Photo Review: Solstice 12 Night Great Barrier Reef Jan 2 2018

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#21
Auckland NZ
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Do you know what marina you were tendered into at Airlie Beach? - I believe there are 2 marinas there... one is closer to town than the other
#22
Laughlin, NV
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Originally posted by Muffinz
Do you know what marina you were tendered into at Airlie Beach? - I believe there are 2 marinas there... one is closer to town than the other
The past Solstice visits the tenders have gone to the Port of Airlie.
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Muffinz, yes, they used the Port of Airlie! Here is the track for the entire day of one of the tenders used to shuttle passengers back and forth to shore:

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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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"WE NEED TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR!"

After the fireworks were over at about 12:15am, the Galene headed back to the Kings Street Wharf in Darling Harbour where we were dropped off at around 1am. We then walked back to the hotel. Because of the close proximity of the hotel to the fireworks crowd, the walkway approaches were had security there to verify that the people heading into the hotel were guests--similar to what the cruise ship does (without the metal detectors and bag x-ray machines.

Here is an informative harbor fireworks map:


I have marked the Galene's position with a bright green circle next to Fort Denison. The map shows that two of the seven fireworks barges were "behind" us as we faced the bridge to watch the show. Note the large size of the exclusion zone where boats were not allowed except for those, like ours, were participating in the Harbour of Light Parade.


The Sydney Opera House made for a wonderful backdrop to the spectacular fireworks.



The fireworks display made a wide use of color. There were several times where the synchronized fireworks were monochromatic.



A lot of different types of fireworks effects were used.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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"THE ONLY KANGAROOS WE SAW IN AUSTRALIA WERE AT THE ZOO!"

Yes, that is quite true. I had hoped that we would see them in the wild during our trip. Even on the day we left Sydney there was a wallaby that was hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Many years ago my wife went to Melbourne on a business trip and she said that she saw them in the wild.



And so on Jan 1--after ringing in the new year from the night before--we went to visit the Taronga Zoo. There are two zoos in Sydney. There is the small Wild Life Zoo near Darling Harbour. The larger Taronga Zoo is located on the opposite side of the harbor from Sydney.



We bought tickets on line for $42 AUD per person. There are two ways to get to the zoo. The most preferable way is to take one of the ferries to get wonderful views of the harbor and Sydney. But we had just spent 6 hours doing that from the night before, so we decided to skip it and took an uber instead. We also wanted to get there (and back) quickly because we intended to go to our cruise roll call pre-cruise gathering at the Opera Bar at 5:30pm.



The zoo is nice. It was our first opportunity to see the animals that Australia is known for: koalas, kangaroos, wallabys, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, emus, and platypus! It was not very crowded and although we got to bypass the lines for buying tickets, the lines weren't that long.


My first look at a Tasmanian Devil!

It was pretty hot that day as the sun was in full shine mode. The zoo was hilly which meant that we got a good work out and there were nice views of Sydney. Here is a zoo map.


This hippo had the right idea today! I was jealous.

We wanted to go back to the hotel quickly so that we could clean up before heading out to the roll call pre-cruise party at the Opera Bar. There were no taxis at the zoo. Getting an uber was a problem because there were almost no uber cars in the area. After getting an uber through the app, we had to wait 20 minutes before our car arrived.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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"ROLL CALL PRE-CRUISE PARTY--5:30 PM AT THE OPERA BAR"

We were running a bit late so we took a taxi from our hotel for the short ride to the Opera Bar. It was a very picturesque venue for having the pre-cruise get together. However the bar was very crowded because of the holiday. Furthermore the bar is very large and you cannot reserve a table in advance. So needless to say, it took a while to get everyone together because we had to find each other and then we had to find a table large enough for all of us. I estimate about 12-16 people showed up. Once we got settled in, we had a great time. Conversation centered around last night's fireworks show and the plans we each had for the cruise. Anticipation filled the air as we were going to board tomorrow!
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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This nice photo of our ship on embarkation day was taken by Cruise Critic member Silver Spectre!


"EMBARKATION DAY: ALL ABOARD!"

Finally, Jan 2 arrived--some 748 days after I booked the cruise! During my last 4 cruises (Valparaiso, Miami x2, Ft Lauderdale), I have had the pleasure of being able to wake up in my hotel room and immediately see my cruise ship from the window or balcony. It really gets my blood flowing! But other considerations (mainly money) prevented me from booking a hotel that overlooked the harbor this time.


This hotel was just awesome for my family of 4. We stayed one large room. It is well appointed inside and conveniently located near many retail stores.


Checkout time at the Westin Sydney was 11am. As usual, our family was running late. Although initially denied, I was able to get the front desk to extend our check out to noon time. I asked the doorman for a mini-van taxi for the 4 of us (and all of our luggage). He said that one just left the hotel and that he called for it 1.5 hr ahead of time. Wow. We thought about getting an uber, but decided against it. I told the doorman that we would wait for one that we had plenty of time. I'll be you we waited over 30 minutes without any luck. At that point, it wasn't worth occupying the doorman's time to look for a mini-van taxi. I told him that we could take two regular taxis to the pier. It wasn't going to be that expensive--I think it was $21 AUD for each taxi.

It took well under an hour between the time that we left our hotel and were in our cabin (2:15 pm). Check in was a breeze. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is a very nice facility and it was not crowded. An x-ray of our bags that we had with us found a powercube extension cord which got seized (I love using the word "seized" in print). I was given a receipt and told that it could be picked it up after the cruise. Fair enough.


"Bad extension cord! Very bad extension cord! No cruise for you!"

One of the things that I detest is having to fill out the health questionnaire. I realize that it is important and has to be done on the spot. But with all the excitement of the check-in process and with 4 of us crowded around the check-in desk trying to fill out our forms, it's a bit time consuming and and I get very impatient about it! It's also where I keep thinking to myself, "kids, there's only one right answer to those questions if you want to get on the ship".


Looking northward at the Overseas Passenger Terminal from our starboard side cabin balcony.


We were given our SeaPass cards. The Celebrity rep behind the check-in counter handed out each card to us individually--they were not given to me as a set inside a little cardboard holder like we usually get them in (another quintessential Celebrity experience victimized by cost cutting? Or perhaps a Save the Waves initiative? ugh!).


Looking southward at the Overseas Passenger Terminal from our starboard side cabin balcony.


This was the first time that we did not see the embarkation photo station on the way into the ship.

We got to our cabin, 8108, which is right at the front of the ship on the starboard side. We dropped our things, I took a few shots of our empty cabin, met our room steward (Charles), and then headed off to the buffet. The photo below is the port side view we had from the buffet. Life is good!

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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
#30
ORD (03-?), SDF (97-03), PHL (83-96), LAX (82-83)
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Got it backwards


Looking south towards Sydney



Looking north


An extra picture while I'm at it:


Crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
#31
Auckland NZ
386 Posts
Joined May 2017
Excellent photos.... we have got 2 power adaptors so we can charge our phones / fit-bits in our stateroom. i hope they don't confiscate them otherwise we will be stuffed!
#32
ORD (03-?), SDF (97-03), PHL (83-96), LAX (82-83)
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Thank you!

Your power adapters should be fine.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
#33
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Your report is so much fun this read. Appreciate all the links and details you’ve included.


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Loving the pics. Brings back so many good memories. Can't wait to go back next year. We saw wild Kangaroos in the Hunter Valley wine area - live one's anyway. We say a couple on the side of the road in the tablelands outside of Kuranda.
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#35
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Originally posted by Muffinz
Excellent photos.... we have got 2 power adaptors so we can charge our phones / fit-bits in our stateroom. i hope they don't confiscate them otherwise we will be stuffed!
The only adapters they’ll confiscate are those that are surge protected.
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Day 1, Embarkation Day: "MUSTER DRILL: THE MOVIE!"

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After we came back from eating our late lunch at the buffet, all of our luggage was there to greet us by our cabin door. This was our 4th time in a Solstice class FV cabin and we pretty much have it down to a science in terms of unpacking and doing our room setup.

Then it was time to do the Muster Drill. Ugh. It began around 4:30 pm. When we first started cruising with Celebrity in 1996 (aboard the brand new Century), the muster drill was a lot more involved. You had to wear your life jacket around your neck and have it fully strapped around your body. Then you to congregate at your Assembly Station staging area to hear a training lecture. THEN you had to walk out to the lifeboat area and stand underneath your assigned lifeboat. AND they had the women and children separated from the men (I think). It was all quite elaborate back then.

It's been years since they removed the requirement to walk out to the lifeboat area. And for the last few years you don't even have to bring your life jacket. BUT this was our first cruise that we received the training through a motion picture called: Operation Little Bear which is a 007 type movie set on Celebrity Eclipse. Our Assembly Station is A1 which is in the Celebrity Theater on Deck 5. So we got to comfortably watch the movie from there--I am not sure how it is handled in some of the other areas. I give Celebrity credit for trying something novel although I hope they don't try to make a series of them like the Rocky movies.



During the drill, Captain Tasos Kafetzis addressed the passengers for the first time over the PA system. During his little speech he goes thru the part about who replaces him if he is incapacitated during an emergency (the Staff Captain). But he went further and described the succession order in more detail. At some point he stopped going thru the full succession lineup by remarking that the ship would be in big trouble if it got that far.

Has anyone ever looked at the back of their cabin door to review the route to their Assembly Station? One of the things I found interesting when I looked at the back of our FV door is that there are two escape routes--a primary one and a secondary one. The primary route to get to our Assembly Station in the Celebrity Theater involves taking a shortcut using a special stairway that is concealed behind a door in the corridor. We get to bypass the public forward staircase that the masses use! How cool is that?? It's like an Elite perk--Priority Lifeboating! All joking aside, its worth looking at the back of your door because these special evacuation primary/secondary routes are not something that you practice or are necessarily aware of during the muster drill.


This is a photo of the muster information on the back of our door for cabin 8107 aboard Eclipse. The cabin is located all the way forward on the port side. The primary escape route to our Assembly Station in the Celebrity Theater is thru a stairway hidden behind a door in the hallway just outside our cabin. Jan 2014
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
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My middle daughter calls the Muster "practice sinking"
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#38
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I thought the 007 mustard drill was a nice change.

Guess if they keep it too long it’ll get boring
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"SOMEONE CALL SECURITY! OUR CABIN FURNITURE HAS BEEN STOLEN!! (A tale of exceptional customer service)

As I keep saying, this was the 4th time that we had been in a Solstice Class Family Veranda (FV) cabin. The prior 3 times were aboard Eclipse. We love it for the enormous amount of space that it gives my family of 4 (618 sq ft interior + 112 sq ft balcony for the ones on Deck 8). It has two separate bedrooms as well as a very large living area (just one standard bathroom though). Now that our kids are fully grown, being able to spend extended time together as a family in one cabin is something that my wife and I truly treasure. I like to joke to others that we have our kids trapped on board with us as we hardly see them any other way! As a result, our cruising profile is very different from most people on Cruise Critic (I think). We spend a great deal of our waking time in the cabin during a cruise when we are on board the ship. There is enough space that we each can do our own thing or we can do things together. We seem to only emerge from our lair for food. And Elite Happy Hour. Well, and maybe the casino.


A very spacious living area. The master bedroom is behind the closed door. Aboard Eclipse, there is a dining room table with chairs put in the area near the window. As each newer Solstice class ship was built, the FV cabins received more furniture. Silhouette and I believe Reflection have an additional full length desk against the wall with the window that is not in the Eclipse FV that we are so familiar with.


Ok, having said all of the above, when we arrived in our FV aboard the Solstice, we were very disappointed to see that a lot of the furniture that we had in our prior FV cabins was missing. No dining room table and chairs to eat breakfast, etc. No chest of drawers by the balcony door. The closet was missing a side dresser in the master bedroom. My wife--who is very tolerant--was not happy with the lack of furniture. It impacted our ability to put away all our clothing and stuff like our scuba diving gear. We mentioned it to our room steward, Charles. By the time we came back from dinner he had put in a circular dining room table in our cabin. It wasn't the exact table we were expecting, but it would do just fine. It was obvious that he scrounged it up from somewhere. I was impressed with his effort.


The master bedroom is ridiculously huge. The FV cabin comes with two windows that look out over the front of the ship. One window is in the bedroom while the other window is in the living area. In our Eclipse FV cabin, there is a shorter wooden dresser installed in the empty space between the tall closet and the wall. Besides providing a nice table top surface to put our things on, there were shelves below to store our folded clothes.


But we were still missing a lot of furniture to store our things. So we went down to Guest Relations to acknowledge the great work that Charles did, but to tell them that we were still lacking other furniture. The Guest Relations Officer that we talked to was Fabio. A very nice man. If he was thinking "oh geeze, missing furniture? Why do I have to deal with this?" he concealed it very well as he was very attentive and concerned for us. He asked to accompany us back to our cabin to see what we were talking about. We showed him our cabin. I then whipped out my trusty iPhone X and showed him the furniture that we had in our Eclipse FV that was missing.


In addition to having two windows looking out over the bow, this FV cabin has a large balcony on the side of the ship.


He treated it as if this was the most important problem on the entire ship. He gave us his business card and promised to look into it and to keep us up to date. Soon the Assistant Housekeeper visited our cabin and we received follow up calls for the next couple of days. I told my wife that they must be making the furniture. Again, even though no furniture had arrived, the excellent communication that we received still made us feel that it was a high priority problem and that we were not being ignored (and we knew darn well that there are much more important problems than this on the ship).


Our son loved laying on that couch day and night mainly because of the television on the wall to the right of the photo. His favorite activity was ordering room service--spaghetti bolognese was his fave.


And then it hit me. I pulled out my trusty iPhone X , did a google search and I looked at some photos for the FV cabins aboard Solstice/Equinox. It looks like most of the "missing" furniture that we had in our Eclipse FV was never on the Solstice FVs. Oops--we have the whole ship running around trying to solve a problem that technically didn't exist except for the fact that we complained. The next day two small cabinets with tiny drawers were brought up to our stateroom. There was a checkerboard on top of each piece of furniture. I got the distinct feeling that the crew was missing some furniture in their living quarters.



Our daughter slept in this room and since her younger brother like sleeping on the living room couch, she had it all to herself.


We later talked to the Chief Housekeeper at one of the Elite Happy Hour functions. I thanked him for the great effort that his staff went through to take care of our concerns. And yes, this was mentioned (along with names) in our post-cruise customer survey that I filled out. And we at the end of the cruise, we thanked Charles and gave him some extra cash on top of the gratuity that he would later receive.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!
#40
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For comparison here is Eclipse FV 8108 taken on Jan 2105:


Eclipse FV 8108 taken in Jan 2015. Dining room table in chairs are seen in the back. In the master bedroom you can see the chest of drawers against the window.



Eclipse FV 8108 taken on Jan 2015. The small dresser next to the tall closet was missing in our Solstice FV cabin. The low chest of drawers against the window was also not in our Solstice FV.
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Jan 4, 2019 Reflection Roll Call Spreadsheet
Solstice FV 12/23/2019 12 nt New Zealand
Reflection FV 01/04/2019 14 nt S Carib
Solstice FV 8108 01/18 12 nt Great Barrier Reef
Infinity FV 8166 12/16 15 nt S America
Eclipse FV 8107 01/16 5 nt W Carib
Eclipse FV 8108 01/15 14 nt S Carib
Eclipse FV 8107 12/13 14 nt S Carib
Summit FV 8166 8/10 Bermuda
Millennium FV 7202 6/07 12 nt Med
Horizon HS 1016 3/05 10 nt W Carib
Infinity FV 8166 2/02 S Carib
Galaxy SS 1060 6/00 Alaska IP
Mercury FO 1152 5/98 W Carib
Century Cat 3 8231 4/96 E Carib
Jubilee E88 7/91 Mexican Riviera Total Solar Eclipse!