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  1. My first try...a paperweight. You pick the colors. While the glass is hot, you won’t see the final colors until it has cooled.
  2. I prepaid for the class using Cruise Planner. Once we boarded, I received a call from the hot class ladies telling me to come up and make My appointment time for the class. I found that due to weather conditions, they can’t preassign the class times , until the ship sails. One ,morning classes were cancelled due to high winds. So, if not in your cruise calendar, don’t worry. I took the class and enjoyed so much, I scheduled another when I went up to pick up my piece the next day.
  3. I have done it twice and really enjoyed it. I would recommend that your wife go up and watch others do the class and then decide. I found that it was easy to book a class while on board. Usually done on sea days. There are several things to chose from, priced accordingly. One note, classes were cancelled one morning due to high winds, but rescheduled.
  4. We heard from several cruisers this week that did whale watching tours and were very disappointed. Most said all they saw was one fluke. We saw a whale breach while just walking along the shore in Juneau. Also saw several “ blows” from the ship. Saw an Orca just before we reached Victoria. It’s all very iffy since the whales go where they want, not where you want them. Some areas I understand are better than others. Do research on this board and others.
  5. We just got back from Alaska yesterday. I highly recommend the Saxman Native Village Totem trip in Ketchikan. You visit a real Tlingit Village. See a Totem workshop where they are creating new totems. See villagers dance in their clan house. Learn a lot of their history and meet some great people and see some impressive totems. As a sewer, I really enjoyed talking to a woman who creates their native dress. Was a trip highlight for us.
  6. We too met lots of folks on Solstice that had “ no clue” as to what to do or where to go on their cruise to Alaska. I researched everything and read every post, blog and website available to insure we got the most out of our trip. I am amazed that others don’t. I met a couple that had no idea they could schedule and pay for their excursions before boarding and were panicking at viewing their final statement. We prepaid for as much as possible so their were no surprises at the end of the week. I guess we are just very odd.
  7. We just returned from Solstice. While in Victoria, we did a Pedicab ride. The Victoria Pedicab Company has a website with costs. It was a two and a half hour ride. We went places that the buses can’t go. Through parks and saw all the highlights including Chinatown. The tour guide was a native and knew lots of history. Well worth the trip and the cost. We would not have been able to see as much by foot. We are seniors so we take costs very seriously and thought the tour was well worth it! I would highly recommend! They pick you right up at the pier.
  8. Just off the Celebrity Solstice today from Alaska. It was chilly all week. Colder on the ship than I thought it would be. I wore a cardigan sweater everyday. The trip up Endicott Arm was very cold ...29 degrees. Had on my winter hat, gloves, scarf . I didn’t take a heavy coat, but wore a fleece pullover, long sleeve shirt under, quilted vest and my raincoat. We we asked our stateroom attendant for blankets, which he provided. Perfect for sitting on the balcony and watching the scenery go by. Only thing I forgot to bring was some tape to tape down the switch on the hair dryer. Holding it down was a pain.
  9. Thank you ghstudio for your quick response !
  10. Am preparing to board the Solstice on the 31st . Have done many cruises, but not Celebrity. Quick question- my partner is a Pepsi guy. I have read somewhere that we can bring soda aboard. Any rules ? Bottles? Cans ? Does it need to be in a tote bag of any type ? Carry on or can we put it with our luggage ? Thanks in advance.
  11. Per NBC news the ship is called “ Freewinds” and is owned by the Church of Scientology. There are approx. 300 passengers aboard. A member of the ships crew is reported to have measles. The powers that be on St Lucia are preventing the ship from docking as they are afraid the disease will spread on the island.
  12. With the measles outbreak in the US and a cruise ship being quarantined in St Lucia, do you think cruise lines will soon require proof of measles vaccination before boarding ? We have a cruise coming up the end of this month. Being senior citizens we would be hard pressed to locate shot records from 60 years ago. Only other alternative would be to get a booster shot next week, just in case. Per information I have located online, those people born before 1957 are assumed to have immunity since measles was rampant when we were young. Thoughts ?
  13. Thank you Princeton123211and Charles4515 for the quick responses !
  14. We are looking at a last minute cruise to Bermuda that spends two nights. My question, while in port, do all the ships services stay open ? Restaurants, shopping, casino , etc ? Since we are “older” we wouldn’t spend all day and all evening ashore. Would hate to have to go ashore just to grab a candy bar if a yearning strikes ! Thanks in advance.
  15. Still wondering about the fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast . Extra charge or free ? We were on another cruise line that charged extra, but one that didn’t.
  16. We are basically non-drinkers. Maybe one glass of wine with dinner. So, I’m looking at the non alcoholic beverage packages and trying to decide if worth the money. We do drink sodas. My question, we enjoy Fresh squeezed OJ with breakfast. Does that cost extra ? Or would it be worth it to pay a little extra for the the classic non-alcoholic package rather than basic? This will be our first celebrity cruise so we are newbies. Thanks in advance .
  17. Jkgourmet didn’t think of cold medicine ! Good call ! Thanks !
  18. Thank you Cruisestitch and Muffinz for the info! I have several lists of what to pack, but usually forget one thing ! We are counting the days til Solstice, Alaska ! Fifty eight til we head for Seattle !
  19. I’ve looked at the various deck layouts for the Solstice, but only see “ general shopping “ areas. Can someone fill me in on what shopping is available ? I saw someone mentioned Tiffany’s, but I can’t imagine that is all. Is there a small shop for sundries ? Things we may have forgotten to pack ? Also, what is the Mast Grill like ? Better alternative at busy times to the buffet ? This is is our first Celebrity Cruise, though my tenth cruise in general. Really looking forward to the Celebrity experience. Thanks in advance.
  20. Hello ! Have really enjoyed reading your various travel logs. There is a ton of information on Alaska on the “Alaska Board”. I’ve been using the info to plan our first Alaskan Trip scheduled May 31 on Solstice. Give the various trip reviews a look. Info on excursions and lots of info on what to wear. I have found very helpful.
  21. As for knowing your “status” by looking at the color of the wristband, when we last bought one on RC they were out of colors, so everyone from that point in time on for that cruise, got a black one. Not sure whether black indicated steerage or elite. Didn’t matter one wit.
  22. HOS.... Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
  23. We had a wristband on our last cruise on HOS. They were ok, but still needed to use a sea pass card to get on and off the ship. We also removed them when we cleaned up for dinner each night. Not very fashionable, rather ugly rubber. Worth the extra $5.00, maybe?. Not sure I would bother again. Besides, I collect all my sea pass/ sail and sign cards as souvenirs.
  24. Thank you Budget Queen and AKfamily for the responses. I will look into renting a car closer to the pier per your suggestions.
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