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kstetser

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About kstetser

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    NJ
  • Interests
    music/theatre, hiking, gormet food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean, Eastern Canada

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  1. We are one of 2 ships in Port this July and are looking for a relaxed beach day. Total cruise passengers in port that day approximately 8,000. Chairs/umbrellas to rent, rest rooms, water we can swim in (so not too rough or rocky). Food/drink a bonus. Want to avoid Towels and Herds. 4 adults and 3 teens. We usually go to Sapphire beach. Would it be safe to try a calmer more touristy beach this trip? Any other recommendations?
  2. We are the only ship in Port this July and are looking for a relaxed beach day. Chairs/umbrellas to rent, rest rooms, water we can swim in (so not too rough or rocky). Food/drink a bonus. Want to avoid Towels and Herds. 4 adults and 3 teens. We usually do a day pass at the Marriott but with no ships in port, maybe it's safe to try somewhere with calmer water and less likely to be full of seaweed? Thanks!
  3. We are the only ship in Port this July and are looking for a relaxed beach day. Chairs/umbrellas to rent, rest rooms, water we can swim in (so not too rough or rocky). Food/drink a bonus. Want to avoid Towels and Herds. 4 adults and 3 teens. Thanks!
  4. We chose the Marriott in summer 2018. Due to the wind direction the beach was LOADED with seaweed and totally unusable. Like they were using a front end loader and a dump truck to haul it away. It was smelly and horrible. We spent the day at the lovely pool, but we really wanted a beach. Not sure how often that happens.
  5. Are you on the Fantasy Eastern at the end of June? If yes, we are on that cruise also. I wish it were 11-nights, but they are not doing the southern in Summer 2020 unfortunately. It should be a great cruise, even if shorter than I would like!
  6. I think you are just looking at very different demographics. We sail DCL now because we enjoy the service and the quality and we have a child. She will be in college soon and eventually out on her own. At that time, we will definitely try the luxury cruise lines you listed. But those are not lines that younger people with children would typically cruise. We love DCL, so I think it's likely that my husband and I will still sail (and maybe bring our daughter/family along) in the future. But we do want to try other lines.
  7. More DCL cruising is always better than less, IMO!! I agree with the suggestions above. See if an on-board booking would be cheaper, Silver status will get you a slight edge on booking port adventures and on-board activities and you can just get the lay of the land with DCL and with the Dream class ships.
  8. How difficult to rent a car and get to Rum Point? How are the driving conditions?
  9. Take a look at the MDR menus and see which one you like the least. I think you will want to do Animator's Palette night and Pirate night with your son. (You can request your dining rotation - it's not guaranteed, but they usually can accommodate you). Other than those 2 nights, I'd pick Remy for the night you least like what's being served in MDR.
  10. We were on the 11-night Southern in 2018 and it was our favorite cruise ever. I agree with the high percentage of Gold and Platinum members (we are Platinum and we try to be friendly and helpful to everyone). It does make it hard for Silver and new cruisers to get some of the more desired reservations/port adventures. I think Palo brunch sold out during Gold and also some of the princess things (which we don't do). They do hold back some reservations for on-board booking. I still wanted a longer cruise after 11 days! I love the Fantasy but I understand your comment about the Magic/Wonder being more intimate. We like to cruise the Magic to Canada out of NYC. Satellite Falls, Remy, Meridian and Oh La La are favorites for us, so we tend to stick with the Fantasy otherwise. Thanks for the review - I think it was very balanced and didn't come across as negative at all.
  11. I had no idea this was even a "thing" on DCL - sounds very interesting! (We next sail the Fantasy on Christmas this year!)
  12. Looking for recommendations for a good beach location in Grand Cayman? We will be there Christmas Eve day. loungers/umbrella to rent bathroom food/booze to buy Hopefully not hellishly crowded and calm enough to swim. Thanks!
  13. kstetser

    Wine Near Port

    We plan to take the bus or a taxi to Eagle Beach for the Day, so I assume we can stop on the way home and hit up a store.
  14. Looking for recommendations for a wine store near the port. We can bring two bottles per adult back on board and I want to be prepared to stock up if necessary. We sail on Saturday!!
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