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We paid a little extra to be upgraded to a suite and it was well worth it, with a larger veranda and separate bed and living rooms. The butler was friendly, efficient and attentive, as were the cabin attendant and his assistant, who responded quickly to a plumbing problem that occurred twice along our part of the deck. (Hopefully, Celebrity will identify and permanently correct the cause.) Upgrading to a suite also bought us a number of perks, such as special events (a sailaway celebration with crew members), access to a concierge and to Michael's Club (apparently intended as a counterpart to an airline lounge), and expedited tendering and disembarkation. We were also supposed to have an expedited embarkation, but a 2-hour change in the hotel transfer (arranged through Celebrity) meant that we arrived at the busiest time and found the scene to be almost chaotic. The Equinox is a beautiful ship, with lots of light (glass elevators) and greenery (lawn and trees). The Oceanview cafe had been redone since our last Celebrity cruise and the reconfigured serving stations not only open the entire room up visually but seem to be much faster and easier to navigate. Also new is the Luminae restaurant for suite passengers, which offers its own smaller menu (plus the main dining room menu) but has fabulous food and service in a more intimate setting. The only drawback is the very limited schedule for breakfast and lunch: Luminae is open for only an hour in the morning and again at noon. (One day, there were a total of only four people during the entire lunch hour.) The entertainment was about on par with what we had experienced on previous cruises. The excursions to Florence and Monte Carlo/Nice were worth the money, though the heavy traffic in the center of Nice resulted in 30 minutes of stops and starts and not much of anything worth looking at. (The views from the corniche during the first hour of the excursion were the highlight.) Regarding the itinerary, the main questions are 1) why the overnight in Palma de Mallorca? and 2) given the location of the dock there, why not provide a free shuttle into town (and better information that there is a shuttle in the first place)? Overall, though, these are fairly minor complaints. This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity in the last three years and we are looking forward to more in the future.

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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by garvey818

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Celebrity Suite
We paid a little extra to be upgraded to a suite and it was well worth it, with a larger veranda and separate bed and living rooms. The butler was friendly, efficient and attentive, as were the cabin attendant and his assistant, who responded quickly to a plumbing problem that occurred twice along our part of the deck. (Hopefully, Celebrity will identify and permanently correct the cause.) Upgrading to a suite also bought us a number of perks, such as special events (a sailaway celebration with crew members), access to a concierge and to Michael's Club (apparently intended as a counterpart to an airline lounge), and expedited tendering and disembarkation. We were also supposed to have an expedited embarkation, but a 2-hour change in the hotel transfer (arranged through Celebrity) meant that we arrived at the busiest time and found the scene to be almost chaotic.

The Equinox is a beautiful ship, with lots of light (glass elevators) and greenery (lawn and trees). The Oceanview cafe had been redone since our last Celebrity cruise and the reconfigured serving stations not only open the entire room up visually but seem to be much faster and easier to navigate. Also new is the Luminae restaurant for suite passengers, which offers its own smaller menu (plus the main dining room menu) but has fabulous food and service in a more intimate setting. The only drawback is the very limited schedule for breakfast and lunch: Luminae is open for only an hour in the morning and again at noon. (One day, there were a total of only four people during the entire lunch hour.)

The entertainment was about on par with what we had experienced on previous cruises. The excursions to Florence and Monte Carlo/Nice were worth the money, though the heavy traffic in the center of Nice resulted in 30 minutes of stops and starts and not much of anything worth looking at. (The views from the corniche during the first hour of the excursion were the highlight.)

Regarding the itinerary, the main questions are 1) why the overnight in Palma de Mallorca? and 2) given the location of the dock there, why not provide a free shuttle into town (and better information that there is a shuttle in the first place)?

Overall, though, these are fairly minor complaints. This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity in the last three years and we are looking forward to more in the future.
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Everything was first-rate. Kudos to Cesar (the butler), and Elton and Dudley (attendants).
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