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  1. Norris, this is such a welcome-read during our Covid-19 shut in time! I had already read and enjoyed your more recent Celebrity and Azamara threads but am glad I didn't read all of your reviews because it is so nice to visit reviews of happier times. We will get back there again some day! Thank you for all of your great pictures and stories.
  2. Thanks for responses, I am just missing cruising. I understand that until a vaccine is available there is not much chance for cruising. To hcats point; Although if locals could cruise from So Cal without flying, with passengers wearing masks, with no buffet food service, maybe reduced amount of passengers/crew, and out-door excursions-walking (not sure how to safely bus people), that would be starting cruising back local and "cautiously." For now, long walks on the beach and take out from favorite restaurants will have to fill my need for travel. Take care everyone.
  3. When I read your title "Are Travel Bubbles the Way Forward" I pictured actual individual plastic bubbles which surround each passenger on airplanes-that would be kind of interesting.
  4. ok, then how about San Diego RT with a stop in Ensenada (no one gets off), Catalina, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Pedro and back? Seven days of fresh ocean air, beautiful sunsets and maybe out-door-type of excursions. Of course with temp checks and masks.
  5. We saw the Millineum docked in San Diego, I wonder if there is any chance for California Coastal cruises? I would seriously consider taking one if allowed. What do you think?
  6. Love your pictures with the stingrays! Thank you for your great review to read, looking forward to the Mexico part as welll.
  7. I think the ABCs are our favorite of the Caribbean islands too. Both times in our Bonaire stops we did snorkeling which I love, but your golf cart road trip looked like so much fun. I want to do that next time. For one of my isolation projects I have been scanning in all my paper photo albums from previous cruises. Yesterday I scanned in our 2003 Panama Canal transit from FLL to San Diego. It made me think of you because we met the nicest family on that cruise from Ontario Canada, the Cooks. We had our two young boys along and they had two young girls and we enjoyed dinners and a few port stops together. Anyhow, I think you should look at the Panama Canal transit because there was much wildlife along the way and it is a photographers paradise. Costa Rica is a must! We typically cruise every year but at this time have nothing booked. We will need to wait and see what opens up and what the restrictions will be before putting the $$ down. Hoping it all gets going again soon.
  8. Thank you Marvy Mare for another great photo review, I read your March 2020 review first but also enjoyed this one (especially since it doesn't have anything to do with _ _ _ _ _-19) Can't wait to get back to these beautiful cruise destinations!
  9. Maris, Thank you for the review, it is a very much appreciated diversion from current events. Love the pups picture! Laurie
  10. Mimosas for breakfast. Zero Water bottles to take to the gym. No-sugar mojitos at the Oceanview for lunch. Bailey's or my new favorite Sambuca for after dinner dessert. Also fun to try something new at the Martini Bar or different recipes at World Class. I'm getting thirsty 🙂
  11. hi hiccups, We were on the Equinox 12/21-12/28. When you first go to the casino, they will either load the $50 each as a "Promo" on your seapass to play on the machines or give you $50 of chips for the tables. We went during a "Ladies Night" for 1 hour they gave out gifts every 10 or 15 minutes to Ladies playing both machines and tables. I won a cute MK purse, another prize was perfume. The next evening they also had a "Gentlemens Night" but my DH & DS didn't get lucky, it was way more crowded than ladies night. Have fun on your Edge cruise!
  12. Hi Norris, I just got back from Christmas week on the Equinox- first time out of 12 Celebrity cruises that we got the drink package. Thanks for your recommendation of dessert -coffee & Sambuca! I had this several nights with a cheese plate-that's the best dessert! I hope you will enjoy again on your upcoming cruise.
  13. Cafe al Bacio for tea. My favorite African Solstice! It’s not too crowded here but there a small steady stream of people coming in and out. Thank you Paul for the recommendation of African Solstice Tea at Cafe al Bacio-we got the beverage package for the first time and enjoyed this a couple of times on our Equinox cruise. It's kind of an odd name for tea but I really liked it.
  14. We had the Drinks & More package for all three in our room. There were six bottles of wine on the counter when we arrived. Our room steward said, "wow, you have a lot of wine" 🙂 We put them out of the way on top of the closet and didn't end up drinking any, but we gave 2 away with a word game at the CC Meet & Mingle. The mini bar fridge had 2 regular cokes, 2 diet cokes, 1 split of La Crema Chardonay, 1 split of Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 Heinekens, 4 Titos Vodka small bottles, 2 large Evian waters 2 Pringles cans, and 2 Kind bars. We asked our stateroom attendant if we could have rum & gin rather than vodka but he said they could not switch what came in the minibar. We really did end up liking the mini bar setup, took the snacks on excursions and drank the waters and splits while sitting out on the balcony. Really gives you more options, so why not? The wine tasting event was the same wine tasting event as the Elites are invited to so that didn't up anything extra for us. The $50 casino play was fun for an evening entertainment, then you cash out the winning part so you get some back. Enjoy your cruise!
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