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LittleYiaYia

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    St. Louis Suburbs
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    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. You are welcome. I do hope that your cruise will sail. Fingers crossed. Whatever hotel you choose (and no matter how you choose to make the reservations), have a great time in Puerto Rico. We have been staying there for over 30 years and it is one of our favorite places. We sometimes take land vacations there because we enjoy it so much. We have stayed all over the island, from OSJ to "New" San Juan, from the beaches to the neighboring islands, something for everyone. Enjoy PR and your cruise.
  2. I did not say you could not get a good rate by booking directly with the hotel. In my experience, booking directly with these two hotels I mentioned did not save any money over Hotels.com.
  3. The Fascination will port in OSJ at Pier 4. Yes, the Sheraton OSJ is across the street. It is a large, crowded, typical Sheraton. My suggestion is to go into town a few blocks to El Convento or Casa Blanca (our favorite). You will be right in the middle of all the restaurants, and if you wish, shopping. If you book through Hotels.com you can book a fully refundable rate, with cancellation 24 to 48 hours before arrival. The price booking at Hotels.com is not any different than calling and booking direct. A taxi from the airport to OSJ cost us $25 (3 bags). If you want to taxi to the port instead of walking, it will cost approximately $12.00. This is our favorite itinerary, have a great cruise.
  4. We have done this cruise the last four years. We have always purchased FTTF when we booked the cruise, at least a year from sailing, each time. This year, I do not remember it selling out. It was always available whenever I looked at excursions. Are you sure you aren't overlooking it? That being said, we purchase FTTF mainly for the perk of going to the head of the line at guest services and being able to access our cabin immediately. To us these two perks are worth the cost of FTTF. The line at GS can be extremely long, especially on embarkation day and the night before debarkation. If you time your arrival to the port to be between 12-1:PM you can walk right on the ship. Enjoy this cruise, the itinerary is amazing.
  5. Thank you. I finally found the paperwork that explains all of this. I am in the process of reading it right now. I have not got to the paragraph where it tells you if the points expire or not. I am thing "no" . Hope I am right.
  6. Thanks UrbishN Sorry to be so dense. Here is what I understand from your post. Let's say I was onboard and purchased a excursion for $300...I would get $216 off the excursion Right? Now if I made a purchase for $1600....I would get $324 off the purchase? Can I use the points to receive a statement credit at final payment? If so, if I owed less than $1500, I would get $216 in credit and if over $1500 owed I would get $324?
  7. I am having a hard time finding the answer to this question: My MasterCard statement says I have 21,630 fun points. How much is this in dollars? I have not been able to get through to Barclays to ask anyone. I would like to use these fun points to purchase items on our next cruise.
  8. We just returned from our 4th sailing on the Fascination to the Southern Caribbean. We sail for the ports, not the ship. We prefer port days to sea days. You will only have one sea day on the Fascination. There will be enough to do for that one day. If the ship and all the bells and whistles of the new ships is important to you, choose the Vista. If you prefer not standing or waiting in line for anything, easy embarkation and disembarkation, being able to walk into a production show or comedy show ten minutes before the show starts, pick the Fascination. If the ports are important, pick the Fascination. I am not a big fan of tendering, especially on larger ships, so we would not pick Grand Cayman. Cozumel is good, but Jamaica is not. So much to decide, have fun which ever you choose!
  9. Just returned from the Casa Blanca. We ate twice at Punto De Vista, no wait either time when we arrived by 4PM (to take advantage of BOGO mojitos. This is our favorite in OSJ. The restaurant is across the street from Casa Blanca. Just get there early or you will face a wait. For the first time we tried Sophia's. Wonderful food and great service. Walk out of your hotel and take a right, Sophia's on the corner. Sit outside to people watch. Casablanca has a great breakfast. Service slow (the waiter takes your order and then goes and cooks the food). Mallorca is our favorite for breakfast, but again, get there early or after the breakfast rush as it is also very popular with locals, especially on Sunday when the Mass ends at the church across the street.
  10. We are on the Fascination this coming Sunday for the 5th time. We love the small ships. Took a cruise on Princess to Hawaii, we were miserable. Lines everywhere. No place to sit at the buffet. Could not get into a show, they filled up 1/2 hour to 45 minutes before the show and so many people saving seats. You had better have fixed dining, because the wait for your time was sometimes 1 hour or more. Had to make reservations for everything on the ship. What's the point of having all the amenities if you can't experience them because of the crowds. We were not going to sail on the Fascination in 2021 as we had booked other cruises, but may have to change our minds when we see what ship if any will take her place. I hope they do not replace her with one of the larger ships. We can drive to Mobile, maybe we can catch a quick cruise on her when she home ports there. Very sad to see her leave San Juan.
  11. Charles, I am certainly not belittling your concern, but I simply do not share your panic. I am old enough to remember the Asian flu (maybe the late 50's-that was a nasty bug) the Swine flu (yes it made it's way through our household), Ebola, the Bird flu, Sars, and recently the Zika virus, etc. The media made it sound like doomsday was right around the corner. Until my Doctor advises me to stay in my home and not go out in public, I will continue on with my life as usual. We are leaving the country on this Thursday....hope you are wrong and we are allowed back in when returning in middle March.
  12. Have you ever heard that old adage: be careful what you wish for................................
  13. And all schools, churches , movie theatres, sporting arenas, concert venues, subways, trains and all airline travel etc. Basically anywhere where more than 10 people at a time gather. Better head to the grocery store before they shut down too.
  14. I'm not sure where "home is", but if you have to fly, how are you going to get them past the agricultural check-point at the airport? They are strict about this, they made me open my bag last month as they thought I had an orange in my bag. It was an ornament, just shaped round like an orange.
  15. Good Morning, I am listening to Fox News even as I type this. They just had a Doctor on discussing the Corona virus. She was asked "Should we travel" She replied "Of course". Use common sense. Wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, avoid touching things you don't have to, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. We should all know the drill by now. We are leaving Thursday for our Southern Caribbean cruise. We are not worried. I am a cancer survivor and my husband has survived 3 heart attacks. I agree with TSUmom, life is too short to curl up and watch the world go by.
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