11 night Southern Caribbean cruise – Celebrity Equinox (May 15-26)

We booked our 11 night Southern Caribbean cruise with Celebrity back in July 2016 via www.crucon.com during one of their big sales.

Celebrity Cruises and Crucon.com had an amazing deal for this cruise onboard the Celebrity Equinox because it was originally supposed to sail around Europe. So, when Celebrity canceled the Europe route, they had to fill the ship for its new destination: the Caribbean.

Gambit and I booked an Oceanview room, and the deal we got included:

  • the Premium beverage package each (valued at $715 each),
  • Pre-paid gratuities (valued at $162 each)
  • Shipboard Credit of $500, and
  • Unlimited internet (valued at $299 each).

We aren’t necessary loyal to Celebrity Cruises, however it has been our favorite cruise line so far. The food and service onboard the ship has always been good, and perhaps there are other cruise lines out there that offer more entertainment options and amenities, but we have been satisfied with Celebrity’s offerings thus far.

Celebrity Equinox is one of the newer looking ships and we were not disappointed with the facilities and the room configuration. It was very similar to the Celebrity Reflection ship.

The following details a bit more about our daily experience upon this cruise:

Day 1 – 12, 277 steps

Basically, the ONLY aim we had for this day was to get to Miami cruise terminal to board the ship on time.

We had a 7am Delta flight from LGA, so we woke up at 4am to get to the airport by 6am. Despite LGA being our closest airport, we had a few things to tidy up around the apartment before leaving because Ava’s cat nanny was staying at ours during the time.

Once we were out on the road, we surprisingly had no delays and we were in Miami by mid-morning.

Unfortunately, once at the terminal there was a severe delay and lines stopped moving for nearly 30-45 minutes.  Apparently, US Coast Guards weren’t allowing anymore passengers onboard the ship for whatever reason. By that point we were not worried because this was really something Celebrity, our cruise line, would’ve been more concerned about.

When we finally boarded the ship, it was lunch time we so headed straight up to the buffet for one of many over eating opportunities.

Later that day we set off to discovery the different areas of the ship before it set sail at 3:30pm. At 6pm, we headed to the main dining room where we found our table for two. The couple sitting next to us were from Wales and we gradually got to know them over the course of the cruise.

What I have loved about Celebrity ships is the onboard café. You have to pay for the drinks from the café but the cakes are always free and delicious.

Day 2 – 17,240 steps & Day 3 – 9,818 steps

On these sea days we basically ate, went to the gym, and relaxed by doing very little.

We had a “Celebrity Chic” night which is Celebrity’s version of the “Formal” night but instead of forcing passengers to dress in a seriously formal style, they have lightened the dress code requirements.

On the same night of the ‘dress up’ night was a silent disco. I really enjoyed a silent disco I went to in New York and dragged Gambit to this one and it was SO MUCH FUN! Even Gambit enjoyed it.

Day 4 – 10,021 steps

We docked at Charlotte, Amalie in St Thomas. You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/09/diy-beach-hopping-onst-thomas-coki-beach-sapphire-beach-magens-bay-beach/ 

Towel art for the night

Day 5 – 10,031 steps

We docked at Tortola, British Virgin Islands. You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/10/virgin-gorda-british-virgin-islands/

Day 6 – 11,317 steps

We docked at St John’s, Antigua.  You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/16/valley-church-beach-antigua/ 

Towel art for the night

Day 7 – 10,021 steps

We docked at Bridgetown, Barbados. You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/17/barbados/

Day 8 – 11,384 steps

We docked at Castries, St Lucia. You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/23/sailing-around-st-lucia/

Towel art for the night

Day 9 – 13,956 steps

We docked at Philipsburg, St Maarten. You can read all about our day at port here: https://crocsandcandy.com/2017/06/25/st-martin-st-maarten/

Day 10 – 11,592 steps & Day 11 – 10,094 steps

During these last two sea days, we did the usual eating and going to the gym. Gambit played a few poker tournaments in the casino.

We had our second “Celebrity Chic” dress code night – and Celebrity had another silent disco. Unfortunately, the second silent disco was lame because the music set was almost identical as the first one!

Day 12 – 7,820 steps

Today was disembarkation day. A few pounds heavier and ten shades darker, we docked at Miami and headed to the airport to fly back to New York. I suffered the usual post-holidays blues and started thinking about future holidays to help cheer me up.

We arrived back home in one piece to a disgruntle Ava who gave us a telling off for about 2-3 minutes!

Some quick Q&A to wrap this up:

  • What was my typical breakfast? While Gambit had the usual bacon, eggs, yogurt, waffles, fruit, etc… I had congee with an assortment of toppings.

  • What kind of food was on the menu? Below are some of the menus for the dinner served in the main dining room:

and lunch in the dining room:

  • What are the other dining options? Besides the buffet there were other specialty dining places on board. We didn’t try any this time. This ship had a sushi place on it which we saw when going to the cafe.

  • Are there many places to drink? Yes. There are many bars including a World bar that made cocktails, Martini bar (for the obvious), Gastrobar which was like an English pub, just to name a few.

  • Are there plenty of things to do onboard? Yes. From a card room, library room, shows, sales, pools, gym, spa, casino… there seems to always be something going on. Gambit and I stuck to ourselves most of the time.
The library.. which we didn’t go to much at all!
  • If I could return to any of the islands, which one would it be? Antigua
  • What was the worst part of this vacation? Nothing – everything went reasonably well on this trip!
  • What was the highlight of the trip? Toss between having at least one slice of cake from the café every day or the Southern food served at the lunch buffet which included buttered corn, ribs, fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
  • Would we sail Celebrity again? Yes

Final thoughts:

If you get an opportunity to go to these islands, please do!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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