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    San Jose, CA
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    SCUBA, Travel, My Kitties, CrossFit
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  1. Wow…life got back to normal way too quickly! My apologies for the delay in providing a “final thoughts” post. We landed at 9pm and I was back at work 6am the next morning and never looked back. Can I get back on the ship yet? I miss the Martini Bar. 😭 First, I want to comment on the Celebrity experience. There are so many things that I loved about Celebrity. Actual towels in the public bathrooms, cold towels and water coming back to the ship, our cruise director welcoming us to port each morning we docked, and the overall professionalism of the staff and crew. We
  2. Our last day :( As I write this I am sitting in our disembarkation lounge about 60 minutes from getting off the ship. I will write an overall thoughts post in the next day or so and wrap up any questions. I can say that I have had a great time and I’m sad to be leaving the ship. Yesterday started off with the Riedel tasting in Cellar Masters with our sommelier Tony. We were the only two there so we got a private tasting (WOW!!). The wines were from Kendall Jackson and made specifically for Celebrity Cruises. They provided four bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, P
  3. Sounds almost the same except we missed the recycling center. Our tour was also about 2 hours, perhaps longer and we spent a lot of time on the bridge. I really enjoyed the tour. I think the sale was a 1 day thing because there were people in our group that paid full price. I guess we got lucky 😀. We had 18 people in our group which ok, any more and it would have been too much. the crew bar had some cheap drinks didn’t? 😂 I’m a Seahawks fan so, secretly I was too. Just don’t tell Elle 🤫 combination of both. Still have spoons an
  4. Someone asked about the porch menus. Here are lunch and dinner! Sorry it took so long.
  5. Ahh...the life at sea. Yesterday was a pretty relaxing day as we started to make our way back to the real world. Pretty easy start to the day as we went up to the buffet for breakfast and ate outside on the back deck with the sun rising and the ship's wake trailing us, like a roadmap begging us to return to the Caribbean islands. I’ve become poorly poetic during my week on the ocean, apparently. 🙂 After breakfast we had a behind the scenes tour of the ship. We purchased this tour at nearly 50% off during a shore excursion sale on Celebrity’s website, and Elle had do
  6. Greetings all! The last time I left you we were headed out to St. Maarten for a food tour. This is a tour we were planning on booking privately but the ship had a 50% off sale at some point (for the same company, and same advertised itinerary) so we booked it through Celebrity. https://stmartinfoodtours.com/tours/ Sadly, this food tour was a disappointment.😕 What we received and what they advertised were completely different. The website states that the tour is 4 hours with 4 stops (including Maho Beach), includes upwards of 10 bites of food, and starts at the Car
  7. Quick update for y’all on the shenanigans we got up to on St. Kitts. We booked a private tour through: https://www.thenfordgreytours.com This tour was a land tour along the island coast with our tour guide, Thenford Grey. Thenford is probably one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had. He is so knowledgeable and personable that it is a joy to listen to him and the descriptions he provides. We were picked up along the dock and joined about 15 others in a small bus that was driven by Thenford’s nephew. The bus had A/C and Wi-Fi and Thenford used an in-vehicle microphone
  8. I’m not sure if it is offered on every ship, but I know we couldn’t book it ahead of time. One of the benefits of benign concierge class is that we board first for non-suite guests. We made a beeline for Murano where we made all of our specialty dining reservations and booked the V.C. dinner. Well, Elle did that and I was just outside in the ensemble lounge starting my vacation 😂 We were also apparently supposed to have a complimentary wine event, but sadly no one told us this. We only found yesterday and do not have time to enjoy this perk. Sad 😢
  9. Our day in St. Lucia started with room service breakfast out on our balcony. This time, the ship docked on the starboard side. The port is small and we got to look past the terminal out into the the inland which was nice. Getting off the ship was a lot easier than the day before as we walked right off. Our chosen shore excursion was privately booked with Spencer Ambrose and we spent the day at Sugar Beach in the shadow of the St. Lucia Pitons. The boat picked us up near the dock, sped out to Sugar Beaches (with a few stops along the way) and dropped us off. Beer and rum punch
  10. As promised, here’s my review of last night’s Veuve Clicquot Dinner: The cost was $150 per person and consisted of a 5 course menu with wine pairings. Good news - it was so much more! This has easily been the best meal of the trip; the food was excellent, the wine was delicious and our wine glasses were never, ever empty (or even CLOSE to empty). There’s no way we would have been able to drink the full amount of champagne and wine that was poured. Each course was presented and explained by Murano’s executive chef, except the main course which was presented by the ship’s executi
  11. Dailies for today...very late. Sorry about that, you know how it is, island time!
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