I decided to go and purchase a Macro lens since I haven't had much luck taking Peg's jewelry pictures with my standard lenses. I bought a less expensive Tamron SP AF 60 mm F/2 Di II Macro 1:1. While I have only snapped a couple of hand held shots it does seem to be a good decision. The shallow depth of field looks like it is going to take some practice getting used to.
If you ever have a chance to sail to Alaska, do it! If you can save up a little more to be able to stay in The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Cruise Lines, do it! For our anniversary Peg and I decided we would take our first cruise to Alaska. NCL sales called us, last minute, and offered us a deal to upgrade to a penthouse in The Haven Courtyard aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We did and it was fantastic! The Bird of Paradise Courtyard Suite Room 14014 (an S5 level penthouse suite) would be our home for the seven day cruise which started in Seattle, Washington.