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Old 09-04-2013, 06:18 AM   #256
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Thanks Jonathan for this information on Cartagena. If you have any other bits of information you wouldn't mind passing along to us, we all would be very grateful.
I do remember during our tour there were men covered in silver paint posing as statues and women dressed in traditional garb, etc. Please be aware if you take a picture, a tip is expected.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:35 AM   #257
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I do remember during our tour there were men covered in silver paint posing as statues and women dressed in traditional garb, etc. Please be aware if you take a picture, a tip is expected.
That's right, you and your DH have done the Panama Canal before as well. Completely slipped my mind....................again, as I have said before, not a senior moment here!!! (I tell you if my head wasn't screwed on, I'd walk off and forget it!!!) Thanks Stephanie for the that piece of info. I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:32 PM   #258
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Only 2????? Geeeze - I have 12 countdowns going right now - 4 for this trip alone!!!
That's because you're going on like a thousand trips next year! LOL.

Thanks for the reminders about the people in silver and traditional dress. I need to remind my friends closer to the date.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:18 PM   #259
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funny thing I just noticed...when I am on my computer at home, my countdowns are correct. But when I am on my computer at work they are all over 20 days wrong...Is it some subtle way of telling me to not look at work?

I'm just glad they are right here!!!
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Just ordered this book from Amazon.
Me, too :-)
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #261
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I do remember during our tour there were men covered in silver paint posing as statues and women dressed in traditional garb, etc. Please be aware if you take a picture, a tip is expected.
Think I'm gonna attach myself to Stephanie's hip since she is so experienced.

I really miss this at Epcot so I am very thankful of the reminder that tips are expected in ports of call when you take pics of the "natives".
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #262
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During our taxi tour of Cartegena last year on the Wonder, our driver said we hadn't been to Cartegena, unless we go to the La Popa Monastery. The views were unbelievable....
This view is from the Disney Wonder, and you will notice La Popa on the mountain in the distance..

And this is the view from La Popa looking toward Bocagrande, and the Disney Wonder on the left...

As we pulled toward the pier in Cartegena, this is what we saw to our right. We were the only cruise ship there, so this was just for the Disney Wonder.

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Old 09-04-2013, 11:01 PM   #263
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Got the book on the Panama Canal today along with the video I ordered from Amazon.com. I can't wait to see it tomorrow night. Just got home from auditioning for Nunsense with a local community theatre group, and I'm exhausted.
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Can I point out something I noticed in the last picture? I'd be the youngest person in that picture.

I'm going to look for some fancy restaurant in Columbia. I tend to do the food tour of location. Best way to tell about the culture.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:18 AM   #265
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This may have been mentioned earlier, but I heard next year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the canal. If so, do you think the Wonder/Disney will do something special to commemorate the anniversary?
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:45 AM   #266
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This may have been mentioned earlier, but I heard next year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the canal. If so, do you think the Wonder/Disney will do something special to commemorate the anniversary?
hmm - good point - maybe they will!
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This may have been mentioned earlier, but I heard next year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the canal. If so, do you think the Wonder/Disney will do something special to commemorate the anniversary?
Hope they have some great souvenirs on board.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:51 AM   #268
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This may have been mentioned earlier, but I heard next year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the canal. If so, do you think the Wonder/Disney will do something special to commemorate the anniversary?
You are right, it will be the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal. I had forgotten all about that. Hopefully there will be something special to commemorate this anniversary. Guess we'll find out next year!!!
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Oh shiz. My grandparents would love that.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:30 AM   #270
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well i have decided to book the cruise as soon as my next paycheck comes in

i will be asking lots of questions but the first would be as im coming from europe would it be better to fly to lax or san diego international
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