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My husband and I are 60 and this was our 25th cruise but first on Celebrity. We've sailed on most cruise lines but the most have been on Princess, Holland . This was an 11 day cruise to Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia, Mexico, Belize and Grand Cayman. We were late boarding due to the previous cruise having the norovirus on board so a deep cleaning was done before we could board and then it delayed us getting into our cabins. Boarding began about 1:30 but we weren't allowed in our cabins until 7:00 so the ship got a little crowded with everyone hanging out in the public areas, pool and bars. It also took a day or so for our room to be completely stocked with robes, glasses, ice buckets, etc. It may have also had an effect on the service and attitude of the staff. We had a concierge cabin at the back of the ship. As others have said it's a long walk to the elevators but we didn't mind that. It was a great location for the pool and the buffet which were also aft. It was very quiet. Our cabin steward was nonexistant. He did a good job but not great and we only saw him 2-3 times. It was late on day 2 before we met him. We had to continuously leave notes to ask him to replenish items and ice in the room. The cabins on Celebrity are not designed nearly as well as on other ships. Especially the storage. The closet is tight to get into and it's narrow--we much prefer the open closets on Princess and Holland along with the open shelves/cubbies on those lines. On the Equinox there are 5 small, shallow drawers that hold very little as do the shelves in the bathroom. The bathroom is beautiful but the storage is lacking and the counter is very shallow. There is storage above the bed but you almost have to stand on the bed to see what's in there. The balcony was a very comfortable size and it was nice to have the foot stools. The food in the dining room was very good but nothing really amazing, but the buffet for lunch and the specialty restaurants were very good to excellent. The buffet has so many choices--custom made sandwiches, Asian, American hot dishes, Italian, Indian, Salad Bar and everything was very good. We did select dining and made reservations for the entire trip and never had to wait for a table and had excellent service. We were pleased to see that Celebrity still has wine stewards which Princess has done away with and they all provided fast, efficient service. We felt like Celebrity has cut back in the staffing of the bar waiters and bartenders (wonder if it's because of the Beverage Package that so many people are getting) If there's fewer staff then it takes longer to get a drink--less drinks?? We had to go up to the bar several times to get a drink because we didn't see a server, sometimes the bartender doubled as a waiter and several of the waiters acted like it was a chore to get a drink. We also noticed that the pool/bar staff were really slow or didn't care about picking up used plates, glasses, etc. around the pool. Some days were better than others so the service seemed to be really inconsistent. We felt like there were a lot of pool activities that were fun and entertaining and a lot of activities on board for people that didn't want to be spending time at the pool--lectures, cooking classes, dance classes, trivia,ships tours, etc. The Activities Manager Shawna was extremely enthusiastic and fun! The ships officers participated in a lot of the activities along with the guests. We were VERY DISAPPOINTED in the lack of music /entertainment in the bar areas before and after dinner. There was basically 2 forms of entertainment that alternated--one a Classical music duo-Auburn Duo and a guitarist, Canean Cox. The classical music I'm sure appealed to some but it was the only option many nights before dinner and it was a "put you to sleep" environment--and the guitarist was excellent but after 11 days of listening to his sets of about 10 songs it got old. Some livelier piano music or a trio is needed. One day they had the guitarist up on the lawn with wine and cheese which was so much fun but it was only offered one day. There was usually a band that played in the foyer for 45 min. that people danced to but they usually only played from 5:30-6:15 and we usually missed that dressing for dinner. This time we did all our shore excursions through the ship and for the most part were very happy with them. We did the fortress tour in Cartegena and the tour was fine except for the tour guide being a little hard to understand. We did the Panama Canal transit on a small boat which was excellent and interesting but a long day. It's an 1 1/2 hr. drive to get the small boat which held about 350 people and then you don't know how long it'll take to go through the locks because you have to wait to go through with a larger boat so it was a lot of sitting on the boat and waiting for our time to go through the locks, but it was worth it. The Costa Rica Rainforest Extravaganza was interesting and well done too. Also did some Catamaran Snorkeling in Belize and Cozumel which were fun and great beaches. Even with the few complaints the ship was beautiful, food was excellent and it was a great trip. I just think their service and musical entertainment is below other lines.  

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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by swapilot

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My husband and I are 60 and this was our 25th cruise but first on Celebrity. We've sailed on most cruise lines but the most have been on Princess, Holland . This was an 11 day cruise to Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia, Mexico, Belize and Grand Cayman. We were late boarding due to the previous cruise having the norovirus on board so a deep cleaning was done before we could board and then it delayed us getting into our cabins. Boarding began about 1:30 but we weren't allowed in our cabins until 7:00 so the ship got a little crowded with everyone hanging out in the public areas, pool and bars. It also took a day or so for our room to be completely stocked with robes, glasses, ice buckets, etc. It may have also had an effect on the service and attitude of the staff. We had a concierge cabin at the back of the ship. As others have said it's a long walk to the elevators but we didn't mind that. It was a great location for the pool and the buffet which were also aft. It was very quiet. Our cabin steward was nonexistant. He did a good job but not great and we only saw him 2-3 times. It was late on day 2 before we met him. We had to continuously leave notes to ask him to replenish items and ice in the room. The cabins on Celebrity are not designed nearly as well as on other ships. Especially the storage. The closet is tight to get into and it's narrow--we much prefer the open closets on Princess and Holland along with the open shelves/cubbies on those lines. On the Equinox there are 5 small, shallow drawers that hold very little as do the shelves in the bathroom. The bathroom is beautiful but the storage is lacking and the counter is very shallow. There is storage above the bed but you almost have to stand on the bed to see what's in there. The balcony was a very comfortable size and it was nice to have the foot stools.
The food in the dining room was very good but nothing really amazing, but the buffet for lunch and the specialty restaurants were very good to excellent. The buffet has so many choices--custom made sandwiches, Asian, American hot dishes, Italian, Indian, Salad Bar and everything was very good. We did select dining and made reservations for the entire trip and never had to wait for a table and had excellent service. We were pleased to see that Celebrity still has wine stewards which Princess has done away with and they all provided fast, efficient service. We felt like Celebrity has cut back in the staffing of the bar waiters and bartenders (wonder if it's because of the Beverage Package that so many people are getting) If there's fewer staff then it takes longer to get a drink--less drinks?? We had to go up to the bar several times to get a drink because we didn't see a server, sometimes the bartender doubled as a waiter and several of the waiters acted like it was a chore to get a drink. We also noticed that the pool/bar staff were really slow or didn't care about picking up used plates, glasses, etc. around the pool. Some days were better than others so the service seemed to be really inconsistent.
We felt like there were a lot of pool activities that were fun and entertaining and a lot of activities on board for people that didn't want to be spending time at the pool--lectures, cooking classes, dance classes, trivia,ships tours, etc. The Activities Manager Shawna was extremely enthusiastic and fun! The ships officers participated in a lot of the activities along with the guests.
We were VERY DISAPPOINTED in the lack of music /entertainment in the bar areas before and after dinner. There was basically 2 forms of entertainment that alternated--one a Classical music duo-Auburn Duo and a guitarist, Canean Cox. The classical music I'm sure appealed to some but it was the only option many nights before dinner and it was a "put you to sleep" environment--and the guitarist was excellent but after 11 days of listening to his sets of about 10 songs it got old. Some livelier piano music or a trio is needed. One day they had the guitarist up on the lawn with wine and cheese which was so much fun but it was only offered one day. There was usually a band that played in the foyer for 45 min. that people danced to but they usually only played from 5:30-6:15 and we usually missed that dressing for dinner.
This time we did all our shore excursions through the ship and for the most part were very happy with them. We did the fortress tour in Cartegena and the tour was fine except for the tour guide being a little hard to understand. We did the Panama Canal transit on a small boat which was excellent and interesting but a long day. It's an 1 1/2 hr. drive to get the small boat which held about 350 people and then you don't know how long it'll take to go through the locks because you have to wait to go through with a larger boat so it was a lot of sitting on the boat and waiting for our time to go through the locks, but it was worth it. The Costa Rica Rainforest Extravaganza was interesting and well done too. Also did some Catamaran Snorkeling in Belize and Cozumel which were fun and great beaches.
Even with the few complaints the ship was beautiful, food was excellent and it was a great trip. I just think their service and musical entertainment is below other lines.
 
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We had never had a cabin this far back on a ship but it was very nice. Quiet because the only other people walking past our cabin were the aft cabins. The view was unobstructed and great but because of the bump out we couldn't see the bridge. The cabin was fine, our disappointment was in the design of the cabins with the storage being very limited. There is a lot of storage but the drawers are shallow, the shelves in the bathroom are small, the counter is very narrow in the bath, the above the bed storage is hard to get to and the closet is shallow and hard to get into. The cabins on Princess and Holland are designed much better for storage.
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