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Nancy

Age: 71

Occupation:Merchant

Number of Cruises: 12

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Celebrity Equinox

Sailing Date: 2012-09-14

Itinerary: Mediterranean

The ship was beautiful, the itinerary was great with the best ports. Some of the crew was fantastic and some very ineffective. Never experienced this discrepancy before. Would not pay extra for Aqua Class again. Was not worth the extra charge and the location of cabins.

The food in the buffet was mostly really good and addressed many food choices popular in different countries. There was a wide variety of choices; however, most of the buffet lines were shut down at 2:30 pm even with a great deal of people there. The Blue Dining Room for Spa and concierge class was disappointing. The dining room was very pretty and small. Did not care for the menu on several nights and opted for the buffet instead. With selections like "Airplane Chicken" and Veal Piccata without lemon or white wine...that was seasoned more like a steak with much salt and black pepper...I found myself wondering why I had paid more to be permitted the benefit of eating in this special dining room.

Cabin and closet space smaller than on on Princess but otherwise clean and okay. BEWARE that many of the spa class cabins, deck 11 on the Equinox are directly under the pool deck. there is insufficient soundproofing and with several late night parties up on the pool deck...beginning at 10:30 pm and going until 1:00 pm...you experience a lot of the base speakers and dancing noise in your cabin. They must clean the deck around 5:00 am on so you hear that noise as well. A little annoying when you have paid extra money to be in Spa Class.

There is so much to do...whatever your age group is. the onboard library was fantastic; the best I have ever seen on a ship. They had many new books that had just come out. The hot glass blowing was wonderful and something I had never seen before. This ship had a lot of different venues for music, dining options and entertainment. The spa is on two separate decks and is huge. Spa Treatments tend to be very expensive but they have specials the days ship is in port and even lower prices by the end of the cruise. NOTE: Check the time your treatment starts because they want you to fill out a questionnaire when you come in and then they spend ten minutes discussing it plus more time the beginning and end trying to sell you their products. So a 90 minute massage actually works out to be about 45 minutes but your paying for 90 while the rest of the time you are filling out forms and being convinced to buy something.

Stay away from the ship excursions. They are overly expensive and it is easy to do it on your own your way by hiring a taxi or mini van when you dock at pier. We had no trouble finding one who spoke great English and all of them were wonderful and a good value. You can also find great guides, transfers and private tour recommendations on Trip Advisor before you go. Don't just walk into town and go shopping. Enjoy some of the history and sights that you visit.

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