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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 11

by Administrator on February 23, 2012

The last full day on the ship – truly a good day and a sad day. A good day because it is a vacation day and you have the full run of the ship. Enjoy an un-rushed buffet breakfast for the last time, read another book on the deck, go to the fitness center and finally burn off the calories from Day 1 of the cruise, enjoy a leisurely lunch at Bistro on 5…

Basically the last day gives you a chance to revisit every nook, cranny, locale, venue, what-have-you of the ship you loved and wouldn’t be seeing again for awhile unless you had indulged in a back-to-back on this ship.

After this day, disembark the ship and go back to your regular (more normal?) lives and look forward to your next vacation.

Here are the Celebrity Today Dailies and the last one for tomorrow morning:

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Why is today sad? No more steel drums tomorrow!

No More Steel Drums

No More Steel Drums

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Many Ships Anchored in Cayman

Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 10

by Administrator on February 22, 2012

Hey man it’s Cayman. I’ll be honest – since we have done this port many times, I really didn’t take that many photos in port. We’ve been to Hell, we’ve gone to the Turtle Farm, and we’ve swum with sting-rays (although in Tahiti and that’s a “whole nother story”). I would absolutely indulge in everything Cayman has to offer if it’s your first time here. Don’t infer anything from our relaxing and strolling the main tourist streets and relaxing seaside with a view instead of doing excursions for our fourth visit here. Having said that, Cayman is a beautiful port used to dealing with lots of tourists and handles everything well. Most of the infrastructure you would expect you’ll get here – except for a walk-off pier. Cayman is a tender port for all cruise ships and tendering adds a planning / time element to visiting.

If you are doing a cruise ship organized tour early in the day, you will be given tour tickets along with a reserved time slot or organized boarding on one of the first tenders. With each tender holding about 150 people, you can understand the logistics of offloading upwards of 2000+ people on a ship like the Equinox. If you do not have an excursion, you will either line up to get a ticket number which is given sequentially, get a priority tender ticket if you are in a suite, or wait for open tendering – a time when there is capacity to spare and you can more or less get on a tender when desired. This does not occur until 2-3 hours in port given the number of people getting off early. Plan 20-30 minutes to get off the ship and on the pier at Cayman.

A Cayman Note: The official currency of Cayman is the Cayman Dollar. When we visited, the US Dollar was worth about $0.80 Cayman Dollars, if if a price in a restaurant is $1.00, it is probably Cayman dollars and expect to pay about $1.20 US for the purchase. I’m noting this since it is not as obvious that something is being priced in Cayman dollars as say in Pesos in Mexico.

Welcome to Cayman

Welcome to Cayman

Fun Spots to Relax

Fun Spots to Relax

Port Side Bars

Port Side Bars

Tendering in Cayman

Tendering in Cayman

We went back on board after 3-4 hours on shore – there is sometimes long line to get back on a tender if you wait to the very end of the day.

Here are the Celebrity Today dailies for today:

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Onboard, there was a tapas and sangria event aft of the buffet – it was a nice way to sail-away from Cayman.

Sangria and Tapas on an Aft Deck

Sangria and Tapas on an Aft Deck

Tonight, we went to the Tuscan Grille for our third visit – I guess we are fans.

Fondue at Tuscan Grille

Fondue at Tuscan Grille

We also danced the night away – tomorrow is a sea day, take advantage of it.

Dancing in the Foyer

Dancing in the Foyer

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 9

February 21, 2012
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Sea Day! and Formal Night! A day at sea again allows for total relaxation. If you look at the daily activities: Celebrity Today 20120221 Daily Celebrity Today 20120221 Activities and Dining There are lots of things to do, or not. Trivia at 9:30, Wi Bowling at 10:15, a seminar on ship’s navigation at 12 Noon, […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 8

February 20, 2012
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Another port day, this time Cartagena, Columbia. Now this is a port we haven’t been to so we went all out and booked an extensive excursion to see the city. And extensive it was. Cartagena is a beautiful port city, rich with history, but one which is still figuring out how to deal with boat-loads […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 7

February 19, 2012
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Day 7, another port day, this time Colon in Panama. Again, another port we have been to, but, low and behold, the sun is shining this time. We took another ship organized tour, this time an eco cruise on Gatun lake and then a visit to the Gatun Locks. I have to say, the eco […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 6

February 18, 2012
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Day 6 and we are arriving at Puerto Limon or the Port Lemon! This is the capital city of the Limon province in Costa Rica. We;re exited because the last time we were here it rained from the time we arrived to the time we left – today is a bright sunny day and we […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 5

February 17, 2012
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Day 5 and we’ve earned another sea day! A leisurely breakfast at the buffet followed by several hours of book reading on the deck. Should I now workout or take a nap? Ok, the workout won. This time I plugged my iPod directly into the Life Fitness elliptical and was able to control the music […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 4

February 16, 2012
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It’s day 4 and it is again a port day – this time the island of Roatan off the coast of mainland Honduras. Unlike the previous port of Cozumel, we took an organized tour to visit the Gumbalimba Nature reserve. But first, here are the dailies for Celebrity day 4. Celebrity Today 20120216 Daily Celebrity […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 3

February 15, 2012
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It’s day 3 and we have to get up earlier – unlike a day at sea. Since we have been to Cozumel, our day 3 port many times, we are not doing a tour today. We’re just heading out on our own with the ultimate goal of walking down the main street and then having […]

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Onboard the Celebrity Equinox – Day 2

February 14, 2012
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Day 2 on the Equinox and it’s a day at sea! There is nothing better after the hustle and bustle of a travel, check-in and unpacking day then a restful day at sea. Of course, every day at sea is what you make of it. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, or […]

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