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(USA Today)   Day 2: The situation has grown dire. Passengers have eaten the carved watermelon that once adorned the now-empty buffet table. Without leisure activities, factions have formed. The Indonesian room stewards have folded towels into improvised weapons   (usatoday.com) divider line 220
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2013-02-11 05:28:31 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: A Carnival Triumph passenger in need of dialysis...

What a Triumph passenger might look like:


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 Unless he's got an allen wrench she wont be passangering that bike.  Or she's gonna need a bag of ice after that ride.
 
2013-02-11 05:30:28 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: akula: Those who have cruises booked for this vessel are being reimbursed for nonrefundable travel expenses. That isn't too bad.

The "nonrefundable" part assumes that the passenger is responsible for not being able to get on the ship. They can't just take your money, and then say "Oops. The boat's broken. No cruise for you. No can haz refund. Not yours."


Non-refundable travel expenses... It's not the airline's fault if the ship breaks. The airline isn't going to refund your money because Carnival can't maintain their fleet.
 
2013-02-11 05:31:35 PM  

Happy Hours: I'm kind of surprised they didn't just go overboard - or go in a bucket and toss it overboard.


The common sailors probably did.  The hoity-toity officers?  They wanted proper facilities.  You still did your business at the head of the ship though.  You still had the bucket and such at the head of the ship - thus pushing the smell away from the ship.

BarkingUnicorn: mrlewish: Few functional toilets?  Why do you think they call it the head?

People were "going to the bathroom in bags."  I always pack my own toilet for a cruise.


I've had to use bucket toilets - it's a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat on top, with a super-heavy duty bag inside.  It's not too terrible, but for all the precious snowflakes out there...
 
2013-02-11 05:32:56 PM  

abhorrent1: If you need dialysis, a cruise does not sound like the best choice fo vacation.


That's pretty much your main cruise type customer. Plus note that TFA says that they can't get around without the elevators working.
 
2013-02-11 05:34:20 PM  
Twelfth Day (301 hours): Still no fatigue. Temperature 99. Skies fair. Winds calm. Position 28S by 188W. The mate have eat of a tainted Gouda and muft be lafhed to the mizzen. Difpleasure on the foredeck, water maggoty. Three more given up to scurvey. May God help us in our tryalle...
 
2013-02-11 05:37:07 PM  

mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.


Or... get on the boat, ignore the casino, avoid the shops, ignore the fees (except for an occasional Scotch), and use the sanitizer dispensers like they're free.  Avoid the main pool area, grab a deck chair on an unpopular deck, open up your Kindle, and read for a while as the ocean slides by.  Head off to the buffet for some light grazing.  Rinse. Repeat.  Have a decent sit-down dinner (or hit the buffet again, if you don't want to get pretty), enjoy some X Factor wannabes dance & sing -- or just wander around.  When ship docks at Butt-Wipe Island and you don't care to partake, just stay aboard and enjoy having the ship to yourself...

If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises.  If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...
 
2013-02-11 05:39:42 PM  

akuma976: I took a cruise with the wife and hated every second I was on the ship.  Between dodging fat people on rascals and paying too much for booze once was enough.  I'm 6ft and about 200 lbs and I had trouble getting in and out of our shower/toilet area. I openly wondered how the fat rascal driven buffet trolls could manage to stay clean during the week at sea.  Then I walked past the hot tubs and my fears were realized.  Put 2 and 2 together and almost threw up.


The wife and I had the same experience on a Carnival cruise she "won" through work.  Our cruise departed out of New Orleans and I was shocked/amazed at the number of rednecks who thought camouflage and/or Carhartt was cruise wear. I've been told this is common for Carnival cruises that depart southern cities like New Orleans, Mobile,Galveston etc.

Though we may get dragged onto a Disney cruise with the rest of the family and I've heard those are somewhat more tolerable: is that true?
 
2013-02-11 05:41:47 PM  

ObeliskToucher: mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.

Or... get on the boat, ignore the casino, avoid the shops, ignore the fees (except for an occasional Scotch), and use the sanitizer dispensers like they're free.  Avoid the main pool area, grab a deck chair on an unpopular deck, open up your Kindle, and read for a while as the ocean slides by.  Head off to the buffet for some light grazing.  Rinse. Repeat.  Have a decent sit-down dinner (or hit the buffet again, if you don't want to get pretty), enjoy some X Factor wannabes dance & sing -- or just wander around.  When ship docks at Butt-Wipe Island and you don't care to partake, just stay aboard and enjoy having the ship to yourself...

If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises.  If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...


You could do all that (other than maybe the X factor rejects) with a hell of a lot less hassle at an all inclusive resort.
 
2013-02-11 05:42:38 PM  

mjohnson71: akuma976: I took a cruise with the wife and hated every second I was on the ship.  Between dodging fat people on rascals and paying too much for booze once was enough.  I'm 6ft and about 200 lbs and I had trouble getting in and out of our shower/toilet area. I openly wondered how the fat rascal driven buffet trolls could manage to stay clean during the week at sea.  Then I walked past the hot tubs and my fears were realized.  Put 2 and 2 together and almost threw up.

The wife and I had the same experience on a Carnival cruise she "won" through work.  Our cruise departed out of New Orleans and I was shocked/amazed at the number of rednecks who thought camouflage and/or Carhartt was cruise wear. I've been told this is common for Carnival cruises that depart southern cities like New Orleans, Mobile,Galveston etc.

Though we may get dragged onto a Disney cruise with the rest of the family and I've heard those are somewhat more tolerable: is that true?


Bring earplugs. Seriously.
 
2013-02-11 05:43:12 PM  

Fear the Clam: jtown: A Carnival Triumph passenger in need of dialysis ...

Why would Carnival even take on the risk of having hemodialysis patients on board?

The article didn't say the passenger was a hemodialysis patient. I'll bet that the passenger is a CAPD patient who was wacky enough to assume that there would be power on a cruise ship so he could run his cycler. You can do it yourself without power, but if you've only packed 5-liter cycler bags (instead of the usual 2 or 3.5-liter manual bags) you're only going to be able to do a couple of fluid exchanges per day, and you're not going to have a good time.

/Dialysis patient who travels
//Never went on a cruise, never will.


I didn't say this person was a hemodialysis patient, either.  I said, in the general sense, that it's crazy for Carnival to allow such patients on board.  But it's apparently so common that it's part of their FAQ.   Peritoneal dialysis patients may be loony to get on a cruise ship but at least they have the potential to weather minor disruptions without, ya know, dying.  Still, I wouldn't do it.  I'd stick to first-world destinations where top notch medical care is nearby at all times.
 
2013-02-11 05:43:16 PM  

ObeliskToucher: mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.

Or... get on the boat, ignore the casino, avoid the shops, ignore the fees (except for an occasional Scotch), and use the sanitizer dispensers like they're free.  Avoid the main pool area, grab a deck chair on an unpopular deck, open up your Kindle, and read for a while as the ocean slides by.  Head off to the buffet for some light grazing.  Rinse. Repeat.  Have a decent sit-down dinner (or hit the buffet again, if you don't want to get pretty), enjoy some X Factor wannabes dance & sing -- or just wander around.  When ship docks at Butt-Wipe Island and you don't care to partake, just stay aboard and enjoy having the ship to yourself...

If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises.  If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...


I can do that at my house. Which is why I hate cruises.
 
2013-02-11 05:46:07 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: I'd be all for this happening. I can piss over the side and tank my solid waste for a few days. Hell they are refunding your bar tab. That is hundreds per person right there. Three days of free top shelf (well mid shelf, it is carnival) booze. Wouldn't have to twist my arm.


"tank my solid waste"?
Ewww.
That can't be healthy.
 
2013-02-11 05:47:50 PM  
praxeology.net

/not HHTTG
//Not a cruise
///whatevers... gis
 
2013-02-11 05:49:52 PM  
omnipotentpoobah.com

C-130E Honeybucket. Yeah, you put a plastic bag in there. Never needed to use it, thankfully, but I've seen many a strong man pace back and forth in the cargo compartment before finally giving in.
 
2013-02-11 05:53:51 PM  

mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.


I just docked from my family cruise vacation sunday morning.  My family paid for my way, all I had to pay for was my booze package($55 USD/day for all the booze I wanted, including((almost) top shelf liquor) and the flight to get there and back.  I avoided the casino, made friends with a few bartenders who made my "mixed" drinks 75% liquor, and watched some hot Croatian activities director host line dancing classes by the pool 3 times a day for 45 minutes at a go.  Shaking her ass all over the place while I get smashed.  Not something I would, you know, book for myself, but it's not like I hated it.

/also a lot of hot puerto rican girls on the boat
 
2013-02-11 05:55:07 PM  

12349876: If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises. If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...

You could do all that (other than maybe the X factor rejects) with a hell of a lot less hassle at an all inclusive resort.


I've done that, too -- Cancun, Cozumel, & Ixtapa -- it was OK, but kind of lost interest after a bad date with Mr. Noro (aka Colonoscopy Prep of the Gods)...

/The hotel staff presentation of Mayan Cultural Dance blew goats
//I applauded heartily after picturing the lead dancer with my heart quivering in his hand
 
2013-02-11 05:55:41 PM  

Scruffinator: mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.

I just docked from my family cruise vacation sunday morning.  My family paid for my way, all I had to pay for was my booze package($55 USD/day for all the booze I wanted, including((almost) top shelf liquor) and the flight to get there and back.  I avoided the casino, made friends with a few bartenders who made my "mixed" drinks 75% liquor, and watched some hot Croatian activities director host line dancing classes by the pool 3 times a day for 45 minutes at a go.  Shaking her ass all over the place while I get smashed.  Not something I would, you know, book for myself, but it's not like I hated it.

/also a lot of hot puerto rican girls on the boat


Sounds like a rough life. If you ever want to switch places, you let me know. I'll take one for the team.
 
2013-02-11 05:57:55 PM  

ObeliskToucher: 12349876: If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises. If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...

You could do all that (other than maybe the X factor rejects) with a hell of a lot less hassle at an all inclusive resort.

I've done that, too -- Cancun, Cozumel, & Ixtapa -- it was OK, but kind of lost interest after a bad date with Mr. Noro (aka Colonoscopy Prep of the Gods)...

/The hotel staff presentation of Mayan Cultural Dance blew goats
//I applauded heartily after picturing the lead dancer with my heart quivering in his hand


I can understand a sickness souring you on a vacation destination (it did for me as a kid), but you can get sick just about anywhere, probably more likely on a contained cruise ship.
 
2013-02-11 05:58:08 PM  
I wonder how long before the lawsuits start?
 
2013-02-11 05:58:58 PM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: I can do that at my house. Which is why I hate cruises.


Not saying it's for everybody, but checking out some of the islands is pretty cool sometimes.  For me, Aruba sucked because it was a 15 minute walk through pushy locals trying to sell shiat(everything from island bus tours to diamonds) just to get town, but Curacao was awesome.  An old fort converted into a mini mall, 4 wheeler tours, and a fashion district with bars open at 8 in the morning so you could drink and check out the local girls shopping.

Still, my favorite vacation is just renting a house with a few other couples within walking distance to the beach.  It's affordable, it's fun, and nobody cuts you off.
 
2013-02-11 06:00:33 PM  
www.wired.com

Your Bartender
 
2013-02-11 06:01:31 PM  

redmid17: Sounds like a rough life. If you ever want to switch places, you let me know. I'll take one for the team.


Chicago?  No thanks.

Seriously though, I work 65 hour weeks 50 weeks out of the year, and that starts back up in about 9 hours.

So yeah, maybe we can switch = )
 
2013-02-11 06:02:29 PM  
Not sure where the cruise haters get the idea that there is a lot of gambling on a cruise ship. The "casino" on the Triumph occupies maybe 20% of the deck space on one of 13 decks. You could easily take a cruise and never see the casino. And it's closed when in port.
 
2013-02-11 06:03:20 PM  
It is an errand of mercy mein friend.  Two torpedos amidships and their horror cruise will be over.  It is the merciful thing to do

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2013-02-11 06:04:11 PM  
Oh!  And I did want to mention, on our cab ride back from the port to San Juan International, we stopped at a stop light with a 3 minute cycle, and a cop with somebody pulled over, and the cop had their door open and a semi-automatic weapon drawn.  Cab driver said he was waiting for a warrant.  They do NOT fark around down there.  From my PoV it looked like the dudes probably just had weed on them, but the cop was treating them like violent gang members.
 
2013-02-11 06:08:08 PM  

Scruffinator: My family paid for my way, all I had to pay for was my booze package($55 USD/day for all the booze I wanted, including((almost) top shelf liquor) and the flight to get there and back.


What cruise line? I would try my best to make sure that the cruise line would have to take line item loss for booze consumption on my cruise. I know it wouldn't work, but damn it, I would try!
 
2013-02-11 06:08:45 PM  

ObeliskToucher: mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.

Or... get on the boat, ignore the casino, avoid the shops, ignore the fees (except for an occasional Scotch), and use the sanitizer dispensers like they're free.  Avoid the main pool area, grab a deck chair on an unpopular deck, open up your Kindle, and read for a while as the ocean slides by.  Head off to the buffet for some light grazing.  Rinse. Repeat.  Have a decent sit-down dinner (or hit the buffet again, if you don't want to get pretty), enjoy some X Factor wannabes dance & sing -- or just wander around.  When ship docks at Butt-Wipe Island and you don't care to partake, just stay aboard and enjoy having the ship to yourself...

If you're a sot, joiner, spa addict, shy about being in a strange port, or a patsy for art auctions and crappy jewelry sales -- you'll go broke taking cruises.  If not, just disconnect from the world and relax...


Ssshh...the more people complain about cruises, the nicer we'll have it onboard.....
 
2013-02-11 06:08:57 PM  
Who goes on a cruise ship when they need dialysis treatment?
I admitt I don't know much about it. Never really had a need to. But I know its vital.
And I'm all for people wanting to get away. Everyone, regardless of whatever, deservsee their own R&R.
But it seems like a ship isolated miles away from adequate medical treatment isn't a good idea.
 
2013-02-11 06:09:47 PM  

Scruffinator: redmid17: Sounds like a rough life. If you ever want to switch places, you let me know. I'll take one for the team.

Chicago?  No thanks.

Seriously though, I work 65 hour weeks 50 weeks out of the year, and that starts back up in about 9 hours.

So yeah, maybe we can switch = )


Obviously I wouldn't want to take you away from work. I'd be okay with the family vacations.
 
2013-02-11 06:11:13 PM  
Torpedo Them!
 
2013-02-11 06:12:34 PM  

Scruffinator: mongbiohazard: I've never understood the appeal of cruises. Trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, expensive tchotchies, fees around every corner and a bunch of Norwalk-like virus - with a bunch of other people whose idea of a vacation is to be trapped on a boat with gambling, expensive booze, etc. etc....

Throw in a play by Andrew Lloyd Weber and it sounds like my own personal version of hell.

I just docked from my family cruise vacation sunday morning.  My family paid for my way, all I had to pay for was my booze package($55 USD/day for all the booze I wanted, including((almost) top shelf liquor) and the flight to get there and back.  I avoided the casino, made friends with a few bartenders who made my "mixed" drinks 75% liquor, and watched some hot Croatian activities director host line dancing classes by the pool 3 times a day for 45 minutes at a go.  Shaking her ass all over the place while I get smashed.  Not something I would, you know, book for myself, but it's not like I hated it.

/also a lot of hot puerto rican girls on the boat


Sounds like you could have just gone to Puerto Rico. If you'd have been paying for it you probably could have saved yourself money. I mean you skipped most of the cruise acitivities... Just skip the middleman, get there faster and you might even have had an easier time hooking up with the ladies.

Free trip's a free trip though. I wouldn't quibble on the details too much if I wasn't footing the bill.
 
2013-02-11 06:14:11 PM  

Scruffinator: Oh!  And I did want to mention, on our cab ride back from the port to San Juan International, we stopped at a stop light with a 3 minute cycle, and a cop with somebody pulled over, and the cop had their door open and a semi-automatic weapon drawn.  Cab driver said he was waiting for a warrant.  They do NOT fark around down there.  From my PoV it looked like the dudes probably just had weed on them, but the cop was treating them like violent gang members.


They've still got armed guards at the banks.  I guess they're still so frequent it's cheaper than insuring the money.
 
2013-02-11 06:15:26 PM  

akula: Sin_City_Superhero: akula:
I'm not likely to take a Carnival cruise, but to me it looks like they're trying to take care of this in a stand up manner. It would suck to be stuck on a cruise ship that has become an unpowered floating barge, but at least they're going to try and make the passengers as whole as possible.


What the hell does this even mean, "make them whole again"? I'm guessing it's a trope from that stupid truck commercial that aired during the Superbowl because I've never heard anyone prattle it off prior to that. It just reeks of worthless consumer-whore begging; if a rough cruise or a shiatty meal leaves you feeling "unwhole" in any substantive way then you need to re-evaluate your life values because you're most likely worthless. "Please Company X,  make me whole again" is parasite talk and the type of shiat grown adults who use it need to have slapped out of them. It's truly disgusting, and I resent sharing company on this planet with anyone who regurgitates this corporate drivel.
 
2013-02-11 06:15:30 PM  

Scruffinator: Oh!  And I did want to mention, on our cab ride back from the port to San Juan International, we stopped at a stop light with a 3 minute cycle, and a cop with somebody pulled over, and the cop had their door open and a semi-automatic weapon drawn.  Cab driver said he was waiting for a warrant.  They do NOT fark around down there.  From my PoV it looked like the dudes probably just had weed on them, but the cop was treating them like violent gang members.


They need to do this shiat on the south side of Chicago.
 
2013-02-11 06:16:34 PM  
Can't find her on Marinetraffic...
 
2013-02-11 06:18:22 PM  

mongbiohazard: Sounds like you could have just gone to Puerto Rico. If you'd have been paying for it you probably could have saved yourself money. I mean you skipped most of the cruise acitivities... Just skip the middleman, get there faster and you might even have had an easier time hooking up with the ladies.

Free trip's a free trip though. I wouldn't quibble on the details too much if I wasn't footing the bill.


If I was footing the bill I woulda just went to the OBX in the spring.  But it is nice to get out of cold ass Michigan in the middle of winter.  I even got sunburned...in February!
 
2013-02-11 06:18:44 PM  
On the bus trip from Progreso to Merida or Cancun; will Carnival charge extra for the chicken that sits on your lap?
 
2013-02-11 06:19:36 PM  

Scruffinator: Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: I can do that at my house. Which is why I hate cruises.

Not saying it's for everybody, but checking out some of the islands is pretty cool sometimes.  For me, Aruba sucked because it was a 15 minute walk through pushy locals trying to sell shiat(everything from island bus tours to diamonds) just to get town, but Curacao was awesome.  An old fort converted into a mini mall, 4 wheeler tours, and a fashion district with bars open at 8 in the morning so you could drink and check out the local girls shopping.

Still, my favorite vacation is just renting a house with a few other couples within walking distance to the beach.  It's affordable, it's fun, and nobody cuts you off.


Aruba:  The New Jersey of the Caribbean
 
2013-02-11 06:19:58 PM  
Cannibalism!
 
2013-02-11 06:23:40 PM  

thehighesttree: akula: Sin_City_Superhero: akula:
I'm not likely to take a Carnival cruise, but to me it looks like they're trying to take care of this in a stand up manner. It would suck to be stuck on a cruise ship that has become an unpowered floating barge, but at least they're going to try and make the passengers as whole as possible.

What the hell does this even mean, "make them whole again"? I'm guessing it's a trope from that stupid truck commercial that aired during the Superbowl because I've never heard anyone prattle it off prior to that. It just reeks of worthless consumer-whore begging; if a rough cruise or a shiatty meal leaves you feeling "unwhole" in any substantive way then you need to re-evaluate your life values because you're most likely worthless. "Please Company X,  make me whole again" is parasite talk and the type of shiat grown adults who use it need to have slapped out of them. It's truly disgusting, and I resent sharing company on this planet with anyone who regurgitates this corporate drivel.


... It's a legal term. It means to pay damages so that the person is in the position he would have been in if the company that damaged them hadn't screwed up (in this specific case, to pay money so that the passenger isn't out a few grand for his vacation because Carnival decided to sail with a crappy ship).
 
2013-02-11 06:24:31 PM  
Danny, What does Tony think?

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-11 06:24:47 PM  

Braggi: I wonder how long before the lawsuits start?


No lawsuits.

Cruise ships are registered in 3rd world countries and are immune to pretty much every US law that it would cost money to obey.

And check out opensecrets dot com and look up Micky Arison.  That and courtside Heat tickets means that Carnival doesn't spend a lot of time in court.
 
2013-02-11 06:26:50 PM  
I'm a bit of a serial cruiser. I'm up to nearly two dozen cruises now, having spent some 180 days aboard Holland America ships and some 8 cruises on Royal Caribbean. I've also done Disney, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Carnival. Not too bad for being in my early 30's.

What it all comes down to is getting the deals. I find most of the deals either through direct mailers from the lines, or travelzoo.com When I cruise, I usually try to get a rate of between $35 and 50 dollars a day. If you look for last minute cruises, or repositioning cruises, you can get it even cheaper. I've done it as low as $19 a day (a one night from Seattle to Vancouver on Norwegian).

IMO, the short 3-4 day duration cruises are a PITA; having to go through the frenzied boarding and disembarking process. 7-day cruises are hectic, as it takes a good 4 days for folks to get comfortable with the routine. 10-day cruises are good. and 25+ day cruises are a joy. Once you start racking up rewards points, and/or being a shareholder in a company, it can become ridiculously cheap to cruise. On most cruises, I get between $50 and $250 of complementary spending cash aboard, which I use for drinks and the spa. If you book shore excursions directly, and not through the ship, you can get some pretty good rates. (The folks on cruise critic are an excellent resource). I also highly recommend getting a balcony and getting the dining room dinners sent via room service (this is a commentary service on all lines)

If it weren't for cruising on the cheap, I wouldn't be able to visit places like this for a couple C-notes (Bora Bora):
sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net

On most cruises I go on now, I can bring along a 3rd or 4th person for free - and due to an interesting turn of events, was able to go in December on a 25-day roundtrip cruise from San Diego to Tahiti for $900, in a window cabin w/ $250 credit.

/headed to do 10-days in the Mediterranean in 3 weeks (Norwegian). $500 per person, balcony cabin. $100 credit.
//leaving for a 35-day double Trans-Atlantic from Boston to North Atlantic/North Sea countries in July (Holland America).
 
2013-02-11 06:27:18 PM  

finnished: Can't find her on Marinetraffic...


Wow, that's a cool site.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:20 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: it sounds kinda like a hostage situation rather than a vacation


CSB:
I went to one of the seven days singles parties in Burlington Vermont and the lady running the shindig at the front door stopped me and said, "Sir, you do realize tonight this bar is hosting the seven days singles party, right?"
And I said,"yes. theat is why I'm here"
She raised her eyebrows and let me in.
I looked around and it was a fat ugly sausage fest mixed with a cattle call. I ordered a drink and spotted a fat, biker dude shooting pool all by himself. Went over and introduced myself, racked them up and shot a couple of games. He said, "There's only one chick here I want to hit, and I'm waiting for her to get drunk"
I looked about and saw only one female in the joint relatively good looking. She was pinned to the wall by a bruiser of a dyke who looked like she wasn't going to take no for an answer.
I finished my beer and left.
The lady at the door stopped me briefly and said, "No one here appealing?"
I said, "Only you, and you're working, so it wouldn't be appropriate to hit on you."
and I left.
Next month, they had the singles party on a cruise boat on lake Champlain.
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2013-02-11 06:35:19 PM  
My 10 year old says "Now you know why they call it a poopdeck".
 
2013-02-11 06:36:24 PM  

oldfarthenry: If anyone is interested, there's a derelict Russian cruise ship floating around the Atlantic right now. A tug boat was towing it from Newfoundland to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped and the rope dun broke or sumpin'.
The Canuckian government basically said "F**k it! It's someone else's problem now".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lyubov_Orlova


Why doesn't the Canadian Gov't just use it for Naval target practice and sink the thing?..
 
2013-02-11 06:36:35 PM  
One thing to make clear about cruises for people who don't know:

Cruises are not necessarily boat trips in empty waters.  They go places.  For instance, a 5 day cruise means for 4 days you wake up already docked at your next destination, spend the day there, get back on the ship in the evening, and then wake up the next morning somewhere else.  In the meantime, you have buffets, shows, casinos, pools, bars, nightclubs and other activities, some planned and some not.  One day of the 5 will be a sea day with no stops.  These things are not just a bunch of people jailing themselves on a boat for a week making circles in the water.

Also, as with everything else in life, there is a hierarchy for nicer (more expensive) cruises.  They are not all the hell of Carnival on the 2nd week of summer vacation.  For the older folks, check out a cruise to Alaska.  College kids, ask for the spring break boat to the Caribbean.  Yes, there is usually a week or two designated to young people only.
 
2013-02-11 06:41:58 PM  
Actually, a cruise ship that's set up for doing hemodialysis isn't such a bad idea for a dialysis patient. When I was a dialysis nurse there were always very attractive offers to go on cruises for free and get paid a stipend to perform dialysis for patients on board ship when the ship was at sea. So, I wouldn't go on one that made me make my own arrangements at ports, but if it was available on board it would be a pretty good way to vacation and still get your treatments. Admittedly, that was 15 years ago, and maybe they don't do it anymore, but at the time it seemed like a pretty good way to travel.
 
2013-02-11 06:46:30 PM  

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