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  1. It is a rainbow cocktail, also will make it as a martini. From what we can find out what is in it: (But not sure if this is the exact same recipe used on Eclipse ..... the trick is pouring the blue curaçao so it layers on the top. TASTE THE RAINBOW 1 oz. (30ml) Grenadine 1/2 oz. (15ml) Peach Schnapps 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pineapple Juice 1 oz. (30ml) Vodka 1/2 oz. (15ml) Blue Curaçao Garnish: Orange Slice, Cherry PREPARATION 1. Pour some Grenadine into the base of a glass and slowly spoon in some ice cubes. Set aside. 2. In a shaking glass with ice, combine peach schnapps and pineapple juice. Shake well. 3. Slowly pour over grenadine, filling almost to the top. 4. In a separate shaking glass with ice, combine vodka and blue curaçao. Shake well and carefully layer on top. 5. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
  2. I ordered these a lot at the Martini Bar on our recent Eclipse Cruise. It was not on the menu. Saw someone with one and asked. Not all the bartenders can make them ..... so usually had to ask for “Superman” aka Terry. Though he was teaching others to make them, but never were quite as good as his. They are yummy 😋. I generally had mine on the rocks .... quite refreshing.
  3. We had select dining on Eclipse April 17 - 29 and made reservations through cruise planner for 7:00 each night, except for the first night. The first night we decided to skip the MDR as usually hectic, went to Sushi on Five instead. Our experience was there was one line, when I inquired about having reservations we were advised one line, just those with reservations have priority. We rarely waited more than 5 - 10 minutes and that was mainly because we requested to not be seated in walkways. We were always at a table for two, or four but not with anyone else. We went to specialty dining two other nights, so let them know. We did not have the same servers each night, seemed to be seated in three different sections, next or close to a window, so did have the same servers several times. The tables are very close together so often enjoyed conversations with those next to us. This was our second time with select or my time dining and for us it works. Though we do make reservations, can easily change if desired. I do think you loose some of the personalization of servers getting to know you and the fun of that, especially if good servers. Though on our RCL we had asked for a window table and were seated at the same table, same servers most of the time. Fixed dining found times either too early or too late and being assigned to a table for 6 or 8, with all the other dining options often only one other couple or no others and felt awkward.
  4. ‘We were in Concierge class on Eclipse last month and had the same menu posted for Aqua, maybe different on other ships. If V8 not on menu, write it in, you will most likely get it.
  5. On the Eclipse April 17 Concierge and had the expanded menu, exact one shown for Aqua and above. Believe it is for Concierge and above. Also requested eggs Benedict several time and got it. 😊👍
  6. We also were on this cruise and totally agree ..... we had a fabulous time! Found the food in MDR very good, had select dining, and tried a variety of seafood, lamb, beef, chicken. Some dishes we enjoyed more than others, but all were quite good, nothing was bad. Also went to Sushi on Five for dinner and lunch, Murano and le Petite Chef for dinner and all were excellent. Didn’t care for the buffet, not so much about the food, but seating during peak times quite scarce, never tried it during dinner hours, also we aren’t buffet fans, but did enjoy the ice cream a few afternoons and pizza one afternoon, bar service was good, though we sat on the bar side. Cruise director Alejandro, Captain Leo, and the crew were all great 👍. We very much enjoyed the entertainment and the several matinee shows on sea days. Plenty to do to keep busy. Ship is very nice, in good condition, and for the number of people on it really never felt crowded. So if you’re booked on Eclipse or contemplating it .... don’t be put off by the negative views ..... go in with an open mind and enjoy your cruise .... we certainly did!😊
  7. Well said ..... thank you!😊👍
  8. I am a firm believer in packing cubes ........ have been using for 5 years and has simplified my packing tremendously. It is amazing just how much can get in them and I am an over-packer. Have many and different sizes, what I use depends on the trip and luggage size we are taking. For the most part the medium and slims work the best (as well as a packing folder), the large don’t work as well, though did use on our last cruise. A lot depends on size of luggage and what we are taking. We have 21” spinners ..... I fill in the space between the handle rails with flat shoes or whatever will fit, then usually 2 - 4 mediums and then slims in sides and empty spaces. Sometimes find 2 small will work better ..... just have to try it to find what works best and every trip not always the same. Then place the packing folder on top. The large really don’t work real well in the 21”. We also have 24” spinners. The large will work well in those, I used 2 and then filled in with medium, slims and small. Also, have found that in the 24” can use medium on end with handle up, rather than laying flat, and can fit quite a few medium this way and makes for really easy unpacking and finding things if not unpacking. Also use under-seater bags for things we want to keep with us and always use a medium size with several outfits in case luggage is lost, or what will need when going in day before. I generally fold pants, capris, shorts, skirts in the bottom and roll tops, blouses, shirts, and place on top. For men’s shirts .... polo or golf type roll and place on top of pants and shorts in bottom of cube, dress shirts usually use packing folder. I have many different brands of packing cubes, but like the eBags brand the best. Though have found other brands at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx that work okay. Have gotten most of my friends using packing cubes and they all just rave about how great they are.
  9. Recently off the Eclipse and very much enjoyed our dinner at Murano’s. Food, presentation and service was excellent. Also, a more quiet experience. We purchased a trio package pre-cruise using OBC, so if that is possible suggest doing that. Once we were on-board selected the restaurants and days we wanted. Depending on the length of cruise, it is a nice break from the other dining options. There were always offerings of discounts for specialty restaurants so would be another option, but days and times may be limited.
  10. Hmmmmmm........ our experience quite different. I ordered Mai Tai’s several times and no problem with being out of anything ... might just be the bar ordered from ... I ordered from Martini Bar and theater before a show. We only went to the Buffet for breakfast once and lunch twice and then for a late afternoon snack and got pizza. Buffet is laid our well but during peak times people going every which way and no where to sit. Food choices were fine for buffet, but varied everyday so can only judge by our few times there. We did have issues with wine selection in MDR but after a few days found wines we liked. Sorry to hear you had issues with your go best .... we experienced none. Everything went as expected. We had purchased a trio specialty which was 2 dinners, 1 lunch. I checked with guest services as we had no notification of it other than purchase confirmation and they assured it was there. First night for diner went to Sushi on Five at 30% off they were offering and we went another day for lunch, assuming we would be credited for the lunch, but were credited for the dinner which was more. The other 2 specialty dinners they never even brought us a bill, we had to ask to be able to add a gratuity. Ship in great shape, crew all friendly and attentive, though a few in MDR (we had select) did seem a bit stressed and hurried. All in all we had a great experience, enjoyed our cruise very much and have booked something way out until we decide exactly where and when.
  11. We are on now, nearing the end .... just a few more days left and overall it has been a great cruise. The first few days were cool and a little choppy but not too bad, did have some rain the second day. Would recommend a jacket if you want to be outside the first few days. Also, the cooler weather forces more passengers to stay inside. As getting closer to Hawaii much smoother and warmer. We are on the port side so had morning sun on the crossing over and had breakfast on our veranda every morning except the first few days. The ocean view for breakfast during peak times is crazy busy and difficult to find a place to sit. The MDR breakfast hours are from 7:30 to 9:00 am, as well as Blu and Luminae, so room service has worked well for us. Food overall has been good. We have very much enjoyed the entertainment. Ship is in great condition. Crew has been great. Plenty to keep busy on the sea days. Any other questions, ask away. 🙂
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    We were to arrive at 8:00 am, but were there by 7:30 am. We were the only ship in port that day. Tina’s tour was very good and did get to all the sights you would want to see, very informative and relaxed and we liked the small group. There also is a Hoppa on Hoppa off bus that goes to all the sights. Yesterday we took a taxi into town ($12). There also is a bus that you can get a short walk from port that will take you into town ($2, $1 seniors), but out of the port. Coming back we were going to just take the bus, but the Hoppa on Hoppa off came by the bus station and offered to take us back to the ship for $5 and could take us into the port (bus does not, drops outside the port a short walk) also we went to a few other stops (sights) on the way back so had a little tour as well. The Hoppa on Hoppa off is $20/pp so another option. There is a free bus that will take you to WalMart and had long lines, but a big bus and runs every 30 minutes. Also there is a free shuttle to the farmers market but only on certain days and think need to make reservations. We were docked in Hilo so getting off was easy. Also, we are on the Port side and had a nice view of Hilo from our veranda.
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    Just returned from the Aina Tour and very much recommend it. We were picked up at the port, they were waiting right where they said. They have two vans ... one holds 6 (possibly 7) and the other holds 10. We were with Tina and 6 of us. She was very knowledgeable and the tour was very relaxed and enjoyable, not rushed but moved right along. Tour as described. We got to the volcano first off and before the buses and other tours so not crowded at all and was the same at all the other stops. Did see turtles at black sand beach. Water was provided and chocolate covered macadamia nuts, also crackers if one wanted some. Was a great tour and good way to see Hilo! Well worth the price. When you book she does not ask for deposit and payment is at the end. Tina said they are going to go to only one vehicle tour of 10 believe next year. Gil & Tina Big Island Aina Tours www.ainatours.com 808-217-7582 / 808-315-3097
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    We are on our way to Hawaii at this time ..... Vancouver to Hawaii. Will arrive in Hilo tomorrow and have this tour booked: Gil & Tina Big Island Aina Tours www.ainatours.com 808-217-7582 / 808-315-3097 Has good reviews and I booked it on-line and received a quick confirmation back. They only take 10, but have 2 vehicles so will do 2 tours. We booked early December and on the first tour, both tours filled I believe. Will let you know after the tour if you like. Also there is a Hoppa on Hoppa off bus tour in Hilo, which I believe goes to many of the sights.
  15. Tonight after chat with sommelier in MDR she suggested a French Chardonnay which was quite good and DH had a Chianti which was quite good ..... sorry don’t remember the labels (though with Chianti ask for a label with a roster).... but easy solution.
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