Our first day at sea one of the things I enjoy most about cruising, plenty of time and space to as much or as little as you want. I slept in till mid morning, grabbed a quick breakfast and a coffee and then choose to get an hourâ€™s worth of exercise by walking the deck track. This was a pretty popular activity, as well as just relaxing in a lounger up on the deck. I caught the first part of the hot glass show, and then decided to head back down to my cabin for a short nap. I am not really a night owl except on cruises and so mid day naps help me make the switch to nocturnal actives. I spend the later afternoon having a late lunch of mostly Indian cuisine in the buffet, taking a short stroll around the track and then doing a little bit of weight lifting in the gym. There must have been 10 other things I could have been doing at this time, but the little bit of exercise felt good.
At 4:00 we attended our first Elite cocktail party. This one was held in the observation lounge as the number of elite guest on this sailing required a large facility. During this event we visited with other fellow cruisers and enjoy complementary cocktails. The dress was smart casual and above. Those heading out first seating were wearing their formal wear and those of us in second seating had simply put on a nice smart causal outfit. Service was very attentive at this event and a nice touch for those cruisers who have been the most loyal customers to Celebrity.
After the cocktail service it was time to get dressed for dinner. While I did this my husband enjoyed the pool area bar and the ocean views. I choose to wear a long gown, but my husband wore his new suit this time rather than a tuxedo. We both fit in with the evening attire as we saw a mix of long and short gowns, suits and tuxedos. Lots of beautiful music going on through-out the ship, highlighted by the big band orchestra sounds in the atrium area and a the sting quartet outside the Celebrity central theater.
Dinner was excellent with lots from which to choose. I had both a small portion of the lamb entrÃ©e and the quail entrÃ©e and my husband had a penne pasta with beef and truffle oil. Both of our special requests were accommodated. We received sliced vegetable stick before dinner and fresh berries for desert. Both of these healthy request are supposed to help avoid the cruise weight gain. Wine service has also been very good in terms of both attentiveness and expert advice.
After dinner we went to see the Equinoxâ€™s Cirque show. It was both exciting and boring at the same time. The cirque music was rather monotonous, and while the feats of the performers and acrobats were incredible, the slow music made it kind of boring at times. Much more interesting was the late night comedy show in the smaller celebrity central theater. Comic, Steve Caouetter, had a mostly clean act that relied on his quick wit and improvisational zingers. He had a few notes of what heâ€™d seen on the ship but most of the humor just came from his interaction with the audience. We laughed throughout the performance.
This was a perfect way to finish up our first formal evening aboard the Celebrity Equinox.