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Precruise Hotel in Fort Lauderdale: Stayed at Cambria Suites. Wonderful hotel with free shuttle to port and parking included for 11 nights. Made through park/hotel website for $129. Ship: Arrived at 10:30. Onboard with no waiting at 11. Room ready around 1:40…Luggage around 2pm. Very clean. Just noticed paint chipping on balcony furniture. Had best storage and bathrooms that we’ve ever experienced. Very attractive ship, but no comparison to the MSC Divina we sailed on last year which was truly gorgeous. Great not to have to sign pool towels and library books in and out. Did not like the Promenade deck due to lifeboats blocking view, no complete circle around ship and worst of all, one had to walk through TWO areas for smokers! Clocks moved forward and back twice during cruise. Gym: Plenty of equipment. Yoga, Zumba, biking, boot camp classes charge of $11. Zumba was at 4 or 5 pm...too late for this girl after being on excursions or poolside in the sun! Free dance class on sea days… I thought it would be too easy, but it was pretty intense…more of a Zumba class…no charge. Hardly ever waited for elevator. Plenty of pool chairs in sun and shade. Concierge Class: Loved the footstools and cabin locale, Deck 10, midship. 3 pieces of fruit, no flowers, one oreo type cookie on one night, no towel animals, daily canapes were fine….Need to order these the day before on form from room steward. No need to be in cabin to get delivered although it said that on the form. Thick robes supplied. Mattress and pillows were very comfortable although I did feel like I was falling into the crack between two mattresses at times. Binoculars in cabin were useless. Umbrella in closet. Room Steward was great – Allon, Deck 10. Food Related -Aqua Class friends just walked into MDR to eat with us (Select Dining)…no problem although I had read that they would need special permission to join us. -Tuscan Grille – overall great steaks, but awful Italian food…Disappointing. -Aqua Spa food – healthy, delicious and never crowded. -Gastobar – With the exception of when a football game was playing, this bar and restaurant were empty. We went there once to try a burger, but would have been sitting by ourselves. Also, tried to get a drink there one night and the bartender(s) ignored us for quite awhile…We moved back to the martini bar! -MDR food best we’ve ever eaten…Never a bad meal or dessert. People complained about lobster being rock lobster, but we thought it was delicious..served with seafood risotto and scallops. -Select Dining. Found a waiter we liked and decided to walk up, usually around 6:30pm and ask for him nightly. We had 6 people one night and only had about a 15 minute wait. Usually no wait for 2 or 4 for Select Dining. -Buffet food was varied and delicious. Loved the veal and beef Bolognese sauce…Lines weren’t long at all due to food layout with many stations…Usually no problem getting a table except on embarkation day. -Mast grill burgers and hot dogs were good with selection of toppings. -Orange butter and French toast at buffet were magnificent. -Room service was punctual, but food was cold a few times. Bar Related: No problem with drink packages; Martini Bar was the most fun and bartenders were amazing; Didn’t encounter the same friendliness from other bartenders. Bartender at the Passport Bar was absolutely rude on a few occasions. Can get wine and mixed drinks from Martini Bar, but needed to use Premium Package for martinis. Entertainment: Only disappointment w/this cruise. Really missed the piano bar. The shows were mostly like high school productions. Jane Curry was excellent. The 4 fabs (Beatle Show) were just awful in our opinion. We sat for quite awhile and ended up walking out which we never do. CD Paul Banyan and Activities Director, Shawna, were wonderful. Loved hearing Paul sing along with Jane Curry…Great voice. Top Chef show in Theatre one afternoon (free) was lots of fun. Don’t miss it! Miami DJ was the best. Kitchen galley tour was free, but we couldn’t understand the Jamaican guide. Started in restaurant with free champagne, meeting various chefs, etc…Nice. Disappointed in no dancing and “pizazz” with emcee at initial sailaway. We missed the Cruise Critic meeting due to other priorities, but had a good time at the Roll Call Cabin Crawl and Slot Pull…Unfortunately, the machine wasn’t good to us, but we ended up just losing $13 each. Shopping: Best deal of cruise was a huge, attractive Equinox cookbook - $29.95 – well worth it! $10 sale had quite a few nice items. Checked perfume prices, but found I could get much cheaper online. Disembarkation: Assigned the Silk Harvest restaurant for Concierge guests to wait. We were told to arrive at 8:30. We got there and they started calling higher numbers than ours. Waited 10 minutes and went to representative to ask about that. Apparently our # was called much earlier than 8:30am. Exit lines, customs, etc...hardly any wait. Called shuttle from Cambria Suites Hotel. Waited about 20 minutes for them to arrive...no problem. Ports: St. Martin – Went to Little Bay (Divi Resort)..No charge to use their pool and facilities. Gorgeous beach with pretty decent snorkeling although current was a bit rough for us to snorkel. Would consider going back to this beach/resort for land vacation. Skipped Orient Beach this time due to reported seaweed problems recently. Dominica: Best port stop. Loved jumping into Titou Gorge where Pirates of Caribbean was filmed. Did a great tour with Desmond (Reyno’s Tours). Also visited Screws Spa and enjoyed the various sulphur pools in varying temperatures in middle of the mountains. Wonderful. St. Kitts: Stayed onboard since we weren’t thrilled with this port during last cruises. Tried to shop off ship from local vendors, but really nothing interesting…Very limited shopping…not even many nice, fun trinkets to buy for kids. St. Thomas: Took a cab to Coki Beach…Fabulous snorkeling…Fish close to beach. Brought dog biscuits and fed many beautiful fish from our hands. Some quite large also. Barbados: Went on a terrific tour with Tyrone Griffith. He spent about 5 hours with us and showed us amazing sites. Especially loved seeing Bathsheba Beach. Did not swim there though. We definitely will cruise the Equinox or other Celebrity S class ships in the future!  

Impressive....Would definitely cruise on the Equinox again!

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by tbmrt

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Trip Details
Precruise Hotel in Fort Lauderdale:
Stayed at Cambria Suites. Wonderful hotel with free shuttle to port and parking included for 11 nights. Made through park/hotel website for $129.
Ship:
Arrived at 10:30. Onboard with no waiting at 11. Room ready around 1:40…Luggage around 2pm.
Very clean. Just noticed paint chipping on balcony furniture. Had best storage and bathrooms that we’ve ever experienced. Very attractive ship, but no comparison to the MSC Divina we sailed on last year which was truly gorgeous.
Great not to have to sign pool towels and library books in and out.
Did not like the Promenade deck due to lifeboats blocking view, no complete circle around ship and worst of all, one had to walk through TWO areas for smokers!
Clocks moved forward and back twice during cruise.
Gym: Plenty of equipment. Yoga, Zumba, biking, boot camp classes charge of $11. Zumba was at 4 or 5 pm...too late for this girl after being on excursions or poolside in the sun!
Free dance class on sea days… I thought it would be too easy, but it was pretty intense…more of a Zumba class…no charge.
Hardly ever waited for elevator. Plenty of pool chairs in sun and shade.
Concierge Class:
Loved the footstools and cabin locale, Deck 10, midship. 3 pieces of fruit, no flowers, one oreo type cookie on one night, no towel animals, daily canapes were fine….Need to order these the day before on form from room steward. No need to be in cabin to get delivered although it said that on the form.
Thick robes supplied.
Mattress and pillows were very comfortable although I did feel like I was falling into the crack between two mattresses at times.
Binoculars in cabin were useless. Umbrella in closet.
Room Steward was great – Allon, Deck 10.
Food Related
-Aqua Class friends just walked into MDR to eat with us (Select Dining)…no problem although I had read that they would need special permission to join us.
-Tuscan Grille – overall great steaks, but awful Italian food…Disappointing.
-Aqua Spa food – healthy, delicious and never crowded.
-Gastobar – With the exception of when a football game was playing, this bar and restaurant were empty. We went there once to try a burger, but would have been sitting by ourselves. Also, tried to get a drink there one night and the bartender(s) ignored us for quite awhile…We moved back to the martini bar!
-MDR food best we’ve ever eaten…Never a bad meal or dessert. People complained about lobster being rock lobster, but we thought it was delicious..served with seafood risotto and scallops.
-Select Dining. Found a waiter we liked and decided to walk up, usually around 6:30pm and ask for him nightly. We had 6 people one night and only had about a 15 minute wait. Usually no wait for 2 or 4 for Select Dining.
-Buffet food was varied and delicious. Loved the veal and beef Bolognese sauce…Lines weren’t long at all due to food layout with many stations…Usually no problem getting a table except on embarkation day.
-Mast grill burgers and hot dogs were good with selection of toppings.
-Orange butter and French toast at buffet were magnificent.
-Room service was punctual, but food was cold a few times.
Bar Related:
No problem with drink packages; Martini Bar was the most fun and bartenders were amazing; Didn’t encounter the same friendliness from other bartenders. Bartender at the Passport Bar was absolutely rude on a few occasions.
Can get wine and mixed drinks from Martini Bar, but needed to use Premium Package for martinis.
Entertainment:
Only disappointment w/this cruise. Really missed the piano bar. The shows were mostly like high school productions. Jane Curry was excellent.
The 4 fabs (Beatle Show) were just awful in our opinion. We sat for quite awhile and ended up walking out which we never do.
CD Paul Banyan and Activities Director, Shawna, were wonderful. Loved hearing Paul sing along with Jane Curry…Great voice.
Top Chef show in Theatre one afternoon (free) was lots of fun. Don’t miss it!
Miami DJ was the best.
Kitchen galley tour was free, but we couldn’t understand the Jamaican guide. Started in restaurant with free champagne, meeting various chefs, etc…Nice.
Disappointed in no dancing and “pizazz” with emcee at initial sailaway.
We missed the Cruise Critic meeting due to other priorities, but had a good time at the Roll Call Cabin Crawl and Slot Pull…Unfortunately, the machine wasn’t good to us, but we ended up just losing $13 each.
Shopping:
Best deal of cruise was a huge, attractive Equinox cookbook - $29.95 – well worth it!
$10 sale had quite a few nice items. Checked perfume prices, but found I could get much cheaper online.
Disembarkation:
Assigned the Silk Harvest restaurant for Concierge guests to wait. We were told to arrive at 8:30. We got there and they started calling higher numbers than ours. Waited 10 minutes and went to representative to ask about that. Apparently our # was called much earlier than 8:30am.
Exit lines, customs, etc...hardly any wait.
Called shuttle from Cambria Suites Hotel. Waited about 20 minutes for them to arrive...no problem.
Ports:
St. Martin – Went to Little Bay (Divi Resort)..No charge to use their pool and facilities. Gorgeous beach with pretty decent snorkeling although current was a bit rough for us to snorkel. Would consider going back to this beach/resort for land vacation. Skipped Orient Beach this time due to reported seaweed problems recently.
Dominica:
Best port stop. Loved jumping into Titou Gorge where Pirates of Caribbean was filmed. Did a great tour with Desmond (Reyno’s Tours). Also visited Screws Spa and enjoyed the various sulphur pools in varying temperatures in middle of the mountains. Wonderful.
St. Kitts:
Stayed onboard since we weren’t thrilled with this port during last cruises. Tried to shop off ship from local vendors, but really nothing interesting…Very limited shopping…not even many nice, fun trinkets to buy for kids.
St. Thomas:
Took a cab to Coki Beach…Fabulous snorkeling…Fish close to beach. Brought dog biscuits and fed many beautiful fish from our hands. Some quite large also.
Barbados:
Went on a terrific tour with Tyrone Griffith. He spent about 5 hours with us and showed us amazing sites. Especially loved seeing Bathsheba Beach. Did not swim there though.
We definitely will cruise the Equinox or other Celebrity S class ships in the future!
 
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Concierge Class:Loved the footstools and cabin locale, Deck 10, midship. 3 pieces of fruit, no flowers, one oreo type cookie on one night, no towel animals, daily canapes were fine….Need to order these the day before on form from room steward. No need to be in cabin to get delivered although it said that on the form.Thick robes supplied. Mattress and pillows were very comfortable although I did feel like I was falling into the crack between two mattresses at times.Binoculars in cabin were useless. Umbrella in closet. Room Steward was great – Allon, Deck 10.ough.
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