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Sail Date: June 2014
I am a regular Celebrity cruiser and the ship and ports on this cruise exceeded my expectations. I arrived 3 days before departure to see Venice because I hadn't been there before and the ship would only spend 1 day in Venice on the ... Read More
I am a regular Celebrity cruiser and the ship and ports on this cruise exceeded my expectations. I arrived 3 days before departure to see Venice because I hadn't been there before and the ship would only spend 1 day in Venice on the return journey. I found 3 days to be plenty to see all the sites. Lots of cruise ships in port meant it was crowded but it's an easy city to walk around. I highly recommend teh Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour as it goes behind the scenes. Also suggest you book 'skip the queue' for St Mark's Cathedral to avoid a very long wait. Embarkation was the smoothest I've ever experienced with Celebrity. The Silhouette is elegantly designed and my cabin had a larger than standard balcony given it was on the 'hump'. I ate most meals in the Dining room at fixed 6:30 seating and the food was excellent. Only once did I complain about some veal and the waiter brought me a very good steak within 5 minutes. One note of caution with all the 'classic drinks' specials - you will find the wines by the glass have been 'downgraded' and I didn't enjoy any of the 3 limited white wine choices in the dining room. The buffet had a pinot grigio that was drinkable but I elected to upgrade for $10/day to the Premium package where I could choose from 14+ wines by the glass. They have also discontinued sparking mineral waters as part of the classic package. Upgrade was well worth it! My opinion of the entertainment on this cruise is mixed. I liked the first comedian and the two celebrity singers shows but the remainder of the talent was mediocre. The Canyon River Spa therapists were impressive; however, my treatments were much more expensive then Elemis treatments I have had on prior cruises (>15%). With lots of ports (9 out of 11 days), the gym was barely used and I didn't have to wait for any machines/bikes. I noticed the alcoves on the top level were always empty....perhaps Celebrity should reconsider the use of this space. On the ports - amazing, amazing! I only did one ship excursion in Rome and with all other ports I walked on my own or took private tours. Dubrovnik is a small city and feels very crowded with 3 cruise ships in port. I waited 30 minutes in the hot sun to take the Cable car to the top of the hill. It was a beautiful view but frustrating with the crowds. Rome is not near the port of Civitavecchia so you need to allow plenty of time to get back tot he ship. I took a fantastic private car tour with Aldo Limos in Naples down the Amalfi Coast that was spectacular. Refer to my review on Aldo on tripadvisor.com. In Sicily I recommend seeing Taormina. It was a beautiful, quaint little town with excellent food. Malta was one of my favourite ports with lots of WWII history. Shopping was good here. Get up early (6:30am) to see the entry into Kotor, which is a like going through a fjord. Beautiful! If you want to climb to the top of the mountain in Kotor be sure to wear sturdy shoes. It's a tough climb even for the fittest. Take lots of water. Split was the last port and and it was also impressive. The Kuna seemed to buy more here than the Euro so be sure to get local currency. I bought lots of Croatian soccer balls, football jumpers and toys for my boys here for really good prices. I will definitely go back to many of these ports and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Silhouette. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
This was the feedback we gave to Celebrity: Food and service in MDR were excellent (except for sommelier – see below). Head Waiter Arta and Ass’t Andrei were very attentive and helped make the dining experience pleasant. Stateroom ... Read More
This was the feedback we gave to Celebrity: Food and service in MDR were excellent (except for sommelier – see below). Head Waiter Arta and Ass’t Andrei were very attentive and helped make the dining experience pleasant. Stateroom attendant - excellent, as usual. Whatever you pay them, it’s probably not enough. They work really hard!! Sommelier was sporadically late in making his rounds to our table. Usually, we had our appetizer served before placing our order. Drink package unintended consequence? Stateroom – excellent (well designed with adequate storage. See “safe” comment below) Internet: Awful!! In the first 2 days I was unable to get connected to my e-mail. After three different “consults” with the iLounge person, I was told that “the server” could not connect with my e-mail provider (AOL, in this case). I have used this laptop in 10 different cities in China; 2 different cities in Egypt; Singapore; Puerto Rico; dozens of cities across the US as well as on two other Celebrity cruises and this has never been a problem. To solve this problem I had to log into AOL webmail to read and send e-mails. No way (that I know of) to download e-mails and compose responses off-line in this manner. Also, e-mails that I received and sent were not able to be stored on my laptop - - only at the webmail site of AOL. All this ate up my login time and is exceptionally “clunky”. Further, on our first “at sea” day, I tried 3 different times and could not even get connected - - I assume because of the concentration of onboard “traffic”. (We stayed overnight after disembarkation at a hotel near Venice airport and email was without any trouble.) Kotor tendering was definitely slower than it should have been. We were instructed to be at our “meeting point” at 8:45 AM for a 9:00 scheduled departure for our excursion. We did not leave the “meeting point” until about 10:30 and did not board our tender for another 10-15 minutes. Tendering at Split was much smoother and efficient - - no delays at all. Relative to the above, these are “second tier” suggestions, but if you are really looking for detailed input: - Chill the plates in the Oceanview Café (and others?) for “cold food”. - There has to be a better way to do the “accounting” related to sea pass transactions. We had a drink package and the poor bar tenders had to do all kinds of things every time we bought even something as simple as a bottle of water or a soda. (In most instances “swiping” the card through the card reader did not work, and the server had to type in our card number and then proceed through multiple screens and “tapping” multiple icons??) - On future ships, find a place to put the safe at “eye-level”. It is hard for us “oldies” to get down on our knees to see the keypad to enter the code each time we open/close the safe. - Fire your supplier of maraschino cherries - - just awful. - Provide a tutorial on “How to navigate the in-room TV”. - Disembarkation was very smooth and without hassle. - Provide a “tutorial” (to those needing it) on how to navigate from the ship to points of interest in each port or upon disembarkation (exactly where to find local public transportation, etc.)   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My sister in law and I joined this cruise on Sunday 22nd June. It was my 11th cruise, but first with Celebrity, having cruised with their sister cruise line RCI, and 1st ever cruise for Catherine, my sis in law. I can honestly say it was ... Read More
My sister in law and I joined this cruise on Sunday 22nd June. It was my 11th cruise, but first with Celebrity, having cruised with their sister cruise line RCI, and 1st ever cruise for Catherine, my sis in law. I can honestly say it was the best cruise ship I have been on. We had the balcony/drinks package (which we upgraded to premium) and it was worth every penny. Nothing beats sitting on the balcony watching us dock/ depart from some beautiful ports with a nice cocktail or glass of wine in hand. Our stateroom was fine with plenty of hanging and drawer space,including lots of wee hidden compartments in the bathroom for all your bits and pieces. Another plus was having a shower cabinet instead of a curtain, much better. The two room attendants were lovely and nothing was to much trouble. We had anytime dining and never had any problem getting a table no matter what time we went down. We just said we were happy to either share or a table for two. It was a good way of meeting a great selection of people from different parts of the world and having good conversations with them . The food was delicious with plenty of choices. We did most of our excursions through companies we booked through cruise critic and they without exception proved very good. The Godfather Tour in Sicily and Amalfi Coast and Pompeii stand out as did Venice which we did on our own, including the trip on a gondola, which although a bit pricey was worth doing. The entertainment was good with two shows up on deck which got everyone joining in and there was always something on in the showroom every night, plus dancing in different lounges, which incidentally are beautiful. The martini bar proved to be very popular and is made of ice! Lots of fabulous cocktails here and in the monocular bar. I am booked to go on the Celebrity Solstice Sep 2015 around Hawaii and so looking forward to it. Hope the ship is as good as the Silhouette. It was the attention to little details that helped make it special such as face towels to dry your hands with in all the bathrooms, meeting u outside on returning to the ship with cold drinks and iced towels. All in all a fab cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My husband and I recently sailed on a 10 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. We were in Concierge Cabin 2205 on the 12th floor. This was our first cruise with Celebrity. Embarkation - We boarded about 11:30 a.m. There were no lines. ... Read More
My husband and I recently sailed on a 10 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. We were in Concierge Cabin 2205 on the 12th floor. This was our first cruise with Celebrity. Embarkation - We boarded about 11:30 a.m. There were no lines. We were on the ship within minutes. Although our cabin was not ready, we were able to enjoy the buffet and the public areas of this beautiful ship. Cabin - We were in a concierge level cabin. Our steward kept our cabin neat and tidy. We rarely saw her. There was plenty of room storage, and we thoroughly enjoyed our balcony. Although we could hear noise (carts rolling) from the buffet above us, it was only slightly bothersome. We had a bottle of champagne in our room upon our arrival. She changed it our for wine at our request. The afternoon canapés were okay. Meals - We mostly ate at Opus, but we did enjoy one evening each at Murano and the Tuscan Grille. First, Opus, was very nice. The food was good as was the variety. Some entrees were better than others, but overall, I felt celebrity did a fine job. I personally enjoyed the escargot each evening as an appetizer. The fish was always fresh and tasty, as were the steaks. Most mornings we ate at the buffet due to the time our tours started. It had a wide variety of breakfast options. Not great - but it was fine. Murano was very nice, but we REALLY enjoyed our Tuscan Grille dinner. Ship - Very clean! We loved exploring this ship. Even with 3,000 guests, it never seemed crowded. We never had to wait in a line. Ports - A great itinerary! I had been to most of the ports previously. They were as beautiful as I remembered. Most of our tours were arranged through the CC Boards with fellow Cruise Critic members. They were all amazing. We used Sicily LIfe (Fabio) in Messina for the Unknown Villages around Etna with wine tasting and Taormina tour. I highly recommend him! We joined a group and used Sicily with Mario for the Amalfi Coast drive. He was funny and knowledgeable, giving us plenty of time to explore the breathtaking views and towns. Other CC members organized a tour of Athens. We did two Celebrity excursions; Ephesus and Santorini. The Ephesus tour was not very good. We were rushed through the ruins and taken to a shopping center and then a bazaar. We actually left the tour and walked back to the ship on our own. I gave Celebrity my review of this tour. Skip it! In Santorini we did the Oia tour. We were rushed, and wish they had given us more time to enjoy this amazing place. We walked Rhodes and Mykonos on our own, renting a quad in Mykonos to explore the beautiful beaches. Entertainment - This is the one area that needs improvement - at least the headliners... We liked the comedian. We left the Whitney Houston tribute and the ventriloquist. The musicians in the public areas and bars were quite entertaining. Overall - I would not hesitate to book another Celebrity Cruise. We had a great trip, traveled in a nice room, met amazing people, learned fascinating history, and saw beautiful places. What more could you want from a vacation? Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
This is a must do if you are interested is seeing a variety of ports. We went to Barcelona 2 days early. There is so much to do and see that we should have gone earlier. Barcelona Day Tours is a great resource. I put more about them on ... Read More
This is a must do if you are interested is seeing a variety of ports. We went to Barcelona 2 days early. There is so much to do and see that we should have gone earlier. Barcelona Day Tours is a great resource. I put more about them on Trip Advisor. We stayed at Hotel Principal, a small hotel near LaRumbla. Reasonably priced, good breakfast and location.Rooms were clean. We had room 418.Large bathroom and 2 beds. Nothing fancy,but did overlook the side street.A 10 minute taxi ride had us at port. Another 10 minutes had us on ship. We arrived about 11am,tour the ship ,ate lunch,and our room was ready. Very smooth.We had an inside room that seemed more spacious that others we had. Bathroom very nice and roomy(for a ship) Equinox had just come out of drydock,with new carpet installed throughout. Our experience on board was pleasant. This is a very port intensive cruise and the personel did an excellent job of getting 2400 people on and off the ship. We did take some tours from the ship,but discovered on cruise critic you could meet up with others and book through local tour companies. There you had much smaller groups of 10-12. Just sign up on cruise critic for the log of your date cruising.We met wonderful people and the price was about 2/3 of the ships price.My husband and I were traveling alone, so it was a great way to meet people. Our main focus for booking this cruise was the ports. We were not disappointed. Each has so many opportunities to see and do things. Since we both like historical sights, that was our focus. In Athens be sure to use PK tours.Paul the owner was our driver guide.The ship itself was in excellent shape. We did not eain any speciality restaurants. We had a the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and lunch. Always a large varity of fresh food to choose from. I try to be a healthy eater. There were alwaysgood choices. I had salmon salad for lunch most days.The dining room gave you a large selection to choose from. Again everything was freshly prepared. DESSERTSTO DIE FOR! The pools were wellmaintained. Some shows were outstanding, others adequate. Because of the intense port days we were not up late to partciipate in any late night activities.You do need to bfairly physically fit to do most of the tours. Lots of walking over uneven stones.Best trip ever. Go For It! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My husband and I were 'cruise virgins' when we arrived on board on 8 May in Barcelona for our twelve day cruise of the Mediterranean! What a wonderful time we had during our twelve day cruise - the wonderful welcoming, friendly ... Read More
My husband and I were 'cruise virgins' when we arrived on board on 8 May in Barcelona for our twelve day cruise of the Mediterranean! What a wonderful time we had during our twelve day cruise - the wonderful welcoming, friendly staff, the luxurious surroundings (amazing), the scrumptious food, the entertainment, the pool area (helped of course by the hot sunny weather we had every single day), the destinations, etc. I had been a little apprehensive that twelve days may have been too long, but it definitely wasn't. There were however two little annoyances - our statement (which was magnificent by the way) had an obstructed view (which we did not know about until we arrived), and the internet access was very expensive. BUT..... this was one of the best experiences we have had - and will we be checking out another cruise as we advance into retirement years? ABSOLUTELY SOLD ON CRUISING! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
This is pretty long but I've tried to make it bulletpoints for easier reading. We're a couple in our late 30s who love to travel although this was our first ever cruise. I was told the Equinox was a middle to upper class cruise ... Read More
This is pretty long but I've tried to make it bulletpoints for easier reading. We're a couple in our late 30s who love to travel although this was our first ever cruise. I was told the Equinox was a middle to upper class cruise with an older demographic of around 52yo which suited as perfectly as it meant there wouldn’t be any young idiots onboard and there wouldn’t be screaming children everywhere (no offence) – on that note if you have kids I would look for a more child-oriented ship. We absolutely LOVED this cruise – the ship, the stateroom, the staff, the food, the offshore excursions! This cruise, and ship have well and truly set the standard for any future cruises that we do....and yes, we're now hooked! lol Stateroom: - The ship is beautiful and we were very impressed with the quality and size of our balcony stateroom. -There was heaps of storage. - Room service was excellent -A lot of guests said they’re much better rooms than on other ships and I can understand why. Dining: Ocean View Cafe (included): - Great food, casual atmosphere. Eat inside or eat on the rear deck, or take it anywhere really. You can come grab some food any time and take it back to your stateroom – which is great if you’re still peckish or have had a bit too much to drink! If you wanted to, you could grab a muffin and some fruit to take ashore for your excursions. Silhouette (included): - Absolutely amazing food including the likes of escargo, frogs legs,& beef carpaccio, to name just a few. For the less adventurous such as me, there’s still plenty of choice and it's delicious. - Each time you dine there, make your reservation for the following night – ask for Gregory’s section, he’s awesome! - We paid to dine at the ‘specialty restaurant’ Tuscan Grille one night but actually found Silhouette to be better and just as high standard in our opinion – save the $$ for buying yourself gifts whilst ashore! - Awesome cheeseburgers at Mast Grille on Deck 14! Drinks: - We took a multi-pack of 1.5L water bottles onboard (as did others)which was no problem. - Drinks (coffee, tea, water, juice) are always available at the Oceanview Cafe so you can always grab a couple glasses and take them back to you stateroom. If you don’t drink alcohol or softdrink and are debating purchasing a Premium Water Package, personally I don’t think it’s necessary. - Alcohol (if you don’t have a beverage package) – keep an eye out for Happy Hour at each of the bars. Also, don’t buy individual beers – buy them in buckets (ie. 6 beers in a bucket). We had bought some alcohol ashore (ie.small bottle of ouzo in Greece) and had no issues taking it back to our stateroom. In hindsight, we probably should have bought a premium alcoholic beverage package. - We found the duty-free alcohol to be even cheaper onboard than if we’d bought at our Dubai International Airport where we’d normally purchase it! So it is worth checking out. Offshore excursions: - Logistical process of the tours very well executed – given the ship takes nearly 3000 passengers, they do an exceptional job of getting everyone organised. - Some people say the tours are expensive but at least if there’s a holdup, the ship will wait for your tour, otherwise you’re on your own – that’s the kind peace of mind that’s worth paying extra for in my opinion. - You’ll be warned the stairs to the Parthenon in Athens is super slippery (hubby slipped down the stairs despite exercising extreme caution). Wear shoes with grip, use handrails where possible and try to walk between the slippery marble tiles (the grout). Onboard stores: - Some great deals on high quality goods – hubby bought a stunning Citizen Ecodrive watch at a great price! - There was a $10 sale (all items $10) but the stuff was crap quality. - The items on offer in these one-off 2hour sales are in ample supply so I wouldn’t worry about queuing for ages like we did. Entertainment/activities: (we’re not the most outgoing couple in the world so we probably weren’t going to participate in many of the social activities to begin with) = Many of the activities and entertainment are catered to an older demographic so they didn’t really appeal to us. And to be quite honest, the ‘oldies’ gave us a run for our money – they’d be up late every night enjoying the nightly entertainment (many of which started at 10pm) when we’d already be in bed fast asleep! - The art auction was so much fun – the auctioneer is a real entertainer! Some great opportunities to buy art from some of the world's best artists! - Pool: If you’re body conscious like me and don’t feel comfortable being around bikini-clad females, head to the indoor pool where, although it’s not as fun, it’s quieter with less people and a different demographic. Misc. - If you have laundry that needs to be done and you’re in no hurry, in the last couple of days they have a fill-a-laundry-bag deal at a discounted rate - If you need cash, try to get it offshore – the ATM onboard was charging a US$6 fee! - Internet – costs a fortune onboard - even if you log out, make sure you turn off your WIFI as I overheard one fellow say he'd been charged for this even though he'd logged out. Try to avoid using it on the ship and use it when offshore   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Two couples from Australia, mid 50's. Only one of the four had been on a cruise holiday previously. Selected a Celebrity Mediterranean cruise based on recommendations from friends and on Cruise Critic. The requirement was that nobody ... Read More
Two couples from Australia, mid 50's. Only one of the four had been on a cruise holiday previously. Selected a Celebrity Mediterranean cruise based on recommendations from friends and on Cruise Critic. The requirement was that nobody wanted to feel "trapped" on the ship so the port heavy itinerary was selected. It was certainly all go, with one port after another and only two sea days to recuperate but the holiday lived up to expectations in all respects. Flights to Europe from Australia usually take 24 hours so it is no picnic. In this instance there was a delay which stretched the trip to 48 hours with two overnight hotel stays. There was an upgrade to business class for the last leg which was some consolation for the day lost in Barcelona. Barcelona itself was a revelation and fortunately we still had three days at the Barcelona Renaissance Hotel to explore the city before boarding the ship. Restaurants including the fabulous 41 degree experience were a highlight. Boarding as Concierge Class went smoothly with some line skipping and as the ship had just come from dry dock cabins were immediately available. Excellent service from Cabin Steward started immediately with him sorting out an issue with the tuxedo hire arranged beforehand. Cabin 1407 facing rear was great, plenty of storage, comfortable and a spectacular view from the balcony. We did have the ajoining balconies opened up for our afternoon canapes (arranged by the aforementioned cabin steward) We took full advantage of the many bars on board, in particular the martini bar, the molecular bar, the gastro bar and the sunset bar. But even in 12 days we didn't get to drink at every bar on the ship. Taking advantage of the classic beverage package from the 123 go promotion we upgraded to the premium package at reasonable cost and never had to worry about charges for any drinks. (except being charged $ 8.50 towards the cost of a $ 21.00 bottle of Belgian strawberry beer at the gastro bar on one occasion) We ate in the main dining room on most nights and it was excellent fun, with the interactions with the familiar waitstaff adding to our enjoyment of the meal. We also ate in the specialty restaurants, murano, tuscan grill, and silk harvest and found them each being worth the extra cost. Murano being the pick. We also enjoyed the food at the gastro pub as well as at bistro on five. With all that eating and drinking we didn't get around to seeing much of the entertainment on board but did enjoy hearing the music from different combos throughout the voyage. For the excursions again we mixed it up. Some ship excursions, some arranged through cruise critic roll call and some we just made our own way. Segway trip through Rome was a blast and a wine tasting tour out of Dubrovnik was a revelation, the beautiful countryside matched with friendly people and great wine and food. The arrival at Venice to disembark was also spectacular. I would never have believed that we were actually going to sail down the grand canal in that 16 story hotel prior to an overnight stay in Venice. As we had an afternoon flight from Venice the next day we took the option of a ships excursion for the morning which ended in an airport transfer together with our luggage. Hassle free but a little slow paced after all the hectic travels of the preceding days. Overall we had a great time with our existing friends and with new friends we meet through the roll call. Great service on a fabulous ship with more amenities and amusements than we could sample in the 12 days. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We were lucky enough to be able to book a 12 day Mediterranean cruise on the Equinox before they changed their itinerary. We traveled from Barcelona to Nice France; Florence, Rome, and Naples, Italy; Mykonos and Athens Greece; Epehsus ... Read More
We were lucky enough to be able to book a 12 day Mediterranean cruise on the Equinox before they changed their itinerary. We traveled from Barcelona to Nice France; Florence, Rome, and Naples, Italy; Mykonos and Athens Greece; Epehsus Turkey, and Venice. The ship was perfect except for our suite. We booked a sky suite (which I would do again) however never on the highest floor available. Over us was an observation deck where fellow cruisers could sit with a meal from the buffet, or drinks from the bar, or for any reason at all. They use a wooden floor with wooden chairs. We could hear the chairs being moved around from early morning to evening Interesting that they put a sound barrier on the bottom of the tables, but not the chairs. Forget trying to take any kind of nap or sleeping in past the time the first cruisers wanted to eat their breakfast at this prime location. We booked through Celebrity are were not told of any noise issues. Just as we were not told about the permanent obstruction off the side of our much touted balcony. Be sure you don't book one of these suites on Deck 12. Any other deck would be great. Our butler service (Ceasar) was first class and he is worth asking for. We chose to have breakfast in our suite each morning and Ceasar was always there on time and knew when we had mistakingly forgot to order an item. He always had it for us. HIs help throughout the trip was priceless. We only ate in the dining room once for lunch. We find that since we chose open dining, the service is not really that great because you don't get the same team each time, thus effecting their end of cruise tip. What we really loved was the specialty restaurant "Murano." The food is french based and each dish is more delicious than the one before. Tudor was our waiter the entire trip and he was fantastic. His charisma is charming and his cooking (many dishes prepared tableside) wonderful. The entire staff at Murano deserves kudos as they all work as a team and enjoy doing so. Entertainment on the ship was the best we have experienced, the entertainment director is first class and very hands on. The Equinox even has glass blowing furnaces where nightly shows are provided from extremely skilled craftsman employed by the Carnegie Museum in New York. Since they are a nonprofit organization, the pieces being made each night are not for sale but a few are auctioned off at cruise end to benefit Carnegie's scholarship program and one special piece is auctioned to benefit the American Center Society. Our auction was very entertaining even though I lost out on two pieces. We would highly recommend any cruise destination on the Equinox, just stay away from Deck 12 suites. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We arrived at the port on the early side and the line looked very long. Immediately our suitcases were collected since they were tagged with what they sent us. As the line progressed I saw the largest number of service windows I ever saw ... Read More
We arrived at the port on the early side and the line looked very long. Immediately our suitcases were collected since they were tagged with what they sent us. As the line progressed I saw the largest number of service windows I ever saw and we quickly got to one and within 5 minutes from that headed on board. At the room we were greeted by a nice assistant who showed us a few things and said he'd call to get our suitcases sent over. We were very happy with the room and though we knew the measurements and had seen pictures we figured it'd feel much smaller than it turned out to be. The suitcases arrived by the time we returned from exploring around parts of the ship. We had two huge suitcases and two carry on. Everything fit well away and we were able to shove the empty suitcases under the bed. We ate all but two dinners in the Main Dining Room and only two breakfasts there. All other meals we did in Oceanview which we thought was great. The specialty restaurants looked nice but we were too happy with the food we were getting to seriously consider splurging. We're not drinkers and got by just fine with the standard water, lemonade and ice-tea. Any drinks beyond that were on shore for us. There were two sea days. If there were a third it would have been too much for me. On the first I went to a presentation on ship navigation and a tour of the kitchen operation. Both were interesting but I didn't see anything similar for the rest of the cruise. We went to the evening entertainment about 5 or 6 times. I would say not the kind I would pay for but enjoyable. We also took advantage of on-demand movies on the Apple TV in the room. The gym was fantastic. I used it each morning and while I was surprised how many others did it was so well equipped that it didn't matter. I also timed being there for port arrival a few times because the view from the 14th floor in front of the ship with floor to ceiling windows is great. We, sorry, weren't that interested in meeting others and took the flexible seating for dinner. Each evening (and morning when relevant) we asked for a table for two and we always got it, and without waiting. We also didn't take any of the excursions but always spent the port days off ship. We went to several of the presentations of the upcoming ports. I expected them to sell the excursions there but the presentations were professional and took into account that the attendees made their decisions already. In every case we saw the major sites and got around fine without noticeable risk of returning late. Each deboard and reboard in the ports was efficient and virtually without lines. One tip for tether ports. Understand in advance where and when the tickets can be collected and get there early. In both cases I thought I'd be among the first and both times I got us a high number. Not a disaster, but we tended not to make much use of our time while waiting for the number to come up. I thought the spa prices were way out of our range but there were reasonable deals the last couple of days. Finally, the end. We were given an unboarding time of 09:20. Suitcases had to be outside the room and tagged the evening before. We showed up with our carry on at 09:20 and I woulnd't have believed it, but by 09:30 we were off the ship and with our suitcases. Overall it was a great cruise. The ship was great, staff friendly and service oriented. We both enjoyed beyond our expectations and while everything extra on board was expensive, we knew in advance and didn't feel the need for anything beyond what was included. Cleaniless was also emphasized to an obsession which is commendable. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Flew into Venice a few days early prior to departure. Stayed at a little hotel ( Hotel Tivoli ) in the heart of Venice which was perfect for our needs. Bus from the airport then valporetto to the hotel and used for the next 2 days ( buy ... Read More
Flew into Venice a few days early prior to departure. Stayed at a little hotel ( Hotel Tivoli ) in the heart of Venice which was perfect for our needs. Bus from the airport then valporetto to the hotel and used for the next 2 days ( buy the package ). Once we checked out of the hotel we walked to the people mover to get to the ship. Embarkation was simple and easy. On the ship by noon, in our cabin by 1pm. Cabin 6301 aft was comfortable offering lots of storage space, washroom with good size shower. Balcony is about 20 sq ft larger than average, with unobstructive view if looking directly out. With the speciality restaurant directly below the canopy blocks you from looking down to the ocean. Room was very peaceful at all times. Our attendant was personable and did a very good job keeping our room spotless. He was also very respectful of our privacy. The Equinox is a beautiful ship. Clean and upscale, well laid out. Food was very good overall with just one or two misses with morning dining room foods. Ate every night in the dining room. Excellent choices every night. Had the classic beverage package which offered nice perks like speciality coffee, juices, waters, wines, drinks, smoothie's etc......loved it!! Did all ports "on our own " as prices are steep on the ship, with the exception of our day for Rome where there was a one day rail strike which through me a curve ball but Celebrity stepped up with extra buses to get us from the port to Rome ( 90 minute drive ) and we paid to ensure we enjoyed the city. Staff on board at all levels were fantastic with plenty to do ( if you wish ) all the time. Bob Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
As you are reading this now, I too eagerly logged on to Cruise Critic every few days prior to our cruise to read the newest reviews. Let me confirm what the vast majority of people have said time and again. The ship is beautiful, the ... Read More
As you are reading this now, I too eagerly logged on to Cruise Critic every few days prior to our cruise to read the newest reviews. Let me confirm what the vast majority of people have said time and again. The ship is beautiful, the staff is wonderful, and the food is fattening, I mean, delicious. We were in cabin 1208 at the back of the ship. The balcony was larger than some but smaller than others. Regardless, the view is always unbelievable. To answer a good question; yes, the drink pkg is well worth the cost. When you add up the cost of each individual drinks plus the costs of sodas, water, coffee, etc. We cruised from Venice to Barcelona with stops along the way. At my personal request, the Captain provided us with flawless weather and calm seas. If the ship ever rocked, we sure didn't feel it. I am sure the rest of our fellow cruisers were unknowingly appreciative of my request. All I can say is, you are welcome. There is certainly no lack of activities or entertainment on this ship. The daily newsletter is chock full of scheduled events. It is far from difficult to go hungry or thirsty. Just like old, magnificent churches in Europe, there is a bar around virtually every corner. Food...well, I gained ten pounds, and I didn't really think I ate to my potential. The specialty restaurants were worth taking advantage of. Murano was my personal favorite. The main dining room served up some very delicious entrees. I am having withdrawals from the escargot. Not unlike other reviewers, I found it odd that the chef's special one evening was pork and beans. I did not try it, but it am sure it was delicious. We spent several fun-filled and educational afternoons at the art auctions. Ian and his band of art groupies made spending a LOT of money (for a person of my limited income) on art, a fairly painless process. We look forward to receiving our auction winnings and adding them to our collection. Thank you Ian. The bathrobes in Concierge class are better than the "non-concierge" class. The pillow menu never materialized, but our very nice room steward switched out the pillows every day. We finally found a combination of pillows that made sleeping on the already comfortable bed an acceptable alternative to our bed at home. Quite comfy! The shampoo, soap and other bathroom necessities were more than adequate but did not seem like anything too upscale. That said, they weren't Wal-Mart either. The excursions in Europe are heavily history laden. So be prepared to walk a lot, listen (as best as you can, considering the rather poor quality radio system), and enjoy the sights. The only other negative thing I could possibly mention is that I didn't appreciate their insistence that I vacate my room and leave the ship after they claimed the trip was over. It should be over when I SAY it's over. My wallet said it was over...so, I reluctantly got off the ship. Be sure to take advantage of the benefits of booking your NEXT cruise while on board. The deposit is small and the perks are big. Enjoy!   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Just about everything went smooth as silk on this cruise - embarkation was a breeze, the staff was very good at updating the passengers about goings on in port - for instance, letting us know that the Grand Bazaar was closed on Sundays so ... Read More
Just about everything went smooth as silk on this cruise - embarkation was a breeze, the staff was very good at updating the passengers about goings on in port - for instance, letting us know that the Grand Bazaar was closed on Sundays so we could adjust our plans. I thought that Murano was a fantastic venue and the opportunity to cook in the galley and have lunch with the Executive Chef was better than any chef's table I have attended. The Hot Glass show was far superior than the glass demos in Murano. The Italian Steakhouse was tremendous, but we did not eat at Silk Harvest as the 35$ charge seemed excessive for Asian food I often prepare at home. The only thing that was disappointing was that at Aqua level one of the benefits listed was that we were to have a spa concierge. This person never contacted us, and so we were not reminded of what those benefits were - although we were too busy to full take advantage. The ship itself was so beautiful and the lawn was actually a really nice touch. Everything was so good - it seemed that they even arranged perfect weather for us. Cannot say enough about this voyage. Was one of the best cruises we have ever been on. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2014
This was our sixth cruise, and our second with Celebrity. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and the offer of the classic drinks package and onboard spend. Our expectations were high following a wonderful cruise on Celebrity Century ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, and our second with Celebrity. We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and the offer of the classic drinks package and onboard spend. Our expectations were high following a wonderful cruise on Celebrity Century last year, and by and large this one did not disappoint although there was room for some improvement. Embarkation was smooth and quick with no hanging around. We parked off-site (booked independently) and were bussed in from the other side of Southampton Water. I'm not sure if I would use this service again - it was rather slow (a lot of waiting for the bus to the ship, and back again after the cruise). It was significantly cheaper than the on-site parking option though, so I suppose you have to weigh up whether you want to save time or money. Our verandah cabin was on deck 9 midships. Very comfortable and plenty of room for three adults and all our clothes. The double bed was huge and very comfortable, and the sofa bed was made into a single bed for our daughter which she also found very comfortable and did not take up any extra room in the cabin when it was made up. Having the tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin is a nice touch. The food was delicious and very well presented. We ate in the main dining room almost every evening (went to the buffet one evening having returned exhausted from a wonderful day in Rome and too tired to get changed for dinner). We were on the early sitting for dinner (18:00) which for me was a bit early. I hope to persuade my husband to try anytime dining next time. Our waiters Silva and Ghosh were very friendly and attentive, as was our sommelier Ivonne, and we never had to wait long to be served for either food or drink. Two of us had the classic drinks package and this allowed us to drink limitless amounts of wine by the glass at dinner - Ivonne would top up our glasses at regular intervals without having to be asked. Our daughter does not drink much alcohol so she would drink water or a soft drink with dinner. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview buffet, there was always enormous choice and the food was fresh and tasty. I have to follow a strict gluten-free diet and this was well catered for at dinner, with the menu indicating which items were gluten-free. We did not eat in the speciality restaurants - why pay extra when the food in the main dining room is more than good enough? My only disappointment was that our maitre d' was not very visible and therefore difficult to find to talk about my dietary requirements. This was in stark contrast to our last Celebrity Cruise, where the maitre d' was often to be seen and was very approachable to ask for special requests. With regard to the drinks package, we found that information on what was included was hard to come by. Guest relations gave us a list, but it was not exhaustive, so we used to ask before ordering. We didn't feel embarrassed to do this - better to ask than to be faced with an unexpected bill to sign. The inclusion of bottled water was very useful. However I would not purchase the package if it was not included, and would probably prefer to pay less for the cruise than have the drinks package included as I am not a big drinker. Entertainment on this cruise was excellent, with a good amount of variety and the standards generally very high. We went to almost every evening show - my favourite by far was the ventriloquist Gareth Oliver, whose act was quite unique and made me laugh more than I had in a long time. I did not enjoy Bobby Davro - I felt his act was out of date and rather near the mark for a family audience. Other entertainment on board included Les DeMerle and his jazz band. I am not a fan of jazz but Les and his beautifully singing wife had me converted. We also enjoyed Steve Womack, the late night comedian and singer who was very funny. There were plenty of activities on board. We particularly enjoyed the film lectures by Howard Lanning, the lectures about the ship by the staff captain and a former engineer, and we took part in one quiz and also played bingo, although I felt that this was quite expensive ($25 minimum per session). I was disappointed that the backstage theatre tour was only available to Select and Elite Captain's Club members. This was one of a few instances where there was a noticeable "class" difference, something which I hoped had been eliminated in cruising but seems to be creeping back. My husband enjoys a little flutter in the casino but very few people seemed to use it so there was little atmosphere and we did not spend long there (just as well for the wallet!). The Hot Glass Show is a wonderful addition on this ship. The glass artists gave several demonstrations during the cruise and made some beautiful pieces, some of which were auctioned at the end of the cruise for charity. They also raffled some pieces at the end of some of the demonstrations, and my daughter was lucky enough to win a unique piece which now has pride of place at home. We made limited use of the loungers and swimming pools, we always managed to find somewhere to lie or sit when we wanted to, although the rampant reservation of loungers which were subsequently not used for long periods (or people not disposing of their towels when they had finished with loungers) was a little irritating. As mentioned previously, one of the reasons we chose this cruise was for the ports of call. We did not take any shore excursions, choosing instead to make our own way in each port. With some careful planning this worked very well, and I fulfilled my wish of visiting the Colosseum, beating the ticket queues by going to the Palatine Hill first and buying our tickets there - no queue! We felt the ship's excursions to be very expensive, the biggest rip-off being the $19 shuttle bus in Lisbon. If you are able-bodied, take the train from outside the port, either to the centre of the city or to the Belem Tower for €3.5 return! Or if you are really fit, walk! We walked one way to the Belem Tower and took the train back. The retail options on board were very disappointing. The choice in the Celebrity souvenir shop was limited, and was stocking souvenirs from its previous cruise to Norway rather than souvenirs from the Mediterranean. The perfume and beauty shop was closed for the first half of the cruise, and the Michael Kors shop was closed for refurbishment until two days before the end of the cruise. When it did finally open it was very expensive and the choice of stock (handbags and clothes) disappointing. My other disappointment was the lack of visibility of the officers and senior crew members. At the Captain's Club welcome party they seemed to visibly shy away from talking to passengers. This was in contrast to Celebrity Century last year where staff from the captain down seemed to be everywhere, and always coming forward to chat with passengers. How I miss Captain George and Cruise Director John! Overall we enjoyed this cruise and the beautiful ship very much, improvements in retail and staff interaction with guests would make it even better. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We arrived in Venice the morning of the cruise and took a 45 Euro taxi ride to the cruise port. It was very easy and saved a lot of walking with bags. We arrived at about 11:00 AM and used the Concierge check-in line. Things seemed to be a ... Read More
We arrived in Venice the morning of the cruise and took a 45 Euro taxi ride to the cruise port. It was very easy and saved a lot of walking with bags. We arrived at about 11:00 AM and used the Concierge check-in line. Things seemed to be a bit disorganized and snarled up and we didn't get on-board until around noon. There was not much waiting space in the cruise terminal and things were a bit spartan and crowded. Once we boarded, things seemed to go well. The buffet was well organized and the staterooms were ready at about 1:00 PM. The stateroom was typical of other Solstice class ships we have sailed and there was plenty of storage under the bed for luggage. The selection of amenities seemed a bit spotty and we ran out of lotion, conditioner and shampoo and had to request more. The cabin attendants did towel art twice. Somehow, our cabin was missed for the turndown service on the last night and we were shorted the evening chocolates on a couple of evenings. We had the late seating and were assigned a table with two absolutely delightful couples. It was one of the highlights of the cruise. Our waiter and assistant waiter could not have been more attentive. The entrees were quite uneven. The pasta dishes were particularly bland. Fortunately, the waiter highlighted the choices that had been successful from the earlier seatings. We enjoyed the general emphasis on quality rather than quantity and were generally happy with the meals. The main dining room seemed to be well organized. The shows were varied and of generally good quality. We did miss the string quartet and "a cappella" singing group we enjoyed on the Equinox two years ago. The house band was very good, particularly the female vocalist. The sail out of Venice was breathtaking. The only negative was the sound track played by the ship. It repeated about three times and could have used a consultant on Italian music. I didn't quite get how "Chariots of Fire" and Enya belonged in the mix. With all of the great Italian music, it seemed a shame to have only a few numbers and to repeat the tracks three times. The same track was used for the sail in 13 days later. We made the mistake of buying the $28 ship transport to St. Marks. Unfortunately, this ended up being four bridges away and was not disclosed until we bought the tickets. We would have done much better taking the people mover and buying the 16 Euro vaporetto passes, especially since we had a late evening in Venice and could not make the last return to the cruise ship by the ship transport. The ports were lovely, but I would avoid the cruise ship arranged tours. They were crowded, expensive and inconvenient. Slovenia seems to be a new cruise port stop and seemed largely unspoiled by the crowds. Split was wonderful with musical groups performing everywhere. Dubrovnik is like a polished jewel. The sail-in, sail-out at Montenegro was breathtaking and the walk up the battlements challenging and amazing. We arrived on Corfu for the 150th anniversary of the Ionian unification with Greece. The island was friendly and joyful. Olympia is not to be missed. There were lots of busses and the train available for 10 Euros each (about 60% of the cruise ship cost) and they were less crowded. Malta has so many options, it is hard to choose. We did a megalithic temple tour and the blue grotto. Ravenna was lovely and friendly with amazing Roman and Germanic history. The disembarkation process could not have been easier.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
This was our first time on Celebrity and the cruise was great. There were some minor annoyances, but in general the ship and staff and ports were all great. Weather was close to perfect and the seas were calm. Our cabin was 6156 and it is ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity and the cruise was great. There were some minor annoyances, but in general the ship and staff and ports were all great. Weather was close to perfect and the seas were calm. Our cabin was 6156 and it is on the back side of the first bumpout. It is a great cabin with a veranda that is over twice the size of a normal veranda. Really roomy and one could always find shade on it. The veranda is the same size as the ones above it, but it has a winch on one corner that really does not interfere with the view in any meaningful way. An added factor is that the veranda is quite private with no one else looking into it. Cabin and especially the bathroom were great. Only downside is a noisy pipe that would make occasional sounds, though never loud enough to wake someone. We had select dining without reservations and we always ate with the same waitstaff at the time of our choice as long as it was before 7:30. After that, lines would build up. Food in the main was good, but the tables are really close together. I think this is only an issue with the port side select diners. It was so tight that people could not get out of their seats without others at other tables getting up. Tuscan Grille was really excellent. We ate there twice. The fee for special dining is too high and the Grille was never more than half full. Similarly we never saw more than one lawn alcove being used, even on sunny sea days. The business model that raised these prices is clearly wrong. The ship entertainment was better than expected. Dancers, singers and acrobats were good and the Solo singer from UK (Dawn Broad?) was exceptional. Pianist and magician not as good. Ship's excursions that we tried were good with really nice lunches, and the ports were all interesting. Every day was special and we felt privileged to be on this cruise. Would sail with Celebrity again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We sailed from Venice May on Celebrity Silhouette, we had a balcony cabin on deck 8, we were well looked after by our attendants, lovely comfortable beds and decent room in the cabin. We have cruised 5 times with Celebrity and 8 other ... Read More
We sailed from Venice May on Celebrity Silhouette, we had a balcony cabin on deck 8, we were well looked after by our attendants, lovely comfortable beds and decent room in the cabin. We have cruised 5 times with Celebrity and 8 other Cruises. The Ship is well set out, we choose our cabin so knew we had a long walk. Great Gym, pool games on sea days, we felt there was not enough going on when in port, if you went on a morning tour there was nothing going on until late evening. There were some good shows in the main theatre. We went on two port excursions, both very good, We were in Select dining as we like meeting new people, it worked out well, such lovely people from all over the world. Food was a bit hit and miss, deserts were great. The ports of call were excellent, Split, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Malta, Sicily, Venice overnight. The hop on hop off buses in Malta are great value, Venice very easy to get around, take the people mover from the port then a water taxi, getting off and on where you want, there is no need to take the expensive ships shuttle bus (28 dollars). Ravenna, Italy also had to be a shuttle bus (20 dollars), long way from the town. I had money taken from my handbag by a gypsy girl, it was all over in seconds, apparently there were 3 of them working together! We left the ship around 9.30 in the morning then had to face the chaos at Venice airport, long lines at every step, sitting down stairs where the air conditioning did not seem to be working, no seat until people got up to get on their plane. One small counter area that sold minimal food an drink, best to stay in the area before passport control.. We were well rested at the end of the two weeks, working hard now towards next cruise! Had a great holiday. Margaret Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We arrived in Europe the day before we sailed from Civitavecchia, flying into Rome and then securing private transportation from the airport to our hotel in the port city (Hotel San Giorgio). From there, we took the hotel's shuttle to ... Read More
We arrived in Europe the day before we sailed from Civitavecchia, flying into Rome and then securing private transportation from the airport to our hotel in the port city (Hotel San Giorgio). From there, we took the hotel's shuttle to the ship, the Celebrity Reflection. The cruise we took was a 10-day Mediterranean cruise, traveling from Rome --> Messina (Sicily) --> Athens --> Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey --> Rhodes, Greece --> Santorini, Greece --> Mykonos, Greece --> Naples, Italy --> Rome. There were 2 at-sea days during our cruise (after Messina and Mykonos). EMBARKATION/FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The check-in process was very smooth, and we arrived on the ship less than 1 hour after leaving our hotel. There were 6 people in our traveling party, and we were ALL extremely impressed with the ship as a whole. The public spaces were spotless, the staterooms were very roomy, and the amenities unmatched by the other cruise lines we have traveled on (Princess and NCL). FOOD: This was the one big disappointment for our cruise. Overall, the food in the dining room was OK but not spectacular. Some dishes were big hits, others were big misses. We felt that many of the entrees were overcooked or poorly seasoned. But desserts were a standout. Also, there was a big difference in quality between the main dining room and specialty restaurants (which we expected, but we did not expect such a disparity). QSine and Tuscan Grille were fantastic, but the Lawn Club Grill was so-so. DRINKS: Cocktails were consistently amazing, with service in the Martini Bar a standout. Two servers in particular, Florin and Bakhir (sp?) provided superior service and really went above and beyond in taking care of us. CABIN: Our stateroom, a Sky Suite, was located at the aft of the ship. The room was spacious, with a generous balcony and separate sitting area. The bathroom was contemporary and spotless, with great shower fixtures and Bulgari amenities. Our butler, Hilario, was incredible. He was attentive without being intrusive, and he always had a great attitude. ENTERTAINMENT: Overall entertainment was good, if a bit spotty. The comedian was hilarious, the musicians were decent if unspectacular, and the production shows very well-done (especially the last Cirque du Soleil-style show). The one big miss was the comic/magician, who meant well but whose jokes fell flat. SERVICE: Celebrity shines in this area. The service was across the board excellent. We could not have been more pleased. DISEMBARKATION: The disembarkation process was the smoothest we have ever experienced. We off-boarded 15 minutes prior to our scheduled time, and our bags were waiting for us. It was seamless! PORTS: Overall, the ports were lots of fun and well-chosen. The one exception was Messina (Sicily), which was a bit drab and uninteresting. Santorini was great, but late in the day we were hit by an unexpected storm with 70 mph winds, and Celebrity did not do a great job with the tenders and informing guests of the situation. EXCURSIONS: Celebrity shines in terms of scheduling and organizing their excursions, but we often felt rushed in seeing the sights. Case in point: the Ephesus and Pompeii tours, which allowed only about 1.5-2 hours in each archaeological area. Ephesus also included a ridiculous carpet demonstration during which we were heavily pressured to buy a Turkish carpet for outrageous $$$. Our Pompeii visit felt VERY rushed, leaving us with the sense that we had only scratched the surface of this historic site. SUMMARY: Despite some bumps with food and excursions, we were very pleased with this cruise. We were blown away by the quality of the ship's public spaces and the staterooms, and amazing service. We will definitely cruise on Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
The first thing that made this cruise different is Captain Thasos Kafetzis. He is forever present on the ship. On his daily report, he tells you stories about Greek gods, you see him on TV making jokes with the cruise director. You meet ... Read More
The first thing that made this cruise different is Captain Thasos Kafetzis. He is forever present on the ship. On his daily report, he tells you stories about Greek gods, you see him on TV making jokes with the cruise director. You meet him in the corridors, in photo ops, everywhere. You come to identify him with the operation of the ship and you know that if the ship is parked with the sunset bar towards town, that captain Thasos wanted you to have a better view. He really makes you feel like he is there for your needs and your enjoyment of the trip. The second thing that made this cruise special was the amazing destinations. Istanbul, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Naples and finally Rome. A lot of history, a lot of different cultures and a lot of beauty, especially Marmaris, which deserves its title of the Turkish Riviera. I could not have designed a better course to see a lot in a 12 night cruise. From Canada, the only drawback was the expensive plane tickets. The wife and I have a limited cruising experience. Two river cruises, one in Europe and one in China and three cruises with RCCL (two in the Caribbeans and one transatlantic). It was our first experience with Celebrity. The Constellation is the best maintained ship I have ever been on and the personnel, from room attendant to the cruise director, is the most friendly, happy and helpful bunch I have ever seen. It has also recently been refurbished and is really comfortable. The night shows were exceptional. The singers, dancers and musicians were the best. I could not believe I was on a cruise ship. The acts and efforts were first class. I usually hate cruise directors, with their aggressive attitudes. The cruise director JC had his daily show that I would not miss, full of humor. In the past, we always had a balcony cabin but this time, given the weather expected, we went for an ocean view cabin on deck 2 near the elevators and in the center of the ship. It was a perfect choice. The ocean view, so near the waves, is fascinating like a fireplace. I spent most of my working life on the road, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants, waiting after waiters. Now that I am retired, I avoid the waiting game as much as I can. I never go to the MDR or the specialty restaurants: too much decorum, dress codes, not enough real service, obnoxious waiters and much waiting for one thing or another. On RCCL, the Windjammer totally satisfied me. Tasty, earthy soups, like minestrone, root vegetables, clam chowder. Lots of meat and fish of yesterday recycled in beautiful and creamy stews, served in no time at all in the quantity that one wants. Perfect for me. I expected the same or better on Celebrity since they have a reputation for better food than RCCL. It was certainly not the case. Nothing tasted the way I expected it to taste. The soups were strange, like a celery cream that did not taste of celery at all but had a strong taste of nutmeg. A clear fish chowder (New York Style, I guess) that was mostly water or a bisque that hardly tasted like a bisque, again with way too much water added. They had a lot of variety, a large assortment of shushi, a bit of sashimi, a pasta station, cooked to order, a pizza station, a pannini and soup station, nice salads but no Cesar dressing. They had a stir fry station but no soya sauce. Nothing was really bad but nothing tasted like it should either. They also had an indian station with dahl and curries. They had the daily carved meat, like roast beef, but with a strange thick brown gravy with raisins in it instead of serving it ‘’au jus’’,the way it should be. Another little problem was that the food was less then hot, sometimes less than warm. I even had green beans totally cold one night, like coming out of a fridge, after laying for a while in the steam tables, like if they were not heated. They had no plate warmers. As soon as a slice of carved meat was served in it, it immediately became cold meat. The best meal on board was the grill serving hot juicy hamburger and hot dogs near the swimming pool. At the end of the cruise, the wife and I stopped trying and went there to grab a bite and come back to the cafeteria for coffee and dessert. Maybe the taste of the food was made to accommodate a great variety of cultures and taste, I don’t know. There were a lot of Japanese on board, a lot of Germans, some British people, Indians from India, and the North American community was not in majority, for sure. It was the best cruise with the worst food I have ever been on. Every day, I walked by an empty Café Al Baccio and wished that instead of crepes, I could have a good quick meal of homemade trattoria pasta or some sea food or a steak cooked to order without the decorum or the waiting game of the dining room or the Tuscan Grill. I would have gladly paid for it. But overall, we both enjoyed our cruise a lot and we will certainly cruise again with Celebrity if the itinerary and the price are right.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
My husband and I recently enjoyed a 12 night cruise on the Constellation and then stayed on for a 15-night transatlantic back to Fort Lauderdale for a total of 27 nights and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We found the crew to be especially ... Read More
My husband and I recently enjoyed a 12 night cruise on the Constellation and then stayed on for a 15-night transatlantic back to Fort Lauderdale for a total of 27 nights and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We found the crew to be especially helpful, cheerful and as always, very hardworking. We had the best captain - Capt. Taszos! He was very outgoing; very considerate of the passengers, his crew seemed to love him, he was everywhere on the ship. Everyday he gave us a Greek Mythology lesson in his 10 AM update, and he gave several talks on navigational matters as well as how the S-class ships were built. He could not have been better. In fact, many times he would be stopped by a passenger and would actually sit down with them, take a picture with them, etc. and he had a great sense of humor At the same time, he was always professional and valued safety above all. We felt we were in good hands. As for the rest of the staff, we met so many wonderful, hardworking people trying their very best to serve us and always with a smile. Also, we felt the entertainment on Celebrity is some of the best, and we have sailed on 8 different cruise lines! The singers and dancers were the most talented we have seen, even on Celebrity. We are big fans of Celebrity notice a real difference in the level of service we receive when sailing with them. We've just booked a new cruise with them for 2014. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We cruised on the Equinox for 12 nights in November visiting France, Italy, Montenegro & Croatia. We were a group of 8 who have all cruised before. We were told we could embark from 12.30 onwards however they actually started to let ... Read More
We cruised on the Equinox for 12 nights in November visiting France, Italy, Montenegro & Croatia. We were a group of 8 who have all cruised before. We were told we could embark from 12.30 onwards however they actually started to let people on from around 10.30 which was great as we did not have to hang around in the terminal. On first impressions the ship was amazing and imaculate, it seems brand new as opposed to 4 years old. The cabin was spacious with plenty of storage space for a 12 night cruise, the bed was comfy and the bathroom was the nicest I have had on a ship. The TV was also good with on demand tv and movies, really enjoyed the documentaries about the Solstice class ships. The balcony was also quite big but on a November Med cruise did not get much use! We ate in the buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was amazing, anything you could possibly want for breakfast was available, a nice surprise for an American ship was English sausages, English Bacon, Black Pudding and even HP Brown sauce!!! Lunch was equally good with an amazing choice, Italian section, Asian section (Chinese, Thai and Indian), Tex Mex, gourmet selections, salads, paninis, soups and a good selection of desserts. Heard a few complaints about food not being hot on the buffet but can´t say we noticed this ourselves. Dinner in the main dining room was excelent every evening, our waiting team were fantastic. The food was varied, of good quality and most importantly (following a bad experience on Costa last year) served hot! Steak was available every night which pleased some in our group and there was always a good selection of chicken, vegetarian, fish, other meats etc. The desserts were very good and also drink service too, we never had empty glasses. Our only complaint was the rude man on the next table who reduced our waitress to tears one night, so off to guest relations we went to complain as the staff should not have to put up with that. We were informed the guest relations manager spoke to him and after that night he was much better behaved! The bars and lounges on board were all good, we liked Michaels Club as we liked to chat and in some bars music was too loud to do that. We also enjoyed the Obervation lounge at night for a dance. We had the classic drinks package which whilst free due to a special offer for us would have been worth paying for as we do like a few drinks at night! Though also having all coffees and teas included in the package meant many an afternoon in Cafe al Bacio! Our only dispointment was that the ship went very quiet after 11.00 with most people going to bed, the disco never had more than a handful of people in. Only saw two shows in the theatre which was the Equinox show which was amazing and the other had a magician, singer and dancers which was only ok. We also ate in the pay restaurants and our favourite was Murano, which was truly amazing, excelent food and service in very pleasant surroundings. Whilst we enjoyed the Tuscan Grille and Silk Harvest they were no better than the main dining room so in hindsight we would have been best to go to Murano two or three times and leave the other two. The ports of call were all good, we found the shore excursions considerably more expensive than on previous cruises with other lines and so in many ports opted to do our own thing. The shore excursions we did do were good and well planned but over priced for what they were. Finally we definately would cruise with Celebrity again and recommend them, comparing to our previous cruises (Thomson and Costa) this definately is a better cruise line and surprisingly good value when comparing prices. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
The ship is absolutely amazing. Experienced a mini suite/Sky Suite and its' amenities from the butler service, fresh flowers, tea service, champagne and white glove service! Absolutely an amazing ship! Clean beyond belief. All public ... Read More
The ship is absolutely amazing. Experienced a mini suite/Sky Suite and its' amenities from the butler service, fresh flowers, tea service, champagne and white glove service! Absolutely an amazing ship! Clean beyond belief. All public areas as well as staterooms are elegantly appointed and impeccably clean. The food was wonderful and a variety of specialty dinning options were available to tend to all likes and taste buds. Some specialty restaurants were a bit pricy and thee Qsuine in particular was a bit of a novelty. Not quite sure that using an iPad as a menu is as fashionable as it perhaps seems. The service in all restaurants was absolutely perfect. The wine selection was great and the wine expertise of the sommeliers was simply excellent. Loved the beverage package and the quality of the beverages ranging from champagne to mixed and well drinks.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
If I have my facts straight, our newly promoted Ship's Master, Captain Tasos Kafetzis is but 38 years of age. A "dashing" bachelor and lover of fast cars, powerful motorcycles and even more powerful cruise ships proved to be ... Read More
If I have my facts straight, our newly promoted Ship's Master, Captain Tasos Kafetzis is but 38 years of age. A "dashing" bachelor and lover of fast cars, powerful motorcycles and even more powerful cruise ships proved to be the hit of the voyage for many if not most of the women and quite a few of the men. Captain Tasos is fond of "donut" maneuvers in tight spaces and handles them superbly. He is also, seemingly, one of us and, perhaps, even one of the crew, seemingly much loved by them even as he has just taken over this vessel. I saw him in port, poolside, in the Oceanview Café. He seemed to be having as much fun as we did. But, don't let his youth fool you; we transited near hurricane force winds one night (65 knots) and I felt barely a shudder. The ship and the captain are to be commended. As for Constellation, she is neat and tidy and clean and there was no hint of the Noro Virus that reportedly plagued her on an earlier Mediterranean voyage. The virus, of course, is the fault of the passengers more than the crew or ship. Hand sanitizer was offered everywhere. I heartily recommend breakfast and evening cocktails at the Sunset Bar on Deck 10. Mario, a server who quickly learned my preferences and name, is an excellent server. After he told me of the $20 bottles of 2012 Anakena Chilean cabernet that they were selling--the also had $20 bottles of sauvignon blanc--I got hooked. That wine sells for $8 or so in liquor stores in the U.S. and is very good for the price. To find it here for $20 blew me away. Drink up. For an extra treat, stroll inside the adjacent Oceanview Café and make yourself a cheese plate accompanied by bread sticks or garlic bread and take it out on the deck with you. Seats fill up on both the starboard (non-smoking) side and port (smoking) side quickly but they turn over reasonably often. Don't hesitate to ask to share a table; there are a lot of friendships to be made out there. As a wine lover, I also frequented Cellar Masters on Deck 5 where Elvis--from India--holds forth both pouring from bottles behind the bar and also sells cards for automatic pours from the three wine dispensers in the bar. One was down but Elvis did a good job of mixing and matching whites so the inoperable station wasn't too much of a concern. The reds were amazing: Phelps, Nickle & Nickle, Far Niente and more by the glass is a great find aboard a ship. $100 cards were offered with a $35 bonus and $200 cards delivered a $90 bonus. Remember that there is a 15% automatic gratuity on all drinks so the $100 card actually costs you $115, etc. The Martini Bar on Deck 4 was always popular and the bartenders put on quite a show there. Dine at Ocean Liners at least once but make sure you are offered a discount. Twenty percent off is common but, if you ask, up to fifty percent can be had. The service is sublime and both the chateaubriand for two and the sole are wonderful. Service is excellent with simultaneous revelation of everyone's entre and more. Don't miss it. Skip Tuscan Grille, the Italian steakhouse on Deck 11. On my first and only visit, my lobster alfredo was inedible. After one bite I pushed the plate away. It took my server a full five minutes to muster up the courage to ask if anything was wrong. When I said it tasted "off," he retreated with it. But, I was presented with a bill at full price. Never in all my years of dining have I sent an entre away and still been billed for it. Food in The Oceanview Café (buffet) was fine if uninspired. If you like burgers, be sure to try the Poolside Grille on Deck 10. For me, a burger is a great lunch. The dining room, San Marco, was what you would expect; nothing more and nothing less. I opted for 8:30 but went to Ocean Liners three times,Tuscan Grille once and ate at the Oceanview Café twice leaving only six nights in the dining room. Constellation's crew is good at what they do but they are not well trained about what to do when the inevitable service failure occurs. Fortunately for Celebrity, service failures were few and far between. Typically, wireless internet is pricey but, unlike on many ships, the service aboard Constellation was fast and reliable. I suggest a trip to the "Celebrity iLounge" on Deck 9 to have one of the two able staff members there install the "app" on your phone or laptop. The app makes it much easier to both sign on and to successfully execute the critical "sign off." Signal strength was great everywhere that I went on the ship. Guitarist John Winters, guitarist Cesar Paucar and string trio Fiore were all fine before or after dinner entertainment. But, I was most surprised by the quality of the singers and dancers in the Celebrity Theater. I am usually embarrassed for big production number shows on cruise ships but this group was very good. The Carousel Party Band did a fine job in Reflections on Deck 11 if that's your late night thing. The place got hopping more than once. Ports were Istanbul, Sea Day, Kusadasi, Turkey (Ephesus), Bodrum, Turkey, Rhodes, Greece, Marmaris, Turkey, Santorini, Greece, Athens (Piraeus) Greece, Mykonos, Greece, Chania (Crete), Greece, Sea Day and Istanbul. We docked everywhere except for Santorini which was, for me, the highlight. Cabins are average in every way. Mine (6074) was well serviced by Francis and I heard no complaints from anyone about anything amiss in the hotel department. The crowd aboard Constellation was pretty friendly and, if you tried (and I did) you could make friends easily. That is not always true but this semi-upscale crowd (typical for Celebrity) has its social skills pretty well honed. There were almost no children aboard, probably due to timing and the remote nature of the departure port. As you would expect, there was a diverse bunch of passengers hailing from all around the world. With the exception of Tuscan Grille, this cruise was sublime for me. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Having sailed several times with Celebrity and over 50 cruises in total, we thought we knew what to expect. We had booked an outside guarantee cabin, and I was somewhat concerned when we were allocated an adapted cabin to accommodate ... Read More
Having sailed several times with Celebrity and over 50 cruises in total, we thought we knew what to expect. We had booked an outside guarantee cabin, and I was somewhat concerned when we were allocated an adapted cabin to accommodate wheelchair users. I even contacted RCCL to ask could we be given an "ordinary" cabin, to no avail. Imagine our surprise when we opened the door (cabin No., 3021), it was HUGE, with all the features expected from an outside cabin, with the addition of two armchairs and a table in the cabin itself, and a very large walk in bathroom with no step (obviously to accommodate wheelchair use) and an almost wet room like shower area. We were thrilled. The only difference we noted really was grip rails in the bathroom, which, had the seas been rough, we would have appreciated more. We booked the package for the three specialist restaurants at a cost of $85 pp, which was very reasonable. However the cost of a small glass of Sheraz in Murano's was $15!!!. Our only real gripe was the cost of drinks in the bars. In the Martini bar, a martini and a small red wine was $20, which we considered excessive. The shows and the food in the restaurant was up to the usual Celebrity quality. Would I go again? Yes, but be very aware of the cost of drinks. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My wife and I were on the Celebrity Equinox's Venice Overnight cruise and had a wonderful time. It was our second cruise on Celebrity, and our first on a Solstice class ship. The ship was in fact truly stunning. The interiors were ... Read More
My wife and I were on the Celebrity Equinox's Venice Overnight cruise and had a wonderful time. It was our second cruise on Celebrity, and our first on a Solstice class ship. The ship was in fact truly stunning. The interiors were beautifully designed and very well furnished. We loved many areas, including the Sky Lounge on top with its wonderful views. Although we did not end up spending a lot of time up there, the lawn club on top of the ship was pretty neat. The areas were large, and we never, ever, felt crowded. We had an excellent balcony cabin. It was one with the bed nearest the balcony, which was new to us, but we ended up liking it. Plenty of room under the bed for our suitcases, which was nice. In retrospect, we should have asked our steward to empty the mini-fridge on day one, but we just never did. Every time we would try to put something in, the whole thing would come tumbling out. We ate only in the main dining room, second seating. We really enjoyed our food and found the menu varied and the portions about right for us. The waiter was happy to accommodate any changes or extras that we asked for, and was excellent in providing suggestions for the best dishes of the evening. We enjoyed our table-mates too much to try the specialty restaurants, so I cannot comment on them. I thought the wine list was a bit disorganized to my liking. There were plenty of good wines, but they could be had to find. I think a more traditional grouping of wines by type would be better. The ports of call were magnificent on this cruise, topped off by an overnight stay in Venice. These were all new ports for us, and I just don't see how they could have been much better. We did one ship excursion and the rest private excursions and all were great. We really enjoyed the people we toured with. A couple of ports required tendering, which was the only time I felt like the ship had a lot of people on it, since it took a while to get off the ship first thing in the morning. Coming back on, was never a problem as there were plenty of tenders running. At first we were a bit concerned about the entertainment venues. My wife and I like to dance, and there didn't really seem to be a lot of dance areas. As the cruise progressed, we found this to not really be an issue. There always seemed to be enough room to dance somewhere for those with a will to do so. The Sky Lounge also had a pretty big dance floor. The live entertainment at the bars was outstanding. A great guitar player act and a super tight jazz band that were truly amazing musicians were the highlights for us. I was a little surprised that the main theatre seemed a little empty for several of the shows. I am not sure why this was, other than may people could have been worn out by the long days touring the ports. The talent for the shows for the most part was very good. I will say the first night show, where they try to give a preview of the cruise was a mess. Maybe that had an effect. We did start the cruise out without a cruise director. I think something unusual must have happened. The activities manager filled in well, but you could feel the energy pick up when around the 3rd or 4th day, a fine cruise director (Damian) showed up on the ship. The Captain and his crew were very friendly and informative. Good service was provided at all the locations we encountered. I would be lying to say everything was perfect, as that just never happens. But I would have to say we thought this was a great cruise and could not be happier with the product delivered by Celebrity   Read Less
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