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  1. At 7:30 pm Sunday, she's just off shore of Provincetown,MA. AIS claims she's going to get to Boston at 10:00pm. Aloha, John
  2. The walk back on the Vision class to the aft cabins isn't too bad. The nice thing about having the aft balcony is the great view for the departures each evening. (I that's something you like to do.) The other question is whether or not the extra floor space is worth it. Aloha, John
  3. The El Gaucho we saw in Sept. on the Freedom was the 2nd one (the you tube video). In addition whips, and the things whipping around he tells jokes and plays a mean classical guitar. He is a great performer. Aloha, John
  4. A Google search led me to this page: http://www.sintmaartengov.org/government/TEATT/Economic-Inspection-Department/Pages/Public-Bus-Tariff.aspx It lists the bus routes/fares.... Based on the info there as well looking at the map it looks like you will need to transfer at Cole Bay. When leaving Maho just ask the driver where in Cole Bay to get off for the Marigot bus. Good luck; please come back and let us know how it went! Aloha, John
  5. The actual process of getting onboard in Baltimore is a bit of a pain.... The terminal is just one floor. The gangway is a series of short ramps to get you up to the boarding deck. I assume the steepness is ADA compliant, but it is a hike. I have seen them board wheel chairs on deck one (a straight shot from the pier.) As others have said, the Manhattan terminal, along with many (most?) others have two floors which makes the final ascent to the ship more bearable. Aloha, John
  6. I was in Bridgetown last week, and I'll add my experience with taxis.... The rest of my group went on an excursion; I just wanted to go downtown and photograph some of the historic buildings. They offer a $2 "shuttle" to downtown. I asked the "taxi & tour" reps outside the terminal who pointed me to the taxi stand. The stand was busy/noisy, and a little confusing. But I had the impression that the drivers/starters knew what they were doing; it just looks like chaos to the passengers. I just kept walking forward and asking "Shuttle to down town", and in less than a minute I was at the taxi. It was a full size van, that already had 10 people on, and a couple and I were the last to board. As I sat down, a women said "We've been waiting for 15 minutes!" I thought, 1) for $2 I would expect the driver to wait for a full van, and 2) I was considering buying out the shuttle on the way back to speed the departure. :-) When I was ready to go back to the ship, I walked up to meeting point for taxis (under the Breitling clock), and was approached by a driver. He charges me $5 US for the return - by my self! :-) PS : if down town, I recommend visiting the Parliament museum. It tells the history of the 3rd oldest parliamentary system in the New World, and also offers a tour of the actual chambers of the lower and upper houses! Aloha, John
  7. On a related topic; I was on the Freedom of the Seas last week. At one port, the "All aboard" time was 4:30pm. Around 4:45pm, the last guest arrived at the gangway. She said she thought we had until 5 pm. It got me wondering where she might have gotten that idea. The Cruise Compass and the signs at the gangway all listed 4:30 as the all aboard time, with no mention of a 5pm departure. Then I looked at the Shore Excursion booklet. In a table, it listed our times in port. It showed a time from 8am till 5pm, with no mention of an earlier deadline. I guess she read that first; had the 5pm time stuck in her head, and did not comprehend all the other papers and announcements saying 4:30. Aloha, John
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