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Originally posted by Nadinest

The library is only open about 1 hour each day, so get a book early to have a good read. Although I'm not sure of how many books are actually in the libary, as it is a very small room.
I have wondered about the "Library" on the Ecstasy. The Book is locked behind glass doors.
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Originally posted by bots99
a daily newspaper distributed free at the fancy coffee bar on the promenade. It's off a satellite feed, about 8 pages with no pictures with an assortment of fairly up to date date news stories. noticed this on the dream Jan 2-9, 2010.
Sometimes they have crossword puzzles there too.
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Originally posted by texankhj
On the Conquest there is Sur Mer a seafood place upstairs in the buffet area. They cook the food fresh to order. The hours are limited. If you go the first day it will not be crowded. People do not realize it is there but later in the cruise they will discover it.
There's one on Glory also but I never did find it. Even crew didn't know where it was.
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I can think of a thousand other things that would be more useful on a cruise than a flashlight. If I were going to take a flashlight, I'd need 4 suitcases for everything else.

I'm more of a light packer.
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Originally posted by Zack Adams
Not trying to be a stick in the mud on the FRS-GMRS radios, but the higher power ones (any GMRS capable ones)do actually require a license ($75-85 for 5 years) and are good for use in the United States and its Territories (aka Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, etc) but not other countries where the FCC has no jurisdiction. IOW depending on the country, you may be operating an illegal radio. I am sure it gets overlooked, but the possibility of getting into trouble remains. So use on shore excursions or in port at your own risk...

Also technically since the ships are not US flagged they could be considered illegal... however I have yet to hear anyone get in trouble for this...

Like I said I personally don't care if anyone uses 2 way radios or not on a cruise, I just want folks to be aware that there is a gray and a black and white area in using these do so at your own risk.

I usually carry my ham radio with me (walkie talkie sized) and I have to be licensed in each country that we visit (as well as the country the ship is flagged in) as well as receive permission from the captain. I am also subject to the rules of those countries if I operate my radio in a way that violates their laws, but it is pretty cool to talk to the locals while in port

Just sayin...
Hi Zack,

I just showed this to my husband who is a ham radio operator and has always wanted to bring his onboard to 'play' with! He was very interested in finding out how you were able to use yours! Is there any way he can contact you (email?) or if you prefer you can post here on how you got the required permissions etc?

Any info greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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I found a lot of interesting information on this website http://www.bookccl.com/irman/bookccl...on%20info.html

I thought you may like to know that ham radios are NOT permitted on board.
Ham Radios
Due to security reasons and the possible interference with the ship's communications, ham radios are not permitted on board.

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Originally posted by nutley chick
I found
I thought you may like to know that ham radios are NOT permitted on board.
Ham Radios
Due to security reasons and the possible interference with the ship's communications, ham radios are not permitted on board.

That's what we understood but the poster I was responding to seems to somehow have gotten permission to bring one onboard? Really wondering how and if that is possible? (my dh would love to know!)
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Originally posted by gwinel
What about walkie talkies? Are they permitted?

I want to say they are because I think I remember seeing some where that you can actually rent walkie talkies onboard.
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Originally posted by ILUVCRUZEN
I want to say they are because I think I remember seeing some where that you can actually rent walkie talkies onboard.
I'm not sure about renting, but I've seen them for sale in the gift shops.
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I finally made it through this whole thread. I think I have been trying since 2005 and never have gotten through it all! Thanks for all the tips. My only tip is you really don't need to pack all the outfits you think...I never wore half of what I took the first cruise and cut way back for the second and still had unworn clothes at the end. Have a great cruise!!!
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Originally posted by MrPete
At the Captains cocktail party (and after your second cruise, at the past guest party), avoid what the waitresses are carting around drink wise, and order directly from the bar.

All drinks are free.

Can you go to the past guest party even if you are a first timer? Do they check it somehow if u have been there before?
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Originally posted by Momto2PrncChrmgs
Thanks for all the great tips (although, to be honest, I started somewhere in the middle when I realized how old some of them were)!
Good information never goes out of style.
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Originally posted by tonppa
Can you go to the past guest party even if you are a first timer? Do they check it somehow if u have been there before?
Invitations are given out to actual past guest. Yes they know who is a past guest.
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i made it through all the posts !!!!!! i'm now ready for my first cruise. Whoo Hoo
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Marks tips:
  • Bring Coozies for drinks
  • Stash booze in luggage BEFORE the trip (in liter soda bottles so they won’t break)
  • Smuggled booze in wheelchair in soda jugs at a port once
  • Bring alcohols that mix well with fruit juice (available all day)
  • Bring water gun squirt tubes (2+) for kiddies (instant life of the party)
  • We always bring our own snorkel gear, no renting and fits perfect (find cash in swimming pools too!)
  • Small carry bag on board if you want to jump in the pool immediately (not always full of water but spas usually are)
  • Extra camera memory
  • No more ship bought excursions (cattle calls)
  • Bring my own tux
  • Tip a little more than the “mandatory" amount (they work hard)
  • Tip for room service
  • Cash out ALL your casino chips before the last night
  • Buckets of beer (cheapest route for that)
  • Bring walkie-talkies (me=casino, her=lounge chair, kids = everywhere)
  • Casino users - register your account in the casino for freebies
  • I stick the lifejacket whistle up my butt, go ahead and blow it (lol)
  • If adjoining balcony cabin has friends or family they can usually open the divider door on the balcony
  • There are coin washer and dryers available
The minute you start your vacation, before you even get to the cruise port, slow down and relax, everything will be great. The sooner you de-stress the better. Everyone is important. Noone is getting more than you. Make as many friends as you can, it will make all the difference.

See ya on the water.
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Friend thing- true
Whistle thing -
and what mixes best with fruit juice... rum/ vodka/ gin???
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