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COZUMEL 7/31/19

 

This was my first trip to Cozumel and DW's 2nd official.  She visited many years ago, but has vague memories after being "over served" at Carlos and Charlie's bar (it happens to all of us doesn't it?).  A few years back we got into snorkeling and now it's our "go to" thing in the Caribbean.  We love it.  We bought our own equipment and a GoPro camera and love splashing around with the fish on the reefs.

 

After our requisite balcony breakfast, we headed to the designated meeting area in the port, which just happened to be one of my happiest places in the world, Margaritaville,to gather and head to our boat. We met our boat by Martin's Dive Center right next to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  We  booked the 3 Reef Tour through Celebrity and were soon on our way around both the Equinox and the mammoth Harmony of the Seas to our first reef.  The snorkeling was excellent.  Lots of marine wildlife.  We went to another reef after about 30 minutes, and a third after about another 30 minutes.  The third "dive" got a bit rough as the winds picked up around noon, but we were headed in as the next excursion was about to head out.  It was an excellent snorkel excursion and would highly recommend it to anyone.  Very professional and well guided.

 

Shots from my GoPro

 

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After some souvenir purchases at Martin's Dive Shop, we headed outside of the port for some lunch and stumbled upon Al Chile's restaurant. It is a relatively new place outside the walls of the port.  It was hopping and turned out to be a great spot for lunch.  The food was excellent and the margaritas and drinks were massive as you can see in the photos.  DW had the 'Classic" margarita, which I'm guessing had to be about 32 oz.  The larger sizes I won't venture to guess how large or what their alcohol content was (rather high?).  Since I don't drink, I guess our waiter felt bad that we weren't getting the full "Al Chile's experience."  So we settled up the bill (around $45 US), he offered DW a shot of tequila on the house.  After three attempts to rebuff his offer, she relented and did what looked to be a double.  This led to some lively shopping in the port (think happy, laughing, chatter, big $$ spent, etc.) and a long nap once back on board!  The nap was fine with me as the snorkeling had wiped me out.

 

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Once we had slept off the libations and snorkeling, we headed to Cafe al Bacio for some much needed gelato and espresso to now recharge for the evening.  Comedian Carl Banks was leading the night's entertainment in the Theater ahead of our dinner in the MDR.  He was really funny and since it was the 7:00 show, painfully clean.  It was still great.  Dinner was excellent and then we headed to the Ensemble lounge to listen to the jazz trio before hitting the OVC for decaf and cookies.  More snorkeling in Grand Cayman awaited us on Thursday.  The days were getting better and better.  They always seem to thanks to Celebrity and their great staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Champagne Cruiser said:

I am enjoying your review. Is the reason the Equinox is docking at the Navy pier because the pier downtown has not rebuilt since the hurricane?

No.  There were two RC ships docked there.

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Looks like another fun day! 

How many ships were in port ? .Harmony looks so huge!

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3 hours ago, hcat said:

Looks like another fun day! 

How many ships were in port ? .Harmony looks so huge!

Altogether there were 4 in our port (Harmony, Equinox, and 2 Carnival), and the MSC Seaside was docked a few miles away, so 5 in total.

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2 hours ago, Cruisenouvelle said:

We'll be sure to look for Al Chile! Everything looks yummy.

Good food and fun vibe right on the main street just outside the port gate.

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GRAND CAYMAN, THU 8/1/19

 

One of the things we like most about visiting Grand Cayman by ship is having to tender to Georgetown.  I imagine most people find it bothersome, but we like it.  We enjoy riding the tenders, and it offers  great opportunities for excellent photos of the ship.   This was our 4th visit to Grand Cayman.  We've done Stingray City, 7 Mile Beach, the Turtle Farm, Hell, and just about all the other great sights on G.C.  If you've never been, we would highly recommend visiting any and all of these sights anytime.  You won't be disappointed in anything that G.C. has to offer.

 

We didn't pull into G.C. until 10:00 AM so we could sleep in and really enjoy our balcony breakfast without any rush to be anywhere. We had no scheduled excursion.  We strolled down to the tender gangway deck around 10:30 and arrived on shore a little before 11 with our snorkel gear and a plan to snorkel just on the south side of the port at Eden Rock Dive Center.  It is a about a 10 minute walk through town.  The Dive Center has lockers for rent and you can rent equipment there if you need to.  There's also a large water park area for kids with lifeguards on duty.  Scuba lessons and equipment are available as well.  A large reef sits offshore about 150 yards out running SW to NE in the harbor that is rather safe and has lots of marine life.  It was our first time snorkeling without a guide and nice not to snorkel with 25 other people snorkeling right on top of you.  We snorkeled on our own out there for about 90 minutes before tiring and swimming to shore.  We inquired with the Eden Rock Dive center personnel about snorkeling the wreck of the Cali on the north side of the port, but they had suggested that there wasn't much to see left but the boiler of an old ship.  Honestly, after our long first "dive" I don't think either of us was too eager to try it anyway, so we decided on some shopping in Georgetown and to try and find a spot for lunch.  We decided on Cayman Cabana on the water on Church St.  It offered tasty dishes and awesome views of the harbor.

 

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After our shopping and lunch stops, we headed back to the Equinox as it looked like a series of thunderstorms was going to roll into Georgetown.  We grabbed a tender around 3:00 and were back on board well ahead of our All aboard by 5:30 mandate.  So, more time for gelato and espressos in Cafe al Bacio ahead of our primping for Casual Chic night and our reservation in the Tuscan Grille.

 

The Equinox first set sail on 7/31/09 on a British Isles cruise.  Cruise Director Maarten, Captain Kate, and ALL the Senior officers threw the Equinox a big 10th Birthday party on this night by gathering in the main foyer on deck three in their formal uniforms to kick off the wild Birthday/Gatsby party.  It was quite the scene as many gathered around the main entertainment area on decks 3, 4, & 5 at 8:00 to start the celebration.  The Officers started the gig off by singing Happy Birthday to the Equinox and the party began.  Captain Kate addressed the crowd, gave some interesting facts about the Equinox, including being voted #1 ship at sea, and passed out 10th Birthday cupcakes prepared by the pastry chefs.  And this was only the pre-party!  Dancing would commence and would continue in the foyer until the "Real Party/Gatsby began at 10:30.  We left for our 8:30 reservation at the Tuscan Grille, but vowed to return as the party looked like it was not to be missed.

 

 

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The Tuscan Grille was everything we had hoped for.  The pasta was freshly handmade and the steaks were cooked to perfection.  We both had Filets and side orders of Cacio e Pepe along with wonderful meatball appetizers and calamari.  The espressos and dolce only added to what was a truly fabulous meal.  If you have the chance to eat in any of the Specialty Restaurants, do try them.  They are worth the the upchage and if you get a package, you can save.

 

We returned to the Grand foyer to stake out our spot on deck 5 for the Birthday/Gatsby party with the Officers and Senior Staff.  It was a blast to say the least.  Captain Kate was cutting a rug, and CD Maarten had the crowd rocking from beginning to end.  All three decks were moving and grooving.  It was really fun.

 

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After this great party, these mid 50's, but wannabe 30's cruisers came to grips with their ages and headed up to the OVC for decaf and cookies before heading to bed.  We had thought about heading to the Sky Lounge to continue dancing, but couldn't overcome the desire to go to sleep.  We tried, but alas age took over.  It was another great day.  A special day for the Equinox that MisterMet and GrazieMommy were able to share in.  How lucky are we?

 

 

 

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GRAND CAYMAN, THU 8/1/19

 

One of the things we like most about visiting Grand Cayman by ship is having to tender to Georgetown.  I imagine most people find it bothersome, but for us, we enjoy it.  We enjoy riding the tenders, and it offers  great opportunities for excellent photos of the ship.   This was our 4th visit to Grand Cayman.  We've done Stingray City, 7 Mile Beach, the Turtle Farm, Hell, and just about all the other great sights on G.C.  If you've never been, we would highly recommend visiting any and all of these sights anytime.  You won't be disappointed in anything that G.C. has to offer.

 

We didn't pull into G.C. until 10:00 AM so we could sleep in and really enjoy our balcony breakfast without any rush to be anywhere. We had no scheduled excursion.  We strolled down to the tender gangway deck around 10:30 and arrived on shore a little before 11 with our snorkel gear and a plan to snorkel just on the south side of the port at Eden Rock Dive Center.  It is a about a 10 minute walk through town.  The Dive Center has lockers for rent and you can rent equipment there if you need to.  There's also a large water park area for kids with lifeguards on duty.  Scuba lessons and equipment are available as well.  A large reef sits offshore about 150 yards out running SW to NE in the harbor that is rather safe and has lots of marine life.  It was our first time snorkeling without a guide and nice not to snorkel with 25 other people snorkeling right on top of you.  We snorkeled on our own out there for about 90 minutes before tiring and swimming to shore.  We inquired with the Eden Rock Dive center personnel about snorkeling the wreck of the Cali on the north side of the port, but they had suggested that there wasn't much to see left but the boiler of an old ship.  Honestly, after our long first "dive" I don't think either of us was too eager to try it anyway, so we decided on some shopping in Georgetown and to try and find a spot for lunch.  We decided on Cayman Cabana on the water on Church St.  It offered tasty dishes and awesome views of the harbor.

 

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After our shopping and lunch stops, we headed back to the Equinox as it looked like a series of thunderstorms was going to roll into Georgetown.  We grabbed a tender around 3:00 and were back on board well ahead of our All aboard by 5:30 mandate.  So, more time for gelato and espressos in Cafe al Bacio ahead of our primping for Casual Chic night and our reservation in the Tuscan Grille.

 

The Equinox first set sail on 7/31/09 on a British Isles cruise.  Cruise Director Maarten, Captain Kate, and ALL the Senior officers threw the Equinox a big 10th Birthday party on this night by gathering in the main foyer on deck three in their formal uniforms to kick off the wild Birthday/Gatsby party.  It was quite the scene as many gathered around the main entertainment area on decks 3, 4, & 5 at 8:00 to start the celebration.  The Officers started the gig off by singing Happy Birthday to the Equinox and the party began.  Captain Kate addressed the crowd, gave some interesting facts about the Equinox, including being voted #1 ship at sea, and passed out 10th Birthday cupcakes prepared by the pastry chefs.  And this was only the pre-party!  Dancing would commence and would continue in the foyer until the "Real Party/Gatsby began at 10:30.  We left for our 8:30 reservation at the Tuscan Grille, but vowed to return as the party looked like it was not to be missed.

 

 

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The Tuscan Grille was everything we had hoped for.  The pasta was freshly handmade and the steaks were cooked to perfection.  We both had Filets and side orders of Cacio e Pepe along with wonderful meatball appetizers and calamari.  The espressos and dolce only added to what was a truly fabulous meal.  If you have the chance to eat in any of the Specialty Restaurants, do try them.  They are worth the the upchage and if you get a package, you can save.

 

We returned to the Grand foyer to stake out our spot on deck 5 for the Birthday/Gatsby party with the Officers and Senior Staff.  It was a blast to say the least.  Captain Kate was cutting a rug, and CD Maarten had the crowd rocking from beginning to end.  All three decks were moving and grooving.  It was really fun.

 

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After this great party, these mid 50's, but wannabe 30's cruisers came to grips with their ages and headed up to the OVC for decaf and cookies before heading to bed.  We had thought about heading to the Sky Lounge to continue dancing, but couldn't overcome the desire to go to sleep.  We tried, but alas age took over.  It was another great day.  A special day for the Equinox that MisterMet and GrazieMommy were able to share in.  How lucky are we?

 

 

 

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GRAND CAYMAN, THU 8/1/19

 

One of the things we like most about visiting Grand Cayman by ship is having to tender to Georgetown.  I imagine most people find it bothersome, but for us, we enjoy it.  We enjoy riding the tenders, and it offers  great opportunities for excellent photos of the ship.   This was our 4th visit to Grand Cayman.  We've done Stingray City, 7 Mile Beach, the Turtle Farm, Hell, and just about all the other great sights on G.C.  If you've never been, we would highly recommend visiting any and all of these sights anytime.  You won't be disappointed in anything that G.C. has to offer.

 

We didn't pull into G.C. until 10:00 AM so we could sleep in and really enjoy our balcony breakfast without any rush to be anywhere. We had no scheduled excursion.  We strolled down to the tender gangway deck around 10:30 and arrived on shore a little before 11 with our snorkel gear and a plan to snorkel just on the south side of the port at Eden Rock Dive Center.  It is a about a 10 minute walk through town.  The Dive Center has lockers for rent and you can rent equipment there if you need to.  There's also a large water park area for kids with lifeguards on duty.  Scuba lessons and equipment are available as well.  A large reef sits offshore about 150 yards out running SW to NE in the harbor that is rather safe and has lots of marine life.  It was our first time snorkeling without a guide and nice not to snorkel with 25 other people snorkeling right on top of you.  We snorkeled on our own out there for about 90 minutes before tiring and swimming to shore.  We inquired with the Eden Rock Dive center personnel about snorkeling the wreck of the Cali on the north side of the port, but they had suggested that there wasn't much to see left but the boiler of an old ship.  Honestly, after our long first "dive" I don't think either of us was too eager to try it anyway, so we decided on some shopping in Georgetown and to try and find a spot for lunch.  We decided on Cayman Cabana on the water on Church St.  It offered tasty dishes and awesome views of the harbor.

 

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After our shopping and lunch stops, we headed back to the Equinox as it looked like a series of thunderstorms was going to roll into Georgetown.  We grabbed a tender around 3:00 and were back on board well ahead of our All aboard by 5:30 mandate.  So, more time for gelato and espressos in Cafe al Bacio ahead of our primping for Casual Chic night and our reservation in the Tuscan Grille.

 

The Equinox first set sail on 7/31/09 on a British Isles cruise.  Cruise Director Maarten, Captain Kate, and ALL the Senior officers threw the Equinox a big 10th Birthday party on this night by gathering in the main foyer on deck three in their formal uniforms to kick off the wild Birthday/Gatsby party.  It was quite the scene as many gathered around the main entertainment area on decks 3, 4, & 5 at 8:00 to start the celebration.  The Officers started the gig off by singing Happy Birthday to the Equinox and the party began.  Captain Kate addressed the crowd, gave some interesting facts about the Equinox, including being voted #1 ship at sea, and passed out 10th Birthday cupcakes prepared by the pastry chefs.  And this was only the pre-party!  Dancing would commence and would continue in the foyer until the "Real Party/Gatsby began at 10:30.  We left for our 8:30 reservation at the Tuscan Grille, but vowed to return as the party looked like it was not to be missed.

 

 

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The Tuscan Grille was everything we had hoped for.  The pasta was freshly handmade and the steaks were cooked to perfection.  We both had Filets and side orders of Cacio e Pepe along with wonderful meatball appetizers and calamari.  The espressos and dolce only added to what was a truly fabulous meal.  If you have the chance to eat in any of the Specialty Restaurants, do try them.  They are worth the the upchage and if you get a package, you can save.

 

We returned to the Grand foyer to stake out our spot on deck 5 for the Birthday/Gatsby party with the Officers and Senior Staff.  It was a blast to say the least.  Captain Kate was cutting a rug, and CD Maarten had the crowd rocking from beginning to end.  All three decks were moving and grooving.  It was really fun.

 

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After this great party, these mid 50's, but wannabe 30's cruisers came to grips with their ages and headed up to the OVC for decaf and cookies before heading to bed.  We had thought about heading to the Sky Lounge to continue dancing, but couldn't overcome the desire to go to sleep.  We tried, but alas age took over.  It was another great day.  A special day for the Equinox that MisterMet and GrazieMommy were able to share in.  How lucky are we?

 

 

 

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GRAND CAYMAN, THU 8/1/19

 

One of the things we like most about visiting Grand Cayman by ship is having to tender to Georgetown.  I imagine most people find it bothersome, but for us, we enjoy it.  We enjoy riding the tenders, and it offers  great opportunities for excellent photos of the ship.   This was our 4th visit to Grand Cayman.  We've done Stingray City, 7 Mile Beach, the Turtle Farm, Hell, and just about all the other great sights on G.C.  If you've never been, we would highly recommend visiting any and all of these sights anytime.  You won't be disappointed in anything that G.C. has to offer.

 

We didn't pull into G.C. until 10:00 AM so we could sleep in and really enjoy our balcony breakfast without any rush to be anywhere. We had no scheduled excursion.  We strolled down to the tender gangway deck around 10:30 and arrived on shore a little before 11 with our snorkel gear and a plan to snorkel just on the south side of the port at Eden Rock Dive Center.  It is a about a 10 minute walk through town.  The Dive Center has lockers for rent and you can rent equipment there if you need to.  There's also a large water park area for kids with lifeguards on duty.  Scuba lessons and equipment are available as well.  A large reef sits offshore about 150 yards out running SW to NE in the harbor that is rather safe and has lots of marine life.  It was our first time snorkeling without a guide and nice not to snorkel with 25 other people snorkeling right on top of you.  We snorkeled on our own out there for about 90 minutes before tiring and swimming to shore.  We inquired with the Eden Rock Dive center personnel about snorkeling the wreck of the Cali on the north side of the port, but they had suggested that there wasn't much to see left but the boiler of an old ship.  Honestly, after our long first "dive" I don't think either of us was too eager to try it anyway, so we decided on some shopping in Georgetown and to try and find a spot for lunch.  We decided on Cayman Cabana on the water on Church St.  It offered tasty dishes and awesome views of the harbor.

 

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After our shopping and lunch stops, we headed back to the Equinox as it looked like a series of thunderstorms was going to roll into Georgetown.  We grabbed a tender around 3:00 and were back on board well ahead of our All aboard by 5:30 mandate.  So, more time for gelato and espressos in Cafe al Bacio ahead of our primping for Casual Chic night and our reservation in the Tuscan Grille.

 

The Equinox first set sail on 7/31/09 on a British Isles cruise.  Cruise Director Maarten, Captain Kate, and ALL the Senior officers threw the Equinox a big 10th Birthday party on this night by gathering in the main foyer on deck three in their formal uniforms to kick off the wild Birthday/Gatsby party.  It was quite the scene as many gathered around the main entertainment area on decks 3, 4, & 5 at 8:00 to start the celebration.  The Officers started the gig off by singing Happy Birthday to the Equinox and the party began.  Captain Kate addressed the crowd, gave some interesting facts about the Equinox, including being voted #1 ship at sea, and passed out 10th Birthday cupcakes prepared by the pastry chefs.  And this was only the pre-party!  Dancing would commence and would continue in the foyer until the "Real Party/Gatsby began at 10:30.  We left for our 8:30 reservation at the Tuscan Grille, but vowed to return as the party looked like it was not to be missed.

 

 

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The Tuscan Grille was everything we had hoped for.  The pasta was freshly handmade and the steaks were cooked to perfection.  We both had Filets and side orders of Cacio e Pepe along with wonderful meatball appetizers and calamari.  The espressos and dolce only added to what was a truly fabulous meal.  If you have the chance to eat in any of the Specialty Restaurants, do try them.  They are worth the the upchage and if you get a package, you can save.

 

We returned to the Grand foyer to stake out our spot on deck 5 for the Birthday/Gatsby party with the Officers and Senior Staff.  It was a blast to say the least.  Captain Kate was cutting a rug, and CD Maarten had the crowd rocking from beginning to end.  All three decks were moving and grooving.  It was really fun.

 

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After this great party, these mid 50's, but wannabe 30's cruisers came to grips with their ages and headed up to the OVC for decaf and cookies before heading to bed.  We had thought about heading to the Sky Lounge to continue dancing, but couldn't overcome the desire to go to sleep.  We tried, but alas age took over.  It was another great day.  A special day for the Equinox that MisterMet and GrazieMommy were able to share in.  How lucky are we?

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 8/2/19  SEA DAY #2

 

After sleeping in a bit too late for the MDR we walked upstairs (we always tried to take the stairs hoping it would make some kind of difference in burning off calories?) and ate breakfast in the OVC.  We always dread this last full day as it means we have to vacate our beautiful accommodations and surroundings.  We'll no longer be pampered once at home.  They'll be nobody to ask if we'd like still or sparkling water with dinner or if we'd like fresh ground pepper on our Caesar Salads. No one to pull down the bed covers at night and leave that nice square of chocolate. Damn!

 

We then headed to the photo gallery to choose all the photos we posed for and settled on our package of 8.  We pose for all of the pictures we can.  Sometimes we buy lots and sometimes we don't.  It all depends if we like them or not or if we already have similar ones at home.  We then hit the Future Cruise desk and dropped deposits with 4 perks down on 2 cruises with the hopes of doing B2B Caribbean in 2021 since we already have a 10 Night Greek Isles booked for June of 2020 with friends.  From there we powered up with another blast of gelato and espressos at Cafe al Bacio and then made a visit to the solarium before heading to the cabin to get a head start on some packing.

 

Most of the afternoon and early evening had slipped away and we found ourselves prepping for our last dinner in the MDR and saying goodbye to our servers Herickson, Wutelais, and Mervin, who had taken such good care of us while we were with them.  We ate quickly in the hopes of attending the Silent Disco in the Grand Foyer at 9:45 and so well attended to the point that we decided to spectate instead.  We'd participated twice on our Equinox cruise in 2018 so we didn't feel like we HAD to do it.  We really were just waiting for Comedian Carl Banks show at 10:15 in the Theater and boy was he hilarious!  

We then hit the casino for a bit and I won myself a few bucks playing roulette and left immediately as I knew I was just going to give it back if I stayed for any amount of time.  One last trip to the OVC for decaf and a bit of sweets and we were off to bed ruing the fact that we'd have to leave in the morning.  
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13 minutes ago, Oville said:

Great review.

Thanks for sticking around.  Disembarkation and final thoughts overall next. 

 

38 minutes ago, pretty princess said:

Thank you for your review. We will be doing the same cruise in February

You will have a great time 

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Thanks for sticking around. Disembarkation and final thoughts about our overall experience are next up.

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1 hour ago, Cruise a holic said:

Sailing on the Equinox Saturday!   Very excited as usual!

Lots of fun to be had.  Enjoy all of it like we did.  Thanks for popping in.

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Thanks for a great review! We board on September 7th (less than a month to go, woohoo!) for our 2nd time on Equinox this year but first time on a Western Caribbean itinerary, so I appreciated seeing what you did and your thoughts on the ports. 

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Enjoyed the live review!

 Look forward to the next time you do one!.......

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33 minutes ago, hcat said:

Enjoyed the live review!

 Look forward to the next time you do one!.......

Thank you for the kind words.  About 11 months from now I’ll have a review of our 10 night Greek Isles cruise.  Wish there was something in between😆

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1 hour ago, Ginnyfyr said:

Thanks for a great review! We board on September 7th (less than a month to go, woohoo!) for our 2nd time on Equinox this year but first time on a Western Caribbean itinerary, so I appreciated seeing what you did and your thoughts on the ports. 

We truly enjoyed all the ports and love key west as well. Thank you for visiting the review. Hope it was helpful.

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Great review

We sail in Sept.

You take nice pics

Was it all by your cell phone?

What did you do for your underwater pics? They were so clear

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Great review and pictures, thank you.  Boarding on the 17th and looking forward to seeing what changes have been made. Was on Equinox in March just before Edge cruise so memories are fresh.

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        Thank you for your review of the cruise  that obviously you and Mrs. Met enjoyed very much .

Interesting that the Equinox did not go through a complete “Edgification” during drydock, but that the elegant design and the decor of the ship was allowed to remain. Hoping the same for the Summit as we like to sail on her from NJ to Bermuda.It is convenient for us without having to fly to a port.

        As my DH and I are booked into the Fort Lauderdale Marina  Hilton for a three night per-cruise stay in a tower room,I was pleased to read about your hotel experience there.  Would you mind telling me the number of the room you had so I can hopefully choose a room with a good view using the app to check in before our arrival at the hotel ?

It was encouraging to read of a good experience at the hotel as I have read some negative reviews of it on Trip Advisor.

        Wishing you and Mrs. Met continued good days.😎

 

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6 hours ago, Fogfog said:

Great review

We sail in Sept.

You take nice pics

Was it all by your cell phone?

What did you do for your underwater pics? They were so clear

Just used my iPhone 7 for land shots and my GoPro LCD display for underwater photos.  The three really clear shots were by a professional photographer and I think may have been touched up a bit.  Thanks for following along and enjoy your cruise.

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