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  1. We will be leaving on the Equinox Friday and I've read a few posts where the MDR is open on embarkation day for lunch on some ships. Just wondering if the Equinox is? Thanks!
  2. We were on the Reflection last year and would put our stuff on two chairs in the Solarium around 7:30 and then get breakfast (I knew I had to do this to get chairs). I timed us and we made sure we were back within the 30 minute limit. There were chairs all around the pool area with towels, shoes, sunscreen, etc. "holding" the chair. Of course these people didn't show up until around 11:00 or later. The chair's "owner" beside me didn't show up until after lunch! I saw her items saving chairs every morning and it was always after lunch when she showed up. The attendant came around folding the towels in a certain way and laying them on the back of the chairs and then began timing them. One man finally removed everything from the chair he was holding and I heard people calling others telling them to hurry up down, that they were timing the chairs! Lots of people were walking around trying to find empty chairs and one lady was trying to help a blind man find a chair. It's so inconsiderate of those people who think rules don't apply to them. We will be on the Equinox next week and I hope they do the same.
  3. We were invited to the luncheon and actually went to it the next day by accident! We decided to eat in the MDR for lunch and when we got off the elevator there was a crowd and we had nowhere to go but blend in. We had no idea it was a second Mariner lunch until we sat down and everything was the same as the day before! They didn't ask for the invitation either day. To top it off, there were no tiles at the second luncheon either. Maybe they just didn't have them for that sailing??? No biggie.
  4. It was our first time on HAL, but we started with one Mariner star because we have many sailings with Carnival. I didn't see anyone with one or getting one when leaving. Just a thing, but it would have been nice to get one, though. My SIL's are all very nice.
  5. I keep all of that stuff in a folder in my carry-on if they need it, but have never needed anything for check-in at the terminal except my boarding pass and passport. My folder has all emails, including the invoice, extra copies of the boarding passes, airline tickets, port excursion confirmations, insurance information, and any correspondence with Special Needs. That's the one I always have problems with -- not getting my specials needs requests. That folder stays with me in my carry-on so it's always within reach if needed; however, I have never and will not ever print all of that cruise contract. If they want that, then they need to send it to me via mail.
  6. Thank you for the review. We will be on the Equinox in September, with the Southern itinerary, but with Key West. We were wondering what to do there since we've been before and the trolley tour sounds great!
  7. I hate we didn't get one, I didn't any anywhere, even as leaving. It was our first time with HAL, not sure that made a difference or not.
  8. Here are the numbers I was given when I called Celebrity for emergency numbers: In Case of Emergency: Phone #: 1-866-755-2171 (give them your name, ship name, cabin number, and have them leave us a message) or call 1-877-266-1020 (give them the info below and they will transfer you to the ship; cost is $7.95 per minute by credit card.
  9. It is just once on a port day. We used ours on the Reflection last year after two days of excursions with intensive walking, and those chairs felt soooo good on my legs and back!
  10. We book many private excursions and have never had a problem. They are all aware of Cruise Critic and they are concerned aboout their reputation. We have booked three ship's excursions recently (different cruise lines) and two of those were late getting us back to the ship. The third's bus broke down in the middle of our tour. Thank goodness they were ship's excursions! We have booked twice with Cosol and had no problems. It's a great your tour with a lot packed in, but you will be back on board in plenty of time!
  11. If you are that concerned about the visa, just get one. If you need it, then you'll have it. If you don't, then you're okay either way.
  12. They were I even handing them out. My SIL said that's what they do, but not for us. Oh well.
  13. We just returned from our Koningsdam cruise and are one star. We had the lunch, but got no tile. My SIL asked if I got it and I told her no. I didn't see anyone get one.
  14. Entertainment was hard to find when you get tired of BB King's and RollingStone Rock Room.
  15. I agree, the food was very good. My in laws rave about the food and I have agree with them.
  16. You are so right! We love those days when most everyone is gone.
  17. I'm so sorry you had to cancel. I hope you can sail the Koningsdam, it's a really pretty ship and the ports, wherever they may be, will be great!
  18. Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments!
  19. That's it, folks. My suggestions are to try everything, eat everything, do as much as you can or nothing at all, don't be concerned about a spot on the carpet and just enjoy the new home you've chosen for the next 11 days!
  20. Now for my nightly towel animals, courtesy of Eko, our Cabin Steward! I added the beads
  21. Here are some pics from around the ship. Sea View Pool Hand Washing Machine in Buffet Heated Chairs in Spa Lido Pool Hot tubs at Lido Pool Panorama Bar World Stage Crow's Nest Cabanas for rent Buffet Sitting areas along the deck above Lido World Stage Tamarind Tamarind Entrance See through step Rack under TV Balconies below ours...part is uncovered and part is covered BB King's Female Singer Gym Outlets These were at both nightstands Box Sets in the World Stage
  22. Some more food porn: Jerk Seafood Salad Prime Rib Fries from NY Deli Hazelnut Crusted Brie...scrumptious! Cream of Mushroom New Jersey Turkey Club Decker (minus the lettuce) Caribbean Island Fritter Pot Roast Sliders from NY Deli Pizza from NY Deli Red Wine Brisket -- another scrumptious! Butternut Squash Soup
  23. Entertainment: The ship has what it calls the Music Walk, consisting of a BB King’s Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard on Board, and RollingStone Rock Room. We enjoyed the Lincoln Center Stage with its classical musicians, but the times they were on stage was when we were at dinner. We managed to catch the tail end of their performances a couple of nights and I really liked them. We went to BB King’s three nights and liked the band, they were really good, but after three or four nights, we got bored with it. The female singer was much better than the male singer, but I enjoyed listening to them both. The same thing with RollingStone Rock Room…we went there three nights and after a while got bored with that. The lead singer wasn’t that good, but the band itself was. We didn’t even listen to the Billboard on Board because just walking passed it was enough; we couldn’t take an hour of them. There was no entertainment the first night in the World Stage theater, but the second night we had a comedian, Kira Soltanovich. She was funny talking about her Russian mother. The second night on the World Stage was StepOne Dance Company presenting “Humanity”. That was the best in my opinion. The walls in the theater are millions of tiny LED lights. This performance was really professional and beautiful with the incorporation of the laser lights and the use of the walls. This should not be missed and they performed this show twice during the cruise. The theater is quite small for this size ship, but the Humanity show wouldn’t work well if the theater were larger. StepOne Dance Company’s performance, “Stages”, was the ugly in my opinion. It was about three couples and the different stages of their relationships…not a good performance at all and some people did walk out during this performance. Other shows on World Stage included BBC Earth Presents: Blue Planet II; another ugly. We could have watched this in our stateroom. It is comparable to a National Geographic movie, only not as good; another comedian, Kelly McDonald; an illusionist, Ruben Vilagrand who was really good and shouldn’t be missed; a master mentalist, Jon Stetson who was very good; singer, Petrina Johnson, who was good; and one night they combined the mentalist and Petrina Johnson calling it a variety show. In the evening there was also Majority Rules Game Show, and music trivia, if you like those types games. The casino was another option. There were options during the day, but when not in port, we were at the pool. We would go the Crow’s Nest in the evening for happy hour and hang out there for a while. There is a little café outside the Crow’s Nest called Explorations Café, but it was only open one night we went there. Our When & Where paper says it’s open from 9:00 a.m—8:00 p.m.; guess we went early one night! Disembarkation: Disembarkation was as easy as embarkation. We had a disembarkation time of 8:15, but they called us earlier. We found our luggage right away and getting through Customs was a breeze. We got a taxi right away and were at the airport in plenty of time for our flight, which happened to be an hour late! One thing they give you is a summary of the entertainment for the whole cruise so you can plan what you want to do at a glance. I noticed that they showed us in Half Moon Cay on March 16th. Problem was, the cruise didn’t begin until March 27th. Oops!
  24. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but again, been there done it all. We stayed on the ship and enjoyed the peacefulness of the Sea View pool. Several years ago we took a snorkeling tour with Rumbaba and I think they are still in business with new owners. That a was a great day and I would recommend it. Island tours are always good as well. Half Moon Cay: Been here several times and it always has been our favorite day. Half Moon Cay is so pretty with its pristine beaches and beautiful views of the water and our ship. This day, however, was not so enjoyable. This was our first time visiting HMC on a HAL ship and HAL decided to add this port to its new ship, the Nieuw Statendam as well. This small private island is not big enough to handle two large ships on the same day, in my opinion. The Koningsdam arrived first which was good. We were able to get some good chairs in the sun near the pirate ship. After the Statendam arrived, it began to get quite crowded on the small island. Lunch was not good at all. Our other times here it has always been a good lunch. It was very crowded trying to get lunch and the hamburgers weren’t cooked enough and neither was my hot dog. The chicken was not that good either. Thank goodness for fruit! We left around 1:00 and the line for the tender was extremely long. People would cut in line by going under the ropes instead of snaking around and through the maze of rope. We sat on the tender for at least 30 minutes while they filled it up. Once full, the tender had a hard time trying to back away from the pier. After several tries we finally made it, turned around and headed for the ship. We were disappointed that they put two large ships here on the same day. I would call this day the ugly.
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