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About Sailgal05

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Galveston Cty, TX
  • Interests
    Sailing, canvas sewing, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Star Clipper, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Leeward Islands
  1. Oh my gosh, those two women on the ship who sang had wonderful “pipes”!! Can you imagine singing and dancing for over two plus hours? If I did that, I’d be swelt like them 🙂 What energy! If the music wasn’t your thing, you still did a fantastic job of owning the dance floor! Thank you for the entertainment.
  2. Never did see an art auction. Piano player was in the coffee cafe at night. Lots of lounges to choose from-we had a great time onboard.
  3. Jerryr11-as dancers, what did you think of the Tropicana? Wish we could dance like that! Were you the lovely couple that would dance in the lounges? If so, you were wonderful to watch.
  4. The streets and open areas around the port where like any city. We encountered cigar smoke inside the shops that sold cigars and was also a smoking room. On the ship, deck 6 starboard, deck 11, pool aft port side and the cigar lounge deck 5 were the allowed areas for smoking. However, this was not always followed. ‘The city of Havana was the highlight of our cruise and we loved the friendly people, history and lively spirit that surrounds this island. We both agreed, we want to go back soon.
  5. Mitina- Could you tell me if you have any “free” time around Havana, or if you are always with a group? We are scheduled to go in January and this is our first visit to Cuba and first with Viking. Thank you.
  6. We are scheduled on Feb 17th and I received the same answer today when I called Star Clipper. We love St Martin and are heart-broken to see the pictures from the destruction Irma left. However, these islanders need tourists and that's just what we plan on doing. The Heineken Regatta is scheduled March 1-4 and that means that hotels and restaurants must be open. Even though our resort has been severely damaged, we will wait and see what will be our options closer to flying out 4 days before the cruise. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. Ah, danke schön! Now, if I can keep hubby from grabbing my quilt when he rolls over 😊.
  8. Great reporting of your trip. We so enjoyed our first experience on Star Clipper last February and can't wait until next February to venture on the southern trip, this time on Star Flyer. Steffi was our cruise director and her ability to speak three languages with the daily events was impressive. She was always bubbly. Our best cruise ever and made great friends to share the beautiful islands. One question if someone can answer-the bed quilts. Do they go length wise or width wise? We tried both and always short,(some body bit caught the cool) :rolleyes: Is there a trick to keep them together?
  9. Nice jeans were ok when hubby wore them to dinner on Star Clipper. One of our dinner mates did come in his shorts and the maitre'd politely asked him to change.
  10. We will be going on our first Star Clipper cruise in a few weeks and wondered about slacks for the gentlemen. Would new, dark pleated blue jeans be appropriate? So looking forward to the smaller and true sailing experience!
  11. Maybe having a new Captain, he has the option to change procedures. Don't know. Sent using the Cruise Critic forums app
  12. Our travel docs for the Nov 2nd sailing stated that check-in would be between 1:00 pm - 7:00pm. We arrived earlier, about noon, and had the fastest check-in ever. Up at Windjammer by 12:20 and all rooms were opened promptly at 1:00. Another pleasant surprise was that our luggage was sitting at our door by 2:00; not sure how long they had been sitting there. We decided not to get off the ship, grab a taxi and go to Old SJ; a good choice since it began to pour for a few hours. Was fun exploring the ship. Sent using the Cruise Critic forums app
  13. We just got back from Jewel of the Seas and did this excursion, SL26 from RCI. We too did the same trip in 2008 on a power cat, open, sat on tramp with no shade; and yes, the rum punch was flowing. Couldn't decide if we wanted to do it again, but St Lucia and the Pitons are so beautiful, we booked it again. This time was even better! Our boat was a power cat, named Tango Too, that held 150 pp, but we had about 50. There were chairs and a large covered area, or open area if you wish fore and aft. The crew were very professional and down-right fun. We first cruised up the coast with a guide who was very knowable about her island. We entered Marigot Bay, and did the once around, then proceeded to a very secluded beach for a 30 min swim/snorkle. (I was the only one to bring my gear, but there were large rocks partially submerged, were I was not disappointed with fish). From there we went further than the 2008 trip and closer to the Pitons. One crew member, Lisa, offered to take pictures with us and the Pitons in the back-beautiful! As far as snacks and drinks, they offered sandwiches, (tuna & egg salad), juice and water free, but Piton beer and chips cost, but not much. The free rum punch was available to drink after swimming, (smart). On the return trip, it began to pour, but under the canopy, the island music was playing, the rum punch consumed, and dancing had begun! We paid $63/pp this time, cheaper than in 2008, and it was by far the best ship tour we have taken. Captain Lawrence of the cat was very professional, the guide fun to listen to and understand and the crew fun but hard working. Hope RCI keeps this tour and "Tango Too".
  14. We just got off the Jewel last Saturday, and I want to say muster drill was at 5:30 (longer than usual for standing), and from there we went to 6pm dinner. This was the inaugural sailing for the captain, and I think he wanted to make certain all was covered! (Think Costa). Oh, and we didn't have to bring the lifejackets.
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