bostonrobert

bostonrobert

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Covington, KY
Joined 09/2018

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Love cruising! Hate packing and schlepping luggage.

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MSC Divina

November 2021 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean Repositioning (Port Canaveral To Miami) Cruise on MSC Divina

Why I won't sail on MSC again

MSC did a very poor job accomodating our mobility needs. They refused to explain why I was moved away from my husband (our accounts were linked and they had no problem recognizing we were dining together). They have too many people who believe in procedure and policy and not enough in common sense. I understand that situations are different in the time of covid and that things such as excursions are out of the cruise line's control. However, there's no excuse for not informing a passenger that he has been arbitrarily moved to another deck. There's no excuse for ignoring the cruise line's own covid rules regarding masking. I only saw 1 instance where a crew member told a passenger he needed a mask. The rule was masks could come off if you were sitting while eating or drinking. People interpreted that to mean they could walk around without a mask if they had a drink in their hand. Social distancing in the MDR (and the buffet, I'm sorry to say, as much as I enjoyed the people and food there) did not exist. Some areas had seating that was closed off in order to maintain distance but people ignored it and I never saw crew say anything. I saw both crew and passengers wearing masks under their noses. The cruise director's English was very poor. She made daily announcements that could only be heard outside my cabin and when I realized she was mostly just reading from the daily planner I stopped paying attention. I think I only ever saw her once on the ship. Other cruises the cruise director was very visible. There was little to do on sea days. There were no comedy shows. Everything was pricey. If you buy internet be aware that once you register a device on the ship you cannot deregister it and sign on to the internet with another device. That bit of information would have been good to know. Cost us another $300 to get the husband his own internet access (our last MSC cruise we were able to share). The pastries and sandwiches at Piazza del Doge are free and is the only place you'll get a regualar size slice of cake. Several people at bars or coffee stations weren't fluent in English. I accidentally left my phone at home so I couldn't use the QR code to order from their menu. They don't provide paper menus nor was there a coffee menu behind the bar. I like to try new things but it was hard enough to order a mocha latte (my usual specialty coffee) that I didn't try anything else. My husband wanted to celebrate his birthday by having a couple cakes delivered to a bar. They would not do that. They could only deliver to the dining room or a cabin. The reason? Bar staff don't get the gratuity if dining room staff serve. We offered to tip the bar staff. We asked to have the cakes delivered to his cabin then we would walk them down ourselves. Nope, not allowed. The wait time in the MDR was so long after we were moved to a table that was distanced from others that we stopped going there. Food was lukewarm, at best, by the time we got it. Then they have the nerve to threaten to shut you out of the dining room if you're as much as 15 minutes late. In effect, we were voluntary prisoners while we waited for our food. By the time we got our main course, people on the other side of the room were leaving. Made it difficult to schedule shows, even if I'd wanted to go to one. We booked this cruise because we had some credit from our Seaside cruise 2 years ago when they changed 2 ports without telling anyone until embarkation day. I can now say I've been to South and Central America but I didn't see much of either. We will not book another MSC cruise, no matter how inexpensive it might be. The lack of respect for our disabilities was surprising. Having complained for good while here I do have to say there were times when we enjoyed ourselves. We met some fun people and hung out with them at times. Natasha (from S. Africa) was a lot fun at trivia, even if they didn't give out prizes all the time. Buffet staff were nearly all pleasant and helpful. But, unfortunately, they weren't enough to remove the bad taste we had even before we sailed. We almost canceled this cruise because of the cabin change. I wish I had. It was scarey being on a ship with so many people flouting the mask rules, even though we're fully vaccinated and boostered. There were several instances when I had to tell someone getting on the elevator to put on their mask.

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Celebrity Infinity

November 2019 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

Felt like coming home

This was our third cruise in a year on Infinity. Mind you, we've only been on 4 cruises total but we've come to appreciate this ship. We felt comfortable from the moment we stepped aboard. Normally, we wouldn't take such a short cruise but we had vouchers that expired at the end of the year and this was the only cruise that we could tack onto another one we'd booked a year before. We were beat from that cruise and Infinity was just what the doctor ordered. Classic cruising with the best crew and staff.

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MSC Seaside

November 2019 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Seaside

I didn't love it but I didn't hate it

Butler good. Asst Butler great. Food OK. Venchi great. Pizza excellent! Beautiful ship. Too big for us. Entertainment good. Ratio of Americans to Europeans probably 1 in 8. English language skill of staff C+. On board activities B+ (some were too pricey, in our view). Air conditioning - inconsistent throughout the areas we visited. Yacht Club experience - if you get a good price, go for it. Would we do another MSC cruise? We are uncertain at this point. The change in itinerary and the way MSC handled the communication about that still rankles. The future cruise credit and $100 per cabin of OBC is way less than we deserve considering plans we'd made. The excursions in the replacement ports were more expensive than at the ports we visited or were going to visit. MSC should have at least offered a discount for those as if we were buying them pre-cruise. I wanted to love this cruise and this ship. I went in with an open mind having read many bad reviews but also having watched lots of positive videos. I didn't have high hopes for the food (Celebrity has spoiled me, I will confess) so wasn't disappointed there. I expected more surly crew. That did not happen. I had a low bar set for the shows. While I can criticize every show (I went to 4) I did not feel as if I wasted my time. I enjoyed a lot of what I saw. Big tip regarding shows: you can watch them in your cabin on one of the on board happenings channels. Not live but they seemed to air during the last show of the night. A lot of people have commented that maybe some Americans aren't ready for a European-style experience. And yet MSC has big plans with 3 ships a year launching over the next 5 years (not all for North America, I'm sure). Does MSC want North American business or are they still just a European cruise line that is putting more ships in other parts of the world for their European customers? I imagine it's hard enough to cater to the many nationalities in Europe then add in Americans. Hearing announcements in 6 languages gets tiresome, I will admit, especially when 5 nationalities are all talking so the 6th can't hear what's being said in their language. And I almost forgot the muster drill. I don't know why they even have them on MSC. No one can hear what crew are saying. When I mentioned this to a crew member he just shrugged and said people can watch the safety video in their cabin. Anyway, MSC still has a ways to go, in my opinion, if they want the American market to embrace them. In the meantime, if you go in with the right attitude and maybe a 2nd language you'll have a good time.

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Celebrity Infinity

November 2018 - 4 Night Bahamas (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

The 2nd leg of our back-to-back only showed the consistency of quality on this ship

We were pleased that the quality of everything we encountered on the first leg of our back-to-back was still at a high level, even though some crew had changed. We'd met some new people on the first leg who were also doing a back-to-back and hanging out with them only made our first cruise better. The a/c problem continued on this leg but, as before, I can't lower my rating because nearly everything else was so good. We did have an issue with one crew member but that is being addressed to our satisfaction. We would definitely do a Celebrity cruise again because of the level of service and the quality of the food. Infinity will be refurbished by the time we book a 2020 cruise so the a/c will probably be fixed. :o) If Infinity has new ports to visit we'd book her again. Again, kudos to our butler Rene and to Olga, the Customer Relations Manager. Also to Alexandra who took over as the suite concierge. Also note, that I'd rate the cruise overall a 4.8 or 4.9. Nassau's score should be taking my overall score down so low. We didn't enjoy Nassau as much as we'd thought but it was only a few hours of the whole cruise.

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Celebrity Infinity

November 2018 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

Generally wonderful first cruise. Now if they fix the a/c...

This cruise is perfect for first timers, people who want to relax (this is not a party boat although there were some fun parties), and people who enjoy being pampered. If you're used to doing a lot on sea days you might be disappointed, although we filled every day with some type of activity. We did spend time in our cabin on the balcony, just relaxing. We loved the Silent Disco (there were two but we only attended one). We met some interesting people and made some new friends that I expect we'll meet up with later on. If you're old enough to be an AARP member I recommend booking through them. We got and extra $200 in on board credit from them. We also booked the Go Better, Go Best package. If I remember correctly, it cost us $300 each - above the basic suite rate. This package comes with the Premium drink package, free internet for 2 devices (you can use the log in on any device but only 2 at a time), free gratuities, and $300 in on board credit. This was a great deal, I think. Watch for it. I saw it offered on Balcony and Oceanview cabins. The credit is based on the total cost of the cabin you select. Our only real complaint had to do with the a/c. As I mentioned elsewhere the problem was fixed for our cabin but a/c was inconsistent throughout most of the ship. The Celebrity Theater, Luminae, Blu, and most other restaurants we went to had decent a/c. Public gathering areas - bars, lounges, the casino, and the Emporium - all had fluctuating a/c. The ship had engineers working on it (we were told) but you could never count an a space to be constantly cool. One evening the ice bar at Crush was melting in spots. But everything else was so good I can't really let the a/c issue lower my score. We went on just 1 excursion and while that wasn't perfect we did learn some things about Cozumel.

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MSC Divina

MSC Divina

Sail date: November 21, 2021

Why I won't sail on MSC again

MSC did a very poor job accomodating our mobility needs. They refused to explain why I was moved away from my husband (our accounts were linked and they had no problem recognizing we were dining together). They have too many people who believe in procedure and policy and not enough in common sense. I understand that situations are different in the time of covid and that things such as excursions are out of the cruise line's control. However, there's no excuse for not informing a passenger that he has been arbitrarily moved to another deck. There's no excuse for ignoring the cruise line's own covid rules regarding masking. I only saw 1 instance where a crew member told a passenger he needed a mask. The rule was masks could come off if you were sitting while eating or drinking. People interpreted that to mean they could walk around without a mask if they had a drink in their hand. Social distancing in the MDR (and the buffet, I'm sorry to say, as much as I enjoyed the people and food there) did not exist. Some areas had seating that was closed off in order to maintain distance but people ignored it and I never saw crew say anything. I saw both crew and passengers wearing masks under their noses. The cruise director's English was very poor. She made daily announcements that could only be heard outside my cabin and when I realized she was mostly just reading from the daily planner I stopped paying attention. I think I only ever saw her once on the ship. Other cruises the cruise director was very visible. There was little to do on sea days. There were no comedy shows. Everything was pricey. If you buy internet be aware that once you register a device on the ship you cannot deregister it and sign on to the internet with another device. That bit of information would have been good to know. Cost us another $300 to get the husband his own internet access (our last MSC cruise we were able to share). The pastries and sandwiches at Piazza del Doge are free and is the only place you'll get a regualar size slice of cake. Several people at bars or coffee stations weren't fluent in English. I accidentally left my phone at home so I couldn't use the QR code to order from their menu. They don't provide paper menus nor was there a coffee menu behind the bar. I like to try new things but it was hard enough to order a mocha latte (my usual specialty coffee) that I didn't try anything else. My husband wanted to celebrate his birthday by having a couple cakes delivered to a bar. They would not do that. They could only deliver to the dining room or a cabin. The reason? Bar staff don't get the gratuity if dining room staff serve. We offered to tip the bar staff. We asked to have the cakes delivered to his cabin then we would walk them down ourselves. Nope, not allowed. The wait time in the MDR was so long after we were moved to a table that was distanced from others that we stopped going there. Food was lukewarm, at best, by the time we got it. Then they have the nerve to threaten to shut you out of the dining room if you're as much as 15 minutes late. In effect, we were voluntary prisoners while we waited for our food. By the time we got our main course, people on the other side of the room were leaving. Made it difficult to schedule shows, even if I'd wanted to go to one. We booked this cruise because we had some credit from our Seaside cruise 2 years ago when they changed 2 ports without telling anyone until embarkation day. I can now say I've been to South and Central America but I didn't see much of either. We will not book another MSC cruise, no matter how inexpensive it might be. The lack of respect for our disabilities was surprising. Having complained for good while here I do have to say there were times when we enjoyed ourselves. We met some fun people and hung out with them at times. Natasha (from S. Africa) was a lot fun at trivia, even if they didn't give out prizes all the time. Buffet staff were nearly all pleasant and helpful. But, unfortunately, they weren't enough to remove the bad taste we had even before we sailed. We almost canceled this cruise because of the cabin change. I wish I had. It was scarey being on a ship with so many people flouting the mask rules, even though we're fully vaccinated and boostered. There were several instances when I had to tell someone getting on the elevator to put on their mask.

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Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Sail date: November 24, 2018

Generally wonderful first cruise. Now if they fix the a/c...

This cruise is perfect for first timers, people who want to relax (this is not a party boat although there were some fun parties), and people who enjoy being pampered. If you're used to doing a lot on sea days you might be disappointed, although we filled every day with some type of activity. We did spend time in our cabin on the balcony, just relaxing. We loved the Silent Disco (there were two but we only attended one). We met some interesting people and made some new friends that I expect we'll meet up with later on. If you're old enough to be an AARP member I recommend booking through them. We got and extra $200 in on board credit from them. We also booked the Go Better, Go Best package. If I remember correctly, it cost us $300 each - above the basic suite rate. This package comes with the Premium drink package, free internet for 2 devices (you can use the log in on any device but only 2 at a time), free gratuities, and $300 in on board credit. This was a great deal, I think. Watch for it. I saw it offered on Balcony and Oceanview cabins. The credit is based on the total cost of the cabin you select. Our only real complaint had to do with the a/c. As I mentioned elsewhere the problem was fixed for our cabin but a/c was inconsistent throughout most of the ship. The Celebrity Theater, Luminae, Blu, and most other restaurants we went to had decent a/c. Public gathering areas - bars, lounges, the casino, and the Emporium - all had fluctuating a/c. The ship had engineers working on it (we were told) but you could never count an a space to be constantly cool. One evening the ice bar at Crush was melting in spots. But everything else was so good I can't really let the a/c issue lower my score. We went on just 1 excursion and while that wasn't perfect we did learn some things about Cozumel.

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MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Sail date: November 16, 2019

I didn't love it but I didn't hate it

Butler good. Asst Butler great. Food OK. Venchi great. Pizza excellent! Beautiful ship. Too big for us. Entertainment good. Ratio of Americans to Europeans probably 1 in 8. English language skill of staff C+. On board activities B+ (some were too pricey, in our view). Air conditioning - inconsistent throughout the areas we visited. Yacht Club experience - if you get a good price, go for it. Would we do another MSC cruise? We are uncertain at this point. The change in itinerary and the way MSC handled the communication about that still rankles. The future cruise credit and $100 per cabin of OBC is way less than we deserve considering plans we'd made. The excursions in the replacement ports were more expensive than at the ports we visited or were going to visit. MSC should have at least offered a discount for those as if we were buying them pre-cruise. I wanted to love this cruise and this ship. I went in with an open mind having read many bad reviews but also having watched lots of positive videos. I didn't have high hopes for the food (Celebrity has spoiled me, I will confess) so wasn't disappointed there. I expected more surly crew. That did not happen. I had a low bar set for the shows. While I can criticize every show (I went to 4) I did not feel as if I wasted my time. I enjoyed a lot of what I saw. Big tip regarding shows: you can watch them in your cabin on one of the on board happenings channels. Not live but they seemed to air during the last show of the night. A lot of people have commented that maybe some Americans aren't ready for a European-style experience. And yet MSC has big plans with 3 ships a year launching over the next 5 years (not all for North America, I'm sure). Does MSC want North American business or are they still just a European cruise line that is putting more ships in other parts of the world for their European customers? I imagine it's hard enough to cater to the many nationalities in Europe then add in Americans. Hearing announcements in 6 languages gets tiresome, I will admit, especially when 5 nationalities are all talking so the 6th can't hear what's being said in their language. And I almost forgot the muster drill. I don't know why they even have them on MSC. No one can hear what crew are saying. When I mentioned this to a crew member he just shrugged and said people can watch the safety video in their cabin. Anyway, MSC still has a ways to go, in my opinion, if they want the American market to embrace them. In the meantime, if you go in with the right attitude and maybe a 2nd language you'll have a good time.

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Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Sail date: November 24, 2019

Felt like coming home

This was our third cruise in a year on Infinity. Mind you, we've only been on 4 cruises total but we've come to appreciate this ship. We felt comfortable from the moment we stepped aboard. Normally, we wouldn't take such a short cruise but we had vouchers that expired at the end of the year and this was the only cruise that we could tack onto another one we'd booked a year before. We were beat from that cruise and Infinity was just what the doctor ordered. Classic cruising with the best crew and staff.

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Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Sail date: November 29, 2018

The 2nd leg of our back-to-back only showed the consistency of quality on this ship

We were pleased that the quality of everything we encountered on the first leg of our back-to-back was still at a high level, even though some crew had changed. We'd met some new people on the first leg who were also doing a back-to-back and hanging out with them only made our first cruise better. The a/c problem continued on this leg but, as before, I can't lower my rating because nearly everything else was so good. We did have an issue with one crew member but that is being addressed to our satisfaction. We would definitely do a Celebrity cruise again because of the level of service and the quality of the food. Infinity will be refurbished by the time we book a 2020 cruise so the a/c will probably be fixed. :o) If Infinity has new ports to visit we'd book her again. Again, kudos to our butler Rene and to Olga, the Customer Relations Manager. Also to Alexandra who took over as the suite concierge. Also note, that I'd rate the cruise overall a 4.8 or 4.9. Nassau's score should be taking my overall score down so low. We didn't enjoy Nassau as much as we'd thought but it was only a few hours of the whole cruise.

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Cruise tips

Oranjestad, Aruba

No excursion. We walked off the ship and into town - that's how close we were. It was Black Friday and people were lined up outside stores, although many were closed because of the pandemic. Everyone we encountered was pleasant. Drivers were extremely polite, stopping for us before we'd even decided we need to cross the street.

Cartagena, Colombia

Our coffee-tasting excursion was a joke. There was supposed to be little walking. My husband barely made it from the bus to the coffee shop. Another couple was also having problems. The tour leader, who had his own disability, was visibly impatient with us. The coffee experience was just a barista extolling the value of his coffee over their rival, Juan Valdez. When we did the tasting many like the Juan Valdez better. How embarrassing! The tour leader arranged for a van to pick up the 2 couples with walking problems to take us to the bus which would take us to where the group was walking to where there was shopping. The woman who came with didn't speak English. The bus was not were it had been. When we got to it we boarded and the driver just sat there. He also didn't speak English. We sat for over an hour at which time the group came back having already gone shopping. What a waste of a day in such a beautiful city. TIP: There's a small zoo at the port. It's free. Our excursion bus let us off on one side of it (it's a ways from the ship) and told us there was a shuttle on the other side. There's also a good gift shop as well as a Juan Valdez shop where I got some good coffee to bring home.

Colon, Panama

Our excursion was canceled because there weren't enough people for the train to the Pacific. We were offered, again, a non-accessible, non-vacinnated excursion - a ferry through the canal taking 8 hours total. We declined. We went into the terminal where there is a fairly new duty free shop. Not a lot besides liquor. We thought we might walk over to the casino but there was construction outside the terminal and some shady characters hanging about. It didn't look safe to walk out so we got back on the ship.

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

Still pretty much a refusbished sandpit. It looked better than I expected, however. The trees have had some time to recover from the hurricane that delayed opening 2 years ago. The beach nearest the ship was popular. The shops were pricey, so bring money. Staff on the island seemed bored and rarely even said hello to anyone. If you like laying on the beach and swimming then you'll like it here. That probably won't cost you anything.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

We missed our excursion. My husband was having problems walking after the day in Cartegena. I'd gone to the theater (forward) to meet for the excursion. By the time I got there I was badly out of breath. Turned out I was having an asthma attack. I don't get them often so don't always recognize it when it happens. Anyway, I told the Excursions person in the theater that I was checking in - gave her my name and the excursion # - and that I was heading back mid-ship and would meet the group there when we could leave the ship. She told me to hold on and went to another Excursion person who told the first one that I had to stay in the theater. I heard that and said I don't have to stay, that I can pretty much go anywhere a passenger is allowed to go. Then she said she needed permission from a supervisor. I told her I didn't need permission. Then she told the first woman to go with me. By that point I was close to boiling over, both literally and figuratively. I left. On my way I passed the Excursions desk and stopped in. I asked if it was too late to cancel an excursion (I knew it would be but I had to ask for my husband). She said it was too late. I asked if there was medical issue could there be a refund? She said, of course, but I (or my husband) would have to go to Medical for a checkup by the doctor and get a certificate that said he could not go on the excursion. I said, so we have to pay for the doctor in order to get a refund for the excursion that he can't go on. (He was wearing one of those special boots that keep your foot from moving so it was obvious he had some kind of medical issue. And he was using a scooter to get around.) No supervisor was available to talk to. Someone would call me later in the day. No one ever called.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

We found out after we boarded that we were going to Falmouth instead. Our accessible, vaccinated excursion was canceled. We were offered a non-accessible tour that could include unvaccinated children. Falmouth port was nice. Lots of shops, many not the typical ones you see everywhere, which was nice.

MSC Divina

MSC Divina

If you have mobility issues, don't sail with MSC. There are no automatic doors. They make people walk all the forward to meet before excursions then walk them back to midship to exit. Why not meet midship? Some of us can't take a wheelchair or scooter on an excursion so we have to hobble as best as we can. Don't make us walk the length of the ship when it's not necessary.

Cozumel, Mexico

We only visited the shops at the end of the pier. We didn't have time to do that last year. Fairly pushy sales people at many of the jewelry shops. Many shops we've seen at other ports. Plenty of opportunity to get last minute souvenirs if you didn't get them in town.

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Book a suite for the butler and Luminae. You won't regret spending the extra money.

Nassau, Bahamas

Our itinerary was changed because Ocean Cay wasn't ready yet so we didn't stop here. I can't explain why not. We wanted to check out the casino at Atlantis.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

I hated that we got in so late (5pm). We walked up to Colon Plaza then up Fortelezza St. Restaurants were open but most shops were closing up. The umbrella street is no more, which was one reason we walked the length of the street - to be awed at the end. We ended up getting a Lyft back to the ship. On the plus side, there's a Walgreens right across from the pier in case you forgot anything.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

We did an accessible bus tour. Turns out this means it's short with few stops. We got a good narrative from the driver. At each stop we could see a different part of the island. We did go to Mountain Top where we tried the "famous" banana daquiris. There's a very nice store there - not too pricey - but the view of Magen's Bay and the British V.I. is why you would go there. I wish we could have explored more of the island. The shops at the port are all the same as every port.

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

One reason we booked his cruise was to be among the first to visit MSC's private island. The opening had been pushed back again and again. When we boarded we knew we weren't going there but we didn't know Nassau had been cancelled or where we were going instead (Road Town, Tortola, BVI and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - both ports I wish we'd missed).

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

I loved having a butler but the Yacht Club is in the forward part of the ship. I would rather have been mid-ship so I didn't have to walk so much. (We're both older, with some mobility issues.) But Yacht Club is definitely the way to go. The forward view from the lounge and restaurant is fabulous!

Nassau, Bahamas

I'd heard a lot of people say they don't leave the ship in Nassau. I now understand why. You can go to a beach, snorkel, or visit Atlantis but it's all pricey. You can take a bus tour of the island like we did a lot less. But you get a lot less. The tour route did not match what we bought in the Cruise Planner. We expected to be at Atlantis at the end of the tour, at which time we would leave the bus to go gamble. Instead we went there first and had only 20 minutes to view part of the aquarium in the hotel lobby. The driver told us we go past some great Nassau buildings but if we wanted pictures we would have to be quick because he was driving fast. We went to a fort that didn't allow access, although there was a good view of the harbor. There were also some crappy souvenir stalls. He took us to the other side of the island to see Baha Mar, Atlantis' competition but we didn't even get out of the bus. We went to a rum distillery where the guide there was missing. So we had the gift shop and bar to visit. We were supposed to visit a rum cake factory but the driver just pointed out the street it was on as we went back to the port. Fortunately, it was close enough to walk back to. We were also supposed to go to the Straw Market. Again, it just pointed out to us. There are lots of shops in "downtown" Nassau but it was too hot and humid after a long, somewhat boring bus tour to spend much time there. Our cruise next year will stop here but we will just take a taxi to Atlantis then.

Key West, Florida

We've been to Key West before. There's a lot to do and several excellent restaurants. We took some new friends to the Butterfly Conservancy (we'd been before). Just as enjoyable as the first time and our friends loved it. There's a free shuttle that circles Duval Street one block over. We had lunch at El Siboney, an excellent Cuban restaurant in the middle of the island. You'll need a taxi or Uber/Lyft to get there. Totally worth it.

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Arrive early so you can get aboard early and take advantage of some embarkation day discounts

Cozumel, Mexico

We booked the Best of Cozumel with Shopping through the Cruise Planner when it was on sale. This is a small bus tour that stops at Discover Mexico Park, Playa Mia for a chocolate demonstration, El Mirador on the east coast, a tequila distillery in the center of the island, and a small tourist shopping mall in town. Knowing what I know now, I will rent a car next time to I can spend more time at Discover Mexico Park and try to go to El Mirador at low tide when the coral/limestone bridge is visible. Discover Mexico Park also does chocolate and tequila demonstrations so one stop there will eliminate two from this tour. I did not appreciate the push for us to buy black coral at a store at the distillery. My understanding is it's illegal to bring into the US, regardless of how it's harvested. I would also have preferred to spend more time in town. Cozumel is hot and humid most of the time so I could skip some outdoor venues if I travel on my own. There are several beaches close to the port and I understand it's only a few dollars to take a taxi to them. Some of them are resorts and charge a fee for access.

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity

Get a Sky Suite for the extra space, priority boarding and THE BUTLER!!!

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