The first thing that strikes you on boarding Equinox is that the decor which is a touch more chic than its sister cruise line ships – Royal Caribbean.
Bars are atmospheric and cater for all tastes, our particular favourite was the Martini Bar which offers a huge range of Martinis and cocktails.
Guests can choose from suites, indoor, sea view or balcony cabins. Our ‘Concierge Class’ balcony and cabin was spacious, well furnished and there were some really nice treats delivered each day.
Having adult only access to an inside pool is a godsend, while for the swimmers amongst us having a 6ft deep outside pool means you don’t have to negotiate the hoards bobbing up and down in the shallows, cocktail in hand, in order to enjoy a swim.
Entertainment was a little disappointing, particularly the comedian – who focussed his act on the American’s on-board – which was a little surprising giving the range of international guests. However, there are a number of decent resident bands and singers, frequenting the bars and pool area throughout the day and evening.
Food is always a vital ingredient on a cruise and Equinox offers an excellent range of options. The Wave Cafe includes a fantastic range of hot, cold, with lots of healthy options. In the morning it is impossible to think of a breakfast option that isn’t available. Lunch and dinner are equally a smorgersborg with something to suit every palate. The staff in this area were always on-hand to ensure your experience was always first class!
The main Silhouette dining room’s menu is extensive and service is excellent. They are more than happy to accommodate every taste, so even if it isn’t on the menu and they have it, you will be able to get it!
The specialist restaurants include Sushi on Five, Tuscan Grill and Murano. For us the gold star has to go to Murano, the service, the food, the theatre, the ambiance, all made for such a great evening – we had to go back for a second visit as the experience was just amazing!
The Persian Spa was enjoyable and relaxing experience, and certainly a place where guests can visit when they want to get away from other guests.
Disability access in generally good, however, we feel some simple changes could make it easier for those with physical disabilities. For example unlike other cruise lines there is no reserved seating around the pool and sun beds are so close together it makes it difficult to navigate if you are physically or site impaired.
Overall we found the Equinox a pleasant relaxing environment and one we would happily recommend, particularly to anyone who just wants to relax and isn’t too fussed about the entertainment.
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