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108 Celebrity Equinox Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

We chose it because our 3 previous cruises with Celebrity. Which were all excellent. Embarkarkation did not go as smoothly as we had hoped, but the disembarkationn was good no problems. The first impressions of the ship were how clean ... Read More
We chose it because our 3 previous cruises with Celebrity. Which were all excellent. Embarkarkation did not go as smoothly as we had hoped, but the disembarkationn was good no problems. The first impressions of the ship were how clean everything looked,and how nice to be greeted with lots of smiling faces. The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of storage space, also spotless no issues there. We found the dining experience vry good food excellent has usual.And all though we often arrived in the dining room at the busiest time are maximum waiting time was 10 minuites. The on board entertainment was good, and so were the on boad activities. The service all around the ship was excellent. Bars Dining Room etc. Only did one shore excursion which was good vry well organised. We will definatley be booking again with Celebrity, and encouraging our friends and family to do the same Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My husband and I were on Celebrity Equinox’s Oct 25th transatlantic crossing, leaving from Barcelona, going to Cartagena (Spain), Agadir (Morocco), Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Tenerife (Canary Islands), and ending in Ft Lauderdale. This ... Read More
My husband and I were on Celebrity Equinox’s Oct 25th transatlantic crossing, leaving from Barcelona, going to Cartagena (Spain), Agadir (Morocco), Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Tenerife (Canary Islands), and ending in Ft Lauderdale. This was our first transatlantic crossing! We chose this itinerary because of the exotic ports and also because it was relatively affordable, even with the double open-jaw airline tickets. We booked directly with Celebrity for the cruise and air package. The airline tickets came out much cheaper than if we had booked on our own. We chose an Aqua class cabin for the exclusive dining at the Blu Restaurant and for the spa access. EMBARKATION: We flew out of NY on American Airline on Monday afternoon, arriving at Barcelona airport at 7AM on Tuesday, the day of embarkation. I purchased Euros at a counter near the luggage carousal while my husband waited for our luggage to arrive. The rate there was rather expensive. Next time, I’ll try the ATM machine. I made a reservation prior to leaving home with World-Airport-Transfer.com for our ride to the port (22.50 euro for 2.) They sent me a voucher and it was a matter of finding their booth at the airport to pick up their shuttle van. Since it was early in the morning, we were the only passengers going. The van driver didn’t speak English, so it was a quiet ride. We hit the Barcelona morning traffic and took 45 minutes to get to the port. We were part of the first group of people to arrive at the port and found nothing was set up yet. We waited for the personnel to arrive before we can drop off our luggage and go through the check-in process. We wanted to visit our favorite tapas restaurant near La Rambla after we checked in, but it started to rain so we abandoned the idea. STATEROOM: Our room was on the port side of the ship. It was cozy with a decent balcony. There weren’t too many storage spaces, however. For shorter cruises, this wouldn’t be a problem, but for a 2-week cruise, we found it rather insufficient. We end up using the little cubbies in the bathroom for smaller personal items and also used our luggage as storage (which slides easily underneath the bed.) Bathroom came with the Gilchrist & Soames amenities – shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, and lotion. Toilet seat should be replaced. It had seen better days. Shower was great with different jets, but with a tiny shower shelf. Bathroom had dim light, so the room wasn’t completely dark at night. There were two robes and two slippers in the closet. The room also had an umbrella, binocular, hair dryer, and a make-up mirror for guests to use. We also received a plate of hors d’oeuvres and a carafe with flavored tea as part of the Aqua Class services. A bottle of Champagne awaited us as we entered the room, as well as a complimentary Celebrity bag. (We used to get three bags, but now it’s only one.) Our room stewards were Rod and Neven. They were both very efficient and thorough. We never had to wait too long to have our room turned up or turned down. If we needed to communicate with them, we just leave a note on the table and it’s done. Mini fridge had lots of fee-based drinks and snacks. (The drinks inside are not part of the drinking packages.) We asked to have everything removed so we can put our own drinks in there. (I bought my own bottles of Long Island Iced Tea from home.) After the mandatory safety drill, we were off! Tips: 1) Book your shore excursions and drinking packages (or anything else for that matter) before leaving home. It’s cheaper than booking onboard. 2) Bring extension cord with UBS port for all your electrical needs -- outlets are limited in the room. 3) Bring hanging closet organizer from home. LIFE ONBOARD: A large number of passengers were senior citizens – all sophisticated travelers. My husband and I enjoyed talking to them and found the conversations entertaining and informative. Interestingly enough, there were SEVEN (!) time changes on this trip! After the third time change, I stopped changing my watch. Entertainment – the Cruise Director was an energetic Argentinean named Alejandro Tortorelli, who got kick out of making fun of his own broken English. (It wasn’t THAT bad!) Nightly shows were 7PM & 9PM, with some afternoon shows. This was the first time we heard Jayne Curry sing and we fell in love with her voice and her lively personality! We also found the 7-member Equinox Band to be one of the best we have ever heard in any cruise ships! Each and every one of the musicians was very talented! Other than singing, there were the acrobats, magician, contortionist, pianist, and a violinist. We attended most of the shows, but not all. There were also enrichment programs with special lecturers, including one given by the Master of the Ship, Captain Costas Nestoroudis, who told us everything we need to know about Equinox. He took many questions from the audience, who were obviously avid sailors because they asked very specific questions. We all cheered when Alejandro announced that we could watch the final game of the World Series on TV! What a pleasant surprise since we were in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Shopping- sales were offered frequently but with limited quantity; thus creating frenzy atmosphere with the passengers. You need to be there early to get any kind of deal. I was very happy with my purchases, but walked away when people began to shove. Dining – Blu only served breakfast and dinner. For lunch, we ate at the buffet, which was surprisingly very good! We never got tired of it, even after two weeks! My favorite was the variety of pizzas offered, which were made fresh every day. My goal for lunch was only to take a slice of pizza along with salad, but I always end up with pile of meats and fish on top of it – oh, and French fries! Gym – it was very crowded, especially in the mornings, but we never had to wait too long for one of the machines to become available. There was also a yoga room in the back, but a class was always in session so I can’t use that space. Spa – limited facilities, but they provided sandals, which turned out to be a blessing since my husband’s sandal from home broke halfway through the cruise. If you want to use the facility, request a robe, a locker key, and a spa keycard at the reception desk. Pools – there were indoor and outdoor pools. We only used the indoor pool, and the temperature was warm enough to swim throughout the trip. Weather – we had a few rainy days, but thankfully not on the excursion days, so we can’t complain. Average temperature was in the high70’s -- very pleasant. What to Pack -- there are no formal nights, just “Evening Chic”. You have a choice of wearing your evening gown or just a cocktail dress. The dates are posted on the “Welcome Aboard” embarkation newsletter and also on top of the daily newsletter underneath the sunrise info. Casual wear and t-shirts is the standard outfit onboard. Don’t forget your swimsuit and fitness wear. Laundry service was offered for a nominal fee. PORTS-OF-CALL: Cartagena, Spain – we booked a Panoramic Cartagena tour with Celebrity, but really didn’t need to. Near the port is the region’s famous Roman Theater – very easy to walk there on your own. There are many cafes and shops – all within walking distance from where the ship is docked. If you want to see Gibraltar and Morocco at the same time, it would be in the early morning of the following day – 6 AM to be exact. But since the sun didn’t rise until much later, it was still very dark outside. From our balcony, we saw a line of ships moving very slowly through the Strait of Gibraltar, but not much else. We were too lazy to dress and go to the upper deck, which would’ve provided a better view. Agadir, Morocco – you need to take a shuttle bus here ($10/pp r/t) and you need to pick the time of departure. We were informed that it would take about 30-minute ride from the port to the city center, but in reality, it was closer to 15 minutes. This port was very industrial and not very appealing. We booked a Market and Medina of Ancient Tasroudant tour with Celebrity in the morning. In the afternoon, we visited a local spa in town. (We booked our appointment before leaving home.) The spa facility’s driver picked us up and dropped us off near where the shuttle bus was located. We had plenty of time left before going back to the ship. This was our favorite port! Lanzarote, Canary Islands – is one of the seven Canary Islands and close to Morocco. This island is our second favorite stop on this cruise! Here we booked a Camel Ride and Fire Mountain tour with Celebrity and had a wonderful time! The camel ride was a lot of fun, and a visit to the Timanfaya National Park is a must stop for this island. Tenerife, Canary Islands – this is the largest of the Canary Islands. Complimentary shuttles are provided at the port, but it’s a pleasant 10-minute walk to the city center. There is also a beautiful promenade running alongside the harbor. In the morning, we took the Celebrity’s shore excursion to the Pyramids of Guimar. In the afternoon, we walked along the promenade because it was going to be a while before we see land again. After Tenerife, it was seven straight sea days crossing the Atlantic Ocean! DISEMBARKATION: We arrived at Fort Lauderdale at 5 AM, Monday, November 7th. We were assigned a color code a few days earlier to let us know when we need to vacate our stateroom. We all waited in the theater to leave the ship. Immigration was smooth, even if the lines were long. Plenty of taxis were outside for our short ride to the airport ($13 before tip, metered.) Our Delta flight home to NY was on time. While my husband and I enjoyed this transatlantic cruise, I don’t think we’ll be doing it again any time soon. Don’t get me wrong -- we had a wonderful time throughout this two-week cruise! But towards the end, I could feel my patience wearing thin and my husband getting bored. It’s not the Celebrity’s fault. There were certainly plenty of activities and things to do and we bought magazines/books to read. I suppose it’s watching the same scenery day in and day out while crossing the Atlantic that wore us down. I’m still giving this review a 5-star rating because Equinox delivered on service, food, entertainment, and itinerary. For all that, kudos to Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our return transatlantic cruise after 1.5 months travels in Europe. We usually choose an Aqua class or Sky suite, and this time it was Aqua mainly because of Blu restaurant that we like more than Luminae. The Ship is large but ... Read More
This was our return transatlantic cruise after 1.5 months travels in Europe. We usually choose an Aqua class or Sky suite, and this time it was Aqua mainly because of Blu restaurant that we like more than Luminae. The Ship is large but there was unavoidable overcrowding....that is expected. Cabin met our expectations, and we had great cabin attendants, Dinesh and Roy. The balcony was washed 2 times during the 13 nights cruise, no complaints here. On our previous cruise in April on Equinox (as well as all previous cruises), there was bottled water provided in Aqua cabin on daily basis....no more. Cost cutting, reduction of cargo weight, fuel efficiency improvement, waste reduction, profit improvement - you name it! Dining was generally good. There was one main course item named "veal chop" that reminded me the rubber shoe sole. Too bad I did not have power tools to deal with it. I did not ask, nor was I offered replacement... "will report to the chef" was the comment. It seems that the number of assistant waiters is greatly reduced, and tasks were limited to deliver water, desert, coffee, and cleaning tables. This backlogged waiters, and while we were coming for dinner at the about the same time, the wait sometimes was excessive... leading to excessive bread consumption:( at the table, or holding pager. In other words, there were empty tables, but no capacity to service them. Needless to say all waiters worked their tails off to get their part of the job done - and with the smile. As for entertainment it was a typical cruise type with (the same) the guest stars....well, some of them we saw more that once, and it was not funny anymore to hear the same stories and jokes. Oh well - this is my problem, need to cruise less. Cruise director was great and funny, with his own style of entertainment. As always, the treadmills in the gym were in heavy use during prime hours when one wants to use them...so we needed to adjust the time of the day to work off the calories. The same goes for small sauna. Locker room needs to be seriously looked at, as when there are 3 people sitting, the rest have no access to their lockers. Back in April I asked the captain if he, after retirement, will take cruises, or rather operate his own yacht..." His answer was: " ....cruise and you know why? so I can complain! " So my review appear more as a complain, but we'll be back [so I can complain]. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We got a great deal on this cruise and loved the itinerary. The ship was beautiful and in great condition. My husband was missing the outdoor movie screen he so enjoys. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of storage space. I did not ... Read More
We got a great deal on this cruise and loved the itinerary. The ship was beautiful and in great condition. My husband was missing the outdoor movie screen he so enjoys. Our cabin was spacious with plenty of storage space. I did not like the shower as the shower head was fixed and not detachable. In a small space this is an annoyance. The food in the dinning room was a huge disappointment. We had been told that it was superior but we found our Royal Caribbean dinning room experience to easily surpass it. That said, the Seaview Café was very good. The in house shows were excellent as was Jayne Curry but the magician, juggler and other entertainment were not impressive. Our cruise director Alejandro was very good but the Activities director was near unbearable. The wait staff in the dinning room were wonderful as was the staff in general. We were surprised though to arrive in our cabin to find to TP or tissues and we never received our onboard spending statement before getting off the ship. We only booked one of our excursions on the ship and it was fine. One other things was that the lifeboats are not suspended so that deck has very limited visibility. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I love the Transatlantics...those sea days and 25 hour days are the best way to de-clutter your mind and let the stress go. Celebrity excels at trying very hard to exceed passenger expectations. The itinerary Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir ... Read More
I love the Transatlantics...those sea days and 25 hour days are the best way to de-clutter your mind and let the stress go. Celebrity excels at trying very hard to exceed passenger expectations. The itinerary Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir (Morocco), Lanzarote and Tenerife in the Canary Islands was the reason I chose this ship. Now the Equinox will be in the Caribbean all year around. I was a B2B passenger and as I did not change cabins my transition between cruises was very easy. They took your old sea pass and gave you a new one. Dining Room - I was on Select dining and because I was traveling with friends we were able to secure our table nightly. I was pleasantly surprised that the menu had some new items one or two every night (not the exact same menu from the previous cruise or even the previous week.) the one thing I did notice was the assistant waiters seem to be fewer than previously. Other than filling our water glasses on arrival and perhaps pouring our coffee at the end of the meal it was left to the waiter to deliver the food. They always seemed so rushed off their feet and I think this is why it took so long for our orders to be taken. Speciality Restaurants - I ate in Tuscan and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner, although it did seem rushed even though the restaurant was not crowded. The replacement of Bistro on 5 with Sushi on 5 still appeared to have the same issue, no-one ate in there! Prices appeared very steep and were items were priced on a per item. Or if your paid for a three restaurant dinner package Sushi on 5 could be one of the choices. Cabin - I had an AFT cabin that was lovely when docking or sailaway, noise nor soot were an issue, but inclement weather meant your deck was wet. It was a long walk from the elevators but I do not mind the exercise. Entertainment - my biggest issue with Celebrity is their insistence of shutting down all entertainment in the bars during the theatre shows. If you do not watch the show in the theatre then sitting in one of the lounges is very quiet. The guest lecturers were interesting Ports and Shore Excursions - I prefer smaller private groups on SE however I did take a couple of SE via Celebrity. One excursion was promoted as small group (25) but when you get your sticker there were actually 3 groups of 25. I would rate the SE I took with Celebrity an 8/10 because of their size and the focus on washroom and shopping stops. Crew - the crew were wonderful and seriously interested in your enjoyment. Always with a smile and ready to help with anything. It was obviously a lead by example as the captain was often seen walking about and adking if everything was OK. I must rate the crew as a 10/10...they really were the best TEAM I have seen on Celebrity in a while. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Pros: The crew on board the Equinox were great and the service in the dinning room was top notch. The entertainment in the theater was very good and the ships dance group sang and performed very well. The ship is kept spotless from stem to ... Read More
Pros: The crew on board the Equinox were great and the service in the dinning room was top notch. The entertainment in the theater was very good and the ships dance group sang and performed very well. The ship is kept spotless from stem to stern. All the crew members were always smiling and asking if there was something we needed. We had a balcony stateroom and it had plenty of hanging and storage space. Cons: That mattress on the beds need to be changed. Looked like the invisible man was lying in my bed.The main dinning room was a disappointment. The daily menu was boring with few choices, very small portions and at times the food was warm at best. This being a transatlantic cruise I had hoped that the crew staff would would have made a better effort to organize some activities other than ping pong for active passengers. This ship lacks sporting activities. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We did the inaugural Transatlantic on the Equinox in 2009. We enjoyed it so much that we chose it again for it's last Transatlantic. The ship was in splendid condition, and the crew was their usual professional and friendly ... Read More
We did the inaugural Transatlantic on the Equinox in 2009. We enjoyed it so much that we chose it again for it's last Transatlantic. The ship was in splendid condition, and the crew was their usual professional and friendly selves. On this particular cruise there was two standouts: Jayne Curry (a singer and comedian from England) "Ratatouille" the Cruise Director. We enjoyed all the encounters with them and they brought their A game to this cruise. The Ports of Call included Cartagena Spain, Agadir Morocco, Tenerife and Lanzarote Canary Island. We did a Celebrity Excursion - Agadir Souk & Medina Ancient Taroudant. This was our first experience in Morocco. The guide was an excellent communicator and well versed in the area. It was Friday afternoon and the Souk was basically closed for the weekly prayers except for the few tourist shops. The travel inland was comfortable and broken up with an outstanding luncheon at a local hotel. The food was excellent and prepared in the local style, and had enough variety to satisfy any tastes. The guide took us through the Souk at Taroudant, which was the pretty much the same as Agadir, so we were all finished early. He then improvised and took a smaller group to a local women's collective that produces Argan oil. The collective guide gave us demonstration of several products available and were able to purchase products. The only issue we had was with the Internet Service: Celebrity has gone to an unlimited plan at an outrageous price, or very small (1 Hour) or (24 Hours) for even more ridiculous price. On a 13 day cruise you are basically forced to pay the unlimited internet, or pay the same or more for much less access per day. The $299 price tag left a very bad taste in my mouth, even with a 25% discount for being a Celebrity Select member. And the Internet Service was far from High Speed WiFi throughout the ship. The service was good at time and at others times was basically as bad as the old days of dial up. I complained several time and received the same pat answer..."We may be experiencing some technical difficulties, please try again later". For the price charged (and I do understand that it is satellite based and inherently more expensive) the service was substandard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was the second segment of our Back to Back cruise. We were allowed to stay on the ship in Barcelona and we didn't change cabins, thanks to the Future Cruise folks who made the original reservation. There were something like 300+ ... Read More
This was the second segment of our Back to Back cruise. We were allowed to stay on the ship in Barcelona and we didn't change cabins, thanks to the Future Cruise folks who made the original reservation. There were something like 300+ B2B'ers. This was our third X cruise. We are Elite due to our RCL points. There were something like over 1000 Elites or above, resulting in paper vouchers for the happy hour drinks, only available in 4 bars. Ship: Everyone on staff seemed genuinely happy we were there. They always had a "Good Morning" and a big smile. Folks were always cleaning, wiping things down, picking up litter. The ship is quite smooth especially when docking and leaving. Very little vibration or noise. Cabin: 8192 Deluxe Veranda; category 1C. We didn't really use the veranda, mostly to check the temperature outside. The cabin was very quiet, midway between the two elevator areas. We had the adjoining configuration and the hallway doors were open. The cabin had many closets and cubbies we didn't even use. Our suitcases fit under the bed (A CC suggestion.) We brought our magnets and they came in quite handy to keep our paperwork in control and clipped to the wall instead of getting lost on the desk (Another CC suggestion.) The cabin steward and assistant were super. They were always busy, especially when they got the new, smaller-looking cabin supply trollies in Lanzarote. We heard a rumor that X was changing the cabin staff to just one Attendant per cabin. Hopefully, they will also lower the number of cabins each attendant needs to clean. Will that change the gratuities we pay or they receive? Himmm. The Internet speed improved when I moved my Kindle to a few inches from the cabin door despite there being a Cisco wireless unit a few doors away. At home, my Kindle speed is 15 meg; in the cabin it was 1.1 meg. I wasn't the only person complaining of slow email downloads, especially from gmail. The solid shower doors made the shower compartment spacious. We had more clothes hangars than we could use. The provided pillows were quite flat so we asked for contour pillows, which were much better. Dining: We had Select Dining in the MDR, which takes up the entire 4th deck of the MDR. We always asked for a shared table and were seating with different folks in different places each time. On a previous cruise on the Equinox, we had Select dining with a reserved table. We were seated by 5:45 and out in time for the 7 pm show. This time the service was slower. We were rarely out by 7:30. Maybe X has cut back on some dining staff?? The food was always super and it was nice having shrimp cocktail each evening. We had no concerns with the dress code. Long sleeves was fine. Quite a few folks were really dressed up in suits and tuxes. The ladies, of course, always looked smashing. For breakfast and lunch, we most always ate in the Oceanview Cafe. You can get it yourself or they'll custom cook you most anything. Omelettes in the morning, steak, pork or chicken for the other meals. Sometimes the Cafe had nationality nights and all the food was labelled. The desserts were always a massive spread. Activities: We had four presenters who each gave something like 5 or 6 presentations each. We really enjoyed the presentations on Archeology, Hollywood legends and diseases and plagues (although I wish the latter presenter would have ended with "and don't forget to use the sanitizer as you leave.") Everyone enjoyed picking on Cruise Director Alejandro, including himself. Justin, his assistant, seemed to work all day and all night, and he still was enjoying himself. The evening shows were great, and since the performers were stuck on the ship for 7 days, they did a number of afternoon performances, too. There really is plenty to do on a re-positioning cruise. We did a CC Cabin Crawl, from the very spacious interior cabin to the enormously spacious Sky Suite. And we did a CC Slot Pull, where one person got us a 1000 credits! I think I saw the Casino Manager shed a tear. Ports: Barcelona, Cartagena, Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Ft Lauderdale. Barcelona: We didn't get off the ship, but X had various tours to the city and Montserrat. Cartagena: This was DIY with a double decker bus that wasn't a hop on/hop off. There is only one bus and it runs once an hour. It gives a fair overview of the area. I had printed a copy of Tom's Guide and we used it to walk around. We always felt safe. We went in the Roman Museum, which is easy to miss. That self-guided tour ended up in the Roman Theater that was just discovered a few decades ago. When you buy your tickets, tell them you are a pensioner (age 60 or so) and you save a few Euros. Agadir: This is the place made famous by 60 Minutes in their piece about Argan oil and tree-climbing goats. X had many warnings about Agadir (third world, panhandlers). We had joined a CC tour to Taroudant and Tiout, but it went downhill fast. The operator, Agadir Journey, over-extended himself. He made several reservations with other CC'ers and perhaps other folks. One tour consisted of two vehicles with one tour guide between them. One vehicle was in the garage and he merged our two vehicles into one. The tour guide got to sit on the floor. Someone wanted payment before we left the dock; we refused. Our vehicle's air conditioning didn't work. Most of the windows didn't open. The tour guide, Rod, wanted to sing to us and tell us about his girlfriends and wanting 4 wives. We had to ask him what we were seeing outside. The Tiout oasis was interesting, but if you have trouble walking, this might not be for you. The lunch at the oasis was quite good, and they had a western-style bathroom. After that, we headed to Taroudant. It was Friday, and we were told some businesses in the souk marketplace might be closed because Friday is a big prayer day, especially between noon and two. That was actually a good thing as it kept crowds light. We headed to the Argan Oil shop where the proprietor has 2 ladies crushing the Argan nuts into oil and had a room full of various Argan items. He explained what was going on and that the oil was good for smooth skin, sleep problems, sex, dandruff, puffy eyes, wrinkles and on and on. The shop also had a western-style bathroom. As we were walking out of the souk, some shops were just opening. On the way back to the ship, about a mile from the port, the guide starting yelling at the driver. Were we being kidnapped? Were we lost? No. We had to wait 10 minutes for Mr. Agadir Journey to get on the bus to get his money. After we voiced our displeasure about the lack of air conditioning, he lowered the price a bit. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Lanzarote: We didn't get off the ship. Tenerife: This is where the X warning of "don't come back late" really hits home. We decided to take the X tour to the Mt. Tiede national park. It was very interesting and quite good. Safety: We took the CC warning about pickpockets to heart and each had a moneybelt with a copy of our passports and minimal currency and plastic. We never felt threatened. Embarkation/Debarkation: We had embarked on the ship on the previous cruise with no issues. The folks at Barcelona know what they are doing. Luggage was delivered before the muster drill. Debarkation was also smooth, especially since X had told us that US Customs needed to see all employees in person before we could get off. There were no problems and we got off as expected. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our second Celebrity cruise. We liked the sound of the itinerary. I researched the itin prior to sailing. Didn't need to after all. Embarkation was very smooth, as was disembarking. The staff really wants to expedite the process. The ... Read More
Our second Celebrity cruise. We liked the sound of the itinerary. I researched the itin prior to sailing. Didn't need to after all. Embarkation was very smooth, as was disembarking. The staff really wants to expedite the process. The ship decor is very nice. The guests are of a nice caliber. Not a lot of kids. However, the artwork provided by Park West is mostly the same on every ship they are on. Boring and looks like assembly line art. Cabin (veranda) was good. We were too far towards the front and the walk to the dining room and cafe was an excursion. Entertainment was good,except for the magic man and Dan Bennett. Service is excellent. Food is excellent and they cater to any special need you have. Agadir,Morocco was disappointing as was Cartagena. We would take this cruise again IF those ports were not included. We have a China, Japan, Korea cruise booked for next October. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
the service and the crew were wonderful shows were good the Captain and Alejandros were great personalties. our cabin was comfortable clean and well stocked food and service in the dining room was great. we felt water should be given in ... Read More
the service and the crew were wonderful shows were good the Captain and Alejandros were great personalties. our cabin was comfortable clean and well stocked food and service in the dining room was great. we felt water should be given in the cabin. the spa facilities were good except the prices were outrageous. ports of call were good except we did not care for Morocco. we would not hesitate to go on the Equinox again. i was only disappointed in not getting a veteran discount. when it rained the crew cleaned up the wet decks as soon as possible. i would recommend Celebrity to anyone who asked me about cruises. we love the tranatlantic cruises. we are interested in transpacific cruises. your choices of transpacific cruise are not great. we did not take excursions because we had been to all the ports. we are presently booked on a June 5 cruise to slovakia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise because Equinox has always been my favorite Solstice class ship and I knew this would be its last European voyage. The service on this cruise was excellent as is the norm for Celebrity. The food served in the main ... Read More
I chose this cruise because Equinox has always been my favorite Solstice class ship and I knew this would be its last European voyage. The service on this cruise was excellent as is the norm for Celebrity. The food served in the main dining room (table 218) was superb and my waitress Julia would be hard to equal. The food in the oceanview cafe was unbelievably diverse offering many choices of every type of food imaginable and tons of dessert choices as well. People who like food were more than satisfied on this cruise. The cruise director, Alessandro, is extraordinary. He is a naturally funny comedian who kept the passengers in stitches all day every day. He was always visible, taking part in many activities and lending his enthiasm to all participants, increasing everyone's desire to be a part of the action. He really stirs things up. The entertainment offered on this cruise was excellent to average in my opinion. Some nights were extraordinary and others less so. All in all, however, there was more entertainment on this cruise than any other cruise I have taken. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have taken over 50 cruises (with a variety of cruise lines) and love Celebrity. This was our first voyage, however, on the Equinox, The service, staff and food exceeded our expectations. The ship was constantly being cleaned and it ... Read More
We have taken over 50 cruises (with a variety of cruise lines) and love Celebrity. This was our first voyage, however, on the Equinox, The service, staff and food exceeded our expectations. The ship was constantly being cleaned and it sparkled. Captain Nestoroudis gave great daily addresses from the bridge and had a good sense of humor. It was fun to see Alejandro (Cruise Director). We sailed with him previously on the Silhouette. Justin, the Activities Director, was great (as was his staff). The 8 sea days zoomed by with programs for every interest. Beyond The Podium speakers Dr. Sam Glassner and Michael Fuller were excellent. The carved pumpkins in the foyer for Halloween were incredible. While there were a lot - and wide variety - of activities, I would like to see Celebrity add water exercise for those of us who are not able to do the more energetic movement programs. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The Celebrity Equinox is a wonderful ship with many outstanding features. This Transatlantic cruise had a great itinerary and the ocean crossing portion was enhanced with some excellent entertainment and "Beyond the Podium" ... Read More
The Celebrity Equinox is a wonderful ship with many outstanding features. This Transatlantic cruise had a great itinerary and the ocean crossing portion was enhanced with some excellent entertainment and "Beyond the Podium" speakers. In particular, there were three superb entertainers -- Katie Clark. classical pianist, Jayne Curry, singer and comedienne and Hanna, classical violinist. Speakers David Fantle and Michael Fuller were excellent speakers and we hope to see them on future cruises.. Unfortunately, Celebrity's food offerings on this cruise were well below its usual high standards. The food in the Main Dining Room seemed unusually tasteless and the offerings were not nearly as good as on past cruises. We ate once in the Tuscan Grill and the food quality there was worse than the Main Dining Room and not at all like our previous visits to the Tuscan Grill. Overall, I think Celebrity provides a great product at a reasonable price/ Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The positives of cruising on the Equinox are many and already well described by many other reviewers. The crew and officers are genuinely friendly and that helps make this cruise memorable and pleasant. For a TA the speaker program was a ... Read More
The positives of cruising on the Equinox are many and already well described by many other reviewers. The crew and officers are genuinely friendly and that helps make this cruise memorable and pleasant. For a TA the speaker program was a welcome daily event and there were several different topics covered that kept people filling the room each day. I rated the EQ down one star based on a total of several different deficiencies on this ship. The bed in our cabin had an observable depression that was much worse when you tried to sleep in a gully. The cabin attendant tried his best to readjust the memory foam pad on the mattress and reorient it on the bed but the problem lasted the entire cruise since the mattress is obviously shot. Wear and tear is becoming obvious on various furniture on the ship and particularly in the Sky Lounge. Otherwise the ship and all other furnishings are in very good condition and the minor wear and tear did not detract much from our enjoyment. Maila the Captain's Club concierge is a wonderful person to help with any issues or questions. She was always available in the mornings outside the Tuscan restaurant managing the Elite breakfast. One unexpected change on our trip and a rude surprise our first night was that you could no longer order items off the MDR menu in the Blu restaurant. Although this is a minor problem, it would be nice for Celebrity to announce these changes rather than spring them on you. Some items are not ever available in Blu and are often only available on the first night in the MDR; the famed breaded pork chop,for example is the particular item we like......JUST LIKE MOM'S and not available in Blu.....ever. Overall the Equinox is a great ship and we would have no hesitation to recommend it to any of our friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Great cruise. The staff on the Equinox is the best. Loved the food in Blu, as usual. Finally got to Africa after three tries. The watercolor class and leader Debbie was a highlight of the morning. Wish their were 2 sessions of ... Read More
Great cruise. The staff on the Equinox is the best. Loved the food in Blu, as usual. Finally got to Africa after three tries. The watercolor class and leader Debbie was a highlight of the morning. Wish their were 2 sessions of stretch class. Way too crowded. Bars are way too crowded at coupon time. Never any seats available at 5 pm. Both getting on and off the ship went very smoothly, Wish the shore excursion desk was more specific with the descriptions. :I love the heated loungers, wish people would follow the 20 minute rule. Snoring people for an hour a irritating. The solarium is a relaxing and great space to spend a few hours. Also found the Aqua Cafe up to its usual high standards. All of the crew are so friendly and welcoming every day. At in the new Sushi on 5 was a nice change. Still wish it was a tapas bar. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Overall my experience was great but from what I had heard about Celebrity, I was disappointed. The food was good but not great. The dessert selection in the dining room was limited and I only had one dessert that was very good. Many of ... Read More
Overall my experience was great but from what I had heard about Celebrity, I was disappointed. The food was good but not great. The dessert selection in the dining room was limited and I only had one dessert that was very good. Many of the desserts in the Ocean Café were cake, fluff, and fruit pie filling that all tasted the same. We dined at the Tuscan Restaurant and while the food was good, it was not great. However the service was wonderful I had a bad experience with guest relations, where I requested a post on the community board which they decided not to post (I understand why) but they did not notify me. The guest speakers were all great. A guest artist, Debbie Conn, provided a wonderful water color class on sea days and would love to cruise with her again. The entertainers were outstanding, with the exception of the magician ( could see how he did several tricks. I thought it was because I was sitting on the side of the stage but someone out front said the same thing. Jane Curry and Sean O'Shea were wonderful and the Celebrity band, singers and dances were better than I have seen on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are loyal Celebrity cruisers to say the least. This was our third time on the Equinox this year. Overall we had a great time on our cruise. Excellent service by all staff and very good entertainment. Alejandro the cruise director ... Read More
We are loyal Celebrity cruisers to say the least. This was our third time on the Equinox this year. Overall we had a great time on our cruise. Excellent service by all staff and very good entertainment. Alejandro the cruise director did a wonderful job keeping everyone entertained. The service on the ship is outstanding, all the employees do everything they can to make sure you have a great cruise. I must agree with a few other reviewers that food quality has slipped over the past couple years. Seems to me that the corporation has been cutting corners on the food quality. Meals in the main dining room is a hit or miss sort of situation. Sometimes quite good and other times it is a real disappointment. The corporation puts your happiness on the shoulders of the waiters. They expect if you don't like the food to complain to the waiters and get something else. I think they need to improve the food and not blame the waiters for your dissatisfaction. Still a lovely trip but not as good as it was before. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
A great cruise! Weather was fantastic, no rough seas, loved the days at sea, there were 8 of them. Went AquaClass, enjoyed Blu restaurant (different but sometimes better than Luminae based on my experience) took in the 3 day pre cruise ... Read More
A great cruise! Weather was fantastic, no rough seas, loved the days at sea, there were 8 of them. Went AquaClass, enjoyed Blu restaurant (different but sometimes better than Luminae based on my experience) took in the 3 day pre cruise tour in Barcelona, which was great with the one exception that a planned site excursion in Barcelona was not available. Took in excursions in Cartagena, Morocco, Marikesh and the Canary Islands. All were truly an experience to remember and the weather was very cooperative. . The guides on all the shore excursions were very knowledgeable, especially the lovely lady in Barcelona. Disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was timely and efficient and was able to make a 1 PM flight back to Newark. This was my first experience with a repositioning cruise and the only downside to it was the fact that the ship did not hit any ports after Spain where it could re provision some supplies ( food, fresh food, etc.,) so some items were not available in the restaurants near the end of the cruise. Not a big deal, and not enough of a problem to deter the enjoyment we had on this cruise. Lastly, the staff throughout the ship were very friendly, accommodating and attentive to all our needs. Recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and its continuing Transatlantic cruise. We were lucky enough to stay in the same stateroom. The process of the continuation was done seamlessly. There were over 300 of us, the whole thing was handled ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and its continuing Transatlantic cruise. We were lucky enough to stay in the same stateroom. The process of the continuation was done seamlessly. There were over 300 of us, the whole thing was handled in 20 mins. They took our old seapass cards and were told that we could pick them up in a few days at guest relations if we wanted them back. Well, they showed up with a very nice note the next day. I keep ours as a momento, so I was relieved when we got them back. We have sailed on the Equinox several times and have always been impressed with the genuine friendly crew and officers. The ports of call were mostly new to us so we really enjoyed those. We have been to Rome several times and this time we booked a cooking class in the port city. So much fun and delish. Malta was especially interesting. We booked seaside towns & delicacies. Our lunch was very good and really highlighted the local food. The speakers in the Beyond the Podium series were excellent. Dreams, Middle East Archeology, Ancient Medicine & Hollywood Heydays. You couldn't go wrong. The only disappointment was the production shows. The singers were good, but the songs were obscure and the shows didn't make sense even when they were explained before hand. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We enjoy transatlantic cruises because they offer the best value for your money. Except for the major problem with the cabin, it was a thoroughly enjoyable cruise. As always, the staff, service, and food were extra-ordinary. We have taken ... Read More
We enjoy transatlantic cruises because they offer the best value for your money. Except for the major problem with the cabin, it was a thoroughly enjoyable cruise. As always, the staff, service, and food were extra-ordinary. We have taken well over thirty cruises and can say without exception, the Equinox has the best cruise director we have ever seen. Alejandro Tortorelli was witty, entertaining, and a joy to look forward to seeing each day. If we had to choose one thing that made our trip most entertaining, it would have to be him. The dining room wait staff were terrific and satisfied our every want each evening. The Sete Cidades Crater Lakes excursion in Ponta Delgada Azores was awe inspiring. The City of Lisbon tour in Portugal was interesting as I had the opportunity to talk with several high school students whose school was directly across a park and garden we were visiting. The local people in the Azores and Portugal are all extremely friendly and many speak English. The one tour disappointment was the Tapas Tasting in Malaga. We went to three restaurants for tapas and drinks. Overall they were a disappointment for the money spent. The tapas were only fair at best. The Alicante City Sightseeing tour was interesting and gave us the opportunity to really explore the city. The Cadiz, Jerez and Sherry Cellars (Bodega) in Seville were interesting in learning the history of wine making in Spain. Sampling the Sherry was enlightening. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The ship was fantastic, the entertainment great. The activities to do every hour were too many to choose from. So many things to do that I didn't have time to read my book, go in the pool, or gamble, ( the things you would normally ... Read More
The ship was fantastic, the entertainment great. The activities to do every hour were too many to choose from. So many things to do that I didn't have time to read my book, go in the pool, or gamble, ( the things you would normally think you do on a ship.)The activity director and crew just wonderful. The ship was not so huge that you got lost but not so small that you ran out of activities. Every crew member seemed happy like they were on vacation too. But I know they were all quite busy. They were all friendly and helpful. The excursions were good, some better than others. There was a grassy area on top where they had wine and cheese parties. I thought that was different. I was sad to leave the ship after two weeks. If you have the time, a repositioning cruise is an economical way to get to Europe. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cruise itinerary was what we were looking for. The crew in the ship when beyond their needs to make us feel at home. All the activity that had kept us busy all the time in the cruise. Dining was perfect, the venues food was excellent. ... Read More
The cruise itinerary was what we were looking for. The crew in the ship when beyond their needs to make us feel at home. All the activity that had kept us busy all the time in the cruise. Dining was perfect, the venues food was excellent. The shore excursions are well plan,the crew all know what they have to do.This was my first cruise with Celebrity and it wouldn't be last one. I was very satisfied overall with everything, I will definitely tell my family and friends. The entertainment was constant it made the trip very enjoyable. The ship size was very good it didn't feel you had to walk a long way to get to were you wanted to go. My wife used the beauty salon and she was very satisfied with the outcome. The port cities that we visit were magnificent, we wish we had a little more time in each port. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
All I can say about our Transatlantic cruise was it was the best we have taken. There are two primary reasons for this - the Penthouse Suite 1611, and our Butler - Emir. The penthouse is spacious, and when traveling with friends is an ... Read More
All I can say about our Transatlantic cruise was it was the best we have taken. There are two primary reasons for this - the Penthouse Suite 1611, and our Butler - Emir. The penthouse is spacious, and when traveling with friends is an excellent place to relax, consume beverages, watch the sail away, etc. Our butler was exceptional (at least to us - one of our neighbors made a list for me of all the things he should do at a minimum, and he did even more). For us the Premium Beverage Package was included in the stateroom pricing so there was absolutely no pressure to increase our spending of nickels and dimes. The ship is beautiful with a wide variety of entertainment options. For me, one of the most interesting options was watching the Corning Glass Blowing exhibit. I was truly amazed by it. We did not eat in the MDR much (Suite passengers normally do not eat in the MDR because there is a special restaurant ((Luminae)) for Suite passengers and guests. We ate in the MDR because we had friends on board who were not Suite passengers and the Maître D made an exception for us. You will find that some of the rules are flexible when you are the guests in Suite 1611. Anyway our favorite specialty restaurant was Munroe - we only ordered off the regular page - they have a specialty page where for an additional $85 p/p you receive five courses with five different wines. The word on the street was you best have skipped both breakfast and lunch if you are ordering from that page. The volume of the food served is enormous along with the exceptional quality. I am new to Cruise Critic, and do not have a listing of cruises we have taken. We are Elite in the Princess World, Diamond in the Royal Caribbean World and Wannabes in the other cruise lines. Having said that we would definitely sail on this ship in this cabin again. In fact we are - next March, sailing on the Equinox in Cabin 1611, sailing around the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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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