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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
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2013-02-11 06:47:41 PM  

dk47: justanotherfarkinfarker: Sin_City_Superhero: Can't they just drop trou, and shiat over the side of the ship?

Just make a note of the wind direction

Just imagine the shiat stains down the side of that ship.  Those things are so big I doubt most of the turds make it to teh water.


Shiat in a bucket and throw it off the fantail. For the women, piss likewise.

They cannot possibly have devolved to subhuman conditions in three days...or perhaps the entitled suburbanites who mostly take these kind of cruises can't handle not bathing for a couple of days, and are already clubbing their mates over the head and communicating in grunts.
 
2013-02-11 06:49:03 PM  

ShadowkahnCRX: 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).


Thanks for a textbook response...can you tell I work in customer service? When I hear it it's in the context of whining for handouts. Blech.
 
2013-02-11 06:57:44 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: TV's Vinnie: Carnival ships are more Amistad than The Love Boat.

What a Carnival cruise might look like:


That made me lol on the bus. :)
 
2013-02-11 07:04:36 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Well that's one of the better wiki pages I've read today. The reasonable minded adult in me thinks it's irresponsible to leave that floating around but can understand not wanting to go to unnecessary expense ("Let Norway deal with it"). Meanwhile my inner child is screaming "COOLEST FORT EVER!"


Principality of Sealand did it.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-11 07:15:45 PM  

TGWJH: 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.


You're still stuck on the ship for many "awake" hours, especially if you like sleeping in on your vacation.
 
2013-02-11 07:21:11 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.


media.comicvine.com
 
2013-02-11 07:21:31 PM  
Galveston, New Orleans and Mobile are where Carnival sends it's older ships to die.
 
2013-02-11 07:21:53 PM  
The Triumph's sister ship Elation has met them with supplies.  I was on the Elation with my daughter and one of her grad school cohorts last month for my birthday (my daughter paid for it, wasn't that sweet?!). It was a
5 day cruise, and my first.

We had a blast! We plan to do other cruises (with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian) later.

First of all there was no way in HELL I was going to use my phone, or the ship's internet cafe during the cruise.  Roaming charges would have been astronomical, as were their internet per minute rates. We used the free wi-fi at Margaritaville in Cozumel.

We were able to bring wine aboard (you can't bring liquor), so our bar tabs were quite reasonable.

The most amazing thing to me was also the saddest.  There were SO MANY obese people of all ages aboard!  These folks live to eat and god, did they continuously gorge! It was disgusting to me how much those people would eat at one time! No wonder the people on the Triumph panicked about the lack of food and elevators.

My daughter, her friend and I used the elevators probably about only 6 times the entire cruise, and their stateroom and mine were at opposite ends of the ship!

My family has never had a problem with using a bucket for a toilet, walking all over the place and sleeping outside.  And not continuing stuffing our faces is not a problem.  Damn, so many on my cruise were fat, soft and out of shape.  A lot of America is in a pathetic state of being.
 
2013-02-11 07:24:38 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 pretty common term in finance having to with compensation for the loss of use of funds.

Moran.
 
2013-02-11 07:25:08 PM  
actually, you can do Home hemodialysis on board most cruise ships.       You just need to make arrangements for them to store your supplies.

Home hemo is just like hemo, but you do it with a portable machine (that runs on regular household power).  Just need a table that can handle the weight of it and the dialysate bags, and you're good to go.  it's not much different than Perio, except you use a catheter that leads directly into your veins, or a fistula that gets two needles stuck in it.


/Master Jedana 5 years cancer free, right kidney free, lazy brother-in-law kidney on the left
// transplant list for 5 months
///he sticks himself in the left arm to do his treatments
///If you're O+, come to dinner...take a cold ice bath...ignore the slight pain you'll feel in your lower back upon waking...
 
2013-02-11 07:29:16 PM  
Please oh please let this be the ship that John Hodgman is on.
 
2013-02-11 07:31:29 PM  
Cruising is for the poor.Get your own boat.
 
2013-02-11 07:32:22 PM  
I've never had a problem sleeping late on cruises. Just bring ear plugs to avoid the docking noises or the 'happy, happy, happy cruise director' announcements. Just tip your steward very well at the start and let them know, they'll take care of you. A balcony room helps so you have bloody marys on the balcony--we always skip breakfast and just nosh for lunch.
There's always something to eat tho the buffet generally closes about 2 to reboot, but they have other 24/7 food stations with pizza, fish and chips, pizza etc. All the food is included so it's easy to over eat---but you'll notice that portions for the sit down meals are tiny. But you can order multiple items if you like one selection......I'll get about 2 cheese plates for desert, put them on one plate and take that back to the cabin for late night snacks (and the cheese plate is just about 5 slices of good cheese and few rounds of bread).
 
2013-02-11 07:36:17 PM  
 
2013-02-11 07:46:50 PM  

MrSteve007: 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).


So...do you, like, have a job?
 
2013-02-11 07:53:56 PM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: 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.


EXACTLY. When I go on vacation- I want to DO stuff. Fun stuff! Partake in the local activities, eat the local food. If I wanted to just sit around and not cook I would stay home and order takeout ever night...

I had a friend trying to get me to go on a cruise and she got me interested by saying they went to Key West. I was researching it and the rules like 'internet costs money, phone costs money, special food costs money, alcohol costs money. ports could change. bring your passport in case you have to fly home from who knows where.' and then I couldn't find any info about how much stuff cost- bah.
 
2013-02-11 07:54:58 PM  
Bioshock 3
 
2013-02-11 08:01:25 PM  

kvinesknows: ""My wife (is) on this cruise and has said the conditions were horrible. No power, no water, having to use the bathroom in bags," Gary Keyes of Baton Rouge,"


sooo.. couples go on cruises without their own spouse?

so... well yeah.... interesting


Yeah sure. Didn't you read that article on here a couple days ago around women taking so called "romance" vacations by themselves so they could get all sorts of strange dick?
 
2013-02-11 08:02:17 PM  

vudukungfu: 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.
End CSB:


www.public.navy.milHow YOU doin?
 
2013-02-11 08:02:23 PM  

thehighesttree: ShadowkahnCRX: 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).

Thanks for a textbook response...can you tell I work in customer service? When I hear it it's in the context of whining for handouts. Blech.


So, let's just be sure I have this right: You're saying Carnival should not refund the money even though it was Carnival's boat that broke and wrecked their vacations, and even though considering this is hardly the first fire to happen in an engine room of a Carnival ship, it's unlikely that somehow Carnival's policies, procedures, or hiring practices are not involved in the leadup to this incident?

The customers paid for a cruise. Refunding the money for the cruise they did not get to take is a good start. Giving them a little extra for stranding them at sea with no power and making them crap in buckets is, I think, also reasonable. And consider that even if Carnival reimburses customers for *all* of the money they spent on this cruise (cruise tickets, airline transport to and from the ship, travel agent fees, etc etc) they still haven't reimbursed them for the vacation time that they lost. So, legally speaking, the customers will not and cannot be made whole because their employers are not going to give them extra  vacation to compensate for the vacation time they wasted sitting on a disabled ship.

Considering all of that, I'd say the company's response is adequate, and considering the company is giving it voluntarily (even though we both know they're only volunteering to do it because if they don't, no one will risk their vacation traveling on their floating disaster hotels) I think it's asinine to accuse the customers of whining for handouts.
 
2013-02-11 08:05:07 PM  
They should torpedo the ship.  Sink all these gross people.
 
2013-02-11 08:08:18 PM  

MrSteve007: 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.


Thanks for the very informative post. However, you should know this is Fark and you will be ridiculed.
 
2013-02-11 08:13:53 PM  

Delay: MrSteve007: 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.

Thanks for the very informative post. However, you should know this is Fark and you will be ridiculed.


No, here we RESPECT whores.
 
2013-02-11 08:14:19 PM  

ShadowkahnCRX: The customers paid for a cruise. Refunding the money for the cruise they did not get to take is a good start. Giving them a little extra for stranding them at sea with no power and making them crap in buckets is, I think, also reasonable. And consider that even if Carnival reimburses customers for *all* of the money they spent on this cruise (cruise tickets, airline transport to and from the ship, travel agent fees, etc etc) they still haven't reimbursed them for the vacation time that they lost.


If it was like Carnival's policy the last time this happened on the Splendor. They only refunded travel expenses for people that booked a land/sea/air package from Carnival and through their approved agents. So there's some PR "fine print" half truth there.  I rather doubt someone that booked their own flight would get refunding for that...we'll see.
 
2013-02-11 08:26:40 PM  
Still has better living conditions than most of Mexico...
 
2013-02-11 08:31:02 PM  

12349876: 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.


bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

shiat better not have to high of hopes for the Chicago loop then. I don't think I've seen a single bank there that didn't have an armed guard like this gentleman. I don't want around the south part of the loop every day, but I can't imagine it's any different on Van Buren and Jackson than it is on Lake and Randolph. Hell the Qdoba at Chicago and State has an armed guard on weekends. That was in response to McDonald's evicting all the young ne'er do wells and sending them over. I guess they were tired of getting flash mobbed by groups of teenagers
 
2013-02-11 08:40:15 PM  

Uzzah: Don't worry -- the Captain managed to shoot an albatross, so at least they'll have some meat.


s12.postimage.org
 
2013-02-11 08:43:18 PM  

Yogimus: No, here we RESPECT whores.


No, sweetheart I pay mine.
 
2013-02-11 08:58:20 PM  

Firethorn: Remember - Piss WITH the wind, not against it.


Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum.
 
2013-02-11 09:20:07 PM  
These people are getting all of the booze they want for free right now.  It's kinda hard to feel bad for them.
 
2013-02-11 09:26:46 PM  
Oh, and a good portion of the toilets are up and running again, they have restored some power to the Lido so there is some (not a whole lot) of hot food available.

And the people that decided to cruise without their passports no longer have to worry about jumping through hoops to get home from Progreso; they've decided that since the ship drifted so far north in the last day, they're now going to tow it directly to Mobile, Alabama.

...I think I'd rather be stranded in Progreso....
 
2013-02-11 09:42:24 PM  

Fano: thehighesttree: akula: Sin_City_Superhero: akula:


[media.comicvine.com image 508x554]


i42.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 09:48:52 PM  

Yaxe: ChipNASA: You know, you wet the tip of a towel and snap it just the right way, you could leave a *WELT* or even possibly, BREAK THE SKIN!!!

When I was in freshmen swimming class in high school, the swim coach delivered a story about how some guy apparently split the dick of another kid in half with a tower with probably one of the best poker faces I've ever seen.

Either that or he was telling the truth.


He was telling the truth. I... I was that kid...
 
2013-02-11 09:50:51 PM  

birdistasty: Oh, and a good portion of the toilets are up and running again, they have restored some power to the Lido so there is some (not a whole lot) of hot food available.

And the people that decided to cruise without their passports no longer have to worry about jumping through hoops to get home from Progreso; they've decided that since the ship drifted so far north in the last day, they're now going to tow it directly to Mobile, Alabama.

...I think I'd rather be stranded in Progreso....


Hey! We have........stuff.. here.
 
2013-02-11 10:02:11 PM  
The bf and I took a cruise 2 weeks ago. On the trip back up the Gulf, I had the irrational fear that we would break down and all the middle-aged ladies doing the cha cha slide the day before would turn cannibal.
 
2013-02-11 10:07:41 PM  

birdistasty: Oh, and a good portion of the toilets are up and running again, they have restored some power to the Lido so there is some (not a whole lot) of hot food available.

And the people that decided to cruise without their passports no longer have to worry about jumping through hoops to get home from Progreso; they've decided that since the ship drifted so far north in the last day, they're now going to tow it directly to Mobile, Alabama.

...I think I'd rather be stranded in Progreso....


If the ship is slated to leave US waters all passengers need a passport to board.
 
2013-02-11 10:33:19 PM  

YouSirAreAMaroon: birdistasty: Oh, and a good portion of the toilets are up and running again, they have restored some power to the Lido so there is some (not a whole lot) of hot food available.

And the people that decided to cruise without their passports no longer have to worry about jumping through hoops to get home from Progreso; they've decided that since the ship drifted so far north in the last day, they're now going to tow it directly to Mobile, Alabama.

...I think I'd rather be stranded in Progreso....

If the ship is slated to leave US waters all passengers need a passport to board.



http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5192

Says 900 people did not have passports with them.
 
2013-02-11 10:46:00 PM  
oldfarthenry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lyubov_Orlova
"Lyubov Orlova ran aground at Deception Island on 27 November 2006.
She was towed off by Spanish Navy icebreaker, Las Palmas"


Why does the Spanish Navy have an icebreaker?
 
2013-02-11 10:55:45 PM  

August11: If you somewhat enjoy self-reliance, stay off those damn cruise ships. When something goes wrong, they become prisoner ships. Stinking, complaining, drunken prisoner ships.


Meh, I just got home from working on one owned by the same parent company for 8 months. Worst thing we ever had was a power outage that lasted about 3 hours. That's nothing.
 
2013-02-11 10:56:40 PM  

URAPNIS: YouSirAreAMaroon: birdistasty: Oh, and a good portion of the toilets are up and running again, they have restored some power to the Lido so there is some (not a whole lot) of hot food available.

And the people that decided to cruise without their passports no longer have to worry about jumping through hoops to get home from Progreso; they've decided that since the ship drifted so far north in the last day, they're now going to tow it directly to Mobile, Alabama.

...I think I'd rather be stranded in Progreso....

If the ship is slated to leave US waters all passengers need a passport to board.


http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5192

Says 900 people did not have passports with them.


I was wrong, proof of legal residency is required. For US citizens a birth certificate is acceptable.
 
2013-02-11 11:12:06 PM  

Anonymocoso: 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.


Random exceptions: The NCL Pride of America flies the US flag so they can do the Hawaiian islands without going 1.5 days out of their way to Kiribati to fulfill an old US law saying that foreign cruises have to make at least one stop in another country.

Also, Holland America Line flies the Dutch flag.
 
2013-02-11 11:15:14 PM  

NightOwl2255: 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!


Difficulty: They get all that shiat duty-free.
 
2013-02-11 11:21:16 PM  

spidermilk: Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: 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.

EXACTLY. When I go on vacation- I want to DO stuff. Fun stuff! Partake in the local activities, eat the local food. If I wanted to just sit around and not cook I would stay home and order takeout ever night...

I had a friend trying to get me to go on a cruise and she got me interested by saying they went to Key West. I was researching it and the rules like 'internet costs money, phone costs money, special food costs money, alcohol costs money. ports could change. bring your passport in case you have to fly home from who knows where.' and then I couldn't find any info about how much stuff cost- bah.


You can take shore excursions that sample the local culture and do stuff, but they ah, cost money.
 
2013-02-11 11:53:31 PM  
And none of you got the least bit upset upon hearing a cruiser's wife was pooping in a garbage bag? Where is she stowing said garbage bag? And where is her roommate pooping? In the same garbage bag? Did she take it on the upper deck (LOL) and dump it? Or is it still in her room? And it's only been a few days! How often do you have to poop, lady? OMG. Just...OMG.
 
2013-02-12 12:52:56 AM  
Travelling on a ship registered in a country with a minimally effective government has risks?  Who knew!
 
2013-02-12 12:54:55 AM  

optikeye: I've never had a problem sleeping late on cruises. Just bring ear plugs to avoid the docking noises or the 'happy, happy, happy cruise director' announcements.


I wasn't even thinking about that issue having never been on a cruise when it comes to sleeping in.  For me the issue would be having to choose between sleeping in and maximizing your off boat time.  Plus night time at the beach is awesome.
 
2013-02-12 12:55:43 AM  

12349876: Plus night time at the beach is awesome.


assuming you're in a safe place
 
2013-02-12 01:14:21 AM  

YouSirAreAMaroon: If the ship is slated to leave US waters all passengers need a passport to board.


Sorry to say, but not true.  As long as it is a closed-loop cruise (as in, leaving and then returning to the same US homeport), all you need is a photo ID and a birth certificate.  I'm sure the rules will change at some point, and situations like this are why some cruisers will argue why a passport should be mandatory.  But at this point, it's not.

/took my last two cruises using only photo ID, birth certificate, and marriage certificate
//hopefully will convince hubster to get passports for next time
 
2013-02-12 02:13:35 AM  

hariseldon: oldfarthenry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lyubov_Orlova
"Lyubov Orlova ran aground at Deception Island on 27 November 2006.
She was towed off by Spanish Navy icebreaker, Las Palmas"

Why does the Spanish Navy have an icebreaker?



They use it to pick up hot chicks from Ibiza. It's named the ¿Cómo te va

/Wife and I decided against a cruise
//Chose Hedonism instead
 
2013-02-12 11:27:46 AM  

Fireproof: You can take shore excursions that sample the local culture and do stuff, but they ah, cost money.


And are about as authentic in local culture as going to Epcot and touring all the countries, right?

When I go on a trip and 'sample the local culture', I ask people on the street or the subway what to go see and do. I ask them where their favorite restaurant is. I try to avoid anywhere that's geared strictly for tourists.
 
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