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(Yahoo)   From bad to worse: Disabled cruise ship to be towed to Alabama   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 8
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2013-02-12 04:09:00 PM
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enik: Big Man On Campus: Cruising is fun if you're sailing on an actual cruising sailboat. These huge metal monstrosity tourist barges are incubation zones for illness, huge annoyances of crowds of entitled visitors to otherwise quiet destinations, and basically disneyland shopping entrapment on the ocean. I've never sailed on a tourist cruise, and I never intend to. However, I am planning a sailboat cruise through the south pacific on a nice 30-50 ft cutter someday soon.

Don't forget to pack the guitar, birkenstocks and an extra dose of smug, bro!


Seriously.  If you know you wouldn't like it, don't go!  If you have never been on a cruise, what are you mocking?  My family liked cruises and as such I have been on about 8 cruises from 3 day excursions out of Los Angeles to 2 weeks in Alaska, from childhood to adulthood.  There is not a "huge annoyance of crowds of entitled visitors."  There is so much to do the crowds are never more of a problem than a hotel in a nice city.  The worst you get is a line for dinner (and most cruises have reservations) and a packed entrance for a show like any other show in any city you go to.  Pool got crowded, go to one of the 6 others.  Don't like shopping, don't go to the stores.  Think Carnival is beneath you, try Royal Caribbean.  Cruises are wonderful.
2013-02-12 11:59:49 AM
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Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Cruises can be fun when done right. 5 days is about the maximum time you want to spend on a cruise. Take advantage of any drink specials. Take a good book. Eat a lot, and don't feel guilty about all the calories. If you wind up in Freeport, stay on the ship.


I'd rather be at an all inclusive resort on the beach than  paying $9 a drinkon a boat full of thousands of voracious omnivores. The pool is always mobbed and loud, the rooms are small, all with the possibility of drowning in shark infested waters...I just don't see the appeal.

As for ports of call: you've seen one cruise ship dock; you've seen them all. I can buy trinkets in Chinatown for the price of a subway ride.
2013-02-12 11:29:16 AM
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H31N0US: vpb: wxboy: If they're going to do that, why not just tow it to Galveston first to let the passengers off where they got on?  I'm sure after all of this they're looking forward to a 10-hour bus ride to get back to their cars.

Maybe they are having the ship repaired at the BAE shipyard in Mobile and it's cheaper to bus them than to tow the ship twice.

I wouldn't want to be on the last bus out.

I think cruises are a huge waste of money. But I guess others do not. My aunt is turning 70 and wants to take her kids and their kids on a 9 day cruise out of NYC in January. That's a lot of time at sea in rough waters. I'd rather meet her in Key West for a couple days. But she is as stubborn as the day is long and her mind is made up.

I might or might not go at this point.


Cruises can be fun when done right. 5 days is about the maximum time you want to spend on a cruise. Take advantage of any drink specials. Take a good book. Eat a lot, and don't feel guilty about all the calories. If you wind up in Freeport, stay on the ship.
2013-02-12 11:28:44 AM
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H31N0US: vpb: wxboy: If they're going to do that, why not just tow it to Galveston first to let the passengers off where they got on?  I'm sure after all of this they're looking forward to a 10-hour bus ride to get back to their cars.

Maybe they are having the ship repaired at the BAE shipyard in Mobile and it's cheaper to bus them than to tow the ship twice.

I wouldn't want to be on the last bus out.

I think cruises are a huge waste of money. But I guess others do not. My aunt is turning 70 and wants to take her kids and their kids on a 9 day cruise out of NYC in January. That's a lot of time at sea in rough waters. I'd rather meet her in Key West for a couple days. But she is as stubborn as the day is long and her mind is made up.

I might or might not go at this point.


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2013-02-12 11:28:10 AM
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wxboy: If they're going to do that, why not just tow it to Galveston first to let the passengers off where they got on?  I'm sure after all of this they're looking forward to a 10-hour bus ride to get back to their cars.


It's more difficult than that. They might have worked something out with customs, but... When you take a cruise that leaves from and returns to the same port, you don't need a passport - only a birth certificate and a photo ID. If you leave from one port and return to another, however, you have to have a passport to re-enter the country.

Really not sure why they aren't just towing them back to Galveston, if that's their port of departure.

/Then again, I'm not sure why anyone goes on Carnival Cruises
/Royal Caribbean forever!
2013-02-12 11:20:06 AM
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vpb: people are getting sick and they're throwing up everywhere

What would they do if it was Mississippi?


Never would have left the dock.

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2013-02-12 10:14:56 AM
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If they're going to do that, why not just tow it to Galveston first to let the passengers off where they got on?  I'm sure after all of this they're looking forward to a 10-hour bus ride to get back to their cars.
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2013-02-12 09:53:29 AM
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people are getting sick and they're throwing up everywhere

What would they do if it was Mississippi?
 
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