We have sailed on the Equinox three other times and had a great experience so we decided to try the New Year's eve cruise. We have a total of 30 cruises with all on Royal Caribbean except the Celebrity cruises on the Edge and Equinox. Getting on the ship was a breeze and we were amazed at how fast boarding went. Our luggage arrived before we sailed and was delivered about an hour after our arrival! Nicely done. One of the reason we chose the
Equinox is due to their excellent food in the Oceanview Cafe. I am sorry to report that we were more than disappointed with the quality and selection of the food. Originally we had planned to eat every mean there and skip the Main Dining Room but we ended up going to the MDR to get better food. The food in the MDR was a bit better but the portions were very small! The service in the MDR was excellent and Waiter Michel and his assistant Amol did a great job. My wife ordered a meal that had mashed potatoes . The size of the potatoes was similar to a golf ball!
Another reason we booked the Equinox was the Martini bar. Again we were very disappointed in that on past cruises the bartenders were very professional and remembered what you preferred to drink from day to day. There has always been a big following at the Martini bar but things have changed. There was no spark that got the customers happy. The usual bar tricks were now at a minimum and service was quite slow even when there were few people there. The Martini bar DJ was a non issue unlike past cruises. We did find a hidden treasure in the Sunset bar on deck 15. It fit our needs perfectly and Oneil, our bartender did a great job. Only downside was cigarette smoke in the area.
The ship was in good condition and clean. Our room was good with a comfortable bed. Sharilyn was our attendant and did a good job on a daily basis but there were no extras like folded towels like animals...it was just basic cleaning and nothing else. Overall the crew was pleasant but no one stood out in customer service.
Departure from the ship was easy with self serve. We started departure at 7.15am and by 8.00 we were through Customs, transported to our parking and on our way home! Well done.
Overall it was a nice cruise and we enjoyed the New Year's festivities. Fortunately Christmas decorations were still in place for most of our cruise and were beautiful.
Yes, we booked again for another New Year's cruise!
We booked a room on the "hump". This allowed us to see all the way forward and aft. We were nervous about being near the elevators but could not hear anything. We would book that room again.
Mattress in the room was great and the bathroom seemed to be larger than most.
Always a fun town!
Kind of laid back.
always interesting shopping.