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Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not ... Read More
We wanted to see the Eastern Caribbean since we had went on the Silhouette for the Western 2 yrs ago. We loved both cruises, however I think we like the Silhouette a little bit better. We paid for Aqua class for the Equinox and we are not really sure what we got for our extra money other then choice of time to eat in the Blu restaurant. We did not really like being up higher on the deck except it was faster to get to the pool deck/bar that was a plus. The extra large overhang we did not like at all! It was also a bit rockier on the 11th deck compared to the 7th deck the last cruise! Our staff of employees were outstanding our room steward was fantastic and called us by name every time he saw us! The food was good, Blu was good, however I would not say outstanding. Our waiter and his team were outstanding! The shows were OK, comedian was great! Would have liked to see a little more variety. Our ports were great we stopped at San Juan and the most disappointing part was we got there late in the afternoon, so this made it very hard to do much sight seeing since many things closed at 5 or 6pm. St Maarten and St Kitts, loved them all got real tired of the Indians hard sell every time you entered their store, "oh I make you happy" "I make you great deal" HA that was a joke! I really wish the cruise ships would come up with a better way to get deck chairs, goodness getting up and having to go sit in a deck chair by the pool at 6:30am in order to get one at all is stupid! I also was not happy with the lack of sun areas on the equinox and you felt like you were almost sitting on your neighbor in the way the chairs are so close together! Poor planning on that one! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We were on the 2-3-18 Equinox that stopped in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Having been on numerous Celebrity ships in the past this was our first time on the Equinox. We found it to be nearly identical to the Reflection-which we ... Read More
We were on the 2-3-18 Equinox that stopped in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Having been on numerous Celebrity ships in the past this was our first time on the Equinox. We found it to be nearly identical to the Reflection-which we love. We had an Aqua class veranda and enjoyed four nights in the Blu restaurant. The food and service there were great both at dinner and at breakfast. We bought a 3 night specialty dinner package at a reduced rate prior to the cruise and ate twice at Murano and once at Silk Harvest. Murano was, as usual, outstanding and we will continue to dine there on future cruises. Our server Raj was everything you would expect at a fine dining establishment! Silk Harvest was also very good with plentiful food and a wonderful server named Nino. The ship itself was meticulously clean and in good shape. The focal point of the ship is the central atrium with several bars overlooking it. We spent a LOT of time at the Martini bar and enjoyed the show put on by the bartenders there(as a side note we highly recommend getting the Go Best pkg. when you book which includes the premium liquor pkg.). There were several activities throughout the week at the atrium and they were a lot of fun.The shows every evening were entertaining. Our cabin was the standard veranda and our cabin attendant Peter was outstanding-unobtrusive, meticulous and friendly. If there was a negative it was that at times the food in the buffet was sometimes lukewarm and not hot. Other than that we had zero issues. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was our first time on Celebrity. I had heard so many good things, but it did not meet my expectations. The buffet was not very good. The food was lukewarm and we did not care for much of the food. Service was just okay. Some staff were ... Read More
It was our first time on Celebrity. I had heard so many good things, but it did not meet my expectations. The buffet was not very good. The food was lukewarm and we did not care for much of the food. Service was just okay. Some staff were great while others were rude. I was really hoping that Celebrity would jump out ahead of the others, but they did not. We did not attend any shows because they were late for us and nothing seemed interesting. The specialty restaurants were all very good and we enjoyed the coffee shop too. I felt that there may have been cut backs that have changed the way that the cruise is conducted. It also seemed that everything was an up sell. Special dining, beverage packages, classes with fees, etc. We went to an Apple class which was basic knowledge. To go further, there was a fee. I don’t want to be nickel and dimed the whole trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
OK, we are Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members with 24 consecutive cruises on the parent line. This time we wanted to try something different. Although not totally removed from RCCL (they own Celebrity). We felt it was worth a try in that ... Read More
OK, we are Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members with 24 consecutive cruises on the parent line. This time we wanted to try something different. Although not totally removed from RCCL (they own Celebrity). We felt it was worth a try in that we could keep our loyalty program from RCCL and transfer to Celebrity with the same amenities. I guess we are getting old but we hate the thought of sailing from Miami. The traffic is terrible and confusing getting to the port. Once that was behind us and we were parked and ready to board, we began to see the differences in the cruise lines. We took no more than ten minutes to get checked in and have our documents processed. Everything seemed streamlined and being Elite members of Celebrity got us into check-in without a line. To be fair, the last RCCL ship we were on was the Allure of the Seas and had 5,000 passengers while the Equinox had only 2,850. Again it took less than ten minutes to process us in! The next thing that we noticed was as we entered the ship, there was a crew member there handing us a glass of welcoming champagne! Really classy. Since our stateroom would not be available until 1 PM we headed for the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to wait and have lunch. We were surprised at the roominess of the cafe as well as the layout and availability of food. The selection was superb. Soon we headed for our Veranda room and found that it was a bit larger than the same room on RCCL. If I remember correctly Celebrity claims their bed is Queen size but we certainly thought it was a King. On deck 8 we had a beautiful view. Our luggage arrived around 2.00 PM. This too was impressive. We found this cruise to be for older folks and enjoyed the lack of children running in the hallways and screaming out near the pool...sorry for that folks but RCCL is more of a family type line which we have learned from past cruises while Celebrity seems to be (after one cruise) a bit upper class with more mature cruisers. Returning to the Oceanview Cafe...we have found that we enjoy the buffet and did not sample the Main Dining Room so we cannot rate that. The Oceanview was something to look forward to every meal. It was great! there was a dedicated station (large) just for breads. A pasta station, pizza, Mexican, Indian, American, salads....wow what a selection! The food was definitely a step up from what we are use to. We did sample the Specialty dining and had one meal at the Tuscan Grille. Located in the back of the ship with a beautiful view it was a great selection for a night. The meals were $45 each and we certainly got our monies worth. The ship itself did not have a flow rider, rock climbing wall etc but the amenities it did have seemed to be perfect for our life style. One very obvious thing we noticed was that the crew was more than happy and just could not seem to do enough for us. Everyone had smiles on their faces and great attitudes. Our room steward was great and did more than we would ever expect. One highlight of the cruise was having a drink in the Martini Bar on deck 4. If you decide to try this cruise please go there and watch the show. If you ever watched Tom Cruise in "Cocktail", these bar tenders made him look like a rank amateur! It was fun to see them mix and pour...please do not miss it. In the same area as this bar, each night they had a dance band and after a while a great DJ took over the music. By the way, one half of the bar is frozen. Yes the bar has a coating of ice on it..novel idea. On our arrival back in Miami we chose the "self assist" program and were off the ship by 7.00 am. Well organized... NOTE: NOTE: NOTE: IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING ON THE SHIP LIKE JEWELRY WATCHES AND PRICEY ITEMS PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CELEBRITY NOTIFIES U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF YOUR PURCHASE!!! DECLARE EVERYTHING AND YOU WILL BE GOOD. Well that's about it for this cruise. Celebrity has gained a couple of new customs. Really impressed the heck out of us. Great cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Great ship with hard working employees. Good lord it was like a 6 day cruise and one day waiting on the elevators. Even on non prime time it seemed all of the bank of 4 elevators were all on the same floor, not mine!. This was unexpected ... Read More
Great ship with hard working employees. Good lord it was like a 6 day cruise and one day waiting on the elevators. Even on non prime time it seemed all of the bank of 4 elevators were all on the same floor, not mine!. This was unexpected since the ship isn't new. Food when items were good they were great, but when poor they shouldn't have been served at all. Just awful. Cabin and steward perfect as well as the wait staff. Casino staff under trained and they tried to under pay me twice. And they could care less. These are the things that stuck with me. Getting on and off a piece of cake. Entertainment was average. No shore excursions.but ship docked close to ports, not a long walk Lots to do on board ,ocean view cafe again was hit and miss. Great pizza and ice cream choices. They have no clue how to cook hamburgers or omelettes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
A wonderful 3 day Bahamas cruise from Port Miami in an S1 aft sky suite. I have traveled on Celebrity previously but this was my first time on the Equinox and I instantly fell in love. I booked this cruise for myself and my Mother. We ... Read More
A wonderful 3 day Bahamas cruise from Port Miami in an S1 aft sky suite. I have traveled on Celebrity previously but this was my first time on the Equinox and I instantly fell in love. I booked this cruise for myself and my Mother. We arrived at the port at 10:20am and we were through priority check in and on the ship at 10:45am. Greeted with smiles and champagne we then proceeded to take a tour of the ship while all was still somewhat quiet. I liked the decor of the ship as it wasn’t too over the top, and I found it very easy to navigate. After a quick top to bottom tour we stopped in to introduce ourselves at Michaels Club, there we met the concierge John Escobar who was very pleasant and showed us around and answered any questions we had. We enjoyed Michaels and visited several times during the cruise for a late afternoon snack and especially to stock up on bottles of Evian for our suite. Around 1pm we we decided it was lunch time and headed down to Luminae, we were greeted by Viktoria the most pleasant hostess you will ever meet, she showed us to our table and it was here we met Kirk who was our waiter for all our Luminae meals. Kirk was fabulous and a huge asset to Luminae in the few short days we were there he discovered what we liked and every meal was perfect. We enjoyed the food as well as the presentation and on 2 occasions ordered items off the MDR menu. My favorites were the filet mignon, cooked perfectly, and the artichoke soup....delicious! I was though disappointed in the desserts really nothing exceptional. After lunch we headed up to our suite 8345 a very long walk to the aft but we loved the walking especially after indulging everyday. The suite is the perfect size and the use of space is great, I loved having the large side porthole in addition to the sliders as there was so much light in the room. We had the room arranged as two single beds and yes the pole is ever present! The amount of storage is plentiful as well as the storage space in the bathroom as well. The bathroom was a nice size with a full tub/shower combo and Bvlgari amenities. The cabin is nicely decorated but I feel it needed a bit of modernization perhaps a little bling, it was a little flat. It was though very clean and well kept. The veranda makes up for anything that could be wrong, beautiful, spacious, and exactly what you expect in an aft cabin. Loved it! Now on to the butler..... ours was a big disappointment, shortly after we arrived he stopped by to give us his card and said please call if you need anything. He never offered to show us around the suite or explain anything as I’ve had done in the past. I did make arrangements for morning coffee delivery for our port day which he did take care of and that was it we never saw or heard from him ever again. Now our room steward Louis should have been the butler, he was exceptional he took such good care of us, bringing us ice (butler duty) and anytime he saw us coming down the hall running ahead to open the door, everyday he made sure the towels were placed on the outside veranda chairs in the morning after breakfast. Hummmm can you guess who got the tip on the last day. We really enjoyed everything about the ship. We didn’t attend any shows so I can’t comment on those. We visited the casino, shopped a little and attended the wonderful Corning glass show. We ate a lot and walked a lot! In addition to Luminae we had burgers at the Mast Grill, love those fries! And ordered room service for lunch, ehhh just average food not impressed, delivered in 30 minutes. Cafe al Bacio is heaven, we visited many times. Also visited the future cruise desk, that always makes me happy! Disembarkation was a breeze, went down to breakfast in Luminae at 7:45am, walked off the ship around 8:45am though customs and in my car at 9:10am! In addition to booking this cruise to give my Mother a little getaway it was a test cruise to see if I would like the sky suite aft for a future 9 day cruise I have booked in October with boyfriend. It passed the test!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I selected this short 3-day cruise as an intro to cruising for my 15 and 13 yr old granddaughters. This was perfect. They both were a bit hesitant about it, but left declaring firmly they were ready for a 7-day cruise! The mix of ... Read More
I selected this short 3-day cruise as an intro to cruising for my 15 and 13 yr old granddaughters. This was perfect. They both were a bit hesitant about it, but left declaring firmly they were ready for a 7-day cruise! The mix of activities on board was good for them and their mother and me. We all enjoyed the shows each night. Our only regret is that we did not do the Silent Disco. I am both gluten-free and dairy-free. There was an abundance of options for me in both the dining room and the Ocean View cafe. Also, the coffee shop (Cafe al Bacio) could prepare any coffee with either almond milk, soy milk, or lactose free milk. They also had gluten-free cookies every day. The buffet had gluten-free breads (Canyon Bakehouse), but no dairy-free (vegan) "butter". The check-in procedure was very smooth and quick. From parking in the garage to being on board was less than 30 minutes. The food in the Ocean View cafe was wonderful in the selection and quality. The food and service in the Main Dining Room was really good. They were nervous about sharing a table with others, but it was just the 4 of us and they enjoyed that. Our waiter was very patient with them and helped them select their meals. The disembarkation process was very smooth. Our group was called right on the time listed in the information sheet. We exited, quickly claimed our luggage (an airport-style carousel with staff who will let you know which carousel to check), quickly cleared customs and were on the way to the parking garage with about 15 minutes elapsed! My only complaint is there are NO signs in the parking garage to direct you to the exit. Several of us circled for a while, hitting dead ends, before finally finding the right way. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Last minute cruise. Usually cruise on Royal. Equinox was wonderful. Crew was helpful and friendly. Food was amazing, best ever. Smaller ship that we're use too but our room was tremendous. Loved the cabin steward. Snorkel ... Read More
Last minute cruise. Usually cruise on Royal. Equinox was wonderful. Crew was helpful and friendly. Food was amazing, best ever. Smaller ship that we're use too but our room was tremendous. Loved the cabin steward. Snorkel excursion through Daddy's Girl excursions. Do not use this company. Unsafe and dangerous. Took us to a snorkeling spot where you snorkeled at your own risk. Didn't watch any of the guests in the water. Antagonized a barracuda with a small fish he caught. Spoke with the excursion's manager and I did get my money credited. All and all it was a great get away with my husband. Celebrity gave us a great week and would definitely sail again on the Equinox. On an important note, remember to treat the crew the way you'd want to be treated. Crew couldn't have been nicer. I witnessed some of the guest treating the crew so rudely, I felt necessary to say something. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Like S class ships. 2 adults this time in 1A Verandah. Found Main Dining room food blah, unusual choices and not quality like past Celebrity cruises. Wait staff was mostly not real concerned about cold or poor quality food in MDR. ... Read More
Like S class ships. 2 adults this time in 1A Verandah. Found Main Dining room food blah, unusual choices and not quality like past Celebrity cruises. Wait staff was mostly not real concerned about cold or poor quality food in MDR. Buffet was better and much more variety. Maitre D on level 3 (young man with dark hair) was really not pleasant or helpful. Many witnessed his surly behavior to most everyone. I hate writing this but I feel quality is hit or miss now on this ship and I hope not the new standard. Dave in Photo Gallery was STELLAR! GREAT shots and variety. Unlike others who had 3 or 4 same old poses. We are not big show people but comedian was good. LOVED silent Disco and Full Moon Party. Smoking should be more standard locations. Pick a side so everyone knows how to avoid it should they be bothered or allergic to it. The way it is now on multiple sides on a few decks make it hard to not walk thru it or have it blow to others. Cigars not at all. Too few can handle those. SMELLY Casino has a slot tourney. Usually all money taken in or most of it is given as prizes to those players. Not this one. Alot less than half went to players?? Same in Bingo. I understand ALOT went to a big rolling pot but the % of those on that sailing who won was smal for # of players and cards purchased. What has changed? Been on most cruise lines a time or two. Celebrity was our go to line. Not so sure after the last 2. Read Less
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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