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    Scuba Diving and Cruising!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, HAL
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    Dominica

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  1. Thank you to everyone who replied! Here is what we ended up doing: We took a taxi from the cruise port to Orient beach ($23 for two of us). It was mostly deserted (minus an old, OLD guy in a thong 🤮) so we walked down to Bikini Beach which was AMAZING! We went parasailing with the on-site company which while a bit pricey provided amazing and safe service, a fun jetski ride to/from the boat and a nice optional picture package that we thoroughly enjoyed. They also let us keep our things at their hut while we went out into the water which was greatly appreciated. We did not rent any chairs/umbrella or buy any alcoholic drinks but all of that was in plentiful supply. We then got a taxi back to downtown for $8 per person to do some shopping there (where on the boardwalk I bought the best rum I’ve ever had and that I may have to ask other CC’ers to buy and ship to me in Dallas because unfortunately I only bought one bottle - has anyone ever done this/can anyone help me with this???) and we then paid $3 per person afterwards to go from downtown back to the cruise terminal. Overall it was an amazing day with an excellent beach/water that we would happily recommend/repeat. Thank you again everyone for your help!!!
  2. I’ve only booked an interior once and will never do so again. Not for me. Balconies only; I would rather skip a cruise then take another one in an interior room but to each his own. If I was retired or living in Florida then maybe I would change my mind but not likely, hated it.
  3. We are on the second Summit sailing after dry dock and we just upgraded to Aqua this past week! Very excited as this will be our first Aqua cabin. All of the deck 11 cabins were already gone but there were 5 to choose from on deck 9 and 1 on deck 10 (new cabins). Like someone else said you never know if someone is going to cancel or upgrade so keep checking – good luck!
  4. We had the exact same experiences as well. In fact it probably bothered us more on X than it did on HAL (which was minimal-no at all) because the top-side smoking area on our X cruise was at the seating at a bar we would sometimes frequent and have to wait at for 5-10 minutes to be served at. Basically on X we were “standing in the smoke” vs on HAL where we “walked past the smoke”. Regardless, on both lines it was minimal at most and both lines provided us an amazing experience that we’d be thrilled to repeat. We’ve been looking for another X cruise to take after our next cruise (which departs in 55+/- days from now) but haven’t found anything so I think we’ll look into one of the two new HAL ships! I also really like the thought of a reduced single supplement fee on HAL to possibly take my DM on her first trip... Thank you!
  5. Thank you for the info! We’re booked on the second sailing after drydock and can’t wait to get onboard. We’ve only been on the Equinox before so we’ll not be able to compare everything to “before” but honestly that’s the way we prefer it. Less than 60 days away! 🎉
  6. Exactly what I received and exactly what I found when I compared the math/numbers for a Summit in Jan. 2020.... A bit disappointing tbh.
  7. We are on the March 30 San Juan sailing and think this exactly also. We would have loved the additional pool as an option but since we spend almost the entirety of the available port time onshore it likely will not be a huge inconvenience. Very much looking forward to being one of the first to enjoy the “new” ship!
  8. Thank you so much to everyone - Please keep the suggestions coming! 😃
  9. Thank you! Just joined the RC. Didnt know Maho was the name of the plane flyover beach; definitely not what we’re looking for. I’ll look into Pinel next and appreciate everyone’s time and reply’s!
  10. Thank you! Would you consider it the “best beach” to spend our one and only day in SM at? Thanks again!
  11. Thank you very much for your time and reply! Yes, we will also be on the same Summit sailing. Hoping the dry dock work/updates go as planned! 🤞🏻 How would you describe Maho beach? I’ve not heard/read about that particular beach before... The St. Barts excursion looked great to us too but A) we didn’t know if it was worth the trouble and time the ferry takes away from the amount of time we have in port and if maybe the beaches in St Maarten were just as nice or better, B) we live within 10 miles of say 50+ high end retailers so that particular aspect is not a strong consideration on this trip (in fact it’s probably more along the lines of what we’re looking to get away from; we’re more looking for “local art shops”/etc, local handmade goods/souvenirs and the like) and C) we’d have a hard time not giving up our purposefully scheduled “beach day” to go diving there because it’s an island we’ve never dove before ha! Still, Nikki Beach sounds wonderful and just might fit the bill... 🤔 Any other suggestions? Thank you again for your help!
  12. Hello all, I posted this in the "St. Maarten" board/section but I wanted to post it here also due to the "Celebrity Excurions" part of my question: Hello, we are cruising to St. Maarten on April 1, 2019 with Celebrity. This will be our only "beach day" opportunity as we will be scuba diving the rest of our itinerary and we are looking for a "sugar sand" beach/day full of fun (we love the sand in Gulf Shores, AL for example). White sand, not overcrowded, good drinks, beautiful water and some fun tourist/souvenir junk shopping would be perfect for us. From what I've read Orient beach was the best but was destroyed during hurricane Maria... Anyone here recent SM visitors with insights? Are there any "Celebrity-sponsored excursions" that include something else "not to be missed" and also some wonderful beach-time? We'd love to hear all of your experiences and suggestions - Thank you very much in advance!
  13. Hello, we are cruising to St. Maarten on April 1, 2019 with Celebrity. This will be our only "beach day" opportunity as we will be scuba diving the rest of our itinerary and we are looking for a "sugar sand" beach/day full of fun (we love the sand in Gulf Shores, AL for example). White sand, not overcrowded, good drinks, beautiful water and some fun tourist/souvenir junk shopping would be perfect for us. From what I've read Orient beach was the best but was destroyed during hurricane Maria... Anyone here recent SM visitors with insights? Are there any "Celebrity-sponsored excursions" that include something else "not to be missed" and also some wonderful beach-time? We'd love to hear all of your experiences and suggestions - Thank you very much in advance!
  14. Hello! My wife and I are sailing on the Celebrity Equinox next week and today we are looking for 2 more Scuba Divers to join us for a dive trip in Key West on Sunday Sep. 23rd! Currently we are the only 2 people booked and we need 2 more to make the min. amount of people needed. We will have the entire boat to ourselves - want to go diving??? We plan to do 2-tanks on the USS Vandenberg (the 2nd largest vessel ever sunk as an artificial reef), you can read more about it here: https://fla-keys.com/diving/vandenberg/ We are booked with Lost Reef Divers and the cost is $106 per diver plus $36 per diver for Nitrox (for those who want it) not including any rental gear you may (we will be bringing our own). We would depart imm. after docking in Key West and go a few blocks by Taxi to their shop (check-in is at 8:30 am). You can call the shop directly and book with them ("Nick" is who we worked with - (305) 296-9737) and we hope to have an excellent time both onboard and below sea! Take care!
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