Celebrity Cruises

Equinox

Fodor’s Expert Review

Ship Overview

Celebrity Cruises
Cruise StylePremium
Ship SizeSmall

The second ship in Celebrity’s Solstice-class, Celebrity Equinox was introduced in 2009 with the premium features introduced by the cruise line on Celebrity Solstice, including the Lawn Club, a buffet restaurant with stations instead of lines, spa-inspired accommodations, and more specialty dining options. Based in Rome (Civitivecchia), Celebrity Equinox sails the length of the Mediterranean and through the Greek Isles in summer months on 11- and 12-night voyages and then heads to her winter homeport, Fort Lauderdale, to offer a variety of 10- and 11-night Caribbean itineraries.Read More

While Solstice-class ships are contemporary in design—even a bit edgy for Celebrity—the line included enough spaces with old-world ambience to satisfy traditionalists. The atmosphere is not unlike a hip boutique hotel filled with grand spaces as well as intimate nooks and crannies. Celebrity Reflection adds an additional deck for more high-end suite accommodations.

The Lawn Club, a half acre of real grass on deck 15, is where you can play genteel games of croquet, practice golf putting, indulge in lawn games and picnics, or simply take barefoot strolls. In a nearby open-air “theater” on Solstice, Eclipse, and Equinox, artisans demonstrate glassmaking in the Hot Glass Show. A similar space on Silhouette and Reflection houses an outdoor grill restaurant, and those ships, along with Solstice also have private cabanas in the Lawn Club (for a fee). These ships have a lot to offer families, with a family pool and the most extensive children’s facilities in the Celebrity fleet.

Since it was founded in 1989, Celebrity Cruises has grown from a single refurbished ocean liner into a fleet of premium, sophisticated cruise ships that have a reputation for professional service, fine food, and some of the best design in the industry. Signature amenities have grown with the fleet, including gourmet specialty restaurants that carry an additional fee, large staterooms with generous storage, fully equipped spas, and butler service for guests in the top accommodations categories. Valuable art collections grace the stylish modern luxury ship interiors.

Although spacious accommodations in every category are a Celebrity standard, Concierge-class, an upscale element on all ships, makes certain premium ocean-view and balcony staterooms almost the equivalent of suites in terms of service. A Concierge-class stateroom includes numerous extras, such as chilled champagne, fresh fruit, and flowers upon arrival; exclusive room-service menus; evening canapés; luxury bedding, pillows, and linens; upgraded balcony furnishings; priority boarding and luggage service; and other VIP perks. At the touch of a single telephone button, a Concierge-class desk representative is at hand to offer assistance. Suites are still the ultimate, though, and include the services of a butler to assist with unpacking, booking spa services and dining reservations, shining shoes, and even replacing a popped button.

  • 13 passenger decks (14 Celebrity Reflection)
  • 4 specialty restaurants (5 Celebrity Reflection), 3 dining rooms, buffet, ice cream parlor, pizzeria
  • Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, DVD (some)
  • 3 pools (1 indoor)
  • fitness classes, gym, hot tubs, sauna, spa
  • 11 bars, casino, dance club, library, showroom, video game room
  • children’s programs
  • dry cleaning, laundry service
  • Internet terminal
  • no-smoking cabins

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Pros
Cons
An interactive TV system allows you to book shore excursions and order room service
Aqua-class has its own staircase direct to the spa
A Hospitality Director oversees restaurant reservations
Closet space is skimpy in standard cabins
There are no self-service laundries
Dining choices are plentiful, but pricey

What to expect on board

Staterooms & Cabins

Layout
Suites
Amenities
Accessibility

Although cabins are larger than those on other Celebrity ships, closet and drawer storage is barely adequate. On the other hand, bathrooms are generous and have plentiful storage space. An impressive 85% of all outside accommodations have balconies. With sofa–trundle beds, many categories are capable of accommodating third and fourth occupants. Connecting staterooms are also available. Family staterooms have a second bedroom with bunk beds.

Most suites have a whirlpool tub, DVD player, and walk-in closet, while all have butler service, personalized stationery, and a logo tote bag. Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms; Penthouse and Royal suites have whirlpool tubs on the balconies. Celebrity Reflection introduces several additional suite categories.

A refrigerator, TV, personal safe, hair dryer, seating area with sofa and table, bathroom toiletries (shampoo, soaps, and lotion), and bathrobes for use during the cruise are standard.

Thirty staterooms are designed for wheelchair accessibility.

Food & Drink

Food

The main restaurant serves open seating breakfast and lunch; dinner is served in two traditional assigned seatings or an open seating option. Additional dining rooms on each ship are reserved for suite and Aqua-class passengers. There are also a casual Lido buffet, pizza, the spa Café with healthy selections, a luncheon grill, a café that offers sushi (cover charge), and specialty coffee, tea, and gelato bar (extra charge). Three upscale alternative restaurants require dinner reservations and charge extra for contemporary French, Asian fusion, and Italian. Eclipse, Silhouette, and Reflection replaced the Asian restaurant with one serving modern American food. Additionally, Silhouette and Reflection feature the Lawn Club Grill for evening alfresco dining (cover charge) and the Porch for light breakfast and lunch fare (cover charge). Available 24 hours, room service rounds out the dining choices.

Entertainment

Production companies and guest entertainers perform in the show lounges. Bars and lounges are designed as unique destinations onboard with drink menus offering not only a selection of classics, but also “signature” and trendier cocktails. Some drinks are a reflection of the regions you are visiting. Live bands or DJs provide music for listening and dancing.

Spa & Fitness

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is one of the most tranquil at sea with spa services operated by world famous Canyon Ranch. In addition to treatments that include a variety of massages, body wraps, and facials, each ship also has an acupuncture treatment area and Medi-Spa Cosmetic services. A relaxation room and thermal suite with dry and aromatherapy steam rooms and a hot Turkish bath are available to Aqua-class passengers and those who have booked a treatment or purchased a pass. Changing rooms for men and women have complimentary saunas.

QUICK FACTS

SHIP STATS
Entered Service
2009
Number of Cabins
1,425
Passenger Capacity
2,850
Crew Members
1,253
Passengers to Crew Ratio
2.27
Gross Tons
122000
Width
121 ft.
Length
1,041 ft.
CRUISE LINE INFO
800/647–2251

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