What a great cruise: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Sylvia Rivers

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Sylvia Rivers

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What a great cruise

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We recently took the Celebrity Equinox from Rome for an Eastern Mediterranean cruise. We booked everything independently. We spent three days in Rome before our cruise. We used the train from Termini Station to the port (€4.50 each) with two large suitcases and one piece of handbaggage each. On arrival at the port there is about a ten minute walk (taxis didn't seem to want to take us) to the Port Entrance where each ship has a shuttle bus to take you to the checkin area. No real problem. Check in was quick and we were in our cabin by about 1300.

CABIN - we were in cabin 9292 and were very pleased with it. Ample storage and bathroom well thought out. We had a very nice attendant who looked after us well. No complaints.

BREAKFAST - we chose to have breakfast on Deck 12 - the healthy option. This was very good. On one morning we had breakfast delivered to our room as we had an early start. A mistake I think - no knives, only a very small pot of hot water for the tea More and not everything requested was delivered. They did opt to put it right but as we were pushed for time we passed on that.

DINING - we chose Select Dining which worked really well for us. We were able to sit with different people every evening which was very interesting. Food generally good but not exceptional. Service generally good but on our last night it was very slow and the food was only luke warm. Coffee was not offered. On two occasions we chose to eat in the buffet as we were not particularly hungry - we really enjoyed this and found the selection to be good. We dined in MURANO once - exceptional service and food, and in TUSCAN GRILL once. Tuscan Grill was very disappointing. We were ushered to our seats, given wine and water and then had to wait for 25 mins before my husband called someone. Apparently they had forgotten about us - not very impressed. Food good but not as good as Murano and when we left the Maitre D was at the exit looking at the computer and did not even acknowledge us leaving. We may have been unlucky but will certainly not go again.

DESTINATIONS - we normally do not take the ship excursions as first of all they are very expensive and secondly we don't like to be in large groups.

MESSINA - due to the timings we did on this occasion book the ship ON YOUR OWN tour to Taormina. A coach took us there and we were left for about two and a half hours to do our own thing, then met again to be taken back to the ship. Our guide was excellent and she gave us a map of Taormina. This worked fine for us - we walked as far as the Greek Theatre (there is an entry fee unless you are over 60 - take a photo copy of your passport as evidence) - well worth a visit - and on our way back we had plenty of time to have some lunch. When we got back to Messina we crossed the road from the port and saw the Cathedral and Clock Tower.

PIREUS - we did not bother going into Athens as we had both been there a number of times before and had already seen the Acropolis, Plaka etc. We took the port shuttle bus to Terminal A and then we saw advertised a Tourist Train for Pireus (€5 each). We took this and got off at the first stop - a lovely square with shops and cafes - we were looking for an Internet Cafe and en route discovered the Marina. We sat down at a cafe and had some orange juice and admired the view. We explored Pireus - not too much to see but it was nice.

All in All we loved the itinerary and can't wait to go on our next cruise and we would certainly recommend this itinerary. Less

Published 10/04/11

Cabin review: 1A9292 Deluxe Veranda

We had cabin 9292. We found it very spacious with plenty of storage room. Plenty of room under the beds for suitacases and storage cupboards above the beds were useful for things you did not need every day. Our balcony was large and the seating very comfortable. Bathroom more than adequate - shower good size and plenty of storage space in the bathroom. Location was mid ship and very close to the elevators. We experienced no noise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

KUSADASI - having read reviews on Trip Advisor we book a trip to Ephesus with Ephesus Shuttle. There were only 8 of us in an air conditioned mini bus. Guide met us at the ship and we each got a guidebook. We were taken to the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus where we had two and a half hours free - which was plenty to go through comfortably - we had tickets to the Terraced Houses (well worth a visit) and then on the way back we stopped at the Temple of Artemis. We started at 0730 and were back at the port by 1215 - giving us plenty of time to go to the bazaars etc. The price was very reasonable - we paid €33 for two of us plus entry fees. Well worth doing this way. We were offered stops at Carpet and Leather factories but we declined. No pressure.

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MYKONOS - lovely - we walked around the pretty streets and then took a local bus (€1.60 each way) to Paradise Beach. We stayed there for a while then returned to the centre and stopped off for a glass of wine. The only thing I would complain about here was that Celebrity charged US$10 each for a shuttle to the main centre. Some people did walk (apparently 20 mins or so) but not much pavement

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NAPLES - we decided to go to Sorrento. I had printed out a hydrofoil schedule. We got off the ship and went to the hydrofoil station (a few mins walk from the ship). 30 minute journey. When we got off the hydrofoil we walked around and had a look at the private beaches/swimming places and then took the lift up to the centre - cost €1 each. We spent a couple of hours there then came back again. It is a very pretty place.

We did not take the opportunity to go around Naples this time.

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RHODES - here we just walked around the town looking at the places of interest and spent a couple of hours in a cafe people watching.

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SANTORINI - as there were two other ships in that morning we decided to walk up to Thira. My husband is 67 and I am 64. We had read previous reviews so came prepared with our collapsible walking sticks. We walked up (about 1000hrs) slowly sharing the steps with donkeys coming up and going down and of course donkey poo. We took it slowly and stopped for breaks. It was really quite fun as everyone walking was looking out for the donkeys - someone would call 'Donkeys Coming' so we would all keep well in putting our hands out so the donkeys did not come too close - then we would continue. Apparently there are 588 steps. We did it in 35 minutes and were very proud of ourselves. It was very pretty and when we made our way back to the ship we caught the cable car down.

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