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Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers November 7th, 2013, 05:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
Do you prefer small exotic cruises or large cruise ships?

My wife and I love cruises. We started a few years ago when we took a 7-day Caribbean cruise with the Disney Cruise Line. The ship was huge, a real floating city on the water. We enjoyed all the...
Forum: Alaska November 6th, 2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,767
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
We tried to double up on excursions on our...

We tried to double up on excursions on our cruises before, but always end up feeling rushed. We dropped that idea for the future. Now, we just plan one excursion and then use the rest of the time to...
Forum: Asia November 6th, 2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,391
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I do not remember very many great cruises around...

I do not remember very many great cruises around the Philippines, but I know some cruise lines stop briefly, but you can jump onboard a ship almost anytime. We visited the Philippines a few years ago...
Forum: Tipping November 6th, 2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,501
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I have mixed feelings about the automatic...

I have mixed feelings about the automatic tipping. It is convenient and assures the staff gets something. I wonder if cruise staff gets more tip money today or less. Knowing an automatic tip is being...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers November 6th, 2013, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 896
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
Our desire to go on cruises started when friends...

Our desire to go on cruises started when friends told us about their great trips. When we decided to make the leap and go on a cruise, we called them and asked whom they used. I am guessing you have...
Forum: River Cruises November 6th, 2013, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,539
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I will add a vote for using your ATM card. We...

I will add a vote for using your ATM card. We have always used our bankcard at an ATM in the airport when arriving at a foreign destination. When we arrived in Peru, we did not find an ATM right away...
Forum: All Things Cruising November 6th, 2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
We have two cruise bucket lists in our home, his...

We have two cruise bucket lists in our home, his and hers.

My list includes:

An Antarctica Cruise
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Alaskan Cruise

Her list includes:
Forum: All Things Cruising November 5th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 849
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I use the celebrity tie-ins to help me choose...

I use the celebrity tie-ins to help me choose cruises. If a cruise is overhyped because a celebrity will be onboard, I choose a different ship.

I enjoy cruises for meeting people, enjoying the...
Forum: River Cruises November 5th, 2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,870
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I had to chuckle at MercedMike's comment about...

I had to chuckle at MercedMike's comment about not going anywhere exciting. It depends on the river. The cruise we took on the Amazon was filled with more excitement than either of our big cruises on...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers November 5th, 2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,011
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I do not sleep with the windows open like you,...

I do not sleep with the windows open like you, but I do like the air moving in my room when I sleep. I pack a small personal fan in our baggage when we go on cruises. It is only 8" across and not...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers November 5th, 2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By ThomasOrtiz
I am glad to hear you had a great time. Your...

I am glad to hear you had a great time. Your question about seagulls and bugs surprised me, but I could understand asking. The only cruise I remember having any trouble with insects was when we went...
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