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Old July 19th, 2016, 12:18 PM
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Celebrity announced today that Equinox will be assigned to stay in Florida year round.

Here's Today's Press Release (7/19/16) :
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Sail to Sun-Soaked Caribbean Islands and Indulge in Local Flavors all Year-Long with Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is raising the bar with modern luxury summer vacations, Caribbean-inspired fare and exciting new experiences for all ages

MIAMI – July 19, 2016 – Endless modern luxury vacations are back in the Caribbean. Celebrity Cruises has today introduced year-round Caribbean sailings onboard the award-winning Celebrity Equinox to some of the most breathtaking places in the region. And, as the only premium cruise brand to offer these one-of-a-kind vacations, Celebrity is further elevating each sailing by introducing new unique experiences and enriching activities that all ages can enjoy. This is the Celebrity Distinction.

"Our guests, first-time cruisers and our travel partners have been asking me for many years to offer year-round Caribbean cruises. They wished we offered these itineraries,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Modern luxury, affluent vacationers have been looking for summer cruises in the Caribbean and we felt this was a significant opportunity in our offering. So our new year-long sailings are perfect for discerning families and couples who want a summer getaway to sought-after tropical islands, with the best culinary experiences in the region and enriching activities for children and adults – all of which can only be offered by Celebrity. We are also adding new itineraries and sailings to create the most unforgettable vacations in the Caribbean; this is another example of what makes Celebrity so distinct and unique.”

Lutoff-Perlo, added: "The response we have received so far to our year-round Caribbean sailings has been overwhelming, and we are excited to offer our guests endless summers in such a beautiful place."

Celebrity Equinox Summer Takeover:
Celebrity Cruises is taking over the Caribbean, offering 24 sailings alternating between the Western and Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Equinox and seven exceptional itineraries in 2017 – all from Miami. As a prelude to summer, Celebrity Cruises is offering a special 11-night Signature Event sailing in the Caribbean that includes a double-overnight stay in New Orleans, La., coinciding with the city’s famous jazz festival. In addition, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, will be hosting a special President’s Cruise in the Caribbean, departing on August 27, 2017, for an 8-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Lutoff-Perlo will be hosting special events and excursions to take the vacation to the next level of indulgence.

"The Cruise Capital of the World is proud to welcome the Celebrity Equinox," said Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez. "Passengers will experience a true getaway cruising from PortMiami as they sail past the colorful skyline of downtown Miami and surrounding beaches - a vacation experience like no other port in the world."

The Most Distinctive Summer Camp at Sea, for Children and Adults:
In addition to offering new sailings onboard the Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Cruises is introducing the most unique “Summer Camp at Sea,” allowing children to enjoy a vacation that moves beyond purely entertainment, to also deliver enriching and inspiring activities. From offering an “Adventure through Science” program to becoming a director for the day and creating a short video onboard, children ages 3-17 have a range of one-of-a-kind educational activities at their fingertips.

Taste of the Caribbean
Adults can partake in the excitement too with Celebrity Cruises’ newest culinary program. Celebrity is bringing a taste of the Caribbean to modern luxury travelers with its new Taste of the Caribbean program, which offers complimentary events for adults at sea. Events include a culinary demo with Celebrity featured chefs, mixology demos, the biggest wine tasting at sea, rum and reggae party on The Lawn Club and brunch and bubbles. Exclusive events are also available for a fee, including a fresh pasta and mozzarella making class and lunch in Tuscan Grille and an exclusive five-course tasting dinner with Celebrity chefs.

Adults looking to be fully immersed in the culinary indulgences can enjoy the Taste of the Caribbean Premium Package. This luxurious package gives guests a taste of all of the culinary, wine and cocktail indulgences available on the Celebrity Equinox. From the Chef Market Discovery excursion to a “Blendtique” wine blending class to a Riedel Wine comparison workshop, guests’ taste buds will be pampered throughout their sailing.

Endless Summer Offer:
To celebrate their return to the Caribbean, for a limited time Celebrity is offering four free perks and qualifying upgrades on select 2017 sailings on Celebrity Equinox. Book travel between July 19 and Aug. 31, 2016, and receive up to four signature perks including: $150 onboard credit, unlimited internet package, premium beverage package and prepaid gratuities, per person. The Endless Summer offer is valid on travel from April 24 through Nov. 6, 2017, with rates starting at $1,399 per person for Veranda Stateroom accommodations.

For more details on Celebrity Equinox’s newest sailings and endless summer offerings, summer camp at sea, and other modern luxury escapes, visit Welcome to Celebrity Cruises- Modern Luxury Lives Here | Cruises and Cruise Vacation Package with the Best Premium Cruise Line.

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May start thinking Equinox for 2017.
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May start thinking Equinox for 2017.
I booked yesterday for Sept., 2017 on our 35th wedding anniversary. Got four perks, Drink package, Gratuities, On board credit and unlimited internet. Also, got more OBC for a return booking with the TA.

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Saw this yesterday and thought this is great news!

We absolutely LOVE the Solstice-class ships and are really excited about one being here full-time. I think this will be a big success for Celebrity since, at least for the time being, there's really nothing comparable available out of Florida during the late Spring to early Fall timeframe.

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I would just like to thank you for posting the information about the Equinox, it allowed as to search & rebook on another cruise which fitted in with our plans as we are doing a nine day train trip of the Swiss Alps after the cruise. We contacted our travel agent here in Australia & they knew nothing about it so it at least let us book early on the other cruise ..We are going with a couple from Fresno we met in Europe in 2011 so tying it all in in a hurry was some what of a headache, once again thank you so much for your post...cheers Steve
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Booked the Equinox this week for May and October 2017.
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Nice, you'll have to post after the first one and fill us in...
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I think that this is a great move for Celebrity and good news for Celebrity cruisers.


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That was great. Thanks for the information.
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Hello Pete!

I read your excellent post on choosing a cabin on a cruise ship and appreciate the detail you went into describing in layman's terms your rationale! Great job!

Since you are quite experienced in seamanship first hand, I would appreciate your thoughts and guidance on choosing to travel to the Mediterranean from Florida east in late April / early May, vs. from the Mediterranean west in late Oct / early Nov. I cannot seem to nail this down. I know that fall is still hurricane season plus low season, and that spring is quite crowded and 'high season'. I know the weather in Europe seems to be about the same temperature wise.

Can you point to a reason the ships sailing to Florida in Oct/Nov are less crowded and easier to get a mid ship room compared to ships sailing to the Med in April/May which seem to fill up so fast?

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Hi, Alan;

It really depends on the cruise line you sail with, the length of the cruise, and the type of cabin, which really has more of an impact on the price that whether you go in the Spring or Fall, because for the most part, the prices are relatively the same.

My experience is that people want to enjoy Europe in the Spring, what with all the flowers blooming. As many will tell you, there's nothing like Paris in the Spring! To me, this is probably the main reason why people prefer Spring over Fall. And as we all know, demand impacts pricing.

We did a river cruise in the Spring out of Amsterdam and it was beautiful, albeit we were about 1 week too early that year. But as the expression goes, 'April showers bring May flowers', which is what we encountered, along with some very chilly weather. In other words, May is better than April if you're going Eastbound.

We normally don't travel in the Summer, due to the heat, humidity, and lots of tourists! We were at the Eiffel Tower in late September and there was about 50 people in line. We had to wait a whole 5 minutes! I asked the ticket taker how long the line is during the Summer and he said at least 3 hours! Everywhere we went was like that - definitely a good reason to not go during the Summer, that's for sure!

We've traveled alot in Europe in the Spring and Fall, and personally we prefer the Fall. While Spring can be beautiful, but as I mentioned, early Spring can sometimes be wet and chilly, plus there is going to be more tourists. Fall, on the other hand, is usually drier with less tourists. We did a 2 week Greek Island cruise in the Fall and we had perfect weather, while encountering alot less tourists.

We haven't done a transatlantic crossing, at least not yet, anyway. If we did, I would prefer to do it in the Fall for the reasons I've given, but perhaps others can provide some feedback as to what they would do and why.

Thanks for asking!

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Hello Pete!

I read your excellent post on choosing a cabin on a cruise ship and appreciate the detail you went into describing in layman's terms your rationale! Great job!

Since you are quite experienced in seamanship first hand, I would appreciate your thoughts and guidance on choosing to travel to the Mediterranean from Florida east in late April / early May, vs. from the Mediterranean west in late Oct / early Nov. I cannot seem to nail this down. I know that fall is still hurricane season plus low season, and that spring is quite crowded and 'high season'. I know the weather in Europe seems to be about the same temperature wise.

Can you point to a reason the ships sailing to Florida in Oct/Nov are less crowded and easier to get a mid ship room compared to ships sailing to the Med in April/May which seem to fill up so fast?



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A couple others reasons are school is back and not as many families traveling but perhaps the biggest reason is that Oct and Nov. are still Hurricane Season.

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A couple others reasons are school is back and not as many families traveling but perhaps the biggest reason is that Oct and Nov. are still Hurricane Season.

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In my opinion, traveling westbound is absolutely better than going eastbound because you gain an hour over 5-6 days so your trip is actually LONGER than going the other way when you lose an hour each day. So, if its a 7-day crossing I like to say that it is really 7 days PLUS 5 hours.


It is also more relaxing if you have just completed doing a lot of tours in Europe prior to boarding the ship. Just imagine being tired from all the sightseeing and then having 5-6 days of being at sea before you get home. I love transatlantic voyages!
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It is also more relaxing if you have just completed doing a lot of tours in Europe prior to boarding the ship. Just imagine being tired from all the sightseeing and then having 5-6 days of being at sea before you get home. I love transatlantic voyages!
Great reason!

I agree that doing a tour before a cruise is always a great idea for the same reason since tours are usually alot more physically demanding than a cruise.

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