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  1. She's about to come into harbor, Port Everglades webcam should pick her up any minute now. Are they making everyone disembark tonight?
  2. Seems like that would make sense. I'd wonder if the shoreside personnel are still at the pier at this late hour to unload luggage, transport passengers to hotels, etc.
  3. Marine traffic.com shows 1 pilot heading out to sea, but it's headed toward the cargo ship just south of the Regal
  4. You're right I see the name, it is leaving. Hope whomever was ok.
  5. The Port of Miami webcam appears to show a HAL ship docked at a non passenger terminal. I can't enlarge the picture enough to see the name. Maybe a medical evac?
  6. I've snorkeled off Coki myself many times, the reef to the left toward the cliff is really good, that end of the beach is less croweded. Coki is a little more protected than the other 2 as far as waves. Coki does have lockers, there's even a Discover Scuba facility there on the right side. You can rent chairs very inexpensively, there are several bars/restaurants there on the beach. They do have nice restrooom/shower facilities.
  7. I just got back, check One Love Charters. They were amazing! They'll customize your trip, they can take up to 6 people and you get to go to snorkel spots that are either uncrowded or completely your own to explore. We saw several rays, a barracuda and even a sleeping nurse shark. I highly recommend them! Reasonable rates for your group and customized tours to St. John or even to the British Virgin Islands if you prefer. They'll recommend using Smile Taxi to get to the marina, her driver was great, she dropped us off and picked us up right at the marina, plus it was great not to have to wait for the safari buses to fill up.
  8. We were in St Thomas last week as one of our ports. I have to write about how awesome our day was! We booked a private tour with One Love Charters for a trip to St. John with plenty of snorkeling. Before our trip they were so very prompt to respond to all our emails with questions and asked lots of questions so they could customize our trip. They even suggested we use Smile Taxi to get to the marina. Our day could not have gone any better! Their boat is in great shape and rides smoothly. The twin engines are 4 stroke so they're as economical and environmentally friendly as possible. Joe was already there when we arrived, went over the itinerary he thought would work for us to make sure we were okay with it. They'd asked in advance what we'd like to drink other than the water they provide, and had everything ready for us. Off we went to St. John for the day. The 2 snorkel spots were uncrowded and so very much better than any I'd ever seen on any ship's excursion! Joe will also go to the British VI if you prefer. I have been on many (50+) snorkel tours in the Caribbean, both ship's and private, this ranked in the top 2. Give them a try, I promise you'll be glad you did. And work with Carol at Smile Taxi for any land transportation or tours you need. She too customizes everything for you.
  9. Thanks to all! Billy's,Trulucks, boatyard and Southport. I'll give em a shout closer to that time.
  10. Thanks to you both. Absolute aware they're previously cooked even at fish markets. Publix may be a good idea as long as I get them to crack them fully for us. Hang out by the pool with Stone Crabs and wine, sounds like a plan. Otherwise, yeah Billy's is good, I've been there and it's not that far away.
  11. Anyone who doesn't have the drink package, take some cash on Princess Cays, go behind the fence to the true local market. Ask for the stand that sells beer and mixed drinks. You can get beer, mixed drinks, cigarettes at great prices. Last December I got 3 beers and a sprite and it was like $8 so the Kalik or Sands Bahamian beers are like $3 each. He will also make mixed drinks for you. I bring a baggie from home, get ice from my ship ice bucket, put the beers in there and go back for refills if I run out. They tell you no need to bring cash off the ship, but beer, cigarettes and souvenirs much cheaper behind the fence. No worries getting back into the "Princess/Carnival" approved area, they just look at your cruise card.
  12. I think I will wind up bookin with them, thank you!
  13. 2 FLA natives will be staying at a hotel on 17th St. Causeway the night before a Princess cruise in December. I know this is Stone Crab season, are there restaurants in walking distance that anyone has been to that serve fresh Stone Crabs? I think I saw Finster Murphy's may have them, but I don't think the kitchen is open until the 4 or 5pm we need? Or I know there are 2 restaurants on the beach in Dania that do, but I'd prefer something close to walk to. Thanks in advance for all the Ft. Lauderdale residents/pros that can help!
  14. Thank you! That was one if the 3 I was looking at, I will contact them
  15. Looking for recommendations. We'll be in St Thomas in December from 10 am until 10 pm on the Regal. So really we have probably 11am until 4ish of good warm daylight. I'd like to take a small shared excursion or private boat with a couple snorkel stops away from the usual cruise ship snorkel places then go to Lime Out floating taco bar off St. John for a bit. Anyone have any experiences/recommendations they'd like to share? Thanks in advance!
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