Christmas 2011 on SD II

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#1
1,679 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Gulped big and bought airline tickets roundtrip to St. Thomas for Christmas on SD II this weekend. So its time for a new thread and "official countdown" has begun. ohmiss, are you and DH still on board for this week? Jim, no snarkiness about STT - you promised last year. Have never ever paid this much for airfare, but have exhausted all FF miles and airline seats are filling up fast. Christmas on SD --- can't wait. Itinerary looks like Splash may be on Christmas Day on Prickly Pear

FT
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Valley of the Sun, Arizona
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Hi FT. No snark here. Glad you did it. Should be a ball of a Christmas with your family. Way better than buying them a new sweater or tie. We are in some change processes that are making it a bit difficult to plan at this time but we still are lurking for a Nov/Dec SD. If not, we can travel vicariously with you. It will be here before you know it.
j.
#3
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Originally posted by Jim Avery
Hi FT. No snark here. Glad you did it. Should be a ball of a Christmas with your family. Way better than buying them a new sweater or tie. We are in some change processes that are making it a bit difficult to plan at this time but we still are lurking for a Nov/Dec SD. If not, we can travel vicariously with you. It will be here before you know it.
j.
yep, no presents, no holiday decorations to take up or down and no cooking Well worth the extortion for airfare!

FT
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#4
Chicago, IL
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Joined Jan 2010
Hey FT,

We'll be there. Doing the b2b the week before and Christmas week. Not that I want to rush away the end of summer and fall but ..... let the countdown begin! Given how time is flying it will be here before we know it.
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#5
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Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by overwurked
Hey FT,

We'll be there. Doing the b2b the week before and Christmas week. Not that I want to rush away the end of summer and fall but ..... let the countdown begin! Given how time is flying it will be here before we know it.
BtB at year end? Oh, how I wish . . .this is the 1st time in 15 yrs I've taken the week between Christmas and New Year's off and I swear I'm leaving the laptop at home . . . we'll see how that well that objective goes Look forward to seeing you and DH again.
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#6
Chicago, IL
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Originally posted by frequent traveler
BtB at year end? Oh, how I wish . . .this is the 1st time in 15 yrs I've taken the week between Christmas and New Year's off and I swear I'm leaving the laptop at home . . . we'll see how that well that objective goes Look forward to seeing you and DH again.
If i had to bet I'd put money on the laptop making the trip ....
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#7
Valley of the Sun, Arizona
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Originally posted by overwurked
If i had to bet I'd put money on the laptop making the trip ....
Safe bet I think. Besides, she has to keep us all informed.
#9
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Joined Mar 2005
It's amazing how attached I've become to the iPad but I do hate the automatic corrections it makes. Not sure I will post daily with it. Maybe all moot since it went missing on this trip hopefully I will find it in the car where the luggage took a spill. Btw what is it with all the timeshare peddlers in vegas? It's worse than the beach peddlers in Jamaica!
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#10
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Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by frequent traveler
It's amazing how attached I've become to the iPad but I do hate the automatic corrections it makes.
FT, you NEED to find your IPad so you can take US along on your next SD cruise!!

Re: the auto correction issue: I was complaining about this very thing to my DH last night so we did a little research and found out how to turn off the auto corrections:

Go to Settings, General, Keyboard and then turn off either the Auto Correction or Auto Spelling or both.

Can't tell you how relieved I was to find out those annoying auto fill ins could be turned OFF!
#11
Cincinnati Ohio & SW Florida
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Joined Jul 2008
CDreamer, thanks for that tip!

I am a techo addict, and now I love how the ipad has allowed me to somewhat "down-size." Last December, when I became an official SeaDreamer, I left my lap top behind, taking only the ipad with me (well, OK, the iphone, too). If I recall I was able to entertain myself, and hopefully at least some of you, with all the SD goings on. So very handy!

Getting journey-proud. . .we leave Monday morning for our Regent Alaskan adventure. I'm hoping there has been improvement on the Navigator since your postings, Ft & zqvol. Regardless, we plan on having fun, and celebrating life's gifts in a big way. Our 30th anniversary occurs while we're on the trip.

Sorry for the mini-hijack.
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#12
551 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by mimito4
CDreamer, thanks for that tip!

. .we leave Monday morning for our Regent Alaskan adventure. :::snip::: Our 30th anniversary occurs while we're on the trip. Sorry for the mini-hijack.
You're welcome, Teresa - and congrats on your 30th! We spent our 30th on St Barts followed by a week on SD, and there's just something very special about celebrating your anniversary while on board a ship. Enjoy! :::and now back to the original thread ::::
#13
1,679 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by CDreamer
FT, you NEED to find your IPad so you can take US along on your next SD cruise!!

Re: the auto correction issue: I was complaining about this very thing to my DH last night so we did a little research and found out how to turn off the auto corrections:

Go to Settings, General, Keyboard and then turn off either the Auto Correction or Auto Spelling or both.

Can't tell you how relieved I was to find out those annoying auto fill ins could be turned OFF!
Found the IPad - so hopefully, it and not the Lap top will be making the next SD voyage. Thanks for the tip above. Still can't believe what airfare to STT cost us and will be really irritated if it drops now

We are debating whether to take our snorkel gear. We usually do, but this makes this difference for me as to whether I go with just carry on or a checked bag. And since I know we are skipping the Baths excursion this trip - question -- is there worthy snorkeling at Prickly Pear or Anguilla? Not holding my breath on making Anguilla - haven't yet on all the other scheduled stops on SD, but just in case

FT
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#14
Valley of the Sun, Arizona
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Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by frequent traveler
Found the IPad - so hopefully, it and not the Lap top will be making the next SD voyage. Thanks for the tip above. Still can't believe what airfare to STT cost us and will be really irritated if it drops now

We are debating whether to take our snorkel gear. We usually do, but this makes this difference for me as to whether I go with just carry on or a checked bag. And since I know we are skipping the Baths excursion this trip - question -- is there worthy snorkeling at Prickly Pear or Anguilla? Not holding my breath on making Anguilla - haven't yet on all the other scheduled stops on SD, but just in case

FT
But if you do...... The beach and reefs at Shoal Bay East are way beautiful. Wished I had some gear.
#15
551 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by Jim Avery
But if you do...... The beach and reefs at Shoal Bay East are way beautiful. Wished I had some gear.
Agree with Jim.... Shoal Bay East is an amazingly beautiful beach.

Re: taking snorkeling gear along: guess it's kind of like what I say to my DH when he is thinking of taking his golf clubs on vacation - how much will you actually use them? If you think more than once then it's probably worth taking. Otherwise, rent when you get there or hang out under an umbrella w/ drink in hand and just play in the waves!

Just watch out where you eat on that beach - several of our CCers (including my DH) got VERY sick after eating at one of the beachside cafes!
#17
Valley of the Sun, Arizona
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Originally posted by fpebbles
shudders at the memory
Pretty sure I know the beach bar you are talking about. Same happened to two on our stop there. I solve the problem by only drinking beer. No food.
#18
Terra Firma
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Joined Jan 2009
I solve the problem by only drinking beer.
Suggest you BYOB.

But it IS a gorgeous beach. And contamination can happen anywhere. Heaven knows you're taking your chances in my kitchen.

And I get to look forward to my do-over cruise!

So I WOULD take the snorkel gear...and snorkel instead of eating or drinking. And take pictures with the Ipad so we can all be with you in spirit while we're hanging out with our crazy relatives at Christmas!
#19
1,679 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
"one of the beachside cafes" . . . so that's supposed to help narrow it down? Is it obvious from looking at it? Will SD II staff know enough to warn us where not to eat? No one wants to publish the name?

I have the Ipad without the camera . . .but ZQ Vol takes thousands of pictures on a week trip (seriously). However, unless SD has sped up the internet, pictures go up after we return.

FT
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#20
Valley of the Sun, Arizona
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Originally posted by frequent traveler
"one of the beachside cafes" . . . so that's supposed to help narrow it down? Is it obvious from looking at it? Will SD II staff know enough to warn us where not to eat? No one wants to publish the name?

I have the Ipad without the camera . . .but ZQ Vol takes thousands of pictures on a week trip (seriously). However, unless SD has sped up the internet, pictures go up after we return.

FT
Hey, guessing which one is half the fun. Yall will have a blast.