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  1. Maybe it is closer to 30 minutes -- the time goes pretty fast. We didn't see a whole lot of fish while on the scooter, except when the divers line you up and attract dozens of fish around you by spreading some chum around. That is a really cool thing to see. If you have a camera, the divers will take some good pictures of your group while the fish swim by. I never saw a turtle on this excursion. You ride the scooters in a little cove that has some rocks and coral, but nothing great. They want you in a fairly safe area so that you don't go out to sea and the divers can keep the group under control. They also don't want you crashing into rocks and coral as each scooter costs about $20,000, according to the captain. Yes, when your group is not on a scooter, you can jump in the water and snorkel or swim on your own. We didn't do that, but some people did. I don't know if the tour provided the masks and flippers or not.
  2. We did this last year and all 5 of us really enjoyed it, because it is such a unique experience. You only get about 15-20 minutes in the scooter because they can only take about 15 people at a time. It was surprisingly a little hot and humid while in the scooter, but once you get used to that, you can just breathe normally. The divers take good care of you and try to ensure you're comfortable and having a good time. If you have your own underwater camera, it makes it even better. Another good thing, was that I was able to wear my glasses while on the scooter, so I could actually see things clearly, unlike when I go snorkeling. You do have to be able to swim a few feet out to your assigned scooter, so you still must be able to swim.
  3. It still all depends on the on-board experience. I won't go if we have to wear a mask πŸ™ƒ.
  4. From wikipedia: Lay Berth (Layberth) A berth used for idle (lay-up status) vessels.[3] Vessels being put on the hook can use these as intermediate points between operational use and mothballing at an off shore mooring. These berths will feature very little land side access or equipment except what is needed to secure the vessel.
  5. On St. Maarten, our favorite excursion is Capt. Bob at Soualiga Destinations (https://www.soualigadestinations.com/). We've gone with Capt. Bob our last 3 times in St. Maarten. He is a very reliable independent excursion and just a short walk from the cruise port. You go to a couple of snorkeling sites, stop at an island that has lots of iguanas, stop near the airport to see a plane land close over your head, and beer, drinks, and lunch are provided. The kids will really like the speedboats when they open it up and go fast -- be sure to sit up front! Can't recommend him enough.
  6. gtgtgt

    Snorkeling

    On St. Maarten, our favorite excursion is Capt. Bob at Soualiga Destinations (https://www.soualigadestinations.com/). We've gone with Capt. Bob our last 3 times in St. Maarten. He is a very reliable independent excursion and just a short walk from the cruise port. You go to a couple of snorkeling sites, stop at an island that has lots of iguanas, stop near the airport to see a plane land close over your head, and beer, drinks, and lunch are provided. The kids will really like the speedboats when they open it up and go fast -- be sure to sit up front! Can't recommend him enough.
  7. For a 1st timer to San Juan, I would recommend just walking to the fort El Morro -- about 30 minutes. It is well worth it, even for the kids. There is a walkway that goes along the water to get to or from the fort that is very cool. You should be able to locate the walkway on the maps. For St. Maarten, I highly recommend Capt. Bob at Soualiga Destinations. We've done Capt. Bob 3 different times and have always had a blast. The kids will really love the speed boat, esp. if they sit up front πŸ˜€. You snorkel at a couple of different places, go to an island with lots of iguanas, and see a jet land over your head. He is very reliable and only a 10 minute walk from the ship.
  8. Is it okay to bring your own box of plastic straws 😱 ? Or will the plastic police kick you off the ship πŸ˜‰ ?
  9. Yeah, but I doubt if very many ships actually sail through the middle of that triangle! That's where the alien base is. πŸ‘½ πŸ€ͺ Seriously, I've been through there many times and have never seen or heard of any problems.
  10. Well, if it helps, we've done Capt. Bob 3 times πŸ˜€, and highly recommend it. His boats are just a short walk from where you dock, so he's easy to get to. He always gets you back in time. I've always booked directly with him (that is, Soualiga Destinations).
  11. I was very encouraged by your statement that you regularly take a 11:10 flight back to NZ after your cruises.Β  I'll be on Ovation for the 1st time in February and Delta has moved their flight to LAX from 12:30 to 11:20.Β  It makes me nervous, but I figure since I'm Star Class (for the 1st time πŸ˜€), hopefully, the genie can help us be the first ones off the ship.Β 

    My real question is:Β  how do you typically get back to the airport -- train, taxi, other?Β  If it matters, we arrive back in Sydney on a Saturday.

    Thanks so much.Β  BTW, I've really liked your comments about cruising Australia and NZ.Β  They've been helpful in getting more comfortable about the trip.Β  Regards...

    1. F1guynz

      F1guynz

      Hi, If the ship arrives on time you should have no trouble making your flight. We normally disembark around 8 am and walk to the train station at Circular Quay, it is about a 5 minute walk to the station. The train will take you right to the airport and costs about $17 AUD. When we do this we are usually at the airport just before 9 am. We haven't used any other way to the airport so i am not sure how long they would take or how much they cost.

      WeΒ enjoyed our cruise on Ovation from Singapore to Sydney and I am sure you will have a great experience in Star Class.

      Thank you for your kind comments about my posts.

      If you have any further questions I am happy to help.

      Kind Regards

      Carl

      Β 

  12. A couple of years ago, I took a video of my ride down the zipline using my digital camera and a wrist strap. Perhaps, it does depend on weather conditions. Another time, when I didn't have my camera, it was so windy that they were only letting people under 200 lbs. go down the zipline. You should certainly ask about cameras when you check-in for the zipline on Labadee.
  13. I really like the running track on Deck 5 at the very back of the ship. When you're heading east from Florida, the sunsets can be amazing. There are a few chairs back there and usually not very many people, especially after the embarkation day. The observation wings on deck 14 forward. The port side has the glass floor section that might be nice, but it will be windy and probably not private. Central Park is really nice after dark. There is an out-of-the-way path covered with a trellis that won't have much traffic. If you want a little more public, try the Rising Tide bar as it is going up or down. Or, the Pub, where I bet the entertainer would give you the mike for a minute πŸ™‚ . Or for something really unexpected, do it during the "Welcome Aboard" picture that they take in the port right before you get onto the ship. As the photographer tries to get you posed, drop to one knee πŸ˜‰ . Regardless of what you choose, it will be a great moment. Congratulations.
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