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  1. Have any of you done a music cruise? Sadly, RCCL is not in this game, because it is awesome. Imagine a cruise where all of the normal entertainment has the week off and you are entertained both in concert and up close and personal by your favorite bands. It's been a few years, but I have done three of these. It is amazing. There is usually a headline band and then 15 or so other acts in similar genres. You will be amazed how many bands are doing it now. There is a company called sixth man doing in on mostly NCL ships, and I think Carnival has it's own version. I was on the Barenaked Ladies cruise twice and it was there that I first heard and saw a band that would turn out to be my all-time favorite band. Anyone who likes music now... or ever has should look in to it. Many bands old and new are taking part. The Rock Boat goes out every year. Kiss has a cruise this year. There's county, rock, old rock, rap... any genre you want. I've had photos taken with BNL, played Blackjack with Gaelic Storm, and seen as many as 5 concerts in a day. Anyone done this?
  2. Last year we went to St. Croix for the first time. It was the island I least looked forward to on our trip. As you can guess, it was out favorite. We loved it. We snorkeled for sea glass. What a blast.
  3. I notice you've done the Adventure of the Seas 4 times. I love that ship. June will be my third sailing on her. My wife once invited me out for dinner. She said she would take me to my favorite restaurant... wherever it was. My answer was that dinner would not cost her a dime because my favorite restaurant was the MDR on the Adventure of the Seas. Obviously the restaurant has little to do with it! I really love San Juan and the Southern Caribbean. In June, we'll go there again with 8 family members who have never been there.
  4. My siblings and I love cruising, and we have been doing it for more than 30 years (I'm a little less because I'm younger). We started a little project to list and then research as many of our cruises as possible. I found that several of my older ships have been sold off, and one actually sunk. It is a cool topic for those of us who love cruising. Anyone have a great old ship stories?
  5. While I have absolutely loved all of my RCCL cruises and I like the idea of cruising with just one cruise line in order to gain a higher standing, I think the lesson in this is to spread yourself around among the cruise line so as to not be taken for granted.
  6. I'm it's true that there just isn't a market to fill ships on a weekly basis in southern California. But it's weird that RCCL keeps a megaship in NY year round because so many people can drive to the port, and nothing in SoCal. I guess it's that SoCal's winters aren't nearly as bad as the NYC's.
  7. OSJ is really great. We are traveling there with 8 family members who have not been in June of this year. The Sheraton is perfectly situated for access to the old city.
  8. If it took you 30 minutes to get there, you must have had traffic or the cabbie worked you over pretty good. It's probably 10 minutes or less. I don't remember the cost, but I don't think it's $25. It's really cool to see the ships right across the street, even if the Adventure is not one of them. However, if you are an early riser, head outside at about 5:15 AM. You may see the Adventure arrive.
  9. In OSJ there is a tradition of flying kites on the grounds of El Morro that is really neat. There is always a breeze. We plan to do it with our kids (18, 15, & 9) when we are there in June. The 18 year old may roll her eyes at her old dad, but I think she will remember doing it with us. The 15 & 9 year-olds will think it's neat. Pretty sure the CVS located by the Sheraton has kites. It's a pretty wholesome thing to do with teens, and maybe one day they'll do it with their kids.
  10. We rented a car and drove to Orient Beach last April. There was a lot of seaweed. We asked and were told it was a recent problem. I don't know if it's cleared up as of now. That was a year ago. Really, there is a nice, but busy, beach right of the ships in St. Marteen. Not many trees, but you can rent shade. Lots of shopping, drinks, food and snacks right there. For families, Orient beach is topless and clothing optional in sections.
  11. I saw it's in the news for having 6 itineraries cancelled. My question is this: This is the age of big, bigger, and biggest ships. Why is RCCL buying an old small ship from Pullmantur to refurbish to its brand? My only guess is there's a specialized need for 3, 4, and 5 night cruises out of Miami. They have the Majesty and recently sold off the Sovereign of the Seas.
  12. Sheraton OSJ is awesome. We are staying there in June before boarding the Adventure. It has great access to OSJ, restaurants, forts, great walking. But it has no beach and an pool isn't that great. I've stayed at the Caribe Hilton which was really nice for beach and pools. It's more expensive, and it's been a few years since I've stayed there. There is also a Sheraton near the Pan American Pier. However, they don't call it the "nothing to do Sheraton" for nothing.
  13. We bring our own gear whenever we are in the Caribbean. However, we don't lug our fins. Just the mask and snorkel. Easily fits in the suitcase, and you don't need fins in most of the Caribbean.
  14. I've been to St Thomas many times, and in fact have vacationed there outside of a cruise. Love the island. In most of the Caribbean you don't need to book a formal excursion. St Thomas is a prime example. You can take a short hike to town to shop a little or grab a cab to go anywhere on the island. Magens Bay is really nice. There is good snorkeling on both ends of the beach. There are options to rent a chair and lots of food and drink options. And it's beautiful. Ask your cabbie to stop on top of the hill so you can get a photo of the ships in port. There may even be a stopping point on the way down to take an over the top photo of Magens Bay. Someone said to allow 3 hours. I really don't think you need that much. If you are uncomfortable with the time back to the ship, you go right to Magens Bay from the ship and then come back early to do some shopping either in town or in the ship area.
  15. When are you going? If before June or after August, I'd prepare for cool to cold weather the first couple of days at sea and the last couple of days at sea. Old San Juan is great. The beach/shopping set-up through the water taxi at St Marteen is really good. Antigua has really cleaned up in the last 10 years. Good beach at the Sandals. St. Lucia has good beaches. Barbados has good beaches on the west coast and is beautiful on the east coast. I haven't been to St Kitts.
  16. Matt, I certainly respect your view. If I had a free cruise out of NYC in January, I'd take it. If I were choosing, I would discount it. Not having to fly is a big deal to some people. A couple of years ago, my brother was ill. He was unable to fly, but we were able to take two final cruises with him. He lived in Dallas, and we were able to drive to Galveston, TX to board. Winter cruises out of NYC don't really make sense to me, but they do to some people.
  17. I realize there are roughly 20,000,000 people who can drive to NYC to board a cruise. Not having to fly is a big advantage. However, if you had a choice, why would anyone book that cruise in the winter time? The first day at sea would be cold. Port Canaveral, Florida is not that warm this time of year. Sure you SHOULD get 3 to 4 days of nice weather in the Bahamas, but the last day back would be cold too. From RCCL's view, they now see the time will come when the Captain has to make a tough decision. Stay or go? If he stays, all the passengers are mad. If he goes, it could be ok, but it could be as bad as last week... or worse. I think they should move that ship in the winter.
  18. Hello. I'm looking for a little help. My wife and I sailed on the Adventure (my favorite ship) last April. There was a "white out" night. We didn't know anything about it. We are sailing on the Adventure again in June with 10 family members. Anyone know if there is a "white out" every week? Thanks.
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