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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Costa Maya
  • Day 5
    Cozumel
  • Day 6
    Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

Cons

Main dining could use a little improvement

Bottom Line

Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options


Cruise Reviews

Ft. Lauderdale, St. Thomas, St. Croix. Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten Number of Cruises – 27 Cruises on Celebrity – 6 Cruises on Equinox – 3 O.K. we love Celebrity and the Equinox. We figured we would have a ... Read More
Ft. Lauderdale, St. Thomas, St. Croix. Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten Number of Cruises – 27 Cruises on Celebrity – 6 Cruises on Equinox – 3 O.K. we love Celebrity and the Equinox. We figured we would have a rocky sea day heading south to St. Thomas due to passing tropical storm Karen, but it never grew to hurricane strength and stayed well east and north of us. Smooth sailing and sunny skies for 11 days. I doubt if I can add any original insights about the ports we visited, so I’ll relate some of the unique events occurring on our cruise. Docking at the Crown Bay pier, we were the only cruise ship in St. Thomas. The locals told us that we were the first ship to stop there in ten days due to weather concerns. I can’t ever remember being the only cruise ship in that port. The next day in St. Croix, my wife Joanne was relating this to a local shopkeeper and they told her they only see about twenty ships per year. In St. Lucia, the Navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort was anchored a mile off our port of Castries. The US Navy took a 900=foot-long oil tanker and converted it to a hospital ship with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and loads of medical staff. The ship is on a five-month deployment to the Caribbean and all-day long, Navy Blackhawk helicopters ferried patients to and from the airport in Castries. All of the medical care provided to the locals is completely free to them and when the ship departs it leaves several tons of medical supplies with the local medical services. Yes, it’s all paid for with our tax dollars, but it gives me a warm feel-good vibe that our tax dollars are doing some good in this world. One of the Equinox’s bus tours on St. Lucia had a head on crash when another driver drove on the wrong side of the road. Apparently, the bus driver and the guide had to be taken to a local hospital and Celebrity brought 20 bruised and battered passengers to the Equinox’s medical facility on deck 2. For the ship’s medical staff, it was an all hands-on deck response and fortunately there were no serious injuries. One couple were so impressed with the ship’s response that they immediately booked another Celebrity cruise while aboard. So, I’m sitting in Café al Bacio on deck 5 at around noon overlooking the three-story atrium and suddenly a Christmas show breaks out. The ship’s dancers popped an 8-track into the player on deck 3 and rehearsed a 30-minute Christmas song and dance routine. There were no costumes and this was not on the daily ship’s planner but it was a wonderful surprise to have Christmas in September. Hint for future cruisers: the grand finale number is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.” Perhaps this is just me, but I totally love seeing an electrical storm at night at sea. Sailing north to St. Maarten there was a storm that had to be 20 or 30 miles off our starboard side. We were in clear skies under a sliver of a new moon and every 20 seconds or so, the entire thunder storm looked like a giant flash bulb went off within it. There was no thunder due to the distance but you could see the storm soaring miles high. Good job Celebrity and mother nature. We had an unscheduled port stop in San Juan. Someone aboard had a medical emergency the night we left St. Maarten to head home. The Equinox was north of the Virgin Islands when It made a hard left to head for San Juan. We docked for five minutes at 5:15 a.m. to transfer a passenger to an ambulance on the pier and were off again. And no, passengers were not charged extra port fees for the stop. That day, the ship’s speed increased to 22.5 knots from 17 knots to make up lost time. Dining, crew, entertainment on the Equinox are all superb. We had two extra spectacular dining experiences at the Murano restaurant. Don’t miss it. We’ll be back, see you there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
30th wedding anniversary. * Embarking from terminal 25 ft. Lauderdale, port everglades, which is used almost exclusively by Celebrity was a mess, no order at all; Upon arrival in the terminal 25 was met with a very large mass of people ... Read More
30th wedding anniversary. * Embarking from terminal 25 ft. Lauderdale, port everglades, which is used almost exclusively by Celebrity was a mess, no order at all; Upon arrival in the terminal 25 was met with a very large mass of people standing around Pressed up against the gangway that was not allowing entry to the ship. * Packs of people no queues, no signs, no directions or explanations why not being allowed to board. We completed about a week before on the Celebrity web page, the pre embarking docs Celebrity Express pass said to board 1200-1230. Boarding of the 100s jammed into the terminal 25 began at 1300. * During the wait pressed up against the crowd were a few celebrity employees roaming the 100s of passengers with computer tablets, taking pictures.Until we inched our way thru the masses that we discovered these roaming celebrity employees & struggled to learn what they were doing. the Celebrity employees did Not verify cabin number, drink pkgs, wifi, or Other items previously paid to the travel agent NOR items paid on the Celebrity web site by the passenger. On board that nite discovered wifes card did not have drink pkg upgrade fortunately before generating charges. * No key issued in terminal nor Gangway * No guidance from the gangway onto ship * The cabin contained 2Sea pass cards. I discovered before using the seapass card during the 12 day trip, that my wifes card did not have upgraded drink package associated with her seapass card. If I had not would have run up a large bill. I paid for the upgrade via the Celebrity web site weeks in advance of the voyage. I was required to go to guest relations, wait in Long line to straiten the mess they created. * Celebrity web site and the documents forwarded by the travel agent were dissimilar. never could locate on the Celebrity web site the specifics of: pre-paid items via the travel agent, or that I paid for on the Celebrity web site. Needed to patch the 2 together and hope they contained the total of all selections. * Online selections for pre-paid gratuities, drink pkgs, wifi that were selected weeks before sailing, were Not reflected online web nor app. * Celebrity app never same as printed daily planner on ship. Rooms, times for activities listed wrong on app vs. Print I.e. Never had menus for any dining venue. * Ran out of coke zero, then diet coke about ½ way thru voyage * Cancelled movie w/o notice * Venues unsuitable- several activities & games were hosted in ships areas with only 12 seats available. of the 12 seats, several empty seats were saved by passengers thereby creating disagreeable encounters when other people tried to be seated. attendees vastly exceeded 12 seats causing passages to be blocked to other passengers trying to proceed to different ship areas. * Specialty restaurant Tuscan grill was terrible (contrary to cruise critic reviews; maybe just the crew of the Ship?) 40% discount for specialty dining offered approx.. ½ way thru voyage which aggravated passengers who paid 100% for the same dinner. * Qsine Le Petit chef led to food poisoning were my wife projectile vomited during the next 12 hours * The Wifi for which I paid for, dropped a connection at least hourly * Three Holes were torn into 1 of our brand new baggage * At end cruise, we were given in the stateroom the wrong luggage tags to disembark @ ft. Lauderdale. Those Tags would have sent our luggage erroneously to Ft. Lauderdale airport never to be seen again. * FINALLY, With over a 1,00 passengers trying to disembark together, at the Ft. Lauderdale gangway I was prevented from departing the ship. blocked my exit with a security officer & told by the deck officer that the ship did not have credit card on file for me. the ship deck officer said the only credit card on file was for my wife. the deck officer said there was a $500 spa bill for my wife. the Celebrity officer said I had to go back into the ship down 2 decks, thru 1,000 departing passengers to Guest Relations to fix. I used a lot of colorful language to say that’s ridiculous that a credit card was not on file for me & only for my wife as I know the travel agent puts a card on file & I verified that a credit card was on file weeks before on the Celebrity Web site AND authorized it to be used by BOTH passengers(Mr. & Mrs.)in the cabin.Now on day 12, disembarking the ship says no credit card on file!! I offered to give them a credit card or number at the gangplank but they refused. N.B. crew stated card on file for Wife AND spa charge for Wife. So, why did crew even need a credit card for me?I should have walked off BUT instead went back into the ship, down 2 decks, past 100s of passengers, many of which witnessed the entire embarrassing episode unfold at the gangway where I was prevented from disembarking by security. Probably more problems... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
cruise exceeded all our expectations and was fantastic from the food crew and entertainment. only did 2 excursions which were island tours at St Lucia and St Marteen and did our own thing at the other islands. embarkation and ... Read More
cruise exceeded all our expectations and was fantastic from the food crew and entertainment. only did 2 excursions which were island tours at St Lucia and St Marteen and did our own thing at the other islands. embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and i was very surprised by this when you consider the amount of people on board. the service was top notch and the crew always had a smile on their faces and were very friendly. waiting staff in the silhouette restaurant were really friendly and efficient and helpful with some good information on the ports we were visiting giving us some good tips cabin was very good and roomy (deluxe veranda deck 8) and kept spotless by our cabin boy overall condition of the ship looked very good and was maintained at every stop my only concern was the quality of the drinks obviously the bottled beer etc is not a problem but i have been a spiced rum drinker for over 20 years and it is mainly what i drink yet at times when getting Morgans Spiced rum with coke it did not seem to taste right, one night you could not taste anything so i got extra rum straight whichI added to the drink and it didn't even make it taste any better - went on the Bacardi Oakheart which was much better Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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