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About StCroixCruiser

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    Vancouver, WA
  • Interests
    scuba, sailing, traveling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess & Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean or Greek Islands

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  1. One of the best excursions in PV is the Marigalante pirate ship cruise with breakfast, bbq lunch, open bar, pirate show, beach time, snorkel time for those who want it, etc. My sons loved it when I took them years ago. It's popular with all ages for different reasons.
  2. I've traveled solo often since my husband died in 2009. We lived in the Caribbean at that time and traveled constantly; so with all the other changes in life finding myself suddenly single, I didn't want to give up travel, too. Solo cruises work well, both for the safety factor and because you have so many chances to have companionship for various things if you wish it or do your own thing when that's what feels right. Sometimes I travel with a friend or a family member, but with my work schedule I tend to get sudden opportunities to take some time off. I booked a 10-night trip today for 18 days from now, for example. That makes it hard to find a travel companion. Staying home alone or traveling alone?... hmmm... I'll take the traveling alone every time! I dine solo some nights, but also enjoy joining a group for dinner to talk about our day in port or plans for the next day. Often, there are quite a few solo travelers on board looking for that same loose connection. I usually find a few people to group up for trivia or just for drinking wine and watching the ocean roll by. The Roll Call and Meet & Greet are a good way to start. For a Mediterranean cruise, the Roll Call was instrumental in arranging great tours with some fun people.
  3. NCL's "free" packages aren't anywhere near free considering what you have to pay additionally to qualify... and then pay more in tips on top of that.
  4. On your Roll Call question... click here: https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcalls/?cruise_line_id=24 That takes you to a list of upcoming sailings on Norwegian. Find the one for your ship name and date of departure. That roll call is for your specific cruise and you can connect with people who will be onboard with you prior to departure. On Western Caribbean cruises, it's common for there to be a lot of SCUBA divers onboard hoping to dive in Caymans, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, etc. They can assist your research and maybe together you can find a great deal on a dive excursion. If you don't find your specific ship/sailing date in the main list at this link, click where it says "if you don't find your roll call Click Here" and you can see more.
  5. You can check PADI's website for dive operators at various locations. Sometimes you can find specials that way or links to reviews from past customers. Emailing a dive shop to outline your diving experience level and what you are looking for can sometimes improve the product they sell you. I've been an instructor for 20 years and I let dive shops know I'm looking for more extreme diving and not a cattle boat on a damaged reef. 90% of the time I get great rates and personalized dives in the best areas.
  6. 49-1/2 days to go. 42 of which I will spend helping hurricane recovery in Houston; so I'll really need a vacation by time I hit the ship in Rome.
  7. I was on the NCL Jade last winter for a 12 night Caribbean cruise, traveling solo in an inside cabin as I was able to get time off from work unexpectedly and booked what they had left available. Eight different evenings, I had between 3-8 crew members show up in my cabin following my shower before dinner. Before I could dry off. Before I could get dressed. Apparently the inside cabins get steamed up during a shower and it sets off the smoke alarm. The first time it happened, they called my stateroom phone and I answered and told them there wasn't a fire, just some steam from the shower. Didn't matter that I was there and reassured them. NCL sends crew into the cabins no matter what. I quit even bothering to grab a towel after about the 4th time. The last night of the cruise the comedian doing the final show included this special Jade experience in his monologue. He thought it was awesome that the Jade sent geishas to dry him off after every shower.
  8. I booked a solo cruise on NCL Spirit to the Greek Islands - 11 nights for $1099 with a $50 cabin credit plus your choice of one of their bonus offers. This is for the October 22, 2017 sailing in an inside cabin.
  9. I've cruised solo a number of times, most recently on the NCL Jade in January-February. The Jade wasn't great at getting singles together, but I'll try again. Just booked my next solo trip on NCL Spirit for the Greek Islands Oct. 22 - Nov. 2, 2017 Anyone else going Greek this fall?
  10. I am flying into the Melville Hall Airport in a few days (Liat flight) on the NE corner of the island and need transportation to Roseau to board a private sailboat as a new crew member. Anyone on here from Dominica have info on the best way to get from the MH Airport to Roseau? Also, any idea what kind of rate to expect to be charged per person with a couple bags and a carry-on? Thanks for any help!
  11. the microbrewery does have some decent brews. The Puerto Rican beer, Medalla, really has a weird after taste for me and I prefer to avoid it.
  12. I responded to your question on another post you made about the hotel. I am a Realtor on St. Croix in the USVI. :-) I hope you have a wonderful trip! My first time to the area was on a cruise ship years ago and I moved down from Seattle 8 years later. Islands are addicting.
  13. You will never see a bad review for this tour company, unlike most every other one in existence. They are good about communication and reliable as well. They have good quality equipment. I own a Segway and was worried their rentals might be beat up when I took my boys on the 2 hour OSJ and Fort tour a year ago and we were delighted with the entire adventure. They DID show up about 10 minutes later than they'd said at their shop (we were the first tour of the day on New Year's Eve), and one of the Segways wasn't fully charged up so one of my sons was on the previous year's model... but that's as bad a review as I can come up with. I'm planning to go out with them again in February when a g/f and I are taking a cruise out of San Juan as she hasn't toured OSJ before and this is a great way to see a lot in a short time effortlessly and have fun while you are at it.
  14. The cab rates around the airport, old san juan and pan am pier zone of Puerto Rico are typically about $10 pp each time they put you into a cab even for a 5 minute drive. Also figure $2 per bag each time. If going into Old San Juan just for an evening or the morning before boarding the ship, I'd suggest leaving luggage at the hotel. One person can go back for all the luggage if it's embarkation day and saving cab fare is an issue. Sometimes it's well worth getting a rental car for one day to save cab fares to explore the night you arrive and again the next morning, especially with more people in your party. That way you only pay for cab fare for one person to return to the ship after returning the rental car as he/she can drop off other passengers and luggage at the pier before taking the car back. The rental car companies will provide transportation between the airport and their off-site pick-up sites. Just be sure you get GOOD directions to where you're going, though, or you can get horribly lost.
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