Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Beautiful ship with attentive staff

Sail Date: July 16, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

This is a beautiful, first class ship. We had a stateroom with balcony, which couldn't have been more comfortable. The food was excellent in both presentation and taste. There was so much to do every day, even days at sea were packed with activity. The staff was courteous and kind.

I would definity cruise on Celebrity Equinox again, but never in the summer because of so many unruly, dreadfully rude children who ran wild. There were many children with no apparent adult supervision. You had to watch your step because they would run into you and cut in line. That factor was completely unexpected. Also, it was very hard to find an empty deck chair as people would stake them out early by placing items on the chairs to hold them. My daughter and I had to walk around and around the pool area hoping someone would vacate a chair. I don't know where some people's manners have been left, but there were clean towels out on the swimming deck, and people would come and grab a pile of towels, so that at the end of the day, there were no clean towels left. Here's another heads up. The Celebrity contract discloses that each person is charged a stated amount per day for tips (depending on the level of the room). We paid $11.50 per person per day. What they don't tell you is that anything extra that you purchase, for example drinks or spa services, they add a manditory tip around 10% and then have the gall to add another line for a discretionary tip on top of that. The person who gives you your ticket to sign usually stands over your shoulder, and you feel cheap not adding more. We had never been on a cruise before, and sometimes it seemed that there was another more privileged sub-world on board. They were invited to various Captain's receptions and qualified for the specialty dining area, like Blu. I still don't understand who gets to eat there.

Pros: The cleanliness of the ship, the variety of activities, the quality of the food and caring staff

Cons: Terrible, bratty kids running all over the place with no adult supervision. Mandatory tips included with extra items, like drinks and spa services which are not disclosed in any pre-cruise literature.

Recommends Celebrity Equinox? Yes!

Children's Programs
I don't know about the quality of the programs, other than the children on this cruise were out of control.
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Mykonos, Greece
A little confusing about how to reach the beaches, but once we arrived, it was great.
Santorini, Greece
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The Acropolis is incredible. Just a warning that it is a fairly strenuous walk with many slippery large rocks, but definitely worth the time and expense. The Plaka was a lot of fun as well.
Naples, Italy
Our tour guide was Rosanna. An absolute dream guide. So passionate and enthusiastic and kind and generous in spirit. I did the motor launch on the Amalfi coast of Pompeii. Mind boggling.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
We did Taste of Turkey. We loved our tour guide. I wish we could have had time to add another tour to see the home of the Virgin Mary The rug factory people were pushy, but it was still fun.
Rhodes, Greece
Messina, Sicily
We toured Taormina, and this was the worst tour experience of our cruise. Our tour guide spoke so fast on the bus and walked ahead of us in town. I have no idea what we saw.

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