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  1. hi Carole

     

    Why don't you just call me. We need a get together anyway. I've stayed in the so called obstructive view on the S class ships.

     

    Geez, will it take CC for me to see you and Al again?

     

    Hey Nancy. On hold with Celebrity, right now! Been on hold for 25 minutes.

     

    Just finished my booking; will give you the details later tonight. Got a nice price for a 14 nighter with a residence discount.


  2. I haven't been on the boards for a very long time. I remember certain informational posts that were permanent, regarding specific classes of cabins; as the look of the boards have changed so much, I can't find the posts. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

     

    Specifically, what I am looking for is information on the obstructed view balcony cabins on the Reflection. We are booking closer than we usually do, so there seem to be only obstructed balconies available midship. DH has mobility issues, so the middle of the ship, lower decks (6-8) are the safest for him. Any advice regarding how bad the obstructions are would be of great help to us.

     

    TIA

    Carole


  3. I haven't been on the boards for a very long time. I remember certain informational posts that were permanent, regarding specific classes of cabins; as the look of the boards have changed so much, I can't find the posts. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

     

    Specifically, what I am looking for is information on the obstructed view balcony cabins on the Reflection. We are booking closer than we usually do, so there seem to be only obstructed balconies available midship. DH has mobility issues, so the middle of the ship, lower decks (6-8) are the safest for him. Any advice regarding how bad the obstructions are would be of great help to us.

     

    TIA

    Carole


  4. Thanks everyone for your input. For the 8 of us, it would be 3 cars, not 2, plus luggage. I did look into a few websites, but forgot about A-1. I think they are near Quakerbridge Mall; if so, we are less than 20 miles away. Definitely a better option than a NY based company.

    It's possible that we may wind up driving, but I'm going to look a little bit more before deciding.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Carole


  5. Hi All,

    I'm having a problem trying to arrange transportation for our family cruise in August. We are 6 adults, one teenager and an 8 year old, heading to Bermuda on the Anthem.

    I thought a small or mini-van would work for us, but cannot find any help online. Does anyone know a company who can accommodate us for this trip?

    Any advice or suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

    Carole


  6. I have found in the past that big box stores, like Sam's, are considered wholesale clubs and do not qualify as supermarkets.

     

    Unless one of our cards has travel as its quarterly 5% bonus item, we use the AARP credit cards. They give 3% back on any travel purchases. I accidentally found out that this included commuter train travel, as well. I don't believe the points expire. When we first got the cards, they were giving 5% on all purchases, with no cap, for the 1st 6 months. We racked up quite a large bonus. :D


  7. Hi,

     

    We are a group of 5 needing a mini bus to transport us from Exit 8/8A, to the pier. Due to the fact that some of this group must have several pairs of shoes per day, we are anticipating about 15 pieces of luggage, including carry on bags. The problem is not so much the luggage, but the necessity to take a rollator (walker with a seat) along for the ride.

     

    Any ideas? We checked with a few limo people, but they all say we can't be accomodated in anything smaller than a mini-bus. Unfortunately, no one knew who we could call.

     

    We are leaving in less than 2 weeks and I'm in lots of trouble for waiting this long. Oops.

     

    Any help you can provide will be most appreciated.


  8. We always thought St. Maarten shopping was second, only to St. Thomas for duty free shopping value.

     

    Surprise, surprise. We were bamboozled by Boolchand's, at the Waterfront location. I admit that we made an impulse buy, and did not do any research prior to purchasing a camera from this store.

     

    We did check the price of the camera when we returned home, and to our dismay, the list price they showed us on our Panasonic DMC-ZS40 wifi camera with viewfinder, was $100 higher than Amazon and Best Buy, in the states. They also sold us a very overpriced Ultra SD card. They said they were giving us a great deal, and couldn't take off another dollar from the pricing.

     

    We wrote to them and explained the situation, asking to return the camera on our next trip (4 months from purchase to return to St. Maarten); even allowing for the 15% restocking fee mentioned on their receipt, the pricing difference still saved us a lot of money.

     

    Of course, we never heard a word from them. We will never spend a penny with them again!!

     

    Has anyone experienced a similar situation? If so, how was it resolved?


  9. Posted earlier this week on Cruise Critic:

    Week Of March 9:

    Summer/Fall Caribbean

    Northeast and Canada

    Week Of March 16:

    Europe

    Alaska

    Week Of March 30:

    Winter Caribbean and Northeast

    Week Of April 13:

    Exotics and Australia

     

    BonVoyage

    Dawna

     

     

    Thank you both. Your help is much appreciated.


  10. Radio, thanks so much for once again posting a fantastic travelogue. We are enjoying the revisiting of the different venues on board. It is helping to keep the excitement alive until we board again in April.

     

    Glad to read that you are feeling better and able to enjoy St. Maarten.

     

    We didn't do any Windjammer dinners the last time we were on the "Q", what type of entrees did they offer? More importantly, where are they hiding the ice cream? :D

     

    Wishing you smooth seas for the last leg of your vacation.


  11. Um, no. The low they sailed through was the storm that came through a couple of days ago. The storm that will cause the blizzard in the NE, hasn't even formed yet. It's a clipper coming through the mid-atlantic and will form a new low that will become the nor'easter/blizzard.

     

    We sailed back to Baltimore in March of last year following three separate lows that brought snow to the mid-atlantic and we had 30+ foot seas for over 12 hours on our next to last sea day. Those lows can cause widespread heavy seas.

    We were on that same cruise last March. It cracked the running track over the pool deck. Not fun.

  12. Thanks so much for the quick response. I guess I better clue them in on this. The other option offered by "X" was on deck 10 or 11 aft. Not an aft balcony, just way, way back. They want to feel as little motion as possible, so the obstructed view seemed like a better location. Funny, they didn't want a balcony due to height issues; an obstruction will help that issue. But, I would think that once they board and sail away, they will want the view.

     

    Thanks again.


  13. Hi. Our sail date is 4/12/15, didnt realize we could book already. Is that possible for us lowly platinums? Thanks, c

     

    We booked our 4/12/15 dining last week. The first rep couldn't get into my 12/01/14 reservation and suggested that we do the 4/12, instead. While she was trying to get in, we were disconnected after 34 minutes. When she didn't call back, I called the department and spoke to another rep. After 82 minutes her "assist desk" person was able to book nights 2-12. She then told me that there were no reservations open for any venue on night 1. Mind you, the requested early reservations we got are for as "early" as 8:45!!

     

    The kicker is that we don't know what we will have to reserve in the way of show offerings. Probably will negate all this effort and render our reservations useless. This is the case with our 12/01 booking. We will either have to skip our reservations or miss the booked shows.

     

    I don't know how long my stock is going to climb when they have to hire and train all the new personnel to sit on the phone with 1 person for an hour or more at one time.

     

    Sorry for the rant; I didn't even mention the linked solo traveler joining us on the 12/01 cruise who they cannot include on our reservations. I'm sure she will enjoy her table for one on the nights they can't match us up.

     

    Sorry.....:mad::o:(


  14. Depending on your departure port, you may pay local sales tax if you buy before you are in open seas. This is the case in Cape Liberty. With that in mind, we purchase our soda packages online before we sail. We avoid the 7% sales tax and are able to get our beverages as soon as we board. You won't have your "souvenir" cup until after 1 PM, when you are able to access your cabin, but you can still get a soda with your buffet lunch, from a waiter.

     

    Have a great cruise.

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