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  1. Sorry you didn't get a prompt answer. I'm not an Aruba expert but I can share some information. Right on the main street in Aruba are several restaurants. Both of them are elevated and open air. Very easy walk back to the ship from there. On of them is Iguana Joe's. The other I can't remember. They are across the main street from the port.


    You can also leave the port area, make a right and walk down toward the renaissance. There are a number of lovely restaurants down in that area. If you check Trip Advisor for Aruba and search for restaurants, it will bring up a map with the restaurants marked on the map.


    Hope that helps. Aruba is a wonderful island and I'm sure you will find something for dinner.

  2. Just off Celebrity Reflection and we did this shore excursion in Aruba. It is a one way catamaran to Pelican Pier with 2 snorkel stops along the way. The catamaran portion was nice. Snorkeling mediocre. Lunch was a chicken leg, some ribs, a quarter ear of corn, some macaroni salad and baked beans. It was served on paper plates with plastic silverware. It was not a stellar lunch. It wasn't the worst shore excursion I've done, but it was disappointing.

  3. A couple points of information about Klein Bonaire -


    Probably not a good place if you have never snorkeled. There is no snorkel equipment or instruction available on Klein Bonaire. It is a small uninhabited island that is surrounded by reef. It is unimproved so there are no bathrooms, snack shacks or other amenities.

    You walk up the beach and snorkel back with the current. There are specific areas marked to allow you to get in the water and over the reef. You should enter and exit only at these marked points. Because of this, you can't just stop and get out of the water. You have to go to the next marked spot to safely exit. For some people this makes it a more difficult snorkeling spot. It is very beautiful. Enjoy Bonaire!

  4. The M class cabins and suites need a major overhaul. If the Ocean View Cafe is like the Solstice class ships, that would be great. The regular cabins could use the cabinets above the bed for additional storage as well as the major overhaul, including the bathrooms.


    Good news. We are regular Celebrity cruisers and this August, rather then go on the Summit to Bermuda, will sail on Royal's Adventure of the Seas for a change of itinerary and a new experience. The Summit sky suites need work. We will be in a suite on the AOS- so I hope the accommodations are great!


    We did Adventure of the Seas last year and really enjoyed it. Our group loved the promenade rather than the atrium. Our next cruise is on Reflection - looking forward to going back aot Celebrity. I am sure you will enjoy AOS!

  5. I would like to add my 2 cents. We started cruising on Princess, then went to Celebrity with a Carnival cruise or 2 thrown in. We liked Celebrity but got drawn to RCI for an itinerary change. We have been on Freedom and Oasis and are trying Adventure later this month.


    I found the availability of food after 9:30pm to be pretty sad on RCI. Celebrity has a limited selection available in their buffet into the wee hours. They even have fresh pizza available along with salads, veggies, and of course, cookies and other desserts.


    After this cruise, we will go back to Celebrity, partly due to WJ and it's early closing. We like the idea of a bedtime snack and Sorrentos and Promenade Cafe just don't cut it.


    Royal Caribbean, I hope you are listening. This seems to be a pretty hot topic.


    Happy Cruising everyone

  6. Here are my thoughts. We are also a group in our early 60's. We like the beach and water sports with some history and island exploration thrown in. Just looking at the ports, I prefer the 2nd (RCI) itinerary. However the Celebrity on-board experience will be much more like Princess than the Royal Caribbean. Celebrity has a more sedate feeling. Less announcements. Royal Caribbean is a more "fun" experience. Lots more announcements, somewhat more activities like the belly flop contest or hairiest chest contest. A lot depends on what you enjoy. Whichever you choose I am sure you will enjoy!

  7. I have been to St. Thomas many times and I have not had that experience there. I have had that experience in some other ports - Grenada for one. I don't think you will feel any intimidation in either Havensight or Crown Bay. Walking through the Havensight port can be a little crowded but not intimidating. Enjoy your cruise!:)

  8. On St. Thomas, there is a place called Coral World. You can google it as they have a pretty nice web site. You can do a sea lion swim there. There is a small entrance fee to the facility, which is a small marine encounter facility. Our group did the sea lion swim there. It was very enjoyable. The sea lions are rescues. They appear to be well taken care of. The staff was terrific!

  9. I travel with my husband, sister and BIL. We are 58 - 63 years old and travel without children. We have cruised RCI, Celebrity, CCL, and Princess.

    I think our favorite cruise line depends alot on what we're looking for. If you are looking for lots of activities, lots of noise, lots of announcements,and tons of things to do, RCI is a great line. If you travel for the ship, Celebrity is my favorite but I also love the Freedom class on RCI. I also think the length of the cruise can make a difference. We recently did a 7 day on Oasis of the Seas. It was filled to capacity plus, due to many 3rd and 4th passengers. Despite traveling in October, there were a ton of kids on board. If we do a 10 day, we see much fewer kids on all the lines. Food is subjective. If you love a leisurely quiet dining experience, Celebrity can be a better line for our group.


    It depends on what we are looking for.

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