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  1. We were just in Concierge class on a Reflection cruise with a specialty dining package. We made reservations once onboard, and for the last night in Murano we didn't get the time we wanted but booked a time we didn't really love anyway. Then sometime on the first or second sea day (of a 10 night cruise) we went to the Concierge and asked about getting an earlier time there. He looked at the system and wasn't able to move us to our preferred time, but said he would follow up directly with the restaurant. The next day he left a message for us in our cabin saying that our time had been changed to our preferred time. Similarly, later in the cruise we wanted to move a reservation from Lawn Club to Tuscan, so we went directly to the Concierge. He looked it up and said he wasn't able to make the switch because it was fully booked in the system, but again said he'd follow up with Tuscan. We saw him a couple of hours later walking around the ship and said he'd gotten us a table at whatever time it was. So... not sure if being in Concierge class had anything to do it or we just got really lucky with cancellations or whatnot (twice?), but the moral of the story is that if you don't get the time you want, it can't hurt to pay a visit to the Concierge and ask nicely for a change.
  2. This sounds amazing. Is it from a particular bar, or will they make it at any? Thank you for sharing!!
  3. DH and I have upgraded to premium for our upcoming cruise (our very first with Celebrity!) because we ARE self-admitted wine snobs and the classic package offerings that I've seen while reading these boards won't be sufficient for us. The premium package still doesn't really cut it, but hey, we'll sacrifice a bit since we'll be on a fab vacation. 😉
  4. If I were in your situation, I'd get something like this from Amazon, and then also get a pair of leggings to wear over it if necessary. IMO it's cuter than a traditional skin suit/rash guard, and gives you flexibility to just wear the top part or add leggings if you need to.
  5. I flew with Randy and Mountain Air last May, and I am just devastated by this news. I sat in the front with him and he was conscientious, smart, kind, and had a strong passion for showing guests his home. My heart and thoughts are with all those affected during this difficult time.
  6. Oceanic makes a mask for small faces, which is what I use for diving and I love it. It's the Oceanic Mini Shadow, which is a smaller version of their standard-sized Shadow. My husband uses the Shadow and use the Mini Shadow, and it's comical when our masks get mixed up. 😀
  7. I have a pair of Keen Whisper sandals that I swear by. In fact, the very first activity I wore them for was cave tubing in Belize and they're still perfect 5 years later. I don't know what size you are, but in my size they are currently $84 or less (different prices for different colors) on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Z4JWFC/ As for your DH and son, I would first check Amazon to see what they have in Keens or Merrills. You might be surprised at some prices.
  8. You could certainly try it! As long as you're not going over your carry-on allowance, I don't see why it should be a problem. Personally, though, I find that my fins are actually the easiest thing to pack! They lay flat in the very bottom of my suitcase, and then I use the foot pockets to stash my mask and other random small accessories. I hope you have a blast! St Thomas was the very first tropical diving that DH and I experienced after certifying and diving the cold waters of Northern California where we live. It's a very happy memory for us for that reason! 😄
  9. I bought some of the heavy duty hooks mentioned above from Amazon and yes, they still slid down the wall even with nowhere near the stated weight limits. HOWEVER, hooks like that rate their weight restrictions based on force pulling directly away from the magnet, not at an angle (as in down towards the ground when placed on a wall, because gravity). The solution - we attached the magnets to the ceiling, which solved everything. They didn't budge and worked in exactly the same manner as if attached to the wall, sans any movement.
  10. DH and I are diving only two days on a ten night cruise, and we're each taking our own mask, fins, and wetsuit. The majority of rental fins are full foot, which I hate, and your own mask will be the most comfortable. Wetsuit...well, I don't want to wear something someone else has peed in, rentals always fit terribly (for females at least), and I wear a 5mm full suit in the Caribbean and most rentals are 3mm shorties. As for the rest, it's always a gamble. You could call in advance but I'm not sure that necessarily helps. I was on a land-based dive trip recently with a group of girlfriends and two of them rented the full set of gear; both of them had ill-fitting BCDs because while the shop in theory carried small enough sizes to fit them, the small sizes had already all been given out. Both of them are newer divers as well, and they struggled on most dives. Just FYI. Maybe if you call in advance you can "reserve" a small BCD for your son? I wouldn't want a newly certified 12-year old to have a set of ill-fitting equipment for his own safety. I presume you and your husband are more experienced divers and will make whatever work, but I wouldn't risk that for a newly certified youngster.
  11. I live in CA so when flying to the East coast for whatever reason, I will always choose a red eye. I don't really sleep on the plane, but I'd rather arrive first thing in the morning and have the whole day ahead of me than arrive late afternoon and be scrambling to get to wherever I need to go. I find that adrenaline kicks in and I don't feel the tiredness so much, plus it helps with the jet lag since I can go to bed at "normal" bedtime for the time zone since I'll be exhausted by then! I currently have three separate trips planned either ending or connecting through Florida, and I've scheduled them to all be red eyes. There's absolutely zero reason to waste daylight hours on a plane when I can get that part done while the world sleeps.
  12. Misty Fjords flightseeing in Ketchikan, for sure. I cruised to Alaska last May and the Misty Fjords were breathtaking! After our float plane landed on the water, a mama bear and her cub came to the edge of the shore to say hi to us. In Juneau we rented a car and drove ourselves around, which was great to be able to do things at our own pace. We spent a lot more time hiking around Mendenhall than any of the tours would allow for, and we were also about to drive out to Eagle Beach and a bunch of other places. I know this wouldn't help with your OBC, but just throwing the idea out there. For clothing, layers!! We had everything from cold and rain to warm and sunny all within the same day.
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