Relax & Enjoy
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Linda and I decided to try a 14 day cruise and Celebrity offered some great ports. I preferred RCCL above all, but we decided to take Celebrity for the 3rd time. We liked this ship, as it had a lot we like, such as the relaxing br area at the rear of the ship was great to relax and meet people and the guitar player was great. The Martini bar with ice on the bar was a great attraction. The food was surpurb and the waitstaff was always taking care of our needs and had such friendliness about them. The wine steward in the restaurant was the best we have ever had, very attentive, friendly and charming (charming is from Linda). We did a land and sea tour in St Lucia which was really good. In Barbados we decided to walk to town, did some shopping and then took a cab to The Boatyard. In Curaso we walked downtown did some shopping, stopped for lunch, visited a casino and had a great time.
St. Maartin is always the Beach Rondevous and Orient beach is always a pleasant and sunny More
beach and lunch at the beach has always been good.
We enjoyed this 14 day cruise so much that we are booked to go again in April.
In all the years and cruises we always do April and have only had a handfull of rainy days, probably 6 in 16 years and have never done less than 7 days.
We certainly hope that you all will enjoy your cruises as we have and to the people that have booked the April6th cruise on the Eclipse we hope to meet you onboard ship. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Equinox
The room was nice, about the same as we have had in the past. The bathroom was about the same as well, but the shower was a little bigger and more comfortable. The view was fine. Not noisy at all. It was a very pleasant room and we have no complaints at all.
Port and Shore Excursions
Again, here we have done the beach tours and they were good, but we decided to just do the local shopping and relax.
We haven't taken tours in Aruba in years, as my wife particularly enjoys shopping, bar hopping and casino's and it is all right there at the pier and within walking distance.
We had been here many times before and therefore didn't do a tour. In the past I really enjoyed the tour of Harrison's Caves, so this time we decided to walk downtown and shop and new we could get a cab cheap and went to the Boatyard, where we found many of the crew. It had lots of water sports and the food and drinks were very good.
We have taken a beach tour there before and enjoyed it, but this time Linda wanted to get some Linen and we walked downtown and stopped at a few shops and had lunch and drinks at an outside restaurant along the river, which as perfect. Then off to the casino for a short time.
We had been there before and I wanted to go to beach, but Linda wanted to do smome local shopping; which was a waste of time. We did some walking around and walked thru a tunnel with traffic in one direction, but it was such a small walking area that she was almost hit by a car. We will never walk around that Island again, but will do a tour.
It was a Sunday, so we knew that most places would be closed and there wasn't much to do, so we got off the ship and there were some loca small shops and we went to the pier, where they offered Land and Sea tour. We took the tour for $60 each, which did not include lunch. We boarded a speed boat and we and about 14 other people were off. We went around part of the island and they pointed out some very interesting homes owned by the famous. Then to a fishing village, were we boarded small busses and went out to a drive in volcano (Sulfer smells bad), but very interesting and then to a waterfall, which also was nice. Then back to the boat and off to visit a resort beach and restaurant for about an hour or two. The tour was well worth the price.
Visiting St. Maartin many times, we know what we like to do.
We take the Beach Rondeveous tour, which includes the trip to the beach, a beach chair and a drink. We always rent an umbrella for a few bucks. I like to walk the beach and Linda likes to sit in the sun. Lunch is included and very good. It also includes a drink with lunch. The scenery to get there is really nice and we get back about 2. Head to the casino for about 1/2 hour and then off to shopping. On board the ship about 4 or 5.
We have done with Kon Tiki years ago and enjoyed it very much. Did it this time and didn't find it as nice. If you have never done it, I think you will enjoy it. It is a glass bottom boat and you can see some coral and fish, then it is off to a somewhat private beach for a few hours on the beach. The beach is very nice and rum punch or punch without the rum is included, on the way back the steal drummers are drumming and a snake dance is always a must.