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Hi all! It's me again with another "Live from" post from the Summit. You can find my previous post of my April 2012 trip here. But I'll use this thread more like a photo trip log and Q&A.

 

If you have any questions or requests regarding Summit, Conrad Condado Hotel and/or the itinerary, please post them here and I'll try my best to find out the answers for you while I'm still in PR or on the ship.

 

11/22 Arrive in San Juan, staying at Conrad Condado Plaza

11/23 Arecibo (caves) tour

11/24 Sailaway

11/25 St. Croix

11/26 St. Kitts

11/27 Dominica

11/28 Grenada

11/29 Sea day

11/30 St. Thomas

12/01 Disembarkation

 

I usually begin my daily posts with highlights of the day including tips, followed by food porn, then end with answers to questions and requests - all backed with photos :).

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Hi all! It's me again with another "Live from" post from the Summit. You can find my previous post of my April 2012 trip here. But I'll use this thread more like a photo trip log and Q&A.

 

If you have any questions or requests regarding Summit, Conrad Condado Hotel and/or the itinerary, please post them here and I'll try my best to find out the answers for you while I'm still in PR or on the ship.

 

 

I usually begin my daily posts with highlights of the day including tips, followed by food porn, then end with answers to questions and requests - all backed with photos :).

We are on the Summit on Dec 8. Planning to stay for 3 nights at Caribe Hilton prior to cruise. How was the Conrad? Always open to a nice Conrad - have had good experience with them - particularly in Asia. Thanks. Have a great cruise.

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We are on the Summit on Dec 8. Planning to stay for 3 nights at Caribe Hilton prior to cruise. How was the Conrad? Always open to a nice Conrad - have had good experience with them - particularly in Asia. Thanks. Have a great cruise.

 

Hi judatt! The Conrad is nice, modern and clean. The staff are friendly too. I will post a review and photos tonight.

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Have fun! We are also on the 12/8 so looking forward to hearing any comments. Never been to st croix and have nothing planned there so would really love to hear your observations. Was planning on getting off the ship and just wandering but after reading on here, doesn't sound like there's much within wandering distance.

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Thank you all!

 

Superweezie, we're going diving in St. Croix. But I'll try to go around the area by the pier after our dive trip and take pictures.

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NOVEMBER 22: NEW YORK TO SAN JUAN

 

Flight - Delta

We were able to book a flight on Delta from JFK to SJU for $256.40 pp, not a bad price compared to our other SJU flights. Flight was on time from take off to landing. We checked in at Terminal 3, not my favorite terminal. We got a shuttle to Terminal 4 where our plane was. There were small monitors in every seat with some complimentary entertainment like TV, games, some movies, etc.

 

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TV Channels

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In flight, they provided complimentary drinks (soda, juice, coffee, water), small snack pack and earphones. At least they provided free snacks. We flew US Air before to PR and all that was complimentary were the drinks. This also reminded of the 7-hour leg to Hawaii on United, we were only offered complimentary drinks as well. Their earphones are bad, bring your own.

 

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In-flight Internet - Gogo

Don't bother getting this before or during flight. No signal coz the plane goes too far out of continental US or their coverage area.

 

Taxi - from SJU to Condado

Taxi stand was right outside the baggage claim area. It was pretty quick to get a taxi. We paid $15 + $1 per luggage.

 

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PR Accommodation - Conrad Condado Plaza

We booked the hotel through Hotwire for $98/night base price. The hotel was modern and pretty clean. There were 2 towers: Ocean and Lagoon. The Ocean tower faces the ocean, the Lagoon tower faces the bay. They have 2 pools, a jacuzzi and a small beach (public) oceanside; 1 pool and jacuzzi bayside.

 

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Front Desk

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We were in room 774 in the Lagoon tower and had a view of the lagoon. The room was pretty clean except the chair.

 

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Bathroom was tiny.

 

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TV was 27", tiny for the size of the room.

 

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UP NEXT: ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO

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Have fun! We are also on the 12/8 so looking forward to hearing any comments. Never been to st croix and have nothing planned there so would really love to hear your observations. Was planning on getting off the ship and just wandering but after reading on here, doesn't sound like there's much within wandering distance.

 

I think you should plan to do more than wander around near the pier. We go to St. Croix annually for 7 to 14 days so I can answer any questions you might have. There will be quite a few vendors set up near the pier and there are a few art galleries and shops in F'sted. You could take a cab north to Rainbow Beach which is pretty and has an outdoor restaurant. But there are other things to do as well (Buck Island, island tour, ATV tours, etc.) depending on your interests.

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Looking forward to more posts! I'm on the same itinerary on the 8th.

We're going in a few days early, hadn't heard about the caves before. I'll have to look into it.

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We're on the 8-Dec sailing.

 

I'm currently trying to narrow down our dive options.

 

Which ports are you diving in? Which operators are you using? If it isn't too much trouble could you update after the dive on the quality of the operator?

 

We have a few recs from our local dive shop, but the main lady we get the recs from hadn't been to some of the ports.

 

Thank you :D

 

Hope you have a great trip!

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Hi gmros,

Thanks for your posts.

I am also on the 12/8 sailing.

If you stop in Michael's Club, could you make note of what kind of live music they have. I hope they still have a vocalist on the piano. On the Century in May they would alternate between the vocalist and the string trio. Was always the last stop for a relaxing night cap before bed.

Enjoy your cruise!

Mark

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Lovestx, I think our biggest problem is we are in st croix on a Sunday. From everything I've read on here and a few different sites, most things are closed then. The fort sounded interesting, closed. Cruzan rum, closed. The sun buggy sounds neat so that's a possibility and I read about the beach just to the left of the port. Snorkeling and diving aren't really an option since DH doesn't swim. Still searching though.

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Lovestx, I think our biggest problem is we are in st croix on a Sunday. From everything I've read on here and a few different sites, most things are closed then. The fort sounded interesting, closed. Cruzan rum, closed. The sun buggy sounds neat so that's a possibility and I read about the beach just to the left of the port. Snorkeling and diving aren't really an option since DH doesn't swim. Still searching though.

 

I would think that many excursions will be availabablet o you even though the Fort and Cruzan Rum will be closed. I would encourage you to consider an island tour or a day at the Buccaneer or a day at Rainbow Beach unless you are more adventuresome and would do Geckosislandtours.com

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NOVEMBER 23: PUERTO RICO

 

We took the Arecibo tour via Natural Wonders PR for $95 pp. We've toured with Asha before and had fun. It was like a private tour coz it was just me and my husband, and Asha was flexible with our requests. Highly recommend Natural Wonders and the Arecibo tour for those who are physically capable, the tour required some hiking.

 

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QUESTIONS/REQUESTS

 

We're on the 8-Dec sailing.

 

I'm currently trying to narrow down our dive options.

 

Which ports are you diving in? Which operators are you using? If it isn't too much trouble could you update after the dive on the quality of the operator?

 

We have a few recs from our local dive shop, but the main lady we get the recs from hadn't been to some of the ports.

 

Thank you :D

 

Hope you have a great trip!

 

I'll post a review of the dive operations we use as we go on.

 

Hi gmros,

Thanks for your posts.

I am also on the 12/8 sailing.

If you stop in Michael's Club, could you make note of what kind of live music they have. I hope they still have a vocalist on the piano. On the Century in May they would alternate between the vocalist and the string trio. Was always the last stop for a relaxing night cap before bed.

Enjoy your cruise!

Mark

 

Hi SeaWatch, I'll let you know when I stop by.

 

Lovestx, I think our biggest problem is we are in st croix on a Sunday. From everything I've read on here and a few different sites, most things are closed then. The fort sounded interesting, closed. Cruzan rum, closed. The sun buggy sounds neat so that's a possibility and I read about the beach just to the left of the port. Snorkeling and diving aren't really an option since DH doesn't swim. Still searching though.

 

I'm sorry I wasn't able to take pictures at the pier as we were rushing coming from our dive trip. But we did try to walk around to look for magnets. From what we've seen, there's really not much at the pier. I agree with , I think it's better to go on a tour.

 

 

UP NEXT: EMBARKATION

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Thanks for the review! Looking forward to following along with you.

 

Can you give me the contact info for your trip in PR? Thanks!

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NOVEMBER 24: EMBARKATION

 

We arrived at the cruise terminal around 12:20pm, set foot on the ship around 1:10pm. It actually took us longer this time than our cruise in April when we arrived past 2pm. Oceanview Cafe (buffet) had a lot of people, but we found a table easily. Muster was at 5pm.

 

We had a regular balcony cabin and I found it tiny.

 

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Bed was comfortable, pillows were flat.

 

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The bathroom tiles were dirty, but everything else was pretty clean.

 

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There were missing drinks in the "fridge", I hope they didn't charge us for them.

 

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Balcony is a decent size, chairs are comfortable.

 

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Internet was slow.

 

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DINNER: COSMOPOLITAN

 

We had Select dining and I tried to make reservations online before the cruise. I filled out the reservation form for each day, but when I called 2 days before embarkation, they said it didn't go through and it was too late to make reservations over the phone. As soon as we got on the ship on embarkation day, we went to Cosmopolitan Restaurant on Deck 5 to make a reservation. We were only allowed to make a reservation for the same day and the day after. If you can't make a reservation, it's okay. The wait is usually not that long even for a table for two.

 

We ate the same food from last April, but this time Escargot was part of the daily menu!

 

Daily Menu

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Tonight's Menu

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Escargot 3.5/5

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Below are our photos from our April 2012 trip, but with new comments

 

Cream of Wild Forest Mushroom Soup 3.5/5

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Aged Prim Rib of Beef (medium rare) 4/5

For some reason, it was even better the last time I had it in April

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Home-style Pork Chop 4/5

Still very good, but with mashed sweet potato and marshmallow on top, yum!

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Wow love your review and pictures! Is this food and menu from the first night? It looks delicious. I have reservations in Normandie the first night, it will be sad to miss it.

 

We are on the Dec 1 sailing, right after you. Can't wait!

 

Looking forward to more of your review and pictures.

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I'm interested in the new Aqua Class cabins on Deck 11, AFT. We booked 1140 and our friends 1138, full transit Panama Canal cruise.

I'm more intersted in photos of the balconies. Also photos of Blu restaurant. Any pictures and information would be appreciated.

Thanks

Enjoy your cruise.

Bob

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Apple Pie a la Mode 3/5

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QUESTIONS/REQUESTS

 

Thanks for the review! Looking forward to following along with you.

 

Can you give me the contact info for your trip in PR? Thanks!

 

We went with Natural Wonders PR. It's better to call them 787-384-6637 or 787-529-1047. Tell them Gail and John told you about them :).

 

Wow love your review and pictures! Is this food and menu from the first night? It looks delicious. I have reservations in Normandie the first night, it will be sad to miss it.

 

We are on the Dec 1 sailing, right after you. Can't wait!

 

Looking forward to more of your review and pictures.

 

Yes, that was the menu the first night. But don't worry, I think you'll love the Normandie too.

 

I'm interested in the new Aqua Class cabins on Deck 11, AFT. We booked 1140 and our friends 1138, full transit Panama Canal cruise.

I'm more intersted in photos of the balconies. Also photos of Blu restaurant. Any pictures and information would be appreciated.

Thanks

Enjoy your cruise.

Bob

 

We are on a regular balcony cabin so I don't have any photos for you. However, we're doing a cabin crawl on Thursday, I'll see if I can take some photos for you.

 

 

UP NEXT: ST. CROIX

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QUESTIONS/REQUESTS

 

We went with Natural Wonders PR. It's better to call them 787-384-6637 or 787-529-1047. Tell them Gail and John told you about them :).

 

 

Thanks Gail. I definitely will. What was the timing of your excursion? We will be in PR the night before the sailing and are looking for something to do before we get on the ship. Thought we could drop the luggage off and go on an excursion after we do that.

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Thanks Gail. I definitely will. What was the timing of your excursion? We will be in PR the night before the sailing and are looking for something to do before we get on the ship. Thought we could drop the luggage off and go on an excursion after we do that.

 

You're welcome Lisa. It was long for us, we left around 10:30am and got back to our hotel around 6pm. But you can ask them if it is possible to do the tour within your time. We took our time and did some extra stops that was why it took us that long.

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NOVEMBER 25: ST. CROIX

 

Docked at Frederiksted, shuttle to Christiansted was $16 round trip. Ride was about half hour each way. To get a Christiansted shuttle, go to the blue tent marked "Christiansted" right outside the pier.

 

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Purchase your tickets and wait at one of the tents for a shuttle. Don't lose your ticket, it's your return trip ticket as well.

 

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Going back, you just have to look for the blue tent by the pier and wait for a shuttle.

 

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2-TANK SCUBA - ST. CROIX SCUBA

 

We went to Christiansted to dive with St. Croix SCUBA. Dive operation was fine. Boat was comfortable and allows for giant stride entry, no bathroom tho.

 

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There were 8 divers to 1 dive master. Staff were friendly. Dive master explained rental BCD before using it - it was the first time I've experienced it done which was nice. We dove West Wall at Salt River and Blue Hole, and we weren't very impressed. The water was also choppy and there was a bit of a surge.

 

You'll notice silt everywhere

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UP NEXT: ST. KITTS

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Hi gmros.

 

That's disappointing feedback on the diving in St. Croix. We are booked with Dive Experience on our December 8 cruise. Will you be diving in Dominica?

 

Have you checked out the band in Reflections? We are a large group traveling together hoping for a lively place to dance in the evenings.

 

Enjoy the rest of your cruise.

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Apple Pie a la Mode 3/5

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QUESTIONS/REQUESTS

 

 

 

We went with Natural Wonders PR. It's better to call them 787-384-6637 or 787-529-1047. Tell them Gail and John told you about them :).

 

 

 

Yes, that was the menu the first night. But don't worry, I think you'll love the Normandie too.

 

 

 

We are on a regular balcony cabin so I don't have any photos for you. However, we're doing a cabin crawl on Thursday, I'll see if I can take some photos for you.

 

UP NEXT: ST. CROIX

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Thanks

Bob

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ChiChi, next week my in laws are in 1138 and we are in 1130. I can get some photos of hers for you.

 

We're in 1138 in March and would love to see a pic as well! Thanks. Have an awesome time!!

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Fantastic review and pics! I did the same itinerary aboard Connie in 2006. Only difference was Barbados instead of St. Croix. Looking forward to the Summit in March.

Thanks!

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ChiChi, next week my in laws are in 1138 and we are in 1130. I can get some photos of hers for you.

 

Thanks a million!!

Bob

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I'm sorry I'm so delayed with my "live from" report. I will continue when I get home today. In the meantime, here are pictures of Aquaclass cabin 1133 from our cabin crawl, thank you for CC member who shared his cabin with us.

 

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