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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We hadn't been on Connie since she was doing Caribbean cruises. We enjoyed the updates though it was a strange cruise to us. We enjoy the port intensive itineraries in Europe. Montenegro is a must return destination. Our experience ... Read More
We hadn't been on Connie since she was doing Caribbean cruises. We enjoyed the updates though it was a strange cruise to us. We enjoy the port intensive itineraries in Europe. Montenegro is a must return destination. Our experience with the crew is greatly improved from what we remembered. Only issue was that guests were permitted to skip the hand sanitizer when entering the buffet. Seems like a bad plan. Entertainment was odd to us. We normally go to a show every night plus a few in the alternate venues. Often there was only one show in the main theater and it was late like after 9pm. With many early starts that just doesn't work. Shows mustn't be well attended if they only schedule one. The few we stopped in on were below par in our opinion. We did have two tender ports and thought the crew did a good job keeping that moving. Some ships just seem to always have tender problems. Not this one. Beware the excursion to Krka Park. Must bring your passport which is a problem if you want to swim together. 45 minute stop for wandering, swimming and picture taking. 35 minute queue to the women's rest rooms. Must have Croatian currency to use the toilet. This is the only stop in Croatia and the ship does not carry Croatian currency. Men were seen "wandering off" while women were appealing to the attendant to accept euros. Luminae was excellent and the staff worked together like a very fine team. We were exceptionally well cared for. The cruise critic Meet and Greet was scheduled at 7pm so right during dinner. There had to be a better time to not limit attendance. Our room (SS2) was in good condition. Some obvious rusting out on the balcony but not bad for a 16 year old ship. I like the feel of this class as it never feels crowded. We never saw more than maybe ten people in Michaels Club. Joao was a great host. Arrival in Venice went very well. Celebrity was probably a half hour or more ahead of the scheduled departures and the authorities had plenty of people to keep things moving smoothly. All in all we had a great cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was the first time Jet, Set, Sail departed from Cardiff and the airport is certainly not yet set up for this type of cruise package. We'd checked out the private terminal/lounge at Stansted on the Internet and realised that ... Read More
This was the first time Jet, Set, Sail departed from Cardiff and the airport is certainly not yet set up for this type of cruise package. We'd checked out the private terminal/lounge at Stansted on the Internet and realised that Cardiff couldn't compete so our expectations were low. Free parking was allocated at Cardiff airport. Check in was very easy with dedicated desks. We were told we'd be fast-tracked through security and that we would be able to go directly through to the gate where we would be served refreshments before boarding. However, the fast-track lane was closed as the airport was "quiet". We were then stopped at security to go through the scanner which hadn't been calibrated so it couldn't be used but we were still kept waiting for quite a while. We were then denied access to the gate as "they weren't ready for us", despite passengers having already gone through. As a result there were a number of irate passengers. We waited for about 35 minutes in the main terminal before being allowed to go to the gate. Once through there were plenty of pastries along with tea, coffee, juices and Prosecco on offer. Initially the JSS (Jet, Set, Sail) cruises were marketed as using a private jet providing a business class experience, this was then "downgraded" to Premium Economy. Unfortunately, this has been over-hyped, basically the plane is a 737-300 chartered from Titan Airways. We were allowed a generous 25kg of luggage. The flight was comfortable but I'm not sure we had 31" of leg room as was advertised. A hot breakfast was served with tea, coffee and juice but some passengers complained that there were no alcoholic drinks offered. Service was very good and the crew very pleasant. On arrival at Barcelona we had to wait for almost an hour for our luggage to arrive on the carousel, then we had to queue up to give our names to the Celebrity representatives and pass our luggage to the porters to transport to the ship. Some passengers thought that once their luggage was checked in at Cardiff they would not see it again until it was delivered to the cabin on the ship. We were escorted to the coach for transfer to Celebrity Constellation where check in went very smoothly. As usual with Celebrity once on board we were greeted by friendly smiles and offered a glass of "bubbly". Due to the delay at the airport our cabins were ready for us and after a light lunch at the Oceanview Cafe we found that our luggage had been delivered to our cabin. We opted for an oceanview cabin on deck 7 forward which was situated in a very quiet part of the ship in a short corridor with only cabins on the decks above and below, so it was very peaceful each time we returned to ours after a busy day. We had a short walk to the lift to go three floors up to Reflections or three floors down to the Theatre but on the whole we chose to take the stairs. The MDR was a bit of a trek to the aft of the ship on decks 4 and 5 after all it is quite a large ship. The Constellation had a refit earlier in the year but as we hadn't sailed on her for many years we couldn't compare the recent before and after transformation. I wasn't impressed with the main pool deck as the loungers were very uncomfortable if you used them all day on a sea day. It's a while since we sailed on one of the larger ships and found the number of passengers using the pool deck rather overwhelming. We were like sardines but, in fairness to the Pool Butlers, they always managed to "squeeze in" more loungers for guests who wanted to be near the pools. We experienced extremely high temperatures and wonderful, sunny days and, while on board, staff regularly distributed ice cold facecloths and, on occasion, fruit skewers - it was a nice touch. The loungers in the Thalassotherapy indoor pool were much more comfortable and it was quite peaceful in there compared to the hustle and bustle of the main pool deck. We chose select dining so we could choose the time at which we wanted to eat. The time varied very slightly each evening but we never had to queue for a table because we made a point of booking for the next night with the lady at the desk on our way out of the MDR. Meals were very good and there was something to suit everyone. Our waiter, Bob, was brilliant, as soon as he knew what we liked he was able to recommend particular meals and tell us if he thought we might not enjoy what we had initially chosen. If he thought the portions looked a little small he brought extra for a particular person or for us to share. We ate at one of the speciality restaurants, the Tuscan Grill, which has a variety of Italian/steak meals on offer. We enjoyed what we had ordered and found the staff there to be very attentive. Actually, we found the staff on board very friendly, attentive and, in the main, very efficient. A Classic drinks package was included in the price we paid so we never had to purchase water or soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks up to the value of $9 per drink were included. If we wanted anything more expensive we had to pay the difference plus an 18% service charge on top. We had a slight problem with our booking but after speaking to the staff at Guest Relations we were able to come to a satisfactory solution. Guest Relations staff were fantastic, they left messages on our cabin phone checking that everything was now ok and asking if they could do any more to help us. Great itinerary, overnight at Valencia, then on to Livorno, Civitavecchia, Kotor, Split and another overnight in Venice. We were only tendered once, at Kotor in Montenegro as it's a very small port and another ship was moored right alongside the old town. Tender service was well organised and efficient but it took around 20 minutes to reach the port. Luckily, sea conditions throughout the cruise were fantastic, the sea was so calm, at times it was like glass. This gave us the opportunity to easily spot marine life such as dolphins, manta rays and, jellyfish. We only booked one excursion as we'd been to all the ports before. We chose the Game of Thrones and Medieval old town Split tour. We were driven by coach to Klis fortress which was around 20 minutes from Split. The guide was very knowledgeable about the fortress itself and also about the TV series, part of which was filmed there. From there we returned to Split and were taken to the Diocletian Palace which was built by the Roman Emperor, Diocletian. The guide provided us with lots of interesting information and also explained which parts of the palace were used in the filming of Game of Thrones. We then walked through the old town which is part of the palace grounds and where further filming took place. We enjoyed our time at Split and are planning to return for a short break. In Valencia, Livorno and Venice the ship was moored quite a way from the centre of the cities so shuttle buses/boats were provided at a cost of around 20 per person for a return journey. At Civitavecchia the shuttle bus was provided by the local authority and not chartered by Celebrity. Split was the only place that could be accessed on foot directly from the port. Entertainment throughout the ship was very good with a variety of activities provided. The production shows were very good, however a couple of the Celebrity singers were a bit out of tune. Guest artists included Jane Curry who has a great voice and is a very funny lady. Oil Nez was excellent, he plays a number of wind instruments and is very entertaining and interacts well with the audience. Our return flight was scheduled at 2.25pm from Venice airport. We were concerned that we would be forced to disembark by 9am and then be "abandoned" at the airport. However, those travelling on JSS received an invitation from the Guest Relations Manager, Milana Dortangs, to a disembarkation presentation in Reflections. During this presentation she was very thorough, detailing exactly what to expect on the morning of disembarkation. She was available for questions from guests at the end. On the day of departure guests could remain in Cellar Masters/Sushi on a Five to wait for their disembarkation time slots. Refreshments were provided throughout the morning and a member of staff distributed quiz sheets with crosswords/sudoku to those who required something to pass the time. When time slots were announced a member of staff escorted a group to the lift and down to the exit. We were guided to where our luggage was situated and escorted to our coaches. On arrival at Venice airport we were met by Celebrity representatives who supplied trolleys for our luggage. Again, we were escorted to the check in and guided towards security. It was extremely well organised and slick. The return flight was slightly delayed but that didn't cause us too much trouble as we had a car parked at Cardiff airport. We were served a hot meal followed by dessert along with a choice of soft drinks, beer, red or white wine and tea or coffee. It was the best in-flight meal we had in years. Again the crew were very pleasant and helpful. On return to Cardiff we had to show our boarding pass to staff who then provided a ticket to insert at the barrier to allow us to exit the car park. The cruise was much better than expected as over the last few years we have sailed on much smaller ships and the staff tend to be very approachable. We can honestly say that we couldn't fault anything on this cruise. The staff, waiters, pool butlers and crew were equally delightful and friendly. Each one wore a star on their uniform which we believed meant that they were employee of the month but everyone had a star. Apparently it is to remind them of the ethos of the company - to strive to be a star and to do their utmost to help all guests have a wonderful experience. We think it's worked - each and everyone we met was delightful. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This is our fourth cruise on Celebrity. The other three were Caribbean, one on the Solstice and two on the Summit. I've always told people that my husband likes cruising more than I do. After this cruise, I am hooked. No renting ... Read More
This is our fourth cruise on Celebrity. The other three were Caribbean, one on the Solstice and two on the Summit. I've always told people that my husband likes cruising more than I do. After this cruise, I am hooked. No renting cars, no checking into hotels, no navigating to the next town and the BEST SERVICE one can imagine. We got to Venice two days early and enjoyed the city. Took a water taxi to the port for 80 euros. Very easy embarkation. One negative compared to embarkation on the Summit was that the Summit made us, as suite level guests, feel very special. Here it felt like a normal check in. Our room was the Celebrity Suite which we had on the Summit before. Butler and room attendant were very attentive. The cabin is spacious with two TVs, dining table, pull out couch and a curved veranda. However, the bathroom is not for anyone with mobility issues. It is a big step down from the tub to the floor. There really needs to be a handle bar to help you get out of the tub. Ship is spotless. DH thought it was more beautiful than the Summit but in all fairness the last time we were on the Summit was before it's refurbishing. The public art is pretty bad. However, it does have a Chiully sculpture outside of Reflections. Entertainment was hit or miss. We usually enjoy the smaller venues and skip the big shows. Here, the smaller acts were hard to time with our schedule and didn't float our boats. However, we enjoyed the shows like WE3 and Jayne Curry. We mainly ate at Luminae at night. Excellent service and food was generally excellent. Had some misses but that's to be expected. Really enjoyed our Sommelier Panji matching wines to our courses. We ate at Tuscan Grille which is a beautiful restaurant. Much prettier than Qsine on the Summit. Generous portions. The garlic mashed potatoes were excellent. They even have homemade LImoncello. Ocean liners was also great. I got the dover sole and DH got lobster. Excellent service. Oceanview café always amazes me. They have such a selection of foods. I really enjoy the Asian section. The mango chutney is great. The big surprise from the restaurants was Sushi on 5. We ate lunch there on a sea day. It was really nice to be in a quiet atmosphere and eat a light meal. That is, of course, until I ordered the ginger cake dessert with wasabi ice cream. Yum! We both had wonderful spa treatments. The ports were really different and interesting. We only did Celebrity shore excursions in Dubrovnik and the transfer from the ship to the airport in Athens. The other ports we either had a private tour (Amalfi) or just kicked around the ports on our own. Our favorite was Kotor, Montenegro. It was like walking through a fairy tale. In all the ports, we found neat stuff to take home to our kids. I did enjoy the lectures by Cynthia Peer and Ken Williams. However, the thing that sets this style of travel apart from all others is the service. The crew was incredible. Our room attendant was the best ever. Wait staff seemed to know our names by the second day. Really wonderful people that made our cruise very special. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary,and the promo offers . We are celebrating our 45th anniversary and wanted to do something special. 2 friends joined us in this celebration cruise. Italy and Greece have long been ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary,and the promo offers . We are celebrating our 45th anniversary and wanted to do something special. 2 friends joined us in this celebration cruise. Italy and Greece have long been on our bucket list. We arrived in Barcelona 3 days prior to cruise,and stayed 2 days following,before flying back to Canada . Barcelona , is a wonderful city with lots to see and do. Took a taxi to the port which was only 2 min. away. Embarkation was easy and soon we were on board having a glass of champagne handed to us. Our rooms were not yet ready ,so after enjoying our champagne we proceeded to go for lunch at the Oceanview cafe. This buffet offers multiple areas of cuisine. Italian,Indian,Mexican,American etc. All items were labelled as to content for gluten free,vegetarian,dairy etc. Our friends who are Celiac ,and must be gluten free, were really impressed. The desserts were awesome! Beautifully displayed ,tempting and delicious. Over the duration of this cruise, food was always very good and very fresh whether it be in the dining room or buffet. None of us went to any of the specialty dining as we found the food always great at the buffet or MDR. We went for" happy hour" almost everyday before going to the theater. We managed to try a different bar each day. Which was fun. The theater shows were all very good. Many different types of entertainment .We enjoyed each and everyone of them. We had select dining in the MDR. Never had to wait too long. We were usually ready to eat between 8 and 8:30. We got to appreciate all of the wait staff but especially,David,head waiter ,his assistant Vishel and the wine sommelier,Ivan(the not terrible!) We always asked to sit in their area if possible ,and our wish was usually granted. The officers and crew on this ship are all very courteous and very attentive.Cruise Director, Alejandro(from Argentina) was great! So funny as well as informative. We took 4 ship sponsored tours. Imperial Rome,Exploration of Pompeii,Ultimate Ephesus ,and in Malta ,the Blue grotto. All of the tours had the most excellent guides. Very knowledgeable of their history and of their area. A word of warning,when the tour is labelled "strenuous" it is . Santorini we did on our own.Took the cable car up,and then took the local bus to Oia. A very beautiful place,my favorite. Mykonos too, we did on our own,also very beautiful. Athens ,it poured rain most of the day. Did the HOHO bus . This would have worked very well if not for the rain. We all enjoyed our sea days. Casino,shopping ,pool and hot tub. Or just reading and relaxing on our balcony. My husband and I have taken 8 cruises including this one. I do believe that this was our favorite . This ship is quite plain in decor as compared to the others. Doesn't have the WOW factor when you get on board. It is simple and restful and well maintained. The officers and crew are outstanding. Everyday, Captain Konstantinos gave us an update on weather and sea conditions,as well a "quote for the day". This quote usually had a groan factor! We did self disembarkation as we had an early private tour. All went very smoothly,and we were off the ship by 7:30 am. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We had done this itinerary 4 years ago and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. Ports: Being the second visit to the ports allowed us to be a bit more selective of what to see/do. For the majority of the ports we explored on ... Read More
We had done this itinerary 4 years ago and enjoyed it so much we wanted to do it again. Ports: Being the second visit to the ports allowed us to be a bit more selective of what to see/do. For the majority of the ports we explored on our own and had a wonderful time. We also did one Celebrity Excursion and two privately booked excursions. The Celebrity excursion was great, but we liked the others because they had fewer people so we had a more intimate and custom experience. Would definitely look into excursions on sites such as Viator. Ship Info: The Equinox is a beautiful ship. We had Aqua Class staterooms and would definitely recommend this if your budget allows. The extra amenities in the room were OK, but we really didn't notice that. What we did like was the dining experience in Blu. The service and food were outstanding. We didn't have dinner anywhere else! Also liked the unlimited access to the Persian Gardens. Even the buffet (Oceanview Cafe) far exceeded expectations. The layout, with serving stations, was great as it prevented any long lines. The variety and quality of items was also amazing. You can't go wrong on Celebrity! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My husband was very resistant to the idea of cruising but he had promised that we would go on a cruise for my 60th birthday and I held him to that promise. I researched ships and itineraries carefully, and had been assured by friends who ... Read More
My husband was very resistant to the idea of cruising but he had promised that we would go on a cruise for my 60th birthday and I held him to that promise. I researched ships and itineraries carefully, and had been assured by friends who recommended it, that Equinox was the ship for us - and they were right. Embarkation at Barcelona went very smoothly, taking no more than 10 minutes from getting out of the taxi at the port until we were actually on the ship. That certainly impressed him and from there on, everything was pretty much just fabulous! We spent a few hours exploring the ship and then we went to our cabin where our luggage was waiting outside. It was perfect, a good size for the two of us with adequate storage in the stateroom, and a light and airy room where you could actually see to put your makeup on - something you so rarely find even in the best hotels these days. I didn't even need to phone for extra hangers! I loved the well-laid out storage in the bathroom, too and the rather sophisticated shower was great and surprisingly easy to operate, even for me who generally prefers a bath. In our cabin, there was champagne on ice and fruit waiting for us, and every afternoon a modest tray of canapes was placed there, and they changed the fruit and iced tea (which we never touched anyway) daily. The Blu restaurant was a total culinary delight, so we did not feel the need to pay for any of the speciality restaurants on board although everyone spoke very highly about them. Sometimes, we ate at the Oceanview Cafe upstairs when I felt like something simple like salad, pasta or pizza. The food up there was excellent, fresh and varied. We found that we preferred to take breakfast up there most days. Afternoon tea scones and clotted cream were very naughty but nice and totally killed my resolve at not eating like a pig on board! The service everywhere on the ship was just excellent. Our room attendant was just the best. He even found an adapter for my three-point European extension lead (their European plug points only have two points). By the way, take on with you so you can plug in all your bits and pieces (Ipad, Iphone, electric hair straighteners etc)) Note. There is only one European plug point and one US plug point at the dressing table. As we rarely drink, we took only the premium non-alcoholic beverage pack, which covered all the bottled waters, smoothies and speciality coffees etc. However, next time I think we will take an alcoholic package because we were so relaxed without any pressures we probably would have enjoyed a drink or two in the evenings, sitting in the many bars and lounges. The one evening my husband decided to have a speciality beer and I had a Cinzano Bianco the bill was $28 which I think is kind of expensive, so yes, next time we will go for the premium alcohol package. Why not? We are on holiday! My husband must have told them in the restaurant that it was my special birthday because our very friendly and charming waiter (Ronald) came with the dessert menu and with a smile told me I wasn't getting any dessert today and then he came out with a gorgeous little birthday cake for two. Later that evening, as we went back to the cabin, we saw a big poster with balloons on our door withing me a happy special birthday, inside the cabin was champagne and a little personalized letter to me. These little touches are so memorable and lovely. The entertainment team were first rate, the shows that we saw were West End quality and the guest entertainers were good, too. Alexandro, the entertainment director was a scream and kept us smiling and laughing all night long. We enjoyed the glass blowing shows, and made use of the swimming pool and very well equipped gym. Didn't use the spa. We took the Internet Package, and it was easy, high quality, fast access, and I think it was worth it, as we were both able to use it if we logged on at different times. As for shore excursions, some were better than others. Being cruise 'newbies' we played safe and mostly used the Celebrity shore excursions but soon learned from other well-seasoned cruisers which port was easier to explore on your own. I loved the attitude of all the crew. Captain Kostas was so approachable, friendly and charming and the whole atmosphere of this ship was one of being really, really cossetted and cared for. The crew were meticulous in their cleaning and everything was tip top. I am not too keen on the photographers jumping out at you to take your picture every five minutes or the 'high pressure' sales staff on board but I did bag a few bargains in the $10 sales. The ship's daily newspaper was a good reference point for everything going on on the ship. We didn't use the casino but I enjoyed walking through it and watching the players. Would I go again? In a heartbeat yes. I was rather hoping husband would take advantage of the 'book your next cruise on board' offers but he didn't. We will be cruising again. I just loved every moment - and so did he. I cannot recommend this ship highly enough. I don't know if Aqua Class is worth the extra but anyway, husband slept so well and didn't complain once so perhaps it is. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
What a smooth process for embarkation - we were booked in a Celebrity Suite and found ourselves guided to Michael's Club by a staff person from Guest Relations. There we met our Captain's Club Hostess Maila who personally walked ... Read More
What a smooth process for embarkation - we were booked in a Celebrity Suite and found ourselves guided to Michael's Club by a staff person from Guest Relations. There we met our Captain's Club Hostess Maila who personally walked us to our Suite (#1235) which was ready for us! Shortly thereafter we were greeted by our personal butler, Emir. Our suite more than exceeded our expectations in size and personal space. The veranda was large enough to accomodate a chaise lounge and table. However, the nicest part of this suite was the separate bedroom from the living area and the large walk-in closet. We probably underutilized the veranda but we managed to have a very special breakfast served by Emir while tendered in Santorini. It was a dream come true to be on the water, facing the white houses/businesses, and enjoying the yummy breakfast! I thought I had died and gone to heaven! We utilized Emir a few more times for breakfast before we headed out for our excursions. It was so much easier than fighting for a table in the Oceanview Cafe. A downside to this suite if there is one is the size of the bathroom; it only had one sink! I personally loved the higher end toiletries by Bvlgari and the special bottle of Perrier Jouet that was waiting for us in the room. Additionally, as advertised we had anl arrangement of fresh flowers and fruit. On day one we also had some appetizers but because there was so much food around never managed to touch this...on port day it was nice to have bottles of Evian water on our counter. A plus to booking a suite is access to the private dining room, Luminae. Luminae was a special place to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The staff there were exceptional and it impressed us how they always greeted us by name! Our waiter, Florin, assistant, Gaga, and sommelier, Nikolina delivered exceptional service for each and every meal. Although the selections in Luminae were limited an option was to also view the daily menu in the main dining. Another suite perk was access to Michael's Club! Jole Jacoby was our Concierge and she delivered on answering my numerous questions and we need to thank her for getting us on the bridge tour plus dinner with our Captain Costas too! Thank you Jole for those special invitations which also included sailaway out of Malta on the helipad too! The speciality dining restaurants which all charge are worth the extra splurge. We only went to two of them but visited them twice: Tuscan Grill and Murano. Murano was a French/Continental restaurant and Tuscan Grill was Italian. Of the two I enjoyed Murano the best! Tuscan was disappointing to me because I felt the quality of the food was not up to what I was used to as we live near San Francisco and have many nearby Italian restaurants. Again, the service in these restaurants were exceptional, Overall the service and friendliness on this ship from the stateroom attendant to the officers was unparalleled. Other dining options we visited were the Oceanview Cafe and the Mast Bar. The cafe offered the usual buffet selections but the highlight here were the desserts. In the morning a coffee cart went through and the staff were so upbeat and energetic you couldn't help but smile. When in port the view afforded by the Cafe were breathtaking. The entertainment offerings were many and it was hard deciding on what to do! Our Cruise Director, Ajejandro, was energetic, personable and my husband and I agree that he is the creme de la creme of cruise directors. Ajejandro engaged everyone he came into contact with and his quick wit kept us laughing. His assistant Justin balanced out the humor and they made a great duo. The offerings in the theatre were for the most part good with a variety of performers. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock and Greg London. What we felt was an area that Celebrity could develop was a true production show: we missed having a "Chicago"," Mama Mia" type offering. This sailing delivered the ports of my dream as we sailed out of Barcelona to: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Ephesus and Malta. The ports of call were exceptional and for the majority of these ports we used outside vendors. Prior to this cruise I normally always used ship excursions but this time used advise provided by fellow cruisers and was pleasantly surprised by the personalized service and the small group (a big plus). In Malta we booked a Celebrity excusion and found ourselves on a large bus with our fellow passengers. Maybe because we were in a suite we never saw the people these fellow cruisers before...this could be a consideration if you are booking in a SUITE. Overall we would definitely book again with Celebrity and probably book a suite too. I so loved the personalized service and the quality of the services delivered. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
I choose this cruise because of the ports we stopped in. It gave a real taste of the Mediterranean. Loved Barcelona! The ship is very spacious and clean. The staff was all very friendly and willing to help. We ate most of our meals in ... Read More
I choose this cruise because of the ports we stopped in. It gave a real taste of the Mediterranean. Loved Barcelona! The ship is very spacious and clean. The staff was all very friendly and willing to help. We ate most of our meals in the main restaurant and the food was very good. We stopped in Rome, Pompei the Amalfi coast, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens and Malta. My least favorite was Athens. The traffic was awful and the rain didn't help. My biggest surprise was Malta, had no idea what a medieval treasure that is. The best tours were the private tours. Cruise critic friends were so helpful. We found an apartment in Barcelona on a recommendation in the Gothic section of Barcelona. It was easy to get around and you could walk most places, Disembarkation was so organized, from leaving the ship to getting your luggage at the airport. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Celebrity are our favourite cruise line and they did not disappoint. We left from Barcelona and as we were in a suite the check in was a very fast and efficient experience. The new extras that come with a suite are excellent. The ... Read More
Celebrity are our favourite cruise line and they did not disappoint. We left from Barcelona and as we were in a suite the check in was a very fast and efficient experience. The new extras that come with a suite are excellent. The dedicated restaurant Luminae served superb food although the options were somewhat limited. Only found out near the end of the cruise we could have also ordered from the main restaurant menu although we were never told this. Only other problem was that as our Sky Suite was at the back it was a very long walk from the lift. Probably helped to walk off the calories but as we both have arthritis it was sometimes difficult.Still find it suprising that there is no aft lift on Solstice class ships. The entertainment was very good and offered something for everyone. All the staff were as attentive as usual. Think this was one of our best cruises. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
A review of our 21 night (back to back) Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Embarkation at Civitavecchia was brilliant. We arrived just before 11am to no lines at all and were onboard by 11.10. We set about exploring the ... Read More
A review of our 21 night (back to back) Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Embarkation at Civitavecchia was brilliant. We arrived just before 11am to no lines at all and were onboard by 11.10. We set about exploring the ship before upgrading our classic drinks package to the premium and headed to the Oceanview Buffet for lunch. By 1.30pm, all staterooms were ready so we headed down there to find our luggage had already arrived. The ship is just beautiful and is only 4 years old - we were actually lucky enough to celebrate her birthday with a pool party whilst onboard which was fun. Every area of the ship was scrupulously clean and certainly could not be faulted. The staff were just amazing. We did not meet even one who was not smiling and happy. We mainly ate in the Main Dining Room and could not fault the food except to say that it was often not hot enough. The only Specialty Restaurant we tried was The Porch on Deck 15 adjacent to the Lawn Club and Lawn Club Grill. They serve beautiful fresh seafood and we certainly ate our share of lobster tails, prawns, scallops, etc on the 4 occasions we ate there. Cost was $30USD but we only paid $20 each time. The specialty restaurants really seemed to be struggling and staff were constantly offering discounts to dine in them. These discounts started at 30%, quickly went to 40% and were eventually 50%. We are not fans of the buffet at all and only ate there when we had absolutely no choice. I did not like the food and it was definitely not hot enough. This is a particular bugbear of my Health Inspector Hubby! We had an oceanview cabin on deck 3 which was very spacious with plenty of storage space. It was only 4 cabins from the main foyer which includes Guest Relations, Shore Excursions and the Passport Bar. We were initially worried that it would be very noisy, but I can honestly say that we heard nothing, even when there was a band playing. We absolutely loved the position of this cabin. Straight into the main foyer and through to the dining room. Lifts close by and down one flight of stairs to deck 2 for disembarkation at ports. Our favourite bar was the Sunset Bar, aft deck 15. The staff there were fantastic and Milton always made us laugh. We found the Martini Bar and the Passport Bar very flat which is quite different from our experience on other Celebrity ships. Eventually we made out way to the Ensemble Lounge and found Nelson who we had met in the Passport Bar on the Solstice last year. He and Dario took very good care of us and we met some lovely couples who also frequented this bar. We had visited most of the ports when we sailed on the Equinox 4 years ago, so decided to do something different in each one. We did not do any of the exorbitantly priced ship's tours. I organised tours for us before we left home. This all went very well and if anyone wants any recommendations, please feel free to PM me. The transition from the first to the second cruise was absolutely painless and took no time at all. This is the smoothest cruise we have ever been. The sea was flat as, except for 2 or 3 nights when things got just a little rough. After spending 21 nights on a cruise ship, you would expect to have that rock and roll feeling for a few days afterwards but we had no side effects at all. The only complaint I have about Celebrity is that as they increase the free perks they offer, onboard prices seem to be getting higher. A bag of laundry on our cruise last year was $30 and is now $50. To have a pair of undies laundered is $3USD! Yes we washed ours in the sink of course. Internet prices are also ridiculous. We paid $37 for 24 continuous hours and this was with 25% off for our Select status. I used free wi fi in ports and eventually bought a local sim card. Re upgrading your classic package to the premium - wait until you are onboard as they offer deals. The person who secures your upgrade gets a commission, so competition is pretty stiff. Don't be afraid to ask what they can do for you. We received one day free for each cruise. We loved cruising on this beautiful ship so much. Every day, we looked at each other with a huge smile and said, "Living the Dream". The itinerary is fantastic but is very port intensive. This is not a cruise for those who want to lie back and relax. There were only 4 sea days out of 21. We were Celebrity loyalists well before this cruise, but will certainly be hard pressed to cruise with another line now. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We are long time (20 years) cruisers on Celebrity and Azamara. We chose this cruise because our sons had never been to to Med. We have recently preferred the service and intimacy of Azamra, but got a great deal on this cruise. We also ... Read More
We are long time (20 years) cruisers on Celebrity and Azamara. We chose this cruise because our sons had never been to to Med. We have recently preferred the service and intimacy of Azamra, but got a great deal on this cruise. We also spent 5 nights post cruise in Rome. The cruise started with a flawless embarkation from Rome. Since we were in a suite, the line was very short and the greeting effusive. Great Start. We got to our suite and were promptly greeted by Stevo, our butler and Clive, our cabin attendant. Both provided exemplary service throughout the cruise. We wanted for nothing, but are not as demanding as some cruisers. We found the ship to be new and spotless in all areas. This is the cleanest big ship I have ever seen. Staff officers were always available and very engaging. We did not eat in the main dining room, so have no comment on it. We had most meals in Luminae with Kateryna, Erdie, and the enitre wonderful crew. The food was excellent, the service perfect, and the banter and conversations with staff and fellow cruisers late into the night. We had such a good time on a couple occasions, we missed the show. We had similar experiences in The Tuscan Grill, Murano, and Blue. Kateryna took care of most of our reservations and even went so far as to visit us in other venues to make sure we were having fun. She should be promoted to the first female Maitre De on the ship! The entertainment we saw on the ship was first class, especially the Tenors of Rock and the singers in the other venues such as Gordon and the house band. Their sets in the foyer drew a raucous crowd. Fun was had by all! Shore excursions were, on the whole, what we expected, The staff was friendly and effecient. They were also flexible in allowing me to cancel a couple of my wifes tickets due to a bad knee. I also need to put in a good word for the Guest Relations staff. I had a couple billing issues that were resolved quickly and always with a smile! Here a a couple minor , although meaningful recommendations for improvement. 1. The marketing of amenities, drink packages and specialty restaurants is out of control and needs to be curtailed. Do it for the first 3 days and then STOP!!! This one issue is SOOOOOO bad that, if it happens on our next cruise to south america in March, I will consider changing cruise lines after 20 years of loyalty. The grade of Average for our on board experience is due entirely to this issue alone. Conversations with crew members about this issue reveals that it is being driven from Miami. STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2. The shore excursions started to early How about 9am instead of 7:30am. 3. The coffee is still terrible. Thats it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Can't say enough about the itinerary, staff, food and condition of the ship! All were terrific! We had sailed on Silhouette during its first year and didn't like the service near as much. Captain Dimitrios K. is so friendly and ... Read More
Can't say enough about the itinerary, staff, food and condition of the ship! All were terrific! We had sailed on Silhouette during its first year and didn't like the service near as much. Captain Dimitrios K. is so friendly and entertaining. This was a great way for us to visit Israel and other great ports and we would definitely do it again! Felt very safe there as well as in Ephesus Turkey. Only point for improvement: better communication to guests re how to exit the Ashdod port. We were told there was a mandatory daily $20/person shuttle only upon our disembarking the ship, and that since the last shuttle was about 9:30pm, you wouldn't be able to get back through the high security port system to return to the ship if you wanted to stay out later. That sort of defeated the benefits of the ship staying in Ashdod overnight. Later we found out we could have taxied it for $10 each way (total for two of us) and I assume that would have meant we could have stayed out later. Might end up being cheaper to take ship excursions taking this into consideration (we had a private tour arranged, but had to meet them outside the port). Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We picked this cruise because of it going to Israel and even though Shimon Peres's state funeral took place during our time there it was a very interesting and satisfying visit with minor rescheduling by our tour operator. We had ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of it going to Israel and even though Shimon Peres's state funeral took place during our time there it was a very interesting and satisfying visit with minor rescheduling by our tour operator. We had booked Guided Tours of Israel thanks to recommendations on Cruise Critic and found them excellent. Aqua Class is our preference and we did not find any drop in standards since our last Celebrity voyage last year -also on the Silhouette. The menu has become a little familiar but standards remain high and service first class. We did not try any paid-for restaurants as we felt there was no need. Our booking had given us unlimited Internet and Premium Drinks. Both have spoiled us for good- the internet speed now is really fast but not quite good enough for video. The wine waiters in Blu were exceptionally good with the drinks package and wine experimentation was rife! Buffet was as good as ever - our last cruise had been on P&O Britannia - they need to check out Celebrity to see what a good and imaginative buffet looks like. Our cabin was as expected and our hard working attendant was all we wished for. The lack of an assistant did not show to us - but we are sure she simply had to work harder. We went to only one show and one guest artist. It was hard to feel inspired by them - somehow the sparkle has gone - we used to go to every one. One downside which seemed more invidious than ever was the dreaded Park West art mob occupying so many public spaces for their questionable activities. It was great to read on return that Azamara is now kicking them off their ships again - maybe Celebrity will follow suit. The Captains daily announcements were not to be missed - his great sense of humour to the fore. He also gave a lecture on navigation which was a laugh a minute made more enjoyable by having his brother - captain of the Solstice - on stage with him. He was on leave from his ship! We saw one example of excellent professionalism when an unfortunate ill passenger had to be airlifted off the ship to Cyprus. The captain briefed us fully and we were able to watch the Cyprus Search & Rescue helicopter pick up the casualty. Their professionalism too was worth seeing. We understand the passenger was responding well in hospital. Ports: Naples - we took the fast ferry to Capri - sadly it was a Sunday and very overcrowded. Ashdod - our base for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem tours - very industrial. Haifa - much more picturesque - base for Nazareth and Galilee tours. Santorini - took the ships tour to climb the volcano - what a tough climb!! Kusadasi - did not take any tours - just some local shopping - with their lack of cruise ships sales tactics border on desperate. Piraeus - we took a fast ferry to Aegina - a delightful day trip. Malta - our first visit and we used a ships tour to get our first impressions of the island with a Grand Harbour tour - much enjoyed. Back to Civitavecchia - easy disembarkation - had a van booked through our pre- departure hotel - the San Giorgio - no problems. In summary a memorably good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We sailed from Barcelona after a three day visit to the city. The Silken Gran Havana was lovely and centrally located. I had made reservations with Barcelona Day Tours for airport pick up and an 8 hour tour of the city plus Montserrat. ... Read More
We sailed from Barcelona after a three day visit to the city. The Silken Gran Havana was lovely and centrally located. I had made reservations with Barcelona Day Tours for airport pick up and an 8 hour tour of the city plus Montserrat. They also picked us up from the ship to visit Sagrada Familia. I was very pleased with their services and for 4 women it made touring easy and comfortable. Embarkation was a breeze and within the hour we were in our cabin. We had aft cabin 2153, a Sky suite. Aft is our favorite location having had 2151 with wrap around balcony for a two week cruise to Australia/N.Z. The next door neighbors complained about noise from the Oceanview Cafe above us but it didn't bother my daughter or me. Our butler was Felix and stewards, Nelson and Jimmy who came to introduce themselves as soon as we arrived. All three were professional and made sure we had everything we needed. They were the best. We lucked out again with our waiters,Yavuz Balkan and his assistant Rodwin. They were attentive and most accommodating. Both offered a different meal if anything wasn't to our liking which in my opinion is over and above normal service. We dined in Illuminae once after the Concierge called to ask why we weren't dining there but we were with friends not in suites so chose to eat in the MDR with them. Honestly,the food was fabulous in both. The ports in Spain,Portugal, and Gibaltar were beautiful,interesting, and educational. My daughter and I tried to think which has been our favorite cruise yet and we could not choose one above the others primarily because when you sail with Celebrity, they're all fantastic. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
My wife and i used CC to do a lot of research and chose the Celebrity Reflection/East Med cruise. We're also used to an element of luxury on our hols so opted for one of the Signature Suites, therefore this review might not be ... Read More
My wife and i used CC to do a lot of research and chose the Celebrity Reflection/East Med cruise. We're also used to an element of luxury on our hols so opted for one of the Signature Suites, therefore this review might not be relevant for some as we didn't use the MDR or Opus, or even the pool for that matter. However, what we did experience was fantastic and the perks you get with this level of suite made us feel like royalty, the suite was also beautiful with a nice size of balcony. Although we did visit friends in the Penthouse and that was unbelievable spacious and opulent! We also enjoyed great room service, laundry, wifi (not very fast though) and free spirits plus mini bar. The bed was fantastic as was the storage and practical aspects of the room, easily on par with 5-star hotels we've stayed at. We dined with the Captain (what a dude!) on the second night in the Tuscan Grille and we enjoyed a steak of peerless quality. We loved Murano, but the menu is small and does not change, unlike Luminae, however that could be hit or miss. Qsine was a bit of a fad but enjoyable. The service was excellent in all cases. We did sometimes have breakfast in the Ocean View cafe, which was fine. The only meal experience we really didn't enjoy was the Lawn BBQ that was 'pushed' onto us as we left the check-in area; what a waste of 140USD that was, with average food / wine and it was also blowing a gale through the gaps in the screens, so everyone was miserable. We felt such fools giving up a speciality restaurant that was effectively free for us for this rubbish. So even though we had a full package we still ended up as a victim of pushy sales :( We used Michael's every night, which was fairy quiet most of the time, but we made some great friends and had such a laugh, the staff again are superb in there. The cocktails are not the quality we're used to, but we certainly got our monies worth via our all inclusive package that comes with this level of suite. One criticism is the underhand tactics used by some of the services on board, such as the spa. This happened to 3 sets of couples we knew of, including us, where you receive your service (Hair, massage etc) and they say 'oh your hair is dry' or 'you feel tense', would you like this or that, but not explain the cost implication. Fortunately our butler sorted everything and we were refunded some of the money (So were the other couples). The ship excursions are also expensive, we did 3, but would do our own next time. Coming and going off the boat was very efficient and better than i imagined it would be, we didn't even have to check out, just grabbed our cases straight to a car that was waiting for us. The entertainment was a bit weak some nights, but we enjoyed a couple of shows. There is lots to do elsewhere and thought the daily itinerary leaflet was good. The casino was never busy, i ended up playing Craps by myself which is no fun, but that's not the fault of Celebrity, it certainly felt like a mini Vegas. Any negativity we experienced was completely overshadowed by our love for everything else, definite cruise converts now, although we got a great deal for the Signature Suite, looking at prices for next year, it could be a one off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
It offered vgood value, we had a veranda room which was excellent, with great views of the coastlines as the boat cruised its way thru calm waters all the way. The food was excellent, we only used the buffet & the restaraunt not the ... Read More
It offered vgood value, we had a veranda room which was excellent, with great views of the coastlines as the boat cruised its way thru calm waters all the way. The food was excellent, we only used the buffet & the restaraunt not the specialty restaurants, the entertainment was good to very good, as we were leg weary after day visits not looking for extra activities at night. The ship is 5* & is kept clean night & day, toilet room staff are on hand to make sure this area is clean, only cruise line so far i have encountered this. The staff all worked well, you can plan your excursions from your tv so there is no cue at the excursions desk. The washing was $20 for the first bag which was vgood value. The drinks were expensive all in USD plus a 18.5% loading which is a bit cheeky as we opted for prepaid gratuities, however if you dont drink much alcohol then no prob. The $300usd credit helped a lot with excursions, the excursion to Ephesus is money well spent. Keep in mind, if you go to Santorini dont bother with other excursions like volcano hiking as you need about an hour to walk up the path to the top of Santorini as the chair lifts cannot accomodate the thousands in port, there were 3 boats anchored the day we visited. This was the only -ve on what was a great cruise, would go again tommorow. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise after reviewing reviews both on this website and Trip Advisor. I had originally booked a Regents Cruise-the lowest category available-ocean window for $15,000 but soon came to my senses. Was on line one day and came ... Read More
We chose this cruise after reviewing reviews both on this website and Trip Advisor. I had originally booked a Regents Cruise-the lowest category available-ocean window for $15,000 but soon came to my senses. Was on line one day and came upon the Silhouette. I will admit that the size of the ship did concern me but I must say that overall never felt as if we were with 3,000 people. We originally booked the Aqua class and bumped up when we saw the price of the suite-stayed in a S2. Only problem now as they say " how do you keep them down on the farm after they seen gay parie? Loved,loved the suite and all that came with it-including the butler Nelson who was great. We had included a beverage package, tips and wifi. We also paid for the 5 specialty package. The suite also has a seperate dining room Luminare which was great-wonderful waiter by the name of Soner-they really catered to all your whims. We had our breakfast every morning on our veranda delivered by Nelson. The last morning went to the Luminare and I will admit it was a wonderful breakfast. We found all of the staff friendly and eager to please. The Martini Bar was wonderful-the bartenders quite entertaining. As far as the dining package we found all of the restaurants fantastic minus one-the Tuscan Grill-my husband and I are Italian and foodies but put that aside-we really thought the food was terrible-which we did share with both the concierge and the maitre d of the Tuscan. Not authentic at all-this one needs some work or a change in venue. On the opposite side-Qsine is fantastic and we highly recommended it as well as the Lawn Grill. As far ports-I was not terribly thrilled with Marseille nor Corsica. Other ports were great-loved Taormina,Nice and Cinque Terre. Other perks that were great with suite category was a lounge called Michaels drinks,teas and coffees served plus fridges with complimentaly beer, waters, soft drinks. As far as Ilounge-I went to use computer and found they were all MACs which I can't get use to at all. Beautifully appointed ship-which was the main attraction for me. I highly recommend this cruise and hope that I can travel on it another time Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Italy and Greece and Turkey. Best cruise, ship, staff and food yet! Our stateroom service was fantastic, the food in all venues was very good and the ship clean and easy to navigate. Highly recommend this cruise line and this itinerary. ... Read More
Italy and Greece and Turkey. Best cruise, ship, staff and food yet! Our stateroom service was fantastic, the food in all venues was very good and the ship clean and easy to navigate. Highly recommend this cruise line and this itinerary. With the exception of Santorini all the excursions were outstanding. Santorini is too many people, too small an area and long waits. Pretty to look at from the ship. In Ephesus we used Curio Travel Turkey and Greece for the tour. The sights were outstanding, the van very comfortable and the guide (Ike) was great. Notable with this tour agency - no high pressure selling. Overall, the tours, ship and all service was the best we've experienced in many cruises. The ease of embarkation and disembarkation were great. No long lines. Luggage handling was very good. While we probably won't take this particular cruise again we will strive to have a cruse on the Reflection but definitely will use Celebrity. Our first Celebrity cruise to Bermuda as also very good. Recommend a few days in Rome prior or after the cruise. We stayed at the Napoleon Hotel which was clean, friendly and very convenient. Used Bobs Limo. service from the airport to hotel and to port. Great Trip. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 60th birthdays and it was our first ever cruise but certainly not our last. It was a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. We sailed from Rome stopping at Messina, Sicily, Mykonos, Rhodes, ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 60th birthdays and it was our first ever cruise but certainly not our last. It was a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. We sailed from Rome stopping at Messina, Sicily, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Santorini, Athens, Naples and finally Civitavecchia. The level of service, food, entertainment, comfort etc was exceptiional. We would particularly like to give special mention to Peter, our charming and Professional Waiter in the Opus Restaurant, assistant Waiter. Purnama and Sommelier Braganza. These gentlemen are a credit to themselves and a wonderful asset to Celebrity Cruises. Last but certainly not least We would also like to give a mention to Jose our wonderful stateroom attendant who looked after us so well. A big Thank you to all the wonderful staff Who Made our first cruise so memorable. We look forward to hopefully meeting you all again. Grazie mille a tutti. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
On recommendation from our travel agent, we decided on Celebrity Cruises and chose this 13 nights cruise on Equinox which turned out to be a very good choice! This was our first cruise and with nothing to compare, and relying entirely ... Read More
On recommendation from our travel agent, we decided on Celebrity Cruises and chose this 13 nights cruise on Equinox which turned out to be a very good choice! This was our first cruise and with nothing to compare, and relying entirely on comments from other "cruisers", we were so impressed with EVERY aspect that we now consider ourselves "hooked on cruising"! Apart from a couple of minor "negatives", which were resolved quickly and satisfactorily anyway, we simply cannot find anything to criticize about the overall experience. We unfortunately had to cancel our first shore excursion due to a medical condition and would like to compliment the doctor (Patrick O'Neil) and other medical staff for their professional, competent and friendly attention to our needs. The only part that we could not really give top marks was some of the Las Vegas style theater entertainment which was not to our liking, but on the other hand, we wish to especially comment on and congratulate the Classical Duo for the performances. Very nice female voice and the male guitar player who was quite simply SENSATIONAL!! Another special mention goes to Stephanie in Shore Excursions. Her friendly and competent manner was exceptional. Will we cruise again with Celebrity? ABSOLUTELY YES! Thank you Celebrity Cruises. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our first cruise. We couldn't fault the service. It was a wonderful experience ,from Julianna and Andre keeping our room clean and tidy to our beautiful singing counter assistant Treshanna and our waiters Bang Bang and Mark ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We couldn't fault the service. It was a wonderful experience ,from Julianna and Andre keeping our room clean and tidy to our beautiful singing counter assistant Treshanna and our waiters Bang Bang and Mark and sommelier Ovidou. We would give 10 out of 10 to all we have mentioned. We also enjoyed the entertainment .The shows that were on this trip were first class. we looked forward to going every evening. The house band were fantastic with all their involvement in supporting the the acts each evening. The excursions were very well organised. although they were quite expensive. We were very impressed with the care and attention given to all disabled guests. the ship was accessible to mobility scooters and wheelchairs On excursions ,the coaches that were provided were also accessible to wheelchair users. The whole experiece was wonderful. we will do it again soon. I havn't mentioned the other members off staff by name but sufficient to say that all members of staff we met were extremely courteous and friendly. We must not forget Captain Michael, who gave us an update on position and temperature etc every day. My Husband enjoyed his talk on the running of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Ship and staff were excellent everyone is working as a team and it shows from the officers to the bar staff, everyone speaks to you even if they are painting outside or cleaning. Really have to sort out the dress code for 'dress up ... Read More
Ship and staff were excellent everyone is working as a team and it shows from the officers to the bar staff, everyone speaks to you even if they are painting outside or cleaning. Really have to sort out the dress code for 'dress up nights'. A complete mess nobody knows what to wear and the result looks simply ridiculous--- just make a decision one way or the other and stick to smart or formal. Also please stop the touting for sales by staff outside the shops, after a week and half of saying no to an event, raffle, red carpet day, special offer or just trying to get you into the shop or art sale it begins to grate in the same way as time share sellers. Ports were the usual mix of industrial and scenic views. Entertainment was a little orientated toward individual performances rather than stage shows from the entertainments team. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We decided to go on our first long cruise for our honeymoon and it was the perfect cruise and the best decision!. At arrival in Athens, the embarkation was pretty fast and smooth. They transfer our luggage directly to our room and our ... Read More
We decided to go on our first long cruise for our honeymoon and it was the perfect cruise and the best decision!. At arrival in Athens, the embarkation was pretty fast and smooth. They transfer our luggage directly to our room and our stateroom was ready around 14:00. We then walk around to get familiarized with the cruise and its installations and arrange for the Dinning Package and the Classic 7 Wine Bottle Package. Both packages were a very good decision, the Select Dinning Restaurants were outstanding. Tuscan Grill very good attention and service, excellent food, great wine and remarkable little details as a Limoncello homemade courtesy of the restaurant. Jonheider and Goran were excellent in their service performance. Both assisted us at all time with a great service. We returned for a second dinner at the Tuscan Grill on the second day at sea. Silk Harvest was also very good. The service at some point was a little bit slowly but nothing to really complain of. The food is of great quality and flavor and you can try several dishes and starters. Murano. Amazing. The service of Daniel was excellent, he assisted us from the beginning till the end with nice service, good talk and details. He brought us a cake with candles as a present for our honeymoon. We also were able to try several desserts and starters. For the main dish we both order lobster and Daniel prepare at our table with an excellent flavour and great ingredients. At last but no least we tried Sushi at 5. In my personal opinion they should change the name of the restaurant to something more elegant and nice because Sushi at 5 sounds like if it is a fast food restaurant or dinner room and when we tried it the last day at sea we discovered it is an amazing sushi place. The service is also very good, specially the attention from Sam who offered us the best Wasabe we have tried, natural one from the plant itself and cut in a shark skin table. If we knew the good quality of this restaurant before, we should have eat there two times. Regarding the wine package, it was also a very good decision. We could ask for a bottle of wine in any restaurant or even for our room. They have very good types of wine including Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Syrah, among others. Talking about other areas, we have to highlight the cleanness of our stateroom mainly based on the attention of Sim, our stateroom attendance. We heard that some rooms had problems with electricity and water which is such a pity but luckily we did not have any problem at all. The Ship we found it to be very good, clean at every time, with service people everywhere around and nice activities during the days at sea and after returning from the Ports of Call. The dinning room of the ship (Slihoutte) was very good. We had dinner 3 times there and were above average. The first day we had a confusion with the Sommelier since she did not bring us the bottle and instead she pour us two glasses of wine, nevertheless, she brought us the bottle afterwards and did not charge the two glasses. The rest of the days the attention and service was very good and the quality of the food was amazing. All type of different dishes and starters, including lobster, meat, salmon, etc. Regarding the activities we think mainly all of them were pretty good. The DJ was a little bit repetitive and ended the night very early some days. For the rest of the activities I found them very good. We would for sure return to a second cruise with Celebrity! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We had a wonderful cruise experience on the Celebrity Equinox. Embarkation in Barcelona was very fast, maybe 10 minutes total from arriving at port to being greeted on the ship with a glass of champagne. All staff were extremely friendly ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise experience on the Celebrity Equinox. Embarkation in Barcelona was very fast, maybe 10 minutes total from arriving at port to being greeted on the ship with a glass of champagne. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful, cabin steward and dining room staff especially attentive. Meals were all very good, we ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet in Oceanview Cafe with a wide variety at each meal. Dinners at the Silhouette and we had the select dining but had the same table and staff most evenings. Cabin was a nice size and good storage space as was the balcony which had two reclining chairs and foot rests. Was a port intensive cruise so did not take advantage of the shows but lobby and pool entertainment was very good and enjoyed the blown glass shows. Nice variety of shops. Guests were nicely dressed in the dining rooms, much more so that on Caribbean cruises. Lots of families on board and saw little of the children but did see them engaged in some organized games and activities. Enjoyed ports, be prepared for very long days for excursions but well worth it. We did some Celebrity excursions and also booked some private depending on our interests. It was very hot and humid and it was nice to arrive back at the ship and be great with cold drinks and chilled facecloths, very nice touch when arriving back. The ship was easy to navigate and though big not overwhelming. We look forward to another cruise on the Equinox and hope to see the wonderful staff that provided service on this cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Just returned from the Adriatic Sea cruise to Venice, Croatia, Rome, Livorno all in Italy, then Toulon, France and Barcelona. We were in Aqua Level, 11th floor and well worth the price of going Aqua. We took the water bus to Burano ... Read More
Just returned from the Adriatic Sea cruise to Venice, Croatia, Rome, Livorno all in Italy, then Toulon, France and Barcelona. We were in Aqua Level, 11th floor and well worth the price of going Aqua. We took the water bus to Burano (from Venice). Well worth the trip to this lace making island. Colorful homes, laid back environment, small island and not crowded. Venice is unique with all the canals, we did not take a tour but walked, and walked some more. In Dubrovnik, we took the bus (thru Celebrity) to the old city and walked the wall around the old city. Also did shopping in the old city (filigree jewelry is their speciality). In Rome, we took the Eternal City tour. Great tour with super tour guide. Rosa works at the Vatican so she was able to give us lots of information during our Vatican tour. Did not go into the Colosseum but walked around it which was enough for me. Mega people waiting in line to get in to the Colosseum. In Livorno, we elected to take the train to Florence thru Celebrity. Florence was beautiful, crowded like all the stops we had made, except Burano. The guide that took us on the train showed us the town square (the Duomo) and then we were on our own. In Toulon, we took a walking tour to Aix-en-Provence. Guide was very good and we had an hour on our own. This was a leisurely tour as the town isn't that large. When we arrived in Barcelona we took an extra day on our own to discover the city. We took the hop on hop off bus and saw the city. For sure you have to stop at the Sagarda Familia (what a wonder). Hop on hop off bus is a great way to see the city because you can get off and look around and then get back on. We rate the cruise 5 star, from the ship itself to the tour options. Food in BLU restaurant was excellent, along with the waiter and assistant. Entertainment in the main theatre each night was very good. In any trip one takes, you find some negatives, such as waiting for the bus to get back to the ship in high heat, no A/C in one train car but that happens wherever one goes. Staff on ship was excellent. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Also recommend you book your airfare thru Celebrity, via Choice Air. When we arrived in Barcelona, our Air France flights were cancelled because of a strike. Choice Air did all the work on booking us back to the US with no added expense to us. One item we didn't do, but wish we would have is to book our hotel thru Celebrity since we arrived a day ahead in Venice and stayed one night in Barcelona. If we would have booked thru Celebrity, our transportation to and from the hotel/airport, would have been arranged. We didn't have a problem getting cabs but in hindsight, I would use Celebrity for all arrangements. Read Less
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