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Celebrity Equinox Review My husband and I sailed on the February 1, 2016, cruise aboard the Equinox which made port at Cozumel, Limon, Colon, Cartagena, and Grand Cayman. We took the same cruise aboard the Equinox in 2009 and have taken another 30 on NCL, Disney, Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and two aboard (insert a shudder) Carnival. So we are experienced cruisers. Much has been written about this ship, and I don’t see much reason to repeat it all. We had balcony cabin 6115 only because we booked at the last minute. I would not choose it unless I had to. Believe me, it is a long way to Tipperary from that cabin. Over 500 steps to breakfast...and 500 back. We heard music during the shows at night– without benefit of being in the theater– as this cabin is just above the theater. It was not a problem and I rather enjoyed the reprise of Tenors or Rock. The cabin was fine except I hated the lack of drawer space. I don’t like leaning over at a 45 degree angle to get to my underwear from over the bed. Nor do I want to have to rappel back to the floor after having climbed up on the bed to get it. I also didn’t like the very hard pillows on the bed. I had a neck ache very morning. The bathroom, however, I did like. I think it is the best laid out of any we’ve had other than the main bathroom of the Owner’s Suite on the NCL Jade, but that’s another story involving an upsell fairy. Plenty of storage in the bathroom. I hated the narrow slabs that served as night tables. They couldn't hold anything much more than the phone. Our room steward, Sury, was great. He managed to get inside our cabin and clean when we were at breakfast and dinner which was very nice indeed. I always appreciate that. We found the crew to be unfailingly attentive and friendly. Food was fine though I mourn the wonderful cakes they used to have on Celebrity years ago. We had no difficulty in getting into the restaurant as we made a 6:15 reservation for every night. We had the same waiters every night as well, so that went well. Entertainment was a mixed bag. Jane Curry (vocalist), Stephen Kane (pianist), Tenors of Rock, were all great. My eyes did roll back in my head every time performers let it leak that they had a CD for sale after the show and they all did. The production shows “Set” and “Elysium” were just plain dreadful. It was not the fault of the talented performers. They did their best. But the concepts were so far out there as to be incomprehensible. And as this was an old folks cruise with the average age of the sailors about 73, these “modern” shows played especially poorly. I am trying hard to think of an audience to whom they would appeal. If I think of any, I will add an addendum to this review. Very rough crossing to Playa Del Carmen for our shore excursion to Xcaret from Cozumel. We were literally lifted out of our chairs and plopped back down into them every few seconds. You know it is going to be rough when people are stationed in the front of the boat with rolls of barf bags. Plenty bags were pealed off those rolls and the sounds revolving around their use were everywhere. We did not participate. Xcaret was a beautiful place and we enjoyed it despite the Disney-like food prices. We hired Roger, one of Oscar Brown’s cousins, to be our guide in Limon. We had already done the beaches/banana plantation thing and this round just went to places like the local market and cathedral, beautiful overlooks and a grocery store and such but enjoyed ourselves very much. I especially liked it when a lady selling red peppers at the market almost died laughing when I told her a single red pepper cost nearly $3 at Wal-mart. I tried a water apple which proved to taste very much like a pear. Also was introduced to a spice “bomb” by Roger and bought some to season our chicken at home. Also picked up cinnamon bark for next to nothing. At a small fruit market out in the boonies we had some of those marvelous tiny sugar bananas and watched a girl take corn on the cob out of a big pan of water, roll it in butter, and serve it up in clean husks. Looked tasty, but I doubt it could have matched Indiana sweet corn. Plenty of local shopping right at the port and best prices on the trip. Molas, puzzle boxes, wooden items, tee shirts, and the usual. Across the street is a cheap internet place and not far off is the grocery store. Everyone was friendly, and we did not feel unsafe at all. We took an excursion in Colon to Old Panama City and Reproso as we had already done the Embera Indian-canal-Gatun Lake route on our last visit and were looking to do something different. Nothing earthshaking but quite pleasant. We took our lunch break at a local grocery store with an inexpensive cafeteria attached. Lunch for the two of us (salad, fruit bowl, empanada, and drinks ran us $8. Most people spent a half hour running around the grocery store gathering up cheap coke and chips and coffee. I was surprised at how nice Panama City is. This tour is labeled inaccessible. Believe them. You can’t take a wheelchair down paths full of large gravel or across grass. At Reproso there is no elevator so you have to climb about 25 steps in all and walk a narrow way over the work area. Cartagena was lovely as last time. The terminal has to be the nicest anywhere and has been improved and enlarged since 2009. Nice store, nice garden restaurant, Juan Valdez, beautiful birds. What a pleasant spot! We took a tour of Popa Hill, Las Bovedas, the city, the naval museum, and saw a brief folk dancing show at the latter. Although this tour is listed as accessible, this tour was totally unsuitable for wheelchairs. First of all, we had to walk up a hill at a 45 degree angle for about 1/4 of a mile, then climb about 15 stairs, then climb more hill. You could not take a wheelchair down the narrow congested walk at Las Bovedas nor the crowded, narrow sidewalks along the way the guide took us in Cartagena. Be aware of these things. We had a whole 15 minutes at Las Bovedas which was ridiculous. The guide told us to go into #2 which either is owned by her friends or gives her kickbacks. On our second day in Cartagena we just wandered on our own and that was great. I don’t care for Grand Cayman and it is a mystery to me why so many ships stop there. The stores are full of junk and the island is not attractive. A beach? Big deal. Snorkeling? Big deal. There are better places for both. On this day the it was too windy to go to the main port and we were diverted to the South Side. That change was handled quite efficiently but lines were fairly long, waits were fairly short. Best part was the free wi-fi in the pass through near Margaritasville. Easy embark and disembark. Efficient bus transportation to the airport. We were at the airport at 9 for our 12:45 flight. Pleasant cruise! Nice ship, though I don’t get why Celebrity thinks it is such a big deal to have grass at sea. Seems like a total waste of deck to me. I wonder where that person is who has always had a yearning to play bocce afloat!

Pleasant Time

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by GrandmaHofmann

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
Celebrity Equinox Review

My husband and I sailed on the February 1, 2016, cruise aboard the Equinox which made port at Cozumel, Limon, Colon, Cartagena, and Grand Cayman. We took the same cruise aboard the Equinox in 2009 and have taken another 30 on NCL, Disney, Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and two aboard (insert a shudder) Carnival. So we are experienced cruisers.

Much has been written about this ship, and I don’t see much reason to repeat it all. We had balcony cabin 6115 only because we booked at the last minute. I would not choose it unless I had to. Believe me, it is a long way to Tipperary from that cabin. Over 500 steps to breakfast...and 500 back. We heard music during the shows at night– without benefit of being in the theater– as this cabin is just above the theater. It was not a problem and I rather enjoyed the reprise of Tenors or Rock.

The cabin was fine except I hated the lack of drawer space. I don’t like leaning over at a 45 degree angle to get to my underwear from over the bed. Nor do I want to have to rappel back to the floor after having climbed up on the bed to get it. I also didn’t like the very hard pillows on the bed. I had a neck ache very morning. The bathroom, however, I did like. I think it is the best laid out of any we’ve had other than the main bathroom of the Owner’s Suite on the NCL Jade, but that’s another story involving an upsell fairy. Plenty of storage in the bathroom. I hated the narrow slabs that served as night tables. They couldn't hold anything much more than the phone.

Our room steward, Sury, was great. He managed to get inside our cabin and clean when we were at breakfast and dinner which was very nice indeed. I always appreciate that. We found the crew to be unfailingly attentive and friendly. Food was fine though I mourn the wonderful cakes they used to have on Celebrity years ago. We had no difficulty in getting into the restaurant as we made a 6:15 reservation for every night. We had the same waiters every night as well, so that went well.

Entertainment was a mixed bag. Jane Curry (vocalist), Stephen Kane (pianist), Tenors of Rock, were all great. My eyes did roll back in my head every time performers let it leak that they had a CD for sale after the show and they all did. The production shows “Set” and “Elysium” were just plain dreadful. It was not the fault of the talented performers. They did their best. But the concepts were so far out there as to be incomprehensible. And as this was an old folks cruise with the average age of the sailors about 73, these “modern” shows played especially poorly. I am trying hard to think of an audience to whom they would appeal. If I think of any, I will add an addendum to this review.

Very rough crossing to Playa Del Carmen for our shore excursion to Xcaret from Cozumel. We were literally lifted out of our chairs and plopped back down into them every few seconds. You know it is going to be rough when people are stationed in the front of the boat with rolls of barf bags. Plenty bags were pealed off those rolls and the sounds revolving around their use were everywhere. We did not participate. Xcaret was a beautiful place and we enjoyed it despite the Disney-like food prices.

We hired Roger, one of Oscar Brown’s cousins, to be our guide in Limon. We had already done the beaches/banana plantation thing and this round just went to places like the local market and cathedral, beautiful overlooks and a grocery store and such but enjoyed ourselves very much. I especially liked it when a lady selling red peppers at the market almost died laughing when I told her a single red pepper cost nearly $3 at Wal-mart. I tried a water apple which proved to taste very much like a pear. Also was introduced to a spice “bomb” by Roger and bought some to season our chicken at home. Also picked up cinnamon bark for next to nothing. At a small fruit market out in the boonies we had some of those marvelous tiny sugar bananas and watched a girl take corn on the cob out of a big pan of water, roll it in butter, and serve it up in clean husks. Looked tasty, but I doubt it could have matched Indiana sweet corn.

Plenty of local shopping right at the port and best prices on the trip. Molas, puzzle boxes, wooden items, tee shirts, and the usual. Across the street is a cheap internet place and not far off is the grocery store. Everyone was friendly, and we did not feel unsafe at all.

We took an excursion in Colon to Old Panama City and Reproso as we had already done the Embera Indian-canal-Gatun Lake route on our last visit and were looking to do something different. Nothing earthshaking but quite pleasant. We took our lunch break at a local grocery store with an inexpensive cafeteria attached. Lunch for the two of us (salad, fruit bowl, empanada, and drinks ran us $8. Most people spent a half hour running around the grocery store gathering up cheap coke and chips and coffee. I was surprised at how nice Panama City is. This tour is labeled inaccessible. Believe them. You can’t take a wheelchair down paths full of large gravel or across grass. At Reproso there is no elevator so you have to climb about 25 steps in all and walk a narrow way over the work area.

Cartagena was lovely as last time. The terminal has to be the nicest anywhere and has been improved and enlarged since 2009. Nice store, nice garden restaurant, Juan Valdez, beautiful birds. What a pleasant spot! We took a tour of Popa Hill, Las Bovedas, the city, the naval museum, and saw a brief folk dancing show at the latter. Although this tour is listed as accessible, this tour was totally unsuitable for wheelchairs. First of all, we had to walk up a hill at a 45 degree angle for about 1/4 of a mile, then climb about 15 stairs, then climb more hill. You could not take a wheelchair down the narrow congested walk at Las Bovedas nor the crowded, narrow sidewalks along the way the guide took us in Cartagena. Be aware of these things. We had a whole 15 minutes at Las Bovedas which was ridiculous. The guide told us to go into #2 which either is owned by her friends or gives her kickbacks.

On our second day in Cartagena we just wandered on our own and that was great.

I don’t care for Grand Cayman and it is a mystery to me why so many ships stop there. The stores are full of junk and the island is not attractive. A beach? Big deal. Snorkeling? Big deal. There are better places for both. On this day the it was too windy to go to the main port and we were diverted to the South Side. That change was handled quite efficiently but lines were fairly long, waits were fairly short. Best part was the free wi-fi in the pass through near Margaritasville.

Easy embark and disembark. Efficient bus transportation to the airport. We were at the airport at 9 for our 12:45 flight. Pleasant cruise! Nice ship, though I don’t get why Celebrity thinks it is such a big deal to have grass at sea. Seems like a total waste of deck to me. I wonder where that person is who has always had a yearning to play bocce afloat!
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Deluxe Veranda
Cabin 2A 6115
Not enough drawer storage. Slabs instead of night tables. Great bathroom. Music can be heard during performances in theater but that doesn't go late.
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