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This was our 6th Celebrity cruise and our 2nd on Equinox, and as usual, it was great. We were in a Sky Suite and embarkation was literally 10 minutes from when we entered the port until we entered the ship. From what we saw it looked like other passengers were embarking quickly as well. It's always nice to be welcomed onboard with a glass of champagne. The ship still looks fresh and clean, she has been well maintained in both public spaces and cabins. All of the public restrooms and very clean and well kept. The staff overall are friendly and accommodating and take pride in their jobs. There is an exception and that is the Sky Lounge and Martini Bar, on every Solstice Class ship the service seems spotty at best. The flair at the Martini is very cool to watch, but at normal times the service can be a bit cold. The food continues to be very good across the ship. There's something for everyone from pastries at Cafe al Bacio, to the Gelateria, to everything under the sun in the Oceanside Cafe (buffet) to Luminae. Being our first time in Suite-Class we took advantage of Luminae except for in-room breakfast. The staff at Luminae are top notch! The food is great too, however, some of the steaks were a bit overcooked, we learned to order medium-rare to get medium. I would put the food and service in Blu nearly on par with Luminae, based on past experience. The entertainment onboard was good and seemed to cater to everyone based on the time and/or venue. The evening shows were more varied this time with 3- stage shows, 2- bands (a Beatles tribute that was surprisingly excellent, and a rock-country duo) and 2- comedians (including Rondell Sheridan who was hilarious!). There were always other acts playing, from solo guitarist/singers at the sunset bar to a rack/funk based band that played the pool deck and Atrium in the evening, to strings in the Ensemble bar. All acts are top notch. Our itinerary included Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Key West was a nice addition this season, we enjoyed touring the island. The port is small, but there are a few shops there. If you plan to go to Kermit's Key Lime Store, BE SURE to go to the one in town, NOT the little one at the port as they barely have any selection. We had a nice day at the Tropicante at Costa Maya, $101 for 3- drinks, lunch and 2- 1-hour massages was a great deal. However, the area and town are still developing and there isn't much to do/see here yet unless you want to spend a beach day (not good for snorkeling) or be driven to the ruins hours away. Personally, I think Jamaica was a much better stop. Cozumel is nice, we stayed on the island and did the Salsa, Salsa and Margarita's which I definitely recommend! ANd Grand Cayman is always a great stop, don't hesitate and go to Stingray City. There is also a lot of great shopping too! Overall, I recommend Celebrity Cruises and the Equinox! The service, food and ship will leave you pleased for sure.

The Equinox is a Great Ship!

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Lightngsvt

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This was our 6th Celebrity cruise and our 2nd on Equinox, and as usual, it was great. We were in a Sky Suite and embarkation was literally 10 minutes from when we entered the port until we entered the ship. From what we saw it looked like other passengers were embarking quickly as well. It's always nice to be welcomed onboard with a glass of champagne.

The ship still looks fresh and clean, she has been well maintained in both public spaces and cabins. All of the public restrooms and very clean and well kept. The staff overall are friendly and accommodating and take pride in their jobs. There is an exception and that is the Sky Lounge and Martini Bar, on every Solstice Class ship the service seems spotty at best. The flair at the Martini is very cool to watch, but at normal times the service can be a bit cold.

The food continues to be very good across the ship. There's something for everyone from pastries at Cafe al Bacio, to the Gelateria, to everything under the sun in the Oceanside Cafe (buffet) to Luminae. Being our first time in Suite-Class we took advantage of Luminae except for in-room breakfast. The staff at Luminae are top notch! The food is great too, however, some of the steaks were a bit overcooked, we learned to order medium-rare to get medium. I would put the food and service in Blu nearly on par with Luminae, based on past experience.

The entertainment onboard was good and seemed to cater to everyone based on the time and/or venue. The evening shows were more varied this time with 3- stage shows, 2- bands (a Beatles tribute that was surprisingly excellent, and a rock-country duo) and 2- comedians (including Rondell Sheridan who was hilarious!). There were always other acts playing, from solo guitarist/singers at the sunset bar to a rack/funk based band that played the pool deck and Atrium in the evening, to strings in the Ensemble bar. All acts are top notch.

Our itinerary included Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Key West was a nice addition this season, we enjoyed touring the island. The port is small, but there are a few shops there. If you plan to go to Kermit's Key Lime Store, BE SURE to go to the one in town, NOT the little one at the port as they barely have any selection. We had a nice day at the Tropicante at Costa Maya, $101 for 3- drinks, lunch and 2- 1-hour massages was a great deal. However, the area and town are still developing and there isn't much to do/see here yet unless you want to spend a beach day (not good for snorkeling) or be driven to the ruins hours away. Personally, I think Jamaica was a much better stop. Cozumel is nice, we stayed on the island and did the Salsa, Salsa and Margarita's which I definitely recommend! ANd Grand Cayman is always a great stop, don't hesitate and go to Stingray City. There is also a lot of great shopping too!

Overall, I recommend Celebrity Cruises and the Equinox! The service, food and ship will leave you pleased for sure.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite
Cabin S2 1667
This was our first stay in a Sky Suite and it was worth the wait! The room was very large (by cruise cabin standards) and bright, it was well maintained and clean, the bathroom was spotless, plus loads of storage space (this is the first time we didn't fill all the available storage). The colors are warm/neutral, the bed is soft and comfortable and the linens are quite nice. I didn't think it would matter, but the Bulgari soaps/shampoos are actually better than what you get in Aqua Class. We were on Deck 11 aft and there was zero vibration and we didn't notice any more movement than we were used to with midship cabins.

Our Butler Dominick, and our room attendant Babylyn were excellent! They were very responsive to any requests and made us feel like they actually cared. For example, he dropped what he was doing and came immediately to help us book shore excursion eventhough he didnt have to. Also, when we were ready to tender into Grand Cayman he personally came and escorted us to Michaels Club to wait for the tender!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Costa Maya
    This is a new port and the area is just starting to develop, so dont expect much here. Your best bets are a beach day at one of the "resorts" in town, or a bus trip to the ruins.
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  • Salsa & Salsa
    Great excursion. The hostesses were very friendly and energetic, and the service was good. The margaritas flowed as freely as you wanted them too! Learning to make the margaritas and 6 types of salsa was great, and you get the recipes too. The hotel its hosted at is very nice, and you can choose to stay longer to use the pool or sit on the beach or snorkel.
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  • Stingray Swim
    We took the Deluxe Stingray City tour, it was good. The tour we took last year with a different operator was better (nicer boat, friendlier staff) but this was still a tour worth taking for sure. They were fast and efficient loading the bus and boat and the ride to the sandbar was maybe 20 minutes. Once there, they had everyone gather is a circle and brought a couple of rays around to each of us and we were able to touch and feed them. Later on we were able hold a ray if we chose to, this was very cool!
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  • Key West
    Key West is a great place to visit, though I think a longer stay is in order to really get the feel of the place. We took the trolley for $25 and were able to get on/off all day. We did the loop of the island, saw the southernmost point in the US, ate at the original Margaritaville and strolled the shops and art galleries.
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  • Miami
    Miami is a cool town with lots to do, but it can be expensive.
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