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First time cruisers, four siblings plus spouses, all empty nesters in our 50s-60s. The eight of us wanted a quiet, memorable cruise with no hitches. That's exactly what we got. The best part of the Equinox is the staff. We made rich connections with our dining hosts, entertainment staff, blackjack dealers and others -- and of course our room steward Lenta. The Equinox is a medium-sized ship -- we had 2,800 passengers on this ship -- served by 1,200 staff from 72 countries. All of them, I mean all, were genuinely happy to serve us. Example: On our second night together in the main dining room, we were served by Mellanie and her team of 3. Between the main course and dessert, Mellanie performed a simple trick of folding a cloth napkin to make a swan. We all applauded, surprised, and she seemed genuinely pleased to entertain us. The next night, we asked to return to Mellanie table, where again she entertained us between courses with a napkin folded to be a boy. (How did we know? Slightly risque trick involving a spoon handle.) We asked for her again on our third night together, where she again entertained us -- she showed my brothers-in-law how to fold the top, and bottom, of a bikini. Very entertaining for us and embarrassing for them. For our last night together, we ate in the Silk Harvest asian fusion restaurant, where we were served by Mellanie's husband, Jon, and his team of 3. Mellanie came up from MDR to greet us. She said she and Jon had talked about our family group, and he had a special dinner already planned for us. We selected nothing; everything was served family style. Jon just kept bringing dishes that were delicious -- and were uniquely suited to our tastes. My wife does not like the smell of fish, so Jon was careful to place the fish dishes to the opposite side of the table, Mellanie had told him about her preferences in advance. Maybe this is standard service on cruise ships; I don't know. But I do know I definitely want to book Celebrity again. More notes: - Buffet dining was OK. Decent food, pretty crowded, terrific view on the top deck. - Main dining was better. Pretty good food, choice of 7 entrees, kinda bland by the third day. - Specialty dining was spectacular. Well worth the cost. Tuscan Grill had the best Italian I've ever eaten with a spectacular view from the back of the ship. And I already told you about Slik Harvest -- best asian I have ever eaten, period. - Two days at sea were dress-up dining days. I thought it was a hassle, but in retrospect, nobody wants to see me in flipflops and a tanktop. - Excursions were crowded and exhausting. Five boats were cruising the same route, so at every stop 20,000 tourists piled out and jammed each port.

Small boat plus great staff make a memorable first cruise

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by Ben Herrington

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First time cruisers, four siblings plus spouses, all empty nesters in our 50s-60s. The eight of us wanted a quiet, memorable cruise with no hitches. That's exactly what we got.

The best part of the Equinox is the staff. We made rich connections with our dining hosts, entertainment staff, blackjack dealers and others -- and of course our room steward Lenta.

The Equinox is a medium-sized ship -- we had 2,800 passengers on this ship -- served by 1,200 staff from 72 countries. All of them, I mean all, were genuinely happy to serve us.

Example: On our second night together in the main dining room, we were served by Mellanie and her team of 3. Between the main course and dessert, Mellanie performed a simple trick of folding a cloth napkin to make a swan. We all applauded, surprised, and she seemed genuinely pleased to entertain us.

The next night, we asked to return to Mellanie table, where again she entertained us between courses with a napkin folded to be a boy. (How did we know? Slightly risque trick involving a spoon handle.)

We asked for her again on our third night together, where she again entertained us -- she showed my brothers-in-law how to fold the top, and bottom, of a bikini. Very entertaining for us and embarrassing for them.

For our last night together, we ate in the Silk Harvest asian fusion restaurant, where we were served by Mellanie's husband, Jon, and his team of 3. Mellanie came up from MDR to greet us. She said she and Jon had talked about our family group, and he had a special dinner already planned for us. We selected nothing; everything was served family style. Jon just kept bringing dishes that were delicious -- and were uniquely suited to our tastes. My wife does not like the smell of fish, so Jon was careful to place the fish dishes to the opposite side of the table, Mellanie had told him about her preferences in advance.

Maybe this is standard service on cruise ships; I don't know. But I do know I definitely want to book Celebrity again.

More notes:

- Buffet dining was OK. Decent food, pretty crowded, terrific view on the top deck.

- Main dining was better. Pretty good food, choice of 7 entrees, kinda bland by the third day.

- Specialty dining was spectacular. Well worth the cost. Tuscan Grill had the best Italian I've ever eaten with a spectacular view from the back of the ship. And I already told you about Slik Harvest -- best asian I have ever eaten, period.

- Two days at sea were dress-up dining days. I thought it was a hassle, but in retrospect, nobody wants to see me in flipflops and a tanktop.

- Excursions were crowded and exhausting. Five boats were cruising the same route, so at every stop 20,000 tourists piled out and jammed each port.
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