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Old July 19th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Hey Shar... a bit HOT <G>

I have to go to Pheonix for a few days in August, and that's the temperature range I'm expecting.

Everyone in this thread must be busy or having an extended siesta <G>

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Hey Gang,
Just got call from friend she has decided to join us.Great news!! So a couple of more canucks. Can hardly wait what fun!!!!!!!!!!
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Shar

Did whales exist a million years ago. I seem to recall that sharks have been around for several hundred million years, but I wasn't sure about whales.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 01:38 PM
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Kuki,
Great butler story!! We're going to have our first experience in a suite with a butler in Oct..
Can't wait. If you don't mind my asking, what are the tipping guidelines for the butler. Did you tip daily, at the end of the cruise or when services were rendered? And what is the suggested amount. Thanks for any information you can pass on. This will be an 8 day pre-cruise for the Get Lei'd cruise. Come on Oct. and Jan.!!!!!!

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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:01 PM
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Mike.. glad you enjoyed the article. Suggest tips of the butler is the same as for your cabin steward .. $3.50/person /per day. Enjoy the butler!!! It is a spoiling experience.

Harpo.. excellent that you have friends joining us! Mama told me there's another couple from Missouri who have booked as well.

Pretty soon we'll be over the 100 people mark.

Shar.. I think there's been whales around ever since Las Vegas opened <G>

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Whoa! That long ago?!!!!

Jff: Unless someone answers your whale question first, let me find out.... I doubt that they've been around longer than Las Vegas <g> as a matter of fact, the ichthyosaur state park, located north of LV has a fossil that was x-rayed and found to have a slot machine with the "Stardust Casino" logo in it's stomach!

In reality, whales have been around for 49.5 million years. Their ancestor was an amphibian called Pakicetus inachus and he went to sea full time about 49 million years ago.

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Old July 21st, 2005, 01:23 PM
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Wow, Kuki!

I just read your Butler article. Great job! Very informative and fun. No wonder you lost all that weight!

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Old July 24th, 2005, 10:16 AM
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Kuki,
Timely article on the butler. We'll have one coming up on the Mercury in Oct. I can't wait. Butlers and grizzly bears. Wow.
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Old July 25th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Jim & Karon.... you two are going to LOVE having a butler. I'm glad that you enjoyed the article.

Really too bad that Princess discontinued using butlers. They used to have them for mini suites and above.

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Hi everyone,
Larry and I just got back from Ontario Canada with my Cuz who lives on a lake.
We went fishing and I also got up on water skiis after 15 years...what a hoot.
It was hot up there but it got hotter down here in South Dakota.
So what is everyone doing for shore tours on the islands. Maybe its been discussed but wasn't sure whether to go on ship tours or on our own. Any opinions? Jill

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Old July 25th, 2005, 11:48 PM
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Hi Jill!
We're still trying to decide. On Oahu, we've reserved an Enterprise Rental car and I'm hoping to do a whale watch off of Maui - otherwise, we're just waiting for something that excites us.

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Old July 27th, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Kuki:
You had mentioned earlier about bringing something that represents our area as a gift exchange. Is that stil in the works? Reason I ask, is that our friends are on this cruise with us and do not have a computer. So I am keeping them informed about what is going on with the group. They are part of the group as they booked through Nancy by phone. I had told them of how much fun it is to cruise with the famous "KUKI" and they jumped on board.

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Jim & Karon..

Yup.. we're going to encourage everyone to bring a "gift" which represents their home area (max. $10-15 value), then we'll have some form of contest to set the order of when people get to choose from the gifts.

Of course, the gifts will be "hidden" too, so no one will know what they are choosing, until they unwrap it.

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Wow!
I don't remember seeing the message from Kuki about the gift exchange. Kuki, could you please remind us when the date gets closer? We have some wonderful possibilities for gifts from the desert.

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Old July 29th, 2005, 12:51 AM
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Kuki, I love that idea! Will have to start thinking about something "Quebecoise" to bring along.....

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Ya.. it should be a fun socializer! And give everyone a little insight into the different areas people are from.

I'll certainly be including it in a "group e mail" so everyone knows, as we get closer to sailing date.

There's also a nice mixer we do.... making up name tags for everyone... but handing them out randomly, and giving prizes for people who find the correct people to match the name tag.

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Love it! :o)
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That sounds like fun! On our honeymoon on Holland America, there was a "secret couple" chosen by the cruise director, to be called "Mr. & Mrs. Maasdam". If you found that couple, both you and the couple would win a free cruise. All week, we asked everyone we met if they were Mr. & Mrs. Maasdam. Sadly, we didn't win, but it was fun anyways, and a good way to meet people!

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Kiki,
Do you have any idea what islands you will schedule golf? It's getting close enough to think about what to do on various islands.
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Jim.. Yes. We're going to play in Kaui, Kona and Maui.

Aiming for Kauki Gardens at the Marriott, one of the Waikoloa Resort Course on Kona, and either Kapaulua or Kannapali Beach on Maui.

We'll send out an e mail soon to get a list of who wants to sign up for the golf and begin putting it all together. Also there's be some "group" trips set up for the golf widows (or widowers).

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Thanks, I can't wait. Think I will go to the driving range and practice.
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Are you going to remind everyone about the gift exchange again before this cruise? And also I was wondering if Larry and I can be a part of that?? (we promise not to bring a replica of Mount Rushmore!!)

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Jill and Larry.. we'll of course, be going over (reminding) everyone about all sorts of activities before the cruise.

And, FOR SURE, you guys are welcome to participate.

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Going to start checking who may be interested in "organized" golf on Kaui, Maui, and Kona... and also maybe a Luau.

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Kuki,

Thanks for the great email ... I am *so* ready for the cruise.

To answer some of the questions, no golf for us.

I love the future online chat -- that's going to be great.

I also just saw today that Princess will have upgraded perks for mini-suite and suite cabins for the cruise, including better mattresses, a pillow "menu," comp champagne on embarkation and Egyptian cotton sheets with satin insert. la-de-dah. :-)

Now I gotta tell you all, the *only* excursion Art talks about doing on the cruise is that he has to go meet Beth from "Dog -- The Bounty Hunter " on A&E. Honestly, it comes up at least a couple times a week! But if it makes him happy, I will ensure he gets to the bail bonds storefront. Oy vey!

Finally, my only trepidation about the cruise is leaving Andy behind for that long. Luckily, Art's sister and her boyfriend stay at the house, but I'll be missing the baby.

Ok, back to work for me -- gotta pay for the trip. :-)

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OOOHH! a luau!! aways wanted to do that! Can we do that.

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No golf for us. Luau would be a maybe.
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No golf for us - we'd consider a luau but liked the idea of the dinner show with dancers, etc. on Oahu (don't remember the hotel)

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Kuki,

4 of us for golf on Kauai. Could'nt find Kauki gardens course. But we are interested in playing the Kauai Lagoons course. The wives (golf widows) want to relax by the pool and the beach at the hotel while we play.

On Oahu the only thing Gaynell has to do like Art is go meet Beth from Dog the Bounty Hunter and get her autograph. Other islands we are still trying to decide what to do.

We are also going down the day before so if anybody has looked into group rate please let us know as soon as possible as we are going to need 7 rooms for our group.

Aloha

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It's getting closer- every day another day closer to Aloha!
Any families w young children booked?

Patrick, Wendy and Rosie
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