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Old 05-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #2911
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I'm sure we'll be able to squeeze it in somewhere - after lugging 6 suitcases and six carry on's around texas for the last 2 weeks I'm sure 1 more box of wine won't kill us

If you see us at the port come and grab it but if not i'm sure I'll see you at the meet & greet

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I would absolutely love one if you have the capacity to carry it - I'm not staying in Galveston though, so wouldn't actually see you until the Saturday?

If you can, great, and will happily reimburse you, if you can't, then no problem (I'll just stalk your cabin for a drink instead !!!).
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:38 PM   #2912
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I'm sure we'll be able to squeeze it in somewhere - after lugging 6 suitcases and six carry on's around texas for the last 2 weeks I'm sure 1 more box of wine won't kill us

If you see us at the port come and grab it but if not i'm sure I'll see you at the meet & greet

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I ordered wine from Spec's in Galveston and I'll pick it up on Friday on the way to my hotel - then, I've got wine sleeves and an extra carry-on for boarding the ship. I believe wine is part of the basic essential food groups - starts with grapes after all !!!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:19 PM   #2913
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Essential foods

I class wine as one of my 5 a day,

I was looking at getting bottles but the box is so handy, light and v v cheap, works out at about $2 a bottle, and it's not bad - just having a glass now

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I ordered wine from Spec's in Galveston and I'll pick it up on Friday on the way to my hotel - then, I've got wine sleeves and an extra carry-on for boarding the ship. I believe wine is part of the basic essential food groups - starts with grapes after all !!!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #2914
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I class wine as one of my 5 a day,

I was looking at getting bottles but the box is so handy, light and v v cheap, works out at about $2 a bottle, and it's not bad - just having a glass now
I am having a glass also - cheers !!! Also - my fav wine doesn't come in boxes !
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:21 AM   #2915
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Tubbster, thank you so much! If you see a blonde lady with 2 teenagers all wearing matching tshirts at the port, that will be me!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:05 AM   #2916
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Good thing we aren't sailing today!

I got up at 4:30 a.m., showered, and checked my flights online while eating breakfast. I saw that my 6:45 a.m. flight to Dallas was delayed just over 2 hours, so I called American to see if there was anything else I could take. Had I been able to make a 6:05 flight to Chicago, I could've gotten to IAH at 11:40 - the same time as my original flight to HOU. However, my rental car and roommate will be waiting for me at Houston Hobby! Therefore, I will wait for my original flight to depart as now scheduled, and hope that my new connecting flight, arriving at 1:55, isn't also delayed. I feel bad for Vicki - who will have to wait for me or take a shuttle to Galveston on her own.

If I were cruising today, I'd be a nervous wreck! I have never flown in the day the ship sailed, and I hope I never have to. To the poster who thinks nothing of flying the day the ship sails, but is leery of booking a non-DCL excursion for fear of "missing the boat" - you have it backwards, buddy!

See you all Saturday, and maybe some of you tomorrow night at the Tremont.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:11 AM   #2917
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I got up at 4:30 a.m., showered, and checked my flights online while eating breakfast. I saw that my 6:45 a.m. flight to Dallas was delayed just over 2 hours, so I called American to see if there was anything else I could take. Had I been able to make a 6:05 flight to Chicago, I could've gotten to IAH at 11:40 - the same time as my original flight to HOU. However, my rental car and roommate will be waiting for me at Houston Hobby! Therefore, I will wait for my original flight to depart as now scheduled, and hope that my new connecting flight, arriving at 1:55, isn't also delayed. I feel bad for Vicki - who will have to wait for me or take a shuttle to Galveston on her own.

If I were cruising today, I'd be a nervous wreck! In 24 cruises, I have never flown in the day the ship sailed, and I hope I never have to. To the poster who thinks nothing of arriving the day the ship sails, but is leery of booking a non-DCL excursion for fear of "missing the boat" - you have it backwards, buddy!

See you all Saturday, and maybe some of you tomorrow night at the Tremont.
Wow! Yes, good to allow for travel problems. We have an early AM flight to Houston tomorrow!
We do not generally take non cruise-line excursions. We have witnessed problems of that sort as well.

Have fun in Galveston.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:25 AM   #2918
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Wow! Yes, good to allow for travel problems. We have an early AM flight to Houston tomorrow!
We do not generally take non cruise-line excursions. We have witnessed problems of that sort as well.

Have fun in Galveston.
I have seen people miss the boat, but it wasn't because they were on private tours; it's because they were idiots! I'll take a private tour any day before I will fly to the port city the same day the ship sails.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #2919
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I class wine as one of my 5 a day,

I was looking at getting bottles but the box is so handy, light and v v cheap, works out at about $2 a bottle, and it's not bad - just having a glass now
I was bringing bottles, bought special wine "nappy" bags as well. However, the bottles are just so heavy I couldn't fit them in. Bought a couple of 2 litre boxes as well, which I think weigh less than 3 bottles even though they've got 6 bottles equivalent between them!

I am packed. . Slightly worried about weight, I only have cheap suitcase scales and one is bang on 23 kilos, but I'm not sure how accurate the scales are. I have a pull along bag that is lighter but no space, so can't transfer anything in, and the final suitcase I need to wait til the kids get home as can't lift it and see what it weighs by myself!

Have semi tidied house, about to go and hoover. Got a much needed haricut booked in an hour, then taking DD and DS for theirs after school.

After that, DS has to clean out his hamsters and take them to a friends house, and I am waiting for someone to come and collect my foster cat and take him to another foster carer whilst we're away.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:33 AM   #2920
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Glad you are coming in today, Nancy! We had several tornadoes around Dallas last night. The spring weather that normally hits in April is running about a month late it seems.

We should arrive at Hobby around 7:30 in the morning. Weather is looking better the next few days and 0% chance of rain for sailaway when I looked this morning.

I will definitely see you guys at the Tremont tomorrow night!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #2921
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I have seen people miss the boat, but it wasn't because they were on private tours; it's because they were idiots! I'll take a private tour any day before I will fly to the port city the same day the ship sails.
Obviously, there are lots of private tours going out on this cruise. Just saying what we are comfortable with!
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:18 AM   #2922
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Glad you are coming in today, Nancy! We had several tornadoes around Dallas last night. The spring weather that normally hits in April is running about a month late it seems.

We should arrive at Hobby around 7:30 in the morning. Weather is looking better the next few days and 0% chance of rain for sailaway when I looked this morning.

I will definitely see you guys at the Tremont tomorrow night!
That explains why the plane I'm on to Dallas this morning arrived here 3 hours late last night. The flight had to be delayed this morning so the crew could get their mandated rest.

The weather report sounds very favorable -yay!
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:45 AM   #2923
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You are amazing! I can see going without my DH, but no way would he be going without me!
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Any chance you could share the instructions - i have an ipad but never actually saved anything to it and don't have a clue how to!
It must be simply because I did it without assistance!

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I have seen people miss the boat, but it wasn't because they were on private tours; it's because they were idiots! I'll take a private tour any day before I will fly to the port city the same day the ship sails.
Last cruise we were in danger of not getting to the port in time, it was very tense. That was the first time that happened in 20+ years of cruising. From that day forward we have decided to not fly on the date of departure. Doesn't take much to me.

Also saw a family left in port in St Thomas so we usually do Disney tours...

Can't wait to meet everyone. Safe travels!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #2924
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. . . my 6:45 a.m. flight to Dallas was delayed just over 2 hours

. . . If I were cruising today, I'd be a nervous wreck! I have never flown in the day the ship sailed, and I hope I never have to.
It's smart to fly in early, especially for a cruise like this where the first port with flight service is Madeira on Day 11.

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Old 05-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #2925
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I have seen people miss the boat, but it wasn't because they were on private tours; it's because they were idiots! I'll take a private tour any day before I will fly to the port city the same day the ship sails.
We are renegades -- always flying in the day of departure. For us it is different, though. No connections (if we did have them, we would change our approach), no weather issues (unless there is a hurricane or tsunami, but really?), and many, many flights after ours that we could take and connect in LA or SF and still make it with plenty of time. As it is now, we will arrive at IAH at 8:30am and be at the port by 10:30!
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