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Sail Date: January 2019
Winter getaway from Maryland. Itinerary changed due to propulsión problem in San Juan. Tried Qsine twice, dissappointed both times. Food subpar. Service only satisfactory. Halfway point st sea. Entertainment not so good, expected ... Read More
Winter getaway from Maryland. Itinerary changed due to propulsión problem in San Juan. Tried Qsine twice, dissappointed both times. Food subpar. Service only satisfactory. Halfway point st sea. Entertainment not so good, expected better. Service in dining room exellent. Upsell for Qzene was not apreciated, interferred the otherwise superior service. Port calls were smooth. Premium Líquor package was worth the price. Internet service was good. Excursion choices were adaquate. Some were clearly casting time in port. The day that we were in port from 8am to 5pm were largly just ok. The "rainforest" Tour was educational, but nota scenic. The beaches were nice but a lo very mucho alike. The "ABC" islands were intetesting but not with the extra travel time. The good in the main dining room was repetitive and not as good as I expected. The service provided by Nitin was excellent. Overall I'm glad I took theCruise, but I won't recommend the Celebrity Summit. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I chose this cruise because it had an itinerary that included ports we had not yet visited, and having been a previous cruiser on RCL, Princess and Norwegian, we were interested to see how Celebrity stacked up. Well, I would say. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it had an itinerary that included ports we had not yet visited, and having been a previous cruiser on RCL, Princess and Norwegian, we were interested to see how Celebrity stacked up. Well, I would say. The ship was clean and well organized. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was good, although there were a few logistical issues: I felt that some of the dining room dishes perhaps had been waiting in the galley a little too long as the Caesar salad was not chilled, and the ice-cream came out one night almost soupy...perhaps they had scooped it into a hot bowl. Otherwise the meals were tasty and attractively prepared with adequate choices of quality offerings like Prime Rib, lobster, escargots, salmon, etc. The Buffet was well stocked including Indian and Thai dishes. The entertainment was good on the evenings we chose to go to the shows, and the smaller bands poolside and in the lobby were also good. The speakers were informative, educational and friendly. On the decks there were adequate pool chairs and ample towels and you were not constantly bothered by waiters trying to sell drinks. The shore excursion desk was trying hard but seemed to have problems that came from other sources..ie all the tours to swim with Stingrays in Caymans were cancelled, assumedly due to weather, so a lot of people were looking to be rebooked. A couple of the actual ports on this cruise were not good for walking around ie. Costa Rico, as it seemed very poor with no amenities for cruise ship passengers in the immediate area. The clients seemed to be mostly retired 50, 60 and 70 something age group, perhaps because it was longer than a week. We were most satisfied and would certainly cruise again with Celebrity. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
THe ship was very well appointed. It was immaculate. Everywhere you go they were cleaning. I don't think that I ever saw a speck on any common areas. If you can opt for Aqua Class which allows you to eat at Blu do it. . It is ... Read More
THe ship was very well appointed. It was immaculate. Everywhere you go they were cleaning. I don't think that I ever saw a speck on any common areas. If you can opt for Aqua Class which allows you to eat at Blu do it. . It is civilized and the food quite good. We ate at Tuscan Grill twice, Murano twice and Silk Harvest once. I was not impressed with the latter and would save the money to eat there. Murano was excellent, and the service there top notch.Tuscan grill was also quite good. Every one of the staff was superb , they cater to your every need. I thought the shows were just average save for Tea Bake who was terrific. She paid tribute to to both Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston . Her rendition of I will Always Love You was as good as I have every heard. Lou Gazzara was also quite good especially when he sang Puccini's Nessum Dor . Be wary of the drink packages, they are not exactly what they advertise. I am not a drinker so I took a soda package and then found out it did not include bottle water so I had to upgrade to a higher package. Charging for water , come on Celebrity how cheap can you be. At dinner one night a photographer came into the room to take a picture . Intrusive, don't you think !!! The large buffet in the oceanview cafe was quite inclusive for breakfast and lunch . However, it was not that easy to find a seat . There are few places to eat lunch outside . There are a few tables outside the grill where they cook hot dogs and hamburgers with french fries. I tried it once and would not go back. The hot dogs were poor as was the cheese burgers . A prepared hamburger with a slab of American Cheese on top. WE went to Cartagena, where we lunched on grilled lobsters on an island, to Panama where we went through 3 locks on a ferry boat and Costa Rico where we went on an aerial tram over the rain forest, swam with the dolphins in Cozumel. All these excursions were highly rated. They get you off the boat for your excursions in a very professional manner. Overall an excellent ship and cruise and I would return. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
My first time cruising and I had no idea what to expect. Firstly the size of the ship amazed me. My cabin was far larger than I thought possible. I was on the 6th deck with balcony and it was more than adequate. Robert kept my room ... Read More
My first time cruising and I had no idea what to expect. Firstly the size of the ship amazed me. My cabin was far larger than I thought possible. I was on the 6th deck with balcony and it was more than adequate. Robert kept my room spotless and got me out of trouble on more than one occasion when my cabin key would not work. Although the ship was full I never felt crowded in and there was plenty of space to lounge, no shortage of sun beds, chairs etc. We went to the main theatre each night and enjoyed the shows, and, last of the big spenders, spent $5 on some evenings in the casino. Plenty of different Bars, Library, swimming pools, whirlpools, jacuzzis etc, etc. We ate in either the Ocean View restaurant, buffet with plenty of choice or the Silhouette restaurant where we were looked after by Sampson, Ni, Desi and Jennifer and others all of whom were more than able and gave us every attention All had a good sense of humour so mealtimes were very enjoyable. The meals were excellent, very well cooked and presented. Could not fault the service wherever we went. One of our party had to use the medical facilities with no problems. Getting on and off the ship at the various ports was quick, no queuing, straight on and off with no hassle. Bags had to be scanned when we came back on board but this did not delay boarding. My only gripe would be the cost of wifi and though it was nice to go wifi-free for a while I was not able to Skype my family abroad on Christmas Day as even data roaming on our mobile phones was blocked. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was my husband's first ocean cruise, and by the afternoon of embarkation day he said, "we HAVE to do another cruise soon!". I think he's hooked! A little background info: My husband is 55 and I am 46. Our ... Read More
This was my husband's first ocean cruise, and by the afternoon of embarkation day he said, "we HAVE to do another cruise soon!". I think he's hooked! A little background info: My husband is 55 and I am 46. Our children are grown and out of the house, but we both work full-time outside of the home. About once/year we take a long vacation like this one, usually alternating every other year between an active vacation (bicycle ride across a state), and a more relaxing vacation (lying on a beach somewhere). I have only taken one other ocean cruise, and last year we took a river cruise (bike to barge tour) on the Danube together. For this cruise, embarkation was a breeze...of course we couldn't sleep the night before so got up and arrived super-early to Port Everglades, pier 18. That place is a well-oiled machine. We were on board with the complimentary champagne in hand by 11:45am. After a quick trip around the ship to orient ourselves we found a spot in the Oceanview Bar for drink #2 and some lunch. There was a lot of pressure from the wait/bar staff to upgrade drink packages (always a big push for that day 1 & 2), but once they learned we had the premium package (yes, it's worth every penny!), they didn't ask again. The service was flawless that day and remained so the entire cruise. Cabins were opened for use by around 2pm, so we went for a look. Our cabin was spacious, had plenty of room for storage, & was spotlessly clean. Muhammed, our cabin attendant, learned our schedule by the second day. He kept our room refreshed and provided fresh ice each afternoon, per our request. Pre-cruise we had purchased a dining package to be able to try 3 of the specialty restaurants on board, and our first reservations were for embarkation evening. Because I have taken other cruises in which the food quality was not particularly great, I was very much looking forward to the dining aboard the Equinox. We dined at Silk Harvest that first evening, Tuscan Grill 4 days later, and Murano two days after that. All provided unique dining experiences that we will never forget! Service was exceptional, the food was creative and delicious. The Main Dining Room certainly wasn't a shabby affair, with the two-story wine vault and gourmet fare! Each evening the menu offered remarkable options, and our waitstaff/sommelier were exemplary. We also had the pleasure of trying the new Sushi on 5, which was delightfully surprising! We both love sushi, which did not disappoint, but what we most enjoyed was the ability to try different kinds of sake that we hadn't before because many available were included in the premium drink package. If you dine there, you should also try the table-side wasabi prep--fascinating! As for the entertainment, we went to several of the evening shows, which were all quite good. We also attended a couple of the Beyond the Podium speaker seminars, which we enjoyed. Although we did participate in the daily lotto, we are not big gamblers so did not use the casino at all, so we can't speak to that. Of special note were the cruise director, Damian, and activities director, Justin. They were both wonderfully entertaining--we actually looked forward to their informational show on TV each morning which would describe the activity lineup for the day! This was the 10-night Ultimate Caribbean, so our ports of call were: St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, and St. Maarten. In St. Thomas we opted for a ship-sponsored excursion, and honestly this is the one that was most disappointing. The excursion was billed as a combo sight-seeing/beach time trip, but after we were dropped off at the beach we were expected to find our own way back to the ship! So in addition to paying more for the excursion (as you usually do when you book through the ship), we were forced to pay additional money to hire a taxi. Unacceptable. On the other islands we either did our own thing (as in Barbados), or we booked an independent tour, and those experiences were all good. On St. Kitts we took the Grand Tour of St. Kitts with Thenford Grey Tours--there aren't enough good things to say about this--he was a knowledgeable, personable guide. That experience was worth more than we paid. In St. Maarten (we had an overnight in that port), we took a Local Food and Rum Tour, which was also very good. All of the ports felt safe and were clean. Overall, our experiences on this cruise were extraordinary! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We just came back from Equinox cruise to the Caribbean. Here are our impressions. Overall it was a great cruise. The ship is nice (not remarkable, but nice). The service overall was good, but it felt like most of the people just came to ... Read More
We just came back from Equinox cruise to the Caribbean. Here are our impressions. Overall it was a great cruise. The ship is nice (not remarkable, but nice). The service overall was good, but it felt like most of the people just came to work. I did not feel that any of them went the extra mile beyond what was required from them. We also were missing the "WOW" factor of RCI. Cabin was nice. We were upgraded to veranda room which was nice, but e spent very little time in the room, so it didn't really matter. The cabin had good closet room, the shower was decent size and was very clean. No complains here. Entertainment was great. Most evening shows were very high quality. Also a lot of activities during the day. Food in the buffet was slightly above average. Same selection every day and not very inspiring. Dinners in the MDR were not consistent. Some dishes were really great, some below average. I realize that it's almost 3,000 dishes, but I expected more from Celebrity in this department. We had dinner in specialty restaurants twice (Murano and Tuscan) and both were fantastic. We were offered nice discounts on both, I think that their full pricing of $45-50 is grossly overpriced. Excursions were nice, but severely overpriced. They take advantage of the fact that some of the countries visited are not very safe, so people hesitate to take excursions independently. Just one example: they asked $59 pps for ride to a beach on Caymans, which did not even include the chairs. Taxi to the same beach costs $10-15 each direction. Internet connection was terrible. I paid almost $300 to get speed of 0.20 MBs. I felt this is false advertising. Details here - http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2430025 Overall great ship, but some improvements are required, especially in food. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Embarkation; We arrived a little later than we normally do and were surprised by the very long lines outside of the terminal. Come to find out there was a problem in the morning getting cleared with customs so it put everything way ... Read More
Embarkation; We arrived a little later than we normally do and were surprised by the very long lines outside of the terminal. Come to find out there was a problem in the morning getting cleared with customs so it put everything way behind, not Celebrity's fault but still a inconvenience. After boarding we were able to go straight to our cabins and drop our things off which was nice. Ship; As with all of the Celebrity ships we have sailed on the Eclipse was beautiful. As with all ships there were a few things here and there that could use some attention but for the most part was in excellent shape. After being on board a few minutes we realized that Captain Leo was taking over as the Master that day. What a pleasant surprise! We have sailed with Captain Leo before and think he is one of the most visible and personable Captains out there. During the next two weeks we witnessed him walking every deck with other officers inspecting the entire ship. Shortly after you would see the maintenance crew addressing any deficiencies that were found. He truly runs a tight ship and by the end of our cruise it was in ship shape for sure! (Say that five times fast) Cabin; We usually cruise with another couple so we get side by side verandah cabins and this was no different. Shortly after going to our cabins we were greeted by our steward with a friendly smile and hello. We asked if he would open our partition between the balconies which he did immediately. We enjoy having our breakfast together on the balcony and discuss the plans for the day as well as enjoying a night cap at the end of the day. For my Bride and I the cabin had plenty of storage in the dresser, closet and cabinets for our two weeks worth of clothes (plus everything we over pack) and anything we might of purchased. The bed was very comfortable and, like the rest of the cabin, always clean. The only thing I could complain about was that the towels were showing quite a bit of wear and could be replaced and the curtain had a small tear. As for the balcony, the furniture and the glass could of been cleaner but was still sufficient. Dining; As with all of our Celebrity cruises we choose the Select dining option for the shear convenience of it. Shortly after boarding the wives will go to the MDR and meet the Maître d' and pick out a table for four by the window then make a standing reservation for 5:45 pm so we can eat and still make the early show. Our first night we met our waiter Monroe and sommelier Alex. we enjoyed these guy's so much we kept the same table every night we ate in the MDR. We are far from stuffy and they both had a great sense of humor and provided excellent service. Our wine glass was never empty and our belly was always full. They knew we wanted to catch the show and timed things perfectly every night to ensure we did! There were only a couple night that the menu did not appeal to us and we ate in the Ocean view Café. As for the Ocean view for the most part the food was always hot, fresh and very tasty. They have a very large selection of different ethnic foods as well as the standard American fare. Breakfast can be a little crowded but the work very fast to clear the tables and we always found a place to sit. As for the specialty restaurants we only ate at one, Qsine, and it was AMAZING! We liked our experience there so much we went back the following week. The food is served "Family" style so everyone at the table can share and try out different foods. The menu is on a ipad and you pick food from different categories. as long as you keep ordering they keep bringing! The four of us were planning on the late show that night and were in no hurry. We started with wine and Hors D'oeuvres‎. (The sushi pops are unbelievable!) We were so intrigued with the different foods they brought out we spent three hours having dinner and wine.....lot's of wine! LOL! anyway we highly recommend giving it a try. Entertainment; The production shows were pretty much the norm for most cruises but "Topper" definitely stood out amongst them all. There were typical singers and comedians and most were very good. As for the music in the various venues around the ship the only band that stood out to us was the house band "The Sea Monkey's". This band can bring a party to life for sure. The one thing that Celebrity does that make me crazy is the way they only have the bands play for about 45 minutes and then they back up and move to another venue. STOP IT! Every time you start to have fun they move them. I think they should keep the different bands in the same lounge everyday so you can go to the same place for your type of music and you won't have to carry around the stupid planner with you every where you go. As for other entertainment we had the silent disco on 3-4 nights, again in 3-4 different locations! Pick a place and keep it there! At the silent disco everyone is given a set of headphones which have three different channels. Each channel has its own color light on your headset which changes as you change channels. Three different DJ's play different music so the entire dance floor is dancing to different beats...it is hilarious to watch and if you stumble on it you will laugh your head off at the silence besides the people singing along to the various songs being played on their headset. This is definitely worth trying at least once! As for the cruise Director, Eddie Jenkins, He try's. out of my 12 cruises he was the least lively, energetic or funny cruise director. I had sailed with his activities director Jane before and she was very good but working with Eddie seemed to just suck the life out of her. Here's another "Great Idea' he had! Let's find the smallest foyer on the ship right outside the main theater doors with absolutely no seating and hold a Karaoke contest just as the show lets out...Brilliant! And speaking about seating, who's bright idea was it to put bands and shows in the main foyer every night with very minimal seating so you literally have to rearrange the bar furniture in every bare on three different decks to have a place to sit and watch. Again, another brilliant idea. Service; As I stated earlier our service in the MDR was amazing, not once were we disappointed with our wait staff. the service in Qsine was equally good. The evening bartenders at the Sunset Bar, Yudi & Michael, were spot on through out the entire two weeks. If they saw us coming they would have our drinks made before we sat down. Again, top shelf! We will try out all the different bars on board and find the bartenders we click with along with the atmosphere we enjoy and become creatures of habit. In the past we have enjoyed the Ensemble bar but the bartenders lacked any type of personality or enthusiasm that worked for us this time, oh well, you can't have it all. LOL. Our cabin steward was always available to help with anything we needed and the cabin was always clean. all in all the service was very good. Pools; The bartenders stayed very busy on sea days and put out some good drinks at a fast pace however, If the servers walking around the pool would pick it up a bit it would relieve the lines at the bars. Also, we all no the "Chair Hogs" are out there and there are rule prohibiting it. How about enforcing it! I am a early riser and every single morning by 7:00 AM there would be rows of loungers with various books, clips, towels and any other piece of personal crap laid out for HOURS to ensure the could have a spot to sun at noon or later ate THIER convenience. STOP IT! You are rude, selfish and boorish! ...and CELEBRITY, enforce the rules too! Ports; Oranjestad, Aruba; We did a celebrity excursion on the Kuku Kanukoo bus. This was an island tour with a beach stop at the end. The tour was very fun and we saw a lot of the island. The Beach was a big disappointment. We were dropped off and led to a beach bar, shown a pile of chairs and pointed to a very small area that was "OURS". Unfortunately there were so many people already in that area that you couldn't even put a chair on the beach! when we started towards an open area we were told we were not allowed in that spot because its private...news flash, all beaches are public in Aruba! Anyway, as always we turned lemons into lemonade and made the best of it. Willemstad, Curacao; We had an overnight at this port which was kind of nice because we could plan a day without worrying about getting back on time. We walked off the ship and found a independent six hour tour of the island sights for $25 a piece and there were only six people on the tour. We had plenty of room and air conditioning so we were very comfortable for the day. if you have time on your side like we did I would recommend trying an independent tour. On the second day in port we booked a snorkeling excursion through Celebrity. The boat arrived at the pier and we walked straight from the ship to the boat. The snorkeling was pretty decent as far as cattle boat snorkel trips go. We arrived to the area and snorkeled over a ship wreck and a reef that had the normal fish you would find in the Caribbean. The boat was pretty crowded but the snorkel area allowed you enough space to explore on your own. As with most snorkel trips, the rum punch flowed freely on the way back to port. Bridgetown, Barbados; We booked a small group tour through Celebrity that took us on an all day tour of the island that included a stop at the wildlife preserve, the Harrison's caves and amazing views of the ocean from the highest points. It was a very enjoyable day and the tour was worth the money to us. Castries, St. Lucia; We booked a snorkeling excursion to the Pitons through Celebrity. It was a short ride to the boat and about a 45 minute scenic boat ride to the Pitons and snorkel area. we arrived at a beach near a hotel that was already full of people snorkeling. we exited the boat with our gear and walked to the beach and in to the roped off area that we were told was the only place we could snorkel. Because of the large volume of people in the water it was very murky and along with the tons of sea weed it was not very conducive to snorkeling. Once we swam to the furthest point we were allowed the water cleared a little and we were able to see some marine life and tropical fish. If I had to do it again I would pass on this excursion and seek out a private tour. St. John's, Antigua; We booked the "Stingray City swim and Snorkel" excursion through Celebrity. we met our mini bus at the end of the pier and had about a 45 minute drive to the place where we met the boats. After a quick briefing we went to our boat for about a 15 minute ride to a sandbar loaded with stingrays. The tour was advertised as a snorkel trip but you are not allowed any fins or water shoes in the area. If you have your own gear a mask is all you need. We arrived at a dock they had set up for easy entry and exit to and from the boat. There were plenty of stingrays swimming all around you and were more than willing to pose for pictures with you. There is a very shallow reef near by but because of all of the activity the water clarity is not very good. After about an hour we were brought back to the boat dock where they served all you can drink rum punch and other refreshments. They also sold pictures of you holding the stingrays if you wanted along with T-shirts and local souvenirs. All in all it was fun...once. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Basseterre, St. Kitts; We booked the "St. Kitts Scenic Railway Tour" through Celebrity. Again we had about a 45 minute scenic drive to the meeting point for the train. The train itself is a double decker with open air seating up top and enclosed air conditioned seating down below. we were at the back of the line boarding so all of the prime view seating upstairs went fast leaving us, a total of 8 people, down in the comfortable air conditioned section down below. At first we were a little upset seeing that the tour cost $114 a piece and we were relegated to the lower section with a less than perfect scenic view. Well I must admit it was not position "A" but the tables and chairs were very comfortable and we had a very nice lady serving us all the rum we could want for the entire 2.5 hour train ride. After about the third glass of straight rum I didn't care what I saw. LOL My bride enjoyed several Pina Coladas too! Again we turned chicken crap into chicken salad and had a fun day. Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Again we booked a catamaran snorkel excursion through Celebrity. We met on the pier and walked to the catamaran to take us to the snorkel spot. The boat ride was only about 15 minutes to where we dropped anchor. Upon arrival we discovered that we were far from alone. There were floating bars, boats and plenty of other snorkelers. Needless to say we were very disappointed with the choice of dive spots. With an island like St. Maarten surrounded by beautiful reefs this was the best they could do? Anyway live and learn, again I will seek a private tour next time. Bottom Line; They said that there were three children on board but we never saw them.We had 14 nights of great fun with great friends on a great ship! Life is short, die with memories, not dreams. Spend your kids inheritance, take time off from work and enjoy yourself ! We have three more Celebrity cruises booked..... so far. And most importantly...always remember...never forget....you only go around once so you might as well go around drunk. LOL! Cheers! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We selected this cruise because we enjoy Celebrity cruises and we were able to get a great deal on an Aqua class stateroom. We were on the Solstice last winter on a two week cruise through New Zealand and Australia in Concierage class. ... Read More
We selected this cruise because we enjoy Celebrity cruises and we were able to get a great deal on an Aqua class stateroom. We were on the Solstice last winter on a two week cruise through New Zealand and Australia in Concierage class. Our cabin on the Summit was very clean and in good repair however it appeared to be much smaller than our cabin on the Solstice. The balcony on the Summit was tiny - just enough room for two chairs and a table. We really enjoyed the daily tea provided in our room and we're pleased to find out that the extra amenities in Concierage class ( welcome wine, daily snacks) were included. We enjoyed Blu Restaurant as well as Quine and Tuscan Grille. We tried the main dining room once and it was OK. The ship''s officers were very friendly. The service on the Summit was not as good as on the Solstice. It appeared to be understaffed. We usually had to go to a bar to get drinks ourselves in the lounges, at the pool and at the buffet. Waiters were quite scarce. This was a bit disappointing as we had expected the same level of service on the Summit. We speculated that perhaps this is a training ship as the bartenders and wait staff were not as polished and professional as on other cruises. They were very friendly and helpful though. The entertainment on the ship was pretty good. We especially enjoyed the magic show and the Bandmates band. Nice cabin. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I did my first B2B cruise and loved that experience and highly recommend it. We sailed out of Bayonne on 10/16 and Puerto Rico on 10/22. Embarkation in Bayonne was excellent, embarkation for us as B2B at Puerto Rico was problematic but ... Read More
I did my first B2B cruise and loved that experience and highly recommend it. We sailed out of Bayonne on 10/16 and Puerto Rico on 10/22. Embarkation in Bayonne was excellent, embarkation for us as B2B at Puerto Rico was problematic but was rectified quickly once the right person was aware. This was cruise number 2 and 3 for me with Celebrity. I selected Celebrity for many reasons including, reputation, demographics, economics and ports of call. My overall experience was excellent. i Positives- Passengers, muted music and food The passengers are consistently the best that I have encounter on any cruise line. If you have an opportunity to participate in muted music or silent disco DO IT, it sounds stupid --- it is a blast!!!!!! Food. I try new things on a cruise, if i didn't like what I selected, I would ask for something else and was always pleased. Desserts were disappointing. Negatives - Pool area, select dining, drinks and "May I see your sea pass card" at dinner Pool side Ongoing issue with all lines seems to be an understaffed pool area. At the bar, the waiter service and the pool butlers for clean up and patrolling of the saved deck chairs that are unused for prolonged periods of time. This is something the industry really needs to address. Bar service pushes the drink packages and upgrades very heavily on day one. However, they are not able to accommodate the demands of those who invested in the package upfront. I recall the days of servers coming by constantly to get me to "purchase" a drink, those days are long gone. I speculate the drink packages have impacted the way that the bar service earns money. Select dining I have to go with the select dining because I don't like the 2 set times of traditional dining. We typically eat at the same time each night. Our table size varied because of the great people we met and wanted to dine with . When we had the same servers it is EXCELLENT, when we were moved to a different area, the experience was down right AWFUL. Drinks They did not have the wines were listed on the menu - not even on the first night They ran out of wines and some of the high end drinks mid cruise yet did not get them replenished at ports of call "May I see your sea pass card" at dinner With technology the way it is, there has to be a better way to account for drinks at dinner. I understand the need to show my sea pass card however, I find it utterly ridiculous and annoying to have to show it to the wine guy, the bar guy and the coffee guy at dinner. One would think they could figure out how to account for the bills and inventory with one swipe of the card at dinner or even collect them when we sit and return them once done. Another area the industry needs address. My best advice for others reading reviews is to first know what it is the YOU want in your cruise experience and select carefully. The ship is not new. It is VERY well maintained and the staff is friendly. What I like best about Celebrity is the demographics (fellow passengers). It is the one thing I emphasized when speaking to fellow passengers who were disappointed in some minor aspects of the cruise who expressed concern about future cruises with Celebrity. If you are looking for perfection in every area, Celebrity is not the cruise line for you. It is great and I will cruise with them again with expectations of very minor issues that will be resolved quickly and easily once identified. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Our second cruise on a Solstice class ship. The dining room menu was a lot less than previous cruise on this class ship (talking about the everyday choices that do not change). We paid for the unlimited internet choice and the connection ... Read More
Our second cruise on a Solstice class ship. The dining room menu was a lot less than previous cruise on this class ship (talking about the everyday choices that do not change). We paid for the unlimited internet choice and the connection varied during the day. I even snapped pictures of the screens when not available or having issues. Also, they decided to have a down period from 12 - 5 pm one day, why not early morning, 1-6 when not as many would be affected. We did not have the new internet on the Soltice, but connections and access was much better. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 4. I would not recommend this internet. The shore excursions were excellent, but on some, too rushed. Time in Cozumel to go to Chichen Itza was insufficient, 2 1/2 to 3 hour bus ride to it, and return left about 1 hour for entire tour, also had to allow for ride on boat to and from Cozumel to mainland. Would definitely recommend the Costa Rica Rain Forest, the Panama Empera Indian Village. Also, the Cayman Islands Helicopters was fantastic, was my wife's first ride on helicopter, got to sit in front and loved it. The shows were average. on our other Solstice cruise, there were 3-4 class act shows by the celebrity singers and dancers. I only enjoyed 1 of the shows (celebrity singers, etc) "Broadway in Love". the other shows they did had no theme to them so we left shortly after they began - Life, Destiny, Elysian. If you like comics, there were 4 comic shows. I enjoyed the James Stephens comic/piano show especially. They had several shows with singing and/or piano, I enjoyed the piano shows, but opera singing offered at 2 other shows was not my thing. A highlight of our trip on sea days was Jim Kennedy with Beyond the Podium Presentation. He gave 4 excellent presentations about the space program - past, present, future - and also life tips from lessons learned from astronauts and the space program. He is a MUST to hear! We were very impressed! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Review: Celebrity Eclipse – April 3 – 14 days Southern Caribbean General Thoughts: The eclipse is a beautiful ship without doubt. It has a perfect layout for someone staying in a “hump” cabin. The central elevators were steps ... Read More
Review: Celebrity Eclipse – April 3 – 14 days Southern Caribbean General Thoughts: The eclipse is a beautiful ship without doubt. It has a perfect layout for someone staying in a “hump” cabin. The central elevators were steps away and where I wanted to go on each floor was very close to the same elevators. We had a fantastic time with friends from previous cruises. We are just sad that it is over. We had been to all of the islands before, so this trip was more about R & R than it was about site seeing or excursions. I was extremely disappointed to miss Bonaire and thought that the overnight in Curacao was not necessary. On to some specifics, Cabin: We were in the perfectly located 9292 with a large balcony. The bed was by the balcony which we prefer but we do like the M class layout better than the S class. The curved walls really give a cramped feeling in the cabin. The couch that we had was not comfortable to sit on and was way too large. A gigantic waste of space. The bathroom felt large and the shower was good. Our room attendant (who we did not see very often) kept the room in great shape. I would book this room again in a second (We have actually on the reflection). Food: We were Select in the MDR most nights. We ate at a variety of time with a varying amount of dinner companions just us, 4 and 6. We ate around 7:30 most nights. We skipped the second formal and ate at the buffet. The MDR was good. The menu has become more limited. I had one poor meal (meatloaf) and one exceptional meal the Chateaubriand steak. The rest were good meals. Breakfast in the MDR was good (twice). We did not each lunch there. The buffet had really good food but it never changed. Almost the same thing every day for 14 days. I am so glad the food was good. They had sushi every day. I had sushi when we skipped the formal night and it was one of the best meals of the cruise. We ate breakfast and lunch here most days. The staffs in the buffet were really good. Always got us drinks and were glad to have a nice conversation. We only ate in one specialty restaurant, Qsine. A neat experience that, for me, only needs to be done once. Way too long for dinner (3 ½ hours) Too many choices. Half the time I forgot what I was eating. The servers tried really hard, but this is not my thing. I am an MDR guy! Entertainment: We did not see any of the production shows although the word was that they were good. We thought both comedians were very poor, however, the rest of the shows were well above average. I think the Sephira show (2 girls on violins) was one of the best shows I have seen at sea. The “Not Really” three tenors also put on a great show! Very funny and talented guys. Ryan Joyce gave us three shows. First was magic show that was enjoyable, the second was a hypnotism show that was hilarious! The third was a seminar on positive thinking and hypnotism as a self-improvement tool. He is a fascinating dude. Lounges: Bar service was terrible in most places on the ship. (With some exceptions). You had to flag down a waiter or waitress to get a drink and then they would disappear, never to be seen again. I think the proliferation of free classic packages has changed service. It would be to the cruise lines advantage to give away lees free booze? Or am I just being paranoid. Café al Bacio rocks! They are the hardest working crew on the ship and deserve huge kudos! Love that place, although it is very busy! Ports: Aruba; we went to Arashi beach by taxi. Very nice Beach that is less crowded than some of the others (but more crowded than it was last time). Some moderate snorkelling here. Curacao: We just went into town and shopped had a beer and enjoyed the area. We were here overnight but as previously stated it was a bit of a waste. We stayed on board in the evening. Barbados: We did the Jolly Roger (for the 2nd time). They do a good job but there is no comfortable seating on the ship, so if that is important, choose another excursion. Great snorkelling over the shipwreck in Carlisle bay (4th time for that!) Antigua – Another Beach day with a taxi to Sandhaven ($3 each way). A very nice little beach with a bar and shade! No snorkeling St Lucia: Stayed on board and went to Persian Gardens (free coupon) St Maarten: Took the water taxi ($7) in to town and shopped, found a nice bar and enjoyed the area again. St Kitts: In what looks like a trend we just went to the cruise port and poked around, bought some t shirts found a bar, had a Guinness and people watched. Overall: A great cruise! Friends old and new made it great. We are booked again on S class for the next cruise so I guess that says something. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was a Spring Break cruise with 3 interior rooms for my hubby, myself, teenage son, and adult son, and girlfriend. We flew into San Juan the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites. About a $20 taxi ride from the airport. ... Read More
This was a Spring Break cruise with 3 interior rooms for my hubby, myself, teenage son, and adult son, and girlfriend. We flew into San Juan the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites. About a $20 taxi ride from the airport. They do charge $1 per piece of luggage so this was an addiltional $6. Hotel allowed early check in. Free reception in the evening with beer, wine, pina coladas, nuts, and popcorn. The beach is across the street and about a block down. The hotel charges a resort fee. Upon walking to the beach it was very crowded, as it was Good Friday, and we didn't see a hotel area with chairs. Disappointing. There is a Walgreens directly across the street. The next am, we checked out at noon and headed to the port. Taxis were waiting right outside the door. $30. 15 mins. Upon drop off, we headed to the luggage line, 6 people in front of us, to drop off tagged luggage, and then proceeded to the check in line with passports and express pass, printed during online check in, in hand. Security scanned our remaining luggage then we were directed to the correct lane, waited maybe 10 mins, got our room cards, and walked right onto the ship. It was 12:50. By 1pm the rooms were ready, we dropped off our luggage, and noticed a bad musty smell in our sons room, 2076. Luckily we always bring room spray and he didn't notice. Rooms were beside each other but had a different layout. 2072 had the bed positioned on the right wall which only gave about a foot between the front of the bed and mirrored wall. 2076 had the bed on the back wall. Both had twin sofa sleepers and a desk. Small bottles of lotion, shampoo, and body wash along with bars of soap where given. Bath towels had sewn in hooks that made it easy to hang. Ellisio, our room steward was excellent and then the NIGHTMARE started. Ship set sail at 9pm and we entered our room 2072, around 11pm and laid down to sleep. About 30 mins. later an inconsistent low bass banging started and continued about 8 times per minute. We were beside the steward closet and thought maybe, a clothes dryer. My husband even went into the hall to see if it was a loose door, but found nothing. We were so tired from traveling we finally fell asleep. Next day we awoke in Tortola, had prebooked the catamaran snorkeling excursion. Excellent!!! Celebrity is very organized with their tours. Tickets delivered to stateroom with instructions. We had prebooked dinner reservations, online, about 3 months before for the dining room. Edie, our waiter, made recommendations and we always enjoyed our food. Best service! After a long day, we were ready for bed, and low and behold, as soon as the ship started sailing the low bass banging noise started in our room. The noise would reverberate into your chest. After about an hour, we called maintenance. The arrived in 5 minutes and proceeded to call someone else to hear the problem. Meanwhile my husband went and spoke with Josue at guest services. He said he would need to wait for maintenance to determine what could be done. Maintenance said they couldn't fix it. Hubby asked if we could be moved and he stated "Procedure will have to be followed, ?what does that mean?, and told us to go back to the room and he will call. He called about 30 ins. later and said he was checking with maintenance about carpet drying in another room and would call back. Another 45 min of sitting in this room and I was nauseated with a huge headache and in tears. NO call back. Now I, hubby, and son went down to guest services and spoke with Josue, and he stated THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO. I asked 3 times and he answered the same. At this point, 11pm we just wanted a room we could sleep in and thank goodness we had our sons room. After 30 more mins. hubby thought his was ridiculous and went back down to guest services and spoke to Celebrity's true guest representative, Victoria, and she quickly gave us keys to 2 available rooms. The guests had not arrived for the cruise. I have never been so glad to be packing and moving at midnight. Lunches were eaten in the buffet and at the grill, many separate stations, hardly any lines. The best buffet food we have had on a cruise ship. Almost nightly from 9-12pm, 1/2 price drinks were available at certain bars. This cruise was port intensive, 5 days. At Dominica, we choose the emerald pool and trafalgar falls. Beautiful scenery and information but lots of time in the bus but well worth it. At St. Kitts we booked Greys Island tour, online, and would highly recommend this. It was raining at St. Thomas so we opted to relax in the thallasospa area. It is like an indoor pool, the bars in the pool to recline on are soooo relaxing, for adults only, with healthy food options, fruit water, hot tea, etc. Disembarkation went smoothly. We had to be out of the room by 8am. We had filled out the paperwork on when we would like to debark and were given the time we had asked for in 2 of our rooms but not the 3rd. Strange. Luckily, we had enough luggage tags with the 2 rooms. We then proceeded to the theater to wait for our number to be called. After leaving the ship, key card must be used, picking up our luggage and going through customs, we were in a taxi headed to the airport. 45 minutes max! When you get to the airport, don't forget to have luggage scanned for produce. They place a small sticker on it. It is at the very front entrance. Not many food options and lines were 20 people deep during lunchtime. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We like it on celebrity and this was the 5cruise whit them. We are a couple in the 30 and we like that it is more peace and quiet then on other lines. We are young but are more 75 then 30 in party-age;) The embarkation went easy, we ... Read More
We like it on celebrity and this was the 5cruise whit them. We are a couple in the 30 and we like that it is more peace and quiet then on other lines. We are young but are more 75 then 30 in party-age;) The embarkation went easy, we arrived at 1.45.pm and we were onboard at 2.pm. The stateroom was ready, so we delivered the carry-on and said hello to the stateroom attendant. The stateroom was the same as on all the solstice class.Good space for clothing and hangers. We had a conciersclass cabin, so champagne and fruit was delivered to the stateroom after departure. The bathroom is spacus and has a lot of room to store the belongings. But celebrity could do some more cleaning. The rest of the cabin was spotless, but the bathroom cleaning has seen better days. In the shower it was dark spottes in the floor between the tiles. It was mols-dots on the walls in the shower. This is not so fun.... And it was not "seen" by the room attendants during the cruise. This is lack of cleaning and is easily fix and not a good way to welcome passengers. The entertainment onboard is ok. It has a wide verity from production shows to stand-up. The production shows was very good and they have really improved since the last cruise we had. The entertainment they had hired in for shows was hit or miss. The illusionist was super, we have seen him before, but he is really good every show. The almost Elton John show is good, it is feel-good to the toes for everyone, everytime he his onboard. Some of the stands-up could have been better. Some felt very old and might be outdated? The music ombord is what you prefer. The housebound can take a weekend of, they play the same setlist the same sour vocals everyday. It is boring and it is really irritating when you need to take on bose qc to keep them out around the pool when they play live. The other music that is played live onboard is good. Tea for two was great:) It is a lot of celebrity Live activity you can participate inn, we didn't do much of these. But it is bocce, putting, dance class etc. Food The food is great, it is not possible to go to bed hungry. We ate all dinner inn the main restaurant. Mario R and his assistent tok good care of us. They have change the lay-out of the meny for dinner. So all appetiser and salad, soups have been put together. This is not so good for reading and to find the food easy. Since you must read the hole meny to find everything. Some of the menys are very good and have a lot of choices and other have very limited good choices for dinner. It wouldn't be a bad thing to rotate a bit more on the meny. They have indian chefs onboard and all the indian dishes that are on the dinner meny is vegetarian. Why can't they have a really good spiced dish whit fish og chicken? All the vegetable that was on the main course plate every night was covered whit garlic. No harm in garlic, but there is a limit in how much my vegetable like. The buffet has a great selection for breakfast, lunsj and dinner. We only eat breakfast and lunsj. We are not a huge fans of buffet. The sandwich station for lunsj is super. We had roomservice for breakfast 3times, it is a achilles for celebrity. It is always missing something.... And this has been the same error on all 5 cruises. Why is it so hard to get this right? The cafe al bacio is super. The coffee is great an it is a good selection of pastry and cake. The only thing that we really missed is the iced tea. Earlier they had one whit pear-ginger and it is really good. It was delivered in a big teapot whit ice. But they dont have that any more.... They only have regular tea in a glas whit ice.... It is still ok, but it is not the same. Slush bar is nice but the line is long, it is a super place for good non-alc drinks. The bar service was very depending on who you were taken care of. We tried to order a mojito from 3different servers by the pool area and they all came back whit ice and booz. Service in the teatre is slow and understaffed. The bar in ensemble lounge and sunset bar was good and worked well. The quality of the drinks was excellent. Excursion We had booked some excursions from home on celebrity. It is easy to book and you have a confirmed trip. We had a super cave-tour in Mexico. The cave was really a hidden gem. The buffet provided on this excursion could have been better. But the cave was really worth the trip. The Panamakanal and fort San Lorenzo was a half-day tour. The stop at Gaton Locks was super. The fort itself was nice ruins. In Cartagena we did the deluxe cartagena, the tour has potensial but the guide was not 100%. All things from celebrity shore-excursions team worked 100%. So you are taken good care of. Disembarkation went well, we had the express walk-off. we were out in a taxi in 20min from we went in line onboard to get of. This was the 5cruise on celebrity and will not be the last. The service is good and we do have a great time onboard. Just fix the small achilles and it will be totally excellent. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was the 11th cruise on a Celebrity ship for my wife and I. We had high expectations, especially since our last 2 cruises were in Aqua class. We were in a Veranda on this cruise. The staff was as usual exceptional. The food was ... Read More
This was the 11th cruise on a Celebrity ship for my wife and I. We had high expectations, especially since our last 2 cruises were in Aqua class. We were in a Veranda on this cruise. The staff was as usual exceptional. The food was better that I remembered (and this was in the main dining room). Deserts and pastries were fantastic! Since we had visited many of the ports, we didn't take tours in all of the ports, but with the overnight in Cartegna, we were able to take the carriage ride in the old city at night. It was wonderful. We didn't realize that Equinox has a team from the Corning Glass Museum and they were creating pieces on board. A truly wonderful experience. The only negative was the entertainment in the theater. My expectations were very high from previous Celebrity cruises, but I was disappointed. As hard as the singers and dancers tried, they just didn't have the materiel. So we went to the glass blowing on 2 nights (GREAT) and found other things to do on others. All in all, we had a great time. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Just got back from a BTB. Great Cruise. This is our 6th time on Celebrity. First week was Concierge Class - we've travelled C-Class before - it's didn't cost us much more and I wouldn't pay much of a premium for ... Read More
Just got back from a BTB. Great Cruise. This is our 6th time on Celebrity. First week was Concierge Class - we've travelled C-Class before - it's didn't cost us much more and I wouldn't pay much of a premium for CC - the robes and shower are nice but don't see any other perks for us besides that. It wasn't busy so we have regular check in. We don't eat 3 apples every morning and the Canapés are not great - so we asked them to stop bringing them after 1st day. Champagne is ok but we're more wine drinkers so the bottle is still in the fridge. The ride to Puerto Rico was a bit rough but once there it was smooth sailing. First night in dining room we were in the back with the servers and service was slow. We asked to be moved to the dining room for the rest of the week. That ended up being a disaster (too long a story to write) so we ate at speciality dining when possible. Lawn Club Grill - Great. Q-Sine - great (make sure your hungry before you go). Tuscan Grill - Best Filet Mignon I've ever had. The service from the bartenders were great - favorite bar is the Ensemble Lounge and Passport Bar. We upgraded to Premium Package (would highly recommend) All those people work very hard - the pool bar and Sunset are a little slower than the rest but no complaints - they try hard to keep people happy. Our Cabin Steward (Harry) was awesome. Again - these guys work very hard and will do anything to please. Anything we asked for they would accommodate. I can't say enough about the service you get on Celebrity - other than the issue we had in the dining room our week was amazing. Would highly recommend Week 2 we went Aqua - first time - won't be our last and that's because of one word - BLU. We love that restaurant. Wasn't sure we would because my husband is a big meat and potatoes guy but the food and service is 6 star. It will be hard to not book Aqua again (especially with our main dining room experience on week 1). The food, atmosphere and service is the best - we had a few reservations with speciality restaurants but cancelled them after our first night at BLU. Again - great Cabin Steward. Only negative and maybe not Celebrities fault but the cabin next door had a child who didn't wake up crying at 6am he work up screaming on the top of his lungs- when that kid got up so did we and not by choice - this topped with the fact the parents put his dirty diaper outside the cabin door for us to smell every time we went to our room was just bad manners in my opinion. I'm not opposed to children and have a certain amount of tolerance but having bad cabin neighbors is just bad manners and this family was not considerate to the other people around them. One of the reasons we travel Celebrity is because it's more of an adult cruise line. If this were to happen again I would be at customers relations on day 1 but we kept thinking things would get better - they didn't they got worse but too late into the cruise by the time we were really fed up with it. I did complain to Customer Relations. When you pay thousands of dollars to be on a cruise having bad neighbors shouldn't be something you have to tolerate. The ports were all great - we'd do them again and travel Celebrity Reflection again for sure. I can't say enough about the crew that work on this ship - they're so accommodating. One other thing is the House Band - Blind Vinyl were awesome - the girl that sings has a great voice and her tribute to Adele night was amazing - the bonus of BTB is knowing this so we made sure we caught all her performances when we could. All the live music was good. The shows we saw were ok but my husband is not big into shows so we only saw a few. Great trip - back to reality til next year we hope. We're Canadians and with the high dollar coupled with the increased cruise pricing Celebrity, may put next years holidays at and All Inclusive resort instead - Hopefully our dollar and pricing will be back in line by 2018. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
My husband and I sailed on the Equinox from Feb. 7 to Feb. 21. We are fairly experienced cruisers, having been on probably 11 cruises since 2006. We drove to the Red Roof Inn near the airport, and left the car there since it was the most ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Equinox from Feb. 7 to Feb. 21. We are fairly experienced cruisers, having been on probably 11 cruises since 2006. We drove to the Red Roof Inn near the airport, and left the car there since it was the most price-effective place to leave the car. The hotel transported us to the cruise port. We were in cabin 6121 with a balcony, but not in the Blu level. The good - Embarking was efficient and our room was waiting for us at 2:00. The ship is immaculate and pretty, with everything clean and sparkling. The cabin is well appointed - plenty of storage space including under and over the bed. Employees are outstanding. Cabin steward was efficient and available, without being intrusive. Some of the food was good. I especial like the escargot. The lobster was good. We took no excursions, preferring to disembark at the various ports and walk around. Disembarkation on Feb.21 was efficient; we self-carried luggage and took a taxi back to our car for $25.00. My husband loved the fitness facility; it, too, was sparkling, with many machines. The not-so-good Food - Since 2006, we have seen food in the Main dining Room consistently decline in quality on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships. The company has added "specialty restaurants" at an extra charge. If they want guests to patronize the "for charge" restaurants, why make the MDR great? Thus, on 2 of the last days, the menu offered Pot Pie (only pastry with no filling), meatloaf and pork and beans. Really? On an up-scale cruise line? The beef was not-so-great. It tended to be dry. One day we had brisket; the next day a return of the brisket in a different form. The daily steak was a cut I am not familiar with. There were long waits between courses, so dinner took about 2 hours. The Ocean View Cafe food was OK, but not spectacular. Breakfast was the same. Order fresh-made scrambled eggs at the omelette bar. The prepared eggs are soupy and not good. If you don't eat bread, carbs and pasta, there is not much for you to eat in the Ocean View Cafe. I ate fruits for breakfast and a Caesar salad for lunch. Shows - we left the first three. The comedian was not funny and used a lot of profanity. Next 2 shows (Rock) had music that was loud but did not interest us. After that, we left early dinner and stopped by shows to see if they looked good. We did not attend further shows. Shopping - I was interested in pair of "Dancing Diamond" earrings that I had seen in 2015. I compared prices at all the ports and on the ship. The ship prices were 30% higher. On the last sea day, the shops advertised a sale. The sales lady quoted me the same price the ship shop had given me on the 3rd day. When I mentioned that, she dropped the price 10%. You will NOT find the "best prices" on the ship. All the above said, it was certainly better to spend 2 weeks on the Equinox than in the Northeast. I would return to Celebrity in a heartbeat! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our 10th Celebrity cruise and our 26 cruise overall. Also our second time on the Eclipse. The ship is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and accommodating, yet the Ship is getting a bit worn in certain areas. Our cabin, an ... Read More
This was our 10th Celebrity cruise and our 26 cruise overall. Also our second time on the Eclipse. The ship is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and accommodating, yet the Ship is getting a bit worn in certain areas. Our cabin, an S2 on the resort deck was in need of a refresh. Peeling paint on our veranda was landing on the floor from time to time. The ports on this cruise are old friends (Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Kitts) that we have been to on and off for the last 20+ years. We have given up on Ship's tours a few years ago. They are expensive and being on a bus with 50 of your closest friends is not for me. The changes made for suite guests last April change the entire cruise for the good. Lumane, the suites dining, is outstanding and using Michael's Club is great. On this cruise the cruise director, Jane, was the worst that I have seen. The entertainment had its high points and several low points. Embarkation was horrible and disembarkation was a breeze. We used the luggage valet service for the first time and we found it to be terrific. Our bags were among the first on the carusol at SEA. I love the Solstice class ships and booked a b-to-b on the Silhoutte next February. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
Flew into San Juan a few days prior to the cruise. Flying in early turned out to be great. Not only did we have time to unwind, we also got to enjoy the San Sebastian street Festival. Old San Juan was quite crowded with people enjoying ... Read More
Flew into San Juan a few days prior to the cruise. Flying in early turned out to be great. Not only did we have time to unwind, we also got to enjoy the San Sebastian street Festival. Old San Juan was quite crowded with people enjoying the festival events. We took public bus from our hotel to the Old City (75 cents) and then the free trolley to get around to most places. Old San Juan is a US national historic site. Visited 2 of the 3 old forts, ate great food, and had a nice time walking around the revitalized historic area. Also, picked up some toiletries at Walgreens. We enjoyed our time in the Old City so much that we returned on the turn around day. Check in for the cruise was quick and easy. We enjoyed eating at the Pool Grill which made very good hot dogs and burgers. Our cabin, 7154, was ready by 1 pm. We had our luggage within an hour after boarding. We spent the afternoon at the pool. We dined in select and enjoyed the flexibility. After a few nights, we requested a certain waiter who was superb. Menus were the same for both weeks of the cruises. On the second week, we ate in the Buffet when the MDR had the Top Chefs menu. I don't like that menu. The Buffet for dinner was a nice option. It was Greek night. The nightly sushi was delicious. For the rest of the 2 weeks, we reserved the same table in the MDR. Ocean view Cafe was good most of the time. Even when it was crowded, we managed to find a clean table quickly. Staff cleaned off tables promptly. Food choices were okay. Cakes were fabulous. Cupcake Day was my favorite. I did not like carrying the heavy plates. Wish that the plates were lighter and that there were trays. To get a meal with drink, it took many trips to and from the table. Often the drink stations were missing some items....cups, ice, spoons, coffee, etc. It was unusual to visit one drink station and get what you wanted. MDR breakfast was slow. We ate there when we were not in a rush to go anywhere. We also enjoyed the breakfast in the Captains Club Elite venue. Captains Club evening event was good. Ashley, Captains Club hostess, was charming. Entertainment was fair. MY favorites were the 2 house bands: Funk it Up and Groovity. I liked listening to the guitar player at the Sunset Lounge when there wasn't anyone smoking cigars. Unfortunately, the smoking restrictions were not maintained. People were smoking everywhere on the aft deck. I did not like the DJs choices of Rap Music. Bar service was good throughout the ship. Cafe Al Bacio was one of my favorite places. I loved the Forte teas. I was surprised and disappointed when they ran out of many tea choices at the Cafe. I enjoyed most ports. Internet speed was much quicker than my previous Summit cruise in June 2015. It was also better than my Silhouette cruise in Oct. 2015. Nice changes making using the internet easy. I had heard several b2b change stories that were unpleasant. Fortunately, my experience was very good. The change over day on the b2b was quick and easy. Met in the Revelations Lounge, turned in the old sea pass, got the new sea pass, had US Customs check our passports in the Lounge and had new photo taken. Process took 5 minutes. Never had to leave the ship. For the most part we enjoyed the cruises. Our cabin steward was excellent. Our waiter, Edi, was fabulous. Alex, the new Captain was visible and mingled with the guests. Most of the staff were friendly and interested in making the cruise a great experience. The exception was the cruise critics social on the 2nd cruise. It was cut short so that the Captain could make his daily 10 AM announcement. Comments and questions from cruise critics were poorly addressed. The Cruise Director rudely dismissed comments by guests. On an otherwise nice cruise, the attitude of the Cruise Director was poor. The ship is going into dry dock soon for 2 weeks. Looking forward to seeing the updates on my next cruise in May. Disembarkation was easy. Porters were available inside the terminal. Passing through customs and immigration was quick. Taxis were waiting. Took a taxi from the port to the airport. ($25 for 2 persons with 4 bags) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We have been on around six Celebrity cruises including Equinox from the Solstice Class. Most aspects of this cruise were excellent as expected from Celebrity. The food was always superb and service from the staff was top-notch. ... Read More
We have been on around six Celebrity cruises including Equinox from the Solstice Class. Most aspects of this cruise were excellent as expected from Celebrity. The food was always superb and service from the staff was top-notch. Entertainment was the best yet with every eveing being very good. The cabin design was very good and well thought-thru. There is a nice relaxation area on the 7th deck near the main elevators where you can relax and make yourself a coffee. This ship is an enlarged Solstice with enough extra passengers to make the Oceanview Cafe seem full at times and you needed to search for a table. Our only disappointment was the overall decor of the ship interior. We would describe it as modern bland and it didn't compare well with Equinox or the Cunard Queen Victoria we had recently been on. It showed evidence of cost-saving and just lacked any style. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Myself, wife and daughters went on the Silhouette last month. They had all been on a cruise before but for me it was the first time. Generally I have to say that it was everything I thought it would be, in a positive way. ALL the staff ... Read More
Myself, wife and daughters went on the Silhouette last month. They had all been on a cruise before but for me it was the first time. Generally I have to say that it was everything I thought it would be, in a positive way. ALL the staff were excellent (with one exception) and could not do enough for the passengers. Both of our cabins (next door to each other) were fabulous. FOOD: An excellent standard for every meal. We ate every evening in the main restaurant at approx 8.15 at a table for four. Having previously paid for gratuities (an American obsession!) we did not have to stick to one of the two sittings. Really, really good food at every meal. The main cafe/restaurant on Level 14 always had a plentiful supply of everything. ENTERTAINMENT: Rich, Rachel and Sarah were absolutely superb. Whatever they are paying these guys, it's not enough! Extremely amusing, always going the extra mile and very professional....all three of them. Well done! The captain took part in a variety of events and was also superb. He is informative, has an excellent sense of humour and really cares about his profession. All the shows were of a high standard. I am 'in the business' and thought that the singers and dancers on this ship were outstanding. PORTS OF CALL: Cozumel-OK. Grand Cayman-Lovely. Jamaica-OK. Haiti-OK. Excursions are VERY expensive and there is a constant call on all passengers to do one or two. We as a family did an excursion in Jamaica (Martha Brae) which was excellent but at $400 I think it's 'over the top'. DRINKS: I think the drinks packages are pricey but then it all depends on how much you want to drink on a daily basis. WIFI: I needed wifi for business during the cruise and it was $200 for the week. In port the general reception is good and of course you can get free wifi in cafes and bars. Out at sea, the ship's wifi is adequate although a little slow. It was worthwhile though. Referring to an earlier comment about one exception with staff, I found the Guest Relations desk disappointing. On three occasions I had questions to ask there and I just didn't get the information I wanted. The staff just didn't seem to know to be honest. Caring but a bit clueless. All in all though, very positive feelings from the cruise. A lovely, well maintained ship with an excellent team led by a superb captain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
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