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#61
26 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Been caching for a while now. My wife and myself got into it sadly AFTER our two cruises we have taken so far.

I look at all the ports and caches I missed. Port of Jacksonville, Port of Ft Lauderdale, Cayman Islands, Key West, Ocho Rios, Nassau, HalfMoonCay.

I know some people would "couch cache" some finds after the fact. Some people rationalize, hey, I was at the Southernmost marker in Key West or the fountain at Atlantis resort....I'm logging it! Well nah, you didn't even know it was a cache when you visited.

Oh well, have to go back and get them for real! Now if only the wallet agreed! lol

I have a Magellan explorist 110. Nice paperless unit.
#62
Marietta, GA
111 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Geocaching Cruise: 04-09JAN14 / Liberty of the Seas. Info @ ftftours.com
Sonny & Sandy (PodCacher.com) will be joining us - keep on caching!
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#63
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
To the person who asked about geocaching outside of the USA with an iPhone. You can download all your pocket queries for each location to your iphone before you leave the USA This way you are only using the GPS on the phone and so you will not incur roaming charges. You should turn off the data to be sure you are not charged. We have done this in many foreign countries though we always bring our Garmin oregon as well
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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#65
Germany
192 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
We're addicted to geocaching since 2008 and addicted to cruising since 2011.

This autumn it will be our first time in the US and in the Caribbean since starting geocaching. Any tips for geocaching in Florida and in the Western (Labadee, Falmouth, Georgetown, Cozumel) and Eastern (Coco Cay, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg) Caribbean would be nice. I really appreciate that!
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#66
Gulfport, FL
99 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
I did a search for Princess Cays and nothing came up in the forum. I am going to this island with Princess Cruises in November and there is a cache there.

Has anyone logged this cache? If so, please share your thoughts.

Steve
#67
Gulfport, FL
99 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by CruiseCacher
I'm curious as to how your get together was advertised/promoted? Depending on one's outlook, a dozen curious people is either disappointing or encouraging. Were the attendees just "curious" or did they really want to learn about geocaching? Did you recruit any more players?

After speaking with a cruise enhancement lecturer on our last cruise, I started thinking that a formal presentation on geocaching would be a great cruise subject. Based on your discussion with the CD, do you think that a lecture would be welcomed?

Any thoughts from others about such a lecture? And, even as geoachers, would you attend such a lecture to (a) learn more about the game, (b) meet fellow cachers, and/or (c) plan group geocaching activities?
If there was a Geocaching Lecture I would attend. I am a geocacher, I have over 600 finds. Looking forward to finding one in the Bahamas in November. I can't wait....
#68
Gulfport, FL
99 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Cachecruiser
We're addicted to geocaching since 2008 and addicted to cruising since 2011.

This autumn it will be our first time in the US and in the Caribbean since starting geocaching. Any tips for geocaching in Florida and in the Western (Labadee, Falmouth, Georgetown, Cozumel) and Eastern (Coco Cay, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg) Caribbean would be nice. I really appreciate that!
We live in Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Watch out for the snakes. When in Florida, they say your are never farther away from a snake than 10' (average). Alligators if you are caching near water areas.
#69
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
We have cached on a bunch of the Caribbean islands. Before we leave we run a pocket query of each port and print a geocaching map of each port. We also note the terrain rating so we don't try for a 4 or 5 if we have limited time.


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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#70
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
PS. I just looked at the geocaching.com map and did not see a cache on princess cays??


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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#71
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Looked again. The cache on princess cays is GC2NV7E. You can look it up and read the logs.


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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#72
Carmel, NY
507 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Bumping this thread to see if anyone has done any caches in Bermuda, and if so, what was your experience? I see there are a lot of them.

Christina


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#73
SF Bay Area
2,267 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Originally posted by christinalvt
Bumping this thread to see if anyone has done any caches in Bermuda, and if so, what was your experience? I see there are a lot of them.

Christina
Hi Christina - I was there 4 years ago and only managed to find one - by the Royal Naval Dockyards. Looked for another near the ship but didn't have any luck and we had to hurry to be back on board. You should have a great time - beautiful place and lots of caches to be found! I want to go back!
Cheers!
Dee
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#74
Carmel, NY
507 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Thanks, Dee! I'm sure we will have fun, maybe we'll find a few caches, too!

Christina


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#75
Mission, TX
24 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Lots of good discussion here. This is my $0.02 worth :-) My wife and I have cached on all of our cruises. In many cases it's better than a shore excursion! We've only cruised the Caribbean and Alaska so far, the Baltic is coming up 26 Aug 2014. My most fun caching and cruising was in Alaska. Lots of caches within easy walking distance of the ports. Next best was Cozumel, safe walking and plenty of caches in town near the port. Our last trip to the eastern carib got us hooked up with another caching family and that was loads of fun. I used the Roll Call threads to find a fellow cacher(s). The idea of arranging a meetup via the CD is a good idea. The suggestion to research caches in your ports of call is a good one. I've already got mine picked out for our Baltic ports! They're loaded on my iPad and I'll have my trusty Garmin GPSr with me, cache locations etc already loaded. Ports vary widely in terms of cache density with larger cities naturally having the most and remote rural locations few if any. One idea worth looking into is an 'event cache'. You would need to arrange it at least two weeks in advance but I ran across two of these during our eastern carib cruise. Unfortunately neither was for the day we were in port :-( but it might be a good way to meet some local cachers. The most fun ever was running into some cachers from another ship while in Alaska. We spotted a couple of suspicious looking characters poking around a phone booth and some electrical boxes. Turns out they were cachers looking for a brand new cache that had been placed after I loaded my caches. We joined them in the hunt and found the nasty little creature.
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#76
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Caching has taken us to some fantastic spots both on cruises and land vacations. So far we have cached in 69 countries and DH's goal is to hit 100!


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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#77
Santa Rosa Valley (just west of LA)
28 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
I was on the Princess Baltic from 26 July - Aug 6, 8 stops. Picked up 61 caches while touring. plus held 8 events.
I have gpx files if you want them.
Mel
#78
SoCal
2,774 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
We took the Aegean odyssey from Venice to Athens. We were only able to pick up 17 caches in 10 days. Croatia and Greece don't have as many caches as other places in Europe.


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Viv and Harold - geocaching name: HawaiianHairball

Alaska - 7 days - Ryndam - 2006
Mexico - 7 days - Vision of the Seas - 2007
Mediterranean - 12 days - Oosterdam- 2009
South America - 14 days - Norwegian Sun - 2010
Galapagos Legend - 4 days - 2010
South America - 30 days - Rotterdam - 2011
Asia - 14 days - Zaandam - Feb 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Nieuw Amsterdam - Dec 2012
Caribbean - 14 days - Jewel of the Seas - Dec 2013
Balkans - 10 days - Aegean Odyssey - Aug 2014
Transatlantic - 20 days - Eurodam - April 2015
Caribbean - 21 days - Oosterdam - Oct/Nov 2015
Nile - 4 days - Sonesta Moon Goddess - Feb 2016
Mediterranean - 24 days - Oosterdam - Jun/Jul 2016

Mexico - 7 days - Miracle - Aug 2016
New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii - 29 days - Noordam - Apr 2017
#79
Rancho Cordova, California, USA
22 Posts
Joined Sep 2014
Originally posted by Meatman1
I did a search for Princess Cays and nothing came up in the forum. I am going to this island with Princess Cruises in November and there is a cache there.

Has anyone logged this cache? If so, please share your thoughts.

Steve
As someone else noted the cache is "GC2NV7E - Princess Cays Pirate Cove". I found this one last year and it's fairly easy. It can be quite a walk but there is a shuttle that can get you closer. After getting off the tender, cross over the arch where they want to take your picture, and then look for the shuttle to the private bungalows and fishing area. It looks like anyone can ride the shuttle. Take it to the end and then walk the rest of the way. You might need to walk all the way back if you don't see the shuttle.

If you're just going ashore, this is probably the only cache you'll be able to get to. There are a couple of others further out the island. You would probably need a car/cab to get to these.
#80
Howdy from Texas!!!
57 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
Last year we found squaredancer44 on our roll call from Cruise Critic. It was awesome. Just finding someone else who cached and cruise was great. The best part was all the travel bugs we had with us. We were able to give them some to move along.

Some advice...travel bugs Dont dont do well if taken on a cruise. I released one in Hell, Grand Cayman and it disappeared.

Having done a few along the way, there is no way to do caching and a ship excursion as well. We have booked private tours and have had good success. We have two more we are doing this year. We asked for someone in Cozumel that knew about it. Will let you knowmhownit goes!!!
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