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    Bluebonnet Miata Club goes to the Caribbean IV

    This will be the 4th Caribbean trip for the Bluebonnet Club but the 5th cruise trip including Alaska.
    We will be joining the Royal Caribbean - Liberty of the Seas on February 18th, 2018.
    This is one of the newer ships in the Freedom class.


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    If you haven't signed up yet there is still time if you are interested in going. There are over 100 excursions for the 3 ports. We are visiting Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Jamaica. The best ports for fun.
    You can always join the cruise up to a time when the rooms are all gone you just won't get the group pricing.

    You can drive a jeep, dune buggy, swim with dolphins, zipline, snorkel, snuba, scuba or just about anything you can imagine and the prices are not too bad. It is a chance of a lifetime if you don't cruise much.
    Enjoy your winter by going back into summer again, the weather is much warmer in the Caribbean and the prices are much cheaper.

    Here is a brochure of all of the excursions and much of the itinerary of the cruise. At the top is a cost listing of the excursions then a more in depth explanation of the excursions. As you can tell there is something for everyone.

    If you are interested check with Marilyn Hamilton about our Travel Agent.

    Our Club members that are going -

    1. Dave and Marilyn Hamilton
    2. Paul and Wanda Begnoche
    3. Craig and Lisa Martin
    4. Rohm and Barbara Thompson
    5. George Lucas and Marilyn McCullen
    6. Rich and Gayle Sandenaw
    7. Jim and Freda Treat
    8. Joe and Cheryl Knight
    9. Dave and Margaret Swartz
    10. Joe and Pat Krypciak
    11. Dan and Betty Hicks
    12. Larry and Pam Stivers
    13. Fred and Beth Still
    14. Don and Judi Privett

    There is a forum that has each cruising ship for each week so you can converse with people that will be on that cruise with us. It is sponsored by Cruise Critic and if we have enough people sign up then they will host a get together on the second day of the cruise to meet the other people you have been talking with. You can meet people that you relate to for the rest of the cruise. We have the Meet & Greet all set so just sign up and get your invitation.

    http://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall...ruary-18-2018/

    You will need to join the Cruise Critic forum so that you can post, just like this forum. Once you are in, mark it and follow it each week as the cruise gets closer.

    Don Privett

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    Passport Information

    Check out this site if you need information on Passports: https://www.usa.gov/passport

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    That's great info Dave. If you need a passport or need one renewed make sure you do it soon so you don't have to expedite it later because it will take up to a month normally.

    Check your date, they expire after 10 years and need renewal. Everyone now needs one if you are traveling out of the country.

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    This is just some ideas that I came up with to help with upcoming problems that we can foresee.

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    Royal Caribbean and Celebrity luggage tag holders so you don't have to use a stapler and tape.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    These are really nice. Just slide your printed bag tag into the holder and attach it to your bag. Use it over and over.

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    The full face swim mask for snorkeling which is much easier to use than the traditional mask and snorkel especially if you have a beard or mustache.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    If you like to snorkel but don't like trying to breath from a tube this is the next step up, just put it on and breath like normal plus it doesn't fog up.

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    Webbed paddle gloves for snorkeling when you can't kick because coral reefs are too close. They do come in handy and take very little room when packing.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Kind of dorky but they work.

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    RFID blocking sleeves for your credit cards. Keeps people from stealing your credit card information. These are good to use all the time.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    A selphy stick that works with all phones for lots of photos with everyone together.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ZW07P5WI&psc=1
    The selphy stick may seem weird but when you are traveling alone or as a couple it makes it very easy to get a photo with a background and allows you do take photos over and over again without asking someone else to take your picture. It makes you very independent. Also it can reach where you normally can't like over people's heads or further out than you can normally reach. The remote on the handle makes it easy to take the picture quickly.

    We did find some nice carry on bags that will fit under an airline seat very easily and have pockets for all kinds of things.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Having now used the bag on a long trip I can really recommend the bag for carrying all your gadgets and having them available during the flight and when you arrive. It's a really good travel bag with around 20 compartments for batteries, chargers, memory, etc.

    The vacuum bags also make it easier to pack for an extended trip or the packing cubes. Just do a search on Amazon, there are many to chose from.

    Let us know if you have any other ideas to consider.

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    Passports

    Quote Originally Posted by windwalker View Post
    That's great info Dave. If you need a passport or need one renewed make sure you do it soon so you don't have to expedite it later because it will take up to a month normally.

    Check your date, they expire after 10 years and need renewal. Everyone now needs one if you are traveling out of the country.
    And your passports must be valid for 6 months after we get back.

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    In case you want to leave your car indoors while you cruise there is a parking garage right across the street from the Royal Caribbean terminal. We just carry our bags to and from the parking garage to the baggage handlers. Of course you can always go through the lines first and drop your luggage off. Just prepay and you have a reserved parking spot for the week.

    I take my truck and they help guide me into my parking spot, then they take us and our luggage in a golf cart close to the street next to the terminal. Very nice people.

    http://www.galvestonparkncruise.com/

    It also offers outside parking if you don't mind the salt air and dirt on your car.

    Parking so close and leaving the ship on your own allows you to leave very early before all the other guests that have to get their luggage from the warehouse. You can be on the road home before 9 am.

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    Going to Galveston the Saturday before

    Some of us that have done this cruise before often drive into Galveston on Saturday. Stay in a hotel, usually the Hampton Inn, have dinner along the sea wall and enjoy resting until it's time to go the the ship. We can talk later who may be interested in this option. I know we will be doing that.

    Paul & Wanda
    1999 Emerald Mica; 2002 Titanium Grey SE, 2007 Copper Red PRHT, 2013 Dauphin Grey PRHT, 2016 Soul Red LE

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    So now that is getting closer to the trip and the excursions are released for booking, what do you see that is interesting.

    In case you did not see the link to the excursions above here it is again.

    We have done most of the excursions already so we are constantly looking for something new. Have you swam with dolphins or stingrays, maybe you want to swim in a cave or climb Dunn's River Falls. How about ziplining, 4-wheeling or a dune buggy ride.

    If we can discuss this then maybe we can get some groups together for the excursions. I do realize that most of our members traveling are not so young anymore but there are still adventures available for people at any age.

    It looks like we are going to pick a Jeep tour in Cozumel and 2 beach breaks in Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Something adventurous and then something relaxing.
    Monster Jeep to Hidden Mayan Ruin and Virgin Beach - Exclusive - Cozumel
    The White House, Beach Mansion Escape - Grand Cayman
    Bamboo Beach Club VIP Package - Jamaica
    Join us if you want to be part of the group.

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    I posted above about the message board that is just for this cruise in February. This is a Royal Caribbean board through Cruise Critic.

    If we can get enough people registered through the Meet & Mingle roll call we will get to have a sponsored by Royal Caribbean "get together" the second morning. On our last cruise it was in the Sky Lounge on the 14th floor overlooking the pool. You will get to meet and talk to the people on the message board. Some people are from Dallas, some are from South Dakota, people come to Galveston from all over the country to cruise the Caribbean.

    Royal Caribbean gave away some prizes to members that showed up.

    Register with Cruise Critic, then go to the link for the Meet & Mingle and sign up. When we have 25 people we will get our event. Right now we have 18 people signed up. Sometimes the people can are pretty interesting, you never know who you will meet. One guy from Australia tried to offer me a job representing his software company in the US. He uses iPads at his restaurant instead of cash registers all tied together through a central server. Quick and efficient. You just never know.

    https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcal...ruary-18-2018/
    This is the Cruise Critic message board.

    https://secure.royalcaribbean.com/ccRegister.do
    This is the Meet & Mingle registration. It will require your booking number. We have 22 people but need 25 for the Meet & Mingle to happen and you have to be one of the people registered to enjoy the Meet & Mingle.

    Don

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    I just got the notice from Royal Caribbean that our Meet & Mingle has the required 25 to make it happen.

    If you have not registered, do so at the link above to register and get invited. You will receive an invitation in your room stating when and where to meet.

    It is just a small party or gathering to meet people on the Cruise Critic web site that are also going. There are usually prizes from Royal Caribbean.

    Talk to the people on the forum and meet them on the cruise. Why not?

    At least register and have the option to go if you feel like it when you are on the ship.

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