Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by nrfc05
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class
Celebrity was an awesome choice, the ship was stunning, the crew friendly and none of the venues ever felt crowded or overly busy, even on sea days.
Check-in at Miami was super smooth we dropped off the hire car at the Intercon Hotel at Bayside, a 10-minute cab ride we were at the side of the ship and onboard within 30 minutes of arriving, being in a Concierge cabin has its benefits.
A slight hitch on day one, instead of waking up at sea en-route to San Juan we were tied up in port, in Nassau. A passenger had fallen ill overnight and the ship had to divert. Everything was dealt with smoothly, we would have a day in Nassau, tours would be refunded, no hassle.
The rest of the cruise went off without a hitch:
Cabin: C3 cabin on deck 10 very spacious with plenty of room for our son to join us. Certainly a larger cabin than Norwegian Epic with a more sensible bathroom arrangement, eg everything was inside the bathroom as opposed to spread around the cabin!
Food: We dined in the main dining room every night, the food and the service were so good there was no reason to visit any of the supplementary restaurants.
Entertainment: The Theatre was a great setting, while there was a great mix of shows from solo singers, comedians musicians but it would have been good to mix in the odd branded or West End/Broadway show to anchor the weeks entertainment with a real event to look forward to. The movies were good however, a nice prequal to dinner.
Ports: Can't comment on San Juan, but St Thomas was lovely although the turtle snorkling trip was a bit on the short side, barely 30 mins in the water.
Decided to take it easy in St Maarten, a $7 (per person return) water bus ride to the beach leaving straight from the port and $20 for 2 sunbeds on the beach with WiFi was a great way to relax. Spoke to others who'd paid $45 each for a beach trip at the Cruise Desk and basically did exactly the same trip we had made!!
In summary: Althought only our 2nd cruise I would certainly try Celebrity again, worth every penny.
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The balcony had room for 2 reclining deck chairs and a table, perfect for evening sundowners.
The afternoon hors-d'oeuvres were nothing special if honest, barely a bite or a cube of jelly! The complimentary bottle of sparkling wine was lovely though.
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