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About etoilefj

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    Vancouver Island
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    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America
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  1. Just adding another vote for the museum, it's one of our favourite places. The BC Legislature is open for tours between 9am and 5pm and it's a pretty neat looking building inside and out. The website says self guided tours end at 4:30pm so you might find the time a bit tight but it's pretty historical for around here. For pubs - Garrick's Head is a fav for food and beer choices...if you just want good craft beer I suggest going a little further north to the Pandora Street side of Market Square to the Drake Eatery. The food is small and a bit trendy but the beers are the best. Swan's Brewery & Pub is across the street, they have good food too and their beers are drinkable. Enjoy your visit
  2. we rented a car through Avis in 2016 for about $80; easy, quick walk from the docks to the hotel where the Avis is located. Took a few minutes and our mini van full was off to Mendenhall Glacier with no issues. Was great, we got to spend the time we wanted and stopped at the actual Alaskan Brewery tasting room on the way back to town.
  3. If the ship is offering the zip line tour then it should work out fine since they won't sail away without passengers on an excursion booked through the ship but if it's booked on your own then definitely don't do it. We're going for the first time in November and at this point I think we're just going to do our own thing with cabs.
  4. We were on Harmony last May and they had those groups of kids together then too. I think that's part of the reason mine wasn't really into the club like she'd been on other cruises but on the other hand Harmony has way more to do than ships she's been on in the past. I was hoping they would be separate this time (November) but should probably not expect it.
  5. I bow to your superior planning skills...I will be doing this in November!! Thanks! 😊
  6. We had MTD on Harmony last May and generally had 6:30 reservations each night. They were actually great about seating us at the same table every night (except for 2x) so we got to know the wait staff well and they were both lovely. We were at a table for 4 every night (3 of us) and didn't sit with any other passengers. It was really nice, although we do like the dinner with strangers aspect too. Might have to see if we can mix it up this November. I assume you can request to sit with other people but they never offered and we never asked.
  7. even better - specialty coffees + a shot of Bailey's to get the morning going 😉
  8. Hi I can only comment on the one I've done; haven't actually made it to the beaches in St Thomas and first visit to St Maarten will be this November but we did do a kayak/snorkel/beach walk tour in St Thomas the first time we were there. Not sure if it's the same excursion you're considering but it was really great. The paddle was about a mile with a stop over a jellyfish area, went to a beach with great mangrove snorkeling and then a walk to a blow hole. It was a really great excursion. Just don't pick up the giant land hermit crabs!
  9. Awesome, thanks! I appreciate the review. Sounds like a good way to spend our pre-flight time for something we can't do anywhere else.
  10. Would you say you got more for the $$ doing the excursion? Trying to figure out what the VIP part means and if we want to spend the money for 3 of us to do the excursion. The luggage holding alone is a big plus over trying to sort that out ourselves. Thanks
  11. We were on Harmony last May and had My Time dining. We tend to eat early so had made the reservations for 5:30 or 6:00 most days ahead of time in the cruise planner. It always worked out just fine for us (party of 3). They actually made a significant effort to seat us at the same table every night to have the same waitstaff. I'm sure they will accommodate you.
  12. Hi Your posts are making me even more excited! We leave at the crack of morning tomorrow to fly southeast across North America to leave on the Harmony on Saturday! Our first time! Very excited. I absolutely loved your photo of the Abyss and the sunrise in post 106. Enjoy the rest of your sailing!
  13. From what I've been reading, I think you can find more consistent snorkeling on St Thomas but I've only been to either island once each and we didn't go to the beach on St Kitts. We did do an excursion on St Thomas that was a kayak, snorkel, beach walk and really enjoyed it. We'll be going again in May and have booked a Buck Island snorkeling trip. We do plan to go to the beach on St Kitts this time and have our own gear so can see what the beach snorkeling is like for ourselves. Sent from my Pixel using Forums mobile app
  14. We were there 7 years ago and opted to pick a likely looking cab driver at the port. He drove us around Basseterre a bit, up to Brimstone Hill (which we got to before most of the tours so there were only about 10 people there at the time), then to Romney Manor for a bit. The driver showed us the house he was born in and had a great personal interest in history so he told us lots of interesting things. He took us back to the port and we walk to a restaurant he recommended, which was fantastic. I can't remember now what we paid but we agreed before hand for two of us (I think in the range of $40-80 USD). Sent from my Pixel using Forums mobile app
  15. We did that excursion through there cruise line years ago and it was fantastic! Sent from my Pixel using Forums mobile app
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