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Topic: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-05-08 02:05:20 and read 11155 times.

Sorry it took so long ( I was waiting to see if any of our bags would arrive lol)
Well here’s part 2... there's lots of info and many pics so sit back and enjoy!

I will continue pretty much where I left off in Part 1


Royal Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas
Apr. 7th-14th
San Juan
St. Thomas
St. Maarten
Antigua
St. Lucia
Barbados
At sea
San Juan


Our ship. Capacity is 2,500 and there were about 2,300 people actually onboard.

There were many things to do on the ship from the rock wall to the mini golf course….



Onboard there was also a weight room, movie theater, casino, 1 indoor pool, 1 outdoor pool with 2 hot tubs, teen disco, adult nightclub, arcade, mall, a large theater, and plenty of bars and restaurants. I could go on and on with stuff but that’s all I remember right now.

Our stateroom was a balcony near the front of the ship. The room was very comfortable and clean. It was even roomier without all of our suitcases! My birthday was the day before the cruise so they decorated the room nicely for me.

The first night on the ship seemed to go by quickly because we arrived so late and we were very tired from traveling. We spent the majority of the time checking out where things were on the ship, eating, and talking to guest services about our lost suitcases. It turned out that there were several people who were missing some luggage, but unlike us, most got theirs back that night or by the second day at the latest. I was hoping they were in St. Thomas so they could just bring them to our ship at our first stop. Before long we were the talk of the ship and everyone knew who we were by the title of “the people who had no luggage“ yet most people sympathized for us. Luckily we were smart and packed a few clothes in our carry-ons and with the clothes we bought and the ones we were given from Royal Caribbean, we at least had a small variety of clothing. Royal Caribbean was very generous and washed our clothes free of charge so we could wear some stuff twice.

April 8
After the short hop from San Juan at a speed of 9 knots overnight, we arrived in St. Thomas. This was my second time here; last time was on a Norwegian Cruise 3 years ago. Instead of spending the day on St. Thomas we took a ferry over to St. John. The highlight of our day was swimming at the beautiful Trunk Bay which is rated in the top 10 beaches in the world.

The water is unbelievably clear

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The underwater snorkeling trail

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Me snorkeling

April 9
The next day we went to the island of St. Maarten. We previously booked all of our excursions for the week so I was not able to stop by SXM because we had other plans. I guess I’ll have to go back sometime to visit Maho Bay. Although we didn’t exactly go near SXM I managed to get a glimpse of the new terminal building as we drove across the island….


The rest of the day consisted of shopping and then relaxing at Orient Bay. On the way to Orient Bay we had some wonderful photo opportunities like this one…


Just before we arrived at the beach we passed another much smaller airport that had many ATRs and other small planes takeoff from. I was unaware that ST. Maarten had two commercial airports.


Orient Bay- apparently this was a nude beach but I didn’t see anything down on our end lol

Everyday after coming back from our excursions we checked the status on our luggage and they never had any new information, but they always insisted that we’d get it the next day- that was a joke

April 10
Next up was Antigua. For this day we had a full day on our own private island.

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We were at the little island in the middle and it was amazing.


View of the island from the mainland that shows how small it really is.


Again perfectly clear water for snorkeling


Me on the beach


There were only 25 of us on the island so it was very peaceful and relaxing. A typical delicious Caribbean lunch was also served.

While we swam I noticed planes taking off and flying right above us. I managed to get pics of a few of them…




Before leaving I was happy to see this BA 777 coming in for landing.

April 11
Word was that our suitcases were supposed to be flown into Castries this day. They even had flight numbers and times, but it never came! By now I didn’t even care if we got them during the cruise since it was half over. Our day in St. Lucia was excellent. We went on a tour that took us by catamaran to the village of Soufriere where we stopped at the volcano at Sulfur Springs. After that we visited a working plantation and went back on the catamaran with a short stop to swim/snorkel.


Catamarans are the best! They’re so smooth.


The Pitons


This is where we stopped to swim.


We passed our ship coming back to port


SLU was right next to the port.


I noticed it was served by American Eagle seen here and also Caribbean Star.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-05-08 02:07:36 and read 11151 times.


Leaving Castries I watched as I thought we were being attacked by pirate. Actually it turned out to be people begging for money, but still I thought that was unusual and it brought many people to their balcony.


Beautiful sunset that night.

April 12
The last island we stopped at was Barbados; a truly fascinating place.
Our excursion this day started off with a shipwreck snorkel.


We jumped out of our boat and snorkeled above 2 large shipwrecks in 30-40 feet deep water. The water in Barbados is absolutely perfect. It was remarkably warm and clear. While snorkeling I was surprised to see a Virgin Atlantic 747 come over us. Everyday on every island I had some kind of encounter with airplanes which made this trip especially nice.

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The shipwreck was home to many fish who were very calm and swam peacefully with us.

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It was pretty cool when a guy fed them because they got really worked up.

After snorkeling we went to the beach nearby and had some rum punch (The drinking age was only 16)
To conclude our excursion we went on a 4x4 tour of the island which took us to the eastern coast and back.

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Some very nice scenery on this tour. This is the Atlantic coast where it is much rougher and rockier.


Here’s what one of the paths we drove down looked like.

April 13
This day was our day at sea. For most of the day I swam in the crowded pool, hung out with people, ate like a pig, and just relaxed on deck.
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The crowded pool area where everyone tries to find room.
Towards the end of the trip some of my friends noticed Audrina from MTV The Hills on our cruise. I didn’t really know who she was but never the less I was still excited to meet her.
When we got back to are room that night we got a message from US Airways saying that they had one of our lost bags for us to claim in SJU and that our flight to PHL was delayed 7 hours. Fortunately they put us on another flight to CLT instead.

April 14
We woke up early and ate breakfast at the Windjammer café like we did everyday, and then we proceeded to disembark the ship early so we could get to the airport and try to straighten some things up.


San Juan’s port terminal is very nice.


Right across from the port is an airport (SIG). This pic was taken from our balcony before we left. Spotting from cruise ships isn’t something I get to do often.

Once we got to SJU we were taken down to baggage to claim our sole suitcase. The one we got was the one that had all of our formal clothes. Personally I didn’t really care about that bag and instead I wanted one of our bigger ones with all of our other stuff that I wear more often. Before going down to claim the bag the US ticket counter was pretty busy but by the time we got back up it was VERY busy. The line was like a mile long and it continued to grow after we got in it. It began to loop around all over and made the area look like a mess. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a busy check-in area in my life even when compared to the mess I was in last summer in MBJ. With our ship and a Princess one that arrived the same morning I suppose it is no surprise why it was so crowded. Our original flight (US 1024) which I eagerly wanted to go on because it was supposed to be on a 330, really screwed things up. When we reached the front of the line one of my friends who was to be on flight 1024 too wasn’t as fortunate as us. She had to spend the night in SJU and I imagine she was not alone. Every single flight leaving that morning was probably full so the other 250 people or so who were supposed to be on US 1024 had no where to go. I bet we were only chosen to get on another flight because UA and US wanted to make sure we had no problems coming home or as I said “they were sucking up to us.”

Checking in took a while because the lady had some difficulty and we ended up checking 2 bags… the one we claimed and another carry-on that got big from souvenirs and the free stuff we acquired during the week. Happy to be through the enormous line we made our way to security which was fairly busy, but going quickly. Walking towards our gate I ran into some of my friends from the ship who I had already said bye to like 5 times that morning because we never knew when we would see each other last. Lol It was only 10AM and our flights left after 2PM meaning we had lots of time. As we walked around the concourse I swear I saw like half of the ship including Audrina! We stopped her and asked if we could get a picture. She kindly said yes…



Continuing our walk around we were passed by a little band that walked around playing music for all the passengers which was one more thing that made SJU such a pleasant airport.

My friends knew about my aviation interest so they didn’t mind stopping here and there to take some pics of airplanes… I had to take some then because our tickets had us seated in the middle section of the 762 to CLT so I wouldn’t have been able to take any on the plane.


Jetblue’s 100th A320



Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-05-08 02:09:19 and read 11151 times.





American carriers like DL and US sure send a lot of heavies to SJU which makes sense with all the cruises. I would think others like NW and CO could do it as well because the demands obviously seems there.


The Concourse quickly crowded with people. It was a very spacious concourse, but with literally thousands of people in it at one time, the place was crazy.

We ate lunch at this great restaurant and relaxed for a while. Once done with that it was time for my parents and I to head to our gate because out of my friends our flight was leaving first. I never had such an enjoyable 4 hours in an airport before.

US 968
SJU-CLT
767-200
Seat 17E
Departure time 2:15pm
Load factor- 100%

15 minutes after we sat down boarding began and I was sure the flight was going to be full. As we took our seats in row 17 the first thing I noticed and liked about the 767-200 was its cabin height. I was on a 764 some years back and I don’t recall the cabin being quite so high and open. Infact the overhead compartments were no match for some of the flight attendants who had to step up on the seats to reach and close them before takeoff. For the longest time it felt like the plane was not filling up at all. People stopped coming in and I thought it wasn’t going to be full after all. Then suddenly one last rush of people made their way on and every single seat was occupied. That kind of disappointed me because I wanted to ask if could move to an open window seat nearby if there were any. 95% of the time I have a window seat so this was one of the rare occasions that I did not and that meant I wouldn’t be able to take many pictures. I got over it pretty quickly and sat back and enjoyed the flight anyhow. Taxiing to the runway I looked at the tickets for our connecting flight to ORD and I noticed that we were flying first class on our next flight, most likely another move by US/UA to try to make us happy.

We did not have to wait long for takeoff as there were only one AA757 taking off and an AA ATR72 landing before us. Once airborne I listened to my Ipod and looked at my pictures on my camera. Before long snack/drink service came around.

Nothing beats pretzels on a 3hr and 45min flight…

The nice blue leather seats were very comfortable and I almost had enough motivation to start To Kill a Mockingbird for my English class but after reading the first page I changed my mind. Don’t take me wrong, the book is good but I was not about to read a book during my spring break. Eventually I got tired and before dozing off I went to the bathroom and took a picture of the cabin when I was in back to not make it as noticeable. For some reason I feel strange taking pictures of the cabin in-flight, but I do it for you guys!


For the remainder of the flight I rested until I was woken up from some moderate turbulence. We were flying up the weekend of that big storm that struck the east coast. A very eerie scene was created with the dark storm clouds out side, rain streaking across the windows, and the quietness and darkness in the cabin. We seemed to fly at a very steady altitude coming into CLT and it felt like we were never going to land. I imagine we were trying to avoid the storms as best as possible but we really didn’t make many turns either as if we were holding or anything. Once I heard the gear go down then I knew we would finally be on the ground soon. The rest of the landing went pretty smoothly as we touched down on 8R. This was my first time to CLT and I was curious to how large the airport would be in person. Once inside the concourse it didn’t appear to be that large to me but it was still a fairly good size. I was not able to do much spotting in CLT because we realized that we only had about 45 minutes layover time. We swiftly walked to concourse A and our gate 4.


Dark storm clouds surrounding the airport. The plane to the left was our 762 that we just got off.

UA 569
CLT-ORD
737-300
Departure time: 7:30pm
Load factor 95%?



Before we got to the gate I did not know if we were going to be on a 737 or A319... It ended up being a 733 also a new aircraft for me.

To the north we noticed some lightning and the gate agent said we were going to start boarding and leave as soon as possible. Because we were in first class we boarded first along with a few other passengers. My seat was 1A and this was my first time in first class. 6 of the 8 first class seats were occupied on the flight and I’m not exactly sure how full the coach cabin was but I think it was nearly full from what I saw. We were offered drinks as we waited at the gate for the rest of the people to board. I turned on channel 9 as soon as we began taxiing and one of the first things I heard was that we were going to have to hold on the taxiway due to the weather,


I don’t know what these 3 planes were doing whether they were holding or just parked there for some other reason.

Right as we began to shut our engines down ATC cancelled our delay and we started them right back up which took a moment.


We used 18R again for our takeoff which for the most part wasn’t too rough .


The initial climb was a little choppy but we climbed to higher altitudes quickly to find smoother air.


We passed some neat looking clouds and then a little bit later into the flight I captured the sun setting behind some dark clouds.


I was not sure what food would be offered on the flight being in first class and all, but it just ended up being pretty much nothing. I didn’t mind though because I was not hungry. Nothing to exciting happened the rest of the flight and before too long we were descending into a dark ORD. Our route took us over northern Indiana then to the west before turning back to the northeast to land on 4R. The airspace was not terribly busy at that time but the ground was as we taxied to concourse C in terminal 3. We took the long route that went over the road and around the north side which seemed to take forever. I was first off the plane (something I’ve never had the privilege to do before) and then my parents and I went straight to baggage. As my dad and I went to get our 2 checked bags my mom went to talk with UA baggage service about our little problem. Here is where the unthinkable happened. We waited patiently for 20 minutes and the same freakin bags were going round and round. There were still several passengers that were still waiting for their bags too which leaves me to wonder whose bags were really on the carrousel. Like 30 bags were on there and no one was claiming them. It took me a minute to realize what just happened as other people began to explode with outrage. Then it hit me; THEY LOST OUR BAGS AGAIN!!!!!! I couldn’t believe it. Instead of 3 missing bags we had 4. It was so ridiculous that I just began laughing. The 10-15 of us who had lost bags complained over at the UA baggage kiosk. When people heard that we lost our bags on our way down and had no clothes for our cruise people were sorry for us and didn’t feel as bad. The lady taking care of us mumbled under her breath, “US has been killing us all day.” which I thought was funny. We filled out the claim and walked outside into the cold which really sucked and made me feel even worse. On the shuttle to the hotel where our car was parked everyone heard about our story and a flight attendant I believe for Delta said that we should write a letter and that was exactly what we were going to do. I fell asleep during the 1.5 hour drive home and once home I chatted with my brother and his fiance before going to bed.

Summary: Overall this was one crazy trip that I will never forget, but it was still enjoyable. I don’t know why I spent so much time choosing what flights I wanted to go on before the trip because we did not end up on a single flight that we were supposed to! Besides the whole luggage deal I liked US and UA’s flights and aircraft. I’m a little upset that they lied to us everyday in saying we would receive our baggage at every island. As for the cruise it was terrific. Royal Caribbean was great and worked hard to get our bags back even though it never happened. The entire ship was clean and very fancy. The food and service reached the highest possible standards. The only thing I felt needed a little work was the evening entertainment, but besides that everything was perfect including the itinerary. All of the islands we stopped at were amazing and I would recommend them to anyone who loves picture perfect water, beaches, and snorkeling.

Two days after returning, 2 of our bags (the ones we lost most recently) were sent to our house. After several phone calls with United they informed us that one of our bags was sent to Frankfurt!!!! I couldn’t believe my ears. I thought that was good news because they at least had a locate on the bag, but I was wrong. Two weeks after coming home US said our other bag was sent to Antigua: nice try but you guys were only a few weeks too late. That day we received that bag which made me happy because the majority of my clothes were in it. To this day we have not heard any news on the bag supposedly sent to FRA. That bag was lost over 4 weeks ago and I highly doubt we’ll ever see it again although I still have a little hope. It would be nice if it came back with some bratwurst and German beer!

-Gaston

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: AAce24
Posted 2007-05-08 02:43:10 and read 11077 times.

Very nice repot and pictures man!  thumbsup 

And I've been to 5 of the Carribean destinations, and Barbados has been my favorite by far.

It seems much more authentic to me, did you notice this as well?

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: MATURRO727
Posted 2007-05-08 03:15:06 and read 11025 times.

Hi Gaston !!!


i really enjoyed your TR, in fact one of the best I've read her in A.net, congratulations i was very entertained with al the deal of your bags and I'm very sorry for you, and your parents about the bag stuff. Again great TR and i hope that the bag who went to Europe on Spring break comes back to your family as soon as possible.

Keep going with the good work.


MATURRO727

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mke717spotter
Posted 2007-05-08 03:26:17 and read 11001 times.

Very good report! The pictures were great also! Those shots that you have of the beaches look amazing, that water is incredibly clear!

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Buck3y3nut
Posted 2007-05-08 04:30:40 and read 10929 times.

excellent trip report. enjoyed reading every word of it  Smile

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: ORDRyan28
Posted 2007-05-08 04:41:45 and read 10913 times.

Great trip report, Gaston. The pictures are incredibly amusing, nice work!

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-05-08 05:12:01 and read 10881 times.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

Quoting AAce24 (Reply 3):
It seems much more authentic to me, did you notice this as well?

Yes, it did and the people were extremely friendly. I also heard Barbados rarely gets hit with hurricanes which is another plus for the island.

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 5):
the beaches look amazing, that water is incredibly clear!

It was so clear I felt like I was in a pool not a ocean most of the time.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: ANCFlyer
Posted 2007-05-08 07:16:52 and read 10778 times.

Exellent report.

St. Thomas and St. Croix are awesome. I've snorkeled at the same place - the only Underwater US National Park in the country.

Surprised there was a berth for your ship at St. Thomas. Quite a small waterfront - I usually see the ships at anchor in the harbor and using Tenders to get pax to shore.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: OA260
Posted 2007-05-08 10:09:57 and read 10696 times.

Hey there cool report. Im going on the sister ship to that in October. Cant wait. Royal Caribbean is the best. I also go to the Windjammer for Breakfast its just fab.

The photo of Orient Bay is just paradise. The photo of Caribbean Airlines is cool also .

Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Reply 1):
Leaving Castries I watched as I thought we were being attacked by pirate. Actually it turned out to be people begging for money, but still I thought that was unusual and it brought many people to their balcony.

God thats weird never seen that before.

Brilliant TR and photos the Serenade looks as good as ever.

Thanks for sharing

OA260

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: 767747
Posted 2007-05-08 18:35:52 and read 10448 times.

Excellent report and pictures!!

767747

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-05-09 04:48:38 and read 10141 times.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Surprised there was a berth for your ship at St. Thomas. Quite a small waterfront - I usually see the ships at anchor in the harbor and using Tenders to get pax to shore.

I think it's pretty long actually. On my first cruise there was room for three ships including ours and this time we were docked along with the Norwegian Dawn...
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Three ships appears to be the max. They really jam them in there good. St. Thomas' port is pretty large when compared to most Caribbean islands with the exception of San Juan reason being that St. Thomas is one of the more popular destinations for cruises.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Im going on the sister ship to that in October

Cool, is that the Radiance? Where are you going?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Reply 1):
Leaving Castries I watched as I thought we were being attacked by pirate. Actually it turned out to be people begging for money, but still I thought that was unusual and it brought many people to their balcony.


God thats weird never seen that before.

Yeah me neither. Apparently the captain said that this was happening weekly so we left an hour early to try to miss them. Regardless of what time we left I think it would be pretty hard to miss a Cruise ship going by at 9knots lol

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: WA727
Posted 2007-05-21 22:11:41 and read 9657 times.

Wow, your Caribbean trip report is far more comprehensive than mine, although we only visited SJU and ANU. Good job on the pictures and detail.

PHX-SJU-ANU+Volcano Destroyed Airport W/pics (by WA727 Dec 13 2006 in Trip Reports)

WA727

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2007-06-03 23:06:24 and read 9385 times.

Great report and pictures, many thanks for this.

The whole baggage story is just amazing. UA lost my bag once, thought to their credit it turned up the next day + I the day it happened LGA was closed due to snow, JFK had a 747 over run a runway and EWR (my departure airport) had huge weather delays.

Re your cruise, I've never really fancied a cruise before, I think you changed my mind!

Regards

Mark

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Cybergus
Posted 2007-06-04 02:57:51 and read 9321 times.

Great Report man! i enjoyed a lot...is nice to see all the natural treasures that Caribbean has.

Tavo

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Rdukid
Posted 2007-06-04 03:40:53 and read 9303 times.

One of my favorite trip reports I have read thus far! Enjoyed it dude

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-06-04 05:27:48 and read 9239 times.

Thanks again for all the comments!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
The whole baggage story is just amazing

The two month mark is coming up this week and I think the one bag is gone for good. Oh well, I already bought all my new clothes so I'm fine Big grin

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
I've never really fancied a cruise before, I think you changed my mind!

I hope I did because I think you would love one! Cruises have to be one of the most enjoyable ways to travel.

-Gaston

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: JamesJimlb
Posted 2007-06-04 05:41:20 and read 9233 times.

nice report, even better chick.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Goingboeing
Posted 2007-06-11 22:18:42 and read 8880 times.

I did that same cruise last year....your report makes me want to go back...Great report and great pics.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: DALelite
Posted 2007-06-11 22:35:05 and read 8871 times.

Great TR , lovely Pics. Well i am a big fan of the caribe island as well.
Was this the new economy cabin announced by US?

cheers: DALelite

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Infodesk
Posted 2007-06-13 08:11:51 and read 8749 times.

Really enjoyed reading your report and some stunning photos. Just fancy a dip in some of thos crystal clear waters. I've never been on a cruise and was pretty stunned by the pics of the pool area....that really was full of people.  crowded 

Greetings
Infodesk

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-06-13 18:03:31 and read 8697 times.

Quoting JamesJimlb (Reply 18):
even better chick

yes indeed! lol

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 21):
I've never been on a cruise and was pretty stunned by the pics of the pool area....that really was full of people

The day at sea can be crowded, but during the rest of the cruise the pool area is nearly desserted because people are all out on excursions, and at night they're eating and watching shows more than likely. Also I should point out, the moment I took the pic there was an especially large crowd because of some activities going on such as belly flop contests, ice sculpting, and a sexy legs contest.

-Gaston

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: BA777
Posted 2007-06-13 18:18:43 and read 8692 times.

Hey,

Good report...well done!

- I'm flying US again from LGW-CLT in July, praying to get a window seat this time as 8 hours for me in a middle seat isn't my idea of enjoyable flight although the AVOD on the 333 somewhat makes up for it!

- That private island in Antigua....it wasn't called Prickly Pear was it? I was in Antigua and visited the said island a few years back.

- That girl is pretty beautiful!

- Hows your golf handicap now? lol.

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: SkyHigh777
Posted 2007-06-13 22:53:58 and read 8647 times.

Amazing trip report! I always love reading your reports, they're very well written with lots of details. Thanks for including all those pics from your trip, the carribbean looks beautiful. Sorry you had such bad luck with UA and US...UA for the most part has always been a pleasure to fly on for me. Don't really fly US all that often so I can't comment on them. Can't wait for your next trip reports!

Andres

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: JamesJimlb
Posted 2007-06-13 23:44:16 and read 8625 times.

Quoting Mkeflyer717 (Reply 22):
The day at sea can be crowded, but during the rest of the cruise the pool area is nearly desserted because people are all out on excursions, and at night they're eating and watching shows more than likely. Also I should point out, the moment I took the pic there was an especially large crowd because of some activities going on such as belly flop contests, ice sculpting, and a sexy legs contest.

agreed, it's usualy not to crowded, i've been on many RCCL to the carribean and the pool is usually less crowded but on the at sea days it can be crowded.


p.s soon i will be posting my cuise report, going to alaska with all my family and i'll try to get some good photos and some chicks.  Wink

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: Mkeflyer717
Posted 2007-06-18 06:04:44 and read 8497 times.

Thanks for the rest of the comments...

Quoting BA777 (Reply 23):
praying to get a window seat this time as 8 hours for me in a middle seat isn't my idea of enjoyable flight

I hear ya man.

Quoting BA777 (Reply 23):
That private island in Antigua....it wasn't called Prickly Pear was it

hahaha yeah it was, that's pretty cool that you've been there too

Quoting BA777 (Reply 23):
That girl is pretty beautiful!

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Quoting BA777 (Reply 23):
Hows your golf handicap now?

eh, the strong ocean breeze made it a challenge as I had to intentionally aim like 5 feet off so it would blow back to place. lol

Quoting JamesJimlb (Reply 25):
p.s soon i will be posting my cuise report

Cool, I'm looking forward to it.

-Gaston

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: FlyBoy84
Posted 2007-06-21 02:02:01 and read 8360 times.

WOW! WHAT a trip report! Hopefully one day I'll experience a cruise. But all those people they cram onto these ships nowadays Wow! I'd be constantly on the search for a quiet place! Wish there had been some pics from onboard the ship...but still a great trip report!!!!

Topic: RE: Caribbean Cruise Part 2: US/UA SJU-CLT-ORD (pics)
Username: JamesJimlb
Posted 2007-06-21 16:51:00 and read 8219 times.

Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 27):
WOW! WHAT a trip report! Hopefully one day I'll experience a cruise. But all those people they cram onto these ships nowadays  I'd be constantly on the search for a quiet place! Wish there had been some pics from onboard the ship...but still a great trip report!!!!

i have been on a full cruise and alot of times you are able to go and find a quite place, what i like to do is get up at 3 am and run the track and go up onto the open deck, and if you ever go on NCL and it is wavy and the pool is open, go in it, it is so much fun!!! and for pics here: http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/serenadeoftheseas.htm they have thousands.


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