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GeekWithMuscles

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About Me

  • Location
    Miami, Fl.
  • Interests
    Cruising, weight lifting, outdoors, podcasting and blogging, too many other things...
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL & Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean
  1. LOLOL I know right? Summit was my 20th cruise, I should post more often! I have to say it was a pleasure meeting a fellow CC member on the ship that recognized me and asked if I was the Geek!! LOLOL
  2. Thank you! Interesting question because since the ship isn’t crowded, we are using the pool deck almost exclusively, except for a sail away event at the retreat. Like the Captain said on the first night, this is like having a huge yacht. Luminae is really nice, but we find ourselves in the Cosmopolitan dining room, enjoying the very comfy atmosphere…. to the dismay of the Luminae manager that asked us why weren’t there more often. We love the high backed chairs, and the atmosphere is so nice.
  3. The CC event we attended was held on the Helipad… since we are Elite and also in Sky Suite, we’re getting invites for lots of stuff though…. I’m not complaining! 🤩🤩
  4. I haven’t heard anything about St. Kitts yet, although it seems these rules change almost daily.
  5. The retreat is beautiful! Not many people there, but it’s so well done. Luminae is delicious! Honestly just blown away by how everything looks. You would not guess this ship is the age it is. Last night we did the Le Petit Chef at QSine and not only was the food great, it was a very nice experience.
  6. My partner Eric and I are so impressed with Summit, we are booking another Celebrity cruise on board. I have sailed Millennium class in 2003, and I don’t recognize it. It’s BEAUTIFUL. The rooms are very well done… we have a Sky Suite. This is my 20th cruise and I feel like Celebrity may become our new brand, just because it’s more relaxing and less go go go if that makes sense. I think I’m sensing the 50th birthday sink in! LOLOLOL
  7. Barbados is the only stop on our itinerary where you can’t venture out on your own, so we decided to stay on board. Sadly the impact of the cruise industry not being active can be easily seen, the port was like a ghost town. 😞 We have some friends that really enjoyed the turtle swim though!
  8. Howdy! Daisy is our butler and she’s amazing! The ship doesn’t have a full compliment of crew as of this writing though, and I’m not sure how much of the crew has been on Summit before. Some members of the Cosmopolitan wait staff for example, were on the Equinox prior. They were notified they would be on this cruise and they were filled with joy.
  9. It’s day three on board the Summit, and my mind is blown at the level of service we’re receiving. This cruise has almost 400 passengers, so there are more crew (700+ from 60 countries) than guests! We were greeted with thunderous applause, taken on-board 4 at a time. Everything was so smooth in St. Maarten, the crew are overjoyed to see passengers on board. On the first night we attended a show and there was a presentation “We are back!” with videos from Celebrity employees all over the world. The theatre went nuts with applause and the Captain was emotional on stage, and he’s not the only one. From boarding to speaking with crew, you just want to burst into tears as you realize that cruising is something in your heart, and the crew aboard any vessel is like your family. Other passengers were also holding back tears during embarkation… it was just like a huge family reunion. With barely 400 people, everyone is getting to know each other and the vibe is super happy and chill, so much more social than any cruise I’ve ever been on. Everyone is so excited to be experiencing what we’ve missed so much for 15 months. The crew are all wearing masks still, but the guests are not. The theatre and casino have socially distanced protocols in place, and the buffet of course is point and get served. Other than that, almost everything is the same. Had an amazing Thai massage yesterday, and was so released, had difficulty finding my way back to our stateroom. We are booked in a Sky Suite, so the experience is enhanced of course. The Captains Club is competing for our attention though, as we’re getting many invitations for parties and events. Talk about being treated like a celebrity. Last night our bed was adorned with gifts and beach towels for our first port. Just a beautiful and amazing experience overall. I will never forget this voyage. IMG_4712.MOV
  10. This morning Eric and I got our approval to enter St. Maarten. His approval took probably less than five minutes, mine came about an hour later. When filling out Eric's form, I didn't click the AIR / SEA travel button, which then gives you the option of saying you're on a cruise ship part of the time, select the line, etc., and then asks if you're staying more than one night on the Island... which we are. When I filled out my form, I saw the options that didn't display before (I will explain this) and I selected Celebrity Cruises, etc. My approval looks just like his, apparently we're both staying nine nights in St. Maarten, the ship selection didn't matter and isn't even listed. This form has major bugs in it, maybe due to the browser. I used Google Chrome and it's always updated and current. After filling out the form, I would submit the info to go to next page, and suddenly a ton of red errors would display indicating there was missed information... lots of information that wasn't there before. In fact, an entire section was omitted on the screen. Don't panic, I just filled out what was missing and the system took it. I was actually surprised we both got approved on the first try. We didn't take chances for testing, we did a same day PCR test that we had to pay extra for. Our CVS here and our Walgreens don't offer this... there was a testing place that offered results in an hour, and they wanted $300+ for it. This 72 hour window is really playing with us, we have to take another test today at 5 for our Celebrity requirement, since we'll be staying on the Island for two nights prior. WOW! This entire process was super scary, but in the end really easy. Doesn't help that Celebrity's emails don't reflect the changes that go into effect tomorrow... they are still emailing us that we can get tested 120 hours prior. Tomorrow that changes to 72. We didn't want to chance that immigration wouldn't honor tests taken before the change went into effect... we' just want something to be easy after a very difficult 2020. So don't stress out, just push forward!
  11. Celebrity keeps sending out emails with incorrect information. We'll be sailing on Saturday and they keep saying the requirement is 120 hours for St. Maarten. Trouble is, that information changes on Thursday to 72 hours. Just amazing how they're messing this up as DallasGuy pointed out. I got my first COVID test today, taking another tomorrow for Celebrity.
  12. Such wonderful info! Thank you, it's much appreciated! Yeah the local ones around me send them out to a lab, so I'm paying for these.
  13. Thanks so very much for this clarification... you saved me a huge headache and possibly my vacation! The St. Maarten website stated that the requirement for US "remains the same" at 120 hours, but now I see how they've organized this screen... the bottom half meaning current information, future changes at the top. The celebrity email didn't help, since it validated the current info and didn't take into account our sailing is on the 3rd (we get there on the 1st) putting us into the 72 hour window. Walgreens and CVS around me do not offer RT-PCR tests, only regular PCR with results taking two days. I'm taking back to back RT-PCR tests, next week, (one of which I hope is covered by insurance) to cover both requirements. I'm almost embarrassed at the level of confusion I'm experiencing with all of this... as an IT professional of over 30 years, blogger and podcaster, we're usually seeing this from the other side and wondering why it's so complicated for some. LOLOL I guess it's geek karma? LOLOL I think it's just also the combined stress of organizing this vacation when we've re-booked with RCCL and Celebrity Probably five times already due to cancellations, etc. In any case, your advice / info / clarity is very much appreciated!!!!
  14. I am so confused. Leaving out of St. Maarten on Saturday on the Summit. Once again I get an email from Celebrity saying all passengers must be tested 72 hours prior to boarding, but then go on to say all non-US and Canadian visitors. Also PCR tests take longer to get the results, because they go out to a LAB. So like 48 hours and celebrity told me on the phone just now 15 minutes. Does anyone know if Celebrity still requires tests for US passengers? Why do they have to be so cryptic? • Test requirements for entry into St. Maarten: US & Canadian visitors must present a negative naso-pharyngeal RT-PCR test results taken within 120 hours prior to departure or an antigen test taken 48 hours prior to departure. This requirement differs from Celebrity boarding requirements which are 72 hours prior to arrival at the terminal. All non-US and Canadian visitors must present negative naso-pharyngeal RT-PCR test results taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Be sure to bring a printed copy. Name on test results must match those on government issued identification.
  15. I heard someone said Celebrity is no longer requiring testing prior to boarding, but I'm reading this on their site... I'm so confused... is it "implied" that since I'm not a non-US or Canadian I don't have to take the test? St. Maarten Travel Requirements as of May 31, 2021 Test requirements for entry into St. Maarten: US & Canadian visitors must present a negative naso-pharyngeal RT-PCR test results taken within 120 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken 48 hours prior to departure. This requirement differs from Celebrity boarding requirements which are 72 hours prior to arrival at the terminal. All non US and Canadian visitors must present negative naso-pharyngeal RT-PCR test results taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Be sure to bring a printed copy. Name on test results must match those on government issued identification. Proof of negative RT PCR test and the EHAS pre-approval form are required at the airport.
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