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  1. Great idea, Norris! I actually just re-read both of your Alaska reviews a few months ago when I was planning for my Alaska cruise this summer... sadly, that cruise was cancelled, but it was still fun to see Alaska through your lens. I hope you and Carol are staying healthy!!
  2. These are not from cruises on NCL because I've never sailed with them, but I have written several looooong detailed photo reviews from my cruises on Carnival, Celebrity, and Paul Gauguin (in Tahiti). Hopefully these can help keep you entertained until the cruising season resumes! Click on this link and it will give you a list with links to all of my Cruise Critic reviews 🤩 https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSNrw3faZpEFh1SRctIlj1_Vt0qMsA7xnShULzcoUzPUJpN4_0Oc9FjhaktzAfaMvN9_-8uEccsLMkq/pub
  3. What a wonderful surprise from your wife! I am too much of an OCD planner to give up that much control haha I like to know what I am doing each day/night of my vacation so I can plan/pack accordingly. Funny enough, John Heald (brand ambassador for Carnival Cruises) posted nearly this exact same question as a poll on FB last week. He asked if people would be interested in booking a cruise on the Carnival Breeze with 3 mystery ports of call, and the response seemed positive. I think most of those people just liked sailing on the Breeze and knowing that they had lots of fun options to enjoy their vacation on the ship alone, even if they never got off at any of the ports haha Either way, I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration on your mystery cruise! Come back to tell us how it went!
  4. Hi Crystal! I'm so glad I found your review, but it looks like I have some catching up to do!! Hope you and Nate had a wonderful cruise and I look forward to reading all about it 😎 🌴 🌞
  5. Wow, crazy! I have been re-reading your Alaska review (since when I read it a year and a half ago, I never imagined I'd actually be going to Alaska, and now I need to re-read it and take notes! lol) and here you are, replying to my question! Thanks so much for all of your advice, it is greatly appreciated! You have all convinced me... we booked the canoe tour! I was able to book on Viator for the same price as booking directly through the tour company, but Viator lets you cancel up to 24 hours in advance with no penalty versus the tour company who charges a fee to cancel. Thanks again for everyone's replies!
  6. Thanks for all of your replies. Yes, I am positive the canoe tour takes us to hike ON the glacier. It specifically says so in the tour description, plus I've read lots of reviews with photos online. The same company also offers a similar tour for half the price which only does the canoe and does not walk on the glacier. I agree that 25-50 people on the whale watching boat is not ideal. What I like about that tour is they give us as much time at Mendenhall Glacier as we want because there are shuttles running back to the cruise port every hour. That would give us time to hike out to Nugget Falls and take our time taking photos and exploring the visitor center, and we can return to the ship whenever we are ready. All of the other tours I found give you a set time at Mendenhall (45 minutes or so) and the reviews said it wasn't really enough time for all they wanted to do there. I am just so torn between the two tours... On the one hand, we are doing whale watching in a different port, but what if we don't see whales that day? or what if the weather forces that tour to get cancelled? Is it a mistake to only book one whale watching trip on the cruise? I thought maybe this Juneau tour could be our back up, and if we get to see whales on both tours, that would be a bonus. On the other hand, this would be our only chance to walk on a glacier and that sounds like an incredible experience. Is walking on a glacier worth an extra $200pp? And what if we have rainy weather that day? Will it be miserable to be out paddling in a canoe in the rain? I keep going back and forth and can't decide what to do!
  7. 2 adults visiting Juneau in Mid-August, which would you pick and why? 1) 2 hours of whale watching with 25-50 people on the boat, then visit Mendenhall Glacier (visitor center, hike to Nugget Falls, would only get views of the glacier), cost: $150pp 2) 1 hour canoe paddle across Lake Mendenhall, 1-1.5 hours hiking on the glacier, then 1 hour canoe paddle back, about 15 people on the tour, cost: $350pp Both companies get excellent reviews online, both are about 5 hours long, both have flexible cancellation policies, and both would be booked privately (not through the cruise line). We will also go whale watching in another port, and will hopefully see whales from the cruise ship, but this would be our only port to stand on a glacier. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  8. Congrats Crystal and Nate!!! I was thinking about you guys yesterday and hoping you had the wedding of your dreams! You looked stunning and I'm so happy to hear everything went perfectly. Cheers to a long and happy marriage filled with lots of cruises together 🍾👰🤵💖
  9. Oh wow! Thanks Peggy! Great job finding out their name!! You got a wonderful photo of them too. Hope you had a great trip 🙂
  10. OMG! I LOVE your dress!!! It's gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see photos of you in it standing next to your new hubby in his suit next week! 👰 🤵 🍾 💍 💐
  11. Thanks for posting another wonderful review! Looks like you had an amazing time 😎 Now you can focus on getting all those little details completed before your wedding!! Please come back and post photos of the big day and tell us how it went!
  12. Just watched your video... I've been using packing cubes for over a decade. I even use them for short weekend trips! They make cross packing super easy... I split up all of our shirts/bottoms/underwear/shoes into 2 piles for each of us, then we each use our own packing cubes so each of our 2 checked bags has half my stuff and half DH's stuff. We put our toiletries in separate suitcases so if one bag gets lost, at least we can share the toiletries from the other bag (...until we can find a drug store to buy replacements! haha). We are lucky that we have never lost a bag, but I'll always cross pack just in case! 🙂
  13. Whew! I'm finally all caught up and OMG! Your photos from that excursion in Flam are AMAZING!! Norway hasn't really been on my radar, but I've just added it to my bucket list. As always, thank you for taking the time to write up such a wonderful review. I can't wait to read the rest!
  14. Welcome home Crystal! I've been eagerly awaiting your review so I'm here for the long haul!! 🚢 😍
  15. Thanks Kim! Your compliments just made MY day! I've used my TG5 on 3 cruises and that was the best over/under photo that I've taken... I actually have an 8x10 print of that photo framed on the wall in my living room. The key is to be in calm water when you can stand with your feet on the ground, and I've only encountered that perfect water in French Polynesia where there shallow lagoons with tons of fish and very clear water. I love my TG5 and I'm very happy with the photos it takes. I never owned the TG4 but from what I can remember of the research I did between the 2 cameras, the only difference was the TG5 has a fog-free lens and maybe the speed of the videos? If you want a second camera, or one for you and one for Sakari, then the TG5 is a great choice. If you want it as an upgrade for your TG4, I'd say wait until the next generation comes out because the TG4 and TG5 are very similar. I got my TG5 two years ago in summer 2017 when it was first released, so hopefully the TG6 isn't too far away from being released.
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