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  1. I have never snorkeled in St. Kits. I do see that our Celebrity cruise on March 14th will be offering a snorkeling excursion here so that suggests some value. I wish I could talk more from personal experience. There are some terrific places to snorkel in the Caribbean/Southern Caribbean. I am just not sure about St. Kitts snorkeling.


  2. I would love to join in this group. I am doing WW via the Internet. I am struggling with the very s-l-o-w weight loss. I will blame it on age, menopause and hypothyroidism. I hate the fluctuations! One day I'm 2#s down and then the next day 3#s up. I'm an obsessive weigher. I weigh myself everyday. I know I should weigh myself once a week but I just need to see results some days to stay encouraged! I have set small goals. I am currently 3#s from my first goal. My overall goal is 40#s. I will be very happy if I can loose 10-15 before my cruise in April. I weigh in on Thursdays. I'm very good about entering what I eat in my WW app. My biggest challenge is eating out. We often have dinner out with friends and I gain 3-4#s if I eat out even when I TRY to be careful. So for now, I'm being unsocial:). I have to do what works for me.

     

    I joined in July 2013. I am also a daily weigher. My weight loss has been slow - but after 7 months, it added up to 35 pounds. Keep up the good work!


  3. I'm not much of a math person but I think driving around my town is a bigger risk of significant injury than getting this mosquito borne fever. People sit out on their own patios, garden, walk the dog, etc with no sun screen or mosquito repellent even during serious reports of West Nile which is a serious risk during the season. Use the precautions appropriate to the risk. Enjoy your cruise!


  4. Cozumel has a nice Dolphin Encounter. It is an Chankanab Park. You can google the park and get tons of information. For a first time in Cozumel, I would recommend that as a consideration. It also has some small ruins and some nice snorkeling in the park.

     

    You will find the port boards very helpful. I recommend taking a ship sponsored tour on your first cruise. Just "walking around the port" can cheat you as you may miss the real wonderful spots to be seen. Enjoy your cruise!


  5. We have had 2 "group" experiences, one on Princess and one on Celebrity. The Princess cruise groups was people raising dogs to be leader dogs for the blind. There were about 30 or so of them and their dogs and it was wonderful! The 2nd group was a Harley Davidson riding group on the Celebrity Equinox. Except for the fun of watching them load and unload the bikes, we wouldn't even have known they were there. I have, however, been onboard when large unofficial groups seem to be aboard and found it disruptive. When it was most noticeable was when this unofficial "group" saved/occupied large areas of tables in the buffet - that was a bit annoying. I think the line only needs to notify me when they are going to repeatedly block off significant areas of the ship that are usually public. My husband loves the solarium. It would impact our cruise if it was blocked off or otherwise occupied. Just my thoughts.

    Sue


  6. Tendering details can vary from cuiseline to cruiseline. There are different size tenders but 150 might be a decent estimate. Some lines have bigger tenders. Tendering preference is given to people with early cruise-booked excursions on all cruiselines. It usually is very organized and goes quite fast. I probably wouldn't book a private excursion in the first hour or so. Time to get to shore depends on how far out the ship anchors from shore. 15 minutes would be a good estimate. For the most part, the tenders runs continuously throughout the time in port, with the last tender being about 30 minutes before the "all aboard". This means transportation by tender is available throughout the entire day, nearly continuously.

    I hope this helps!


  7. I can't imagine anyplace in the southern Caribbean beating Bonaire. I have been there twice and our group can't wait to go back. Do a search for "bonaire snorkeling" or "Klein Bonaire". There are some nice videos on you tube. Have a wonderful time!


  8. We will be sailing the Equinox in March of 2014. This will be our 3rd cruise on her in the past 3 years. To answer your question, "it depends on what you are looking for". Although I was disappointed a bit in the spa café menu changes, it wasn't a place that my group frequents, so the changes there aren't a big deal. We did find things changing in the dining room. Dining staff seems a bit overwhelmed at times. All in all, I agree with the previous poster - Celebrity is still a great line and Equinox still a lovely vessel! Enjoy!


  9. We are a group of 4, 3 being avid snorkelers, 1 novice. By far, the best snorkeling is in Bonaire. You can arrange to take the water taxi (sometimes directly through the ship) to Klein Bonaire, an island off the coast. It is about a 10 - 15 minute water taxi ride from the main island. We love this snorkeling so much, we have never seen much of the main island, lol! Go to the Bonaire board and do a quick search. There is a ton of info there. Enjoy!


  10. I hate to just "pile on" but I agree. The 10 day itinerary needs to be mixed up a bit. We have done both of the current itineraries. Obviously, they can't be totally changed just changed up a bit. We do a 10 day every year and it has forced us over to Celebrity for some variety. Princess, mix it up a bit!


  11. Our group has sailed Celebrity the past 2 years and Princess before that. I found the dining room food to be comparable - no real difference in either. If you have evenings that you would skip the dining room and do the bufet, Princess wins hands down (imho). First, they have waiters to serve you at your table. The evening food in the buffet on Princess changes more each day, more variety. Celebrity food in the bufet is much the same each day. There is no "table service" or waiters and our group found it a little boring. You will get plenty of great food on either line, just a small difference. Enjoy your cruise!


  12. So I'm going to answer this one. The Fun Cat is just an "ok" excursion. The Fut Cats are in the water at a beach that is covered with boulders - large, small,, round rocky boulders and it is a bit of a walk navigating this entrance. You board the cat by crawling onto it from the rocky beach. Once on board, we traveled to the snorkel area as a group. In order to get off the Fun Cat, you must slide of the sloped front of the boat into the water. That isn't the bad part. The bad part is trying to get back on. There is no ladder or any appropriate device for climbing back on board. They have tied some rope across the front of it which they advise you to put your foot on it and hoist yourself up back onto the Fun Cat. I am short, chunky and 59 years old - this was a challenge. The snorkeling was good but getting back on was miserable and neither of the 2 fellows operating the excursion offered any assistance. I would not recommend this excursion.


  13. I see no one has responded. I just got back so I can share what little I know. I have done water tubing through Princess a few years ago. You sit in a large inner tube that has a crude wooden bottom in it. The water in March was very cold. You get wet but don't submerge in the water so you don't warm up. It can be quite rocky depending on the water level. You can also get bumped around a bit leading to some mild scrapes and bruises. I liked this excursion but the other 3 in our party said they wouldn't do it again. We are all in our 50's. I heard some younger cruisers on our recent Celebrity cruise complaining about getting scraped up quite a bit.

    As far as the falls, it is a bit of a hike but not too strenuous. You can take some great pictures. I have not done the hike only seen the falls from a distance. If you search Trafalgar Falls in google, you can find some additional info. There is reported to be a warm pool near the falls for soaking. Hope that helps!


  14. I am not embarrassed at all. Celebrity should be embarrassed for cramming so many chairs close together. It is understandable that people take chairs on either side so they have room to crawl in out of the lounger! I take the time to get up early and only towel chairs that I use. Taking a half hour to eat lunch is not unreasonable. I also think it very poor that they have Zumba by the pool twice a day taking up valuable space for spreading out chairs. Anyway, there are acceptable reasons why some people may take more than one chair. I agree that toweling 5,6,7 etc. more chairs and leaving them empty for hours on end while you enjoy activities all over the ship - darn selfish. Tagging and time stamping would work well if Celebrity would only do it.

     

    Rob

     

    The Equinox hold 2850 passengers. On sea days, most passengers want to be around the pool. It doesn't take too many people taking an "extra chair" to create a hardship for others. A chair hog by any other name....


  15. I cruise Celebrity and have cruised Princess and Carnival. I love the Celebrity ships and have found their itineraries to be to my liking. Ducklite and kcgirl, how sad that you have so much time to just waste worrying about what others are wearing or where else they could wear their outfit. What you wear reflects you. What I wear reflects only me. To be sure, I take time with my appearance and dress. I am, however, much too busy having fun on my cruise with my family to spend so much energy worrying about what someone else has chosen to wear or where they bought it. How sad, ducklite, that you felt the need to use such terms as "lowest common denominator" and "feeding trough" to describe cruisers and dining. What I say reflects me. What you say reflects you.

     

    Happy Cruising!

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