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  1. We just returned from our 4th sailing on the Fascination to the Southern Caribbean. We sail for the ports, not the ship. We prefer port days to sea days. You will only have one sea day on the Fascination. There will be enough to do for that one day. If the ship and all the bells and whistles of the new ships is important to you, choose the Vista. If you prefer not standing or waiting in line for anything, easy embarkation and disembarkation, being able to walk into a production show or comedy show ten minutes before the show starts, pick the Fascination. If the ports are important, pick the Fascination. I am not a big fan of tendering, especially on larger ships, so we would not pick Grand Cayman. Cozumel is good, but Jamaica is not. So much to decide, have fun which ever you choose!
  2. Just returned from the Casa Blanca. We ate twice at Punto De Vista, no wait either time when we arrived by 4PM (to take advantage of BOGO mojitos. This is our favorite in OSJ. The restaurant is across the street from Casa Blanca. Just get there early or you will face a wait. For the first time we tried Sophia's. Wonderful food and great service. Walk out of your hotel and take a right, Sophia's on the corner. Sit outside to people watch. Casablanca has a great breakfast. Service slow (the waiter takes your order and then goes and cooks the food). Mallorca is our favorite for breakfast, but again, get there early or after the breakfast rush as it is also very popular with locals, especially on Sunday when the Mass ends at the church across the street.
  3. We are on the Fascination this coming Sunday for the 5th time. We love the small ships. Took a cruise on Princess to Hawaii, we were miserable. Lines everywhere. No place to sit at the buffet. Could not get into a show, they filled up 1/2 hour to 45 minutes before the show and so many people saving seats. You had better have fixed dining, because the wait for your time was sometimes 1 hour or more. Had to make reservations for everything on the ship. What's the point of having all the amenities if you can't experience them because of the crowds. We were not going to sail on the Fascination in 2021 as we had booked other cruises, but may have to change our minds when we see what ship if any will take her place. I hope they do not replace her with one of the larger ships. We can drive to Mobile, maybe we can catch a quick cruise on her when she home ports there. Very sad to see her leave San Juan.
  4. Charles, I am certainly not belittling your concern, but I simply do not share your panic. I am old enough to remember the Asian flu (maybe the late 50's-that was a nasty bug) the Swine flu (yes it made it's way through our household), Ebola, the Bird flu, Sars, and recently the Zika virus, etc. The media made it sound like doomsday was right around the corner. Until my Doctor advises me to stay in my home and not go out in public, I will continue on with my life as usual. We are leaving the country on this Thursday....hope you are wrong and we are allowed back in when returning in middle March.
  5. Have you ever heard that old adage: be careful what you wish for................................
  6. And all schools, churches , movie theatres, sporting arenas, concert venues, subways, trains and all airline travel etc. Basically anywhere where more than 10 people at a time gather. Better head to the grocery store before they shut down too.
  7. I'm not sure where "home is", but if you have to fly, how are you going to get them past the agricultural check-point at the airport? They are strict about this, they made me open my bag last month as they thought I had an orange in my bag. It was an ornament, just shaped round like an orange.
  8. Good Morning, I am listening to Fox News even as I type this. They just had a Doctor on discussing the Corona virus. She was asked "Should we travel" She replied "Of course". Use common sense. Wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, avoid touching things you don't have to, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. We should all know the drill by now. We are leaving Thursday for our Southern Caribbean cruise. We are not worried. I am a cancer survivor and my husband has survived 3 heart attacks. I agree with TSUmom, life is too short to curl up and watch the world go by.
  9. We have stayed at the Casablanca 4 times, in fact we are leaving for a cruise next week and will be staying there again. We have never experienced elevator problems. Not saying they don't happen, just that we lucked out and never had it happen to us. Were these reports written after the recent earthquakes? There were frequent power outages during this time, It would make sense that the elevator would be down. We stayed in the months after Hurricane Maria and there were power outages every day. What time of the year is your cruise? The Casa Blanca requires a minimum of 2 nights over the weekend during the peak season. They do not say this on their web-site, instead it will just say that the hotel is fully booked for the dates you chose.
  10. Yes, we used to sail Celebrity exclusively. We now have branched out to other lines. We sailed the Galaxy 4 times before she was sold. I think you will enjoy this cruise on the Fascination. The ship is older and smaller, but the crew is wonderful, never a line to stand in and magnificent ports. When is your cruise?
  11. Yes, you are correct. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Did not know you had to go through immigration again after Barbados. Is there any other port on this sailing that requires you to do this?
  12. Hi, we will be on this cruise for the 4th time next week. We normally board with our two bottles of wine, put them in the cabin and disembark . We then go to CVS to buy two more bottles and embark again. I say CVS because CVS has been cheaper than Walgreens for the same bottle of wine (may be because you have to walk a block to get to CVS and Walgreens is across the street from the pier). In fact, we have done this and brought on 6 bottles. Now, there is a liquor store right in the terminal, but the only time I have ever had a bottle checked is when leaving this store, it could be because I had the bottle in a paper bag instead of a backpack. There was a security guard in the hallway outside the store last year and he asked to see my bottle. I do not know about passengers that boarded in Barbados. I did not know you had to go through immigration in San Juan again after boarding in Barbados? Maybe someone else who has had that experience can advise.
  13. Hi Cricket, 2 hours should be enough time at the airport. They do not have curbside check-in at SJU. You must take your bags inside the terminal and go through the agricultural check point. They simply scan your bags like they do on the cruise ships to make sure you are not trying to bring home any fruit, etc. After the agricultural check, you can go check any bags you don't want to carry on. Depending on how many ships are disembarking on that Sunday, the line for bag check might be the longest line you encounter. We have flown out of SJU many times and allow around 2 hours each time. On Sunday SJU can get very crowded with arriving and departing flights, but we have had no problems with allowing the 2 hour time. Enjoy your time in San Juan and your cruise. We are leaving two weeks from today for our cruise out of San Juan. We can't wait!!
  14. Go early in the afternoon so you can take advantage of the bogo Mojitos (if you enjoy them). They stop happy hour at 5PM. If you decide to go in the evening, let's say 6PM or after, you may have a wait. If so, put your name in and they will text you when they have a table available. We will be there 2 weeks from tonight, can't wait. Enjoy your cruise.
  15. Your taxi ride to Divi Little Bay Resort will take all of 5-7 minutes and cost you $6/pp each way. In fact, when standing in front of the resort you can see your ship across the bay. No need to book with a tour company. When you arrive just head down to the beach and there will be an attendant there to rent chairs and umbrellas. There will be taxis waiting when you get ready to leave.
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