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About grandmaR

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    sailing, grandchildren, photography
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    HAL, NCL, Celebrity, AmaWaterways
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  1. If you can get that from a cruise company agent, you can probably do as well or better from a good independent agent.
  2. I have been to Bermuda 7 times and we are going again in June. Our visits
  3. I haven't toured with Quinton, but that's where we always meet a guide. You get off the ship and look around for - in your case- a guy wearing a pith helmet.
  4. When travel with my grandchildren, they have to carry their bag and mine too. (I don't take them until they are 12-13 and old enough to pack, cut up their own food, and take care of their own personal hygiene)
  5. Independent. I would never book with a cruise line agent. They do not have any incentive to help you.
  6. Initially I booked with the TA that gave the best price. I did three cruises that way and it did not work well for me when there was a glitch in the booking. Since that initial 3 cruises, I have had only 3 travel agents. I would still be booking with the first one, but he died. So now I have a general cruise agent and one for river cruises. Now I look for the TA that has the most experience and the best customer service, and having found a good one, I am loyal to that TA because he gives good service, helps when there are difficulties, and goes above and beyond that which he is compensated for. If I get good OBC (which I do), that's extra.
  7. If you log your phone onto a wi-fi network, then you don't have data charges. More and more, the cruise ships are charging a flat fee for one or two devices on the network. That means I don't have to keep track of minutes. If I am traveling with my husband, I just get one device and then if I log off my laptop I can log on my phone. Or I can Skype using the ship wi-fi.
  8. My Review of the Cruise I didn't include in the review (because I didn't find out until after I wrote it) Bob said that the reason he had to charge his razor in the cabin was that the plug in the bathroom did not work. He also said that on Italian night, the only Italian thing in the buffet was pizza
  9. I started doing cemetery documentation back in 2002. I go to cemeteries and take photos of the gravestones and post them into a database. This allows people who can't visit all the cemeteries where their relatives are buried to see what the grave looks like. (It is a source for genealogists). My interest is primarily in the photography part of the site. My husband decided to get himself a camera and join me in taking photos. So when I travel, especially to places where I have already seen most of the sights of the area, I will go to the cemeteries and take photos. It gives me a different insight into the culture of the people. Some people do this by eating at cafes where local people eat or by staying in the homes of the local people. I do it by taking photos in cemeteries. Also in the case of the Caribbean, both my husband and I have had melanomas, and so while the goal of many people is the beach, we avoid beaches except maybe to look at from an air conditioned car as we drive by. I love to swim and in the past I did scuba dive, but my lungs have been scarred by asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia and I don't think diving would be a good idea as it takes me two minutes to get my breath back when I have walked 400 feet. So snorkeling is possible but it is a big effort. And I really have never cared to sit on the beach and get hot and sweaty and have sand stick to me. I've finished the last two sea days and disembarkation https://grandmaxmascruise.travellerspoint.com/21/
  10. I am glad you are enjoying it. This is the last port Virgin Gorda
  11. Barbados - Revisiting St. Nicholas Abbey next is Bequia
  12. Thank you. The first page of the narrative is on the drive down to the port, but I figured most people on CC would be more interested in the cruise ship stuff. We stopped on the way down and took about 350 photo in a cemetery in Selma NC which I was working on until we got to St. Barts. I still have over 100 of those photos to process.
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