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  1. If you want to sneak alcohol on board, here's a good way to do it...bribe your cabin attendant to bring some onboard. They're allowed to bring alcohol onboard, and they can bring it up to you. It's strictly forbidden, but everyone does it.
  3. Having worked on a few ships, and roomed with a few Casino techs...here's a tip for slot machines. Play the ones closest to the main doors...they're actually programmed to pay out more. Sit outside the Casino, and wait to see if someone plays one of those machines for a while without winning. When they leave...jump in there and win win win! It really does work. Most Casinos do that to encourage people to come in and gamble...because if they see people winning when they first get there, they're more than likely to put down money and play. Also, with Blackjack...play the table minimums until you lose, then double up until you win it back...and then start betting the minimum again. You usually need about a $1500 float to do this safely on a $5 table...but if you play that way...you'll never lose. Some casinos won't let you play that way...but some will. You won't win big...but you'll always end up with more money than you started with.
  4. It all depends on what you use your computer for. If you use it for surfing the internet, photos and videos...then honestly, a Mac is the best way to go. They're the most well-built computers out there, Mac OS X is VIRUS FREE (not a single known Mac virus), they run Windows, and they're just so cool it's almost insane. You can get a good MacBook for around $1200 these days, and it'll make you wish you'd never stuck with Windows for so long. It's not hard to switch...most programs are actually easier and more intuitive on a Mac...and anything you can find for Windows that you'll need...you can find for Mac. The new OS X is what Vista was trying to copy...but they failed miserably. But people still fear change and end up buying piles of crap that do them no good...just because they're worried they won't be able to learn a new system. So, as far as Windows goes...stay away from Vista. 75% of all people who have upgraded have reverted back to XP. It's a HORRIBLE system, and I would strongly advise anyone to stay away from it. You'll be sorry if you decide to try it out. You'll waste time money, and you'll have an awful experience. I use XP at work (and hate it) but it works...marginally, compared to a Mac...which is like heaven compared. My mom ran an internet cafe for a while, and the Toshiba Satellite laptops were her workhorses. Well built, dependable and well-equipped...but now she uses a Mac, and says she'll never use Windows again. She used Windows 95, 98 and 2000 on them...and never had problems. Dells are okay, but stay away from the "Centrino" boxes...they're gutted piles of waste that are no good to anyone except the most basic of users. Trust me...Macs are the best idea... Once you go Mac...you'll never go back ;)
  5. Chichen Itza is amazing...but it's too bad the ship isn't docking in Progreso. Tulum is nice, but it'll be packed with gringos. Maybe do the tour in Belize, since Belize City is such a garbage pile...and this will give you a chance to get out of town. Also, if you're going to Roatan...be sure to stop by the pizza place in West End. My parents used to own it, and I spent a few winters slinging pies for people...good times. Roatan is amazing, and you'll love it. The reef at West Bay beats anything in the Caymans and Belize. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen...and being in the water will save you from the sand fleas (no-see-ums). If you go to Anthony's Key...be sure to say hi to Julito for Brenda and Dan!
  6. I live 15 minutes away from the dock, and see the ship every weekend on my way to work. Plus, I used to work on the Radiance (sister ship) when it was up in Alaska for 3 seasons...so I have a pretty good understanding of the climate. Basically, the weather here is so all over the place that it's almost impossible to predict. It was hot and sunny yesterday, cold and rainy today...and who knows what it'll be tomorrow. People here say "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes". It works. So, bring layers...that's the best advice I can give. Layers...and something that will keep you dry. You may also want some good hiking shoes, since Alaska is best appreciated off the beaten track. There are great hikes in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway (the Dewey Lake hike in Skagway is amazing...but not for the timid). But, it can also get really hot...but this late in the season, it's not likely (but it is possible). Also, be forewarned that the immediate neighbourhood in Vancouver where the ship docks is HORRIBLE. It has the highest HIV rate in North America, has the lowest per-capita income of any neighbourhood in Canada, and is a place where you can see people shooting heroin and smoking crack out in the open. It's really too bad the RCL ships don't go to Canada Place downtown, because that is a far nicer place to start and end your cruise. It's the third world, basically...so don't go wandering around or else you may find yourself in a position you didn't want to find yourself in. It's really that bad... Hate to bring people down, but you'll be really glad when the ship pulls away...it's like a third world nation right near the docks.
  7. NO worries...glad you liked the video! It's been viewed over 600,000 times on YouTube, and if you look up "Panama Canal" on YouTube, it's #1! Also, if you do a google search for "Panama Canal"...it's in the top ten. I've done a few other videos like this, but this is the best one. I also have a sail in to Hong Kong harbour, and a few SkyTrain videos like this...but I still like the Panama one best.
  8. [ Message removed: Violation of Community Guidelines ] As stated in the Community Guidelines, This is not the proper place for the promotion of any particular religion(s) and/or any religious propaganda, as well as any political agendas. This political thread has the potential to become extremely controversial, and the content will be strictly monitored to ensure no attacks, bashing, or further violations occur.... -Jason
  9. I used to work on the Radiance of the Seas (Jewel's sister ship) and took this video when the ship went through the canal back in 2003. It's a timelapse video that shows the entire trip in less than 2 minutes! Enjoy! http://revver.com/video/278842/panama-canal-timelapse/
  10. I've killed a lot of threads just with my username...some people see my name on the thread and then don't even bother to look at it anymore, so I'm glad this one didn't get killed off. I agree that the candidate's families should be left out of this...but I can't imagine the outrage there would have been from the GOP if the Democratic candidate had a daughter who gave birth out of wedlock. I guess that debate, and the abstinence debate are now off limits to everyone. I, for one, am happy about that. Now, if we can just get gay marriage and abortion out of politics...we'd be getting somewhere. Maybe Lynn Cheney helped the gay issue a bit...and who knows, maybe Palin's daughter has a few more surprises up her sleeve. Oh, and I'd love to see the "proof" that Sarah Palin actually is the mother of the last son. She surprised a lot of people (including her own staff members) on that one. It's also looking like she had an affair as well. The stories are actually pretty compelling...but, honestly, they're really not what we should be focusing on this election cycle. I couldn't care less about those issues...but I hope that this era of tolerance extends to more than just the GOP elite. I think we should be talking about Iran, the Economy, 9/11 and charging Bush with some war crimes...which it looks like Obama/Biden may consider when they win the election in a landslide this fall. I don't think Paraguay is going to be enough to keep Bush & Cheney out of jail after they're charged with the numerous war crimes they've committed . Here's a link to the articles of impeachment Kucinich brought forward last month...didn't hear much about it. I guess they're only interesting when they involve stained dresses...not when they involve the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Kucinich_pre...icles_0609.html Thanks for letting me speak! I hope you don't mind my opinion on this. I figured it was fair game, since I didn't start it.
  11. There are less now than there used to be. The exchange isn't great right now, and the wages haven't gone up in the cruise industry since 9/11. Royal Caribbean froze wages the week after, and they still haven't moved one cent.
  12. It's a lot of fun for someone who has no ties to a particular place. It does matter what position you're taking, but the choices for Americans are pretty decent. It's hard work, but it's good experience...and a great way to see the world.
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