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Hello fellow chat rats.

Seems like forever since we booked this cruise. The time is ticking off and will be here before you know.

Things are coming together.
The pre cruise shindig is set up on February 21 at the Marriott, 7 PM. Lounge or room we hope to have before we leave if not just listen for the CHAT RATS and cruise talk.

Party for all is in the making aboard the VOS. Details to come. This one is for you and no charge. More to come as we get closer.

For my wife and I are still undecided on excursions other than Grand Cayman. Motorcycles to tour the island with my "motorcycle Mama" behind me. Of course she will be doing the back seat driving.
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Well, we are doing the Sting Ray City tour with Dexter (17 of us), other then that, nothing planned yet. Although the Coral Breeze sounds good in Belize.
I will call the Marriott again on the 18th of Feb. to reconfirm about the pre cruise get together, try to firm up the room.
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Hey Y2C,
The mopeds in Grand Cayman sound like the way to go, although I think I want to drive my own, very tricky driving there, but should be a blast.

There is a beach excursion in Costa Maya that looks interesting, we may go ahead and do that. As to Belieze I'm still un-decided between the Coral Breeze excursion and doing the cave tubing. I just don't want to tie up an entire day doing something, I may even just stay onboard, time will tell.

We'll be arriving in Miami the 21st around 10AM so hope to be at the hotel around noon, very looking forward to the party at the Mariott.

Gosh, we're down to 46 days to go......

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We are very excited about meeting everyone face to face. We will be arriving on Saturday around 3 at the Marriott. We have no excursions planned, you can usually find me around the pool in a lounge chair. Eugene is considering the scooters with Steve but that is still way up in the air on any final decision!!!! The cold weather has come so February cannot come soon enough for us!!!
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Also have talked to Donna about the scooters in GC and will probably do just that as we have yet to tour the island and that seems the way to go. (come on Boo and VQ) In Belize just not sure yet. It will be a beach day in Costa Maya I am sure. Sylvia and I will be arriving in the Miami area Saturday and staying with a friend of ours and we will of course come to the pre-cruise activities. Very much looking forward to seeing so many people face to face for the first time as well as seeing those whom we have cruised with and/or meet before.
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Hope we can make the PARTY, four of us are going to Gulfstream Park for a day of horseracing and IF we get back to Miami in time we will be there. We are staying at the Raddison which is very close to the Marriot.
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Hi All,

I'm afraid that helping my son find a place to get married this August has distracted me from our cruise planning. I hope we can get that done soon so that I can get back to my vacation plans!

We are seeing the stingrays with Cher in GC and I plan to find the time to get Coral Breeze booked this weekend. We are going to play Costa Maya by ear. There are supposed to be some places that you can book different tours at the pier so we will decide when we get there what we feel like at the time - we may just wander around on our own. Butch wants to do a discover scuba trip in Cozumel - I'm too chicken to go with him but if any of you are that adventurous, let me know, and I will get the info to you. I think Nancy, Kristy and I are going to check out a new spot in Cozumel, that I have been reading some great reviews about, called Paradise Beach while Butch is doing the scuba thing. Other then that, you will find us lounging around the pool during the day and at the shows or at the craps table in the evening!

We are looking forward to meeting everyone either at the precruise party or on the ship.

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Just saw this post of Jennifer's on another site and thought it might be of interest to some of you about Belize. She said I could pass the info along to all of you.

The first time, José and I took Carnival's River Wallace and Altún Ha excursion. First we went on a boat up the river for about 1-1/2 or 2 hours. We saw lots and lots of wildlife, both in the river, on the banks, and in the air. I was fascinated. Then we got off the boat and had a wonderful typical central-american lunch out by the riverside, under the trees. The food reminded José so much of home that he asked for a second plate! Then a bus picked us up and drove us about 30 to 45 minutes to the Mayan ruins of Altún Ha. It's not a very large area, but it is nicely restored and it was very interesting. However, there were no pamphlets or guide books passed out, so we had to pay good attention to our guide. And, by the way, we had a fantastic guide. After the ruins, we were taken directly back to the tender dock and were able to do a little souvenir shopping in the shopping area there.

The second time I was there, this past September, I was with Susie Carlson (susancruzs) and we hung around the fringes of the Cruise Critics Glory Hounds. Doulasue from the CC group arranged a private snorkeling tour on Caye Caulker. I don't have the info about the tour organizer in Belize right at hand, but if anyone wants it, I'll search it out. The people from Caye Caulker picked us up at the tender dock and took us by boat over to Caye Caulker, where we picked up our snorkel gear and broke up into 2 smaller groups and climbed into 2 boats. They took us to 3 separate snorkeling locations out by the reef. I don't know how long we snorkeled, but it was long enough for this first-timer to get completely worn out! At one stop our guide swam ahead of us and led us around to spots on the reef where he knew that certain types of fish would be found. Then he would come to the surface, motion us to do the same, and then tell us all about what we had been seeing. It was a fabulous experience for me as a first-time snorkeler. Between snorkeling stops they supplied (included in the price) some chips, cookies, sodas, etc. At another stop it was shallow enough to stand in most places and we went into the water without our fins. There, we got to touch, and even hold, sting rays and nurse sharks! I was thrilled! After the snorkeling, we went back to a little outdoor restaurant on Caye Caulker and had food and either soft drinks or beer at very reasonable prices. Then they speed-boated us back to the tender dock in Belize City, and, once again, there was time for some souvenir shopping if we wanted. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me. And Susie said I was a star pupil!

Belize is a great cruise port as far as I'm concerned.
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Thank you phyllbo, and to Jennifer.

Great information
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GC Sting Ray Motorcycle Gang now forming.
Still taking applications.

Qualifications are:
1. Having fun
2. Hitting the throttle
3. Motorcycle Mama (optional)
4. Capture of the elusive "Yellowbird"
5. 30 gallon trash bags for those needing rain gear (sissy's)
6. Camera to document the pillage of GC
7. Having more fun

Possible gang members
Robo & Sylvia (aka -Florida Jim)
Gene & who ( aka -New Jersey Boo)
Donna & George (aka -The Burgh)
Steve & Barb (aka Y2 Cycler)
and you (aka ????)

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Gang Motto "Which way did we go .. Which way do we go"
Mission Statement "Get back for the Chat Rat Party"
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VQ,
Do you need my blood type, or will Boo have enough for all of us?

Looking at the Dolphin excursion in Cozumel, any thoughts?
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Chat Rat pre -cruise party is in the "Venetian Room" at the Biscayne Bay Marriott at 7:00 PM. on February 21st. Just wanted everyone to have the right location of the room for the party.
It is on the 1st floor, upper level, overlooking the bay.
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Thanks Cher,
George and I will be there. Also a big thanks for setting this all up, much appreciated!

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Trying an icon. Is this a rat or vampire?


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You know, sometimes I forget I'm going on this cruise. Work has been so crazy, I've not had the pleasure of all the pre-cruise fun/anticipation. Jean, my daughter's wedding has taken up a lot of my time too, but that is a fun thing. It looks like Gary and I will pretty much be playing it by ear also. The only thing I'd like to do somewhere is snorkel.
Right now, I just have visions of sitting by the pool, day-in and day-out!

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ML,
Forgetting about the cruise !!!! Things are hectic in your life but the cruise .. please.

You deserve to sit and relax on this cruise
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Steve, that is certainly my plan!

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Condition .. we are supposed have a condition? Attitude, but not a condition. Sounds like a disease!!
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Steve, you will appreciate us when you return from your ride. Betty, Mike and I will be there with the bandaids, slings, tylenol and ice (can either be used for your boo-boos or drinks).

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Hello Chat Rats,

The party has been confirmed aboard the Voyager, just waiting for written proof and where it will be held.

Documents will be sent to the Corporate office and mailed out to the individuals. Since we are a group the documents do not go to our TA.
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Thanks for the update, Steve!

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Hard to believe Chat Rats, the time is getting closer. 32 days to go and final plans are in place.
Pre cruise at the Marriott, party aboard the Voyager and more to come. Our TA got us another perk.
Scooter rats are ready with medical triage when we return from the ride of a life time in Grand Cayman. Toothbrushes for getting rid of the bugs in the teeth ..

Stay tuned .. news at eleven!!
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Steve, and that perk would be......?

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My question too, what, what?

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ML & Cruisenut,

Gee if I tell you then it won't be a surprise to everyone else.

Hint; I forgot ..
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We did it!!!!!

The 30 day mark .. wooo hooo
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It looks like we will be in Cozumel for the Carnaval.
The official dates for Cozumel Carnaval 2004 are February 18-25 according to one of the websites. DonD
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So Don,
What can we expect to see in Cozumel then?

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Here is where I got the information: http://www.cozumelinsider.com/carnaval/

All I know is what I read on that website.
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Hey Don,

Thanks for the link. Might be interesting for the carnival in Coz. We will arrive the 26th. Knowing the culture it just might carry over to the day we arrive.
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