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  1. On the Equinox in June we had an 11:10 flight. We used Rome Cabs and they suggested a 7:00 pickup. Like the above poster we got there in under an hour and we were through security and at the gate by 9:00. Celebrity assigned us a time of 6:30 to leave the ship and our bags were there to be picked up. The luggage was in very small groups so it was very easy to find.
  2. We just did the yellow last week, like you because it was a simple option. I'm looking at the brochure right now and it was $20e for adults and 8 for kids. We only went to the Acropolis and Plaka. There was always a bus that was going directly back to the port so you didn't have to do the rest of the route. The red and yellow were right there together, but we never checked on the red.
  3. Just did the day pass there last week. It's a beautiful resort and a very relaxing day. It was a nice rest stop in an otherwise very busy week. The beach area is very small, but the pool is fantastic. The pictures on their website are very accurate.
  4. How did everyone get the information/reservation form from the resort? I emailed a request to info@saintjohn.gr but I haven't gotten a response. It's been about a week, and I have checked my spam folder. Does anyone have another email address that might work better. I wasn't able to find any info about day passes on their website. Thanks
  5. I've read that there are places to get water/snacks along the trail, but are there public restrooms available at any point? Thanks for the help.
  6. We were in St. Thomas just last week with our boys, 8 & 11, and we just took a cab to Sapphire Beach on our own. If you are looking for an excursion with some sort of boat ride than this may not interest you, but we live on the lake as well, so a boat doesn't hold much excitement for my boys. At Sapphire we were able to snorkel right from the beach. There is a coral reef on either side, and turtle grass in the middle. There is a small dive shop type booth right there at the beach that rents equipment, and they were helpful pointing out where to swim to see what (turtles, rays, fish, etc.). They held our towel/bags for us as well, and had noodles for the boys to use to help them float (they had vests for rent but they didn't want to use them since they enjoy diving down). The day we were there it was raining in the morning, but we went anyway and had the beach to ourselves for probably two hours. It started to clear up in the afternoon and the tour groups arrived. It was pretty good snorkeling, too, especially considering that you were able to get in and out, or spend as much time in the water as you wanted.
  7. Yesterday they announced the cancellation around 11:30 for the 12:00 arrival time. Not sure about your specific tour, but we had booked a room at the Comfort Suites for the Atlantis passes and were charged the $300 room fee. A hotel could be quite different than a tour, however. In any event, there was hardly any advanced notice.
  8. I thought I read somewhere on these boards that it is not customary to tip taxi drivers in St. Thomas since they own their cabs. Not for a tour, but simply a cab ride to a beach. Anyone know if this is the case? Thanks
  9. The company website says to book through the cruiseship, which I did this past Wednesday, and I'm pretty sure I got a confirmation that we were booked on the 10:00 sailing. However, when I never got my e-mail confirmation and the excursion didn't show up in my e-docs I called NCL and was told that they were having problems with the online bookings, there was no record of the reservation, and the excursion was now sold out. NCL's advice was to check once we were onboard to see if there was a cancellation. I sent a booking request directly to the company through their website, and got back an e-mail that on days that they have cruise ships in port they give all of their availability to the ships. I sent a follow up explaining the situation, but have not heard back yet. Has anyone ever booked this excursion through an outside excursion company? Any suggestions?
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone. We have a much clearer idea of what to expect. I ended up contacting the company directly and they said that children ages 7 and older were welcome. They do require that one parent not take an active role in the sail in order to keep an eye on the kids, which I understand and appreciate. My younger one is more of an observer than a participant anyway, so all should work out well.
  11. I think that we are going to attempt the dollar ride to Sapphire Beach. How will I know where the correct stop to exit the bus is? From all of the posts that I have read, I know that we should get off at the enterance to the Sapphire Beach Resort and walk to the beach, but is this a regular stop along the route, with signage and such? Or will I have to ring some sort of buzzer requesting to get off the bus. Thanks for the help!
  12. Has anyone done the America's Cup excursion with kids? We will be there in Nov and we really want to do this. Our boys are 12 and 8. They are big for their ages and we are a boating family, but not sailing. The company website instructs you to book through the ship, and the NCL site does list a child's price so children are allowed. I want the kids to enjoy themselves, but I don't want to annoy others if this is not necessarily a kid friendly excursion. Thanks for any help.
  13. Can anyone who has sailed recently (since labor day) tell me if it seems like the number of kids on board has gone down? I had been reading that some of the summer sailings had upwards of 1600 kids some weeks. Just hoping some of this pool issues (jumping, lines at slides,etc.) might have been alleviated with less kids. FYI - I am traveling with kids in Nov, so this is not an anti-child post.
  14. Thanks for the input. I wasn't aware that they gave out a schedule of activities. We did do some of the family kids club activities on our last cruise, but that was on the Spirit and that kids area was quite small and didn't really appeal to them. It doesn't really matter to me one way or the other whether they go. We usually can find enough activities as a family to keep us busy, but if I hear "I'm Bored" on the Epic, I may be tempted to throw them overboard.:)
  15. I have an 8yo & 11yo, and the 8yo is not into trying out the Kids Club at all. I understand that there are age groupings, but will they be separated within the room and doing structured activities? If he could go and hang out playing video games with his brother, I think it might appeal to him, but not being confined to a group doing activities and crafts. Can anyone give me an idea of what sort of activities they do? We've been on several NCL cruises, but they have never wanted to attend the kids club. I also think I read that the 11yo would be able to check himself out, but he would not be able to take the 8yo with him - is this correct? Thanks for the help
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