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  1. We did the snorkelling excursion with Seacow through Celebrity in February. It was an incredible experience. We drift snorkelled along the reef with a belt flotation for buoyancy so if you are not a strong swimmer you felt safe. Each group has a leader to help guide you along. Prescription face masks are also available for those whose vision is not 20/20. Seacow is very professional, informative and fun (also serve a great rum punch on the return trip)!!. A photographer will accompany you who takes great pics and it was not overly expensive. We did the early excursion which left us time to change on board and then go into town to browse and have lunch.
  2. It will be crowded. There were 3 ships in port when we were in Grand Cayman. We opted to rent a cabana at the Royal Palms Beach Club and were glad we did. Hope this helps.
  3. Bonaire! We snorkelled with Sea Cow. They were amazing and would definitely recommend them!
  4. cruisefan123

    Eagle Beach

    We did not eat. We had a bucket of beer and some prepackaged snacks (nuts, pretzels, etc) that we brought with us.
  5. cruisefan123

    Eagle Beach

    We didn't ask for a specific spot but we were happy with Coco Loco beach bar. We wanted a less busy section of beach with some amenities and that's what we had. I didn't research it too much before we left but we were satisfied.
  6. We were on Celebrity Reflection twice In the past year that had a port stop in Cartagena. Mr. Emerald is in the old walled city. It is just off the main square. If you are going to San Pedro Claver church it's a short walk from there. The hop on hop off trolley would certainly take you there. Wishing you luck in your search and please let me know how you make out! Bon Voyage!
  7. Crznduo - they come in all sizes and price points. I had a really good idea of what I was looking for before I cruised as I didn't want to be overwhelmed. Do you want a solitary Emerald or with diamonds? Light green or blue green? I chose a solitary Emerald that was blue green in a bezel setting ( emeralds are softer than diamonds so I wanted to protect it). I paid $3000 for it. I think it was close to 1 carat and in a 14 k setting. I had a tough decision as I really liked another ring that had a smaller light green Emerald with diamonds that was $1400. I liked Mr. Emerald for its reputation and service. Not pushy and they answered all my questions. They have a website that might give you an idea of style and price. What I didn't like about the other stores is that it was a hard sell without giving me time to look without interruption - constant barrage of "you like" "buy now" etc. Hope this helps. Happy to answer any more questions.
  8. Your proposition is not stupid. Jewelry in Colombia is not cheap. You could purchase an unpolished or rough Emerald ( cheaper than polished) and bring it back with you for future design. Most jewelry stores carry both. I found my ring at Mr. Emerald. Several of the stores have websites where you can look at their inventory and prices. The Emerald museum is attached to a jewelry store and its hard sell all the way. They have classes here and It was so pushy that I could not wait to leave. Cartagena is such a beautiful city. So much to see and do. Hope this helps.
  9. We were on Reflection last week. Movies are shown in theatre during the day and on the lawn later in evening. Current titles that I remember are Christopher Robin, Bohemian Rhapsody, Mission Impossible, Beauty and the Beast, Papillon. They do offer some current movies in room free in addition to some on demand for a fee. Hope this helps.
  10. We rented a beach cabana at RP last week for $125 ( 4 people). Beach cabanas have a table and 4 chairs inside and 4 loungers in front. There were three cruise ships in port and the beaches became very crowded, so we were happy to have made a reservation. A storm blew in unexpectedly so we had shelter from the rain as well as from the sunshine. Taxi was $5 pp from the port. We ordered drinks and snacks that we found somewhat pricey but the service was great. We would go to RP again.
  11. cruisefan123

    Eagle Beach

    We were on Eagle Beach last week, next to Coco Loco beach bar. Cost for taxi from Pier was $15. Cost for Umbrella and 2 chairs was $40. It's a beautiful beach, very relaxing.
  12. ABC islands. We are booked to snorkel with Seacow in Bonaire and to a beach in Curaçao. Any thoughts on Aruba? We are overnighting and thought about a sunset catamaran cruise.
  13. So enjoying this review. We are doing this itinerary in late February. Any suggestions of what not to miss?!😁
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