The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox is in Celebrity Cruises' stunningly gorgeous Solstice class. Recently refurbished, this ship elicits oohs and aahs for its stylish design. Knockout spots include the South Beach-style pool area, done up with cushy loungers and water fountains.
What We Love
Cool Bars: The sultry Martini Bar is one of the best at sea, the World Class Bar serves fancy molecular cocktails, and the Cellar Masters wine bar let's you pour from self-serve machines. Prefer beer instead? The Gastrobar serves dozens of choices.
Dining Options: You've got to love a ship where you can get chicken and waffles at the hamburger grill, sample creations from TV's "Top Chef" in the dining room, and top your house-made ice cream with gummy bears at the buffet.
Best Known For
Stylish Decor: The modern art collection is spectacular, and so are the public rooms, including the contemporary, Adam Tihany-designed main dining room (which has a two-story glass wine tower) and the funky Quasar disco.
Having a Lawn: There's a half-acre of real grass up on the top deck. You can have a picnic, go barefoot, or practice golf putting — all while admiring the ocean views.
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Who It's Best For
Couples: Twosomes ages 40 and up come on board for romance and relaxation — the ship is both elegant and quiet, generally with few children sailing.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Be Prepared for Upselling: There are many ways to spend money on board, so you'll want to keep close track of your expenditures, or face an unpleasant surprise when your final bill arrives.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.
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Celebrity Equinox at a Glance
- Line: Celebrity Cruises
- Class: Solstice
- Number of Passengers: 2850
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2009
- Refurbish Date: 2014