Celebrity Equinox will undergo an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It will receive additional suites; Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; the Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style.
As Celebrity's dedicated Caribbean ship, Celebrity Equinox takes advantage of the weather with outdoor amenities, such as real grass lawn on top of the ship and a Lawn Club Sunset Bar, complete with deck furniture and faux fire pit.
If that sounds sophisticated for a cruise ship, then you're correct. As one of the line's Solstice-class ships, Celebrity Equinox is about modern touches aimed at a crowd that enjoys craft beer and top-shelf mixed drinks, restaurant experiences that punch up to gourmet (the line has announced a partnership with Michelin-starred restaurateur Daniel Boulud) and entertainment that trends more toward cabaret -- think aerialists and magicians -- than big musicals or raucous parties.
While families do sail on Equinox during school breaks, and there are kids' clubs, children are not the focus on this ship. A collection of edgy and engaging modern art, with a living tree suspended in the atrium, sets an adult vibe. While there's an outdoor main pool, it's relatively small; significant real estate is given to the calm adults-only Solarium with yet another pool. Canyon Ranch provides spa services.
Evenings on Celebrity Equinox are relaxed. At night, you might have the opportunity to stargaze at the night sky with an enrichment guide, or you can check out the constellation lights twinkling above the bar in the Sky Observation Lounge. You can slow dance with your loved one to a live band before dinner, but you can also get down to your own beat with giant headphones during the silent disco.
Celebrity Equinox has a mix of cabin and suite options, with various associated perks. Both Suite Class and AquaClass spa cabins come with dedicated restaurants, leading to more personalized and intimate service; Suite Class has its own VIP lounge and special invite-only events. For groups, this means that you might have to coordinate your cabins carefully, so you are able to dine with your friends or family.
Celebrity Equinox Dress Code
Daytime: Casual, with shorts and T-shirts most common inside the ship and bathing suits and cover-ups on the pool deck.
Evening: Resort casual, with button-down or dressy Tommy Bahama-type sport shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart casual pants and blouses for women. Formal night on Celebrity has been replaced by "evening chic," meaning men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. Dinner in Murano is listed as "smart casual and above."
Not permitted: No swimwear, spa robes or bare feet in the buffet. T-shirts, tanks tops and flip-flops are not permitted in the main dining room at any time; shorts are not allowed at dinner (although this might be flexible).
For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.
Celebrity Equinox Inclusions
Included with your cruise fare:
- Meals in the main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
- All theater shows and most entertainment
- Most daily activities unless noted below
- Use of the gym, but not most classes
- Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars
Not included with your cruise fare:
- Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for those in standard cabins; $15 per person, per day, for Concierge and AquaClass passengers; and $18 per person, per day, for those staying in suites)
- Automatic beverage, mini-bar, sushi and spa tips (18 percent for both)
- All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
- Meals at seven specialty restaurants and snack venues
- Spa treatments
- Persian Garden Thermal Suite (unless in AquaClass)
- Shore excursions
- Some special themed parties
- Photos and artwork