Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

fabulous cruise ship

Sail Date: July 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

'this was our 6th cruise, 3rd with Celebrity. This is an above average line, our favourite, and the solstice class ship(we were on Equinox) is excellent. ship is spotless. (It is new- we were on the 5th sailing. Only deterent was some of the shore excursions left things to be desired. Need caution in Bethlehem. We were rushed through the Church of the Nativity which people came to see(15 minutes allotted) but they had 40 minutes to go the "junk" souvenir shop. People overall were very upset. This is a new destination for celebrity and I am sure these are the growing pains. That said, since Jerusulum is the high light of the tour, a poorly organized tour here was a major loss. Other tours were good to excellent(Haifa/Acre), Ephesus(Kudasi, Turkey), rhodes were the excellent ones. Cairo other than the Sphinx and the Pyramids was disappointing. Not cruise ship fault. City is just very dirty. (It is afterall a desert). Otherwise, this is a superb cruise with a superb itinerary (13 day from rome to Athens, rhodes,Kudasi, Haifa, Ashdod, Cairo and Alexandra, and finally Naples.

Pros: food, entertainment first rate, clean, friendly, great martini bar.

Cons: excursion to Jerusulum was badly planned. suggest do privately, not throughCelebrity. Other excursions good to excellent.

Recommends Celebrity Equinox? Yes!

Food and Dining
Main dining room: 3 of 11 nights food was a bit dry but otherwise excellent. Murano is a wonderful dining experience. superb food and atmosphere, service worthy of a 5 star restaurant anywhere. Tuscan Grill was nothing special and not worth the additional $25/person. No better than main dining hall
Cabin / Stateroom
Size is larger than other ships. Beds are comfortable ++. We were blessed with a fabulous cabin steward and assistant. Inobtrussive, helpful and always smiling. Comfortable though not quite adequate cupboard space. Shower is better designed than other ships with just a bit more room making washroom comfortable. We had a balcony and this too was a nice comfortable size. We were located on deck 9 near the front and very comfortable and quiet.
Service and Staff
Our waiter in the main dining hall and our cabin steward and their respective assistants are the most important individuals one comes into contact. Anything requested was immediately accomodated with a smile. Superb.
Ship Quality
this is a large ship (appro 2900 passengers and yet movement was efficient and did not feel crowded.
I would say this ranked #1 or 2 in intertainment of the 6 cruises I have done. Overall very professional.

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