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4 Celebrity Equinox Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

I chose the cruise based on the price I was able to get as a single in a handicap room. As I use a mobility scooter, I was happy that I was able to get off in Grand Cayman as they tender at that port, The entertaiment was so so except for ... Read More
I chose the cruise based on the price I was able to get as a single in a handicap room. As I use a mobility scooter, I was happy that I was able to get off in Grand Cayman as they tender at that port, The entertaiment was so so except for Travis. The food at dinner was nothing special. The food at the Oceanview cafe buffet was good and they had loads of variety. The staff on board was very good. The ship's Captain Kate was a very personable lady.I wish ships would put in stairs in the pools to make it easier for people to get in the pool instead of ladders which are hard to use. Except being charged for using the mini bar which I did not use. They of course did refund it. The meet and mingle was a wash as far as I was concerned. Everyone was in groups when I came in. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Why we chose this cruise: Our cruises are usually itinerary driven. We selected this cruise because of the two-day port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Background information: We are veteran cruisers. This cruise on Equinox was ... Read More
Why we chose this cruise: Our cruises are usually itinerary driven. We selected this cruise because of the two-day port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Background information: We are veteran cruisers. This cruise on Equinox was our 28th cruise overall and our second on Celebrity (our first was on Infinity in 2014). Other cruise lines that we have cruised on include Oceania, Disney, RCI, Cunard, Holland America, Princess and a few others (some no longer in existence). We do not have children and usually do not travel with friends. I am somewhat disabled (walk with a cane and tire easily) so that condition must be taken into consideration on excursions. Pre-Cruise and Hotel Information: We flew to Fort Lauderdale from our home location and spent two nights at the Hilton Beach resort (booked independently). The hotel was very nice and we enjoyed the big room, the pool area, and local attractions. We had a marvelous dinner at Steak954 at the W Hotel next door to the Hilton. Our transfers to the ship were done with a limo service from the hotel. Ship Information: Equinox is one of the Solstice ships built for Celebrity and has been in service since 2009. The 121,000 GRT ship carries approximately 2800 passengers and this cruise appeared full because of the unique itinerary. Embarkation: Embarkation was rather slow and took quite a bit longer than a cruise we did on Oasis of the Seas a few years ago (at maximum capacity of 6200 passengers). Our rooms were ready fairly early and our bags arrived to the room right after we sailed. Cabin: We selected an Aqua class cabin on this ship. The cabin was very roomy and well-maintained and we enjoyed the large couch and the walk-in shower. More details are noted under the cabin review. Activities: We did not participate in activities on board, preferring to relax and read on days at sea. We also did not see any of the entertainment on-board. Dining: With the Aqua class cabin, we were allowed to dine in Blu, which is reserved for Aqua class passengers. With the unique itinerary (some nighttime activities) and specialty restaurant bookings that we made, we only ate here twice, but it was by far the best food on the ship. The two specialty restaurants were wildly varying in quality. Both of the restaurants charged a fee. Silk Harvest was excellent, with high-quality Asian food served family style. Tuscan Grille was very disappointing. I had a Caesar salad that was stale and we both had the carbonara pasta that didn't resemble any carbonara dish we have had and was tasteless and the pasta was overcooked. A clue to these two restaurants: Silk Harvest was jammed and very noisy with happy customers; Tuscan Grille was half-empty on the night we ate there. We did eat quite often in the large Oceanview Cafe (Buffet) because we liked sitting outside. The food was mostly bland, with some good fresh salad ingredients and passable pizza being the best selections. Bar Selections: We upgraded from the Classic to the Premium drinks package on the first day, for only $10 a day per person. This was a wise decision, as we could sample beers and wines up to $13 a glass and have most mixed drinks (we usually drink wine and beer but would occasionally have a rum drink). The beer selection was excellent, especially in the Gastropub. The wine selections were also good. The bars of choice for us were the Oceanview Bar (outside aft of the Cafe on deck 14), the Sunset Bar (outside on deck 15) the Gastropub (Deck 4) and the Ensemble Bar (deck 5). Service: Service was varying in quality, with many of the bar staff being indifferent (and often rude) with very few exceptions; other passengers besides us commented on the rudeness of the staff in the Gastropub. The wait staff was excellent in Blu and in Silk Harvest. Our cabin steward did a decent job although we didn't see him very often. The staff at Guest Services was very good. Many people on-board (including my spouse) had difficulty with the room keys being demagnetized. My spouse got a new key four times and he was not alone having this problem. One other note: I was mostly a lurker on the ridiculous roll call for this cruise (it was many pages and thousands of responses), but I did register with Celebrity for the Meet and Greet. I never received the invitation. Internet: The shipboard internet was pretty good and we able to get 50% off the second package. It was slow during certain times of the day, but we usually were able to get to sites and my spouse did some work while on-board with relatively few problems. Public Areas: Equinox is a beautiful ship, with attractive public spaces, a 12-story atrium and soothing choices for fabrics and colors. Some of the seats in the public bars were ridiculously low, causing problems for persons with disabilities (like me). The pool area is very nice, but we did not spend a lot of time there. The lawn area on deck 15 is pretty cool and we regret not seeing the Corning glass show. Public restrooms were clean and well-maintained. The shops looked nice, but we don't do much shopping these days, so we did not buy anything on board. Ports and Shore Excursions: This cruise stopped at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel before heading to New Orleans for the highlight of Mardi Gras. We booked ship excursions in all places. The best excursion, hands down, was the one we booked in Cozumel that had one of the sous chefs from the ship accompany our group of 15 to the Mayan Cocoa facility, to the public market, and to a beautiful local restaurant for a light lunch of exquisite tacos. Later that evening, the group met again for a tour of the main galley during dining hours followed by a special dinner that was created for us and held in the Tuscan Grille. The other excursions were fair to good, but most were very over-priced. We were also disappointed that a special pub tour in the French Quarter that we booked was canceled the day before we flew down to Fort Lauderdale (no good reason was given). In Costa Maya, we did a long tour that included the Chacchoban ruins and some time at a beach resort. Most of the tour was spent getting to and from places. In Grand Cayman, we spent quite a bit for an "exclusive" tour to a Colonial House on the beach (which turned out to be the White House; other folks spent less to go to the same location). Our tour price did include drinks and a fabulous lunch. In New Orleans, we booked the grandstand seats for the Proteus and Orpheus parades at the exorbitant price of $200 each, which included a short bus ride each way from the port. Locals sitting right near us paid $30 for the same seats. There was no handicapped seating, making it difficult for me to get to and from my seat in the stands and we missed most of Orpheus to ensure we had transportation back to the ship. Because of the cancellation of the tour on Mardi Gras, we booked an alternative tour to Houmas House outside the city. This was enjoyable (except for the tour guide who never stopped talking and also tried to sing, with bad results) but we were unable to really get a sense of the craziness of Mardi Gras itself (too far for me to walk from the pier). We also did the airboat tour to kill time on our way to the airport in Fort Lauderdale (average experience). Debarkation: This was almost always a problem in the ports, especially in Costa Maya and for the required passport check in New Orleans when we first arrived. Everyone tried to exit the ship at once in Costa Maya, resulting in many people being late to their shore excursion meeting points (located down a very long dock). The dock area in New Orleans also added many steps to your egress, before you were finally at the street level. Our final debarkation was at a different terminal in Fort Lauderdale due to a tanker problem at the normal terminal. This did create some delays in debarkation. Summary: Would we do it again? I would not do a cruise to see Mardi Gras in New Orleans again (we would most likely book a hotel package closer to the action). The rest of the cruise was typical for the western Caribbean, although we did like the excursion in Cozumel. After several cruises on Oceania and Disney, Celebrity is not necessarily making a case as a top alternative, although we will keep an eye on their itineraries. Their fares are usually fairly reasonable, which is one positive feature. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
To start our trip we faced a nightmare of cancelled and delayed flights. Delta let us down big time on this trip. We didn't have trouble getting onboard as they pulled the gangway after us! Love this boat, but she is showing her ... Read More
To start our trip we faced a nightmare of cancelled and delayed flights. Delta let us down big time on this trip. We didn't have trouble getting onboard as they pulled the gangway after us! Love this boat, but she is showing her age! We booked aqua class for the first time. Not much more than conceirge class. However, we LOVED Blu. Wonderful food and service on a smaller scale than the dining room. Celebrity has always had good food and service! We went on a 9 night to Cartagena, Colon, Limon, and of course, Cozumel. The excursions we went on were basically easy as my husband has difficulty walking. I did take a walking excursion to the old town in Cartegena. It was a bit of a walk but very informative. At Colon, We went to the Panama Canal, husband came along as not much walking involved. If you have ever seen locks on a river, the PC is the same, just a lot bigger! We were fortunate to see a ship going through the locks. We then loaded on a boat and toured Lake Galum. It was nice but did not see any wildlife. Then we went to a native village which was interesting but basically a souvenir stop for native crafts. Their village was interesting but I had the suspension this was all for show and the tribe actually lived elsewhere. Our next stop was Limon. We chose to take a 'gondola ride through the forest canopy'. Well this excursion was not worth the money. A very long bus ride over gravel, pot holed, roads for over an hour before we arrived at the park. Our tour guide was very nice and accommodating. However, the tour consisted of seeing indigenous reptiles behind glass. (pretty much what one would see at zoo), an extremely small butterfly habitat, and a snack lunch at the cantina. We then loaded the gondola for our tour. I had been looking forward to this one excursion for months. Well, were we disappointed. The ride was down the side of a mountain which took all of maybe a minute. We could then hike to a waterfall, but we decided not to go as we were both almost suffering from heat stroke. Those that did go said it was of little interest. Nice boarded walkway but the waterfall was very small. Up the mountain we go, which took one minute and 20 seconds, I timed it. This was by far the worse excursion we have ever taken, and we've taken a lot. The description of this excursion was very misleading. Back on the ship for overnight at Cozumel. What can I say more about Cozumel than you probably already know! Cruising in January that far South was a good choice. It is extremely hot and humid but we had a nice breeze most of the time. We are planning our next cruises, Celebrity Silhouette in April celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary and then to Alaska in June on the Island Princess!! Happy Cruizin Y'all!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had not sailed Celebrity in many years, but I had a great experience in 2000. We are avid NCL fans but tried something different. We had a beautiful handicap, Aqua class stateroom on the starboard side, #1526 The cruise itself was ... Read More
We had not sailed Celebrity in many years, but I had a great experience in 2000. We are avid NCL fans but tried something different. We had a beautiful handicap, Aqua class stateroom on the starboard side, #1526 The cruise itself was wonderful, the ship is absolutely gorgeous, particularly liked the two pools, one adult only, indoor and the outdoor. We found the Murano restaurant one of the best we have EVER been to, and we're from Chicago! Blue was good, but I don't know that I would pay for the Aqua class just to eat there. We intentionally went before spring break because we like a little quieter atmosphere without hundreds of kids running around. That being said, we both felt the ship was too quiet. This was a very senior group, so there was very little activity. If you like total peace and quiet, this is the place for you. I would gladly go back on any Celebrity ship because of great staff, cleanliness and onboard amenties, but might choose a 7 day where there are more young people around. Ports I am torn. Puerto Limon- had never been there nor had ever zip lined so that was fun. Had always wanted to see the Canal, that was fascinating, but OH the poverty and filth in the populated areas surrounding it! Cartegena absolutely wonderful, especially since it was overnight stop and we got a chance to really explore. Grand Cayman is a tender port and my husband has a hard time with boarding, and we have been there several times, so we stayed on the ship on the top deck and enjoyed some mojitos and watched the other boats from the GREAT top deck of the ship. My biggest complaint with Celebrity was the HORRIBLE customer service regarding handicap shore excursions. How can it be that they don't know how far it is from the pier to the port ?? No info on THEIR off shore excursions. You ask a questions and either no one answers or you have to wait 24-48 hours. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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