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   Celebrity Equinox at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica on December 6, 2015. Photo © Peter Senft

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Celebrity Equinox
Owner/Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Year built: 2009
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Former names: -
Gross Tonnage 122,000
Length: 314.8 m (1,032.5 ft)
Beam: 36.9 m (121.0 ft)
Passengers (normal): 2,850
Passengers (maximum): -
Crew: 1,250
Service speed: 23.0 knots
Sister Ship: Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Reflection
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Celebrity Equinox Photo Gallery

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. . . Cadiz, Spain
. . . © 2015 Peter Senft
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Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Ponta Delgada, Azores
© 2015 Rui Agostinho © 2015 João Loureiro © 2015 João Loureiro © 2015 António Simas
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten George Town, Grand Cayman Ft. Lauderdale, USA Civitavecchia, Italy
© 2015 Franck Sénant © 2015 Yves Hubert © 2015 Ryan Rossi © 2014 Bart de Boer
 
Mykonos, Greece Venice, Italy Livorno, Italy Istanbul, Turkey
© 2014 Francisco Correia © 2014 Francisco Correia © 2014 Daniel Adshead © 2014 John Lysgaard
     
Barcelona, Spain Venice, Italy Lisbon, Portugal Ponta Delgada, Azores
© 2014 Mark Fischer © 2014 Amber Misdorp © 2014 João Loureiro © 2014 António Simas
     
Ft. Lauderdale, USA Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Dubrovnik, Croatia
© 2013 Gary P. Trahan © 2013 Mark Fischer © 2013 Elias Balazs © 2013 Tony Smith
     
Civitavecchia, Italy Barcelona, Spain Villefranche, France Lisbon, Portugal
© 2013 Rui Agostinho © 2013 Dmitri Berdichevski © 2013 Lindsay Bryant © 2013 João Loureiro
   
Fort Lauderdale, USA Funchal, Madeira Funchal, Madeira Istanbul, Turkey
© 2012 Ryan Rossi © 2012 Marcial Fernandes © 2012 Paulo Pereira © 2012 Ron Lahman
     
Civitavecchia, Italy Santorini, Greece Civitavecchia, Italy Ponta Delgada, Azores
© 2012 Daniel Adshead © 2012 Russell Prydderch © 2012 Yves Hubert © 2012 António Simas
     
Ponta Delgada, Azores Belize City, Belize Ponta Delgada, Azores Ponta Delgada, Azores
© 2012 Eduardo Wallenstein © 2012 Art Taggi © 2011 Eduardo Wallenstein © 2011 André Moura
     
Piraeus, Greece Naples, Italy Kusadasi, Turkey Ponta Delgada, Azores
© 2011 Bert Lamers © 2011 Eduardo Wallenstein © 2011 Michael Bragg © 2011 António Simas
     
George Town, Grand Cayman Fort Lauderdale, USA Dubrovnik, Croatia Mykonos, Greece
© 2011 Mike Seifer © 2010 Gregory Falabella © 2010 Peter Hornstra © 2010 George Gauci
 
Piraeus, Greece Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Bridgetown, Barbados
© 2010 Bruno Sousa © 2010 Ricardo Martins © 2010 Rui Agostinho © 2010 Ton van den Donker
     
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas George Town, Grand Cayman Tenerife, Spain Lanzarote, Spain
© 2010 Ton van den Donker © 2010 Carlo van der Vlis © 2009 Koos Broek © 2009 Thildi Klootwijk
     
Gibraltar, UK Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Vigo, Spain
© 2009 Giovanno Romero © 2009 Tiago Fernandes © 2009 Luís Miguel Correira © 2009 Jose del Río Raíz
     
Vigo, Spain Geiranger, Norway Southampton, UK Southampton, UK
© 2009 Jose del Río Raíz © 2009 Aaron Saunders © 2009 Peter Godliman © 2009 Richard Berridge
     
Southampton, UK Southampton, UK North Sea North Sea
© 2009 Mike Taplin © 2009 Mike Taplin © 2009 Meyer Werft © 2009 Meyer Werft
 
Papenburg, Germany Papenburg, Germany Papenburg, Germany Papenburg, Germany
© 2009 Meyer Werft © 2009 Meyer Werft © 2009 Meyer Werft © 2009 Meyer Werft
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Celebrity Equinox Interior Photos

Photos and text © 2009 Bart de Boer

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Let's be honest. With their bulky bows and odd twin funnels, Celebrity Equinox and her sisters will never win a cruise ship beauty contest. But as we all know, true beauty is found on the inside. And so I boarded Celebrity Equinox at the Dutch port of Eemshaven for the crossing to Southampton, England, just hours after the ship was delivered to Celebrity Cruises. And pretty soon I found out that this is no ordinary cruise ship, but a trendy floating resort. Welcome on board!

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Grand Foyer Grand Foyer, looking forward Grand Foyer, looking aft Grand Foyer
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With the introduction of Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox, cruise ship design has been lifted to a whole new level. Gone is the make-belief glitz and the brass. It has been replaced by contemporary design that is inviting and luxurious at the same time. A good example is the soaring Grand Foyer that connects all passenger decks and is topped by a glass roof. Instead of the usual abstract, massive piece of atrium art, a live tree hangs suspended in the middle of the atrium in a huge pot covered in Swarovski glitterati. 

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Cabin corridor Concierge Class stateroom Concierge Class stateroom Spacious bathroom
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Remote control Large balcony Room with a view Royal Suite living room
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Penthouse Suite living room Penthouse Suite bathroom Celebrity Suite living room Celebrity Suite bedroom
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The cabin corridors on this ship are remarkably wide and the new system of connecting two cabins by means of a shared recess is excellent. Most of the staterooms on Celebrity Equinox have private balconies. Note that the layout of the standard balcony staterooms differ. In half of the rooms (like ours), the bed is positioned near the sliding doors; in the other half, the bed is close to the bathroom. Talking about bathrooms, the ones on Celebrity Equinox are quite spacious and have a separate shower stall with sliding doors. Biggest stateroom feature is the large flatscreen TV which comes with an equally large remote control. The nifty thing is that this remote doubles as a keyboard - ideal for checking your e-mail or ordering an in-room movie.

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Library View out from Grand Foyer Library Team Earth
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Lawn Club Lawn Club Lawn Club The best spot on the ship
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Before sailing, I thought the much-heralded grass lawns on Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox were purely marketing gadgets, meant to attract a lot of free publicity. But I was wrong! Directly after boarding, I saw people flock to the Lawn Club up on deck 15 - just to have a look at this miracle of seagoing greenery. Not much later, we found ourselves some ultra-comfy chairs and ordered drinks while overlooking the freshly mown lawn. Oddly enough, there is something comforting about an expanse of real grass fifteen decks above sea level.

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View forward over Pool Deck Pool Deck Solarium Solarium
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Solarium AquaSpa Relaxation Room Gym Beauty Salon
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Oceanview Bar Oceanview Café Oceanview Café Oceanview Café
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Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge
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Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge Sky Observation Lounge
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Celebrity ships traditionally have a combined observation lounge and nightclub. On Celebrity Equinox, the design team came up with the Sky Observation Lounge which is a visually stunning room with extra headroom and walls of glass on three sides. A very clever separation scheme makes the room feel much smaller than it actually is, while indirect lighting gives the Sky Observation Lounge a warm, trendy feel at night.

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Blu Restaurant Blu Restaurant Silk Harvest Restaurant Silk Harvest Restaurant
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Entertainment Deck hallway Tuscan Grille entrance Tuscan Grille Tuscan Grille
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Tuscan Grille Tuscan Grille Murano Restaurant Murano Restaurant
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Ensemble Lounge Ensemble Lounge Murano Restaurant Murano Restaurant
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On the Solstice-class ships, Celebrity Cruises introduce more dining options with a number of innovative specialty restaurants. Highest on the list is Murano, an intimate, classy dining room that serves up some of the best food of any premium cruise line. Natural meeting place for Murano diners is the beautiful Ensemble Lounge with its circular bar and overstuffed chairs and couches. Further aft, passing a hallway filled to the brim with modern art, are three more specialty restaurants. Silk Harvest is Celebrity Equinox's Asian fusion restaurant, while across the hall, BLU welcomes all suite passengers for "lean & light" cuisine. Probably the most stunning of all is the exquisite Tuscan Grill, an Italian steak house serving masculine food in rustic yet modern atmosphere. Best tables in the house are the ones lining the aft glass wall with sweeping views of the ocean. A cover charge applies for all these restaurants, but it's well worth trying at least a few out during your cruise.

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Michael's Club Michael's Club Bistro on Five Café Al Bacio
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Art Gallery Galleria Tastings Galleria Shops Equinox Theatre
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Equinox Theatre entrance Equinox Theatre Equinox Theatre Entertainment Court
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Celebrity Cruises have beefed up their entertainment lineup on their newest ships to suit a wider audience. We saw one show that featured an eclectic mix of acrobatics and singing and received a standing ovation. The three-deck high Equinox Theatre is the ship's main show lounge with excellent sightlines from most seats. It is interesting to notice how much thought has gone in the design of the passenger flow. Once the show is over, people leave the theater and whether they want to or not they stumble across shops on two levels, a casino and other money-making corners. Hats off to the design team!

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Entertainment Court Qasar Nightclub Qasar Nightclub Entertainment Court
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Shops on the Boulevard Shops on the Boulevard Fortunes Casino Fortunes Casino
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Shops on the Boulevard Cellar Masters Martini Bar Silhouette Dining Room
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Cellar Masters Martini Bar Martini Bar Silhouette Dining Room
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During our two-day stay on board, there was one room that proved most popular. Overlooking the Grand Foyer is the exquisite Martini Bar with its icy bar counter and several seating alcoves. This bar was packed both evenings and not just because of the free Martinis that were served on this pre-inaugural trip! The location and the trendy music make this place hot and happening. A winner, just like the stark Silhouette Dining Room next door. Even though I personally found the decor too minimalistic, I must admit that the room worked superbly when filled with guests. Unfortunately, I didn't find the time to photograph every nook and cranny on this amazing, ultra-trendy ship. Two days is really too short, so what better excuse to return to Celebrity Equinox!

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