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2 Night Bahamas Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

2 Night Bahamas Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

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

Cons

Signage still reflects the names of old spaces, which dates the ship

Bottom Line

Sail Equinox for a strong mix of dining and activity options in the Caribbean


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: December 2018
We were a large group of 10 family members - all adults with one 17 yr old. I have cruised over 20 times, mostly on Royal, several times with Princess and once with Carnival. We tried Celebrity because I had often heard it was "a ... Read More
We were a large group of 10 family members - all adults with one 17 yr old. I have cruised over 20 times, mostly on Royal, several times with Princess and once with Carnival. We tried Celebrity because I had often heard it was "a notch above" Royal Caribbean. This was not our experience. Embarkation was awful - we had Elite status but the Celebrity member controlling our line was never paying attention. After waiting 45 minutes in a line to check in - we finally just went over to the regular check in line and were taken so fast. We also knew that the ship was going in for refurbishment (after we booked of course) so I was not expecting the look to be great. It was fine, carpet styles were dated and deck chairs etc showing wear but the ship was very clean so it passed in my book. The biggest reason for 3 star rating was honestly the food. I can be pretty objective since I have cruised many times. We ate in the main dining room every night. 80% of my meals were honestly just awful and the 20% that weren't - the portion size was so small as to be laughable. My ravioli dinner was 3 raviolis. I ordered the shrimp louie appetizer and it was seriously about a tablespoon worth. My shrimp scampi was shrimp skimpy - only 3 shrimp on the side. Seriously?! Even our head waiter acknowledged that it was bad and started bringing our sons extra dinners. We are not snackers or breakfast eaters so we were basically eating 2 meals per day. It is the first cruise I have ever been on where I felt hungry. The overall quality was just poor. Some meats were so tough that our drinks would spill when someone at the table was using a knife to saw through the cut. I understand cost cutting on portions but they are seriously in need of a new chef too! Two bright spots to recommend - the burgers at the Mast Grill and Sushi on Five (my crew did it for lunch). We did not try the other restaurants because it was a Holiday cruise and they were charging $70 to $120 per person cover charges. When you have 10 people that gets to be ridiculously expensive. The Buffet was not great. Again, hit or miss but more than anything it was just chaotic at lunch time trying to find an open table and get your group together. I wish all cruise lines would figure out a way to make this better. We did not do the dining room for lunch based on our dinner experience. The drink package was another disappointment. We upgraded to the premium because I did not want to hassle with whether a particular drink might be included or not. We found the drinks were very weak. You have to specifically say the brand of liquor you want or they will serve you house brands even with the upgrade. We finally started asking for double shots in mixed drinks otherwise you are just drinking a lot of juice and mixers. I ordered Baileys on the rocks and got one shot glass full over a huge glass of ice. In the dining room they ran out of the better champagnes and sparkling wines so what we were served was often just awful. Recommend you get your drinks in the World Class Bar. They use top shelf liquors there all the time. Entertainment in the Theatre was hit or miss. The first night comedian was probably the worst I have ever heard in my life. The comedian magician was enjoyable and the last comedian was very funny. The singer "Jane Curry" was very good as well. They had the Celebrity singers and dancers on deck entertaining for New Year's Eve. They were pretty bad at singing rock cover tunes. The house band Bristol was good but they played early in the center of Deck 3. After that, there was no where to really go in a lounge and just listen to some good music. Recommend the Silent Disco when it is in the Sky Lounge. Go early, they run out of headsets and there is a long line to wait once they run out. Disembarkation was another fiasco. We booked a Celebrity excursion and were told to collect our luggage on Carousel 2. It never came out. We spent 50 minutes wandering around looking for our bags not knowing whether our excursion left without us. I kept trying to grab a Celebrity person to help but they did not know what to do. Finally someone told us that our tag number had not been given to the baggage team. We sailed in balcony cabins. They were clean and ample room. Two outlets in the whole cabin was a joke with the amount of devices that need to be charged these days. Hope they fix that with the refurbishment. The WiFi kicks you off a lot and you have to constantly log-in again to connect. Also very very slow. I think everyone judges their cruises by what is important to them. We were still on vacation so we did enjoy our family time and some great weather. I hate to be this critical but when you spend that amount of money we did to take 10 people on a cruise, I did expect better. You definitely need to get the food and drink right on a Ship. The ship's crew and service were excellent. No complaints on that front. We just will not be cruising Celebrity again. Final note - don't do the Everglades excursion at the end. If you have a late flight on the last day, you can check your luggage through from the ship for $25/bag and just take a taxi to the beach for the day. We took the Everglades excursion with Celebrity. It was a very short boat ride (we saw one alligator) and then 30 minutes of "petting zoo quality" land exhibits. We were dropped at the airport by 1:00 pm for a 7:00 pm flight. Defeated the whole purpose of doing a day excursion to use up time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our first cruise so wasn't truly sure what to expect. We had two balcony rooms with the concierge class, we were a family of four including two teenage girls. We picked Celebrity due to the reputation of being one of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise so wasn't truly sure what to expect. We had two balcony rooms with the concierge class, we were a family of four including two teenage girls. We picked Celebrity due to the reputation of being one of the more exclusive cruise lines. I will start with the positives: 1) Boat was very clean and we were impressed with the use of the space in the rooms. The attendant that took care of our rooms kept them extremely tidy. Will warn you that the rooms are outdated. 2) Canyon Ranch service was top notch, I had a massage, blow out and manicure. 3) The cruise director and concierge were extremely friendly, they truly enjoyed their jobs and it showed. 4) Room service and Dining Room food were consistent. Sushi/Italian specialty restaurant were decent! The Sommelier in the main dining room was fantastic! 5) New Years Eve Party, Silent dance party, and white party were entertaining for all ages. Comedian made us laugh. The negatives: 1) Costa Maya, not so great. I saw previous reviews that said do not get off at this port, and should have listened. We only got off because it was a bit rocky the night before and we wanted to be on solid ground. We selected a Celebrity Beach Club excursion. First, the description of the package did not match the actual facility. There was supposed to be a pool, no pool. There was supposed to be a restaurant/bar. There was a makeshift restaurant/bar made out of shipping containers. We lasted a couple of hours and didn't eat or drink anything. There was too much seaweed (which they did warn us) to enjoy the ocean. We learned that we were taken to the wrong place, and that the actual beach club we were supposed to go to was closed. We were not told this, and when we went to the excursion desk to ask for a refund, we were given the run around. They finally agreed to give us 50% off but asked us not to tell anyone. 2) My daughters friend needed feminine products. When she went to check out, the man behind the counter was extremely rude. Asked her if she was old enough to even use the products (she is 16) and wanted to know if she had her mothers permission to buy the products. 3)The teen room was empty and the girls were disappointed that they didn't have much going on for them. The ship didn't do a very good job of advertising. Being that it was a holiday, there were a number of families with teenagers, however not a high turn out in the teen room. Thankfully the girls were outgoing and made new friends. 4)When we went to Cozumel and Grand Cayman, we decided to go directly to a five star hotel( Intercontinental/ Ritz) and either eat lunch or ask for a day pass. I am glad we did, we learned that a gentleman on our ship had passed away snorkeling in Grand Cayman. We also spoke to a family that toured the Mayan ruins in Costa Maya with their five children and they didn't learn one thing. Not sure we will be cruising again. On the fence! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The cabin was great, the ship is fine but the food was not what I expected. The buffet was terrible, specially breakfast. Ended up,going to dining room after the first two tries. Tasteless food, not very neat and not a lot of choices. The ... Read More
The cabin was great, the ship is fine but the food was not what I expected. The buffet was terrible, specially breakfast. Ended up,going to dining room after the first two tries. Tasteless food, not very neat and not a lot of choices. The dining room food was OK but nothing to write home about. Specialty restaurants were amazing but expensive. Drinks are super expensive because I guess they want to,push guests to the drink packages, I.e. Stella Artois beer $10, a macchiato and regular coffee $11, most drinks $14. The service was great. The entertainment was fine but too loud in two of the Cirque du Soleil like productions. Stayed at concierge level cabin, never saw the concierge. They bring a little tray of canapés every evening which were mostly terrible. The servers in the dining room were wonderful. The embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth. The ports were great. Read Less
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