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Old July 26th, 2007, 05:48 PM
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do many of you experienced cruisers find it worth bringing binoculars along? I have a pretty awesome zoom on my digital camera and I'm not sure it's worth bringing it along for the Bahamas.

Do you find yourself using it on the ship, as you are nearing or leaving your port? Please provide your experiences. I have until Sat morning to decide whether to take or leave it. Thanks!
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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To be honest, the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) does take her binoculars along, (actually, she takes a lot of stuff along that I don't think she really needs, but that's another story) She will get them out and use them on perhaps one out of every five cruises. We rarely go ashore in the ports, and when she does take them out, it's to look at the other ships that are in port near us. I doubt that you'd ever use them, especially if you have a good telephoto lens on your camera.
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We used to bring 2 pairs, but now that our camera has a good zoom, we just bring 1 set with us. That way we both can look at something off in the distance. We like looking at the freighters we pass as well as the ports as we approach/depart.

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Old July 27th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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thanks everyone, I decided NOT to schlep it along. with the great zoom my little, slip digicam has.
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If you have a balcony it's nice to have binoculars.
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There have been times that I wished I didi have binoculars. Th ecamera zoom is good also as you said.
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I always bring binoculars with me, together with my zoom camera. Looking through binocular is so much better than through zoom camera.
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The only time I bought them was when I went to Alaska. Its almost a must there -- you don't want to miss anything!
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I always bring a small but mighty pair of binoculars that we usually never use.

Unfortunately, unless you keep them with you all the time (we do not) you will miss that surprise whale sighting or whatever pops up unexpectedly.

We did however, use them while viewing the sights from our balcony in Alaska because I stored them in the cabinet in front of our bed.

If I were you I would bring them because I strongly believe in bringing everything you might need but probably won't use.

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I brought them this trip on the Liberty and did not use them at all. I found I used them a l ot when I had a balcony. It was fun to relax on the balcony and look at things. It was usually inconvenient to bring them up on deck when I did not want to be carrying a lot of stuff.

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I didn't bring them along after all on Sensation in July but I may bring them in June on Fascination
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My wife broght a pair on our last cruise and having them was nice. Like previous posters we used them almost exclusivly on our balcony. They were fun to use when entering or leaving port.

I was used to the old style binoculars but the new wide angle self focus are great.

We will probably always take them on cruises from now on.
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We just got back from our cruise on the Sensation 2 days ago.
We did bring binoculars with us and did use tham quite a bit. I had them with me all the time even when we went to sit on the beach at Freeport and Nassau. We used them also on our sea day when we were passing Freeport on the way home. Its not a bad idea to bring a pair with you!
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I always bring a pair with me and have always used them. I just received a nice powerful compact sized one from my job which I will bring on my Glory cruise in April.
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