AGoodWoman2

AGoodWoman2
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Hometown: Chicago
Joined: 03/29/2014
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About AGoodWoman2

Retired but working part time for a non-profit. Attending UC's Graham School.



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Celebrity Solstice

April 2017 - Celebrity Solstice to Australasia

From the Shire to Waikiki

A fun cruise from Sydney to Honolulu.  Lots to do, including the Equator crossing, at which point I stopped being a polliwog and became a shellback.  Great visit to Auckland to see the Hobbiton movie set.  Bilbo was not at home.  Enjoyed French Polynesia, incredibly beautiful, and journeyed to Hana on the fabled road of 690 curves and 59 one lane bridges, again with incredible views.

 

Food was great, weather was reasonable.  Had a couple of windy days and rough seas.  Some folks went to Medical, I landed at the Passport Bar, prosecco in hand, watching the surf occasionally reach up to wash the windows.

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Celebrity Equinox

October 2016 - Celebrity Equinox to Transatlantic

Still One of the Best

This was a repeat of last year's cruise.  The big difference was the loss of Valencia and Malaga, and the addition of Cartegena and Agadir.  I had to see Morocco.  Agadir was worth the visit, especially since it and Cartegena are both fishing and naval towns.  The differences are striking.

 

Took the Inside Access tour of the ship.  Well worth the money to see "how do they do that?"  Captain was on the bridge during that segment and patiently answered questions and smiled for pictures.

 

Pet peeve: the number of passengers unable, unwilling, incapable of following direction.  At Morocco enough passengers attempted to exit the ship before the ship cleared immigration that the excursion staff made an announcement about it.  Passengers were told their actions caused some difficulty with the authorities.  Proper procedure was restated.  At Fort Lauderdale many passengers got off before their group was called and discovered they had to stand to wait for their luggage.  Two announcements were made restating procedure.  30 minutes later, as I walked into the terminal, even more passengers got off and discovered they had to wait for their luggage in a separate area.  Again, no chairs, but if the passengers followed direction, written and verbal, they would have been in a more comfortable waiting area on ship and no loss of time in exiting once the luggage was delivered.

 

Otherwise, great food, friendly staff, plenty to do if you wanted some activity.  Rained two days, but sun usually broke through.  

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Celebrity Equinox

October 2015 - Celebrity Equinox to Transatlantic

Great First Time Transatlantic Cruise

Enjoyed the cruise very much.  Only issue with rough seas occurred between Lanzarote and Tenerife.  This was my 2nd Celebrity cruise, the first was in 2014 on the Reflection in the Eastern Caribbean.

 

I had a Verandah room to myself.  Being able to just sit outside and watch (or listen) to the ocean go by is very relaxing.  Many instances of rainbows due to early AM showers.

 

My table assignment got changed due to circumstances beyond my control, but the Maitre'd, Martin, was very helpful and my new table turned out to be full of fun and friendly fellow cruisers.  Oleksand the waiter and Nona his assistant were very capable.  Oleksand explained each night's menu and especially emphasized the relative taste of the seafood dishes.  Not everyone likes a strong tasting fish.

 

The cabin attendants kept things clean and neat, although some minor details were sometimes overlooked.  Nothing earthshattering but not in keeping with what you expect from a high end brand like Celebrity.

 

The Molecular Bar was gone, replaced by World's Best.  Interesting craft cocktails, I had a Zacapa (rum) Old Fashioned.  Surprisingly good.  Santos clearly knew his business.  I understand a Whisky Bar is going in at the old Patio Restaurant location.  Not sure why Quasar was closed.  The Wine cellar was replaced by a Gastropub featuring craft and mass market beers and ales.  Had a HUGE handmade burger cooked to order.  Very good. Always went up to Sunset for a nightcap.  Rumors afoot that it will get a makeover in about a year.

 

Ate at Murano's twice, the second time as a guest of my table mates.  The flambeed lobster is just wonderful, and of course the cooking show is half the fun.  Did a Progressive Dinner, starting at the Gastropub, then on to Silk (tempura shrimp was excellent, not doughy at all!), the Tuscan Grille (via a brief Galley tour) and a wonderful filet mignon, finishing at Murano's for dessert.

 

Was not able to do the Behind the Scenes ship tour (3 hours, bridge, engine control room and more, ending with lunch with the officers $150) as I was at the spa.  Had a hot stone massage.  Next time will do just a swedish massage.  Coletta did my nails, very nice and enjoyable.  Finally figured out that the spa staff has productivity goals of some sort.  This is why they push products and enhancements.

 

I spent 3 days in Barcelona with friends.  Fabulous time.  The shore excursions at the rest of the stops were fine, nothing overly outstanding but I picked ones that interested me and was not disappointed.

 

Embarkation was fine in Barcelona, the usual crush and chaos (this was my 4th cruise overall.)  Disembarkation went well.  I chose to carry off my own stuff and was off the ship by 6:20 AM (we were tied up about 5 AM at the dock,)  Wound up in a line with a CBP officer who was busy photographing and fingerprinting everyone.  I have no idea why.  The Non-US line next to mine cleared out, so that officer started waving us over.  He had also photographed and fingerprinted some of the non-citiizens, but simply ran our passports through the bar code reader, and took our declarations.  Very pleasant fellow and I still wonder why the other guy was doing what he was doing.

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Celebrity Reflection

March 2014 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Eastern

AGoodWoman2's Tips

Auckland, New Zealand - If you are a LOTR fan then the journey to Hobbiton is a must. Again, a knowledgeable guide who had a lot of trivia about how the set was constructed and events during the filming.
Bay Of Islands, New Zealand - Beautiful area. The excursion to the Kauri forest was well done. Knowledgeable guides who explained the impact of humans on the area and what was being done to mitigate it.
Celebrity Solstice Celebrity Solstice - Oceanview Cafe is a great alternative if you don't want to eat in the Main DR. Food was excellent.
Sydney, Australia - Took the hop on/off bus to get a quick view of Sydney since I was only there for a day. Beautiful city and sorry I didn't have more time.
Lanzarote - Went into town on shuttle. Nice walk, the small lagoon is surrounded by cafes.

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