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    Wilton Manors, Florida
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    Tennis, dogs, cooking, reading
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    HAL and Celebrity
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  1. Can anyone tell me the time and location for the earliest available coffee on the Riviera? (Not including room service.)
  2. We ate at the Lawn Club on Silhouette last year (Feb. 2020) and the food was horrible.
  3. We stayed at SLS Baha Mar and had a full breakfast in Cleo. In fact, we received a letter in our room telling us that breakfast was included and we could have one entree and one beverage (coffee, tea, or juice). We also had two "tickets" for the breakfast with the letter. When the server said he'd bring our check we gave him the tickets and he said he didn't even need to give us a check. We left an extra cash tip. The eggs benedict are very good there, by the way.
  4. I always give my stateroom attendant some cash on the last full day of the cruise. Not a lot, usually around $10 per day. Actually, I didn't tip extra once, but that attendant was not very friendly or attentive. I find that's the exception. Our attendant on Serenity last week, Olena, and her teammate, worked very hard. I could tell they were really exhausted by the end of the day. Because we received a credit of $180 for the ship not stopping in Bimini, we cashed that out at the Concierge deck and spread it around to the stateroom attendants and a number of wait staff that were particularly attentive to us in Waterside, Marketplace, and the Bistro. I didn't realize that was unusual. But I don't plan to change.
  5. There were no electrical outlets in the bathroom as far as I could tell (A1 stateroom). I brought a couple of battery-operated tea lights but they weren't bright enough. There was a night light in the main part of the cabin, under the floor-length mirror, but that doesn't help with the bathroom. I was trying to avoid turning on a bright bathroom light in the middle of the night. I ended up wearing sunglasses! Next time I'll try one of the products suggested here. Thanks for the info.
  6. There is WiFi at the convention center. You can easily walk from any of the Baha mar hotels to the convention center via the casino which is connected to the hotels. Most of the distance is indoors in the A/C and once outside it's covered so you can stay in the shade and avoid the heat. It's not far at all.
  7. We flew Bahamasair to Fort Lauderdale. We got an email from Bahamasair the day before informing us that the boarding time for our flight had been moved up to 10:00 from 10:45 but, oddly, the flight time of 11:30 was unchanged. Regardless, we asked Ariella to see if she could get our car a little earlier. It was supposed to leave the pier at 8:15 but instead we left around 7:30. Marco and Ariella escorted us to meet our driver, Denaro Thompson. He was great and we were in a very comfortable Mercedes SUV. We mentioned to Denaro that we hadn't had a chance to see much of Nassau so he took the "scenic route" which he said is really just as fast the the main road to the airport. He pointed out many of the more interesting buildings in downtown Nassau and we also got to see some neighborhoods where the locals live, dine, shop, etc. The cost of the private transfer, which we booked before the cruise, was $155 and we used onboard credit. When we got to the airport around 8:00 it was already somewhat crowded but it may have been a good thing that we flew on a smaller airline. It took us 45 minutes to go through the Bahamasair check-in and then another 30 minutes to get through security. Customs and immigration was only about 5 to 10 minutes. By 9:30 we were seated by our gate in comfortable chairs reading our e-books. There were many flights trying to get out in the morning and our 737, which was completely full, was in a queue on the tarmac for a while, causing a 30-minute delay. We were supposed to be back in Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 but arrived at 1:00. It's a mercifully short flight. It's listed as an hour but you're only in the air for 30 minutes. As soon as the 737 reaches cruising altitude it literally begins descending.
  8. We were on last week and decided to chuck our plans to tender to the islands and we just stayed on the ship. Had a great time.
  9. Yes. If you log into your account there is an option to save a PDF record of the test result. When we got our emails with our negative test results there were no PDFs attached so we got them from the website.
  10. There are also two ironing boards and irons in the laundry rooms.
  11. I would also like to know what happens if you test positive. If you have a follow-up PCR and it's negative, but the ship has sailed, I guess you can at least fly home. If your PCR test is positive, my understanding is that you would have to quarantine in the Bahamas until you test negative. I guess you could check into any hotel with availability, but I'm not sure. Will they let you stay there if you're positive for Covid? As far as a future cruise credit from Crystal, that would be nice but they aren't offering that formally. They say that if you are not able to board the ship because of a positive test you have to rely on your travel insurance (if you have it).
  12. Hi Keith, thanks for all the great info. Can you go to the convention center as early as you want to get your test, or is it tied to your embarkations time? For example, we have a 3:00 embarkation on July 10, and I believe we were advised to go to the convention center two hours earlier, so 1:00. But if we could go even earlier, and then have lunch, that would be great.
  13. Does anyone know if the non-suite staterooms on Serenity have a night-light function in the bathrooms? If not I'll bring my own.
  14. We have lived in Florida for 17 years and although hurricane season begins June 1 nearly all of the serious storms have occurred later in the season, late August through October. I'm surprised by Elsa coming this early in the season. But the weather this spring was atypical. It was cooler and drier than normal, so anything can happen now. We may get hotter weather and more precipitation to catch up, so to speak. (Or not.)
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