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steffaroonie

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About steffaroonie

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Wenatchee, WA
  • Interests
    reading, cooking, working in my yard
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    anywhere in the Caribbean
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    Waited too late--turtle snorkeling cruise?

    You might try Cool Runnings.....I just booked with them yesterday, and will be there April 18th.....
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    Dos & Don'ts with traveling with your kids friends?

    I second all of the above....but I would also recommend that you have ground rules in place that the friend and the parents are aware of and agree on. I have taken friends of my kids on several cruises....and one sticks out. I paid for the entire cruise - and airfare for my daughter's friend. She was 15 at the time.....my kids are aware of my rules (be respectful, don't get into trouble, yada yada)....so I asked the friend to do the same....and her response "You're not my mother I don't have to listen to you". I found out later that she had been trying to buy drugs in St. Maarten and was sneaking alcohol whenever she thought she could. She drove my daughter nuts!!! That was the end of their friendship. My feeling was that I was responsible for this girl......and needed to bring her back in one piece. I have taken other friends of my daughter, and had a wonderful time. But it only takes once.... Kristin
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    Ditching Belize?

    My mom and then 15 year old daughter went to the Belize Zoo a couple of years ago (I took my oldest and her boyfriend snorkeling). To this day - my daughter and mother RAVE about the zoo. Steffani (my daughter) has been to about 50 zoos in 8 countries in her lifetime - and actually thinks Belize ranks the best (above Washington, DC, anything else in the US, San Diego) Anyway, as Steff tells it (much funnier than me) when we went on our cruise - it was not long after one of the hurricanes had hit Belize. Anyway, the caretakers of the zoo noticed that the duck population was dwindling, and so they were wandering around looking around trying to figure out why. Now, when you visit the zoo - you walk along paths, and can get close to a lot of the animals. Steff has some fabulous pictures holding the monkeys and parrots. And my mom will never forget inspecting each vine making sure it WAS NOT as snake. Anyway, the caretaker was looking for the ducks and ran into the......alligator (that the zoo did not previously have) that was blown in by the hurricane. The alligator thought...hmmm nice place to have a new home - so I'll stay!!! And so.....while the Belize Zoo didn't have any ducks for a while - they do have a new alligator exihibit. Oh and by the way.....the alligator was pregnant too. Now, my daughter tells that story, and it is truly really funny. But I would have loved to have been on that tour to hear the guide tell the story too! To this day, that zoo remains my daughter's favorite. She really liked that you could see the animals up close and interact with them more, and actually talk to the caregivers. A trip to the zoo would be great for the whole family!!! Kristin
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    Nassau "People to People" tour?

    I've done it before, and it was one of the best things I've ever done. When I did it last year on a trip to the Bahamas it was free (but with the amount of driving that we did, I can understand why they are charging $35 - I took our guide out for dinner and insisted on paying for fuel). People for People tries to set you up with a guide that is similar in background to you - so that you have something in common - and that really does make for a better tour. These volunteers are vetted by the Ministry of Tourism, and really do know their thing - and love their country very much. I would like to see this kind of program in more Caribbean islands, I think it would do so much for tourism in general. We went on a tour of the island, hitting spots that were more interesting to me personally - historical sites (and since I am a nurse - we went to one of the smaller clinics too - since I thought that was cool). I really wanted to see Queen's Staircase - so we put that on the list - and then went to a place the locals like to east - when I travel I want to experience the islands - and that is exactly what I got to do. We got to talk about what life was like on the island - how expensive it was. This guide had friends that had lived in Seattle (3 hours from us) so it was really cool - because he even had an idea of our lifestyle - so it was fun to compare. If you get a chance to do this, it is an opportunity that is not to be missed, if you really want a great opportunity to meet people and really get to know them and their culture. Kristin
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    Verizon Smartphone, Facebook and the Bahamas

    I just got back from the Bahamas in July....and please, please, bite the bullet and call VERIZON and ask them!!!! I have T-Mobile - and while I have international calling - and a blackberry - I was actually told that the Bahamas tends to do things a little differently - and their rules a little different regarding the cell phones. So....I turned off all the data to my phone, and just left the phone on itself (ringer capability) only for emergencies. Facebook just isn't that important to run up that much of a phonebill. But every cell phone company is different, and every country has different rules, its best just to check first.
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    private tour for nine in jamica

    I stayed in Runaway Bay 2 years ago and used Traverse Jamaica. There were six of us in our group - the rate at that time was $$250 for the entire day - I believe 10 hours. His vans will hold many more than 6 - 9 will fit very comfortably. Lascells Broderick was our driver - he even picked us up at the airport and took us back. Besides the airport transfers we actually used him 3 other days. We are still friends to this day!!!! He is such a wonderful person and guide. We did Dunn's River Falls, Appleton Rum Factory, Lover's Leap, authentic jerk chicken, Spanish Town, lots of really fun stuff that was just fabulous. I would truly recommend him to everyone. He has a website - www.traversejamaica.com and if you go to the tour packages - and look at the 2nd one - that's me standing in my favorite thing in the world - a grove of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee plants. Next to me is Lascells and his uncle. He has packages listed on the site, or he will customize whatever you would like to do. Believe me, you won't be disappointed!!!
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    private guide in Montego Bay?

    I stayed in Runaway Bay 2 years ago and used Traverse Jamaica. There were six of us in our group - the rate at that time was $$250 for the entire day - I believe 10 hours. Lascells Broderick was our driver - he even picked us up at the airport and took us back. Besides the airport transfers we actually used him 3 other days. We are still friends to this day!!!! He is such a wonderful person and guide. We did Dunn's River Falls, Appleton Rum Factory, Lover's Leap, authentic jerk chicken, Spanish Town, lots of really fun stuff that was just fabulous. I would truly recommend him to everyone. He has a website - www.traversejamaica.com and if you go to the tour packages - and look at the 2nd one - that's me standing in my favorite thing in the world - a grove of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee plants. Next to me is Lascells and his uncle. He has packages listed on the site, or he will customize whatever you would like to do. Believe me, you won't be disappointed!!!
  8. steffaroonie

    I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post this but...

    Absolutely fabulous video, thank you for posting it.
  9. I know that at first glance it is not funny. But truly laughter is the best medicine. Thank you so much for my laugh of the day. It is so sad that in today's society people have no concept of math.
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    Passengers on GMA this

    Amen!!!!
  11. steffaroonie

    Cabo: Things to see & do info. wanted

    Another really fun thing to do that is quick, cheap and easy, is to hop a cab and go out to the glass factory at the edge of town. Any cab driver knows how to find it - its about a $10 round trip cab ride - and they will wait for you at the factory as well. The factory also opens at 7 am, so its perfect for early morning trips right off the boat before anything else opens. These guys still blow and make glass the old fashioned way - and it is so cool to watch. I have bought several things there - angel figurines (I watched them make the one that I have - I was in Cabo for several days for that one) and glasses, etc. The people there are just wonderful. Some of my favorite purchases are my handmade glass earrings. One of a kind! Note - it can be kind of weird going - it looks like you are going down this alley - and you are - but the factory is georgeous - hand made stained glass on the outside - it is so beautiful. I'm headed back to Cabo tomorrow for 15 beautiful days - and I'm headed back to the factory for the 3rd time!
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    Reroute to Eastern?? What to do??

    Well, it certainly depends on where you are re-routed to. I personally prefer the Eastern route over the Western any day. While St. Thomas is known for its shopping, there is a great tour about Blackbeard and the early Danish settlers. When I did it, it was done by a Vermont school teacher, who while she knew her stuff, was truly a school teacher.:D Antigua, is one of my favorite islands - we did a 4wheel drive excursion, that to this day, is one of the most favorite things I ever did. I actually got it on video tape, and we watch it and laugh to this day. They take you all over the island - and you also get to stop by a beach, but the guides are great. We laughed so hard our stomaches hurt afterward. Tortola is another one of my favorite islands - our beach excursion was cancelled due to high waves, so we grabbed a cab, and he took us on a tour of the island. Absolutely fabulous - and it was on $20. He took us to the very top of the island - there is a bar there - and they serve the most wonderful drink - to this day I WANT THAT RECIPE!!! St. Kitts - is another island this fun - full of so much history and culture. Did a private tour - another one of the best things I have ever done. This gentleman took us all over the island, to a batik factory - I still have the purse I got there - and get so many compliments. And it was really cool to see how it was made. He also took us up to the Fort - and that was amazing. St. Maarten - is French and Dutch, we went snorkeling there - and went shopping, so I can't tell you all about the other stuff. Me, I prefer to soak up a little bit of the local culture when I travel - so I try to do something educational - especially if I have the kids along. But sometimes we really do have to go snorkeling. I'll keep an eye on this thread and if you figure out where you are going, I'll try to give you better ideas. Kristin
  13. I have to say, this has made for the most wonderful reading, you are the most amazing story teller, and your pictures are amazing. I'm laid up six weeks recovering from foot surgery - and your review, and surprise proposal to your wife has made my day! Your wife is one lucky woman! Can't wait to read the rest of the story. Beautiful family.
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    Armed Gang Kidnaps 22 Tourists in Acapulco

    In watching the news, they suspect this might be gang related. As in....the 22 kidnapped are gang members kidnapped by rival gang members.
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