Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by WineandRoseLady
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
Had select dining. After the first night’s excellent service by Dennis, Putu, and sommelier Lewelyn, we returned to them every night we were in the dining room. With the exception of the risotto, the food was the best tasting of any of our many cruises. The meat, fish, (other) pasta, appetizers, and desserts were delicious and served hot. The food in the Oceanview Café was nicely prepared. We also very much enjoyed going with friends to one dinner in the specialty restaurant Silk Harvest..
We were entertained by the shows we saw, including John Bressler (rock-singer,piano), Miguel Washington (comic-the “G” rated show), Carole’s Kings (Carole King tribute), Jay Mattioli (magician), Ashlie-Amber Harris (Whitney Houston tribute), and the ship productions of “Elysium” and “Topper”. We managed to see only one of four “Beyond the Podium” lectures, and enjoyed it. Our schedule was just off for seeing the others.
We participated in many of the Celebrity Life games and events, and host Debbie was our favorite. Her trivia questions were a refreshing mix challenging teams’ knowledge of past and recent decades.
What can I say about Captain Kate? Her sense of humor, friendliness, and accessibility to the passengers makes her stand out among captains. We really looked forward to her ship announcements and riddles. All of the crew we met or encountered reflected her friendliness. This particular Equinox experience was amazing in all respects.
This cruise stopped at six Caribbean ports. We had privately arranged tours at all of them. Our foodie tours in St. Thomas and St. Martin, and our catamaran trip in Barbados were our favorites, but we also enjoyed our snorkeling trip in St. Croix, car tour in Antigua, and the van and food tour in St. Lucia.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Island TourVerlyn was our personable guide for a private car tour for four. The meeting place was a five minute walk from the cruise ship. The tour title was History Replayed, but it sounds like we got the same island tour that others saw, including the soccer stadium, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park (three areas), scenic views, and a drive by of many government buildings, churches, and an old rum factory. A pleasant day.View All 160 Island Tour Reviews
Catamaran TourThis was an exceptional sailing and snorkeling tour, complete with lunch and beverages. We were picked up at the cruise port and driven maybe five minutes to the boat. Gina, Aaron, Kieron, and Amery were so attentive! We had two snorkeling stops, one with a turtle, and the other with an abundance of colorful fish, a reef, and a sunken boat. Morning appetizers were served, later followed by a hot buffet lunch onboard, while anchored at a beautiful beach. Here some went swimming, some snorkeled, and some just enjoyed sunbathing. A rain squall found us on the way back. The crew put up some shelter, but many went into the cabin for the short duration. Calabaza II is a beautiful catamaran, and I recommend the outing with no hesitation. Snorkeling gear was included for anyone needing it. The guides took hundreds of pictures onboard and in the water, which were made available to us online. A fabulous day!View All 94 Catamaran Tour Reviews
SnorkelingThree hour tour aboard the Adventure, snorkeling. Very helpful staff Michael, Jordan, and Christine. They offered helpful tips for newbies and those with physical challenges, and water and rum punch on the way back. We used their recommended Sunshine Taxi service to get from the cruise port to Christensted (35 minute drive, $16/pp round trip). Overall, a nice day.View All 17 Snorkeling Reviews
Island TourThis was in a van of ten, but there were 5 or 6 related vans waiting and filling up at the cruise port. Our tour guide and driver was YellowBird. Easily understood, YellowBird let us know what to expect during the day, provided cultural and historical insight. The drink truck met us several times with rum punch, beer, water, and soda. The lunch buffet was of local foods, fruits, and desserts. We had a later stop for the local cheese bread. Harbor views, tropical forest, fruit trees, mud bath (optional), and piton walk were all included, as well as (perhaps too many) souvenir stands at the various stops. 6.5 hour tour. It was a good tour; we recommend YellowBird as a guide.View All 250 Island Tour Reviews
St. MaartenThe tour met at the Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store about a ten minute walk towards town from the cruise port. Our guide Heather was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and great fun. The group was ten people total from two cruise ships.View All 12,811 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
We began with a wine and cheese pairing, then our capable driver Etienne drove us across to the French side for a tasty BBQ plate at Sky’s The Limit. We made our own colorful rum drinks to eat with assorted tapas at Karacter’s on the beach and watched planes take off at the nearby airport. Our dessert was an assortment of yummy French pastries at La Sucriere. This was a very fun day filled with laughter, awe (the hurricane damage) and good eats.
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St. ThomasIt was an easy ride from the cruise port to downtown on a shuttle. I recommend bringing water for the first part of the tour. We met Lisa close by in Emancipation Park. The tour started with a 45 minute walk, learning the area’s history and culture as we gradually made our way up near Bluebeard’s Castle (including, optionally, the”99 Steps”). Enjoyed the view and local architecture, and worked our way back down. Our first food stop, Jen’s Island Café, offered the most amazing coconut shrimp, and tasty conch fritters. We then had a refreshing mango rum smoothie, at Bumpa’s. On to Gladys’ for wonderful local flavors (curry, not too hot unless you got carried away with her hot sauces, beans and rice, plantains, sweet potato). Next we created or own “Painkiller” rum drink at the Side Street Pub, and finally finished at Virgilio’s with Chef Matthew flambéing bananas foster.View All 12,811 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
We were delighted with all of the food selections, and would love to revisit any of these establishments. Lisa was fun, friendly, and informative.
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