Trip of a Lifetime: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Browser495

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Trip of a Lifetime

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The Equinox is a beautiful ship. Our accommodations were outstanding and the service we received could not have been better! We took this cruise because 1) we enjoyed a wonderful Celebrity Constellation cruise to the Baltics last year and so Celebrity was high on our list; and 2) the itinerary was interesting and included so many places we wanted to the pyramids! We were not disappointed. In fact Celebrity exceeded our expectations. Celebrity appreciates its customers and makes them feel welcome.

Dining Room - We had the early seating. We were seated at a table of 12 and were very pleased with our dining companions. They were great people and our conversations were interesting and lively. We considered ourselves very fortunate. Our sommelier, Birol, was friendly and very knowledgeable....and once he learned our preferences, was always able to recommend a perfect wine to accompany our meals. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Sunil and Mariana, were also excellent and More friendly. Within a couple of days, they knew what types of things we preferred (eg. what type of tea) and brought it without having to ask our preference.

Accommodations - We had a lovely, quiet sky suite. It was perfect for sitting on the balcony and quietly reading. Our butler, Caetano, and the cabin crew were always smiling and welcoming and always made you feel at home after a long day of sight-seeing. The cabin was always in perfect order.

Speciality Dining - We tried Murano one night. The service was simply outstanding. I can't imagine how it could have been better.

Internet - As expected, Internet access is slow and often unavailable. We experienced this on our last cruise also. It can be very frustrating...however, the Internet (I.T.) staff were very helpful and tried to fix the problems we encountered to the extent they could. Don't expect rapid Internet access/speeds.

Shore Excursions - With such a huge ship, every time Equinox comes into port, it's going to be very busy with loads of people and loads of buses. If there are other ships in port as well, of course the crowds get even bigger. The places we went were very populated and attracts many tourists and pilgrims, so crowds should be expected. If you wind up in one of the last groups leaving, this can be a real problem as you will wait in line at the popular sites (eg. House of the Virgin Mary) for a very long time. However, it was all worth it. We had a great time. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime. It would be nice if Celebrity could work with other cruise lines and its local travel agents/vendors to try and co-ordinate things better so everyone isn't going to the same place at once....

All in all - a fantastic experience, a fantastic trip....kudos to Celebrity. Well done. Less

Published 10/25/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

The Acropolis is a must see. The Parthenon is awesome. This was the real highlight for us.

The Plaka was disappointing. It was a great place to have lunch. However, it mostly consists of touristy shops selling jewellery and kitsch. Should have allowed for more time to tour other sites.

Awesome. The city that never sleeps. It is so alive....and so polluted. There are no traffic lights or rules....yet there are no accidents. We did a two day excursion with an overnight in Cairo that was totally worth every minute.

The pyramids are awesome and majestic. We saw the light and sound show and it was very interesting to see the pyramids and sphinx all lite up at night. The next day we went to Saqqara and visited the Step pyramid and one of the mastabas. Then onto the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Memphis was a bit disappointing because there are so few ruins. However, the fallen statute of Ramses (housed) is well worth seeing. Then onto Giza and the great pyramids and sphinx. Our tour guide was exceptional and explaining everything. The vendors were out in full force, but we followed our guide's advice to ignore them and not take anything they offered to us (just let it fall) and we were left alone. It worked. If you have the opportunity, this is definitely a trip worth taking.

We enjoyed a tour of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Golan Heights, Jordan River, and Nazareth. Haifa itself is a lovely sea port. There is a pretty hanging garden worth seeing and great views from the heights. It was an wonderful experience to see these places.

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Very interesting. We took a side trip into Bethlehem and visited the Church of the Nativity. Because of construction and various church services, we were not able to see much of the Church and we were not able to enter the crypt. All together we spent about 3 hours in Bethlehem between the "mandatory" shopping stop and the Church. So, it was disappointing not to have seen more. The Jerusalem side was better organized. It was totally amazing to see and well worth a visit.

A wonderful surprise. Beautiful landscapes. Friendly people. Ephesus totally amazing. We enjoyed every minute.

First stop was the House of the Virgin Mary. Our tour was one of the last to leave the ship (we had to wait for a couple of people)so we had to wait in a huge line-up to get in.

Second stop was Ephesus. Walked along the ancient roads down to the Library of Celsius and then onto the theatre and the Harbour Road. Very impressive.

Third was the Museum which contained amazing artifacts many of which were removed from the ruins of Ephesus and stored in the museum.

Then onto the ruins of the Church of St John the Evangelist.

Totally wonderful experience. We want to visit Turkey again and see more sights.

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We took a minibus tour of the Amalfi coast stopping in Positano and Sorrento before heading to Pompeii. It was a wonderful excursion. We had a fabulous lunch on a terrace overlooking the bay in Sorrento. Pompeii was well worth seeing. I had not realized how large a site it was. A wondeful day and a great way to explore this coastline. Definitely worth it.
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Rome is one of our favourite cities. There is so much to see and do. The archaeological sites are amazing. We like to walk everywhere. This time we walked about 15 miles along the Via Antica Appia and back. We also visited the archaeological ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, the Forum, and the Palatine Hill. As always, the food in Rome is fantastic. The gelato is wonderful.

A beautiful village with exceptional views. Our trip was too would have been nice to have time for lunch in town. We enjoyed walking through the streets and up to the theatre. Great photo opps! It was very crowded with loads of bus tours from the various ships in port!

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