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Equinox 2/1/13 - 10 night Ultimate Caribbean in AQ Review

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Hi Everyone! I have been debating whether or not to do a photo review since we came back but since there have been so many Equinox and Aqua Class questions lately I decided it couldn't hurt. Who knows, maybe it will even help someone?

 

I would also like to thank CC users Vol Fan, Hollywood Traveler & Boxerlover2 as I have used a few of their photos to fill in the gaps where I did not take photos.

 

Background:

 

We booked this cruise for our honeymoon. I am 30 and my DH is 26. He is an industrial engineer and I am a lead research specialist at a university. This was our second time on Celebrity, and only my second cruise. In 2011 we sailed on Solstice and my DH sailed RCI before that with his parents while he was in college. We have really come to enjoy X and all the people we have met. I feel like we have about 15 other sets of parents now! We were also sailing with some friends we made on Solstice.

 

The photo below is from our wedding in NYC which took place in December.

 

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Pre-Cruise:

 

We live in Atlanta so we have just found it easier to drive to Ft. Lauderdale (it takes about 10 hours). We generally leave two days before the cruise breaking the drive up and so that we can arrive in Ft. Lauderdale earlier in the day before the cruise. This way we can get into vacation mode and begin to relax before we board the ship.

 

We stayed at the Westin Beach Resort as our pre-cruise hotel which is located right across the street from the beach. There were also some others from our roll call who also stayed there. The hotel was very nice and had a modern design. Upon check in we were upgraded to a partial beach view. Since we had booked this hotel on hotels.com at a really good rate, I thought this was great (others were also upgraded). I would easily stay there again.

 

Our pre-cruise dinner was at Bimini boat yard. Overall I thought it was ok, but I don't get why everyone loves the Bimini boat bread so much. Sorry!

 

A photo of us at the pre-cruise dinner with the fabulous bighairtexan.

 

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Congratulations!!

Can not wait to hear more about your cruise since we are planning a mediterranean cruise on Equinox this summer.:)

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Yaa! Photo reviews are always the best :) Even though they do take a bit of time, you know that others will appreciate it. I remember seeing photos from your review previous review (or was it your parents??)

I agree with you about the Bimini bread - wasn't impressed. We preferred the food at Southport Raw Bar.

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Yaa! Photo reviews are always the best :) Even though they do take a bit of time, you know that others will appreciate it. I remember seeing photos from your review previous review (or was it your parents??)

I agree with you about the Bimini bread - wasn't impressed. We preferred the food at Southport Raw Bar.

 

That was actually a review done my mother in law. They cruised with us on Solstice, however they passed on this cruise because they are going to Alaska this summer.

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Boarding Day:

 

Oh boy! The day had come to board the ship. No matter how old I get or how many cruises I take, I think this day is always going to to feel like Christmas morning. Our boarding was delayed because the ship was going to be deep cleaned due to previous Noro outbreaks. We went through the same thing on Solstice (we may be bad luck!) so we knew exactly what to expect.

 

As a result we slept in and then ran a few errands. We also decided to take our luggage around 10 am and just drop it off at the pier so it would be one less thing to worry about. While we were at the pier we noticed that there were already guests arriving for check in. I have to say I felt really bad for them as boarding was not even starting until the afternoon. They had a long wait ahead of them. At the pier there were big signs flashing stating that boarding was delayed. The big up side though was that because our sailing was leaving on a Friday we were using the pier that is normally used for Oasis/Allure which is MUCH better than pier 25 which had previously used.

 

We then went back to the hotel to pick up our friends and head out for lunch. This is my biggest tip to share with anyone who's boarding may be delayed! Take your time getting there and eat lunch before. We ended up going to Coconut's. We sat outside and just watched the boats in the Mariana while enjoying a few cocktails. The food was also outstanding, so this turned out to be a great way to kill a few hours. Much better than sitting at the pier.

 

Rather than parking our car at the pier where it is $19/ day we used Park N Go. We had previously used them and found it to be quick and easy. You just drop your car off, they valet it for you and you board the shuttle and are off to the pier. If you pre-book it ahead of time online it is only $7/ day and some times you can find coupons that make it even cheaper. We arrived at the pier around 3 pm to no lines! We just walked right through security and breezed through check in. There were so few people in the AQ Class/ Suite lines that right after we went through they were getting ready to close that side. While the other side did have longer lines our friends still managed to get through security and check in just as fast as we did. Everything was very organized. We then went upstairs and basically walked right onto the ship. Our friends that been there before us said our timing was great because right before the whole area was full of people.

 

I would like to take this time to just give a huge shout out to X/ the ships crew/ port staff. I was beyond impressed with everything. On our previous sailing that was delayed because of noro it was a mess. The lines were huge and people had been waiting outside for hours. While we just went with the flow, why get upset? You are on vacation after all. There were so many people who did not seem to know what was going on and who quickly became angry. This time most people seemed to be aware of the situation. I'm hopeful X is learning! I also think being in the bigger pier as opposed to pier 25 helped greatly since there was much more room inside (although I don't see how there is enough room for close to 6,000 people!).

 

Since we had already eaten lunch and could avoid the stamped, otherwise known as the buffet, we met up with some of our other friends in the Solarium to hang out until the muster drill. We also took the time to break in our premium beverage packages. Cocktail anyone? Our cabins were not available yet, which was too be expected.

 

The photos below are from Vol Fan.

 

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Hollywood Traveler was already ready for sail away as you can see by the Mardi Gras beads.

 

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After the muster drill everyone headed up to the sunset bar for sail away. This is where we met most of the people from our roll call who had not attended the pre-cruise dinner. Because our boarding was delayed we were a little delayed leaving it was already getting dark. By now it was after 5 pm.

 

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During sail away they announced that the cabins were finally ready. It was also getting rather cold so most people left right after the announcement. It was rather anticlimactic sine we were the only ship leaving.

 

Below is a photo from the Ft. Lauderdale camera of our saiaway.

 

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We got off the Equinox on New Years Eve and went to the Bimini Boat Yard for lunch. I got two of those big souvenir cocktail glasses and managed to get them home to Indiana only to break both of them within the month! When we sail on the Equinox next month, we're visiting my parents in Naples first. They're dropping us off at the pier but this time we're making a beeline to Southport Raw Bar, which, like you, is our first love seafood-wise. Nice send off for our transatlantic!

 

I am so happy that you and your DH had such a wonderful cruise on the Equinox and I look forward to reading about your adventures. And seeing your photos too. :D

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Cabin Selection:

 

For anyone who is either new to X or has not been on the S class ships I highly recommend you use the cabin sticky at the top of the main X board. It has a wealth of information!

 

We ended up booking the same cabin we had on Solstice, AQ 1610. When we were on Solstice there was only AQ, not AQ1 and AQ2. This cabin is now AQ1. This cabin is also on the hump and has an over sized balcony.

 

We personally book AQ because while I agree that the little extra amenities are not necessarily worth it, although I will argue that the shower is, we wanted to be able to eat in Blu. In our everyday none cruising life we try to eat healthy and avoid processed foods. While the food in Blu is not spa food, they do use less sauces, less starches as sides, less salt, etc. I personally feel like this is one area where X could improve their marketing to clear up the confusion.

 

On both Solstice and Equinox we found the cabin to be very quiet. Occasionally you may hear some noise from above when someone moves a lounger, but it has never been enough noise that I would say you should avoid booking this or any of the other AQ hump cabins. It also has an excellent location that is mid-ship near both the elevators and stairs.

 

Below are a few photos of the cabin. These are actually from Solstice but it was exactly the same on Equinox except for the safe placement. On Solstice the safe is in the closet, not great, and on Equinox they are above the mini fridge. We found there to be plenty of storage. You'll also notice an abundance of pillows on the bed. That is what happens when you ask for one of each pillow on the pillow menu. I would not do that again!

 

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Cabin Balcony:

 

Here are several pictures of the balcony. As you can see we had the divider open as my in laws were in the cabin next door. Note you can not really open a divider between 1608 and 1606 due to the support beam. While there is an overhang it is not like the other AQ1 cabins since we could get out to the end. Personally we didn't mind this as it kept the balcony cool in the Caribbean. However, if you like sun I'm not sure I would book these cabins.

 

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Boarding Day Part II:

 

Since we had such a large lunch we were not particularly hungry and decided to unpack. When we were let into our cabins around 6/6:30 pm our luggage was already outside waiting for us. We decided to unpack and put everything away so we didn't have to worry about it later. Once that was complete we did what everyone should do and headed for the Martini Bar! We found some others from our roll call there as well and hung out for a while. It was very nice since most people were either at dinner or unpacking. There was no dress code for the first evening.

 

This photo was taken by Boxerlover2 who is a professional, so if you notice a really good picture in among mine it most likely belongs to her.

 

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Since Blu is open seating we went to dinner on the later side. They were not very busy and we were seated right away. The first night is one of my favorites in Blu because they serve a very good steak. After dinner we grabbed another drink and then headed off to bed after a long day.

 

A photo of Blu:

 

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I would like to note that we were still in code red due to the previous noro outbreaks. As a result there were no menus out at any of the bars, you could not serve yourself at the buffet, there was no salt/pepper out, no flowers out in the public spaces or in cabins, no bread baskets or dips (THE HORROR! :eek:), no shared butter, etc. Our cabins were also pretty much missing everything because it all had to be washed and there was no fruit or sparkling wine like you would normally have in AQ. Even the bed skirts were gone! Although I have to say it was a lot easier to keep things under there without them. While we over heard some people complaining I would personally rather go without everything as opposed to getting noro.

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Thanks for posting those great balcony pics! We have 2110 for our Equinox cruise in June (3rd off the hump) but on the backside and one deck up. I am a graduate in Industrial Engineering:), won't call myself one yet because I can't find a job.:(

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Congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you many years of happiness. My DH and I will celebrate our 22nd Anniversary in October. The years just get better!

 

Embarkation day for me is always like Christmas, even as we plan for our 10th cruise. The excitement builds upon the first sighting of the ship, but goes into overload as we walk on board and the stresses of daily life melt away....

 

Great review! The pictures are great. Loved the pillow bed! :D

 

Joe

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Thanks for posting those great balcony pics! We have 2110 for our Equinox cruise in June (3rd off the hump) but on the backside and one deck up. I am a graduate in Industrial Engineering:), won't call myself one yet because I can't find a job.:(

 

Sorry to hear you are having trouble finding a job. You keep hearing that there are not enough engineers. My DH's background is also in safety/ergonomics and now does quality along with a bunch of other stuff (I see this because I don't know what exactly!) for Honda.

 

Congratulations on your marriage! Wishing you many years of happiness. My DH and I will celebrate our 22nd Anniversary in October. The years just get better!

 

Embarkation day for me is always like Christmas, even as we plan for our 10th cruise. The excitement builds upon the first sighting of the ship, but goes into overload as we walk on board and the stresses of daily life melt away....

 

Great review! The pictures are great. Loved the pillow bed! :D

 

Joe

 

Thanks! I would defiantly not get the body pillow again. It was much larger than a normal body pillow and kind of like having a third person in the bed.

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Hi, congrats on your wedding! I love the black and white photo of the two of you in NYC. It's timeless, it reminds me of a photo of my parents when they honeymooned in NYC in the 1950's!

 

Keep the pictures and review coming!

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Sea Day #1:

 

We ended up sleeping in much later than I thought we would on the first sea day. We just go to breakfast in Blu which ended at 9:30 am. Breakfast in Blu is probably my favorite meal there. After breakfast we had to rush off to the cruise critic party. It was held in Cellar Masters on deck 4. A few staff members briefly spoke, I wasn't really paying attention, and we finished organizing our group tours. The only staff member who I can remember being there was our CD Ben because my DH could do a dead on impression of him that was hysterical. We lingered at the m & m for a while and were some of the last ones to leave. Everyone was very nice. We had a very active roll call.

 

After the m & m we went to have lunch in the MDR with friends. Up until this point we had never eaten in the MDR. On our previous cruise we only at Blu, the three specialty restaurants and Bistro on Five. My over all impressions were ok. While the food wasn't terrible and I did like that I could order fried cheese, I didn't think it was anything spectacular. MY DH really did not like it. While I realize Blu is not open for lunch I could defiantly see a big difference between the types of food they both offer. I can now understand why some people wouldn't be happy in Blu and others don't like the MDR.

 

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After lunch we went back to our cabin to nap, read on the balcony and watch movies since the weather was not very good. It was overcast and raining on and off most of the first day.

 

We had dinner reservations with friends in Tuscan for dinner. However, prior to dinner we explored the ship a little more. I really liked the Equinox, especially some of the art.

 

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One of our favorite things to do in the evening was sit at the Martini Bar and listen to the music from the atrium.

 

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Dinner in Tuscan was very good. I started with an Italian style french onion soup that was out of this world. I could have just stopped there and had bowl after bowl of soup for dinner. I then had the filet mignon on garlic mashed potatoes for my entree. It was also very good. I finished with the pistachio creme brulee. The company is what truly made the dinner fun even if towards the end of dinner they did begin to sing show tunes. We ended up sitting there for several hours.

 

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Afterwards we headed back to the Martini Bar for one last cocktail. As you can tell we were putting our premium beverage packages to good use. We are also not really into the shows so I consider our beverage packages to be our own form of entertainment. As we sat there people from our roll call kept stopping by and as a result we ended up closing the bar down around 2 am! This was also our first formal night so it was fun to see everyone all dressed up.

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Congratulations and Thanks for the review and pictures!

I will be boarding the Equinox in one month and I can't wait.

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Absolutely beautiful so far. You both look so happy......I wish you that forever. We are thinking of going on the 10 night cruise next February....bf wants more than 7 night cruises now....

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Absolutely beautiful so far. You both look so happy......I wish you that forever. We are thinking of going on the 10 night cruise next February....bf wants more than 7 night cruises now....

 

We found the 10 night to be kind of perfect for us. Since we are younger and can't stay away from work too longer this was a good fit for us. Being 10 nights defiantly lets you relax more than the 7 night cruises, but is also still short enough you don't need to take two weeks for vacation.

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Great review, we also will be on the Equinox nest month. Did you by any chance take pictures of the MDR menu?

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Great review, we also will be on the Equinox nest month. Did you by any chance take pictures of the MDR menu?

 

I do not have any that turned out. However I did email one of my friends to ask them if they had any. If they do I'll make sure to post them.

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I do not have any that turned out. However I did email one of my friends to ask them if they had any. If they do I'll make sure to post them.

 

Thank you.

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My partner and I will be sailing Equinox next Friday! Thanks for sharing.

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Sea Day #2:

 

On the second see day we slept in really late after staying up so late the night before. The ships time did change so that was helpful but we still missed breakfast in Blu. Since it was almost 11 am by the time we were up and moving around we decided to head to Cafe al Bacio. We try and go here early on and make friends with one of the waitresses as this is one of our favorite spots on the ship. We are big coffee drinkers and the drinks here are well worth the extra cost. I personally can not stand the regular X coffee that is free. This is also a great place to people watch.

 

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For lunch we headed to Bistro on Five. While there is a $5 pp cover charge I think it is well worth it. The crepes are delicious. My favorite crepe is the Italian crepe which is a dessert crepe. It has bananas, nutella, and pistachios.

 

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This was my semi failed attempt to be artsy. Since there were not a lot of people in Bistro on Five we were sitting next to one of the big windows.

 

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After lunch we decided to go walk around the ship and explore some more. Every time we go on a cruise I make a list of all the things I want to do/ eat on the ship and inevitably we don't even do half of them. We also stopped by the casino and made a donation to X's bottom line. Heading back to our cabin we also finally met our room steward. He was fantastic! He kept apologizing for everything being out of the cabins etc. and we just explained we knew all about it and it was fine. Needless to say at the end of the cruise we tipped him extra. Our fruit and sparking wine also finally showed up. We do not drink the free sparkling wine. We don't like the taste and while I know a lot of people say its better in OJ to me it just ruins perfectly good fresh squeezed juice! I know there are a lot of people also post on this board about how they also do not care for the free sparkling wine so I think that X should plan a sparkling wine fight one day up on the lawn as an activity. Imagine how much fun that would be!

 

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Since this was only our second cruise we are only classic members and I believe this was also the day of the captain's welcome party for returning cruisers. We decided not to go because it was at 2 pm and we would have to dress smart casual (ie put pants on). Talking to our friends who were elite it seemed like a lot of the events were scheduled at very awkward to inconvenient times. I couldn't help but wonder if X wasn't doing this on purpose to keep the level of participation down thus saving them money.

 

We got changed for dinner and headed out to the Martini Bar. One of the things I really like about X is that it seems like no matter where you go there are always people to talk to. Several nights we made new friends just hanging out at the bar and having a cocktail. I always love talking to more experienced cruisers about their past cruises. It has proved very helpful to us for our future bookings.

 

Dinner in Blu this night was fantastic. They were doing some of the soups we had on Solstice that were outstanding. They also had a filet mignon that I thought was better than the one I had the night before in Tuscan. Dessert is one area were unfortunately Blu usually drops the ball. Some are good but most of them are just "eh." I would much have creme brulee or cheesecake like in the MDR.

 

After dinner we made our first visit to the Molecular bar. This is another one of our favorite spots on the ship. Their drinks are very good, my personal favorite is the Tanned Russian. After a drink, or two, who's counting, we were on vacation, we decided to call it a night. We had an early morning tomorrow for our first port!

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Great review, Tom! I'm enjoying it. We really missed out on the fun at the Martini Bar. I'm quite upset with myself about that:D

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This is a really good review, brings back so many memories of

Our 30th anniversary cruise last October.

A note for your next cruise, if you like the deserts from the MDR,

If you ask they will arrange to serve them in Blu.

Celebrity are just a fantastic cruise line and Blu is superb.

Looking forward to the next instalment

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The company is what truly made the dinner fun even if towards the end of dinner they did begin to sing show tunes.

 

 

And wasn't it lovely singing? The highlight of the cruise. :rolleyes:

 

Great review and pictures Tom. Can't wait for the rest.

 

Larry

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To get back on topic....loving your review. equinox was our first S class ship - we sailed on the US inaugural way back in 2009 - and haven't looked back!

Hope to,take one of the 10 day cruises soon.

 

I love your comment that the drinks package is your entertainment ...that's how we feel too....so much variety too in terms of drinks and lounges.

 

We had the same hump cabin on Reflection (there its 2146) and have 1616 bold on Silhouette. Love the convenient location and the large balcony.

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Sea Day #1:

 

The company is what truly made the dinner fun even if towards the end of dinner they did begin to sing show tunes. We ended up sitting there for several hours.

 

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And what is wrong with show tunes? ;-)

 

We will be on the Equinox for a trans-Atlantic in Nov. so enjoying the details you are sharing. And congrats! John and I celebrated our 40th anniversary last year. Looking forward to the rest of your review.

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Congratulations. I'm really enjoying reading your review and seeing the great photos. Your idea of how to use the undrinkable sparking wine is the best plan EVER! I'd be there!

Thanks.

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And what is wrong with show tunes? ;-)

 

:D:D Not so much what's wrong with show tunes, but rather how CERTAIN people (Not saying myself and Hollywood Traveler) sang them. :eek: :rolleyes:

 

Great review Tom. Wish we were back there. And the bread they brought in the baskets wasn't even Bimini bread. They brought some kind of regular bread! :mad:

 

Bimini is ooey gooey guilty pleasure bread.

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:D:D Not so much what's wrong with show tunes, but rather how CERTAIN people (Not saying myself and Hollywood Traveler) sang them. :eek: :rolleyes:

 

 

I believe I already pointed out how lovely the singing was. I just got the phone call from my agent today. Celebrity wants us for the main theater. Any date we can make it. And we can bring our own bread.

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Tom, What a wonderful review.:D I feel like we're back on board, but unfortunately have to wait until next year.

 

Larry, Looking forward to watching your act in the main theatre. Can I be one of your groupies?

 

Sharon, That wasn't bimini bread? I thought they brought out two different kinds and one was kinda ooey and gooey.

 

Carole, Somehow we missed the Martini Bar too on this cruise and I'm trying to figure out what the heck happened. :confused:

 

Looking forward to more Tom.....:) :)

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Tom:

 

I know how much time and trouble this is, but please keep going. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

 

The photos are beautiful and bring back such fond memories.

 

Jan

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Hi everyone! Sorry the next installment has been so delayed. I've spent the better part of the morning trying to track down a package. At any rate here we go...

 

Day 4: St Thomas

 

We were lucky enough to be one of only two ships in St. Thomas and the weather was perfect. Since we had an early day we got up early so we could eat in Blu for breakfast. My favorite thing to order there is the Blu parfait (make sure to order this early on because often towards the end they start to run out of stuff to make this and the ratio of granola becomes huge compared to everything else) and the blueberry pancakes. You also can't beat the fresh squeezed oj. Although one thing we did notice is that you now have to ask for it as opposed to them just carrying it around on trays offering it to everyone shortly after you sit down. On our way down from breakfast to meet our friends at the passport bar for the day we stopped at the cafe to get some coffee to go.

 

For our day in St. Thomas we were going on a day sail with Simplicity charters over to St. John. We grabbed a taxi and headed for red hook. We were lucky enough to be put in a taxi just the four of us as opposed to be open air taxis. So we were able to leave right away. Our driver was from the island and gave us his card. He then promised to come back and pick us up at the end of the day. He was very nice and told us all about the island. In total for the day sail there were six of us and we all knew each other from the roll call (we had actually sailed with one of the other couples previously).

 

I can not say enough good things about simplicity's crew Charlie & Josh. They were fantastic. We sailed over to St. John while sipping on rum punch and listening to music headed for Honeymoon beach. We stayed there for a while swimming, snorkeling, and just hanging out on the boat while relaxing in the warm sun. We could also go into the beach by dingy if we wanted. One of the best things about simplicity was their dog Admiral Hinckley. She keeps an eye out for dolphins, turtles and helps set the sails.

 

I'm going to borrow a photo from our professional photographer boxerlover2 as she got some great action shots of the true star, Hinckley.

 

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After our fantastic lunch of BBQ chicken, rice, cesar salad and fresh fruit we sailed over to another small island where we could snorkel, or explorer.

 

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I love this photo because Hinckley managed to sneak in there...

 

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After a while we set sail back for St. Thomas. When we got back to the marina our cab driver was waiting to take us back to port just like he said he would be. I would highly recommended this excursion to everyone. We have already booked them again for our 2014 cruise and while we are there next year I plan on booking them again for 2015.

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Day #4: St. Thomas continued...

 

Back on board after having had a busy day out on the water we went and grabbed an iglu (their version of a frappuccino) from the cafe and headed back up to our room to shower and change. By now we had made friends with one of the waitress and she would always ask us how our day was, etc. and if we wanted our usual. We would always ask her how her day was in return, but since she didn't start until 3 pm she usually had just woken up. After getting cleaned up we headed up to the lawn club for sail away. The excitement of sail away never gets old to me. So ever night we would run up and grab a drink at the sunset bar. Apparently the lawn also had a busy day.

 

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After sail away we went to get ready for dinner. We had reservations to dine in Silk Harvest so we had some time to kill. We decided to walk around the ship stores to see what they had. We had a rather large OBC for this cruise so I planed on getting some things for my parents who don't cruise and we wanted to pick up our usual souvenir which is a ship magnet. We also noticed that some of the code red restrictions were beginning to be lifted and we had not heard of anyone getting sick.

 

This was also the night we learned the martini bar's main bartender had a whistle! Since we had been regulars as we walked buy he began to blow his whistle and waved to us to have a seat at two open seats. After hanging out at the bar for a while we headed to dinner. I was a littler apprehensive about dinning Silk Harvest. We went on Solstice and it was least favorite of the specialty restaurants. I thought the food was very hit or miss. It was either outstanding or just "eh." However, my DH really wanted to go and since we had the OBC I figured it couldn't hurt.

 

I was disappointed to learn they were also out of warm saki! I tried the cold saki since with the package it didn't really matter if I didn't drink it. While it was alright, I still prefer the hot. We ordered a variety of things. We started with a plate of sushi, which like before, was excellent. Afterwards we tried the orange chicken, which I didn't like, and the general tso's chicken which was pretty good. The chef also sent out something special for us to try. It had some type of crispy noodles, chicken, beef and shrimp. Apparently the chef was Indonesian and these was something from his home country. It smelled amazing and tasted even better! It was so good I just stopped eating the other food and asked for more. Even the couple who was sitting next to us commented on how good it smelled and wanted to know what it was so they could order some. I really wish they would redo their menus in Silk Harvest and get input from these chefs. I think the end result could be a much stronger restaurant. We finished with dessert, but neither one of us liked what we had. The desserts in Silk Harvest is much like the desserts in Blu, and really not all that good.

 

One of my favorite things about sailing on the S class ships is seeing what the art on the way back to the specialty restaurants will be. I really liked what Equinox had. I will continue to post additional photos as I continue the review.

 

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We finished off the night with a stop at the Molecular bar. We didn't want to stay up too late since we arrived in port the next day at 7 am and we knew we had to be off the ship first thing for the group tour I organized with people from our roll call.

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Day #5: St. Kitts & Nevis

 

Before I start my review for our day in St. Kitts I would like to get out my soap box for a moment if you don't mind. As you can probably tell by my sn I work with primates and have for my entire career. I've worked in zoo's, sanctuaries, and currently in cognitive research. I've been lucky enough to have some of the most amazing experiences in my line of work so I completely understand why people are drawn to them.

 

I bring this up because the island of St. Kitts is home to green vervet monkeys. They were brought to the islands during colonial times and now live naturally all over the island since they have no natural predators there. One thing that you will commonly see either at the port or in areas where a lot of tourist stop are guys with baby monkeys who for a small fee, usually around $5, you can have you picture taken with. This is a picture I found on google.

 

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I would please ask you NOT to do this. These monkeys are babies that are taken from their mothers for the sole purpose of making money. They have to use the babies because once the monkeys get larger they will easily bit people and lash out. Often to prevent this they will pull or saw their k-9 teeth. They will tell you that the monkeys are "trained," but the reality is you can never train a wild animal. The harsh reality is that the monkey has probably been hit so that it listens. Then once it gets too big it will be sold as a pet or possibly just "released" where it will most likely die. The mothers are used as a breeding factory to produce more babies which will repeat the cycle.

 

While this is specifically about St. Kitts this most likely holds true anywhere you go and there are primates you can interact with. So I urge to either go observe them in their natural habitat or visit a good zoo if you want to see them up close.

 

Thank you! I promise I'm now putting my soap box away.

Edited by prim8keeper

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That is so sad about the monkeys. On this sailing we didn't even get off the ship. Last year on Silhouette when we walked through the town center those baby monkeys were literally thrown on me. It was very unnerving. That was one of the reasons we didn't get off the ship this time.

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Day #5: St. Kitts & Nevis

 

Before I start my review for our day in St. Kitts I would like to get out my soap box for a moment if you don't mind. As you can probably tell by my sn I work with primates and have for my entire career. I've worked in zoo's, sanctuaries, and currently in cognitive research. I've been lucky enough to have some of the most amazing experiences in my line of work so I completely understand why people are drawn to them.

 

I bring this up because the island of St. Kitts is home to green vervet monkeys. They were brought to the islands during colonial times and now live naturally all over the island since they have no natural predators there. One thing that you will commonly see either at the port or in areas where a lot of tourist stop are guys with baby monkeys who for a small fee, usually around $5, you can have you picture taken with. This is a picture I found on google.

 

monkeys_scale.jpg

 

I would please ask you NOT to do this. These monkeys are babies that are taken from their mothers for the sole purpose of making money. They have to use the babies because once the monkeys get larger they will easily bit people and lash out. Often to prevent this they will pull or saw their k-9 teeth. They will tell you that the monkeys are "trained," but the reality is you can never train a wild animal. The harsh reality is that the monkey has probably been hit so that it listens. Then once it gets too big it will be sold as a pet or possibly just "released" where it will most likely die. The mothers are used as a breeding factory to produce more babies which will repeat the cycle.

 

While this is specifically about St. Kitts this most likely holds true anywhere you go and there are primates you can interact with. So I urge to either go observe them in their natural habitat or visit a good zoo if you want to see them up close.

 

Thank you! I promise I'm now putting my soap box away.

 

And a "huzzah" from me. (Really, how often do you get to use that word?) Thanks for your review, we will be on the same cruise 5 April!

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