Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by landfarm
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (partially obstructed view)
Upon arrival at the terminal, we were checked in and waited in the vast open area. The seats were fine, but the acoustics were terrible and the boarding announcements sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher.
When we boarded we were greeted with champagne and allowed to go to our stateroom. We dropped off our carryon luggage and got our cards. We were in Veranda 7336. We met our room steward Denny and then went off to explore the ship.
The Oceanview Café was a buffet dining experience that was quite enjoyable. There was authentic Thai and Asian dishes almost daily, and a vast selection of cuisines for all palates.
We had a four night specialty restaurant package and enjoyed La Petit Chef, the Tuscan Grill, and Murano twice. All food and service was top notch. The formal nights were Day 2 and Day 10. In the main Dining Room we had anytime dining and our service was excellent. ( Thanks Enrique and Albert).
Our Sea days were mostly spent in the Solarium in the morning and exploring the ship in the afternoon. During evening hours, we could be found at the Martini Bar until dinner, We attended two shows, Elysium and September 63, which was a Four Seasons tribute band that put on a great show. We spent a few nights donating to the casino, watched sports in the Craft Social bar and the other nights we just crashed after dinner.
Our first Port was Saint Thomas USVI. We hired a taxi for a couple of hours, took a short tour, and then shopping. Just a word about the Taxis. My wife cannot step into a bus, shuttle, or large van. She can get into a minivan or car You can find these vehicles, but you must pack your patience and keep asking, You may pay a little more than the jam-packed tours, but to us it was well worth it,
Our next port of call was St. Croix. We found a taxi to take us to Rhythm's at Rainbow Beach. During our research it had been highly recommended. There is small hill to negotiate to get to the beach. The steps to the bar were steep and tall. We worked around that by using the hill. Previous reviews said this beach was easy to negotiate with a sandy bottom. .We found it to be just the opposite. We were told that Tropical Storm Karen had come through and taken all of the sand away. Nothing but rocks, some of them quite large. We put on our water shoes, finally negotiated the bottom, and were relaxing in the water when a storm came through, complete with lightning and thunder. The Rhythm's beach bar did good business that day. Everyone there, from the kids who rented us the chairs and umbrella, to the bar staff were very nice. Just a bad weather day.
The third port was Antigua. After some negotiating, we found a taxi for just the two of us. We had originally planned on the Dennis Dennis beach bar, but were told that the hill and steps there were very steep, and probably not doable for my wife. We instead wound up less then a mile away at Darkwater beach. This beach was beautiful, with a very fine white sand, There was a bit of a drop off in the water, but not terrible. The water and sand were gorgeous and we could see Montserrat while we were in the water. Overall, great day!
The fourth port of call was Barbados. Once again we got a private taxi to take us to the Harbour Lights Beach Club. There is one short set of stair to negotiate, but once you get on the beach, just WOW! Crystal clear water, nice sand, and beautiful sunshine. A word of warning, the only bathroom at the club is upstairs. Luckily, we did not have to use those facilities.
Stop number 5 was St. Lucia. After consecutive days in the sun, we opted to take a tour of the island. It was very informative and the driver was very knowledgeable. We had a bit of excitement on our way back to the port. Our car had a flat right front tire. We pulled in to a gas station only to find out that it would not even hold air. We offered to help him change the tire, but he insisted on driving back to the ship on the rim. More excitement than we needed for the day.
The last stop was St. Martin. We had been to this island before, and we were very interested to see how its recovery from the hurricane a few years back, was progressing. The answer is - Not very well. Many of our favorite places were extensively damaged and are coming back. We decided to go to Little Divi Beach. There was a ramp to the beach. The sand was not as nice as some of the other beaches, but the water was beautiful. Getting in to and out of the beach was difficult as there was a steep drop off and an uneven bottom.
After six port days in a row, we began our two day return trip. More great food, more French Martinis, more McCallan's scotch, and unfortunately, more casino donations. We met some great people, and had a great time.
When we returned to Fort Lauderdale, we caught an Uber to the airport and were there in plenty of time to catch or flight.
Until the next one....
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