Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Honeymoon | Celebrity Equinox - The Ship

Celebrity Equinox Honeymoon Cruise

In my last two posts I talked about flying premium economy and our 3 days in Miami which already set our honeymoon off to a fantastic start. On our last day in Miami we headed to the cruise port up the coast at Port Everglades to meet our ship - the Celebrity Equinox.

Celebrity Equinox Lift Tree Lobby

Why a Honeymoon Cruise?

Rich and I really struggled to come up with ideas for where to go on our honeymoon, everywhere we fancied didn't feel "honeymooney" enough, or we couldn't agree on a place to go. Eventually we thought about cruises. My parents went on a cruise for their silver wedding anniversary a few years ago and have been hooked ever since - and every year when they come home I am always really envious when I see the photos. 

When I suggested it to Rich, and we thought about it, we realised it was the best option for us, as we could have the luxury we wanted, as it was our once in a lifetime honeymoon, but also see a lot of places and have activities to do when we wanted to. Although cruises tend to be the domain of the older generation we didn't mind that at all as it gave us a slower, calmer pace. It also meant there were very few children, a huge bonus!

Celebrity Equinox Concierge Class Cabin

The Cabin

When we booked the cruise, there was a special offer on, meaning that upgrading to concierge class, rather then just a balcony room only cos us a few extra pounds, so we went for it. The cabin was surprisingly roomy, having our utterly massive double bed in it (we could sleep without touching - bliss when it was over 30 degrees!), a sofa, wardrobe and shower room.

Celebrity Equinox Concierge Class Cabin

There was plenty of room under the bed to store our suitcases, and lots of shelving and storage for everything else, meaning that our room ended up tidier than ours at home!

Celebrity Equinox Bathroom

I was really surprised at the size of the shower, and it even had a ledge in it to rest your legs on when shaving them - very useful!

Celebrity Equinox Balcony
Our balcony was a really good size, when we saw other cruise ships in ports they never had as much room on their balconies as we did, having the foot rests was a comfortable bonus. 

Every day we had our room serviced by Elton, who we got to know over the 11 days quite well. In the evening he'd turn our bed down and leave us a chocolate on our pillows, along with the daily newsletter for the next day, which detailed what was on, what the cocktail of the day was, and other ship news. 

The Ship

Celebrity Equinox Lobby

The ship itself was gorgeous, and big without being ridiculous. We soon found our way around and quickly found our favourite out of the 7 (maybe?) bars to relax in. 

Celebrity Equinox Murano

Celebrity Equinox Specialty Restaurant

There is two main restaurants, the table service one and the all you can eat buffet one, along with three specialty restaurants which cost a little extra to eat in (which we did - of course!) and a cheesecake bar and coffee bar.

Celebrity Equinox Cheesecake

All of the food and drink were amazing, I put on 10lbs in two weeks, that's how good it was, but I'll do my food post soon, as it definitely deserves it's own post.

Celebrity Equinox Outdoor Pool

Celebrity Equinox Sun Deck

Celebrity Equinox Sunbeds

As well as stuffing yourself silly, there were the standard cruise ship facilities, such as sun beds and an outdoor and indoor swimming pools. As it was a Caribbean cruise the outdoor pool and sun beds were always very busy during the day, so Rich and I favoured the indoor pool, mostly because it was a bit cooler, and I didn't have to put suncream on!

At night though, the pools were open til 10, but were deserted after dinner, so a couple of times we headed to the hot tubs outside after dark and had them to ourselves, utter bliss!

Celebrity Equinox Library

Celebrity Equinox Library

One of my favourite parts of the ship was the library, our room was on this floor, and there was a decent enough selection of books to borrow during your cruise. It was also a nice place to sit and chill out for a while, I always find it very calming to be surrounded by books. 

Celebrity Equinox Lawn Club

Some of the other amazing things on the ship, which I didn't get to photograph were the spa; at which I had a blissful massage courtesy of Rich, the card room; where we spent a good amount of time playing Star Fluxx, the casino; where I won $90 on roulette, and the theatre; which put on a different show every night, some of which were fantastic, some of which were aimed at the older guests so not our cup of tea. There was also the hot glass show, run by three members of Cornell University's Museum of Glass, who would make pieces out of glass every day live. It was amazing to watch, and totally fascinating seeing them mould this liquid glass into stunning things. At the end of every show they raffle off some of the pieces they'd made, and I won a vase! It was scary transporting it home, but it made it and I now have a one of a kind piece of glassware in my house. 

Celebrity Equinox at Night

We loved our time on the ship, and I genuinely don't think anyone can get bored on it. There is always something to do, from lectures, to dance lessons, to just chilling out. I want to go back!

Rachel x

PS - I also did a vlog of the honeymoon which you can watch below:

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