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  1. mlbcruiser

    Train tour: A bus ride always part of it?

    Thanks a bunch, paul58. I bet you are right about the cruise line having a contract with the train. (Ran into that for the first time years ago trying to book a dive/snorkel/catamaran excursion in St. Lucia.🙄) We would really be interested in the version that has the power boat trip on the return leg but didn’t see that anything offered along that line. If anyone sees this who has knowledge of that, please post! Thanks again for replying.
  2. Thinking of booking the train excursion on St. Kitts through Royal Caribbean and have some questions. Do trips on this train always include a bus ride? How comfortable/uncomfortable is the seating on the train? If anyone sees this who has done the tour through Royal Caribbean, can you recall if it was offered morning, afternoon, or both? Seems some people really enjoy it and others think it is very overpriced. I have a feeling that the ships in port that day may have a lock on most of the train seats. Besides, when I looked it up it didn’t look like we would be saving any money to try and book it on our own. Thanks for any info!
  3. mlbcruiser

    Mobility scooter in port

    My husband used a scooter last Feb. on an RCI ship. Yes you can drive the scooter off the ship. Go a bit slowly and be prepared to brake on any steepish sections of the ramp. You might inquire just inside the secured area at the end of the dock to see if there is any place they will let you leave the scooter. Probably the only way to find this out is to actually drive the scooter down there and ask. It could depend on who is manning the gate at the time. If the person using the scooter can walk a bit (at least to get off the ship) some ports have pedicabs or little trams that will drive you down the dock to where you exit the port. Although I have been to all of the ports you mentioned many times, until our last cruise I never paid attention to issues having to do with mobility equipment at ports. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will see this and can give you better answers.
  4. mlbcruiser

    Mobility scooter from ship to town

    I will say that when there are a lot of cruise ships in port, Front St., especially, can get packed with people. Much more crowded tha the videos above look. Guess it depends on time of year (slow or busy cruise season) and time of day. Therefore maneuvering on a scooter might be frustrating & require extra patience and vigillance. Now the wide boardwalk sidewalk along the beach would be much easier. Perhaps you could check out Front St., etc., while your mom waits by the beach/boardwalk with a cool drink to see if you think driving a scooter on Front St. will work for her. My husband used a scooter on a ship last February for the first time. He is able to walk for short periods of time and we did consider taking it down town. However we ended up renting a car near the ship’s dock instead. If you want to shop there, there are dozens of stores. Many of them are branches of the very same ones that are downtown. So if your mom does not end up leaving the boardwalk area, you can do a little shopping buy the port. (Actually, perhaps you already know or someone else on this thread does, but can scooters be brought onto the ferries into town?) I am only going to mention this next part because many ships that have St. Maarten on their itinerary also call at San Juan. San Juan has accessible curbs at pretty much every corner. While going up steep hills on the narrow, busy streets or narrow, uneven sidewalks might not work for your mom, lower boulevards near the water and I believe even the sidewalks leading up to the grounds of El Morro, can be managed on a scooter.
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    Great Day! Port and Orient Beach

    Very glad I read this post. We were there at the end of February last year. Have rented a car & driven around the circumference of the island a number of times and did so again. Everyone said Orient Beach was still pretty messed up and had nothing going on. Got into a huge MESS of a traffic jam at Marigot and would have missed our ship had we taken the time to stop there or stop check out Orient for ourselves. Greyfeathers, I agree that you do not see full nudity at beaches other than Orient Beach. Even then, it is not really that shocking like some might think. The few people nude that we have seen up where the cruise tourists are dropped off . . well, trying to put it nicely. . . were not bodies most people would want to see nude, if you get my drift! Years ago the Dutch side beaches were not topless. It was allowed on the French beaches and still is, while in recent years one might see it a bit at some Dutch side beaches by Mullet Bay and Maho, for instance. So no matter what beach you go to on the island, you might encounter it.
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    ?s Re: Shows on Adventure OTS?

    I agree that the ice shows are enjoyable. We do always make sure to see them.
  7. mlbcruiser

    ?s Re: Shows on Adventure OTS?

    Thanks Clarea!
  8. I don’t think the Adventure OTS has the stage play/musicals such as Grease or Mamma Mia. However, I am wondering if the ship still offers nightly early and late seating entertainment and headliner shows in the large show room that do not require advance reservations? Also, can anyone tell me what the performances have been on this ship lately? Thanks for any info.
  9. I can’t say this is accurate for every single RCI cruise but I just booked one a few days ago and found the fees involved in cancellation issues on the RCI cruises we were considering were pretty much a wash no matter which type of booking we would have chosen – noncancelable or a higher priced cancelable booking. The prices were running about $100 pp less for a non-cancelable booking than for those that were cancelable. So it was pay RCI $100 per person more for a cancelable booking or lose $100 per person for cancelling a non-cancelable booking. These are charges levied by Royal Caribbean. There may be additional cancellation fees charged by the agency you booked with for either type of booking. Taking that into account, There really isn’t anything saved by paying that cancelable higher price. However there is a chance that a cancelable booking will save a little money if you don’t end up canceling it. (if I am missing something with this reasoning, someone please set me straight.) Either way a cruise must be canceled prior to the final payment date. If it could be canceled all the way up until a few days before the cruise, the cancelable rate would be be more attractive.
  10. Actually the date we are looking at is a few months away but it is always nice to make new cruise friends! Have fun on your cruise!
  11. Thank you! I wouldn’t think there would be too awful of sn issue on such a low deck but who knows?
  12. Thanks, Marion -Mom. I wonder what is in that area on deck 2. I guess just a staff area or something.
  13. Cabin 3114 on the Serenade of the Seas appears to be slightly under the port side of the dining room, not too far from the entrance. Wondering if the usual dining room noise can be heard in this cabin? It seems pretty much every cabin under a dining room or restaurant on board a ship gets this type of noise, but I would love to hear about any first-hand experiences. Thanks for any replies.
  14. Nevermind! Just realized the dining room I spoke of is on deck three, not deck 2. The TA I spoke to told me the available accessoble cabin was on deck 2, near the entrance to the dining room but not under the dining room. I wonder if she accidentally said deck 2 but meant deck three? Now I am wondering if that deck 2 area ( untitled on the deck plans ) is the kitchen and if there are any odors or other issues in the accessible cabins on deck 2. OR deck 3? Perhaps I should create a new post asking that question.
  15. Hoping someone who has stayed in one of the accessible cabins on deck 2 on Adventure of the Seas or one of the similsr ships in the Explorer class will see this and reply. We have stayed near elevators in the past without excessive noise issues. However I am wondering about these particular cabins due to the cabins being so near the stairwells and elevators just forward of the dining room on deck 2. Hoping for some info soon . Thanks for any replies.