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Celebrity Equinox Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Outstanding, Busy Trans-Atlantic on the Equinox

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honeyb085
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Veranda 1C
Cartagena Roman Theater
Agadir Argan Oil Tree-climbing goats
Agadir. Walking to the Taroudant souk.
Tenerife. Mt. Tiede park rock formations.

This was the second segment of our Back to Back cruise. We were allowed to stay on the ship in Barcelona and we didn't change cabins, thanks to the Future Cruise folks who made the original reservation. There were something like 300+ B2B'ers. This was our third X cruise. We are Elite due to our RCL points. There were something like over 1000 Elites or above, resulting in paper vouchers for the happy hour drinks, only available in 4 bars.

Ship: Everyone on staff seemed genuinely happy we were there. They always had a "Good Morning" and a big smile. Folks were always cleaning, wiping things down, picking up litter. The ship is quite smooth especially when docking and leaving. Very little vibration or noise.

Cabin: 8192 Deluxe Veranda; category 1C. We didn't really use the veranda, mostly to check the temperature outside. The cabin was very quiet, midway between the two elevator areas. We had the adjoining configuration and the hallway doors were open. The cabin had many closets and cubbies we didn't even use. Our suitcases fit under the bed (A CC suggestion.) We brought our magnets and they came in quite handy to keep our paperwork in control and clipped to the wall instead of getting lost on the desk (Another CC suggestion.) The cabin steward and assistant were super. They were always busy, especially when they got the new, smaller-looking cabin supply trollies in Lanzarote. We heard a rumor that X was changing the cabin staff to just one Attendant per cabin. Hopefully, they will also lower the number of cabins each attendant needs to clean. Will that change the gratuities we pay or they receive? Himmm. The Internet speed improved when I moved my Kindle to a few inches from the cabin door despite there being a Cisco wireless unit a few doors away. At home, my Kindle speed is 15 meg; in the cabin it was 1.1 meg. I wasn't the only person complaining of slow email downloads, especially from gmail. The solid shower doors made the shower compartment spacious. We had more clothes hangars than we could use. The provided pillows were quite flat so we asked for contour pillows, which were much better.

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Deluxe Veranda 1C

Cabin 1C

We didn't really use the veranda, mostly to check the temperature outside. The cabin was very quiet, midway between the two elevator areas. We had the adjoining configuration and the hallway doors were open. The cabin had many closets and cubbies we didn't even use. Our suitcases fit under the bed (A CC suggestion.) We brought our magnets and they came in quite handy to keep our paperwork in control and clipped to the wall instead of getting lost on the desk (Another CC suggestion.) The cabin steward and assistant were super. They were always busy, especially when they got the new, smaller-looking cabin supply trollies in Lanzarote. We heard a rumor that X was changing the cabin staff to just one Attendant per cabin. Hopefully, they will also lower the number of cabins each attendant needs to clean. Will that change the gratuities we pay or they receive? Himmm. The Internet speed improved when I moved my Kindle to a few inches from the cabin door despite there being a Cisco wireless unit a few doors away. The solid shower doors made the shower compartment spacious. We had more clothes hangars than we could use. The provided pillows were quite flat so we asked for contour pillows, which were much better.

Port Reviews

Cartagena (Spain)

This was DIY with a double decker bus that wasn't a hop on/hop off. There is only one bus and it runs once an hour. It gives a fair overview of the area. I had printed a copy of Tom's Guide and we used it to walk around after we got off the bus. We always felt safe. We went in the Roman Museum, which is easy to miss. That self-guided tour ended up in the Roman Theater that was just discovered a few decades ago. The only way to see the theater is to go through the museum. When you buy your tickets, tell them you are a pensioner (age 60 or so) and you save a few Euros.

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