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Old 08-28-2014, 09:17 AM   #21309
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Herb the flyover and cruise around the islands then fly back is what we did. The riding the boat over OR back involves 4 days at sea, which is a lot of time on a boat and out at sea it tends to be a little rough compared to sailing near shore. We have cruised a lot and find anything more than 1 day on boat boring as I don't gamble and can't drink that much! Lol
Can't drink that much.... well you can work on that... but I know you can eat your weight in mutant meals.... lol...

So as it is - aren't the port times like 8 hours - back on ship - underway 3 hours then 5 hours in port - rinse repeat. They all look to be about as much time in port as tour bus in the Badlands or Custer or Grand Canyon. Enough to wet yer whistle then off again. You get a taste but to really see a stop - you would have to go back. Looks more like a marathon on land to me than anything else. But again - never been on a cruise....
Been on a gambling boat - twice outta Port Canaveral Fla... that was fun!!
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:58 AM   #21310
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Can't drink that much.... well you can work on that... but I know you can eat your weight in mutant meals.... lol...

So as it is - aren't the port times like 8 hours - back on ship - underway 3 hours then 5 hours in port - rinse repeat. They all look to be about as much time in port as tour bus in the Badlands or Custer or Grand Canyon. Enough to wet yer whistle then off again. You get a taste but to really see a stop - you would have to go back. Looks more like a marathon on land to me than anything else. But again - never been on a cruise....
Been on a gambling boat - twice outta Port Canaveral Fla... that was fun!!
Each stop will vary some longer than others and some for two days at a stop. There is the option to set up excursions that depart from the dock and transport you to a site and back or you can be on your own, just don't miss the boat. We have seen people left on the dock because the boat was pulling away.

Many trips we plan excursions for several days then if there is not a day at sea planned in will just do a rest day to regenerate. Cruising is lots of fun, lots of food but lots of people. Although we have Never had any issues, we have been on rough seas where many people were nauseous and the smell of vomit present. The ships are quick to clean up any problems, but hard to unsee or un smell something's.lol Again, we have never experienced any problems ourselves, but that's the reason we avoid open sea travel.

We have some in our group that only get off the boat every couple of days due to age and mobility issues. When ships are at dock the casinos are closed but I'm not sure about the bars. But there are buffets our something to eat all the time! Good thing they don't charge you by the pounds gained.

Departing on the suggested trip from west cost would not be an option for us. Currently have family wanting to do England, Norway, Sweden and Russia. We are watching the Russia -Ukraine issue closely.
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Can't drink that much.... well you can work on that... but I know you can eat your weight in mutant meals.... lol...

So as it is - aren't the port times like 8 hours - back on ship - underway 3 hours then 5 hours in port - rinse repeat. They all look to be about as much time in port as tour bus in the Badlands or Custer or Grand Canyon. Enough to wet yer whistle then off again. You get a taste but to really see a stop - you would have to go back. Looks more like a marathon on land to me than anything else. But again - never been on a cruise....
Been on a gambling boat - twice outta Port Canaveral Fla... that was fun!!

The itineraries show you port timing. When we did the NE fall colors cruise, we were in port overnite at 4 stops. Depending on the cruise, some stops are quickies, some are longies.
While underway, we played mini golf, climbed the wall on the top deck, and played a ton of trivia games. Those and "Adult Quest" 😙😜 (I will not show pics of me on this) kept us superbly busy, and got me named "Queen of the Ship".
As we went ashore at the end of the "Journey", the cruise director met us on the gang plank and declare to all that "This man had more fun on this cruise than anyone"!
This was on Royal Carribean lines.
A mid-ship stateroom with balcony was a MUST for us. Contemplating navel time and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze while looking at mostly nothing is all it is cracked up to be.
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BTW, the knee is coming along. Return to work--no driving--will likely be Sept. 5. Pray for me. I'm just rotten now; eating ice cream, having Kate wait on me, watching Netflix movies all day long. It's a tough life. .... Wait ... the physical therapist comes tomorrow. Where is my dang pain medicine?

Certainly hoping for a full recovery, Mel. You and Kate may need to "escape" when you are able.
And darn that Steve for being able to meet you two before Nola and I could!

We had 2 fine days with Colleen and Don (KSCRUDE) and on Sat we meet for German lunch with Martha and Bob (MartySQ). Woot-woot.
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Departing on the suggested trip from west cost would not be an option for us. Currently have family wanting to do England, Norway, Sweden and Russia. We are watching the Russia -Ukraine issue closely.
Tim - never say never - Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans... 😀
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Can't drink that much.... well you can work on that... but I know you can eat your weight in mutant meals.... lol...

So as it is - aren't the port times like 8 hours - back on ship - underway 3 hours then 5 hours in port - rinse repeat. They all look to be about as much time in port as tour bus in the Badlands or Custer or Grand Canyon. Enough to wet yer whistle then off again. You get a taste but to really see a stop - you would have to go back. Looks more like a marathon on land to me than anything else. But again - never been on a cruise....
Been on a gambling boat - twice outta Port Canaveral Fla... that was fun!!

To me...
Hate the at sea days, boring, dont care anything about doing cross oceanic voyage.
The ports are essential..... Even if it justs wets your whistle.... I could never see so many places otherwise.

Food.... Great at first, then gets boring.... Lol... Really... The pizza maker became our best friend on Med cruise.... In fact we didnt even take formal wear for that.... Booze pricey, but got mine discounted....

I enjoyed the excursions, but they can get pricey... But Larry and I are now certified host so got them free.... If you take an excursion booked through the ship, it will not leave you.... Woked on Celebrity and Cunard, paid for Royal Caribbean and Carnival... Pros and cons on all.... Balcony is great if you are introvert..... But there are always places you can find that are secluded. Annie can find her spot, and let Steve find a microphone.... Smile....

I can see Dave being the center of attention..... Lol...

Not done with working the ships, still on roster.... Just enjoying day at a time right now....

Looks like for me babysitting season is in full bloom.... Tween now and Oct 1 have about hald my days booked....

Ok Banana nut cake with cream cheese icing is coming out of oven... Dessert is what's for lunch....








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Old 08-28-2014, 12:14 PM   #21315
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Always open to new Mutant members Bob! Take a little time and read the first two posts in this thread from our exhalted Grand Poohbah leader and tell us what you don't have and don't miss; and, tell us the Journey is the Destination and I'll just bet we can induct you into this august body of Mutants as #91.

Best of luck on passing the test.

Oh essay test huh? Was pretty good at those in College

Lessee what do I not have and not miss. This is hard because we (DW & I) actually want what we have and don't miss anything else! We have a nice modest 5er that I love to tinker on & Mod (so I guess if I miss something I just make it rather than consume a product )

At some point, when we retire in a couple years, we MAY move to a Class A but only for the convenience factor, not the want factor (like a good Class A driving friend says, when you are older, pushing a button to set up is a LOT easier than all that stuff you 5er-yankers do!)

He has a Point I guess but right now I like to tinker so it's back to wanting what we have

Didn't we get RVs because the JOURNEY was the REASON for the trip? I mean, why drag your house behind you if you are tunnel focused on driving 700 miles a day? WAIT did you see that BIG FREAK'N T-REX on I-65 at The Mammouth Cave exit??!! No? Then take a plane fergoshsakes!

We never drive over 65MPH (good reason too - that's the MAX speed C/D class RV tires are rated for )

Oh, ...And never more than 350 miles a day. That way when we get to camp, we have time to look around and eplore the area - even if it is just a overnight stopover (you find SUCH cool outtatheway stuff that way!)

So there ya have it gang...RV Gosple according to BamaBob
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Ok so Im posting because I found my laptop and wanted to see if it even worked. It does, but really slow compared to the Ipad. So nothing really to say, nothing new right? Looks like were getting out to Bama Land, so I,ll type real slow so they can keep up. Our Razobacks are heading over to Bama and my bet is this is going to be a whupping! (note, didn,t say who's whupping who)

Bama just a warning, this group is a bunch of Sick Twisted Mutants of the very best Kind!

Hey there my Porcine friend

See'n as ya'll don't come to US this year and we come ta pay a visit on ya'll Oct 11...why not come pay a visit to US! We are having a Forest River Owner's Group rally 24-26 Oct and ya'll can join us in our mutual dislike of TN (the Enemy of My Enemy is my FRIEND )

Appreciate the warning from a fellow SEC'er - think it is too late though, I already submitted my "test"
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Well sir, some of us DO modify our rigs, but always in truly mutated fashion. And we're always open to new mutants. I see you've been given your test paper, so you may turn it up and begin ... Now!

Oh, you're half done already? Carry on then!

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So you have no autoleveling system..... CONTINUE.... We are waiting to see if you continue....



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Alas Diane it appears that HSVBamaBob has reconsidered his excursion into the Rainbowland of Mutants....What did I almost get myself into...we'll just have to see if'n he returns to claim his Mutancy.
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I thought you loaned that to OJ Simpson?
Nay Nay all I have not abandoned ya'll I just had a morning full of meetings (2 ...more...years...only...2...more....)

Lunch time now so the test paper is in!
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Can't drink that much.... well you can work on that... but I know you can eat your weight in mutant meals.... lol...

So as it is - aren't the port times like 8 hours - back on ship - underway 3 hours then 5 hours in port - rinse repeat. They all look to be about as much time in port as tour bus in the Badlands or Custer or Grand Canyon. Enough to wet yer whistle then off again. You get a taste but to really see a stop - you would have to go back. Looks more like a marathon on land to me than anything else. But again - never been on a cruise....
Been on a gambling boat - twice outta Port Canaveral Fla... that was fun!!

You are spot on about the time allotment. I'm almost to the point of having had enough whistle-wetting, and begin to think about picking a center for exploring...before I get too old!

However, if the goal is to enjoy shipboard life, get a taster from each of several locations, and/or to enjoy being at sea, then cruising is the thing. One needn't take every shore excursion, nor even go ashore at each port.

This trip, we plan to wander about on our own on 4 of our 7 stops. There are always travel guides on board in the library for planning purposes.

Our first cruise was offered by FMCA and planned by Fantasy Tours. There was a ready made group. One of mutants would be even better, since we are already family!

Long-winded I am, young Luke. Out.
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Oh essay test huh? Was pretty good at those in College

Lessee what do I not have and not miss. This is hard because we (DW & I) actually want what we have and don't miss anything else! We have a nice modest 5er that I love to tinker on & Mod (so I guess if I miss something I just make it rather than consume a product )

At some point, when we retire in a couple years, we MAY move to a Class A but only for the convenience factor, not the want factor (like a good Class A driving friend says, when you are older, pushing a button to set up is a LOT easier than all that stuff you 5er-yankers do!)

He has a Point I guess but right now I like to tinker so it's back to wanting what we have

Didn't we get RVs because the JOURNEY was the REASON for the trip? I mean, why drag your house behind you if you are tunnel focused on driving 700 miles a day? WAIT did you see that BIG FREAK'N T-REX on I-65 at The Mammouth Cave exit??!! No? Then take a plane fergoshsakes!

We never drive over 65MPH (good reason too - that's the MAX speed C/D class RV tires are rated for )

Oh, ...And never more than 350 miles a day. That way when we get to camp, we have time to look around and eplore the area - even if it is just a overnight stopover (you find SUCH cool outtatheway stuff that way!)

So there ya have it gang...RV Gosple according to BamaBob
Greetings HSVBamaBob - you have met the rigid and taxing qualifications to travel the rainbow representing the RV Mutants as RVM91. Travel in good health and may all your journeys be Grande and grand...

Well mutants - we have added another family member. I to your ability to keep the RVMDOM and the rainbow bright and vibrant. It is your good nature and good will that keeps us growing. Long Live the RVMDOM. Hail to the Rainbow. The Journey is Indeed the Destination!

Welcome Bob!

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Nay Nay all I have not abandoned ya'll I just had a morning full of meetings (2 ...more...years...only...2...more....)

Lunch time now so the test paper is in!

BamaBob...
Us retired teachers, from Arkansas, too, dont grade test papers during lunch.... If i remember right, 25 min was lunch time and sometimes we had duty for half of that. But fyi, you passed the test, as far as I am concerned...

So welcome back... Welcome to the mutant rainbow... You will be given #91 as soon as Dave or Steve check in....




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Meanwhile, from Kent in England:
Wildwood Wildlife Park of English animals. They provide generous enclosures of natural habitat for all their critters, including large spaces for the birds so they can fly.

European bison (who knew?), eagle owls (world's largest), fallow deer, and red squirrels are among their holdings, plus these otters.

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