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(The Daily Record)   Carnival Cruise line hits iceberg, throws passengers overboard and is leaking oil for fiscal 4Q   (dailyrecord.com) divider line 14
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2012-12-20 08:12:02 PM
Never been on a cruise despite living close to a couple ports. Trapped on a floating water park/shopping mall/buffet with hordes of loud drunk people and screaming kids always seemed like a bad idea. I prefer to be loud and drunk somewhere secluded.
 
2012-12-20 08:21:34 PM

MayoSlather: Never been on a cruise despite living close to a couple ports. Trapped on a floating water park/shopping mall/buffet with hordes of loud drunk people and screaming kids always seemed like a bad idea. I prefer to be loud and drunk somewhere secluded.


My mom dragged me onto one once. You made the right choice, it was miserable. The only good part was the free food (I was 19 and had a much bigger appetite in those days). Way too claustrophobic, way too many kids.

/I could be tempted to try an Alaska cruise, since people don't usually bring kids on those ships.
 
2012-12-20 08:43:27 PM
If these are the jackasses who robocall our office with sales pitches linked to personal health questions, I say Let 'em sink.
 
2012-12-20 09:52:36 PM
HMS_Blinkin: /I could be tempted to try an Alaska cruise, since people don't usually bring kids on those ships.

I'm tempted to cruise to Alaska, shoot some stuff with the SLR.

But other cruises, I don't know, never been a draw to me.

I have a timeshare so I tend to trade it to interval then plunk down on some tropical island for a week at a time.
 
2012-12-20 10:29:44 PM
If you cruise on a relatively inexpensive line, you get middle America as fellow passengers.  Spend some more money and you don't get drunken 30-something morons, teens and ill-behaved children.

If you stay at a Motel 6, you get what you get.  If you stay at a Ritz-Carlton, you get something else.
 
2012-12-20 10:55:39 PM

bronyaur1: If you cruise on a relatively inexpensive line, you get middle America as fellow passengers.  Spend some more money and you don't get drunken 30-something morons, teens and ill-behaved children.

If you stay at a Motel 6, you get what you get.  If you stay at a Ritz-Carlton, you get something else.


I dont know, we just got back from a 4-day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas, we got one hell of a good deal with a Florida resident discount. The ship was loaded with families with tons of children running around. With the stuff they have indoors for the kids to do, we pretty much had the pools and the rest of the 11th deck all to ourselves every night. This was my first cruise, and definitely not my last. I will be going with Disney again. We had a great time.
 
2012-12-20 10:57:57 PM
People don't like giant floating cans of Norovirus that run into rocks or whose engines stop working several hundred miles from land?
 
2012-12-20 11:00:01 PM

Tophersky: I dont know, we just got back from a 4-day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas, we got one hell of a good deal with a Florida resident discount. The ship was loaded with families with tons of children running around. With the stuff they have indoors for the kids to do, we pretty much had the pools and the rest of the 11th deck all to ourselves every night. This was my first cruise, and definitely not my last. I will be going with Disney again. We had a great time.


Not to mention the hot dads wanting to get away from their wife and kids for an hour or two.
 
2012-12-20 11:53:02 PM

MayoSlather: Never been on a cruise despite living close to a couple ports. Trapped on a floating water park/shopping mall/buffet with hordes of loud drunk people and screaming kids always seemed like a bad idea. I prefer to be loud and drunk somewhere secluded.



If you like riding around on a boat, there are better ways to do that. If you like seeing new places, there are definitely better ways of doing that. I went on one cruise and I hated it. I like to visit new places, getting off for six hours of wandering a few streets covered up in Hard Rock Cafes and souvenir shops is not a travel experience for me. I was told before going that the food would be "awesome" and that there would be bars throughout the ship. Did you know that you can spend thousands on beer in a week? Did you know that Carnival Cruise Lines, evidently, outsources their "awesome" food to whoever is responsible for all of those garbage buffets in Vegas?
 
2012-12-21 01:57:45 AM

MayoSlather: Never been on a cruise despite living close to a couple ports. Trapped on a floating water park/shopping mall/buffet with hordes of loud drunk people and screaming kids always seemed like a bad idea.


I took a cruise around the Hawaiian islands last month (my first cruise). It was quite nice because most of the sailing was at night, and during the day you could get off the ship to do stuff or just sit on the beach. Not many drunks, and more seniors than screaming kids.
 
2012-12-21 06:17:15 AM

MayoSlather: Never been on a cruise despite living close to a couple ports. Trapped on a floating water park/shopping mall/buffet with hordes of loud drunk people and screaming kids always seemed like a bad idea. I prefer to be loud and drunk somewhere secluded.


I've been on a couple cruises, and I enjoy them. The biggest draw for me is not having to plan anything; once you're on the boat, there are dozens of things to do at any given hour of the day, and you an choose to do as little or as much as you want. Drunks and kids are easy enough to avoid.
 
2012-12-21 06:44:37 AM
Ive been on a couple cruises and had a great time - of course I havent been on one in 15 years so it's hard to say if the experience is still the same. I doubt my 40 year old self would find some of the stuff my 25 year old self found amusing to still be amusing.

I'd be more worried right now about all the little corners Carnival is likely to start cutting to shore up their stock price - you know. things like life jackets, experienced captains, cooks who wash their hands at least once a shift.... that sort of thing. I joke but its the problem with publicly traded companies - its not enough just to make money, youve got to make what someone else feels is "enough" money and those people dont give a damn if your customers had a great time or just an OK time as they already got your money.
 
2012-12-21 07:28:32 AM
So your "vacation plan" is to join a bunch of fat drunken tourists and their horrible sticky-handed spawn while sealed inside a shopping mall (sprinkled liberally with norovirus), and set the whole thing afloat upon the kraken-infested howling depths, then when the engines fail hundreds of miles from shore in heavy seas, the crew abandons ship with all the lifeboats and booze? I can't imagine why your company is struggling.
 
2012-12-21 09:36:46 AM
Eh, they will just cheat more at the casinos to make up the difference
 
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