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Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions June 25th, 2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 907
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I love designing photo books of each of our...

I love designing photo books of each of our trips. Gives me a chance to be a bit creative.

I've scanned a lot of my old printed photos (still more to do) and also photos I inherited from my...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question June 24th, 2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,460
Posted By sparky-elpaso
First of all - welcome aboard. First...

First of all - welcome aboard.

First question - did you book your cruise through a travel agent? If you did all requests would have to be made by your TA.

Your signature lists Manchester - I'm...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions June 18th, 2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 421
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Being "vertically challenged" (I'm 5' 3"), people...

Being "vertically challenged" (I'm 5' 3"), people with i-pads, etc. are extremely aggravating. Especially if they decide to move between me and the subject - and I got there first. I try to get to...
Forum: First Time Cruisers June 18th, 2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,602
Posted By sparky-elpaso
One thing I like to do is check out the ports in...

One thing I like to do is check out the ports in Google Earth. It gives a much better idea of what the area is like than a map. You may find that you don't need an actual excursion at some ports...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 6th, 2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,842
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I figured I wasn't the only one. :D It's...

I figured I wasn't the only one. :D It's usually things like forgetting something important - passports, meds, etc. or not getting up in time to make our flight to the port.

My grandmother used...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 4th, 2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I think you're right. The shorter one is up and...

I think you're right. The shorter one is up and back on the train and the longer one that goes into Canada is up by train and then return by bus.

We took the train both ways - absolutely...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 28th, 2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By sparky-elpaso
We used British Airport Transfers - I had found...

We used British Airport Transfers - I had found out about the company on the Great Britain board here. Both from Heathrow to our downtown London hotel and then again from our hotel to Southampton. ...
Forum: First Time Cruisers February 28th, 2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,319
Posted By sparky-elpaso
The schedule problems for the train would...

The schedule problems for the train would probably mean going to Seattle several days ahead to make sure they get there on time. It's always best to go at least a day ahead even if you're flying to...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 27th, 2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 875
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Take small sizes of OTC meds - aspirin, cold...

Take small sizes of OTC meds - aspirin, cold remedies, something for an upset tummy, etc. You may not need them but if you do buying them in the ship store is expensive - and what they stock may not...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 22nd, 2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,243
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I keep telling my sons they need to invent a Star...

I keep telling my sons they need to invent a Star Trek type transporter so we could get to our cruise ports more easily. But so far, no dice. :)

Australia was the most interesting - the idea of...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 20th, 2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 924
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Walked outside to get in the car yesterday and...

Walked outside to get in the car yesterday and found someone had been drawing lines in the sky.

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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 17th, 2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,019
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Absolutely. If they don't know about a problem...

Absolutely. If they don't know about a problem they can't fix it. So far the service we've had on ships has been over the top. We always tip extra - especially to our cabin steward.
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 16th, 2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Ours were from Albertson's supermarket. Really...

Ours were from Albertson's supermarket. Really good. And who would think you could get great brownies from a pizza place - Papa John's.

Great shots of the Osprey - especially the ones where you...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 15th, 2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Spent a winter in North Dakota - so I know what...

Spent a winter in North Dakota - so I know what that's like. Not fun. I've been watching the Weather channel - don't envy those broadcasters doing the on the scene reports.
Forum: Holland America Line February 15th, 2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,875
Posted By sparky-elpaso
While we live in Texas now (I won't tell you what...

While we live in Texas now (I won't tell you what our forecast is for today) we're originally from Michigan (my parents retired to northern Michigan and one winter got 35 inches of snow in a couple...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 15th, 2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I'm a cheap date for Valentines Day. Delivery...

I'm a cheap date for Valentines Day. Delivery pizza and brownies and strawberries from the supermarket.

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Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 14th, 2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Yikes. Stay inside and stay warm. :)

Yikes. Stay inside and stay warm. :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 13th, 2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By sparky-elpaso
I guess I'm confused. I just checked the US...

I guess I'm confused. I just checked the US Passport page and this is what it lists that you need.

A DS-11 Form also known as an Application for a US Passport must be filed out. - Submit in...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 13th, 2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,978
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Coming from a mom of 2 sons (now age 40 and 41...

Coming from a mom of 2 sons (now age 40 and 41 :eek: ) it's time they learned that there will be times in their future lives when someone else (job, etc.) will dictate what they wear. So now is a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 12th, 2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 844
Posted By sparky-elpaso
We have the same result - and we don't tip up...

We have the same result - and we don't tip up front. We usually leave an envelope the last day though - we've always had excellent service on all of our cruises.

Another thing to do is to fill...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question February 12th, 2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Sticky notes in the cabin or on the door. It's...

Sticky notes in the cabin or on the door. It's really not that hard to keep in touch. Even though ships are large a majority of the space is non-public space - cabins, working space where...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 10th, 2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Duh - don't know why I said Jaguar. Especially...

Duh - don't know why I said Jaguar. Especially since Cheetahs are my 2nd favorite big cat - after tigers. :) I think I was still on my 1st cup of coffee.
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 8th, 2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Pretty kitties. I want that little Jaguar cub.

Pretty kitties. I want that little Jaguar cub.
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 7th, 2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Thanks. A lot of it was luck. I had my camera...

Thanks. A lot of it was luck. I had my camera set to take 10 shot bursts - 2 shots per second. So during a race I waited until the horses got close and just held the shutter down. The horses...
Forum: Photo & Camera Discussions February 7th, 2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 976
Posted By sparky-elpaso
Had to wait until nicer weather to go to the...

Had to wait until nicer weather to go to the track.

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