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  1. You know, I feel like every amenity, whether large or small counts for someone. As they're taking many of the small ones away one by one, what additional ones are they providing us in return? It's frustrating to continue to pay more for any less. I personally don't really care about movies, but love to sit on the balcony, read, and look out on the ocean. Having a less comfortable chair and no footstool out there to do this diminishes my enjoyment of their product. I don't want to have to pack a beach ball to use as a footstool, or get creative with where to put my room service breakfast. And, with the upcoming prices for Europe (where we want to cruise next) we're going to look at other options. Guess we all have other options!
  2. Happy Honeymoon Cruise! I am so enjoying your live report...thank you for bringing back great memories from our Alaska cruise on the Solstice last July! Have you gotten conditioned to flying to the balcony each time the officer blows the horn for a whale siting? I still remember early one morning hearing the horn, and jumping out of bed to quickly get to the balcony, only to find that the horn was being blown with a regular cadence due to heavy fog. If there were whales out there, we weren't going to see them. Enjoy the rest of your week!!
  3. Paul, thank you so much for your review, and particularly your sharing of experiences like the ones above. There is so much value in occasionally sitting back, taking in, and appreciating one's surroundings and those moments!
  4. We were on the last tender back to the ship in Grenada many years ago. That was too close for comfort and have never cut it that close again! We were in our late 20s at that point. Now we're the people who are at the airport consistently 2 hrs before our flight, if that tells you anything!!
  5. We spent a couple of days on the deck above the pool on the Equinox at Christmas. Drink service was pretty much nonexistent. We routinely went to the bar for drinks. I'd have been happy to provide some additional tips if we'd gotten initial service. Not sure what the problem was. Still had a great time, with plenty of drinks and got a few extra steps in!
  6. Hi! I have not taken a Celebrity excursion, but have been on a charter to White Bay (and the Soggy Dollar) on Jost. We got off the boat in water that was about waist deep. Soggy Dollar has a webcam where you can see boats, and often people coming in and going out. https://www.soggydollar.com/webcam Have fun!
  7. A frescatini at the Martini Bar. It's the one one left in the picture. Yum!
  8. Yes...I fed the slots some cash last July on the Solstice. They were not willing to give much back! 😧
  9. So glad Celebrity provides cans of sodas. I also learned quickly which bars had the coldest Diet Cokes, coming straight out of the cooler! 😀
  10. Love the Sunset Bar on the Reflection! It does provide additional seating, both at the bar, and around it. We were on the Equinox at Christmas, and Slush was closed every time we tried to get a drink there. It was on sea days, and the lines were significant at the other pool bars.
  11. It will be interesting to see, over time, if their new target audience fills these ships up. While I am open to change, and new entertainment and options, I'm just not loving the new options I'm seeing.
  12. We're hoping to catch the Chiefs game 12/23 on the Equinox. I believe it's the Sun. night game. Where would y'all recommend as a fun place to watch the game? We've not been on a ship previously with the Gastropub.
  13. I agree! Please don't mess with the real balconies on any of the existing ships!!
  14. Glad you had a great cruise! Thanks for the review. We will also be on the Equinox 12/22. I hadn't really considered the hot glass show, and making an item, but may now!
  15. We have previously chartered with Palm Tree Charters, but from St. John. Not sure if they will pick up from St. Thomas, but would be worth checking. They are #1 rated on Trip Advisor for St. John and are about $700 for a day charter + gas and customs (if you go to an island outside US territory). Jimmy and Bridgett were fun, and we had a great day! We had multiple snorkeling stops, lunch at Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke, and stopped at the Soggy Dollar Beach Bar on Jost prior to heading back to Cruz Bay. I believe they now have at least 2 boats they charter. https://palmtreecharters.com/about-us/our-boats/
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