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  1. We enjoy specialty dining and I just booked a 8 day package for our 14 day Transatlantic cruise in April. The website isn’t letting me pick what days I want to pick which restaurants. It did give me a choice of what time though. Does anyone know a secret that I need to know? Thanks!
  2. I know that the Sky Bridge was closed on Friday from at least 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
  3. I just read a post about the naughty room and it reminded me of our experience in September of this year. It has made for a great story and we laugh about it. Below is what I posted earlier year ... All our luggage arrived except mine ... we got a call from Guest Relations telling us my bag was being held and we (meaning Charlie) had to go to Deck 2 (aka the Naughty Room) to claim it. Charlie quizzed (interrogated) me to see what contraband I could have brought on board. I replied, "I followed all the rules". I know he didn't believe me and I couldn't imagine what I could possibly have done wrong. He arrived at the Naughty Room and told the crew he was there to pick his wife's bag up, claiming no responsibility. The crew politely told him his wife had brought a rice cooker aboard! He said he replied "what did you say? A rice cooker!" And started laughing. If you knew me you'd know I've never seen a rice cooker in my life, and wouldn't dream of bringing one on a cruise -- I'm a Minute Rice type of girl. He said other crew members were laughing and showed him a list with our cabin number with rice cooker next to it. While he stood there they opened my bag in search of a rice cooker ... alias none was found. He was able to retrieve my bag and bring it to our cabin. When he returned he wouldn't tell me what happened until he poured himself a glass of wine -- from one of the two allowed bottles per cabin ... then he asked me if I had brought a rice cooker on board! So everyone knows you can't bring alcohol, an extra bottle of wine, a charger or knife -- now I can report that you better leave your rice cooker at home.
  4. Thank you for the updates. I’m a Celebrity cruiser and had heard about this situation for the cruise. I’m so happy to hear good things about Royal and how the situation is being handled. I’m sure there are lots of plans that have been affected and patience is the word of the day. It’s nice to know that Royal Is trying to make it as painless as possible.
  5. I was just on a flight to Tampa and sat next to someone who was booked on the Rhapsody of the Seas tomorrow. She said the ship was leaving from Cape Canaveral instead of Tampa and she was being taken by shuttle tomorrow to meet the ship. The winds have been high in Tampa but I’ve never heard of this. The folks flying in today and tomorrow for the cruise will be shuttled over and I’m sure excited for the cruise. For the passengers getting it in Cape Canaveral and flying out of Tampa looks like it will be a problem. Does anyone know what Royal Caribbean does to help folks.
  6. We will be in Ponta Delgada overnight and wondered if we should have dinner on shore and experience local culture that evening. Does anyone have thoughts on this?
  7. We took at TA a few years ago and there were two series of Enrichment Seminars. We are going to be taking a TA this spring. Is there any place we can find out before sailing what the topics will be?
  8. We will be on an TA and love the speciality restaurants and often purchase a 8 day package. Do they ever go on sale like the drink packages?
  9. Has anyone sailed in Asia on Celebrity? We are considering a 2020 cruise with some friends. We have sailed the Caribbean many times, Panama Canal, Alaska and a Transatlantic. We are in our early 60’s and wondered if this would be something we’d like. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. We were on the Equinox recently and are Elite. There was a cocktail party every night between 5-7. We did not attend any of them. We are enjoying our day and don’t want to change to go at that time. We loved having the three drinks loaded on out Transatlantic because we could meet friends in any bar and not be dressed for the night. We never get the drinks package because it’s not worth it for us. We brought wine aboard and got a bar set up for drinks in our room. It’s a nice perk if you can use but doesn’t work for us. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. See my review of our day which I posted. We’ve been to SXM many times and love Orient. It’s a much better beach ... no comparison and definitely worth the cab ride. Bikini Beach is up and running and beautiful. Enjoy your day. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Take a look at my post for “Great Day at Ffryes Beach”. Lots on information. Have fun. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. Love them both. Was just on 11 day Equinox and got 6 dinner package. Three dinners at each! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. We just got off 11 night and it was 2. Enjoy your travels. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. I just got off Equinox and did a review of St. Thomas, Antigua, and St. Martin of what we did under the Port Forum. In Barbados we did an actual excursion on the Silver Moon and it was the best ever. I’m sure you will love your excursion in Barbados — we saw your cat and it was beautiful. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  16. We just got off the Equinox and not once did we go to the Sky Lounge for the cocktail party. We didn’t have the drink package either. The timing for us is not good at all. We enjoy the pool at that time and then have dinner at 8. It’s a benefit that does nothing for us we ... but that’s ok. We just have to decide what is best for us and may try another line because we don’t seem to be getting much for our loyalty. Just my two cents. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  17. We felt well cared for the entire trip and always felt the crew wanted us to enjoy our trip — the entire staff was awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  18. I’ve seen many posts about how awesome Captain Kate is and others wondering why she gets so much attention. We have sailed 10+ times and disembarked the Equinox this morning and I thought I’d give my thoughts. I know all Captains are very qualified but never have I had a Captain that I could remember their name. I had a few times to observe her. She attended the Cruise Critic party and was very open and brought senior officers — obviously loved her job and crew (and reads Cruise Critic). One night we saw her having a quiet dinner with guests in the Tuscan Grill; and we attended the Captains Corner with her and other officers. Again, she was delightful and has a wonderful story of following her dreams. My final observation, and know most lasting, was this morning when she was thanking every single passenger, with a handshake or smile, thanking them for cruising with her and hoped to see them again soon. I have never had that happen before and I thought it was so gracious and wonderful Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  19. I didn't want to stir up controversy ... I did see them enforce and one day I just moved a bunch of towels. Just had my last fruity drink in the Solarium. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  20. Today is my last day on the beautiful Equinox. The pools have been busy on our four days at sea. We love the Solarium and were there every afternoon. A few times I did see them leaving the note pictured telling people but to leave for more than 30 minutes. We never had trouble finding a chair.
  21. We are on the Equinox now and my husband paid $160 for 11 days. They only have a few cruise long passes so head to the spa as soon as you can to get a pass. Enjoy your cruise. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  22. We had a wonderful day in St. Martin on September 11 on the Celebrity Equinox. We have vacationed many times there and love Orient Beach. We had heard that Orient Beach had been devastated by the hurricane last year but that one of the beachside restaurants was open. We were among the first off the ship at 9:00 and there was one other ship in Port. We walked through what looks like a brand new port complex and took a cab with another couple to Bikini Beach and it was $8 a person (the driver was delightful and we all gave her $10 a person). We also arranged for her to pick us up at 2:00. We rented two chairs and an umbrella for $20 — they were very comfortable! Plus the fellows that rent you the chair will bring you food and drinks if you like from the restaurant. There is a brand new bar and restaurant and it’s great. You can tell they have worked very hard to rebuild. We were told that a few of the other beach bars will be opening in November. We had heard that there was seaweed at the beach — there was a bit but nothing to worry about. There were locals peddling their wares and all you had to say was no thankful — it was not a problem at all. Our driver was waiting for us at 2:00 and we headed back to the ship. Having been in St. Martin many times before we love Front Street for shopping. We usually stop at the Guavaberry Emporium, The Belgian Chocolate Box by Beatrix and purchase an “ice” watch (they are hard to find in the U.S.) somewhere along the line. Since we were on a ship we decided to bypass Front Street and promised ourselves we would be back in the next year ... but We were thrilled when we walked back through the cruise port that there was Guavaberry Emporium, The Belgian Chocolate Box by Beatrix and a jewelry store that carried “ice” watches. As an added bonus there was a Pandora store that actually had charms for St. Martin. We got all our shopping done in 30 minutes and headed back to the Equinox. A great day in St. Martin and it was wonderful to go to Orient Beach. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  23. I'm going tomorrow! I'll report back. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  24. Thought I would report .... I had a wonderful facial that was discounted $75. I told the nice young women I wanted to relax and relax I did ... I fell asleep. It was a great facial and I’m glad I did it though wouldn’t have if not for the $75 savings. There was no hard sell and in fact I didn’t purchase any products. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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