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Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first Celebrity cruise and I was really looking forward to it. From start to finish our overall experience was very good. Our stateroom was lovely, and our attendant was brilliant. Our waiter and his assistance were ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity cruise and I was really looking forward to it. From start to finish our overall experience was very good. Our stateroom was lovely, and our attendant was brilliant. Our waiter and his assistance were excellent, The entertainment was brilliant on board. It was great to see the senior officers including the Captain walking around the ship, and chatting with the guests. The shopping on board was very good, got some great bargains The only downside was the food in the Cosmopolitan , while the presentation was good the food was a let down. Disembarkation was efficient and organised. Having said that I would still cruise again on the Celebrity Summit Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
My husband (61) and I (59) just returned from a 10 night Celebrity Equinox Cruise. This is our 12 th cruise but our first on Celebrity. We arrived the day before and stayed at The Hampton Inn. Small hotel with the best and friendliest ... Read More
My husband (61) and I (59) just returned from a 10 night Celebrity Equinox Cruise. This is our 12 th cruise but our first on Celebrity. We arrived the day before and stayed at The Hampton Inn. Small hotel with the best and friendliest service I have even encountered. It's not in a location I would stay at for more then a day or two but for the night before or after a cruise it was great. The hotel picked us up at the airport within 20 minutes and after two long plain rides( Vegas to Houston to Ft Laud) it was nice to relax. There is a Winn-Dixie across the street in an older strip mall along with a great Sports Bar called Slackers where we had a great dinner. The hotel set up transportation to the ship for $6 each from a company called All Stars. Very efficient and we set up a ride after the cruise to the airport for $15 each. The hotel had breakfast the next morning which we ate in our room. We just had bagels and yogurt but there was other food available. Now to the cruise. The Equinox is really a pretty ship. I really loved the decor, subtle and classy. We were in cabin 9232 - mid balcony on deck 9.The cabin was nice, good bathroom, loved the glass door shower. Our bed was near the sliding glass door and I liked that. Having the couch nearer the hall door gave the room a more open feeling. We met our cabin steward Denny. I told him we were not a demanding couple and to please make sure I had ice daily and I would be happy. We only saw him a couple times, it was usually his assistant we saw, but our room was clean and we had ice so all was well. We had Select Dining for 6 nights and ate in the Specialty Dining for 4 nights. I made all reservation times and excursions reservations way before we left home. The first night in the MDR we were given table 518 (table for two) right by the window. We asked for that table every night we ate in the MDR even if we had to wait a bit past our 6:45 reservation. The food in the MDR was good to very good. I don't think any of it was great but we liked what we ate and there were plenty of choices. We liked to have a drink in either the Ensemble Lounge or Martini Bar before dinner. There was a duo often in the Ensemble lounge, The Auburn Duo, and we loved to listen to there music. Brought tears to my eyes. A guitar and a violin..... stunning. (bought their CD). We ate at Tuscan Grille two nights , Murano and Silk Harvest one night each. Silk Harvest was very good but Tuscan and Murano were exceptional. Worth every penny. I should also say we had a Premium Beverage Package and that was also worth it to us. As on all cruises, you can do a lot or a little. There were many choices, we came mostly to relax so we did not do tons on board. We played in the casino the first night- long enough for us to win $600 which we went and put on our account. We saw half the shows and they were pretty good. The best was a singer who won second place in Hollands Got Talent. She also played the piano so well it was like mesmorizing. The shoppes were plentiful and beautiful but expensive. I saw a designer beach bag for $430.... lol, bought one on St Kitts for $5 instead. Our first two and last two days we were at sea. I really liked it this way. we had time to relax right away and then again after a busy 5 days in a row in port. We had a couples massage on the first sea day. It was good, not great.... and very pricey. We were given $400 in cabin credit and had $24 left after the massage!!! Lol... oh well, we were on vacation. FOOD- I mentioned the MDR and Speciality Restaurants. Now for the others. The Ocean View Buffet had many choices and was pretty darn good. They had made to order pasta (after 3 pm) which was very good. There was something for everyone. Always cracks me up when people complain about variety or the same thing daily. What do these people eat at home that has more variety and then ad to that- they don't have to make it or clean up. The Mast Grill had an excellent burger- We had a regular beef one day (split-can't ruin dinner) but the cooked to order Turkey Burger was even better! The Aqua Spa Cafe located in the Solarium had a nice salad bar for lunch. They had smoothies offered for additional money which were covered on our drink package - good flavor but served cool and not cold. I only had one drink from the pool bar I thought was good- a few I did not drink but there was a Slush kiosk by the pool that had killer drinks- both alcoholic and non alcoholic. There were not a many waiters overall to get your drink order(again probably because the drink packages have prepaid grats) so we frequently got our own. That's ok---- needed the exercise. But all in all, food and drinks pretty high marks. Forgot to mention Bistro on Five. $7 for all you can eat crepes, panini's and soup. Only had time to indulge once but it was so good. The Italian Crepe- Nutella, Banana and Pistachio Creme. I need to try to make this!!! PORTS- We went to 5 ports. First was St Thomas- We had been there several times and even though Maegan's Bay is stunning, we knew with three ships in port, the beach would be so crowded. Instead we went to Secrets Sand Beach. The area is stunning, not really developed, has a trailer restroom unit (very clean) and a guy there giving you free beer or rum punch---- of course a good tip is in order. Wish we could have stayed longer but our time was up. While we were there, there were about 40 people total. It was great! Our next port was St Kitts. We were brave and went Zip Lining for the first time. Sky Safari Tours. I had read the reviews and it was every bit a great if not better. The guides are terrific, the scenery awesome- just wish we could have had a few more runs. Top notch- just do it!!! Third port was Barbados where we went on a catamaran with Calabaza. I booked this months before our cruise on line. The cat only took 12 guests and it was a great day. Snorkeling, drinks, lunch and great company. Then the fourth port was Dominica. I would not suggest doing anything on your own so we booked a city tour and Emerald Pool and enjoyed it. My fav was our last port- St Maarteen. We have been there many times so this was our shopping day. Went to Kay's Jewelers and picked up some Alex and Ani bracelets, The Belgian Chocolate Box for the best candy and my favorite kiosk on the docks for my Bakers Spiced Rum!!!! Also picked up some Guavaberry Liquor - ad coconut creme, pineapple juice and ice for a great drink!! Then back on the ship for a light lunch and pool time. We are young for our age and read reviews about people complaining about motorized scooters and walkers. I don't know why this bothers anyone. These people , instead of being home and inactive, are out cruising and having fun. Good for them. Now of course, a few people could learn some driving ettiquette as we almost were run over a few times. We just learned to move fast!!! All in all an excellent vacation... a decent value... great ship-- pretty good crew.... good to great ports...good cabin with a great location. I guess we like it as we booked three back to back 12 night cruises..... that's right 36 nights...in 2017 to New Zealand, Australia and The Great Barrier Reef. Booking on board we received a great deal. Now I just need to not OVERPACK!!!! ( BTW- getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake!!!) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox. We were so happy with our experience. The room was very comfortable. The ship was clean and has a nice feel. The food was mostly good but it was a bit ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox. We were so happy with our experience. The room was very comfortable. The ship was clean and has a nice feel. The food was mostly good but it was a bit inconsistent. We ate at the Tuscan specialty restaurant. It was a little pricey but the beautiful view and great food was worth it. The entertainment was really enjoyable. We would highly recommended this ship and itinerary. We really liked the 2 days at sea at the beginning of the cruise and the 2 days at sea at the end of the cruise. It was refreshing to have that down time. My husband and I are in our late 30's. Most of the other guests were a lot older. Jyst an FYI - it wasn't an issue for us at all. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Having cruised many times with Princess, P&O, Cunard and a few with Royal Caribbean we wondered how Celebrity would compare. As it turned out .. Very well indeed. Embarkation was extremely slick and lunch once onboard was our ... Read More
Having cruised many times with Princess, P&O, Cunard and a few with Royal Caribbean we wondered how Celebrity would compare. As it turned out .. Very well indeed. Embarkation was extremely slick and lunch once onboard was our first taste of the fantastic buffet quality of food. We ate at an outside terrace table and had our first glass of classic package wine a very nice chilled prosecco and clinked our glasses in anticipation of a great cruise. The cabin (Aqua class) was ready early and by 2pm we had unpacked and were ready to explore. Finding room in the double wardrobe was our first test but with a little careful reorganising we managed to fit in all our clothes. The over bed locker took bulky items. We would prefer under bed storage in drawers and felt there was lost space under the sofa which could have slide out draw space. The bathroom on the other hand swallowed all our toiletries, make up etc easily in a glass fronted shelved unit. Pleased to see the shower did not have the usual plastic curtain but rather a nice curved glass door. All in all a very good first impression of a balcony grade cabin. The Aqua class had daily bottled water and ice tea delivered along with a changing fruit selection. Nice bathrobes and slippers and good quality bed linens. The sofa was more comfortable than it looked and the flat screen TV seemed huge. We had just enough time before the muster drill to explore the upper pool deck and lawned area on the very top deck. Another first onboard a ship for us ... Grass! Afraid we never quite got the point other than being innovative and pleasant to look at it seemed a waste of good sunbathing area. No Sunbeds allowed on the grassed area. We like the sanctuary / retreat areas of other ships. Plenty of shade however around the main pool on upper and lower levels. Very distinctive tall partitions gave the ship a totally different look to other cruise lines. Muster drill was very crowded and we had to stand through out .. Fortunately life jackets are not requested to bring along as that would have made it even more claustrophobic. We stood near an open doorway ready to make a quick exit and did at least have a slight breeze. Listening to important parts of the drill in about ten different languages was extremely tedious and never experienced before. Finally it was over and we made a quick escape. A bar needed ... Testing the classic package again we realised this was an excellent choice if available with future booking we would certainly choose it again. The first night had promotions in the speciality restaurants for Aqua class ... Seeing as we would be eating in Blu for the rest of the cruise we decided to give Murano a try at the discounted rate. The food certainly lived up to fine dining experience .. Chateaubriand for the two of us was tender and delicious. The whole experience was a delight. How would Blu compare? We had an exceedingly good first nights sleep ... The first of the whole cruise ... The bed in the cabin is very comfortable and after putting our room service breakfast menu on the door ticked with our breakfast choices we slept like babies. We woke next morning with a call from the waiter saying he was on his way with breakfast. Much better than getting a wake up knock on the door. Our breakfast tray arrived ... Two actually .. We had ordered quite a selection and everything was just as requested. Tea bags were the only thing that didn't live up to expectations. The same ones were in the buffet area .. The only good teabags we found that made a good cup of English tea were in the Soeciality coffee shop. They had a large selection of designer tea bags and the English breakfast was our favourite. The classic alcohol package includes teas and speciality coffees so we often called as we passed and picked up a couple to use for breakfast. Problem solved. The main dining room is open for breakfast and lunch ... But lunch is only served on sea days which was disappointing for us. From choice we would prefer the dining room over the buffet any day. The only good thing on Equinox is the buffet food quality is exceptional so it wasn't such a hardship however it did get very busy on some days and our outside preferred seat not always available. Wine was always available ...!!! And always came chilled as did the beers. The buffet had almost every food imaginable ... Delicious salads .. Cooked to order chinese style .. My husbands favourite curry choices .. Pasta ... Could go on and on .. Just exceptional. Well spaced out counters and always kept spotlessly clean. The sea days we did use the dining room the menus were varied and service was excellent. We enjoyed not having the hassle of taking it in turns to fetch our food choices and sitting and chatting .. Probably a much more leisurely lunch experience and again good wine choices included in the package. Never having done a drinks package before we did wonder how we would find it. There was a certain amount of hard sell to upgrade to premium but to be honest there was little extra we needed. Most premium spirits are included that we like .. Bombay sapphire gin and quite a selection of whiskey included. All the wines we tried were good and I particularly liked the celebrity vintage sparkling champagne style wine. Martinis were not included .. My only disappointment. I managed to console myself with a gin and tonic! Eating in Blu was on the whole was good ... However we did find some passengers a little aloof ... Like they had suddenly jumped a whole class level. Strange and not experienced before even dining in Cunard Queens grill. There seemed to be a strange desire to eat at the window seats ... It was dark and no view ... ??? Some would take pagers and wait to be called to their window seat when it became vacant. Didn't really see the point of all of this snobbery. We enjoyed eating at all the available tables and found the waiters friendly and sommeliers knowledgeable. Having the package meant we never ordered wine by the bottle which was strange at first but meant we could pair each course with a good choice of wines. At the end of the cruise we decided that we would have preferred to have the speciality dining package rather than solely eating in Blu. The food had been good but often we just didn't have the choices we liked and ordered steak or salmon prepared simply .. There were better choices in the main dining room which we later found we could have requested. Such as the beef Wellington which was not an option on the Blu menu. We hardly ever ate in Blu at breakfast time preferring our in cabin room service breakfast menu or an early start in the buffet eating outside on the terrace. Now our one big let down on this ship ... There is no full promenade deck. The central doorways lead to a wide expanse of promenade deck which looks very promising however it quickly disappears behind the lifeboats giving no view at all. Then it comes to an abrupt stop in both directions. There is no continuous access to the rear or front of the ship our favourite ocean watching spot on any ship. The walk a mile is done up high on deck 14 but there does not feel any connection to the sea at that level. We did very little walking the whole cruise. We normally clock up a good couple of miles a day. This would definitely effect my choice of cruise, long cruises with many sea days would not be acceptable. We were told onboard that all celebrity ships are built the same with no promenade deck to speak of. Now our most enjoyable part of the cruise ... After the food and drink. ... Was the entertainment. Just superb! The dance company were acrobatic as well as fantastic dancers performing all kinds of trapeze and balancing acts along side the usual skilled dancing. Singers were great and the shows a delight to watch. Having got quite jaded with the shows put on by P&O it was very refreshing to watch all the different entertainment. We never missed an night in the theatre and enjoyed the comedians, jugglers and magicians solo singers and a fantastic Beatles tribute act who all added a new take on the regular cruise entertainment we have got used to. Finally a word on the staff ... A very dedicated team. From the cabin stewards to the waiters to the officers we felt they all went the extra mile to make our vacation special. So .. The big question .. Will we return for another cruise on Celebrity ... Almost certainly. We have achieved top loyalty levels with Princess and P&O and do get a lot of included perks which guarantee repeat bookings for them ... Free laundry and dry cleaning on Princess (Celebrity Equinox did not have a self laundry even). and loads of free internet minutes is a very big pull when it comes to deciding which cruise to take but our experience was very positive, enough to make us think hard when we make our decision. Celebrity get so many things right it would be hard to ignore a good deal should it come along in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2014
This was our first cruise on a Celebrity ship. Previous cruises have included Holland America and Carnival. We did not pick this cruise for the ship, but rather the itinerary and to try out the Celebrity experience (another line had a ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a Celebrity ship. Previous cruises have included Holland America and Carnival. We did not pick this cruise for the ship, but rather the itinerary and to try out the Celebrity experience (another line had a similar itinerary offered). There were pros and cons to our experience on this ship. Pros- Embarkation was great. There were free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and we were never waiting more than a couple of minutes to get to the next area. The iced towels were a nice touch. The whole process took us maybe 20 minutes? Definitely a better experience than on other lines. Entertainment was good. The shows had very interesting performers, including acrobatics. The parties that the ship hosted were neat and you can tell a lot of time and effort went into planning them. For example, there was a "Frozen" party and they had ice sculptures, acrobats, dancers, and the place decorated all in white. They also threw quite the bash for Halloween and had much of the ship decorated (even carved pumpkins). Drinks were very good. The ice bar was a lot of fun after a hot day in the sun and the martinis were very good. Every drink I had on the ship was expertly crafted. I also really enjoyed the wine bar with the self-serve machines which utilized a pre-loaded card. I really enjoyed the galley tour and cooking demonstrations. The ship overall was very clean. The clientele were friendly and we met a few couples that we talked with on several occasions. Service as a whole was good throughout the ship (wait staff in mdr & buffet area, bars), except our cabin steward (discussed below). I really liked the hydrotherapy pool area and the aqua spa cafe. A great place to stop by and get a snack when needed. Also, the hot tubs and pool in this area were never crowded. Cons- Our room steward was subpar. When we checked into our room, there was trash from prior guests and there were half-drank drinks in our fridge. Although we asked repeatedly, these things were never removed. On a couple of days we didn't receive towels, which was a big deal given their importance. There were a couple of occasions where we called to request wine glasses be brought to our room and we did not receive them. We also missed having the towel animals (again, non-existent on this cruise and prominent on Carnival & HAL). Food was fine, which isn't necessarily a con, but I'm used to food being really good on cruises. In this case, it was not great, but not terrible. I actually enjoyed the buffet dinners just as much (if not more) than the dining room. At the buffet, they had great curry dishes and the cheese spread for breakfast was fantastic. Highly recommend the buffet area. The seated dinners left much to be desired. Many dishes lacked flavor or were over-cooked. I ordered fish on the first couple of nights and stopped because it was very dry and overcooked. The deserts weren't that great either, and we missed the lava cake from Carnival. I actually really found myself missing the food from HAL and Carnival. Both of those lines (which I recognize are really the same company) had better dining room food than the Celebrity Summit. Additionally, the dining room entertainment experience on Celebrity was non-existent. I know it is silly, but I enjoy the fun singing, dancing, etc. in the dining room which is part of the HAL and Carnival experience but not this one. Disembarking- This was not as good as getting on the ship. Long lines, although generally pretty organized. It would have been better if they allowed more time between the numbers. Would have preferred to sit for a bit longer on the ship and not have had to stand for over an hour in long lines. We don't do ship excursions, so I can't comment on those. We like to do our own thing. I can say that if you take a port you've already been to and make it an at-sea day, you will have a fantastic time. It is great when there's almost no one else on the ship. Overall, we had a good time on our cruise and compared it to our prior cruise experiences. We liked that it did have a bit more of an upscale feel and the embarkation went smoothly, but thought that the cabin service and the food left something to be desired. That being said, from what we've seen so far, we don't have any particular reason to favor one line over another. We generally pick on itinerary and wouldn't mind sailing on this ship again if it was going where we wanted to go. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
The ship was fantastic. Lots to do in the day time and evening. One negative is that people are allowed to smoke on balconies and it is annoying sitting on your own balcony smelling the smoke from others. The pools and hot tubs were great. ... Read More
The ship was fantastic. Lots to do in the day time and evening. One negative is that people are allowed to smoke on balconies and it is annoying sitting on your own balcony smelling the smoke from others. The pools and hot tubs were great. We upgraded to a balcony which was worth it for sure. The food was amazing and so was the service. There were shows every night as well as music in other areas. We were cabin 91676. Very accessible to pool and food. We did a snorkelling excursion in Key West. It was O.k. I have snorkelled a lot of places like Hawaii and other Carribbean islands so didn't have high expectations to begin with. Before going on this ship, I had only been on one cruise on Grand Princess. The food, services experience are very comparable I could say. Perhaps a bit higher scale on the princess. Read Less
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