tuscan grille which was outstanding and well worth the money. We found a lot of the excursion were cheaper when booked at the key side although celebrity were very fair in letting you cancel booked trips with 24 hour notice. We had one trip cancelled owing to poor weather and celebrity credit our on board account straight away . Would use this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Fabulous cruise with fairly good weather but more rain than usual. Loved Captain Kate. She is so visible and so pleasant always. Ship was well cared for and in great condition. Service and food were very good and entertainment was also ... Read More
Fabulous cruise with fairly good weather but more rain than usual. Loved Captain Kate. She is so visible and so pleasant always. Ship was well cared for and in great condition. Service and food were very good and entertainment was also great. Enjoyed the three Production Shows and comedians were very good. Dan was a great Cruise Director. Bar staff and hors d'oeuvres were excellent up in Elite Lounge each night. Edrilyn was a great Captains Club Hostess. Had Select dining at 6:45 each night and had same table and servers who got to know our likes. No lineup to get into Dining Room ever. Didn't go to any Specialty Restaurants as Main Dining meals satisfy me and didn't take any shore excursions as I have been many times to all Islands. Staff at Guest Relations desk were pleasant and helpful. Staff in iLounge were very helpful and seemed to be well used. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
An 11 day itinerary in the 'sun' (it actually rained a lot, but was warm) was the attraction. 4 x sea days (2 at each end) plus 6 ports (we'd only been to one of them before) looked good. The voyage and ship did not ... Read More
An 11 day itinerary in the 'sun' (it actually rained a lot, but was warm) was the attraction. 4 x sea days (2 at each end) plus 6 ports (we'd only been to one of them before) looked good. The voyage and ship did not disappoint. I really like the ship's layout - particularly the 'lawn' on Deck 14, aft.. The staff and crew - led by "Captain Kate" - were very forthcoming and entertaining. Very visible. Did not hesitate to talk to you if you saw them around. I really think that Celebrity's food is above average. We cruised RCI two months ago, no comparison. Also, we had a dedicated sommelier for our section; he was great. Kept the glasses filled (often with wines that weren't on our "Classic" packag). We were Concierge Class which came with some extra perks. You can argue the value of these versus the extra price, but we found it good value. We were deck 10, forward midships. The cabin is no larger, but decently laid out. The balcony had foot stools, which were a nice touch. The only complaint is the lack of storage compared to similar sized cabins on RCI, for example. Equinox is going in for a total refit in May, so perhaps the cabins will be changed. We look forward to cruising on Equinox again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Just returned from 11 night cruise on the Equinox. We were in Aqua Class cabin 1641. The cabin was quiet, and had a good location. Our neighbors on each side and above were quiet also! Arnold was our stateroom attendant and was great . ... Read More
Just returned from 11 night cruise on the Equinox. We were in Aqua Class cabin 1641. The cabin was quiet, and had a good location. Our neighbors on each side and above were quiet also! Arnold was our stateroom attendant and was great . Check in went well. Rooms ready by 1 pm. This was our second cruise on the Equinox. Previous was January 2016. There is wear and age showing but still a good ship. Food was good in Blu and Ocean View. Some hits and misses. Room service the same good and bad. Pool bartenders were rude and unfriendly. Received wrong seapasses more than once! Entertainment several duds. Did enjoy Rondel Sheridan and Uptown. Production shows amateur and in lobby Bristol Fashion horrible. Lead singer ate in Ocean View- never smiled , Captain Kate was fantastic! Cruise Director Dan good also. Wonderful cruise overall. Quick and easy debarkation in Miami. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We stayed in Aqua Class for Blu restaurant and were not disappointed. Wonderful food and service was great. Server always recommended an extra entre for our table of four to share. Breakfast was excellent and smoothies and fresh squeezed ... Read More
We stayed in Aqua Class for Blu restaurant and were not disappointed. Wonderful food and service was great. Server always recommended an extra entre for our table of four to share. Breakfast was excellent and smoothies and fresh squeezed OJ a pleasant surprise. Merinos was incredible. We went on the first night so it was 30% off. Wonderful food and service. Silk Harvest was ok but wouldn't put it on my list again. Ate lunch in the Oceanview Cafe and it was very nice and great variety. Enjoyed eating outside the cafe. Captain Kate was extremely engaged with the guest and thoroughly enjoyed her. Went to the 9:00 show every night and it was good. First night comedian was a little weak but everything else was good. Went to the 10:00 silent disco twice and it was great fun. Bonaire catamarain and snorkel excursion was amazing. We saw so many fish and an octapus. Key West was so hot we did a hop on hop off when we got to town. Curacao went to beach for half a day with Celebrity. Very windy. Need aqua socks because of rocky beach. You can stay all day and take a taxi back to port. I would highly suggest that. We were the only boat in port so getting a palm tree wasn't a problem. Would be if other boats were there. Aruba did a tour of the island and it was okay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
About Us: Canadian couple, mid-60’s, smart, active. Enjoy people, culture, history, food, dance, entertainment. Priority: comfort at reasonable cost. Experience: cruising rivers and oceans, guided and self-vacationing and all-inclusive ... Read More
About Us: Canadian couple, mid-60’s, smart, active. Enjoy people, culture, history, food, dance, entertainment. Priority: comfort at reasonable cost. Experience: cruising rivers and oceans, guided and self-vacationing and all-inclusive resorts, around the world. Travel, eat, relax, and learn geology, history, geography, engineering (optional for some, enjoyable for me). This trip was the 10-day South Caribbean cruise, from Miami, to: Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao (ABC), Key West. We specifically appreciated … pretty well everything. But be warned: I’m easy to please: give me sparkling clean accommodation, super service, food to feast, enjoyable entertainment, interesting sights and shore excursions – I’m good to go. I note the favourable quality of the passengers; polite, educated and genteel. (In this group, I include myself and my pretty partner.) This leads to very pleasant and thought-provoking conversations (in various accents) at meals and social functions. So a highlight of the journey is the interesting people we meet. Superb variety of gustatory delights exciting for the palate are presented at supper. We tried the light breakfast in the Solarium; occasionally the more relaxed service in the dining room; most often enjoyed the full breakfast buffet. We rise early so buffet lines are short; otherwise I might waste a minute of my holiday, and could be resting my gaze on the azure horizon. I enjoyed the galley (kitchen) tour, not having to slave over the stove or the dishwasher. Imagine the technology of feeding over 2,800 critical mouths 3 meals a day. The cruise program includes daily presentations and nightly variety show entertainment. The shows were excellent: Broadway singing and dancing in great costumes, comedians of two seasonings – sweet and spicy, violinist. I rated the quality as high, but I concede not everyone has my taste! Not your thing? Head for the casino, or hang out at the bar like many do (indoors or poolside). I am repeatedly amazed by volume of money spilled for drinks. But then much of it is complimentary (perks) for these guests who already spent the money on suites. Well, it’s only money, and they worked for it. [Editor: quit grousing and get on with the review.] My partner and I are dancers, we love to prance to the sound of music and we love to show off ... modest? No? You don't dance? Not your thing? Head for gym, or peer out your porthole. Don’t forget the reason why you chose the trip. The south ABC islands include significant history and engineering. These include refineries, desalination, salt production and aloe-vera manufacture. Not your thing? Head for the sun deck, or a dip in the pool or hot-tub. Quality observations: is it perfect? Mostly, the cruise lines have learned from passengers and try very hard. Now there’s shopping as a palliative for those with room in their suitcases and on-board-credits. A nice feature of this schedule is the stop in Key West; this permits a timely US customs inspection on board, expediting the disembarkation in Miami. Did I mention we had a fantastic trip? Always do! It’s a matter of attitude. Bon Voyage anyway! See you around. The world. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Well where do you start , this was our first experience of cruising with Celebrity,and what a fantastic decision it was . After a long flight from Edinburgh to New York then onto Miami we checked into the Marriott at Biscayne Bay ,we had a ... Read More
Well where do you start , this was our first experience of cruising with Celebrity,and what a fantastic decision it was . After a long flight from Edinburgh to New York then onto Miami we checked into the Marriott at Biscayne Bay ,we had a chilled and relaxing night . Awoke the next morning refreshed and excited about the next 10 days on-board the Equinox , we had a few hours to spare so explored the area around the hotel. The boarding process was simple , you drop your bags off go into the terminal building , and just follow the instructions from the friendly and helpful staff . Once you get your sea pass and cross the gang way the holiday really begins . The sail out of Miami is fantastic I think we were the 3rd of 4 cruise liners leaving at the same time it looked awesome , We booked a balcony cabin and was very impressed by the size and comfort of it , plenty storage for all the wife's clothes and that's some going . Let's talk about the ship its a work of art , easy to find your way around , lush carpets and furnishings different in all areas but blending beautifully, The pool was a decent size with 2 hot tubs and a solarium ,plenty of beds spread over 2 decks, pool bar and the mast grill serving fab burgers , The lawn club with real grass is a fantastic area with a brilliant bar doing cocktails beers and spirits,the mud slides top the bill ,favourite bar has to be the gastro bar, think it had 40 different beers and I tried most of them . The Silhouette restaurant was fantastic, breakfast,lunch,and dinner top class , breakfast could be a bit hectic at times with all the staff keeping everyone happy , lunch and dinner was more relaxed, great and varied choice served by excellent waiting staff . We went to 2 off the celebrity restaurants, Murano serving modern classic French cuisine a fabulous experience , the Tuscan grille an Italian steakhouse , easily the best ribeye I've had, Entertainment was of such a high standard it was hard to believe you were on a ship and not at a west end show, Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was my first cruise and I'm hooked! This wasn't just a holiday it was an experience. The staff on The Equinox were exceptional, from the bathroom attendants to the crew everyone made a point of interacting with you and they ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I'm hooked! This wasn't just a holiday it was an experience. The staff on The Equinox were exceptional, from the bathroom attendants to the crew everyone made a point of interacting with you and they all genuinely looked like they enjoyed their jobs. The food was amazing especially in The Silhouette dining room where we booked a designated table every night, our wait staff got to know us and couldn't do enough to make our dining experience special. The quality and variety of food on offer from dawn till dusk in The Ocean View cafe made sticking to a diet very difficult, so much choice. Take advantage of a drinks package they are value for money. There is something on board for everyone all day every day with the added attractions of different places to see in Port. The entertainment and shows were fantastic. This was a great cruise to start with, a good combination of relaxing and visiting new places. I can't praise Celebrity highly enough, we will definitely book again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Celebrity lost a star in the review for the very painful embarking we experienced. 1.5 hours standing in line is not a great start to a wonderful vacation. Luckily, Captain Kate and the staff of the Equinox more than made up for the ... Read More
Celebrity lost a star in the review for the very painful embarking we experienced. 1.5 hours standing in line is not a great start to a wonderful vacation. Luckily, Captain Kate and the staff of the Equinox more than made up for the unpleasant start. Our dining group (Baron, Angela, Resa and Charm) were the best we’ve ever had on a cruise! Our favorites were the escargot, beef wellington, prime rib and the lobster ravioli. For the first time on a cruise, we even enjoyed the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The MDR had fake hash browns at breakfast, not so the buffet. The Caesar salad at the buffet was very good. There were so many good choices. Our room (8124) was within sight of the Bridge. I loved being on our balcony and watching Captain Kate and crew preparing for departure from the various islands. We could have used 1or 2 more drawers, but found our room very quiet and comfortable. We slept wonderfully on this cruise. We did a mix of ship excursions and some we scheduled on our own. One thing I learned though, if you have any health issues that make walking a challenge; booking through Celebrity will make getting on the tour a bit easier. We found that the tours outside of the ship booking don’t always pick you up right at the dock. There was one tour that from our room to their location was a 1.6 mile walking in the heat. If I had known that, I probably would have picked something different. I learned that when I book myself, I need to find out those details. We really enjoyed the entertainment and had a great time with the Cruiseguys2009 slot pull to start our cruise. Thanks to the hard work of all those people working on the Equinox, we had a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
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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