Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5


Sail Date: April 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Equinox is a well-maintained, beautiful ship.  The itinerary is good, especially if you haven't done much traveling in the Caribbean.  Four days at sea and five islands is a great combination of touring and relaxation. The ship was able to pull right into port at each island, which made tenders unnecessary.  That is much more convenient for getting off and on the ship. 

We had splurged and upgraded to a Concierge level cabin.  It was the average size that we're used to and had ample storage space.  The bathroom was slightly larger than normal and had a fairly spacious shower, plus a modern vessel-style sink.  There was a lot of bathroom storage.

However, we doubt we'd upgrade to Concierge level again.  We were supposed to have fresh flowers and fruit in our room.  We never had any flowers, and had three apples on our first day, which were never refilled.  You can order afternoon canapes, which will be delivered to your stateroom at the time you specify.  When we received ours on the first day, there were a half-dozen tiny things that we didn't care for, so we didn't eat them.  We were traveling with another couple, and they didn't eat theirs, either. We're not really sure we received any extra value for the extra money we paid for Concierge Class.  The early-boarding process was only slightly better than average boarding.  Save your money and purchase a normal balcony cabin, or splurge a bit more and buy Aqua class, which has its own restaurant called Blu.  We've heard several cruisers say that dining in Blu is a good experience.  If you want to treat yourself to a suite, you will have yet another restaurant specifically for that class.

The regular dining room, Silhouette, had better than average food and service, but still has some room for improvement.  The Ocean view café (buffet) had significantly better food than other ships we've been on.  We ate there more than usual because of the great variety and good quality of choices.  We also liked the fact that placards were placed on the café tables during prime meal-time hours, asking guests to please be considerate of others and don't play games or linger at tables when people need a place to eat.  Most people followed that suggestion.

The nightly entertainment was average, cruise ship fare.  There was a problem finding seats in the Equinox theatre unless you were at least 20 minutes early for the show.  There was an exceptional speaker who did a series of lectures during the day.  I can't remember his name, but he worked in a high level position with NASA and had many interesting stories to share. 

If you are a pool person and sunbather, the outdoor pool can get quite crowded.  There are many loungers on the deck overlooking the pool area, so you might be slightly crowded, but you will usually find a spot.  The indoor atrium pool is a quiet and less crowded area for adults only.

The ship's fitness facility has an adequate number of machines, weights, balls, etc., so working out was never a problem.  We did not have any spa treatments, but we did notice that they ran "specials" especially on port days, so you might want to indulge yourself on one of those days.

Overall, there are very few negative things to say about this ship and its staff.  It is a beautiful ship that will provide you with a good experience!





Ship Quality
Beautiful ship and maintained in pristine condition.
Food and Dining
It is close to "Great" but still has a little room for improvement. Portions in the dining room were "gourmet," meaning "small." Sometimes choices were limited. The Ocean View Cafe (buffet) had a great variety of things to choose from, and the quality was better than other ships we've sailed.
Service and Staff
The staff were smiling, friendly and helpful. The Cruise Director, Patti Honacki, was always available during the day and after the evening shows to talk to passengers about any concerns.
The evening entertainment was average cruise-ship fare. It was enjoyable, but for the most part, not outstanding. There was a violinist from Peoria, IL, who was very good at her chosen profession. The back-up band could use a little improvement. The guest lecturer from NASA who did a series of talks during the day was exceptional.
Children's Programs We can't judge this, as we had no children with us.
Onboard Activities
There were normal activities like cooking classes, IPod classes, dance classes, trivia, painting classes, etc. There was an interesting Corning Museum glass-blowing exhibition which no other ship has.
Destinations and Excursions
We took tours on Barbados and Dominca and enjoyed them. The tour operators were informed and friendly. Do not wander around too much on your own, as some neighborhoods can be questionable. St. Thomas, St. Kitts and St. Maarten are beautiful islands with good shopping available.
Cabin / Stateroom
Good storage, especially in the bathroom.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
We are Floridians, so we drove to the Port. There is ample parking at $15.00 per day.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Beautiful island with great shopping and wide variety of tours.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Smaller island with not quite as many tour options or shopping.
Bridgetown, Barbados
The recent U.S. economic downturn has clearly affected Barbados. We saw several closed resorts, including a former Four Seasons. The tour we took was average, but the guide was very helpful and friendly.
Roseau, Dominica
This is a small island with very friendly people. Since it was our first time there, we took a tour and found the guide to be informative and friendly. They are very proud of their island and are making great strides in educating their children.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
This is a great shopping destination. A few years ago, I bought an Omega watch there and found the same watch in my town for $700 more.


The atrium pool is one of the quietest and most relaxing spots on the ship. No children are allowed, and it was never crowded.

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