Celebrity Equinox, launched in 2009 as the second of five Solstice-class sisters, has all the signature Solstice touches: multiple dining venues (like the spa-restaurant Blu and continental Murano), a gelateria and enhanced coffee shop, and tons of balcony cabins.
While a few more added-fee features (like the cabanas and Lawn Club Grill on Reflection and Silhouette) might not seem like much of a change, Equinox is a better place for their absence.
When you sit outside on the real-grass lawn for a sailaway or take in the free hot-glass show at the Corning Museum of Glass pavilion, you become aware of a communal feel on the top deck that's reminiscent of summertime in a small town.
Walk through Equinox's other main public spaces, and it becomes clear why Celebrity chose the metaphor of light and sun for the Solstice-class ships. Celebrity passengers are generally upper-middle-class couples and groups, with an average age in the mid-50s.
During the day, dress is resort casual, but Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner -- typically button-down or dressy Tommy Bahama-type sport shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart-casual pants for women.
The suggested gratuity is $12 per person, per day, if you're in a standard cabin or $12.50 per person, per day, if you're in a Concierge Class or AquaClass cabin. Having done several cruises with Princess and Royal Caribbean we decided to try Celebrity and I can honestly say that this Cruise Company are definitely better than the others mentioned.
Celebrity Equinox is a large ship, carrying 2850 passengers and 1246 crew, and sails from Barcelona, Spain and Ft.
I was disappointed with this cruise because I had high expectations since my friends who have cruised over 10 times, including 3 times in the Mediterranean, highly recommended Celebrity for its food.
Celebrity Cruises canceled a stop in Istanbul earlier this week because of concerns with terrorism.
Today, Celebrity canceled more port stops, announcing that the Reflection will not stay in Istanbul on August 31st and will depart earlier in the day.
Costa and other cruise lines are under pressure not to sail more passengers into danger like Costa  recklessly did when it cruised to Tunisia in March, resulting in passengers being slaughtered.
Today I received a message from a passenger aboard the Celebrity Equinox that the Equinox was skipping the port of Istanbul because of the threat of terrorism.
Gabriele Giambrone commented that "Celebrity Equinox canceled our planned stop in Istanbul tomorrow due to terrorist fears and high security alerts.
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have a Global Security Team headed by former FBI senior official Gary Bald. The article reports that the crew member, believed to be working on the cruise ship in the entertainment department, met the passenger in a bar and spent several hours drinking with her. The Celebrity Equinox had left the Italian port of Civitavecchia and the arrest came some 17 hours later. As we mentioned in our prior article, Celebrity and its parent company Royal Caribbean have known about the high rate of sexual assaults on cruise ships for over a decade. In 1999, Royal Caribbean hired two top notch firms to study the problem of sexual assaults on the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity fleet of cruise ships.
Unfortunately, Celebrity Cruises does not warn its guests of the history of men attacking women during cruises. Women on cruise ships need to be aware of the danger of rape by crew members, especially after drinking alcohol.
The newspaper states that Christina Cassin, age 49, and her husband, Scott Turco, were passengers on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, which docked in Cozumel on March 28th. The incident occurred on September 26th while the Equinox was sailing toward the port of Kusadasi Turkey. Last summer, we reported on a similar sexual assault allegation involving a crewmember from South Africa. We wrote about the case in an article Cruise Rape - Is Royal Caribbean Up To Its Old Tricks? The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. More Results Related to celebrity equinox best cabins cruise ship reviews Celebrity Equinox Best Cabins - Cruise AdviceAdvice for finding the best cabins on the Celebrity Equinox.


Yet it retains the original innocence of life before the commercialization of the ships' signature top-deck green space, the Lawn Club.
Ultimately, the friendliness of that stretch of grass and the revelatory stripped-down design of the Lawn Club on Equinox is replicated again and again onboard the ship. From the ship's heart on Deck 3, glass elevators sweep you up through a soaring central atrium that reaches, through 10 decks, for the sun and sky. The ship's light, bright design and friendly feel create a continuity and harmony of elements that is unequaled on other big ships. Especially during its Mediterranean season (the ship is a Caribbean-European dual homeporter), expect large numbers of British and European travelers and a more international feel. Cassin worked as a nurse and lived with her husband in Acworth, Georgia, which is northeast of Atlanta. Krohne reported that the worst thing that could happen to a crew member who committed a crime on a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity cruise ship was to be sent on a one way flight home.
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On the way to the top, a tree, floating in mid-air and soaked in sunlight, and the words "Here Comes The Sun," written on consecutive balcony walls, prepare you for a bright, windowed reception on the ship's uppermost decks. During the Caribbean season, the ratio of families with children to couples will sometimes increase, for a younger average age. This means that men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans.
If you want to pay anything other than the "suggested gratuity," you'll need to make those arrangements at the Guest Relations desk while onboard. An 18 percent charge is also automatically added to all beverages, mini-bar purchases, the added-fee dining at Bistro on Five and the parfait bar at the AquaSpa Cafe, as well as spa and salon services; those charges cannot be removed, but you can add an additional gratuity if you wish. My friends who recommended Celebrity also went on this cruise (they had 4 adults in their party). Thoughtfully designed delights await in nearly every public space, from the art-adorned walls of the Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5 to the adults-only Solarium pool on Deck 12, with its "living wall" of plants and dancing fountain.
The curved, winding walkways suspended above the pool deck, the solarium-enclosed pool and the Sky Observation Lounge add to the airy and bright ambience of the ship's top-deck spaces. We were celebrating my father's retirement and I was taking my father on his first cruise and his first time in Europe.
In the buffet, almost any form of dress is allowed except swimwear, flip-flops, spa robes and bare feet.
My friends, family, and I were all highly disappointed in the quality of the food in both the main dining room and in the buffet. Kay Krohne, who previously was a commanding officer at the Naval Training Station in San Diego. My friends dined at all 3 specialty restaurants and the only one they enjoyed was Silk Harvest.
All necessary information been given in several languages.  Newspaper digest in English, Russian, French, Spanish, etc. Instead of taking a taxi, you should stand in line off the ship and pay the $5 Euro roundtrip fee to use the special bus that picks up and drops you off right in front of the ship. When we tried to pay to take the special bus one-way back to the cruise ship, they refused to allow us onto the bus and said we had to pay for the roundtrip ticket from the cruise ship. No one told us this in advance and this was not explicitly written in the cruise ship newsletter that you could not purchase a one-way bus ticket.
Celebrity cruises, marked with an X on the ship's stack, is characterized by elegance and international atmosphere on midsize ships. Since we refused to spend any more money in Mallorca after getting ripped off by the taxi driver, my family walked a little over an hour back to the ship.


The celebrity dancers need to prepare shows that are not conducive to journey with Morpheo. Since Mallorca was our first port, this was an awful beginning to my father's first cruise experience. Fortunately, Malta was an interesting port to cruise into, so be sure to wake up to watch the ship enter the city or stand outside on the top decks to watch the ship sail out of the city. The main negative experience we had in Malta was that it was freezing cold on our Three Cities Harbor Boat Excursion and our excursion lasted an extra hour because the wind was blowing so hard that our boat could not dock, so we had to return to a different location and board a different boat in order to dock in our final destination. Since our excursion lasted an extra hour, we didn't get to spend as much time as we had wanted in Valleta. We did not appreciate how one of the public bathrooms at Taormina said that donations to use the bathrooms were optional and then after you climb the stairs down to the bathrooms, a woman was sitting there demanding $1 Euro per person in order to use the bathrooms. Also, the public bathrooms in many locations do not have seats, so you have to be prepared to squat. The bathrooms at the Greek Theatre did not have toilet paper, so be sure to bring your own toilet paper at all times since this came in handy at many locations throughout our trip.
So, if you are in good shape to walk the entire city yourself, you may want to look into purchasing your own tickets and going through Pompeii on your own.
Rome was the highlight of our tour and we loved every minute of it since we booked a private van service (Rome Private Guides) that picked us up right outside of our ship and brought us back to the same location, and it included our own private guide. Five of us shared the van and it cost us the same amount per person if we had purchased a full day excursion from the ship.
The benefits of having your own private guide is that the van can drop you off and pick you up closer to the various sites than a bus can, and you can customize your trip. Peter's Basilica, and then we went into the Colisseum, walked through the Forum, and stopped by the Trevi Fountain.
Another added benefit is that our driver knew where all the nice restrooms were in Rome such as letting us use the restrooms at his friend's hotel that was right across the street from the Vatican. Corsica was disappointing unless you are a Napoleon fan, and the various maps we had were useless since most streets didn't have names written on them and the names of the important places that the ship recommended you visit did not have the same names as the actual locations or as the maps.
The cruise ship also doesn't tell you that the little outdoor market closes up around 1 pm, so be sure to check that out in the morning since that is the main highlight of Corsica. We enjoyed Pisa and were especially pleased that even though our excursion warned us that we would not be able to walk up the tower, our guide surprised us by saying that he had limited tickets we could purchase to walk up the tower, so we purchased those tickets for $29 US per person and walked up the 250+ steps, which we thought was totally worth it. I had the best gelato in my life (coconut and chocolate flavors) at a little hole in the wall gelato place to the left of the Il Turista restaurant that was our group's meeting place in Pisa. The ship missed out on sales because I would have bought more things on the ship if I wasn't charged the 21% VAT. The cruise ship tried to make it up to me by adding some money to my cruise ship account, which was a nice gesture, but they did not give me back the full 21% that I was charged -- I took photos of the receipts they gave me for my purchases that did not include the 21% VAT and my dad kept every single cruise ship newsletter that never mentioned the 21% VAT, but my cruise ship bill added the 21% VAT to my purchases. They said that I could get my 21% VAT back at the airport, which I did, but be aware that you have to stand in line for at least half an hour to an hour or more at the airport, and they charge you an administration fee so you do not receive the full 21% back.
The entertainment on the ship was mixed and included a very insulting activities director and a very insulting comedian, so if you do not like crude insulting humor, which my family and I do not, then you will be offended.
I had massages with both Mary Jane and ChiChi, who were both great, and I also did an acupuncture session on my first day on the ship with Dr.
Harry Yu for my TMJ (jaw pain), and the session worked so that I did not have any pain for the rest of the cruise.



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