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DW and I took our second cruise with Celebrity in May 2015. 10 nights departing from Barcelona. Overall we had a fabulous time. Were there some issues? Absolutely. We spent two nights in Barcelona prior to sailing. First time in Europe for both of us and we found that to be a wonderful city that we hope to get back to someday. I would say the main bone of contention dealt with shore excursions. When we arrived in Salerno, Italy we were docked in a very industrial port. According to the tour guide on our bus in the afternoon the issue was not the fault of Celebrity or the land shore excursion operators, but rather with the port authorities. Basically there was a gate very close to the ship which the port would not allow to be opened. As a result the tour buses had to wend their way on a very circuitous roadway to exit the port. The port was jam packed with tractor trailer units transporting new automobiles. The result was sitting on a tour bus that didn't move for nearly 30 minutes! Not a pleasant experience. Ultimately it is Celebrity's responsibility! We also heard other passengers say they too had shore excursion issues. We found the cabin to be great (1652 on Deck 11). Our cabin steward, Rhea and her assistant were great. She was very attentive and helpful with every request. The onboard entertainment was excellent. We went to the show in the Equinox Theater each evening and found the productions to be high quality. One thing that was disappointing was the lack of poolside entertainment. There was a "house band" on board and they were very good. Unfortunately they only performed poolside the first two days. A young man with a guitar would play for about 40 minutes at the pool at about 4:30pm each afternoon, (or almost each afternoon) and I think he played the same set every day. We had second sitting dinner and wound up sitting with a couple we met through the CC Roll Call Sail Away party. My wife and I both felt the food was good but the quality was down from our last Celebrity Cruise in 2010. Others on CC have confirmed this as well. One thing we did find peculiar was that our waiter often looked up at the ceiling when he was speaking with us! I also was a bit disappointed in the disembarkation in Rome. We completed a questionnaire that asked about time of car service appointments etc. We had an 8:30am reservation with a car service and we weren't called to disembark until after 9:00am! I got an e-mail from the car service saying the driver would not be able to wait much longer. That was a little disconcerting! Overall we both were quite pleased. We realize that in this day and age not everybody is going to be satisfied with everything. We did a lot of research before the cruise on the various ports of call, but now realize we need to do more before the next cruise, especially if we opt to use private shore excursions instead of Celebrity excursions.

Very Pleased

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Firegerry

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class
DW and I took our second cruise with Celebrity in May 2015. 10 nights departing from Barcelona. Overall we had a fabulous time. Were there some issues? Absolutely.

We spent two nights in Barcelona prior to sailing. First time in Europe for both of us and we found that to be a wonderful city that we hope to get back to someday.

I would say the main bone of contention dealt with shore excursions. When we arrived in Salerno, Italy we were docked in a very industrial port. According to the tour guide on our bus in the afternoon the issue was not the fault of Celebrity or the land shore excursion operators, but rather with the port authorities. Basically there was a gate very close to the ship which the port would not allow to be opened. As a result the tour buses had to wend their way on a very circuitous roadway to exit the port. The port was jam packed with tractor trailer units transporting new automobiles. The result was sitting on a tour bus that didn't move for nearly 30 minutes! Not a pleasant experience. Ultimately it is Celebrity's responsibility! We also heard other passengers say they too had shore excursion issues.

We found the cabin to be great (1652 on Deck 11). Our cabin steward, Rhea and her assistant were great. She was very attentive and helpful with every request.

The onboard entertainment was excellent. We went to the show in the Equinox Theater each evening and found the productions to be high quality.

One thing that was disappointing was the lack of poolside entertainment. There was a "house band" on board and they were very good. Unfortunately they only performed poolside the first two days. A young man with a guitar would play for about 40 minutes at the pool at about 4:30pm each afternoon, (or almost each afternoon) and I think he played the same set every day.

We had second sitting dinner and wound up sitting with a couple we met through the CC Roll Call Sail Away party. My wife and I both felt the food was good but the quality was down from our last Celebrity Cruise in 2010. Others on CC have confirmed this as well. One thing we did find peculiar was that our waiter often looked up at the ceiling when he was speaking with us!

I also was a bit disappointed in the disembarkation in Rome. We completed a questionnaire that asked about time of car service appointments etc. We had an 8:30am reservation with a car service and we weren't called to disembark until after 9:00am! I got an e-mail from the car service saying the driver would not be able to wait much longer. That was a little disconcerting!

Overall we both were quite pleased. We realize that in this day and age not everybody is going to be satisfied with everything. We did a lot of research before the cruise on the various ports of call, but now realize we need to do more before the next cruise, especially if we opt to use private shore excursions instead of Celebrity excursions.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class
Cabin C2 1652
Plenty of room, adequate storage and a verandah that was perfect for relaxing as we left our various ports in the late afternoon.
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    This was my first trip to Europe and it could not have begun in a better city! Absolutely loved Barcelona! People were friendly, food was great and the beauty of the city was tremendous!
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