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  1. We didn't bother and didn't have any problem with altitude. However there were a couple of people who had issues. On fellow had to stay at the hotel and miss the tour of Quito because he wasn't feeling well. The hotel has oxygen on hand for people who are suffering from the altitude. There was also a lady who was just finishing chemo and she too was having a hard time. She did make it on the tour in Quito but they managed to find her a wheelchair. Bring your own walking sticks. Their's are terrible wooden poles with useless straps that don't work on your wrist. The re are short poles and long poles but yuck.. they were terrible. Go to a sporting good store and buy a nice pair of adjustable trekking poles that you can collapse and fit in your suitcase.
  2. Oh you're going to love it!!! Flora is beautiful and the small size is really nice. You're pretty much only one deck away from where you want to be.
  3. The backpacks are exactly like what someone mentioned earlier about the little white backpacks they give people in Aquaclass on the big ship. Only the ones we got on Flora were grey. They aren't much but like I said, you'll find you really have very little to carry. You won't want to carry a lot because it can be hot, you have to take them off to put your life jacket on and some excursions can involve scrambling over rocks and through water. You aren't allowed food or snacks so really, a camera, sunscreen, water and maybe a light layer is all you will need. Unless you're on a snorkelling excursion then you'll be lugging a big bloody bag of wetsuit, flippers and mask along with your towel. Here's a few snaps.. the little backpacks. You also get a packet containing a rain poncho. We didn't;t use ours because we brought rain jackets with us. It did rain somewhat the last day when we went to the Darwin Centre and then up into the mountains and planted trees. Some other pics of excursion action. Most hikes were not very strenuous but we always took the ones that seemed most exercise because that's what we're into. The picture is of a wet landing using the Flora zodiacs which have a really nice ladder in the front. They don't allow you to take your life jacket off until you're on dry land.
  4. These were the Flora water bottle we got. Lovely. From a practical aspect, however, I found they weren't quite big enough and I like a cap that can be operated with one hand like a flip top that can be popped open easily if I'm using it in the car etc.. And it would be handy if the cap was somehow attached to the bottle so it can't be dropped or lost. But they are lovely and insulated so water stays cold. And I especially love that they clearly make the point that disposable plastic water bottles are a no-no we should be avoiding not just on the island but everywhere. I also brought a small backpack with a camelback water bladder. I found it to me more trouble than it was worth once I got there and figured out the daily routine. As of November, they were still using abysmal wooden walking sticks. Horrible. Even the wrist straps are in the wrong place.
  5. We got the water bottles at the hotel. Drawstring backpacks were in the cabins
  6. All cabins. and the drawstring backpack they provided was usually more than adequate for the excursions. You bring your water bottle and camera, a thing of sunscreen and maybe a n extra layer but you're not allowed to bring food onto any of the islands so there's not need for a big backpack to carry a lunch or whatever.
  7. We were on the Flora and there were refill stations in every cabin on that ship. So incredibly handy since we drink water almost exclusively. Also, there are hand washing stations directly outside the dining room in addition to the Purell station. Also very appreciated since we're solid germaphobes. LOL
  8. Celebrity Edge is sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Rome, leaving April 19th arriving in Rome on May 4th. We have a stop in Barcelona. You'd still have to get home though. You could always see about taking a Cunard TA from Southampton.. maybe take a nice train ride from Barcalona (Or Rome if you stay on after Barcelona) to Paris then London then hop on the Queen Mary 2 out of Southampton on May 6th and sail directly back to NYC.
  9. Traffic is stupid in that Miami-Fort Lauderdale corridor at the best of times and keep in mind that you will be contending with morning rush hour traffic as you leave the ship. Your transportation will head out of Miami on the I-95 and it is not a fast trip in heavy traffic.
  10. As other's have mentioned, it's hurricane season. But don't let that deter you!! In November 2018 we sailed from Southampton to Boston-NYC-Bermuda-Ft. Lauderdale on Celebrity Silhouette and we were faced with a major storm that required we take an extra day to divert our course to avoid. We were suppose to stop in the Bahamas but we lost that port because of the extra sea day. But sea days are lovely. We did hit some rough weather. Our balcony furniture was all lashed down for the first few days and we weren't allowed outside on deck 5 and really didn't want to go outside even on the top decks because it was quite very windy and cold. About halfway through the week the weather cleared although we still had rough seas of 6 meters (20 feet) is was quite nice out. We hit more stormy weather as we approached Boston. There was ice on the deck as we docked in Boston. Here's a couple of videos of our trip. This first one is taken from our balcony on deck 6. This second one was when we entered New York Harbour. Much of the crew was on deck. Really nice to see they were allowed to take the time off from their very busy schedule to get out on deck and see the iconic sight of the Statue of Liberty against the backdrop of the city, like so many immigrants have seen through the ages, as a symbol of hope and freedom.
  11. Yea... pretty sure Cunard goes back and forth between Southampton and NYC pretty much year round like a weekly bus route.
  12. I agree with what Natashac85 says. It's worth it to learn how to count calories but just as important as that is actually measuring out the proper serving size as recommended on the package. Sometimes it's pretty devastating to find out just how small a serving size is but it makes a difference. I used myfitnesspal.com to lose weight. I confess that it's a bit laborious at first as you have to look up and enter absolutely everything you eat (sometimes you can just read the products barcode with your phone) and you can create and save "meals" if you frequently eat the same combination of food but it teaches you a lot about how much food you should eat and how to get more bang for your buck... meaning which foods will make you full without blowing past your actual calorie requirement for the day. Plus the app tracks your physical activity so the more you do, the more calories you burn and the more you can eat. You really don't have to diet as long as you eat sensibly.. good food in proper serving sizes.. and do a little more. The myfitnesspal app teaches you how. Also, once you're onboard, try to stick as close as possible to your 'at home' routine as possible. For us, breakfast is a biggie! We prefer to order breakfast in our room to avoid the temptations of that plate of pastries they wave under your nose, or the bacon and hash browns. At home I eat 1 piece of peanut butter toast and a cup of tea and my husband had cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. If we order that in the dining room they almost get offended so we order two bowls of oatmeal (toast will arrive cold) in our room and a plate of fresh fruit. At lunch we try to stick to salads and fresh uncooked vegetables because we find the dinners just don't seem to have enough vegetables with them. And we don't buy any kind of drink package. I know most people seem to but one average alcoholic drink will immediately add between 100-200 calories. To burn off the calories of just one beer, martini/cocktail or large glass of wine, you'd have to walk at a brisk pace for about an hour. In our books, it's easier and less expensive not to drink.
  13. jamacka


    Our cruise offers the funicular to the top and then hike back down. We're wondering how steep and long the trail back down to the monastery is?? Can anyone give a brief description of the trail?
  14. Hi, we're on the TA on Celebrity Edge from Fort Lauderdale to Rome (April 19 - May 4t). It surprises me that Celebrity does not offer and post-cruise city-stay tours in Rome once we get there. I see that they do offer a pre-cruise tour in Rome so why not also have a post cruise one. 🤔 Anyhow, we don't fly home from Rome until May 8th giving us 4 days to kick around, finding our own transportation and accommodations etc.... We can take a ship arranged transfer from port to Rome when we get there but it ends up dropping us off unceremoniously at a train station where we will then have to hire a taxi or something to our hotel ... which we have not booked yet because we know absolutely nothing about Rome other than it's big, old, crowded and confusing. So I'm here looking for recommendations on accommodations that are within walking distance of as much as possible and also maybe private tour companies that speak English that can handle the logistics of the visit. And.. if possible we'd love to take a drive outside the city, maybe a day trip to Tuscany if it works out.
  15. There were no kids on our cruise but I can tell you for certain that they have kid size goggles. I have a small face and I was given a child-sized mask. I also brought my own mask and snorkel and just decided to use my own. I don't know about wetsuits sizes. At the very least consider buying your kids a rashguard shirt as an extra layer to wear under the wetsuit or alone. I was glad to be wearing mine. As for activities, as far as I know there are no kids activities but ages 11-13, your kids will have no problem staying busy just with the excursions we all sign up for. The only requirement is that they respect the rules... stay on the path, don't touch the wildlife, don't startle the wildlife, watch your footing... especially on the lava flow. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. You'll have a couple of hours around lunch for some ship "down time". There's an extremely small pool and hot tub on board and they can go down to the lab for a look around too. Plus, there's internet included so their 'devices' will work.. if that keeps them busy.
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