Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Excellent first cruise

Sail Date: May 21, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We loved this cruise. The ship is impressive, extremely clean and well kept. We were satisfied with the few shore excursions that we took, but on the day-long shore excursions we would have expected better lunches given the cost of the tours.

Overall the staff was very pleasant. We appreciated the open-seating dinners in the main dining room. However the maîtres d's seemed stressed and disorganized. The food in the main dining room was below par and poorly presented for a ship rated 5.5. The dining-room is extremely noisy due to the lack of attention by the waiters while clearing the tables. The breads were not very good, but the pizzas were excellent. The coffee in the Oceanview Café was pretty awful, but the beverage package was well worth it and the speciality coffee at Bacio's Café was excellent. 

Having dinner on the terrace of the Oceanview Café while looking at the Golden Horn in Istanbul was one of the highlight of the trip. We would hesitate taking again a cabin in the Concierge class. We do not think it was worth the extra cost.

For first-time cruisers we received excellent advice from our Cruise.com agent Kerri Winston.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
We were disappointed by the noise and the food in the Sihouette dining room
Service and Staff
Except for the maitres d's in the Silhouette dining room. They were disorganized and seemed overwhelmed
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
The Concierge class is not worth the extra expense for hors d'oeuvres and a bottle of bubbly. The cabin is the same size as a regular cabin.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Salerno (Amalfi Coast), Italy
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
It would have been useful to know that there was an express bus for the center of Athens right outside the terminal building
Istanbul, Turkey
Mykonos, Greece
The transfer by tender was very efficient
Santorini, Greece
Because of the high winds and the closure of the funicular the cruise ship provided buses quickly to bring us back to the pier
Souda (Chania), Crete
Very efficient local buses to bring us downtown Chania
Barcelona, Spain


The ship is very well appointed and extremely clean.

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