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When you are planning a cruise vacation, there are many things to thing about. Which cruise line? How many days do you want your cruise to last? But after you have made these decisions, you need to decide on an itinerary. There are variety of itineraries available, so choosing one can be tough. There many things to consider. Besides what ports of call you wan to visit, you need to think about how many ports of call you want to visit during a particular length of cruise. Do you want to visit a bunch of ports of call, and have fewer days at sea? Or do you want to visit fewer ports, and have more time to relax on ship?
Our honeymoon was our first cruise. We thought it would be cool to go on a cruise with abunch of ports. But our cruise agent talked us out of it. He said we enjoy a cruise with fewer stops an more days at sea. We listened to him, and chose a 7 day Carnival cruise with only three stops: Nassau, San Juan, and St. Thomas. We had the time of our lives!
A couple years later we went on another cruise. This time we went with my brother’s family. They wanted to go on a cruise with a bunch of stops. So that’s what we did. We chose another 7 day cruise with 5 ports of call: St. Thomas, St Martin, Dominica, Barbados, and Martinique. We did have alot of fun. But it was not nearly as relaxing as our first cruise.
We have since gone on a couple more cruises(a 7 day cruise, and an 8 day cruise), both with 3 ports of call
So what are the differences between a cruise with fewer and more ports of call?
On the 7 day cruise with 5 ports of call, we had stops nearly every single day. So the daily routine was wake up early, go eat a breakfast. Go back to the cabin, and get our stuff ready to go into port. Do an excursion, and/or some shopping. Go back to the ship tired. Take a shower, or at least change clothes. Go to dinner. Maybe go back to the cabin to change again, depending on what we are doing that night. Maybe we would go to a show, or a lounge for a while. But we had to get back to the cabin and go to bed, because we needed to get up early the next morning and do it all over again! It was tiring!
Our cruises with fewer stops were much more relaxing! There was plently of time to stay up late, sleep in, sit on deck and read or get a sun tan, take naps, watch movies in our cabin. We still got to spend time in some great ports of call, but there was more downtime between them. It was more relaxing, and the cruises really seemed to last longer.
So if you are looking to see and do lots of stuff, and don’t care about relaxing, by all means take a cruise with lots of ports of call. If you want to take your time, relax, try a cruise with few stops. There are still plenty of activities on the cruise ships during the days at sea. Trust me, you will not be bored!

I have been bugging my wife to get her passport renewed for a while. We are planning a trip to Canada for our wedding anniversary, and having a passport would likely make crossing the border that much easier. She will at least need her driver’s license and birth certificate.
She was heading to the post office todat to get her passport renewed. She needed to get new pictures. It looks like she will have to send her expired passport in. She should still be able to get across the border using her driver’s license and birth certificate.
As I said, I wish she had gone ahead and taken care of this before. Good thing I didn’t start planning a Caribbean cruise like I had originally thought of. She definately would have needed it.

I have never used Priceline before. Actually that is not true. I once bid for a flight one time, and my offer wasn’t accepted. But this time I was looking to book a hotel. I saw a Priceline comercial on TV this afternoon with William Shatner getting a lower price for a hotel. So I thought I would take a look. My wife and were looking to book a hotel room for our anniversary. We were thinking of something with a view of Niagara Falls, and that had a hot tub. My wife had looked at a few places, and we were seeing prices where the frist day was $500-$600, and the second day would be around $150-$200.
So I went to Priceline and tried the bid feature. But it didn’t seem to give me an option of what features I wanted in a room. So then I went to the non-bid part. I am not sure how I found it, but I found that the Marriott Niagara Fallsview Hotel & Spa had a room for $145/night that had a view of the Canadian & American Falls! And the room had a whirlpool that fits 2! I showed my wife, and she liked it. In fact we decided that it would be cool to staty for three days, instead of just two. I originally looked at a Sunday check in, and a Tuesday check out. Then I tweaked it to a Saturday check in, and the price jumped to $179/night. So I changed it to a Sunday check in and a Wednesday checkout. The price dropped back to $145/night. I went ahead and booked it. Of course there were various taxes and fees added, but I still think we got a good deal. I think it will be a fun and romantic anniversary!

I have never used Priceline before. Actually that is not true. I once bid for a flight one time, and my offer wasn’t accepted. But this time I was looking to book a hotel. I saw a Priceline comercial on TV this afternoon with William Shatner getting a lower price for a hotel. So I thought I would take a look. My wife and were looking to book a hotel room for our anniversary. We were thinking of something with a view of Niagara Falls, and that had a hot tub. My wife had looked at a few places, and we were seeing prices where the frist day was $500-$600, and the second day would be around $150-$200.
So I went to Priceline and tried the bid feature. But it didn’t seem to give me an option of what features I wanted in a room. So then I went to the non-bid part. I am not sure how I found it, but I found that the Marriott Niagara Fallsview Hotel & Spa had a room for $145/night that had a view of the Canadian & American Falls! And the room had a whirlpool that fits 2! I showed my wife, and she liked it. In fact we decided that it would be cool to staty for three days, instead of just two. I originally looked at a Sunday check in, and a Tuesday check out. Then I tweaked it to a Saturday check in, and the price jumped to $179/night. So I changed it to a Sunday check in and a Wednesday checkout. The price dropped back to $145/night. I went ahead and booked it. Of course there were various taxes and fees added, but I still think we got a good deal. I think it will be a fun and romantic anniversary!

We are starting to plan a pre-memorial day weekend driving trip around New England. We have done it before, and it was a blast. We are thinking about doing a slightly route this time.
I pulled out my copy of Delorme Map’n’Go, and installed it. I got all kinds of warnings about stuff being out of date, so I looked at the CD, and found it was from 2000. Kind of old. So I went to look for a new version of Map’n’Go, and found that they don’t make it anymore. It looks like they merged Map’N’Go with Street Atlas USA. I started looking around for a 2007 copy of Delorme Street Atlas USA. Amazon has it for about $40. I was getting ready to buy it when I saw that the customer rating was kind of low. I started reading reviews, and it sounded like it had problems. One review suggested looking at Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007. Hmm… So I checked it out. I had better customer ratings, and was $10 cheaper. I went ahead and ordered it. I chose free shipping, so it will take a week or two.

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