Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by vs8864
- Sail Date: September 2012
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Aqua Class we felt was a waste of money. The cabin space was cramped and the few extras did not justify the additional fare. We were unable to use the Spa facilities plus gym etc. due to the extremely busy itinerary. The Blue Restaurant's menu was far less healthy and interesting than expected. In particular breakfast was of rather poor quality. In the end we only went a couple of times.
Overall the ship was very noisy. At any given time there was some singer in some corner loudly yawping their heart out - especially around the pool area. Reading a book or quietly relaxing was out of the question. The outside deck areas, where the deckchairs were, was extremely crowded with no personal space between sunbeds. There seemed to be no escape and no privacy.
The same applied to the bars at night. There was nowhere to have a quiet, sophisticated drink, where one could also hold a conversation. It was all very loud. And some of the primarily American and Canadian passengers certainly made their presence felt.
The shops were manned by very young staff, who did not have any knowledge of the products they were selling. My partner bought a Longines watch. The sales assistant, dressed in a creased and crumpled suit had to do some research on the web first to find out its features, how to set it etc. For a luxury item I did not think this was satisfactory and sent out a message of incompetence.
The shore excursions however, were excellent. We both enjoyed having seen Capri, Rome, Sicily, Rhodes and in particular Ephesus and Pompeii. We had some fantastic experiences and saw some wonderful sights.
Overall, it was not a relaxing cruise. The programme was very packed and tiring but we realise it had to be that way, in order to make the most of the ports of call. The ship did not come across as luxurious, as described and was rather disappointing. The crew however, were excellent. Extremely friendly and helpful. I must say I would not consider travelling with Celebrity again. I felt the boat did not accommodate passengers who did not require constant entertainment and felt unrefined. In fact I am thinking of a land based holiday again, having not enjoyed this cruise as much as previous cruises with Cunard or indeed land-based holidays.
Bathroom design very good. Balcony very good.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
AcropolisSurroudned by a scaffolding. Not that intersting.View All 268 Acropolis Reviews
The Plaka Walking TourIntersting shops and restaurants. Nice area of Athens.View All 49 The Plaka Walking Tour Reviews
Carpet WeavingNot that interesting. Very sales-oiented with very pushy and persuasive sales people.View All 38 Carpet Weaving Reviews
EphesusWonerful experience not to bemissed! A true step back in time. Amazing.View All 232 Ephesus Reviews
MykonosA holiday destination which has seen better times. Crowded narrow streets, shared with vehicles. Not a good combination.View All 893 Mykonos Cruise Port Reviews
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Amalfi CoastAs before. Stunning.View All 216 Amalfi Coast Reviews
Capri Walking TourWow-factor. What a beautiful island. Very chique and sophisticated. Lovely shops, boutiques and restaurants. One can imagine its appeal and glamour during the 1950s and 60s when Jackie Kennedy visited, Onassis moored his yacht in the harbour and Elizabeth Taylor holidayed here.View All 52 Capri Walking Tour Reviews
Pompeii Walking TourVery interesting. Not to be missed. Everynody has heard about at some stage during their school years. But seeing it is an experience not be missed.View All 370 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews
SorrentoBeautiful part of Italy. I as smitten.View All 130 Sorrento Reviews
RhodesLovely island. beautiful and sophisticated. Nice shops, good variety.View All 418 Rhodes Cruise Port Reviews
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Island TourSimply beautiful.View All 80 Island Tour Reviews
City TourLovely place with nice shops and restaurant. Italian atmsophere mixed with a very csompolitan feel.View All 74 City Tour Reviews