Our Mediterranean cruise departed Barcelona on 1 November and visited ports in Malta, Greece (including the islands of Mykonos and Santorini), Turkey and Italy. We travelled as a family with two side by side balcony cabins which were well situated midships on Deck 9. Having travelled on the Solstice, we found the Equinox very similar and thus easy to find our way around. As we've come to expect with Celebrity, the cabins and public areas are very well maintained, immaculately presented and clean.
This was our first Mediterranean cruise we really enjoyed seeing new places and ports of call - Malta, Santorini, Mykonos and Ephesus were definite standouts. We usually prefer to do our own tours however on this occasion we booked on board, mainly to make sure that we saw as much as we possibly could and still get back to the ship on time.
For the most part we were satisfied with the shore excursions, however we were disappointed with trips to Pompeii and in particular Rome, where we had paid a premium to do an exclusive tour, hoping to see as much as possible given the time constraints. The downfall with both of these tours seemed to be the guides. Pompeii was extremely crowded with multiple groups touring at the same time and for some reason our guide refused to hold her "lollypop" sign any higher than her shoulder which meant that we tended to focus more on trying to locate her than look at the ruins. The electronic communication devices used by both guides were either not of good quality or perhaps it was due to the large number of groups but the end result was that you could not hear the guide if you were more than a metre or so away which was extremely frustrating.