The Best Vacation you can do

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Mandy, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Hi guys, I just came from a Caribbean Cruise aboard the Adventure of the Seas.
    This is suposed to be the biggest Cruise ship in the world (with it's sisters Explorer & Voyayer).
    The ship is awesome, in one week I didn't saw everything so I guess I'll have to go again soon.

    The highligths are that I dived in the Antilla's wreck & the Pedernales wreck both in Aruba.
    At Curazao, I got to feed the sharks at the local seaaquarium (diving in a pond).
    At St. Marteen, I got to do some Parasailing at 400' high.
    At St. Thomas, as usual I went shopping and got myself a brand new Cannon 4megapixel digital camera model S40 complete with 150' rated water proof housing (sadly it was the last port of call).

    At the ship, I could miss anything (shows, diversions, clubs, tours, gift shops, ect.) but I never missed dinner, this dinners paid for the cost of the cruise.

    I'll post some pictures when I scan them in my brother's scanner.

    I can't hardly wait to show some of the diving pictures

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  2. wes

    wes Guest

    Cool Mandy,looking forward to it.

  3. Mandy,

    That's cool.

    I think everyone should be fortunate enough to experience a 'once in a lifetime' vacation or a 'once in a lifetime' anyting..

    Believe this or not the nicest one my wife and I did was the one last year to, of all places, Hawaii.

    We managed to parasail, like you did, a day of deep sea fishing, take a dinner cruise (that was really neat), went soaring in a glider together, got to see Pearl harbor, the USS Arizona memoria, toured the USS Missouri, took in a REAL luau, spent an afternoon going down (in the ocean's depth) in a real submarine, and the list goes one. Best yet, it was ALL given to us free as a gift from our friends.

    If we had to fork out the money I'm sure we woulda done something different. But, that was a trip that will always be special to both of us.

    Once, again, glad you had such a great time!
  4. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Yea Dale, the problem is that I started Cruising in 2000 and since them I've done 4 so far, it's kind of addictive you know.
    I'm allready planning the next one.

    You may think that to do so many in so short time you have to be rich but you don't, in my case I just have to drive 10 min to the pier and hop into the ship, no air travel, no hotel acomodations, ect.
    The problem now is that I ran out of cruises so next one it's giong to be from Miami and then I'll have the air travel, no problem just save a little bit more.

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  5. oneastrix

    oneastrix G&G Newbie

    I saw special on the Learning Channel on that ship. Pretty nifty... Been on one cruise myself. The ship was big, but sure wasn't THAT big!
  6. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Mandy: That's one cruise I'd like to take, too. My wife and I have been on three...Bahamas, Alaska, and Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Marten, St Thomas). All were great fun. Like you said, the food was top of the line. We did several side tours and enjoyed the cruise's live shows...even pulled a few slot machine handles. Did some snorkeling over some beautiful reefs since I haven't been trained in scuba diving yet.

    Then the real world hits you in the face when you disembark. Bills, bills, bills.

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  7. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    The best part of my Navy career was three years of paid Carribean cruises! St. Thomas, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, even some time in Gitmo! Lots of surf, sun and suds.
    We P.O.'d the officers when we started calling our frigate the "Love Boat"! :D

    Fun squidly activity - shooting the bright orange styrofoam test torpedo at passing sailboats! Always good for a laugh. :p
  8. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    We were lucky, we worked some slot machines and my girlfriend won $125.00 after spending $20.00, next to us there was this guy that won a full $1,000.00 price in a slot machine and the SOB didn't even blinked, he just kept putting quarters in the machine, like nothing happened, I was ready to throw him overboard. lol
    After we won we quit. Anyway, we had a great time.

    Big Dog:
    Did you actually hit any sailboat? lol

    I would love to see the faces of the sailboaters. lol

    Photos coming soon!

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  9. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    Nah, it just plops into the water and bobs to the surface. Nice blast of compressed air, to test the tubes. The tourists would often circle back around for another "shot" when they realized it was a joke. The bikini girls would toss beers up to us, til the orificers broke it up. ;)
    We tied up at the same piers the cruise ships did, and many of them were bigger than us. It was really neat watching the "flying boats" land and take off! Those old Grummans would really rumble - there's no sound like two big radial engines. Like God's Own Harley!
    Great fun to toss coins into the water, and see the local kids dive for 'em. They know how to cook conch down there so it's not rubbery.
  10. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Can someone show me how to post a picture please?
    I've been trying to do so for 1 hr and can't figure it out


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  11. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Mandy: Wish I could help but I'm in the same boat as you. Maybe Chris or Lenny II can help. They've got all the answers when it comes to computers.

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  12. Mandy,

    I've been unable to post a pic since they've been recently working of this site.

    When we get back to normal remind me of it and I'll send ya steps on how to attach pics.
  13. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Thanks, I'll have to wait to post the pictures.

    How long this is going to take?
    If it can be done now, please advise

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  14. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Mick has been posting pictures, maybe it's back to normal, please send the instructions
    Thank you


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  15. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

    Shark Feeding

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    Manta Feeding

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  17. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

    Me & my girlfriend at the Antillas wreck (the ghost ship) Aruba

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  18. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Great pictures, Mandy. Refresh my memory about what mantas look like. I know I've seen pictures of them before but this wasn't what I remembered.

    How deep were you?

    How long have you been scuba diving?

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  19. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

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    Shark & manta feeding was at 12 to 15 feet deep and you don't have to be certified to do this, they give you the basics and they escort you at the session, if you are certified, you can go on your own.
    The wrecks are at 60 and 40 feet deep.
    I'll post more pictures later, the scanner is gone and I had to take digital pictures of the original pictures to post a few (that's why you can see the flash reflected on the pictures)

    I've been certified in scuba diving since 1990 and I've logged close to 300 dives. We're working in the third course (rescue) and we plan on getting up to master scuba diving level.

    Next sunday we'll be diving at Culebra, (Vieques sister island)

    Those photos were taken with a cheap underwater 35 mm camera and we're learning how to take underwater pictures so the pictures will get better as time goes by.

    I hope that all of you enjoy the pictures as much as I do.

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    Last edited: Oct 9, 2002
  20. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Mandy: Show us more anytime. I enjoy those kinds of adventures.