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jjfromsd

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About jjfromsd

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Interests
    Cruising, lifelong learning, computers, and long walks on the beach (I'm not joking).
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    All cruise lines I sailed with
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Hawaii & Mexico
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    cruise for big beautiful women and admirers

    Me too, Kevin!
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    [quote name='yj2cute']Hello, all. I'll be sailing solo on my first Disney cruise on the Wonder, January 9, 2015. I've traveled solo before and enjoyed it. I'm thinking it will be a different vibe sailing solo on Disney. Anyone else done this before?[/QUOTE] I have sailed aboard the Disney Wonder in Oct 2012 for a 7-day California coastal. While the concern about the abundance of young ones is understandable, Disney ships have large youth activities staff that really knows how to keep kids busy, keeping any disruptive behaviors to a minimum. If memory serves me correctly, there are also adults-only spaces, which are enforced so that adult passengers can have their peace and quiet. Compared to the cruises I've had with Carnival and Holland America, Disney was definitely a different vibe. Some have mentioned no casinos aboard. No problem for me since I don't gamble. It also feels like an afloat Disney park, with the costumed characters aboard. If you are a Disney fan, you will have opportunities to take pictures with the Disney characters aboard. Unlike other lines, the photographers will be more than happy to take pictures with your personal cameras along with theirs. Customer service was also top notch. The fact that I was a solo passenger had no influence in how the crew treated me. As far as they were concerned, I was part of "the family." At dinner, I was seated with five other solo passengers, most who have sailed Disney previously. The dining experience will also be like no other because you and your table will rotate to different dining rooms each night. There are three dining rooms with different themes, with the food, waiter uniforms, and shows that correspond to the different themes. I found the Animator's Palate dining room the most interesting because while the walls start off as black and white drawings, they transform into colorful pictures with lighting. There is probably more that I can post, but I wanted to make sure that I answer your questions. I enjoyed the cruise tremendously. Would I sail Disney again? Sure, but I would have to consider price and itinerary since Disney cruises cost more than many others. Have fun!
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    [quote name='jjfromsd']Dec 3, 2014: 12-day Sea of Cortez (Mexico) aboard HAL Statendam sailing from San Diego, CA. Feb 9, 2015: 21-day B2B Southern/Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Triumph sailing from Galveston, TX to San Juan, PR, then returning to Galveston, TX.[/QUOTE] I'm no longer doing the 12-day Sea of Cortez, so for now, it's just the Caribbean B2B in Feb 2015.
  4. Truth be told, I would have booked at the rate you quoted. That offer was just too good to refuse. I'm just happy that I got a really good rate, I'm available to take this cruise, and I will be spending a lot of time in the Caribbean.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Dec 3, 2014: 12-day Sea of Cortez (Mexico) aboard HAL Statendam sailing from San Diego, CA. Feb 9, 2015: 21-day B2B Southern/Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Triumph sailing from Galveston, TX to San Juan, PR, then returning to Galveston, TX.
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    Post CRUISE LINE Single Supplement/Solo Bargains HERE

    Last night, I booked the B2B that rich60 posted about for $739. I was able to save on the second leg by using the military rate.
  7. Thanks for the 411, Colonel! I just booked this very B2B for $739, no single supplement for interior. For the second leg, the military rate was better than the 35 hour sale rate, and I was able to get an "interior" room with portholes.
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    Piano Bar Schedule (updated)

    I was on the ship with Aruba, and I concur with his observation. After dinner, I would pass by the MIX on the way to the show, and Jamm always had a full house. I would return after the show to hear Jamm close out before I retire to my cabin.
  9. This Friday, Oct 3, HAL Statendam.
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    Which "dam" ships have you been on?

    I sailed aboard Oosterdam (twice), Zaandam, and Veendam. I don't have a favorite yet, but I enjoyed the longer cruises aboard the smaller ships. I will be boarding the Statendam soon for a 30-day trip to Hawaii and French Polynesia.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    [quote name='Gt.DanesRGR8']Hi all, Are any of you taking any part of the 71 day cruise (in 3 parts if you like) by Holland America? L.A. to Sydney (via Hawaii, Pago, Pago, Fiji, Komodo Is.), circumnavigate Aust. & then head N. visiting Bali etc. & departure in Singapore Dec. 8th? If you are at least 2 Meet & greets & possibly a 3rd one on Sydney to Singapore. We leave L. A. California 9/27/'14 !!!!!! :D GT.DanesRGR8[/QUOTE] That would be a trip of a lifetime for me. Have a wonderful cruise.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    [quote name='redbaroness']You'll love the South Pacific. Did Princess's version last fall and would do it again in a heartbeat. Definitely want to try HAL's version with the Marquesas.[/QUOTE] Thanks! I'm really excited about this trip. I had lived in Hawaii for a few years and was very enthralled with the local Polynesian culture there. I had wanted to visit Tahiti then, but work and school commitments would not allow. Looks like you had a very interesting itinerary for your South Pacific cruise. HAL has a 45-day "Tales of the South Pacific" cruise that sets sail Oct of next year aboard the Amsterdam. In addition to the ports visited during the standard 30-day itinerary, the cruise will call on all Hawaiian ports as well as Samoa (both American and Independent), Tonga, Fiji, and a few other island destinations. A few members from my roll call are also on the roll call for this cruise.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    HAL Statendam, 10/3/14, 30 days to Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas. Soon to be my longest cruise, my first equatorial crossing, and my first Halloween at sea.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Aboard the Carnival Glory 5/24/14 sailing the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya). Like my recent Sunshine cruise, this cruise was part of the zero single supplement promotion.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    [quote name='texasgal01']I usually end up traveling alone, but I do not like the large ships. I have a Paul Gaugauin coming up in April. I have done a couple of river cruises also.[/QUOTE] Having sailed the HAL Veendam to Hawaii last December, I can honestly say that I love cruising small ships too. They're easier to get around and I found it easier to get to know my fellow passengers and the ship's crew because I kept running into the same people throughout the cruise. One of the highlights of this cruise was that I shared a table with a group of the ship's musicians and a cover band that played Beach Boys music during late snack at the lido immediately after their show performance. Seems like small ships foster a more relaxed and friendlier atmosphere. Hope you have a wonderful cruise aboard the Paul Gauguin.
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