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  1. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    I guess that I should mention that I also prefer to sail from Galveston. There is Royal Caribbean and Disney that also sail from there.
  2. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Well, I guess that I should have qualified my response better. In the price range our budget allows, the ships tend to taper upwards. Yes, our budget has us constrained to Carnival. Despite their party-hardy reputation, you can still have an adult experience if you carefully choose your...
  3. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Actually, no. While we were strolling the Promenade Deck, she looked up at those stacks of other balcony rooms. She was aghast when she realized that they had absolutely no privacy! She said it was like staring at a row of apartments. Since they taper to the top, you could see just about...
  4. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Some folks feel "closed-in" by the surrounding hull. I didn't find it bothersome at all. Like I mentioned, my wife absolutely loved it. The sound of the passing ocean, excellent visibility of the marine life, and the fresh salt air. Plus, it was much better than the inside cabin we had on...
  5. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Since I don't have a web hosting spot to upload photos to yet, I'll have to defer to the many, many pictures already online or You Tube videos that specifically address the cove balcony. We could see straight out to the horizon when seated. They are on deck two, so you are very close to the...
  6. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Well, while you weren't directing that question to me - I thought that I'd chip in anyway. We finished our 7 day Western Caribbean in late February. We had a great time! Much better than we expected given the huge size of the Vista Class ships. While others complained about crowds, we seldom...
  7. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Balconies. It's all about the number of balconies a ship has to offer. While the Azipods are greater and offer slightly better maneuverability, they are slightly less reliable. The Ecstacy is an OK ship - we sailed on her in 2010. But, she had more balcony rooms (aft, added to the sides) than...
  8. DryCreek

    Cruise ship discussion

    Two of Carnival's Fantasy Class ships just went to the breakers in Turkey. There are numerous You Tube clips showing them being grounded. They are right next to two older Royal Caribbean ships. I think that more from the cruise fleet may be heading to the breakers in Indonesia and India.
  9. DryCreek

    Amtrak Service Reductions

    A classic case of government inefficiency. While not trying to make a profit makes sense, running a transportation service without looking at efficiency modeling is a waste of taxpayers money. Running under-capacity at the same scheduling just because the money has already been appropriated...
  10. DryCreek

    Amtrak Service Reductions

    I wonder how bad this will disrupt the Heartland Flyer traffic. While not all of its ridership is for connecting to the TE, I would bet that maybe a third of it could be?
  11. DryCreek

    Amtrak Service Reductions

    Thanks. That's not really very encouraging news.
  12. DryCreek

    Amtrak Service Reductions

    Back to the topic: Does anyone have any idea how this will affect the Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited and their connections? What about the Heartland Flyer? It pretty much relies on daily service for connecting passengers. For a quick two or three day getaway, we enjoy hopping on the TE north to...
  13. DryCreek

    Amtrak Twitter rant

    Well, it could be worse. Imagine, if you would, all of the folks out there who do not know the difference between Disneyland and (Walt) Disney World...…. They're (Their, There) practically on opposite sides of the country.
  14. DryCreek

    Heartland Flyer Meeting

    I can tell you that on our big trip out to Tucson last year, the day we boarded it was raining cats and dogs. There were about seven of us waiting that day, so not much room for us to huddle out of the rain. The area around the benches under that small overhang were flooding. The wind kicked...
  15. DryCreek

    Heartland Flyer Meeting

    We have the same issue with CBR. If it is after hours, a weekend, or holiday, the station is closed. That's not very convenient during inclement weather. Now, when it is open, it's a very nice place.
  16. DryCreek

    Heartland Flyer Meeting

    This is precisely correct. When my wife and I went up for a weekend, we arrived late Friday night and walked to our hotel in the Brickyard, had all day Saturday to get in some sightseeing, and the hoofed it back to the depot for an early Sunday return. Of course, the trip was half of the...
  17. DryCreek

    Proposals for Restored Gulf Coast Service

    Well, that would make a lot of sense. That could open up a lot of city pairs for travel to the east coast again. I say build HSR tracks right down the middle of I-20. Nothing would get the attention of sleepy drivers with bored, fussy kids better than to be passed by a train while "zooming"...
  18. DryCreek

    Amusement parks trips on Amtrak

    In Houston you can always kill a full day at Astroworld! Oh, wait. Never mind........
  19. DryCreek

    Southwest Chief-Pueblo update

    Or maybe a carefully resurrected RDC!
  20. DryCreek

    NYP-PVD $194??!!

    Well, not being snarky, but - MegaBus is showing a $39 one way fare with just under 5 hours travel time..... Departs 8:35 AM New York, NY , 34th St b/t 11th Ave and 12th Ave Arrives 12:45 PM Providence, RI , Canal St., between Smith St. and Park Row That's quite some difference in travel cost...
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