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What's On Deck? October Issue-Cruising Made Simple/Fun Flags and Secret Messages
September 30, 2010
Cruising offers something for everyone, whatever the interest, need or inclination. We all need that well deserved break and a good dose of sunshine and adventure to feed the soul. Each month our cruise newsletter is the perfect accompaniment to a cruise escape. This month we take a look at sending messages at sea (no, not in a bottle), refreshing travel discoveries, pertinent cruise travel tidbits and much more. Go ahead… Go Explore!
Table of Contents
I. Nautical Flags – Discover Their Hidden Meanings…
You can tell a lot about a cruise ship by looking at the flags flown on the mast. When you’ve been out on deck, you’ve probably seen them flapping in the ocean breeze, but how many of you have any idea what they signify? Used as international signals by ships at sea the flags have special meanings. They send messages of who I am, what I am and what I’m doing. Keep reading, and you can impress your shipmates with your knowledge of their meaning.
In the photo above you can tell the owner, location and next planned action of the ship.
Beginning on the port (left) side: the leftmost flag is called the house flag and represents which shipping line owns the ship, in this case Princess Cruises. The yellow flag just to the right of the house flag is the signal flag that represents the letter “Q” in the International Marine Signal Flag Alphabet. When flown from the mast it indicates the Ship meets health regulations and is requesting clearance into port. Continuing to the right the next flag, half white/half red represents the letter “H” in the Signal Flag Alphabet. It indicates the ship has a pilot onboard. The two flags flying from the starboard (right) side of the mast are courtesy ensigns flown to represent the country in whose waters the ship is sailing. The captain may display additional courtesy ensigns for a particular port that the ship is visiting. In this case, the Alaska State Flag and the United States flag are displayed. The flag flying in the middle above the others indicates the ships nationality. The Red Ensign is currently used for British civilian vessels. Princess Cruises is a British-American owned cruise line.
So, stop dragging your anchor… nautical terms can be a bit confusing to landlubbers. If you’d like to appear the least bit salty or nautical aboard your next cruise explore the International Marine Signal Flag Alphabet below – a lot of them are just plain fun!
II. Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for Alaska in 2011
For the first time ever, you can cruise Alaska with THE Mouse. Disney Cruise Line will offer 7-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in 2011. The ship will depart from Vancouver, B.C. and call on the popular ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
Disney Cruise Line, known for being one of the best cruise lines available for families, offers guests a cruising experience as fun and exciting as a Disney theme park resort vacation. From the hearts and minds of Disney's dreammakers come the most imaginative vessels afloat. Add the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska and you truly have a winning combination. An experience of a lifetime made magical.
The first departure is scheduled on May 3, 2011 and the final cruise of the season planned for August 30, 2011. Rates start at $939 per person for a standard inside stateroom based on double occupancy. Before and after the 2011 Alaska summer season the Disney Wonder will sail a 7-night Mexican Riviera itinerary from Los Angeles.
III. Gift Ideas with Cruisitude
If you have a cruise enthusiast or two on your shopping list or you want to treat yourself to a few cruise travel goodies, cancel that trip to the mall. We’ve got you covered. Each month we’ll feature several cruise travel gift ideas for any occasion…
Wine & Food Matching Wheel
What's a good wine match for my meal? Don't worry - here's your easy answer. With the Wine & Food Matching Wheel as your guide you can pick the right wine with just about any food. Just turn the dial to the appropriate food (Chinese, vegetarian, shellfish, veal, etc.) and presto: your wine of choice is revealed ... and the tablemates on your cruise are thoroughly impressed!
It is always important to carry some extra money in a hidden compartment whenever you travel, especially in unfamiliar places just in case of emergencies. So where do you put your cash, credit cards and/or key when you just want to head to the beach or leave your wallet or purse at home? The Reef Stash Sandal gives you the perfect hideaway right in your shoe. The compartment hidden in the heel is enclosed within soft polyurethane casing so you’ll never notice you’re standing on your stuff. These innovative sandals also feature a built in arch support and jersey lining to keep your feet comfortable all day long.
IV. Did You Know?
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Autumn is the ideal time to visit offering you the perfect opportunity to catch the region’s famous fall foliage. The route extends from the northeastern United States to Quebec, Canada along a breathtaking stretch of coastline where life remains much as it has always been. Cruising is an ideal way to see this exceptionally rewarding region and most major cruise lines make the journey. Check it out!
(1.) Don’t procrastinate – Get your photos taken today! This service is conveniently located at a store near you - Wal Mart, Walgreens, UPS Stores or any photo shop to name a few. If you’re applying for a passport for the first time you’ll need a certified copy of your original Birth Certificate. This can be ordered from the city/town where you were born.
You can download an application from the State Departments website…
or pick one up at your local post office.
(2). Depending on your date of departure, select the best method of application. Routine Service is now taking 4-6 weeks. Expedited Service, which requires an additional fee as well as overnight mailing fees, takes 2-3 weeks.
(3). If you have an emergency (serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family) that requires travel on short notice contact the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778. There is an automated appointment system accessible 24 hours a day. If there is not an appointment time that meets your needs and you are calling between the hours of 8:00am to 10pm EST (except federal holidays), stay on the line and follow the instructions to speak with a customer service representative. This is also the contact number to use if you have applied for a passport, it has not arrived, and you are within 2 weeks of travel.
Now, if you’ve put off the application process, or just don’t want the do it yourself inconvenience there are various ways to obtain a US passport faster than normal (in some cases in as little as 24 hours). Depending on your actual travel requirement a US passport expediting service can be used. Or, you can choose to use the 'expedited' option of the US Government. In both cases there is an 'expedite' fee paid to the US government or an additional fee when using a passport expediting service, depending on your required service level. How do they do it? An authorized US passport expediting service is a company that is registered with one or more of the US Department of State's Passport Agencies. Their registration allows them to act on your behalf to submit your US passport application to the specific passport agency to speed it through the cycle. A web search for passport expedite services will result in a long list of available services.
Moral of the story – Unless you’re willing to pay more..."Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.”
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