Exhausting Eastern Mediterranean itinerary: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by RockinSonoma
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Exhausting Eastern Mediterranean itinerary
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Aquaspa class offers nice accommodations (the showers are fantastic), better dining, and closer proximity to the pool and spa decks. The other advertised in-room amenities were just marketing hype: the "floral arrangements" were a single bud in a tiny vase, the afternoon canapes were marginal when they weren't irrelevant because of being ashore, the aroma stuff was nonexistent as was the "pillow menu" (though I have no doubt you can get as many pillows as you want with a quick phone call or word with the cabin stewarts).
We loved the ports-of-call and the ship was spectacular. However, leaving More Santorini before 10PM is immoral (especially when the ship simply holds station most of the night in front of the next port-of-call at Mykonos). Giving Celebrity the benefit of the doubt, I suspect that huge cruise ships in port beyond closing time for the souvenir shops would screw up the evening ambiance on the Greek islands. If we consider a repeat of the Eastern Med cruise, we'll give careful consideration to the smaller cruise lines with ships that can stay in port later or, alternately, the bare bones cruises that have you forfeit comfy cabins, good food and on-board entertainment for rock bottom prices and much longer port stays. It just might be better to spend the money saved on restaurants and entertainment in the ports and just use the ships for clothing storage and a place to sleep. Less
Cabin review: AQ1529
1529 is a fantastic cabin ideally located on the Penthouse deck. It's quiet. There are no deck noises from above. It's forward of the waist cabins with their overhanging decks. It's close to spa services. It's close to the forward elevators without being on top of them. It's close to stairs that take you directly up to the Aquaspa Cafe. Perfect location unless being close to the big dining venues is more important to you. Getting from 1529 to any dining other than the Aquaspa Cafe requires walking most of the length of the ship. That really isn't much unless your poor planning during the evening has you running to and fro. I highly recommend using Cruise Critic to investigate your cabin assignment during the booking process. The default cabin selections were the less desirable but probably adequate cabins. Investigating our cabin options on CC revealed desirable-looking cabins that had some issues (cabins adjacent to crew passageways or below the weight room section of the spa) that couldn't be ferreted out looking at the Celebrity literature.
Port and Shore Excursions
Exceptional cruise experience
Quite acceptable but not top d...