I read with great interest any and all reviews of Celebrity Equinox leading up to our cruise, so I thought I would give my review following our 10 night voyage on March 3 - 13, 2017. My husband and I have only been on a handful of cruises, but Equinox had both the longest embarkation and debarkation. We always try to get to the port early (arrived at 10:30) as it’s usually easy to get on quickly. Not with Equinox. We were ushered to a large seating area (oh let me rephrase - the area was large - the seats were crammed together) where we waited for approximately an hour before boarding.
We had a sunset veranda, (aft) 7364, which has the larger (wider) balcony. The walk to the cabin from the elevators/stairs is an approximate 2 to 3 minute brisk walk. It may not sound like much, but over the course of a day doing this several times, it may be an issue for anyone who has difficulty getting around. Not to mention, if you choose self debarkation and take your luggage with you, that can be a challenge (and it WAS) getting the luggage down the long hallways, and then attempting to catch an elevator. Poor hubby had to take the two larger suitcases down 2 flights of stairs since we couldn’t get one. And let me tell you they were chock full of all the clothes we packed but never wore. The sunset veranda was nice, but I will say that the wake is quite loud when the sliding glass door is open. Other than that, the cabin was extremely quiet. Our cabin steward was very nice and did an excellent job tidying the room twice a day. I asked him if we could get foot stools for the balcony - he came back with 2 shower stools - YES!!
Fellow passengers - Celebrity is renowned for almost exclusively adults on board, we saw very few children, although it wasn’t a school break. There were many older folks on board (God bless them for having the energy to travel - it can be exhausting! In a good way! OK sometimes a bad way!) (but it doesn’t help when American Airlines cancels your flight and gives no reason!) (Which is why we always fly out the day before the cruise.) There was also a large contingent (I heard 700) of a “club” of sorts, they had different seminars and get togethers going on throughout each day. It was apparently a self-improvement sort of club.