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  1. Hi! Assuming our transatlantic cruise happens in November, DH and I are hoping to walk up to Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante. I know how to get to the lift (which we don't want to take), but I can't seem to find directions for the best/safest walking path up to the top. I know that there are a lot of stairs involved, but we're in our early 50s and in good physical health so would really like the opportunity to walk to the top. Would love to know what street or area to start in to make the climb. Thanks in advance for any info you might have!
  2. And if there are over 50 kids on board, they'll hire two children's cruise directors. They will even take your kids off the ship and do their own kids' excursions! (Cruised the week before Christmas in 1979 as a nine year old, and they actually did this!) (Oh, and another funny... I remember seeing our room attendant's name on a card and told my parents, "Jesus (I pronounced it Gee-zus) is our cabin steward!" Remember, I was 9 at the time and had no idea it was pronounced Hey-soos.)
  3. Can you actually do this? I know we can take a shuttle from the train station to Largo della Pace to catch yet another shuttle to the port. However, DH and I are in good health, like to walk, and will be packing light, so assuming the weather's good, we'd prefer to walk. I saw a video posted recently that shows you can walk from the train station to the Bramante parking area just inside the pier area beyond Fort Michelangelo. Does a shuttle stop there on its way from Largo della Pace to pick up other passengers, because I'm assuming there will be a point somewhere on the pier that we'll have to be transported to the ship by bus because of security in place. Basically the reason I'm asking this is to not have to deal with two different shuttle buses, and walking all the way from our hotel to Largo della Pace with our luggage (I know it's not that far) just to catch a shuttle that's going to backtrack and retrace half of the journey we just walked to get us to the port. Hope my question makes sense, and thanks for any info you might be able to provide! 🙂
  4. Two questions: Do they have low-weight dumbbells? (5 pounders in particular) Do they have exercise balls to use in the gym- the kind you sit on to do core exercises, etc. TIA for any info you can provide!
  5. Thank you! Downloaded it and checked it out! Great app... can't wait to use it on the ship!
  6. Hi! First time on Celebrity coming up, and I'm trying to find Celebrity's version of the "Cruise Compass"... I think it's called "Celebrity Today"? Going on the western Caribbean route on the Equinox, and I'm having a hard time finding anything recent. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction? Just trying to get a feel for what kinds of activities might be offered on the ship. TIA!
  7. Sounds like us! We are usually fairly loyal to Royal but have cruised Princess twice, HAL once, and Carnival (twice for me). Chose Celebrity for our August cruise because prices on Royal were outrageous. This is a family cruise with the two of us, our college-aged DD, my parents, and my brother. We ended up booking 3 side by side by side Veranda rooms. I'm hoping that the balcony dividers can be opened up between the rooms so we can walk from one to the other. Trying to find some Celebrity Dailies from 2019 for the Equinox but am having a hard time finding something recent. From ones I've seen from 2018, it looks like they do offer a lot of venues with live music, so I hope that hasn't changed. It looks like a beautiful ship, and I'm looking forward to the itinerary- Western Caribbean including Key West (haven't been there since I was two!), so I'm really excited about that stop. We're diamond on Royal, so elite on Celebrity I guess. I need to do a little research to see exactly what that means.
  8. We are going on our shortest one (6 nights) on Sunday. We're not flying, so feel like it would be worth it. For me to factor in flying, it has to be at least a 7-day cruise. Longest one I've done was a 24-night (two 12 nights back-to-back). It was awesome, but I felt like I needed a vacation from our vacation as it was a very port-intensive trip (Eastern and Western Med for my parents' 50th anniversary). I could have stayed on longer, but I was getting a bit tired of the food... 😉
  9. Head waiter would make cherries jubilee table-side. Waiters would come out with Baked Alaska actually aflame on their heads. Streamers at sail away Huge midnight buffets every night! One of my favorite memories was making ice cream sundaes on deck with my dad in the afternoon and sitting and listening to the steel drum band by the poolside. 2 children's cruise directors were actually hired for the week before Christmas sailing on the Song of Norway back in Dec. of 1979. There were over 50 kids on board which was a lot back then! The children's cruise directors actually took us kids on tours of the islands... without our parents!!! I was 9 years old on that cruise, and I got hooked. Unfortunately next cruise wasn't for 5 more years and then finally back on RCI 18 years after that...
  10. We stayed at Country Inn and Suites when we were in Galveston in January. Literally right next door is Beerfoot Brewery and Blvd. Seafood restaurant. Highly recommend both places. https://www.beerfootbrewery.com http://blvdseafood.com
  11. Yes! I was 14 years old and went with my parents on the Tropicale right before Christmas. Didn't get DH hooked on cruising until our 8th anniversary back in '02 and took him on RCI's Explorer of the Seas. Since then, we've only done one other non-RCI cruise where we picked the ship (Princess back in 2012). My parents have taken us on HAL and another Princess cruise as well. So, this will be our first time "deviating" on our own in almost 7 years. Looking forward to trying one of the smaller ships and a different line. We're back on RCI in November on the Rhapsody (one of their older smaller ships), so this will give us a good taste for the "small ship" cruising. Definitely looking forward to the Serenity area and like the fact that it's open and at the back of the ship with an AWESOME view! Many of RCI's adult-only solariums are enclosed and seem to get stuffy over time. This cruise is one just for pure relaxation... we had a yucky few months after Hurricane Florence rolled through town and are glad to finally have all of that behind us. Now we just need some time to unwind. 🙂
  12. The aft locations on ships are my favorite! I've never had an aft cabin before, but I sure do like finding spots on the ship to watch the wake and take pictures!
  13. Yes! I think it's called the Alchemy Bar! Just saw a photo that one of my friends took on a cruise earlier this year. Looks like a pretty place! She took a really nice photo with her husband there. I've been watching a vlog by Josh Hocum (evidently a frequent Carnival cruiser) who went on the Ecstasy earlier this year. I've seen many things in his videos of the ship that I'm looking forward to!
  14. Sailing on Ecstasy out of Charleston in 10 days. Booked the cruise since it was a good deal and it's only a 5 hour drive to the port. What are some things I should make sure not to miss on the ship? Not really into specialty dining. We do enjoy nightly entertainment (live music, production shows in the theater, etc.). Any activities not to miss? Any neat spots for pictures of the two of us or cool views of the ship and venues? Any insider tips would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
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