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As we were swimming at the beach in Barbados we heard a mix of people from Celebrity Summit and the Crown Princess (also in dock that day) complaining about their respective cruises. For the Celebrity folks, I just had to think: ARE WE EVEN ON THE SAME CRUISE? Because we were having a great time! Were there things I would change and stuff to improve on? Of course…but all in all this was another great… Read More

In December we spent one week island hopping through the Caribbean on the Celebrity Summit. Not a bad way to spend a week! We have grown to love cruising. It’s your hotel. It’s your transportation. And your place to eat, have fun, and relax. This was our third cruise. We started in 2016 with an Alaskan cruise on Princess Cruises. We did that to get our feet wet. We weren’t sure if we… Read More

Last year we visited Old San Juan during a Caribbean cruise out of Miami. We fell in love. Colorful buildings, friendly people, easily walkable, good food, and great culture. What’s not to like? In planning our annual winter escape for December 2018, we decided to do a cruise again. However, instead of leaving from the usual ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, we opted to leave from San Juan instead. This gave… Read More

All good things must come to end, and so it goes with this cruise. But…long story, short: It was great! I posted this review to CruiseCritic to thank members for the information I gleaned from the site. This was our first cruise on Celebrity and first cruise to the Caribbean. Now with two cruises under our belt, we have a better sense of what we prefer going forward. Embarkation Arrived just before… Read More

After almost two full sea days on our Caribbean cruise, we were ready for a port. Don’t get me wrong; sea days can be relaxing…but we were ready to see some sights! Despite the hurricanes, one thing that did not change on our itinerary was the port stop of San Juan, Puerto Rico. By the time we visited on December 11, 2017, Old San Juan was looking tidy and clean. There were,… Read More

Wisconsin is a great place in the spring, summer, and fall. But winter? You can keep it. For December, we decided to book a Caribbean cruise for some sun n’ fun–if just for a week. In 2016, we did an Alaskan cruise that was AMAZING! Now we wanted to go somewhere warm. Choosing this Cruise I got addicted to reading the boards on Cruise Critic. As only our second cruise we were… Read More

I’ve now lived in Wisconsin for almost 7 years. I grew up in the Midwest, so it’s not a huge change, but thing I hate is winter. Yep, I know I’m in the wrong state. But here I am. For the past few years we’ve taken a warm-weather vacation when it gets colder here. Last year, we went to Orlando–and managed to miss the first big snow storm of the season! In 2014, we did… Read More