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luv
06-08-2012, 10:41 PM
Looks like I won't be going to Baltimore. Something came up. Instead, I am going on my first cruise in September!

Tips? Already hearing about how to get liquor on board...lol.

Baconeater
06-08-2012, 10:41 PM
Tips? Yeah, you have to fucking tip pretty much everyone you see.

chefsos
06-08-2012, 10:44 PM
You gotta admit it would be pretty damn funny if the cruise ship was hijacked to Baltimore.

Baconeater
06-08-2012, 10:49 PM
http://oi46.tinypic.com/2agn6l4.jpg

Count Zarth
06-08-2012, 10:50 PM
You realize the #1 thing people do on cruise's is eat, right?

BigMeatballDave
06-08-2012, 10:57 PM
Vodka and green or blue food coloring in an empty mouthwash bottle.

Shogun
06-08-2012, 10:58 PM
You realize the #1 thing people do on cruise's is eat, right?

and fuck on deck

Phobia
06-08-2012, 10:59 PM
Just google towel animals, make them at home, and enjoy the most entertaining thing about a cruise for pennies on the dollar.

Otter
06-08-2012, 10:59 PM
Luv, me and you need to have a sit down what to do with vacation time.

You went from the 2nd worst murder capitol of the United States to being stuck on a metal cylinder with strangers and sleeping in a closet the whole time and pooping into an airplane toilet. Think this out.

You have Northern California, Colorado, British Columbia (Canada), Alaska, Bar Harbor Maine to name a few. Think about this, vacation is precious.

I would do an Alaskan Cruise however.

Rain Man
06-08-2012, 10:59 PM
I like cruises. You sleep, you eat, you rock gently. It's like returning to the warm cradle of infancy.

Otter
06-08-2012, 11:03 PM
I like cruises. You sleep, you eat, you rock gently. It's like returning to the warm cradle of infancy.

Ever thought of a heated waterbed?

Gonzo
06-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Say hey to gopher for me.

Rain Man
06-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Ever thought of a heated waterbed?

Can I eat pizza on it?

When I first got out of college I had a waterbed. I was a big fan of it, and my cat loved it. For some reason my wife wasn't a fan, though, so eventually I chose her bed with her in it over my bed with my cat in it.

Otter
06-08-2012, 11:07 PM
Can I eat pizza on it?

When I first got out of college I had a waterbed. I was a big fan of it, and my cat loved it. For some reason my wife wasn't a fan, though, so eventually I chose her bed with her in it over my bed with my cat in it.

Judging from your posts you've made the right decision.

Phobia
06-08-2012, 11:08 PM
Can I eat pizza on it?

When I first got out of college I had a waterbed. I was a big fan of it, and my cat loved it. For some reason my wife wasn't a fan, though, so eventually I chose her bed with her in it over my bed with my cat in it.

I'm just kinda shocked you were even able to find a woman as a single male with a cat. Did you have a lot of opportunities with men?

Otter
06-08-2012, 11:10 PM
I'm just kinda shocked you were even able to find a woman as a single male with a cat. Did you have a lot of opportunities with men?

I bet his cat was named 'butch' and wore leather chaps. It was a manly cat.

luv
06-08-2012, 11:12 PM
Luv, me and you need to have a sit down what to do with vacation time.

You went from the 2nd worst murder capitol of the United States to being stuck on a metal cylinder with strangers and sleeping in a closet the whole time and pooping into an airplane toilet. Think this out.

You have Northern California, Colorado, British Columbia (Canada), Alaska, Bar Harbor Maine to name a few. Think about this, vacation is precious.

I would do an Alaskan Cruise however.

C'mon. I've never heard anything bad about a cruise.

Phobia
06-08-2012, 11:14 PM
C'mon. I've never heard anything bad about a cruise.

Cruises are like the Casino. Nobody talks about how much money they lost.

Lumpy
06-08-2012, 11:16 PM
Just google towel animals, make them at home, and enjoy the most entertaining thing about a cruise for pennies on the dollar.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/10/2/68f1d99b-6b48-4f0f-a62a-0973d4250905.jpg

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-08-2012, 11:17 PM
Looks like I won't be going to Baltimore. Something came up. Instead, I am going on my first cruise in September!

Tips? Already hearing about how to get liquor on board...lol.

Get on the big door before the guy does.

cdcox
06-08-2012, 11:18 PM
Cruises are like the Casino. Nobody talks about how much money they lost.

Pretty much the same can be said for any vacation. If you start thinking about how much money you are blowing, it pretty much takes all the fun out of it. I just pretend it's Monopoly money and have a good time.

Baconeater
06-08-2012, 11:19 PM
Cruises are like the Casino. Nobody talks about how much money they lost.
Yeah, no kidding. From what the Mrs described after her cruise those ships are nothing but giant floating moneysucking machines.

Rain Man
06-08-2012, 11:25 PM
I'm just kinda shocked you were even able to find a woman as a single male with a cat. Did you have a lot of opportunities with men?

Back then my Fiero was nearly new, and it was a chick magnet. If it wasn't for the power locks I'd be paying child support on more kids than a typical NFL cornerback.

Otter
06-08-2012, 11:31 PM
Back then my Fiero was nearly new, and it was a chick magnet. If it wasn't for the power locks I'd be paying child support on more kids than a typical NFL cornerback.

A Fiero and a cat...Rain Man run up stairs right now and chain your wife to the bed.

luv
06-08-2012, 11:33 PM
A Fiero and a cat...Rain Man run up stairs right now and chain your wife to the bed.

Well, if she's into that kind of thing. I don't judge.

Cornstock
06-09-2012, 12:12 AM
If you're looking for a cultural experience, most cruises are terrible. But if youre looking for one of those "sit back and do nothing but drink and eat" vacations they're pretty good. Cruises aren't my cup of tea.

TrebMaxx
06-09-2012, 12:21 AM
Where are you cruising to?

|Zach|
06-09-2012, 12:34 AM
Cruises are fun as hell.

AustinChief
06-09-2012, 12:36 AM
If you're looking for a cultural experience, most cruises are terrible. But if youre looking for one of those "sit back and do nothing but drink and eat" vacations they're pretty good. Cruises aren't my cup of tea.

Same here. Cruises hold exactly ZERO appeal for me. It's like Disneyland with more old people and no fun rides.

Bump
06-09-2012, 12:43 AM
I would never go on a cruise. You couldnt' smoke any weed.

KC Tattoo
06-09-2012, 01:10 AM
Cruises are fun as hell.

Yeap! There's plenty to do, it's your own fault if you get bord.

If your happening to go to the Bahamas watch out for the pedlers. They all will call you honey & sweetie but they just want your monies. You can barder with them but they try to get you to buy more than what you bargain for.

|Zach|
06-09-2012, 01:12 AM
Yeap! There's plenty to do, it's your own fault if you get bord.

If your happening to go to the Bahamas watch out for the pedlers. They all will call you honey & sweetie but they just want your monies. You can barder with them but they try to get you to buy more than what you bargain for.

It can be as active or not active as you like. Also...strangely enough. I won $7k on a cruise once.

HemiEd
06-09-2012, 02:53 AM
C'mon. I've never heard anything bad about a cruise.

Just throwing this out there, but looking at your sig, and if you are committed to continuing to lose weight, I would avoid a cruise.

It is a feeding frenzy, around the clock, and you will be constantly exposed to temptations that would take shit tons of will power to avoid.

rad
06-09-2012, 05:07 AM
Looks like I won't be going to Baltimore. Something came up. Instead, I am going on my first cruise in September!

Tips? Already hearing about how to get liquor on board...lol.

I'm sorry, what?

I can't get past the firearm-wielding, ample side-boob equipped female in your avatar. That's too many of my top 5 favorite things in one image.

mikey23545
06-09-2012, 05:41 AM
Back then my Fiero was nearly new, and it was a chick magnet. If it wasn't for the power locks I'd be paying child support on more kids than a typical NFL cornerback.

I didn't know they made apricot Fieros.

Bwana
06-09-2012, 05:51 AM
I didn't know they made apricot Fieros.

HA!

http://imganuncios.mitula.net/1988_pontiac_fiero_93585625479461498.jpg

Frazod
06-09-2012, 06:05 AM
I remember my first cruise. From GITMO to Norfolk.

The accommodations left a great deal to be desired, but the price was right. :D

luv
06-09-2012, 06:07 AM
Where are you cruising to?

Out of New Orleans, and to a couple of places including Cazumel(sp?). People I'm going with gave me the booking number, but Carnival's site has been down every time I've tried getting on it.

scho63
06-09-2012, 06:39 AM
I've traveled all over the world, 36 countries and counting. I have NEVER done a cruise, wanted to cruise, or will cruise.

Cruise lovers remind me of the RV crowd. I don't want to be stuck on a ship in a tiny room with a bunch of people I may not like, eating and drinking all day, run around visiting islands on someone else's schedule, and play stupid group games or events like camp for adults. On top of it, pay too much money.....

P.S. The cruise ship industry hasn't exactly been getting good press lately with all the mishaps

Fritz88
06-09-2012, 06:45 AM
It can be as active or not active as you like. Also...strangely enough. I won $7k on a cruise once.

Your odds in an all male cruise are pretty good. That's why you struck gold.
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Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 06:49 AM
I love cruises. If you have a bad time on a cruise, you are really trying at it.

As far as advice goes..check out cruisecritic.com. Book your excursions BEFORE the cruise. The line at the excursion desk on the first day is ridiculous. Pace yourself food and drink wise. Don't overdo it. When you first board there will be staff members handing out drinks, they aren't free, in fact, they are expensive.

Bwana
06-09-2012, 06:51 AM
I've traveled all over the world, 36 countries and counting. I have NEVER done a cruise, wanted to cruise, or will cruise.

Cruise lovers remind me of the RV crowd. I don't want to be stuck on a ship in a tiny room with a bunch of people I may not like, eating and drinking all day, run around visiting islands on someone else's schedule, and play stupid group games or events like camp for adults. On top of it, pay too much money.....

P.S. The cruise ship industry hasn't exactly been getting good press lately with all the mishaps

I feel about the same way about a cruise. There is no way I would enjoy being stuck on a big floating tin can. To me, it would be like being locked up, out at sea. Give me the mountains and wide open space. To each their own and more power to the cruise crowd, but it's just not my thing.

scho63
06-09-2012, 06:54 AM
Luv, me and you need to have a sit down what to do with vacation time.

You have Northern California Think about this, vacation is precious.

In one 10 day trip into the San Francisco Bay Area you can do ALL the following:


Visit Alcatraz
Bicycle all over Angel Island
Visit the giant Redwoods in Muir Woods
Spend 2 days in Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tasting and sight seeing
Stop at Bodega Bay for all the seals and sea lions
Go to Golden Gate Park
Take in a San Fran Giants game at Pac Bell Park (great stadium)
Have drinks at Sam's in Tiburon watching the sunset across the bay w/SF skyline
Eat at some of the greatest US restaurants
Drive down the coast for 2 days to Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, and the Monterey Peninsula, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 13 mile drive and Pebble Beach
Go up into Coit Tower in San Fran for incredible view
Visit Stanford University, Sand Hill Rd-the venture capital hub of the World, see Google's HQ, and a concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater all in Palo Alto and Mountain View
Golf at one of the great courses
Drive, walk, or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit Chinatown-which is bigger than New York's


I'm sure I left out a few great things as well.....

redsurfer11
06-09-2012, 06:55 AM
Out of New Orleans, and to a couple of places including Cazumel(sp?).



Bet you got a great deal. Most people don't want to go near the Gulf, during the height of "Hurricane Season".

luv
06-09-2012, 07:06 AM
I'm looking forward to relaxing. People say that the scenery is wonderful. Looking forward to watching some sunrises and sunsets. Also looking forward to doing a little shopping while at port. There are also activities I can do if I need to exercise. I've got an inside cabin (without the ocean view, whatever they're called), but I really don't plan on being in the room except for sleeping anyway. I think we're on the second floor from the top, too. Gambling isn't my thing, so I will be losing my money elsewhere. :)

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 07:29 AM
I'm looking forward to relaxing. People say that the scenery is wonderful. Looking forward to watching some sunrises and sunsets. Also looking forward to doing a little shopping while at port. There are also activities I can do if I need to exercise. I've got an inside cabin (without the ocean view, whatever they're called), but I really don't plan on being in the room except for sleeping anyway. I think we're on the second floor from the top, too. Gambling isn't my thing, so I will be losing my money elsewhere. :)

FWIW, shopping at port is worthless. They jack up the prices of everything and it's all worthless shit. Your money is better spent on the boat. If you know what you are doing you can get good deals on jewelry but that's about it.

WhitiE
06-09-2012, 07:39 AM
I would never go on a cruise. You couldnt' smoke any weed.

You can when you port and then they tell you to hide it in your shoe when getting back on.

luv
06-09-2012, 07:50 AM
FWIW, shopping at port is worthless. They jack up the prices of everything and it's all worthless shit. Your money is better spent on the boat. If you know what you are doing you can get good deals on jewelry but that's about it.

Yeah, I figure I'll get a few gifts for people, and I collect shot glasses, so that'll be a must. Other than that, I will probably just look for a couple of cool rings or necklaces for myself.

luv
06-09-2012, 07:51 AM
And the damned Carnival site is still down for maintenance! I've been trying to get on since I got home last night. Grrr.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 07:57 AM
Also, your friends will probably all talk about Senor Frogs and Margaritaville, and how cool they are. Your friends are probably lame, so you might enjoy those places.

Ace Gunner
06-09-2012, 07:57 AM
Luv, me and you need to have a sit down what to do with vacation time.

You went from the 2nd worst murder capitol of the United States to being stuck on a metal cylinder with strangers and sleeping in a closet the whole time and pooping into an airplane toilet. Think this out.

You have Northern California, Colorado, British Columbia (Canada), Alaska, Bar Harbor Maine to name a few. Think about this, vacation is precious.

I would do an Alaskan Cruise however.

this

luv
06-09-2012, 07:59 AM
Also, your friends will probably all talk about Senor Frogs and Margaritaville, and how cool they are. Your friends are probably lame, so you might enjoy those places.

I'd rather go places I've never heard of.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 08:28 AM
I'd rather go places I've never heard of.

Good call.

Hydrae
06-09-2012, 09:38 AM
http://oi46.tinypic.com/2agn6l4.jpg

Now that is a big tip!

Elwaysux
06-09-2012, 10:20 AM
Did cruises when the kids were little on Disney. Learned after the first one to not take the drink special and to sneak booze on board. Much more enjoyable taking a vodka grapefruit to the pool and lounging there cheap. It was very relaxing and certainly something you should do once and then decide if it's your thing.

Fish
06-09-2012, 10:35 AM
http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/1038/rummouthwash.jpg

oldman
06-09-2012, 10:43 AM
Eat, drink, fool around in the cabin. Then eat and drink by the pool. When you get to port, eat, drink, and fool around on the beach. Get back on ship, eat and drink some more, go fool around in the cabin. What's wrong with that?

|Zach|
06-09-2012, 11:10 AM
I love cruises. If you have a bad time on a cruise, you are really trying at it.

As far as advice goes..check out cruisecritic.com. Book your excursions BEFORE the cruise. The line at the excursion desk on the first day is ridiculous. Pace yourself food and drink wise. Don't overdo it. When you first board there will be staff members handing out drinks, they aren't free, in fact, they are expensive.

Yup.

BigRedChief
06-09-2012, 11:13 AM
I love cruises. If you have a bad time on a cruise, you are really trying at it.

As far as advice goes..check out cruisecritic.com. Book your excursions BEFORE the cruise. The line at the excursion desk on the first day is ridiculous. Pace yourself food and drink wise. Don't overdo it. When you first board there will be staff members handing out drinks, they aren't free, in fact, they are expensive.agree, cruise critic.com is the source for feedback on ports, cruise lines and excursions. These commenters that think cruises are for the newlywed and nearly dead are misinformed and haven't taken a crise lately.

There is so much to do if you are bored then you are smoking too much weed. A fantastic floating hotel that takes you to different countries. They clean your room twice a day. You get pampered and served all day and all night. Food and drink everywhere 24X7. Yeah, thats got to suck.

Went on two cruises and loved both.

ThaVirus
06-09-2012, 11:20 AM
I won $7k on a cruise once.

Story?

BigRedChief
06-09-2012, 11:23 AM
And the damned Carnival site is still down for maintenance! I've been trying to get on since I got home last night. Grrr.you can fly out of Springfield into St. Petersburg on Alligent Air non-stop and real cheap. Cruise out of Tampa. Miami will give you more options on destinations.

Book excursions through the cruise line. You can get the same excursion cheaper through 3rd party operators but if you are late the boat doesnt wait. The excursions booked through the cruise line are late, the boat will wait. And shit happens, We had a guy have a heart attack during snorkling.

Carnival will be $200-$300 cheaper than the other crusie lines.

Fuck smuggling liquor on board. Getting those frozen drinks and sitting out on the deck and watching the ocean, sunsets, sunrises, the shore are worth it. Save your pennies and enjoy the onboard drinks.

BigRedChief
06-09-2012, 11:26 AM
You can when you port and then they tell you to hide it in your shoe when getting back on.you need to go without weed for a week or just smoke on land. You get caught you are in a foreign country. Who knows what the drug laws are. Talk about playing russian roulette with your life. :shake:

Bwana
06-09-2012, 11:34 AM
you need to go without weed for a week or just smoke on land. You get caught you are in a foreign country. Who knows what the drug laws are. Talk about playing russian roulette with your life. :shake:

Exactly!

All people have to do, is watch a few episodes of "Locked Up Abroad" on the National Geographic Channel and it should cure that.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/locked-up-abroad

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/507/cache/it-torture-time_50733_600x450.jpg

Joe Seahawk
06-09-2012, 11:52 AM
Looks like I won't be going to Baltimore. Something came up. Instead, I am going on my first cruise in September!

Tips? Already hearing about how to get liquor on board...lol.

Went on a carribean cruise in September once, just happened to leave Miami on 9/10/11, also we were surrounded by tropical storms and a hurricane and to top it all off there was a plane crash for people on the chichinitza (sp) excursion.

Hope yours is better!

|Zach|
06-09-2012, 11:52 AM
Story?

Bingo. All cash. Not taxed. Haha.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 12:05 PM
Went on a carribean cruise in September once, just happened to leave Miami on 9/10/11, also we were surrounded by tropical storms and a hurricane and to top it all off there was a plane crash for people on the chichinitza (sp) excursion.

Hope yours is better!

Yea, I would never cruise in September.

Predarat
06-09-2012, 12:44 PM
A 3-4 night cruise would be about all I could handle, being on a ship for a week is not my cup of tea. I know you get to get out, but when you do all it is is people wanting your money. Though the food is pretty damn awesome.

WhitiE
06-09-2012, 01:06 PM
you need to go without weed for a week or just smoke on land. You get caught you are in a foreign country. Who knows what the drug laws are. Talk about playing russian roulette with your life. :shake:

Oh ok

JD10367
06-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Two things, luv:

#1: most people here are talking out their ass.

#2: www.cruisecritic.com is the ultimate resource for n00bs.

Been on a dozen cruises.

Old Dog
06-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Out of New Orleans, and to a couple of places including Cazumel(sp?). People I'm going with gave me the booking number, but Carnival's site has been down every time I've tried getting on it.

To Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on the Conquest by chance? Did that itenerary in January and loved it.
Highly recommend swimming with the stingrays in Grand Cayman and if you're interested in booking with a local rather than through the cruise ship lemme know and I'll send you the name of the folks we used. About half the price and much less crowded.
We also did Dunns River Falls in Jamaica and would recommend it as well.

Old Dog
06-09-2012, 02:35 PM
Oh, and for getting booze on board your best bet for smuggling is rum runners, but if caught they'll take them and you're out of luck. If you try to smuggle an unopened bottle they'll confiscate it but you'll get it back at the end of the cruise.
You can order bottle through Bon Voyage as well. It's expensive as hell (paid $38 for a 1L bottle of Jim Beam) but it's in your cabin when you get there. You can also take a bottle of wine (750ml) per person in your carry on.

whoman69
06-09-2012, 02:44 PM
The Mrs talked about a cruise next year after our daughter graduates since her family would come to visit. She dropped that idea and instead is going to take a trip back to her country for a visit.

BigRedChief
06-09-2012, 03:07 PM
Getting the inside cabin was a mistake, upgrade to the window view. Well worth the money.

luv
06-09-2012, 03:17 PM
To Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel on the Conquest by chance? Did that itenerary in January and loved it.
Highly recommend swimming with the stingrays in Grand Cayman and if you're interested in booking with a local rather than through the cruise ship lemme know and I'll send you the name of the folks we used. About half the price and much less crowded.
We also did Dunns River Falls in Jamaica and would recommend it as well.

Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico

Five day cruise.

Phobia
06-09-2012, 03:19 PM
Getting the inside cabin was a mistake, upgrade to the window view. Well worth the money.

Disagree. Only thing I ever did in the cabin was sleep and... well, you know. There are plenty of views all over the ship. If the view is important to you then upgrade all the way to your own private balcony. Then you'll spend more time in your room.

luv
06-09-2012, 03:22 PM
Disagree. Only thing I ever did in the cabin was sleep and... well, you know. There are plenty of views all over the ship. If the view is important to you then upgrade all the way to your own private balcony. Then you'll spend more time in your room.

Kind of what I'm thinking. Well, minus the sex part.

Phobia
06-09-2012, 03:24 PM
Kind of what I'm thinking. Well, minus the sex part.

I was talking about showering, pooping, and getting dressed.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 03:24 PM
Window/ocean view is worthless. The window is covered with salt.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 03:26 PM
Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico

Five day cruise.

I had fun at the cooking class in Cozumel. The Mayan ruins are cool, too.

Old Dog
06-09-2012, 03:48 PM
We did the "Amazing Secret River" in Cozumel and loved it. If you try to do that one though DEFINITELY book it through the cruise line as we were supposed to be back on board not later than 4:30 but the excursion didn't get back until 5:30 from Playa Maya. They held the boat for the eight of us on the excursion.

Thig Lyfe
06-09-2012, 04:05 PM
C'mon. I've never heard anything bad about a cruise.

http://people.virginia.edu/~jrw3k/mediamatters/readings/cult_crit/Wallace_A.Supposedly.Fun.Thing.I'll.Never.Do.Again.pdf

Cornstock
06-09-2012, 05:03 PM
Are there such things as all-inclusive cruises? Or are they just so expensive they're not worth it. I'd probably have to crunch the numbers, but I think I'd rather pony up and pay for everything up front than dump $15 for a drink. I had enough of that while I was in the Middle East, drinks are so damn expensive there.

Saulbadguy
06-09-2012, 05:23 PM
Are there such things as all-inclusive cruises? Or are they just so expensive they're not worth it. I'd probably have to crunch the numbers, but I think I'd rather pony up and pay for everything up front than dump $15 for a drink. I had enough of that while I was in the Middle East, drinks are so damn expensive there.

It's not $15 a drink. It's priced about the same as a chain restaurant.

Rain Man
06-09-2012, 08:08 PM
Disagree. Only thing I ever did in the cabin was sleep and... well, you know. There are plenty of views all over the ship. If the view is important to you then upgrade all the way to your own private balcony. Then you'll spend more time in your room.

I would agree. If I'm in the room, I don't really care about the view, and if I want the view, there are a lot more interesting places to be than the room.

I'm not positive that my wife would agree, but I think she would. At the least, I'm fairly certain that she'd just do the window rather than the balcony. There's no need for a balcony when you can go other places on the ship and people-watch while you're looking at the view.

Fire Me Boy!
06-09-2012, 08:14 PM
You can barder with them but they try to get you to buy more than what you bargain for.

I'll trade trade you a T for that D, straight up.

Rain Man
06-09-2012, 08:18 PM
I've only done two cruises. The first was on the Queen Mary and had mostly British passengers. It was in the Caribbean and we did some of the outings, but I think everything else was free other than a massage. We had a balcony, but I don't think we used it more than a couple of hours the whole time.

The second was on Norwegian, coming south from Alaska to Vancouver. My wife wasn't with me, and it was just easier to do a cruise ship than to fly, and Alaskan cruises are dirt cheap. So I went stag and got an inside cabin. It was a nice cabin, so I was fine with it. I recall at the end, though, that I had "supplemental charges" that added something like 40% to the initial cruise price. I don't remember what they were, but I was kind of surprised since I had no alcohol.

As an aside, Norwegian had a pretty chintzy food policy at the buffet place that the Queen Mary didn't have, where they would give you tiny, tiny portions and make it hard to get much food. I found it annoying, but also realize that the clientele was all American and we're pigs when it comes to food. Nonetheless, it was tacky. They didn't give you trays, so you could only get two things (e.g, entree and bread) and carry them to your table and then you had to go back to get your drink and a veggie and carry them back, and then back again to get a potato and dessert, all the while hoping that the cleaning staff hadn't already carted off your other food (since I was traveling alone).

I remember at one point being at the buffet, and the woman next to me got something like beef stroganoff. The filipina girl serving it gave the woman some miniscule amount - seriously, like two bites - and the woman said, 'put more on there'. So the girl put another half-teaspoon on, and the woman said, 'more'. Another half-teaspoon. "Would you please give me a full serving?" Another half-teaspoon. I realize that Americans are gluttons, but it was ridiculous. I don't remember that problem on the Queen Mary.

AustinChief
06-09-2012, 08:41 PM
I've only done two cruises. The first was on the Queen Mary and had mostly British passengers.

Damn Kevin .. how old are you? The Queen Mary was retired in 1967...

Phobia
06-09-2012, 10:01 PM
I would agree. If I'm in the room, I don't really care about the view, and if I want the view, there are a lot more interesting places to be than the room.

I'm not positive that my wife would agree, but I think she would. At the least, I'm fairly certain that she'd just do the window rather than the balcony. There's no need for a balcony when you can go other places on the ship and people-watch while you're looking at the view.

I went on a cruise with 2 other couples. One couple had the balcony upgrade. We spent some time in their room on the balcony. I can't imagine we would have utilized it if it were just the 2 of us.

Rain Man
06-09-2012, 10:48 PM
Damn Kevin .. how old are you? The Queen Mary was retired in 1967...

Okay, I went with the sequel. The QMII.

Setsuna
06-09-2012, 10:49 PM
Don't drop the soap.

AustinChief
06-09-2012, 10:49 PM
Okay, I went with the sequel. The QMII.

Sure, sure... METHUSELAH!

Gonzo
06-10-2012, 10:16 PM
Lumpy and I have been kicking around the idea of a cruise or something similar for the last few years. Having a toddler at home makes that difficult, (unless we do the whole overpriced Disney thing).
They have dynamite chefs on the more upscale cruises. Stone crab, lobster, etc.
The food is just awesome. Being a seafood fan myself, I'd probably gain 30 lbs.

Clay's Mult
06-10-2012, 10:23 PM
We spent some time in their room on the balcony. I can't imagine we would have utilized it if it were just the 2 of us.

OMG WHY NOT???

Having sex on a balcony overlooking the sea is just aboot the hotttttest thing I can think!

|Zach|
06-10-2012, 10:39 PM
OMG WHY NOT???

Having sex on a balcony overlooking the sea is just aboot the hotttttest thing I can think!

This is a boring ass mult. Be more creative.

Clay's Mult
06-10-2012, 10:41 PM
This is a boring ass mult. Be more creative.

Haha, what? I don't post much so I dont get yalls humor

Rain Man
06-10-2012, 10:42 PM
OMG WHY NOT???

Having sex on a balcony overlooking the sea is just aboot the hotttttest thing I can think!

That's not even in my top 3,000. It's #3,205, to be exact.

BIG_DADDY
06-10-2012, 10:44 PM
Haha, what? I don't post much so I dont get yalls humor

Zach just isn't funny, ever. It's not you.

Baconeater
06-10-2012, 10:50 PM
Zach just isn't funny, ever. It's not you.
Nah, it's her. Obvious mult is obvious.

Clay's Mult
06-10-2012, 10:53 PM
haters gonna hate!

bedtime

*kisses*

Baconeater
06-10-2012, 10:54 PM
:facepalm:

luv
06-11-2012, 06:37 AM
This is a boring ass mult. Be more creative.

Just like the other mult a few days ago, this one has no posting history beyond yesterday. There's a mod that must be really bored.

luv
06-11-2012, 06:41 AM
Anyway, back to the cruise. Looked through some of the excursions, and there's one in Cozumel that looks awesome. Beach buggy to a few different places (lagoon, a Mayan ruin, an old lighthouse, and then the beach where you can snorkel). It's $100 though. The buggies are also manual transmission, which I can't drive. One of the friends I'm going with can, but they're not sure they want to do any of the excursions.

bevischief
06-11-2012, 06:48 AM
C'mon. I've never heard anything bad about a cruise.

My grandma broke her arm due to bad weather on one.

Fire Me Boy!
06-11-2012, 07:36 AM
Anyway, back to the cruise. Looked through some of the excursions, and there's one in Cozumel that looks awesome. Beach buggy to a few different places (lagoon, a Mayan ruin, an old lighthouse, and then the beach where you can snorkel). It's $100 though. The buggies are also manual transmission, which I can't drive. One of the friends I'm going with can, but they're not sure they want to do any of the excursions.

That's the excursion my wife and I went on for our honeymoon. As he designated driver (the only one in the Jeep that could drive a stick), it was freakin' awesome. It had rained fairly recently when we went so mud was everywhere - when we actually started heading to the ferry, the group leaders wouldn't let anyone get onto the off-road section until we did donuts in the mud. They actually turned one older couple around to do it again since they just drove very slowly in a circle. ROFL

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 08:04 AM
Anyway, back to the cruise. Looked through some of the excursions, and there's one in Cozumel that looks awesome. Beach buggy to a few different places (lagoon, a Mayan ruin, an old lighthouse, and then the beach where you can snorkel). It's $100 though. The buggies are also manual transmission, which I can't drive. One of the friends I'm going with can, but they're not sure they want to do any of the excursions.

You may have already posted it, but what boat are you going on?

J Diddy
06-11-2012, 08:05 AM
You may have already posted it, but what boat are you going on?

Duh!


The Luv Boat.

Swanman
06-11-2012, 08:06 AM
Anyway, back to the cruise. Looked through some of the excursions, and there's one in Cozumel that looks awesome. Beach buggy to a few different places (lagoon, a Mayan ruin, an old lighthouse, and then the beach where you can snorkel). It's $100 though. The buggies are also manual transmission, which I can't drive. One of the friends I'm going with can, but they're not sure they want to do any of the excursions.

If you want to just walk around during the excursions, a good place to look for restaurants and such would be Tripadvisor. You will find that when you walk off the boat, you will see a shitload of diamond stores, trinket stores and overpriced restaurants. The ship will most likely pimp a restaurant or two, and I would avoid those since every idiot on the ship that did no research will end up going there. You can also likely find ratings on the different excursions that the ship offers.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 08:08 AM
If you want to just walk around during the excursions, a good place to look for restaurants and such would be Tripadvisor. You will find that when you walk off the boat, you will see a shitload of diamond stores, trinket stores and overpriced restaurants. The ship will most likely pimp a restaurant or two, and I would avoid those since every idiot on the ship that did no research will end up going there. You can also likely find ratings on the different excursions that the ship offers.

Who wouldn't want to buy 5 t-shirts for $20? Wooden carvings painted with shoe polish? DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL AGHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh

Deberg_1990
06-11-2012, 08:27 AM
Kind of what I'm thinking. Well, minus the sex part.

Dont sell yourself short...you never know who you might meet on the ship.

luv
06-11-2012, 08:37 AM
You may have already posted it, but what boat are you going on?

Elation. I've heard it's one of their smaller ships, but I'm okay with that. :)

Old Dog
06-11-2012, 08:42 AM
Smaller than some, but you're still talking about a ship nearly 3 football fields in length with over 2,000 passengers and 900 crew members. It ain't exactly a bass boat.

hawkchief
06-11-2012, 08:56 AM
I've traveled all over the world, 36 countries and counting. I have NEVER done a cruise, wanted to cruise, or will cruise.

Cruise lovers remind me of the RV crowd. I don't want to be stuck on a ship in a tiny room with a bunch of people I may not like, eating and drinking all day, run around visiting islands on someone else's schedule, and play stupid group games or events like camp for adults. On top of it, pay too much money.....

P.S. The cruise ship industry hasn't exactly been getting good press lately with all the mishaps

Perfect description of a cruise. What a waste of time and $. So many better things to do.

Simply Red
06-11-2012, 09:00 AM
Not trying to shit on the thread, but there are a lot of inaccuracies here, first of all **** a cruise, go all-inclusive, such as a sandals, only stay at a less commercial location, NOT names Sandals.

Additionally the 'Pay' restaurant on a cruise ARE very very pricey, but also, it was the best part of the cruises I've been on.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:01 AM
Elation. I've heard it's one of their smaller ships, but I'm okay with that. :)

I went on the Carnival Sensation which is the same class as the Elation.

It's "smaller", but not small.

Fish
06-11-2012, 09:01 AM
What's the worst that could happen?

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Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:02 AM
Not trying to shit on the thread, but there are a lot of inaccuracies here, first of all **** a cruise, go all-inclusive, such as a sandals, only stay at a less commercial location, NOT names Sandals.

Additionally the 'Pay' restaurant on a cruise ARE very very pricey, but also, it was the best part of the cruises I've been on.

I've done both, I prefer cruising.

Agree w/ you on the upcharge restaurants, they are usually very good. I don't think they are that expensive though.

luv
06-11-2012, 09:07 AM
I know cruises aren't everyone's cup of tea, so I'm just ignoring the naysayers. It's something I've never done before, I'm going to places I've never been, and I'll be spending a week with my second family. The last part alone is worth the money I'm spending (which isn't all that much for the cruise itself).

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:08 AM
I know cruises aren't everyone's cup of tea, so I'm just ignoring the naysayers. It's something I've never done before, I'm going to places I've never been, and I'll be spending a week with my second family. The last part alone is worth the money I'm spending (which isn't all that much for the cruise itself).

By addressing them, you are not ignoring them.

HTH, gl;hf

Simply Red
06-11-2012, 09:08 AM
I don't think they are that expensive though.

Not really - considering where you are - but for some would be.

We ate at the one on Carnival - the restaurant was called Davids. It was really good, it was around $160 IIRC - in that neighborhood, anyway.

But we ate and drank really well. Steaks and liquors.

Simply Red
06-11-2012, 09:10 AM
I know cruises aren't everyone's cup of tea, so I'm just ignoring the naysayers. It's something I've never done before, I'm going to places I've never been, and I'll be spending a week with my second family. The last part alone is worth the money I'm spending (which isn't all that much for the cruise itself).

just a preference, a lot of people LOVE to cruise, it's just 'again' personal preference.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:16 AM
just a preference, a lot of people LOVE to cruise, it's just 'again' personal preference.

I suppose I love it because I don't really need to go on an "adventure" for my vacation.

I like to not have to think about where i'm going and what i'm doing each day during my vacation, and a cruise does just that.

All-inclusive fits that bill too, except I like the feeling of the boat. Traveling on a huge ship like that is pretty unique, and neat. :)

Simply Red
06-11-2012, 09:18 AM
I suppose I love it because I don't really need to go on an "adventure" for my vacation.

I like to not have to think about where i'm going and what i'm doing each day during my vacation, and a cruise does just that.

All-inclusive fits that bill too, except I like the feeling of the boat. Traveling on a huge ship like that is pretty unique, and neat. :)

yeah, you & I have had a discussion about this, before, I remember you'd said that.

luv
06-11-2012, 09:30 AM
I suppose I love it because I don't really need to go on an "adventure" for my vacation.

I like to not have to think about where i'm going and what i'm doing each day during my vacation, and a cruise does just that.

All-inclusive fits that bill too, except I like the feeling of the boat. Traveling on a huge ship like that is pretty unique, and neat. :)

That will be different for me. I'm so used to trying to plan out every detail of a trip. We're having a "family meeting" soon to go over specifics, which I'm making a list of questions for as I check out the site. We'll see who wants to go on which excursions, if any, who wants to do what on the ship, etc. I've only found the one excursion that I want to go on, and there's a spa treatment that I wouldn't mind doing (however, I may just do the mani/pedi before we leave, as it'll be cheaper that way). Also figuring out what I'll need to take clothes-wise, too.

I can't wear shorts or jeans to dinner, if I understand this correctly. Is there a night where it's a bit more formal?

Bearcat
06-11-2012, 09:30 AM
I think particularly in the Midwest, you're going to find a lot of people who think they're far too expensive.... but, there's a ton of stuff to do on and off the ship.

I'm going on one this summer... I have mixed feelings about being on vacation with 3000 other people. Got a room with a balcony, and we'll probably go off on our own during some of the excursions. The ship has ice skating, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, a movie theater and Broadway theater, mini golf... it's pretty crazy.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:31 AM
That will be different for me. I'm so used to trying to plan out every detail of a trip. We're having a "family meeting" soon to go over specifics, which I'm making a list of questions for as I check out the site. We'll see who wants to go on which excursions, if any, who wants to do what on the ship, etc. I've only found the one excursion that I want to go on, and there's a spa treatment that I wouldn't mind doing (however, I may just do the mani/pedi before we leave, as it'll be cheaper that way). Also figuring out what I'll need to take clothes-wise, too.

I can't wear shorts or jeans to dinner, if I understand this correctly. Is there a night where it's a bit more formal?

You can wear jeans to dinner if you want, no one will care. There is a formal night.

Bearcat
06-11-2012, 09:35 AM
That will be different for me. I'm so used to trying to plan out every detail of a trip. We're having a "family meeting" soon to go over specifics, which I'm making a list of questions for as I check out the site. We'll see who wants to go on which excursions, if any, who wants to do what on the ship, etc. I've only found the one excursion that I want to go on, and there's a spa treatment that I wouldn't mind doing (however, I may just do the mani/pedi before we leave, as it'll be cheaper that way). Also figuring out what I'll need to take clothes-wise, too.

I can't wear shorts or jeans to dinner, if I understand this correctly. Is there a night where it's a bit more formal?

Oh, you're not packed yet? :evil:

Yeah, there's probably a formal night, but I've heard it's not required everywhere on the ship... I just googled the ship I'll be on and found a lot of information that way (mostly the cruise critic site and of course the cruise line's site). I think the general recommendation is to sign up for excursions a few weeks ahead of time, so you have plenty of time to figure out that stuff.

ChiefButthurt
06-11-2012, 09:35 AM
I'm looking forward to relaxing. People say that the scenery is wonderful. Looking forward to watching some sunrises and sunsets. Also looking forward to doing a little shopping while at port. There are also activities I can do if I need to exercise. I've got an inside cabin (without the ocean view, whatever they're called), but I really don't plan on being in the room except for sleeping anyway. I think we're on the second floor from the top, too. Gambling isn't my thing, so I will be losing my money elsewhere. :)


Try to limit your time on the topless sun deck(yes it really exists), unless of course you remember to bring your suntan lotion. The captain will give you 50% off your next cruise if you spend an agreed amount of time topless. Watch out for the perverts that offer to rub stuff on your back.

luv
06-11-2012, 09:36 AM
You can wear jeans to dinner if you want, no one will care. There is a formal night.

How formal is formal? I did see where they have a formal wear rental on the ship.

Swanman
06-11-2012, 09:38 AM
I can't wear shorts or jeans to dinner, if I understand this correctly. Is there a night where it's a bit more formal?

That depends on the boat. If you are going Carnival, I imagine that would be more relaxed than many. I did an Alaskan cruise on Princess and if you wanted, you could eat at their buffets for every meal and wear whatever you wanted. We did the seated dinners each night, which I would recommend as the food was very good, as well as the service. At the dinners, I wore business casual clothes and fit right in. On the formal nights, I just added a blazer and it was all good. Women wore everything from sundresses to evening gowns. I did see people in jeans and shorts on the formal nights in the dining room and no one said anything.

luv
06-11-2012, 09:39 AM
Oh, you're not packed yet? :evil:

Yeah, there's probably a formal night, but I've heard it's not required everywhere on the ship... I just googled the ship I'll be on and found a lot of information that way (mostly the cruise critic site and of course the cruise line's site). I think the general recommendation is to sign up for excursions a few weeks ahead of time, so you have plenty of time to figure out that stuff.

Yeah, getting ready to head to the critic site now. Not a lot of that kind of info on the Carnival site.

And no, not packed yet. But only because I apparently have a little shopping to do. :p

ChiefButthurt
06-11-2012, 09:40 AM
How formal is formal? I did see where they have a formal wear rental on the ship.

Some take the opportunity to really dress up....others just wear something nice. We just wore something nice, others looked like they didn't get out much and wanted to go to extremes for a dinner.

listopencil
06-11-2012, 10:12 AM
I remember my first cruise. From GITMO to Norfolk.

The accommodations left a great deal to be desired, but the price was right. :D

Hah. My first cruise started off the coast of France and ended up in San Diego.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 10:19 AM
Yeah, getting ready to head to the critic site now. Not a lot of that kind of info on the Carnival site.

And no, not packed yet. But only because I apparently have a little shopping to do. :p

Cruise critic gives you all the information you could want, and more.

Formal night = dress.

Rain Man
06-11-2012, 10:24 AM
Did you post your itinerary yet? Maybe I missed it.

Old Dog
06-11-2012, 10:35 AM
"Formal/cruise elegant" night will be your second night and you'll see everything from jeans and a polo shirt to tuxes.

luv
06-11-2012, 10:53 AM
Did you post your itinerary yet? Maybe I missed it.

Monday - 4pm - leave
Tuesday - at sea
Wednesday - 8am-4pm - Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Thursday - 9am-4pm - Cozumel, Mexico
Friday - at sea
Saturday - 8am - return

tooge
06-11-2012, 10:54 AM
Out of New Orleans, and to a couple of places including Cazumel(sp?). People I'm going with gave me the booking number, but Carnival's site has been down every time I've tried getting on it.

So let me get this right. You are leaving New Orleans to go somewhere with live music nightly and lots of food and parties? K

luv
06-11-2012, 10:58 AM
So let me get this right. You are leaving New Orleans to go somewhere with live music nightly and lots of food and parties? K

No. I'm leaving NO to go somewhere with Mayan ruins, Exotic beaches, and that is a foreign country. The music, food, and parties are just part of the transportation.

DaKCMan AP
06-11-2012, 10:59 AM
Don't listen to all of the negative nancy's. Most of them don't have a clue.

I've been on 7 cruises all in the Carribbean. I have also traveled all over the US and have traveled internationally - so I have plenty to compare them to.

Cruises can be extremely fun. You eat. You drink. You party. You get entertained. You can gamble (if that's your thing). You visit locations, which some can be cool. It's really what you make of it. It can be active, it can be idle and relaxing. I choose not to cruise now because I am focused on other types of vacations but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy each and every cruise that I've been on.

tooge
06-11-2012, 11:01 AM
I'd rather go places I've never heard of.

you mean like the same place to eat every day on the ship? I hope you have a great time, but for the cost of a cruise, you could spend two or three more days seeing and doing really cool things in any number of cities. You could eat at different places every day, take in the real local culture, etc. A cruise is basically the same thing every day and it is all overpriced.

tooge
06-11-2012, 11:04 AM
Don't listen to all of the negative nancy's. Most of them don't have a clue.

I've been on 7 cruises all in the Carribbean. I have also traveled all over the US and have traveled internationally - so I have plenty to compare them to.

Cruises can be extremely fun. You eat. You drink. You party. You get entertained. You can gamble (if that's your thing). You visit locations, which some can be cool. It's really what you make of it. It can be active, it can be idle and relaxing. I choose not to cruise now because I am focused on other types of vacations but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy each and every cruise that I've been on.

the difference is that you can do all of those things for much less moolah, and do it all on your own schedule. I've been on one, and yeah it was great for about 2 days. Lots of food and chillin by a pool. But, the ports of call are all very similar and you are on the ships schedule. You may have the time of your life though, so give it a go. To each their own.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 11:11 AM
the difference is that you can do all of those things for much less moolah, and do it all on your own schedule. I've been on one, and yeah it was great for about 2 days. Lots of food and chillin by a pool. But, the ports of call are all very similar and you are on the ships schedule. You may have the time of your life though, so give it a go. To each their own.

Cruising on Carnival really isn't expensive.

DaKCMan AP
06-11-2012, 11:12 AM
the difference is that you can do all of those things for much less moolah, and do it all on your own schedule. I've been on one, and yeah it was great for about 2 days. Lots of food and chillin by a pool. But, the ports of call are all very similar and you are on the ships schedule. You may have the time of your life though, so give it a go. To each their own.

It's a different type of vacation. I've been on some cruises where the cost for me is under $100/day. When you consider that includes endless amounts of food, hotel, and entertainment it's not crazy expensive.

Hell, my airfare to Peru was $1000 alone and looking to go to South Africa will run me $1500-$1800 for flights.

Deberg_1990
06-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Cruising on Carnival really isn't expensive.

this. Carnival is the JetBlue of the cruising industry.

tooge
06-11-2012, 11:17 AM
if she's going on a cruise, she's gonna have to get her shit packed in advance

Rain Man
06-11-2012, 11:18 AM
Monday - 4pm - leave
Tuesday - at sea
Wednesday - 8am-4pm - Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Thursday - 9am-4pm - Cozumel, Mexico
Friday - at sea
Saturday - 8am - return

Nice.

I like having days just at sea. To me, that's the most relaxing part, and I view cruises more as a relaxation vacation than an exploration vacation. However, others may have a different view, and probably most do.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 11:20 AM
Nice.

I like having days just at sea. To me, that's the most relaxing part, and I view cruises more as a relaxation vacation than an exploration vacation. However, others may have a different view, and probably most do.

That's how I see it.

Phobia
06-11-2012, 11:33 AM
The only problem I see with this cruise is that it's designed to relax. The individual cruiser in question is frantically attempting to plan a schedule when that's not really what a cruise is for. By all means, go. Have a great time. Relax and enjoy yourself. Don't schedule every waking moment.

luv
06-11-2012, 11:35 AM
if she's going on a cruise, she's gonna have to get her shit packed in advance

Don't think I'm not already starting my list. :D

sedated
06-11-2012, 11:39 AM
The only thing I’ve heard about cruises is that, if you are going with people, take walkie-talkies. Your cell phones won’t work out there and you’ll want to be able to find your mates.

luv
06-11-2012, 11:41 AM
The only thing I’ve heard about cruises is that, if you are going with people, take walkie-talkies. Your cell phones won’t work out there and you’ll want to be able to find your mates.

I've read that cell phones do work, but that international charges may apply. I like the walkie-talkie idea.

qabbaan
06-11-2012, 11:56 AM
Cruising is very American... overeating and getting drunk, slugging around all day. And for young people probably banging some stranger. You could see a new city in Europe for what you pay for a buffet and a deckchair on a cruise. Which will you remember more fondly when you are old - seeing one of the great cities in the world, or that week you shoveled unlimited crablegs and barfed daquiris in the toilet in your bunk?

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 12:09 PM
Cruising is very American... overeating and getting drunk, slugging around all day. And for young people probably banging some stranger. You could see a new city in Europe for what you pay for a buffet and a deckchair on a cruise. Which will you remember more fondly when you are old - seeing one of the great cities in the world, or that week you shoveled unlimited crablegs and barfed daquiris in the toilet in your bunk?

A roundtrip ticket from Kansas City to anywhere in Europe is pretty fucking expensive. Probably comparable to the amount I would pay for airfare+cruisefare+pre/post hotel.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 12:11 PM
I've read that cell phones do work, but that international charges may apply. I like the walkie-talkie idea.

Yeah, pro tip, put your cell phone on airplane mode and leave it on until you get back to the USA.

Old Dog
06-11-2012, 12:11 PM
C'mon Saul. Don't let facts get in the way of their argument.

Graystoke
06-11-2012, 12:22 PM
Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico

Five day cruise.

You will like Cozumel. If you have the whole day I recomend getting away from where the Cruzero's (like yourself) get dropped of and heading to the South of the Island (Punta Sur) and find yourself a nice little bar on the beach.
If you have just a half day go to the Baracauda and just swim and drink Bloody Mary's.

Does the Cruise go to Playa De Carmen?

loochy
06-11-2012, 12:33 PM
haters gonna hate!

bedtime

*kisses*

Claythan? Is that you?

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 12:37 PM
You will like Cozumel. If you have the whole day I recomend getting away from where the Cruzero's (like yourself) get dropped of and heading to the South of the Island (Punta Sur) and find yourself a nice little bar on the beach.
If you have just a half day go to the Baracauda and just swim and drink Bloody Mary's.

Does the Cruise go to Playa De Carmen?

More often than not you have to take a ferry to Playa de Carmen.

luv
06-11-2012, 12:40 PM
You will like Cozumel. If you have the whole day I recomend getting away from where the Cruzero's (like yourself) get dropped of and heading to the South of the Island (Punta Sur) and find yourself a nice little bar on the beach.
If you have just a half day go to the Baracauda and just swim and drink Bloody Mary's.

Does the Cruise go to Playa De Carmen?

The beach buggy excursion that I posted about that I want to go on ends up at Punta Sur where I can snorkel or just get drinks and lay on the beach. The only two ports are the two I listed. Is Playa De Carmen close to either of those places?

Phobia
06-11-2012, 12:44 PM
Claythan? Is that you?

Yes.

Swanman
06-11-2012, 12:48 PM
Cruising is very American... overeating and getting drunk, slugging around all day. And for young people probably banging some stranger. You could see a new city in Europe for what you pay for a buffet and a deckchair on a cruise. Which will you remember more fondly when you are old - seeing one of the great cities in the world, or that week you shoveled unlimited crablegs and barfed daquiris in the toilet in your bunk?

I have done both so fuck off.

NewChief
06-11-2012, 12:57 PM
A roundtrip ticket from Kansas City to anywhere in Europe is pretty ****ing expensive. Probably comparable to the amount I would pay for airfare+cruisefare+pre/post hotel.

No shit. I agree with the guy's general values he's espousing, but he clearly has no clue how much a cruise costs (or even better, an all inclusive somewhere in the Caribbean) vs. a trip to Europe. I'm all for adventure travel and dislike much of the culture of the All Inclusive homoegenization... but it's definitely economical (not to mention incredibly convenient) in comparison to trying to do it on your own.

Graystoke
06-11-2012, 01:00 PM
The beach buggy excursion that I posted about that I want to go on ends up at Punta Sur where I can snorkel or just get drinks and lay on the beach. The only two ports are the two I listed. Is Playa De Carmen close to either of those places?

You have to take the Ferry across...20-25 minute ride. I would go snorkel and lay on the beach at Punta Sur. But there is awesome food in Playa and great nudity.

seclark
06-11-2012, 01:11 PM
isn't it playa "del" carmen?
just curious...actually couldn't care less.
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Graystoke
06-11-2012, 01:14 PM
isn't it playa "del" carmen?
just curious...actually couldn't care less.
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You are correct. My mistake.

DaKCMan AP
06-11-2012, 01:37 PM
Cruising is very American... overeating and getting drunk, slugging around all day. And for young people probably banging some stranger. You could see a new city in Europe for what you pay for a buffet and a deckchair on a cruise. Which will you remember more fondly when you are old - seeing one of the great cities in the world, or that week you shoveled unlimited crablegs and barfed daquiris in the toilet in your bunk?

I agree with your premise and prefer my international travel sans cruise - but your facts are way, way off. You can generally purchase an entire cruise for less than just the airfare to travel overseas. I'm lucky that I can travel wherever I want without concern for the price but most people (especially those my age) can't.

Great Expectations
06-11-2012, 01:45 PM
No shit. I agree with the guy's general values he's espousing, but he clearly has no clue how much a cruise costs (or even better, an all inclusive somewhere in the Caribbean) vs. a trip to Europe. I'm all for adventure travel and dislike much of the culture of the All Inclusive homoegenization... but it's definitely economical (not to mention incredibly convenient) in comparison to trying to do it on your own.

The convenience is what I love about all-inclusive. I miss some of the fun with eating at local establishments, but it is so easy especially if you are traveling with a group to go eat and drink while not worrying about a thing.

NewChief
06-11-2012, 01:49 PM
The convenience is what I love about all-inclusive. I miss some of the fun with eating at local establishments, but it is so easy especially if you are traveling with a group to go eat and drink while not worrying about a thing.

When I didn't have children and a demanding career, I would spend months leading up to my vacation (sometimes a year) planning all sorts of things. I would get online and try to interact with locals and find out places to go and things to do/see. I'd read books and literature and all sorts of stuff about my destination.

Sadly, I just don't have the time for that any longer. I can book my tickets and reservation, and I can do some minimum research. Beyond that, I'm usually not going into "travel mode" and seriously thinking about the trip until we depart our house for the airport or get in the car to start driving. As such, the ease of all-inclusives or just traveling to somewhere I'm familiar has greater appeal at this time in my life. At some point, I hope that I'll be able to really commit the time and energy to more interesting travel, but it's not in the cards currently.

Donger
06-11-2012, 01:50 PM
Floating prison, that you pay for.

Bearcat
06-11-2012, 01:55 PM
Floating prison, that you pay for.

ROFL

Bearcat
06-11-2012, 02:03 PM
Some of the reviews online are pretty hilarious... from people who go on several cruises a year, yet bitch about every little thing (not that it's much different than reading reviews about anything else). One person said they "experienced minimal disdain" at one of the ports.

Insufferable people are funny.

qabbaan
06-11-2012, 02:11 PM
I agree with your premise and prefer my international travel sans cruise - but your facts are way, way off. You can generally purchase an entire cruise for less than just the airfare to travel overseas. I'm lucky that I can travel wherever I want without concern for the price but most people (especially those my age) can't.

Fares to LHR in the $900 range are readily available. You'd have to get yourself to a major city first, but she is taking a regional flight to New Orleans just the same. Of course I don't deny that Europe would be more expensive but not that much more expensive, and so much more meaningful.

Budget Travel is a great mag, if anyone is interested in travel. There was a package on their website this morning for Aruba - 4 nights from $1100 per person for two, round trip air from Miami included.

DaKCMan AP
06-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Fares to LHR in the $900 range are readily available. You'd have to get yourself to a major city first, but she is taking a regional flight to New Orleans just the same. Of course I don't deny that Europe would be more expensive but not that much more expensive, and so much more meaningful.

Budget Travel is a great mag, if anyone is interested in travel. There was a package on their website this morning for Aruba - 4 nights from $1100 per person for two, round trip air from Miami included.

I guess it's different since I live in FL so it costs $0 to get to the port. I can go on a cruise for less than the $900 airfare. I don't disagree with your meaningful argument and I'm not stating otherwise. I've been on 1 cruise in the past 3 years (and only because it was a "family" trip over new years that didn't cost me vacation time from work) while in the same time I've traveled to Canada, Israel, Peru, and Spain.

NewChief
06-11-2012, 02:46 PM
If you haven't ever read David Foster Wallace's essay about his experience on a cruise ship, do so.

http://harpers.org/media/pdf/dfw/HarpersMagazine-1996-01-0007859.pdf

Some classic quotes:

“I have now seen sucrose beaches and water a very bright blue. I have seen an all-red leisure suit with flared lapels. I have smelled suntan lotion spread over 2,100 pounds of hot flesh. I have been addressed as "Mon" in three different nations. I have seen 500 upscale Americans dance the Electric Slide. I have seen sunsets that looked computer-enhanced. I have (very briefly) joined a conga line.”



“From the line, watching, three things are striking: (a) what on TV is a brisk crack is here a whooming roar that apparently is what a shotgun really sounds like; (b) trapshooting looks comparatively easy, because now the stocky older guy who's replaced the trim bearded guy at the rail is also blowing these little fluorescent plates away one after the other, so that a steady rain of lumpy orange crud is falling into the Nadir's wake; (c) a clay pigeon, when shot, undergoes a frighteningly familiar-looking midflight peripeteia -- erupting material, changing vector, and plummeting seaward in a corkscrewy way that all eerily recalls footage of the 1986 Challenger disaster.

All the shooters who precede me seem to fire with a kind of casual scorn, and all get eight out of ten or above. But it turns out that, of these six guys, three have military-combat backgrounds, another two are L. L. Bean-model-type brothers who spend weeks every year hunting various fast-flying species with their "Papa" in southern Canada, and the last has got not only his own earmuffs, plus his own shotgun in a special crushed-velvet-lined case, but also his own trapshooting range in his backyard (31) in North Carolina. When it's finally my turn, the earmuffs they give me have somebody else's ear-oil on them and don't fit my head very well. The gun itself is shockingly heavy and stinks of what I'm told is cordite, small pubic spirals of which are still exiting the barrel from the Korea-vet who preceded me and is tied for first with 10/10. The two brothers are the only entrants even near my age; both got scores of 9/10 and are now appraising me coolly from identical prep-school-slouch positions against the starboard rail. The Greek NCOs seem extremely bored. I am handed the heavy gun and told to "be bracing a hip" against the aft rail and then to place the stock of the weapon against, no, not the shoulder of my hold-the-gun arm but the shoulder of my pull-the-trigger arm. (My initial error in this latter regard results in a severely distorted aim that makes the Greek by the catapult do a rather neat drop-and-roll.)

Let's not spend a lot of time drawing this whole incident out. Let me simply say that, yes, my own trapshooting score was noticeably lower than the other entrants' scores, then simply make a few disinterested observations for the benefit of any novice contemplating trapshooting from a 7NC Megaship, and then we'll move on: (1) A certain level of displayed ineptitude with a firearm will cause everyone who knows anything about firearms to converge on you all at the same time with cautions and advice and handy tips. (2) A lot of the advice in (1) boils down to exhortations to "lead" the launched pigeon, but nobody explains whether this means that the gun's barrel should move across the sky with the pigeon or should instead sort of lie in static ambush along some point in the pigeon's projected path. (3) Whatever a "hair trigger" is, a shotgun does not have one. (4) If you've never fired a gun before, the urge to close your eyes at the precise moment of concussion is, for all practical purposes, irresistible. (5) The well-known "kick" of a fired shotgun is no misnomer; it knocks you back several steps with your arms pinwheeling wildly for balance, which when you're holding a still-loaded gun results in mass screaming and ducking and then on the next shot a conspicuous thinning of the crowd in the 9-Aft gallery above. Finally, (6), know that an unshot discus's movement against the vast lapis lazuli dome of the open ocean's sky is sun-like -- i.e., orange and parabolic and right-to-left -- and that its disappearance into the sea is edge-first and splashless and sad.”



“I have pointed rhythmically at the ceiling to the two-four beat of the same disco music I hated pointing at the ceiling to in 1977.”



“Organized shuffleboard has always filled me with dread. Everything about it suggests infirm senescence and death: it's a game played on the skin of a void, and the rasp of the sliding puck is the sound of that skin getting abraded away bit by bit.

Molitoth
06-11-2012, 02:48 PM
I just watched the movie "Titanic" for the very first time last night, and I have to say I'm not looking forward to a cruise anytime soon.

(Although I do realize that the odds of that happening in this day and age are like .003%)

ps: (and I wouldn't be cruising around up near icebergs)

Bearcat
06-11-2012, 03:15 PM
I just watched the movie "Titanic" for the very first time last night, and I have to say I'm not looking forward to a cruise anytime soon.

(Although I do realize that the odds of that happening in this day and age are like .003%)

ps: (and I wouldn't be cruising around up near icebergs)

They have ~14 day transatlantic cruises...


Barcelona, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Fun Day at Sea
Malaga, Spain
Fun Day at Sea
Las Palmas,Canary Is
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Antigua
St. Maarten, NA
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Miami, FL

...that's a lot of cruising.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 03:54 PM
Fares to LHR in the $900 range are readily available. You'd have to get yourself to a major city first, but she is taking a regional flight to New Orleans just the same. Of course I don't deny that Europe would be more expensive but not that much more expensive, and so much more meaningful.

Budget Travel is a great mag, if anyone is interested in travel. There was a package on their website this morning for Aruba - 4 nights from $1100 per person for two, round trip air from Miami included.

For a 7 night cruise I normally pay anywhere from $500-$700pp. Airfare to the port, no more than $300pp RT.

So, yeah, about the cost of an airline ticket to Europe.

Rain Man
06-11-2012, 03:59 PM
I must say, I'm shocked at the prices of airfares to Europe these days. I've generally been able to go in the past for $500 to $700 round trip, and a ticket from Denver to Paris these days clocks in at over $1,400. That's painful.

PunkinDrublic
06-11-2012, 05:51 PM
I must say, I'm shocked at the prices of airfares to Europe these days. I've generally been able to go in the past for $500 to $700 round trip, and a ticket from Denver to Paris these days clocks in at over $1,400. That's painful.

Yup, I paid abou $1300 for my round trip ticket to Madrid from Dallas that I'm going on next month and I bought it back in February. I would still rather do that than a cruise though.

Joe Seahawk
06-11-2012, 06:09 PM
You have to take the Ferry across...20-25 minute ride. I would go snorkel and lay on the beach at Punta Sur. But there is awesome food in Playa and great nudity.


The webcam is down.. bummer

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=2242761#post2242761

Count Zarth
06-11-2012, 07:12 PM
Yes.

Shit. Guess the fun's over.

FYI, that girl is real. I was prepared to have her "prove" it with multiple pictures of her assets. At Chiefs games.

Gracie Dean
06-12-2012, 05:11 PM
Cruising is awesome. We have been on 8. If I can get my levels stabilized, we will try to go on one in March. We have done inside cabin mostly, have done one window and on the Freedom of the Seas we did a window overlooking the main walk way. This time around, we are going to do the Balcony only because it could quite likely be our (my) last cruise. We usually go Western Caribbean but have done Encenada (sp) Mexico and the Bahamas. We will do Western again as that is our favorite. I agree with those that mentioned Cruise Critic. Very useful information. Smuggling bottles is useless anymore, they will get taken and you might get it back the last night of the cruise. Security is much tighter now than it used to be.

luv
06-16-2012, 11:02 AM
There's no way I can go financially or logistically, but the Chiefs are paying in New Orleans the day after our cruise gets back. How awesome would that have been to be able to go to?

luv
09-14-2012, 07:57 AM
I'm all packed and ready to go! I just have to get through work.

We're driving to Baton Rouge tonight. The people I'm going with have family there, so we have a place to crash. Going to Death Valley Saturday night. My second ever college football game, and neither have been Mizzou. Sunday morning, we're heading on down to New Orleans, and our cruise leaves out Monday afternoon. I'm so excited, I can hardly sit still!

hometeam
09-14-2012, 08:06 AM
Get your money back. One of those most useless things I have ever done with a big stack of money.

Stewie
09-14-2012, 08:12 AM
They have ~14 day transatlantic cruises...


Barcelona, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Fun Day at Sea
Malaga, Spain
Fun Day at Sea
Las Palmas,Canary Is
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Antigua
St. Maarten, NA
Fun Day at Sea
Fun Day at Sea
Miami, FL

...that's a lot of cruising.

Aren't those cruises less expensive? I think cruise lines offer transatlantic cruises when they're moving ships from the Mediterranean to the Carribean and vice versa during cruising season changes. That is, however, too much time on a boat for me.

Deberg_1990
09-14-2012, 08:13 AM
I'm all packed and ready to go! I just have to get through work.

We're driving to Baton Rouge tonight. The people I'm going with have family there, so we have a place to crash. Going to Death Valley Saturday night. My second ever college football game, and neither have been Mizzou. Sunday morning, we're heading on down to New Orleans, and our cruise leaves out Monday afternoon. I'm so excited, I can hardly sit still!

Nice. Have a great time. I cant wait to hear all your hedonistic tales of debauchery when you return!

Mr. Flopnuts
09-14-2012, 08:32 AM
Floating prison, that you pay for.

LMAO Classic!

Dayze
09-14-2012, 08:47 AM
watch your cornhole, Luv

Fire Me Boy!
09-14-2012, 09:20 AM
I'm all packed and ready to go! I just have to get through work.

We're driving to Baton Rouge tonight. The people I'm going with have family there, so we have a place to crash. Going to Death Valley Saturday night. My second ever college football game, and neither have been Mizzou. Sunday morning, we're heading on down to New Orleans, and our cruise leaves out Monday afternoon. I'm so excited, I can hardly sit still!

While in Baton Rouge, find a place on Government Street called The Jambalaya Shoppe (there's a few in BR, but you want the one on Government Street). A friend who's spent the last 30 years in BR took me there in March (and I went back two days ago while driving through). Cheap food, but authentic and great. It looks like a dump, but it's amazing. Try the crawfish pies - they're small, kinda like crawfish etouffee pot pie.

Inspector
09-14-2012, 10:15 AM
Have a great time!

When I was a kid we used to cruise up and down Blue Ridge, stopping at Paul's for onion rings. But that's quite a bit different than the one you're going on. Well, except they may have onion rings.

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 07:55 AM
WELL HOW WAS IT

luv
09-25-2012, 08:13 AM
WELL HOW WAS IT

Absolutely loved it! The entire vacation was pure heaven, but I absolutely fell in love with cruising. Can't wait to do it again next year.

The family I went went has several people who can sing, so we went to karaoke after dinner the first night. That's where the guy running it suggested that two people with us try out for the Legends show on the last night of the cruise. They had 10 people dress up as different legends and perform. My best friend was Bruce Springsteen singing Born in the USA (which he hated singing), and his aunt was Cher singing If I Could Turn Back Time. It was a blast to watch.

I didn't frequent the casino other than when I was looking for people in our party. I'm not much of a gambler. I ended up spending too much money on some professional pictures. Also, I ended up buying dad two 1L bottles of Captain Morgan's Preferred Stock for $35 (total). Got him a bottle of tequila at one of the port stores in Progreso.

We rented a couple of Jeeps in Cozumel, and found an awesome spot on a public beach. The reef there was dead, but there were still a ton of fish living in it. It was also my first time snorkeling. So much fun!

The food was amazing. I tried so many different things I'd never had before. Also, it was kind of nice being rocked to sleep by the slight sway of the boat. I think I might miss that the most.

luv
09-25-2012, 08:18 AM
I should also add in here that I loved the French Quarter in New Orleans. We stayed in a nice little hotel about two blocks from Bourbon Street. I'm kind of glad that we were there on a Sunday night. It was a little more risque than I had imagined. It was fun though. We walked around a ton and took the trolley to various parts of town, too.

Monday morning, before heading to the boat, we had beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde in the French Market. YUM!

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 08:21 AM
I can still feel the boat swaying a few days after a cruise, it's weird.

luv
09-25-2012, 08:24 AM
I can still feel the boat swaying a few days after a cruise, it's weird.

Yeah, I got up Sunday morning after getting back home, and I could still feel it as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror.

I'm so ready to get back on the boat.

Graystoke
09-25-2012, 08:24 AM
So you liked Cozumel?
Did you hit any of the pubs there?

Deberg_1990
09-25-2012, 08:24 AM
Absolutely loved it! The entire vacation was pure heaven, but I absolutely fell in love with cruising. Can't wait to do it again next year.

The family I went went has several people who can sing, so we went to karaoke after dinner the first night. That's where the guy running it suggested that two people with us try out for the Legends show on the last night of the cruise. They had 10 people dress up as different legends and perform. My best friend was Bruce Springsteen singing Born in the USA (which he hated singing), and his aunt was Cher singing If I Could Turn Back Time. It was a blast to watch.

I didn't frequent the casino other than when I was looking for people in our party. I'm not much of a gambler. I ended up spending too much money on some professional pictures. Also, I ended up buying dad two 1L bottles of Captain Morgan's Preferred Stock for $35 (total). Got him a bottle of tequila at one of the port stores in Progreso.

We rented a couple of Jeeps in Cozumel, and found an awesome spot on a public beach. The reef there was dead, but there were still a ton of fish living in it. It was also my first time snorkeling. So much fun!

The food was amazing. I tried so many different things I'd never had before. Also, it was kind of nice being rocked to sleep by the slight sway of the boat. I think I might miss that the most.

Yes, but did you find the man of your dreams?

Chief Henry
09-25-2012, 08:24 AM
Absolutely loved it! The entire vacation was pure heaven, but I absolutely fell in love with cruising. Can't wait to do it again next year.

The family I went went has several people who can sing, so we went to karaoke after dinner the first night. That's where the guy running it suggested that two people with us try out for the Legends show on the last night of the cruise. They had 10 people dress up as different legends and perform. My best friend was Bruce Springsteen singing Born in the USA (which he hated singing), and his aunt was Cher singing If I Could Turn Back Time. It was a blast to watch.

I didn't frequent the casino other than when I was looking for people in our party. I'm not much of a gambler. I ended up spending too much money on some professional pictures. Also, I ended up buying dad two 1L bottles of Captain Morgan's Preferred Stock for $35 (total). Got him a bottle of tequila at one of the port stores in Progreso.

We rented a couple of Jeeps in Cozumel, and found an awesome spot on a public beach. The reef there was dead, but there were still a ton of fish living in it. It was also my first time snorkeling. So much fun!

The food was amazing. I tried so many different things I'd never had before. Also, it was kind of nice being rocked to sleep by the slight sway of the boat. I think I might miss that the most.

Cruising is soooo much fun isn't it ? My wife and I have been on numerous cruises. We love it.

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 08:28 AM
warm chocolate melting cake

luv
09-25-2012, 08:32 AM
warm chocolate melting cake

YES! I may not have ordered one of my own every night, but I at least had a bite of someone's every night. :)

The cappuccino pie was also really good, even if they only had it one night.

luv
09-25-2012, 08:53 AM
Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/389880_10152105857140702_415820935_n.jpg

Sunrise:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/485666_10152105807980702_163519935_n.jpg

Me holding a baby Japanese Jaguar at the port in Progreso:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/148888_10152105809500702_809082039_n.jpg

Our lounging spot at the public beach in Cozumel:
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http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/376411_10152105811250702_144728104_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/375945_10152105811340702_189591502_n.jpg

ChiefsOne
09-25-2012, 09:09 AM
Your pics aren't showing up.

Deberg_1990
09-25-2012, 09:11 AM
Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/389880_10152105857140702_415820935_n.jpg

Sunrise:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/485666_10152105807980702_163519935_n.jpg

Me holding a baby Japanese Jaguar at the port in Progreso:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/148888_10152105809500702_809082039_n.jpg

Our lounging spot at the public beach in Cozumel:
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/225985_10152105811115702_1230706263_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/376411_10152105811250702_144728104_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/375945_10152105811340702_189591502_n.jpg


Where are the nudes? : )

luv
09-25-2012, 09:16 AM
Your pics aren't showing up.

Linked from my facebook. Not sure if that makes a difference.

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 09:17 AM
YES! I may not have ordered one of my own every night, but I at least had a bite of someone's every night. :)

The cappuccino pie was also really good, even if they only had it one night.

I have a tough time not ordering Indian food on a cruise every night. Many of the cooks are Indian and they do a great job.

tooge
09-25-2012, 12:06 PM
makes me want a vacation.

Dayze
09-25-2012, 12:19 PM
Nice. Hope you had a good time.

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 12:37 PM
Boarding this beast in a month and a 1/2.

Biggest cruise ship in the world.

http://www.charterworld.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Allure-of-the-Seas-delivered-from-Turku-Shipyard-to-Royal-Caribbean-International.jpg

luv
09-25-2012, 02:32 PM
Boarding this beast in a month and a 1/2.

Biggest cruise ship in the world.

http://www.charterworld.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Allure-of-the-Seas-delivered-from-Turku-Shipyard-to-Royal-Caribbean-International.jpg

Sweet. We walked by the Royal Caribbean Oasis when we were at port in Cozumel. Heard that one had a zip line down through the middle of it and a trolley that would take you from one end to the other. I'm not sure about something that big. I really enjoyed the Carnival Elation. It's one of their smaller cruise ships now, but it just seemed really intimate.

3rd&48ers
09-25-2012, 02:37 PM
Any Hot Romance to speak of Luv?

Saulbadguy
09-25-2012, 03:12 PM
Sweet. We walked by the Royal Caribbean Oasis when we were at port in Cozumel. Heard that one had a zip line down through the middle of it and a trolley that would take you from one end to the other. I'm not sure about something that big. I really enjoyed the Carnival Elation. It's one of their smaller cruise ships now, but it just seemed really intimate.

Yea, I'm not sure about it either. I think it will be fine though. The Oasis is literally a few feet shorter than her sister, the Allure.

WV
09-25-2012, 03:14 PM
We love Cruising. Planning on taking the kids on their first in two years, already can't wait!

3rd&48ers
09-25-2012, 03:16 PM
We love Cruising. Planning on taking the kids on their first in two years, already can't wait!

Down the Kanawa river?

CoMoChief
09-25-2012, 03:36 PM
Float trips > cruises

Bearcat
09-25-2012, 04:10 PM
Absolutely loved it! The entire vacation was pure heaven, but I absolutely fell in love with cruising. Can't wait to do it again next year.

The family I went went has several people who can sing, so we went to karaoke after dinner the first night. That's where the guy running it suggested that two people with us try out for the Legends show on the last night of the cruise. They had 10 people dress up as different legends and perform. My best friend was Bruce Springsteen singing Born in the USA (which he hated singing), and his aunt was Cher singing If I Could Turn Back Time. It was a blast to watch.

I didn't frequent the casino other than when I was looking for people in our party. I'm not much of a gambler. I ended up spending too much money on some professional pictures. Also, I ended up buying dad two 1L bottles of Captain Morgan's Preferred Stock for $35 (total). Got him a bottle of tequila at one of the port stores in Progreso.

We rented a couple of Jeeps in Cozumel, and found an awesome spot on a public beach. The reef there was dead, but there were still a ton of fish living in it. It was also my first time snorkeling. So much fun!

The food was amazing. I tried so many different things I'd never had before. Also, it was kind of nice being rocked to sleep by the slight sway of the boat. I think I might miss that the most.


Cool, I was wondering about the excursions... any others you went on? Everything I had ever heard about the quantity of food is absolutely true... all you can eat breakfast, all you can eat lunch, and if you didn't do the all you can eat dinner, you could still choose more than one app/dinner/dessert in the dining room.

As far as a larger ship, I was on the Navigator of the Seas, which is in the same family as the one pictured... I felt a bit uneasy about being on a ship with 3000+ other tourists (and their kids), but now I have no complaints. There were 12 elevators and they were always busy, but we were on the 8th deck of 12 and were only a few decks away from all the food and most of the entertainment. We had our own balcony, which was nice when I didn't want to be around the crowds, but at times I was actually surprised it wasn't more crowded in certain areas or for certain shows.

HemiEd
09-25-2012, 05:59 PM
Glad you had a good time Luv! We are going to start doing cruises when we get old.

Gracie Dean
09-25-2012, 06:03 PM
we are hoping to go in March. Depends on my health situation.

CoMoChief
09-25-2012, 06:18 PM
Absolutely loved it! The entire vacation was pure heaven, but I absolutely fell in love with cruising. Can't wait to do it again next year.

The family I went went has several people who can sing, so we went to karaoke after dinner the first night. That's where the guy running it suggested that two people with us try out for the Legends show on the last night of the cruise. They had 10 people dress up as different legends and perform. My best friend was Bruce Springsteen singing Born in the USA (which he hated singing), and his aunt was Cher singing If I Could Turn Back Time. It was a blast to watch.

I didn't frequent the casino other than when I was looking for people in our party. I'm not much of a gambler. I ended up spending too much money on some professional pictures. Also, I ended up buying dad two 1L bottles of Captain Morgan's Preferred Stock for $35 (total). Got him a bottle of tequila at one of the port stores in Progreso.

We rented a couple of Jeeps in Cozumel, and found an awesome spot on a public beach. The reef there was dead, but there were still a ton of fish living in it. It was also my first time snorkeling. So much fun!

The food was amazing. I tried so many different things I'd never had before. Also, it was kind of nice being rocked to sleep by the slight sway of the boat. I think I might miss that the most.

I did that.....I was Garth Brooks though. I was on the Carnival Splendor, the same ship that caught fire a few years back and they were stranded in the ocean...it was all over the national news outlets. I wasn't on it then, but I was a few months prior to it happening....the show is somewhere on youtube shot by another passenger, though I just tried to find it and can't. I was hammered the night i "tried out" because it was the night of the captains cocktail party....which was basically drink anything/however much you wanted for free...so being the party animal I was at the time, I was slammin' long islands left and right. Had about 15 of them suckers in a span of 3 hours.

All I remember is showing up to the karaoke lounge, but the next morning I get this vanilla folder pkg thing sent to my room and it's the entry form with a small cheapo mp3 player with the song programmed into it (Friends In Low Places). Of course it was a drunk song which is why I probably sang it. Yes...unfortunately that night I was one of "those people".

Didn't think it would be anything big so I said wtf I'll do it, family would like to see me up there anyways. The auditorium of this ship is ****ing huge and held close to a few thousand people. Wasn't expecting that to be honest but I ****ing rocked it because I'm awesome, standing O...people chanting The Rock's name in unison. Looking back it was a lot of fun doing that. I had the cowboy hat, the white/black checkered button down shirt, black jeans n boots.
http://thriftstorecowboyvintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Got-Garth.jpg

They mailed a production DVD copy to my parents a couple weeks after we got back home. I never saw it because I didn't bother to ask at the time neither did I expect them to send anything...I guess maybe that's what the form I filled out was for who knows. I need to ask them sometime If I can watch it or if they still have it.

luv
09-25-2012, 10:19 PM
I did that.....I was Garth Brooks though. I was on the Carnival Splendor, the same ship that caught fire a few years back and they were stranded in the ocean...it was all over the national news outlets. I wasn't on it then, but I was a few months prior to it happening....the show is somewhere on youtube shot by another passenger, though I just tried to find it and can't. I was hammered the night i "tried out" because it was the night of the captains cocktail party....which was basically drink anything/however much you wanted for free...so being the party animal I was at the time, I was slammin' long islands left and right. Had about 15 of them suckers in a span of 3 hours.

All I remember is showing up to the karaoke lounge, but the next morning I get this vanilla folder pkg thing sent to my room and it's the entry form with a small cheapo mp3 player with the song programmed into it (Friends In Low Places). Of course it was a drunk song which is why I probably sang it. Yes...unfortunately that night I was one of "those people".

Didn't think it would be anything big so I said wtf I'll do it, family would like to see me up there anyways. The auditorium of this ship is ****ing huge and held close to a few thousand people. Wasn't expecting that to be honest but I ****ing rocked it because I'm awesome, standing O...people chanting The Rock's name in unison. Looking back it was a lot of fun doing that. I had the cowboy hat, the white/black checkered button down shirt, black jeans n boots.
http://thriftstorecowboyvintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Got-Garth.jpg

They mailed a production DVD copy to my parents a couple weeks after we got back home. I never saw it because I didn't bother to ask at the time neither did I expect them to send anything...I guess maybe that's what the form I filled out was for who knows. I need to ask them sometime If I can watch it or if they still have it.

We had a guy do the same song wearing the same thing, only I think he wore his own cowboy hat. Dude was hot, but definitely country through and through.

luv
09-25-2012, 10:21 PM
Cool, I was wondering about the excursions... any others you went on? Everything I had ever heard about the quantity of food is absolutely true... all you can eat breakfast, all you can eat lunch, and if you didn't do the all you can eat dinner, you could still choose more than one app/dinner/dessert in the dining room.

As far as a larger ship, I was on the Navigator of the Seas, which is in the same family as the one pictured... I felt a bit uneasy about being on a ship with 3000+ other tourists (and their kids), but now I have no complaints. There were 12 elevators and they were always busy, but we were on the 8th deck of 12 and were only a few decks away from all the food and most of the entertainment. We had our own balcony, which was nice when I didn't want to be around the crowds, but at times I was actually surprised it wasn't more crowded in certain areas or for certain shows.

We didn't pay for the cruise line's excursions. People I went with had gone before. We simply hoofed it in Progreso rented Jeeps from Alamo at the port in Cozumel. The excursions probably had better quality reefs and such, but we did nearly the same thing for less than half the cost.

Saulbadguy
09-26-2012, 05:40 AM
Float trips > cruises

Uh, yeah....no.

Mr. Flopnuts
09-26-2012, 05:48 AM
I'm gonna take the wife on our first cruise sometime in January or February.

JD10367
09-26-2012, 07:42 AM
We didn't pay for the cruise line's excursions. People I went with had gone before. We simply hoofed it in Progreso rented Jeeps from Alamo at the port in Cozumel. The excursions probably had better quality reefs and such, but we did nearly the same thing for less than half the cost.

Not necessarily. However, there are other benefits to the cruise line sponsored excursions:

1.) They're run through officially-sanctioned companies. Less likelihood that you wake up in a tub of ice missing a kidney...

2.) ...or, a more probable scenario, less likely that the ship leaves without you. If you're on one of "their" excursions, they tend to wait longer (or, at least, know you're missing, and may help get you to the next port).

3.) The cruise line excursions are also much easier to refund/change due to unforeseen circumstances (change in port, bad weather, someone in the party feeling ill, just simply too tired, etc.,.).

In a place like Cozumel (i.e. small, relatively safe island) it's not that big of a deal to go your own way. Other places, probably not.