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Old February 22nd, 2003, 07:46 PM
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Let's go to Capri (and thanks for pointing out Shar) ... The online deck plan on mytravelco has incorrect names. (And Art had to take out his lenses to read the brochure!!)

Bottom line the Capri is the dining room on the *Plaza* deck (the only one there).

Let's plan on it (and I think we will do it for the whole cruise .. sounds nice in that it is overlooked).

I will make reservations in my name -- Harry Martin

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Old February 22nd, 2003, 08:02 PM
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I am so excited about getting together I posted on the chit-chat board.

Thanks Marion for the original post!!!!

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Old February 22nd, 2003, 08:39 PM
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Oh and the good thing with the Princess ships offering Personal Choice dining is that they repeat the production shows on other nights, so you can do the commedian one night and hit the production the next.

The Princess Patter (newsletter) will tip you on the repeat shows.

Hope that helps the new Princess folks have a more relaxing vacation.

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 04:11 AM
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So it looks like I'll scubadive in Cabo and PV, but Mazatlan doesn't seem to have much organized in that direction. Harry mentioned the Sierra Madre tour, any other suggestions ?

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 10:52 AM
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Hmmm, Fodors mentioned a downtown walking tour. We did that the first year, and it was pretty low-key. You can also take an open air taxi to the Golden Zone (about $3) and see the ocean-area sights (lots of statues by the water).

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 10:53 AM
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Default Bring umbrellas

Waah, just checked the weather and they expect rain in LA and San Pedro next Saturday. Guess the travel umbrellas are coming out.

But I looked toward Mexico and it doesn't look like it will have rain. I will keep you posted as the days approach (they have not posted for the days we will be there)

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PS You can get the small travel umbrellas for about $7 at Walmart
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 11:06 AM
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Default Virtual web site

Someone on another board posted this web site.

This is the most complete virtual tour of the ship I have found anywhere! All rooms, including the Capri dining room, Tequilas, library, etc etc etc

http://www.virtualtoursusa.com/starprincess.htm

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 02:04 PM
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Rain, we can just stay inside and try and find our way around. I am so very bad - I get lost with every turn. I like to be on deck as we leave port so I will bring warm clothes and my rain gear. Plan on eating early - 6PM so we can be all finished when we pull out of port.

It is very cold here and snowing right now so a little rain will be an improvement! Our airport was closed this AM due to icy runways. We always leave the day before we cruise just in case the weaaather is bad. We will be leaving at 6AM on Friday and arrive in LAX around 11:30AM. Don't know what we will do if it is raining.

Are there any malls near the Hilton in San Pedro. I understand they have a service at the hotel that will drive you to destinations within a 5 mile radius. Does anyone know anything about this? We will go out for dinner and use this service on Friday night. I usually don't like to eat in hotel restazurants. Expensive and the food isn't usually the best I have ever eaten.

Can't see the photos on the virtual web site, do I have to download anything to be able to see it?
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 02:22 PM
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Marion, try just going to the main page. They usually have a plug-in to view if your computer doesn't have it.

http://www.virtualtoursusa.com

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 02:55 PM
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Oops, go to this one ... it has the list of ships:

http://www.virtualtoursusa.com/galleryships.htm

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 03:04 PM
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Marion,

Not much for malls and such in San Pedro I don't believe, but across the bridge in Long Beach you might have some luck.

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 04:40 PM
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Marion,

Check out Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro. It has lots of restaurants and shops. I'm sure the hotel staff can give you resommentations.

Shar

http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/champint/portcall.htm
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 05:53 PM
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If you want- add us to the list- this is the first cruise for my wife Terry, and the second for me. We think it would be a lot of fun dining with all you "veterans". Monday night sounds good. Sunday we are celebrating our anniversary, so we will be making plans to dine on our own. If there's still room- add us to your "guest list". Look forward to visiting with all of you.
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 06:32 PM
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Mike and Terry are added! Thanks for checking back in and that the date worked out. See other posts for place (Capri) and time (7 p.m.) and means (I will confirm via v-m or Post It at your cabin) for dinner

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Old February 23rd, 2003, 06:36 PM
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Harry:

Coming from Victoria BC the mention of rain just makes me fell at home. Tell me it will be a warm rain. No room for an umbrella maybe a lrage baggie.
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Old February 23rd, 2003, 06:41 PM
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Ken, this happened 3 years ago in October. Rain when we left and sun then after. No biggie. March is just the rainy season in California -- not Mexico.

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Old February 25th, 2003, 12:50 AM
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Default Packing

Emailed Marion and Ken to let them know ...

I picked out the clothes tonight (a chore) but I am glad to get that outta the way.

Got all the casual clothes packed, including socks, shoes and underwear. Now just gotta throw this and that in that suitcase (backpack, CD player, books, etc).

Also gotta pack the hang-ables in the garment bag once the dry cleaning comes back (about 8 items), but I have the clothes that did not need to go to dry cleaning (evening stuff) hanging in a row in the closet in order of appearance. (I always type up a wardrobe list before we go -- keeps Art from asking me what he is supposed to wear -- that is done, too). So I am feeling ahead of the game.

So glad to hear Mike and Terry will be joing us for dinner!

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Old February 25th, 2003, 11:05 AM
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Wow Harry!
I've got most of our clothes hanging in the "staging area" of our guest room. I'm having trouble figuring out what NOT to take. Since we're driving to the port, maybe I'll just take it all.....- Ron keeps telling me that it's only a week...Let's see, evening clothes - both casual and formal; daytime clothes to wear on the ship during sea days; daytime clothes to wear in port on the whale watching cruises; swim wear, snorkle gear (?);
whew! Gee, and work is still interfering with my plans...darn it! I sure sympathize with those who are flying from cold climates (colder than we're experiencing in California).

Yesterday morning was fairly temperate, probably in the mid-50s. A friend of ours was going on travel and driving down to LAX. He got almost half-way down (1 1/2 hours into it) and realized he forgot his coat. Where is he going? D.C. !! Hahaha. Poor guy, I'm sure he'll be getting a new coat along the way somewhere.
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Old February 26th, 2003, 10:46 AM
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Default Packing/suitcase count

Sent this note to Ken, comparing packing notes:

It's one coat and one pair of pants for formal night (I can't fit in my suits!), and two shirts and two ties. Other than that, it's two pairs of pants (gray and black) and silk and rayon shirts for each night. (No one notices men from the waist down).

We are packing in one garment bag all evening clothes ... in order), one suitcase for casual (all the shorts and tops (packed in order), shoes -- one black, one flip flops, and we wear the sneakers. I also throw the books in this bag.)

One smaller bag for the booze -- gin and tonic and Art's wine.

And one carry-on for the clock, tickets, and "water" for the sailaway.

All the things for the hotel night will be in grocery bags, so we can just change, shower, and feed Steve and Jennifer. Then just leave behind. :-)

I still know I packed too many casual clothes, but a T-shirt ain't gonna break the bank.

So we are 3 bags total for check-in and one tote.

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Old February 26th, 2003, 10:59 AM
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Default Weather report

It's Harry with the weather (looks great):

Saturday San Pedro - Few showers - Highs in the mid 60s

Tuesday Puerto Vallarta - sun with some clouds - 82 high

Wednesday Mazatlan - sun with some clouds 82 high

Thursday Cabo - sun with some clouds - 78 high
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Old February 27th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Default Last day of work and away we go!

I'm only working through today and we are gonna head to LA on Friday about 10 a.m.

All packed except the small carry-on tote.

Gonna throw it all in the trunk tonight, so we'll be ready to go. Now gotta break the news to Andy (our Maltese) that Uncle Steven and Aunt Maria will be watching him at our house over the next week. (He usually knows, though, when he spies the suitcases).

Oh well, better try and get into work early.

Two days and counting!

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Old February 27th, 2003, 11:01 AM
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I have all my clothes ready to throw into the suitcase in the morning. We have the same problem with our "kids". As soon as the suitcases come out, they get depressed. We have a house sitter who comes over and plays with the dogs. Unfortunatley, we adopted a new boy who thinks the house is his chew-toy... so he's going to be in our friendly neighborhood kennel. Sorry...Banjo....

We plan on leaving for LA around noon. Yippee!!!!
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Old February 27th, 2003, 12:38 PM
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Hello, My name is Lance Green. My friend Lamar Bennett and I will be on the cruise with all of you on March 1st. We live in Atlanta, GA and will be flying to LAX on Friday, Feb 28th. We are staying at the Hilton in San Pedro, CA. We will be in cabin D405.

Lamar is also taking his elderly parents who are in their 80's and we are
committed to having dinner with them each evening. We have the traditional
early seating. His parents will be staying a few doors down from ours. We wont be able to meet you for dinner on Monday, but feel free to stop by our cabin and have a drink and a visit with us. If we are not there, leave a note.

This will be my 5th cruise; the second on Princess, but my first doing the Mexican Riviera. My other 4 cruises have been the western and eastern caribbean.

My bags are all packed and I'm ready for some fun! See Ya'll soon!
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Old February 27th, 2003, 08:09 PM
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Lance, glad you checked in -- it's so great we have so many cruisemates folks on board!

Hope to see you around!

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Old February 27th, 2003, 08:37 PM
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Default Count down!!!!

We are on countdown!

Got a few things left on the bathroom vanity to pack and we are set. (Light coats, umbrellas, and that's about it)

I am ready to go (and get away from work!)

Bet everyone is in the same place, too?

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Old February 28th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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I'm so excited I couldn't even sleep last night. Tomorrow morning its up even earlier for our flight to LA. Luckly the forcast here (Minneapolis) is good- ie no snow tomorrow, so the flight shouldn't be delayed. See you when I get home Terry.
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Old February 28th, 2003, 11:33 AM
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Well, today is the day we leave for LA. Seems like most folks are leaving today to for LA.

Hope to see you all on board -- and thanks for all the great posts!!!

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FOLKS,
NEED YOUR HELP IF POSSIBLE. WE ARE BOOKED TO ALASKA ON STAR PRINCESS AUG 23. WIFE AND I AND MY SON. WE HAVE AN AB BALCONY CABIN. IF SOMEONE CAN TELL ME, IS THAT A BIG ENOUGH ROOM TO SLEEP 3. DO THEY PUT IN A COT OR DOES ONE OF THE CHAIRS OPEN TO A BED. IF ITS TOO SMALL THEN I WILL JUST TRY TO UPGRADE TO A MINI SUITE.
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