Where are the coin-operated binoculars?

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#23
Pepsicola FL
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Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by AmazedByCruising
Yes, I'm thinking of buying a decent one. But I was wondering why ships offer zip-lines and whatever in an attempt to empty our pockets don't offer the most straightforward service I'd expect on a ship.

those would never cross my mind as being a requirement/straightforward 'of course this is on board' thing.

while underway, there tends to be very little of note to see unless you are in or near a port or busy channel. the most exciting things we do is try and figure out the parent company of that container ship on the far horizon . we've been escorted exactly once by a Pod of dolphins, and I have seen exactly one breaching whale. now IIRC , they are standard on Alaskan cruises. a LOT more potential on those itineraries.
#24
flushing, ny
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Joined Oct 2004
Last summer, I was fortunate to sail the Northwest Passage on the Crystal Serenity....
They provided every cabin with decent binoculars, and in addition, they set up six very high-powered tripod mounted binoculars in the observation lounge. And if that wasn't enough, they had a super-high powered high definition camera mounted on the mast that could zoom in at incredible levels, broadcast in the lounge, and also on all cabin tv's....it was operated by a pro....
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#25
Connecticut
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Joined Sep 2005
Originally posted by spookwife
those would never cross my mind as being a requirement/straightforward 'of course this is on board' thing.

while underway, there tends to be very little of note to see unless you are in or near a port or busy channel. the most exciting things we do is try and figure out the parent company of that container ship on the far horizon . we've been escorted exactly once by a Pod of dolphins, and I have seen exactly one breaching whale. now IIRC , they are standard on Alaskan cruises. a LOT more potential on those itineraries.
Actually, for someone who does own a pair of binoculars, cruising is probably the activity most likely to have reason to use them - unless you are interested in checking out your neighbor's bedroom windows. Being at sea is one of the few times you are likely to want them - approaching shorelines, passing other ships and sea creatures -are exactly when you might want them.
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#26
Enosburg Falls, VT
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Originally posted by AmazedByCruising
Cool! Now I wonder why they aren't installend on the ships I've been on
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