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About JimnKaren

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About Me

  • Location
    Spring Hill, FL
  • Interests
    Reading/knitting for Karen, gardening for Jim. Both retired.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    My driveway

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  1. I am looking forward to flirting with women who will never have anything to do with me!!!! Jim
  2. We live north of Tampa by about an hour. We'll be back from our 51-day Tales of the South Pacific on 12/18. Ya wanna come to our house? We'll show you what living is like in the Sunshine State. Got some great places to goof off (we haven't been tossed out of yet). You need to let me know right away as we leave for San Diego on 10/25 in the a.m. Jim
  3. Maybe they heard you were going to book and eliminated all of them! Jim
  4. Ya know...I am sorta upset! We are leaving in less than a week...and I got nothing. We have Voyage of the Vikings for next summer...and I got nothing. I guess that giving them all of my money early on doesn't count for anything. Harrumph! Jim
  5. Biggest issue in my estimation is that the crew has not had enough time to become a team. They are all good people, however they have not had the opportunity to work together. That includes servers in the dining and workers in the kitchen; housekeeping teams are vital, if they have not had time to learn to work together, then things can not be as good as one might expect. Jim
  6. The longer the cruise, the older the demographic. That makes sense as who has lots of time? Older folks. Early December and early January are good times to cruise for a good price. I will reiterate what others have mentioned - find a good travel agent and spend a couple of hours with that person going over options. Jim
  7. The cost of the taxi is not outrageous. There is a Hertz van that goes around the port. How often is dependent on how many ships are in port. Once you determine how many, you might have a better sense of how often that Hertz van will come around. If there are more than 3 ships in port, take the taxi. If possible walk off with your luggage to get going early. If there are several ships in port, there just might not be enough officials on the pier to process you in a timely manner. You get there early, you get done quickly. If you get off about 8:00, you could still be on the pier well after 9:00. Jim
  8. As long as Karen is not with me, I have a tendency to create scenarios. She calls it slinging BS, I like to think that I could take it to the stage and make some big buck$. Once the word gets out on me, rarely do others want to engage in conversation with me. That's OK, as long as the bartenders will chat with me. Jim
  9. Two times we were on ships that indicated a stop at Puerto Caldera and both times we ended up in Puntarenas. Not sure why. You might want to look at the Ports of Call board to see if anyone has any insight on this. Jim
  10. One of the reasons that we moved to Florida from Illinois several years ago is that we would have an easy drive to several ports. Living a bit north of Tampa, we can get to Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Port Canaveral with an easy drive after breakfast at home. Being able to snag one of those last-minute cruises makes cruising reasonably priced. As stated above, Princess has Drop and Go pricing (and some are really, really cheap) and has the military OBC. Holland America offers 10 best deals on their Web site. Some are more practical than others. And there are more. Spend a couple of hours looking at each cruise line's Web site and then contact your TA. It is not always a 'Florida Resident' thing that makes the deal. Most (not all) cruise lines are willing to discount severely in those final weeks, they make more money on anyone in a cabin, rather than an empty cabin. Some deals are real quick and others are several weeks out. Jim
  11. I spent several hours touring USS Iowa (WWII battleship). An easy 5 minute walk from the terminal. Jim
  12. Pay attention to the times of sunrise and sunset. It will be getting dark by 6:30 p.m. in Juneau. Not much to see then. Jim
  13. Be aware that June will have the longest days and the shortest nights. If you are light sensitive, you might not enjoy something like this. Jim
  14. I have created a bull-eye type thing with my photo as the target. It is unique and it will generally create a big of laughter. Can you do something like that? Ya gotta be creative. Alternately, lotto-type tickets are not expensive and just may create a bit of excitement. Jim
  15. Do you want to have your clothes sent out to be laundered? That might save a bit of space. I will tell you that it will still be warm (to hot) in the Caribbean this time of year. I live on the west coast of Florida and we have had 90+ temps every day. You will be south of us. I will be warm. Think about what you will be doing. Stay on the ship in an air conditioned climate...or going ashore where it will be hot (compared to Long Island this time of year). Establish your priorities and follow through. Jim
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