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Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this cruise because it visited a lot of cities I have on my to do list. But sadly this is like a hospital ship. Brothel red style rooms, hospital food (really really bad) and zero energy. Travelers of a certain age, which is the ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it visited a lot of cities I have on my to do list. But sadly this is like a hospital ship. Brothel red style rooms, hospital food (really really bad) and zero energy. Travelers of a certain age, which is the majority, seem to enjoy this hospital/nursing home ship, but if you are not 70+ yet i suggest you avoid at all costs. The pools are kiddie pools, decor is tacky, lame casino with half the slots out of order. Crap activities and coffee is tasteless brown swill. For any good food or coffee you have to pay. For drinkable water you have to pay - the provided water is smelly beige. It will be easy to pay for because they aggressively hustle you when you walk around the ship. For the shore excursions they allow only a few hours. For example in Oman, we were allowed 4 hours. When you factor customs and travel, that allowed 2 hours to see the city. What a joke. This was my first cruise experience and my last. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Just finished the cruise. Let me start with the positives. Embarkation in Miami was super smooth, Despite Equinox's age, our cabin was well maintained, spotlessly clean, bed and linens very comfortable, and cabin attendant was ... Read More
Just finished the cruise. Let me start with the positives. Embarkation in Miami was super smooth, Despite Equinox's age, our cabin was well maintained, spotlessly clean, bed and linens very comfortable, and cabin attendant was amazing. Specialty restaurants were excellent, (well, Murano was superb, Silk Harvest was very good, Tuscan Grill was just okay. Oceanview buffet offerings were fresh, well presented, and perfectly fine for buffet food. Service in the main dining room was accommodating and refined. Now the rest... We cruised on Solstice in 2016 and it was everything we had heard Celebrity to be. Not here on Equinox. Here's why: - Bar staff in most locations were full of attitude, indifference, and generally behaved as if they were working in an elite Manhattan club where they are doing you a huge favor every time they serve you. Neither my party, or the others we were hanging out with were inebriated or behaving badly. The playful displays in Martini Bar are great, but the act of providing service is beyond them. I witnessed a passenger ask at the coffee bar whether any of the desserts had peanut butter. Rather than answer the question (or go look himself) he replied, "Go look at them. They are all marked." Passenger understandably didn't want to leave the front of the line to go 15 feet back, so she just left without any treats. Female bartender in Quasar several nights would completely avoid eye contact with patrons in order to not serve them. She would stare out over everyone's head as if she were looking something far away and ignore patrons trying to place an order. - Celebrity wants to tout itself as a wine-focused cruise line, with special tasting events (for fee.) Meanwhile, we had the premium beverage package. Most bars were sold out of all premium options. Gastropub had a menu with about 6 red wines by the glass. They only had 2 of them. Same with the white wines. I brought 2 nice bottles of Burgundy (around $65 retail) to enjoy on-ship. Ended up bringing them to the restaurant because they had nothing decent to pour. (Out of this, out of that. Every time I asked about another option, nope - they are out.) Then they have the nerve to charge me the $20 corkage fee to serve me my own wine. (I completely understand charging a corkage in lieu of selling us drinks, but we had paid for the premium beverage package. So ultimately I was saving them from pouring me all their wine by drinking my own. Just irritating. My other half drinks only IPAs. Several restaurants had many options on the list. Forget it. They had Rebel IPA (the most commercial non-craft option imaginable) and 1 bar had some Dogfish, but ran out of it quickly. We shared our comments with a beverage manager who was very nice. He tracked down the last 5 bottles of Dogfish on the ship and placed them in our cabin. Then back to the Rebel. What irritates me most is paying well over $100 daily for the 2 of us to have the premium package, yet they are unable to pour much anything that they label as such. I finally started going to Murano and begging the sommelier to serve me individual glasses of wine, then paying the uncharge between the premium max and the per glass charge. (So now I'm paying even more to have a decent glass.) I'm sorry Celebrity, you can't sell people Premium Beverage packages and then try to serve them $8 Castle Rock pinot noir all evening. The bartender at the Gastropub literally told us, "Don't look at the menu. Just look at the bottles displayed on the shelves, as that's all we have." - Programming - They want tout that they offer classes and enrichment activities. Every "class" is basically just a sales pitch...jewelry...shopping (you know they are getting kickbacks from the retailers that get mentioned in this pitch), art auctions during which tipsy vacationers get bamboozled to buy prints or giclee at ridiculously marked up prices." While the main shows' cast is highly talented, and there was something interesting each evening, there was little going on to do on the ship other than shopping, spa, or gambling. The only fun events were a white party that got people of all ages out dancing by the pool, and the silent disco, for the same reason. Everything else on the ship ultimately is geared toward the Holland America set. Staff by the pool do not enforce the rule against reserving of chaise lounges. Countless passengers had their crap sitting out hour after hour on chairs, never to return. I tried on both sea days to get a spot in the shade or in the solarium. I even asked a staff person for help, thinking they have a way to put a note with time on the chairs. Guy just jabbered back the policy, "No reserving is permitted." I explained that it is being permitted currently and that I needed his help to find a space. He was no help. Food in the main dining room, while prepared adequately, does not feel indulgent or that of a cuisine-focused line. Grilled steak. Grilled salmon. Everything with mashed potatoes and vegetable medley. It's slightly elevated nursing home food. Celebrity wants to target the 40 something traveler, but delivers an experience that seems more in line with the 65+ traveler. Excellent live musicians around the ship, playing Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Nicks, Kool and the Gang. Maybe Celebrity intended to market to 40 somethings, but it's primarily an older set who books. Ultimately, I feel like I'm on a cruise targeted to my parents friends. I'll be 50 this year and this felt like a cruise targeted to my parents. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do ... Read More
We love Celebrity and this is our fourth cruise. The only reason I took a point off was because stopping in Punta Cana was a complete waste of time. This in my opinion should be removed from the itinerary. There is absolutely NOTHING to do unless you pay $$$ to visit a resort. I also understand the ship is being refurbished and it needs to be. More furniture for the Lawn. Staff as usual AMAZING. They are always such a credit, so helpful and want you to have the best experience possible. I always choose Celebrity because the food is consistently serious. Far too many towels by the poolside this year but that could be spring break. I managed to find a super quiet spot on the 5th deck which was less windy and packed out. ALL cruises need to up their involvement for helping the environment and cleaning up oceans. Encourage recycling. Educate people onboard. I was pleased to see paper straws and recycling stations but still plastic bottles of water. Let’s give all passengers a reusable water bottle and commit to The Ocean Cleanup. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Choose this cruise based on previous experiences with Celebrity plus ports. It was a mistake, This was he most disorganized, poorly managed ship I have sailed on. My mistake, don't cruise this far north this early in the year. ... Read More
Choose this cruise based on previous experiences with Celebrity plus ports. It was a mistake, This was he most disorganized, poorly managed ship I have sailed on. My mistake, don't cruise this far north this early in the year. It was freezing! Also don't cruise out of San Diego, their port facilities are completely inadequate. We wound up eating in the buffet most meals, due to the low quality of the food in the restaurant.In the be buffet: We wound up eating in the buffet most meals, due to the low quality of the food in the restaurant.In the be buffet: The quality of the food was the poorest on any Celebrity ship I have sailed on. Most of my cruises are on Princess, I used to tell people that one of the main advantages of Celebrity was the quality of the food. I no longer will say that. See the pictures for an example of the poor cuisine available in the buffet. If you are glucose intolerant,. there is a specially marked section for you. If you want no sugar, there may be one or two items, IF YOU ASK, that are NSA. After several complaints, they started labeling the NSA items. Change from breakfast to lunch should be Done an island at a time, not in mass! Use real eggs for omelettes not that stupid liquid. Consistency is awful. Hamburger has too much filler and not enough meat The most appetizing item in the buffet was usually the fresh apples, sad! The management of the ship seemed to go out of their way to ignore the needs of the passengers. As an example, the doors to the Captains Party opened 10 minutes before the schedules time - despite the long line of guests!. Also they go out of their way to get your money. We had one credit card for the cabin, however, the charges were kept track of on a person bases. Therefore, since all the charges were made on my cruise card, I ended up owing money, whereas my wife should a large (non-refundable) credit! They had "Coffee" cards, where for a discount, you could get 10 deluxe coffees. However, they refused to sell or even acknowledge that they existed,until the second day of the cruise. No Luggage concierge service in Vancouver. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We are experienced cruisers (12 +), second time with Celebrity. We selected this itinerary for the Pacific San Diego to Vancouver route. My brother & his wife traveling with us, first time on Celebrity. Concierge cabins 2138 & 2140 ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers (12 +), second time with Celebrity. We selected this itinerary for the Pacific San Diego to Vancouver route. My brother & his wife traveling with us, first time on Celebrity. Concierge cabins 2138 & 2140 on deck 12. We picked these so that we could have a combined balcony which worked great the first day. Until the trouble started with the excessive noise above us from the oceanview café - intolerable. Requested a move for both cabins. We are elite members (celebrity), diamond (RCCL). We were moved to a down graded cabin, we should have been upgraded. Moved to a far forward lower cabin away from our family & we had to ask for everything promised to concierge class. Concierge totally dropped the ball & when we complained to him personally, he was very defensive. Finally offered us $200 toward future cruise - big deal - not. Concierge class is a joke, a few amenities thrown on a standard balcony cabin, not worth the money. Canopes every day were no better than seagull food, which we did throw to them. We were embarrassed because we convinced our family to try celebrity for the first time. They usually sail Princess. Food is very average. Again these cruise lines are pushing you to use specialty dining. Big mistake. The shows were very boring and disappointing. Cruise director Alexandro was the only highlight. The ship is beautiful, the crew very pleasant, the captain very accessible. The embarkation process in San Diego was very disorganized. Shore excursion staff very good. The eclipse was the most rocky ship that we had every been on (12 cruises on other ships). The pacific was very rough so that could account for it, or maybe an unstable ship, not sure which or both. Celebrity makes big distinction in price & amenities for suites vs. all others. We did book a future cruise to take advantage of the offers but may cancel it. Biggest highlight - beautiful ship. Biggest disappointments - Cabin 2138 & 2140. C2 Concierge. Lack of respect for Elite class member & moved us to a down graded cabin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Have just disembarked the Celebrity Eclipse following a 9 night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. We chose this cruise because we had sailed on the Eclipse 3 time previously and liked the itinerary. On embarking ... Read More
Have just disembarked the Celebrity Eclipse following a 9 night Pacific Coastal Cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. We chose this cruise because we had sailed on the Eclipse 3 time previously and liked the itinerary. On embarking the ship we were greeted with the customary glass of champagne (make the most of it as it’s the last freebie you will get). The first thing I would say is that the Eclipse is not the ship it once was. The ship is looking a bit tired and does not seem to be as well maintained as it once was. Previously every time the ship was in port it was being painted, not so anymore! The soft furnishings have scuffs, rips and tears. That said, our cabin steward Salvadore was exceptional and kept our cabin tip-top. Be aware that every drink you order, be it tea, coffee or alcohol will be subject to the addition of a 20% Service Charge which is added automatically so the staff have no incentive to offer a good service. You have to wonder how much of this 20% is passed on to the staff! Maybe the American market is different to the European market and is geared around giving a low entry price and then charge for everything you can as an “extra”. The onboard shopping experience is poor with most shops selling over-priced tat. The Qsine restaurant concept has been changed, and whilst it is different, the menu is very limited, the old concept was much better and offered more choice. Murano continues to be the jewel in the crown when it comes to the speciality restaurants. The food and service here is exceptional. Tuscan grill is a good second choice. The Oceanview buffet restaurant offers a good choice but the food is only ever luke warm at best. Moonlight Sonata, the main dining room is OK but the quality and choice of food has declined. The staff here aren’t particularly attentive and seem to be lacking experience, there seemed to be a changeover of staff occurring during our trip. The entertainment is more East End than West End, maybe the Americans are easily pleased. We missed our stop at Monterey due to bad weather. Astoria has nothing of interest to offer and seems to be a stop for the sake of a stop. San Francisco was well worth it and the additional overnight in port due to us not stopping at Monterey was a welcome surprise. Victoria and Vancouver were both nice places to visit. Having travelled on Eclipse three times previously it was my favourite ship and I would have recommended it without reservation, unfortunately I can’t do this anymore. The Staff only seem interested in up-selling everything they can at every opportunity, even the bottled water in your Stateroom is now charged for. Eclipse is no longer a 5* experience it’s now 4* and declining experience. Hopefully the re-fit next year will restore Eclipses former glory. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The good: Fast embarkation, very clean, good food at main dining rooms and buffets, attentive stewards, good comedians. Some good shows which included an excellent singer. The bad: Awful ship layout, the balconies are flushed ... Read More
The good: Fast embarkation, very clean, good food at main dining rooms and buffets, attentive stewards, good comedians. Some good shows which included an excellent singer. The bad: Awful ship layout, the balconies are flushed and bellow you can see the life saving boats instead of the water. Some rooms have the “magic carpet” bar passing in front of their verandas invading their privacy. The balconies at the left of it looks toward your veranda. I had one of those cabins even though I payed full price for balcony. Food in main dining takes long. At the gym no special protein shakes available like other ships. No greeting upon entry the first day, just ugly wooden statutes at view. Some ports are bad unless you are there for excursions. San Juan, and St Martin were good. I have been in 20+ cruises and this one stood out for boring, and for its bad layout. 85% of passengers were 65+. Not many activities or amenities around. Not recommended for kids our the young. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We have never been on a new ship and wanted the experience. We were not disappointed. You have a choice of 4 main restaurants each with its on ambience. The food was great and plentiful. There was no need to spend extra money on specialty ... Read More
We have never been on a new ship and wanted the experience. We were not disappointed. You have a choice of 4 main restaurants each with its on ambience. The food was great and plentiful. There was no need to spend extra money on specialty restaurants. The atmosphere was unbelievable and one could see that Celebrity spared no expense. There were so many different area on the ship where you can enjoy the scenery from Eden to the Roof Top Garden. The only disappointment were the shows and the reason for only 4 stars. They were more of a Cirque du Soleil but not your typical shows. While we enjoyed the dancing and acrobatics, we just could not follow the theme. They were very eye appealing, but that was it. All in all I had a very nice time. There were many venues where you could just relax. The spiral ramp way in Eden at the rear of the ship was such a place with a magnificent view of the plants or ocean from the floor to ceiling windows. I would certainly recommend taking a cruise on this ship, but at a minimum the “Infinite Veranda” should be the cabin selected. This cabin provides additional room space since it becomes part of your room with a window that you can raise or lower with your finger. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Ship is beautiful. Room was best we have ever had on a cruise. Never had a king-size bed on a cruise ship before. The infinite veranda really added to the room and the experience. Service was terrific. Staff went out of their way to ... Read More
Ship is beautiful. Room was best we have ever had on a cruise. Never had a king-size bed on a cruise ship before. The infinite veranda really added to the room and the experience. Service was terrific. Staff went out of their way to accommodate all our requests. One morning for breakfast my husband wanted a BLT. The waiter did not understand what it was, but brought him all the ingredients to make it himself. The next moring, as we were eating breakfast, the head waiter presented my husband with a BLT from the Chef. Also, I have some shell fish allergies, so Friday instead of lobster I was able to request a fried tilapia dinner. It was the best. Shows were not that good. So much acrobatics. Same show, different costumes. We really did enjoy the Beatles tribute band. No one we spoke to understood the show at Eden. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We sailed on the Edge to experience the ship and were excited to see what Edge had to offer. While Edge is a beautiful, modern, technologically advanced cruise ship, the experience is slightly different than on other Celebrity ships. ... Read More
We sailed on the Edge to experience the ship and were excited to see what Edge had to offer. While Edge is a beautiful, modern, technologically advanced cruise ship, the experience is slightly different than on other Celebrity ships. Some will like this new experience and others will not. While there are pluses and minuses to the Edge, for me, there were too many minuses. Thus, the Edge will not be my ship of choice going forward. I just hope Celebrity doesn’t make too many changes during The Celebrity Revolution, when they update older ships, to change many of the things I love about the older ships. Pluses: • Embarkation in the new terminal in Ft. Lauderdale is smooth and efficient as long as other guests have their passports and Xpress Passes ready (many don’t!) • Ship has modern décor that is beautiful. I found almost all seating comfortable. As on other ships there is art everywhere. My favorite is on deck 3 starboard mid-ship. It is a display to see what the inside of the ship’s hull looks like if you strip away the interior finishing. Cool. • Elevator bays aft and forward with 6 elevators each are nice and reduces congestion in front of steps • Celebrity app worked well and is convenient to see what is happening on the ship. Only problem is you can’t manually add anything to your calendar – for example you make plans to meet friends for drinks • The new embarkation center on deck 2 is great. Very open and easy to navigate. However, be alert for the two crew doors that open into the hallway by the Basement. My wife learned of these doors the hard way – with a door to the face. • Ships climate was always comfortable • The theater is open with the stage protruding into the audience so easy to see and performers get closer to the audience • Ships stability was excellent. Many times we almost forgot we were on a ship • Infinite balcony stateroom floor to ceiling window is nice but it isn’t a balcony (see minuses for details). While the closet is a little small storage is good. USB power ports and outlets by the bed are great. There is a USB outlet on the phone that you may miss if you don’t look closely. Climate control is good and kept our room at 68 which is what we wanted. Shower in bath is larger and nice. Plenty of storage in bathroom also including a drawer under the sink which is were you find the hair dryer. Master light, window and climate control is nice. Also, if you have the Celebrity app you can control everything except the window from your phone anywhere on the ship. The “do not disturb” sign is now a magnet and is a good upgrade from the door hanger style. Mattress is firm but comfortable • Service was very good overall. Everyone was friendly and usually cheerful. Stateroom attendant was efficient. Bar service was very good at Martini bar despite how crowded it was all the time • The Magic Carpet was nice but not exceptional. Note, they often shut down their bar 15-20 minutes before the listed closing time • Pool area is good, and the two hot tubs are great. Since they are on a different deck they aren’t used as often. Thus, if you make the effort to go to one you are usually rewarded with having it to yourself - especially the forward one - or with a couple others • Food in all the restaurants was very good. Celebrity does need to do a better job with fish which is often over cooked. • Oceanview was hit and miss on food quality and open market style can create interesting (ok frustrating) encounters as there is no traffic flow. Pizza is aft which some people couldn’t seem to find • Having four smaller MDR’s versus on large makes the settings more intimate and is nice for different ambiance. • Fine Cut steakhouse was excellent • Café al Bacio by Grand Plaza has larger seating area than on other ships. It was rarely busy in the morning since there is another al Bacio at the entrance to Oceanview • The Mast grill has seating under cover so you can eat out of the sun however the seating area is very tight and the smoking section is one level above it Minuses: • Infinite balcony stateroom isn’t a balcony, rather an ocean view with a window that opens. You do not feel like you are outside on a traditional balcony. It is like sitting in your house looking out a big open window versus sitting out on your patio. It takes about 30 seconds for the window to open and about a minute for the shade to go up. If the shade is down and you want to peek out while your spouse is sleeping then you must get on your hands and knees and pull up the shade from the bottom. When you open the window the climate control turns off so if you keep the window open a long time your stateroom will become hot and humid (in the Caribbean) • Our room didn’t have facial tissue and the stateroom attendant said they didn’t get resupplied. We had to “steal” one from a public ladies’ restroom. Also, shower now has gel dispenser vs bar of soap. The gel doesn’t lather well • Public men’s restrooms have terrible sinks. They are very low with upper cabinets that hang down to the top of the faucet. If you are over 5’8’ tall you need to bend over to see the soap dispenser -which dispenses very slow so keep your hand there for at least 4 seconds – and rinse your hands. Very poor design • While the four MDR’s have different ambiance I miss the vibe, action and people-watching of the larger, 2-level MDR • Sunset bar used to be my favorite but not on Edge. It has less seating and the best seating is the smoking section. The walkway between bar and rail seating is very tight. Worst is there is zero shade, so it gets very hot. Wear your sunscreen • No Dogfish Head 90 – this is my favorite beer and a treat to have on Celebrity cruises. However, they weren’t resupplied, so I had to do without • Eden, Eden. What to say about Eden. The space is nice but they use stage fog and some weird scent at night. The fog irritates my lungs and eyes and I don’t like the smell. Even during the day you can still smell the scent. The bar is similar to World Class bar on Solstice class ships but their special drinks are expensive and most cost extra over the premium package • Not enough bars. They don’t have Ensemble Lounge, Passport bar, or Cellar Masters. Three fewer indoor bars means the Martini bar is always packed. I enjoy the various ambiances of the bars on other ships and they were very much missed on Edge • Unless you are in a suite or use the spa there is no access for you to the outside on forward decks Thus, you can’t get a forward outside view as you pull into port. There is a nice forward balcony in the spa it can only be accessed if you are using the spa. You can look out the forward window in the fitness center but they don’t have an outside balcony. I guess you now need to pony up more dollars for better views • If you are a gelato fan you may be disappointed. Edge no longer has a dedicated gelato area. It can be found with the ice cream outside Oceanview but with only 2 flavors available each day. They do rotate flavors • Edge does not have the soaring, open grand plaza. Its grand plaza is only open to 3 decks • Showtimes have been changed to 7:30 and 9:30 when all other Celebrity cruises we’ve been on had show times of 7 and 9. We had pre-booked dining at 8 so we could see the show before eating but needed to either cut out of the show early or be late to dinner. Read Less
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