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I searched the forums but couldn't find any information to help me.

 

Shortly, I'm going on a cruise and really looking forward to that. I'll be doing some geocaching in the ports I'll be visiting. My question is, what's some ways I can identify/contact fellow geocachers who may be on the cruise also? Is there a notice board on the cruise ship where I can put up a sign? I did think of hosting an event the night before we sail. I'm travelling on a Princess cruise ship. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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1 hour ago, Calypso62 said:

Is there a notice board on the cruise ship where I can put up a sign?

You'd better ask the cruise line's service personnel. :blink:

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On 8/27/2019 at 5:55 PM, Calypso62 said:

I searched the forums but couldn't find any information to help me.

 

Shortly, I'm going on a cruise and really looking forward to that. I'll be doing some geocaching in the ports I'll be visiting. My question is, what's some ways I can identify/contact fellow geocachers who may be on the cruise also? Is there a notice board on the cruise ship where I can put up a sign? I did think of hosting an event the night before we sail. I'm travelling on a Princess cruise ship. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

This is a question I responded to recently on Cruise Critic

. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/564-australia-new-zealand-cruisers/

I've done about 20 cruises over the last 7 years and have never yet come across another geocacher on the same cruise, ocean and river cruises in Europe, US, China, Australia and New Zealand.. I did meet up with one geocacher in Dunedan, from another ship in port the same day.

If you go to the above you can find a link to a Roll Call for your cruise (which one are you doing). You can use the roll call to get acquainted with other cruisers and/or organise private tours or found out if if anyone is a geocacher. On many cruises there are meets and greets for Cruise Critic posters. BTW Cruise Critic recently joined up with  Trip Advisor.

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3 hours ago, colleda said:

BTW Cruise Critic recently joined up with Travel Advisor.

I always head to Cruise Critic to research before and after booking a cruise.  Absolutely love it.  I hope it remains as uncensored and useful after the merger.

I'll mull over whether to add to the roll call since we usually are with a group already.

Thanks!

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8 hours ago, Calypso62 said:

I searched the forums but couldn't find any information to help me.

 

Shortly, I'm going on a cruise and really looking forward to that. I'll be doing some geocaching in the ports I'll be visiting. My question is, what's some ways I can identify/contact fellow geocachers who may be on the cruise also? Is there a notice board on the cruise ship where I can put up a sign? I did think of hosting an event the night before we sail. I'm travelling on a Princess cruise ship. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

 

There IS the 'Secret Sign' that all Premium Members are supposed to know and use to identify each other in public, although I haven't seen it referred to in the forums for quite a while.

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/209023-secret-signword/

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/148892-secret-sign-or-phrasepassword/

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/54261-the-new-secret-sign/

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/204965-greeting-other-cachers-in-the-wild/

 

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41 minutes ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

There IS the 'Secret Sign' that all Premium Members are supposed to know and use to identify each other in public, although I haven't seen it referred to in the forums for quite a while.

 

 

"When you see a possible geocacher you are to yell "Ho! Are ye a geocacher" The proper response is "Yay, a geocacher am I".  Once you get the proper response you stand facing each other and put your right hand on the other geocacher's left shoulder.  You then skip together in a circle while loudly repeating in unison, "Geocachers are we, runny munny mee. Ha ha ha, Tee hee hee" This should continue for no less than 5 minutes."

~ briansnat

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/182395-is-there-a-secret-greeting-of-cachers/&do=findComment&comment=3256362

 

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5 hours ago, kunarion said:

"When you see a possible geocacher you are to yell "Ho! Are ye a geocacher" The proper response is "Yay, a geocacher am I".  Once you get the proper response you stand facing each other and put your right hand on the other geocacher's left shoulder.  You then skip together in a circle while loudly repeating in unison, "Geocachers are we, runny munny mee. Ha ha ha, Tee hee hee" This should continue for no less than 5 minutes."

~ briansnat

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/182395-is-there-a-secret-greeting-of-cachers/&do=findComment&comment=3256362

 

 

Oh darn, I've been putting my left hand on their right shoulder. That must be why muggles look at us funny.

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Well, some of the answers to my question certainly made me laugh!! :laughing: Thanks to all who responded!

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Hopefully you can find other geocachers on your cruise ship but if not you may just have to introduce some new ones to this wonderful hobby!  

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1 hour ago, Ewe&Me said:

Hopefully you can find other geocachers on your cruise ship but if not you may just have to introduce some new ones to this wonderful hobby!  

 

Absolutely Ewe&Me!!!! 👍😀👍

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I am going on a cruise on the Ovation of the Seas over Christmas and I left a message on Cruisefinder asking if there are any other geocachers aboard who would be interested in caching. I hope I find someone, or sigh, I will be caching by myself. My travel companion is not physically able to accompany me. We will be visiting Nouméa, Mystery Island in Vanuatu, and Auckland. I plan to catch a taxi to the end of a trail of caches in Nouméa and walk back, following the caches back to the boat. I have already found all three caches on Mystery Island and many in Auckland, but there are still some to find in Auckland.

 

In February I will take the Queen Elizabeth to Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately no caches where we call in Papua New Guinea, but the ship also calls into Brisbane and Cairns and I will cache there. Closer to the date I will check if there are any geocachers on that ship.

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3 hours ago, Goldenwattle said:

I am going on a cruise on the Ovation of the Seas over Christmas and I left a message on Cruisefinder asking if there are any other geocachers aboard who would be interested in caching. I hope I find someone, or sigh, I will be caching by myself. My travel companion is not physically able to accompany me. We will be visiting Nouméa, Mystery Island in Vanuatu, and Auckland. I plan to catch a taxi to the end of a trail of caches in Nouméa and walk back, following the caches back to the boat. I have already found all three caches on Mystery Island and many in Auckland, but there are still some to find in Auckland.

 

In February I will take the Queen Elizabeth to Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately no caches where we call in Papua New Guinea, but the ship also calls into Brisbane and Cairns and I will cache there. Closer to the date I will check if there are any geocachers on that ship.

I see you've already posted on CC. I saw there was another from Canberra on that cruise but could not see any from N America, which is unusual.

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Ummmmm, I don't know who came up with the sign shown below, but in American Sign Language, that's the sign for "lesbian".  :wacko: I don't know if anyone has ever pointed that out before, however, to be culturally relevant and sensitive (and to avoid some potentially awkward encounters!) it might be time to rethink that. Or perhaps just accept the fact that different gestures mean different things in different cultures and hope you never run across Deaf geocachers or ASL interpreter while out caching. 

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18 minutes ago, tribble_eater said:

 

 

I doubt either one of those two had any idea that the universal hand on chin sign for "hmm, let me think" was also ASL for lesbian, lol. 

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3 hours ago, luvvinbird said:

I doubt either one of those two had any idea that the universal hand on chin sign for "hmm, let me think" was also ASL for lesbian, lol. 

 

It's not just these two guys. They are saying that what you call the "universal sign for let me think" is the universal geocacher sign. Which also happens to be the ASL sign for Lesbian. 

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13 hours ago, tribble_eater said:

 

 

Tribble_eater -

 

My friend, you've made a mistake. I doubt that it was intentional, but you need to be aware of it.

 

You quoted a post of mine, but completely replaced MY words with your own. The effect for readers is that I said what you wrote.

 

There's a reason that quoted text shows up in a shaded box; so that readers can properly attribute. You don't change someone else's words or misquote them except to add emphasis or redact, hopefully notating the changes in both cases.

 

Ordinarily, I'd send you this in a private note, but since this forum has continual traffic, many people will read your comment as mine, and I felt I should post this disclaimer as soon as possible.

 

On this site as opposed to most on the net, we observe a decorum. We stay away from insults, we stay away from sex, we stay away from attacks (usually), we stay away from politics (usually). No matter how much we bicker and argue, we recognize our commonality and fraternity in our hobby. This 'family-oriented' hobby supports this 'family-oriented' forum. My kids are here.

 

So, please edit your post to remove your comments from under my byline. If that doesn't happen, if there's a moderator on board, please remove that post.

 

Thanks,
...Bill

And, welcome to the hobby! I see you've only been with us for a short time, and brand new on the forums. I hope you stick with both.

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1 hour ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

... if there's a moderator on board, please remove that post.

 

 

I fixed the quotey thingy.

 

The "symbol" was an early avatar used by Jeremy Irish, co-founder of Geocaching.com, in the 2003-2005 era.

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16 hours ago, tribble_eater said:

Ummmmm, I don't know who came up with the sign shown below, but in American Sign Language, that's the sign for "lesbian".  :wacko: I don't know if anyone has ever pointed that out before, however, to be culturally relevant and sensitive (and to avoid some potentially awkward encounters!) it might be time to rethink that. Or perhaps just accept the fact that different gestures mean different things in different cultures and hope you never run across Deaf geocachers or ASL interpreter while out caching. 

 

Sorry, that's been used by thinkers way before I was around (a simple google search...), and I'm an old fart .   :)

I feel only someone with an agenda would have to bring this silliness up as anything else.

Most I know enjoy this hobby to get away from people finding issue with the simplest of things...  I want to relax...

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38 minutes ago, Keystone said:

 

I fixed the quotey thingy.

 

The "symbol" was an early avatar used by Jeremy Irish, co-founder of Geocaching.com, in the 2003-2005 era.

 

Thank you, Keystone. That 'symbol' has been a source of fun reference here for years in the spirit of what we're all doing.

 

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Cerberus1 (and others),

 

I apologize if I offended you. I can't send you a private message since your account does not accept them, but I wanted to reach out. 

 

I didn't mean to stir up any trouble. I'm an interpreter and thought it was just something I might mention. I actually thought it was a really humorous coincidence. Didn't mean to be political or anything. I have no agenda. 

 

I was telling a caching friend about the conversation on the forum (she's Deaf) and she showed me where the sign coincidence has been mentioned before. 

 

So I'm not the first to mention it. But I didn't realize it would be perceived so controversially. Again, I apologize for any offense. 

 

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5 minutes ago, tribble_eater said:

Cerberus1 (and others)...

 

It's okay.  In line with a thread you started elsewhere, I gave a rep point for actually coming back.  :)

We're kinda used to some "starting things", then never returning.

Even when meaning well, unfortunately "tone" is hard to decipher and often misread at times too. 

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Um .. back to the topic at hand:

 

Yes, Cruise Critic (and one or two other sites) have either  a "roll call" for each cruise, or something similar.  There, you will find people who be on your specific ship on the same dates.  A post there may well find another cacher or two, or you may be able to 'create' one or two in the process.

 

Yes, ships often have bulletin boards posted near the gangway / lobby area.  Ask at the concierge desk and there's a good chance they'll let you post a note there.

 

My last cruise was a Danube run from Amsterdam to Budapest, and I discovered quickly that I was traveling with another cacher and his son.  We caught a few in various ports together and compared notes on what we'd found if we went at different times.

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A couple things I did on my recent Alaska cruise that worked:

 

1) Wear a geocaching shirt while on the cruise. We had a cacher introduce themselves to us while in the dining hall.

2) Host an event at one or all the ports you will be visiting. We did this, and met some cachers on another cruise ship that was at the port at the same time.

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