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  1. Thankyou everyone for your suggestions. We have Family near Fort Lauderdale so will prob spent a couple of days with them either post cruise before heading to the Keys or after the Keys before we head home. Husband is used to driving on the right when we hire a car when on holiday elsewhere in Europe. We visited around FL and Miami pre cruise this year (we were lucky to go in Jan before lockdown) so wanted to travel abit further afield next time. Thank you
  2. We have a cruise booked out of Fort Lauderdale in Feb 2022 and having a weeks holiday post cruise we were thinking about visiting Florida Keys - somewhere we have never been. We are from the UK and dont really know where to start. Should we visit one Key or several - what's the best way of getting to the Keys ( and back again for our flight home ) Any recommendations or suggestions appreciated. Thank you
  3. Hi Anita, I know I'm really late to the party here but just wanted to say a massive thankyou for your review. New to cruising we did our first ever cruise ( and I just wrote a review on it as there were no other new reviews to read ) in Jan on the Reflection to ABCs. We have our second cruise booked for Feb 2022 on the millenium. I was looking for Millenium reviews and came across yours & loved it. I loved your planning, I loved your story & your photos were amazing .Although on my bucket list I think reading your review has made me decide that Alaska isn't for us. Please dont take this negatively as I think it looks amazing & your review was so positive. But ...I dont like the cold...I'm not really an outdoorsy person ,I dont enjoy hiking, my husband is allergic to fish. Having grown up with my dad as a keen weekend fisherman, and not getting an option to do other things I now have an adverse dislike of fishing! So I think based on this I have decided Alaska isn't for me! Thankyou again for the review . I've binged read it over the last couple of days !
  4. Thankyou, brilliant loved reading about your cruise. Not got a cruise booked at the moment , but do have some spare time at the moment so may follow your lead and go on a 'cruise'myself 🤣🤣
  5. On our 11 night Jan cruise on the reflection there was a white party, ABBA party, 70s disco night & 2 silent discos. I'd heard about the possible white party so packed a white dress & hubby white shirt. Prob 50% wore white. Other nights people just dressed as they normally would . Read my recent review Newbie Review reflect Jan 2020 which is on here . I talk about and post videos of the various theme nights including ABBA, white & silent disco 20200125_223651.mp4
  6. Thankyou , glad you've enjoyed reading. Hope everyone gets to cruise again soon. I'm going to start planning our next one...its only 22 months away 🤣
  7. Thankyou, I think once I started writing, lots of little things came back to me...the memory is an amazing thing, and it was actually really nice for me to relive the holiday again 😊
  8. Thank you, lots of people hired golf carts in Bonaire. I did think about ..might have found more flamingos if we had ! No sadly missed seeing the floating bridge open , although I have seen a video of it, very interesting . The mine artist was funny! Hope you get to go on your cruise in March.
  9. There is a thread called 'drinks and more' where people have posted about their experience of the package which may help you Lots of people have had problems with it. I think they rolled it out but didnt tell the cabin stewards who were confused about what people could have ! In the mini bar we got 2 half bottles of wine ( 1 red, 1 white - sorry cant remember which - didnt try the red - the white was okay but nothing special ) some beer, some evian water, some regular & diet coke, 2 kind bars, a mini tub of pringles and 4 mini Tito vodka. You couldnt exchange anything but whatever we used got replaced each day except the kind bars .
  10. Thankyou, glad you enjoyed the review. From the reviews I have read on the transatlantic/ repositioning cruises they sound lots of fun, and I would imagine more relaxing than ones that are port intensive ....although there are so many places I want to visit!. Sadly I think unless we win the lottery a B2B is only a dream. We live in Essex - about 50 miles North East of London. We live in a village a few miles from Colchester ( you may have heard of it it's the oldest town in England and has a lovely castle) Although it's only 40 minutes on the train we very rarely go into London. I think last year I only went twice, once for work and once to a gig. We have friends who live in Southampton and every year we go to a festival in Portsmouth which is only a few miles away. Dave was born in Essex but I was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Norfolk, so I have family all over the country.
  11. Thankyou. I just googled where Talkeetna is. It looks beautiful, Alaska is on my bucket list. Glad you finally have some sunshine .
  12. Climbing it must of been amazing. We weren't allowed to climb it. Apparently they closed it in 2006 after they decided it was getting too much wear and tear from the tourists and then the final straw was, someone sadly fell and died whilst coming down. They have done alot of restoration work in recent years , enabling people to see more of what it originally looked like.
  13. Thankyou. I remember when I was about 12 and my dad took me & my mum on a spur of the moment trip to Belgium confident that we would be able to get by with the bit of French he spoke...except when we arrived he had taken us to the Flemish speaking part of Belgium ..and we spent 4 days with him pointing at things and miming actions 🤣
  14. The last 3 weeks had just flown by. The best thing about Florida was meeting up with my cousin and spending time with her and her family, and we also got to experience the alligators in the everglades. As well as all the fun of the cruise, we went on a horse drawn carriage ride in Columbia, ate on a beach at sunset , went off-roading and jumped in a cave pool in Aruba, Had a jeep ride round the island of Curacao, saw flamingos in Bonaire and Swam with sting rays in Grand Cayman. Then we went to Mexico and as well as having a relaxing week in a tree house with hammocks we got to eat dinner in a Cave, saw Chichen Itza and swam in a cenote. What an experience !! Thank you to everyone who has read my review and made such kind positive comments. I know times are really difficult and I hope that my review has helped some of you feel a bit more positive. Im sure most of you reading this have a funny story or anecdote about a cruise, or maybe a post or pre cruise holiday that you could share. If so I know I and lots of others would love to hear about it on the celebrity board. Shortly after we arrived home we booked this cruise for Feb 2022 on the Celebrity Millenium
  15. Heading Home Time to say good bye to our treehouse and hammocks and begin the long journey home . By this time tomorrow we would be back in the UK 😞 . We finished packing and went for breakfast... I hope its not just me and that everyone else takes some fruit and cookies or pastries from breakfast on their last morning of their holiday, so they have some snacks for the airport? We paid our bill and said goodbye. The previous day Dave had said that he had told the maid she was welcome to take the flowers home with her once we had left. He didn't speak any Spanish ( apart from being able to order a beer.. but he can do that in most languages !) and she didn't speak any English , so Im really not sure whether she understood ! It was a shame to have to leave them behind as they were still in full bloom and smelt gorgeous. I did take one flower with me, and one from my cruise flowers, to take home and press and put in scrap book ( the one I still haven't done yet.) The transfer car took us to the airport and it was the opposite of the smooth transition we had through Miami airport. It was chaos, with massive queues everywhere and no on really sure where to go. We had allowed about 4 hours pre flight, it took so long to get through security /passport/baggage drop off etc , once we were in departures we had about an hour before boarding. Of course Dave wanted to find somewhere to have a cigarette. After trawling departures he found out that there was a 'beer garden' where for a price he could smoke. To enter the beer garden we had to pay for a wrist band $10 each - which we could use on credit for food and drink. Im sure it wasn't necessary but it was easier than having a grumpy nicotine deprived husband for the journey home. So Dave ordered a large beer, I had a large wine and we ordered a very large burger and fries to share ….and to be honest it was delicious. I could have happily sat and lingered for longer but it was nearly time for our flight, so we made our way to the gate. Once we got to the gate we found there was a delay . Eventually it took off about 50 minutes late. 50 minutes didn’t seem a lot, but there was only 80 minutes between our connecting flights. Originally we had been due to fly via Chicago and there was a 4 hr gap between the connecting flights, but a few weeks before the holiday I received the revised schedule. The pilot made up a bit of time and when we landed we had 45 minutes to get to our flight, I was stressed we weren’t going to make it … Dave true to form was not stressed and said maybe they would have to put us up in Charlotte overnight, and we would get an extra nights holiday ! Luckily we made it and got to the gate just as the flight was boarding. The flight home was half empty and we were able to spread out. I dozed, read, watched a couple of films and we arrived back in the UK slightly early at 6.30am. After going through passport control, customs and collecting our bags we got a taxi back to the hotel and picked up our car to drive home.
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