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AllenF

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  1. AllenF

    Serenity Tours????

    Yes that is John's specialty at Serenity tailoring your excursions to exactly what you want and treating you like family. Looking forward to seeing them next May when we go back to St Lucia with Celebrity.
  2. AllenF

    Serenity Tours????

    I completely agree with this statement 1st class all the way. We enjoyed them so much on our cruise we came back and did a land vacation with them.
  3. I enjoy a good cigar and we have an aft balcony but I usually do not smoke there. On Celebrity there is a dedicated spot on the top deck to smoke cigars. Does HAL have this too?
  4. I must agree that cruising has lost its appeal with us too and it is not just with Carnival after 13 straight with them we tried other lines(6) the last 3 with Celebrity and the service has just gotten worse lots of cut backs. The last 2 yrs we have gone back to adult only all-inclusives and doing VRBO in St. Martin. I doubt very much if we will cruise anymore in the Caribbean.
  5. The Celebrity Summit out of San Juan PR has only 1 sea day and 6 ports; Day Location Arrival Departure Saturday, January 5, 2013 San Juan - Puerto Rico -- 08:30 PM Sunday, January 6, 2013 St. Croix, U.s. Virgin Islands 08:00 AM 05:30 PM Monday, January 7, 2013 Basseterre - St. Kitts 08:00 AM 05:00 PM Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Roseau, Dominica 08:00 AM 05:00 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2013 St. Georges - Grenada 08:00 AM 05:00 PM Thursday, January 10, 2013 At Sea -- -- Friday, January 11, 2013 Charlotte Amalie - St. Thomas 08:00 AM 05:00 PM Saturday, January 12, 2013 San Juan - Puerto Rico 06:00 AM --
  6. AllenF

    SERENITY DAY PASS-St Lucia

    Should be on their web site http://www.serenitytvl . com/
  7. I have used Serenity Tours for both cruises and land vacations in St lucia. They will do any type of tour you wish and provide outstanding service.
  8. AllenF

    Private Tour in Auckland

    Not my 1st rodeo Bruin Steve with over 17 cruises I have used many local tour operators and I know these 2 were just that but thanks for reply. Funny 1 of the ones who replied also pays to advertise here on CC. As you can see not to many yet have given any recomendations. Having cruised Europe a few times, Alaska, Hawaii,West Coast and the entire Caribbean a must say we have done about 90% private tours I prefer to put my money in the hands of locals for tours. The cruise line gets plenty of it already :)
  9. AllenF

    Private Tour in Auckland

    Thanks I have booked mark both of your web sites. We dont cruise till next christmas so this gives me plenty of time to plan.
  10. Any recomendations for a private tour in Auckland. We are spending a few days there after our cruise. We would like to be picked up at the ship and dropped off at our Hotel after the tour. Thanks
  11. Oyster, I believe I met you on the ill fated swine flu cruise on the Carnival Splendor. Yes tipping is an American thing for sure and many of those in the tipping industry in the USA make more in tips than they would if they were paid a wage of say 10.00 bucks and hr it is part of our culture and I competely understand why cultures who dont do it as a norm dont agree with it. Also the TA I use usually includes pre paid tips that is another reason I tip extra and i dont care where the crew is from i have never had 1 say oh where I am from we dont do that and give it back :D
  12. Getting back to the topic......1 of the differences I see is the tipping issue. Americans are use to tipping and it appears Aussie are not as well as many Europeans. Personally I am a person who does the auto tips and also tips individual crew who provide above and beyond service during the cruise. I like to smoke cigars so the waiters who keeps me in stock with my drink of choice while I enjoy my smoke get a nice extra tip and I usually tip the room steward extra also. All in all i normally give out a extra 150.00 bucks to various crew and why I do that is the auto tipping is shared and the cash I put in their pocket they get to keep all of it. While I am not super rich I budget for this so it is not an issue and I do the extra tipping all though the cruise not just at the end. I also like to notice where the crew is from and if I have been there I will talk/ask them about there home and the things I have done there :)
  13. Actually Sutho if you cruise the caribbean you will see plenty Americans wearing their cruise cards around their necks while it is not 100% there are quite a few who do this. Lots of Americans wear their lanyards like a badge of honor of course like you I keep mine in my pocket.
  14. Wow I have found out by reading this thread that I should fit right in being that I am an American who is from the South and everybody knows anybody from the Southern states is a redneck. You know the kind of person who says good morning to strangers, opens doors for ladies, says thank you and of course knows how to give a good rebel yell :D. Bad manners is gobal no 1 culture is exempt we all have them. I will be on the Solstice in 2012 for Christmas and I am looking forward to meeting all types that will be on the ship yabbos included. For me meeting different types of people is why I cruise the ones I get along with are the ones I will have more than 1 converstion with :). I did my 1st 13 cruises with Carnival great cruises and services but got burnt out and tried other lines HAL, Princess and Celebrity and on everyone of them I have seen questionable behavior and on everyone I have met outstanding people passegers and crew al they far outnumber the yabbos. After so many cruises I have learned that I can always come across those I enjoy and those I dont kind of just like my everyday life. Looking forward to meeting the great people of OZ and NZ and just to warn ya I will say good morning and hello to everyone I come across :cool: yabbos included. I am always polite and pleasant until it is time not to be at least that what my wife tells me ;)
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