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KYBOB

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    Kentucky
  • Interests
    Photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Carribean

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  1. I can remember when we first started cruising(late 1980 early 1990) the shore excursions were not in big buses. But they put 2 couples per car and pack of cars traveled from place to place. I can remember 4 people cramming into an old 1970's era Toyota Celica. But then the ships where much, much smaller. We met several people who have become life long friends on those excursions.
  2. I would check out Abes of Maine before you buy. If you have time for reading, Google abes site:uglyhedgehog.com. or https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/abes-of-maine.html?page=2#sort=top_reviews&filter=1 B&H or Adorama, Best Buy for that mater are reputable online retailers I have purchased equipment from B&H since 1981. I have had no issues with either.
  3. Great shots! For the Denali bus tour I was planning on having both cameras one with a 70-200 and the other the 500mm w/ 1.4 teleconverter. For just landscapes I have gotten good at taking multiple shots and stitching them together. This is hand held; no tripod, on the ship of 6 shots at 200mm stitched together. I have this printed on metal 24" x 72" hanging in my office.
  4. You have obviously had some bad experiences with photographers on your tours. I have taken many excursions and bus trips and I can usually get the shot I need and be gone before half the people are still trying to get off the bus and gone way before the idiots with cell phones take all their selfies. I am also one if not the first one back on the bus, a good photographer and professional one can look at what is there and knows what he needs to do for settings, which should be set before getting off the bus, take the shot and go on. I have like you seen a guy fiddle and fiddle with his camera or phone for that matter and take just one shot. I also get very impatient with those types waiting and waiting for them to push the button. Never have carried a tripod on a cruise, never will. I carry two cameras which depending on what the days excursion will be will determine what two lens I will pull out and use for the day. I will probably in between places (bus or train) will have just one camera out and the other in the bag and never think about taking it out. On the days moving to different lodges I just need to get them from place to place. Once we get to one of the lodges depending on the excursion (I have a lot of Photo tours for "photographers" booked at each place, oh and they will supply tripods) that is where I will determine what I will take for that excursion. For instance once on the ship we have a whale watch and looking into a bear photo excursion where a 200mm lens is a bit closer than I want to be to a bear. I am also a avid bird photographer and once we get the lodge will walk around on my own looking for birds hence the 500mm and teleconverter it will only come out of the bag once I get someplace or a photo tour where it would be needed. Also the thought of changing lens while on a tour / bus is horrific to me, the DUST that can get into the camera can kill a great shot or cost hours fixing. I only change a lens inside with the AC off, dust removal gear at hand and done quickly. That is why two camera bodies I look at what is happening the next day, set up my cameras for the next days activities and pack the rest up. Also I am 6'4" tall so I can typically just shoot over peoples heads if the need arises and walk faster than most (long legs) . As to the driving part I drive from 35,000 to 45,000 miles every year for work it is nothing for us to have 80,000 to 90,000 miles on a car in two years. I do not want to go on vacation and drive. That is why I love cruising I get on a ship it moves and I am some place new. We did a B2B cruise a couple of years ago to Alaska, my wife has ever since then wished (complained) we had done the land part. I did not want to do the land part because of all the driving / riding on the bus / train so she found all these 'photo tours' at the lodges to get me to go on this. And as per the suggestion of Crew News above she has agreed to become a "pack mule" (her words) and carry one lens.
  5. Just how “strict” are the 17 x 14 x 4 dimension are they? I have seen on some videos women with bags much larger than that as well as back packs thicker than the 4”. I cannot even find a bag of any kind that has those dimensions. I have a back pack I can put a camera cube in that measures 17 x 14 x 7.5. So is the 3.5” overage going to be a deal breaker? My wife’s Tumi backpack is 17x 12 x 8 is she in trouble?
  6. Here is our itinery the eleven days is because we are getting into Fairbanks a day early due to flight times. 3 Nights Fairbanks 2 nights Denali 2 nights Mt. McKinley 2 nights Kenai 2 nights Copper River
  7. Ok hoping we can cruise in June of 2021 we have booked a 11 day land, and 7 day south bound sea cruise ending in Vancouver. The land portion is an escorted tour through Princess, I know better to do on our own etc. but I do a lot of driving for work do not want to do that. I typically travel with a lot of camera gear, but going to pair down to 2 camera bodies (D850 and Z7 or Z7 & Z6) I am planning on taking 4 lenses; 14-30, 24-70, 70-200, 1.4 teleconverter and 500PF. So 2 big lenes and 2 smaller ones. My question is the dreaded Princess one carry on and size limitation. How have others carried their photo gear along with other needed items when you move from place to place. I have a camera case that will carry all this (ThinkTank Airport Essentials) but it exceeds the size limits and has wheels but will need an additional small bag to carry personal items (Binoculars, meds, rain jacket, etc). Thanks
  8. Ok hoping we can cruise in June of 2021 we have booked a 11 day land, and south bound cruise ending in Vancouver. The land portion is an escorted tour through Princess, I know better to do on our own etc. but I do a lot of driving for work do not want to do that. I typically travel with a lot of gear, but going to pair down to 2 bodies (D850 and Z7 or Z7 & Z6) I am planning on taking 14-30, 24-70, 70-200, 1.4 teleconverter and 500PF. So 2 big lenes and 2 smaller ones. My question is the dreaded Princess one carry on and size limitation. How have others carried their photo gear along with other needed items when you move from place to place. I have a camera case that will carry all this (ThinkTank Airport Essentials) but it exceeds the size limits and has wheels but will need an additional small bag to carry personal items (Binoculars, meds, rain jacket, etc). Thanks
  9. Future Cruise credit was posted on Wednesday, so can look at some Alaska excursions for next year.
  10. Yes, cruise dates March 28 and April 4 (Sky and Caribbean) received all money back but $200. But no future cruise credits for those cruises. Also have not received any refund of shore excursions on Fall cruise that was canceled.
  11. We went last year Sept 28-Oct 1. New York was very warm (shorts and t shirt), but as we went further north was colder. The first day in Quebec it felt like it was going to snow. The second day was warmer. But we needed heavy jackets, and gloves. The trees had just barely started to turn in the Quebec area, New England area had not even started yet. We really enjoyed this trip was one of the best cruises we have taken.
  12. Here is the Golden in March 2003. I remember this cruise well in that was the first time that instead of using film I used a digital camera to take our trip photos.
  13. That is what I noticed that nobody was posting there either.
  14. There has been and is a lot of discussion about the USA shutting down cruises until mid-July but nothing has been said about the UK, it looks like the UK has extended their lock down until the end of August? I have read that all the August festivals and the Tattoo have been canceled? Why has nothing said about that season being canceled?
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