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Live on Reflection: 14 Nt Exotic Southern Caribbean (Jan 4)

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This is gonna be a good Bonaire day!

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10 minutes ago, mahdnc said:

This is gonna be a good Bonaire day!

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C'mon, that has to be Photo-shopped.  Looks great

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5 hours ago, mahdnc said:

If they could schedule LPC and traditional Q-sine on different nights, that would be better. But it may not be practical from an operations stand point. Or have different LPC menu/shows

True.  I would guess that with the traditional Q-sine that the % of people visiting more than once on a cruise was very low. Changing it up would certainly increase that percentage.

We did not care for the Q-sine, we only went once and never returned.  We are looking forward to trying the LPC next week.

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We have been enjoying your trip log throughout your voyage.

We will be on Reflection next week and have been wondering how the entertainment and music venues have been around the ship?

Have a great return sail to Port Everglades

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Today we called on our last island, Bonaire. The motorcycle group of passengers rode their bikes off Reflection early in the morning in preparation for their tour of the island. 

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Bonaire has great scuba diving. Our first dive was at Cha Cha Cha beach right next to the South Pier where Reflection docked:

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We also dove at the Cliffs a few miles away. 

 

Did you see the eel popping his head out at the lower left corner of this photo?

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We dove with Pierre (husband of sykimball1498), and Rich (rich493)

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An odd group:

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Shrimp:

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Zena88 (Pamela and Jack) seated at a table adjacent to ours at the MDR, early seating. 

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We left Bonaire at 3pm in preparation for our journey back to Port Everglades

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On 1/14/2019 at 3:32 PM, mahdnc said:

Our CD is right now at a video shoot 

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Nooooo I hate christine this CD,  I've been on 3 celebirty cruises, 3 diffrent boats and this is the 3rd with her. Anyway you can find put if she will lbe off the boat by March?

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On the question about age I am 33 and this will be my 3rd cruise on celebrity. My mother loves the line and I enjoy it aswell. I have 4 younger children who really enjoy it but we will be trying the new NCL bliss in 2020. Honestly I find alot more hassle and fees going thru ncl then thru celebrity. The crowd is a bit older but I 100%agree with what someone said about time of the cruise. 1st time I went to Hawaii in feb/march and didnt see a single child the entire trip. Then went in June and there were many children. I think it depends on what your looking for. If you wanna relax it's great... if you want parties, crazy excitement and things to do maybe try one of the other lines. I think it's worth trying out the diffrent lines and see which you like best

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The cruise director is Eddy Jenkins.  Correct?  We really liked him on the 12/7/18 sailing.  He is low key but has a wicked sense of humor.

 

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The lady beside him is named christine she was the cruise director on my Hawaii crusie and assistant cruise director on our Caribbean in june on the solstice and equinox respectively. Martin the other director was great on The equinox so hopefully he is with her on this one aswell then.

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4 hours ago, Bonita232 said:

The lady beside him is named christine she was the cruise director on my Hawaii crusie and assistant cruise director on our Caribbean in june on the solstice and equinox respectively. Martin the other director was great on The equinox so hopefully he is with her on this one aswell then.

 

I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure Maarten is the CD on the edge now, he was moved from the equinox., but yes, he does a fantastic job.

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5 hours ago, Bonita232 said:

Nooooo I hate christine this CD,  I've been on 3 celebirty cruises, 3 diffrent boats and this is the 3rd with her. Anyway you can find put if she will lbe off the boat by March?

 

4 hours ago, SkystheLimit said:

The cruise director is Eddy Jenkins.  Correct?  We really liked him on the 12/7/18 sailing.  He is low key but has a wicked sense of humor.

 

 

MJ is correct, our CD is Eddy. I'm sorry for the confusion!

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Good morning. This is our fourth day at sea. A nice day to sleep in. Except I am wide awake after having gone to bed early because of scuba and a nice dinner afterward!

 

It also means that I can have the internet while the rest of my family sleeps!

 

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645am Atlantic Time. Current view from our bedroom window overlooking the bow. Quiet seas, pleasant skies, and smooth sailing!

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A few comments about Bonaire that I was too tired to post last night:

 

This is our second time at Bonaire. We previously visited it on board Eclipse in Jan 2015. 

 

The island is renown for its scuba diving. In fact its economy is heavily dependent on it.  It's amazing to see all the dive  shops and dive services when you drive around.

 

A typical dive vacation here involves staying multiple days, renting a car and air tanks, and driving to any of the 60+ dive spots at your leisure. 

 

As awesome as the shore diving is, the island is equally unremarkable above the water. The island is flat and devoid of any interesting topography.

 

It is not very commercialized and lacks the big resorts, hotels, and casinos operated by familiar names like Sandals, Marriott or Hilton. But that also means you won't find the Columbian Emerald and Diamonds International stores that infect nearby Aruba. 

 

The people are very nice and low key here. And the island seems to be economically in good shape. 

 

In short, I like this island and always look to see if it is on the 14 night itinerary when I book (it wasn't on our Dec 28 2013 Eclipse 14 night cruise). 

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Our view from the balcony looking towards the back of the ship:

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We are staying in one of the four Family Veranda cabins. They occupy the forward corners of Deck 7 & 8. 

 

The family cabins are one of the reasons we started and continued to cruise with Celebrity. They are non-suite oversized cabins furnished to sleep 4. 

 

It started with Century class ships which had a whopping 18 family cabins. They were originally outside aft cabins looking out the stern of the ship. 

 

Millennium class ships reduced the family cabins to 12. But the interiors were larger than Century class and they had balconies with views of the ship's wake. 6 of the family cabins sport massive balconies. 

 

Solstice class ships, such as here on Reflection, have only 4 cabins and they are located at the very front of the ship. But the interiors are massive. 

 

Edge has none. 

 

Here is the location of our cabin on Reflection:

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So I have another question for you.  What's the noise like in the morning.  I think they've been taken but I  bid for one of those for my cruise but then read a review and withdrew my bid.  They said whenever you docked it was so noisy and early in the morning?

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