Copyright © December 2003
Table of Contents
- Ports Of Call—What to Expect
by Marilyn King
- Oh...We Sail the Ocean Blue...
and our Saucy Ship's a Beauty...
- Snow Easy...
- How to Travel Light
by Diana Pemberton-Sikes
- St. Paddy's Party!...
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Ports of Call—What to Expect
The Captain inches his vessel alongside the pier. Line handlers grab the ropes and secure them. The
gangway appears. You are anxious to go ashore. But first there is a delay—until the announcement "the
ship has cleared."
What is that about? Simple! Before anyone can leave the ship, local immigration officials must give their
approval—or "clear" the passengers to debark. Procedures vary, depending on the port of call.
Generally the identity/nationality of all passengers is verified. This is done by examining the manifest
(often the case in non-US Caribbean ports) or checking passports held by the Purser (in Europe, Asia,
South America, and South Pacific). When ships enter, or re-enter, US ports (including Puerto Rico and
US Virgin Islands), passengers are required to report to Immigration with their identity papers. If you
don't have a passport—get one. A passport smooths your way and is always acceptable
Ports of call add an allure to cruising. It is unlike any other type of vacation experience. What you do
ashore depends entirely on your interests and comfort level—as you experience new environments and
Cruise lines offer shore excursions that appeal to all tastes—sightseeing, golf, hiking, biking, sailing,
swimming, snorkeling, diving, and more. These shore excursions are tried and tested and provide good
value for your money. If you wish to tour on your own, you may book a private guide or taxi, rent a
car, or use public transportation. You are free to do whatever interests you. But, if you want to explore
an area some distance from port, it's often better to take your ship's tour. In case of any delay, your
ship will wait for you. On the other hand, if you're on your own, well—you're on your own and your ship
will depart without you. Give yourself plenty of time. Be back at your ship at least a half hour before it
is scheduled to sail!
To make the most of your hours ashore, research your options ahead of time. Guidebooks are an
excellent resource, as are Internet sites—especially official tourism sites developed by the countries you
are visiting. Friends and fellow passengers who have "been there and done that" can provide valuable
insights into your ports of call.
Or you can remain on-board—Activities on most cruise ships are somewhat curtailed while in
port—however, they don't cease entirely. The spa and fitness center remains open. You can participate
in exercise classes. Games and movies are sometimes planned. Of course you can enjoy the swimming
pool in near solitude. Due to customs regulations, the casino and shops are closed. Check your daily
schedule for meal times and locations—they may sometimes vary on port days.
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How To Travel Light
Today's article touches on another clothing sore point: how to travel light. I
know I've talked about this a bit before, but with the holidays and year-end getaways right around the
corner, a quick review is in order. Perhaps it will save you time, stress, back pain, and a snippy
exchange with your spouse.....
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If you've ever packed way too much for a trip, struggled with your suitcase, or gotten to your
destination only to realize you've left pertinent pieces behind, you may have wondered if there is a
better way to go about packing.
The answer is yes, there is.
All you have to do is make a plan, assemble a clothing capsule, and put it in the suitcase. Once you get
good at it, you can be packed and ready to go in about ten minutes.
Let's look at these steps in detail:
1. Make a Plan—I've known lots of women who insist on packing just about everything they
own because they don't know what they'll "feel" like wearing on any given day of their trip.
Translation: They don't know what they're supposed to wear so they take everything, hoping
something will be appropriate.
What's a better plan?
Ask. Find out what you'll be doing, where you'll be going, what the weather's like, and what other
people will be wearing. If you'll be visiting friends or relatives, ask them. If you'll be speaking at a
conference, ask the meeting planner. If you'll be vacationing at a hotel in the Caribbean, email the
concierge before you go.
It's such a simple little thing, but so few people think to do it. If you don't know, ASK! It's the
quickest way to find your answer.
Once you have your basic itinerary, you can begin to consider what types of clothing you need to
2. Assemble A Clothing Capsule—The next step is to figure out how to take as few pieces as
possible yet still cover all of your activities. You want to minimize your losses if your bag goes missing
yet maximize the number of possible ensembles for the greatest flexibility.
Sound impossible? Not if you use clothing capsules.
While I've reviewed capsules before and cover them extensively in Wardrobe Magic
(complete with tons of pictures)—
Wardrobe Magic, I'll touch on it again because the information bears repeating. Once you master
how to mix and match your clothes, as my six year old has, you'll be astounded by what you can do
with the clothes you already own.
So here we go:
A clothing capsule is approximately 8–12 pieces of clothing that mix and match easily with each other.
They can be the same or complimentary colors, and in styles that work well with each other.
Let's say that you're headed to your Mother's or brother's for the long Thanksgiving weekend. You'll
be eating, shopping, eating, cooking, eating, going hiking, eating, going to the movies, eating, going to
church or temple, and possibly going out to eat. A good capsule might include:
Now, for some sample ensembles:
- White blouse
- Red sweater
- Blue long sleeve t-shirt
- Red, white, blue, and black vest
- White and black scarf with red cherries
- Black jacket
- Black pants
- Black skirt
- Blue jeans
See how easy this is? If you stick with a basic color scheme and pieces that mix and match easily,
you'll not only have a variety of outfits, you'll be able to come up with something instantly if you find
yourself headed somewhere or doing something you hadn't planned.
- Thanksgiving dinner: White blouse, black pants, multi-colored vest
- Shopping: Blue T-shirt, blue jeans, black jacket
- Hiking: Red sweater, blue jeans
- The movies: Red sweater, blue jeans, multi-colored vest
- Church or temple: White blouse, black skirt, scarf tied at neck, black jacket
- Eating out: Blue t-shirt, black skirt, scarf tied at neck
Another bonus? You can cut way down on the number of shoes and other accessories you need to
take because you won't have to accessorize so many different outfits.
3. Put It In The Suitcase—Once you've put together your clothing capsule and determined what
accessories you need to take (jewelry, belts, shoes, handbags), stop for a moment to consider your
undergarments. Do you need a camisole or slip? Special panties or foundation garments? Pull it out
now so you don't forget it.
Put everything in your suitcase. Add nightclothes, slippers, and a robe. Put in your underwear and
footwear for however many days you need. If you'll be swimming or working out, pack those clothes
as well. Put heavy blow dryers and rollers in the suitcase, not in your carry-on. Your back will thank
you for it.
Now go pack your cosmetic case. Use travel size toiletries, and keep them in your cosmetic case from
here on out. Pack any prescription medications you need and take along a stash of feminine hygiene
products whether you're expecting your cycle or not. For some unknown reason and regardless of
what the calendar says, your period always seems to show up just in time for vacation. So plan for
Finally, always wear layers when you travel, particularly if you're going to be changing climates. You
want to be able to regulate your body temperature easily, so wear cardigans or pullovers that can be
added or removed as needed. If you keep them in the same color family as your clothing capsule, you
now have one more piece to work with.
Traveling is stressful enough without struggling with a heavy suitcase, keeping track of too many pieces,
and wondering what you'll be doing once you get where you're going. So make it easy on yourself.
Make a plan, put together a clothing capsule, and put it in your suitcase. You'll look good, feel great,
and save yourself an aching back. You may even raise some eyebrows by how few pieces of luggage
you bring—especially when you look great every day of your trip.
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St. Paddy's Party!
Anytime around St. Patrick's Day is a wonderful time to visit Dublin. Celebrations start the day before
with the night-time spectacular—Meet Me By The River. Performers carry lights from the
corners of the city to the river Liffey. Upon arrival at the firework-emblazoned river, the drum roll from
a hundred drums announces the official arrival of St. Patrick's Day.
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St. Patrick's Day itself is a bank holiday throughout Ireland. Celebrations in Dublin get off to an early
start with the St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Join crowds of spectators along the roadside. Watch as
colourful theatrical pageants, marching bands and dazzling entertainers go by. After the parade bring
your dancing shoes along to St. Stephen's Green—join over 50,000 in the gigantic Ceilidh.
Irish tourism minister John O'Donoghue named Mary Davis—CEO of the Special Olympics summer
games in Ireland—this year's chairperson of the 2004 St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin—Feilte
Dhuibh Linne Teoranta. The festival—one of Ireland's top draws—attracts more than 1.2 million
people. This year it takes place March 12–19. Events include fireworks, musical performances, street
fairs, dance and of course—the parade itself through Dublin.
Get in on the act! Come to Paddy's Party in Dublin. Spend a few days—or a week. Enjoy Dublin!
Compared to many places in Western Europe, Dublin accommodation is not cheap. Compared to
everywhere else in Ireland, it is positively exorbitant! However, like anywhere, you get what you pay
for...and the quality is excellent. Like most tourist and visitor-oriented sites in Dublin, the city hotels are
split into those to the north of the river Liffey, and those to the south. The majority of accommodation is
located either in the Temple Bar area or around Merrion Square and St. Stephen's Green. The Temple
Bar area remains busy until extremely late—especially on weekends. If you value your sleep, stay
somewhere less central. Dublin is small enough so any hotel in the city is within walking distance to all
the central attractions. The best-located hotels are south of the river.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the year 2004 festivities in Ireland on a scenic and historical tour.
Enjoy traditional entertainment and visits to heritage sites.
Our 7-night St. Patrick's Week—Ireland program is priced from $889 per person, double-occupancy,
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