Celebrity Equinox Cabins
- Pros: Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show
- Cons: Signage still reflects the names of old spaces, which dates the ship
- Bottom Line: Sail Equinox for a strong mix of dining and activity options in the Caribbean
Celebrity Equinox Cabins
Equinox has 1,443 cabins in 11 main categories. Standard rooms can accommodate two to four people, depending on the category, while suites can sleep up to four; family cabins can sleep up to five. There are a total of 30 wheelchair-accessible cabins -- from insides to Sky Suites. Among the standard cabin categories (balcony, ocean-view and inside), there are 121 that interconnect. Various themes of nature photography line passenger hallways, like lush green forests, an ice field or the ocean rolling onto the shore.
Standard inside, ocean-view and balcony cabins feature gently undulating light-brown walls, hotel-style white bedding with red and cream trim; a sitting area with a sofa, a desk and chair; and large framed photographs. Each cabin is equipped with a safe and a mini-fridge. Beds are two twins that can be pushed together to form a queen bed. Some staterooms are also equipped with either a sofa bed and/or an upper pulldown-style bunk bed to accommodate a third or fourth passenger. Nightstands are tiered, with three shelves, but are narrow. Wardrobes are filled with wooden hangers, but shelf space is limited. Most storage space is above the bed, but it's so high we're not sure how folks of a shorter stature access it at all.
Flat-screen televisions are interactive (though slightly outdated) and you can use them to make restaurant and shore excursion reservations, check onboard accounts and watch movies. Channels include a range of news, sports and cruise-line advertising, as well as TNT and channels in Spanish and French. Each cabin has a hair dryer -- but you may want to bring your own if you require something with a little pep. There are two European and American outlets by the desk/dresser, but none by the bed.
Standard bathrooms are well laid out, consisting of a shower cubicle with glass doors (they close inward), single sink, large vanity mirror and toilet. The floors are tiled, and there is plenty of shelving, as well as a couple of small drawers and cabinets for storage. The bath amenities (shampoo, conditioner, soap bar and lotion) provided free of charge are Gilchrist and Soames.
Interior: Inside cabins on Equinox are comfortably sized, at 183 to 200 square feet, with no windows or balconies.
Oceanview: Standard ocean-view rooms are 177 square feet. For families, there are four ocean-view family suites, which are 575 square feet each. They feature a master bedroom with two twin beds that can be converted to a queen, a second bedroom with a single twin bed, a private bathroom with shower stall and a living room with generous seating, including a sofa bed. Each stateroom also has its own 32-inch interactive LCD television.
Balcony: Standard balcony cabins run 194 square feet with 54-square-foot balconies. Balcony furniture consists of a round wooden table and two mesh lounge chairs. The chairs don't recline and there's no footrest, but there's plenty of space for two people to relax on the veranda.
Concierge Class: The 283 Concierge Class cabins are identical to regular balcony cabins, but they're distinguished by location -- higher up, aft-facing, etc. -- and include perks like priority check-in and debarkation, welcome bubbly, fresh fruit and flowers, Frette bathrobes, a pillow menu, massaging showerhead in the bathroom and access to an expanded room service breakfast menu. There's also an exclusive pre-departure lounge onboard with free coffee and juices for passengers staying in Concierge Class or above category cabins.
AquaClass: The 130 AquaClass cabins (also the same size as standard balconies, with the same configuration) give passengers access to the AquaSpa relaxation room (with padded daybeds and ocean views), the Persian Garden (pre- and post-treatment grottos with steam, dry heat and aromatherapy) and Blu restaurant. Special perks include fluffier bathrobes and towels, as well as AquaSpa "amenity kits" that include foot spray, lip balm and relaxation mist. Cruisers in AquaClass cabins also get fresh iced tea and canapes on a daily basis, as well as an upgraded (and healthier) room service menu. The bathroom has spa products, and the shower has a five-head Hansgrohe setup.
Suites: Equinox has four categories of suites. The 44 entry-level Sky Suites are each 300 square feet with a 79-square-foot balcony. In addition to added space inside and out, the Sky Suites feature larger TVs, mini-fridges and shower-tub combos. Twelve 394-square-foot Celebrity Suites (104-square-foot balconies) add yet more space, a distinct separation between bedroom and living room and two TVs -- one in the sleeping quarters and a second 52-inch display that's part of a surround-sound entertainment setup in the living area. There are eight 590-square-foot Royal Suites with 158-square-foot balconies. Royal suites come with a queen-sized bed, and added amenities include a wet bar, dining room table, walk-in closet in the bedrooms and a whirlpool on the balcony.
Equinox's top accommodations are its two 1,291-square-foot Penthouse Suites, each with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors leading onto a 389-square-foot balcony, a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a marble master bath (including a 26-inch TV), a separate living room, a full bar and a baby grand piano. The huge balconies feature plenty of lounge seating and a whirlpool each.
All suite passengers have access to Michael's Club, a private lounge; Luminae, the stunning suite-only restaurant; a butler; in-room lunch and dinner service; evening hors d'oeuvres; complimentary espressos drinks; and other perks that might include an exclusive sail-away party on the helipad.
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