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  1. We stayed at the Coral by the Sea last night right near the airport and just 2 blocks to the beach. Could not check in until 3 PM because the generators are off for two hours in the afternoon and from 2 to 4 AM. We have AC and running water ( hot water too) although some have said the hot water is spotty. The elevator worked yesterday. we are on the fourth floor but it's not working today so getting our four big bags down the stairs will be interesting 😐 Not the best hotel but they covered all the basics. The restaurant right next-door is great for breakfast lunch or dinner. We went to Chili's last night just two blocks away and felt safe but would not be walking around the area after dark. We have only used bottled water because we don't trust the water supply, which was validated by one of the FEMA workers. Wish I had brought some bleach wipes but other than that all is well. Heading to the ship soon. :)
  2. We stayed at the Coral by the Sea last night right near the airport and just 2 blocks to the beach. Could not check in until 3 PM because the generators are off for two hours in the afternoon and from 2 to 4 AM. We have AC and running water ( hot water too) although some have said the hot water is spotty. The elevator worked yesterday. we are on the fourth floor but it's not working today so getting our four big bags down the stairs will be interesting 😐 Not the best hotel but they covered all the basics. The restaurant right next-door is great for breakfast lunch or dinner. We went to Chili's last night just two blocks away and felt safe but would not be walking around the area after dark. We have only used bottled water because we don't trust the water supply, which was validated by one of the FEMA workers. Wish I had brought some bleach wipes but other than that all is well. Heading to the ship soon. :)
  3. scubamargie

    Future Cruise Credit

    Did you get your FCC? Was it applied, as a discount off the price of the new booking? Was the percentage based on the old sailing price or the new one? We were canceled due to Hurricane Harvey and are just trying to book a new cruise.
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    Rum Runner Risks

    I think the scanners are getting much better. We used to be able to bring on boxed wine. On our last cruise we packed a box in each bag. One got through, the other was confiscated. We usually opt for the drinks package if it's included as a perk in a promotion (Celebrity offers this frequently and now I see Princess is starting to do the same), but we won't pay $400 for a drinks package. Just not worth it. I'm thinking smugglers are going to have to come up with some better inventions. ;)
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    How much time for Taormina?

    I think you'll enjoy the time more on a private tour. The roads can be curvy so you wouldn't want to drive. Public transportation can eat up a lot of time. We try to do public transportation whenever we can, but here it's just easier to set up your own tour and customize it to what you want to see. We used Sicily Life and enjoyed our driver so much! He had a lot of insight to share and knew the best places to stop. Definitely worth the 75 euros each, but if you have a larger group the price is even less. Check with your roll call and see if you can get some others to join you.
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    How much time for Taormina?

    We loved it! I wish I'd re-watched the movies before we went because they were so long ago I had forgotten the scenes, but the little towns were adorable. We got some great pictures. The Medieval town Forza d'Agro was like walking through a page of history. The town folk in tiny Savoca were so sweet, even bringing fresh baked cookies for us to sample. And, the scenery looking down to the coastline was breathtaking. Taorimina is just as welcoming and picturesque as the smaller towns. The little restaurants serve delicious food and great wine too! You will absolutely love your day on this enchanted isle.
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    How much time for Taormina?

    Yes, it did seem crazy for the shops to close with so many potential customers. The restaurants stayed open. We were there last week, which is the off season, so perhaps more shops normally remain open. The Greek Roman amphitheater stays open all day.
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    Civitavecchia Train Station A Lot Farther Now

    Not sure how I missed all the discussion before our cruise, but I wrongly assumed the ship shuttle still dropped off passengers at the little castle area right across from the McDonalds. When we arrived the ship's shuttle took a circuitous route and ended up farther away from the station. It sure seemed like more than half a mile! It's just less convenient than it used to be and takes more time. We ended up taking a taxi back from the station because it was raining when we returned from Rome. The taxi charged 5 euros per person (rip off!) but did take us right to the ship so we didn't need to wait for the port shuttle.
  9. For those planning to take the train into Rome from Civitavecchia be aware that the port has been re-done. It is now at least a 25 minute walk to the train station. You can wait for the city bus, but it will be about a 30 minute wait. We walked briskly and managed to make it in time to catch the 7:44 train (ship arrived at 7 am), but we had to hustle. The taxis would not take us just to the train station. Once at S. Pietro station we walked to the Vatican Museums and just made it for our 9 am entry.
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    How much time for Taormina?

    We were just there last week, however we docked in Messina. We did a tour with stops in several other little towns (The Godfather Tour) then Taormina. I think 2 - 3 hours is fine if you don't plan on a lengthy lunch. Keep in mind that the shops all close around 1 pm for several hours (Siesta time) so plan to be there in the morning.
  11. Thank you! I'll look forward to your thoughts on Martinique. Haven't been there in years so I'm sure it's changed quite a bit. Your photos are great!
  12. Thanks for the review! We are on Nov. 28th. What did you do/think of Martinique? Also, do you remember what time the disembarkation began? My daughter has an early flight (8:30) returning home at the end of the cruise. Did they start letting people off the ship by 6:30? Thanks!
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    Grand Cayman Shore Dives?

    Wow Scotte, that's a bummer! We've used Subway and they are close. It's a good alternative.
  14. scubamargie

    Grand Cayman Shore Dives?

    We have used Sueno del Mar several times in Roatan. They included the taxi fare in their price and it was certainly comparable to the ship's price. That said, we have also done the ship's dive excursion. They use Anthony Key, which is a great operation. I'd recommend that option if time is limited in port. You may or may not have a lot of divers on the excursion, but either way they divide you into small groups based on experience. We love Roatan, and LOVED diving with Cocoview, but as mentioned they really don't like cruise ship passengers. Plus, it's a bit of a hike to Cocoview depending on which port you use.
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    Grand Cayman Shore Dives?

    A second vote for Chucho. He took just the two of us out on his boat also. Plus, sometimes folks on other ships have booked with operators so you may not be the only ones for either Chucho or Dive w/Martin. A note about Sunset in Grand Cayman -- it's a bit of a swim out to the dive site so watch your air consumption. Macro diving is looking for the little stuff (yellowhead jawfish, etc.). We love DiveTech at Lighthouse Point. Last time we were there on a cruise ship we took the local bus up to the point and back. A bit of a scenic route, but it was an adventure!! (and cheap!). You won't have a far to swim at Lighthouse. Finally, one last push for doing a boat dive. The more you dive with other divers and divemasters the more tricks of the trade you'll learn. Plus, local divemasters can point out the critters you probably would swim right by without noticing.
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