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  1. Does anyone know what the difference is between Cabin 1599 and Cabin 1605 on the Equinox? I.e., which has the larger balcony, where bed is located, noise level, etc? Trying to make a decision. Thanks
  2. Hello, I'm bored at home and dreaming of my January 2022 Caribbean cruise. I have searched the forums, YouTube, and basic Google, but can't find an answer. It is my understanding that Aqua Class passengers have 24 hour room service. If true, can you order a "bedtime snack"? (Not a full meal) We generally eat fairly early, and plan to take full advantage of Blu, however we both become a little "peckish" before bed. Is the menu just full on entrés, or can you order a sandwich or cookies at night? Thank you for any help you can give me. It's a long way off, but a girl can plan and dream! Sparkle on Everyone! Stay safe! NonnaT
  3. I heard the Equinox isn't going to sail till January 2021? I have a cruise on her December 9th 2020! Anyone else hear that and could it be possibly be true?
  4. Has anyone heard of any dry dock renovations being done during this unexpected time off? Equinox was not able to complete its originally scheduled upgrades. Is that being done now? Any others getting any changes?
  5. My Wife and I are scheduled on the 9-25 ABC 10 day..final pay is this Saturday...guinea pig is not my idea of a fun cruise...
  6. We are currently booked in rooms 1095, 1097, 1099... Looking to change to Hump rooms 1044,1046,1048. First question GOOD MOVE? Second question does either or both of these rooms have balcony opening access? Thanks for your help... Sandy
  7. We are a couple in our 80s so we dont have many cruises left, my question is we will be on the Equinox for 12 nights starting dec 9th for a 12 day cruise, we have a cabin selection 2B. I wont give out the cabin # but is 2B a choice I should worry about? We will be on DECK 7, any cabins to avoid? Thank you for any help. george35
  8. I've been monitoring prices on a few Caribbean 2021 cruises since cancellations began in March. There were no changes until the other day. I noticed price drops on 2021 Edge, Apex and Equinox suites but the Equinox has the best deals. Refundable Deposit All 4 perks Equinox - 6 Night Bahamas, Grand Cayman and Mexico cruise May 23rd S2 - $1849 / $308 per night (pre tax) Equinox - 8 Night - Eastern Caribbean and the Bahamas May 29th S2 - $2409 / $301 per night (pre tax) S1 only $180 pp more. Usually averages about $300 pp more. Equinox - 12 Night Ultimate Southern August 15th, Sept 5th and Sept 26th S2 - $3619 / $302 per night (pre tax)
  9. I have just found lower suite rates for my Aug. and Nov. Equinox cruises. FYI
  10. On the CWC thread someone posted that Equinox is moving to Puerto Rico "next year". I have her booked for May, August and Nov. of next year and Jan. 2022. So is she leaving Port Everglades for PR? Never heard that before.
  11. I usually begin my blogs very upbeat and excited but this time I feel like I'm announcing my wedding at a funeral. With so much negative news and uncertainty it really has put a damper on our mood. For all of those that were forced to cancel, I definitely understand your concerns and empathize with you. This cruise began as a booking of our “FREE” Zenith cruise. The free cruise when you hit 3,000 points is for a Veranda cabin but you can upgrade to a cabin of your choice by paying the difference. For this cruise we chose to sail in a AQ cabin. After booking we decided it was too far to travel for a one week cruise so ended up booking the same cabin for 2 more cruises. The first cruise is a 7 Night Eastern Caribbean The Nitty Gritty - $$$ It was nearly impossible to figure out in advance how much the free portion of the cruise would be as it is calculated at the least expensive cabin in the Veranda classification for a 7 night Caribbean cruise. We initially booked a place holder as our year to book was coming close. Eventually we settled on this string of cruises For a break down we were charge $326 pp for the AQ room and as you would guess this comes with no perks. Taxes and Port charges are $139 and we added PPD gratuities of $105 pp for a Total of $569 pp or $1,138 total. Somewhere along the line I was able to pick up a $100 OBC. For transport we opted to Fly American Airlines from SFO to FLL at a cost of $542 pp First Class. ` For hotel accommodations in Fort Lauderdale we ended up booking Holiday Inn Express. Due to the Spring Break prices are sky high and the cost is $313. The price was a prepaid rate so was unable to take advantage of recent price drops. The accommodations weren’t our top priority as our flight doesn’t arrive until 12:30 PM (9:30 body time) so will just be a crash pad.
  12. Hi all. So I ended up booking the April 11 2021-April 23 2021 Ultimate S. Caribbean cruise!!! [LITERALLY 360 DAYS FROM TODAY..AGONY] Cabin 9226 - did I pick a good cabin? I did a lot of research and picked starboard with balcony. Certainly cost enough but got a huge discount ($800+ in savings)..I did not get aqua class etc, just plain veranda. I am a solo traveler and have never sailed on Celebrity. Must know facts? I also have some dietary restrictions and found the special needs form online..will do that later. My main concern turns to perks. It is around $1000 for the premium beverage package. That is absurd..although it is for 13 days. Thoughts or will it go down at some point? I never know when to check for perks discounts. I am mostly looking for cheap drinks (strawberry daiquiri) and water bottles. I also need to get the unlimited internet package..also expensive right now. What other perks do you recommend for Equinox? Any excursions (I don't usually do these) that you recommend for this route or areas I must see? Ports: Basseterre, St. Kitts St. John's, Antigua Bridgetown, Barbados Castries, St. Lucia St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands St. George's, Grenada KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT Thanks and be well.
  13. Hi - tried searching on the Boards but couldn't find anything on cost of alcohol by the glass on Equinox. How much are strawberry daiquiris? What about a vodka and soda/juice? What about the cost of a shot? Glass of wine? I am hating the cost of the premium booze perk but am thinking of doing the premium non-booze drink package so I can at least get unlimited water bottles (I am a camel) and it's a fraction of the cost. TA could not get me a good deal on the booze package. I don't drink that much and was only considering the premium booze package to get the water bottles included honestly.
  14. Tough one to swallow, depressing day 😔. Was supposed to sail the Equinox today with our friends. Time to make a pitcher of margaritas and drink our sorrows away🍹.
  15. It's understandable that most posts these days are about refunds, credits, etc. etc. But we just booked an August 9 cruise and would love your input. Our recent sailings have been NCL and Carnival. Have never sailed X. What would you experienced Celebrity cruisers recommend?
  16. I'm setting sail in a few weeks on the Equinox, and I booked a suite in the retreat. I've done the Haven on NCL a few times so I'm wondering how it compares. I understand the restaurant isn't available for lunch everyday. But how does the in suite dining work? On NCL you can get food from any specialty restaurant as long as you pay. But overall, what else can I expect from the retreat? Thanks
  17. Having seen one review about balcony cabin 2111 on Equinox I was concerned to see that if you want a sun tan this cabin is not for you. Could anyone tell me if this is true? I can see by the deck plan that this cabin is on the bend. I usually sail with P & O and have always sunbathed on every balcony cabin I have had.
  18. Bit late posting this but I'm finally getting it posted on my blog and I figured I'd share it here as well! Hope you enjoy! :) Celebrity Equinox Check-In and Boarding After a long Uber ride to Port Everglades, we were grateful for a super quick and easy terminal check-in. We had already checked in and submitted our photo online which meant that we breezed through the photo recognition software at the port. I’m so glad that each time we cruise, the process seems to get easier. I highly recommend checking in online for an expedited experience at the cruise terminal. Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas was in port with us – this is the first cruise ship we ever went on! Another difference from last year is that we were able to immediately go to our room, grab our room key cards and drop our bags. On previous trips, our room wasn’t ready until after lunch and we had to carry any of our carry-on luggage with us until then. While our rooms still weren’t ready to actually use, at least we could access them! Complimentary champagne as we boarded the ship On Board the Celebrity Equinox Craft beer at Craft Social After dropping our luggage, we headed to Craft Social for a drink. Jordan tried one of the craft beers and I had a Pineapple Moscow Mule. Craft Social also has bar food but for a cost, so we never did try it. After we finished our drink, we headed up to the pool deck for a frozen drink, then to the buffet for lunch. The buffet was incredibly busy as usual on the first day because it is one of the only lunch options. We managed to find a place to sit after a while and enjoyed our first meal on the ship. Enjoying a drink at Craft Social Once our rooms were ready, we headed back there to unpack our bags. Three of our bags arrived but we were missing the fourth one. Sometimes it takes a while for the luggage to be sorted, so we weren’t too worried. However, we did mention it to our room steward, Ariel when he greeted us. Of all the cruises we’ve been on, he was the best room steward. He was so friendly and helpful and he tracked down my missing bag in no time! (My luggage tag had fallen off in the process of boarding and so it was in the “lost and found” pile.) We went back to the pool deck for the sailaway but it was pouring rain so there wasn’t a lot of people out on deck. The ocean was pretty choppy due to the storm passing through so I actually took Gravol and had a nap before supper. I’ve never been seasick on a cruise ship before so I was shocked! Everyone says that the Eastern Caribbean itinerary is rougher than the Western and I believe them now. Our room being at the front of the ship didn’t help matters either as we felt a lot of movement there. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad outside of our room in the main areas. Frozen drinks from the pool bar Our First Evening Onboard We went to the main dining room every night for supper, as I mentioned in my Ultimate Celebrity Equinox review. On the first night, Jordan had the French onion soup and a spring roll as an appetizer, prime rib for his main and an éclair for dessert. I had a cream of mushroom soup and a spring roll for my appetizer, prime rib for my main, and a dulce de leche dessert. We started supper around 7pm and finished around 8:30pm, which is average for a three course meal on a cruise ship. Our first meal in the main dining room After supper we went to the comedy show at 9pm, which was okay. I think it was our first time watching a comedy show on a cruise ship but we would definitely do it again. After a busy day, we headed to bed after the comedy show. Overall, it was a solid first day on the Celebrity Equinox!
  19. Hi y'all, Redneck Bob hear! Me and the Misses just completed a luxurious seven day western Caribbean cruise on the beautiful and elegant Celebrity Equinox. Before I begin my tail of high adventure I would like to thank all the crew of the boat who did an excellent job keeping the ship clean and us healthy for the entire duration of the cruise. We entered the terminal at 10:32 am on 3/7/20 and had to go through one of those temperature screenings. That goodness the temperature devices worked outside the body. I was screened first and was ok but when the Misses was screened the screen on the device started blinking RED, sirens went off (not really) and she was required to go through a second screening. This time her temp was ok. So we boarded the boat and headed to our double wide cabin on Deck 6 near the rear of the boat. We entered the cabin and it was beautiful with a huge balcony that looked right on top of this huge lifeboat. Well I said to the Misses, " this may obstruct some of our view but in an emergency, they will be one small step onto the balcony and one giant leap into the lifeboat". I think that's how it goes. Back to the Celebrity Creaky Cabin Caper; which I guess I had not yet begun. That first nite the seas were rough and the cabin creaked horribly. In addition there was this banging sound in the walls. So the next day we called Guest Services and told them about our creaky cabin. Within 10 minute a crew person arrived with a towel and a hammer. Now this is going to be interesting. He started banging around the walls with the hammer and the creaking stopped. Just like when you fixed one of those black and white TV's in the '50's; when the TV did not work just hit the TV with an object. I asked the crew member that you must have a miracle hammer. Can I buy one on line. Well it was not a miracle hammer, late the next nite the creaky started again, but was not as loud, maybe due to calmer seas. Celebrity offered us to change rooms but we decided to stay put. On Day 3 Guest Services sent a bottle of wine to us which was very nice. We finished off the bottle of wine that nite and did not hear any creaky that nite; imagine that! Guest Services also was very generous to us giving me and the Misses a large credit towards a future cruise for our inconvenience. All in all it was a great cruise even though we missed Key West due to high winds. Now the real adventure occurred after the cruise when we learned of the hoarding of water and toilet paper in all the stores. CALM DOWN FOLKS. I know this is serious but we will all come through this. Let me address both: Water: Folks, there will never be a shortage of water. If you are on Public City or County Water, there is so much chlorine in the water that when you do go to the bathroom you are actually self cleaning the bowl Toilet Paper: I asked our Doctor who lives next door and googled what are the symtoms of the cronovirus. There are NO gastro issues so extra toilet paper NOT required. Please remember I am not a doctor and don't claim to be. Though I have performed surgery on myself to remove a wood splinter from my middle finger. Thank goodness it was successful since I use my middle finger to dial my flip up rotary dial phone (for you young ones, google rotary phone) Well, that's about all for now. I'm RedneckBob and I see it like I tell it, I mean tell it like I see it
  20. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to look at how booked our upcoming 4/11 Equinox sailing was with all the recent cancellations. Obviously this is the first scheduled sailing coming out of the 30 day break, and could be all for nothing with things changing so rapidly. Found a site that showed all cabins available in each category and compiled the list below. Not sure how up to date the site is, I actually thought the vacancy number would be much higher. I was surprised as to just how few inside were cabins available vs the large number of balcony cabins available. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a cruise to spend your FCC on, there is plenty of cabins available on this one. CABIN CATEGORY VACANT CABINS 8 6 10 10 9 10 7 8 2D 1 2C 13 1C 25 2B 35 1B 30 2A 15 1A 49 C3 50 C2 57 SV 14 C1 8 FV 2 A2 18 A1 22 S2 11 S1 1 CS 5 RS 4 PS 1 TOTAL SHIP CABINS: 1425 TOTAL VACANT CABINS: 360 VACANCY % 25%
  21. Hello! From what I've read, the lawn club is fabulous... I have a few questions... Is there seating (lawn chairs, etc) available?For picnics everyone talks about, can you order box lunches from room service, or order meals "to go" from the different dining venues? TIA! Tricia
  22. Switched Cabins from 2101 to 2112. Supposedly they are both in the same Concierge category, although some sites have one as a C1 and one as a C2, so I am confused.... Anybody familiar with the Equinox with opinions to post on the room change would be greatly appreciated. The reason I made the switch was I wanted to get a bit further away from the rest room (it was right against one of our cabin walls in 2101). The other reason was that I was told 2112 slanted verandah was slightly larger. Anybody with thoughts on those two points? Thanks in advance!
  23. Watching the webcam from Port Everglades and the Equinox looks 90% empty. Many officers on the pool deck waving goodbye. Sad times.
  24. Recently returned from a cruise leaving 1/25 on the Equinox stopping at Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Booked a Concierge class stateroom during the veteran’s day sale due to the great deal, including all 4 perks, for essentially the same price as a verandah. This was our 6th cruise, 3rd on Celebrity, the previous two being on Solstice in Alaska. We are in our mid 40s and normally sail in verandah cabins. Embarkation: with the new facial recognition, it went smooth. Extra signage in the terminal caused some confusion - there were multiple concierge class signs in different locations. Once we asked, we found the correct spot to sit. Our boarding time online was assigned for 12 p.m. However, we arrived at 1015 and ended up sitting for 30-45 minutes before boarding began. The new process of dropping off bags at the room and grabbing seapass cards was a welcome change from previous cruises. Embarkation lunch: since this was our first cruise in concierge class, we decided to do the embarkation lunch included for concierge guests in the main dining room. The lunch was good, but the limited menu (choices were salad or butternut squash soup, chicken dish, pasta dish or salmon, with chocolate cake or ice cream) and lengthy amount of time we’re not sure we’d do it again in the future. However, it was a nice way to relax and start the cruise. We attended two cruise critic events (1) The sunset bar at sailaway. Not a lot of people attended this but we still met several nice couples. (2) a private event held in Craft Social (which was held during hours that it is closed so it didn’t impact any other cruisers). Approximately 9 officers attended including Captain Tasos (an awesome, engaging and fun Caption). There were probably 25 cruise critic members who attended and we met a lot of great people. The ship: having been on Solstice, the layout was of course very familiar, but you could see some of the changes done by the partial revolution. New carpet in the passport bar and other areas was the most obvious result of the revolution. We read that the revolution for equinox got cut short, and the lack of staterooms in the sky lounge was a good thing in our opinion. Our cabin also had new carpet, curtains, bedding and the couch had been reupholstered. Operations: There were a few things that perplexed us throughout the cruise, primarily regarding the hours of the sky lounge. On a few days (including our first sea day), the lounge was closed off during the day (sliding door blocking the lounge) with no explanation given. Several other times during the day it was closed for private events. Seeing as how the sky lounge is one of the best places on an S class ship to view the water and surrounding areas, it was a bit disappointing that guests couldn’t use this area. Also, there is a nice area to sit outside the buffet at the back of the ship with table and chairs and several people would gather there and at the Sunset bar each time we left a port. However, on one of those days they closed it completely for a private group. This resulted in the Sunset bar being way overcrowded with nowhere for people to sit and enjoy the view when leaving the port. And nowhere for people getting food from the buffet to sit outside and enjoy their food and the weather. The Sky lounge was also closed during this time so we were not able to observe leaving port from there either. This wouldn’t discourage us from going on Equinox again but it would nice to keep such large public areas open for all cruisers. Food: The MDR was good as we have experienced on other Celebrity ships, with a better selection than we have experienced on Ruby Princess when we were on that ship last year. Service was good as we have experienced on Celebrity before. The oceanview cafe was a bit of a disappointment from the buffet on the Solstice. Primarily it was due to the selections, or lack thereof, compared to our previous experience on Solstice. On Solstice, there was salad available morning noon and night (important for me, not so much DW), and the stations were changed up on a routine basis. Further, Solstice had different themes each night so there were always different dishes to try (Italian, Indian, American, Asian) and stations did not repeat the food so there was quite a variety. Equinox did not have any themed nights and the food was the same each day of our cruise and several stations repeated what was in other stations so there was about ½ the selection as what we had on Solstice. This was a disappointment when we were hoping for a new dish or two at lunch or late night snack. However, the food that was served was good. Activities: Because we were up early each day for excursions, we didn’t stay up late for some of the nighttime activities. Strangely, celebrity scheduled some of the late night parties/activities for nights right before an early port. You would think those would be the night before the sea days. Boggling. We spent quite a bit of time at the sunset bar watching sailaways, stargazing, etc. Oneil was a fantastic bartender, and his assistant Albert was good as well. Cabin: concierge class is no different than a verandah cabin on S class ships, so really it was just a nice clean verandah cabin. Storage and seating were adequate, although the closet on Ruby Princess was significantly better than on Celebrity. The bed was comfortable and DW enjoyed having the pillow menu in this class (choice of 3 different types of pillows). We did not like shampoo, body wash or conditioner provided (it was very watery and didn’t seem to work very well.) The DW brought her own toiletries so it wasn’t too much of an issue for us and we would recommend bringing your own. Our room attendant was Manuel and he was super friendly, helpful and checked in with us several times to see if everything was okay and if we needed anything. We did ask Manuel to empty our fridge and he was able to assist with that. We also asked him to provide us with cheese and crackers instead of the standard canapes that concierge class receives each afternoon. He also did that for us and also sometimes provided sliced fruit. He was also great about providing us with ice in the afternoon and the evenings and he provided fresh flowers in our room which was a nice touch. Ports/Excursions We booked all excursions through Celebrity, as we are not familiar with Mexican ports, and not exactly comfortable wandering around a strange port. Key west: here we just got off the ship and wandered around. Interesting city, but not a lot to do if you don’t schedule an excursion unless you want to sit and relax in a bar with a drink in hand! We visited the southern most point and then made our way back to the ship for lunch. Costa Maya: We did the Chachobben Ruins exclusive drive excursion. This was well worth the extra $15 we spent versus the normal Chachobben Ruins excursion, as we were the first ones to the site in a small (10 people) van. We had the run of the ruins to ourselves with our guide, and were able to get some pictures without having to wait for lots of people to leave the picture. We also saw some spider monkeys that are less likely to hang around when lots of people are present and scare them off. We definitely recommend seeing them at least once FYI, we were stopped by federal police who were apparently looking for someone(s) outside the port. They didn’t cause a problem, but it was a bit disconcerting for those of us not familiar such issues. Our guide Priscella was great as was the driver, Raphael. Cozumel: We did the speedboat and snorkel tour, including a 1 hour beach break. This was a great excursion, as the speedboat portion was a bunch of fun, and the snorkeling was explained well by our guide Luis. NOTE: the tour starts at Barracuda beach club, which is 20+ minutes from the dock, on the north side of Cozumel. This was not clear from the description, and we thought it was important to know. Our guide put us in a taxi with our group (there were six of us, so a great size for this excursion) and then met us at the club. The taxi fare was covered to the club and back to the ship in the price of the excursion. The club itself was nice, and had food, massages, a pool, bar, and other amenities available once you are done with the boat and snorkeling. The restrooms were clean, the free chips and salsa very tasty and the massage was excellent. We also enjoyed a rum punch and a beer. Barracuda’s only takes cash so plan accordingly on how much you may want to spend in the hour there and how much you may want to tip (which is shared with everyone working at the resort). Pictures were $15 (they took them of us on the speedboat), massage was $25 for 15 minutes, drinks $7 and other food approximately $8. Everyone at the resort was friendly and helpful, our guide Luis was awesome and we highly recommend this tour. Grand Cayman: we did stingray city and reef snorkel here, which was a great excursion. First you ride a bus to the boat company, and then take a boat ride out to stingray city and reef. We had approximately 45 minutes at stingray city to view and pet the stingrays, and about 30 minutes or so at the reef for snorkeling. NOTE: there is an approximately 1 hour boat ride each way from the dock to the location and back, as well as an extra 20 minutes after you get back while the company sells you food and drinks. We had a quesadilla, which was a good holdover until we could get food somewhere else, and worth the few bucks they charged for it.
  25. Any ideas as to why the March 21 Equinox, Western Caribbean sailing is not showing up on the X website? I know there is a sailing because we are booked. I am not very worried about cancellation, just curious about it not appearing. Mark
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