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Celebrity Equinox Review

4.5 / 5.0
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2184 reviews
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Everything a person could want in a cruise; 10 day cruise Mar 2016.

Review for Celebrity Equinox to the Eastern Caribbean
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havcamwiltravel
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Veranda 2C
The Equinox
The shopping concourse
The World Class bar - delicious cocktails
Murano - specialty restaurant
Tuscan Grille - specialty restaurant
The Silhouette dining room
The main foyer
The Martini Bar - best bar on the ocean!

The Equinox is the prettiest ship I have sailed on. After 3 cruises aboard Voyager and Brilliance class ships in the RCCl, we cruised last year aboard a solsticized Celebrity Millennium ship and now this cruise, on the Equinox. Pretty may not be the best word but it fits this ship's spa-themed decor. The other word would be serene. The general feeling is one of relaxation throughout all of its public and private rooms. There are no gaudy, primary-coloured, gold-leafed embellishments and your general impression after boarding her is that it's all aqua, turquoise and blues. It isn't, of course, but that's what it feels like - being at a spa.

A special mention: there is no doubt in my mind that the Martini Bar is the best bar at sea (and the Cruise Critic awards seem to concur) because it is always busy and quite the hub during sea days. The flair shows are well-done and the bartenders have obviously been hand-picked for their skills at entertaining. Given that Celebrity leads the industry in its class of ships by including beverage packages in their pricing, they have backed it up by paying special attention to providing more than the usual bunch of bars with overstuffed chairs and gaudy decor that I have seen in other ships. Well-done Celebrity! The World Class Bar gets a special runner-up prize (and it's less busy, for the quieter moments of a cruise).

Celebrity staff are uniformly happy and uniformly excellent at providing good, efficient and personal service. Little unexpected touches, like having a favourite cocktail waiting at your dining table for when you sit down. Chilling your glass and red wine because your sommelier overheard the mention in table conversation. That is the high-class service that goes over and above the expectations of today's service in this category of cruising but it makes such a difference in the client's overall experience. Celebrity gets so many things right.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda 2C

Cabin 2C

Excellent overall. Nicely positioned, close to aft elevator and nice & low in the ship. Quiet.

Port Reviews

St. Thomas

For $25 each, Julian took us on a tour around the island to see the sights and dropped us off at Lindquist beach for a couple of hours, then returned to take us back to the cruiseport. We paid at the end of the tour.

St. Thomas

Julian took us to Coki beach to take a look (he was hoping we'd stop there and spend some money). It wasn't for us: too busy & too commercial. We went on to Lindquist Beach (our choice) at Smith Bay. It was beautiful, un-crowded and serene. Absolutely idyllic. Great swimming beach,

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Loved every bit of it. Tour guides on bus and train were equally informative. Learned a lot about St. Kitts and the now-defunct sugar industry on the island. Rum punch was yummy.

St. Maarten

Took a cab to Maho Beach to see the planes land. Got there early (9am) and spent time at the bar there, which they are expanding. Recommend you get there later as the big planes only start arriving around noon. Enjoyed it nonetheless and got to enjoy the beach and see some landings anyway.

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