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  1. celoplyr

    What would be in your camera bag?

    Borrowlenses.com or lensrental Both have insurance you can buy. Where in Tidewater are you? Be safe with Florence! I grew up in Richmond :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I don’t know, because Victoria might not be a “distant” foreign port and you would be starting in Seattle and ending in Anchorage. I’d talk to RC, and get whatever they say in writing. However, I’m on the Ovation with you. Are you as excited as we are? We did the Radiance Southbound this year and liked it so much we decided to do the Ovation next year! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. If the stage manager asked, I’d assume that would come with written permission and the ban would be lifted. Otherwise, you’re still teeeeechnically breaking copyright. I’ve just been around a lot of professional theater designers. This is fairly standard. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I planned a quick land/sea trip for my family of 4- my parents, and uncle and myself. I still went a bit nuts, and we didn’t even see Denali. First off, everything in Alaska is expensive. Even car rental gave me a pause. Imagine if you don’t really want to do something and then have to pay $1000 to go with the group to do it (like a train ride or Denali or something). That causes hard feelings. Avoiding hard feelings is the number one aim here. For you or anyone else. I personally always make the worst flight the one there. People being excited to go on vacation tend to handle bad traveling better than people who are tired and just want to get home. If I were you I’d do one of two options. 14 day cruise (oh it’s so nice when I shove everyone on the boat, and they are contained). Second option would be that every family decides on their own land tour. They can go with the cruise line, or on their own, or RV themselves. It can fit their budget, time off, interests, etc. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. If you do stage photography, you would understand why no photography is ever allowed in a theater, unless you have prior written permission. I’ve never seen a theater show that allows photography. Sometimes at a school concert, but that’s about it. Everything is copywrited. Sets, lighting, costumes....
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    Underwater digital cameras

    I had an underwater camera in the price range you are talking about, and a really expensive one as well. I could only get halfway decent shots of things that were still no matter which camera I had. I’m a fairly good photographer too. My shots of fish were always a bit fuzzy (enough that you could see it on a 4x6 photo). What I had to do, is get a GoPro, put it on video, and take stills from that video later as my picture. GoPro is the software that I’ve seen that does this the best. Looking on Amazon, I found one for $90- a bit higher than the others you mentioned, but in my experience wrestling with the camera underwater is not fun, and the ease of doing a GoPro underwater makes it so worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Alaska 'nother question

    Why do those ships seem boring to you? I loved the Radiance (full disclosure: I have no children, but I felt like there was a TON of activities for kids/teens). Is it a real feel or something that’s just unfamiliar (for instance my parents went from RCL to Carnival... they were surprised that Carnival ended up having their favorite drink of both lines). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Oh sorry, I see where you got confused. I did flight plus a 7 day tour in 9 days. It wasn’t that difficult (although I’m from the southern part of the country). 2 overnight flights were kinda tough but totally worth it!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. What about Cuba? There was a ton of interesting pictures there. The Galapagos cruises were amazing and I did it in a Saturday to Monday time frame. By the end of my trip I was jaded over the animals so I wouldn’t go for much longer (but I would go back!). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Private excursions

    So without any information on your hobbies, I can only tell you what mine are :) However, I might recommend putting a bit of research into it, and coming up with a bucket list cruise excursions. Don’t look at price for now. Now, list everything that would make an ideal cruise for you. Balcony cabin, drink package, dinners, all the excursions, extra days in port, etc. Now prioritize the list. Next step is to figure out how much you want to spend, and then what each line item costs in order. When you run out of money, then you start to make your decisions as to what is most important to you. Maybe it’s not really excursion A, if slightly lesser excursion B is cheaper and then I can have a balcony. Etc. We can help with “if you like hiking and fishing and whales, I’d do whales here and then hiking here” but it’s really tough to know what you’d like. My family is massive photographers (and snorkeling in warm water). We take excursions for photography value only. If you like to hike, well, we’d give you terrible advice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Private excursions

    The excursions in Alaska are expensive. However, for many, the ports are why they go to Alaska, and the excursions become the highlight of their trip. When I first started to look into excursions, I found that most private tours were almost exactly the same price as the ships tours. It was a big difference than the Caribbean for sure! What are you hoping to spend per tour? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Combination Juneau tour?

    I really want to go on a whale watching tour in Juneau. My traveling companions have decided that we all must go on the dog sledding camp excursion (the one on dirt, not a glacier one). Is there a company that would help us coordinate those two trips? We are in Juneau from noon until 9pm. My parents do not want to go back to the ship between the two, that’s a comfort level for them. If I can convince them it’s “one tour” they’ll be happier. They’ll also be a lot happier if the tour time runs from 1pm to 6pm, if I get a choice ;) We are doing the railway in Skagway this year, so the puppy camp really needs to be in Juneau. I love being the family travel agent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Sony A6500 or Sony Cyber Shot RX10 IV

    I find that in Alaska i want the long reach, but I also want the widest wide angle I can get. It’s actually why I went for an interchangeable lens system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Excursion (dog sledding) was just cancelled....

    Which dog sledding excursion? If the glacier one was cancelled, maybe you could do the dirt one. We really enjoyed petting the puppies so much that we want to do it again! If it’s the dirt one, that will factor into my plans next year!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    GoPro Cameras

    I have one, mostly for snorkeling and scuba diving. I also use it for time lapse photography off of the balconies on cruises. That lets me use my DSLR for photos. What do you want to use it for? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk