Wonderful 20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
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Celebrity Equinox

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 22, 2020

Ship: Celebrity Equinox

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 1009

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

The Captain’s Club hostess (Amy) and the CC (Joanna) were both efficient and kept us busy with all the parties and activities. I do wish that the two of them would coordinate times better for the activities, it was hard to juggle at times where we were going, some we had to miss all together. Photo Gallery-excellent Because we were celebrating our 20th anniversary we decided to sit for a few black & white photos in the studio. These photos will be very special memories for us, especially since he made us look 20 years younger. LOL! My only complaint was the constant selling of drinks packages, upgrading of packages or selling of specialty dining packages. It really puts a damper on the cruise.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
Shore Excursions operated as normal. The check-in procedure was the worst ever because the computers went down and the lines went around the building.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food quality, volume and selections were as excellent as usual and personalized service in the specialty restaurants was amazing. We absolutely loved Tuscan Grill and wished we booked that twice. Murano was also delightful. Our waiter (Isai) and Fredrick the assistant waiter were wonderful in the Main Dining Room for the 8:30 sitting. Breakfast in the main dining room- service was slow. Oceanview Cafe was definitely the place for breakfast. Also in the afternoon the scones are delicious. We tried room service twice once was great and the other was funny. They gave us someone else's order. Cafe al Bacio has to be our favorite place on the ship for coffee & dessert. The best espresso on the ship, The best bar was the Passport Bar, they actually made the drinks well. Ensemble whiskey sour made my cruise.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Pools were great you can always find a clean towel. The gym was a bit small. The spa was beautiful. I went for a massage and it was very relaxing. The Lawn Club was very beautiful. Never got to play bocci too windy. But we did our vow renewal up on the lawn, so lovely. There are also movies showing there. The Hot glass was down for several days so we couldn't take part.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The different bands were hit or miss and so loud that the library was rocking. I do wish that Celebrity would book a jazz group or have the house orchestra play jazz one night in one of the lounges. Silent disco was a blast in the Sky lounge. They did it again at the Passport Bar, not enough room to dance. We were on board for Fat Tuesday you would think that a Mardi Gras themed party would have been planed but no... Some passengers brought beads. The stage show- Topper is not for me, the performers work hard but just a little to bizarre for my taste. The comedian was very funny.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our stateroom attendant (Sue) was excellent. Our room was immaculate and had ice every night. I needed a feather free room and Sue took care of that Guest Relations where the ship sparkled. I had to go down to the desk a few time to inquire about their new drink package that included the min-bar, the took care of everything, It was our anniversary and I wanted a few flowers for a renewal service, I told them 3 roses. I received a beautiful grouping of flowers plus in our cabin was champagne and a plate of cheese and fruit. Every department sent us cards to help celebrate our special day. Our waiter (Isai) and Fredrick the assistant waiter were wonderful in the Main Dining Room for the 8:30 sitting. The sommelier Miroslav knew what kind of wine I enjoyed and made sure my glass was filled. The Senior Officers were present on a quite few occasions and perfectly friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is beautiful. Very well maintained and constantly being cleaned. It is easy to get around.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin Concierge Class 1009 was very spacious just wish the draws were deeper. Thank goodness for the space above the beds! Plenty of hangers and the suitcases fit under the bed. Bathroom has plenty of storage space. The only problem with the room is not enough outlets especially if you need a cpap machine. The room is in the aft and it can get a little rocky.

Ship tip

Stay mid-ship going around Cuba can get very rocky. Look for cruising ducks, you never know where you might find one.

Ports of call

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
We loved Key West. Such a quaint town. We took the conch train right off the pier area and then took the tour of the Hemingway House.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
To get through the port it will take you 40 min. We booked a Costa Maya Beach Day with transportation with an outside company. They were excellent. The beach is just rocky.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We booked again a private excursion Iberostar Resort Cozumel. Cab was $20 each way by the resort was lovely. All inclusive.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Booked a two different excursions: GCR2 - Coral Beach Club on Famous 7 Mile Beach -very nice beach just not enough time. GCI1 - Dolphin Swim and 7 Mile Beach - my husband had the time of his life we met up at the beach when he was finished with the dolphin swim

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Debarkation went smoothly

Traveler Photos

7 Mile Beach Anniversary gift from Guest Relations and cards from other departments Dock Equinox
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