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10 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do ... Read More
We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do unless you pay $$$ to visit a resort. I also understand the ship is being refurbished and it needs to be. More furniture for the Lawn. Staff as usual AMAZING. They are always such a credit, so helpful and want you to have the best experience possible. I always choose Celebrity because the food is consistently serious. Far too many towels by the poolside this year but that could be spring break. I managed to find a super quiet spot on the 5th deck which was less windy and packed out. ALL cruises need to up their involvement for helping the environment and cleaning up oceans. Encourage recycling. Educate people onboard. I was pleased to see paper straws and recycling stations but still plastic bottles of water. Let’s give all passengers a reusable water bottle and commit to The Ocean Cleanup. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My teenage daughter and I just returned from our very first cruise and we loved it! The Equinox is a beautiful ship and everywhere we went there were staff members cleaning and keeping it beautiful! My daughter is a "germophobe" ... Read More
My teenage daughter and I just returned from our very first cruise and we loved it! The Equinox is a beautiful ship and everywhere we went there were staff members cleaning and keeping it beautiful! My daughter is a "germophobe" and appreciated that they was hand sanitizer everywhere :) All the common areas were very nice and with the exception of the pool deck they did not feel crowded. The public bathrooms were immaculate and in one of the bathrooms there was an attendant who would open the stall door, clean the seat, squirt your soap in your hand, turn your water on and hand you a towel (a real towel, not a paper towel) to wipe your hands. The pool deck and solarium were busy during peak times as expected, but we were always able to find a chair somewhere. The solarium pool (adults only) was not very crowded but the outdoor pool was pretty crowded during the middle of the day on sea days. Our cabin (6165) was spacious for the 2 of us and there was plenty of storage. The bathroom was more spacious than I anticipated and had lots of storage space. We enjoyed our balcony very much. Each morning it was nice to sit out there and look at the ocean or watch the ship pulling into the next port. The beds were comfortable. We took everything out of our mini fridge the first day and used the space to store the water and soda we brought with us. I read complaints that the fridge didn't keep things very cold, but I thought it worked just fine. Our room was serviced twice a day but we often had to request items (additional shampoo, etc) and I felt that our stateroom attendant should have replaced these items without being asked. From what I have read, our experience was not the norm and service is usually better than what we encountered. We were very pleased with the dining options. We did not visit any of the specialty restaurants because we thought the food that was included in our cost was very good. In the main dining room our waiters were very attentive and remembered our preferences. We enjoyed the food and if we ordered something and found it not to our liking the waiter would replace it with another item. They seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy our meal. We thought the steak and desserts were especially tasty. The Oceanview Cafe had more options for food than you can imagine! Everything was hot and tasty, and we especially enjoyed the omelet station, stir fry station and desserts. The selection at the Mast Grill was limited but very tasty and was perfect for a quick lunch on sea days. There was a drink machine at the Mast Grill as well, so it was convenient to grab some tea, lemonade or fruit punch to cool off while sitting by the pool. Being first time cruisers, we thought there were a good variety of activities. We enjoyed trivia, game shows and poolside activities. We went to 2 production shows, 2 comedians and a magician. They were fairly good. Our favorite thing was Silent Disco! So much fun to watch everyone sing and dance to their own music! The fitness area was adequate - I had to wait for a treadmill but not for long. There were plenty of activities but also plenty of spaces to just hang out and relax. Each port had something different to offer and we enjoyed them all. In San Juan we took a food and history walking tour, in St. Thomas we took a shopping/signtseeing/beach tour, In Nassau we went to Blue Lagoon Island and in Punta Cana we went to Scape Park and Juanillo Beach. We really felt at home on the ship and it was nice to come back at the end of our port days. We loved every minute of our trip and hoping to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise because the dates suited my holidays and the Caribbean location suited two sun-starved Irish girls. Embarkation was well managed and organised. The welcome aboard drinks were a lovely touch. Service was in general ... Read More
Chose this cruise because the dates suited my holidays and the Caribbean location suited two sun-starved Irish girls. Embarkation was well managed and organised. The welcome aboard drinks were a lovely touch. Service was in general excellent throughout, except for a few mix-ups at the customer relations desk. The food was fabulous throughout. I'd only say that there are not many vegetarian options on the main dining room menu if you happen to be vegetarian (I'm not). I had mostly a good few options with a gluten-free diet. This got better as the week went on. The Oceanview Cafe has every variety of food available. It just takes a little while to find out where it all is! The nighttime entertainment in the Equinox Theatre was brilliant, especially the big production shows by the singers, dancers and trapeze artists belonging to the ship...they were amazing. Not an awful lot to do by night after the show was over. One notable exception...the Silent Disco was great craic. I also believe the Moonlight Party was great fun but I was only there for a short time. My friend and myself attended nearly all of the daytime dance classes given by the Production Cast Dancers. These were great and it would have been even better to have more of them. In general I didn't find many of the other daytime activities appealed to me. We took 1 ship excursion - a walking tour of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. That was really good and very informative. Took out a drinks package (the Standard one) for the last 2 days on-board but found it quite difficult to ascertain where I could use this package and what drinks were available to me. Despite assurances from the front desk that I could use it in any bar on-board, this wasn't the case. They want you to upgrade to the higher priced Classic or Premium package of course! Would love to see plastic straws banned on-board!! Please take note Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Wanted more sea days, less kids, great service, fabulous food, good entertainment! Got it!! We knew going in not to expect Broadway shows, ice-skating, water shows, being constantly kept busy and needing to follow a daily schedule. ... Read More
Wanted more sea days, less kids, great service, fabulous food, good entertainment! Got it!! We knew going in not to expect Broadway shows, ice-skating, water shows, being constantly kept busy and needing to follow a daily schedule. Sometimes we like that. This time we wanted a bit less activity, quitter, more refined. Aquassorth it for Blu dining. The attention and service in Blu was outstanding. The food was very superior to what we've had in the dining room. We ate at Tuscan Grill, Silk Harvest, Murano, Sushi on 5 and loved them all. The premium drink package was fun to have! Super friendly staff in all venues. Excellent room steward. Easy on/off ship. 3rd time on Solstice class. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! My husband (53) and I (54) have been on 11 cruises-- all different Cruise lines. Celebrity has the best customer service and food hands down. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
To start, this was my wife and I's 3rd annual cruise (my 4th overall). We take a Caribbean cruise every march so it coincides with my wife's spring break. We had sailed with Carnival the last 2 years and while we really enjoyed ... Read More
To start, this was my wife and I's 3rd annual cruise (my 4th overall). We take a Caribbean cruise every march so it coincides with my wife's spring break. We had sailed with Carnival the last 2 years and while we really enjoyed Carnival, we wanted something more "sophisticated". We were recommended to Celebrity by friends and called our cruise travel agent and she also highly recommended Celebrity. We did find out that there was going to be a large group on board. Some 900+ people from the Abraham Hicks group were doing seminars and workshops all week. While I was initially concerned that a large group could impact general activities on board, we felt zero impact and wouldn't even have known they were there if they didn't have name-tags on. We booked through her and we asked for our usual port side balcony. We were not aware of the different types of balconies that celebrity offers (there are surprisingly very few interior cabins). She recommended the basic veranda stateroom on the "hump" (Solstice class ships have slight bulges on the sides) and this ended up being a huge deal because we were one of the few totally unobstructed balconies on the 6th deck as lifeboats are hanging off of deck 5. We got 3 perks with our cruise and we chose, $300 OBC (can be used for excursions), Classic beverage package, and pre-paid gratuities. The perks are my favorite part about booking with Celebrity. When I added up all the perks with the price of the booking, we actually came out cheaper than we would have on the Carnival cruise + the alcohol and money we would have spent on excursions. Embarkation- Super easy and quick. This was night and day different than what I experienced at the Port of New Orleans with Carnival. We never stopped moving through the lines and were on the ship before we knew it! Celebrity even hands you a glass of Champagne when you get on board, very nice introduction! Note: We were not "priority" as we were not Concierge class or above, but this hardly slowed us down. We went up to the top deck to meet our family who were joining us and immediately went and got a drink and a burger at the mast-grill. Celebrity does push pretty hard on the upgrade to premium drink packages, but once we set sail we weren't asked again. Our rooms were ready at 1PM and our luggage arrived shortly after. We had gotten accustomed to seeing our room steward and having them introduce themselves pretty quickly with Carnival. On Celebrity, our steward was in charge of all the luggage for the rooms he was in charge of, so it took him a while to stop by. Cabins- Our Veranda Balcony Room 6231 was spacious and very very clean. The only issue we had was lack of storage space. We were unable to completely unpack our non-hanging clothes for the entirety of our voyage. Other than that our room was great! It has a touch of elegance with the white beds and granite counters. Our steward "John" didn't understand some of our requests (he brought champagne glasses when we asked for more wine glasses) but was extremely attentive and kept our room cleaner than we would've hoped for. Dining- One of the most important things to us is the food. The "Oceanview Cafe", "Mast Grill", and even the menu at the Gastro Pub were fantastic. The main dining room was gorgeous, and while my steak on the first night wasn't great, the rest of the week was fabulous. Our head waiter, Matzie, did something that my family will never forget: My little brother LOVES the lava cake served on Carnival every night. He was delighted to find out that Celebrity serves it on one of the nights during our cruise. However, it ended up being the night that we were going to be out in San Juan. The next night, after the main course, he didn't bring us a desert menu, but instead told us that he "had it taken care of".... He worked with the Matre' D and the pastry chef and had eight lava cakes put aside the night before and made especially for my brother and our family. It was an amazing gesture and only cements my belief that your wait staff will always be some of your favorite staff of any cruise. Entertainment- We spent a ton of time just catching up with family all week, so we didn't see everything. The shows that we went to, 2 of the 4 main productions, were absolutely stunning. The singers, dancers, and acrobats were breathtaking and it was such a treat to see them perform. The 2 comedians were hilarious!!! I was surprised that both shows were PG-13 CLEAN, but that didn't take away from their performance. My wife doesn't like profanity during comedy shows, so she was absolutely thrilled. Activities- One of my favorite type of activities were the "Officers vs Passengers" events. There was Bocce, pool volleyball, and even a poker tournament. These were a lot of fun to watch and I definitely want to participate when we cruise next year! There are many other activities like the famous Silent DIsco, (which is a lot of fun to watch) and mini game shows. In the end, we always felt like if we wanted to go find activities, we wouldn't have any issues. Also, if you are a wine lover like myself, they have several wine activities every afternoon. The wine tasting was fantastic and allowed you to do the "around the world" with different whites and reds. It was well worth the $20. The wine "blending" event was awesome. My father and I teamed up and we mixed and blended 4 different reds to make our own. At the end you can purchase bottles or cases of your "blend" and they are even judged by your hosting sommeliers and wouldn't you believe it that our blend WON! We got a very nice cabernet as a trophy and we loved drinking our blend the remaining nights during our main dining and sharing it with our family. (corkage fee was waived) Service- This is something that Celebrity hangs their hat on. Overall, the service was awesome. We felt as we were treated like kings and queens the entire week with the exception of a few incidents which I will go into shortly. The biggest improvement I found from Carnival is that it was never hard to get a drink. Almost all passengers on Celebrity have some sort of drink package, so I had thought it would be more difficult. I was wrong. There are plenty of waiters on the pool decks, bars, and shows to never let your drink go dry. We were very impressed to say the least. The two issues I had with service: one was reasonably minor, and the other I am still quite upset about. I always sign up for the Cruise Critic Roll Call meetups. The time and location are set up after embarkation and invites are sent to registered participants rooms. I literally got my invite 20 minutes after the mixer started. In the end it wasn't a huge deal to me, but it was disappointing. The second issue is inexcusable. My wife had been wanting to buy a Michael Kors bag and wallet for months. I told her there was a store on the Equinox and it would be cheaper to buy it there. My wife is 25, and probably looks a couple years younger. I say that because when she walked in, the two ladies who were working that store looked up and her and completely ignored her. We aren't rich people being so young, but she could buy anything in that store (and had planned to) and was disrespected to the point that she ended up not buying either. I, on the other hand, am in my late twenties and look much older. When I wanted to buy a nice watch, I had two gentlemen literally meet me at the door and thus helped be purchase a beautiful Citizen watch that Im thrilled with. Ports & excursions: San Juan- We went on our own and loved it. Rain was moving in, so we hopped on one of the many tour busses that are being offered when you leave the docks. *note: the price lessens the farther from the docks you get. We paid $15 a head compared to the $25 the first guy from the same company offered. San Juan is beautiful at night. We stopped in a cafe after the tour and later on ended up at this amazing rustic pizza place called Pirilo. Check it out! St. Maarten- We did the Celebrity excursion beach trip. We got two free drinks and an amazing lunch included. The Sand was almost as nice as the water, and the bus ride doubled as a guided bus tour. Would definitely recommend. St. Kitts- My mother, wife, and myself went to on a beach excursion to CockleShell beach. Would definitely recommend as well. The rest of my family did the Volcano hike, and came back exhausted. They said they thoroughly enjoyed it, and while they are glad they "accomplished the climb", the wouldnt do it a second time as it was extremely strenuous. Overall- We rebooked the Equinox for next spring break if that tells you anything. We had never had a truly relaxing cruise until we sailed with Celebrity. Far less kids and random noise flying around the ships. No people running down the hallways screaming, and very easy to find a nice chair close to the pool if you get there before lunch. I know I have been comparing apples to oranges with Carnival & Celebrity, but it was such a dramatic difference from us. Everything was just so easy, with the exception of buying an expensive purse lol Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had an absolute blast on this cruise! There was a group of four of us ready to enjoy a relaxing girls cruise filled with great food and fun. We got exactly that! Ship was immaculate. We are usually Royal travelers but Celebrity ... Read More
We had an absolute blast on this cruise! There was a group of four of us ready to enjoy a relaxing girls cruise filled with great food and fun. We got exactly that! Ship was immaculate. We are usually Royal travelers but Celebrity was truly a step up. All of the public bathrooms had attendants in there at all times cleaning, opening the door for you, etc. There are also buttons to automatically open the doors which were so appreciated by this germophobe. Dining was pretty great. We did the 3 night dining package. Murano was a must! We did that our first night and set very high expectations for the rest of the cruise. Silk Harvest was very good. Food quality and service great. We were disappointed with Tuscan Grille...food and service were not up to par...especially for the price tag. Waited a very long time to have someone even come to our table. Pasta was just okay...werent impressed with steaks. Wouldn't recommend. The dining room food was great as was the buffet. Cabin was spacious and the bathroom was by far the roomiest and had the most storage of all the ships I've been on. Entertainment could use a facelift. Seemed like odd stories that were hard to understand mixed with current songs that showed up out of nowhere. Embarkation and disembarkation went super smoothly. First time out of Miami and I was impressed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We expected Celebrity to be better than other cruise lines as it was more expensive, so when we saw a good deal we went ahead. What a disappointment! Overall the staff and service was excellent, the cleanliness of the ship, especially ... Read More
We expected Celebrity to be better than other cruise lines as it was more expensive, so when we saw a good deal we went ahead. What a disappointment! Overall the staff and service was excellent, the cleanliness of the ship, especially public areas could not be faulted but the entertainment in the theatre was pitiful, in fact we tried it several times but left after a few minutes. There were some bars with reasonable music which luckily were good enough otherwise it would have been pretty dismal. Probably the most annoying things for us were the fact that the running track was in the middle of the sun deck, so we had to go really early to avoid all the idiots and then we learnt that you had to be like a German and leave your towel on a sun bed otherwise you couldn't get one all day as there were not enough for all the guests. This wasn't a holiday for young at heart as the ship seemed to cater for the very elderly and unfit types in wheelchairs. Wouldn't recommend it and won't be going with Celebrity again. Not value for money. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This cruise is perfect for adults wanting to cruise the Caribbean with great service and food. The food on the ship was the best we have experienced on any cruise. The service was the best as well. We did have an incident in the Tuscan ... Read More
This cruise is perfect for adults wanting to cruise the Caribbean with great service and food. The food on the ship was the best we have experienced on any cruise. The service was the best as well. We did have an incident in the Tuscan Grill where my daughter told the waiter Octavian that she was allergic to pine nuts and we think he tried to tell us not to eat the pesto, but she didn't understand him and then had an allergic reaction. Octavian was very attentive to her and never left her. They rushed her for medical attention and she was fine. William the nurse in the infirmary was extremely nice to us. Vlad the Director of Food Services came to see us, he had all of our food sent to the cabin free of charge and then gave us another night at the Grill for free so that my daughter could enjoy her steak. Both Vlad and the Maitre D Maguel were very attentive in seeing that our needs were met and that we were happy. Mileta was our waiter the second night at the grill and he was wonderful as well. We really enjoyed excellent service the entire cruise and never had any complaints. The only thing I could suggest would be that there is really no activities for young adults 18+ on the ship. We had twin sons 16 years old who hung out in the x lounge but our 18 year old daughter had nothing to do and no planned activities. We still had a great time but I would think twice about bringing young adults on this cruise, it was definitely a boat filled with old people. We spent much of the time off the boat on port days so the kids still had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Celebrity is a beautiful cruise line and has excellent service and the crew members have always been happy and very friendly! The ports are lovely and the shore excursions are very interesting. The rooms are clean and well kept (and the ... Read More
Celebrity is a beautiful cruise line and has excellent service and the crew members have always been happy and very friendly! The ports are lovely and the shore excursions are very interesting. The rooms are clean and well kept (and the balcony rooms have amazing views), the food is very good and there were many different dining options. Perfect for a first-time cruiser! We have been on many different Celebrity cruises including, Equinox and Eclipse. The pools were nice and there were always extra sun chairs available. There were always something to do at the poolside whether it was Bingo or even pool volleyball! Perfect for families and very kid friendly with many activities for the little ones! The kids loved the "Fun Factory". The entertainment was overall pleasant and there vas something different to see every night (We loved "Mama Mia"!). Overall Celebrity is an amazing cruise line and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely vacation to remember! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
My wife and I cruised on the Celebrity Equinox March 16 to 26, 2012 () Caribbean cruise. Here's what we thought: Hotel and shuttles: The night prior to the cruise we stayed at the Hampton Inn at 250 N. Andrews Avenue in Ft. ... Read More
My wife and I cruised on the Celebrity Equinox March 16 to 26, 2012 () Caribbean cruise. Here's what we thought: Hotel and shuttles: The night prior to the cruise we stayed at the Hampton Inn at 250 N. Andrews Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale. A $20 metered cab ride (plus tip) gets you there from the airport. The Hampton was clean, comfortable and well run with an attentive staff and good, free breakfast. Be aware: some will be put off by the area. While it's an easy10-minute walk from the Hampton to popular Las Olas Blvd., the hotel is on the outskirts of downtown and is very near a park that caters to the homeless. My wife and I actually walked through that park when we made a wrong turn. While that didn't bother me, it did her, and others will be disturbed as well. Beside Las Olas, there's nothing near the hotel, so you'll need a cab to get around. The Hampton offers a free shuttle to the cruise port, and the shuttle service will take you back to the airport after the cruise for $10 per person, plus tip. A cab costs about the same, and I'd recommend that route. We tried the shuttle and it was fine, especially since we had extra time. But we had to call for the shuttle, wait 25 minutes for it to arrive, and then make two stops before getting to the airport. That's not a big deal, but if I'm paying the same money I'd rather have the convenience a cab offers --- just for me and my wife, straight to the airport. Embarkation: A snap. We got To Equinox at 11:25 am and were on board at 12:15 pm. Mast Grill and Buffet: The Mast Grill on Deck 14 was already open, and that was the beginning of bad for my belly. Burgers and dogs were available, but no fries that early. The burgers and hot dogs were consistently excellent, with grilled onions and mushrooms, bacon, lettuce, tomato and raw onion available as garnishes. The Ocean View Cafe --- the Buffet --- was also open. It was consistently and surprisingly good. Though my wife and I ate mostly salads, we sampled a number of their other items. The pizza was chewy and a little greasy, but okay by cruise ship standards. The sandwiches were very well done, especially the chicken salad, which I ate most days. The hot stations --- stir fry, Indian food a carving station --- offered lots of variety. You could do an entire review based on the buffet alone. You just need to know you won't be disappointed.. Specialty restaurant discount: Celebrity offered a 20% discount at any of its specialty restaurants the first night and two other times during the cruise. We choose Tuscan Grille. More later Cabin: We had Aqua Class cabin 1571, a balcony. Very comfortable. At first, we were concerned about storage space, but the large single closet, overhead storage and dresser draws we're amble for two. The spacious bathroom was easy to navigate. The shower rocked, with little massage jets that pushed water anywhere you want. Just fantastic. We took Aqua only because the price dropped to less than a concierge class balcony cabin. From my perch, I'd pay a nominal additional fee for the few perks. The unlimited bottle water is nice --- especially for those, like us, who drink a lot of it --- and the daily fruit (apples, oranges, grapes) reminded us to eat something healthy. We didn't use the Persian Gardens --- tried it, and were "blahed" by the heated chairs and saunas --- but Blu, the restaurant, was more than worth it. I'd pay a little extra for AQ but wouldn't break the bank. Blu: consistently fantastic. Nestled near the Tuscan Grille and Silk, it's like eating at a specialty restaurant every night. Among the items we ate: a succulent pheasant cooked to juicy perfection; squab; short ribs; frogs legs in a BBQ sauce; prime rib; lobster in an orange sauce. We had breakfast there most mornings, and the assortment of healthy fare food was a real draw. The egg white omelets were always spot on --- never overlooked, never runny. You can watch the ocean go by from most tables, adding a ambiance that's hard to find. The service was impeccable; from the third night on, the sommelier remembered what wine my wife and I liked best. The staff remembered my favorite dessert --- apple pie with ice cream --- and made sure I had it just about every night (and it's not even on the menu). This is the best daily restaurant experience I've ever had on a ship. But if you want a specialty place, try ... Tuscan Grille: this was oh-my-lord good. And I don't mean just for cruise ship food. I mean for food anywhere. This was one of the best meals I've ever eaten, anywhere. The seafood stew was incredible, a delicious light broth filled with mussels, shrimp and calamari. My rib eye was cooked to perfection, and I had a side of the lobster alfredo ... Tender, juicy lobster in a cream sauce that coated the spoon --- not too light, not weighted down with too much of any single ingredient. My wife didn't talk as she ate her fillet. We were going to try Murano, too, but bagged that thought after eating here. And for $24 per person --- we had the 20% first night discount --- we paid chain-restaurant prices for 5-star fare. Do yourself a favor --- get ya some. Molecular Bar: this, to me, is a strange place. They make drinks out of different ingredients (rose petals, nitrogen, guava foam) and my wife raved about it. So did the others who were drinking these George Jetson concoctions. Prize goes to Andy from San Diego, who ate the scorpion from the bottom of s rum bottle. He said it was chewy. So, if you want something really different, and the chance to slurp a scorpion, this is your place. Me, I stuck to the bourbons, and I couldn't be happier with the variety and the relatively inexpensive prices. Bookers, bakers, Basil Hayden all could be had for less than $10 a pour --- and that's cheaper than in many bars in big cities across the country. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
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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