Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by tlria510
- Sail Date: March 2016
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class
EMBARKATION was swift! Line wait was less then 10 minutes and we were on our way.
While a beautiful ship, there are areas in which could use some improvement: verandah furniture is in need of repainting as there were large paint chips falling off each day and cushions in need of replacement.
ENTERTAINMENT: Having traveled extensively, we have seen much better entertainers. For example, the first night we had a comedian. This gentleman had no material! If the Canadian man in the first row had not been there, there would have been NO SHOW. Everything was targeted towards this Canadian man. Really?
The singers and dancers could have benefit from additional practice: several songs off key. The aerial shows were great! Such talent!
Men of Rock: Great show!
EXCURSIONS: Panama Canal Excursion: booked through Celebrity. Very long, long day, as we first entered at the lake and traveled towards the canal. A once in a life time experience, but long. thankfully we had an overcast day as with sun the trip on the ferry would have been extremely uncomfortable. We had seats under the overhang; lunch was good, beverages welcomed and excursion staff great!
CHIVAS PARTY BUS, CARTEGENA: Advertised as "open bar", First, the open air bus looked fun. Now, let's talk about reality. Again, we booked this excursion through Celebrity: To get on the bus, we were provided a 3 step stool apparatus. The top step was bent downward. Should have been an indication of what was to come. Then after placing your feet on the step stool you had to insert your feet UNDER the bus into 2 additional steps and PULL yourself up into the bus. That access was through a very narrow row. Once on the bus, you were faced with VERY DIRTY beverage cup holders! The bus leader passed out 6 oz plastic cups (he had to pry them apart); each row was then given an 18 oz bottle of clear liquid which he referred to as 3-corner Rum and a 16oz bottle of coke. Ice was provided in a small stained sand pail. The context of open bar was that we were told by the bus leader that when we finished these he would provide the row with another small bottle of Rum.
Did I mention that all this was occurring while a 3 piece band (a washboard/grater type of equipment, horn and banjo) were playing VERY LOUDLY right behind us on the bus. When we asked the bus leader to lower the music, his response was "we party". We got off the bus the first chance we could at the first stop. Our friends stayed on and shared that the bus broke down!
ON-BOARD MEDICAL: Yes, we had a need for medical care while on this ship. As a registered nurse, I can honestly say, the medical care was wonderful. Privacy, infection prevention, medical care and education/instructions as well as follow-up, great!
DINING: We had select seating but reserved a table of 10 for 6:30pm daily. Food choice n the main dining room was a wide variety; always served hot or cold as appropriate. Beverages were readily available and the Sommelier, Alin, was great.
Dining in the Ocean View Cafe: had a European flair. While there was always the hamburger and hotdog station, the other variety of foods seemed slim.
FREE SHUTTLE IN CARTEGENA: Careful, while these have signs that make them appear to be a Celebrity sponsored shuttle, they are not!
DISEMBARKATION in Fort Lauderdale: Very limited porters! The line for immigration for US citizens was long, however moved along fast. We were in line approximately 25-30minutes and then on our way. The Non-US Citizen lines were very long.
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Cabin attendants: Elvis and Arvin! Wonderful. Provided extension cord, extra ice daily.