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What, Me Exercise?

I do not know the source. Saw this one in an email.

1. If walking and cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat!
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run, does nothing, yet lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise?


Posted by Cpt_Ron 05:54 Tagged fish water walking drink life live run cycling whale rabbit health eat hop exercise tortoise fat retire immortal retired Comments (0)

HDTV Cruise Port Cams Provide Cruise Fix

Web Cameras Stream Live Ship Arrivals & Departures Daily

You've returned from that memorable cruise and you're already counting down the days until your next one. However, it's quite some time until that next sail-away. You already miss the feel and smell of the salty air. Missed is the view of salt water and the big ships. You're asking yourself, will I ever see that wonderful ship we were on? I NEED A CRUISE FIX!

If you haven't made the discovery on your own, there is now a place on the web where you are able to view all ship traffic coming and going, 24 hours each and every day. There are currently three port areas where a HDTV video is streamed to your computer or internet device. The cameras show a clear view of marine traffic coming into and departing from the port area. Cruise ships docked here are viewed throughout the day. The camera will follow cruise ships and others as they arrive and follow them out of the port as they sail away. Your cruise fix is now just a few clicks away.

The three locations are Port Canaveral, Port Everglades and New York Harbor.

Port Canaveral is home to most of the Disney cruise ships and provide for great cruise ship viewing while in port. Dolphins and manatees are seen here from time to time. The HDTV cam is located at a favorite inlet restaurant where one can sit and enjoy the same view while having a great meal and beverage, should they be in the area.

Port Everglades, my personal favorite, is probably the busiest during peak cruise ship season on the East coast. I've seen as many as seven cruise ships docked on the heaviest days. For true cruise enthusiasts, live sound is available during sail-away. The cam follows the cruise ships as they leave port and the cruise ship horn is quite audible upon departure of the inlet. During the non sail away times, Port Authority and Coast Guard radio traffic is heard. Ships and boats of all types and sizes move about this port daily.

NY Harbor is the newest of the three cams. Visible at times are Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the NY skyline. Quite a few ships, yachts, sailboats and boats of all sizes come and go throughout the day. One of the best features of this cam is that a cruise ship arrival or sail away covers around six miles. Sail away is followed the entire time, from the time they depart dockside until they pass under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Watch for information of a fourth camera coming our way at Port Miami. The link will take you to their Facebook page. Click the "Like" button and you will be provided with updates.

From the HDTV cam sites, other information is available. Below the streaming cam area, you will find a Google satellite view of the respective port area, with the ship location of those traveling and docked in the port area, supplied by MarineTraffic.com. Place your cursor over the color coded icon and the ship name will appear. Click on the icon and descriptive information and perhaps a photo of the vessel will appear. Around the edges of both discussed areas are links to things like cruise ship cams, port maps, cruise schedules and port schedules. I'll let you discover them and explore for yourself.

Before your cruise departs on that wonderful sail away from one of these ports, check to see if you can request-a-wave. Coordinate a close up of you, or you and your group, as you are leaving port. You may even want to purchase a photo of that memorable wave. When you arrive back home, you can get back online and do that as well. You don't like having your photo taken, but you would like to have a photo of your ship as it departed that day? Well, you can do that, too. There are links to help you with the memories that you would like to document. See the links for InletPhotos.com and PortFever.com.

The place to watch when you can't be there.

Enjoy your cruise fix. I do daily.


Posted by Cpt_Ron 18:54 Archived in USA Tagged boat new_york vacation photo ship bridge cruise live sail port costa dock camera skyline carnival balcony wave harbor trip disney dolphin yacht cabin captain palm inlet tanker cruise_ship sailboat cam everglades palm_tree departure princess cargo lauderdale arrival celebrity tug cunard family_travel cruiser streaming aida canaveral hdtv web_cam sail_away docked video_feed container_ship tug_boat harbor_pilot police_boat fire_boat sunsets_and_sunrisesbon_voyage ship_horn ships_horn disembark embark embarkation port_hole porthole royal_caribbean norweigan holland_america Comments (0)

R & R Xcursions

Sorry, bad timing with a poor, depressed economy coupled with job loss, R&R Xcursions barely got off the ground. The service is no longer available.

Funding to make a proper launch was the largest hurdle and is what now stands in our way.

Great concept, bad timing.

We greatly appreciate those of you who gave us a try. From the feedback that we received only confirmed that we were heading in the right direction.

For those of you that have a travel question or need help in booking travel, drop us an email; info.rrxcursions@gmail.com

Thanks again for the support. Perhaps one day we will return.



Posted by Cpt_Ron 11:14 Tagged boat walking travel bus walk alaska cruise guide port caribbean horse tour bicycle luxury excursion group mediterranean private planning visit ll plan mini_bus tour_guide segway personalized detail_itinerary quality_tour_assistance tour_asistance cruise_industry time-saver group_travel onshore xcursion mini-van small_group large_group luxury_van horse-back conceirge port-of-call port_of_call shore_trip day_trip Comments (0)

Tough Economy ~ Tough Times

Make Job Search a Positive Experience

In this tough economy, one doesn't have to look far to find someone who has been down sized. With their job position eliminated, they suddenly find themselves looking for a place that will provide financial security. A place that will appreciate their experience and utilize their skill set. In fact, everyone that reads this blog, either has a close friend, family member or relative that has lost their job, or has a neighbor or someone that they know, who has someone close to them in that position.

The majority of jobs landed in today's economy are landed by a connection. Either somebody knows somebody, or somebody knows somebody that knows somebody. Networking is today's means of landing that special job. This puts a positive spin on the act of Job Search. Networking has you remembering people and organizations that you've come in contact with over the years. Some are people that you have lost contact with, some since early childhood. As you are forced to turn back to the basics in life, you realize a few things. You realize that you can live without certain things that you just thought that you absolutely couldn't live without. At the same time, you find that you are reaching out to people that you haven't had contact with in many years.

Whether you currently have a job or are in job search, you should be networking with everyone you know. Strengthen those relationships, new and old. Make an attempt to connect to those that have been lost over time.

People are connecting through blogs and sites like Facebook. But, a web site that connects people professionally, that I personally recommend, is LinkedIn. http://www.linkedin.com/home?trk=hb_home This site, if you are not already familiar with it, was designed by the same folks that set up PayPal. They are very sensitive to security.

As a suggestion, keep your blogs and Facebook type connections for your private connections and use LinkedIn professionally.

Connecting with someone might just land that job that you want or it could really help land a job for someone that you know. It could also get you in the door of a company not currently hiring, or perhaps get you the job that you've always wanted. If you are currently in job search, think about what you really want to be when you grow up. Go for it. Now would be a good time to think about scheduling a little additional training if you are not already qualified for that job. Look around you. There are lots of resources that are providing free training or training and instructional sessions at minimal cost. Turn this uncomfortable turn of events into a positive experience.

I know this because I'm currently in job search. I encourage you to be LinkedIn. Once I land a job, I'll be back with additional travel information and with a little more regularity.

Remember this: When a door closes, God will open another one for you. If you are not the one in job search, you might just be the one that He needs to open that door for someone.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 16:14 Archived in USA Tagged tips_and_tricks Comments (0)

Perhaps Your Ship Has Come In

If You Have The Cash, It May Be Time To Book

I have never seen so many low offers on cruises as I have during the past few weeks.

In addition to record breaking low prices, I've seen each or a combination of the following offered:

~Anywhere from three to SIX category upgrades.
~$25.00 per cabin to $300 per person in ship board credit
~Other ship board credits of $500 balcony and $700 suite
~Free airfare
~1 night free hotel stay
~Bottle of champagne
~Coupon Booklets
~Large Spa discounts

Cabin discounts have been as deep as 86% off list prices, with some including taxes, port fees and fuel surcharges.

If you've cruised before, then you probably already know most of this. If you've never cruised, and have the cash, perhaps it's time to find those sea legs. There may be no better time than the present to plan and book that first cruise.

Do your home work, search across the internet and check with at lest three sources prior to booking that cruise. Real deals are to be had for the smart shopper. After the research, go to your regular travel contact, or find a reliable one and negotiate your booking.

Consider this, rather than book a balcony, book an inside cabin and perhaps you'll receive a few category upgrades. Then, with the money that you saved by not booking the balcony, book another inside cabin for another cruise. You can book them at different times of the year, or consider booking back to back cruises.

As long as you have the vacation time and the cash flow, the end result is that you will cruise twice as long for the same, or perhaps less money.

Looks like it's time to book. Mother Ocean is calling you!

Posted by Cpt_Ron 20:22 Tagged tips_and_tricks Comments (0)

The Captain's Photo Xpressions

Cruise & Destinations Photos

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There are lots of good photos over on my other site.

The photo site is named The Captain's Photo Xpressions (click here to visit)

There are currently pictures for about half of our most recent cruise of the Western Med in there (and lots of them). You'll need to return periodically to see the remainder of that cruise, in addition, the other cruises or perhaps trips that we've taken. I may eventually add names or a brief description to the pictures.

You may want to subscribe to my blog or bookmark this Travellerspoint site or the photo site for future reference.

Feel free to share this information with your family, friends and your vacation groups and buddies.

I welcome feedback of all kinds either through this blog, or in the comment sections on the photo site.

Please, I beg, no spammers.

My hope is that this information provides a better insight to your future travels.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Posted by Cpt_Ron 08:50 Tagged cruises Comments (0)


Are American Travelers Just Too Patient?

In our recent visit to Italy, as wonderful as it was, one thing that our group of travelers had to learn, at times, was impatience.
We purchased a few books while planning our journey and had learned a few basic words and phrases, along with a few etiquette topics, so as to not offend the country that we were about to visit. Nothing had fully prepared us for what we had experienced. It seems that at times and in most places where we traveled throughout the country, a key action of survivability in large the masses of people, was to push, shove, elbow, knee, jab, smile and verbalize our newly learned phrase, 'scuze! (skoo-zee).
We soon came to realize that it wasn't just the Italians, but was comprised mainly of Europeans. After all, it was tourist season, and we, along with many others, were tourists, mainly in tourist spots. I'll reserve revealing who the worst nationality seemed to be. If you've been to Europe, then you will certainly know the nationality that I'm referring to. Somehow, I don't feel that they will ever change. If you haven't yet been there, but plan to visit, you will learn about them very early in your journey.
After a bit of reflection, we soon realized that most every Italian citizen that we had personal contact with, was extremely nice to us, showed very little impatience, was rather comfortable in their ways and were quite easy going.
I must admit, after traveling in that environment after a short period of time, I soon found myself attempting to make the adjustment to my surroundings. My thoughts quickly turned back to an early high school class that I took in basic psychology where we learned a very important fact. You are your environment.
So then, are we to surmise that Americans are just too patient, just far too nice? When traveling abroad, that we need to quickly adapt to our new environment and resort to those ways, much like that of the sharks' feeding frenzy? Or should we simply smile, step aside, allow that moment to pass, and set an example for those that we have the fortune to come in contact with? Should we continue to show why it's great to be an American?
Sometimes, the easier road to travel is not the wisest.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 11:09 Archived in Italy Tagged tips_and_tricks Comments (0)

Introduction Blog


I'm not sure where I want to go with this. My love for travel has given me the urge to share my experiences with other people. Not just where I've been, but things that may make travel easier, or a bit more enjoyable. Oh yea, maybe a few hints that will add more value for the money spent.

I'll probably end up sharing news items and information related to the cruise industry, adding my personal comments to give you my prespective, of course.

The first photo that I will share is one of an active volcano in the Mediterranean that we sailed close to. We took a recent Carnival cruise and this was a bonus that we hadn't counted on seeing. The volcano is named Stromboli, is just North of Sicily, Italy and believe it or not, is inhabited by a small group of folks living at the waters edge just about centered in the photo.


I will probably start the blogging a little infrequently, but as time allows, I intend to pick up the pace to at least two to three times a week. Please mark it and check back often I hope to provide you with something helpful, a reflection of a trip that you once took or a dream, allowing you to escape if only for a second.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 23:42 Archived in Italy Tagged cruises Comments (0)

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