Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox
•Have you ever noticed how the slowest people will not only just suddenly stop in the middle of things but then, as if they were not a big enough obstacle, plant both hands on their hips to become an even larger impediment?
•I heard the following from a fellow passenger as he exited the elevator on Deck 14 just outside the cafeteria. “Well, once more, off to the trough.”
•I wonder why the Tour Desk is closed when the ship is in port. Wouldn’t that be a time when passengers might need assistance and answers to specific tour questions?
•On the ship, you can tell when the thrusters engage – the whole vessel quivers. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.
•One evening Ellen and I arrived at the bar and a waiter came over a couple of minutes later. We told him we were being joined by two others. and to please return in five minutes. Twenty-five minutes later he finally showed up.
•There was a brunch Saturday in the main dining room from ten am until one pm. It was pretty obvious that they were short-handed as it took several requests and at least fifteen minutes just for iced tea to arrive at our table.
•If you purchase a package of internet access minutes on the first day, you get additional minutes based on the quantity you pre-buy. A few days into the cruise, I found among the papers in our room a discount coupon for Captain’s Club members for 10% bonus minutes. I took the coupon to the main desk and left it with them, getting the assurance that I would be credited in a day or two. Four days later, having heard nothing back, I checked at the desk and no one could tell me if I had received the credit yet. I asked for followup and a phone call to let me know. Someone later called to inform me that the two offers couldn’t be combined although nowhere was that written – either on the original offer or on the Captain’s Club coupon. Wonder if they were going to tell me that if I hadn’t gone back and questioned again?
•There was a sign on each hot tub which said, “Bathing Load – Six Persons.” Judging by the many “oversized” persons we spotted on the cruise, that number should be revised down a bit. Oddly, the elevator signs say “Elevator Capacity” though, and not “Load,” which would be more accurate.
•I saw a couple of amusing T-shirts on board: “Same Shirt, Different Day”; and, “I Don’t Need Google – My Wife Knows Everything.”
•Calling our trip a Ten Day Cruise was not exactly accurate. We arrived sometime after noon on a Friday and they had us all off the boat by ten am Monday morning a few days over a week later. It’s more of a Ten Night Cruise or a Nine-and-a-Half Day Cruise. And after dinner on the last evening, you’re sort of a second-class passenger anyway. You have to put your luggage out in the hallway by eleven pm – keeping only what you think you might need for the following morning and which you’ll have to drag off the ship yourself and then stuff in your luggage when you find it – and you get no room service coffee the final morning. Breakfast is a zoo with everybody on the ship eating at the same time with practically no place to sit.
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