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  1. I have been on the Equinox several times. It really needed work prior to the renovations. After the renovations, the common areas were spruced up. We have been in Aqua class and the rooms were refreshed. New mattresses, bedding, sofa, carpeting, curtains, etc. The veranda furniture was downsized. Be aware that not all rooms on the ship were refreshed. Definitely a good ship to sail on.
  2. The best of gratuity is the Almighty Dollar. When we cruise, we do the automatic tips, leave them in place and will stop by guest services and get the package of envelopes to give addition cash to the crew. On our last cruise, one couple was giving out candy from their locality. That is nice but I believe the crew appreciates $$$ to help support their families.
  3. Your ability to pick seats is based upon which class of ticket you book. If you opt for one of the Basic Economy fares, your seat is typically assigned at the gate. However, if you book a more expensive fare like Standard Economy, you are able to pick your seat when booking. So when booking, make sure you are comparing the same class of travel.
  4. Hope you have a Plan B and C. I seriously doubt these will be sailing. I moved our two cruises to 2022. Avoided making a final payment.
  5. If you fall out of your bed and get sent to a hospital, the chances of dying are significantly increased, even in better times.
  6. Yes, it is possible. There are often very good pricing on one ways with Celebrity Air. Just make sure you check what class you will be in i.e. Basic Economy vs. Economy. With the same airline, Celebrity Air offered a better price but it was for Basic versus Economy offered by booking directly with the airline. Different perks are included.
  7. I would not make a final payment. Either take the refund of the deposit (if refundable) or try to Lift and Shift to another cruise the next year.
  8. Classic beers have included Amstel Light, Boddington’s, Strongbow, CiderCoors Light, Corona , Corona Light , Franziskaner, Kirin, Kirin Light, Miller Lite, Moretti, Newcastle Brown Ale, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Stripe, and Sam Adams . Plus, there are local beers depending on the itinerary. i.e. Alaskan Beer in Alaska.
  9. I was on the ship just before it went in for the "revolutionizing". The ship was looking tired. The artwork in the common areas did not compare to that on other S-class ships. Patio furniture needed a good paint job. The good part of the update was that the planned reduction of the Sky Lounge did not occur. We were in Aqua class and our room had new carpeting, curtains and sofa. As mentioned the balcony furniture was not as comfortable and the table "shrunk". The ship looked good and we would cruise on Equinox again.
  10. Florida is on the Travel Advisory List in Connecticut. 14 day self-quarantine unless you have had a Covid test with negative results within 72 hours of entering the state.
  11. If you are sailing into Puerto Rico, you will dock at Old San Juan. Besides the forts, there are a number of historical buildings. If you forgot something, there is a CVS and Walgreens right at the dock. As mentioned, the beaches in St. Thomas are really special. We really enjoyed Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas and Trunk Bay in St. John. Both were taken via Celebrity excursions.
  12. You will arrive mid to late afternoon in San Juan. We take a walk to one of the nearby forts and then explore the area by the cruise ship on the walk back to the ship. St. Thomas has great beaches and is close to St. Johns. St. Maarten has a beach in town which is really nice and the shopping area is right behind the beach. We have even walked to the beach and downtown. Be aware that it can be hot and humid in that area during the summer. Puerto Plata is a tender port and we have not visited due to high seas and we went to another location on the island. Enjoy your cruise.
  13. The specialty restaurants are Murano, Tuscan Grill, Sushi on 5 and Le Petit Chef.
  14. You are correct. 1605 has the bed by the balcony and the balcony is big. Noise was not a factor. Go with it.
  15. I would go for 1605. You would have a big balcony and I am pretty sure the bed is by the veranda. Don't be worried about noise as we had. You don't hear the music from the Foyer. That would be my choice. Sitting on the balcony can be windy --which could be refreshing in the Caribbean.
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