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Celebrity Equinox (Photo: Celebrity)
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Editor

Celebrity Equinox Overview

Celebrity Equinox will undergo an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It will receive additional suites; Michael's Club will be transformed into the Retreat Lounge, exclusively for the use of suite passengers; the Cellar Masters wine bar will be transformed into a gastrobar; and the ship's Oceanview Cafe buffet restaurant will be redesigned in an open, marketplace style.

About Celebrity Equinox


Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show


Signage still reflects the names of old spaces, which dates the ship

Bottom Line

Sail Equinox for a strong mix of dining and activity options in the Caribbean

Find a Celebrity Equinox Cruise

With design features like autumn leaves painted on the theater ceiling and springtime florals patterned into carpets, Celebrity Equinox is a ship of seasons. But as Celebrity's dedicated Caribbean ship, it's summer outside year-round. Its Solstice Class amenities suit the itinerary as well, with a real grass lawn on the top of the ship and a Lawn Club Sunset Bar complete with deck furniture and faux fire pit.

Indoors the focus shifts from the feel of grass between your toes to the many tastes on offer, like craft beer and top-shelf mixed drinks at bars like Gastrobar and World Class Bar to the carefully managed experiences in each specialty restaurant -- Murano offers the stinkiest of French cheeses and Tuscan Grille pours your favorite Italian aperitif.

But the outside is never far away; there's a living tree suspended in the atrium and the words "Here Comes the Sun" glitter as you ascend in glass elevators from the Grand Foyer to a two-pool deck that leads into the calm adults-only Solarium with yet another pool.

At night, you might have the opportunity to stargaze at the night sky with an enrichment guide, or you can check out the constellation lights twinkling above the bar in the Sky Observation Lounge. On Equinox, there's a satisfying balance of indoor amusements and relaxing outdoor spaces.

That same balance can be felt in the line's mix of cruise traditions and modern touches. You can get a traditional assigned time for your meal in the main dining room, but art found in the stairwells is edgy and engaging. You can slow-dance with your loved one to a live band before dinner, but you can also get down to your own beat with giant headphones during the silent disco.

For passengers who want more, stunning penthouse suites and the spa cabin enclave known as AquaClass lend an air of exclusivity to those willing to pay a bit more for perks like private restaurants, a VIP lounge and special invite-only events.

One thing we didn't like about Equinox is its oddly arranged smoking areas. You won't notice any smoke in the casino, but it might unexpectedly waft across the pool deck from the Mast Bar nearby or Sunset Bar, one deck up.

But complaints are few and with its mix of day and night activities, robust theater program and consistently high level of service across all departments, Equinox is an elegant ship for all seasons.

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity passengers are generally well-off couples and groups, with an average age in the mid-50s. The longer the sailing, the more mature the crowd, but weeklong voyages during the summer draw younger families. Expect large numbers of North Americans onboard with a few other nationalities thrown into the mix. Especially during summer and holiday seasons, the ratio of families with children to couples will increase, decreasing the average age.

Celebrity Equinox Dress Code

During the day, dress is resort casual, but Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner -- typically button-down or dressy Tommy Bahama-type sport shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart-casual pants for women. In the Silhouette main dining room, T-shirts, tanks and flip-flops are not permitted at any time, with no shorts added to the list at dinner, but we found these guidelines to be flexible. Formal night on Celebrity has been replaced by "evening chic" in the main dining room. This means that men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. In the buffet, almost any form of dress is allowed except swimwear, spa robes and bare feet. Dinner in the fanciest restaurant onboard, Murano, is listed as "smart casual and above."

Celebrity Equinox Gratuity

Tips are not included in the cruise fare, instead they are automatically added to your onboard account daily. If you want to pay anything other than the "suggested gratuity," you'll need to make those arrangements at the guest relations desk while onboard.

The suggested gratuity is $14.50 per person, per day, if you're in a standard cabin or $15 per person, per day, if you're in a Concierge Class or AquaClass cabin. It's $18 per person, per day, for passengers in suites.

An 18 percent charge is also automatically added to all beverages, mini-bar purchases, the a la carte eatery Sushi on Five and the parfait bar at the AquaSpa Cafe, as well as to spa and salon services; those charges cannot be removed, but you can add an additional gratuity if you wish.

Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the service charge added to their account; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as the cruise was booked in AU or NZ dollars.

Celebrity Equinox Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Dining
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Service
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Dining
2016 Best for Public Rooms
2015 Best Overall
2015 Best for Cabins
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Embarkation
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Public Rooms
2015 Best for Service
2015 Best for Value
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Dining
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Service
2014 Best for Value
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Dining
2013 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Value

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Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Entertainment Deck
Continental Deck
Sunrise Deck
Vista Deck
Panorama Deck
Sky Deck
Penthouse Deck
Resort Deck
Lido Deck
The Lawn Club
Solstice Deck

Celebrity Equinox Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,250
  • Launched: 2009
  • Decks: 11
  • Passengers: 2,850
  • Registry: Malta
  • CDC Score: 99
Celebrity Equinox Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 4.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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Celebrity Equinox Member Reviews

Celebrity Equinox
Sail Date: Dec 2018
to Celebrity. Thanks for your very special service. We had such an Amazing Cruise. Thank you Celebrity Equinox for making our Christmas special. We are already planning our next cruise.....Read More
Celebrity Equinox
Sail Date: Nov 2018
Loved everything about our cruise on the Celebrity Equinox (husband and i). Maybe it was because we were cruise virgins but we had a fabulous time in this lovely ship sailing around the Eastern Caribbean...Read More
Celebrity Equinox
Sail Date: Dec 2018
visit, we just wanted a good shipboard experience. She did an excellent job recommending the Celebrity Equinox. Perfect for our age (55-60) It was our honeymoon (2nd time around for both of us). Our...Read More
Celebrity Equinox
Sail Date: Nov 2018
on the ship, there was a bottle of Perrier-Jouet waiting for us. Staff: The staff on the Celebrity Equinox was outstanding, the best we’ve ever had. Every member of the staff that we encountered seemed...Read More

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