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roysue

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    Washington, MI
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    gardening
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. We were staying at Embassy Suites the same weekend they were getting ready to board. I think they called it a "bliss" cruise.
  2. Not to pile on, but I have tried leaving my hair dryer at home but the cabin hairdryer is not very powerful and difficult for me to use.
  3. Our group has sailed the Equinox many times. We sail in side by side balcony cabins. We have always asked to have the divider open and it is done before dinner on embarkation day. Hope this helps and you enjoy your cruise!
  4. To answer you question, you will need to walk into the water from the beach and get in a small boat to be noticed out to the catamaran which is in deeper water. I don't know how you get into the catamaran because we got stood up! We arrived at the beach location at 12:30 as instructed. There was no Dolphin and we were told that our reservation didn't go well. We were assured that they were substituting us into a comparable catamaran. Nothing could be further from the truth! We got on a catamaran that was about 1 trip away from the salvage yard! It was awful! They did end up refunding our money but it was a disappointment. On the up side, we saw the Dolphin at the snorkeling site and she is beautiful! Hope that helps!
  5. roysue

    One day

    There are a lot of things to do in Aruba. They have many wonderful beaches but I don't know the best place to search for sea glass. You can do a search on the board for "beach" and a ton of info will come up.
  6. Aruba is a wonderful port and there is a lot to do there. Your cruise line's website will tell you what shore excursions they are offering and your time choices. There may or may not be deep see fishing offered. I have a stop in Aruba In October and I don't see deep sea fishing as an offering. I also checked Trip Advisor and I don't see anyone talking about it there either. Aruba will have a ton of folks at the port offering tours. You may find fishing there. I know you will find a ton of folks who want to take you to the beach, take you on an island tour, or perhaps snorkeling. Your best bet is to check what the cruise line offers first. Then you know how much time you have to do another excursion. A caution for 1st time cruiser - if you take a ship offered tour, they will get your back to the ship on time or wait for you. In extreme cases, the cruise ship may leave and make arrangements for you to get to the next port but that is rare. If you book a private excursion, they probably would not wait for you if you are late getting back. That is unlikely to happen in Aruba because you have such a long day there. Hope this helps. Whichever you choose, enjoy!
  7. roysue

    Sea aquarium

    $21 for the 14 and 18 yo, $11 for those over 60. We took a taxi from the port. None of us can remember how much it cost, so it couldn't have been too significant. The have their own website which will give you a lot of information. We did the shark, turtle and stingray feeding which was very good., Enjoy!
  8. Hi and welcome to Cruise Critic. I usually use a local travel agent who I have built a relationship . She does a good job. Price is not always the cheapest. She often gets us perks that make up the difference. On e the rare instance that we have had a problem ( flight cancelled) she has been terrific. I have never tried an on line TA in the traditional sense, whoever I have used a travel agent through one of the big warehouse stores. Got a great price, great perks, picked our own cabin and had a lovely problem free cruise. I would be willing to try an online TA but I have cruise a number of times before. My only concern is who to call if there is an unexpected issue. Whatever you choose, enjoy!
  9. I have not used this service. I would try posting this on the Florida Departures board. There is a ton of information on these transport services over there.
  10. I agree. I would not book a flight for this time. Just one lost piece of luggage or a small delay in arrival time could really cause you trouble. I know it is terribly expensive to fly down there but this wouldn't be worth potentially missing your cruise.
  11. Hell Joyfullife! I usually cruise out of FLL butI'm taking an October cruise departing from Miami. I don't know whole lot about Miami but I'll share what I can. I went to hotels.com and was able to find a map of the area with the hotels marked on it. It gives you a way to see prices and locations. The map also shows a number of Miami locations that might be interesting to check out. There is a board called Florida Departures. You will find a lot more info on there. Tons of info on where to stay, how to use the local transportation and what to see. Good luck and enjoy your cruise!
  12. roysue

    Safety in Beize

    I think your concern is warranted. We are a group of 4, 2 adult couples. I would not bring children with me on this island. Just my opinion. More than that, I am sorry you were treated so rudely on this board. There was no excuse for that.
  13. cruisechev - I'll give a try to answer some questions. Our group is Platinum on Princess but our last few cruises have been on Celebrity. Celebrity is a little quieter than Princess. Some of the furnishings are a little nicer. Balcony cabins on Celebrity have a small sofa rather than the 2 chairs that Princess has. Celebrity has a solarium which is a pool and lounge area that is limited to adults. Usually very quiet in there. There is no charge. They also have an area call the Persian Gardens. It is an up charge area and I don't know much about it. Celebrity has it's own buffet. It is the usual buffet. They have decent pizza, a pasta station, a stir fry station. It's decent. There are a few no charge venues for snacks but not much else for a meal except the dining rooms. Celebrity does not have do-it-yourself laundry facility, which I do miss. There may be a few less kids on Celebrity but we usually take 10 day cruises and neither Princess nor Celebrity have many kids on the cruises longer than 7 days. Hope that is helpful! Sue
  14. mizzoumom1111 - Welcome to Cruise Critic! I am sailing out of Miami on October and have done a bit of research. There are some hotels that offer free shuttles. It seems like the "free shuttle" is built into the hotel rate. After looking at the hotel map on a popular hotel search site, I chose the one closest to the port - Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown. I think the taxi should be cheap from there, compared to other locations. There is quite a bunch of information on the Florida Departures board. You can actually do a search for "miami" and it will bring up all the Miami related threads. Good luck planning!:D
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