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  1. Thanks for taking the time to reply! I will forward this information to my friend before she boards! Maybe she can stop at a drugstore on the way to the ship!
  2. My friend is in Vancouver ready to board the Millennium tomorrow for their first cruise. She forgot her hairdryer and asked me what the hairdryers are like on the ship. Since I always use my own hairdryer, can anyone comment on the ship's hairdryers (aqua class if that makes any difference)? Are they like the low-powered hotel ones? I know this seems silly, but a girl can't live without a good hairdryer!!!
  3. CATCH THE CAT in Antigua was one of the best excursions we have ever been on! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1892998-d8709548-Reviews-Catch_The_Cat_Private_Sailing_Charters-Jolly_Harbour_Saint_Mary_Parish_Antigua_A.html We have also done several of the Xtreme tours that were also fun! The speed boat was really bumpy and not for anyone with motion sickness issues! We liked the one with the lobster lunch the best. Thenford Grey does a great tour and the beach stop at the end is nice! Very entertaining and charming!
  4. We are thinking about booking Hilton Rose Hall while in Jamaica this July with our grandkids ages 4, 4 and 6! I can't seem to find a lot of information on CruiseCritic! It appears it may be a 15 minute ride from port? Any recommendations or comments? Jewel Bay looks nice but from what I have read, it is a 45 minute drive! Too long!
  5. I just received this info from a tour operator when I inquired about an excursion in July. The Cayman Islands do not observe daylight saving and remain on the same time year round; we are 5 hours behind GMT. Ship time vs Cayman local time can be a bit confusing; some ships change time with each port; some do not. The Cayman Islands are an hour behind Florida time and the same as Texas/New Orleans time from March 10 until November 03, 2019. If your cruise ship stays on Florida time, then your ship time is an hour ahead of Cayman local time. If your ship stays on Texas/New Orleans time then your ship time should be the same as Cayman time. If you have any concerns about what time zone your ship will be on we are more than happy to provide the past arrival times for your ship. We do suggest double checking all arrival and departure information with your cruise ship directly.
  6. Thanks for all of the information! Our friends went forward with the expensive coverage. It is their first cruise and they are at the mercy of their TA! They did allow me to move them around for a great cabin though! We are taking a family trip this summer to the Caribbean and this info has been helpful to me. Thanks!
  7. I am helping a friend plan her first cruise. The TA she used is selling them insurance for $300 per person for a 7-night Alaskan cruise. I have not yet been to Alaska but that seems to be high especially since Alaska is a state. Does her normal medical insurance not cover medical expenses in Alaska? It seems she would only need trip cancellation insurance. Any thoughts on this? Also, I have used several different companies for insurance on my previous cruises. What is the most reasonable and dependable coverage?
  8. We usually sail on Celebrity but are thinking about taking our son and family (wife and three kids) on Liberty out of Galveston. Is there a link for the best cabins? Any thoughts on the aft cabins? Any advice would be appreciated!
  9. The aft balconies are our favorites! We could have upgraded to Aqua Class for an additional $100 but we were not about to give up our aft balcony! It's nice that it is half covered which works well when you want shade or protection from rain! The aft balconies on the S class ships are not as nice and we usually look for something midship on those ships! We were in 7203! Pictures are the view from our balcony and our friends' balcony (they had a handicapped cabin and the balcony was approximately two feet wider). On our balcony, we had a table with four chairs and the two lounge chairs just like the ones pictured!
  10. I totally agree with you! We have already booked for next year!
  11. I am glad you liked it too! I was beginning to think I was really missing something since it was so nice! We are also booked for next Christmas! We are planning our first Disney cruise in spring 2020 and could use some pointers from you! Our grandchildren will be 6 and 8 then! We have done Disneyland but I have heard the cruises are much nicer! Judy
  12. We just returned from Christmas on Summit and had a wonderful time! After reading all of the negative reviews about the condition of the ship and poor service at the bars, our expectations were not very high! We were pleasantly surprised with our entire week onboard! To all of the people who complained about everything, maybe they should add a little more to their cups so that they will be half full rather than half empty! It had been a while since we had been on the Summit and we had forgotten how much we liked that ship. We had an aft cabin with the huge balcony and really enjoyed that once again. The aft cabins on the S class ships are just not as nice! The food in the MDR and buffet was excellent (we chose to have an aft cabin over Aqua class), our room steward was excellent, the bar service was excellent (especially the Martini Bar) and we were always greeted by a hello and a smile everywhere we went. We are not big entertainment people but we did go to one show....for five minutes! That's a matter of personal preference. It was an interesting blend of passengers onboard. We met single people who had never cruised before, couples with children, couples whose children were grown and couples like us who were there to escape the reality of a first Christmas since the loss of a loved one. We especially liked a couple from Wales who were on their first cruise and another "duo" of two friends who had met 13 years ago on a cruise and have gotten together since then to cruise. One lady had lost her husband and she was from Texas and her friend was from England. They were just the cutest! We only went to one specialty restaurant and that was Qsine. It was good but I am looking forward to another visit at La Petit Chef! The pools were not that crowded and we love those "bubble" bars in the Solarium! My only complaint that has nothing to do with Celebrity or the ship was the excursions I planned! I usually plan for 20+ people and this time, it was just another couple and us. Since we wanted this trip to be more laid back, we planned two excursions. Prince Taxi Tours to Cruzan Rum Distillery in St. Croix and another rum tour in St. Maarten (Toppers Rhum). Both of those tours left much to be desired. I think I will stick with a good island tour or a nice catamaran tour from now on! All in all, I can't think of any negatives! I will be happy to answer any questions!
  13. TOTAL CHAOS AND VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS TOUR!!! We booked this tour which was to include the tour of Topper's Rhum Distillery, lunch at Topper's restaurant, transportation to EITHER Kim Sha beach behind the restaurant OR Maho beach at the airport and then transportation back to the ship OR town. The price was $69/person. This tour started falling apart just trying to FIND them at the pier! The instructions were: Pick up is at 9:15 at the main information desk inside the port, ask for Lloyd from Twin Island Excursions. There was no one at the main information desk or anywhere near! After asking several people and being sent in several directions, we finally found the van! We joined in with a family already in the van with a lady driver who barely spoke and when she did speak, it was inaudible! After questioning who she was, she finally told us she was just a taxi driver and not a tour guide. Her purpose was to take us to Toppers Rhum Distillery. After a very quiet ride, we arrived at the distillery and met Dave. He gave a very informative and entertaining but corny talk about the rum. We sampled several different flavors and then watched a brief demo of how the rum is bottled. We were then loaded into the same van with the same inaudible driver who took us to Toppers Restaurant for lunch. When we asked who was picking us up and at what time, she said 3:15! We told her that was three hours away so there must be some mistake! She was totally clueless and again told us she was just a taxi driver! The waitress from Toppers called Dave back at the distillery to clarify our situation and he told her we were supposed to walk to Kim Sha beach! I always take any emails or communication with me and gave my copy to the waitress to read to Dave about our choice of either/or for the beaches! He even said then that we were mixed up and that was never the plan to go to Maho Beach even though it was plainly written that we had a choice! Thanks for your email. We do offer our Rhum and Beach Adventure. $69 per person which includes round trip transportation, the tour, a Caribbean BBQ lunch with a Rhum Punch or Fruit Punch, time at the beach either Kim Sha behind the restaurant or Maho where the planes land and then we get you back to town or the ship. After sitting and wasting two hours of our day in St Maarten, Dave finally sent a driver to pick us up. The driver even tried to blame us that we misunderstood! What is there to misunderstand about choosing between the two beaches!!! By this time, we decided to skip Maho Beach which was a huge disappointment and just be dropped downtown. From there, we had to pay for our own taxi back to the port. I emailed Dave and asked for a partial refund to which he never responded! In summary, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TOUR UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPEND MONEY FOR SERVICES THAT ARE NOT DELIVERED!!!!!!
  14. I have read your posts from numerous cruises and I only wish we could be on the same cruise at some point! You are hilarious as only a fellow introvert can say!
  15. We were there last March and although there was much destruction, we had a great time! You should book a tour with Bernard's Tours and you will see the entire island as well as going to Maho Beach to see the planes land. There is a nice bar/restaurant there that was up and running again. Bernard will drop you in the shopping area and you can easily walk back to the ship. While we don't buy jewelry on cruises, many of our friends did! It seems to be the best shopping of the islands. We will be there again on a cruise in December! https://www.bernardstours.com/
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