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Old 10-21-2005, 04:06 PM
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Cat I could SOOOO Relate That I was DYING! As a Stay at home mom ALSO and the mother of 7 kids (3 biological, 4 adopted) and 50 foster children
I always tell people the reason I like cruising is being served a silver platter. I love(really do enjoy) serving my kids, community and family but it is SOOOO Nice to be served and not have to deal with a kids abuse, neglect etc and just get away!
I second the Act of Marriage thing too!
(Sorry to the singles with thin walls) My friends tell me cruising is priced too high but it is worth EVERY dime.
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Old 10-22-2005, 06:55 PM
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Mine was definately getting up super early and sitting on deck and staying up late and sitting on the deck. I had my kids (and husband with me) but they all wanted to sleep late. I got up every morning at 5:45 and sat out on deck with a danish and juice and took tons of sunrise picks, then I would get a shower and go back up again until everyone got up. In the evenings they all went to bed early and I went back out on deck with a drink and just relaxed. We had alot of storms and they were super cool out on deck at night.
I cannot wait to go on another.
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Old 10-24-2005, 02:31 AM
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Hello All...Even know my title says "New Cruiser" that's not really true. My family and I have been on 2 other cruises and are getting ready for our 3rd on 30 Oct on the Conquest. I could pull something from most of the the responses I have seen and would share your same memory. But one thing that seems to just start my cruise off right is to be able to stand up top as your ready to set sail at port and look out as you see people driving and working around the port or on the highways and just get that feeling that you are leaving that all behind. It makes you realize how much we are really just in a "Rat Race" everyday and for one week you get to leave the race and leave it all behind. W. White
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Old 10-24-2005, 02:49 AM
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W. White,

now that you have made your fifth posting here, your Karma Title is no longer "New Cruiser", but "Cruiser".
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Don't know if it's the best memory, but it sure is the funniest. I was walking with my husbby to breakfast thinking he was right behind me. I turned around and he wasn't there. As we all know, the waiters, stewards, etc. aboard ship know enough English to get by. I said, "I lost my husband!" With that came this reply, "I'll get you another one". (He heard the word lost and knew he would have to help me somehow.) I snickered to myself and went on my way.
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We were sailing back to Vancouver, down the Inside Passage. I leaned over the rail to watch the whales that were pacing us, and saw a herd (pod, school, what is a group of dophins?) frolicing at the bow of the ship. No one else saw them, and I had them entirely to myself. On our last cruise in Hawaii, there was a HUGE group of dolphins along side of us - someone said at least 100--- is that possible?
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Patt, I am sitting here in my chair laughing out loud. Thank you!

Susanmaz, yes, it is possible to have thousands of dolphins. Once on a fishing trip out of San Diego, we were returning from a long range trip only to experience thousands (I mean thousands) of dolphin running with the boat's wakes in dead calm water. It was amazing.

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Old 10-27-2005, 05:13 AM
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Why do dolphins do that? Are they playing? I have always wondered...
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:37 AM
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They enjoy it, swimming close to ships or boats, especially in the waves. Some try to surf on the waves of the boat, almost like humans. And we on the ships are their entertainment program, like them for us.
And its like Susan said, you have to look close to the boat, sometimes impossible on the huge cruiseships, to see them. It happend to me also and its wonderful.
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Many favorite memories, but ours are mostly from the small ships.
1) idling off a small island in Glacier Bay watching sea lions roar and shove each other off the small beach where they crowded together, with puffins floating just off the bow on the other side of the vessel, while all of us watched this standing on the bow only 15 feet above the water - then noticing one of the big ships sailing in the distance, missing all of what we were seeing
2) same cruise - nosing right up to a waterfall in steep Tracy Arm, while passengers filled cups with water from the waterfall
3) same cruise - passengers betting how long it would take a bergy bit to melt, as it sat in a plastic-lined box in the boat's lounge
4) same cruise - the "buddy tags" we used to indicate whether we were onboard or onshore in a port, and the announcement that we couldn't leave port yet because "cabin 201" had not checked back in (and we all knew who that was!)
5) the awesome scenery, which made us feel so small, seeing Alaska from a 100-foot "ship"
6) different cruises - a really fun group of people at our table
7)different cruises - reading and watching the port activity (including all that goes along with docking and leaving port) from our balcony
8) too many more to mention!
 
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