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This was our 4th Celebrity cruise and we were very happy with our choice of the Equinox. We are 55-64 age range couple cruising once or twice a year. We've been on most of the major cruise lines. Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was easy. We did a park and cruise at the Homewood Suites Dania Beach, FL which included free parking for 21 days and a free shuttle to the port. We plan to use this type of service again as we drive to Florida for our cruises. Homewood suites offers some port views from top floors and we saw our ship dock even though we were 5 miles away. We had lunch at Bistro after embarking. Slow service due to big crowd but food was delicious. We missed the Panninis they used to make. Cabins were ready by the time we finished lunch. Our favorite spot on the ship at sea and late afternoons in port was the Sunset Bar. My husband is occasional cigar smoker so he enjoyed this port side next to the lawn club near the bar. We met a lot of fun people and had great service and great conversations there. One disappointment was the annoying daily calls from either the concierge or other staff trying to sell or tell you what they did. These were canned sounding messages and seemed to come right during our sea day naps. Not happy about the wake up call! The Martini Bar was fun as usual and we enjoyed the music in the Ensemble Lounge. We are not show people so can't comment except the Elton John guy was so loud we heard him in the hallway a long way from the theater doors. We are not thrilled about the loss of the string players or even a nice relaxing piano player pre-dinner with cocktails. After a while we felt the music all blended into one beat. We plan to try HAL's new Koningsdam since they offer separate venues for classical, blues, dueling pianos and other music including a huge dance area. The need to blast the Atrium with constant nondescript music or boom, boom boom stuff is unappealing. We love all kinds of music but Celebrity seems to have one note. Other than the music and annoying calls, we felt the cruise was perfect. We ate at all three specialty restaurants and found them worth the price. We upgraded to Premium Bev package using OBC and were glad we did. Gastropub had 5 other people in it the night we ordered a drink there. We order two small plates and while the food was delicious, the 30 minutes to get the food was way too long to enjoy with our drinks. Excellent cabin steward and assistant. We had select dining and only dined once in the dining room. Besides the specialty restaurants, we found the buffet perfect for dinner after tiring port activities. I hope they keep the grill with the cooked to order minute steaks, chicken, pork and fish going as these were marinated and delicious. The photographers are sweet and friendly and I suppose cruise ships are selling tons because this ship must've had 15 working every area of the ship and dining places every night. We surprised one by asking not to do the rigid overly formal poses they like and instead did a pseudo tango pose. It was the picture we bought and love it because it's real. The ports were familiar except for Barbados which I had visited 20 years ago and my husband never. We booked with Glory Tours for a private 2 person tour of St.Nicholas Abbey, Harrison Caves and St. John's church. We both love science and history so this was a perfect day and Glory Tours did a fantastic job. Disembarkation was a nightmare but it is on every ship. This is the first time we arrived back at the Oasis/Allure terminal which is designed to process 6000 cattle. The lines to get to customs snaked back and forth forever with many older people losing control of their luggage they were pulling behind causing jam ups and delays. Also Celebrity called numbers in slow order at first and then the final numbers all at once so there was a rush and jam up instead of steady disembarkation. We had a bad experience in 2014 on the Constellation but this cruise turned things around and we booked a 2018 cruise on the Eclipse for 14 days while onboard.

Equinox Won Us Back

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by teltrainer

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This was our 4th Celebrity cruise and we were very happy with our choice of the Equinox. We are 55-64 age range couple cruising once or twice a year. We've been on most of the major cruise lines.

Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was easy. We did a park and cruise at the Homewood Suites Dania Beach, FL which included free parking for 21 days and a free shuttle to the port. We plan to use this type of service again as we drive to Florida for our cruises. Homewood suites offers some port views from top floors and we saw our ship dock even though we were 5 miles away.

We had lunch at Bistro after embarking. Slow service due to big crowd but food was delicious. We missed the Panninis they used to make. Cabins were ready by the time we finished lunch.

Our favorite spot on the ship at sea and late afternoons in port was the Sunset Bar. My husband is occasional cigar smoker so he enjoyed this port side next to the lawn club near the bar. We met a lot of fun people and had great service and great conversations there.

One disappointment was the annoying daily calls from either the concierge or other staff trying to sell or tell you what they did. These were canned sounding messages and seemed to come right during our sea day naps. Not happy about the wake up call!

The Martini Bar was fun as usual and we enjoyed the music in the Ensemble Lounge. We are not show people so can't comment except the Elton John guy was so loud we heard him in the hallway a long way from the theater doors.

We are not thrilled about the loss of the string players or even a nice relaxing piano player pre-dinner with cocktails. After a while we felt the music all blended into one beat.

We plan to try HAL's new Koningsdam since they offer separate venues for classical, blues, dueling pianos and other music including a huge dance area. The need to blast the Atrium with constant nondescript music or boom, boom boom stuff is unappealing. We love all kinds of music but Celebrity seems to have one note.

Other than the music and annoying calls, we felt the cruise was perfect. We ate at all three specialty restaurants and found them worth the price. We upgraded to Premium Bev package using OBC and were glad we did. Gastropub had 5 other people in it the night we ordered a drink there. We order two small plates and while the food was delicious, the 30 minutes to get the food was way too long to enjoy with our drinks.

Excellent cabin steward and assistant. We had select dining and only dined once in the dining room. Besides the specialty restaurants, we found the buffet perfect for dinner after tiring port activities. I hope they keep the grill with the cooked to order minute steaks, chicken, pork and fish going as these were marinated and delicious.

The photographers are sweet and friendly and I suppose cruise ships are selling tons because this ship must've had 15 working every area of the ship and dining places every night. We surprised one by asking not to do the rigid overly formal poses they like and instead did a pseudo tango pose. It was the picture we bought and love it because it's real.

The ports were familiar except for Barbados which I had visited 20 years ago and my husband never. We booked with Glory Tours for a private 2 person tour of St.Nicholas Abbey, Harrison Caves and St. John's church. We both love science and history so this was a perfect day and Glory Tours did a fantastic job.

Disembarkation was a nightmare but it is on every ship. This is the first time we arrived back at the Oasis/Allure terminal which is designed to process 6000 cattle. The lines to get to customs snaked back and forth forever with many older people losing control of their luggage they were pulling behind causing jam ups and delays. Also Celebrity called numbers in slow order at first and then the final numbers all at once so there was a rush and jam up instead of steady disembarkation.

We had a bad experience in 2014 on the Constellation but this cruise turned things around and we booked a 2018 cruise on the Eclipse for 14 days while onboard.
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Cabin C2 1245
Beautiful hump cabin facing aft. Huge balcony, nice table and chairs with footrests. Bed at balcony so we could enjoy first view of sea each day from our bed.
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