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Old October 30th, 2005, 05:23 PM
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I have developed another habit. I have been spending time every Sunday evening watching the Conquest leave the Galveston harbor. I like to wonder what it is like. Are they able to leave all there problems on shore. Do they realize that for a week, they won't be doing dishes, beds? Do there kids realize that they can eat any time day or night, and not have to ask for anything from their parents. I would love to be on the ship tonight, but I am glad that so many are getting the chance. It goes side ways when it leaves the dock. I didn't know ships could go that way. Leaving your troubles behind. Now that's a plan!

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we are leaving in 2 weeks (11/13)...let's work out a signal that we can communicate to each other as the Conquest is leaving the pier, sideways, and I will signal back what everyone is doing onboard (VBG)

How familiar with Galveston Island are you ? We will be arriving friday evening for the 2 day/night pre cruise concerts prior to sailing and either are staying at the Hilton or Holiday Inn..

Are there cheap eating places (waffle house, IHOP etc) on the island that we can eat breakfast ?
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Hi Venice, Glad to hear that your trip is so close now. You sure have earned it. I would love to set up a signal, but if we did, you couldn't see me, because I am watching from the web Cam. It is also so late now, that it is harder to see. I am somewhat use to Galveston. I would love to help you, but let me warn you that I am being slammed for giving info, so I hope I say the right things. We are staying at the Holiday Inn in Dec. Be sure that it is the one on the beach. (There are two) It is my understanding that the hotel has a restaurant. There is also a IHOP and I believe a Waffle House. We did not find a problem with getting food, and all was pretty good. If you make reservations on line, the price was cheaper for us. If there is last minute things that you need, if you will take a right from the motel, there is a Wal Mart down the street. Don't buy from the beach shops, they tend to be more expensive. If I can be of any onther help, let me know.

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pring a flash light, get on the front of the ship and flash it on and off towards the hotel at shove off. That way we at home watching will know another soul is about to transend mundaness to happy-land!

18 more sundays left until it is my turn!
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now let's see if I can just remember my Morse code from boy scouts, I should be able to send a signal

thanks Luanne, hopefully our cruise documents will arrive either monday or tuesday and it will have which Holiday Inn or if we were more to the Hilton..as long as their is a waffle house or ihop, I'll be happy because I hate eating at hotel

watch for me on the webcam, I'll be the one leading a New Orleans "second line bon voyage dance" as we sail (VBG)
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Venice, You just know I will be watching, and of course, wishing you well on a safe and fun Journey.

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I'll be wearing my Mardi Gras beads with alittle bit of "Hurricane Katrina Mud" on them and demonstrating to the other cruisers who don't know, how one earns the beads (smile)

bet they won't show that on the webcam (VBG)
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i thought that you were actually sitting somewhere in total view of her, i was going to say lucky, lucky you. Web cam is the next best thing to being there!

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You can see everything, except what is going on in the rooms. If the light is just right, you can see the people eating, the ship being refilled with supplies, and Muster drills. The rest I just use what I remember.

Venice, How does a guys get beads?
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Luanne..we ask very nicely (remember southern gentlemen are raised to have manners) (VBG)
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You are so full of it!!! otherwise it wouldn't be anything on a cam!!! I want you to give details. Remember, your sources have to be credited.

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well, since this is a chartered smooth jazz cruise they should be making a promotional video of all the artist for sale at the end of the cruise, so I'll be sure that I order you a copy as I am handing out Mardi Gras beads to all of the artist (VBG) at the sail-a-way party while we are doing a 2nd line departure dance on deck

On a more serious note, one of my pre cruise rituals is that I always buy a new tie for my cruises (men have this cruise warobe thing down, we just have to match our tie to a black suit and whatever our DW/GF formal dress)and I selected a special editon "New Orleans Jazz" tie that celebrates our great city's music heritage..I told my crusing partners to tell everyone we are from North Dakota, so we won't get peppered about the whole Katrina story (since we are cruising to get away from it), but the tie might be a dead give-a-way
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Oh Luanne is must be soooo wonderful to live in a port city. Either that or horrible because you are constantly reminded you aren't on the ship leaving!

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Dorothy, I a 300 miles from the port. I watch the ships leave by way of the port cam. Since the hurricane it is in the perfect spot to see just about everything.

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Speaking of Port cities...well, okay, I am speaking of Port cities then
I used to live on Naval bases and right out my front window we could see the ships come in. That is a sight. BUT I am still waiting for MY ship to come in!
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luanne which web cam do you watch from? My cousins just got back yesterday from the Conquest
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here is the Galveston WebCam:

http://www.kroooz-cams.com/ports/galveston.htm

I can't get it to work right now, maybe someone else has a better viewable spot.
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Well...Another day to watch the ship leave. This means as soon as she departs, I will have 17 more Sundays to go before it is our turn!

A reminder though, the Conquest departs at 4pm
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luanne i think i have the same habit every saturday moring i go to the
cruisecam and i look at the glory wising i could get on and sail away
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Luanne, no one ever commented on your observation that the ship moves sideways when leaving the dock and that you didn't know ships could do that. Well they couldn't until 20 years ago or so when they started putting side thrusters in the hull. These are propellers inside the hull that are fixed at 90 degrees to the direction of the ship. Many ships have two, for and aft and larger ones have four or more ( the large Xs near the waterline show you where they are located). they allow the captain to literally 'push the ship away from the dock before starting the main propulsion system. This virtually eliminates the need for tugboats. And allows cruise ships to negotiate tight spaces on their own that they could never do otherwise without tugboats. Cool huh? 8)
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Very cool! Now can they go backwards? Does something beep?

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Nothing beeps, but yeah, they can go backwards by reversing the main propulsion system
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I bet you the tug boat union doesn't like that feature (BG)
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I bet you the tug boat union doesn't like that feature (BG)
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Venice, you are absolutely right. We have been to two or three places around the world where we had to use tugs despite thrusters because the local unions had some sort of contract that required it. In St. Petersburg Russia, it was the Government that required it. In some places the tugs are there but not used "just in case" even though they are not needed. They get paid a lot, and it makes for good picture taking. In one place (can't remember where but it's in the Caribbean, possibly Grand Cayman) where we couldn't dock and had to tender in, we were required by local labor law, to use local tenders rather than the ship's own tenders. There must be hundreds of local labor and environmental regulations that each captain must know for the various ports before docking or anchoring.

Thrusters can also be used to 'maintain station' with aid of GPS without anchoring to save coral, or because the bottom is too deep, or for whatever reason. I have seen this done in Milford Sound New Zealand, the Falkland Is. and Moorea , South Pac.
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I was teasing about the beeping. Does anyone know how long it takes at full speed 21knots to come to a complete stop?
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No, but it would be quite a distance, a mile or so maybe?
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I knew abput the thrusters, but I thought tugs were used as security. I've seen guys on 'em with guns, and were in safe harbors.

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I knew about the thrusters, but I thought tugs were used as security. I've seen guys on 'em with guns, and were in safe harbors.

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