Betsy Speicher

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I'll be on the Cordair Cruise January 6 - 13th. Who else is going?

This is my first cruise and there is so much I am interested in and I also have many questions. I know others would like to discuss the upcoming cruise too, so this thread is the place to do it.

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Thank you, Betsy, for opening this topic. First, I think you will find that you will enjoy cruising and simply find that a week just isn't long enough. If there is a down side it is only the fact that sometimes you will find that you will not be able to spend enough time in some ports - as I found out a few years ago in Australia and New Zealand - there is just too much to see and too little time. However, this cruise will be a bit different. The islands are small so you really don't need to spend as much time on them as you would say, in Sydney or Aukland et al. Another plus is the fact that you don't have to unpack and repack your suitcases every day, you unpack just once. The food, the company, being laid back, etc. etc., it's all great. Others please add your comments.

I have a personal question to those going on the cruise. I am interested in a charter to do some deep sea fishing. In the booklet you received there is one going out of Cozumel on the 11th. However, the time of arrival in port and the length of the charters offered conflict. The afternoon 4 hour charter also conflicts with one of Diane Durant's talks that I want to attend. So, from ShoreTrips I found one out of Grand Cayman on the 10th at 8:00a. The charter for one to 4 is $678 and I would like to know if there are 3 other people interested in this. You can go to tinyurl.com/27lztx to get more information. More than 4 can go but personally, I'd like to keep it at no more than 4 - obviously I have no say in that however. If you are interested please respond because I'd like to get an idea if I can defray the cost a bit.

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My personal experience with cruises (two three-day weekenders between Long Beach and Ensenada, Mexico) has convinced me that, under normal circumstances, even a massive cruise liner like a Royal Carribean gets small and boring. But there are highlights. Find your way to the top level bar in that disk that adorns the aft of the big Royal Carribeans and stake out a window seat to watch debarkments. You'll be transfixed by the whole operation that will unfold ten floors below you. Walk the upper decks at night even if it is cold. Especially if it is cold. You might catch a shooting star under a horizon to horizon uncluttered sky.

But this is not a cruise under normal cicumstances. There will be (Correct me if I'm wrong, Linda!) 250 Objectivists aboard. I'm convinced that the onboard ballroom dance instructors are going to wonder what hit them. Hopefully somebody will bring poker chips, because I'd certainly prefer a Texas Hold-em cash game -- or even a winner takes all tournament -- to the ship's casino. I can't even guess at other diversions.

Oh yeah, then there is that Arts Program!

As for shore leave, I have a singular purpose. SCUBA diving. Despite having been to the Caymans three times (once a student in Cathy Church's underwater garden) and Cozumel once, I have no interest in anything onshore that is above sea level. Any other SCUBA crazies aboard?

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But this is not a cruise under normal cicumstances. There will be (Correct me if I'm wrong, Linda!) 250 Objectivists aboard.

That and the arts program is what I am going for. All those Objectivists and enough time and opportunity to enjoy their company!

As for the ports of call, I'm going shopping.

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I'm going on the cruise, too, and it is my first cruise ever, also.

I'm primarily going because of the Arts program, but I'm also going because of the Arts program being combined with the shipboard experience, the ports-of-call, and, of course, the chance to talk with other Objectivists; where I'm living right now is rather devoid of consistently objective thinkers.

As far as shore excursions I'm mainly interested in the shores--the beaches. I love the tropical/ocean environment.

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But this is not a cruise under normal circumstances. There will be (Correct me if I'm wrong, Linda!) 250 Objectivists aboard. I'm convinced that the onboard ballroom dance instructors are going to wonder what hit them.

This is definitely no "ordinary cruise," :huh: but we will not be 250. Our preference was for a more intimate group of about 150. This way everyone gets great seats

at every program and a very personal experience.

One of the wonderful things about this ship (I've sailed on it 4 times) is that there is something for everyone. It will take most people tow-three days to fully explore and find all or most of what she has to offer. For those looking for a quieter vacation experience, there are plenty of placed to curl up with a good book or two. For those who want to "do it all," the cabins serve as a place to keep their suitcases while they squeeze in every exciting moment, planning to catch up on their sleep when they return home. :huh:

Two years in the making, this trip promises to be a very memorable journey. See you on board "Voyager!"

Happy New Year!

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For those who want to "do it all," the cabins serve as a place to keep their suitcases while they squeeze in every exciting moment, planning to catch up on their sleep when they return home. :huh:

That sounds like me all right! I plan to completely overdo everything.

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To those going on the trip, Michelle and I will see you Sunday on the ship. This is our first cruise and I'm excited about it. Happy New Year to all.

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Kevin and I will be there.

This is the first cruise for both of us, and a second honeymoon of sorts (we were married in August but didn't take a full honeymoon because the local weather was so beautiful).

Afriend gave me a tip. You can set up your own excursions privately. For example, see http://grandcaymancruiseexcursions.com. You'll find lots of these if you Google "cruise excursions".

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Ahoy Mates!

Check out the cruise blog for new posts; both important and interesting. :huh:

I also sent out an informative e-mail this evening to all passengers. Please let me know if you did not receive it.

Cheers,

Linda

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