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Cruises....Love 'Em Or Hate 'Em?  
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4107 posts, RR: 8
Posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

After responding to the other cruise ship thread, I'm curious....do you guys (and ladies) enjoy cruises, or do you despise them?

Me, personally, due to my easy tendency to get queasy/nauseated/sick, not getting any fun out of the "fun" stuff they have to do on ships, and not finding any fun in looking at water for days on end & being on land for short periods of time, I may be the only person on here that absolutely hates cruises. Call me crazy, but I do.


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Too many old folks on most of them...
Other than that, they are OK in cabin classes in the top 25% (with balconies and such).

User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

They don't appeal to me.

It's like being trapped in a hotel - albeit a good hotel - unable to go out and see random places whenever you want.

Off on a tangent - I used to travel occasionally with North Sea Ferries; but after being taken over by P&O they've rebranded themselves as "cruise ferries". Noooo...! That just means paying cruiseliner prices for the same old utilitarian ferry journey.

Cunning linguist
User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Love them. Thought I'd be queasy, but ginger is amazing. A very relaxing experience...and that's what vacations are supposed to be, aren't they?

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Hate em. I would rather get a first class air ticket to get to my destination quicker and spend more time there instead of wasting all that time on a big boat. Plus they appeal to an older clientele, and there is something just so unclassy about being on a boat. Nope, 1st class air ticket, luxury hotel and the choice to do what I want, and it probably works out cheaper!

I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Interesting question. My brother hates them along with my mother. My dad likes it because it's relatively cheap and you can eat as much as you want  Smile

Me? Well...I haven't been on a cruise in a while and I was too shy last time I went (I was 12) to try to get girls and hang out with them. If I was on a cruise ship with someone I love I think I'd like it a lot, provided I was 21 and could get cocktails and what not. It all depends on the circumstances I think...

As of now, I wouldn't mind going on one an meeting some girls.


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

I basically agree about the old folks aboard the cruise ships, however I would like to try out one of the Club Cruise Ships aimed at younger people.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

I like cruises for what it is. It's not the vation in which you discover culture or anything. It's just a fun thing to do. My favorite cruise line is Royal Caribbean. It's been a while since I've been on one but I found them to be very relaxing and entertaining. I've met some friends that I've kept in contact with.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

It has to be the best vacation for the money. I have been on three cruises so far and can't wait to go again. The ships now are way to big to get sea sick. It is so much better that just a big floating hotel....Its a big floating hotel that arrives in a new place every time you wake up. I couldn't stay in just one place for a week. I spent three days at the Westin Rio Mar in Puerto Rico last October after a week long cruise and the three days was about all I could take at one place.....But that me.


C'mon Man
User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1976 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

I've only been on one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it is possible to get a lot of culture from cruises if you pick the right one. We managed to select a cruise that had only one day at sea, the other 10 days were spent in 5 different countries exploring various ports of call in the meditteranean. Although we only had about 8 hours or so in each port, it was enough time to take several tours of each city and the surrounding area.

One of the best things about it was that you got to go home every night to a place where everyone spoke english. It was far better than doing a tour of europe by bus IMO. A cruise can offer a generous taste of foreign cultures rather than completely immersing you in them, which is nice for a more leisurely vacation.

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

I love em, food and drinks galore!

Go big or go home
User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

I love them every once in a while. Out of Australia, the fortnightly Pacific islands cruises generally cater to an 18-35ish party clientele, with occasional visits by upmarket liners looking after the oldies. The new Asian cruise market generally attracts a diversified international crowd, with a large percentage of Australians on board to make sure the beer doesn't go stale. But cruises are what you make them. There's plenty of people who don't even get off at the ports, usually frequent cruisers. I love flying to another country and then joining a cruise - best of both worlds.

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4107 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

The ships now are way to big to get sea sick.

JFK- You've got a point, but I wasn't that lucky on my 3 cruises...
-There was no chop at all on the Big Red Boat cruise I took, so it was OK.
-We learned that the Leeward is an ex-Italian ferry which was flat bottomed (so when we hit rough waves outside Cozumel, 90% of the people were sick).
-The Oceanbreeze was built in 1955, so even though it was totally "remodeled" in the late '80s (I believe), it's not as big & susceptible to rocking quite a bit when you hit some weather.

I guess it wouldn't be a problem on the bigger boats, like you said...maybe that'd be more enjoyable. Those ships seem so unbelievable though, like the casinos in Vegas...you get on (or go in) & are speechless, compared to the ships I was on- nice, but not "fancy".


Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineUal767ord From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

I love them. This year I've been on two the Grand Princess and the Carnival Victory. On Princess I went ot the western Caribbean and on the Victory I went to Canada. I loved them both!!

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6512 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Do you mean, like a boat? You wouldn't want to be on the same ship as I as it would sink or be disabled in choppy seas for 7 hours. Both have happened to me (small cruisers both times) but when you are 2 miles off shore, neither are pleasant.

My vote is I have never been, nor ever will be, on any ocean vessel. So, I guess I can't say.

Celibacy for the next 40 years is more appetizing to me.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ya'll just go on out there and have fun. I'll be sitting on the shore when you return.

people are odd, fascinating, and oddly fascinating.
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