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I want to give it a 3.5 if 3 is average and 4 is very good. After thorough researching I though I found a cruise ship with good food. I thought that with celebrity aligning themselves up with top chef and overall other friends of mine saying the food was not bad in the oceanview cafe, I thought it was be safe to assume MDR, and the pay restaurants would be great. After my first experience at the MDR I was very dissapointed. MDR Service was very slow, took over 2 hours to finish a meal (maybe because we were the last seating? on fixed time), food was oversalted, and our waiters failed to mention that you had to request more than a day in advance to have less salt on your meal as the meals were preprepared, we only found that out when we had lunch randomly in silhouette on deck 4 about 2/3's of the way through our cruise. We bought the pay dining package so we sampled the silk harvest, murano, tuscan grill, and paid 10 for bistro on 5. Good: Murano had good food and great service pastries with a tart/hard shell were good. Crepes on bistro on 5 were pretty good. some items of the oceanview cafe were decent Bad: Murano's tables by the windows are shaky at times depending on I'm guessing the engine of the ship/anchor raising? MDR had terrible food all around and lousy service Our Maitre'd did not seem very interested in helping us out as we did not want to dine (deck 3 silhouette) Food in general was overly salty Tuscan grill managed to top the terrible food and service of the MDR. - the veal steak I had tasted like I was eating salt with texture, no flavor, no grill flavor, lacking beef flavor. - Server did not even ask me how well I wanted my steak done and went away - tiramisu lacking marscapone Note: Silk harvest is very far from traditional asian dishes, their concept is more fusion/tapas style, like things you would get at an izakaya. The fusion is also not created with asian palate in mind. We were on fixed time dining, as there was not enough room for the other one where you show up when you want to eat. entertainment was ok considering there aren't many facilities for that type of stuff on the celebrity with all it's bars, and pay to eat areas, definitely nothing compared to even the older freedom class from RCCL. cabin, one additional note, our attendant always didn't provide enough toiletries for our stateroom even upon our repeated requests, we'd end up having to request it late at night after dinner after reembarking. Room service was nice For concierge, you have fresh squeezed juice as part of the enhanced menu of room service, if you didn't purchase drink packages, it's good to make use of the room service menu for fresh squeezed juice in the mornings. We never opted for the canapes as we prefer sitting and eating at a dining area. Embarking and disembarking went very smoothly. The shops on the ship seemed overpriced, I looked up some of the items such as watches on amazon and you could purchase it far cheaper in US on Amazon. The itinerary was great. I thought they would refund us money in terms of onboard credit for charging for an extra day in istanbul, and leaving one day early due to their perception of threat and safety, but we received extra hours in some ports instead, which I'm not sure if it costed them any extra in port charges. Technically I think they should refund that to us in OBC as it was paid for the extra day in Istanbul and we didn't receive that service. Not sure if ports charge per hour or per day for mooring, though even if it's per hour, we lost something like 20 hours, and gained perhaps 8 hours on the other ports? not much transparency on how that was charged to us.

Nice Sailing, Terrible Food

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by hkaya

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I want to give it a 3.5 if 3 is average and 4 is very good.

After thorough researching I though I found a cruise ship with good food. I thought that with celebrity aligning themselves up with top chef and overall other friends of mine saying the food was not bad in the oceanview cafe, I thought it was be safe to assume MDR, and the pay restaurants would be great.

After my first experience at the MDR I was very dissapointed. MDR Service was very slow, took over 2 hours to finish a meal (maybe because we were the last seating? on fixed time), food was oversalted, and our waiters failed to mention that you had to request more than a day in advance to have less salt on your meal as the meals were preprepared, we only found that out when we had lunch randomly in silhouette on deck 4 about 2/3's of the way through our cruise.

We bought the pay dining package so we sampled the silk harvest, murano, tuscan grill, and paid 10 for bistro on 5.

Good:

Murano had good food and great service

pastries with a tart/hard shell were good.

Crepes on bistro on 5 were pretty good.

some items of the oceanview cafe were decent

Bad:

Murano's tables by the windows are shaky at times depending on I'm guessing the engine of the ship/anchor raising?

MDR had terrible food all around and lousy service

Our Maitre'd did not seem very interested in helping us out as we did not want to dine (deck 3 silhouette)

Food in general was overly salty

Tuscan grill managed to top the terrible food and service of the MDR.

- the veal steak I had tasted like I was eating salt with texture, no flavor, no grill flavor, lacking beef flavor.

- Server did not even ask me how well I wanted my steak done and went away

- tiramisu lacking marscapone

Note:

Silk harvest is very far from traditional asian dishes, their concept is more fusion/tapas style, like things you would get at an izakaya. The fusion is also not created with asian palate in mind.

We were on fixed time dining, as there was not enough room for the other one where you show up when you want to eat.

entertainment was ok considering there aren't many facilities for that type of stuff on the celebrity with all it's bars, and pay to eat areas, definitely nothing compared to even the older freedom class from RCCL.

cabin, one additional note, our attendant always didn't provide enough toiletries for our stateroom even upon our repeated requests, we'd end up having to request it late at night after dinner after reembarking. Room service was nice

For concierge, you have fresh squeezed juice as part of the enhanced menu of room service, if you didn't purchase drink packages, it's good to make use of the room service menu for fresh squeezed juice in the mornings. We never opted for the canapes as we prefer sitting and eating at a dining area.

Embarking and disembarking went very smoothly.

The shops on the ship seemed overpriced, I looked up some of the items such as watches on amazon and you could purchase it far cheaper in US on Amazon.

The itinerary was great.

I thought they would refund us money in terms of onboard credit for charging for an extra day in istanbul, and leaving one day early due to their perception of threat and safety, but we received extra hours in some ports instead, which I'm not sure if it costed them any extra in port charges. Technically I think they should refund that to us in OBC as it was paid for the extra day in Istanbul and we didn't receive that service. Not sure if ports charge per hour or per day for mooring, though even if it's per hour, we lost something like 20 hours, and gained perhaps 8 hours on the other ports? not much transparency on how that was charged to us.
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Cabin Review

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Cabin C1 1409
Very nice views from the aft, for our particular sailing we could see most every sunrise from our balcony on the horizon.
Very quiet end of the ship, cabin next to us was smoking which was not supposed to be allowed by their smoking policy but stopped when we brought it up with guest services.

Cabin was pretty roomy.
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