Noticed a few changes since our last cruise on Celebrity: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by 2byair

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Noticed a few changes since our last cruise on Celebrity

Sail Date: May 2017
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
If you ask anyone onboard why they booked this cruise, it was always "the perks offered". The perks made for a less stressful cruise, with not having to check the account information, to see if we were still within budget. from time to time. We tried the usual bars. Ensemble...too noisy to carry on a conversation, Martini....over the top activities and noise, Passport...out of the way, but still busy,....the new World Class Bar....not that impressive. Used to be the Molecular Bar. (took us a couple of cruises to appreciate it, and then it was gone). I have to agree with teltrainer's take on this cruise. He was spot on with his take about the May sailing clientele, noise, and crowds.

Dining: We were in Aqua Class so I will spend more time on that experience. Dining in Blu is a wonderful experience. Slower paced eating, and less hectic because it's a smaller dining venue than the Main Dining room. The portions are smaller and healthy dining is suggested. More (you can always order as much as you would like to eat). They are also open for breakfast, so after a couple of days dining there, everyone knows your "Cheers". The Sommelier figures out which guests like wine or a cocktail with dinner, and works with you to figure out what would go best with what you are ordering.

We were so happy with Blu that we did not go to any specialty restaurants this cruise.

Aqua class perks: The Persian Gardens, with the warmed, tiled, recliners, and the fantastic views were wonderful. The spa and the fitness center are located on this floor and also a relaxation room. These are all free to use. You must be Aqua Class to enjoy the Persian Gardens, but anyone can enjoy the other areas. In the room, you receive daily teas to enjoy.

Entertainment: Not very exciting. The comedy act was good as well as one other special entertainer. The other shows were just as "teltrainers" suggested.

Service: Cabin attendant is only one now. Used to be two. Ours was great. He worked very hard to please us, and always had a greeting and smile when we saw him. All of the staff in Blu were fantastic. The bars were not staffed to cover the hoards of drinking guests. I think they were overwhelmed by the people with the drink packages. Staff in the buffet area were great and the food was wonderful.

Spa: We had enough onboard credit to have a couple of spa services. Very nice.

There were lots of little things that are included for frequent cruise guests. (Captain's Club members). Those are always nice to attend.

Dress code: The Celebrity ships do not have a "formal" night anymore, instead it is called "smart casual". There were requests in the daily memo, and on signs as you entered a dining venue to not wear shorts, bathing suits, etc. for most nights. I saw all of the above, and was amazed that some were not asked to go to the buffet area, or change for the restaurant of choice. Baseball caps, shorts, flip flops, bathing suit cover ups all belong in the buffet area or outdoor grills, not in the main dining areas. (my opinion and because of signs posted, the ship as well)

I should review the ports of call, but have run out of time.

Celebrity is still our favorite cruise line. Less

Published 06/12/17
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