Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Millie Bear
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
My wife and I have just returned from a smashing 10 nighter on the Celeb Equinox which we thoroughly enjoyed and went too quickly.
Everything went well with no complaints (except Wales rugby result against France when docked in Athens !!!!).
The ship was outstanding, all the crew (no exceptions) were so helpful and first class and the food... YUM !!!. The shows in the evenings were very good, energetic and good variation (unlike some previous cruises we have been on).
Plenty to keep you occupied throughout the day and when we had some bad weather (rain) whilst at Santorini, the entertainment was re-arranged that morning to provide even more events. This was a great example of how 'on the ball' and pro-active the whole crew were. First class.
Our room attendant Dennis and our waiters Muriano and Joey were excellent at all times and social. All deserve star gradings.
The ship was close to capacity but still felt had plenty of room and good to see that some passengers (mainly Spanish) told clearly not to 'reserve' their beds/chairs by the pool or elsewhere on the decks by clearing off somewhere else and returning later. Their belongings were put to one side and when returned (as in some cases 4 hours later) instructed would happen again. They soon stopped. Fortunate to have met several lovely fellow passengers for chin wags and our table companions were great fun.
One issue we would like to comment on was the increase in cover charge for the speciality restaurants which now cost $30 a head. This may appear trivial but we noticed that there were free spaces on each evening.... unlike previous cruises we have been on where it was between $15 to $20 each. May not sound much but it put off other guests in booking an evening after meeting a few over the cruise days. Anyway, once sampled the food at dinner in the evening why go speciality. Top quality.
One of the best cruises we have been on. Great time and hope to go again in the future.
Plenty of space and well designed. Always cleaned thoroughly. Shower area more space than other ships. Bed perfect and aircon efficient. TV information and programs better than other cruise companies and accomodates most languages. Wardrobe size more than adequate and sound proofing from exterior noises from next door or hallway improved. Whether or not its a British thing but a kettle in the room could be included as bit of a walk to restaurant/drinks area for a brew in your room. Can use room service but brought our own travel kettle as not listed in room inventory.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Athens (Piraeus)Efficient as have to take courtesy bus from ship to terminal. Not much in port area so trip required with ship as not so many locals there as other ports. If want to go into Athens on own then turn left out of port and 10-15 minute walk round the port to metro where can take into centre Athens for one euro each way. Safe and takes approx 30 mins to near Plaka/Acrop district. Worth the effort and good pavement to the metro and not much crossing roads (busy in the area). Share a taxi back from town otherwise metro back. Don't rely on the local buses as drivers take breaks at most opportunities. Port is 2 but Athens we give a 5.View All 1,075 Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Port Reviews
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KusadasiShort walk from pier to town. Watch the local traffic as come from most angles. People very friendly (sometime over for business). Tip is not to go to the bazaar/markets too early and wait for other fellow shipmates to start shopping. We made mistake by gong into town at 8.45 and there were swarms of local shopkeepers that impossible to browse. Wait till 11am and big difference. At this time of year hagle and barter and can get as much as three quarters off as coming to end of season. Lovely port and locals.View All 616 Kusadasi Cruise Port Reviews
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MykonosLovely island. Short easy walk from ship (pier) to town. Once in town streets narrow and whindy with some gradients. Offers plenty of shade. Take it easy and browse many shops on way to the windmills. On arriving nice views back across harbour and good bars/rest locted there. Plenty of local reps for trips round island. Prices in shops of for items more pricey than other stops.View All 869 Mykonos Cruise Port Reviews
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Rhodes5 to 10 minute walk from pier into old town area. Plenty shops and restaurants and lovely walks round the quite and flowered back streets. Plenty of local reps for trips round island but note that 10 to 15 walk round to other side of harbour are plenty of boat trips to Lindos rather than by taxi.View All 404 Rhodes Cruise Port Reviews
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Santorini10 minute tender to port. Go early to miss the long queue's for the lift from the harbour to town. No shade for the queue's and have to negotiate several steps both at bottom and at top station. If handicaped can cause a problem as local lift operators not very helpfull. When up in town watch out for donkey/mule muck in the narrow streets and if any approach you in a convoy then stand well back !!!!!! Lovely island again and plenty of local reps for trips.View All 844 Santorini Cruise Port Reviews
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