Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Touringc
- Sail Date: May 2017
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
We arrived early to board and the lines looked long in Miami and kudos to the staff ,before we knew it we were checking in! I will say the friendlieness at check in and diligence of processing us quick made our first vacation moments exciting.
We boarded and were offered champagne and cool clothes. Right there and then the crew was all visible offering genuine smiles and welcome a boards.
I love the intimacy of the specialty restraunts so I immediately went and booked my 5 night package dinner times. I'm so glad I did. They were sold out quickly and time slots filled quickly. It was a 9 night cruise so we had 4 main dining room experiences.
The main dining had wonderful choices,great service, and we shared the table with one other lovely couple.
The specialty dining was very good! The service outstanding! I will offer two suggestions. I am not a wine drinker I am a cocktail enthususiast. The wine drinkers glasses were refilled continuel yet I rarely was offered a refill. This was true on all of my Celebrity cruises. My other suggestion to the whole line is the meats and seafood are incredible,yet they are served with flake potatoes? Even on the buffet real potatoes are plentiful.
My room steward was incredible! I asked for extra hangers and ice and besides for keeping my room immaculate he went out of his way to go above and beyond helping. If we were walking to our room he would open our door for us and with the biggest smile and welcome back asked if we needed anything.
Now I am not the type of person who likes to be pampered,that being said this crew makes sure your pampered in a genuine,non obtrusive way. It's like fantasy island!
The breakfast and lunch buffet we frequented for lunch was kept clean,food was plentiful and delicious,and waiters were available at all times. Also officers made it a point to interact with passengers. I witnessed so many officers going out of their way to make someone's day special!
We had quite a few sea days. I never had a problem finding a comfortable lounge chair near pool,or in the shade to read. Pool towels were plentiful, throughout the day wonderful bands played.
We had the drink package. We upgraded to premium. The majority of guests had the drink package. We never went long before getting served. I'm very picky about my cocktails. I never ran across a rude waiter,my drinks were always made right,and I could find my cocktails everywhere.
The entertainment was very good. The ships singers and dancers were very talented. There was a true performer Travis Turpin who really knew how to perform the total package,a very funny and talented comedian I can't remember name,and a trio of divas who sang well. There was trivia,enrichment series, bingo,fitness,liquior tasteing,pool activities,and so much more!
I really can't tell you how incredible the Equinoxs staff is! That being said I would like to address the bad behavior of a very small number of guests who realized no matter how rude they were ,understood the staff would continue to smile and pamper them! Shame on you!
Our ports were Grand Caymen,Aruba,Bonaire, and Curaçao. Getting off the boat in ports was quick,organized.even the tender island was no issue!
To say this ship is a well oiled machine is an understatement! There is not one flaw! I doubt I will ever find a caliber of staff that can compete. I just wish this ship went everywhere I ever want to tour ! I love this ship and staff that much! Thank you Equinox for making this my favorite vacation!
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