My Pin Money Travel, LLC

PAST HAM CRUISES

 

MPMT HAM CRUISE #5 

January 8, 2017 ---- What an incredible voyage as MPMT Ham Cruise 5 sailed to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  Many started by meeting for drinks with Lori Schmidt and the gang at our hotel Saturday night.  We all boarded the vessel Sunday morning with only a small problem getting our equipment through security and finally sailed away that afternoon.  We had 93 onboard with many amateurs as well as non-hams in our group.  It was an interesting group who made a great deal of transmissions and for the most part, everyone enjoyed their vacation.  Our speakers included Mark Weiss and Daryl Pate who presented very interesting topics.  During our last meeting of the cruise, we honored members of our group who have attended all 5 cruises and gave them each chocolate gold coins.  These members included our Maritime Chaplain, George Schmidt, Terry Chau, Walt Ordway, Dennis Paul, Becky Paul, Lori Schmidt, Danny Rumfield, Timmy Rumfield, Lance Rumfield and Debbie Rumfield.   Our 2017 prize winners were:  Mark Weiss, winner of a UV5X3 radio, Elva Hardie, winner of a UV5X3 radio, a weather clock/station to non-ham Phyllis Nequent as well as an Expert Linears America t-shirt won by Lisa Skier and a color changing bag won by Mike Brannan and Rionna Albert.   We also had a very unusual event occur.  There was fog in the Galveston docking area on Saturday which kept the Saturday ships from being able to unload and reload until Sunday.  Due to this situations, we stayed in the Gulf all day Sunday enjoying an extra day for free on the ship being entertained, fed and able to relax.  We did arrive at the docks late Sunday night but had to wait until customs could board Monday morning to clear the ship so we could disembark.  Some had to make new travel plans and phone their boss, but everyone took it in stride and enjoyed the extra day.  It was a super trip and we are already making plan for MPMT Ham Cruise 6 which will depart from Galveston on Saturday, January 12, 2019 heading for the Eastern Caribbean with stops in Key West, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.  Call Debbie at 832-656-0731 or send an email to her at mypinmoneytravel@yahoo.com to book your cabin for our next adventure.

THANKS TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS -- BOB (W5UQ) AND ELVA (KG5HIE) HARDIE OF EXPERT LINEARS AMERICA OF MAGNOLIA, TX. 281-259-7877.

 

MPMT HAM CRUISE #4

 

April 2015 brought another successful MPMT Ham Cruise!  This was our 4th voyage and filled with lots of new folks as well as many of our “original ham family”.  We had 28 total passengers with 13 first timers.  We began our weekend with many of us staying at the Inn at the Water Park in Galveston and having dinner together that evening.  We were shuttled over to the Magic Sunday morning and gathered for our first meeting onboard shortly after departure.  This year we travelled from Galveston on the Carnival Magic to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel enjoying warmer weather than in the past.  April is a very different cruising experience.  The ship was very full and we found the excursions more crowded than usual, however, we all enjoyed ourselves as we created many new memories and made lots of new friends.  The group presented Debbie and Lance with a gift certificate and treated them to dinner at the steakhouse which was awesome.  We made approximately 1,000 regular and DX  contacts all over the world and one of our group even made contact with two  aeronautical mobiles  who had heard about our cruise.  As always, the captain and crew, including the engineers and other ship personnel assisted our group and we are very grateful to Shazia for all her help and making us feel special.  Our presenters this year were Walt Ordway, K1DFO, who updated us on his contributions to digital cinematography and George Pease, K30GP, who presented a very interesting program on amateur’s assistance in storm emergencies as well as an update on the mining project from Jens Schumann, DM2KJ.  As always, our Maritime Chaplain, George Schmidt, WA4GDB, blessed our voyage.  Congratulations to Becky Paul, KG5FBZ and Carolyn Hink, KK4NOL (George Schmidt’s special lady) for making their first HF contacts, all of which were DX contacts.  We handed out prizes and discussed our next voyage at our final meeting Saturday afternoon.  Since the Magic will be sailing away in the spring of 2016, this was our final ham cruise aboard her, but we are looking forward to January  8, 2017 when we will sail aboard her sister ship the Carnival Breeze and hope to have many old and new friends sailing with us as we set sail from Galveston on MPMT Ham Cruise 5 heading back to Rotan, Belize and Cozumel due to popular request!  Call Debbie The Ham Cruise Lady at 832-656-0731 or email her at mypinmoneytravel@yahoo.com to book today.

 

MPMT HAM CRUISE #3

January 19, 2014  -  We had a wonderful time on our 3rd MPMT Ham Cruise.  We sailed from Galveston to the Exotic Caribbean including Belize, Rotan and Cozumel with a great group of folks.  The weather was warm and many enjoyed meeting for dinner Saturday night at our hotel in Galveston before setting sail.  This was our first trip to the Exotic destinations of Belize and Rotan and both islands brought many new and fascinating adventures.  Unfortunately, Debbie, your host and agent, hurt her back and sidelined most of the trip, but the rest of the group enjoyed the variety of new shore excursions including viewing the pyramids and ruins while others had a ball zip lining, doing water sports or just shopping and viewing local historic sites.  It was a terrific voyage and everyone has already asked when and where we will sail next time. 

CALL DEBBIE AT 832-656-0731 or email her at mypinmoneytravel@yahoo.com to book our MPMT Ham Cruise 4 which is returning by popular demand to Rotan, Belize and Cozumel as many were unable to come on #3.  Book early so you don't miss the boat.  We have only 50 cabins to sell!

 

MPMT HAM CRUISE #2 

The week of February 9, 2013 through February 17, 2013 was filled with much excitement.  Our group of 54 passengers (some hams, some family and friends) began gathering Saturday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Sunspree on the Seawall in Galveston, Texas.  We had a terrific buffet dinner that evening and enjoyed meeting and visiting with new and old friends.  Sunday morning we all headed to board the Carnival Magic for 7 days of true Magic..  Shortly after setting sail, we gathered for a quick meeting to discuss events, our Maritime Chaplain George Schmidt, WA4GDB, blessed our voyage and we were off.  Both HF radios were installed and began operation shortly after we set sail and continued until the last night of our cruise.  We sailed to Key West, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.  We recorded over 1500 hand written log entries and approximately 400 electronic logs were captured.  The manual log included contacts in 45 states and 38 foreign countries.  Modes used included SSB, CW and PSK-31. There were many shore excursions, ship activities, live performances,wonderful food, relaxation and other events as well as amateur operations enjoyed during the week.  This week also featured Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday blessings from our chaplain for those who wished to attend as well as Valentines. We had our picture taken wearing our matching MPMT cruise t-shirts which was a great keepsake.  During the cruise Jeff Schmidt, N5MNW and Dave McCombs gave presentations which were very interesting.   At our final group meeting on Saturday, February 16, 2013 this voyage, as well as future ham trips, were discussed.  There were prizes awarded to both non-amateurs as well as amateurs.   Our non-ham winners receiving a Del Sol bag included Carolyn Kendrick and Janet Wrenn and Chris Weiss (wife of Mark Weiss K6FG) won a digital photo album.  Our sponsors, Dave, (NA5CW) and Caren, (WB5NWZ), McCombs, owners of Houston Amateur Radio Supply awarded the following amateurs prizes including: a log book to Arnie Schwartz, WB6PJC, a log book to Hulen Smith, K5HCS, a 2012/2013 Repeater Directory to Dennis Paul, AE5GA, a 2012/2013 Repeater Directory to Ashley Waters, W5LK,  an HT Radio with Drop In Charger to  Lori Schmidt, KM5MQ ,  a Dual Band HT Radio to Jeff Schmidt, N5MNW,  a 2 Meter 35W  Mirage Amplifier,  with the Grand Prize of a Yaezu FT6OR Handheld going to Terry Chau, KA5CFG.  All in all, we had a wonderful, fun filled week and are already planning for next year's January 2014 ham cruise to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel.

  

MPMT HAM CRUISE #1

My Pin Money Travel hosted its first Maritime Mobile Radio Cruise the week of October 30, 2011 on the Carnival Conquest.  Our group of 33 passengers traveled from Galveston, stopping at Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  While in international waters the 22 amateurs in our group made over 600 worldwide contacts on the two HF radios which were provided by ICOM.  We had exclusive permission from the cruise line and written approval from the Captain in accordance with FCC Rules and Regs for our group and everyone enjoyed working maritime mobile.  Lance Rumfield, WD5X acted as technical coordinator and he along with Danny Rumfield, WA5DTR, Timmy Rumfield, W5TMR and Terry Chau, KA5CFG installed and kept communications working during the cruise.  Special thanks also to Lori Schmidt, KM5MQ for her assistance and ARRL materials.

While on the cruise, our group was treated to a blessing by Maritime Chaplain George Schmidt and presentations given by Jens Schumann (our German amateur) and Walt Ordway.  Family and friends helped round out our group and everyone enjoyed many treats, the food, shipboard activities, entertainment, Halloween and other Carnival parties.  One of our guests, Rod Hogg not only won dinner at the Steakhouse, but also a free cruise from Carnival.  

Pictures and comments from our cruisers appear on this site.  Many wonderful moments occurred during this cruise and terrific new friendships were formed which made the week even more memorable.  As many requested a repeat, MPMT's Ham Radio 2 cruise is now forming.  

For questions or to receive information about the upcoming February, 2013 ham cruise or if you need assistance in planning your next vacation or other travel, please send an email to Debbie at  My Pin Money Travel, LLC (MPMT)  at mypinmoneytravel@yahoo.com  and you will be contacted shortly so you can begin transforming travel wishes into everlasting memories.

 

 

TRAVEL ADVENTURES

                                                 

EXPERIENCES FROM PAST TRAVEL ADVENTURES - CRUISES, THEME PARTS, ETC.

DISNEYWORLD DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON OR YEAR ROUND ENJOYMENT

They really pull out all the stops from just before Thanksgiving until the end of the year to fill each park with festive events, costumes and the best way to get in the holiday spirit at the various parks in Orlando.  Book early to take advantage of special rates, discounts or upgrades to enhance your experience.  Your best bet is to book your entire vacation from air to room to tickets including a meal plan to fit your family needs.  You can arrange to have your bags retrieved at the airport and returned after the vacation and Disney will arrange to deliver you straight to your hotel.  If you wish, you can rent a vehicle.  Also there are a number of additional events available for purchase to add which may give you even more activities during  your stay. 

If you are near the west coast, check out Disneyland for its two great parks and activities located in the area.  Both Disneyworld and Disneyland offer plans including hotels, meals, tickets, etc. so all you need do is choose the venue of your choice and enjoy.  Also, if you choose one of the Disney hotels, the parks offer special extra hours before or after the regular public may attend.

If you don't want the crowds, go during the off season where there will be shorter lines.  Disney offers "Fast Pass" to certain activities so you can enjoy one ride while your place is held for another.  There are many celebrations during the year to enjoy special parades, events, etc. such as the big Mickey's Halloween Party and other events so be sure to ask what "special events" might occur during your visit so you can purchase tickets for the events which frequently sell out at the gate.

Disney Adventures now offers a variety of incredible well planned vacations for your whole family throughout the world.   I will be happy to share more about the all-inclusive packages which would allow you and your family to explore exotic parts of the world as well as here in the US in a safe, fully escorted atmosphere where you are always treated with Disney excellence.

                                                                          LAS VEGAS

There are many packages available for this incredible city of lights.  It is a great vacation for family or just a couple enjoying a few days alone.  You can gamble, eat, see a variety of Broadway type shows, etc. and enjoy many local sights as well.  Flights are frequent and there are often specials if you choose to travel during the week days.

                    SKIING, DUDE RANCHES, NEW YORK, HAWAII, BAHAMAS, THE WORLD -- Choose the holiday to match your family's needs and let's plan something fun.  Remember, we work hard for a few days off.  Let me assist you to make certain  you and your family will have fun and enjoy yourselves  while making those everyday wishes become everlasting memories.  

 

 

 

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ABOUT US

Hi. I'm Debbie Rumfield, The Ham Cruise Lady, Owner of My Pin Money Travel Agency and my goal is to transform your travel wishes into everlasting memories! I specialize in cruises, but can assist with all forms of travel.  Questions? Give me a call today -- the sooner we plan, the sooner you will be on your way to your dream vacation! Not looking to vacation at the moment? I can also take care of your business traveling needs. (832)-656-0731  email: mypinmoneytravel@yahoo.com

By the way, did you realize my services are FREE to you? I am a CLIA certified travel agent and a certified Special Needs Advocate.  The travel supplier pays for my services (and you pay the same price whether you use my services or do it yourself). I am independently registered and/or trained with a variety of cruise lines, theme parks, hotels, car rental agencies, all-inclusive planning agencies, and many other travel suppliers.  Call or email me and I will do all the work to set up your vacation and be there if you need any assistance.

Testimonials

  • "My wife, Elva, and I went on the HamCruise 2011. Besides being with over thirty people with common interests, 22 being licensed hams (amateur radio), being able to get on the a..."
    Bob Hardie
    Retired and happy to be....