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About PlanoBill

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    Plano, TX
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    Regent (so far)
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  1. These work quite well. The trick is finding something to use as an anchor, which is not always available. If there is a desk too heavy to lift easily with legs, the cable can be secured to a leg.
  2. I have traveled for years with a Travelpro underseat carry-on bag that holds my electronics and photo equipment for the trip. I keep it locked when we are out of our room/cabin. I use a cable combination lock to secure the bag to something in the room that either would require cutting the cable to remove the bag or something very heavy that would be troublesome to move. Neither that nor the room safe (if there is one) are completely burglar proof. The idea is to make it difficult enough to discourage a casual thief. I guess I have yet to encounter a determined thief on any of our travels, since this bag has never been disturbed.
  3. I suppose that cruise ship captains prefer to do the final docking and departures because of their familiarity with their own maneuvering systems such as Azipods and other azimuth propulsion pods and bow thrusters. I am always impressed with the way these ships can maneuver in tight places. I had the opportunity many years ago to observe a Panama Canal pilot in action on the bridge of a transiting merchant ship. They were Americans in those days before the canal was turned over to Panama. It was a real education watching him in action, and transiting the canal from that bridge.
  4. Agree. This subject got me reviewing the rules of the road, which don't cover bouyage, and I realized that even before I retired from the Navy, the international agreement on prevention of collision at sea resulted in considerable changes in the regulations. I was desk bound at that time and wasn't keeping up with the changes going on. I guess it points up the importance of seeing the pilot boat come alongside the cruise ship as we enter port. I'm sure the harbor pilots earn their pay when it comes to bringing in today's huge cruise ships.
  5. There are three sets of navigation rules the U.S. sailors have to follow, International waters, Inland waters within our three mile limit, and Great Lakes and rivers, such as the Mississippi. I used to sail on USN ships on the Great Lakes, and there are a lot of differences in those Rules of the Road vs. International, whistle signals in particular. I have never cruised on Celebrity, but the four lines I have been on all put odd numbered cabins on the starboard side. Never the less, what you say about port and starboard are generally correct. Spend enough time on Navy ships and port and starboard and all the other aspects of jargon just become a part of you, and you never lose it. The same goes for boating and sailing enthusiasts as well. I spent four years in NROTC, three years on a Destroyer Escort, and 21 years in the Navy Reserve. All that will never leave me. I finally started cruise vacations, when my wife gave in to my desire to go to sea as a passenger.
  6. Without even seeing your icon, I knew you were a Navy vet. It's hard seeing the port and starboard running lights on your own cruise ship, but I find one handy naval custom that the cruise ships adhere to: suites and cabins on the port side have even numbers and those on the starboard side have odd numbers. If you're going down some long corridor on a cruise ship and need to get oriented, check the nearest cabin number. The numbers also increase from forward to aft. Every space on a naval vessel is numbered in the same way.
  7. The Conch Train has been in business for a long time. It must be worth it having been a going concern for so long. I rode the train in 1960 when I first reported to my Navy ship which was home ported there, and was told by my shipmates that it was worth doing. I took my new bride for the train ride when we ended our honeymoon in Key West in December of '61. We took our kids on it sometime in the 1970's. It's always been a really good way to familiarize yourself with the island and it's history. Needless to say, Key West has changed in all these years, but it is still a unique place.
  8. Apple Watch syncs with iPhone using Bluetooth, not WiFi. If you have a watch with cellular service it will get it's data from your mobile phone provider without an iPhone. As far as I know all your workout data links with the phone, so even WiFi is not needed at all for the phone. I would not want to use any kind of cellular for data service on a cruise ship as it is so expensive. I always turn off cellular data service on the phone at sea and rely only on WiFi. On my last cruise, I got the usual sort of ships's WiFi service on my phone, and my Apple Watch was getting all the usual data and information from the phone with no problems.
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