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  1. 17 hours ago, Von & John said:

    Itinerary is our # one reason to book a specific cruise.

    All things equal, when we sail NCL we enjoy the Jewel Class the most.

    Fewer Crowds & easier to get around.

    However - with the right itinerary we are happy to sail on any size ship!!!


    As noted above - All things equal - if you are asking specific NCL Class...

    When we sail NCL we enjoy the Jewel Class the most.

    Someone mentioned the Spirit - we have not been on the Spirit since 2015 - but Loved our Cruise & the Ship...

    Would love to sail w/ her new look to see if she is still as great!


    We've enjoyed all our cruises - just some more than others 🙂 

    Again - with the right itinerary we are happy to sail on any size ship!!

  2. Thanks for the Fabulous Review & Memories!

    Sept/Oct 2018 we did a TransPacific on the Jewel from Vancouver to Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau & Seward), onward to the Kamchatka Peninsula/Petropavlovsk, Russia, ending in Japan - with stops @ Sapporo (Otaru), Hakodate, Aomori and ending @ Yokohama w/ the train to Tokyo...

    We loved it so much - we had hoped to jump on your cruise this year.

    Unfortunately Family Special Events didn't allow us to book the trip.

    Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy...

  3. Although Bears are not necessarily included...

    • Kenai Fjords Tours
    • Major Marine Tours

    They both provide Glacier & Wildlife Tours out of Resurrection Bay / Kenai Fjords National Park

    If you let them know which ship you are on & scheduled all-aboard time, they will help you select a fabulous tour.


    • Exit Glacier - just outside of Seward - local tours & via taxi or car rental
    • Alaska Sea Life Center
    • Fishing - Halibut / Deep Sea
    • Wander around Seward - enjoy fresh seafood & local food/beverages (try Fireweed Ice-cream)...
    • There are 3 Breweries in Seward - if this is an interest
    • If you are interested in renting a car - you could hit Exit Glacier & Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) up by Portage


    A local tour operator may offer a Bear Tour

    You didn't say which Cruiseline...
    At some point the Cruiseline will most likely have a couple of B2B excursions available


    Anything specific you'd like to see - other than Bears?


  4. For all those with new cars - CONGRATULATIONS!!!


    Just starting to think about a new addition to our family...
    My Jeep Grand Cherokee is 20 Years old & has over 200K Miles - My Baby / My Beast replaced my all-time favorite vehicle: my 1995 5-Speed Ford Mustang Convertible GT V8 5.0 - Red w/ Saddle Top & Interior.

    The Mustang was 10 years old & had over 187K Miles - One of the Loves of My Life ❤️

    It traveled the majority of the Lower 48 US States, Canada & of course Alaska - all the way up the Haul Road & everything in between...

    Only sold it as we were putting everything into storage in our original move to Alaska & purchase of the Jeep - miss the Mustang to this day!


    Anyhoo - thinking about a new addition - but will continue to use the Jeep as long as she's willing!!!
    Did I mention she's a Beast?
    She may be old - but w/ the V8 - she's always the last one standing in the neighborhood to jump the other vehicles @ -40F...

    Plus - she is sooooo comfortable - may not have the bells & whistles of today - but was top of the line 20 years ago 🙂  

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  5. Happy Birthday to @TxTeach79, @HelloItsMeB, @dmet0225 & all February Birthdays!!!

    @pirate4me2 - Happy to hear you are finally starting to feel better & are looking forward to your upcoming cruise!!!


    @MeganGC1983 - Wishing a Fantastic Birthday Cruise to a fellow Leo...
    You would definitely fit in our family - we have 15+ Birthdays in AUG w/ more in JUL & SEPT...
    Including one Friend - I am a Birthday Quintuplet...
    Me, Grand, Cousin, Cousin & Friend (different years)...


    @MeganGC1983 Also - poked you via Messenger last night - not sure if you saw it or if there is a better way to connect 🙂 

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  6. On 2/12/2024 at 5:48 AM, Slainte57 said:

    After many years being Tribe member, I’ve decided to step out and unfollow. To the tried and true members from way back when, thank you for being part of my life. We’ve shared our lives, ups and downs and made it through the pandemic. I’ve appreciate being able to share my photos and adventures. I will truly miss you.

    Recent comments have made me feel attacked and ridiculed. I don’t need that in my life. Remember when snarky comments are made, you don’t know how it will effect someone.

    I’m terribly sad that this is the end of my Tribe membership.

    Stay safe, stay well💕






    I'm playing catch-up here & hope you see this message...

    As part of the OG Team from the start of Sid's Reviews to Sid's Ay-Tee-El & The Tribe we truly do not want to see you go!!!
    Your contributions, thoughts & words have been a shining light for us through the years.

    And your photos have truly generated peace of soul for many, travel yearnings & memories for others (myself included).

    The photos have spoken louder than most peoples words.
    Life changes for all of us - I'm only on CC and The Tribe in fits & spurts these days myself...
    Please do what's right for you - however, I'm selfishly hoping you'll find your way back to The Tribe &/or start a new page...
    Cheers - Von


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  7. Wow - I am so far behind!

    Spent sometime in remote Alaska again & working through some medical challenges w/ Johnny.


    I didn't even know Toby Keith had passed, until reading on here.

    That video was very touching - especially knowing now of his death.

    He played the UAA Alaska Airline Center a few years back...

    First time Pyrotechnics were used @ the Alaska Airline Center...
    I had never really listened to Toby Keith before the concert - I was actually there on behalf of work.
    We have a box at the Alaska Airline Center.

    It appears I have a lot of catching up to do - approx. 42 pages worth.

    Cheers - Von

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  8. If Johnny & I can get our lives together - we may just be able to join you all this time...
    I haven't been on Carnival since 1991 & John has never been on Carnival 🙂 

    We need to get him through another back surgery b/4 he will even think about travel.

    What's the Cancellation policy w/ Carnival if we were to book now?

    Cheers  --  Von

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  9. @Jamman54 & Patti Thanks for a Fantastic Review - including Pre & Post Activities!!!

    When I lived in Orlando I used to alternate years of purchasing an Annual Pass for either Disney or Universal...

    I spent 5 years in Florida between Tallahassee & Orlando (the Land of Mickey)...

    With friends we'd occasionally hit up either Disney Village Market Place which became Downtown Disney or CityWalk...

    Johnny & I were back in Orlando DEC 2017 & spent a day @ Disney Springs & a day @ CityWalk...
    Loved the Boat House!

    We also ate @ Pat O'Brien's - John had not been to New Orlean's yet at that point - so Hurricane's were a must & Crawfish Étouffée.


    Thanks for the fabulous Review, pic's of the Tribe & the Memories!

    Cheers  --  Von

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  10. A few years ago, I was on a flight from ANC to DBQ...
    One of the legs was SEA to ORD - early morning flight.

    I was in my traditional Row 17 (Exit) Aisle seat when 2 sisters joined me...

    The younger sister was carrying 6 dozen Voodoo Donuts - I may have remarked "Wow someone's getting lucky today"...

    They were headed to Wisconsin from O'Hare for a Family Event.

    They showed me the contents & offered me a donut (no one will notice one missing).

    I was happy to take them up on their offer 🙂 
    Snapped a photo of the boxes & my selection to text to family members living in Portland & munched on my donut...

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  11. @Funsince1983 

    Dang you & your family can’t catch a break in the past few weeks!!

    Hope your C-19 is short-lived & symptoms are mild. 
    Also hope the rest of the family stays healthy!!!



    Thanks for sharing your cruise & fabulous photos w/ us!!

    Hugs on the challenges you & your partner are facing.  
    How confusing it is in the beginning!!!


  12. Hello Sweet Girl. 
    Love your matching halter & blanket - hope you are feeling back to your old self soon!!!

    Wish I could bring you some treats…

    What’s your preference - Apples, Alfalfa Cubes, Oats, Brome Pellets, Carrots?

    Lot’s of Love!


    @pirate4me2 - how heartbreaking for you!!!   May she regain all her strength, stability & confidence!!!

    You are a special person to travel this road w/ her.  


    21 hours ago, pirate4me2 said:

    After a long 2.5 years of doctoring and struggling with setbacks and lots and lots of healing, my horse who had her bone come thru the bottom of her hoof went back to work yesterday! We didn’t do any riding, just groundwork under saddle to help get her back into a working state of mind and start building her muscles back up. Fingers crossed her foot stays strong and can handle a bit of riding in the future! 



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