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First and foremost the staff of the ship was exceptional even when dealing with an oversold and almost maximum capacity ship. The first thing that made me a little frustrated was that were were traveling with two couples, each of us had cruised before but one couple had never cruised with Celebrity. We all booked guaranteed balcony cabins. This is where I think the Cruise lines are going to get like Cable and phone companies. The two couples that had cruised Celebrity before and were Elite Status got balconies on the 8th floor near the back of the ship. The couple that never cruised Celebrity before got Concierge cabins on the 12th floor quite the upgrade even though they booked weeks after we did. I guess new customers mean more than past guests never a good thing in my opinion. The lines to check in at 12:30PM were very long which is not the norm for this line as they will move people in the lines to even them out normally. After getting on the ship it was obvious that they were at capacity as wherever you went there were long lines and waiting. We went to the Martini bar right off the bat to wait for the rooms to be ready and it was packed no seats to be found and lines for drinks. The staff was fast and courteous getting you a drink even with the crowd that was there. This was to be the case at the Martini bar all week packed no where to sit and the staff working non stop until the shows started and then again after they let out. Kudos to the bartenders they kept cool under the pressure of very large crowds all week. No other bar was ever as over crowded but for the most part except in the Gastrobar the staff kept up. Dining in the main dining room has slipped since our last cruise on Celebrity which was once one of the best dining experiences on the main cruise lines. The menu has been pared down to mostly the basics which maybe to get you into the pay dining areas. If that was the case it worked as most the the other restaurants, Murano, Silk Harvest and the Tuscan grill were completely booked each and every night. Even if you have a pre-paid package for diners you were shut out unless you booked early enough. If you did not you were refunded the days you could not get and forced to eat in the dining room or the buffet. The morning buffet for breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview cafe was always packed and you had to hit them at off times to even get a table again something that usually does not happen on Celebrity. The staff again in these areas did there best to get the food out and the tables cleaned in a timely manner but alas it was a loosing battle with the number of people on board. We had Cabin 8335 near the back of the ship it was kept implacably clean by our room steward but was quite a bit away from any elevators or stairs. The rooms are a very good size and laid out pretty well with a larger flat screen tv and in room internet if you are willing to pay. The ports we went to on our 10 day cruise we nice and we had been to them before but are some of the better ports in the Caribbean, Grand Cayman Aruba, Bonair, Curacao, and Jamaica. In each port you can feel pretty secure and the areas around the ports are nice. Live entertainment on the ship was very good but again the show lounges were packed with people even sitting in the isles for some shows. The service as I have mentioned above was fantastic however I feel that Celebrity as a cruise line has slipped a little from being one of the best to being more in line with NCL and even there owning line RCCL. Where I used to always feel they were slightly better than RCCL I feel they are more of the same now where RCCL has more activities and larger ships, Celebrity used to have the better food and less crowded ships. Getting off the ship is a bear in Miami with having to pick up your luggage at carousels and then walk against the traffic to get out of the room and back to customs, Very bad layout. So to sum up, "Oh how the mighty have fallen". Even Celebrity has fallen down to become very similar to other lines where they used to differentiate themselves as smaller and more hands on with better food and service, they now can hang there hat on only the better service as far as I am concerned and how long before that will take a hit? Kudos to the crew and meh to the cruise line.

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Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by CTNHCruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
First and foremost the staff of the ship was exceptional even when dealing with an oversold and almost maximum capacity ship.

The first thing that made me a little frustrated was that were were traveling with two couples, each of us had cruised before but one couple had never cruised with Celebrity. We all booked guaranteed balcony cabins. This is where I think the Cruise lines are going to get like Cable and phone companies. The two couples that had cruised Celebrity before and were Elite Status got balconies on the 8th floor near the back of the ship. The couple that never cruised Celebrity before got Concierge cabins on the 12th floor quite the upgrade even though they booked weeks after we did. I guess new customers mean more than past guests never a good thing in my opinion.

The lines to check in at 12:30PM were very long which is not the norm for this line as they will move people in the lines to even them out normally. After getting on the ship it was obvious that they were at capacity as wherever you went there were long lines and waiting.

We went to the Martini bar right off the bat to wait for the rooms to be ready and it was packed no seats to be found and lines for drinks. The staff was fast and courteous getting you a drink even with the crowd that was there. This was to be the case at the Martini bar all week packed no where to sit and the staff working non stop until the shows started and then again after they let out. Kudos to the bartenders they kept cool under the pressure of very large crowds all week. No other bar was ever as over crowded but for the most part except in the Gastrobar the staff kept up.

Dining in the main dining room has slipped since our last cruise on Celebrity which was once one of the best dining experiences on the main cruise lines. The menu has been pared down to mostly the basics which maybe to get you into the pay dining areas. If that was the case it worked as most the the other restaurants, Murano, Silk Harvest and the Tuscan grill were completely booked each and every night. Even if you have a pre-paid package for diners you were shut out unless you booked early enough. If you did not you were refunded the days you could not get and forced to eat in the dining room or the buffet.

The morning buffet for breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview cafe was always packed and you had to hit them at off times to even get a table again something that usually does not happen on Celebrity. The staff again in these areas did there best to get the food out and the tables cleaned in a timely manner but alas it was a loosing battle with the number of people on board.

We had Cabin 8335 near the back of the ship it was kept implacably clean by our room steward but was quite a bit away from any elevators or stairs. The rooms are a very good size and laid out pretty well with a larger flat screen tv and in room internet if you are willing to pay.

The ports we went to on our 10 day cruise we nice and we had been to them before but are some of the better ports in the Caribbean, Grand Cayman Aruba, Bonair, Curacao, and Jamaica. In each port you can feel pretty secure and the areas around the ports are nice.

Live entertainment on the ship was very good but again the show lounges were packed with people even sitting in the isles for some shows.

The service as I have mentioned above was fantastic however I feel that Celebrity as a cruise line has slipped a little from being one of the best to being more in line with NCL and even there owning line RCCL. Where I used to always feel they were slightly better than RCCL I feel they are more of the same now where RCCL has more activities and larger ships, Celebrity used to have the better food and less crowded ships.

Getting off the ship is a bear in Miami with having to pick up your luggage at carousels and then walk against the traffic to get out of the room and back to customs, Very bad layout.

So to sum up, "Oh how the mighty have fallen". Even Celebrity has fallen down to become very similar to other lines where they used to differentiate themselves as smaller and more hands on with better food and service, they now can hang there hat on only the better service as far as I am concerned and how long before that will take a hit? Kudos to the crew and meh to the cruise line.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda (obstructed view)
Cabin 2D 8335
Very clean with plenty of room with nice large Flat screen TV but far away fro stairs and elevators.
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