Last August I was fortunate to experience the Celebrity Equinox to celebrate my 40th birthday. Prior to the cruise we spent four nights in Rome taking in the wonderful sights which Rome has to offer, excited about the cruise, we travelled from Rome to Civitavecchia port. On arrival I was taken a back by the ships beauty and was excited to get on board.
After a speedy check in we boarded the Equinox and were greeted with a glass of prosecco. Our luggage had been taken off us at check in and we were advised that this would be taken directly to our cabin. As the sun was shining we went up to the top deck for a look around a enjoyed a cocktail or two. The staff were friendly and we soon felt at home. The Equinox is in Celebrity’s Solstice class along with the Eclipse, Reflection, Silhouette and the Solstice.
Facts about the Equinox:-
122,000 gross tonnage
Entered service in 2010 and refurbished in 2014
The equinox has lots of facilities on board, here a just a few:-
Corning Museum of glass
Celebrity has teamed up with the Corning Museum of Glass to have glassblowing demonstrations onboard the Celebrity Equinox. The Hot Glass Show engages passengers in the art of glass blowing and puts on display lots of different techniques. The professional glass blowers demonstrate their art as they talk about their work, and then certain pieces are available for sale.
You can spend whole days at Celebrity Equinox’s AquaSpa. This soothing section of the ship offers many different services, from a Seaweed Massage to an Oxydermy Facial and a manicure that uses heated stones. There are also several lounges, like the Persian Garden where you are surrounded by a dry heat or the Relaxation Room where you can daydream as you look out over the beautiful and calming ocean.
We had prebooked the Classic drinks package and were able to enjoy drinks in the variety of bars on offer, we never once felt bored and met lots of different people during the cruise.
Here are some of the bars which we visited:
Martini bar and crush
High-energy, fiery cocktail options, ice-topped bars and intriguing people. Head out to the Martini Bar & Crush for a bit of flair and some delightful mixes. Comfortable, plush seating, up-tempo tunes and fine caviars are all available at this unique bar.
Before heading out to your dining experience for the night, grab a pre-dinner appetizer or a digestif afterwards—as you enjoy live musicians and a crowd wearing their finest attire for dinner.
Located in a prime location, just next to the Grand Foyer, you can kick back at the Passport Bar for a nice cocktail, or wind down your night with some classical, jazz or big band music.
If you want to learn more about wine, head to Cellar Masters. This cozy wine bar has a variety of wines available and you can try a variety, as the Enomatic wine dispenser can dispense wine by 1 ounce, 2. 5 ounces or 5 ounce portions. There are also sommeliers on hand aboard the Equinox to help you learn about the wines available, give you advice and share their tasting tips.
Art meets bar and science meets beverage service in the Molecular Bar. Handcrafted cocktails are available any way you like, crafted by The Liquid Chef, Junior Merino. Experience Molecular Mixology firsthand as you delight your senses and enjoy diverse dance and lounge music.
Located in the Lawn Club area, the Sunset Bar lives up to its name with a half-acre of grass and superb views. Country-club atmosphere, relaxation and some pop and folk guitar tunes played live in front of you will really set the mood as you enjoy the award-winning Eureka cocktail.
Sky Observation Lounge
For a lively, more relaxing, but no less inspiring night out, spend a few hours at the Sky Observation Lounge. Live music and dancing highlight this incredible venue, where you can enjoy interactive theme parties: • Live@Sky is a party filled with 40s era style, songs and dance, with a modern twist. • Motown at the Sky Lounge is funky, groovy and memorable in all the right ways.
Intimate, relaxing conversation and a smooth and comforting atmosphere is what you can expect from Michael’s Club. Featuring over 60 international craft beer selections, this live music and extensive bar environment is the perfect place to spend your night.
The Rendezvous Lounge is a relaxing location with superb ambience for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail, some classy dancing and a bit of live music.
If you consider yourself part of the late-night crew, make sure you head to Quasar for some up-tempo dance music and spicy dance moves.
Pool & Mast Bar
Kick it with some friends and family outside, meet some interesting and lively people, and stay casual. The Pool & Mast Bar is great for light cocktails, frozen drinks, and some normal beverages from morning to night. You may enjoy popular hits, Latin House or Ibiza Beach, but it’ll always be a laid back time at this bar.
After dinner we went to see a show, I was impressed with the high standard of entertainment on offer which was in comparison to a West end show and Cirque du Soleil. I would definatley sail with Celebrity in the future and look forward to sailing on their other ships. I am excited at the launch of the Celebrity Edge, Wow what a ship!!
Celebrity are currently offering the classic drinks package and the choice of either WIFI, free gratuities or $300 per cabin on board credit for 2017/2018 sailings on ocean view and above, this is such a fantastic saving and won’t be available for very long.
Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.
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