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    SpeedNoodles reacted to GatorCruiser in Cathy   
    Informative post. Thanks for sharing 
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Day 6 - St Thomas
    After a short overnight ride over from Tortola we arrived to a rain storm in St Thomas at Crown Bay.  Fortunately it's the Caribbean.  If you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes.  
    This is a work day for me.  Gotta pay for these cruises somehow.  I stayed on the ship.  #boring




    I was curious where we went last night since it's a very short distance.  Looks like we just puddled around for a bit then made our way to St Thomas.

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    The port area is very nice with some shopping, a few waterfront bars and no pushy vendors.



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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Too soon it was 12:45pm and time to head back to the real world.  The barge returned victims back to the excursion boat.

    With that we were off towards Tortola.




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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    The desired effect worked and full relaxation mode kicked in.




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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    The Ocean's 7 bar:

    At 11am our lunch was ready.

    Lunch was a hamburger or a hot dog.  I wouldn't rave about the meal but it did the job.

    Fearful I might develop an ache somewhere in my body I thought it wise to take a local drink called a Painkiller.  

    To be extra safe I thought it best to consume several.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    There are several bars that we were free to visit.





    This beach is popular with the yachting and sailing crowd.


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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    My excursion today was Escape to Jost Van Dyke booked through Royal and later cheaper when it went on sale and I saved $19.  Jost Van Dyke is one of the smaller islands in the BVI with a small permanent population.  I've been to Jost Van Dyke before and booking this excursion was the very next thing I did after booking this cruise.
    Very close to the end of the pier is the staging area for excursion boats.

    The boat has both inside and outside seating fore and aft.   

    The forward outdoor seating does some sea spray but it was very refreshing.

    Around 25 minutes later we were approaching this little slice of heaven right here on Jost Van Dyke.

    The water here is quite stunning.

    I wasn't quick enough to capture the decent size sea turtle that popped up close by in this general direction.

    On previous trips here the boat anchored and we swam to shore.  This excursion comes with a barge that takes guests to shore where you can just walk onto the beach without getting wet.

    There are numerous bars that line the beach.  Our designated section was at the end of the beach at Ocean 7 names after seven sisters that founded this bar.  Loungers and umbrellas were reserved for us.  We received tickets for one drink (beer/soda/water) and one meal each.


    It's such a beautiful beach. 

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to JLMoran in Man Overboard: Symphony   
    Further, if follow the link to the original Quartz article, you see that even the quote given is partial and taken out of context. A key takeaway I got from reading the Quartz article is that even the best of these systems has a false positive rate of two per week (104 times per year), and that this same system has not yet had any actual MOB events on the ONE ship where it's installed!
    That's right -- even the best of these systems has a false positive rate that massively exceeds the number of times it has picked up a real man overboard event that could / did save the person's life. And I'm sorry, but no business is going to install something that poor on their ships when it means they'll be spending tremendous amounts of time dealing with "boy who cried wolf" syndrome.
    There are only one or two real MOB events per month average, as stated by the original article and the one in Quartz. That's across every ship from every cruise line and shipping service. Given the number of lines and ships, you're talking less than 1 event on a given ship per year on average. And you expect companies to install a system that have a false positive rate that's at best 104x worse than the real event happening? Please.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from raahc in Best towel animals   
    My favs:
     

     
    Elephant

    Loved the bunny!

     
    Ok, not an animal, but a surprise for my husband's birthday:

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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Ala_Paul in Travel insurance. Get what your TA or cruise line offers or shop around?   
    Shop around. Know exactly what you want out of insurance (just trip cancellation? Trip interruption? I need "cancel for work reasons".  Med evac?)
    Check out Matt's podcast, just released yesterday:  https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/podcast/episode-315-travel-insurance-101
     
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Day 5 - Tortola, BVI
    We sailed through the Virgin Islands chain and eventually began approaching Tortola.

    Tortola has a pier.

    Our progress so far...

    Docked and ready to go.

    Excursion meeting point is right at the end of the pier where several people holding up signs were in place to greet us. 

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    I've been in cruise mode having a great time making new friends so I apologize for the lack of updates.
    This was our sail out from San Juan at midnight.

    The fountain on Paseo de la Princesa that I capture earlier.

    El Morro at night.


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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from raahc in Straws?   
    I love my Final Straw straws.  Super easy to carry and clean.
     
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Fuzzywuzzy in Man Overboard: Symphony   
    News reports out of Miami are reporting an Australian man "fell" overboard early this morning from Symphony of The Seas. The ship was reported to have been enroute to St. Thomas when the appx. 0300 incident occurred. There are claims that a body was observed being brought on board from a dispatched lifeboat. I'm sure more info will be forthcoming. ☹️
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to YOLO in Dogs on Board   
    @ellcee  Thanks!  She truly was a once in a lifetime dog for us.  Unfortunately, we lost her a couple of years ago.
    Here's Kuka on the morning of Jan 21, 2016 - her eighth birthday.  Such a sweet girl.  We still miss her.

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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from PRebecca in Door Decor Stuff   
    They were religious and political, and I just don't know if that would have worked, lol.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Andrew3232 in MA and NV will have TWO stops at CocoCay   
    Breaking news! There will be some sailings on the Mariner of the Seas and in the Navigator of the Seas  with two stops at a perfect day at CocoCay. It’s a pilot, and it’s only available on some selected 4 night sailings. 
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to SPS in location where each member lives   
    IF they've added a location to their profile, it will be listed under their avatar,......................Stalker. Why do you need to know this?
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Traveler in Chops ever on sale?   
    You just never know when a deal will pop up.  Before the Black Friday sales hit last November (actually ON Thanksgiving Day), I randomly found Chops at $33.60 each and snagged it.  The price didn't even come close during the Black Friday sale.  I advocate for keeping a close eye on the Cruise Planner for things you know you want.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Walking back to the ship I just had to capture it with some water blur effect and the nearly full moon.

    It was too early to go back on board so with several hours until all aboard time I wanted to go back to Paseo de la Princesa.




    I always enjoy stops that include the ability to take pictures of the ship at night so I couldn't let the opportunity go to waste.


    Time to head back on board.

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    My destination was sort of El Morro and anything I happen to see along the way so I just started walking up hill vaguely in that direction snapping a few pictures along the way.

    I walked past a church with open doors so I couldn't resist a photo.

    Eventually I reached the edge of the field in front of El Morro just in time for sunset.


    Behind me the lights along the road towards Castillo San Cristóbal caught my attention so I went that way.

    I wasn't really feeling the photography juices flowing so I had to figure something out. 

    Maybe some long exposure light streaking photos would do the trick.

    This is why I love golden hour.



    Castillo San Cristóbal.  With my camera doing a 30 second exposure I used the light on my phone to "paint" the area closest to me with light.  

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Day 4 - San Juan
    Quite windy as we approached Puerto Rico but Empress handled it really well.

    The pilot boat was having a fun ride.


    Finally San Juan was within sight.

    El Morro was grand as ever.


    Into our berth early as promised.

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to twangster in ​​​​​​​Empress 8 Night Eastern Caribbean 🎵​​​​​​​ Oops, I Booked it Again 🎵​​​​​​​   
    Voom update.
    Day 3 Voom was pretty good all day.  

    I used day 3 as a work day and spent a lot of time on calls and using WebEx. 
    Day 4 Voom still holding up.  First thing in the morning.

    Several conference calls with perfect voice calls for hours.  
    Day 4 afternoon after arriving in San Juan mid afternoon.

    Fingers crossed the on/off Voom was fixed by the maintenance I saw on boarding day.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Momof4crazytocruise in Clueless   
    Whoa. She needs a new travel agent. My guess is they charged her a fee to book it as well 😞  (My travel agent emailed me and told me to log on and get the $18/day price when it was available! - I had already gotten it, but dang -she's my girl 4 life now!)
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