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Celebrity Equinox Entertainment & Activities

Day & Night

  • Daytime schedules have trivia, dance classes, wine tastings, cooking demos, art auctions and other activities
  • Hot Glass Show is a particular draw, as is the attractive lawn club area
  • The nighttime scene is bar-centric, with lots of live music; evening shows are more cabaret than Broadway
  • Pop-up parties, game shows, karaoke, movies and casino add nightly entertainment options

Celebrity Equinox is a relaxed ship, with enough activities and shows to stave off boredom but not so much going on that it feels loud or frenetic. During the day, passengers take part in a range of activities -- games against the crew are common -- that often have a trendy spin, such as adult coloring sponsored by Lonely Planet. More often than not, people are happy to relax by the pool, covered adults-only Solarium area or the gorgeous top-deck lawn.

For some of the best entertainment on the ship, head to the Lawn Club for the Hot Glass Class, given by glass blowing artisans from Hollywood Hot Glass. It's particularly nice to sit out on a mild evening, as the kilns' interior temperatures average around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pavilion can get hot on a sunny day. You can learn to make glass creations such as a heart, star, bowl or ornament.

Bar culture is prevalent on Equinox, and many folks linger with a cocktail in a lounge before or after dinner, around a show or late into the night. Music is performed continually throughout the night at lounges and public spaces across the ship.

An LGBTQ social hour is held nightly at the always popular Martini Bar. Celebrity Rox, a dance party out on the pool deck featuring live performances from the cast of the Equinox Theater, is held once per cruise.

Also once per cruise, the Lawn Club hosts an evening concert; turnout is usually high (and surprisingly energetic). Blankets and pillows are strewn about the grass, but there is plenty of space to dance. Glow sticks, beads and a pop-up bar add to the festive atmosphere. On some nights, there is stargazing on the lawn.

Celebrity Equinox Bars and Lounges

Equinox offers a nice mix of drinking destinations, from relaxed bars with spectacular views to energetic places to dance to excellent cocktail options.

Martini Bar & Crush (Deck 4): You'll find all the fun-loving people crowded around the iced counter at the Martini Bar in the evening. It earns its reputation as one of the most popular bars onboard for its elegant atmosphere and high energy. Order a martini flight; it's worth it for the show alone.

Quasar (Deck 4): The nightclub on Equinox has a '60s-meets-space vibe. Come here for karaoke competitions, late-night dancing and the popular silent disco.

World Class Bar (Deck 5): World Class Bar is where you go to test the ship's mixologists. Try a Ciroc Tropically Yours, made with vodka, rum, Coco Lopez, lemon juice and grilled pineapple juice. Occasionally, the bow-tied bartenders host a themed night, offering curious palates the chance to sip on a traditional absinthe or other liqueur.

Michael's Club (Deck 5): Michael's Club gives VIP cruisers in Suite Class access to a quiet sitting area and bar, used for special events as well as complimentary drinks, light appetizers in the evening and a small spread at breakfast.

Slush (Deck 12): For $12 a pop, Slush blends a variety of frozen cocktails from a Sweet Tart to a Mint Cookie (and all the daiquiris and mojitos in between). Any drink can be made nonalcoholic for $8.

Sky Observation Lounge (Deck 14): Lights twinkle like the constellations at night above a large dance floor. Killer views, a stylish ballroom aura and plenty of nooks make this a favorite hideaway for some.

Sunset Bar (Deck 15): Drink in views of the wake from atop the ship at the Sunset Bar, near the Lawn Club. Semicircle seating areas with cheery red-orange cushions surround tables that resemble fire pits at night. The port (left) side of the bar is a smoking area; cigars welcome.

Celebrity Equinox Outside Recreation

  • Three pools and six whirlpools, including adults-only (16+) enclosed Solarium
  • Plenty of sun deck space for lounging, particularly on Solstice Deck away from pool
  • Lawn Club allows picnicking and lawn games; there's also a top-deck sports court

Two pools (one shallow and one plunge), along with four raised hot tubs, make up the outside pool deck, along with an interactive water feature consisting of numerous dancing fountains.

Forward from the main pool area is the adults-only (16+) Solarium that houses within its blissfully quiet enclosure two hot tubs and a lovely pool bookended by a wall of ferns and flowers, as well as a soothing water and light display.

Deck 15's Lawn Club allows passengers to play games such as bocce or croquet, or just wiggle their toes in the grass.

Celebrity Equinox Services

  • Guest and shore excursion services
  • Future cruise sales
  • Expansive two-deck library
  • Card room with board games
  • Photo gallery and camera shop
  • Art gallery
  • iLounge internet cafe and computer store (find Celebrity prices here)
  • Shops: designer accessories and clothing (Michael Kors), fine jewelry, toiletries, snacks, duty-free alcohol and cigarettes
  • Medical center

Celebrity Equinox Spa & Fitness

  • Canyon Ranch-branded spa has a dizzying array of body treatments, facials, medi-spa and salon services
  • Persian Garden Thermal Suite has heated ceramic loungers, several steam and sauna chambers, and a sensory shower
  • Full fitness center with lots of aerobic equipment, as well as free weights

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is on Deck 12 forward and has a wide variety of treatments, at higher-than-land prices (a standard 50-minute massage runs about $170). Look for port-day deals. A salon is located within Canyon Ranch, with a wall of windows, lots of natural light and chairs for hairstyling, haircutting, manicures and pedicures. A 45-minute spa manicure is about $42; a blowout is about $25.

The Persian Garden Thermal Suite is central to Celebrity's AquaSpa. The area includes a coed sauna and steam room, tropical rain shower and ocean-view relaxation chairs. It's complimentary for AquaClass passengers; other passengers can buy full-cruise passes for a fee. Also available only to AquaClass guests is a Relaxation Lounge with cushioned daybeds, on Deck 11.

The AquaSpa Fitness Center has one of the best views on the ship, with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows and a roomy layout. The equipment is modern, there's a spacious and tucked-away area for classes and there are plenty of free weights and benches, in addition to the host of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes and machines. Classes, including yoga, spinning, Zumba and boot camp, are offered, mostly for a fee.

There's an outdoor jogging track -- eight laps equals a mile -- but the location midship above the pools means that during the day it's typically crowded with sun worshippers and not easy to keep up a good pace. It also passes through the smoker-friendly Mast Bar, oddly positioned right on the track.

Celebrity Equinox For Kids

  • Decent options for kids and teens, although programming is more robust on shorter sailings during summer and holidays
  • Fun Factory activities by age group (3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11)
  • X-Club has less structured activities for tweens (12 to 14) and teens (15 to 17)
  • Group babysitting is available for a fee from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; private babysitting also available for a fee

While Celebrity doesn't have the family-friendly reputation of other cruise lines, there are dedicated kids' areas onboard, which are particularly in use during the summer and holidays.

The well-staffed Fun Factory youth program includes organized activities for three age groups: Shipmates (ages 3 to 5), Cadets (ages 6 to 8) and Ensigns (9 to 11). In addition to a video arcade, kids also have access to video game consoles and foosball and air hockey tables. During weeklong itineraries with plenty of young ones onboard, Xbox Kinect tournaments take place on an almost daily basis, as well as frequent organized activities like basketball tournaments and table tennis championships.

Equinox's kids club crew provide lunch, dinner and slumber parties for kids ages 3 to 11, so parents can lunch, sup and party at night without them. These "parties" (essentially group babysitting) cost $6 per child, per hour. Individual in-cabin babysitting is also available for one or two children 12 months or older for $19 per hour, per child.

Teens in the X Club are split up into two groups. Those in the 12 to 14 sector participate in "tween" activities like pool Olympics, game shows and karaoke, while those in the 15 to 17 group, which has a less structured schedule, have a prom party and a "Dancing with the Stars" event. The teen area also features a soft drink "bar" with a popcorn machine.

Celebrity Equinox Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,250
  • Launched: 2009
  • Decks: 15
  • Passengers: 2,850
  • Registry: Malta
  • CDC Score: 99

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