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It was AMAZING hard to know where to start first!!!!!! The Passport Bar hands down the best (3)guys ever!!! They knew our names...what we wanted they were friendly and so much fun!!!! They definitely will be missed....I hope to see them ... Read More
It was AMAZING hard to know where to start first!!!!!! The Passport Bar hands down the best (3)guys ever!!! They knew our names...what we wanted they were friendly and so much fun!!!! They definitely will be missed....I hope to see them all again very soon.Tuscan restaurant was SUPER yummy!!!! The waiter was very helpful and attentive. I loved everything about this boat!!! The comedians were great!!! Corey being the best!!!!!!! Our night meals were so good!!! The fella that served us wine knew so much about each and everyone of them. He also suggested some really good wines for us. Everything was so........so.....clean! Any bathroom at any point was spotless. The whole group on this boat honestly makes a great team. I told my husband next trip me and him are definitely taking this crusie line (boat) . This was my first time I went with my mother in love and aunt and uncle....I can't wait until next time..... I felt like a princess the whole entire time...spoiled rotten to the core!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 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
We picked the Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise of Feb. 29 - Mar.7th because of the itenerary plus us having had very good experiences on Celebrity ships before. We really like the ship as it was easy to get around on plus it was ... Read More
We picked the Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise of Feb. 29 - Mar.7th because of the itenerary plus us having had very good experiences on Celebrity ships before. We really like the ship as it was easy to get around on plus it was very well maintained by the crew. We found all of the crew very friendly and especially liked our stateroom attendant and our dining room waiter and his assistant. Our stops were to be San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Samona, Dominican Republic, and Nassau, the Bahamas. We've been to San Juan before so we just got off the ship and walked around Old San Juan - it is a nice and interesting place with lots of shops and places to eat. Our stop in St. Thomas we took an excursion to Sapphire Beach and it was worth the trip. Our next stop to Samona, Dominican Republic was a disappointment as our ship wasn't allowed to dock - really no explanation other than Samona wanted more port fees to be paid. In Nassau we took an excursion to Pearl Island, beach and lunch break. It was a very nice small island with a white sand beach and was fun. I have to say with the coronavirus scare that this ship and it's crew made every effort to make us feel safe and they were squirting hand sanitizer on you every time you turned around. We enjoyed the shows in the theaters each night. We only ate in the main dining room each night and found the food very good. I have to say when reading other reviews where people may not have either liked the food or thought the portions were too small - they really don't know what they are talking about. For one thing you can order as much as you like and if you don't like something - you can send it back and get something else. The only negative I would say is what we say on every cruise we've been on and that is there are always pool chair hogs on every cruise you go on and I don't know how this can ever be remedied. Finally I would recommend Celebrity cruise line to everyone. 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
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
My cousins and I took this cruise together because we wanted a relaxing vacation. We chose Celebrity because of the quality the cruise line provides. The dining is so much better than experienced on other cruise lines. The ship was ... Read More
My cousins and I took this cruise together because we wanted a relaxing vacation. We chose Celebrity because of the quality the cruise line provides. The dining is so much better than experienced on other cruise lines. The ship was beautiful, we had veranda cabins and the partitions were removed so our balconies connected and we enjoyed having our morning coffee served there everyday. The staterooms were typical but our stateroom attendant was superior to any I have ever had. The ports had great shopping that was accessible without booking an excursion which was nice. We did sign up for the trolley tour in Key West and really enjoyed the stops and the interesting info given by the drivers, highly recommend this excursion for anyone not able to do a lot of walking. The entertainment on the ship wasn’t as good as I have experienced on other cruises. The cruise activity director was nonexistent except on stage before and after the shows. On the last night they played a video made while onboard of the week long cruise and I have seen these on every cruise I’ve taken however this video had very few pictures/cameos of passengers and more clips of the staff especially the activities director. I felt like she could use the video as part of her resume. We did not travel with children and there were not too many onboard, probably due to it being the week after President’s Week. The only problem we experienced was during embarkation due to their system being down so the wait time was a bit longer than normal and they didn’t make any announcements letting us know why the lines weren’t moving. We are planning our next vacation together and we will definitely cruise with Celebrity. 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
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
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
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
We chose this cruise so we could visit Key West. Great port for walking around. This was by far the best port of the itinerary. We enjoyed the ambiance of the town and stopped for a beverage at one of the many sidewalk cafes. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise so we could visit Key West. Great port for walking around. This was by far the best port of the itinerary. We enjoyed the ambiance of the town and stopped for a beverage at one of the many sidewalk cafes. The remaining ports, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Georgetown were less impressive and I would not bother going back to them. The ship is amazing and the crew are fantastic. The food was excellent as always but the entertainment needs improvement. More guests and fewer productions would be an improvement. I did one shore excursion in Cozumel for chocolate making and wine tasting and highly recommend it. My friends enjoyed the segue excursion in Grand Caymen and the snorkeling in Costa Maya Dining in the MDR was excellent with very attentive and knowledgeable staff. There were plenty of great choices and I was very happy with mine. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I was on the Equinox 2 years ago. There are things that have changed since then. So I'm going to talk about the Pro's and the Con's. Con's >The food in the main dining rooms and the Oceanview Cafe has really ... Read More
I was on the Equinox 2 years ago. There are things that have changed since then. So I'm going to talk about the Pro's and the Con's. Con's >The food in the main dining rooms and the Oceanview Cafe has really dropped in quality. I remember there being a far better selection in the Oceanview when I was on this ship in 2018. Used to love coming to the dining room for lunch when not in port. Good food and great service. This time, the desserts were great but the entree's...eh to yuck. The service was fine. >The whole ship could use some updating including the rooms >The smoking situation. Our rooms were on Deck 6 and guess who was right below us? The cigar and cigarette smokers. I'd say room #'s 2159-2165 >Walking the Deck #14 track and having to pass the smokers. Yuck! >Bad internet connection that drops constantly. Also had the higher priced internet that I was told streams. It streams U Tube. That's it. Not worth the price. >Upselling everywhere. It becomes annoying after a while >The 2 Mexican ports are pretty much cruise shopping areas with a Señor Frog and Margaritaville thrown in. Not impressed with either. >Slot machines paid more 2 years ago. I thought they were tight this time. >No real promenade deck. You can either go on one side of the ship or the other but not all the way around like you used to be able to do. Also you have to pass the smokers on one side. Pro's >Great cruise director, Lauren. The best I've seen and I've seen a lot. She was genuine and what surprised me is she was saying good-bye as you left the boat. >Enjoyed the specialty restaurants. We did all 7 nights this way and the food was fabulous. Le Petite Cafe...the Old Quisine is awesome and so much fun!!!!! >The solarium. Its quiet and peaceful if you want to get away from the pool noise >Great shows every night. One of the reasons I like Celebrity...a show you don't have to reserve every single night > Very helpful crew >Great cabin steward who knew my name and checked on me twice a day. >Nice size room and decent storage for your clothes >Bathroom is old school but the storage is better than the new ships of other cruise lines that I've been on that have pretty bathrooms with no where to put your stuff. >Nice drink package once on ship. By the 4th day, they offered 5 drinks for $39 including gratuity. At $9 bucks a drink plus gratuity, it does save you some money >Great cruise for relaxing. If you're super active, I'd say this isn't the cruise for you >Great live music! >Loved Key West and Grand Cayman. >Beautiful Sky Lounge on the 14th floor with a gorgeous view of the ocean >Rewards perks are nice >Pretty easy process of boarding and leaving the ship. >Good value on the specialty dining packages >Glass exhibit >Lots of places to sit outside and see the ocean, drink or eat (RCL is all inside...Central Park themed) >Lots of places to sit at the shows. >A night light in the bathroom. This is awesome so you don't have to turn the light on to see where you are going I would travel Celebrity again because overall it's my favorite cruise line. Also, I like the Solstice ships. They are easy to navigate and I like the view of bands, the library, the game room etc. they have of the Grand Foyer that you can see from the 1st 8 decks. They are geared to people who are 45+. Had a great week and would for sure do it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our 10th celebrity cruise, 13th overall and 2nd on Equinox. Every year we sail presidents week with family and friends as a tradition. We love the solstice class ships and are never disappointed. We live in Orlando so no hotel ... Read More
This was our 10th celebrity cruise, 13th overall and 2nd on Equinox. Every year we sail presidents week with family and friends as a tradition. We love the solstice class ships and are never disappointed. We live in Orlando so no hotel stays are necessary. Travel time to port everglades is 3-31/2 hours. We chose to park on site which cost $15 per night for the convenience. Embarkation was really fast, we utilized the app with online check in. They have a special line that expedites you with facial recognition and you are on the ship in no time. Same goes for disembarkation we didn't even need passports out same process and you are off in minutes. As long as you check in online and scan your passports on the app the facial recognition knows who you are and its very quick. Equinox is a beautiful ship and does not show her age. Celebrity does an excellent job cleaning and maintaining their fleet. We previously sailed on the Eclipse again this past summer and she was in great shape as well. My family and I love the layout and use of space on these ships, they truly are modern luxury. The new carpets and furniture/décor keep the ship looking fresh and new. I Love the blue hull to match the new ships, really makes them stand out from other cruise lines. We stay in mostly concierge class rooms due to the location of them. They tend to be more quiet than other areas and we prefer the back of the ship. As soon as we boarded which was 11:30 we went straight to our room to drop our bags . The keys were left outside the room like they said and our room happened to be ready. If your room is not ready they leave a magnet on the door stating this so you can drop your bag and return later. I love this new process. The new room décor is really nice but I do miss having the foot rests on the balcony. The table outside is a small table not ideal to have a meal outside. Not quite sure why they changed that. They no longer put slippers in concierge rooms and the toiletries are new. I bring my own so not an issue for me but in my opinion not very sanitary being in large refillable bottles. I think a wall unit that locks would be a better solution for that. The new mattresses are very comfortable and our cabin attendant Komang was very accommodating. We had select dining chosen but since we were going to be 11 people most nights we called ahead and they gave us 8:30 dining reservations on deck 4. We usually don't utilize the main dining room much but this trip we did and I was pleasantly surprised. Marlon was our waiter and he was excellent! We always ate what he suggested and it was delicious . Denis was our sommelier and he always came over with our wine of choice without asking, our glasses were never empty. Diego the maître d always greeted us with a smile and let us know how long for our table to be ready. Service was excellent from everyone . We do enjoy the specialty restaurants, we dined at Murano and Tuscan . They were both amazing meals as usual and our server Yusmin and sommelier Maco were outstanding in Murano. If you haven't dined there its a must. I don't understand the people who say the upcharge isn't worth it. I have never had a bad meal at any of the specialty restaurants and we go multiple times on every ship. My husband and I are Elite so we did go to the Tuscan grill elite breakfast a few times. The service there was great. Amy, Jujur and radu always greeted us with a smile. It is a continental breakfast so no eggs cooked to order but definitely an adequate selection. I do wish they would add some yogurt and some hard boiled eggs. The buffet has plenty to choose from as always so you do not go hungry. Everything we ate there was very good. Seating can be challenging on sea days but their are always other options. We usually go to mast grill at least once and aqua spa café, both good options. Entertainment was very good we always love the comedians. Plenty of live music around the ship to enjoy . We even went to karaoke one night, that was fun to watch. We joined some of the trivia in sky lounge during the day. Archery was fun as well as bingo and the casino. So many options I don't understand when people say they are bored. Very nice gym and spa. Cruise director Lauren really kept things exciting. We do purchase the premium beverage package and its wonderful. We had great wines, scotches and bourbons well worth it just for the amount of water and Perrier we consume. We did purchase our son a non alcoholic premium beverage package and he really enjoyed getting his mocktails around the ship. We always purchase our sons on the ship from one of the waiters to help them out. Jimmy was amazing and every time he saw our son by the pool he said hi to him by name and suggested another mocktail for him to try. Sonia, Sumit, Nikhil, Rovena and Patu I cant say thank you enough for your great service throughout the ship. The crew really makes you feel like royalty and we wanted for nothing. A special thank you to Anca from future cruise desk in helping us book the Edge for our Mediterranean cruise. I cannot say enough about the wonderful service our family and friends received on this cruise! We did get off at all ports and did some shopping on our own. In Nassau we walked to Junkanoo beach aprox 15-20min walk. Small but adequate enough to take a dip and relax. Our son has been on Disney and Royal and still loves Celebrity the best for quality of food and service. They have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy including Stem at sea now. Celebrity is still our favorite cruise line and always exceeds our expectations! 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 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 chose this cruise because of the date and the ship. The food in the main dining room was the one of the best in 15 cruises on various lines. We booked a 3 night specialty dining option but in retrospect would not do it again. Two of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the date and the ship. The food in the main dining room was the one of the best in 15 cruises on various lines. We booked a 3 night specialty dining option but in retrospect would not do it again. Two of the restaurants, Tuscan and Suishi on Five did not have the ambience I expected. Le Petit’s animated entertainment was a fun experience and the food was great as well, except for the dessert. We were told by fellow cruisers that the Murano was wonderful. We were sorry we had not booked that. The buffet had lots of variety and good food. The service in all venues was top notch, and everyone as very friendly and helpful. The captain Taso, should have been a comedian as his updates were hilarious. The captain and senior crew members were very visible about the ship. The entertainment was very good but not all to our liking. The comedians were very funny, without swearing and vulgarity. I was disappointed that there was no seating to watch movies on the Lawn. I did not want to sit on the grass or hard bench. When I expressed my feelings I was offered two free movies in the room. The staff really went out of their way to accommodate us. My husband bought the non alcoholic drink package, a waste of money for the number of times he used it. It was $20 per day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have been on 13 cruises including this one. It was our first on Celebrity Cruise line. Overall we give the ship 4 stars. The Captain and crew were great. The ship was very clean. The entertainment was good as well. Overall the ... Read More
We have been on 13 cruises including this one. It was our first on Celebrity Cruise line. Overall we give the ship 4 stars. The Captain and crew were great. The ship was very clean. The entertainment was good as well. Overall the ports were good except Samana. We did not do a tour here and it was a waste to get off the ship. Our other ports were San Juan, St Thomas and Bahamas. We took a walking food tour in San Juan. It was not through the ship. The tour was with Flavors of San Juan Old San Juan Food tours. Our guide was Raul. They took us to 5 eateries. It was great fun, great food and a fun guide. We highly recommend this tour. We did the Champagne Snorkel tour through the ship in St Thomas. Captain Dave and mates Jade & Michael made this a great trip.. also recommended DO NOT TAKE the Sea & See tour. Other than the sea portion (mini sub) this tour was a complete bust. Our state room attendant, Sommelier & main dining room waiter were all great. The food in the main dining room was mediocre at best. There were 4 adults in our party and none of us were wowed. The food always came luke warm. It was good but not as good as other cruisers have raved about. The buffet was good with all sorts of choices and usually all were hot. The specialty dining was good with the Grand Marnier soufflé in Murano being the best thing we ate on the ship. Our friends ate at the Sushi restaurant for lunch on a sea day and they said it was very good also. Overall we gave our cruise experience 4 stars and we have already booked another Celebrity cruise for 2022. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Recently returned from a cruise leaving 1/25 on the Equinox stopping at Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Booked a Concierge class stateroom during the veteran’s day sale due to the great deal, including all 4 perks, for ... Read More
Recently returned from a cruise leaving 1/25 on the Equinox stopping at Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Booked a Concierge class stateroom during the veteran’s day sale due to the great deal, including all 4 perks, for essentially the same price as a verandah. This was our 6th cruise, 3rd on Celebrity, the previous two being on Solstice in Alaska. We are in our mid 40s and normally sail in verandah cabins. Embarkation: with the new facial recognition, it went smooth. Extra signage in the terminal caused some confusion - there were multiple concierge class signs in different locations. Once we asked, we found the correct spot to sit. Our boarding time online was assigned for 12 p.m. However, we arrived at 1015 and ended up sitting for 30-45 minutes before boarding began. The new process of dropping off bags at the room and grabbing seapass cards was a welcome change from previous cruises. Embarkation lunch: since this was our first cruise in concierge class, we decided to do the embarkation lunch included for concierge guests in the main dining room. The lunch was good, but the limited menu (choices were salad or butternut squash soup, chicken dish, pasta dish or salmon, with chocolate cake or ice cream) and lengthy amount of time we’re not sure we’d do it again in the future. However, it was a nice way to relax and start the cruise. We attended two cruise critic events (1) The sunset bar at sailaway. Not a lot of people attended this but we still met several nice couples. (2) a private event held in Craft Social (which was held during hours that it is closed so it didn’t impact any other cruisers). Approximately 9 officers attended including Captain Tasos (an awesome, engaging and fun Caption). There were probably 25 cruise critic members who attended and we met a lot of great people. The ship: having been on Solstice, the layout was of course very familiar, but you could see some of the changes done by the partial revolution. New carpet in the passport bar and other areas was the most obvious result of the revolution. We read that the revolution for equinox got cut short, and the lack of staterooms in the sky lounge was a good thing in our opinion. Our cabin also had new carpet, curtains, bedding and the couch had been reupholstered. Operations: There were a few things that perplexed us throughout the cruise, primarily regarding the hours of the sky lounge. On a few days (including our first sea day), the lounge was closed off during the day (sliding door blocking the lounge) with no explanation given. Several other times during the day it was closed for private events. Seeing as how the sky lounge is one of the best places on an S class ship to view the water and surrounding areas, it was a bit disappointing that guests couldn’t use this area. Also, there is a nice area to sit outside the buffet at the back of the ship with table and chairs and several people would gather there and at the Sunset bar each time we left a port. However, on one of those days they closed it completely for a private group. This resulted in the Sunset bar being way overcrowded with nowhere for people to sit and enjoy the view when leaving the port. And nowhere for people getting food from the buffet to sit outside and enjoy their food and the weather. The Sky lounge was also closed during this time so we were not able to observe leaving port from there either. This wouldn’t discourage us from going on Equinox again but it would nice to keep such large public areas open for all cruisers. Food: The MDR was good as we have experienced on other Celebrity ships, with a better selection than we have experienced on Ruby Princess when we were on that ship last year. Service was good as we have experienced on Celebrity before. The oceanview cafe was a bit of a disappointment from the buffet on the Solstice. Primarily it was due to the selections, or lack thereof, compared to our previous experience on Solstice. On Solstice, there was salad available morning noon and night (important for me, not so much DW), and the stations were changed up on a routine basis. Further, Solstice had different themes each night so there were always different dishes to try (Italian, Indian, American, Asian) and stations did not repeat the food so there was quite a variety. Equinox did not have any themed nights and the food was the same each day of our cruise and several stations repeated what was in other stations so there was about ½ the selection as what we had on Solstice. This was a disappointment when we were hoping for a new dish or two at lunch or late night snack. However, the food that was served was good. Activities: Because we were up early each day for excursions, we didn’t stay up late for some of the nighttime activities. Strangely, celebrity scheduled some of the late night parties/activities for nights right before an early port. You would think those would be the night before the sea days. Boggling. We spent quite a bit of time at the sunset bar watching sailaways, stargazing, etc. Oneil was a fantastic bartender, and his assistant Albert was good as well. Ports/Excursions We booked all excursions through Celebrity, as we are not familiar with Mexican ports, and not exactly comfortable wandering around a strange port. Key west: here we just got off the ship and wandered around. Interesting city, but not a lot to do if you don’t schedule an excursion unless you want to sit and relax in a bar with a drink in hand! We visited the southern most point and then made our way back to the ship for lunch. Costa Maya: We did the Chachobben Ruins exclusive drive excursion. This was well worth the extra $15 we spent versus the normal Chachobben Ruins excursion, as we were the first ones to the site in a small (10 people) van. We had the run of the ruins to ourselves with our guide, and were able to get some pictures without having to wait for lots of people to leave the picture. We also saw some spider monkeys that are less likely to hang around when lots of people are present and scare them off. We definitely recommend seeing them at least once FYI, we were stopped by federal police who were apparently looking for someone(s) outside the port. They didn’t cause a problem, but it was a bit disconcerting for those of us not familiar such issues. Our guide Priscella was great as was the driver, Raphael. Cozumel: We did the speedboat and snorkel tour, including a 1 hour beach break. This was a great excursion, as the speedboat portion was a bunch of fun, and the snorkeling was explained well by our guide Luis. NOTE: the tour starts at Barracuda beach club, which is 20+ minutes from the dock, on the north side of Cozumel. This was not clear from the description, and we thought it was important to know. Our guide put us in a taxi with our group (there were six of us, so a great size for this excursion) and then met us at the club. The taxi fare was covered to the club and back to the ship in the price of the excursion. The club itself was nice, and had food, massages, a pool, bar, and other amenities available once you are done with the boat and snorkeling. The restrooms were clean, the free chips and salsa very tasty and the massage was excellent. We also enjoyed a rum punch and a beer. Barracuda’s only takes cash so plan accordingly on how much you may want to spend in the hour there and how much you may want to tip (which is shared with everyone working at the resort). Pictures were $15 (they took them of us on the speedboat), massage was $25 for 15 minutes, drinks $7 and other food approximately $8. Everyone at the resort was friendly and helpful, our guide Luis was awesome and we highly recommend this tour. Grand Cayman: we did stingray city and reef snorkel here, which was a great excursion. First you ride a bus to the boat company, and then take a boat ride out to stingray city and reef. We had approximately 45 minutes at stingray city to view and pet the stingrays, and about 30 minutes or so at the reef for snorkeling. NOTE: there is an approximately 1 hour boat ride each way from the dock to the location and back, as well as an extra 20 minutes after you get back while the company sells you food and drinks. We had a quesadilla, which was a good holdover until we could get food somewhere else, and worth the few bucks they charged for it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a late Family Christmas get together. We all flew in from the west coast and stayed at the La Quinta Airport the night before the cruise.Picked up at the hotel the next morning and boarded through the Suite lounger at pier 25. ... Read More
This was a late Family Christmas get together. We all flew in from the west coast and stayed at the La Quinta Airport the night before the cruise.Picked up at the hotel the next morning and boarded through the Suite lounger at pier 25. The lounge experience for great no hassle what so ever. I booked sky suites( 3 total) for the Family( 6 people). The Suites and the ship was spotless and remand so for the length the cruise. The weather could not have been better. The cruise before had high seas(20 ft. or so) but not ours 1.5 ft at the most. We had dinner together in Luminae every night the service by all could not have been any better. Gave excellent reviews to all. WE also found the ocean view cafe to be to our liking no problem getting a seat and the food was very good with a great selection. Disembarkation was a snap. The facial reconciliation system make getting out of the terminal a breeze. Just wish the taxi cab where a bit closer to the exit. All in all it was a great family outing and I plan to doing something like again before age sets in.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The reason for this cruise is simple: ANTARCTICA!!! The most amazing place I've ever been. The other ports were Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Falkland Islands (cancelled because of weather) Puerto Madryn, Argentina and Montevideo. There ... Read More
The reason for this cruise is simple: ANTARCTICA!!! The most amazing place I've ever been. The other ports were Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Falkland Islands (cancelled because of weather) Puerto Madryn, Argentina and Montevideo. There were a lot of sea days so I think they struggled to find enough entertainers or those willing to fly to South America. For example; the in house performed a night of Broadway songs, except these were Broadway songs you never heard of. It was obvious they were performing songs that the cruise line wouldn't have to pay royalties on. The rest was quite mundane, basically pop tunes with flashy costumes. The Enrichment was excellent, especially Celia Garland, the Naturalist. But all the speakers were quite good. We were in Aqua Class and ate most our meals at Blu, which was excellent and very enjoyable. The staff was terrific and we had interesting conversations with many fellow passengers at dinner. The specialty restaurants were quite good, but I'm not sure they were worth the extra charge. The other restaurants, like Moonlight Sonata, were nothing special. The Spa was very good as was the gym. The elevators are awful and the library is very nice, but needs a librarian and a better selection of books. Some of the crew have an attitude. Especially in the buffet restaurant and in Shore Excursions, where I had to deal with two snotty Millennial's that needed to be spanked and put to bed without their supper. The ship itself is very nice and well maintained. Despite its shortcomings the experience was excellence and Antarctica spectacular Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We've been on 47 cruises, mostly long cruises, even taken a 3-month cruise around the world, but a group of 13 from our apartment building, decided it might be fun so we jumped right in. I wasn't sure if such a short cruise ... Read More
We've been on 47 cruises, mostly long cruises, even taken a 3-month cruise around the world, but a group of 13 from our apartment building, decided it might be fun so we jumped right in. I wasn't sure if such a short cruise would be just a hassle, but it turned out great! The building usually has Happy Hour twice a week, so this was sort of like a 2-night Happy Hour (no I'm not a heavy drinker, maybe you could even say I'm not even a drinker but I do enjoy socializing!) What I liked about it was, with it being only 2 days, we could eat to our heart's content not worrying about weight increase, since how much weight can you put on over 2 days and not be able to take off after a week or two! The dock is only 20-25 minutes away as we live in Ft. Lauderdale, so there was no travel issues and it was a nice break in routine. Gave us all lots to laugh about before and after the cruise. The ship, crew and food were wonderful. The fare was a special for Concierge class. What's not to like about an upgrade, but it didn't entice us to try Concierge again as we didn't really use the room that much, never really saw the cabin steward much (which could be considered a good thing - just invisibly doing his job) and the tip per day was a dollar more than other the lower category cabins. So, I'd definitely recommend short cruises for a quick getaway, but in the very affordable inside cabins. Oh by the way, no it wasn't a drunken brawl type cruise. I didn't see any of that, of course we did go during a time when kids are usually in school. Hope the cruise lines have more of these short trips, if so, we'll certainly be back on one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The Equinox / Solstice class ship did not disappoint again- this was our 4th time on the Equinox and the addition of Captain Tassos was a huge plus – having sailed with him before on the Solstice he is by far the funniest and most ... Read More
The Equinox / Solstice class ship did not disappoint again- this was our 4th time on the Equinox and the addition of Captain Tassos was a huge plus – having sailed with him before on the Solstice he is by far the funniest and most entertaining of all the Celebrity captains we have had. Boarding was a breeze as was departure. It was great fun- the musical entertainment was very good and Kevin Jordan and Dan Wilson were great comedians. Everyone was having a FUN time ( as opposed to the boring Edge) ; cruise director Lauren was very enthusiastic ; the crew was terrific; some features were upgraded on what we heard was a time short refit (still have limited tv channel selection / map channel 1 has very limited info and needs work ), small fridges still that really don’t get cold) ; our stateroom attendant Egipcio was incredible – went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of and remembered all the little things the Equinox orchestra with the horn section was very good and house band was great also as were quartet ,solo and duet entertainers as well ; the Paul McCartney tribute band was also great; Having the NFL conference games on the lawn deck outdoor screens was very enjoyable (something the Edge chose not to do) ; the additional tv’s in the Craft bar also a big plus for sports watching ; The regular dining rooms were nice and staff very nice- the food seemed a bit better than on Silhouette (the steak featured on the Steak frites night was the best we have had on any Celebrity cruise) ; the strip steaks still thin and not very appetizing; the beef Wellington also was much better than on Silhouette; 2 different types of French Fries continues- nice steak fries with Steak Frites dinner - otherwise it is the same tasteless coated fries throughout; the Oceanview café was generally good - the bakery section as always was outstanding; the Mast grill still serves up low end quality cold hamburgers and cold hot dogs ( they are cooked way up in advance and not kept warm- Celebrity needs to go observe a high volume burger joint to see how it is done internet coverage was very good; at the Sunset bar still had to put up with smokers smoke bleeding over all the time to non smoking side- Celebrity has got to address this periodically the washrooms did not have warm water, only cold and that is always a concern on any cruise ship- this is something we have experienced before on Solstice class ships ; also a few time where there were no towels The bar staff at both the Passport bar ( Komang, I Kadek, Armand,and Megan were super as was both the Jamaican lady and eastern European bartenders in the Ensemble lounge ( name tags fonts are way to small and dark so apologize could not read their names) were great. O’Neil at the Sunset bar was also excellent. Name tags on staff still make it impossible as they are dark lettering on dark background in small fonts -we can’t read their names so they can’t get the credit they deserve ; Happy to be back on the Equinox ! Never to return to Edge class ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise to see if we like the Equinox to take a cruise next year with an itnerary that looks great. We were on the Edge this past year and it was one of the best cruises we had been on in our 30 plus cruises. I thought ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see if we like the Equinox to take a cruise next year with an itnerary that looks great. We were on the Edge this past year and it was one of the best cruises we had been on in our 30 plus cruises. I thought Celebrity would now be our go to cruiseline. Maybe due to the length of this cruise the staff could hardly care about anything. We had a suite and our Butler told us about the room in 30 seconds. Our state room man was much better. I know the ship just had a major renovation but to me it still looked worn down. After unpacking we used our bathroom and guess what toilet problems it does not flush. We called it in and they said they were having problems. Taking a shower in ice cold water again called down they adjusted it but only to luke warm. Thank goodness only on for three days. We had dinner at Luminea beautiful dining room but no selections on the menu. We decided to go to the main dining room where we had more selections. We had use of the Retreat Sun deck this was a joke. Only chairs to lounge around no hot tub no pool no bar and no one to serve you anything. Why am I paying extra for nothing! the food in the Ocean Buffet was disguisting. It looked like left overs with sauce all over it. And it was the same selection for the whole two days!. This is not what I expected being on the edge and getting such great food in every restaurant on the ship. Time to get off the ship and it was backed up took nearly an hour to just get off and we carried our luggage. So at this point I will not be on a Celebrity in the future! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I went on this trip as a familiarization as a travel advisor. I did not get off in Nassau, but took the time to take some on ship tours and really see the whole ship. She is a beauty. She feels very current in her decor having just been ... Read More
I went on this trip as a familiarization as a travel advisor. I did not get off in Nassau, but took the time to take some on ship tours and really see the whole ship. She is a beauty. She feels very current in her decor having just been through a revitalization in 2019. Dining was good. I was underwhelmed by Blu, the exclusive Aquaclass restaurant. It was ok for included dining, but I would not pay extra for it. The Oceanview Cafe was very good. The typical issues with a buffet, hard to find seats at peak times, lines for custom made items. Sushi on 5 was excellent, however the service was slow. They do ask you to account for 2 hours to eat there which is about right if it is more than 1 person in your party. Cafe al Bacio has some of the best treats. Their chocolate mousse was fantastic. Their Cafe Frappe is no Starbucks but does the trick. I was told that Murano is the best restaurant on board by other sailors. The entertainment was TOP NOTCH! From the performers and musicians themselves to the set lists and arrangements, I was always impressed. Being a singer and musician myself, I appreciate talent and there was none lacking on this ship. The show Elysium was fantastic. Singers, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, all doing what they do very well. Service was always with a smile. Some of the friendliest crew I've seen. It was sometimes slow or lacking in quality but nothing egregious. I can't wait to cruise with Celebrity again. I am a brand fan now for sure. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just returned from a solo 2 night cruise to Nassau. I flew into FLL the night before and stayed in Dania Beach - Jaxson's Ice Cream for dinner and Bake Shack for breakfast and snack - lots of interesting donut flavors - were ... Read More
Just returned from a solo 2 night cruise to Nassau. I flew into FLL the night before and stayed in Dania Beach - Jaxson's Ice Cream for dinner and Bake Shack for breakfast and snack - lots of interesting donut flavors - were wonderful. Took an Uber to Dania Pier and waded in the water. Equinox is looking lovely. Crew were fantastic. Very friendly. When prices dropped I moved to Aqua Class cabin 1525 port forward under the Persian Gardens. Very quiet area and cabin. Beautiful balcony views forward and aft. The new mattress and pillows were very comfortable although pillows are a bit soft - but they're long so easily squished into compact enough shape/support. The mattress is on a ridged platform. I brought an inflatable mattress wedge which worked well under one side - kept the mattresses together instead of separating. I was gifted a premium beverage package so enjoyed trying several drinks - many only a few sips. The Montaudon champagne was the best of 3 champagnes/proseccos I tasted but even better was the Peller Vidal Blanc ice wine for $32 a glass - had nonrefundable OBC that had to be spent so had two glasses. Divine. The lychee martini at the Martini Bar was fun to try. First night I ate in Blu at a 2-seater one away from the window before sunset. Tasted the two Rieslings offered as the sweetest they had - didn't find out about the ice wine until dessert! - but didn't like so no alcohol at dinner. Liked the cheese souffle and red snapper but not the asparagus soup nor cheesecake filling eclair. Second night I ate in Murano. The lobster bisque was disappointing. I had the Dover Sole and half the lamb. Nothing wrong with the fish but the lamb, cooked to a perfect medium rare, was the star and I wished I'd just ordered that. The Valhrona Cocoa Cake was very chocolately and rich.. I left the bottom crust. Embarkation lunch and breakfast next morning was in the buffet. Lots of choices. Last breakfast was in Blu where the wait staff obviously felt rushed but were very attentive. Tried the mango madness smoothie with passion fruit which was interesting - love getting to try things on a cruise! Got my free gelato - you can have 2 flavors in the small size. I sat through 3 All McCartney Live songs before leaving. Elysium the second night was more my style. I wouldn't pay extra to see it but it was entertaining enough. In Nassau I had a morning snorkel excursion with Blue Hole Watersports which was fantastic with 2 stops - first with tons of fish and second with lovely coral. The 12:30 Deluxe Sailing through Celebrity was hardly luxe. 16 passengers and 2 crew. I must say the crew, especially second mate Tyler, were wonderful. 4 ladies wanted to snorkel with size 7/8 feet but they only had 1 set of fins that small. Very scant collection of snorkel equipment. I was happy I had brought my own mask/snorkel. Snorkel location not as good as the two morning ones in terms of fish or coral. The sandwiches included with lunch were premade slathered with mustard which I dislike so no sandwich for me. Margaritas were offered but then no mix was on board. The rum punch I had was very watery. I passed on a second one. Met a lovely mother/daughter pair from North Carolina who really added to my enjoyment of the excursion. They had enjoyed the silent disco the first night. Traveling solo I never lack finding pleasant folk with whom to talk. Chatted with a nice lady from Tampa waiting during the muster drill and saw her and her husband again for last breakfast in Blu. I added the Extend My Stay (more of that OBC that needed to be used) so had a relaxed breakfast and left my cabin at 9. Got to stay in cabin until 9. Met in Passport Bar until all passengers except B2B and us had left. Taken through Immigration and Customs then left our bags - couldn't bring luggage or carry-ons back on to boat - in a secure monitored area and waited in VIP lounge until allowed back on ship. Back on board at 10:30. Classic drink package was included. I spent time on a soft circular lounger on the pool deck. Had a peach daquiri and a Day at the Beach cocktail. Ate at the Mast Bar. I left early at 1 (latest was 1:45) and was led back to luggage area to retrieve my bags before Ubering to FLL. Great use of extra OBC and it was nice not being rushed in the morning and enjoying some extra warmth and sunshine before flying home to ice covered Baltimore We met at the Passport Bar until all the other passengers except B2B were off then through customs and immigrations, left our bags in a secure monitored area, and back onto the boat by 10:30. I enjoyed one of the soft round large loungers on the pool deck in the shade, a peach daquiri and later a Day at the Beach cocktail, and hot dog and fries at the Mast Grill. I left early at 1 (latest was 1:45). My first 2 night cruise and I really enjoyed it and soaking up the sun/warmth. When I got back to Baltimore to a day of freezing rain all the trees were covered in ice. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
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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