Mexico cruise tomorrow

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    Feb 06, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    Just finished most of my packing, took me less than an hour, we leave for our short Mexico cruise tomorrow morning (Thurs). I've always found it easy to pack quickly, at least the clothes, an Army requirement. I even keep my toiletries permanently in a shaving kit, even at home, never loose in cabinets or drawers, so all I have to do is zip it closed and I'm ready to go.

    What's begun to take longer nowadays is all the electronic stuff, chargers & cables for 2 iPads and 2 iPhones (using different cable connectors), the charger for the camera, and readers for the camera SD cards so we can see the pics & video on the other devices right away. Fortunately I keep extra sets of everything in a separate zipper travel pouch that goes in the luggage, just like my shave kit, but I still inventory to make sure it's all there after the previous trip.

    This isn't the Atlantis gay cruise, which is also departing shortly, but a group booking on an ordinary cruise. About 100 gays & lesbians associated with our Gay Pride Center are involved, and it helps to raise money for the Center.

    What's nice is that we'll know so many in the group, at least half. And we've got lots of group activities we can join, starting with a welcome aboard reception, cocktails & dinner every night, different shows, etc. Yet most of our daytime hours will be open, so we're not too structured.

    Don't know how effective the ship's WiFi will be, and whether we'll have good Internet at sea, or in our single port call of Cozumel. But if we're connected I'll visit RJ at least once a day. And if I don't you'll know why.
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    Feb 06, 2013 9:23 PM GMT
    Have fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidHave fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!

    Ah, dear friend Erik, I'll watch for those charges. I've heard that major hotels do the same. The modest gay guest houses where we often go do not charge for access, but this is not the same.

    This is a kind of test, to see if these mega-ship cruises are for us. We'll have friends along, to make it friendly to us. But I've been warned how they pile the charges on.

    Well, if we can't have Internet for 4 days, I think we can survive. Hence my starting this thread, since I'm ordinarily a daily poster here. And yeah, I always take pics, and always post them here. My current profile pic is just 6 weeks old from our last little vacation.
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    Wow I hope one day I can afford trips! Have fun Bob and stay safe icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    DNY92 saidWow I hope one day I can afford trips! Have fun Bob and stay safe icon_smile.gif

    Thank you, hun! Actually, one day I hope *WE* can afford trips, too! LOL!

    We really have to scrape to make these happen. To seize inexpensive opportunities we can afford when they pop up. Our being retired gives us the great latitude of not being bound by work or school schedules, so we can pretty much take off somewhere when the cheap opportunity presents itself.

    And to go with friends, another way to afford it. Most of our trips down to Key West are basically car pooling with a gay couple, that saves money. We recently rode up to New Hampshire for the holidays with another gay couple, our best friends, and stayed at their house. Not a lotta cost involved there. But they also saved money, too, because we shared expenses with them, so everybody wins.

    As you develop a network of friends, if you don't have one already, you should learn how to combine your resources, and make things like vacations affordable because you spread the cost among you. College students are always doing it, and old guys of modest means like us do exactly the same thing.
  • Nayro

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    Feb 06, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    A cruise.. in the sun icon_cool.gif... Jealous! But I know you deserve it! Have fun!
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    Feb 06, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Daelin saidA cruise.. in the sun icon_cool.gif... Jealous! But I know you deserve it! Have fun!

    Thanks, how sweet! I'm not sure *I* deserve it, but my partner does. If it was just about me alone I doubt I'd do half this stuff, I'm really kinda lazy. And I've done most of my "bucket list" in life, not a lot left I would miss.

    But he still wants to do things, so I try to make them happen. I derive my pleasure as a reflection of his own pleasure. There's not a lot remaining I really want to do anymore. So I'll try to direct this mini-cruise to please him, all the things he wants to do.

    And between you & me, I'm kinda afraid of this thing. Norovirus, Legionnaires disease, nautical disasters, my fear of heights in these enormous spaces, and being on Deck 8 with a balcony I doubt I'll dare use. No, it's all about him, not me.
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    Feb 07, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    southbeach your tired and irrelevant raggedy ass just loves to mess with artdeco at any chance you can, doesn't it?

    Though most of artdecos posts are TL;DR he adds much more to the site than you with your constant attacks.

    As for the vacation you're going on, a cruise was by far the best one yet. It took us from Florida, to Jamaica, to Cozumel, to Cayman Islands and idr the other one but it was paradise. Probably one of the best, most exotic, and high class weeks of my life.
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    Feb 07, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidHave fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!


    True, I just came back a couple of weeks from RCL Southern Caribbean and had a blast. RCL now charges .75 cents per minute for using WiFi, so we did not use it. However, we got a Guarantee Cabin with a possible upgrade for a great price, we really did not care for an outside cabin or a balcony most of the time you will be out an a shore excursion or about on the ship. The only time we used our cabin was for sleeping or changing. I have worked on various cruises in my first years out of college and knew this was the best route. We did not get upgrade since the ship was full, but that was the risk we were taking.

    Also be careful of the photography department as you disembark, embark of course the ship photographer will want to take pictures through out your stay, and they will try to sell you a package. This can be costly, better to have friends or just other passengers take photos.

    Anyway, have fun, also in your cabin you will have limited outlets to plug in but it should not be a problem. We brought our cameras, and cell phones and we charged them. Also as you approach each island ensure that your phones are not roaming as well since you could be charged as well for that...as we approached each island we did receive email messages and text, but we did not respond to keep charges at a minimum.

    Ultimately have fun and relax.
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    Feb 07, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    dan_x saidsouthbeach your tired and irrelevant raggedy ass just loves to mess with artdeco at any chance you can, doesn't it?

    Though most of artdecos posts are TL;DR he adds much more to the site than you with your constant attacks.

    As for the vacation you're going on, a cruise was by far the best one yet. It took us from Florida, to Jamaica, to Cozumel, to Cayman Islands and idr the other one but it was paradise. Probably one of the best, most exotic, and high class weeks of my life.

    LOL! Has that loser southbeach1500 been stalking me again? I have him on Ignore. Gawd, you'd think he has better to do with his meaningless life than harass ME.

    I hope our shorter cruise will come close to the pleasure you had. This is a test run for us, a longer cruise like yours being next if we like this one.

    As for TL; DR, do as you wish. Some guys email how much they like my long stories. Others skip over them. It's what's called choice, and no one makes you read something that's TL; DR. I write for those who like to read longer stories. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    uombroca said
    Ultimately have fun and relax.

    Good advice. We already have our cell phones set to not roam. I'll be happy if we can't receive cell calls.

    If we aren't using our phones or tablets then we won't need to charge them. Erik already told me about WiFi charges, such as some hotels have.

    I take a fair pic with a camera, used to be a semi-pro myself, I won't rely upon ship professionals. But these are the kinds of traps I want to learn about on this first cruise, what to avoid and how to keep these guys out of my pockets.
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    Feb 07, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Shipboard internet is satellite-based. And you're sharing it with everyone on board. Pricing on RCCL is about .65 a minute but discounted packages are available.

    Have a great time!
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    Feb 07, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    fmrhugger saidShipboard internet is satellite-based. And you're sharing it with everyone on board. Pricing on RCCL is about .65 a minute but discounted packages are available.

    Have a great time!

    Thanks! All the input I'm getting is that we'll get ripped off for Internet. We'll confirm that once onboard.

    In that case don't expect to read anything from me for about 4 days. Which should delight a certain troll here who stalks me relentlessly but shall go nameless, yet whom everybody knows. icon_razz.gif

    If I can't post pics while we're on the cruise then I'll have them here when we get home, as I always do. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    DON'T spend time on the internet that could just as easily be spent at home while on your vacation. DO post pictures when you get back.
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    Feb 07, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidDON'T spend time on the internet that could just as easily be spent at home while on your vacation. DO post pictures when you get back.

    Well sure. Yet there's always some downtime during a vacation, when we'll wanna catch up on stuff, like our email and news.

    Still, if we're gonna get ripped-off for it, we can just forget about it for 4 or 5 days, and find other things to do. It's like our snail mail - it'll be waiting for us when we return home.

    In fact, I might prefer if we find we can't have email access. Our condo election was held just last week, and my husband's on the board again, for the 12th straight year. But I begged him not to be the President again, and so he's just a Director with few duties (the positions are chosen by the Board itself after the election).

    For the first time he's got no real responsibilities. I want him to just kick back and think about nothing during this cruise. Not having Internet access might be just what the Doctor ordered. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    You can probably find an establishment that has free wi-fi in your ports of call. Enjoy the cruise!!
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    Feb 07, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    dan_x saidsouthbeach your tired and irrelevant raggedy ass just loves to mess with artdeco at any chance you can, doesn't it?

    Though most of artdecos posts are TL;DR he adds much more to the site than you with your constant attacks.


    Sit down.

    Also, Art_Deco, you should know better. #YCYL
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    Feb 07, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    Hope it sinks.
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    Feb 07, 2013 6:42 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidHave fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!


    That's actually not a bad price considering that sat phones are still a buck or more per minute.

    It's not exactly fiber optics ya know. When something goes wrong they gotta send up a spaceship. Just imagine getting that repair bill. If it's just 60 cents per minute yer gettin' off cheap.
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    Feb 07, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidYeah, Art, I read a couple of cruise forums (I don't know why), and they all say that the cruise lines charge upwards of $1 per minute for Wifi access. So you're on for 1/2 hour (which goes by very fast on RJ) and it's a $30 charge.

    Better for your wallet if you just save all the things you want to say until you return.

    I guess so. I'll still bring my iPad so we can better view the pics we're taking, though. Right now we're packed and just killing time, waiting for our friends to take us to Port Everglades. You once lived very close to us, you know it's only 7 or 8 miles from here.
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    Feb 07, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
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    Erik101 saidHave fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!


    That's actually not a bad price considering that sat phones are still a buck or more per minute.

    It's not exactly fiber optics ya know. When something goes wrong they gotta send up a spaceship. Just imagine getting that repair bill. If it's just 60 cents per minute yer gettin' off cheap.


    I understand it's not fiber optic. That's not the issue. My problem is the reliability and I would use the wi-fi services more if the connection strength is stronger. But honestly, I would rather take the 10 minutes I spend on the Internet and use it to buy a mojito.
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    Feb 08, 2013 1:06 AM GMT
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    Erik101 saidHave fun on your cruise as I'm sure you'll have a blast! The ships' wi-fi strength is not the most reliable so don't be surprised if you can't access any websites. Also, pay attention to the cost. Royal Caribbean charges I think 60 cents (maybe higher) a minute. Take lots of pictures!


    That's actually not a bad price considering that sat phones are still a buck or more per minute.

    It's not exactly fiber optics ya know. When something goes wrong they gotta send up a spaceship. Just imagine getting that repair bill. If it's just 60 cents per minute yer gettin' off cheap.


    I understand it's not fiber optic. That's not the issue. My problem is the reliability and I would use the wi-fi services more if the connection strength is stronger. But honestly, I would rather take the 10 minutes I spend on the Internet and use it to buy a mojito.


    lolol sorry about that. I miscommunicated. I didn't mean to connect your statement with fiber optics. I've read some of your stuff and know you're smart enough to have known that. I only quoted you for your cost figure. And actually those costs are quite good. I'm not into cruise ships but wound up on one for family I guess about 10 years ago and I think it was about five or six bucks a minute back then with a computer room set up. No ship-wide wireless then.

    My fiber optic comment (I should have specified) goes to the silliness of comparing ship to sat internet with hotel wireless--"Ah, dear friend Erik, I'll watch for those charges. I've heard that major hotels do the same"--when one one is more a lan line issue and the other involves rocket fuel.

    Enjoy your mojito. Cheers.