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Old June 21st, 2014, 06:24 PM
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Default What was the smartest thing you ever did while traveling

I figure that with all the negative things we can complain about on trips. What would be the smartest thing you have ever done.
This is going to be tough for people to answer because we are so tied into negativity in this world. Figuring out what ws the smartest thing is tough because everytime we cruise we have to do a lot of smart things so it is tough to figure out which one would be the top of the list. I always put a trip to Quebec in Canada as one of my smartest things because I learned a lot about the country and saw a museum exhibit about plastic surgery which I know that I wouldn't have seen in the United States.
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Always do your homework before even deciding on a cruise, ship, ports, price, etc. After many cruises, you also learn how to pack accordingly, as light as possible and lighter if the ship you are on, has a self service laundry. Not crazy about doing laundry while on a cruise, but just one load half way through saves a ton of packing and returning home with luggage with just dirty clothes. I've learned to take at least 20 single bills along with some fives for tips along the way...


I think most of us, learn along the way and just know ahead of time, what shore excursions you will be doing, etc...
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One of the smartest things was booking my first cruise in 1997; it opened up the possibilities of seeing the world one port at a time.
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Private shore excursions on our first med. cruise comes to mind.

Booking Solstice Honolulu to Ensenada for a great deal and then she changed itinerary to end in Vancouver and we got the drink package. Price had doubled by the time we sailed.

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On a visit to Israel most ships spend one day in Ashdod and the other in Tel Aviv (I think) - anyway, the big attraction in Jerusalem, so the best idea was to book a hotel in Jerusalem so we didn't have to drive from the ship each day. We left the ship and went to the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, etc, and then on to Jerusalem, spent the whole next day seeing the city and finally went to the ship that night - saw so much - unbelievable.
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One of the smartest thing we've done while traveling was visiting the WWII Museum in New Orleans prior to a cruise. It still amazes us what the greatest generation was able to accomplish. Our fathers and mothers were a part of it all and they seldom discussed it.
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The smartest thing we did was to split up and do different excursions than that of our cruise mates. We had different interests. We loved the outdoors and they love museums. Even on the ship we did a lot of different things separately. But we always seemed to manage to meet up for breakfast and lunch. But boy oh boy! The conversation at the dinner table was exciting as we all shared our adventures of the day! And the pictures we shared with each other and the video we made couldn't have been more complete!







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One of the smartest thing we've done while traveling was visiting the WWII Museum in New Orleans prior to a cruise. It still amazes us what the greatest generation was able to accomplish. Our fathers and mothers were a part of it all and they seldom discussed it.
Everytime I visit anything related to WWII or Korea; it brings tears to my eyes. They gave it all for us.
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Booked a trip to the Med and the cruise line changed the itinerary about 6 weeks before to not visit Israel. Called them up, canceled, and booked myself on the same trip 3 weeks earlier which was to be the last voyage there. Took some extra work to change some of the pre-planning but it was AMAZING and really glad I did.
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We skipped Orlando and went to the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral. That is an AMAZING tour - one of the best I ever.
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Default WWII Museum and cruise great idea. Now on my bucket list

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One of the smartest thing we've done while traveling was visiting the WWII Museum in New Orleans prior to a cruise. It still amazes us what the greatest generation was able to accomplish. Our fathers and mothers were a part of it all and they seldom discussed it.
Your comment stimulated my mind about a bucket list item, the New Orleans WWII Museum combined with a cruise. I checked out the Museum on Memorial Day and they had an agenda which was memorable. Combining the visit with a cruise is a great idea.
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Your comment stimulated my mind about a bucket list item, the New Orleans WWII Museum combined with a cruise. I checked out the Museum on Memorial Day and they had an agenda which was memorable. Combining the visit with a cruise is a great idea.
We have another cruise booked from NOLA for Sept 7 on the Carnival Dream and we have a B2B booked on the Serenade of the Seas for New Year. It's a very nice port to cruise from and we can drive there in about 10 hours. If you do book a cruise from New Orleans and go to the WWII Museum be sure to attend 'Beyond All Boundaries', a 4-D show on a 120 foot wide screen. Tom Hanks is the Executive Producer. It is spectacular!
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We skipped Orlando and went to the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral. That is an AMAZING tour - one of the best I ever.

I love the Kennedy Space Center as well. Next month we will be taking some guests to see it.
Since will live just a little north of there we love to take the opportunity to show it to people who have never been.


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Manuel - it is SO refreshing and nice to get a positive note from you instead of yet another reason to criticize me. I'm touched
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I think one of the smartest things I did while traveling was to invite my wife to come along
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One of the smartest things I've done was getting on a cruise with my uncle which eventually led me to have the interest of cruising
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