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luvabargain

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    Cruising - of course! RV-ing, Scrapbooking, Reading, did I mention vacationing?

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  1. 100% money back. I am not loyal to any one brand and with my job and the limited days available for me to take off, I have to take what is available.
  2. What is the entertainment? That's what we're most concerned about on our upcoming cruise in August. Glad to hear it is better. It's the one thing we've seen others post over and over that was lacking.
  3. I'm going to resurrect this post. Please update when you're back how everything went. We are going to these same exact locations in August 2020 on our Celebrity cruise. My husband and I are wanting to pick 3 dive spots. We are newbies - we went on our first scuba adventure on our last cruise, in St Maarten. We absolutely loved it, which I knew we would. We'd like to get certified. If anyone has any advice for me, please let me know. Thanks!
  4. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for. Thanks guys. On this trip we are not looking for entertainment such as slides and rock walls, etc., but more laid back entertainment, and wouldn't expect all the other stuff from Celebrity anyway. With this being so port intensive, it wouldn't be necessary anyway. We do like live music, wine tasting, etc. We are really not too picky, but we do like to enjoy entertainment while on vacation. We are not big drinkers, so not into the heavy partying scene. I just want to be sure that there is stuff to do other than just sit poolside all day or evening.
  5. Hi all, I'm now in the search mode for our next cruise. A little about me and dh and how we cruise: We have been on approximately 7 or 8 cruises and have cruised Carnival, RCCI and MSC. We love them all, and we are not picky. We've learned things are different, from ship to ship and company to company, and yet many things are the same, and we like the diversity of trying new things. We prefer port days to sea days, as we are people who are always on the go on vacation - we like to experience things. I do tend to forget that we are in our late "ahem" 40's, and not in our 20's anymore. My poor husband. We are recently empty nesters, and our young adult children will not be taking the trip with us, I don't think. Our first priority when booking a cruise is that it matches our vacation dates. My husband and I both have to bid for our vacation dates every year, and I do not have wiggle room in my dates, which makes it tough to work around. I'm throwing around a few ideas, but one I really like is the Equinox 12 day Caribbean sailing, it goes to several ports, none of which we have been to, and we really want to do a lot of scuba diving in different areas. I coerced my hubby into scuba on our cruise last year, and it was the highlight of our trip, and now we are going to get certified. He likes the idea of cruising and diving rather than do a land based scuba vacation. I have some particular questions about the entertainment onboard the Equinox. We will be going to several ports, but there will still be about 4 sea days, plus we're going during hurricane season, so that can mess things up and it's a risk we are willing to take. We like to go to all the different shows and entertainment venues - comedy, music, acts, etc. I'm curious if there's good evening entertainment onboard? Also, although we are water people, we do not like to just hang around the pool all day. We do for a little while but then get bored if there's no activities. We do love to soak in hot tubs and saunas and things like that. On our last cruise we actually went on two different cruise lines back to back and I had us doing ship tours, escape rooms, bowling, zip lining, and the list goes on. Again, my poor husband. I'm going to have to scale that back. All this just to ask if there's any recommendations, or things for me to consider, or any messages to point me to. I appreciate it!
  6. Ha ha. Sounds like what I will be doing as well.
  7. This sounds like my husband and I as well, although we're 48-49. I do like a mix of age ranges and we're not into the partying, but we do like to participate in things and stay up and have fun. I hadn't considered this line, but it will fit during my vacation days next year, and looks like it might be worth a try.
  8. Wow. We went on Seaside last August and this was NOT the case with us - we absolutely loved it, the staff was amazing and ALL spoke English to us. The ship was probably the cleanest I've ever been on and the food was on par with Carnival and RC - not top of the line, but we always found plenty that we liked. I also did not notice a lot of smoking areas, and we are not smokers. We did not have the YT experience, I'm not into that, we just had so much fun and there was a lot to do. We will definitely do MSC again.
  9. We really enjoyed the Mariner. They did a good job with the updates and it's a good sized ship.
  10. A couple more pictures of the bathroom....totally sufficient for the 2 of us.
  11. For this 4 night cruise, we decided not to get a balcony cabin, but I had seen the Interior Promenade rooms and I thought they looked fun and different, especially this being my first time on a Royal ship, so I booked an Interior Promenade room. The room number was 7583 and we were very pleased with the room, it's size, the location and type. Our room steward was I Dewa and he was so relieved that I spoke English and not Spanish. He was apologizing to me for not being able to speak Spanish and I told him that makes 2 of us. LOL He said that the majority of the passengers in his rooms only spoke Spanish and he didn't know the language. He tried to be very helpful to us, always giving directions and pointing out things he thought might be of interest to us. He was probably the nicest room steward I have had on a cruise. I lounged on the couch every night with the curtains opened, just enjoying the promenade view while journaling and reading. It was very relaxing.
  12. We had to eventually make our way to the muster station which was a nightmare. They were yelling and packing us in like sardines, single file lines vertically with children in front, the little ones didn't like it, wanted to be with their mamas. I believe this was the worst muster I've been to. It was very loud and uncomfortable but thankfully we only have to do it once per cruise. They did scan our cards when we arrived and made sure we were at the right place. Muster Drill We took off shortly before 4pm and got our Bon Voyagedrinks. That afternoon we hit the iceshow which was a circus theme and was absolutely amazing! LOVED it. We had My Time Dining and went to dinner pretty late, around8:30 pm. Our waiter was Jose andassistant waiter was Vansangkima. Our Bon Voyage drinks. I can't remember what I had, but the bartender used orange juice instead of pineapple juice. Hello and goodbye Norwegian Sky
  13. We checked our bags in with the porter and quickly made our way through the Royal Caribbean section onto the Mariner of the Seas with no wait time. The first thing we did was to explore the ship. We went all over taking it in and then decided to check out our room. It was one o' clock and we were pleasantly surprised to find our room ready. We unpacked and then headed to the buffet area to find some eats. I had the taco and salad bar along with a couple of other items, and most everything I tried was good. We're not big buffet people, but the lunch buffet was good, we enjoyed the taste and variety.
  14. Monday August 13th - Day 1 - embarkation WHOOP! WHOOP! It's cruise day! We took our time, didn't feel like much of the free breakfast, just a yogurt, but I HAD to have coffee. We walked to a nearby Publix grocery store and purchased two bottles of wine to take onboard. we contacted Uber a little after 11am and before we knew it, we were on our way to the Port of Miami for around $8. This Uber driver was friendly and a little talkative, so it made for a quick pleasant drive. There she is! HELLO Mariner!
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