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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise first for the itinerary which included southern Caribbean islands we hadn't visited before and the great value. I've previously cruised on Carnival and Princess, and I definitely feel like this ship and Celebrity are a ... Read More
We chose this cruise first for the itinerary which included southern Caribbean islands we hadn't visited before and the great value. I've previously cruised on Carnival and Princess, and I definitely feel like this ship and Celebrity are a step above those two lines. Sailing out of Puerto Rico was also a first for us, and overall this more southern port made access to islands like Barbados and St. Lucia attainable for a seven-day cruise. Embarkation was simple and fast at the Pan American pier. As an Aqua Class guest, we had an expedited check in line, and were through the line at 11:30AM in five minutes from drop off to getting our welcome complimentary glass of sparkling wine. There were a lot of things to love about this ship. The decor and artwork were much more contemporary than any Carnival or Princess ship I've ever cruised, and that's a huge plus to me. While other reviews mentioned that the ship shows its age, I really didn't notice this. It's very well attended. The smaller size made it feel generally less crowded, although the main pool area could get busy and loud on sea days and after returning to the ship. My preference was the solarium with the two hot tubs, thalassotherapy pool, padded loungers, and air-conditioned enclosure. It's quieter here with nice views of the sea and soothing music. Access to the bar was close-- just through the doors to the pool area. The best part about the experience was the overall service level of the staff on this cruise. With small exception, service quality was all five-star. The crew were concerned about how well we liked everything. We had a small problem on the first day with the toilet flushing and on the second day with our sink leaking, but these things were fixed within a few hours. In each case, we got calls to our room to confirm that the problem was fixed and that we were satisfied with the resolution. We even got calls to our room after we had room service deliver our breakfasts to confirm our satisfaction with the food and the order. Our stateroom attendant, Suzannie, was fantastic. She'd visit our room two or three times a day, delivering beach towels for our excursions, dropping off afternoon canapes, getting us our sparkling wine when we ordered it, replacing our pillows with memory foam ones, and even replacing our beach back pack when I requested. Food overall was very good. We dined in Blu almost exclusively and I found the service to be the best I've ever experienced on a cruise and on par with any top quality restaurant on land. We had a team of people to serve us from the manager and hostess Alisa, to our head waiter Roy and assistant waiter Chedli, to the sommelier, to the bar waiter Nathasha, and even the backup staff who'd take away plates, serve us coffee in the morning for breakfast, or bring around the tray of pastries. Food quality was better than I've experienced before, if not Michelin star quality. The food itself looked great presentation wise and tasted very good. My only nit was that sometimes it was a bit overcooked: my ribeye and veal loin both ordered medium rare came more medium. It's good to know that the menu from the main dining room was also available, and we could mix and match from the two menus for any meal. The staff knew us by name by the second day. Room service for breakfast was always on time and great. The room service menu from Aqua Class was better than anything on Carnival or Princess. Made to order omelets, pancakes, multiple types of meats, any type of breads or pastries, juices including fresh squeezed were also complimentary. We tried specialty restaurant QSine on the first night. They were offering a discount of $35, but I waited until later and spoke with someone at the host stand in the restaurant around 5PM and got a discount to $30 per person. QSine overall was fun, food quality was generally great, and service was also five-star. We ordered 10 different options and shared them over the course of about 3 hours which included a break on the first night for the compulsory muster drill in the Rendezvous lounge. When we mentioned that we didn't particularly like one dish, the waiter then talked to the kitchen and got us special courses which weren't even on the menu. The dishes were a lot more circuses than bread, but the experience was amazing. We skipped Sushi on Five because they offered no special deals to eat there after the first night and everything was a ‘la carte. The Tuscan Grille menu, heavy with pasta and red meat didn't appeal to us, either. Fitness in the gym was great. The gym had towels, water and very up to date TechnoGym cardio equipment for running, biking, recumbent biking, and elliptical trainers. It was never crowded. The other passengers were probably just about 6-10 years older than we were on average. I'm 53, and my husband is 55. They were very international with multiple Canadians, Germans, Puerto Ricans, and French onboard. The people we met were the friendliest among cruisers we've ever met. We made great friends! My major disappointment with the ship would have to be the activities and entertainment overall, especially compared to Carnival and Princess. As for enrichment activities, unless you count our beloved trivia, there were none I noticed. We enjoy trivia and played twice. The first time, there was no prize given. We play an Eighties late night name that tune group game in the Revelations lounge one night and this was an exception. We had a blast attending this. As for the evening shows, I would say that the onboard talent was better than Princess or Carnival, but the shows had no cohesive productions. They were basically vehicles for sequential musical numbers which got a little boring. There were two very good aerialists, however. We missed the magician, who I heard was good the first night, but the pianist was boring, the comedian bombed unless you were over 75 years old, and I'm not old enough to want a Beatles or Motown review. The live singers and performers were okay to good, with the best one being the band performing in the Revelations lounge and in the main pool deck on sailaways. The string duo were anemic. Nevertheless, this was an elevated cruising experience for us. I liked it so much, I cancelled a cruise planned for October on the new Carnival Horizon in a Havana cabana, and rebooked to join trailblazer Captain Kate McCue on the Equinox to the ABC islands. I hope my next cruise lives up to this wonderful experience. Celebrity is awesome. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on ... Read More
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on Aqua and were raving about it, We had wanted to even see the Blu restaurant and even the Concierge couldn't arrange it. WE found a 'deal' on Aqua for this cruise so booked it. Loved the shower. Tried to get some good non-allergic pillows. The first one was like a brick. The 2nd was like a dishrag. I wrote a comment to the Accommodations Manager but received no comment back. The room attendant tried his best but to no avail. The food in Blu was good... but nothing outstanding... I sent back a rack of Lamb that was raw... and on another occasion a steak that was tough. My wife returned a chicken breast that was so tough she couldn't cut it. SECRET: you can order off the regular dining room menu... or virtually anything else ... so just ask. It was nice to have the same Cruise Director and the same Captain Club manager plus the amazing Tina as Musical Director. The best part of the cruise was a result of logging into Cruise Critic's Roll Call. Jon had arranged the rental of a 10-cabin Junk for Halong Bay. Ziggy had arranged a 2-day tour in Bangkok. Penny had arranged some other day tours in Vietnam. All we needed to do was send money! Check out the Roll Call on your next trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We are senior couple who have cruised quite a lot on Celebrity, Princess and Crystal. The October transatlantic was quite good. The ship had many Celebrity Captains club members aboard and even the crew had many repeats which made for a ... Read More
We are senior couple who have cruised quite a lot on Celebrity, Princess and Crystal. The October transatlantic was quite good. The ship had many Celebrity Captains club members aboard and even the crew had many repeats which made for a happy ship. Physically the ship is very attractive with 3 pools, with many hot tubs and a very large well designed theater. While it is fashionable to complain the food on cruise ships is worse than in the past I found the food on this trip to be better than previous Celebrity cruises, particularly in the buffet. For example, there were grilled fresh local fish one day, home made gravlox another and even German style pretzels. The head chef was Indian so the Indian food was very good as well. I'm not sure how full the ship was but were always many lounge chairs available. And the pools were never crowded despite the excellent weather. I've had to make long searches on Princess to find a pool side lounge chair. The only quibble I have is the entertainment was not to my taste. The performers were mainly British singers who sang way too much Queen. My guess is that the London West End theaters do not have sound system so singers who train there are taught to yell their songs. Give me a Sinatra style saloon singer every time but of course people's tastes differ. On the other hand the in-house cast was excellent especially the singing. If you like seas days over ports transatlantic is the way to go. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This cruiseship is one of the best we had in our 8 different cruises. We travelled already with Princess, HAL and Norwegian. But with Princess this is the best company. If you like more fun and color on the ship than Norwegian is much ... Read More
This cruiseship is one of the best we had in our 8 different cruises. We travelled already with Princess, HAL and Norwegian. But with Princess this is the best company. If you like more fun and color on the ship than Norwegian is much better. But the quality of this ship is excellent. The only negative thing was our Congierge-package. And most of the beginning of the trip. When we arrived in Miami to check in it was overcrowded. We had a priority check in, but waitingtime of almost 1 hour is not priority. Even worser, people of other categories were faster with check in than we. And we missed due the long waiting our special lunch. Very disappointing when your cruise has still to start! The room was good, but not really big. Even the bed is not really big. With our 1.83 and 1.90 meters it was just too small. Room was very clean (thanks Bernadette!), bathroom is very nice with enough space. But strange thing in the room. There are cupboards hanging above the bed. But if you are old it is difficult to handle. Like the room the balcony is also small. We had bigger rooms and balconies on other ships. But every day we were happy with our cleanest room ever in our cruise-life! And with the congiergeroom (1188) every day it was a joy to have the little pasteries etc around 4pm. And also one time a bottle of good champagne! The food in restaurant and buffetrestaurant was excellent. A lot of variety and very good tastes. Buffetrestaurant was good organized with the different islands. It was never too crowdy to find the food. One thing, the sommelier of our table was not good in English. He didnt understand us well and we didnt think that he understands the wine-differences. And yes, drinks are very expensive. We were lucky to have a free classic beverage package, but without this trip would be the most expensive one ever. 9 dollar for a glass wine or 13 dollar for a cocktail is much to high! The shows were also perfect. Of course not all, but depends of your taste. The best one was the show Elysium. The lady with the blond hair was too good! She has to be a popstar!!! And Rich....I know you are love yourself, but please do it less...you are too over-energized.... We organized most of our tours by Celebrity. But the Go Native Jamaica was the worst ever! The bus was too small, dirty, very hot. And the trip was unsafe and nothing with Go Native. Even we received 15% back, we still had a very bad feeling about this trip. Celebrity, stop with this organisation Johns Hall!!! The other trips were good and the trip to the stingrays in CaymanIslands was the best! The ship was very clean. I never saw dirty floors or dirty toilets. Always someone was cleaning. So in overall, the cruise was very positive! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to ... Read More
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Celebrity has definitely upped their game with the food. We found the food to be noticeably improved from our Equinox sailing 2 years ago. We especially loved the Lawn Club (the cookie is a must!). We've always booked Aqua class and this was no exception. We were in cabin 1529, forward, port side. We love the location and it's under the changing rooms so no gym noise. It's also easy to come and go from the pool area. We are staples of the Martini bar and we found all of the wait staff were truly wonderful. We noticed our cabin steward didn't have an assistant. According to her, they no longer have assistance. I felt she did a great job but was slightly overworked. I hope they bring assistants back. We tipped her heavily for always being spot on with fresh towels and keeping our room in ship shape. This was an Atlantis Charter so no drink packages, but we do get extra entertainment, Deborah Cox among many others. The crows was fun and extremely friendly. This was our 4th cruise with Atlantis and would definitely do another. We don't go to the parties much, we are in bed by 10pm usually. We loved Oceania for the cabin and food and slighly higher quality service, but overall we prefer Celebrity. Next May we are doing our first Civilian (Non Atlantis) Cruise on the Solstice, May 11, 2017. Looking forward to great sites, meeting new people, most of all a drink package! Take away. If you're thinking of cruising on the Silhouette, she's wonderful, with great improvements from the Equinox with Lawn Club. If you're thinking of cruising with Atlantis, you won't regret it! With Atlantis the ship has a wonderful energy and the crew really love it (they get tipped 4x from a normal sailing). Everyone is kind and it's whatever you make of it. If you want scandal you can find scandal, but if you're like us and just want to have a pleasant time in all gay setting (no kids), it's awesome but you pay a premium for it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about ... Read More
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about 40 minutes. The cuisine: We tried three of the specialty restaurants and rated the French restaurant - Murano very highly. The service was impeccable, the food and wine superb. The Tuscan Grille and the Lawn Club had that frozen food experience. The steak at the Tuscan Grille had a strange texture, however the location at the rear of the ship is spectacular. The main dining room was the star of the show and how they maintain such fast service for so many people is a source of constant amazement. For every day dining the main dining room is really very, very good indeed. The service: Our cabin attendant was excellent as are all the crew. The constant up sell is a bit boring. Entertainment: We were a bit spoiled as the charter company brought their own entertainment on board alongside the Celebrity team. On the whole it was absolutely excellent. The ship: Although newer than The Summit, The Silhouette somehow lacks the grandeur in part because it tries to be too contemporary and ends up looking flashy. The lawn deck is just great and overall it is an awesome ship Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the ... Read More
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the Solstice class again and we love the ports of call in Greece and is a short flight within Europe. PRE-CRUISE: We decided to stay 5 days in Rome as a mini pre-cruise vacation. We decided to stay at MyApARTsuite apartments in Trastevere area. Out of the touristy areas but close to the Tram #8 that can take you to the center in just minutes. We experience the side of Rome without the big tourist attractions (that we already have seen) and enjoyed a lot of the city hidden gems. We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the Airport to Rome (5o euros) and from Rome to the Port (110 euros) and it worked perfect EMBARKATION: It was OK. worked fast and in less than 10 minutes we were checked inn. Once checked inn everybody had to wait since it was raining like a tropical storm with thunder and lightning and it was not safe to walk to the ship, Once the thunder and lightning stopped those who wanted to walk under the rain received an umbrella to do so. SHIP: Reflection is an amazing ship. Beautiful layout, public areas, lots of space even with a full sailing, it never felt crowded. It was extremely clean and spotless everywhere around the ship. Pooldeck was great and loved the solarium. In general I would say that this ship is now in our top three favorites. CABIN: we booked a Guarantee Sky Suite and were assigned the cabin 2192 (an Accessible Cabin) in deck 12. We were more than happy with this cabin, it´s bigger than the normal Sky Suites maybe a little bit of less closet space but it worked well for us. The Balcony was just amazing, we loved the extra space in the balcony, the full size table and the extra shadow provided in this deck. The bathroom is also bigger than normal bathrooms and doesn´t have a bathtub but the shower makes for it. Given its location under the Ocean View Cafe sometimes you could hear a little bit of noise, like a rolling something but it wasn´t really a problem, you get use to it and does not disturb at all. SUITE CLASS PERKS: Once we checked inn, we met Manuela (one of the Michaels Club concierge) who informed us briefly about the situation with the rain and the wait. Michaels Club concierges: Manuela and Adriana, were amazing hostesses and they made us feel like at home since we met them there. The rest of the staff there were also great and just after couple of visits they learnt our preferred drinks. It was great to have a place where you could relax and find assistance (if needed). Our Butler, Sever; introduced himself just shortly after we were in the suite and was of great assistance during the week for the thing we requested (like the morning coffees and room service couple of times). Also our Stateroom Attendant (Andhika) was great and kept our room spotless during the length of the cruise. Luminae will be commented under Dining. We think is worth to pay the extra for the Sky Suite and the perks that come along, would we book it again?, Yes… if the price range / Value is Ok for us. We also had the Premium Drinking Package, that we used a lot for drinks, coffees and Vitamin Waters / Arizona iced teas. DINING: as part of the Suite perks, we had access to Luminae as our main restaurant for dinner and breakfast everyday and lunch on embarkation and sea days. In general we loved Luminae, the dinner menu changes everyday and for some it could be very limited but we loved it. We noticed that a lot of guest asked for the main dining room menu and order form there. We just asked once for the onion soup from the main dining room (that we love ) and we got it. The staff made its best to make us feel welcome and at home (Katja, Vishal and the rest of the waiters and the Sommelier). Ocean View Cafe: Very good and varied selection for lunch (when we were there), good quality and tastes, also good service from the waiters. We bought a 3 dinners package fot the specialty restaurants and this how it went down: Qsine: Very nice concept and food, the portions are just huge, too much food for our taste; we felt the concept should be explained better so you know how much food to order. The Lawn Grill Club: Grill steakhouse, outdoor, dining al fresco, extremely good food and wine to pair. Amazing. Murano: it was like a dinner symphony, everything was just perfect and coordinated in terms of service and food taste / quality. We also decided to try the «special event» Thaj Mahjal dinner, and Indian dinner with an additional cost of 49$, this was hosted in Qsine; we felt the food was very good, the portions very small and there was a lack of story / presentation behind the dinner; for us it was not worthy of the extra cost. The Indian food in the buffet tasted as good and better than the special event dinner food. BARS: as said, we had the premium drinking package as part of our suite perks and booking promotion, we had the same package before and we fount it is still worth it. In general we found the service around all bars to be good with no long waiting. Al baccio Cafe, was great all time for our coffee or tea fix with small desserts. Martini Bar was entertain ing as usual but crowded most of the time. Pool Bar was great, Our favourite spot was the World Bar: very interesting drinks and best service on board (thanks Lazar and Aleksandr) ENTERTAINMENT: for our taste this was a rollercoaster, some shows we loved it (broken strings), others didn´t make so much sense (elysium and Max); having said that we think the singers (all of them) were some of the most talented we´ve ever seen on a cruise. The guest entertainers were also a mixed thing, we loved the classical strings duo; the girls make a great job and love how they talk a little about each piece and some stories related to these. Damian, the Cruise Director, was OK; Giuseppe and Kathe were very funny and friendly and Charlotte, the activity manager, was GREAT…. I just loved her… she would make an amazing Cruise Director. Not to miss: The silent party, just so much fun…. SERVICE: I would say the service all around the ship was great… nothing to complain, even if you can feel that it´s not the same as it was back just few years ago, the reflection staff makes sure you have an amazing holiday. SHORE EXCURSIONS DESK: we didn´t use this so will not comment on that. FUTURE CRUISES OFFICE: they did their job and we booked two future cruises with very good deals and promos SHOPPING: good selection for shopping, foe some it could be discouraging the fact that the itinerary is not DUTY FREE, but if you buy over 199$ (per day) you can get the tax refunded and they assist you with that. It worked perfectly for us and we just delivered the forms we got at the airport and got our taxes back (if you live outside the EU) POST CRUISE INFO: We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the port to the Airport and it worked perfect; 110 Euros for 2 persons private transfer. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. We had very high expectations for this cruise as our cruise on the Equinox last year really set the bar quite high. My wife and I 32 and 37, respectively and consider ourselves “foodies” ... Read More
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. We had very high expectations for this cruise as our cruise on the Equinox last year really set the bar quite high. My wife and I 32 and 37, respectively and consider ourselves “foodies” who enjoy some of the nicer things in life. Considering the majority of people on these cruises are older, I hope this review will help for the relatively younger people. Overall, I would recommend this cruise ship and cruise line as Celebrity does a great job generally. Here are the details: Ship: Definitely showing some age. The brown/tan with teal trim on our deck (9) didn’t even look modern for when the ship was built 17 years ago. It looked like 80s décor. A lot of windows looked like they hadn’t been cleaned in quite a while. Our room had a fair amount of dust accumulating in various areas. But we went through with some disinfectant cloths and cleaned it up quickly. No need to complain on the first day for just some dust. Bed was comfortable, balcony was average. Be aware that the pool is on deck 10. We were on deck 9 and at about 6:30am I would start to hear kids running around above us. My wife is a deep sleeper and didn’t notice, but I heard a lot. Service: Drinks: Get ready to wait for your drinks. This is not a jab at the bartenders, but rather the process that Celebrity makes them follow. It literally takes them as long to key in what you’re drinking as it does for them to make your drinks. I asked a few bartenders about it and they all agreed that it’s very frustrating for both themselves and the guests. Most of us bought the premium drink package, so why force them to take 15-20 seconds to chronicle what we drink each day? It can really become quite a laborious process. Food: We upgraded to Aqua Class and we bought the Specialty Dining package with four dinners, so we never ate in the regular dining room (San Marco). The service and food in the Tuscan Grill and Qsuine was top notch, as was the food. The food on Celebrity is fantastic and is one of the best selling points for us. We don’t go on cruises to eat as much as possible and we try to stay as healthy as we can while also enjoying nicer dishes. This is definitely doable on this ship. Blu is the other option for Aqua Class and above. The first night we got there at 8pm and were told it would be 10-15 minutes to wait. 20 minutes later, the host told us it could be another 30 minutes. We ended up going upstairs to the Oceanview Café and getting stir fry (which was great!). No big deal, but we ate earlier than we would have liked when we went to Blu because of the wait later on. Rooms: Our room attendant, Martin was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and he was super respectful when we wanted to sleep in or when we needed something. Entertainment: My wife and I used to work in the theatre industry in NYC so we have seen a lot. We realize this cruise ship is not a Broadway theater, so we don’t set our expectations that high. The cast on the ship is great and really put on a decent show. The special guests they bring on throughout the cruise are FANTASTIC. We were blown away at the quality of the magic, singing, piano playing and comedy. After the show, we elected to go to the lounge most nights where we met our favorite bartenders (Adi & Jose Javier) and a bunch of new friends. The first night, I asked the DJ for a request. His response was “I’m in the middle of my set” and then told me he had already played a bunch of what I was asking for. I was very surprised by this reaction as the entire point of being a DJ on a cruise ship is to cater to the guests’ musical tastes to the best of your ability. He didn’t do that very well. However, he was a good DJ and a lot of people stayed up LATE dancing. Ports of Call: Venice (extremely crowded in August, but that’s to be expected), Dubrovnik (also very crowded but super cool and we spent a night docked there), Mykonos (rent an ATV!), Athens (get ready for long lines at the Acropolis and drink water), Santorini (VERY long lines for the cable car and make sure you have Euros- we had to walk up 600 steps because the ATM on board wasn’t working), Katakolon (get off the ship and go see Olympia!). Overall: Our time on the Equinox last year was preferable. I realize it’s a newer ship, but it’s still a fact. It was cleaner and better laid out. It seemed like the crew generally were happier. The gym was three times larger. However, we will look back on this cruise fondly and all the small annoyances will go away with time. I just feel that when you are paying thousands of dollars per person for an international cruise, the things I’ve pointed out in this review should be addressed. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The whole boat was clean and very good looking. I couldn't walk 15 feet without a crew member smiling and politely greeting me. I loved the activities and shows. There is enough food onboard to feed an army, and the best part is that most ... Read More
The whole boat was clean and very good looking. I couldn't walk 15 feet without a crew member smiling and politely greeting me. I loved the activities and shows. There is enough food onboard to feed an army, and the best part is that most of it is free of charge. There is so much onboard entertainment, you name it, from movies to comedy shows, they have it. I didn't participate in any, but there were numerous activities for the homosexual individuals. I loved the diversity on the ship, there were so many crew members from so many different countries. In the Ocean View buffet, there were so many different types of food from so many different countries. The cruise had an X-Club for the teens. Although it sounds lame, it was actually an amazing experience for my daughter. She went for the first few days and made friends. After making friends, they hung out everywhere on the ship. They could choose what activities they wanted to go to. The Ocean View cafe had amazing food choices, and the sky lounge had amazing views and an aesthetic appearance. The entire ship was so big and luxurious. I felt like royalty. The crew were all respectful and friendly. They lived to serve you. I would love to live on this cruise until I die. Everyone was so friendly. This was an amazing experience. I loved it!!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our second sailing on the Equinox, the first was our honeymoon in 2010 and this was also my 61st cruise.. Celebrity certainly is a notch above most other lines, from the welcome aboard champagne to the décor and the ... Read More
This was our second sailing on the Equinox, the first was our honeymoon in 2010 and this was also my 61st cruise.. Celebrity certainly is a notch above most other lines, from the welcome aboard champagne to the décor and the smiles of MOST staff. Entertainment overall is very good with something for everyone but not necessarily will everyone like everything. The dining room My Time Dining was very efficient if you were strategic about the times you wanted to dine. The hostess always tried to put us in the same vicinity of the same servers, when possible. The food was mediocre, simply put. A fair selection but just mediocre. DO NOT ORDER A STAEK AND EXPECT A RESTAURANT QUALITY STEAK!!! Overall the ship furnishings are starting to show signs of wear and need some to be changed out. NOW the disappointments! Michaels Club has been closed to all except Suite Guests. Even Elite guests cannot use this lounge area. BE PREPARED TO GO PREMIUM!!! While Celebrity is offering classic drink packages almost everything is an upsell. An additional $11.80 per person per day for a decent drink OR you can upgrade by the drink So if you want to sit at the Martini bar and order ANY Martini or wine it's an additional $4.78 per drink. If you want a Chanson Champaign it's an upsell of $2.00. plus 18% grat for a 4 oz pour. NOW if you want to order a non alcoholic ZERO Vitamin water you cannot get it on the classic package and will have to pay $4.50 each. As a comparison I purchase these every week at the local supermarket for $.99 each. RIPOFF!!! The bottom line is that the economical way to do this is to upgrade to premium for $10 plus 18% a day per person or be hit with charges that ultimately will be higher than that doing it individually. It only take 3 to 4 drinks a day to break even with the premium package. Just plan on a couple of hundred more for your cruise. As an Elite I received a "FREE" Gelato. However if you ordered the Gelato as an ice cream sandwich with 2 cookies it wasn't free and the upcharge was $4.95. REALLY!!! The staff overall was very good. Some better than others. There is a more severe language barrier than I have experienced on Celebrity in the past and other lines. Some of the staff has issues making eye contact with guests and you are simply met with a nod of the head and they wait for you to tell them what you would like to order. They hand you the item and walk away. Not good interaction and certainly not what I have experienced on Celebrity in the past. Something is broken here. There is no question that cruise lines that have gone to the "all inclusive" drink package programs have lost touch with the guests because they have pre sold the liquor and other items, so now it's the upsell. They no longer are interested in what is ordered or the level of service because it's already been sold and includes the gratuity. Sea days were very crowded on the open decks. Deck chairs were placed side by side and it was a sea of humanity. Too crowded for an enjoyable day. The solarium pool was nice and quiet but the AC temps were so cold people were laying under blankets and towels. The ports on this sailing were good. Grand Cayman was very quite as were all the ports. GC was quiet because it was a Sunday and most businesses were closed. beaches were uncrowded. We were the only ship in each port we visited. Aruba and Curacaos were great and Bonaire didn't entice us enough to get off the ship. Many guests came back to the ship early and were disappointed with Bonaire. NO FLAMINGOS!. Yes indeed I would sail Celebrity again. Yes I am happy I went and really did enjoy myself, however I didn't come home with the WOW factor that is typical of almost every other cruise I have take, I just booked a 15 day Princess Panama Canal cruise for November. Read Less
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