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About ILoveScotland

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    Southwest Florida
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    travel, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean, Transatlantic

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  1. Milwaukee Eight, I use Comic Sans MS with 16 pt (i.e. this one) most of the time. Just forgot on my last post. Comic Sans is easiest for me.
  2. Yes, the one that stopped at Iceland. So, canceled for 2021? I was actually thinking about 2020, but maybe all cruises are still cancelled through this summer.
  3. Has Royal Caribbean discontinued its North Atlantic Route across the ocean? I had considered that cruise in the past and was searching for it yesterday and couldn't find it listed.
  4. I seem to remember that a few years ago there were perks of some kind (can't remember what they were) for people who owned Royal Caribbean stock. Is this still true, and if it is, anyone know the amount of stock needed and the perks? Thanks.
  5. Thank you. That's exactly what I was hoping to learn. When possible I prefer to take excursions offered by local people rather than the ship. Are there companies that offer private tours? I would enjoy snorkeling, but I am not a "beach" person as such. Plus I live in SW Florida only 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico so can go to the beach any time. I would enjoy seeing the downtown area, but pink salt flats and a donkey sanctuary sound interesting.
  6. I'm booking a cruise for next winter that will include a stop in Bonaire. I've never been there so would like some recommendations, ideas or general information about the island which will help me as I make plans for my day in port.
  7. I just got off the Allure this past Sunday. I'd never cruised on one of the mega ships and while I'd never say never, I will say that I would prefer to cruise on a ship no larger than the Freedom class. Part of the problem was that we had 6200 passengers on board with more children than I could never count, so it felt crowded at all hours. I was also in a forward balcony almost under the bridge which meant I had to walk a lot. That's not too bad in general, but it's a chore if someone simply needs to retrieve something from their cabin. All in all I just felt like I was in a crowded mall at Christmas. Did I enjoy the cruise? Of course. What's not to like when on the sea? I just prefer smaller ships with 2500 passengers with lots of open spaces. That means my favorite class is the Radiance class with the huge windows and the balcony cabins on the hump. I think I may be in the minority, but that's my take on the Allure. One positive for a TA is that you probably won't have a full ship and few, if any, children. Beth
  8. I visited St. Martin/St. Maarten on a private tour that allowed a lot of flexibility in 2011 and while it was not my favorite port of that cruise, I did enjoy having going to Maho to see the airplanes, having a drive around the island that included a couple of hours in Marigot to have lunch and explore the town a bit. Last week I took a ship's tour and felt very sad as we saw the devastation that remains after Hurricane Irma in 2017. The island is coming back, but we saw many buildings still boarded up, but it was Marigot that made me very sad. That lovely town remains and is rebuilding, but it has a long way to go. I would still encourage anyone whose cruise takes them to St. Martin/St. Maartin to tour the island, buy lunch or perhaps a few pieces of clothing or jewelry or whatever suits your fancy. It is still a lovely place that will eventually return to its former status. Beth
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