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  1. Another story on phone hacking. http://www.fox5ny.com/news/be-careful-whose-charger-you-borrow-phone-charging-cables-can-hack-your-devices-experts-say “LOS ANGELES - For most people, borrowing a cable from someone else to charge your phone may seem as commonplace as asking for the time. But that ordinary-looking charging cable could actually contain malware intent on stealing your passwords and other sensitive information.”
  2. Act fast. This is priced wrong on Amazon. Usually it’s $99. I own 4 of these sets for our family and they’re perfect for us. HEAD X-One Bungee Adjustable Mask Fin Snorkel Set, Large/X-Large, Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076NYH1MW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_pzpwDbQWWGR8Y
  3. https://whalewatchcabo.com/ Dec 15 - Apr 15 Check them out if this fits your itinerary. Wife (school teacher too) and I toured with them this March. Amazing day is an understatement. And congrats on your 25th! We’re just two years ahead of you.
  4. 5 miles/13 mins drive. Rubio's 4702 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 439-8317 https://goo.gl/maps/ueEhQF27fAabxezz6 Check out Rubios online before you go to make sure it’s worth the Lyft/Uber ride (your expectations and preferences). Rubios is a fast casual eatery serving traditional Baja fish tacos and other seafood and healthy options. If if you elect not to Lyft if, you can get great Mexican food and drinks closer by to port at: Tequila Jack's Restaurant and Cantina407 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802(562) 628-0454https://goo.gl/maps/F8twqVnRFLcVmnH68 Rubios fish tacos and a few cervezas always makes for a fun and easy meal. Inexpensive too. Welcome to CA! Hopefully you enjoy the food and culture here (the weather’s pretty good too)!!!!!!!
  5. “Good” is open for your interpretation. Weather is near perfect. Spring break brings more kids and families on board (CA schools). If you’re fine with more kids and families you’ll be fine. Mind you it’s still fewer kids and families than high summer season (which we try to avoid cruising as adults only). If if you are seeking whale watching the you’re at the very very end of season in Cabo. If you’re seeking whale watching then Feb-Mar is high season. Hope this helps.
  6. Basically, that means potato chips, not fries. Light well is an option too. @LandlockedCruiser01, you might as well just go 4x4 and add raw onions, grilled onions, extra pickles, extra spread, chopped chilis. Good luck on this one. You'll be full for two days when done. http://hackthemenu.com/in-n-out/secret-menu/
  7. Rubio’s is the quintessential Baja taco. Fried fish, fresh cabbage, spicy red salsa and white sauce. Over the years Rubio’s have moved back to their original flavor and style and produce a good product. It’s fast, filling, fresh and easy to enjoy. California pizza can is often unique with many fresh toppings and made in a wood fired oven. IMO its a massive improvement over traditional cheese and sauce pizza. We’re fans of artichokes, feta, olives, spinach, red onions and sun dried tomatoes with high quality olive oil drizzled on top. Mexican food varies so much, I’d try and experience as much of it as you can, including Ensenada. And if you like seafood, Mexican seafood dishes are also great. There’s a large Asian population in LB too (Filipino, Cambodian and Vietnamese). I have a few clients in LB and there’re some great Pho shops near the port area. Mangosteen 510 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 495-5999 https://goo.gl/maps/DivzbwC6AS8MGT2Y7
  8. Are you on the 7 day MX Riv itinerary? There’re some great places to hit on that cruise too and some tequila to bring home as well.
  9. You sound like a foodie so maybe some Mex and margs are on your list? Tequila Jack's Restaurant and Cantina 407 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 628-0454 https://goo.gl/maps/F8twqVnRFLcVmnH68 We’ve gone here for later evening bites and drinks. Easy access, solid food and strong drinks. Always a nice evening to kick of cruising next day. Uber and Lyft are your friends and make travel simple in LB.
  10. and add chopped chilies if you like a little heat. as for "what else to do," what do you like to do and how much time do you have?
  11. Yup. That’s a suicide mission. But if they do go, buy some ostrich eggs from the local vendor to take home and eat.
  12. we just use Lyft. and if there's 4 of us we order an XL (luggage and people take up lots of space). we also stay in LB at the Renaissance which is very close to the pier. there are a few good hotels to stay at in the area. it all depends on what vibe you're seeking; LA or LB. so many choices, so may good places to eat at, so little time in life to enjoy them all. enjoy your cruise and welcome to CA.
  13. Actually, some bigger differences: Citing gelato expert and author Morgan Morano, writer Linda Poon sketches out a few key differences: Creaminess: Gelato is creamier, smoother and silkier, as well as denser and more elastic and fluid, than American ice cream. Ingredients: While both gelato and ice cream contain cream, milk and sugar, authentic gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream and generally doesn’t use egg yolks, which are a common ingredient in ice cream. Butterfat, air and flavor: Ice cream contains at least 10 percent butterfat and usually has between 14 and 25 percent. Meanwhile, Italian gelato includes only about 4 to 9 percent fat. Yet gelato also contains less air than American ice cream — that helps keep it dense, fluid and creamy. And having less butterfat to coat your palate allows the flavors to emerge more. Temperature: Another flavor enhancer: Italian gelato is served about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than American ice cream, at about 7 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, so your mouth is less numb and better able to taste it.
  14. I guess the editors are active on this thread as my reply was deleted. It would be great if people replied in percentages of their TA’s discounts as that’s a valid and comparable measure for any cruiser. We are averaging 12% in total cruise price discount using our TA that isn’t an online TA. It’s achieved by a combination of of percentages off; cash back card and annual rebates based upon credit card and membership. I am am reading this and many threads to gauge total percentages off cruise fare to determine if I am getting my best deal and value. Would love to to read about other’s experiences in percentages so I can “weigh” value of TAs. Hopefully I’ve kept this post generic enough to Keep it on this thread.
  15. If you’re looking for a deal, book when final payment is due and pick up a cancelled cabin. Usually very inexpensive and you’ll pay in full upon booking. There’s around a 7 day window where prices drop and then they climb high, quickly. We just did this on Splendor and sailed for $70 pp pd in a spa interior. I can’t stay home for that amount. Literally it was like a free vacation.
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