Equinox Excites!!: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Max Joseph

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Max Joseph

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Equinox Excites!!

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We had a fantastic 10 nights on this state-of-the-art ship.

We chose an Aqua Class Cabin with Balcony as we wanted something a little bit special for our honeymoon. On arrival at the embarkation marquee, we were delighted to be fast-tracked out of this cattle market as we were Aqua Class passengers. We were greeted with welcome drinks and iced towels as we walked along the red carpet onto the boat (this practice was repeated at every port we visited, so much so that we looked forward to getting back to the ice towel man at the boat every day as it was very hot in the Med in August!).

Our cabin was furnished with fresh fruit, welcome champagne, iced tea. The Aqua class cabin is very well appointed and, whilst not huge, was plenty big enough for the two of us with its large balcony, abundant storage space and lovely little ensuite shower/toilet. The only slight problem we had was that when you ran the cold water tap in the hand basin, the water would very quickly More become lukewarm - not pleasant for teeth cleaning!! I complained about this twice to the Customer Relations Desk and was told on both occasions that it was being looked into. It was never resolved. In contrast, the Hansgrohe shower was fantastic with body jets and very good water pressure.

Our Stateroom Attendants were fantastic. Every time we returned to the cabin, our bed would be made, and our cabin tidied. Finishing touches like Celebrity chocolates on each of our pillows at the end of each day was a nice touch too. The room service menu for food was completely free and very nice on the few occasions we used it. This could be ordered form the TV Remote - flatscreen, wallmounted on a clever pull-out bracket. Internet was also available in the cabin at a charge.

We are both musicians so entertainment was very important to us. We are probably more critical of it than your average passenger too!! We were not disappointed. We were treated to the Equinox Orchestra (they were an 8-piece band rather than an orchestra) in the theatre productions on most nights, an excellent 6 piece covers band that played by the poolside each day for sailaway and then later in the Sky Lounge until late. Also onboard were, the Voicemales Vocal Quartet, Georgetown Jazz Quartet, a String Quartet and female guitar/vocalist. All of these acts moved around the ship regularly and were of the highest standard. The theatre productions were generally excellent and varied with a full programme of guest artists as well as resident acts. We did however find the second Equinox Spectacular Show a little bit repetitive (how long can you watch somebody dangling upside down from a piece of cloth for!!!???)

The bars were all good but we would strongly recommend purchasing a drinks package in advance - you still get an itemised print-out at the end and we definitely made out of Celebrity - we did our sums!!! The food was simply exquisite. Right through from the Oceanview Cafe (Buffet) to the speciality restaurants, everything was amazing and top-shelf. To say more, it would be hard to do the food justice. It was just fantastic. We only tried one Speciality restaurant - Tuscan Grille and it was lovely to sit right at the back of the boat and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean.

The Cruise Director was Dru. At the end of the theatre production each night he would give all of the information required for the following day's port of call. Very informative and very professionally delivered. Loved the cheesy jokes too Dru!!!

We were outnumbered by Americans by about 10-1 I would imagine. Everything on the ship was charged in US Dollars but that didn't matter a s they operate a cashless system and most things were included anyway. Everyone we met was very friendly and there was a complete mix of ages onboard. Families, young couples, old couples, groups of friends etc...

All in all, we loved this boat so much that we haven't really stopped talking about it for the last 3 months. We can't wait to go back. It's only money we're short of!!! Less

Published 11/28/10

Cabin review: AQ1594

Port and Shore Excursions

Athens city is a 20min drive inland from Piraeus port so you need to organise a bus/taxi. We booked a simple return bus from the boat and made our own way up to the Acropolis. Again, do this first as it gets unbearably busy up there soon after all the cruise ship organised tours arrive. Be sure to visit the new Archeology Museum at the foot of the Acropolis - it's very interesting and the air-con is great!!

There is plenty of shopping in the old narrow streets and plenty of air conditioned bars and restaurants.

Corfu town is beautiful and it has people to match. The shopkeepers are not pushy and the atmosphere of the whole place is magical. We bought a lovely, unique, hand carved wooden fruit bowl there. We had a great lamb lunch sat outside in a little hidden square which a local jeweller recommended.

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We walked around the entire city wall here. It was breath-taking in more ways than one! There is no hiding place from the strong sun up there so take my advice and do it early on! You need to get a bus as the port is about 10 mins drive away from the old town. Lots of restaurants to choose from here including a lot of fish places around the marina.

We were a little disappointed in this port. Obviously the weather was nice but we found the local salesmen in the bazaar overstepped the mark with their ploys to get you into their shops. We would have been far more likely to look in their shops if they'd said nothing. One even resorted to speaking Welsh to me when I replied "no" to "English, Sir?"!!!! The Turkish Delight we bought from a little stall on the way back to the ship was great though!

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We bought a day ticket for the open top bus tour and went on two or three different routes. Good quality headphones were provided and commentary was very interesting. Had a nice pasta meal in one of the squares. We opted not to go to Capri on a boat trip as it seemed very expensice and the queues were huge. We were also a bit worried about getting back to the mainland in time for departure as apparently you have to queue again for tickets for the return boat too!!

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We prepaid for a short coach tour that included wine tasting. Having been to the lovely island before, I knew that this was a good idea. You have to go in a pretty hairy cable car to get back to sea level - not a good place to visit if you don't do heights!! A rooftop lunch is to be recommended before making the descent. Otherwise lovely!!

Venice always has been breath-taking. It did not disappoint. Our voyage was the biggest ever cruise ship to sail along the main lagoon past St. Mark's Square with postcard photo opportunities. DO NOT PAY FOR THE CELEBRITY TRANSFER BOAT. It costs about three times as much as the local Vaporetto water taxi and takes you to and from exactly the same place!! Venice was very busy but as we were honeymooning, we haggled for a Gondola ride. If you can get it cheaper than 80 Euros for 30 mins you're doing well!! Everyone says that Venice is expensive. Food isn't too bad in general but watch it with the drinks- even soft ones. We paid nearly 20 euros for 2 beers at one bar, although admittedly it was within sight of the Rialto Bridge!!
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