Second Sailing on the Celebrity Equinox: Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by rherwig
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Second Sailing on the Celebrity Equinox
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Celebrity certainly is a notch above most other lines, from the welcome aboard champagne to the décor and the smiles of MOST staff.
Entertainment overall is very good with something for everyone but not necessarily will everyone like everything.
The dining room My Time Dining was very efficient if you were strategic about the times you wanted to dine. The hostess always tried to put us in the same vicinity of the same servers, when possible.
The food was mediocre, simply put. A fair selection but just mediocre. DO NOT ORDER A STAEK AND EXPECT A RESTAURANT QUALITY STEAK!!!
Overall the ship furnishings are starting to show signs of wear and need some to be changed out.
NOW the disappointments!
Michaels Club has been closed to all except Suite Guests. Even Elite guests cannot use this lounge area.
BE More PREPARED TO GO PREMIUM!!! While Celebrity is offering classic drink packages almost everything is an upsell. An additional $11.80 per person per day for a decent drink OR you can upgrade by the drink So if you want to sit at the Martini bar and order ANY Martini or wine it's an additional $4.78 per drink. If you want a Chanson Champaign it's an upsell of $2.00. plus 18% grat for a 4 oz pour.
NOW if you want to order a non alcoholic ZERO Vitamin water you cannot get it on the classic package and will have to pay $4.50 each. As a comparison I purchase these every week at the local supermarket for $.99 each. RIPOFF!!!
The bottom line is that the economical way to do this is to upgrade to premium for $10 plus 18% a day per person or be hit with charges that ultimately will be higher than that doing it individually. It only take 3 to 4 drinks a day to break even with the premium package. Just plan on a couple of hundred more for your cruise.
As an Elite I received a "FREE" Gelato. However if you ordered the Gelato as an ice cream sandwich with 2 cookies it wasn't free and the upcharge was $4.95. REALLY!!!
The staff overall was very good. Some better than others. There is a more severe language barrier than I have experienced on Celebrity in the past and other lines. Some of the staff has issues making eye contact with guests and you are simply met with a nod of the head and they wait for you to tell them what you would like to order. They hand you the item and walk away. Not good interaction and certainly not what I have experienced on Celebrity in the past. Something is broken here. There is no question that cruise lines that have gone to the "all inclusive" drink package programs have lost touch with the guests because they have pre sold the liquor and other items, so now it's the upsell. They no longer are interested in what is ordered or the level of service because it's already been sold and includes the gratuity.
Sea days were very crowded on the open decks. Deck chairs were placed side by side and it was a sea of humanity. Too crowded for an enjoyable day. The solarium pool was nice and quiet but the AC temps were so cold people were laying under blankets and towels.
The ports on this sailing were good. Grand Cayman was very quite as were all the ports. GC was quiet because it was a Sunday and most businesses were closed. beaches were uncrowded. We were the only ship in each port we visited.
Aruba and Curacaos were great and Bonaire didn't entice us enough to get off the ship. Many guests came back to the ship early and were disappointed with Bonaire. NO FLAMINGOS!.
Yes indeed I would sail Celebrity again. Yes I am happy I went and really did enjoy myself, however I didn't come home with the WOW factor that is typical of almost every other cruise I have take,
I just booked a 15 day Princess Panama Canal cruise for November. Less
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