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Old December 14th, 2004, 05:45 PM
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Default Conquest part IV

I am giving you a big dose of the cruise this time..>VBG<

SEA DAY 2: We did room service again, in fact, we did room service just about every morning except for a couple, when we did go to the buffet for breakfast. On to the casino again and got in on the slot toruney but no luck for us today. I love these sea days. Just walked and relaxed all around the ship. It's funny, We NEVER had any trouble finding a deck chair when ever we wanted one. We had lunch on the Lido.
It is hard to beat a great Hamburger and they had the biggest Hot Dogs I have ever seen. They were both good and served hot, just like they are suppose to be. The french fries were good but the small kind. After lunch we made our way back to the photo gallery to find out Rusty pics and some others.We had to take the one we had made with Rusty to the autograph session back to the Degas Lounge. Due to the large number of people in the group they divided it up into two groups and the first group was running long, so we had to wait in the lounge. We talked to a lot of the other fans and finally got to go back to get our autographs.We were only allowed 2 autographs per person. When we first got to our cabin on sail day there were two t-shirts on the bed with our credentials. So we each got our t-shirts autographed along with the picture we had made with him and a post card that we had recieved with Rusty on the card. He really took his time and talked to us as he was signing. I dont know how he can just set there and sign away. That was almost 3000 signatures he made. I would have carpal tunnel after the first 100.....We left the lounge and just walked around, I was surprised at the amount of walking we did do. Oh yeah..we got lost a couple of times but the DW always came to the rescue. I was very surprised that she knew her way around that big ship as well as she did. How many of you men would admit to that.ROFL. I STAYED lost the whole time.Well a few times... Back to the cabin for one of those wonderful naps that we enjoyed so much. Up and out again we went to the Lido to listen to a really good band and then on to Dinner. This night our table mates showed up. But only one couple. Jim and Judy. As I said before, they were really a nice couple and we made plans for a shopping excursion in Montego Bay. After dinner we went to the late show with our Cruise Director Steve Cassel and the Soul man of Bourbon street Ron Joseph. I will just say this about our CD. Carnival better not ever let him get away. He was great. Funny, entergetic, very talented, and very personal. He did a juggling act and this act was very very good. The soul man of bourbon street was very good also and interacted with the crowd a lot. He did some R-B, soul, and Motown. After the show they had a big Lido deck party and served Mexican food. The food was good but not what we are use to for mexican food, but we managed to suffer through it untill we were full.>VBG< Off to bed for a good night rest for our first port of call.

MONTEGO BAY: Room service and then off the ship. The plans we had made with Jim and Judy got messed up somehow and we decided to go on our own. This was no big deal just a miscommunication. We in Jamacia..No Problem Mon. We took a shuttle downtown. $3 pp..At this point I will advise all of you to use only the cabs and shuttles with the RED lic tags. They are govt operated and controlled. Our bus dropped us off in the middle of town and the hawking begain. The first shop we went in is where we did all of our shopping. We felt like we got a good deal on all that we went for. You really do have to bargain with them. We were told the t-shirts were $5 dollars and when said and done. I ended up with 7 shirts for $20 dollars and one family size for myself for $8. >G< We did go to one other shop that had the rum cakes and we bought a 6 pack. IF I had known then what I know now. I would have bought more. They are wonderful.Also, the t-shirts were a very good quality. We then took a taxi to Mararitaville for that Cheeseburger in Paradise. It was not too crowded but it was very clean and they have done a great job of getting it back in good shape after the hurricane. As you would imagine, It was practically brand new. We sat outside in a little courtyard next to the rail so we could watch the activities going on in the water. This is where I learned something new. There were guys riding these wave runners around. One caught my eye and gave me a thumbs up. So, I gave him a thumbs up and here he came. Motored up to the side of the railing and offered me some smoke. I told him NO. That was all it took. he just motored around the bay. I quess this is another way of trying to sell you dope. Have not heard that tactic before. Jamacia is a beautiful place but very poor as alot of you already know. But we were treated with friendliness in all the places we went. We did meet a couple, Don and Krissy from Montana at Jimmy B's. They were on the Zaandam. We talked for a while and really enjoyed their company. Time to get back to the ship. Cabbie said it would be $8 dollars and all I had was 10 left. So he got a $2 tip because he said it was his first fare for the day and he had no change. RIGHT!!! .Oh well, he needed it worse than I did so..Jamacia..No Problem Mon.

PS..I am adding pics to the gallery as fast as this slow computer will let me.



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Old December 14th, 2004, 10:22 PM
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Sounds great so far John! I wish I could go to Jimmy B's... I was THIS close in Jamaica once, but no dice. Anyway, sounds like you are the type of person who will not let any one or any situation ruin your good time! looking forward to part 5!

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Old December 14th, 2004, 10:30 PM
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Big John: really enjoyed reading your review. We were on a Rusty Wallace cruise last year on the Victory. Great tale about Bobby Allison. I am sure he is a class guy!! Thanks. John F
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Old December 15th, 2004, 12:20 AM
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Keep it coming, BJ!!!!! I'm living vicariously through you at this time....my next cruise is not until late April..................sigh.......................

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I enjoy reading your reports.....I can almost taste the rum cakes

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It all sounds like it was so much fun.

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Big,
I am sure you misunderstood the fine gentleman on the wave runner... When he approached you with the question; smoke? He most likely was having problems with his motor and saw you were observing. He is now probably sitting in the middle of the ocean, dead in the water, cussing you out cause you said no smoke.<jk>
Keep the story going, buddy. So far it looks as if you have already blown the casino budget. Marsha’s plan of losing you also seemed to work out well…

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This is soooo wonderful (your report) i am anxious to hear the rest. Glad you had such a great time. I can't wait for my turn.

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Mexican food=yummy!! Hope we have it on our cruise!
Those rum cakes are yumcious, aren't they??
Glad you had a wonderful time Big John!

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Hey Big, did you try the carmel pudding dessert at the mexican buffet? It is my FAVORITE dessert ever!

Keep the story coming, glad to hear Rusty is so nice with his fans, and for a free cruise, I'm sure you would be able to sign your name 300 times and do lots of BS talking with lots of nice cruise addicts >VBG<

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Hay John, what time were you at Jimmy B's. We were there from about 1p to 3:30p before going back to the ship. What a great burger and the margarita wasn't bad either,

Just to add a little to John's report on Rusty's signing. There were close to 1400 people on the ship with Rusty. Now not everyone got autographs but my guess is Rusty signed his name close to 2000 times before the day was over. Last time I talked to Earl who is Rusty's spotter and friend, they thought he would be signing until 6pm that evening. Rusty doesn't dissapoint his fans. And he signed all of them with a smile.

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