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We cruise so often it was difficult to find destinations we had not visited. The entire experience was better than previous Celebrity cruises because the ports of call did not have the usual lines since it was in the Caribbean. We left round trip Fort Lauderdale, FL and made stops at Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Columbia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Food was good but not exceptionally good. Staff and waiters and bartenders were also in a festive mood which made it even more enjoyable. Holiday cruise had over 500 kids (so we were told) so forget using adult swim pool as the kids were in them all the time. Still there were spaces to enjoy and sun/relax. Lots of holiday themed events on board the ship. New Year's Eve was especially fun with lots of champagne so don't bother ordering a bottle as it flows from about 11pm until 1am. The shows were very uneven, the first being the worst, the aerial being the best. Some of the talent could sing others were often off tune and the comedian didn't do well so felt sorry for him, as he kept apologizing.

Holiday Cruise did not disappoint

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by New Yorker 47

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We cruise so often it was difficult to find destinations we had not visited. The entire experience was better than previous Celebrity cruises because the ports of call did not have the usual lines since it was in the Caribbean.
We left round trip Fort Lauderdale, FL and made stops at Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Columbia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Food was good but not exceptionally good. Staff and waiters and bartenders were also in a festive mood which made it even more enjoyable. Holiday cruise had over 500 kids (so we were told) so forget using adult swim pool as the kids were in them all the time. Still there were spaces to enjoy and sun/relax. Lots of holiday themed events on board the ship. New Year's Eve was especially fun with lots of champagne so don't bother ordering a bottle as it flows from about 11pm until 1am. The shows were very uneven, the first being the worst, the aerial being the best. Some of the talent could sing others were often off tune and the comedian didn't do well so felt sorry for him, as he kept apologizing.
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Cabin C1 9378
We always take a mid ship cabin on higher decks. This was the first time we took a cabin in the rear of the ship after reading all the reviews on that location. Have to agree with the majority: it was a long walk from the elevators but a really good location if you like the quiet part of the ship and absolutely great views of sunsets. The long walk did not bother us but allowed us to feel like we were working off some of the calories we were putting on from all the food and beverages. It was great not having cabins above you as the cabins in the back have no overhead cabins to block the views, you really feel like you are in your own ship. We enjoyed it every evening.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    This was an interesting experience as we took off on a school bus to the Mayan city of Altun Ha which we were able to climb the ruins and learn the fascinating history of the civilizations who lived at these Mayan sites. Our tour guide was funny as she told us we were getting the Belize massage for free on the bus: legs, backside, shoulders which we would appreciate after climbing the ruins. The drive through the city was quick but a nice contrast to the rural and ancient parts of the country.
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  • Cartagena (Colombia)
    We opted to explore the city on our own and visited the San Felipe Fortress and the Santa Clara Hotel for a late lunch. We took a cab from the ship to the fortress so we could explore it at our own pace and then a cab from the fortress to the hotel. Friends stateside recommended the hotel restaurant for an authentic experience of Cartagena life among the well to do. The Hotel was a lovely experience and located right inside the old city. The food and drinks were very traditional and sitting around the courtyard takes you back in time which was very nice. Don't let the cab drivers overcharge you, they charged us $20 from the ship to the fortress and then we took a cab to the hotel where they told us it should have only been $10 which is what we paid on the return trip. If you are not adventurous opt for a tour package in the $50 range especially if it takes you to the fortress, the palace and the sanctuary. We paid about that for cabs and the fortress entry fee.
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  • Panama Railway
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