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CT Sean

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  1. All 3 ports are close to town with Mallory Square (M) being the closest
  2. Parking in Key West, especially near the popular areas is challenging. There are public lots where you could park and then walk a while. Most charge (maybe all of them, but I've only used a few) 4.00 an hour / 32.00 a day. If your plan is to, say, drive to Kermit's and get some pie, then drive to the Southermost point, then drive to somewhere in Duval to shop (for example), I think you'll find it incredibly challenging at each location and even if you park at the nearest lots each time, I don't know if your parking receipt from one lot will allow you to avoid a ticket at another if your hour isn't up yet.
  3. Cruise ship passengers are exempt from the fee for "Other water activities", which I'd translate to everything but scuba diving- see the note under NON-RESIDENTS
  4. I can echo pretty much everything Grumpy says - other than the tricycle part - we just rent standard beach cruisers when we're there. it's a great island to ride though - bike racks are everywhere. We also rent from Eaton Bikes. I've never noticed if they set something up near the piers for cruise passengers, but their main location is barely a mile from Mallory Square on Eaton Street It is a VERY nice walk if you go all the way East on Front Street to the harbor, then take the harbor walk until you get to Turtle Kraals/Margaret Street - in this parking lot you can stop for "world famous" Cuban Coffee Queen. Margaret takes you 2 blocks to Eaton and Eaton Bike is right on that corner. Obviously from here - ride anywhere you want. Depending on how much time you are on island and whether you;re into cycling, a circumnavigation of the island is a nice option. It's about about 10 miles. I'd recommend clockwise - get past all the busy commercial stuff on N. Roosevelt first. After dropping the bikes off, you can take the same route back and stop at Bo's Fish Wagon or the Waterfront Brewery (or both) Brewery has half price "fresh" brewed beer during happy hour from 4-6:30.
  5. My experience is the same - the steward only unlocks it. Once unlocked, it behaves pretty much like a door. The inability to re-lock it was occasionally a nuisance.
  6. Depends where you're going I suppose. Are you planning to just float on the surface at a beach or take an actual snorkel trip? Personally, I hate snorkeling without fins.
  7. Trolley pickup at Pier B is unnecessary - You disembark in a public area. Duval St is 2 or 3 blocks away, depending how you count - maybe a 5 min walk.
  8. On a good day it's only around 80-90 minutes to Marathon from KW (obviously depending on where exactly in Marathon you are going). The problem is most of the Overseas highway is one lane on each side and traffic incident can cause delays for miles, or shut it down completely. Last time we drove down, a crane fell over somewhere around Islamorada and held up traffic for hours.
  9. They are repairing it right now. no idea how long it's supposed to take though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2vi1HIwO0I
  10. Probably a bit late, but I too have been using Sandisk cards for many years (18-20) - both SD cards and a brief stint with Compactflash. Never had one fail, including one that was in a camera I dumped in the ocean. The camera was instantly ruined, as were the rechargeable batteries, but the card was fine - got my pics off it like nothing ever happened and I probably kept using it until it was replaced with a faster, higher capacity card.
  11. We used Fury a bunch of years ago and they were fine. We booked directly with them and got on their boat right in front on pier B, where we were docked.
  12. Nikon's free ViewNX-i software isn't too bad at all for developing their own NEF files. Provides all the basic adjustments and if you don't want to adjust anything, it'll apply the in-camera settings when converting to .jpg. I used it and Capture NX2 for years before finally opting for Lightroom - mainly because I have Canon that I shoot RAW also and I found the Canon software terrible. If i never got the Canon, i'd probabyl still use ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D (current version)
  13. I shoot RAW (.NEF is you want to be technical) because storage is cheap I don't want to decide when to do one vs the other. I can occasionally be a nuisance if i want a jpg right away, but in that case, I'll probably just use my phone for a real-time "snap and share" pic. I find that I don't have many RAW files that need much editing when I get home and the vast majority are simply allowed to process with the lightroom profile that very closely matches the profiles the camera would have used if allowed to convert itself. Every so often though I come across that one picture that's like "dang I'm glad I shoot RAW". Shooting RAW also lets me be a little lazy taking pictures (whether anybody likes it or not)
  14. Two places we enjoyed while we were down in December https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34345-d15141812-Reviews-Tropical_Vibes_Cones_Bowls-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html just off of Duval. My wife enjoys the rolled ice cream and they have a very respectable version of Hawaiian shave ice (not perfect but pretty darned close) https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34345-d15364075-Reviews-Wicked_Lick-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html They technically don't have seating, but "made while you wait" nitrogen frozen ice cream in not-so-normal (but also normal) flavors
  15. I don't see it mentioned earlier, so I'll mention The Waterfront Brewery. We ate there at least twice (drank there more than twice) on our last trip and everything was very good.
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