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  1. Be careful to ensure your steward knows that you want the wash and fold special. On a recent cruise we stuffed the bag for the wash and fold special announced in the Compass. (We also had a $10 discount as Diamond category). There was a misunderstanding, and the laundry came back on hangers and in some cases seemed to be ironed, and with a price of over $70. I straightened it out with Guest Services, but would rather no have had the issue at all. We have often used wash and fold in the past, and as long as you don’t include delicate fabrics or saturated colours, the results are
  2. Thank you all so much for this information. We won't be going for several months, but I have a much better idea of how we can can plan our time in this wonderful place.
  3. I’m relying on my visit to Santorini a few years ago, so take this for what it’s worth. First, you have to tender the short distance to shore. Then you must take the cable car/elevator up from sea level to the top rim of the volcanic crater. Depending on lineups, that could all take you an hour or so. At the top, you are immediately in the busy town of Thira. I’m not sure where Vichada is in relation to Thira, but you will easily find the public bus terminus not far from the cable car depot. Buses run from there on several routes. I took one to a beach bay on the other side, and it was a
  4. I’D like to buy packages of ground Puerto Rican coffee to bring home, but not at souvenir prices or in fancy packages. We are docked in San Juan from 1 pm to 10 pm on a Tuesday. Is there a grocery store within walking distance of the pier? Or would they sell coffee in the CVS drugstore near the pier?
  5. Ha ha, we have the same itinerary - Adventure, Feb 15! Here are our plans. i never get tired of those beautiful forts in San Juan, and you get into both for the same price. We take a taxi up, because the free trolley is slow, and a real bone shaker. After taking in the views from El Moro, we walk back downhill. If you keep an eye to the left, you can follow a curving road through an archway, and into an amazingly beautiful historic cemetery. Then get back on the Main Street and continue down to the smaller Fort for a visit. Keep going down, and get a drink and a snack before r
  6. Mary, you posted the same queries on other threads. Might be good to tell people you’ve asked the same questions elsewhere.
  7. Have you been to St Maarten before? The roads are narrow, two-lane, with twisty hills and corners. Also, as others have said, the road back to Phillipsburgh can get very jammed up at afternoon rush hour. However, I would not book an overpriced cruise excursion (which did once, and it was a huge bus that crawled along. It stopped a couple of times, and it took forever to get everyone off and back on, not to mention the latecomers who held everyone up.) We have arranged private small small group tours twice on St Maarten, with companies that provided a guide and seating for about
  8. In San Juan, If the two national park forts are open, those would offer a great history lesson to your kids. You can walk, but it is uphill and a good distance, so take the free tourist train if it is running, or grab a taxi. You can walk back downhill from El Moro (the big Fort) to the second smaller Fort halfway back. Then grab a bite in a restaurant near the dock. If you are leaving at 2:30, you won’t have much time on the shore to do much else. St Kitts has very nice beaches not far from Basseterre (the town). We asked a crew member, and he recommended the beach the crew g
  9. There was a devastating hurricane which hit the island a couple of years ago, and beaches were hard hit. You can take a taxi to Orient Beach (probably about $25 or $10 pp if you share with others) a half hour or so drive from the dock, located on the French part of the island. That beach was wiped out by the hurricane, but posts here and on Trip Advisor say that a few beach restaurants have re-opened. They will rent you chairs and umbrellas, sell drinks and food, and offer washrooms. The beach itself is fabulous, long, smooth, with a gradual slope into the water. Part of the beach allows n
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