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About Graciesmom2

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    West Virginia
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    Traveling, quilting, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Norwegian,Royal Caribbean, first trip planned on Celebrity next spring
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  1. We were on Solstice May 31-June 7. We purchased soda in Seattle before boarding, put in a tote bag with a Celebrity luggage tag and put with all our other luggage. Was delivered to our room without issue. My partner was sure it was going to disappear before delivery to our room. But came with all our other bags.
  2. Mikkelhansen.... we did not have any beverage package so the cost was up front for me. Not cost effective for us since a glass of wine with dinner is a big splurge. Our total cost at the end of the cruise for drinks, misc and a hot glass class ( for me) came to about $125 each. A lot less than a drink package ! We save so we can cruise more !
  3. A pot of plan, ordinary tea at el Bacio of $5.00. I was very tired one afternoon and all I wanted was a good hot cup and stopped there. Learned it’s worth it to take the elevator to Oceanview. All the pastries are free.
  4. My first try...a paperweight. You pick the colors. While the glass is hot, you won’t see the final colors until it has cooled.
  5. I prepaid for the class using Cruise Planner. Once we boarded, I received a call from the hot class ladies telling me to come up and make My appointment time for the class. I found that due to weather conditions, they can’t preassign the class times , until the ship sails. One ,morning classes were cancelled due to high winds. So, if not in your cruise calendar, don’t worry. I took the class and enjoyed so much, I scheduled another when I went up to pick up my piece the next day.
  6. I have done it twice and really enjoyed it. I would recommend that your wife go up and watch others do the class and then decide. I found that it was easy to book a class while on board. Usually done on sea days. There are several things to chose from, priced accordingly. One note, classes were cancelled one morning due to high winds, but rescheduled.
  7. We heard from several cruisers this week that did whale watching tours and were very disappointed. Most said all they saw was one fluke. We saw a whale breach while just walking along the shore in Juneau. Also saw several “ blows” from the ship. Saw an Orca just before we reached Victoria. It’s all very iffy since the whales go where they want, not where you want them. Some areas I understand are better than others. Do research on this board and others.
  8. We just got back from Alaska yesterday. I highly recommend the Saxman Native Village Totem trip in Ketchikan. You visit a real Tlingit Village. See a Totem workshop where they are creating new totems. See villagers dance in their clan house. Learn a lot of their history and meet some great people and see some impressive totems. As a sewer, I really enjoyed talking to a woman who creates their native dress. Was a trip highlight for us.
  9. We too met lots of folks on Solstice that had “ no clue” as to what to do or where to go on their cruise to Alaska. I researched everything and read every post, blog and website available to insure we got the most out of our trip. I am amazed that others don’t. I met a couple that had no idea they could schedule and pay for their excursions before boarding and were panicking at viewing their final statement. We prepaid for as much as possible so their were no surprises at the end of the week. I guess we are just very odd.
  10. We just returned from Solstice. While in Victoria, we did a Pedicab ride. The Victoria Pedicab Company has a website with costs. It was a two and a half hour ride. We went places that the buses can’t go. Through parks and saw all the highlights including Chinatown. The tour guide was a native and knew lots of history. Well worth the trip and the cost. We would not have been able to see as much by foot. We are seniors so we take costs very seriously and thought the tour was well worth it! I would highly recommend! They pick you right up at the pier.
  11. Just off the Celebrity Solstice today from Alaska. It was chilly all week. Colder on the ship than I thought it would be. I wore a cardigan sweater everyday. The trip up Endicott Arm was very cold ...29 degrees. Had on my winter hat, gloves, scarf . I didn’t take a heavy coat, but wore a fleece pullover, long sleeve shirt under, quilted vest and my raincoat. We we asked our stateroom attendant for blankets, which he provided. Perfect for sitting on the balcony and watching the scenery go by. Only thing I forgot to bring was some tape to tape down the switch on the hair dryer. Holding it down was a pain.
  12. Thank you ghstudio for your quick response !
  13. Am preparing to board the Solstice on the 31st . Have done many cruises, but not Celebrity. Quick question- my partner is a Pepsi guy. I have read somewhere that we can bring soda aboard. Any rules ? Bottles? Cans ? Does it need to be in a tote bag of any type ? Carry on or can we put it with our luggage ? Thanks in advance.
  14. Per NBC news the ship is called “ Freewinds” and is owned by the Church of Scientology. There are approx. 300 passengers aboard. A member of the ships crew is reported to have measles. The powers that be on St Lucia are preventing the ship from docking as they are afraid the disease will spread on the island.
  15. With the measles outbreak in the US and a cruise ship being quarantined in St Lucia, do you think cruise lines will soon require proof of measles vaccination before boarding ? We have a cruise coming up the end of this month. Being senior citizens we would be hard pressed to locate shot records from 60 years ago. Only other alternative would be to get a booster shot next week, just in case. Per information I have located online, those people born before 1957 are assumed to have immunity since measles was rampant when we were young. Thoughts ?
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