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Background: I'm 55, DH is 61. We're active but not partiers, from New England, enjoy good food and relaxation on winter cruises. We're Elite on Celebrity but also enjoy Princess Cruises and go back and forth between them. We'd booked this cruise onboard the prior year, and as such had free classic alcohol packages, free pre-paid gratuities and $550 in onboard credit, which ROCKED. Embarkation: Because this cruise departed on a Saturday, the port was busy, Oasis OTS was at Terminal 18 and Equinox was at Terminal 29. It's a tiny terminal with very little seating, only one gangway, and can't handle many people inside. Many of the check-in clerks were brand new; we had one; he was very pleasant but needed some coaching to get things done, so it took longer than usual. We arrived fairly early (11ish) and hoped for the best; took us about 90 minutes to get to the ship. At 2 pm when we looked down from the open deck at Oceanview Cafe, the line outside the terminal was enormous. I know this was not a great start for many people and I felt particularly bad for the older folks and families with small kids who had to wait in the sun for a long time. I thought, however, the Celebrity staff did the best they could given the Port stuck them at the worst terminal. There were signs saying "A better terminal is coming!" and I hope it's soon. Cabin: We had a Concierge Class C2 cabin, 9296. It's one of the "hump" cabins, starboard side on the back side of the hump, with an enormous fully-covered veranda. Bed is by the veranda, couch by the bathroom, bed faces aft. This was a fantastic cabin. Very quiet, easy access to public areas above and below (we used the aft stairs for access to everything) and we loved the extra space on the veranda and used it extensively. Celebrity's storage space is a little skimpy, with 4 standard drawers, 2 over-the-bed cabinets and a closet, but we typically pack light and had no trouble finding a spot for everything. The bathroom does have quite a few cubbies, some of them behind a glass door and some behind a wood cabinet door, plus a small pull-out drawer. Couch is also a sleeper but we didn't pull it out. TV would swing towards the bed for viewing, or we could sit on the couch. A small oval table is in front of the couch; we had a rose and 2 stems of alstroemeria the 2nd day through the 2nd-to-last day, when they mysteriously disappeared. We declined the "afternoon canapes" because we preferred to just get something ourselves if we were hungry (and they're not that great, honestly - it's 4 very small items, and a single shrimp or a tablespoon of hummus or a few olives really wasn't that appetizing.) We could have asked for something else but we just didn't need the extra food. Cabin attendant Nelson was friendly and very fast (with his assistant) to make up the cabin. We felt well cared for. Ship: We love Equinox. Period. We also loved Eclipse, so it's more like we love the S-Class ships but we've primarily been on Equinox, a lot. For us it's the right mix of classy, comfortable, trendy and elegant. It was in great shape. Even the lawn looked as good as we've seen it. The public areas looked sharp and clean, furniture and carpets were in good shape, music volume at the Martini Bar seems to have come down a notch and is less "electronica" than we remembered, and we liked it. Pool areas were great, even on a sea day. I could always find a chair somewhere around the outdoor pool and my husband preferred the solarium pool, although he found the lounge chairs not that comfortable (I agree - if you want to read, you can't sit up that straight.) We loved the open area of the Oceanview Cafe at the stern; we ate breakfast and lunch there often, and sometimes went late afternoon for a drink and snack to just watch the wake and chill. We enjoyed the Hot Glass Show with the Corning Museum staff, especially their "Science of Glass" show where they did interesting things like make popcorn with hot glass. Yeah, we're interested in geeky stuff. Food: Main Dining Room - we enjoyed virtually all the dinners we had there. I'd read that the number of selections had been reduced but I had a hard time figuring out what was missing; including the "always available" selections there seemed to be 4-5 starters, 2-3 salads, a couple of soups and 7-8 mains available nightly. We never had a problem finding something we liked. Rack of lamb, shredded lamb in phyllo, beef bourguignon, mushroom risotto, and several pasts dishes were all standouts. Shrimp cocktail was also great, with decently spicy sauce and good sized shrimp. Milorad and Antonio, port side Select dining, were among the best waiters we've had on Celebrity. Jayson the Assistant Maitre D' was also personable, approachable and seemed to genuinely care about our experience. Tuscan Grille - since we had so much credit we ate there twice. Tip: the first night is a good time to go, to avoid a lot of chaos in the Select main dining room while people figure it out. $45 pp is pretty pricey, but the atmosphere, service and quality (and size) of the steaks made it worth it. The filet mignon was huge and fork tender. They offer 2 "special" dry-aged steaks for an upcharge, but we were happy with the normal filets. Silk Harvest - nice atmosphere and service, and the food was decent pan-Asian but not terrific. Very mainstream menu; the "sushi" rolls were tasty and fresh if not inspired, the rock shrimp appetizer was good, and the green curry was also good. But if you're a real fan of Asian cooking this is likely to leave you disappointed. Oceanview breakfast - not busy in the 7-8AM time slot; we ate outside every morning. Lots of choices: half dozen cold cereals, skim, 2% , soy and almond milk, plain and flavored light yogurt, fresh melons, pineapple chunks, orange segments and grapefruits halves, frozen mixed berries, cold cuts and cheeses, all kinds of breads and pastries, muesli, fresh fruit salad. Pancakes, waffles and French toast in warming trays with many topping options. Buffet style eggs, bacon, sausages, English items like grilled tomatoes, bangers and mushrooms; Asian options like congee and seafood soup; cooked-to-order omelets or fried eggs, several versions of Eggs Benedict (or plain poached eggs) and a couple of "toasting" stations. Coffee, juice and soft drinks available from 4 stations plus roving beverage servers. Fresh squeezed juice and specialty coffees available at the port side bar or from bar servers. There are no trays, so it can be a little challenging to get drinks and food in one trip; there are 2 sizes of plates so we typically used the larger one to hold a cereal bowl, fruit and a glass of water or coffee. Tables were cleared pretty rapidly when people left. Lunch had many selections, hot and cold; it's a little overwhelming. I loved the salad bar options - a dozen items at least. Pizza was thin crust and always available in cheese and pepperoni, plus a third daily special. It was very popular. The daily panini was also popular; lots of regular sandwich options as well. The cooked-to-order stir fry station had many options to choose from; you pick the items and sauce and they fry it up. Mexican and Indian stations also had tasty choices. One hot and one cold soup were available, and a carvery option like ham off the bone, roast beef or turkey. Rarely had a problem finding a table between 12 and 1. Ice cream on the starboard side is free and excellent, with a sugar free option as well as chocolate and vanilla soft serve, which they said was low fat. I tried a lot of it but can offer no independent confirmation. Mast Grill - best turkey burger ever, with cheese and grilled onions. They even toast the buns. Not much seating around the grill so we picked a port day when it was quiet - burger and a beer in the sun, can't beat it! Did not try the fries, brats or grilled chicken sandwich but they all looked good. Cafe Al Bacio - took full advantage of our drink packages to drink many, many cappuccinos here. Service was pretty fast (better than our local Starbucks) and pleasant. No real "regular" drip coffee, but they can make a Cafe Americano out of 2 espresso shots and water. Lots of pastries in the morning which were okay, but the cookies were amazing - even the gluten free coconut macaroons, which I don't normally like. A sugar free cookie was always available. Afternoon and evening sweets were amazing too; various cheesecakes, lemon tarts, chocolate tarts and chocolate mousse... wow. Cakes were a little less successful but that's probably for the best. Order at the counter for take-away or take a table. Gelato at the far end of the Cafe is not free, and paled in comparison to the free ice cream at Oceanview. All the other sweets are complimentary. Entertainment: Celebrity clearly spent a lot of money on their new production shows. We hated them. Yes, the costumes, sets and technology were impressive. Maybe it's us, but we simply did not understand them; they didn't seem to have a cohesive plot or theme. Elysium, on the last "Evening Chic" night, at least had live musicians playing with the pre-recorded track (the others didn't) but the show seemed to be about a blond female singer in various puffy Princess dresses giggling and looking amazed by the change of seasons. All while singing various pop tunes including Adele's Set Fire To The Rain, the Stones' Paint It Black, Evanescence's Bring Me To Life" and, inexplicably, Imagination from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Another show, The Set, seemed to be about a music box. We stayed to see the "specialty performers", who had small roles in each show, but we just didn't get it. And the volume was excruciating. Big disappointment; they actually encouraged you to film the shows and share on social media. I guess I just did. Jason Bishop the comedy/magician was funny and pulled off some great stunts. We didn't see two other singers or the show "Broadway Boys." The most entertaining show was the pre-show where Cruise Director Alejandro invited 6 kids up to play a game involving passing a ball around and spinning. He was funny and seemed to really click with the kids, and the kids were absolutely hilarious. Our favorite show of the cruise. Musicians: the party Band Take Five was good; great guitarists, sax player, female lead was pretty good. They played a good mix of tunes from the 70s through today and were high energy and fun. Hearing a white female singer from Serbia sing "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" never gets old on a cruise. the so-called "Celebrity Orchestra" which is really only a half dozen guys - but good -players - did a couple of gigs, mostly jazz and big-band stuff and were great. Southern Blue was a jazz quartet playing guitar quartet standards either at Ensemble Lounge or the atrium; they mostly played later in the evening (9:45 on) and being boring people we only caught them twice, but enjoyed them. Victor Cruz, the solo guitarist was okay, not great. We never did see the remaining two-person guitar act called Tea For Two. Glass Show - being geeks, we loved the Hot Glass Show. Especially loved the show near the end of the cruise called "Science of Glass" - they made popcorn in hot glass. Tres Geeky. Fitness area - had all new cardio equipment since last year, all in good shape. 15 treadmills, lots of ellipticals, 2 adaptive trainers, 2 rowing machines, a few bikes. The mills and ellipticals have many iPod, USB and other jacks, and have a TV option and the "pretend you're running in " videos. Being up high in the box there was a little too much motion for me to run a couple of days, but there's also a lot of free weight, resistance band and Bosu ball equipment available, and the usual weight machines (in kilograms, so if you're American and you set a machine to 50 thinking it's pounds, you're in for a shock. I brought a conversion cheat sheet with me because I suck at math.) Early mornings and late afternoons were typically busy but as the cruise went on, fewer people appeared. Cold towels are available in a small frig, and tons of gym towels are stacked up as you walk in. Antiseptic wipes are available to wipe down the machines. Shore excursions- the only excursion we did was Afternoon Beach Break on St. Martin. Enjoyable few hours on Orient Beach including unlimited fruit or rum punch and beach chairs. Umbrellas (one for 2 chairs) cost $3 payable in cash on the beach if you wanted one. Surf was great for body surfing. Various trinket vendors approached us but a "No thanks" or simply ignoring them resulted in them ignoring us after a few passes. A major accident on the road back to the ship resulted in a lengthy detour and an impromptu island tour, which we enjoyed. The ship called our tour guide roughly every 6 minutes to check on us. If we'd been at the beach on our own, I probably would have had a heart attack because we arrived a few minutes after the posted "all aboard" time. Service - outstanding. Virtually every crew member right down to the window washers was smiling and greeted us just passing by. It's a happy, friendly crew, including the officers who were very visible and approachable, especially at night. The captain is funny, personable and ladies, he is easy on the eyes. Especially on Pool Volleyball Day. There aren't any Princess Cruises captains I would rush to see play pool volleyball, but Captain Leo is worth leaving your slot machine for. Honest. Disembarkation was easy and fast; we had an afternoon flight so took a later group number (63) and after leaving the cabin at 8 as requested, waited in the Elite lounge at Tuscan enjoying pastries and coffee. We had a 9:10 departure time and that was accurate; in a later group, most people were long gone from the terminal and we cleared the customs and immigration at 9:45. Easy taxi ride to the airport. Did we like the cruise? Absolutely loved it - one of our best ever. We're already booked on Equinox again next year. Forget Celebrity's stupid "modern luxury" marketing blather; the people in the ads don't exist, and neither does their marketing department's idea of the brand. We enjoyed a nice, classy but not stuffy atmosphere, good to great food, excellent service and some of the best weather ever. All in all a great vacation for the money.

Fantastic Time on Equinox

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Kirsten T

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Background: I'm 55, DH is 61. We're active but not partiers, from New England, enjoy good food and relaxation on winter cruises. We're Elite on Celebrity but also enjoy Princess Cruises and go back and forth between them. We'd booked this cruise onboard the prior year, and as such had free classic alcohol packages, free pre-paid gratuities and $550 in onboard credit, which ROCKED.

Embarkation: Because this cruise departed on a Saturday, the port was busy, Oasis OTS was at Terminal 18 and Equinox was at Terminal 29. It's a tiny terminal with very little seating, only one gangway, and can't handle many people inside. Many of the check-in clerks were brand new; we had one; he was very pleasant but needed some coaching to get things done, so it took longer than usual. We arrived fairly early (11ish) and hoped for the best; took us about 90 minutes to get to the ship. At 2 pm when we looked down from the open deck at Oceanview Cafe, the line outside the terminal was enormous. I know this was not a great start for many people and I felt particularly bad for the older folks and families with small kids who had to wait in the sun for a long time. I thought, however, the Celebrity staff did the best they could given the Port stuck them at the worst terminal. There were signs saying "A better terminal is coming!" and I hope it's soon.

Cabin: We had a Concierge Class C2 cabin, 9296. It's one of the "hump" cabins, starboard side on the back side of the hump, with an enormous fully-covered veranda. Bed is by the veranda, couch by the bathroom, bed faces aft. This was a fantastic cabin. Very quiet, easy access to public areas above and below (we used the aft stairs for access to everything) and we loved the extra space on the veranda and used it extensively. Celebrity's storage space is a little skimpy, with 4 standard drawers, 2 over-the-bed cabinets and a closet, but we typically pack light and had no trouble finding a spot for everything. The bathroom does have quite a few cubbies, some of them behind a glass door and some behind a wood cabinet door, plus a small pull-out drawer.

Couch is also a sleeper but we didn't pull it out. TV would swing towards the bed for viewing, or we could sit on the couch. A small oval table is in front of the couch; we had a rose and 2 stems of alstroemeria the 2nd day through the 2nd-to-last day, when they mysteriously disappeared. We declined the "afternoon canapes" because we preferred to just get something ourselves if we were hungry (and they're not that great, honestly - it's 4 very small items, and a single shrimp or a tablespoon of hummus or a few olives really wasn't that appetizing.) We could have asked for something else but we just didn't need the extra food. Cabin attendant Nelson was friendly and very fast (with his assistant) to make up the cabin. We felt well cared for.

Ship: We love Equinox. Period. We also loved Eclipse, so it's more like we love the S-Class ships but we've primarily been on Equinox, a lot. For us it's the right mix of classy, comfortable, trendy and elegant. It was in great shape. Even the lawn looked as good as we've seen it. The public areas looked sharp and clean, furniture and carpets were in good shape, music volume at the Martini Bar seems to have come down a notch and is less "electronica" than we remembered, and we liked it. Pool areas were great, even on a sea day. I could always find a chair somewhere around the outdoor pool and my husband preferred the solarium pool, although he found the lounge chairs not that comfortable (I agree - if you want to read, you can't sit up that straight.) We loved the open area of the Oceanview Cafe at the stern; we ate breakfast and lunch there often, and sometimes went late afternoon for a drink and snack to just watch the wake and chill. We enjoyed the Hot Glass Show with the Corning Museum staff, especially their "Science of Glass" show where they did interesting things like make popcorn with hot glass. Yeah, we're interested in geeky stuff.

Food: Main Dining Room - we enjoyed virtually all the dinners we had there. I'd read that the number of selections had been reduced but I had a hard time figuring out what was missing; including the "always available" selections there seemed to be 4-5 starters, 2-3 salads, a couple of soups and 7-8 mains available nightly. We never had a problem finding something we liked. Rack of lamb, shredded lamb in phyllo, beef bourguignon, mushroom risotto, and several pasts dishes were all standouts. Shrimp cocktail was also great, with decently spicy sauce and good sized shrimp. Milorad and Antonio, port side Select dining, were among the best waiters we've had on Celebrity. Jayson the Assistant Maitre D' was also personable, approachable and seemed to genuinely care about our experience.

Tuscan Grille - since we had so much credit we ate there twice. Tip: the first night is a good time to go, to avoid a lot of chaos in the Select main dining room while people figure it out. $45 pp is pretty pricey, but the atmosphere, service and quality (and size) of the steaks made it worth it. The filet mignon was huge and fork tender. They offer 2 "special" dry-aged steaks for an upcharge, but we were happy with the normal filets.

Silk Harvest - nice atmosphere and service, and the food was decent pan-Asian but not terrific. Very mainstream menu; the "sushi" rolls were tasty and fresh if not inspired, the rock shrimp appetizer was good, and the green curry was also good. But if you're a real fan of Asian cooking this is likely to leave you disappointed.

Oceanview breakfast - not busy in the 7-8AM time slot; we ate outside every morning. Lots of choices: half dozen cold cereals, skim, 2% , soy and almond milk, plain and flavored light yogurt, fresh melons, pineapple chunks, orange segments and grapefruits halves, frozen mixed berries, cold cuts and cheeses, all kinds of breads and pastries, muesli, fresh fruit salad. Pancakes, waffles and French toast in warming trays with many topping options. Buffet style eggs, bacon, sausages, English items like grilled tomatoes, bangers and mushrooms; Asian options like congee and seafood soup; cooked-to-order omelets or fried eggs, several versions of Eggs Benedict (or plain poached eggs) and a couple of "toasting" stations. Coffee, juice and soft drinks available from 4 stations plus roving beverage servers. Fresh squeezed juice and specialty coffees available at the port side bar or from bar servers.

There are no trays, so it can be a little challenging to get drinks and food in one trip; there are 2 sizes of plates so we typically used the larger one to hold a cereal bowl, fruit and a glass of water or coffee. Tables were cleared pretty rapidly when people left. Lunch had many selections, hot and cold; it's a little overwhelming. I loved the salad bar options - a dozen items at least. Pizza was thin crust and always available in cheese and pepperoni, plus a third daily special. It was very popular. The daily panini was also popular; lots of regular sandwich options as well. The cooked-to-order stir fry station had many options to choose from; you pick the items and sauce and they fry it up. Mexican and Indian stations also had tasty choices. One hot and one cold soup were available, and a carvery option like ham off the bone, roast beef or turkey. Rarely had a problem finding a table between 12 and 1. Ice cream on the starboard side is free and excellent, with a sugar free option as well as chocolate and vanilla soft serve, which they said was low fat. I tried a lot of it but can offer no independent confirmation.

Mast Grill - best turkey burger ever, with cheese and grilled onions. They even toast the buns. Not much seating around the grill so we picked a port day when it was quiet - burger and a beer in the sun, can't beat it! Did not try the fries, brats or grilled chicken sandwich but they all looked good.

Cafe Al Bacio - took full advantage of our drink packages to drink many, many cappuccinos here. Service was pretty fast (better than our local Starbucks) and pleasant. No real "regular" drip coffee, but they can make a Cafe Americano out of 2 espresso shots and water. Lots of pastries in the morning which were okay, but the cookies were amazing - even the gluten free coconut macaroons, which I don't normally like. A sugar free cookie was always available. Afternoon and evening sweets were amazing too; various cheesecakes, lemon tarts, chocolate tarts and chocolate mousse... wow. Cakes were a little less successful but that's probably for the best. Order at the counter for take-away or take a table. Gelato at the far end of the Cafe is not free, and paled in comparison to the free ice cream at Oceanview. All the other sweets are complimentary.

Entertainment: Celebrity clearly spent a lot of money on their new production shows. We hated them. Yes, the costumes, sets and technology were impressive. Maybe it's us, but we simply did not understand them; they didn't seem to have a cohesive plot or theme. Elysium, on the last "Evening Chic" night, at least had live musicians playing with the pre-recorded track (the others didn't) but the show seemed to be about a blond female singer in various puffy Princess dresses giggling and looking amazed by the change of seasons. All while singing various pop tunes including Adele's Set Fire To The Rain, the Stones' Paint It Black, Evanescence's Bring Me To Life" and, inexplicably, Imagination from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Another show, The Set, seemed to be about a music box. We stayed to see the "specialty performers", who had small roles in each show, but we just didn't get it. And the volume was excruciating. Big disappointment; they actually encouraged you to film the shows and share on social media. I guess I just did.

Jason Bishop the comedy/magician was funny and pulled off some great stunts. We didn't see two other singers or the show "Broadway Boys." The most entertaining show was the pre-show where Cruise Director Alejandro invited 6 kids up to play a game involving passing a ball around and spinning. He was funny and seemed to really click with the kids, and the kids were absolutely hilarious. Our favorite show of the cruise.

Musicians: the party Band Take Five was good; great guitarists, sax player, female lead was pretty good. They played a good mix of tunes from the 70s through today and were high energy and fun. Hearing a white female singer from Serbia sing "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" never gets old on a cruise. the so-called "Celebrity Orchestra" which is really only a half dozen guys - but good -players - did a couple of gigs, mostly jazz and big-band stuff and were great. Southern Blue was a jazz quartet playing guitar quartet standards either at Ensemble Lounge or the atrium; they mostly played later in the evening (9:45 on) and being boring people we only caught them twice, but enjoyed them. Victor Cruz, the solo guitarist was okay, not great. We never did see the remaining two-person guitar act called Tea For Two.

Glass Show - being geeks, we loved the Hot Glass Show. Especially loved the show near the end of the cruise called "Science of Glass" - they made popcorn in hot glass. Tres Geeky.

Fitness area - had all new cardio equipment since last year, all in good shape. 15 treadmills, lots of ellipticals, 2 adaptive trainers, 2 rowing machines, a few bikes. The mills and ellipticals have many iPod, USB and other jacks, and have a TV option and the "pretend you're running in " videos. Being up high in the box there was a little too much motion for me to run a couple of days, but there's also a lot of free weight, resistance band and Bosu ball equipment available, and the usual weight machines (in kilograms, so if you're American and you set a machine to 50 thinking it's pounds, you're in for a shock. I brought a conversion cheat sheet with me because I suck at math.) Early mornings and late afternoons were typically busy but as the cruise went on, fewer people appeared. Cold towels are available in a small frig, and tons of gym towels are stacked up as you walk in. Antiseptic wipes are available to wipe down the machines.

Shore excursions- the only excursion we did was Afternoon Beach Break on St. Martin. Enjoyable few hours on Orient Beach including unlimited fruit or rum punch and beach chairs. Umbrellas (one for 2 chairs) cost $3 payable in cash on the beach if you wanted one. Surf was great for body surfing. Various trinket vendors approached us but a "No thanks" or simply ignoring them resulted in them ignoring us after a few passes. A major accident on the road back to the ship resulted in a lengthy detour and an impromptu island tour, which we enjoyed. The ship called our tour guide roughly every 6 minutes to check on us. If we'd been at the beach on our own, I probably would have had a heart attack because we arrived a few minutes after the posted "all aboard" time.

Service - outstanding. Virtually every crew member right down to the window washers was smiling and greeted us just passing by. It's a happy, friendly crew, including the officers who were very visible and approachable, especially at night. The captain is funny, personable and ladies, he is easy on the eyes. Especially on Pool Volleyball Day. There aren't any Princess Cruises captains I would rush to see play pool volleyball, but Captain Leo is worth leaving your slot machine for. Honest.

Disembarkation was easy and fast; we had an afternoon flight so took a later group number (63) and after leaving the cabin at 8 as requested, waited in the Elite lounge at Tuscan enjoying pastries and coffee. We had a 9:10 departure time and that was accurate; in a later group, most people were long gone from the terminal and we cleared the customs and immigration at 9:45. Easy taxi ride to the airport.

Did we like the cruise? Absolutely loved it - one of our best ever. We're already booked on Equinox again next year. Forget Celebrity's stupid "modern luxury" marketing blather; the people in the ads don't exist, and neither does their marketing department's idea of the brand. We enjoyed a nice, classy but not stuffy atmosphere, good to great food, excellent service and some of the best weather ever. All in all a great vacation for the money.
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Cabin C2 9296
We had a Concierge Class C2 cabin, 9296. It's one of the "hump" cabins, starboard side on the back side of the hump, with an enormous fully-covered veranda. Bed is by the veranda, couch by the bathroom, bed faces aft. This was a fantastic cabin. Very quiet, easy access to public areas above and below (we used the aft stairs for access to everything) and we loved the extra space on the veranda and used it extensively. Celebrity's storage space is a little skimpy, with 4 standard drawers, 2 over-the-bed cabinets and a closet, but we typically pack light and had no trouble finding a spot for everything. The bathroom does have quite a few cubbies, some of them behind a glass door and some behind a wood cabinet door, plus a small pull-out drawer. Couch is also a sleeper but we didn't pull it out. TV would swing towards the bed for viewing, or we could sit on the couch. A small oval table is in front of the couch; we had a rose and 2 stems of alstroemeria the 2nd day through the 2nd-to-last day, when they mysteriously disappeared. We declined the "afternoon canapes" because we preferred to just get something ourselves if we were hungry (and they're not that great, honestly - it's 4 very small items, and a single shrimp or a tablespoon of hummus or a few olives really wasn't that appetizing.) We could have asked for something else but we just didn't need the extra food. Cabin attendant Nelson was friendly and very fast (with his assistant) to make up the cabin. We felt well cared for.
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