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Old 02-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #331
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Are they building a new ship? I read some new river cruise ship build(s) was announced
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:42 PM   #332
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What dcl itinerary would you do?


You missed the cheap days. Husb and i did several $1350 cruises for 2 for a week... Plus we'd get a $100 credit!

Eta: my mom cruises with us for about 1k... Which included a single supplement!!!
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Brandi - How many days now???

1 week???!!
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Yes, they are...

And the itinerary I want is the Christmas Markets, the first week in December and it is on one of the new ships, it is not even built yet.....

The problem with Viking is that you have to pay in full, to get a locked price. If you just put down the deposit, the price can keep going up until you pay in full.

So it is weird for us to pay in full for a cruise vacation that will not take place until December 2014....
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You missed the cheap days. Husb and i did several $1350 cruises for 2 for a week... Plus we'd get a $100 credit!

Eta: my mom cruises with us for about 1k... Which included a single supplement!!!
I really don't know. We are really nervous about the kids. So we have talked about doing a short cruise just to see, but I know more kids are on the short cruises, so we would be better off doing a long cruise, but not really sure.

We go to the Caribbean every year, so maybe no that, but something interesting, so if we don't like the ship we at least have the ports.

so right now we have the Feb 2013 Caribbean, nov/dec 2013 Spain TA, Feb 2014 Caribbean, Dec 2014 Christmas Markets, Germany.

I have no idea when or where we would go... Have you got any ideas, for less Children and fun cruise?
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Brandi - How many days now???

1 week???!!
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7 days!!!! That's so exciting!
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Tortola, British Virgin Islands

I thought I would do a little history of each place we are going to visit, just so I can remember and see if there is anything amazing I have see again or for the first time.

We were at Tortola last year, but I was still in my walking boot and could not get around much, so we hired a taxi to take us out and about.

We had a good time and enjoyed it.

Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning "land of the Turtle Dove". Columbus named the island Santa Ana. The later Dutch settled and called it Ter Tholen, after a coastal island forming part of the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British took over, they altered the name to its present-day Tortola.

Tortola is a mountainous island 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide, with an area of 21.5 square miles. Formed by volcanic activity, its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1750 feet. Tortola lies near an earthquake fault, and minor earthquakes are common.

The population of Tortola is 23,908. The principal settlement is Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.

Financial services are the main source of income to the island. The popular International Business Companies Act, passed in the early 1980s, led to significant growth in government revenue. BVI residents are amongst the most affluent in the Eastern Caribbean. Numerous residents from other Caribbean islands work there.

Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, it uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. The island is home to many offshore companies that do business worldwide.

The Northern coast has the best beaches on the island, including Smuggler's Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer's Bay, Josiah's Bay, and Lambert beach. In addition to beaches, there are sailing, surfing, scuba diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, historic sites, hiking, and much more.



These are the pictures that I took last year while I was in Tortola





















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The color of the water is beautiful there! Looks like Paradise!
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The color of the water is beautiful there! Looks like Paradise!
I remember it being so hot while we were there, that all I wanted was shade and cool drinks. I was still on pain meds then, so hopefully this trip will be a little better...
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St. John's, Antigua

St. John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. With a population of 24,226 (2000), St. John's is the commercial center of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua.

St. John's is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan municipalities in the Lesser Antilles. The city is famous for its various shopping malls as well as boutiques throughout the city, selling designer jewelry and haute-couture clothing. There are also many independent, locally run establishments, selling a variety of fashions.

The investment banking industry has a strong presence in the city. Many major world financial institutions have offices in St. John's.

There is a fresh produce, meat and fish market on the southwestern edge of the city where fresh produce, meats and fresh fish are sold daily.

The Antigua Rum Distillery is located at the Citadel and is the only rum distillery on the island. Annual production yields more than 180,000 gallons bottled.

When we were there this last time we did a segway tour. Note for everyone out there, this is not a smart move after you have foot surgery! My foot kept falling asleep and I had to walk around a lit. I am sure I slowed the tour down a lot by being so slow.




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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten. The town is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants.

The island was first sighted by Christopher Columbus on 11 November 1493, but there was already an Arawak settlement there before his discovery. Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy; the settlement soon became a bustling center of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg's strategic importance in St. Maarten's history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem.

The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city.

We have been a couple times to this island and it is where I got my watch a couple of years ago. But this past year, I did not even get off the ship, the Segway tour really did me in. So I sat around with my foot propped and drinking cold drinks.

This year we are heading to Princess Juliana International Airport World famous for its close-proximity photographs of landing aircraft, Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM), west of Philipsburg, has become for many a reason in itself to visit Sint Maarten.

Due to its short runway (7,200 ft), airplanes on approach for Runway 09 have to fly at unusually low altitudes, overflying mere 30-60 ft. over nearby Maho Beach.

Jet blast from departing aircraft is also another 'attraction' as it creates artificial waves. However, jet blast is physically hazardous so viewers need to exercise caution; local authorities placed a warning on the airport's fence to alert people to the dangers of jet blast.

















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Fun!!! What r u doing i Tortola? We went to the barbs at Virgin gorda... It was nice but we were diverted due to a hurricane so the waves were rough.

Are you docking at St. John or st Thomas ?

I like st Martin... So clean and beach right there. And I do like the liquor allowance on the easterns
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Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founded 1666 as Taphaus. It is located on the island of Saint Thomas and as of 2004 had an estimated population of 19,000.

The city is named after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (1650–1714), queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is famous as a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a frequent port of call for cruise ships, with about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers landing there in 2004. Charlotte Amalie has buildings of historical importance including St. Thomas Synagogue, the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

As I said earlier, we go back to this same bar and have bushwackers.

If you look beyond the boutiques and you will discover historic sights such as the bright red, 17th-century Fort Christian, (this was fenced off when were there the last few times), and the taxing 99 steps stairway. We climbed all the way up these two or three years ago( and there are really 103 steps), and there is really nothing there once you get there.

Charlotte Amalie is easy to explore on foot.



I think we are buying alcohol here this year, there are a few things we can pick up that are much cheaper than at home. So we will buy in town, they deliver straight to the ship and then it is brought to us the last night, and it is just really easy.

We will go back to the little dive bar and have a few drinks, then wander the street...





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