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    Welcome back, general, and hope you had a great time! See any bald eagles?

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    Welcome back, general, and hope you had a great time! See any bald eagles?
    OMG, I'm not sure if the photos came out, but we took a boat out to sovereign Native American territory where the guides were throwing fish to a half-dozen bald eagles who were swooping down to grab them left and right.*

    * Apparently you can get in big trouble under US law for this, but they have an agreement with the tribe. And - assuming they were straight up on this - compared to the Salmon running people throwing them stuff is penny ante, so there's no danger of quote-unquote domesticating them. Which, having seen Salmon run, seems legit to me.

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    Heh. I understand there's a dump outside some Alaska town where the bald eagles hang out by the dozens, having grown quite accustomed to feasting off the edible portions of people's garbage. As majestic as they are, we forget that they are often scavengers in the wild.

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    Yay, you're back! And good lord that sounds amazing--I sure hope those pics come out. What an extraordinary experience for your family. What cruise line did you take, if you don't mind my asking?

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    Quote Originally posted by SidonianGal View post
    Yay, you're back! And good lord that sounds amazing--I sure hope those pics come out. What an extraordinary experience for your family. What cruise line did you take, if you don't mind my asking?
    Seabourn was the line. Smaller ships (450 people I think on ours), amazing staff. It was a good balance, too: they have a program called "Ventures" where you can get out and kayak, which was great for us. But if you're mobility impaired like my mom's companion, they have "a small casino and unlimited drinks."

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    Interesting - never heard of that line before: https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/cruise-ships.html

    Our cruise was on Royal Viking, and was quite comfortable.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    Interesting - never heard of that line before: https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/cruise-ships.html

    Our cruise was on Royal Viking, and was quite comfortable.
    Same general concept - Seabourn, Silversea, and Viking emphasize "small ship" versus 2,000, 3,000+ people...

    Viking looks very nice but we've become the equivalent of Seabourn frequent flyers... [Homer Simpson voice] um free laundry service

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    Which particular ship were you aboard? Any favorite things about it other than the laundry? And did you ever have the chance to visit the Bridge?

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    Which particular ship were you aboard? Any favorite things about it other than the laundry? And did you ever have the chance to visit the Bridge?
    We were on the Sojourn. The schtick of the line is personal service, unlimited drinks, and fine food. And they really do deliver - if you have any type of routine, the staff are quick to learn your names and preferences.

    On a previous cruise on a slightly larger ship (650 versus 450 passengers) we did get to visit the bridge. I intended to post a thing that invoked Trek, but maybe I never did it - there are two seats, side by side, that are always staffed. One navigator is looking at nearby instrumentation and out the window - his or her job is "don't crash into anything." The other is looking at longer-range projections and higher-level charts. His or her job is "keep us on course and on time." The person giving us the tour said "if they ever 100% don't agree on anything, the Captain is summoned immediately anytime day or night. We're, uh, very attentive to this."

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    Hopefully the Captain pays more attention to the "don't crash into anything" guy/gal!

    It sounds exquisite, general. A ship with as "few" passengers as those probably put your comfort and experiences at a premium, because they usually have a high staff-to-passenger ratio. I've been lusting after the Seabourne line for some time. (BTW, Sojourn is such a perfect name for a ship!) Where have your other destinations been?

    EH: a very belated thank you for the July 4 postcard! I lost my mail key at some point earlier this summer and it's taken this long to get at all the advertising, catalogs, bills and two pieces of legit mail, of which yours was one. It was a lovely surprise.

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    Thanks for that, general. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    And SG, you're welcome!

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    Quote Originally posted by SidonianGal View post
    It sounds exquisite, general. A ship with as "few" passengers as those probably put your comfort and experiences at a premium, because they usually have a high staff-to-passenger ratio. I've been lusting after the Seabourne line for some time. (BTW, Sojourn is such a perfect name for a ship!) Where have your other destinations been?
    Well, we've been working through a bucket list of trips where "only a ship" is what pretty much makes sense for...sheesh, almost 10 years now:

    "Path of the Vikings" - trans-Atlantic from British Isles to Canada via Iceland and Greenland
    The Amazon (ship went about 1,000 miles up, to Manaus)
    Antarctica (best trip ever...otherworldly!)
    Great Barrier Reef (Singapore to Sydney, but the point of the trip was the reef!)

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    Wow, I'm impressed! Take me with you next time.

    We sailed the Alaskan Inside Passage in 2000 or so on a Royal Viking ship (the name of which escapes me), which was awesome, and after my college graduation my parents treated me to a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands aboard the passenger liner Constitution (the same ship which took Grace Kelly to Monaco for her wedding), which was also a lot of fun. I've been on ten or so river cruises along the Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland and Willamete rivers aboard the Delta Queen and other small steamers, mostly when I was a kid. Good times. We're overdue to go again.

    When I'm rich (ha!) and retired (somewhat more likely) I'd like to sail to Europe, or even around the world.

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    I'm so jealous of you both I want to spit. The only ship I've been on, admittedly no slouch, was the Queen Elizabeth 2 way the heck back in 1972 when my plane-hating mother took us over to England. (My father couldn't go for such a long trip so he went by plane and met us.) I have some flashes of it, particularly getting lost at one point, but since I was five at the time the trip is largely a blur. That said, we were there for six weeks, the time onboard the QE2 is the part I remember most. (We came back on the France, later called the Norwegian, and that was most definitely a worse experience. No offense to any Francophiles here, but the British crew on the trip over were waaaaay the heck nicer than the France's crew. (My sister and I were playing in our stateroom and accidentally pressed the service button, and the steward who arrived yelled at us for wasting his time.) Also I got seasick.

    Anyway I do hope I can follow in your wakes someday. The iceland/UK/Greenland trip is to die for! And EH--isn't the Constitution the same ship the Ricardos and Mertzes went overseas on during their I Love Lucy? (One google later...) YES! It even mentions the change from Europe to Hawaii destinations. Cool!

    GAME RELATED: My apologies, but there was a link error in Rangin's last post. (This is one of those "errors were made" lines. He told me the right post to point to, I screwed up the reference.) I've fixed it and you can see the reference to sixteen-year-olds. But I imagine he'll have a reply hopefully better explaining things because statistics and algorithms are beyond my ken.

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    Ah, thanks, and I see she was the ship in An Affair to Remember, too! Didn't know that. I also didn't know that she sank in 1997 - what a shame. We were aboard the summer of 1983 (and I was seasick at first, too!). My strongest memory of the Delta Queen as a kid was visiting the engine room at every opportunity. It was hot and loud and dirty and there was engine grease everywhere, and I was mesmerized by the movement of the giant reciprocating arms that drove the paddle wheel.

    Thanks for the fixed link, too. See Rules 2 and 2b in the setup thread, though; Rangin cannot determine for himself how many kids there are on the colony. See post 1130 in the game thread, for instance, as to the many kids there.

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    I'll be traveling this weekend with iffy Internet access. See you late Sunday, if not before. Thanks!

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    Hi all - I will be in Singapore this week (sadly, working, not playing). There's no reason I won't be able to post at times, but timezone-wise things will be weird!

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    Work or not, that sounds incredible, general. I envy your travels! Safe journey to you.

    Re the game: the real question is when this crisis is over, will they let us all be court-martialed together, so we can get a group rate on a good attorney?

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    Not to worry. I know a guy at Starbase 11....

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    Quote Originally posted by choie View post
    Work or not, that sounds incredible, general. I envy your travels! Safe journey to you.

    Downside: travelling 16 hours there and 16 hours back for 16 hours of meetings.


    Upside: chili crab FTW....ummmm, chili crab...

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    It had better've been damn good chili crab to make up for 32 hours in transit!

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