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This was my first cruise experience and it was also my honeymoon. It was a surprise to my wife so I couldn't ask her for an opinion. I chose Celebrity because of the reviews and how most people said it is nicer than Carnival or other major cruise lines and that was the experience I wanted for our honeymoon. The price was also good. It was just as expensive for Royal Caribbean or Norwegian and there was a deal where the price for a room with a window was the same as a room with a balcony with a partially obstructed view. My wife later said this was her favorite cruise and she has been on Carnival, Norwegian and Princess. I'd say the highlights were the food, entertainment, and the room. I am a bit of a foodie and was nervous about all-you-can eat food and didn't want to spend more money at the specialty restaurants. I wasn't disappointed. The food in the more casual Overview Cafe was above average and had a good selection. The food in the main Silhouette dining room where we went every night and some lunches was fantastic and they really made an effort to make the menu and experience more fine dining. There were plenty of dishes that I have only heard of and ended up trying for the first time. My wife was blown away by the entertainment. It was mostly contracted singers and dancers that performed 4 (I think) of the 7 nights. There were definitely some of the entertainers that were better than others, but as a whole it was very entertaining and all the shows had amazing music. They also had an amazing Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute band play and had two comedians that were ok. The room had a lot of space and was very well designed and felt very private. We couldn't hear any of our neighbors and there was no outside noise like an engine that kept us up. The room attendant was amazing and very kind. He had a few things looked at and fixed that we didn't even notice were an issue like our shower door not closing smoothly. The service was good. Everyone we talked with was always very pleasant, especially the servers in the main dining room. The only criticism we had is we had the non alcoholic drink package that was $18 a day and we probably wouldn't do that again. We got it mostly for unlimited bottled water instead of the free tap water, juice, and coffee that are included. Everytime we went to the bar to get a soda or water, the staff was not interested in really helping us or doing it quickly. That kept us from getting as many beverages as we wanted and making the cost of the drink package worth it. We got to the Miami port around noon (11am was first checkin) and it took around an 45 minutes to go through the lines and get on board. My wife said that wasn't bad. At the end of the cruise, we opted to not use the luggage assistance and just took the luggage off ourselves and that was really fast. We got off the boat and in an Uber in 20 minutes. I think people that had luggage assitance had a delay because of the heavy rain that day. For excursions, we did one in most ports. The ports were: 1) Key West FL 2) Cost Maya Mexico 3) Cozumel Mexico 4) George Town Grand Cayman 1) We did the catamaran and snorkel excursion in Key West. We booked through Celebrity and we ended up using Fury as the company. It was enjoyable because it was the first thing we did on the cruise and getting in the water and sailing on the boat was fun. Snorkeling wasn't that great as a lot of the coral is dying and is very white and there were fish to see but not a ton. We later went into town and it was very very hot and humid and there were a lot of little restaurants and shops so it was fun to walk around for an hour or two. Very easy to get on and off the boat. 2) We decided not do an excursion and just do a beach day on this day. We looked online and decided the best and easiest beach to go to was Mahahual beach. It was a little difficult getting through all the port shops to the end of the port, but there was a shuttle ($3 a person) that takes you to Mahahual beach. When we got there, a guy told everyone to follow him and we went to one end of the beach and said we have to pay him for chairs and to do snorkel. We realized he was just one vendor on the beach and there were at least half a dozen different ones as you walk further down the beach. We went down and paid $15 for two beach chairs under an umbrella. The beach was gorgeous with white sand and clear blue water. We spent the day there (3 hours) and got some guacamole and chips which were delicious. It was $3 a person in a taxi to go back to the port. Not much shops on the beach. 3) We did the Tulum ruins excursion through Celebrity for Cozumel. Getting off the boat was easy again but we had to take a boat from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and we met up with the excursion company. We got on a bus and it was about 45 minutes until we got to the Tulum site. The guide was amazing (Jesus) educated us the entire bus ride to the site. There were a lot of shops there and we were at the site for about an hour. It was really amazing to see the ruins and the location it was on, it was on a beach with cliffs. The guide was very informative. We then went to a private beach and had lunch and stayed on the beach. We thought it was better than Costa Maya and the sand was whiter and the water clearer. Very nice. We were there for about an hour and then went back to the port. We were lucky we booked through the cruise line because the last ship back to the port before the cruise ship closed the doors waited for our group. We arrived 20 minutes after the ship said to be back on the ship. 4) Grand Cayman was by far our highlight of the trip. We booked an excursion privately instead of through Celebrity because I wanted to jet ski and Celebrity didnt offer any excursions with that. We went with Discount Excursions. The cruise ship didn't dock and instead we had to tender (take a ship) from the cruise ship to the port. We didn't realize this and we arrived in George Town at 10:30am and that is when we got a ticket for a tender and didnt end up getting to the port under noon. Get a tender ticket before the time they say it is available. We almost missed our excursion but luckily it was at noon. We went jet skiing and it was really choppy but we had a lot of fun, we just couldnt go very fast. We took jet skis out to Sting Ray City which was out in the middle of the ocean on a sand bar and was amazing feeding and feeling the sting rays. We then went to Starfish point and saw some starfish in their natural habitat. Lastly, we went snorkeling at Rum Reef and it was amazing. So many fish and gorgeous coral and clear clear water. Just being out on the water was incredible and we both loved it. It was $120 a person for our own jet ski and we felt it was worth it. The only issue was we were starving because we went all day without a lunch break and couldnt eat until 4pm that afternoon. Worth it though. Overall it was a great first experience on a cruise for me and an amazing honeymoon experience for both of us. We would definitely do Celebrity again.

Great Honeymoon and First Cruise Experience

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by SageUT

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
This was my first cruise experience and it was also my honeymoon. It was a surprise to my wife so I couldn't ask her for an opinion. I chose Celebrity because of the reviews and how most people said it is nicer than Carnival or other major cruise lines and that was the experience I wanted for our honeymoon. The price was also good. It was just as expensive for Royal Caribbean or Norwegian and there was a deal where the price for a room with a window was the same as a room with a balcony with a partially obstructed view. My wife later said this was her favorite cruise and she has been on Carnival, Norwegian and Princess.

I'd say the highlights were the food, entertainment, and the room. I am a bit of a foodie and was nervous about all-you-can eat food and didn't want to spend more money at the specialty restaurants. I wasn't disappointed. The food in the more casual Overview Cafe was above average and had a good selection. The food in the main Silhouette dining room where we went every night and some lunches was fantastic and they really made an effort to make the menu and experience more fine dining. There were plenty of dishes that I have only heard of and ended up trying for the first time. My wife was blown away by the entertainment. It was mostly contracted singers and dancers that performed 4 (I think) of the 7 nights. There were definitely some of the entertainers that were better than others, but as a whole it was very entertaining and all the shows had amazing music. They also had an amazing Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute band play and had two comedians that were ok. The room had a lot of space and was very well designed and felt very private. We couldn't hear any of our neighbors and there was no outside noise like an engine that kept us up. The room attendant was amazing and very kind. He had a few things looked at and fixed that we didn't even notice were an issue like our shower door not closing smoothly.

The service was good. Everyone we talked with was always very pleasant, especially the servers in the main dining room. The only criticism we had is we had the non alcoholic drink package that was $18 a day and we probably wouldn't do that again. We got it mostly for unlimited bottled water instead of the free tap water, juice, and coffee that are included. Everytime we went to the bar to get a soda or water, the staff was not interested in really helping us or doing it quickly. That kept us from getting as many beverages as we wanted and making the cost of the drink package worth it.

We got to the Miami port around noon (11am was first checkin) and it took around an 45 minutes to go through the lines and get on board. My wife said that wasn't bad. At the end of the cruise, we opted to not use the luggage assistance and just took the luggage off ourselves and that was really fast. We got off the boat and in an Uber in 20 minutes. I think people that had luggage assitance had a delay because of the heavy rain that day.

For excursions, we did one in most ports. The ports were:

1) Key West FL

2) Cost Maya Mexico

3) Cozumel Mexico

4) George Town Grand Cayman

1) We did the catamaran and snorkel excursion in Key West. We booked through Celebrity and we ended up using Fury as the company. It was enjoyable because it was the first thing we did on the cruise and getting in the water and sailing on the boat was fun. Snorkeling wasn't that great as a lot of the coral is dying and is very white and there were fish to see but not a ton. We later went into town and it was very very hot and humid and there were a lot of little restaurants and shops so it was fun to walk around for an hour or two. Very easy to get on and off the boat.

2) We decided not do an excursion and just do a beach day on this day. We looked online and decided the best and easiest beach to go to was Mahahual beach. It was a little difficult getting through all the port shops to the end of the port, but there was a shuttle ($3 a person) that takes you to Mahahual beach. When we got there, a guy told everyone to follow him and we went to one end of the beach and said we have to pay him for chairs and to do snorkel. We realized he was just one vendor on the beach and there were at least half a dozen different ones as you walk further down the beach. We went down and paid $15 for two beach chairs under an umbrella. The beach was gorgeous with white sand and clear blue water. We spent the day there (3 hours) and got some guacamole and chips which were delicious. It was $3 a person in a taxi to go back to the port. Not much shops on the beach.

3) We did the Tulum ruins excursion through Celebrity for Cozumel. Getting off the boat was easy again but we had to take a boat from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and we met up with the excursion company. We got on a bus and it was about 45 minutes until we got to the Tulum site. The guide was amazing (Jesus) educated us the entire bus ride to the site. There were a lot of shops there and we were at the site for about an hour. It was really amazing to see the ruins and the location it was on, it was on a beach with cliffs. The guide was very informative. We then went to a private beach and had lunch and stayed on the beach. We thought it was better than Costa Maya and the sand was whiter and the water clearer. Very nice. We were there for about an hour and then went back to the port. We were lucky we booked through the cruise line because the last ship back to the port before the cruise ship closed the doors waited for our group. We arrived 20 minutes after the ship said to be back on the ship.

4) Grand Cayman was by far our highlight of the trip. We booked an excursion privately instead of through Celebrity because I wanted to jet ski and Celebrity didnt offer any excursions with that. We went with Discount Excursions. The cruise ship didn't dock and instead we had to tender (take a ship) from the cruise ship to the port. We didn't realize this and we arrived in George Town at 10:30am and that is when we got a ticket for a tender and didnt end up getting to the port under noon. Get a tender ticket before the time they say it is available. We almost missed our excursion but luckily it was at noon. We went jet skiing and it was really choppy but we had a lot of fun, we just couldnt go very fast. We took jet skis out to Sting Ray City which was out in the middle of the ocean on a sand bar and was amazing feeding and feeling the sting rays. We then went to Starfish point and saw some starfish in their natural habitat. Lastly, we went snorkeling at Rum Reef and it was amazing. So many fish and gorgeous coral and clear clear water. Just being out on the water was incredible and we both loved it. It was $120 a person for our own jet ski and we felt it was worth it. The only issue was we were starving because we went all day without a lunch break and couldnt eat until 4pm that afternoon. Worth it though.


Overall it was a great first experience on a cruise for me and an amazing honeymoon experience for both of us. We would definitely do Celebrity again.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
Cabin 2C 6276
The room had a lot of space and was very well designed and felt very private. We couldn't hear any of our neighbors and there was no outside noise like an engine that kept us up. The room attendant was amazing and very kind. He had a few things looked at and fixed that we didn't even notice were an issue like our shower door not closing smoothly. It was a partially obstructed view but it was still amazing. The life boats were on the deck below us so you could see the tops of them when you looked out, but you can see over them just fine and the view was amazing. Well worth the price to get a balcony and have that privacy for hanging out or having a meal.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Costa Maya
    We decided not do an excursion and just do a beach day on this day. We looked online and decided the best and easiest beach to go to was Mahahual beach. It was a little difficult getting through all the port shops to the end of the port, but there was a shuttle ($3 a person) that takes you to Mahahual beach. When we got there, a guy told everyone to follow him and we went to one end of the beach and said we have to pay him for chairs and to do snorkel. We realized he was just one vendor on the beach and there were at least half a dozen different ones as you walk further down the beach. We went down and paid $15 for two beach chairs under an umbrella. The beach was gorgeous with white sand and clear blue water. We spent the day there (3 hours) and got some guacamole and chips which were delicious. It was $3 a person in a taxi to go back to the port. Not much shops on the beach.
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  • Tulum
    We did the Tulum ruins excursion through Celebrity for Cozumel. Getting off the boat was easy again but we had to take a boat from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa Del Carmen) and we met up with the excursion company. We got on a bus and it was about 45 minutes until we got to the Tulum site. The guide was amazing (Jesus) educated us the entire bus ride to the site. There were a lot of shops there and we were at the site for about an hour. It was really amazing to see the ruins and the location it was on, it was on a beach with cliffs. The guide was very informative. We then went to a private beach and had lunch and stayed on the beach. We thought it was better than Costa Maya and the sand was whiter and the water clearer. Very nice. We were there for about an hour and then went back to the port. We were lucky we booked through the cruise line because the last ship back to the port before the cruise ship closed the doors waited for our group. We arrived 20 minutes after the ship said to be back on the ship.
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  • Jet Skiing
    Grand Cayman was by far our highlight of the trip. We booked an excursion privately instead of through Celebrity because I wanted to jet ski and Celebrity didnt offer any excursions with that. We went with Discount Excursions. The cruise ship didn't dock and instead we had to tender (take a ship) from the cruise ship to the port. We didn't realize this and we arrived in George Town at 10:30am and that is when we got a ticket for a tender and didnt end up getting to the port under noon. Get a tender ticket before the time they say it is available. We almost missed our excursion but luckily it was at noon. We went jet skiing and it was really choppy but we had a lot of fun, we just couldnt go very fast. We took jet skis out to Sting Ray City which was out in the middle of the ocean on a sand bar and was amazing feeding and feeling the sting rays. We then went to Starfish point and saw some starfish in their natural habitat. Lastly, we went snorkeling at Rum Reef and it was amazing. So many fish and gorgeous coral and clear clear water. Just being out on the water was incredible and we both loved it. It was $120 a person for our own jet ski and we felt it was worth it. The only issue was we were starving because we went all day without a lunch break and couldnt eat until 4pm that afternoon. Worth it though.
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  • Snorkeling
    We did the catamaran and snorkel excursion in Key West. We booked through Celebrity and we ended up using Fury as the company which I've seen in other reviews on here as the company they used. It was enjoyable because it was the first thing we did on the cruise and getting in the water and sailing on the boat was fun. Snorkeling wasn't that great as a lot of the coral is dying and is very white and there were fish to see but not a ton. We later went into town and it was very very hot and humid and there were a lot of little restaurants and shops so it was fun to walk around for an hour or two. Very easy to get on and off the boat.
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