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How to pass the time?

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2 hours ago, Mr. Boston said:

While most Alaskans would roll their eyes, reading Alaska by James Michener helped to make the time pass and set the stage from a natural history perspective.

I read that book before my first trip to Alaska, and it was a fabulous introduction. It was amazing to see what was described in the book up close. When the train out of Skagway got to Dead Horse Gulch, you could still see the trampled down grass. 

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5 hours ago, Alberta Quilter said:

Get the Alaska Cruise Handbook - a Mile by Mile Guide by Joe Upton.  Make sure to get a new copy with the pull out map.  I found the map to be invaluable on my cruises and have lent it out to others.

And of course you'll need some strong magnets to put that up in the cabin, so you should spend an hour or so picking those out on Amazon.

 

While you're there, check out the over-the-door shoe organizers to put on your bathroom door and keep all your toiletries neat and tidy...don't just pick one, really imagine it on the door. 

 

You know decks can be windy, right? Probably should take a look at some towel clips or the alternatives. That Senoragilbert lady said that the rubber-band ones are great and pack away much easier than the clips...better check those out, too. 

 

I guess it's time to check out a packing for cruises video on YouTube. Oh...packing cubes. That looks like a good idea. Do I need those dollar-store fabric bins for organization, or are there enough drawers? Better go back to the cabin tour on YouTube...

 

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5 hours ago, HamOp said:

LOL, HamOp....you have no idea how many times that bug of yours has freaked me out. there must be a back story on that...

 

Not really, I just like to make people nuts😈

 

well, I am sorry to Bug you about it. I know it really Bugs me when i am not on a cruise. I get an Infestation of ideas when i start to think about booking my next cruise. So much so that i am just Buggy over it. I have to Raid my closet and pull out all of my cruising outfits, and Crawl through the closet for my vacation pictures. Honestly, it drives me Nuts!

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7 hours ago, tuolumne couple said:

 

well, I am sorry to Bug you about it. I know it really Bugs me when i am not on a cruise. I get an Infestation of ideas when i start to think about booking my next cruise. So much so that i am just Buggy over it. I have to Raid my closet and pull out all of my cruising outfits, and Crawl through the closet for my vacation pictures. Honestly, it drives me Nuts!

Ahh...the sweet smell of success.....(very clever post, by the way - good job)

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Start looking for your next fix.

We know the feeling, we're about 9 weeks away from flying to Sydney to cruise back to Vancouver. knowing that my wife will go through serious withdrawal whan we get back to Canada I've already booked the next cruise for 2021. 

 

You do have to accept that cruising is an addiction!!!  If you have offspring, you can start thinking about how to tell them that the inheritance may be a bit smaller than they were hoping for. 

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On 1/19/2020 at 6:45 PM, Mr. Boston said:

While most Alaskans would roll their eyes, reading Alaska by James Michener helped to make the time pass and set the stage from a natural history perspective.

 

When I read OP's title, "How To Pass the Time," I thought he/she might have been asking about time on board ship. Very few of us who frequent the CC boards can appreciate the viewpoint of those who find time weighing heavily on their hands while on a cruise. But there are people like that. In my experience (definitely, not my personal experience, thank the Good Lord!), they tend to be middle-age men who wind up either drinking their days away or planted in the casino mindlessly punching buttons on the slot machines.

 

As it is, OP is jumping up and down in anticipation. I endorse wholeheartedly the suggestion of Mr. Boston above. IMHO nobody beats Michener in capturing the sweep of a land's (and its people's) development. DW & I are mere weeks away from our first Panama Canal transit. In addition to escaping the brutal grip of a Chicago winter, I look forward to witnessing the canal in operation from up close. In preparation, on the recommendation of a denizen of this board, I read David McCullough's 600+ page history of the exploration of the Central American isthmus and the planning, designing, and building of the canal. It was a heck of a commitment, but I am so much the better for it. I feel much better equipped to see and appreciate the entire span of our transit knowing the towering figures (along with multiple scalawags and knavish imbeciles) who contributed to its creation.

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