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We chose the Equinox rather late as we decided just before Thanksgiving that we wanted to be on a ship for the New year. Upon looking at available cruises, the Equinox came up as most affordable option of remaining balcony options. We did get the Aqua class and as such got to dine each evening in Blu. The food and service were five star here and we arrived each night at our leisure and got table for 2. Menu in main dining appeared to be a step above RCL, admittedly our favorite cruise line.I neglected to mention that in the Aqua class room you get daily appetizers and fresh tea. You also get access to parts of spa (Relaxation room, steam room, and sauna). Casino was small and disappointing in that the minimums were high for a cruise. Craps min bet was $15 and while they had a single $5 BJ table that was always full, you could always find a seat at $15 and up table. Casino manager never changed these mins the entire cruise. They did have a Texas hold em Poker table that was open sporadically. Entertainment was average at best. They had 3 main production shows that were performed by same group with same stars. Celebrity productions were not Broadway like RCL Oasis class. Enough said. in between shows they would have a one man/woman show that was a magician/comedian or singer/comedian. I did enjoy the Steve Parry. PGA speech about his road to the british open and his chipping demo on the lawn. My favorite bar was the Sunset bar on the back of the ship. Great service and they had either a single or duo performing every afternoon. Cigars welcome there on one side. The Ensemble bar is also a nice place for pre or post dinner libations as they have jazz type entertainment. Other mentionable would be the Martini bar with and ice bar. They do a drink martini show that is quite an event. My seapass card had to be replaced ,i think, 8 times due to being de-magnitized and would not open room. Pathetic that they are still using old technology while sister competitors like RCL use RFID technology which were error free on our cruise in September. Furthermore, the inroom TV was out for 4 of the 7 days! The internet was another bad point. We only had unlimited internet on 2 devices and used our cell phones exclusively, yet we had to continually relog into their internet provider. Again with RCL we logged in once and were done! Really pathetic performance. Celebrity makes a big thing about the lawn areas as a pace to play games such as bocce, croquet, etc. All that I really saw on the lawn was sunbathing. Maybe Celebrity could reserve one area for games and others for sunbathing. And finally with a name like Celebrity would it not be nice to have a unannounced celebrity or 2 for one night only shows? RCL and even Carnival has done this for years.

Equinox...The Good and The Bad

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by CJDore

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We chose the Equinox rather late as we decided just before Thanksgiving that we wanted to be on a ship for the New year. Upon looking at available cruises, the Equinox came up as most affordable option of remaining balcony options. We did get the Aqua class and as such got to dine each evening in Blu. The food and service were five star here and we arrived each night at our leisure and got table for 2. Menu in main dining appeared to be a step above RCL, admittedly our favorite cruise line.I neglected to mention that in the Aqua class room you get daily appetizers and fresh tea. You also get access to parts of spa (Relaxation room, steam room, and sauna).

Casino was small and disappointing in that the minimums were high for a cruise. Craps min bet was $15 and while they had a single $5 BJ table that was always full, you could always find a seat at $15 and up table. Casino manager never changed these mins the entire cruise. They did have a Texas hold em Poker table that was open sporadically.

Entertainment was average at best. They had 3 main production shows that were performed by same group with same stars. Celebrity productions were not Broadway like RCL Oasis class. Enough said. in between shows they would have a one man/woman show that was a magician/comedian or singer/comedian. I did enjoy the Steve Parry. PGA speech about his road to the british open and his chipping demo on the lawn.

My favorite bar was the Sunset bar on the back of the ship. Great service and they had either a single or duo performing every afternoon. Cigars welcome there on one side. The Ensemble bar is also a nice place for pre or post dinner libations as they have jazz type entertainment. Other mentionable would be the Martini bar with and ice bar. They do a drink martini show that is quite an event.

My seapass card had to be replaced ,i think, 8 times due to being de-magnitized and would not open room. Pathetic that they are still using old technology while sister competitors like RCL use RFID technology which were error free on our cruise in September. Furthermore, the inroom TV was out for 4 of the 7 days! The internet was another bad point. We only had unlimited internet on 2 devices and used our cell phones exclusively, yet we had to continually relog into their internet provider. Again with RCL we logged in once and were done! Really pathetic performance.

Celebrity makes a big thing about the lawn areas as a pace to play games such as bocce, croquet, etc. All that I really saw on the lawn was sunbathing. Maybe Celebrity could reserve one area for games and others for sunbathing.

And finally with a name like Celebrity would it not be nice to have a unannounced celebrity or 2 for one night only shows? RCL and even Carnival has done this for years.
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Cabin A1 1561
Cabin was typical ship balcony room with double wide hanging storage with shelf at top. Other storage was 4 drawers under TV and 2 doors above bed. Balcony was wide enough for 2 chairs with ottomans and a nice sized table. Extensive breakfast could be ordered to room by placing your order on door at night, Each day we received fresh te and a plate of appetizers. Each room has a small frig, safe, hair dryer, and even a cheap set of binoculars. To make your room better, I would pack a small power outlet to permit at least 2 power devices to be plugged in as well as USB and small magnetic hooks for things like clothes, belts, hats, etc.
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