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Awesome pictures!!! I've snorkeled once and loved it. I'm pondering a "Discover SCUBA" excursion in Cozumel through Cozumel H20 in February (Western on the Celebrity EDGE!). Just waiting on booking details at the moment. :)

 

We just did a discover scuba through Alex Scuba in Cozumel last month. They were incredible. The teacher was very patient with my wife and young son, but still made sure we had an awesome time. My older son and I both did 2 dives, while my wife and son stopped after one.

 

My wife and I did a discover through RCI in St. Maarten last year, and she could not take it, she did not trust the operator, and the instructor was not near as good at explaining things. I still loved it, but Cozumel and Alex Scuba was so much better.

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We just did a discover scuba through Alex Scuba in Cozumel last month. They were incredible. The teacher was very patient with my wife and young son, but still made sure we had an awesome time. My older son and I both did 2 dives, while my wife and son stopped after one.

 

My wife and I did a discover through RCI in St. Maarten last year, and she could not take it, she did not trust the operator, and the instructor was not near as good at explaining things. I still loved it, but Cozumel and Alex Scuba was so much better.

 

I will look into them. I know H20 has great reviews on Trip Advisor. Thanks!

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I will look into them. I know H20 has great reviews on Trip Advisor. Thanks!

 

I found Alex on Trip Advisor, was one of the best rated I saw. Was nervous as we had never booked something not through the cruise line, but we will use them again if we ever go there.

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Hey Mitsu,

 

Just found your review this morning and am thoroughly enjoying all of your photos and video! I'm sorry that your hotel experience in San Juan was less-than-satisfactory, but it sounds as if you guys really enjoyed your time on Jewel :)

 

Would you be able to post a photo of your stateroom whenever you get a chance?

 

Thanks ahead in advance and keep up the great work!

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Love your review so far!!! We were on the jewel in October 2014 and it the best cruise we’ve ever been on. The islands we visited were awesome and the service on the ship was amazing. Can’t wait to read the rest.

 

 

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I found Alex on Trip Advisor, was one of the best rated I saw. Was nervous as we had never booked something not through the cruise line, but we will use them again if we ever go there.

 

They do have good reviews. #28 of the outdoor activities. H20 is #3...but the reviews are really close so I figure it's percentage points. At this point I've done so much correspondence with Loes at H20 I will likely stick with them (they also offer just snorkel off the boat as well (as in there would be a snorkel group and a Discover SCUBA group on the boat) in case I chicken out of trying SCUBA, so I could still be in the water).

 

Sorry to hijack mitsugirly! (Though if you have thoughts on an operator out of Cozumel, I'm all ears. :) )

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[\QUOTE]So while *some* people may feel that the point is to eat whenever, for others of us the point of MTD is to allow us to make a reservation at a time that works for us between the two fixed times.

 

 

This is exactly why we choose MTD, but make reservations for specific times. It may be for a different time each day. We can choose the time based on what else we have going on that day or what we plan on doing after dinner. It allows us flexibility without having to wait when we get to the dining room.

 

 

 

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I read somewhere that there is a chemical in the sunscreen that are killing the coral reefs. Especially in high tourist areas like the place you went. I'm not sure if it's true, just something I read.

 

Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to kill or bleach coral at extremely low concentrations (as low as one drop in 6.5 Olympic sized swimming pools).

  • Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3) - Sunscreen ingredient that disrupts coral reproduction, causes coral bleaching, and damages coral DNA. Oxybenzone is found in over 3500 sunscreen products worldwide.
  • Butylparaben - Preservative ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.
  • Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) - Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) - Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

We have had great success finding common (cheap) sunscreen like Banana Boat without these ingredients. It is hard to find spray without oxybenzone, though - I have only found one.

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I bought all my eco friendly sunscreen on amazon. Don't recall the brands. But they have a good selection. Also putting on a rash guard shirt meas less area to cover

 

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We did a snorkeling tour in Kona HI (2012) - we were told not to put sunscreen on until we were done as they said it kills the coral

 

In Bonaire (2016) we were encouraged to wear the sun shirts & head coverings (bald men) - the tour provided loaders

 

 

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The pictures are great. The water is literally crystal clear. It's really creepy looking at a dead reef. I remember seeing something similar snorkeling Trunk Bay about ten or so years ago after it has been hit by a hurricane.

 

Isn't it creepy looking to see the reef like that? I wonder if this is from the hurricane?

 

Definitely enjoying. Thanks Kim.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

I read somewhere that there is a chemical in the sunscreen that are killing the coral reefs. Especially in high tourist areas like the place you went. I'm not sure if it's true, just something I read.

 

Yea, the tour vendors all over the caribbean always tell you to use biodegradable sun screen to keep from harming the sealife.

 

 

It's enough of a concern in Cozumel that they (technically) require the use of biodegradable sunscreen there, to preserve their reefs.

 

Really enjoying the photos and video now that I'm home, as they are blocked from my work.

 

I've often wondered why Royal doesn't sell a decent soda-cup holder, with straps to go over your shoulder. On their ships with Freestyle machines you pretty much HAVE to carry it with you.

Six Flags sells a really nice, stretchy neoprene drink-holder for their all-season soda cups that not only makes it easy to carry hand-free, but also helps insulate the cup. Their price is $5 or so, so Royal could (and would) probably charge $8 or $10. clear.png?emoji-grin-1677

 

Thanks.

 

 

I tried to close the lid and put it in my purse I carry around the ship but I managed to spill it all over me and my purse. It was a sticky night.

 

 

Awesome pictures!!! I've snorkeled once and loved it. I'm pondering a "Discover SCUBA" excursion in Cozumel through Cozumel H20 in February (Western on the Celebrity EDGE!). Just waiting on booking details at the moment. clear.png?emoji-smile-1742

 

Thank you. I hope you enjoy your DSD in Cozumel if you book it. There's nothing better than being all the way down at the bottom and get up close to the coral.

 

Wow absolutely beautiful pictures. Looks like an amazing experience. I am way too chicken to ever try such a thing so live through your eyes. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Thanks and glad you are enjoying them.

 

 

Amazing pictures Kim... as usual... and although the dead coral field sure looks creepy, you were able to get some really interesting pics of it! clear.png?emoji-smile-1742

 

The eel green video looks kinda blurry, but the other one is crystal clear on my screen... btw, I totally agree with the hubby, and I would have slowly backed up from the eel before it got pissed off and decided to reclaim its privacy by any mean clear.png?emoji-tearsjoy-1678

 

I took a lot of pictures of the dead coral, but none really came out like I wanted it to. Although the pics show the dead coral, just the feeling when I turned the corner and almost EVERYTHING looked like that was super weird.

 

 

The green moray eel was just so super cool I didn't want to leave.

 

 

We just did a discover scuba through Alex Scuba in Cozumel last month. They were incredible. The teacher was very patient with my wife and young son, but still made sure we had an awesome time. My older son and I both did 2 dives, while my wife and son stopped after one.

 

My wife and I did a discover through RCI in St. Maarten last year, and she could not take it, she did not trust the operator, and the instructor was not near as good at explaining things. I still loved it, but Cozumel and Alex Scuba was so much better.

 

The instructor can make or break your experience for sure. I've had awesome ones and bad ones.

 

Hey Mitsu,

 

Just found your review this morning and am thoroughly enjoying all of your photos and video! I'm sorry that your hotel experience in San Juan was less-than-satisfactory, but it sounds as if you guys really enjoyed your time on Jewel clear.png?emoji-smile-1742

 

Would you be able to post a photo of your stateroom whenever you get a chance?

 

Thanks ahead in advance and keep up the great work!

 

Yes, I'm going to post the room pics when I get done with this days activities. (fingers crossed I remember lol)

 

Love your review so far!!! We were on the jewel in October 2014 and it the best cruise we’ve ever been on. The islands we visited were awesome and the service on the ship was amazing. Can’t wait to read the rest.

 

 

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Thanks and a lot more to come.

 

 

Sorry to hijack mitsugirly! (Though if you have thoughts on an operator out of Cozumel, I'm all ears. clear.png?emoji-smile-1742 )

 

No problem. I haven't had a chance to scuba in Cozumel yet. Maybe some day. I wish I could help.

 

 

 

 

This is exactly why we choose MTD, but make reservations for specific times. It may be for a different time each day. We can choose the time based on what else we have going on that day or what we plan on doing after dinner. It allows us flexibility without having to wait when we get to the dining room.

 

 

 

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Oh that's right...if you are in the MDR that is assigned, you have to eat every night at the same night right? (I think maybe?) If that's the case, I completely understand now. (Sorry, I have never been on the ship with assigned seating before so really don't completely understand how it all works).

 

 

 

 

Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to kill or bleach coral at extremely low concentrations (as low as one drop in 6.5 Olympic sized swimming pools).

 

 

  • Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3) - Sunscreen ingredient that disrupts coral reproduction, causes coral bleaching, and damages coral DNA. Oxybenzone is found in over 3500 sunscreen products worldwide.
  • Butylparaben - Preservative ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.
  • Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) - Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching.
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) - Sunscreen ingredient shown to cause coral bleaching. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

We have had great success finding common (cheap) sunscreen like Banana Boat without these ingredients. It is hard to find spray without oxybenzone, though - I have only found one.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

I bought all my eco friendly sunscreen on amazon. Don't recall the brands. But they have a good selection. Also putting on a rash guard shirt meas less area to cover

 

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I bought mine online too. I think it was called something to do with a cactus. Good for the water, good for sunscreen and good for mosquito's or something like that.

 

 

We did a snorkeling tour in Kona HI (2012) - we were told not to put sunscreen on until we were done as they said it kills the coral

 

In Bonaire (2016) we were encouraged to wear the sun shirts & head coverings (bald men) - the tour provided loaders

 

 

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Yea, really no use putting anything on until after you are done. It's just going to come off...even the "sports" brands that claim not to.

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SO TODAY IS SAKARI'S BIRTHDAY!!! She is officially 10 years old. Wow, where has the time went? She has scuba class on friday and I'm just waiting for them to ask me about her getting junior certified. :o :eek:

 

I'm going to work on some pictures for more of the review while I wait on the family to arrive for her party and then we are off to the bounce/trampoline house for the night.

 

I'll try to come back later tonight and finish this days reviews.

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SO TODAY IS SAKARI'S BIRTHDAY!!! She is officially 10 years old. Wow, where has the time went? She has scuba class on friday and I'm just waiting for them to ask me about her getting junior certified. :o :eek:

 

I'm going to work on some pictures for more of the review while I wait on the family to arrive for her party and then we are off to the bounce/trampoline house for the night.

 

I'll try to come back later tonight and finish this days reviews.

 

 

Oh my goodness. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAKARI sweetheart. Double digits already. <3 <3.

 

Have a wonderful day darling. Hope mammy, daddy and your brothers and sister spoil you today. :hearteyes:

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SO TODAY IS SAKARI'S BIRTHDAY!!! She is officially 10 years old. Wow, where has the time went? She has scuba class on friday and I'm just waiting for them to ask me about her getting junior certified. :o :eek:

 

I'm going to work on some pictures for more of the review while I wait on the family to arrive for her party and then we are off to the bounce/trampoline house for the night.

 

I'll try to come back later tonight and finish this days reviews.

 

Happy Birthday! Interestingly, reading this review, I sort of feel like I've watched her grow as I think I've read all of your reviews over the years. Cool!

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SO TODAY IS SAKARI'S BIRTHDAY!!!

 

Happy Birthday Sakari!!!!

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Thank you. I hope you enjoy your DSD in Cozumel if you book it. There's nothing better than being all the way down at the bottom and get up close to the coral.

 

 

Oh that's right...if you are in the MDR that is assigned, you have to eat every night at the same night right? (I think maybe?) If that's the case, I completely understand now. (Sorry, I have never been on the ship with assigned seating before so really don't completely understand how it all works).

 

You're welcome! Thank you!! I need to get through my Greece cruise before I actually book. Hopefully I'll be in time then. :)

 

Yes. If you are in the MDR that is not My Time Dining, there are 2 seatings - early and late. You are assigned to one of those, and you'll be assigned to a table where you will be every night.

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Happy Birthday! Interestingly, reading this review, I sort of feel like I've watched her grow as I think I've read all of your reviews over the years. Cool!
Ditto! Happy Birthday to Sakari!

 

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SO TODAY IS SAKARI'S BIRTHDAY!!! She is officially 10 years old. Wow, where has the time went? She has scuba class on friday and I'm just waiting for them to ask me about her getting junior certified. :o :eek:

 

I'm going to work on some pictures for more of the review while I wait on the family to arrive for her party and then we are off to the bounce/trampoline house for the night.

 

I'll try to come back later tonight and finish this days reviews.

 

Happy birthday Sakari!

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As a frequent visitor to St. Croix, I can tell you the reefs have been decimated by the hurricanes. It's a shame, but they are coming back slowly. Buck Island with Big Beard is always a fun trip!!!

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Happy Birthday, Sakari!

 

Kim, I have read every one of your reviews, and feel like I have watched Sakari grow up in front of my eyes. You are to be commended on raising such a talented young lady.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SAKARI THE MERMAID

 

We note entry #292 of the Blue Surgeons. Fourth picture down.:)

 

The Mermaid is standing and admiring the wonder of her Domain.:)

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