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evandbob

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  1. I moved to the Gulf Coast (Ft Myers area) 37 months ago. I couldn't go to the beaches or fish for 24 of those months because of red tide toxic issues. There are some beautiful beaches down here, Barefoot, Dog and Lovers Key are some of my favorites, but breathing toxins is not fun. The only beach I really don't like, since it reminds me of Orchard Beach in the Bronx, is Ft Myers beach itself. The water at Ft Myers is typically brownish due to the mix of fresh water from Lake O coming down the Caloosahachie River and mixing with the saline Gulf water. And it you go to
  2. From the NYS DMV Drivers' license web page: Fee The additional fee for an enhanced driver licensed (EDL) or enhanced non-driver ID card (ENDID) is $30.00 . The fee is added to the other fees for the driver license or non-driver ID transaction. To determine the fee for converting from a regular driver license or ID card to an enhanced document, see Early renewal with conversion to an enhanced document.
  3. Why does it have to be either a 100% positive (perfect) or negative (hated)? There aren't many things in normal life, including cruises, that are at these extremes. I can like 80% of a cruise, dislike 20% of it, and still say it was fun and enjoyable. Most of life is spent living in the area between perfect and imperfect.
  4. Wooden nickels, postcards, partyline phones, slide rules, abaci - all victims of technological progress.
  5. That depends on the first qualifying statement I used: " where the ocean is warm enough for swimming". When I lived in NY, I could swim in the Hamptons, Jones Beach or at Fire Island, or further south along the Jersey shore. Now that I live in SWFL or red tide central, my ideal ocean temperature is closer to 90 degrees. But the jellies are all over, expanding their territory every year. And fuhgeddabut about sargasso....beaches are wracked with its https://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2008-06/jellyfish-invasion/ http://ocean71.com/chapters/strange-invasion
  6. And where the ocean is warm enough to swim, it's also warm enough for jellyfish swarms and seaweed invasions, not to mention red tide and other toxic blooms..
  7. Perfect cruise? No, not at all. I've never had a real bad cruise,. I've had a few so so or mediocre sailings, But I would rank the majority of my 50+ cruises as enjoyable or memorable, some even great. But none from start to finish were ever "100% perfect".
  8. The OP may want to read the threads under "single" or "solo" cruising -btw, there is a difference - in Cruise critic's special interest section: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/279-solo-cruisers/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/85-singles-cruises/ I have cruised solo many times, some back when Carnival had a 150% single occupancy supplement. After that disappeared, I sailed several NCL studio cabins in their fleet and a few surprisingly value inside cabins on Celebrity.
  9. Other possibilities: The "extra" passenger boards, then when the casino comped person becomes a no-show, the person sailing gets charged at the going rate for the cabin and loses any casino perks. Or, since we know how Carnival adjusts their rules according to circumstances, it's becomes a let it stand situation and nothing is done to the rate except for the refund of the no show taxes/port fees, but casino perks are gone. Probably all mental calisthenics since the sailing isn't going to take place anyway.
  10. I would write "No Sales Talk" on any pre appt. paperwork at the spa. Usually worked.
  11. I tried saying "no thanks to the CD announcement, but it kept on going, like it didn't hear me. HMMMMM........😄🙃😁
  12. IMO, and no offense, Altun Ha is one of the least significant, most badly patched up and possibly the smallest Mayan ruin I've been to. I do agree that the river cruise was pretty neat. I have a nice photo of a croc laying on the little rock island just as the river meets the ocean. Lamanai and Xanantunich are much more expansive and significant, although not as close as Altun Ha. A simple google search can show you the vast differences in structures and layout. One can return via river cruise on the Lamanai excursion. When I did Xanantunich it was a bus ride both wa
  13. Yes and yes. Depending on the ship, there may also be an excursion to San Pedro Isle (Isla Bonita of the Madonna song) to the original Shark Ray Alley that leaves directly from the ship which leaves out the unnecessary tender to the port. I did that on my very 1st cruise back in 2003 on the smoke free Paradise, and was so pleased with that isle we went back for a week's long land vacay when flights opened up from NY. This tour was then dropped from the rotation but had resurfaced sporadically again in the last 5 years before COVID.
  14. And UK vax rates surpass what we are doing here in the US, so majority of Pax may be vaxxed anyway. Much less resistance to vax there than here.
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