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Sail Date: June 2018
We celebrated an anniversary and had a fantastic cruise. The staff and service were excellent everywhere on board. We loved the adult-only pool and solarium - it was so relaxing to just chill in a lounge chair with a good book. The ... Read More
We celebrated an anniversary and had a fantastic cruise. The staff and service were excellent everywhere on board. We loved the adult-only pool and solarium - it was so relaxing to just chill in a lounge chair with a good book. The Silhouette restaurant offered wonderful 4-star dining every night with different entrees. Ask to be seated in Billy Boy's area. He made each evening special and recommended the best entrees. The food was so delicious there is no need to pay extra for the Select Dining, although we did try the Asian specialty restaurant and enjoyed it very much. The buffet was fabulous as well. Cruise Director Martin made the entertainment fun for everyone. I saw passengers of all ages on board, although the majority of passengers were adults ranging from mid-thirties to seniors. Loved the choices of music and the silent disco! Of the shore excursions offered, we took the jeep snorkeling excursion in Cozumel, but were limited to only 1/2 hour of actual snorkeling (in a 3 hour excursion). The one we enjoyed was the Port Pass in Costa Maya. Take the tequila and aviary tour, forget the chocolate tour. You can taste the chocolate in the store without the touristy tour. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Fresh off the Equinox for a June 2, 2018 7 night sailing to the Western Caribbean. Ports were Key West (yeah!), Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya (aka Mahahual). Cabin 6124 - veranda - forward. Us - late 40's - 25 cruises - last ... Read More
Fresh off the Equinox for a June 2, 2018 7 night sailing to the Western Caribbean. Ports were Key West (yeah!), Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya (aka Mahahual). Cabin 6124 - veranda - forward. Us - late 40's - 25 cruises - last 4 on Celebrity and 1 on Oceania. Others on RCCL, NCL, HAL and Carnival (ugh). Cabin - clean, steward was Mani. Standard size if you have been on other Solastic Class ships. Bed was near the balcony door. This was a flip from our December cruise on Eclipse. I frankly did not think I would like it but I did as it allowed you easier access to the closet - which I found awkward on Eclipse. Room was clean and well maintained by the Cabin steward - only comments - We paid for what I thought was unobstructed view cabin - well - there is a ledge at the bottom of the balcony floor that "jets out" - maybe 3-4 feet (?) and blocks your view from looking down. If I had known that I would not have paid the extra money for the "upgrade". Also you look to the left and see the bridge - not a big deal and the cabin 3 down from ours jets out so you have more of a view of them. Also the curtains had stains on them as did the sofa seat. Not big deals, but the ship is in need of a bit of maintenance. However, that said, I would book Equinox again no hesitation. Not just this cabin. Also we had to ask for privacy sign for door and the Celebrity "bag" that seemed standard on other cruises (so you could take your towels, etc to shore). Also ice is on request only - though we requested and were brought it each night no problem (extra tip was given). Ship Staff - awesome as always!!! From embarkation to time to disembark. Friendly, helpful, etc. No real complaints. Standouts were Sophia in the Ensemble Lounge, Debbie on Entertainment staff, and all servers in Cafe Al Bacio. Ship was always clean. Food - always subjective! MDR select dining - 5 nights. Decent to Very good. I had to send the salmon back one night as I ordered it medium rare and it came well done. Remedied easily. Tuna was overcooked one day at lunch. I did find some of the menus just "ok" - but since we choose those nights to each in specialty dining it worked out. Murano - fab as always. Lobster made table side - excellent! We had a free coupon from our TA - so that was good. Also I was hesitant to try Silk Harvest - the Asian restaurant - as we have been to Asia many times and eat Asian food at home a lot - but it was one of the best meals - serve was the best!!! Food was delicious - shrimp wonton soup was good as was the roasted duck. Sake excellent. Also really enjoyed some good fresh sushi at Sushi on 5. No idea why more people don't eat there. We just did ala carte but were offered a $30 all you can eat deal. Only comment re MDR dining is that they are in need of some more soup options for an app and better ones. The tomato bisque was good. The bread at every meal - wow! yumm. Ocean View cafe - aka buffet - I am not a buffet lover and wish the MDR was open for lunch more days than just sea days. However the food overall is good in the Ocean View cafe - it can get a bit hectic during busy times - they do have a craving station all the time and a good salad bar. Daily specials - ceviche (meh), guacamole handmade (nice), caprese salad station (meh), etc. Always some sort of Indian offerings, sandwiches, I did not care for the pizza or pasta stations. One of my favorites was to take the nicely grilled chicken from the Cesar salad station and combine it with either the regular salad bar or put over the tortilla chips with other toppings for chicken nachos. Service was always good, though finding a table at busy times was difficult. Mast Grill - love the turkey burgers. Fries OK. Room service - prompt - decent menu - used for just coffee/tea and a bit of fruit or pastry for the most part, though did have some soup and pasta for dinner one night (husband did ) it was good - wish they had chicken noodle soup offered more at other venues as it was good. Aqua Spa - breakfast options are limited here but decent. Also lunch again is limited, but nice sized small portion. They will also grill salmon or chicken breast for you on request. Nice. Entertainment - meh - disappointing in terms of the shows other than the comedian who was hilarious and the Live show. Other shows were not that good. The soloist guitar player/singer Sashi was EXCELLENT. We followed her around each day - excellent. Other bands were just OK. This needs improving. Pools - busy during sea days (of course), but we did always find a lounger. Solarium pool was so relaxing - I love it there - excellent. They did need more bar serve there. Not sure why people don't pick up their towels when they leave?? Drives me batty. Bars - well with the new higher premium drink package pricing - I found the Classic Package we had a bit limiting - disappointing - but since we had OBC - it worked out. Martini Bar is always good. Also like Ensemble Lounge, Gastro Pub was good too - like the atmosphere , TVs, chairs, etc. Pool Bar was usually packed. Sunset Bar is great. Only complaint really was when we got off the ship - big back up at Customs/Immigration - which was disappointing. We were in no hurry to leave the ship as we had a late flight and they made us get off at 9:30 a.m. knowing there was a LONG LINE to get through Immigration. Also Miami does not honor the Global Entry - though they had a sign that says they do - disappointing. Fitness Center - awesome - love it. Great machines. They should have water for you though. Shops - bought some perfume. Lots of sales so wait until later in the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our 8th cruise for first with Celebrity, a special treat for my 60th birthday. We did enjoy our cruise but we were disappointed also. 3 out of 4 prebooked excursions were cancelled, I missed an email shortly before our holiday ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise for first with Celebrity, a special treat for my 60th birthday. We did enjoy our cruise but we were disappointed also. 3 out of 4 prebooked excursions were cancelled, I missed an email shortly before our holiday re one being cancelled and when I asked about a refund with customer relations they said couldn't help and told me to email celebrity in Miami! When we got on board I asked what cocktails I could have with our classic drinks package and was told just upgrade, bar staff at lawn club really couldn't be bothered! I was told to go to customer relations to get a list which I did but they couldn't tell me either! Really bad start. On the plus side food was good and French restaurant outstanding. 2 excursions we did go on we're excellent, i.e. Sting rays and cooking in Mexico. Room was nice and room Stewart v pleasant. Enjoyed the Solarium also. Entertainment: poor, parties were good but v little during the day. Californian girl I think called Kim was so happy and cheery and always remembered my name so full marks there. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Ports and over 50 activities for my Mom & I. Costa maya Mexico tour was the best Ever... Food was amazing & dining staff superb (kind & knowledgeable even with special dietary needs). We stopped at Key West, Grand Cayman, ... Read More
Ports and over 50 activities for my Mom & I. Costa maya Mexico tour was the best Ever... Food was amazing & dining staff superb (kind & knowledgeable even with special dietary needs). We stopped at Key West, Grand Cayman, and two ports in Mexico. Only difficulty came with no direction in finding tour bus when back in port in Miami. It was easy to get around for my Mom with her walker if she got tired or just needed a quick rest. I would recommend this cruise for anyone over 50 because of great entertainment, staff (across the board) and positive attitudes of all the staff (well there is usually just one mis-fit but easy to ignore the one negative staff member handling safety of ship on board-very uptight and overboard). Everyone else perfectly nice, helpful and fun to get to know plus always willing to assist us in anyway possible. if you take this boat look for Eko and Neil Mark in the dining and Ramo for stateroom. We are hoping that Mr. Mark will be promoted to head waiter amazing guy from Jamica working with chef Nelson & Eko. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My Bride and I usually cruise with family or another couple but this time was different, we were celebrating our 20th anniversary and wanted to do "Our own thing". We arrived around 10:00 am and dropped our bags with out a ... Read More
My Bride and I usually cruise with family or another couple but this time was different, we were celebrating our 20th anniversary and wanted to do "Our own thing". We arrived around 10:00 am and dropped our bags with out a hitch. I parked the car in the parking structure right across the street from the ship while the wife waited. After parking the check in went quickly and smoothly and we were on board by 10:40 am. We have sailed a few times in Concierge and a few times in Aqua but usually a normal verandah. this time being just us two we went with a guarantee verandah and were pleasantly surprised with a concierge cabin on deck 9, four cabins from the front of the ship. (9108) Normally I would'nt of booked this cabin but we fell in love with it after a couple of days. The view was great and our daly wave to the captain and crew from the verandah became a fun daily routine. We did our usual select dining and made a standing reservation for a table for two by the window every night at 5:30 pm so we could eat early and catch the early show. By doing this it freed up the rest of the night to just wing it. We found that this also gave us time to watch the sunset every night right afer the show which was very nice. We ate in the MDR 5 of the 7 nights. The two nights we chose not to were more of us being lazy and not wanting to get dressed for dinner. The food was very good every meal as well as the service. The nights we ate in the Oceanview Cafe the food was good and fresh there also. As for the entertainment, we enjoy the guest entertainment more than the production shows so sometimes we will skip those. This time was different. After being invited to a backstage tour and meeting some of the performers we became more interested and really enjoyed them more. As for the music, the house band and solo performers were also very good. The Cruise Director Maarten Bruels was spot on as always! One of the nights they had "The Wedding Games" and my wife and I were slected to play, and we also won, and that was great fun. Now let me preface this with a side note, my 90 year old mother who loved cruising and had sailed around the world passed away after we had been booked on this cruise and before she passed she made my 3 brothers and myself promise her 3 things......Love each other, take care of each other and live life to it's fullest. Well knowing how much Mom loved cruising we contacted Celebrity and made arrangements to bury her at sea. I didn't know much about the process but after a little research it wasn't a problem. Celebrity and Julie Sherrington, the Guest Relations Officer on the Equinox were amazing and walked us through everything, on the first sea day we met with the enviromentel officer and guest relations and were able to perform this for my mother. They brought us some roses to toss into the sea with my moms ashes and later presented us with a lovely certificate with some kind words and the time and coordinates of the burial. Very classy Celebrity. Later that evening we were invited to the senior officers cocktail party and enjoyed watching some of the officers sing and perform with the band in the sky lounge. We had a few drinks, a few hors d'oeuvres and a bunch of laughs with the group. When we returned to our cabin that night we were pleasantly surprised by a invitation to take atour of the bridge followed by lunch with the Captain and a few other officers in Blu. we were very happy to be seated next to Julie Sherrington, the GRM. She is such a good person and so funny too. The lunch was amazing! After the appetizers we were treated to Filet mignon, lamb chops, sea bass, octopus and calamari. All I could say was WOW! Later that night I had an appointment to make something with the new Hollywood Hot Glass class. After seeing the show that the Corning Museum of Glass did many times I was excited to give it a shot. The instructors were great and the finished product was a nice memory too. As for the ports; Key West; We did the Conch train and the aqurium. The conch train was a nice ride around the highlights but the aquarium was a joke, save your money and just ake the train. Grand Cayman; We did the semi submarine and island tour. This turned out to be a great value! After boarding the bus within minutes we were at the submarine, My wife was affraid she would be clostraphobic but was very happy with the amount of room inside. We cruised around a couple of reefs ans a wreck and saw many types of fish and rays. After the sub we went to the turtle farm and really enjoyed seeing and holdind some green sea turtles. After that we went to Hell, the town of Hell Grand Cayman is nothing more than a couple of run down shops and a place to mail a postcard with a "HELL" postmark. Cozumel; We did another semisubmarine tour. It was pretty much the same as Grand Cayman but with not as many fish. After that we walked around and bought a few things before heading back to the ship. Costa Maya; We did do any excursions and just walked around and did a little shopping. If you see something in Cozumel you like get it there! The same stuff in Costa Maya is way more money! I was able to get a few good deals but it was a lot more work to get it. All in all it was a gret cruise and one we will remember for ever! The Equinox is one of our favorites and I am sure we will be back! This was our 18th cruise and our tenth with Celebrity and it was by far the most memorable! Everyone from the Cabin stewards, bar tenders, wait staff and the entertainment was perfect for us! We can't wait for our next cruise! Cheers! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Celebrity Equinox for a summer cruise because we were familiar with Celebrity's ships, and the price was excellent for this 7 night cruise. The ports were Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Costa Maya. We had a four meal ... Read More
We chose Celebrity Equinox for a summer cruise because we were familiar with Celebrity's ships, and the price was excellent for this 7 night cruise. The ports were Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Costa Maya. We had a four meal specialty dining package, for which we chose Murano (twice), Tuscan Grill, and Sushi on 5. All were memorable dining experiences with outstanding service, but I do want to say the main dining room also offered lovely meals on this ship. The Silhouette dining room service was not as good as service in the specialty restaurants, obviously, but for main dining room food it was very good. We really enjoyed relaxing in the solarium area, and near the main pool -- there are lots of comfortable loungers and shaded areas. We did not see an extraordinary amount of "chair saving" but there definitely was some, including one passenger I watched collect (and then throw away; I couldn't believe it) the white laminated "no saving permitted" cards the pool staff had placed on the chairs, then proceed to drape towels and place flip flops on six chairs and walk away toward the Oceanview Cafe. Our cabin was a Concierge level, 2106, on Resort Deck, the same level as the pool, and we had been a bit concerned about noise levels. However, it was overall a quiet cabin except for running water sounds during the day (probably from the overhead restroom) -- it was very quiet at night. We liked the location for convenience; it was close to everything. Our steward was excellent. The canapes were inedible, plus, if we had been away from the cabin at delivery, we had no idea how long eggs, fish, etc. had been sitting out. We requested they not deliver them but they kept coming. In room/room service dining was a disappointment on this trip. We ordered breakfast early one morning, in the 6:00 -- 6:30 window, because we had a shore excursion to meet at 7:00. The breakfast showed up at 6:45, so we had to wolf down a few bites and leave. When we returned from the excursion around noon the dishes were still there so we called room service to collect them. Two hours later we called again to request dish removal. Finally, when we left the cabin for dinner the dishes were still there, and we asked the steward to contact room service for the third time to get the dirty dishes, with old food, removed. The only other time we tried in cabin dining was one evening when we opted to skip the main dining room. Delivery was quick and the order was accurate, but the quality of the food was poor, especially the turkey sandwich which seemed to be made from some kind of pressed roll of meat, not actual turkey. The live music on the Equinox was impressive; we really enjoyed the jazz band, the house band, and the solo guitarist/singer at various times. Celebrity Life events were fun; we played trivia and enjoyed the silent disco. The silent disco was really tremendous fun for everyone -- I highly recommend that. The only real area of entertainment weakness, in our opinion, was the production shows -- we saw Elysium and Topper before giving up on going to any more. The performers (singers, dancers, aerialists) were talented and fine; it was the shows themselves that were just poor. It's like instead of staging a full production show with an actual story line, or paying to license/adapt a musical, Celebrity just strings together a bunch of recently popular songs with a "plot" they have to explain in advance of the show (because it surely isn't discernible from the show itself). We did do one Celebrity shore excursion I wanted to mention because it was so fun! The America's Cup yacht race in Cozumel was amazing. I really didn't know what to expect but read a lot of reviews and checked TripAdvisor in advance, so we decided to book it -- worth every penny. You can do as much or as little work as you want -- but flying across the ocean with the sails billowing -- fantastic time! We did not travel with children this trip, and in fact didn't see too many onboard. On a couple of occasions we did see some small groups of teenagers just hanging out on steps (which I know can be their preferred activity!) -- but compared to the ships that offer climbing walls, rope courses, etc. this seems more of a quiet cruise experience. I'd recommend families read several reviews of the ship by other families to get a good idea of what to expect and whether it would be a good fit for your particular kids and their interests. Overall we had a great cruise with lots of time to relax, great food, lovely service -- really a nice trip and just what we needed. I would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first vacation in 3 years. We chose Celebrity for the relaxed atmosphere and pampering we had read about. We were not disappointed. My husband, myself and our 12 year old son traveled. We did 2 Princess Cruises 5 and 7 ... Read More
This was our first vacation in 3 years. We chose Celebrity for the relaxed atmosphere and pampering we had read about. We were not disappointed. My husband, myself and our 12 year old son traveled. We did 2 Princess Cruises 5 and 7 years ago We enjoyed them but this Ccruise was a step up in service. Before the cruise we stayed at the Pelican Beach Resort for 3 nights in Fort Lauderdale to relax before relaxing. It is a great resort. We got a good deal. It is right on the beach, has a pool and lazy river, great restaurant and bar. It is very family friendly. We were in room 2117, a sky suite. The perks are fantastic. The cabin had more storage space than the 3 of us could use. It had plenty of space for 3 of us. We hung out on the balcony quite a bit and had breakfast out there one morning. The butler was amazing. He specifically gave my son his card with phone number and said he could call anytime from anywhere on the ship and help him or order snacks or drinks. My son was thrilled! He also brought us fruit every afternoon and canapes and was available for all our questions. We ordered room service a few times and he was responsible for bringing this to us. We loved Luminae and ate there every night and some mornings. The food is varied and delicious. It is very high quality and very creative. I know food is subjective but we felt we did not have a bad meal there. It was also nice being able to order off the MDR menu and some nights I really just wanted a salad to start my meal. Their servers were very attentive and got to know our likes and dislikes. Before dinner we would go to Michael's for a drink. After the first night the servers, bartender and assistants all knew our name. The Concierge in Michael's Club is also wonderful and very helpful. Since this was our first time sailing with Celebrity she was available for all our many questions. It was also lovely to hang out in Michaels the day we embarked. We only saw one show but it was fun and better than we expected. My son did not utilize the kids club but there were kids onboard and they had plenty of activities for them. In Key West we walked around and went to the Hemingway House. It was fun. We did not do an organized tour. In Grand Caymen we did the stingray and snorkeling Celebrity excursion. Originally we had just a stingray excursion but that was cancelled. No issues with Celebrity issuing a refund. My son had never snorkeled and I would not recommend this as a first time snorkeling trip. It is on a coral reef and you can not put your feet down. It was a little tricky for him as he is not a strong swimmer. We did not get off the ship in Cozomel. We did a Native Choice tour of the Mayan Ruins called Chacchoben then went to a Lagoon at a resort for a great lunch and some swimming. This is a wonderful tour company and we were very happy. Knowledgeable staff. People have asked about chair hogs in the past. We did not see this. In fact there was a table and plastic box where items were placed for collection if they were left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Definitely hard sell on dining and drink packages the first night but after that it eased up a bit. My husband got a Persian Garden package and went there every day after working out. It was very relaxing and he enjoyed it. We had an amazing trip. We wanted to relax and be pampered and that is what we were able to do. We felt very taken care of and spoiled. We are definitely planning to travel with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
First full cruise, good quality and excellent service, good selection of restaurants including the ones extra to package. Don’t both upgrading drinks package unless your a wine snob or want belvadere, great goose and premium whisky ... Read More
First full cruise, good quality and excellent service, good selection of restaurants including the ones extra to package. Don’t both upgrading drinks package unless your a wine snob or want belvadere, great goose and premium whisky and gin Public areas nice, we had previously been on P&O Britannia for a 2 nighter and thought public areas better, bars and cafes good good thing about this ship it’s only 2300 something passengers so never feels overcrowded. Main restaurant quality very good and service excellent, speciality restaurants good tried silk harvest and murano which was our favourite, breakfast excellent in both self service and main restaurant, I put 15lbs on during the week so slim down first is my advice. Shows and entertainment good did not sit through a full show though but what we saw was good - pool area entertainment OK didn’t get to Roudy like some other ships All in all a great ship and good value Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
We are RCCL Diamond Plus members having cruised with them 25 times. In February we decided to try the Celebrity Equinox and had a fabulous cruise. It was so good we decided to try another on the same ship and we were not disappointed. We ... Read More
We are RCCL Diamond Plus members having cruised with them 25 times. In February we decided to try the Celebrity Equinox and had a fabulous cruise. It was so good we decided to try another on the same ship and we were not disappointed. We liked the older crowd and the fact that not many kids were on board. Getting checked in and all documents was a breeze and took only 5 minutes to get on board the ship! Like our last cruise, when we set foot on the ship we were offered a glass of champagne, which was a really nice touch. We were scheduled to sail at 3.30pm but the rooms were not ready until 1.30 pm (this was a change in that before we had access to our room at 1.00) so we headed for the Ocean View buffet for lunch. In general, the food in the Ocean View is excellent! Our only complaint is that the coffee is really not hot but rather semi warm. Once we had access to our room we were surprised to find that our luggage was delivered by 2.30pm! We have never had it delivered that fast before. Our stateroom was great and fairly near the elevators (with no noise what so ever). Very convenient!! We had the usual safety briefing which featured a video. Oh the video is so boring! I suppose it is also necessary and required but the video needs work or needs to be changed. First and second day was at sea. We discovered one of the ship's bands, "Nu Images" and they were great. So versatile they could play anything from Reggae to Jazz to Pop. Just great. Our first port was San Juan. It was the usual as we arrived late in the afternoon and left after a few hours. Many of the shops or stores close early even though there are ships in port. Next stop was St. Maarten which is still recovering from Hurricane Irma. It will still be a while until they fully recover. Next day we visited St. Thomas. It too has still not fully recovered from the two hurricanes that hit it last fall. Shopping is just not like it use to be 10 or 20 years ago. Next stop scheduled at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Since there is no pier we would use tenders from our ship to get ashore. Once we set anchor and got one of the lifeboats out as a tender it was determined that the ocean was too rough to go ashore. The Captain made a decision and said we would skip Punta Cana! So the final stop was Nassau. We would have had a full day a sea getting there but since we left Punta Cana early we went slowly and took two days to get to Nassau. When we arrived we discovered that it was Bahamian Labor Day and all shops and stores were closed! This cruise we ate twice in the Main Dining Room and were impressed by the great service but felt the food was mediocre. Again I must mention the Martini Bar and the great bartenders there. Headed by Catalin and Rhory, these guys are Professional bartenders. Our second night there they each remembered what we were drinking from the first night. Always fun watching them perform their magic and mixing of drinks. These guys make Tom Cruise look like a rookie! I also have to mention our room attendant, Lindo. He was absolutely the best. The ship had all of its equipment in good shape and everything worked...pool, hot tubs, elevators. Everything clean and inviting. The Equinox is a wonderful ship. I am afraid that RCCL may have lost a couple of regulars to the Celebrity but then, they own Celebrity. We have reservations on the new Celebrity Edge and can hardly wait to sail on her. This was a great cruise! Read Less
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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