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  1. Recently returned from Nov 16-28 sailing of the Caribbean. Received our cabin number two weeks from sailing. First time Seabourn sailors, we were assigned suite 529. At first I was a little disappointed, however, we actually loved this cabin. Close to the laundry, the Club and was closer to center of the ship (midship and a lower floor - for sailing stability). Would get that cabin again in a heartbeat! Thanks Seabourn for the perfect selection for us.
  2. I recently returned from the Nov 16-28 Caribbean cruise. No ship shuttles except for Jost Van Dyke, which takes you to Soggy Dollar bar (White Bay). Better off taking taxis to where you want to go on Martinique or Antigua. On Martinique we just walked the downtown area, visited the central market (best place to get local crafts) and other shops.. BRING EUROS (for Martinique and St. Barts). We took a taxi on Antigua to English Harbour and to tour the rest of the island. The cost was $60 for both of us for about 3 hours.
  3. Makes me want to try out Celebrity in the Med!
  4. Whenever I stay at the Hilton Marina FLL, I usually have breakfast at Fresh First http://www.freshfirst.com/ . It is gluten free restaurant within walking distance from the hotel. They have a great breakfast there with real french press coffee. They also make smoothies and also offer lunch. In regards to restaurants that are on the water taxi line, 15th Street Fisheries https://www.15streetfisheries.com/ is right across the canal from the hotel and the water taxi stops there. I've had dinner there twice and was very happy with their food. They do have outdoor seating and you can watch the tarpon under the dock at night.
  5. Wyoming 2010 - My husband and I were on the Insignia Cuba cruise over Christmas last year and did all of the cuban ports on our own. The first day in Santiago we just walked "up" to the center of town, stumbled on this bar with music - "El Traguito" https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/life-culture/deep-in-the-birthplace-of-cuban-rum-and-the-daiquiri and hung out for the afternoon. The second day we hired a taxi from inside the port who took us to see the changing of the guards at Fidel's gravesite along with various stops (including a cigar/rum shop stop). Yes, the "accosting" was intense in Santiago, but only those first few streets outside of the port. Once you got past those first couple of streets and with being persistent with "no thank you!" (and keep walking, act like you know where you are going), you will be able to navigate the town on your own. Be prepared, town is "up hill"! In Cienfuegos, our first day we hired a private tour to take us to Trinidad (a UNESCO World Heritage City). Gio was our tour guide (#2 in Trip Advisor). We hired him for the whole day which included a private car. We went to Casa del Alfarero for pottery gifts, a new brewery in Trinidad for a couple of beers, a cafe for a nice cuban coffee (with ice cream) and did lots of walking with great photo opportunities within Trinidad. The streets in Trinidad are cobblestone, so if you have mobility problems, it will be a challenge getting around. Gio also gave us a quick tour of Cienfuegos on our way back to the ship so that we could have an idea on what to explore the next day (on our own). The second day in Cienfuegos, we started to walk into the center of town to "Parque Jose Marti" (not really far). Along the way, we were approached by a bicycle rickshaw driver for a ride to the "Parque" and back to the ship for $20 for an hour. Basically, he rode us into town, gave us a quick tour, showed us where to shop and where to find him in the "parque" after our "adventures". We were able to walk into the main shopping district which was quite lively for Christmas day, check out the Hotel La Union (for great photos from the rooftop) then walk back to the "Parque" to visit a store for last minute coffee and cigars for folks back home and caught part of Christmas mass at the Church. Our rickshaw rider took us right back to the port. We did not go to any restaurants while we were on any tours in Cuba, only because we had excellent food on the ship and really needed to cut back a little during our land visits. Tess https://www.flickr.com/gp/gtnorton/jt9Thx - photos from our cruise
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