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  1. My husband and I, and our group of friends will be on the Brilliance visiting Guadaloupe on March 13th. Because of limited info on tour guides/companies on this island, we have signed up for Royal’s excursion “Panoramic Tour of Grand Terre”. It is a bit expensive but the tour covers visiting several of the island’s highlights and a West Indian lunch. Tour starts at 8:30 am and lasts for 7 hours and 15 mins. The following is a list of the places included on this tour, and the results of my research on the island: ~~~ St. Anne - a fishing/tourist village with a typical Creole atmosphere. There’s a fish market in the morning, a handicraft village with many boutiques for local souvenirs. Five minutes walking and you will reach the fruits and vegetable market and the sea front. Trip advisor link for photos and reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g147303-d546895-Reviews-St_Anne_Beach-Sainte_Anne_Grande_Terre_Island_Guadeloupe.html ~~~ Morne-à-l'Eau cemetery (15 minute stop) - very distinct, an amphitheater-shape cemetery, with black-and-white-checkerboard tombs, elaborate epitaphs. Should be interesting to see! Photos: ~~~ Hell Door - a clear water lane dug by waves between two black high cliffs, serves as a place for a clear-water lagoon. Swimming is widely authorised. After a 15-min walk by the cliff located east of the Door, you will reach the Hole of Madame Coco, a cave where this dam would have once disappeared http://www.easyvoyage.co.uk/guadelupe/the-door-of-hell-1330 ~~~ Grande Vigie - one of the most spectacular places on the island. You’ll find cliffs here that reach up to a height of 80 metres. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/51381602 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1531345 http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1d8c3a/ ~~~ Souffleur Beach - one of the island’s best beaches with white sand and quiet location. Trip Advisor photos and reviews (click on “Google Translation” for English interpretation of the reviews): http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g147300-d2104063-r136977054-Plage_du_Souffleur-Guadeloupe.html ~~~ West Indian lunch ~~~ Castles Point - rocks carved by the furious atlantic ocean waves. Very majestic and grandiose though http://www.fond-ecran-image.com/galerie-membre/guadeloupe/la-pointe-des-chateaux-001.jpg I’ll try to remember to come back here and post a mini review of this excursion. Happy Sailing :)
  2. Hi All, Thank You to Dave (Lazirus65), Floridiana, skiiergirl, wassup4565, greenscooter, wefamily3, RJHNorthyorks (I hope I didn't miss anyone) for all your very helpful posts :) I find this thread very useful so I've posted the link on our M&M.
  3. Wow Dena! Congratulations! I'm so very happy for you! We LOVED our Grand Suite, and the perks that came with it :D I know that the following perks are available for Suite guests at the Concierge Lounge: Continental breakfast buffet (I believe the time was from 7 am to 10 am Speciality coffees ( lattes, cappuccino, etc) Hot and cold snacks throughout the day Complimentary Cocktail hour at the Concierge Lounge, I believe from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm You can also ask the Concierge for help with the following. There’s probably more that Diego, the Concierge at the Splendour, can do which I’m not aware of; he was amazing! :D Complimentary tours of the Bridge, Galley kitchens, and Backstage Sold out excursions, specialty dining reservations, etc. Arranging for a transfer vehicle to the airport Also, here is RCI's "Enhanced Program for Suite Guests" taken from their website http://www.royalcaribbean.com/contentWithHero.do?pagename=enhanced_program_for_suite_guests Priority check-in Personalized attention throughout the cruise with complimentary Concierge Club service on select ships Reserved prime seating in the main theater for entertainment shows, where available Priority tender tickets on select cruises. (Tender service is provided when smaller vessels are necessary to reach shore in locations without docking ports large enough for cruise ships.) VIP pool deck seating, where available Full breakfast, lunch and dinner dining room menus available for in-room dining Private breakfast and lunch seating in specialty restaurants on our Voyager and Freedom Class ships Mattel® board games available to order for in-room entertainment for the kids Complimentary luggage valet service Luxury spa bathrobes for use onboard Complimentary pressing service on formal night ----- 1 free item per guest Priority departure with exclusive suite* departure lounge featuring continental breakfast
  4. Thank You for writing in. Glad that you've enjoyed my review :) I see from your signature that you've also been to Prague; it is one of our most favourite cities ever! There are so many fascinating places that I dream of visiting that you've already been to like the Baltics, Australia... Oh well, patience is a virtue :D
  5. Thank You so much for writing in. Your kind comments are very much appreciated :)
  6. I'm glad to hear that you had fun reading my review and appreciated my photos. Wow! Your cruise history is most fascinating! Several of the places you've visited are on my bucket list :) I had a quick look at your Webshots photos (I've bookmarked it so I can fully enjoy them later). Your photos are stunning, breathtaking, all the superlatives here! Our family did a land tour of Hawaii for 3 weeks in 2000. We first toured Oahu then island hopped. We had the most amazing times exploring Oahu, Maui, The Big Island, and Kauai. Your Hawaii photos brought back many of those fabulous moments! Re The Sapphire Princess parked at Honolulu --- Wow! The ship looked like something from a sci-fi movie :D Truly amazing! Thanks for writing in :)
  7. My apologies for just thanking you now for writing in. I've missed thanking you when you posted :o Happy Sailing :)
  10. 42nd STREET THEATRE TOP HAT LOUNGE CONCIERGE LOUNGE - When facing the Top Hat Lounge, the Concierge Lounge is on the right and the Diamond Lounge is on the left THE EXCELLENT CONCIERGE, DIEGO ROBERTA, THE LOVELY BAR SERVER AT THE CONCIERGE LOUNGE DIAMOND LOUNGE
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