Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by rosiegirl2
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda
We arrived at check-in around 10:45 and were onboard by 11:30. Our cabin was ready around 1:30...a balcony on deck 9 midship. There was plenty of storage in the room, including 2 large overhead areas above the bed. But I'm 5'4" and it was difficult for me to reach those. The bathroom also had enough storage. The balcony was smaller than on other ships and had two chairs and a table. Our cabin steward Sannavuti did an excellent job. In fact, every staff member we came across was always very friendly and helpful. This is an area where Celebrity really is tops. The ship is well-maintained and the public bathrooms were always spick and span. And I love that they have small cloth hand towels in all the bathrooms.
We ate in the MDR every night (6pm seating) and had a fantastic wait team of Marius, August and Feyduzah (our sommelier who NEVER forgot to refill my wine). I'm not a foodie....just happy that someone else is doing the cooking, so I was quite satisfied with our meals. And Marius always made sure we were 100% satisfied or he offered to replace our food. Breakfast at the buffet had plenty of choices, and the staff was quick to clear away dishes at tables to make room for the next guest. They also had a coffee cart circulating for refills. Boy, are those coffee-cart guys happy!! We had the premium drink package and rarely had difficulty getting a drink. Our favorite stop each day was at Cafe Baccio for a coffee and maybe a pastry.
DH is a runner and I walk every day, so we headed up to the jogging track each day around 8am. The track is also the upper pool area so any time after 9 am you'd be dodging traffic. We love to play the trivia games onboard, and there were typically 2-3 games each day, though they should hold them in a larger space like the Sky Lounge because the Ensemble Lounge was at times too small....people who came in at the last minute often had to leave because there were no more seats left. Get there early! During the cruise one of the ship's guest speakers gave several talks about pirates in the Caribbean, but at the first one she read off a power point and frankly it was boring. What a wasted opportunity to really have some fun with an interesting topic. That time we SHOULD have sat by the door!
There were also daily dance classes in the Grand Foyer, usually around 11:00 am. But aside from that, I felt that there wasn't much to do on sea days. We did attend the "Wines Around the World" tasting ($20 pp) one afternoon with 12 tastings and appys....I highly recommend it. We're both avid readers, so we were quite content to find a quiet spot and read.
Lately, on several cruise lines the evening shows have been less than stellar. Our usual plan is "sit in the back in case we want to bail." But this cruise was the opposite. We attended most of the shows and they were all terrific. Maybe the cruise lines finally got the message.
The only reason I gave this cruise 4 instead of 5 stars is because the music around the ship was quite disappointing. On past cruises there was great music in lounges, etc. But not here. At one point I walked through the grand foyer and there was a classical music pair playing....guys, I'm retired, but I'm not dead!! We did go to the silent disco the 2 nights they had it....lots of fun...thank goodness for that.
We'll do Celebrity again, but our next one is with NCL...just to try those pool slides and high ropes courses.
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