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  1. Sailed with Sebastian on Sail Old San Juan.  It was a great sunset sail.  He provided beer, water, and sparkling wine or champagne and music.  We got to choose how fast to sail.  My profile pic is from that sail.  His sail boat The Chili Pepper had some damage from last years hurricane but has been fixed and we are planning to sail with him again in Febuary.  http://sailoldsanjuan.com/

  2. Lion Rock Beach Bar and Grill on Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts is a nice beach with fewer people. The bar menu is limited to beer and lion's rum punch and lunch is a plate of chicken or ribs and sides but the atmosphere is great. They have loungers and make shift umbrellas. If you buy lunch, loungers are included. You also get a nice few of Nevis. They now have a very nice restroom. If I remember I think they only take cash, but prices are good.

  3. It has been 3 years since I have cruised Alaska, but procedure should still be the same. Due to luggage handling by bus driver and hotel porters, they ask that you have one piece of luggage designated for land use and other bags will remain on the tour bus. But if you absolutely need something out of your stored bag, I'm sure your bus driver will accommodate you, ours did.

     

    For land excursions your tour guide will give you a brochure of all upgrades to current excursions and optional ones on the first afternoon of land tour. I highly recommend the upgrade to the 7 to 8 hour denali tour, so worth it.

  4. Emmy thanks for the photos, those are some big tapas!

     

    Does anyone know the wine prices? Would the glasses be covered under the drink packages, or do they break the $12 mark?

     

    As of October 2015, sorry the photo is not closer, but I can read it with my reading glasses

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  5. I have done three of the Rock Legends cruises. The Concierge Lounge was open to suite guests, but the Diamond Lounge was not. The event staff actually used that for their headquarters. No C&A perks, discounts, etc were available. I think my D+ status showed up on my seapass card on the first cruise, but not on subsequent ones. I did cruise in a suite all three times and did get extra suite points.

     

    On the last Rock legends cruise, the concierge lounge was not open to suite guests, the concierge told us it was being used by Peter Frampton and his guests. The diamond lounge also was not open to diamond and up members. We were so busy going from one music venue to another I did not miss those perks. The only one I missed was escorted debarkation.

  6. When booking the cruise were you able to get the balcony discount that Diamonds get when booking a balcony cabin? I imagine the answer will be no, but seeking clarification on that.

     

    No C & A balcony or suite discounts for our chartered cruise, we received double points for staying in a suite.

  7. Does the refrigerator come already filled with items? I have seen mention of this. Also if it does, do you have to ask to have it all removed? or do you just take it all out and put it some place?

    THanks!

     

    Returned from Adventure last week and the fridge/cooler was empty in our grand suite and in my mom's royal family suite. The only items that were not complementary with 2 large bottles of Evian water set up on the bar with tag for ordering. Was nice to store wine and bottles of water without the sodas and candy that they use to have in mini bar.

  8. Just returned from Adventure June 18 to June 25 on same itinerary. We enjoyed all our tours and excursions. Run down of what we did: St. Maarten took taxi to Sunset bar and grill on Maho beach about 10 AM and left at 12:30, got to see KLM 747 land and take off, ate breakfast and drank mimosas

     

    St. Kitts private tour for my group of nine with Thenford Grey. Went to Caribelle Batik factory, Brimstone Hill fortress, Timothy Hill for photos, and ended with 2 and 1/2 hours at Lion's Rock bar on Cockleshell beach. Loungers are free when you eat lunch. This was a good beach day.

     

    Antigua was our rest day, we walked around the port shops. Antigua is known for its beaches. If we weren't so tired, we were going to take taxi to Valley church beach.

     

    St. Lucia was our favorite. We booked Spencer Ambrose Land, Sea and Beach Adventure. Speed boat took us closer to pitons, then taxi to mud bath and hot springs, then to a chilly water fall, then back to speed boat to Sugar beach for lunch and snorkeling. This was great, the snorkeling fantastic with octopus, lobsters, all kinds of fish. Spencers has a beach day tour that skips the mud bath and water fall. These places were very busy. Next time we would skip this to have full day at the beach.

     

    Barbados was a close second to St. Lucia. We did Calabaza catamaran with lunch and 2 snorkeling stops: one with turtles then a reef. This again was fantastic as there were only 3 other ladies on board with us. They only take 12 people and have 3 crew. This was a top notch tour.

     

    Quest was at 10:30PM day 5, 2 evenings of late night adult comedy;

    dress attire ranged from shorts and t shirts on casual nights to formal ball gowns for Quinceaneras and tuxedos on the 2 formal nights; most people dressed in the middle with sundresses, slacks, and polo shirts or button down. I find it hard to pack dressy clothes on port intensive cruises

     

    The diamond lounge is very nice with great views, it is better than concierge lounge. I can't answer about you taking in non diamond status friend. You will enjoy the Adventure and the ports.

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