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  1. covers the drink VAT charges while in port
  2. How about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, several hotels near by. You can either do tours of Statue that include a walk up the stairs to the crown or you can just do your own thing. Please check all the security rules for statue visitation. You could also visit the Teardrop Memorial and get the lay of the land before going to the cruise ship. There is a small parking lot near the memorial so you could do it before you get on the ship.
  3. In Cozumel I would suggest Chankanaab Beach. http://www.cozumelparks.com/en/chankanaab-en/ It would have snorkeling, beach time, shops, restaurants, you can pay to swim with dolphins or sea lions. You do not have to do an excursion there, just grab a cab and when you want to return grab another cab back. I agree swimming with the sting rays in Grand Caymen should not be missed. Try and get an early tour, then you can still go to the beach. In Roatan, we have taken a cab over to Foster's Beach. I recommend you go to the official tourist sites for the islands you are stopping at to at least get some ideas on where to go and how to get there. On Cruise Critic, go to the ports forums. Trip Advisor is another good research tool.
  4. HI, we were in SJU last year. Since or flight was late afternoon, I did not pay much to how long things took. We always use a porter at the airport. He gets us through all the screening quickly (remember that backpacks also need an agricultural sticker. If we have a question about weight, there are scales before you go through security. the porter will bring you to them so you can weigh your bags. I am getting a bit nervous because we have an earlier flight and using the Celebrity shuttle. Life is an adventure.
  5. HI, I have a Celebrity cruise on October 22 from Port Liberty. I can print my luggage tags. I have printed my luggage tags from Celebrity for the last 5 cruises. If you download or print the "cruise ticket booklet" there is one sample in the booklet. You just print as many as you need.
  6. you may be lucky enough to get the new terminal 25 https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19264-celebrity-reveals-terminal-25-at-port-everglades.html
  7. we have gone to Coral World a couple of times. We have not done the turtle encounter. We just take a taxi and pay to get in. We have walked over the beach next to it to enjoy the sun and water. Here is a link to Coral World https://coralworldvi.com/
  8. HI, we were on the Breakaway a fe Christmas' ago with our grandchildren. They were 9 and 7 at the time. Christmas Morning there were gifts inu the room from parents and from us. Santa was in the atrium on Christmas morning handing out gifts. The gifts we NCL items. Actually we took our grandson down first and when we came back with a present in hand, out granddaughter (who is the oldest) wanted to go down. After she got her gift (juggling balls) and we were walking back to the room she turned to me and said: "this was the best Christmas ever." . When I asked why, she said Santa handed her the present. Think about it, if you go to work Christmas parties or the like....the kids sit on Santa's lap and an then an elf hands them the gift. On the this ship Santa handed them the gift while they were still with him. When they got home, thanks tot a neighbor, Santa's gifts were under the tree waiting for them. Tell your granddaughter, traditions are great but sometimes making new memories or new traditions is awesome!!!!
  9. HI this is from the port site: Security All items, vehicles and persons will be subject to security screening. The following items are prohibited by the terminal: firearms, ammunition, imitation or replica weapons, explosives or explosive component parts such as detonators, fireworks or pyrotechnics, knives , taser (electronic stun guns), pepper or mace sprays, telescopic or regular batons, handcuffs, flammable or explosive liquids, undocumented service animals, aerial drones, hover boards, clothing irons, extension cords and Samsung Galaxy Note7. For all other prohibited items, please check with your cruise line. Terminal security will confiscate any prohibited items as deemed by the cruise line. http://www.cruiseliberty.com/passenger_info.html#security
  10. Hi, I know there always is lots off discussion on what ends up on the"naughty" table and how much wine a person can bring aboard. While tying up loose ends for my October cruise on the Summit I found this page under the "before you board" tab. Thought it may be helpful. It also answers the question who decides what can be brought on board. What Not to Pack For safety, certain items are not allowed on board. If these are found, they will be confiscated. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, explosives, and dangerous chemicals will not be returned. Prohibited items are at the discretion of the Chief Security Officer and the Staff Captain and include, but are not limited to: Firearms and ammunition, including realistic replicas Sharp objects, including knives and scissors* Illegal drugs and substances Candles, incense, coffee makers, clothes irons, travel steamers and hot plates, heating pads, clothing irons, hotplates, candles, incense and any other item that may create a fire hazard. NOTE: The only exception to this policy are curling irons and hair straighteners. Matches and normal lighters are allowed onboard. However torch lighters and novelty lighters that look like guns are not allowed onboard. Torch lighters emit a powerful concentrated flame, and are therefore prohibited. Electrical extension cords Baseball bats, hockey sticks, cricket bats, bows, and arrows Skateboards and surfboards Martial-arts gear Aerial drones Self-defense, including handcuffs, pepper spray, and night sticks Flammable liquids, including lighter fluids Explosives, including fireworks Hookahs & water hookah pipes Ham radios Dangerous chemicals, including bleach and paint Alcoholic beverages** (Note: Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from shops onboard will be stored by the ship and delivered to you on the last day of the sailing.) * Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blades less than four inches are allowed. ** Two bottles of wine per stateroom are allowed on embarkation day, subject to corkage fees.
  11. I can not remember if it was our last NCL, RCL or Celebrity cruise but they called the room to let you know they were on the way. I really liked that...could have my robe on and my tip handy.
  12. Zack, Labadee is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. I would think you would have to reach out to them for an answer. Check the cruise out and see if there is a tour while you are there. From what I have read the area is enclosed to control access but I have also read tours of the island are offered there.
  13. Hi, not sure if this has been updated after the Hurricane. I do know Magan's Ba is open Magens Bay Beach Magens Bay Beach, located on the Northside of St. Thomas is a mile of white, pebble free sand and calm waters. Magens Bay is the most popular and picturesque beach in USVI. The peninsulas protect the shore from erosion and big waves, making it an ideal spot for swimmers. This beach does have an entry fee ($4), which is used to maintain the facilities. This beach is particularly beautiful because of the rolling mountains that roll right down to the beach. It's perfect for snorkeling, but does get crowded as it is a popular stop for cruise ships. Fee: Adults $4 ($2/residents) - Children under 12, free. Car Parking $2 Swimming: Calm - Beachside: Sand - Food/Drinks: Yes - Water Sports: Yes Accessibility: Taxi, Car - Snorkeling: Poor - Amenities: Restroom, Showers, Changing Rooms, Chairs, Gift Shop, Lockers, Lifeguards - Taxis: Yes
  14. Hi you can take the water taxi/ferry to St John's Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S.V.I. Two-thirds of the island of St. John is protected national park land, including 7,000 acres of forest, beaches, historic sites, and hiking trails. In fact, some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean are located in the park, including Trunk Bay with its famous underwater snorkeling trail and Cinnamon Bay, which has a campground just steps from the shore. The popular Reef Bay Trail leads to the ruins of a historic sugar mill before ending at a secluded beach where you can plunge in and cool off before your return hike. The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, which protects coral reefs offshore of St. John (including the famous Hurricane Hole), is also administered by Virgin Islands National Park; rangers can provide visitor information. Ferry to ST. JOHN TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (340) 776-6282 VARLACK VENTURES (340) 776-6412 RED HOOK, St. Thomas to CRUZ BAY, St. John $7.00 one way, children under twelve $1.00. 15 to 20 minute ride. $4.00 per bag fee. Leaving Red Hook Monday: first boat 5:30 am (then same as Tues-Sun) Tues – Sun: 6:30 am, 7:30 am and 8:00 am, then hourly until Midnight Leaving Cruz Bay Every hour from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas to CRUZ BAY, St. John $13.00 one way; $3.50 children. 45 minute ride. $4.00 per bag fee. Cash Only. Leaving Charlotte Amalie Mon – Sun: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm Leaving Cruz Bay Mon – Sun: 8:45 am, 11:15 am & 3:45 pm PRIVATE WATER TAXI DOHM’S CATAMARAN (340-775-6501) DOLPHIN WATER TAXI (340-774-2628) to St. John, the British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda
  15. Hi we have gone to Coki Beach. we have taken a cab. I believe the price not is $9.00 per person one way. You can arrange for the cab to come back for you or just get a cab at the beach. Next door is Coral World..$20A, $10Y -- it is a nice place to visit.
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