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  1. Whenever I travel, I take a few minutes every night to load all the photos from that day onto my iPad. I have an adapter that connects my SD card to the lightening port on my iPad, so I upload the photos each night in case anything happens to my camera or SD card so I don't lose my photos from earlier days in the trip. Once it's on the iPad, I can use any app to edit the photos if I want to 🙂
  2. Since it was a land vacation with no need for an underwater camera, I left my TG-5 at home and used an old Cannon point and shoot for most of my photos. It was the camera I bought for my Mediterranean cruise in 2013 so definitely not the most current technology but it did the trick. I also took a bunch of photos on my iPhone 8 (especially towards the end of the trip when we were in England) because I actually thought the photos came out better on the iPhone. For my last few reviews, I've included some sneak peaks of the photos that will be part of the review, but in an effort to not have them be completely duplicates, I use an app to edit the photos and make cool effects (so it's not a setting inside the camera itself). The app is called Sketch Master (the icon is tan in color and has a bird sketch on it). Hope that helps! 🙂
  3. Yup, it was just like all of my other looong cruise reviews... It was 18 pages in total, but probably would have been more if it was in a cruise line forum instead of a Europe forum so more people could have seen it and replied. Here's a link if you want to take a look (or if you are bored and looking for something entertaining to read!)
  4. Hi Kim! I was just thinking "I wonder what Kim is up to now that cruising is cancelled" and then I stumbled upon this thread! Last summer, I posted a thread in the Paris forum where I wrote it up like my usual journal-style day-by-day cruise reviews even though I didn't take a cruise on that trip. No one seemed offended that I was posting a review like that without taking a cruise. I justified it because Paris is a cruise port (well, sort of... it's a few hours drive from Le Harve... close enough!), and many cruisers stay in London before/after cruises leaving from Southampton, so I thought my review could help their planning. Anyway, I'm sure people would appreciate it if you posted your review here on Cruise Critic in the St. Thomas forum so they can plan their future port days when cruising finally does resume. It's not like we're getting any other sources of cruise reviews nowadays! I can't wait to start reading and see how your vacation went 🙂
  5. Thanks for the shout out, Crystal! I second those recommendations, and I'll add @mitsugirly to the list. She has soooo many reviews and they are all filled with photos and tons of fun to read!
  6. Great idea, Norris! I actually just re-read both of your Alaska reviews a few months ago when I was planning for my Alaska cruise this summer... sadly, that cruise was cancelled, but it was still fun to see Alaska through your lens. I hope you and Carol are staying healthy!!
  7. These are not from cruises on NCL because I've never sailed with them, but I have written several looooong detailed photo reviews from my cruises on Carnival, Celebrity, and Paul Gauguin (in Tahiti). Hopefully these can help keep you entertained until the cruising season resumes! Click on this link and it will give you a list with links to all of my Cruise Critic reviews 🤩 https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSNrw3faZpEFh1SRctIlj1_Vt0qMsA7xnShULzcoUzPUJpN4_0Oc9FjhaktzAfaMvN9_-8uEccsLMkq/pub
  8. What a wonderful surprise from your wife! I am too much of an OCD planner to give up that much control haha I like to know what I am doing each day/night of my vacation so I can plan/pack accordingly. Funny enough, John Heald (brand ambassador for Carnival Cruises) posted nearly this exact same question as a poll on FB last week. He asked if people would be interested in booking a cruise on the Carnival Breeze with 3 mystery ports of call, and the response seemed positive. I think most of those people just liked sailing on the Breeze and knowing that they had lots of fun options to enjoy their vacation on the ship alone, even if they never got off at any of the ports haha Either way, I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration on your mystery cruise! Come back to tell us how it went!
  9. Hi Crystal! I'm so glad I found your review, but it looks like I have some catching up to do!! Hope you and Nate had a wonderful cruise and I look forward to reading all about it 😎 🌴 🌞
  10. Wow, crazy! I have been re-reading your Alaska review (since when I read it a year and a half ago, I never imagined I'd actually be going to Alaska, and now I need to re-read it and take notes! lol) and here you are, replying to my question! Thanks so much for all of your advice, it is greatly appreciated! You have all convinced me... we booked the canoe tour! I was able to book on Viator for the same price as booking directly through the tour company, but Viator lets you cancel up to 24 hours in advance with no penalty versus the tour company who charges a fee to cancel. Thanks again for everyone's replies!
  11. Thanks for all of your replies. Yes, I am positive the canoe tour takes us to hike ON the glacier. It specifically says so in the tour description, plus I've read lots of reviews with photos online. The same company also offers a similar tour for half the price which only does the canoe and does not walk on the glacier. I agree that 25-50 people on the whale watching boat is not ideal. What I like about that tour is they give us as much time at Mendenhall Glacier as we want because there are shuttles running back to the cruise port every hour. That would give us time to hike out to Nugget Falls and take our time taking photos and exploring the visitor center, and we can return to the ship whenever we are ready. All of the other tours I found give you a set time at Mendenhall (45 minutes or so) and the reviews said it wasn't really enough time for all they wanted to do there. I am just so torn between the two tours... On the one hand, we are doing whale watching in a different port, but what if we don't see whales that day? or what if the weather forces that tour to get cancelled? Is it a mistake to only book one whale watching trip on the cruise? I thought maybe this Juneau tour could be our back up, and if we get to see whales on both tours, that would be a bonus. On the other hand, this would be our only chance to walk on a glacier and that sounds like an incredible experience. Is walking on a glacier worth an extra $200pp? And what if we have rainy weather that day? Will it be miserable to be out paddling in a canoe in the rain? I keep going back and forth and can't decide what to do!
  12. 2 adults visiting Juneau in Mid-August, which would you pick and why? 1) 2 hours of whale watching with 25-50 people on the boat, then visit Mendenhall Glacier (visitor center, hike to Nugget Falls, would only get views of the glacier), cost: $150pp 2) 1 hour canoe paddle across Lake Mendenhall, 1-1.5 hours hiking on the glacier, then 1 hour canoe paddle back, about 15 people on the tour, cost: $350pp Both companies get excellent reviews online, both are about 5 hours long, both have flexible cancellation policies, and both would be booked privately (not through the cruise line). We will also go whale watching in another port, and will hopefully see whales from the cruise ship, but this would be our only port to stand on a glacier. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  13. Congrats Crystal and Nate!!! I was thinking about you guys yesterday and hoping you had the wedding of your dreams! You looked stunning and I'm so happy to hear everything went perfectly. Cheers to a long and happy marriage filled with lots of cruises together 🍾👰🤵💖
  14. Oh wow! Thanks Peggy! Great job finding out their name!! You got a wonderful photo of them too. Hope you had a great trip 🙂
  15. OMG! I LOVE your dress!!! It's gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see photos of you in it standing next to your new hubby in his suit next week! 👰 🤵 🍾 💍 💐
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