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About bessinfl

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    pottery, theater, politics
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  1. We recently stayed at the Hampton Inn Coconut Grove the night before our cruise and took an Uber (less than $20) to and from the pier. (They have a shuttle but it went too late in the morning for us.) We had a 7-day park-and-cruise package, but the hotel let us leave our car for 11 days without charging us extra. It worked out well. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. We have enjoyed listening to the bands and solo players in the various lounges at night. (We just got off the Equinox last week.) There were a couple of bands we liked a lot, who played (blues, Motown, old rock) mostly in the Grand Foyer. A lot of people danced to them; we saw the same people most nights. We also saw a couple of solo or duo acts who were fairly entertaining. Most of them play until 10 or so in the lounges and then play either in the Sky Lounge or on the Pool Deck. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. I’ve never been to Antigua, but your photos make me feel as if I have (and your writing is equally beautiful). Thank you! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. My sisters and I took a terrific tour in 2016 with a group called Friends for Colombia, a nonprofit whose goal is to introduce visitors to the good works they can help with in Cartagena. We toured a poor part of town, where the foundation is working, visited a day-care center and a senior center and called at a house where the owner has learned to support his family by raising vegetables for high-end restaurants. The foundation seems to do great work, and we were very pleased to see a side of the city most tourists never glimpse. Clearly not all cruise passengers would enjoy such a thing, but the three of us learned a huge amount and found it really rewarding. Here’s the TripAdvisor site: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297476-d5505083-Reviews-Friends_For_Colombia_Tours-Cartagena_Cartagena_District_Bolivar_Department.html Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. When we first booked our May 2018 cruise, a year ago, we requested Select and were assigned to late dining. It showed up that way online for months, even though our travel agent assured us it was a mistake. Eventually she got it changed. I suspect it was all a website error because I couldn’t imagine that Select would be filled up more than a year before the sail date. In any case, we’re good. If you have a TA, I’d recommend you put him or her on it. Otherwise, I’d plead health issues — and keep at it. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. Are you on the southern Caribbean itinerary? If so, I’d love to hear about that because we go May 4. I’d also love to know the names (and maybe a little description) of the shows and lounge acts on the Equinox. Thanks for taking your valuable cruise time to fill us in. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. In Florida, spring break is much earlier. Many of the colleges here took the second week in March. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Cats, the musical, would be enough to keep me off a cruise line. Cats, the cats, would have me on there in a heartbeat. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. I’m always amused when I see that people think there’s nothing for teens to do on Celebrity. Not all teenagers want rock-climbing walls and water slides. When I was that age, I jut wanted to read and spend time by the pool. That’s pretty much what we do now! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. I would choose the last of your dates to avoid hurricane season. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. I had a small Swiss Army knife taken from me at embarkation — maybe two inches long. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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