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    Trujillo, Honduras
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  1. Hey Everyone! My girlfriend and I visited curacao in December 2019 aboard the Crown Princess and wanted to let everyone know that You can take the public bus around the island for $2 USD for each time you ride! Its in the video below, but you basically have to walk for about 5 minutes to the bus depot to get on. If you want to go to the Blue Curacao factory like we did, the bus makes a big circle around Willemstad and ends up at the other bus terminal on the other side of the floating bridge. The buses are nice, but they have weird times they depart, usually on the half hour. If they have already departed, you can haggle a rate with the mini buses at the same terminal (which we did). The bus will drop you off at the Burger King across from the distillery, so you will have to brave the traffic and walk across. We advise you do get local change or small US bills before you get on as the busses dont have change. It was a great way to see the island! To get back downtown, just go to the bus stop where they dropped you off and hop on. It sounded like all of the buses end up at the bus terminal. As for the Blue Curacao factory-note that they are only in production during the week days and there is no one to give you a tour. We were confused by this, but they do have pretty good signage for it to be self guided. Distillery gift shop was only open due to three ships being in port that day. The distillery lets you sample three types of alcohol and drinks are available to purchase for $8-12 USD (they dont skimp on the alcohol though). The prices of the bottled alcohol in the distillery seem to be the same as anywhere else on the island that we saw. We ended up spending 45 minutes at the distillery, but it looked like most tours that came through were in and out in 15 minutes. If you have any questions, id be happy to answer them. Check out our Curacao experience in the video below!
  2. Hey everyone, Just wanted to give a quick review of our experience renting a golf cart from Bonaire Cruisers. We had such a great time! The rental place is about a 6-7 minute walk from the pier. They say to head to the tent at the pier first, but im not sure if you really need to do that. Check in was quick and easy. It was $95USD for the day and $100 refundable deposit. We were surprised that all of the carts were literally brand new. We went December 2019 aboard the Crown Princess. The biggest tip that we can give is one that the company tells you in the confirmation email...download Maps.me (it is an app). I dont know how it works, but it does. You basically download the map of the ABC islands and it works just like a GPS, even without cell service. We were able to find landmarks and places to eat, just like you would on Google Maps. The paper map that they give you is pretty easy to follow as there is literally only one road out of town. The carts dont go all that fast, but its a nice leisurely stroll. One more tip-The guard shack at the salt flats had a wooden box that had chunks of salt you can bring home for free. We didnt know this until we got back to the ship(we bought some in town). Feel free to check out our video below to see what all we did in Bonaire! Its was our favorite island on the cruise, and now the Caribbean!
  3. Ah, ok. So you think they will eventually no longer have "upgraded" amenities as a perk?
  4. Hey Everyone! Before we went on the Crown Princess in December 2019, we were not really able to find much info on Coral World. It seemed to be a popular excursion for cruise ships, but honestly hard to find any info on the different activities. We ended up having a great time! Coral World is about 25 minutes from the cruise port and is $9 per person from the taxi stand. There are also taxi vans waiting at Coral World to take you back, but they charge a dollar more($10). When we arrived, we didnt know that there was an admission fee on top of the cost for each attraction, which kind of stinks. The attractions themselves were amazing! We both did the Sea Trek and Sea Lion Encounter. They were both two of the coolest things that we have done on a cruise. (all in the video below) Another reason that we did the Sea Trek was to see if we were too big for the Sea Trek diving bells. We are both bigger people and wanted to see if our shoulders were too big. We are happy to report that we fit! Its a one size fits all type of situation, but they can remove the pads if you need more room (which they had to do for me, still comfortable). Another thing that we wish we had time for while visiting Coral World, was the beach next to the park. It looked like a great place to hang out after visiting Coral World. There were a few bars and places to eat, as well as chairs. The food bar at the park had your typical hot dogs and pizza, but didnt have any local food like we wanted. As long as you have your wristband for the park, you may leave to get food and come back. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask!
  5. Hey everyone! We wanted to share our video with you all as we couldn't really find any videos on one of the most popular tours in Grenada, which really surprised us. We just wanted to pay it forward to show you all in case you were interested. The Westerhall Rum Distillery Laura's Spice Garden was a great tour! We learned quite a bit at the spice garden, but we were not able to see the current distillation process at Westerhall. We were pretty sure that the rum was made somewhere else, sadly. The Surprise hit was on the last stop to De La Grenade Industries, which makes jams and sauces. It was fun to try all of the different things from the island of spices! We did this tour while on the Crown Princess December 2019.
  6. Im just curious as to why they dont standardize the kit across the fleet? Its like they just find a pile of stuff last minute.
  7. Wow! We had no idea there were so many variables when it comes to the upgraded amenities. Even though the amenities are not anything to write home about, it looks like some of you barely got anything at all. We would have liked to sample the linen mist. If those beds were not as comfy already, that would have enhanced the sleep experience even more!
  8. Hey Everyone! Being Elite status can be a pretty cool thing and can come with many cool perks (I mean, free laundry service? Woo!). One of the perks we receive as Elite members are upgraded amenities. We found out that these are the same amenities that the folks in the suites receive sailing on the Crown Princess this past December. It was so hard trying to find what exactly upgraded amenities were before we sailed, so we thought we would make a little to show you all. We have to say that after finally seeing just what they were, we were kind of disappointed. If you want to see more of our trip. Check out our vlogs on YouTube channel: Chubby and Away.
  9. I just realized that I never answered your question. We hope you had a great time at the resort!
  10. Thanks for the tip! We didn’t get a chance to check out the sister resort, but if it’s as good as Allegra, we would love it! Do they do day passes for Occidental too?
  11. Hey fellow cruisers! So we organized our first ever group cruise a few months back. We went on the Carnival Triumph out of NOLA. I haven't posted as much as I wanted to on here, but wanted to pay this forward to you all. We desperately tried to find an all-inclusive resort that would hold 30 of us in our group. We emailed Mr. Sanchos, Nachi Cocum, Playa Mia and Iberiostar. All of them either didn't respond or said they offer no deals or discounts for groups. It was so disappointing, considering we were trying to bring them a bunch of people. The only resort to respond to us was Allegro Resort. We honestly never knew they were in Cozumel. Boy, we were blown away! Not only did they give us a great discount, but they went the extra mile to make sure our group had fun and checked up on us during the day. For those of you not in a group, it is $55 for adults. The resort is just past Mr. Sanchos, so its about $4 a person each way for taxi fare. When arriving, it has the feel of a typical high end resort with tropical flowers and fountains. The check in process was easy as you pay the money at the desk and they give you a wrist band. There were bar stations by the beach and at the main clubhouse. There are buffet style restaurants at the main resort as well by the beach/pool areas. However, the beach buffet was closed due to the power being out. The buffet was pretty good and had a decent selection. The only thing that we were kind of bummed about was the lack of traditional Mexican food. They had octopus civiche and the best mango and coconut soft serve. They didn't skimp on the drinks either, which was better than the other beach clubs we've visited in Cozumel. They also have free water sports, like snorkeling and kayak rental. I think what impressed us the most, was the fact that the resort didn't treat us any different than the rest of their guests staying at the resort. We are actually looking at going back to the resort to stay for a few days later this year. It isn't that much cheaper than the other guys, but definitely feels classier and higher quality. We made a video if you are all interested to watch to check it our for yourself. https://youtu.be/_NGh_YbIOJo Happy cruising everyone!
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