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DryCreek

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About DryCreek

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Bosque County, TX
  • Interests
    hunting, fishing, mechanics
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival?
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Galvston

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  1. I'll slip them 4 one dollar bills and then judge their reaction. Thanks for the information!
  2. Hmm, debark. It sounds like I do to my wood before I throw it in the smoker.
  3. Leaving late must be a habit for the Ecstasy. She sailed over four hours late when we cruised on her back in 2010. It was dark at sailaway and we were in the MDR at that time.
  4. The pieces are all coming together now. Renewed passports came in the mail Saturday. Renewed passport card came in the mail today. We have also narrowed down our choices for shore excursions. And, I may book parking at Falstaff this time. Their advance booked covered parking is the price same as Galveston Park-N-Cruise open parking. Besides, I have sent e-mails to P-N-C asking if it is too early to book parking, and never heard back from them - even after mentioning that we used them on our first cruise. The coin flip comes down to the convenience we enjoyed being able to just stroll across the street after debarkation (is that a real word?) vice having to wait for a shuttle to get to our vehicle. The DW pointed out that in mid-February we could be trudging along in a cold, damp rain.
  5. Thanks! We will be cruising with Carnival - on the Vista (mid February). Cash donation, huh? I wish more governments worked that way. That could really limit bureaucratic growth in a hurry! Do you have any idea what is an acceptable size "donation"?
  6. We are cruising with Carnival, on the Vista in mid-February of next year. I would assume that's where they ported, but I'm not sure. It is good to know that we can get a passport stamp there. Thanks!
  7. Maybe they are taking time to repair the damage from her recent "scrape" in the Panama Canal? That was quite an impressive crunch into the sidewall there.
  8. Well, for those with no love for a great stout, I guess that a porter should suffice!
  9. Now if they would just make some commercial nuclear ships. Surely working merchant marine had to be better than on a submarine in the U.S. Navy.
  10. Just a quick question about our passports: if we take them with us on our shore excursion, can we get them stamped? We had our passports with us on our last cruise (10 years ago) and couldn't get them stamped at either of our two ports of call (Progreso and Cozumel). In fact, we've just renewed them, and the only time we could get them stamped was after crossing the Rio Grande using the "International Ferry" at Boquillos (del Carmen). It would sure be nice to have some form of memento from the stop.
  11. Just a quick question about our passports: if we take them with us on our shore excursion, can we get them stamped? We had our passports with us on our last cruise (10 years ago) and couldn't get them stamped at either of our two ports of call (Progreso and Cozumel). In fact, we've just renewed them, and the only time we could get them stamped was after crossing the Rio Grande using the "International Ferry" at Boquillos (del Carmen). It would sure be nice to have some form of memento from the stop.
  12. They worked too cheaply! Unless a Marine Engineer (US licensed) makes more than I last heard. A non-licensed operator (commonly called an Equipment Operator or Auxiliary Operator) will make around US$75K to start, and rapidly work up to over US$100K in just a few years. An operator holding a USNRC Reactor Operators license starts at around US$115K. An operator with an SRO license will start at around US$140K. How does that compare to the Marine Engineer pay structure? I didn't think that Carnival, or nearly any other cruise line would pay along those lines, but I could be wrong.
  13. The bottle size we received when we ordered through the Bon Voyage Program in 2010 was1 liter. The bottle of Southern Comfort we've pre-ordered for our upcoming cruise is also a full liter. It is not the same size you'd normally find in your package store at home. I am used to finding 500 ml ("pint"), 750 ml ("fifth") and 1.75l (shelf size). I don't know that I've ever found a one liter bottle at any liquor store I've shopped at before.
  14. Nah, I think that it is the cost of regulatory compliance - and the subsequent arm wrestling over jurisdiction. That's what put the NS Savannah out of business. Trust me, the regulations are numerous, and sometimes not as clear as one would hope. Plus, imagine the cost of manning the engineering section for one of those beasts! Those of us in nuclear power don't work for table scraps. And, it's because of our backgrounds and training.
  15. Should I feel bad that I'm sitting in a Texas State Park now and got here in a motor home that gets about 7 mpg on a good day? I would have liked to have seen a more universal adoption of nuclear energy used for commercial propulsion. When you've been involved in that industry for more than 40 years you can see the benefits. If it had been more universally adopted, the research and development applied to fine-tuning the use of that power source would be light years ahead of where we are now. It can be clean, efficient and safe with proper oversight and dedicated crews. While in the Navy I witnessed first-hand how efficient it is as a motive power. Working at a nuclear power station now that could replace 10 coal or 12 natural gas stations, I know how much power is available to our customers on a daily basis.
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