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Celebrity Equinox Review

Celebrity Equinox (Photo: Celebrity)
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2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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Pros

Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

Cons

Main dining could use a little improvement

Bottom Line

Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options


About

Passengers 2,850
Crew 1,250
Passenger to Crew 2.28:1
Launched 2009
Shore Excursions 463

Celebrity Equinox Overview

Celebrity Equinox undergwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It received additional suites; Michael's Club was transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; and the ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant was redesigned in an open, marketplace style.

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As Celebrity's dedicated Caribbean ship, Celebrity Equinox takes advantage of the weather with outdoor amenities, such as real grass lawn on top of the ship and a Lawn Club Sunset Bar, complete with deck furniture and faux fire pit.

If that sounds sophisticated for a cruise ship, then you're correct. As one of the line's Solstice-class ships, Celebrity Equinox is about modern touches aimed at a crowd that enjoys craft beer and top-shelf mixed drinks, restaurant experiences that punch up to gourmet (the line has announced a partnership with Michelin-starred restaurateur Daniel Boulud) and entertainment that trends more toward cabaret -- think aerialists and magicians -- than big musicals or raucous parties.

While families do sail on Equinox during school breaks, and there are kids' clubs, children are not the focus on this ship. A collection of edgy and engaging modern art, with a living tree suspended in the atrium, sets an adult vibe. While there's an outdoor main pool, it's relatively small; significant real estate is given to the calm adults-only Solarium with yet another pool. Canyon Ranch provides spa services.

Evenings on Celebrity Equinox are relaxed. At night, you might have the opportunity to stargaze at the night sky with an enrichment guide, or you can check out the constellation lights twinkling above the bar in the Sky Observation Lounge. You can slow dance with your loved one to a live band before dinner, but you can also get down to your own beat with giant headphones during the silent disco.

Celebrity Equinox has a mix of cabin and suite options, with various associated perks. Both Suite Class and AquaClass spa cabins come with dedicated restaurants, leading to more personalized and intimate service; Suite Class has its own VIP lounge and special invite-only events. For groups, this means that you might have to coordinate your cabins carefully, so you are able to dine with your friends or family.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows and most entertainment
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($15.50 per person, per day for those in standard cabins; $16 per person, per day, for Concierge and AquaClass passengers; and $19 per person, per day, for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage, mini-bar, sushi and spa tips (18 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Meals at seven specialty restaurants and snack venues
  • Spa treatments
  • Persian Garden Thermal Suite (unless in AquaClass)
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Some special themed parties
  • Photos and artwork


Celebrity Equinox Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts and T-shirts most common inside the ship and bathing suits and cover-ups on the pool deck.

Evening: Resort casual, with button-down or dressy Tommy Bahama-type sport shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart casual pants and blouses for women. Formal night on Celebrity has been replaced by "evening chic," meaning men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. Dinner in Murano is listed as "smart casual and above."

Not permitted: No swimwear, spa robes or bare feet in the buffet. T-shirts, tanks tops and flip-flops are not permitted in the main dining room at any time; shorts are not allowed at dinner (although this might be flexible).

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.


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Deck:
Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Entertainment Deck
Continental Deck
Sunrise Deck
Vista Deck
Panorama Deck
Sky Deck
Penthouse Deck
Resort Deck
Lido Deck
The Lawn Club
Solstice Deck

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More about Celebrity Equinox

Where does Celebrity Equinox sail from?
Celebrity Equinox departs from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades).
How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Equinox?
Cruises on Celebrity Equinox start from $149 per person.
Is Celebrity Equinox a good ship to cruise on?
Celebrity Equinox won 50 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins, Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for First Timers
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Service
  • 2013 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best for Value

Celebrity Equinox Member Reviews

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Pbenedet
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We keep coming back to the Celebrity Equinox to celebrate special events and also to enjoy the ship amenities that suit our needs....Read More
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mizzou/lincoln
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We picked the Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise of Feb. 29 - Mar.7th because of the itenerary plus us having had very good experiences on Celebrity ships before....Read More
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Laura61
Sail Date: Jan 2020
I am a 58 year old Type 2 insulin dependent diabetic and this trip report is specifically about my experience as a diabetic on my recent cruise on the Celebrity Equinox....Read More
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MollyLou
Sail Date: Jul 2019
My husband and I decided to cruise on the Celebrity Equinox because it had great reviews and was named one of the top cruise ships. We cruised 7 days out of Fort Lauderdale....Read More

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