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We chose this cruise at the last minute as we were booked to go on a cruise around Asia, which was cancelled due to port restrictions in Singapore and Hong Kong. We had not travelled with Celebrity at all prior to this cruise. I ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as we were booked to go on a cruise around Asia, which was cancelled due to port restrictions in Singapore and Hong Kong. We had not travelled with Celebrity at all prior to this cruise. I agree 100 percent with the two previous very positive reviews. The cruise was fantastic. It was a great way to see New Zealand. The ship was kept very clean and everything was done that could have been done to ensure that health risks were kept to a minimum. I commend the wonderful crew of this ship. John, our stateroom steward was wonderful, along with Richard, our sommelier in the MDR, and our waiters Anthonius and his assistant waiter. The Captain looked after us well, as did everyone that we encountered. All crew were only too happy to help with anything at all. We flew into Auckland from Australia prior to embarkation. Many other fellow passengers had flown in from USA and UK. Our temperatures were taken and we were asked many questions about our health and where we had been before boarding, unlike our experience at the airports and with airlines, where no precautions were taken. Yet airports and airlines have not been scrutinized in the same way as cruise ships have been so unfairly targeted. The worst thing about this cruise was having to disembark. I can't wait to cruise again, once the travel ban is lifted. Thank you Celebrity Solstice, for a great holiday. Until we meet again... Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Very good experience with Celebrity. Cruise program was 2 days at sea dep F.L., for Aruba. Due to onboard accident? and illness for one passenger, ship had to return to Miami twice, before setting course south. Due to the delay, ... Read More
Very good experience with Celebrity. Cruise program was 2 days at sea dep F.L., for Aruba. Due to onboard accident? and illness for one passenger, ship had to return to Miami twice, before setting course south. Due to the delay, Intinerary had to be changed, so we were setting course to Curaçao. Arrived after 4 days at SEA. Top service onboard. Cayman Island intinerary cancelled. We got compensated for that. Two days before arrival F.L. we experienced that many flights from Miami/F.L. to Europe became cancelled due to the corona situation. Our flight cancelled, but outstanding service from Celebrity, rearranged our booking, so we left Miami only one hour later than originaly planned. Again, many thanks to Celebrity for excellent and effective service. We had a very nice cruise, but circumstances as mentioned, did not give us 100% of what we expected prior to the cruise. Celebrity and RCCL are still our favourites. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity and were very much looking forward to the ship after all of the marketing hype we had seen. The ship did not disappoint. The decor was simply stunning, sleek, modern, and bright. We spent a lot of ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise with Celebrity and were very much looking forward to the ship after all of the marketing hype we had seen. The ship did not disappoint. The decor was simply stunning, sleek, modern, and bright. We spent a lot of time just taking in the many unique spaces. It was a feast for the eyes. Some cruisers remarked that the ship was too compartmentalized. The spaces were broken up but not in a way that made us feel boxed in. Like others, I wasn't sure how I felt about the infinity balcony -- it was spectacular for opening up the room, but hard to achieve that 'sitting out on the balcony feel'. We finally figured out that by closing the French doors in behind us, we could somewhat mimic the balcony experience, but unfortunately could not easily see the horizon when seated, as the bottom of the window frame was directly at eye level. In addition to the decor, we loved Celebrity's attention the to detail. The room lighting was varied and beautiful, the pool was very inviting. Hand washing stations at the buffet were a welcome addition, especially with conovid-19. I appreciated that we didn't have to walk though a smokey casino, that there was plenty of seating both inside and out and that the running track was well designed. The food was excellent; typically Celebrity-- lots of choice, flavors and in abundance. It's so good that you won't feel compelled to take in a specialty restaurant. We did however pay 95 pp to dine on the magic carpet which we thought would be an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately it was extremely windy that night and the staff did not seem prepared to deal with such high winds, as glasses crashed to the floor all around us and as a result plates were sometimes served cold. We dont typically expect Celebrity entertainment to be as good as other lines. However they created a lot of varied performances all over the ship. We found the Eden evolution and guest artists Vox Fortuna to be amazing. Live band kareoke was a great twist. Congrats Celebrity on greening your operations -- aluminum water bottles, reefillabe toiletries, paper straws -- these were great to see. Let's keep going by replacing plastic smoothie cups and travel coffee cups with resuables. Also was nice to hear that the ship does not emit much sulphur but the white plumes are not just steam as the marketing says -- they still emit plenty of C02. Iconic class (fuel cell) sounds promising though. Glad to finally see cruising heading in the right direction. We're the type of ppl to use an app over paper, but discovered that the app was not up-to-date compared to the paper itinerary. We ended up unfortunately waiting for activities that had been relocated or rescheduled. The app is still great but please keep the content up-to-date Celebrity. Was super awesome to have a female captain. Wow. How wonderful was it to see a strong female leader at the top of her game in a male dominated industry. We also learned that on international womens day would, the Edge would have an all female bridge crew. Incredible. A few tips for 1st time cruisers: 1. Unpack : there is lots of space. We discovered extra cupboards next to bathroom on day6. 2. Look for discounted food on day 1. We got 30 per cent off Fine Cut resto. 3. Silent disco is fun. A few tips for 1st time Celebrity cuisers: 1. Expect an older crowd (I would have guessed that 65 was the avg age) 2. Expect a slower pace; activities were not well attended, but were still enjoyable. 3. Enjoy sitting in the multiple beautiful spaces. Other ships don't have nearly as many unique places to sit and take in the splendid scenery. Enjoy the Edge for all it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This review is long but subtitled for reference. The review is not a comparison to any other ships only intended to share information and experiences we had on our March Western Caribbean cruise. We had Aqua category and all (4) perks plus ... Read More
This review is long but subtitled for reference. The review is not a comparison to any other ships only intended to share information and experiences we had on our March Western Caribbean cruise. We had Aqua category and all (4) perks plus the Drink package upgrade. We did not have children with us. We did not have access to the Retreat (Suites) area, we experienced only the Stone Massage and did not visit all the onboard restaurants. Finally, we would take a cruise on the Celebrity EDGE again. EMBARKATION - was easy but could use some signage for guests to know where to move to and lines to be in for security. They released passengers in waves to proceed upstairs and pass through Security. There was an “expedited” line that you needed to have on your ticket in-hand and they used facial recognition (which you provide before arriving) as the only documentation to pass through the detectors. After you pass through the detectors you are directed to sit on a bench area but then moved to a different bench area. Passengers needing assistance boarded first. Then the Concierge category boarded before Aqua. But then in the middle of boarding Concierge they called for ALL Expedited passengers (us) to board apparently regardless of category. Got to our room easily and quickly once Boarding began – maybe 10-15 minutes and we were in our room. We were in our room at 11:00am. AQUA CATEGORY ROOMS – the rooms are physically pretty much same as other EDGE Veranda rooms. The King size bed is very comfortable. The stateroom room was very quiet all times of the day – never heard anyone next door or above or below. The room technology works as expected although there are switches all over for whatever you might want to control. The shower is very nice – (5) shower heads. The heated mirror keeps the bathroom very warm. Did not notice any “Aroma Therapy” in the room but, the lotion and bath products did offer some pleasant mild scents. The bathroom is ample in size even for two people together. You do have (2) robes and a hair dryer included. The bed location was back near the bathroom which left the area near the Verandah as the main living area. We found this orientation most desirable and learned that on the Starboard side of the ship; as you face the room doors, the door on the left (more toward the front of the ship) will have the bed location near the bathroom as we had; cabin #9262. We were not sure if we would like the EDGE style verandah compared to other ships. As we lived with it and became accustom to the differences we decided it functions very well. Verandah seating was available to us in any weather; wind, sun, hot or cold. On a hot and windy day at sea you could choose to open the upper half and experience the elements or close it and be seated at the edge looking over the water and distant views while being very comfortable. There is a significant increase in the privacy afforded you by the subsumed verandah space. A cool experience is to turn on the verandah overhead light and close the folding French doors at night – the frosted glass creates a beautiful setting inside the stateroom. The French doors also provide privacy inside the stateroom should you find yourself docked across from another ship or hotel. You do not have the feeling of “openness” afforded the traditional verandahs but with the window completely lowered it offered a similar experience but with the added benefits mentioned here. There is not sufficient room for a lounge chair or two on the verandah but the deck chairs and table work well. The only real disadvantage we found was the divider between the upper and lower glass was at “eye level” for anyone of average height. If you wish to view across to the horizon you had to sit straight upright or slouch in the deck chairs. Traditional verandah railings can present a similar experience. PERKS – We selected an Aqua Category room with all (4) Perks plus the Beverages and More upgrade. We had a wide selection of premium beverages including a daily replenished Mini-fridge for no additional charge or gratuity, although we did tip occasionally in addition to the pre-paid when warranted. There were no additional charges with exception of some wines and spirits beyond “premium” or if you ordered a bottle of wine from their list. SEAPASS CARD – attach it to your body because it is used for everything on board and to get on or off the ship. For example, if you order a drink that costs more than the pre-paid package you purchased - when the card is used by the bartender the charge will be found on your folio at the end of the cruise and then be charged to your credit card. NAVIGATING THE SHIP – was confusing for the first couple days, as to what was on which floor. The interior ship design is “fluid” meaning it flows from one area to the next but not in lengthy straight lines of sight. Along the paths from aft to stern are many points of interest that you eventually learn to correlate with desired destinations. The EDGE is not a very large ship so a walk from one end to the other is a daily event, usually often and there are only about (6) decks of public areas to learn. Navigating the upper two decks with the multilevel jogging track that splits the deck is a bit of a challenge at first finding access points to the elevator banks. There are directions posted everywhere for anyone who prefers to read. GOING ASHORE – was efficient and effortless. Using the facial recognition technology made the process of going ashore quick and without the need of a Passport. ELEVATORS – there are two banks of elevators – one forward and one aft with six elevators in each bank. The elevators are well marked with where you are and where you might want to go. They are large and operation is quick. INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN – We loved the interior design of the EDGE. It’s definitely “new”, contemporary, fluid, beautiful color pallets throughout, eclectic, open, and easily navigated. Many features are interwoven into the design that help define specific areas of interest for guests. There are also décor features intent to make a statement amidst the warmer colors. Many different materials have been used to decorate walls and ceilings and to create pseudo walls. There was even much attention given to the floor designs. The overall feeling is one of an “upscale” environment that we found appealing and comfortable. SERVICE – was evident everywhere we went onboard. Not only was the service always available but the attitude of the individuals providing the service was upbeat and pleasant – at least 95% of the time. This included every service member we experienced while onboard the ship. INSIDE SHIP TOUR – was well worth the cost and time. The tour took about 2 ½ hours. You were able to see a couple of the kitchens, a spirits room, a pantry, a crew lounging room, the laundry room, the engine room and the Bridge. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet Captain Kate and her cat on the Bridge. You also saw a lot of activities as everything was in constant motion as you walked from one end of the ship to the other along what they refer to as “Route 95” that extends the length of the center of the ship on Deck 2. By the end of the tour you will wonder how it is all possible - on any cruise ship. GRAND PLAZA – includes the Martini Bar and all the tables surrounding the central (Piazza) area. The Martini bar is small and exasperating the issue is the size of the chairs at the bar. The chairs are wide and comfortable but the space only accommodates a limited number of chairs. In addition, a third of the bar is for standing with a few high chairs. If you want to sit at the bar get their early or be lucky enough to grab a seat if someone near you happens to leave the bar. The bar top is not iced but the bartenders periodically put on a great bottle and shaker show – very entertaining. There is musical and vocal entertainment each day in the Grand Plaza which can be watched from the floor or from above from the surrounding floor overlooking banisters. ENTERTAINMENT – music seemed inconsistent with the quality of the ship. It was marginal in all the venues. There were however, some shows in the CLUB and EDEN that were quite entertaining and worth the time to be in the audience. THERMAL SPA ROOMS – were very nice and we enjoyed them all one afternoon. The Quartz and Salt rooms were completely un-eventful but the other rooms really functioned well – very nicely done. The thermal beds offer a beautiful view out over the ship’s bow and there is a deck you can go out on to enjoy more of the views. The use of the Thermal Spa rooms was included with the Aqua Category room – a nice to have benefit. There are a number of Treatment rooms, of all different types available for additional costs. Access to the Thermal Spa rooms was easy for Aqua guests – you simply exchanged your Seapass for their key card before entering the rooms. POOLS – were usually very busy areas on the ship. The main pool is large and has a lot of lounges around and some in the water to enjoy. But as usual you have guests who feel they have purchased the lounges and own them for the entire voyage by laying claim with towels and clips. Celebrity does not enforce the “not in use” policies. There is an adults only pool in the cellarium which is much smaller and seems to attract an older demographic than the main pool. There is a 3rd pool in the Retreat that we did not have access to which is exclusive to Suite guests. MAGIC CARPET – was not all that was hyped but it was interesting and enjoyable in good weather. The wind often curtails use of the outboard platform which becomes totally susceptible to the wind. There is plenty of cocktail seating available and there is a bar. We never had the occasion to be onboard the platform other than when it was on Deck 14. Dinner is served here one night but advance reservations are required and must be made when onboard. It is an experience to enjoy. OCEAN VIEW CAFE – the Buffet was open by the time we got there around11:30. A number of island stations and more stations along the walls. Plenty of selection of everything. Nice open feel to the Buffet and especially the dining areas along the perimeter of the ship. Abundant tables and chairs all around the two-story glass windows. A Pizza station in the rear of the dining area with great pizza selection hot from the oven. CAFE AL BACIO - provides a great place to relax and enjoy a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, although there are coffees with spirts. Comfortable and casual large lounge where servers will take you order and bring it to your table. There are also about (18) varieties of pastries to select from to accompany your coffee. BLU RESTAURANT - where we didn’t need reservations and was only available to Aqua and Suite category passengers is an excellent venue. Well decorated and not very large with plenty of staff. Interesting menu selection that varies each day with some staples each day. The wine list although pretty good vineyard selection offered no older vintages and only a few older than 2017. The restaurant is not loud and very comfortable seating. EDEN RESTAURANT – provided our party of (4) with the finest meal we enjoyed on the ship. When looking over the menu and making our reservation we were skeptical of the EDEN based on the menu selection descriptions. Our dinner took no less than (3) hours. Each of the five courses were prepared to perfection. The food kept your interest and were small enough to try more than one per course. The food and service were exceptional, including the sommelier. The preparation and attention to presentation detail is what you might identify with a fine Test Kitchen. EDEN CAFE – offered a small assortment sandwiches and salads that were tasty and offered a pleasant area inside EDEN or outside to eat. There were also juices and teas available, as well as coffee. CYPRUS RESTAURANT – was good but neither the service or food were as good as expected for a restaurant offering their specialty Mediterranean seafood selections. Some entrées were better than others so it’s still worth having meals here. The dining room is nicely decorated and it doesn’t feel crowded. RAW ON 5 RESTAURANT – was a real disappointment for all of us. The menu selection is relegated to basic Asian and seafood selections that could be found at any Asian or average seafood restaurant. Only one Asian beer was available and they had to go somewhere else for it. The rolls were presented nicely, as was the Negri but, the selections were void of what should have been opportunities to demonstrate culinary capabilities. In addition, to the mediocre menu selections, the atmosphere was loud due to the proximity and openness to the Grand Plaza with evening entertainment performances. Overall, “Raw on 5” needs a Celebrity “re-make” with an objective to make a statement worthy of being on the Edge. “Raw on 5” is simply not consistent with the standards demonstrated at the other restaurants on the ship. SPA CAFE & JUICE BAR – offered interesting cold lite fare for lunch and breakfast. There were 10-12 different selections to choose from that were continually being refreshed. There were also 4-5 juices pre-mixed that were very good or you could have them prepare one of a half-dozen based on ingredients listed at the juice bar or if you have a concoction you prefer they will blend accordingly. Here you have to pay for the juices unless you one of the Celebrity packages that include the juice bar. There are also coffee, tea, dispensed juices and milk available. DISEMBARKATION – was not quite as well orchestrated as embarkation but it did move along quickly. We had luggage tag for Group #11 – 7:45 meet at the Theater. We were up at 6:00am, got cleaned up and packed up the final few items into our carry-on bags. Left the room and went to BLU for a quick lite breakfast. We headed toward our gathering spot in the Theater – Lvl 5. On the way there we passed the disembarkation doors so we stopped and waited for our number to be called - #11 – rather than proceeding to the theater as the doorways were completely clear. Soon after we decided to just walk-off (@8:00am) and on the way down they announced all baggage Groups 1 thru 15 were ready. We easily found the row with our luggage then found a Porter. The Porter took our luggage and we followed him to the pick-up point for “Park-n-Go”. The van dropped us off at our car and we headed out for 595 East then to I95 north. Reaching I95 at 9:00am. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
My husband and I just returned from a week on the Edge. After reading the reviews I was concerned that maybe we should have stuck with a Solstice class ship. I worried for nothing! We were in Aqua class so this may not apply everywhere ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a week on the Edge. After reading the reviews I was concerned that maybe we should have stuck with a Solstice class ship. I worried for nothing! We were in Aqua class so this may not apply everywhere but unlike the reviews, there was beautiful bath products including body lotion, not plain wrap as I had read. Also, Elite level guests can have drinks from 5 to 7 in any bar except the Magic carpet and are not relegated to the Club lounge which can be a bit dark. The ship is beautifully decorated with interesting and fun areas and furniture. Eden is a fantastic place and the show very different and exciting. We loved the infinity balcony. You can lower it just a bit all night and hear the ocean and if too windy, you can have it up and look out....can't do this on a traditional balcony. Best of all was the entertainment. we went to at least 2 performances every night with music we loved...Jersey boys, mowtown, elvis, ABBA...there were younger passengers but the music was for everyone. Blu was as good as ever as was the service. of course, all they say about Captain Kate is true...she is the best. We can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I loved this ship. The staff was excellent and the ship was so clean. This cruise ship was definitely better than Norwegian cruises. My only complaints were that I wish they kept the buffet out for longer because we had dinner reservations ... Read More
I loved this ship. The staff was excellent and the ship was so clean. This cruise ship was definitely better than Norwegian cruises. My only complaints were that I wish they kept the buffet out for longer because we had dinner reservations for 830pm and most of the buffet was closed off by 230. I wanted to eat lunch later because I had such a late dinner hour. Also, certain times of the day were kind of boring and nothing to do. Also, the TV in the room only had like 4 options to watch regular tv besides many news stations and the 5 channels they had devoted to the ship itself. The entertainment was pretty good. I loved the fact that they didnt have a water slide because then I think there would have been more kids on this ship so I'm glad there were hardly no kids on here. I'm not sure if it was because there is no water slide or if it was because of the time of year I went. But i did appreciate not having many kids on this ship. I had an overall pleasant experience on it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Great amenity package. Love cruising with Celebrity. We are Elite and enjoyed our extra amenities. Staff was so gracious everywhere. Room steward, Elise was very attentive to our needs. Lewis, cruise director was very personable and ... Read More
Great amenity package. Love cruising with Celebrity. We are Elite and enjoyed our extra amenities. Staff was so gracious everywhere. Room steward, Elise was very attentive to our needs. Lewis, cruise director was very personable and approachable. Cabin was spacious and met our needs. Bathroom had good counter space. Shower had a curtain but did not press against the body while showering. Good water flow lots of hot water. Area of our cabin was quiet. Entertainment was the best. Had some great drinks and the wine selection was one of the best and affordable. Lobster served on this 5 night cruise. Excellent. Dining staff made sure we got out in time to see first show every night yet did not rush us. Relaxing but with lots of entertainment options. Dance floor was nice with dancing each evening. Highly recommend. Went through customs on board in Key West and made it so easy to disembark in Miami . Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We choose this cruise because our December Cruise to the Far east was cancelled because of illness. We need to get some Vitamin D after another winter in Chicago, but it was mild winter as far as temps and snow. Since we had to send ... Read More
We choose this cruise because our December Cruise to the Far east was cancelled because of illness. We need to get some Vitamin D after another winter in Chicago, but it was mild winter as far as temps and snow. Since we had to send our pictures and credit card information weeks before the cruise for pre-boarding documents in made embarking quite painless. We had 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM boarding slot. When we got to the pier there were two couples in front of us with luggage. The porter took the luggage, we proceeded through security quickly. I thought we would have to stand in line for our ship passes, etc. I asked a crew member were our Sea Passes were, and she indicated they were at our stateroom. From the time were left our hotel which was only 1.5 half away to our stateroom was like 30 minutes. Great job Celebrity on streamlining the boarding process. We had sailed on the Summit in 2008 and like the small size. The ship was recently refurbished in 2019. The veranda cabin was on the 6th deck, halfway between the mid ship elevators and the front elevators. The seas were calm through out the entire trip, so there was not a lot of movement. One night on the transit between Dominica and Barbados out in the Atlantic, there was some creaking noises, which seem to be coming from the veranda doors, probably just the flexing of the metal. It was gone for the remaining nights of the cruise. The cabin was nicely done, but seem a bit small on the width of the cabin, maybe a foot between the edge of the bed and the wall. We opted for early dining with a table for eight. The first night we were the only ones at the table. The second night two other couples showed up. They were late boarders the night before because of flight issues. So there was six of us for the rest of the cruise and they were great table mates, Sandy and Mark from the Philly area and Tom and Linda from Minnesota. There were 5 new entrees every night, plus the 3 standard entrees of Salmon, Chicken and a strip steak. The meals were well presented and the right portions. They were very tasty and different. We only opted for the standard fare one night. The entertainment and activities were the standard stuff. The performances were well done and entertaining. More than enough activities throughout the day, which filled the daily calendar. There were also enough music options throughout the evening in the different bars and lounges. The groups and individuals did an excellent job were different music genres. The dining room service was excellent. The waiter Moe, his assistant Min and the sommelier Vlad were very attentive and well prepared to do their jobs. It was nice to order a bottle of wine and save the unfinished portion for another night. The buffet was the usual items for breakfast and lunch. They had 3 omelet stations set up for eggs to order or omelets, a very efficient operation. The pizza, so, so, Royal Caribbean has better. A lot of different ethic option to choose from for lunch, if you wanted to try something different. The day they had Tacos, the ground beef was to runny to make a good taco, but it was tasty. We disembarked the ship at every port and we been to may of these several times. We took a catamaran sailing and snorkling trip in St. Maarten from the ship. The crew on the cat were very good and kept us entertained. We did a coast to coast tour in Barbados, which was okay. Spent a little to much time at some of the stops. The Bajan accent was hard to understand at times. One of the guests asked the tour guide to slow it down a bit and it came out with a more of a British accent, slow and understandable. On Dominica we were just going to do a walkabout and get some souvenirs. But like any port there are always some pesky folks trying to sell you a tour. But we ran into a personable fellow and convinced us to join him for an island tour for 20 bucks apiece. He wanted a least ten people for his open air but covered wagon. So he had to convince some other people from the ship to join him. We had six people already and we helped convince other people to join us. My wife kept saying it,s cheaper then the ship tour for the same thing. So off we went and trip turned out to be delightful. Gerald took his time explain a lot of the floral and fauna of the island. He made several stops to show us the different flowers and fruits of the island. The passengers on the ship were mostly older. Very few kids or teenagers on board for this time of year. Luckily we had no health issues on the ship that we knew about. If there was it would have been rumored around the ship in no time at all. I don,t think the ship was full as when we left the dining room, a lot of the tables for the second seating were not set at all. After doing one of Royal Caribbeans MEGA ships in 2018 , they are to busy, but they don,t seem crowded. In the future my wife and I will try for passenger capacity of less than 2500/3000. There might not be that many ships ion the future with a smaller passenger load. So after this Covid19 scare is done, we will be looking for another cruise. The prices will come down a little and the perks should go up. The cruise lines will have to get people back on their ships. Happy sailing to you future cruisers Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The Equinox boasted a huge remodel in 2019, but it didn’t show in reality. I’m thinking the remodel must have adhered to the suite class rooms and private areas. The median age of cruisers was easily 60+ and the ... Read More
The Equinox boasted a huge remodel in 2019, but it didn’t show in reality. I’m thinking the remodel must have adhered to the suite class rooms and private areas. The median age of cruisers was easily 60+ and the entertainment/activities seem to cater to this group. Couldn’t enjoy the deck areas very much being that cruisers were allowed to smoke EVERYWHERE outside on public decks. Many of the activities were sale pitches and not solely an activity. As far as night life goes besides the casino it seemed like only one dancing venue was open a night. Most activities were conducted in the grand foyer, (which wasn’t very grand in comparison to most ships) which I found odd. Live entertainment was mediocre at best, but once again catered to the older crowd 60+. The shows were good the final night comedian was a riot and he even made several jokes referring pertaining to the age group on board. The ports were nice except we weren’t allowed to port in Dominican Republic due to COVID-19, there were no issues on this ship to the best of my knowledge. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised with Celebrity once before on the Equinox and absolutely loved it. This time we brought along our brother and sister-in-law. They are hooked now as well. We love this ship, it's never too crowded, always very clean, ... Read More
We have cruised with Celebrity once before on the Equinox and absolutely loved it. This time we brought along our brother and sister-in-law. They are hooked now as well. We love this ship, it's never too crowded, always very clean, the veranda cabins are spacious enough for the two of us. The beds never bother our backs (which is saying something because most hotels do). The main entertainment is always great, a good variety of singers, stage shows, comedians, and magicians. All excellent. Even the rest of the entertainment is not to be missed. The activities are fun, we always enjoy the trivia games. The service is wonderful. Ask for almost anything, they will make it happen. Our cabin steward (#7222 - Wayan) was there several times a day and usually greeted us when returning to the cabin asking if we need anything. The hostess (Victoriia) and wait staff (Anam & Andrej) in the dining room were great, our waiter even got us a dessert that was not on the menu that night as we missed it the night before when dining in the Tuscan Grill. The dining is OUT OF THIS WORLD. We never had a meal we didn't like. The Tuscan Grill has delectable food as well. Their steak is mouth watering and you can cut it with your spoon. We stopped at San Juan, St. Thomas, and Nassau. We did the Walking Tour of Old San Juan, it was OK, we got to see the fort at the tip of the island and walked into the island where our tour guide showed us different places, monuments, and a church. I wish the tour guide would have had a microphone though, as we could not hear much of what he said. In St. Thomas we did the Sapphire Beach & snorkeling. Bus ride to Sapphire Beach (about 1/2 hour) then a beautiful beach for swimming (snorkeling is difficult). A free drink ticket. Food available for purchase (we had burgers and fries). Then a ride on their Sky Drive back to the ship which was breath taking with the views it offered. Not to be missed. We were not allowed off the ship in Samana, Dominican Republic. They finished reviewing our health records 1 hour after we gave up and left at 2pm or so. I don't suppose they will do very well as a cruise ship port if they can't get it together a little better than that. Celebrity handled it beautifully, giving everyone that booked excursions through them a full refund and giving everyone a credit on their acct to use by the end of the trip equal to one day of cruising. The on-board shops were bustling. Nassau, Bahamas was beautiful. We booked the Funky Jeep Tour and our tour guide was great. Funny, informative and accommodating. We did several stops to include the Queens Staircase, the Junkanoo Museum, John Waitling's Distillery, Tasty Teas, and a wonderful lunch. I would definitely recommend this excursion, we saw a lot of the island and were left with quite a bit of time to explore on our own before the ship departed. The only bad review I have is we purchased transfers ($15 each) to the Fort Lauderdale airport with a departure time of 9:15 am from guest services on the ship. We were still waiting at 9:30 am when our luggage number was called. It took no time at all to get through customs, but once outside NOBODY seemed to know where we needed to go. 4 different people told us 4 different places. We finally found a large coach bus that was for our transfers to the airport (with a line of 50+ people). The person loading the luggage was VERY slow. I would estimate that it took at least 30 seconds per passenger to check their paperwork and load their luggage. That doesn't seem like much, but when you've got 50 people waiting....that's 25 minutes to load the bus. We did not have time to wait as it was now 10:30 am and our plane was scheduled to leave at Noon. So, we opted to take a taxi instead - $25 for four people and 6 big bags of luggage. MUCH BETTER DEAL and WAY faster. Overall, I give our vacation an A+++++. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was a quick 2-night weekend cruise meant to re-adjust Celebrity's schedule after a "rock and romance" charter. We took advantage of the low rates offered, but it seems Celebrity adjusted their service accordingly (more ... Read More
This was a quick 2-night weekend cruise meant to re-adjust Celebrity's schedule after a "rock and romance" charter. We took advantage of the low rates offered, but it seems Celebrity adjusted their service accordingly (more on the cons in a bit). Overall Pros: As others have stated, check in was a breeze. Passengers consisted mostly of couples and some friend groups, spanning all ages making for a lively crowd. Not too many kids onboard, but as another reviewer stated, the sailing seemed to have some of the friendliest passengers around...an overall pleasure to cruise with. In addition, service was good by some staff members, ranging from stateroom attendant to pool/bar attendants. Cons: Take Home Message = Morale is low among employees, communication is sorely lacking as is effective management. 1. Maintenance: D grade, Unfortunately, not only is Infinity showing her age, it seems her maintenance is sorely lacking. As we sailed away in the fwd lounge, for instance, we moved a nearby chair for a fellow Soon as we moved the chair, however, one whole leg just popped off! Crazy dangerous. We saw rust just about everywhere, but most alarming were actual metal rails coming undone from their posts. One rail (at top most deck where random loungers were left to die) was actually dangling off. Sharp pieces of metal were seen sticking out from posts as well. As for room maintenance, it is what it is for a 20-year-old ship. Expect rusty water stains in shower (at least they changed out the shower head) and dated, worn furnishings. Bring your own can of lysol or wipes. 2. Food: B grade, Most of the food offered was uninspiring, almost like a bland rendition of what we've come to expect from Celebrity. It wasn't bad by any means, just okay. It almost seemed as if main dining room food was purposefully dull so patrons would spend their monies on the overly-hawked specialty restaurants. In fact, soon as we stepped onboard we were approached by no less than 4 waiters viciously hawking specialty restaurants (reminded me of the old straw market in Nassau)! In other venues, we noticed the soft serve ice cream machine was broken and out of order. We even saw napkins advertising the rock and romance cruise all over the ship. Now, I'm all for recycling and reducing waste, but c'mon folks, at least turn the napkins over to the plain side. I almost had a coronary when I thought we had joined a charter cruise! 3. Disembarkation: F grade, So unnecessarily disorganized and totally botched by Celebrity staff. There appeared to be a delay in having the ship cleared (no biggie, it happens) AND as it was a 2 night cruise, it seemed most people were waiting to walk off with luggage in tow (again, no biggie, part of what is expected on any weekend cruise). Where Celebrity lost me, however, was their lack of communication and organization. Early on, a line had formed on the outside of the promenade, maybe 20 feet long, waiting for the ship to be cleared. After a few minutes in line, however, patrons were told to go inside and join the line snaking around the rendevoux and into the casino. Okie dokie, orders were followed and we waited a good 40 minutes in the casino before the line began to crawl forward. Another 25 minutes and we were finally and happily walking off the ship, only to notice that the original line we had joined outside was actually in effect, functional, and allowing those that had just joined in the line to move through with no delay. Way to tick off hundreds of passengers who followed orders. NO ONE was directing passengers NOR ensuring that line cutters didn't skip. Overall pathetic disembarkation and left even some of the friendliest people with a bitter taste. 4. Spa: F grade. Wow, what can I say. Plenty of staff milling around, chit chatting their hearts away. No regard for customers whatsoever. After asking to use the thermal suite, I was given the grayest (used to be white) nastiest robe, a key to a locker, and directed to the bathroom. Upon walking out of the bathroom, I had no idea where to go, so naturally, I asked a crew member to point me int he direction of the thermal suite. They said they didn't really know where it was. Hmmm, that had me thinking a bit, but along came another member and upon asking, she pointed me all the way to the front of the spa area and said it'd be the furthest room. Ooooohhhh-Kay, then off I went, only to find that I had walked into a massage room (thank God no one was in there, but it certainly didn't look like a thermal suite to me). At this point, I'm a bit fuming you see, wandering around the spa area, asking and not receiving any direction. So I made the trek back to the reception area where I find all 10 spa members chit chatting some more. One of them has the grace to point me in the right direction (just behind the reception desk as it were...would've been nice if they'd told me that in the first place before sending me off the the bathroom). Once in the dark, dank, tiny, poor excuse for a thermal lounge I noticed the water jug was empty. Several spa staff walked in and out of the room, mostly to scent the area with a spray bottle...guess the diffuser was broken too? After 1/2 an hour, I kindly pointed out to one of the staff members that the iced water was in need of replenishing. Her reply went along the lines, of "ok ok, well someone will replace it later on." 5. Room 8002 is adjacent to a crew area, possibly the officers quarters. As a result the entire hallway constantly reeked of cigarette smoke. The smell permeated the air in the room as it was closest. Avoid the entire hallway if you are sensitive to smoke. They really need an air purifier! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We mainly decided to try Celebrity for the first time because of the reviews we had read of this ship (Summit) and because of the itinerary, plus the fact that these were the dates we were looking for. We were not disappointed. The ship ... Read More
We mainly decided to try Celebrity for the first time because of the reviews we had read of this ship (Summit) and because of the itinerary, plus the fact that these were the dates we were looking for. We were not disappointed. The ship is beautiful. Everything looks so new & is sparkling clean. The colors are light & fresh, including the carpeting, etc. A favorite spot was the solarium. That pool is wonderful, especially after a day out touring in the heat & sun! The Oceanview Cafe (buffet) was amazing. Everything you could think of, plus it was all spread out into different stations with plenty of seating & windows, making it feel so open--not like many of the crowded buffets on some ships we have been on in the past. They even had made-to-order pasta during the day & omelets for breakfast. Food and service in the main dining room were exceptional. We sat in the same general area each night, so were able to get to know the waiters, sommelier, etc. The food on this ship was a step up from what we had experienced on our most recent cruises. There were excellent choices each night for dinner. Our cabin steward did a great job as well. Everything was always clean and fresh. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for price and to experience Celebrity. In addition, Qsine (a specialty restaurant featuring "Le Petit Chef") was a major draw. Qsine -the specialty restaurant - was absolutely fantastic and highly ... Read More
We chose this cruise for price and to experience Celebrity. In addition, Qsine (a specialty restaurant featuring "Le Petit Chef") was a major draw. Qsine -the specialty restaurant - was absolutely fantastic and highly recommended. The Oceanview Cafe buffet was decent, with some hits and some misses, but the quality of the food was high and enjoyable. Service there and in the main dining room was decent, but frankly was better in the buffet, overall. WiFi was outrageously priced and exceptionally poor - we were lucky to get 2G service at best. Yes, it was the basic plan, but it was circa 2004 quality, not circa 2020. Celebrity needs to get with it and improve it, seriously. It's definitely a strong reason I won't go on another Celebrity cruise anytime soon. Very few enrichment activities compared with other cruises I've been on - our cruise director, Lauren, was rarely seen outside of nightly theatre shows. A bit disappointing. More enrichment activities were needed, and more fun and exciting activities were called for. Maybe that's not Celebrity's niche, but they should consider it. At 59 yrs old, I've sailed twice with Holland and believe Celebrity's "personality" is about as "geriatric" as that seen on Holland - and that was a bit surprising, honestly, as I'd expected more enjoyment. The high point was that the casino was non-smoking in its entirety - but the slots were notoriously "tight" - they made sure the house won with likely only a 50% payout- blackjack and poker were much more "fair" to the gamblers amongst us. The buffet was never over-crowded; we got on the vessel on embarkation day expecting a horrific experience trying to find a seat- never had a problem despite a capacity crowd. Very nice. Being able to drop off our bags inside our room at noon (!) was a nice perk and very much appreciated! Entertainment was top notch, frankly - so I'll definitely give kudos to Celebrity. Overall - it was a "meh" cruise. I'd feel "ok" on Celebrity again, but I'll likely choose RCCL or NCL instead, as their was more energy seen in the staff and they seem happier on the other lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Last cruise aboard Celebrity was 9 years ago.. Thursday Feb 20th.-- travel by car to Quebec City (4 hours) Stayed at Cofortel for a Park and Fly . Close to the airport. $194. Friday Feb 21st.-- Taxi fare paid by hotel. 11:30 ... Read More
Last cruise aboard Celebrity was 9 years ago.. Thursday Feb 20th.-- travel by car to Quebec City (4 hours) Stayed at Cofortel for a Park and Fly . Close to the airport. $194. Friday Feb 21st.-- Taxi fare paid by hotel. 11:30 flight to Montreal. 16:30 flight to Fort Lauderdale.. Sat in the last seats on plane. Travel with airmiles. 20:30-- Uber from FLL to Airbnb at Diana beach area $13.65. Cost for one night Airbnb $120. Canadian funds. Small room but the price was right. Safe area. Some noise from airport. Walked to The Field Irish Pub and Eatery, 15 minutes.. Good meals, live entertainment. Walked back and bought 2 bottles of wine at a Publix Grocery store.. Saturday Feb 22nd. -- My birthday. Walked to Publix and bought pastries and orange juice for breakfast. Took Uber to Cruise terminal around 11am. $10.85. Clean car.. When we got to cruise port around 11:45, there was a lineup. We joined in the group. After 30 minutes the lineup was quite significant.. Rumors of problems with scanning equipment. When the line started to move for boarding, it was surprising quick to get inside. More chaos inside but we finally got onboard around 1 o'clock . Room Bernardo our room steward was there to greet us.. Nice guy.. Went for a couple of drinks at the top deck.. We do not have a drinking package .. The personnel tried for a couple of days to sell a drink package.. Intimidation was felt. We do not go on vacation to drink, we can do that at home.. Went for dinner at main dining room. We did not return for the entire trip. Food was just so-so. One half of the couple we were sitting with from Pittsburg was really negative and we choose not to get in this environment again. Show(Topper) in the main theater was good 4.3/5.. Slept good, high winds, rough seas. Checked patio and this was when we realized that the deck below (5) us was a meeting place for smokers.. our balcony smell of cigarette smoke for around 90% of the entire cruise.I need to do a better room research next time. Sunday Feb.23rd.-- Key West-- nice day, Got off ship and walked to a live cam at a bar not far from ship. Called our son and did a live stream on Messenger. Waved to our grand daughter . walked around for a couple of hours. Bought a 8 pack of Coke and brung back to ship. Had lunch. Went back to shore. Had a few drinks at Hog breath bar. live music was excellent. Packed house. Picked up some gift . Ship left at scheduled time. Le Petit Chef for dinner ..Glad we did it. Show was good. Food OK. 4/5.. Comedian (Derrick Cameron) was good. 4.2/5.. another good nights sleep. Monday Feb 24th. Sea day. got some sun first thing in a.m. finally sinked in that I am on vacation . Ate at buffet rest of trip. Good variety. Rough seas . Broadway cabaret in main theater. not for me. 2/5 Slept good Tuesday Feb.25th.-- Costa Maya.. took a cab to Tropicante. 8$ for the 2 of us. Had some loungers in the shade. Raphael and Miguel both excellent at keeping us in the loop. bucket of 6 beers for $15. had fish tacos and roll . had a 1 hour massage for $30.Beach was clean. Went back to port area around 2p.m. Watched cruisers coming back on ship from deck 5.. 2 other ships in port. some of them over indulged on their consumption. Bubley night from 3 signers in main theater was OK. 3/5 My wife actually enjoyed all venues and music around the ship better than me.. She would rate all from good to excellent. Wed. Feb 26th. Cozumel. 5 other cruise ships in port.. 8 dollars to go to town. walked around.Hot and humid. Vendors can be intimidating. No eye contact. Senior Frogs swim with plenty of fishes. couple of beers. Got ripped off at the local Maga superstore. Bought a bags of chips for 60 cents u.s. gave 2 dollars and my change was given at a poor woman near cashier even though she did not touch it. Called for assistance and was given a guilt trip that I should support poor people. Religious thieves. was not ticked off , was just an experience. funny even.. Back on ship, booked anytime dining . food still not to the buffet quality. Had a bottle of wine in our room on return. gift for 35th anniversary marriage. Also a Equinox magnet gift. Life in main theater was good 3.9/5 . Great nights sleep. Thursday Feb 27th.-- Grand Cayman- tender to port. went to Paradise restaurant . My wife had a drink and ordered some tacos. I went to swim with the fishes near restaurant. plenty of colorful fishes. bought 2 bottles of liquor from Butterfield. Went to Sharkezz bar for a bucket of beer. Best port because nobody trying to sell us stuff. Main theater comedian Dave Burleigh was excellent 4.5/5 . Friday Feb.28th.-- sea day . too cold for sitting on top deck. Started packing suitcases. Saturday Feb.29th. -- did our own disembarkation . out of ship quickly. Had 10 cents charged to our credit card. that was what was left of the $375 OBC. Cab to airport 10 dollars. Terminal 2 Air Canada and Delta way to full. Bad day for travel. we were suppose to land in Quebec City at 6:10 pm but only got in Quebec at 3:15 am. Staye at Cofortel again. Delays were not mechanical so we will try to get compensated with new rules on delayed flights. Suiday Feb.29th.-- Drove home to our waiting Yorkie Kiwi. Poor little dog had to go to the vet while we were gone. Nothing to serious, antibiotics and xrays for $240. All in all we will definitely try to get a room were we don't have to breath second hand smoke on our next cruise. we did a couple of weeks at resort hotels and Cruising is still our preferred vacation deal. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I sailed the Equinox in 2019 and my TA found an amazing deal so we decided to sail again. Embarkation was a hot mess. I never got official word but the buzz was technical issues/computer issues. Lines backed up, but luckily I had priority ... Read More
I sailed the Equinox in 2019 and my TA found an amazing deal so we decided to sail again. Embarkation was a hot mess. I never got official word but the buzz was technical issues/computer issues. Lines backed up, but luckily I had priority boarding and was able to skip some of the wait. That meant the gangways onto the ship were packed and slowly moving. The ship felt empty at times. It would be like 5-6pm and the pool deck and some of the bars were just devoid of people. I felt like they needed more music/DJ out at the pool. I enjoyed the Cruise Connections party, although I did not get an invite in my room like I was supposed to. Luckily another CC member told me when and where. We got to meet the Captain and some officers, and that was really cool. Our room attendant was fabulous. We had no problems with anything in our cabin. We did not eat in MDR every night. Our seats were way in the far back corner of a far back room. Our server was fine but his assistant Jose was so great. The food was good and we enjoyed the variety. One of our excursions was canceled and they notified us and refunded us promptly. The daily schedule in the app kept changing as we approached the cruise. At one point, Gatsby Silent Disco was removed, but many of us decided to bring our outfits anyway. And I am glad we did because it was re-added to the schedule. And that was a super fun time. The photographers were great and I enjoyed getting some great pics with my husband. The shows in the theatre were a mixed bag, we really liked the comedian, I enjoyed the Broadway Cabaret, but the Topper show was trying hard to be Cirque and just not there. Overall, we had a nice time and will definitely sail Celebrity again as we have already booked the Edge for next year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have traveled with Celebrity often, but this is the first time on Equinox. We’ve been on sister ships. She has been updated with the Retreat amenities and appearance for those in suites. We experienced the usual wonderful service. ... Read More
We have traveled with Celebrity often, but this is the first time on Equinox. We’ve been on sister ships. She has been updated with the Retreat amenities and appearance for those in suites. We experienced the usual wonderful service. I’m not happy with the new look for the days’ activities paper. It is in, by time, in sections, and it can be easy to miss things that occur at the same time. I’m most impressed with the internet speed and service. Considering that we are at sea, it is outstanding. We sailed back to back and the procedure between Cruises was well explained and worked reasonably well. There was some waiting. The main one was standing in line until a customs agent showed up. He barely glanced at our passports. One big change from the last time on Celebrity (nearly two years ago) is that the check in is easier and your room seapass card is outside your cabin. You are allowed to go there to drop off your things and then go for lunch until all cabins are ready. The ship accommodates the guests without seeming crowded. - except near the bars before dinner. The singers and dancers shows were OK and very loud. We usually check in on them, but tend to leave early. With the exception of one comedian the other entertainers were below average. We were in the Caribbean so the ports are what you make of them. For us nothing was overly impressive, but it’s great to get into the sun and water activities. I am scheduled for knee replacement surgery, so decided to rent a scooter. It was a great decision. There was plenty of room for it in our cabin, a suite. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I will start by saying that we had a wonderful time and will cruise again with Celebrity anytime. But there are always glitches with any vacation. The check-in procedure was the worst ever because the computers went down and the lines ... Read More
I will start by saying that we had a wonderful time and will cruise again with Celebrity anytime. But there are always glitches with any vacation. The check-in procedure was the worst ever because the computers went down and the lines went around the building.I know they did the best the could but they did nothing to help out those who were handicapped and that could not stand for the 45 min. plus we were on line. The food quality, volume and selections were as excellent as usual and personalized service in the specialty restaurants was amazing. We absolutely loved Tuscan Grill and wished we booked that twice. Murano was also delightful. Our waiter (Isai) and Fredrick the assistant waiter were wonderful in the Main Dining Room for the 8:30 sitting. Breakfast in the main dining room- service was slow. Oceanview Cafe was definitely the place for breakfast. We tried room service twice once was great and the other was funny. They gave us someone else's order. Our favorite place was Cafe Al Bacio, every day, twice a day espresso, cappuccino and some lemon tartlets. Who cares cruise calories don’t count! There was your typical production shows. We went and then walked out of Topper, it was just bizarre. The comedian was very funny. Some of the lounge acts were good and others were not our speed. I do wish that they had some jazz in one of the the bars. The silent disco was a lot of fun and when it was held in the sky bar there was enough room to dance. But the bar there can't keep up with all the orders. The second silent disco was for Gatsby night and it was on the 3rd floor lobby area, way to small and you could hear the singing all the way up to deck 12. The third floor lobby area was used for dance lessons and music/dancing every night. It was crowded and too loud most of the time. We never understood why the sky bar was underutilized as was Quasars. The Senior Officers were present on a quite few occasions and perfectly friendly. Guest Relations where the ship sparkled. I had to go down to the desk a few time to inquire about their new drink package that included the min-bar, the took care of everything, It was our anniversary and I wanted a few flowers for a renewal service, I told them 3 roses. I received a beautiful grouping of flowers, plus in our cabin was champagne and a plate of cheese and fruit. Every department sent us cards to help celebrate our special day. The Captain’s Club hostess (Amy) and the CC (Joanna) were both efficient and entertaining and kept us busy with all the parties and activities. I do wish that the two of them would coordinate times better for the activities, it was hard to juggle at times where we were going to be, some we had to miss all together. Photo Gallery-excellent We were celebrating our 20th anniversary we decided to sit for a few black & white photos in the studio. These photos will be very special memories for us, especially since he made us look 20 years younger. LOL! Debarkation went smoothly and ahead of schedule. My only complaint was the constant selling of drinks packages, upgrading of packages or selling of specialty dining packages. It really puts a damper on the cruise. Key West was lovely. We were independent and took the Conk train that is right off the pier. Also the Hemingway House is a short walk from one of the stops. Great History. Costa Maya we booked an independent beach day with transportation and it was ok. The beach is rocky, bring your surf shoes! The walk off the pier will take 25min and you will be accosted by the salesmen. Cozumel we booked an independent resort day at Iberostar Resort Cozumel. Beautiful resort. all inclusive, lunch, drinks, towels. $20 each way by cab. Grand Cayman Took 2 different tours off the Equinox. GCI1 - Dolphin Swim and 7 Mile Beach My husband loved it and would do it again. GCR2 - Coral Beach Club on Famous 7 Mile Beach very nice club just not enough time Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
SAILED THE REFLECTION which was in good shape out of Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans, Grand Cayman and Cozumel . An older crowd with very few kids. The ship was close to sold out if not completely. Celebrity’s product while still pretty ... Read More
SAILED THE REFLECTION which was in good shape out of Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans, Grand Cayman and Cozumel . An older crowd with very few kids. The ship was close to sold out if not completely. Celebrity’s product while still pretty good has suffered as have the other lines with food quality price cutting and staffing restrictions. Serving staff; in restaurants and bars appear to be at a minimum. Dining Room staff looked rushed and “Anytime Dining” puts unfamiliar passengers with needs often with different staff which doesn’t help. We had a table for 11 which is large and sometimes cumbersome for staff anyways. The waiter who who had others table(s) was very good at his job and did well. Sit at a large table you suffer the consequences. We were also the longest away from the kitchen for some reason. Food was good and portions suitable to our age bracket. (All Seniors). The bread sticks on X are almost worth the fare by themselves. The Porch for Lunch..seafood towers were excellent. We also had dinner one night at the “Lawn Club”. Also great but at extra cost of course. Other than the first night when there was a lot of confusion about our dinner reservation time. (The claimed not to have one for us) anytime went just fine although they wanted us to eat early than we actually wanted but that got fixed pretty quickly also. Took in a few of the shows and acts and they are pretty standard on Celebrity. Entertaining but not remarkable. Very capable musicians in the orchestra which to me makes the cruise entertainment wise. Our Room guy was second to none in my cruise experience. How these folks do it without being intrusive is beyond me. Ports. New Orleans Day 3 6:30 PM after almost a full day going into and up the Mississippi. Great experience.Use our rollcall to find a pretty good write up about what you are seeing. We snitched it from another chaps posts on another roll call. (You know how that works) Day 4/ docked right downtown Day. 5/Docked and departed at 10 PM So we got there in time to see a parade finish just blocks from the ship. Other parades went frequently on Monday and on Tuesday they seem to go all day. New Orleans is a happening folks. YOu need to train for the experience. It’s very Crowded along the parade routes. At night the place still goes on stop with parades and other experiences. The only real suggestion I have is do it before your body needs to feel the need for sleep rather than party. (Age wise that is) Grand Cayman.. Had to use the alternative dock on the outside of the Island. Waves at George Town took away tender capabilities. Small dock with two ships handled it all quite well with shoreside tenders. No ability to handle wheel chairs. Shuttles were available to Georgetown. We went to a fairly new Attraction on the Island “ Crystal Caves”. Small caves well lit with good guides. Kinda neat if you have never been underground anywhere else. Pretty easy walking on good small pebbled paths. Cozumel.. Planned snorkel for rookies was a washout also because of wave action. Just to rough to get into the water from an outfit 15 mins walk towards town. Nice bar and beach set up for being handy to the ship however. Not a super great beach but would have been ok if not for the waves. So a really friendly staff on a very nice ship for 10 days in The Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico with maybe a touch of the Caribbean was a great holiday. No really warm weather until a day south of the Mississippi. We were in Florida for several days before the cruise and weather was very nice but sail away and the next few days were damp and cool unfortunately. Nothing to do with the Cruise Ship though of course. Just do not expect it to be warm in New Orleans. You might get lucky as the timing does move around but last year they even wore touques. Lol Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chose for 3 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and the recommendation from friends to try Celebrity. The Celebrity agent offered us a great deal for Concierge class guarantee and we found out the early boarding, special embarkation ... Read More
Chose for 3 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and the recommendation from friends to try Celebrity. The Celebrity agent offered us a great deal for Concierge class guarantee and we found out the early boarding, special embarkation luncheon in the dining room, and early priorty disembarkation made it so easy to park in the nearby MIDport garage because there were spaces, and no lines as boarding began at 10 am. The passengers we met also were amazed by how clean it was for a 7 year old ship. We loved the top deck walking path from aft to forward going more than 2 miles in 7 laps while walking past grassy areas, and multiple eating/drinking areas. We had gratuity included as a free perk, but those who booked earlier also had wifi and all drinks included for free. BAthroom had most storage and nice glass enclosure for shower instead of sticky shower curtain found on new Princess ships, and bigger sofa and balcony than Sky Princess premium deluxe veranda which we cruised 3 months ago. No sick passengers for 10 days as precautions for clean hands was practiced by all. Food was definitely a higher standard than any other ship at the buffet and regular dining. We were offered escargots every dinner which was a wonderful surprise,and ate them in the regular dining room. Our servers and steward were wonderful. The spa pool room has a glass rooftop and is warm all the time with lots of loungers and views...and availalble to all without an extra fee. We will book with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We sailed on the Equinox with a group of 18 ranging from our 16 year old son to a few in their 60's. Overall this was an excellent cruise with only a couple of things I feel could have been improved. I'll start with the ... Read More
We sailed on the Equinox with a group of 18 ranging from our 16 year old son to a few in their 60's. Overall this was an excellent cruise with only a couple of things I feel could have been improved. I'll start with the positives as they far outweighed any negatives on this ship. Embarkation - After a dozen or so cruises this was the easiest I've ever experienced. We had booked the 1:00pm time slot to board the ship but ended up arriving around 11:30 and simply waled right on board with zero waiting. The staff working embarkation were beyond friendly and helpful and Celebrity really has this process down to a science. The Ship - This is a beautiful ship and is pretty elegant. It was exceptionally clean and well thought out. The artwork was very whimsical and interesting although not overly done.It was also quite easy to navigate and has very good flow. The main pool area seemed a little small and there was almost never any open chairs anyway decent on the ship if you didn't get them by 8:30-9:00 in the morning. They also seemed to be an incredible amount of chair hogging going on without anybody using the chairs. The crew did not address this at all. The main pool/s were also incredibly cold and because of this almost nobody swam in the pool much including any of us. Another odd thing is the main pool area has sun shades around it which really cuts down on those trying to sunbathe. The serenity pool area was really nice and tranquil and many of us loved that area including the youngest couple in our group (25 years old). This area was also never packed and the pool was heated. Very nice area! The spa & gym were pretty nice even though the Persian Garden was pretty small. My wife usually purchases a spa pass but did not do so on this cruise due to the small size of that area. Part of this was due to the Serenity Pool area. The gym itself was well equipped and had everything we wanted. Cabins - We were in a mix of balcony cabins with a few inside cabins mixed in. The cabins were very well appointed with much nicer bathrooms than expected. The enclosed showers were very nice as who likes the tiny showers with just a curtain? One thing that was interesting is that my daughter was in cabin 7305 which I booked for her as it appeared to have a nice balcony but I was in cabin 7171 with a regular balcony and much preferred our room. 7305 is the last cabin prior to the true Aft cabins and although it's balcony is slightly larger in has no view to the aft of the ship due to the angle of the balcony. The inside cabins were really quite nice and we were impressed with them. Dining - This is where this ship really excelled. The main dining room was outstanding with great food and service. Victoria the hostess was beyond good at her job and always managed to get us seated quickly and efficiently. The food was some of the best I've had on any ship I've been on. The buffet was also really good and probably had the best quality food of any ship I have been on. They even had a station for cooking steaks, chops, chicken, etc to order in the buffet. The buffet also was broken up into sections which kept lines almost non-existent. I was skeptical of this design at first but it works very well although that may have been due to the vast majority of passengers being very courteous with others. We also ate at QSine for La Petit Chef and Sushi on 5. Both were fantastic and everyone thought they were well worth the price. The steak at QSine rivals the best I've ever had. Entertainment - The shows and entertainers were also top notch and we enjoyed all of them. The comedians were good but not the best we've seen on cruise ships. All of the production shows were excellent and everybody in our group loved them. Oddly enough the theatre was never full so they was always ample seating. The activities around the ship seemed a bit lacking at times, especially for the younger members of our group. Our 16 year old said there wasn't much going on the teen club and there were only about 100 kids total on this sailing even with it being President's Week. Service - Unbelievably good in all areas. Some of the best we have experienced on any cruise ship. The only exception to this would be at the pool bar as that bar always seemed t have the slowest and least friendly bartenders and there was a big time lacking of servers in the pool area which made it difficult to get a drink near the pool. Many people actually went into the buffet to get a drink du to this. Deparkation - Almost as easy to get off the ship as getting on. We had taken a tour to the Everglades that would drop us off at the FLL airport. This was pretty well organized although the Everglades ride and alligator show was a bit disappointing. Ports - San Juan - We visited the fort but it closed at 6:00pm and we didn't arrive until 3:30 and not off the ship until after 4:00. San Juan is a great port but arriving earlier would have been better. St Thomas - We did a private excursion with a local group instead of taking a ship tour. This was excellent and we ended up doing an island tour and going to both Sapphire Beach and Secret Harbour Beach. Tortola BVI - We took a ship tour to Virgin Gorda and went to the Baths. Beautiful area but to crowded. Why anybody in poor physical condition would take a tour that states it's strenuous and then hold up everyone else is beyond me but there were quite a few people who did this. Nassau - We took a cab to Cabbage Beach which was gorgeous but pretty choppy and they dropped us in an area with zero services so we decided to take a cab to Junkanoo Beach which is quite near the port. This beach was ok but not very pretty with lots of people trying to sell us anything from jet ski rides to drugs. One tip here is that the drinks are half the price if you don't use the principal bar which is amazing considering they're very close to each other. We also checked out the Straw Market on our walk back to the ship...it was ok but much smaller than expected. Ok, overall great trip but here are the few negatives we encountered. Pool area bar service - this was not good at all. Almost no servers taking drink orders and the bartenders at this bar were the worst on the ship. Pool area in general - Pool was to small and to cold. Hardly anybody used the pool to swim yet nobody could get a chair as the chair hogs were out in full force. Most of us weren't fans of all the sun shades in the pool area either. Celebrity App & Internet - This was the worst thing on the ship IMO. The app is designed well but the free internet service on this ship is incredibly poor and unreliable. The app has a chat service that is free but it's horribly slow and unpredictable. It appears to be designed similar to Carnival's chat feature but it simply does not work well at all. We all agreed we would prefer to pay for an app that works than a free one that's poor. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this particular ship on this particular date as extended family were going and asked us to join them. We had a great time overall and are glad we went. Embarkation was seamless and speedy, we arrived at our chosen time, ... Read More
We chose this particular ship on this particular date as extended family were going and asked us to join them. We had a great time overall and are glad we went. Embarkation was seamless and speedy, we arrived at our chosen time, flew through the process, and we were in our cabin in less than 30 minutes of drop off. Dining was a pleasure even at the busiest times at the Oceanview Cafe, which was exceptionally good for a buffet. Loved Fine Cut and their ribeye and Dover Sole. Since it wasn’t a specific school vacation time we had a decidedly older population on the ship with maybe 10% of passengers using a cane, walker, wheelchair, or scooter, which made it a little tight in narrow hallways. My only negative is our cabin: while perfectly located it’s banging, clanging, and cracking noises marred our sleep. Most likely the cabin is on a construction seam and the blowing wind and waves caused the ship to rock unevenly. I did not complain as I didn’t want to change cabins. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Celebrity summit feb 8-15 2020 (writing review on last full sea day off tomorrow) we are couple in low 50's first time on celebrity. our kids are grown, just the two of us booked a year ago on smaller ship but biggest ... Read More
Celebrity summit feb 8-15 2020 (writing review on last full sea day off tomorrow) we are couple in low 50's first time on celebrity. our kids are grown, just the two of us booked a year ago on smaller ship but biggest room penthouse suite: read review of room we do separately. flew in day early to San Juan and stayed at el convento nice and local but not 5 star but I liked local flavor toured around city and ate local food was nice to rest before rush to port next morning suite: amazing. received so many amenities see later anu was our butler and Redford our cabin attendant both are amazing and stellar dining: luminarie: for suite only. zouhaier maitre d' amazing. all wait staff team and beverage person amazing. order off their special menu or can get anything from the MDR. they will get you anything within reason that is not on the menu that night. bar service was fabulous. the maitre d' went above and beyond to take care of us and check on us. we never waited more than 5 minutes. service impeccable. room service: every day our butler served us in room. mostly we ate on dining table on veranda for the view and sun. always very good but we dont eat heavy breakfast most of time. service always on time and good with warm food. only breakfast we tried and planned the night before for food and time and was perfect. tuscan grill: ate their twice. service fantastic and maitre d also amazing. never waited. all specialty were included on our suite. meat and pasta wonderful. sommelier was amazing even though I was novice he picked the wines for me. le petit chef: superb service and meal. the light show on our dinner plates before each course was just amazing. you will have to google it to watch it. lots of fun and made the meal even more fun. we had lobster and steak etc just wonderful. two menu options only so choices might be limited for some but not us. didn't try any others shore excursions: 1. st Thomas: we did the land and sea. good but we had been before and seen it. did shopping downtown. 2. st kitts and nevus: major shopping we had planned month or more in advance with diamonds international and the port shopping team director Vince helped us in advance. we had specific diamond and watch desires and the DI store had everything ready and prepared for us in advance knowing our wants. they had VIP lunch served in store for us. we mad some very nice purchases at great prices! by researching ahead of time they had variety of options for us at that store to choose from. it was awesome. then we did rail car toor and catamaran tour. wonderful to learn about the country and really enjoyed this 3. st Lucia; had been 15 months prior so shopped on port for couple hours. used it as a recovery day and relaxing day on our deck jacuzzi and lounge chairs. calm afternoon after morning port time. very nice Rolex store (harry jewelers). 4. antigua: land and sea tour and looked at shops in port. toured st johns capital and others. learned a lot. had great lunch on the catamaran part of tour. team really friendly with food and drinks included. 5. barbados: never been. best tour of all. wild safari 4x 4 and wildlife preserve. my wife and I love animals and we saw the feeding of the monkeys and many other animals. you can get right up close and great photos. we saw lots of other animals goats/sheep elsewhere on the island. saw rhianna the singer from Barbados birth home and current home and the only 5 star resort in Caribbean is on this island (tiger woods married there) and we saw outside of this. port team: cant say enough about Ricardo and Veronique who helped us a lot. they have VIP cards and really help get the prices down quite a bit. and no tax or duty! the main thing in the Caribbean is that you have so much to choose from. it was valentines cruise for us and my wife wanted some earrings and we had huge selections to choose from. the two ship port shopping team members assisted us and taught us so much about making good decisions, who to buy from, and what was a good deal or not. thanks to them! entertainment: on ship we went to one hour show every night. it was very good but not as good as some other ships. we still enjoyed it. two nights were comedians, one night dueling twin brothers on violins, one night celebrity song/dance show, one night three NYC singers and tonight we haven't seen yet. we enjoyed them all but remember not 2 hours broadway shows like some ships have (still very good) we didn't go to bars had all package and room fully stocked with alcohol as needed didn't go to classes, bingo, etc with 5 out of 6 sea days no time for other stull we were on island all days most of time there was music everywhere and seemed nice but we didn't do much else went to one lecture on last day about crew life which was educational didnt use much of ship because our room amazing we wanted time off work, catch up time, personal time fair amount of other activities we just didnt use movies, bars, bingo, classes, etc gym: I used every day smaller than other ships I have been on but great for me just usual stuff I didnt do classes etc services on ship: we received the 4 perk which was great inlcluded wifi, drinks, gratuities, onboard credit that was great. our cabin had other perks like included all dinner locations and more we had full laundry service, beverage, dining embarkation: get there early in in suite! do not go at 12 or later DO NOT WAIT IN LINE. look for priority boarding for suites we got put on in 5 minutes after we found suites attendant in port area we got on 1130 No guarantees but could get on by 11am or sooner disembark: not done yet still on ship we have late flight at 330pm so getting off last at 9am or so eating last day at Luminae at 8am close on final day smaller ship but we liked this easy to get around get to know people would go again. very nice remodeled ship march 2019 and looks great everyone was so friendly !!! 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Sail Date February 2020
We keep coming back to the Celebrity Equinox to celebrate special events and also to enjoy the ship amenities that suit our needs. Pleasant staff, great configuration of the ship, great food and excellent service. It is our fifth cruise ... Read More
We keep coming back to the Celebrity Equinox to celebrate special events and also to enjoy the ship amenities that suit our needs. Pleasant staff, great configuration of the ship, great food and excellent service. It is our fifth cruise with the Equinox in Aqua Class. We love the restaurant *Blu* dedicated to the Aqua Class guests. The food that is served is well balanced with very good ingredients and the servings are not exaggerated. You cal always ask for seconds if needed. The wine selection is also very interesting with good quality wines but could have a more extensive list selection. Service is always excellent and the staff wants to make sure that all your needs are met. Selection of food in the Ocean view Cafe is way above average. We love the cafe Al Baccio for it's great selection of coffee and tea. The desserts is a plus, plus, plus!!! The entertainment segments are not long enough. Once the party starts, entertainment staff should remain with the guests a bit longer to keep the party going. As well, entertainment at pool side is not sufficient during sea days. Embarkation is excellent especially since the Express check-in on line has been added. Disembarkation did not take more than five minutes and was very smooth !! Excellent!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We booked a Costco Kirkland Signature Culinary cruise on the Celebrity Edge. We booked in a year in advance after hearing about how wonderful the Edge was. The ship did not disappoint. Our cabin, with the innovative, balcony was the ... Read More
We booked a Costco Kirkland Signature Culinary cruise on the Celebrity Edge. We booked in a year in advance after hearing about how wonderful the Edge was. The ship did not disappoint. Our cabin, with the innovative, balcony was the best cabin we have ever had (17 cruises total) and the bathroom was also the best/biggest. We loved the Infinite Balcony! The glass could go down; you could close it and still have a full floor to ceiling view; you could sit on balcony and watch tv; you could close window and pull shade down making it darker for sleeping; or you could close the opaque french doors...so many options and it will be tough to go back to a regular balcony on next cruise. Suggestion: check to ensure your mini-bar is correct when you board, our's was not. The bedding was so very comfortable! Try to get a cabin with the bed near the balcony. Side note, I think the Edge would be ideal for Alaska sailings. We were celebrating our anniversary and received a nice sign on the door and a heart shape and rose petals on our bed. Our steward, Mary, was outstanding! As usual, the service on Celebrity was top notch; no complaints or suggestions for improvement. The dining in the 4 main dining rooms was very good. However, the meals did not seem as good as when I sailed on Celebrity before, 6 years ago. They were able to accommodate my wife's dairy food allergy, but this is the first cruise that we have been on where there isn't a primary person assigned to take care of her meal orders and this was disappointing, but it was handled OK. We did not try the specialty restaurants that they push daily, because of the $55 pp cost. I was happy to see that they enforced the dress code and saw a guy turned away from b'fest in the MDR for wearing a tank top. The entertainment in the Theater was hit or miss....loved Vox Fortura and Hype, not impressed with Colours or Kalidescope (sp?) and the comedian was good. Live entertainment around the ship was good, but wished there were more and more at the Rooftop Garden area. The entertainment at Eden was just a waste of time. One night we waited 30 minutes for the acrobatic show, only to be told at 7:30pm that they had to cancel it because the ship was moving too much - - nice that they made us wait 30 minutes and then it was too late to get a seat in theater. ugh. Even though there are only 6 bars on board do not miss the nighly 'show' by the bartenders at the Martini bar!!! Speaking of drinks, the prem drink pkg allowed me to have Buffalo Trace, Woodford, and McCallum and my wife, Gray Goose. However, otherwise, they could improve on their selections of booze, especially rums. The Old Fashion from Eden was worst Old fashion I ever had. haha Boarding the ship took about 10 mins from curb to setting foot on the ship and we carried off our luggage at 7:30I This isn't a cruise for children IMHO, we saw maybe 10 kids on board. there were very few minorities but it seemed popular with LBQTQ. There were a lot of international cruisers. Love the gym being open 24 hrs. There is a very nice jogging/walking trail but guests use it for whatever and you have to dodge and avoid them. the jogging trail goes thru deck 16. One time while running on the trail, we had to dodge the cruise director as he was holding a dance class IN THE JOGGING LANE! The port I most wanted to visit was Costa Maya and we had to skip it because the wind wouldn't allow the ship to be docked safely. Shopping: too many high-end stores and the on-board duty free liquor shop was a joke. We visited with the Next Cruise staff and was unimpressed with what they offered and pretty much with the Next Cruise program. It is no where as good as NCL's program. Overall, loved the ship. However, this didn't crack my top 5 cruises ever (out of 17). Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
 We are just two weeks off of Edge and there is a lot to like.  The embarkation process was about as close to perfect as possible.  Boarding is good but there is a pretty good hike up several levels on ramps.  The infinite veranda ... Read More
 We are just two weeks off of Edge and there is a lot to like.  The embarkation process was about as close to perfect as possible.  Boarding is good but there is a pretty good hike up several levels on ramps.  The infinite veranda makes your entrance to the cabin dramatic with its outside view as large as the width and high the cabin.  Very attentive stateroom steward. The complimentary sparkling wine was good; the canapés were, generally, awful. Few people cruise to watch TV but the provided screen was deluxe and, perfectly, positioned to, comfortably, watch in bed. On arrival of our luggage there was no heavy duty mat to protect the bed from dirty luggage so we put the dirty luggage on the chaise style couch while emptying. We both use Cpap and the end tables were a bit small, especially, the one where the phone was placed. The bathroom is the best I’ve seen (never stayed in a suite). It is large and good shower. The closet is a little short of space for long hanging items. We were, initially, stuck with late dining but got switched to early and wait listed for select. There was no obvious indication on our documents or sea passes as to what our dining assignment was once on board. I spent a while getting confirmation that we had gotten select. We were never able to make reservation on the app. On about half of the dinners we had a ten to thirty minute wait. They could use some reconfiguring of the wait area with more seating. The nearest bar is pretty far away on one level. On the other dining level the customer relations area is the same distance for more seating. We spread out our dinners between the four dining rooms. The food was excellent. Some of the portions were, unusually, large. Service was very good. Some were excellent. Buffet was good for breakfast and lunch with a large selection. We aren’t big on entertainment but we saw Revelations so we could check out the Eden creatures. It was strange but entertaining. The seating for this presentation was awkward. (same for the Cirque like show in The Club). We didn’t dine in Eden so, we never saw the “creatures” anywhere else. Didn’t like the muster drill at all. Our station was in the hallway by the shops. There was very little seating and very disorganized. The ship was organized so we never were in a crowd. There were plenty of places to be alone. We didn’t spend much time on the magic carpet but it was kind of meh. Not bad but not that exciting. It can be very windy sometimes and very sunny as well. Captain Kate is a breath of fresh air. Not only the first female but also, my first American captain. She is very visible and even saw us off the ship appearing half way down the ramp on debarkation. Having her hairless cat onboard was strange but nothing wrong with that. I go onboard expecting to be pleased with the experience and was not disappointed. It is a beautiful and different sip and I recommend it. We were in cabin 12195 by the way. It was a good choices. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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