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paulgila

i was invited by my friend tracy to go on an 8-day cruise to mexico with her family for her husband mark's 50th birthday(tracy is the mother of lauren,who accompanied me to bali last year).i have never been on a cruise before so i thought "what the heck,sounds fun."i had no idea what to expect.

part I: "the embarkationing."

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tracy & mark.they kinda remind me of lucy & ricky from "i love lucy," the stereotypes are ALL there.

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hey look,theres me!

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i saw "the poseidon adventure" 27 times when i was a kid so i was a little nervous.if i'd seen ernest

borgnine i woulda jumped off the ramp.

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trying NOT to see ernest borgnine.

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kinda like a floating disneyland but the drinks are cheaper.

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already seasick & we haven't even left the pier.so much for my viking heritage. :angry:

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nice clouds but they need to wash the windows.

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i was trying not to make the obvious "titanic" jokes.

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the uss midway a berth or 2 over.

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mark has "restless leg syndrome" & cannot stay in 1 place for more than 30 seconds.

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i took lots of pix.

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1st ones on the ship.

"haha! in yer face steerage passengers!"

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they already have activities set up for us.

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SD skyline from the deck.

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nice day for pix.

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"ahoy,mateys!"

ok,i'll stop.

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this is a few decks up from where you come aboard on the glass elevator.now we have references to TWO major disaster movies. :unsure:

this area is called the atrium,so that must be the atrium BAR.

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some pix of the harbor from on deck.

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star of india with red & black hull.

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sneaky commies again.won't they ever learn?

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my cabin.i was sharing the room with a friend of mark & tracys who i hadn't met yet...

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atrium with glass elevators.

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we decided to explore the ship.

without warning the decor changes.

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"ok,i'm in egypt."

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tracy is attracted to shiny round objects.

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then we went to tracys cabin,the super-deluxe model.

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ok hers has a balcony.

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& life rafts.

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& you can see stuff.

mine has.....aw,nevermind.

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your tax dollars at work.

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lifeboat drill.very serious.

the life vests have whistles so i tried mine out.very loudly.

no one was amused.

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north island where they park the carriers.

i know thats not the right word.

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finally my room mate,who we'll call "peter," showed up.

he was so late he had to carry his own luggage on board.

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then he muscled into my picture.

he looks like martin landau.

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twacy looking nice.

i call her "twacy" sometimes.

she likes it.

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upper deck of the "carnival fun ship," where all the "fun" happens,i assume.

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part II: under way!

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finally pulling away from the dock!

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they should be paying me for this!

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water-slide which i was too chicken to go on for the whole cruise.

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point loma in the background.wave to kim!

i said "wave!" :rage:

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north island with some other islands behind it,maybe alcatraz.

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big red thingee.

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too cold on deck so looking for a nice place to watch the shore go by.

this is the mural in the atrium from glass elevator.haven't yet discovered there are other ways to

get around onboard.

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found the sushi bar!

one couple had inexpicably kept their life vests with them from the drill.

we just pointed & stared.

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almost out of the harbor.

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the sushi was nothin' to write home about.

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they are always trying to sell you stuff.

heres a 1500 dollar bottle of liquor.

i told em i already had a bunch.

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tracy underneath the giant glowing pie.

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so at nite when you go to the fancy dining room for dinner you gotta look decent.

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i am a big advocate of novelty socks.

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this is what it looks like if yer me & yer looking at yer shoes to see if they are on the right feet.

i never once managed to take my camera to the dining room.

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part III: the 1st day at sea.

i drank a latte at dinner the night before so i didn't sleep at all the 1st nite,which made it easier to hear my room mate "peter"

snoring & talking in his sleep all nite.

he'd say things like "what?i have a hernia?," or "what? i lost ALL my money?" or just laugh hysterically between 90 db snores.

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coast of baja california goes by while i try to revive myself.

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sitting on deck reading,admittedly not the BEST book to read on a cruise.

there was cannibalism involved.in the book.

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the ocean was beautiful,tho.

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it looks like frosting.

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still not warm enuff for most people to be around the pool.

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i could still hear the snoring.

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awwww,i'm a sensitive guy.

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something about this fascinated me.

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kinda like "towering inferno" meets a scene from "spinal tap."you know which one,where the bass player can't break outta

that weird embryo-thing.

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had to wear a suit & tie that nite for dinner.

this was when i realized i look like michael stipe from REM except with good skin.

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after dinner i followed twacy around to watch her gamble.

her husband didnt feel well for the 1st few days on board.

those 2 comments are not related.

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Jeff in St Pete

Nice photos dewd! I look forward to seeing the rest of your vacation.

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osideterry

Great tour, and looking forward to the next installment. I'm getting cabin fever already.

I think you posted one of your photos upside down. I made it more "Poseidony".

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joe_OC

LOVE the Mexican cruises...Looking forward to your adventures at the ports.

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Walter John

Is it the going there or the getting there that's best ?

any palm pics ?

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Walter John

Did you see Elvis ? :hmm:

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FRITO

nice one dewd! looking sharp in the tie!

cant wait for the rest, palms, ladies(hopefully), cervesas, food,............

:interesting:

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wal,do you really think i would go anywhere without palms??? :blink:

ok i take that back,i hafta go to north dakota this summer for the family "re-onion." they only have palms you can rent or visit in shopping malls.

terry that is brilliant. :lol: now can you do one based on "the towering inferno?"

frito all those things & more are coming.well not all of them.some of them.maybe. :hmm:

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John in Andalucia

Nice suit, Paul. And I like the "uncertain spy" look. Very Donald Pleasance. I can't wait until we berth in Mexico. Did you have any chicken chimichangas?

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amazondk

Paul,

I see you got real serious about the maritime theme. I am looking forward to the rest of the trip.

dk

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epicure3

Looks like fun. You kind of look like the Treasury Secretary in that suit. No offense intended. Did you see any cool palms at any of the ports?

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Jeff Searle

dewd,

that was some good one-liners with the pictures. u already have me laughing and waiting for some more.

but you in the monkey suit? omg....i had to take the double take to make sure that was really you. and i see you even got a haircut before you went. Smart, you look good.

So, by now you must be out to sea heading maybe to sunny south florida? You should arrive here just in time for our big sale in a couple of weeks. I just knew you were really coming. just give me a call and i'll pick you up at the docks.

Look forward to more pictures, and as they say here on Palmtalk......"love your pics".

Jeff

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pogobob

Did you fall in love with anyone else on the cruise besides yourself? :mrlooney:

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bubba

Dewd, Thank you for including us in this adventure.It is already quite good!

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palm pix are coming.

pogo i was the only single person on the boat. :angry:

you can come along next time.

jeff i thought we were gonna stop in florida on the way... :blink:

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pogo i was the only single person on the boat. :angry:

Paul...You picked the WRONG ship! I don't know about San Diego, but we usually board from San Pedro. There is always one ship for "family" and one ship for "singles"...Of course, I haven't been on the "single" ship since I got married. :mrlooney:

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it wasnt my choice but i was definitely on the wrong ship!

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pogobob

Well then... you shoulda gone after "Bertha the bildge queen" Every cruise ship has one. I found myself cornered by her once :lol: She just about ripped my rudder off, and I spent the rest of the cruise hiding in a lifeboat :)

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i dont think yer supposed to take pictures in he casino...

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...especially after 18 beers.

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tony the bartender had never had anyone take his picture while he was on the phone before.

part IV: another day on the ship with nowhere to go.

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tracy & "peter" at breakfast.

that look on her face says "i am gonna KILL him."

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but she didnt due to maritime law prohibiting such.

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here i am saying "kill him!kill him!kill him!"

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here are some crew members i met.coincidentally most of them were indonesian & many from bali.

they all had name tags with their nationality plainly displayed thereupon,so as i passed them i'd casually say "good day" in

indonesian & watch the inevitable unbelieving looks they'd give.the balinese t-shirt i wore in the previous photo

also led to gaping,slack-jawed stares from the indonesian staff.

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wake.

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"tourist soup."

hey,thats the same tile as in my shower!

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twacy & i won the "movie soundtrack trivia" game.she got most of em but i named the pink panther theme song

before the music even started. B)

apparently thats all that was "pic-worthy" on the second day at sea.

part V:acapulco & the jardin botanico esther de pliegas blah blah blah...

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everyone is on deck to see our 1st port-of-call!

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hey,i can't come up with snarky comments for everything!

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