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(Reuters)   Passengers on the Queen Mary II sickened by virus outbreak on their $5,000 cruise. If that's what they were looking for they could have gotten the same thing for half the price over on Carnival   (reuters.com ) divider line
    More: Sick, Carnival Corp., Queen Mary 2, stomach flu, Health Protection Agency, food poisoning, United States dollar, cruises, outbreaks  
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2012-12-31 08:34:22 AM  
I just booked a cruise with the wife  on a Carnival ship out of NYC on the 9th just for the norovirus !!!

Awesome, you'd have to be into that projectile vomiting thingy.
 
2012-12-31 12:13:07 PM  
I was so hoping this would happen to those right wing a-holes on that National Review conservative cruise that was featured on fark last week. It would have been pure schadenfreude goodness!
 
2012-12-31 12:30:49 PM  
The only thing that made me sick on my Carnival cruise was the excessive tipping. I guess I just assumed that the "all-inclusive" price plus $10 per person per day automatic tip meant that we were done with tipping except at bars and restaurants. My bad. I'm not usually a lousy tipper, but the constant begging for money turned us off. I think I'd have been happier with a higher per day auto tip and no tip jars on the ship.
 
2012-12-31 12:42:07 PM  
Really don't understand why anyone would want to go on vacation and trap themselves in a big, gaudy floating hotel operated by a pretty dubious industry.

Give me the open road, but even if you don't like that kind of travel there are a myriad of other options less horrible than cruising.
 
2012-12-31 12:46:33 PM  
The Queen Mary II is Carnival. Says so right in the article.
 
2012-12-31 12:57:39 PM  
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2012-12-31 12:58:40 PM  

Cluckity: Really don't understand why anyone would want to go on vacation and trap themselves in a big, gaudy floating hotel operated by a pretty dubious industry.

Give me the open road, but even if you don't like that kind of travel there are a myriad of other options less horrible than cruising.


As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.

www.authenticsociety.com
Bora Bora

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Fanning Island

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Diving in Tahiti

Total cost for 4-weeks of sailing? $60 a day, including the meals, tips and shore excursions.

/heading on a 5-week cruise through the North Atlantic next summer
//leaving for a 10 day cruise in the Mediterranean in March
 
2012-12-31 01:19:42 PM  

MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.


So you love nature, eh?
 
2012-12-31 02:01:31 PM  

Cluckity: MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.

So you love nature, eh?


I agree that they need to step up from burning bunker fuel while out at sea, but at least when it comes to operating in US waters, they've made massive improvements in the past year. Link

As for waste water & garbage, etc - they're greatly reducing their waste and recycle some 95% of everything on board now. The average ship used to have 50 tons of garbage a week, it's now down to about 1 ton. Considering that's all the waste of ~3,000 people, that's much less than what people consume while on land. Link

By no means have they eliminated their impact (especially when it comes to fuel consumption of high-sulfur fuels outside of US waters), they've come a long ways in garbage, emissions, & recycling in the past 5 years.
 
2012-12-31 02:47:40 PM  
Being hungover on an oscillating ship while fighting some stomach virus. Sign me up!

/Probably better than the barf-o-rama hosted by Lardass.
 
2012-12-31 03:20:51 PM  
Many years ago, I dated a microbiologist who worked at CDC, and who brought home the  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Hardly a week went by without a cruise ship outbreak.

I've been on one cruise, the typical Western Caribbean Tourist Trap. Meh. I might be willing to do an Alaska cruise, or something else interesting.
 
2012-12-31 04:02:43 PM  

MrSteve007: Cluckity: MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.

So you love nature, eh?

I agree that they need to step up from burning bunker fuel while out at sea, but at least when it comes to operating in US waters, they've made massive improvements in the past year. Link

As for waste water & garbage, etc - they're greatly reducing their waste and recycle some 95% of everything on board now. The average ship used to have 50 tons of garbage a week, it's now down to about 1 ton. Considering that's all the waste of ~3,000 people, that's much less than what people consume while on land. Link

By no means have they eliminated their impact (especially when it comes to fuel consumption of high-sulfur fuels outside of US waters), they've come a long ways in garbage, emissions, & recycling in the past 5 years.


if you love cruises so much why don't you marry them
 
2012-12-31 06:05:57 PM  

MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.


I'd rather spend all day and all night on that beach than have to constantly get on and off a ship.
 
2012-12-31 07:32:10 PM  
There was a sequel to The Queen Mary?
 
2012-12-31 07:36:19 PM  
I never understood the appeal of cruises.
 
2012-12-31 08:41:55 PM  

MrSteve007: Cluckity: MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.

So you love nature, eh?

I agree that they need to step up from burning bunker fuel while out at sea, but at least when it comes to operating in US waters, they've made massive improvements in the past year. Link

As for waste water & garbage, etc - they're greatly reducing their waste and recycle some 95% of everything on board now. The average ship used to have 50 tons of garbage a week, it's now down to about 1 ton. Considering that's all the waste of ~3,000 people, that's much less than what people consume while on land. Link

By no means have they eliminated their impact (especially when it comes to fuel consumption of high-sulfur fuels outside of US waters), they've come a long ways in garbage, emissions, & recycling in the past 5 years.


Sulfur dioxide causes acid rain, which is harmful to plants and animals on land. It's not a "greenhouse gas" and doesn't harm the ozone layer. What harm is caused by burning bunker fuel on the open sea?
 
2012-12-31 10:31:41 PM  

Cluckity: Really don't understand why anyone would want to go on vacation and trap themselves in a big, gaudy floating hotel operated by a pretty dubious industry.

Give me the open road, but even if you don't like that kind of travel there are a myriad of other options less horrible than cruising.


sez who?

www.film.com
 
2012-12-31 11:43:09 PM  

Cluckity: MrSteve007: As someone who just got back from a 4-week cruise through the South Pacific, I have a couple reasons why I'll take it over the open road, any day.

So you love nature, eh?


Of course. Everyone who loves nature wold paynto spend a month in a floating farking mall.
 
2013-01-01 08:19:59 AM  
i could tour for three months in south america for $5000...
 
2013-01-01 10:33:23 AM  
Serves the rich pieces of shIat right.
 
2013-01-01 09:45:14 PM  

MrSteve007: Total cost for 4-weeks of sailing? $60 a day, including the meals, tips and shore excursions.


Ok, as a newly anointed cruise addict, I'll bite - with what line?!? Details, plz - EIP.
 
2013-01-02 11:04:37 AM  

birdistasty: MrSteve007: Total cost for 4-weeks of sailing? $60 a day, including the meals, tips and shore excursions.

Ok, as a newly anointed cruise addict, I'll bite - with what line?!? Details, plz - EIP.


No, no, no - please share that in thread please.
 
2013-01-02 08:05:25 PM  

assjuice: Of course. Everyone who loves nature wold paynto spend a month in a floating farking mall.


Don't know what line he took, but there's a BIG difference between, say, a Carnival or Royal Caribbean ship and a Regent or Crystal ship - which is more similar to very, very high end yachting.

And then there are the much smaller lines that are max of maybe 50 people on a ship. All very different experiences.

/used to work in the cruise industry
//yes the mainstream cruise lines are floating malls with all the mullet headed idiots you could ever want to dance the macarena with
 
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