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    The family went on a cruise with Royal Caribbean and we visited Grand Cayman and Cozumel. It was great. A week without cell phone and e-mail was great. It felt funny not being armed, but the tourist trap places were no problem and the boat was cool, so no worries.

    I saw lot's of Volkswagens in Mexico and drank the best tequila I've ever tasted. Straight smooth sippin tequila. Took a tour of Cozumel island and stopped off at a lot of different spots. I had authentic Mexican fajitas and margaritas. I didn't get "Montezuma's Revenge", but he gave me the stink eye. The Americanized versions are more to my liking, but hey, you never know until you try it.

    We did a swim with dolphin thing in Grand Cayman. Not my thing, but the wife and kids loved it.

    The last day and a half the seas were rough. The boat was rocking to the point you could hardly walk and it was cold out. It was like being on a roller coaster all day long. It didn't bother me much, but my daughter was sick as a dog. Strangely, now that we're back home the floor still feels like it's moving...and it's 41 degrees in Tampa. I wasn't prepared for cold.

    So, nice vacation, no problems, good to be home. I'd like to do it again!!!
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    I love Grand Cayman.

    The diving is great.

    Glad you had a good time and you're back safe and sound in time to eat turkey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I love Grand Cayman.

    The diving is great.

    Glad you had a good time and you're back safe and sound in time to eat turkey!
    We're probably going to be doing "The Christmas Story" Chinese Restaurant thing tonight (ra, ra, ra, ra, raaaaa, ra, ra, ra, ra). I've got a 23 pound turkey in the freezer, but no way to get it thawed out and cooked in time today. The rest of our families live in NC.
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    Glad you had a good time! Id suggest two things for next time there might be a motion sickness episode.

    1. Ginger. Its proven very good for nausea/motion sickness. Ginger snaps made with real ginger actual work.

    2. This one I swear by: Sea-Band Sea-Band Acupressure Wrist Bands. See link below. Im an old PADI DiveMaster, (Not what I do for a living now), and have seen these things stop puking almost in mid hurl. I had some with me on one dive trip with very rough seas. I had never used them, (never needed to), but virtually the entire boat got sea sick, and puking.

    I pulled these out, and gave then to one of the worst. He instantly stopped puking. For the others on the boat, I told them to start applying pressure to their wrist, in the same location that the sea bands impacted. They stopped puking.

    My son has some car sickness issues, and for years he wouldnt leave the house without seabands. The vast majority of times he wouldnt need to use them, but they worked so well that they were kind of like a security blanket for him.

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    Except for the rough seas sounds like everyone had a fun time, I have always wanted to take a cruise, one of the few forms of transportation I haven’t used. I’m out of shape for it but diving Grand Cayman would be a real thrill, I did over 70 dives off Pattaya Beach Thailand but that was over 30 years ago.
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    Take a dive refresher course. Btw, the fundamentals have not changed, but the some of the technology has. Its all gone digital, though some of us still like gauges. Certainly for backup.

    Id seriously consider getting NITROX certified, as they didnt even have that option 30 years ago. If you are not doing deep dives, I think its a better option, especially for the older diver. Just my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Except for the rough seas sounds like everyone had a fun time, I have always wanted to take a cruise, one of the few forms of transportation I haven’t used. I’m out of shape for it but diving Grand Cayman would be a real thrill, I did over 70 dives off Pattaya Beach Thailand but that was over 30 years ago.
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    Sounds like a super trip, Now don't eat to much..

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    My idea of a cruise is to sail on a 3-masted schooner or barkentine.

    I'm sure sea sickness would be an issue, but it would be worth it to feel the roll of the waves beneath my feet.
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    Awesome! Sounds like a fun trip.

    41 degrees sounds good to me...
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    Welcome back to land! Glad you had a fun, safe trip.

    41 is chilly for Tampa but it's 34 here so...

    We lived in Tampa for 4 years, but that was a long time ago...1985-89. We still go down now and then to see some friends. Nice town but it sure has changed since we lived there.
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    I'm enjoying a tad of my Cava Antiqua Reposado Tequila as I surf the web...the tequila tour was great...nothing like the stuff people drink here that they call tequila.
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    I just wish I could afford to live in the Caymans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nontechguy View Post
    I just wish I could afford to live in the Caymans.
    Gas was $5.68 per gallon there...but liquor was dirt cheap. $16 for a Liter bottle of Bombay Saphire gin and about the same for a bottle of Elijah Craig. Since we were going to Mexico next, I saved my allowance of booze for authentic Mexican tequila. Not inexpensive, but stuff you can't get in the US.
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