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2013-02-13 02:17:27 PM

Odd Bird: oldfarthenry: Forgive me! All my nautical experience is on canoes, dammit!

Pre-steamer watercraft?  Damn, you are old.  How 'bout some lemonade and hard candy?


Anything but that hardtack! (God-awful stuff)
 
2013-02-13 02:19:09 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Walker: Well it is a great bargain. I've taken 8 of them, usually 7-night cruises.

I dunno. It still sounds to me like being stuck in a fairly crappy hotel (that sloshes back and forth) for days on end eating the same crappy buffet food, and occasionally you get to leave the hotel and visit the port town tourist traps of some third-world country.


A fairly crappy hotel? These are pics of the ship in question. Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?
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www.gotravel.com

Is this a crappy hotel theater?
cruisewise-static01.insnw.net

Does this look like a crappy hotel atrium?
www.galaxsea.com

And the Triumph is an older ship, built in 1999. Newer ships have ice rinks, flowriders, rock climbing walls, zip lines, carousels, trees, real grass lawns, etc. You will not get bored or feel stuck. I just got back from a cruise. While most of America was freezing we were laying poolside and drinking while watching the AFC and NFC championship games on the big screen TV by the pool. Some people were watching them from the hot tubs. You can eat different food every day, not the same, and not buffet if you don't want to. There are more restaurants on the ship than days you will be on the ship. The ship does not "slosh", it has stabilizers. Visit tourist traps? I've climbed waterfalls, explored jungles, and met people all over the world via cruising. But stick to your incorrect assumptions about cruising. Less people cruising = cruise lines desperate to fill their ships = lower prices for those of us that do want to cruise.
 
2013-02-13 02:20:03 PM

Walker: Of course the Carnival guy is gonna lie and say everyone on the ship is lying. There are numerous reports of raw sewage running down the ship's walls. This is like stuff out of the 9th level of Hell. They may actually have to make a new level of hell just for this.


You are actualy thinking of Bolgia 2 from the 8th circle of hell which is reserved for flatterers. They are seeped in human shiat to represent the words they used. The only real boat is on the 5th circle, but that's more of a skiff than a cruise ship.

The 9th circle of Hell is a vast cavern of ice in which Lucifer is imprisoned.

You wanna go classic literature? I'll go classic literature on that ass.
 
2013-02-13 02:21:19 PM

jjwars1: This. People will go out of their way to find something to whine about for attention, special treatment, discounts, or a free vacation. Then, they threaten to sue when they don't feel they are getting enough


That is what you have to do with cruise ships to get what you signed up for.

Which is my main beef with them.

durbnpoisn: And even better question is, if they can deliver supplies, why can't the bring a few Porta-potties? That would solve their waste disposal problems


If you could find a good place to bolt them down, you would still need to empty them.
 
2013-02-13 02:22:37 PM

Rev.K: Hmmm, between captains abandoning their shipwrecked vessels, poo oozing down the walls and the near certainty of contracting Norovirus, I just don't know why I wouldn't ever want to go on a cruise.


Step 1: Register your ship under a foreign flag, so you don't have to pay for skilled sailors, instead you pay near slave wages to malnourished Hatians.
Step 2: Say daily prayers that nothing EVER goes wrong on a ship that will need skilled sailors to keep everyone safe and comfortable
Step 3: PROFIT!


Note: Step 2 doesn't always work.
 
2013-02-13 02:23:16 PM
I can't believe people on here are complaining about a goddamn cruise. Cruises are farking awesome. Except, you know, this one.
 
2013-02-13 02:24:41 PM

Big Ramifications: Do you reckon there was heaps of 2 girls 1 cup action in amongst all the shiat-smeared corridors?


No, but I imagine it would make one hell of a slip n slide. With  3 days worth of  greasy cheese-sammich poop and a running start, I bet you could easily slide 100ft or more.
 
2013-02-13 02:25:38 PM

Wrath of Heaven: Ego edo infantia cattus: Isn't this something like the third time this has happened in the last five years? Why the hell would anyone step foot on a cruse ship?

The Ecstasy sailed 78 times in 2000.

There are 24 ships in the Carnival fleet.

This gives us an approximate figure of 1,872 cruises per year.

Over 5 years, that would be 9,360 cruises.

With your incident rate, that's a less than 0.00032 chance of your cruise ending like this one.

Are you a gambler?


I could get that chance even lower by vacationing on land.
 
2013-02-13 02:26:35 PM
Princess Cruise lines can save a lot on advertising by one simple commercial.

Princess Cruise Lines - We're not Carnival..
 
2013-02-13 02:27:50 PM

Walker: Most people who bash cruises have never been on one. Once you go on one you'll be hooked....unless it was this one.


I've been on one, and may go on one again (wife wants to go).  However, I'm not a fan.  Here's why:
- I don't gamble
- I don't want to spend my vacation lying in the sun, I want to actually do something/see something new
- I don't want to do hokey group activities with people I don't know or care to know
- Buffet food tends to make me sick
- fark bringing a suit/tuxedo for the one night you're supposed to wear it
- When I visit a new country, 10 hours just isn't enough to take in the sites, culture, and foods

That said, they're a great value and if you're the type of person who flies to the Caribbean just to spend every day laying in a recliner next to the pool, or all day in a casino playing the slots, cruises are just the thing for you.  They'd be perfect for my dad if he was in better health.
 
2013-02-13 02:28:03 PM

Walker: Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?


Considering how many people are around it yes.  I want some semblance of seclusion on vacation, otherwise I'd just do a day trip to the waterpark.
 
2013-02-13 02:29:10 PM
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2013-02-13 02:32:37 PM

Walker: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Walker: Well it is a great bargain. I've taken 8 of them, usually 7-night cruises.

I dunno. It still sounds to me like being stuck in a fairly crappy hotel (that sloshes back and forth) for days on end eating the same crappy buffet food, and occasionally you get to leave the hotel and visit the port town tourist traps of some third-world country.

A fairly crappy hotel? These are pics of the ship in question. Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?
[And the Triumph is an older ship, built in 1999. Newer ships have ice rinks, flowriders, rock climbing walls, zip lines, carousels, trees, real grass lawns, etc. You will not get bored or feel stuck. I just got back from a cruise. While most of America was freezing we were laying poolside and drinking while watching the AFC and NFC championship games on the big screen TV by the pool. Some people were watching them from the hot tubs. You can eat different food every day, not the same, and not buffet if you don't want to. There are more restaurants on the ship than days you will be on the ship. The ship does not "slosh", it has stabilizers. Visit tourist traps? I've climbed waterfalls, explored jungles, and met people all over the world via cruising. But stick to your incorrect assumptions about cruising. Less people cruising = cruise lines desperate to fill their ships = lower prices for those of us that do want to cruise.


While most of Canada was freezing a few weeks ago, I was climbing red rock buttes with my two little kids (real rocks, not fibreglass ones), exploring a pinon forest (naturally grown!), going to an NHL hockey game, seeing centuries old cliff dwellings, and enjoying home-cooked meals in a 2-bedroom, 1200 sq. ft condo that didn't move AT ALL, all for less than the price of ONE cruise ticket, and I didn't have to jostle with anyone.  :)  To each their own, but you'll never catch me aboard one of those things again, ever (did it once just to see).

And also, those pool area pics make me claustrophobic.
 
2013-02-13 02:34:31 PM

Big Ramifications: However, I'm laffing hard at the idea of the line of thinking: "Our ship has had a huge power breakdown. Oh no! Better start dropping our turds in the corridors!"


Cruise Director Mackey says:
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"Oh, ya think that's funny, huh? Let me assure you, there is nothing funny about going into a nice, clean, unsuspecting passageway, m'kay, dropping your pants, then turning around, squatting over the carpet, m'kay, maybe, maybe, pulling your butt cheeks apart with your hands, m'kay, and then laying out a big spicy fudge dragon for all the world to see. "
 
2013-02-13 02:34:59 PM
To everyone who enjoys cruises, you keep on doing what you love.

Me being a seasick motherf*cker, I'll just stay on land.
 
2013-02-13 02:36:08 PM

12349876: Walker: Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?

Considering how many people are around it yes.  I want some semblance of seclusion on vacation, otherwise I'd just do a day trip to the waterpark.


Sounds like we're of the same mind, the cruise ship draw eludes me.  Others may like what we don't, but they're out to spite you.
 
2013-02-13 02:37:14 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu:  He said passengers were given plastic bags to "use for their business."

What a bag of crap might look like:
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Señor Bag-of-Crap is unimpressed.

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So they are taking the most biodegradeable substance know to man and putting it in a bag. Yep that seems logical when you are floating in the ocean
 
2013-02-13 02:38:03 PM
"Conditions on disabled cruise ship in dispute."

Yeah, and the availablity of lifeboats was in dispute on the Titanic - as in first class got them, and steerage watched them paddle away.

I'm sure the first class passengers are doing fine, especially in the higher, roomier cabins that open to the breeze. The guys down in the dark, hot corridors with the overflowing toilets and crap coming out their showers? Not so much.

One cruise, two experiences.
 
2013-02-13 02:38:32 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: FrancoFile: Why doesn't the power system have better redundancy and graceful-failure modes?  If you have multiple engines and generators on the boat, separate them by firewalls and intervening space so that a single accident can't wipe out the entire thing.

Because redundant systems cost money, and the cruise line owners want to maximize shareholder value.

Just think, one of those mutual funds you have your retirement in could be depend upon the profitability of some real asshole corporation  e.g. Monsanto or the Koch Brothers.


A, the politics tab is over there --->
And 2, in the long run, separation of critical systems is a way to save money,
 
2013-02-13 02:38:46 PM

Carth: Dumb question. Why can't they just send another boat to rescue them? If the boat had sunk would they be stranded in those little lifeboats for a week before anyone could get to them?


They did send another boat to rescue them.  Two, in fact.  Tug boats.

\you really think there's a billion-dollar cruise ship sitting idle nearby, waiting for a disaster like this to strike?
 
2013-02-13 02:41:04 PM
No side is going to be 100% truthful in this carnival  wants to minimize the situation to save face and some passengers want to make it seems as bad as it can be with an eye to lawsuits and legal settlements.   I would be more inclined to believe a passenger over the cruise line but even take that with a grain of salt.

We will likely never see interior shots of the cruise ship in question as Carnival is going to do all it can to keep images of what is really going on in the ship a secret.
 
2013-02-13 02:41:59 PM
What I like to do on vacation is objectively better than what you like to do on vacation and if you disagree you are stupid.
 
2013-02-13 02:42:25 PM

Walker: Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?


Actually, yes. Yes it does. It looks like way too many fat honkeys crammed into too small an area, and I don't even see a pool, just a couple little hot tubs. I grant you the theater looks pretty nice, but I can't spend all my time in a theater. I'm more interested in what the cabins look like.

Newer ships have ice rinks, flowriders, rock climbing walls, zip lines, carousels, trees, real grass lawns, etc.

You know what else has trees, real grass lawns, and rock walls? The great outdoors. And there's a lot more of them than they can stuff onto a boat. Still don't understand the appeal.
 
2013-02-13 02:46:53 PM
I can't imagine being part of the clean up crew once this sucker gets pulled back to port.

Better to just nuke it from orbit, etc etc.
 
2013-02-13 02:46:54 PM

durbnpoisn: Carth: Dumb question. Why can't they just send another boat to rescue them? If the boat had sunk would they be stranded in those little lifeboats for a week before anyone could get to them?

I was wondering the same thing.  If they can pull boats up to deliver supplies, then why can't they offload passengers?

And even better question is, if they can deliver supplies, why can't the bring a few Porta-potties?  That would solve their waste disposal problems.


A few?  There are almost five thousand people on that boat.  That kind of crowd would require 50 portajons for every 12-hour period.  Unless you think they're also going to deliver one of those cleaning trucks as well...
 
2013-02-13 02:48:57 PM

Walker: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Walker: Well it is a great bargain. I've taken 8 of them, usually 7-night cruises.

I dunno. It still sounds to me like being stuck in a fairly crappy hotel (that sloshes back and forth) for days on end eating the same crappy buffet food, and occasionally you get to leave the hotel and visit the port town tourist traps of some third-world country.

A fairly crappy hotel? These are pics of the ship in question. Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area? -

Given the person/poll size ratio, Yes.
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Is this a crappy hotel theater?
Looks pretty good.
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Does this look like a crappy hotel atrium?
For a vacation spot, that is goign to be  amain hang out after dark, yes.
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And the Triumph is an older ship, built in 1999. Newer ships have ice rinks, flowriders, rock climbing walls, zip lines, carousels, trees, real grass lawns, etc. You will not get bored or feel stuck. I just got back from a cruise. While most of America was freezing we were laying poolside and drinking while watching the AFC and NFC championship games on the big screen TV by the pool. Some people were watching them from the hot tubs. You can eat different food every day, not the same, and not buffet if you don't want to. There are more restaurants on the ship than days you will be on the ship. The ship does not "slosh", it has stabilizers. Visit tourist traps? I've climbed waterfalls, explored jungles, and met people all over the world via cruising. But stick to your incorrect assumptions about cruising. Less people cruising = cruise lines desperate to fill their ships = lower prices for those of us that do want to cruise.


There may be more restaurants onthe ship than days there, but you are going to have better selection off a ship.

Those places you visited were all tourist traps, and if booked through the cruise line, overpriced.
 
2013-02-13 02:51:16 PM

wild9: MBooda: Carth: Dumb question. Why can't they just send another boat to rescue them?

Sure, and then just transfer using breeches buoy.

/x1,000

I looked up Breeches Buoy on Wikipedia...There is a competition involving this device and I did not understand any of the words used to describe it.


There are only two words you need to understand with regards to a breeches buoy competition: "goat rope".

/or "cluster", and I forget the second one
 
2013-02-13 02:51:58 PM
Most people who bash cruising have never stepped foot on a cruise ship. Isn't that always just the way?
 
2013-02-13 03:00:24 PM

Haoie: Most people who bash cruising have never stepped foot on a cruise ship. Isn't that always just the way?


Pretty much, I have enjoyed the few cruises I have taken but I have never taken a Caribbean cruise, most of the bad experiences I've heard of stem from those cruises.

/Alaska was a kick ass cruise
//River Cruise of the Danube was one of the best vacations of my life.
 
2013-02-13 03:01:32 PM

Haoie: Most people who bash cruising have never stepped foot on a cruise ship. Isn't that always just the way?


Most people who bash eating shiat have never eaten shiat.  Isn't that always just the way?
 
2013-02-13 03:01:51 PM

ampoliros: A cruise is quite possibly one of the best vacations you can have. The problem is that when things go wrong, you can't just go home. You're stuck there until God knows when.

The wife and I have plans to try a Disney cruise when the boy gets a bit older.


Disney manages to keep their ducks in a row a lot better than Carnival.

We did a 3 night cruise on the Dream last spring. We have a 4 night on the Dream booked for this fall. We absolutely loved it... we don't even have kids and we had an absolute blast.

When we booked the first cruise people told us that we'd be ruined for other cruise lines (Disney Cruise Line has a rep for fantastic customer service). We've not tried any other lines, but honestly, DCL was so great I see no need to do so. They aren't cheap, but it's because it's worth it.
 
2013-02-13 03:02:36 PM
Places I visited on a cruise in December:
-San Diego, California
-Honolulu, Hawaii
-Hilo, Hawaii
-Lahaina, Hawaii
-Fanning Island, Kiribati
-Rarotonga, Cook Islands
-Raiatea, French Polynesia
-Bora Bora, French Polynesia
-Bahia d Opunoha, Moorea
-Papeete, French Polynesia
-Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

Places I'm going to visit on the cruise next month:
-Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
-Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
-Athens (Piraeus), Greece
-Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey
-Istanbul, Turkey
-Naples, Italy

Places I'm going to visit on a cruise in July:
-Boston, Massachusetts
-Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
-Red Bay, Labrador, Canada
-Qaqortoq, Greenland
-Prince Christian Sund
-Isafjardurdjur
-Akureyri, Iceland
-Eyjafjordur
-Seydisfjordur, Iceland
-Torshavn, Faroe Islands
-Bergen, Norway
-Stavanger, Norway
-Lysefjord
-Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland
-Dublin, Ireland
-Belfast, Northern Ireland
-Djupivogur, Iceland
-Heimaey, Iceland
-Reykjavik, Iceland
-Nanortalik, Greenland
-St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada
-St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
-Bar Harbor, Maine

Without question, if you want to see a lot of the world, for between $35 and $50 a day (including food), there's no better way than cruising.
 
2013-02-13 03:03:07 PM
I'd rather go to my place out in the country and have the entire property to just my lady and myself. No mouth breathers, fatties, bogus captain, or Clampetts on vacation.The exception will be that I will be the lone smart ass on site. I know it and she knows it.
 
2013-02-13 03:03:49 PM

TNel: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Walker: Well it is a great bargain. I've taken 8 of them, usually 7-night cruises.

I dunno. It still sounds to me like being stuck in a fairly crappy hotel (that sloshes back and forth) for days on end eating the same crappy buffet food, and occasionally you get to leave the hotel and visit the port town tourist traps of some third-world country.

I think, please correct me if I'm wrong, that on cruises the boat doesn't slosh back and forth due to the size of the boat.


It's a combination of the size of the ship, plus cruise ships use stabilizers to minimize the roll.
 
2013-02-13 03:06:14 PM
smallscreenscoop.com
 
2013-02-13 03:09:50 PM

MrSteve007: Bunch of places

Without question, if you want to see a lot of the world, for between $35 and $50 a day (including food), there's no better way than cruising.


Well, I think it'd be more correct to say if you want to spend 27 minutes in some places that sound really cool, but not actually experience the culture, see the less visited sites, and get a feel for the local area, then cruises are a great deal.
 
2013-02-13 03:10:14 PM

CheekyMonkey: Carth: Dumb question. Why can't they just send another boat to rescue them? If the boat had sunk would they be stranded in those little lifeboats for a week before anyone could get to them?

They did send another boat to rescue them.  Two, in fact.  Tug boats.

\you really think there's a billion-dollar cruise ship sitting idle nearby, waiting for a disaster like this to strike?


So what do they send if there actually is a sinking cruise ship that far from land? Has it happened in modern times? I can't imagine they would airlift all the boats.
 
2013-02-13 03:10:49 PM

MrSteve007: if you want to see a lot of the world


See being the key word.  If you want to actually KNOW a place, three nights minimum on land.
 
2013-02-13 03:12:19 PM

12349876: See being the key word.


I think he's using the Navy definition of "see the world".
 
2013-02-13 03:12:51 PM

Haoie: Most people who bash cruising have never stepped foot on a cruise ship. Isn't that always just the way?


Some people know, without trying it, that it isn't for them.  If I'm on vacation, and fancy a walk, I'm talking about a 5-mile hike in the mountains, not a 5-minute walk around the poop deck.  I could provide numerous additional examples, but you get my point, no?
 
2013-02-13 03:15:23 PM

Haoie: Most people who bash cruising have never stepped foot on a cruise ship. Isn't that always just the way?


I've never watched a 24 hour marathon of Honey Boo Boo but I can still certain with a high degree of certainty I wouldn't enjoy it.
 
2013-02-13 03:15:52 PM
If they started serving cheese sandwiches at the outset, they could have minimized the poo problem, at least for a few days
 
2013-02-13 03:18:31 PM

ronaprhys: Well, I think it'd be more correct to say if you want to spend 27 minutes in some places that sound really cool, but not actually experience the culture, see the less visited sites, and get a feel for the local area, then cruises are a great deal.


When it comes to the longer cruises, some of the stops are your ~14 hour one-day deals (arrival at 6am, sailing at 8pm), however at the more major sites (say Istanbul, Papeete, Amsterdam, Rome, Reykjavik) we spend two solid days at the cities (5am arrivals, overnight at dock, and then 8pm sailings the next day.

Will you see absolutely everything? No, of course not. But you'll see quite a lot.
 
2013-02-13 03:18:34 PM

tricycleracer: 12349876: See being the key word.

I think he's using the Navy definition of "see the world".


The Navy's definition of "see the world" involves being guarded by Marines and basically serving as a sea-going cargo service for the actual people who fight.

/Air Force Reserves.  Mechanic - so yes, you can mock me, too.  But at least our mascot isn't a goat.  And at least we didn't volunteer to be stuck on a boat full of nothing but other guys.
//NTTAWWT
 
2013-02-13 03:21:17 PM

Walker: A fairly crappy hotel? These are pics of the ship in question. Does this look like a crappy hotel pool area?


Yes, It's TOO crowded.

Is this a crappy hotel theater?

Yes, the seats don't recline and there's all-but-useless drink tables in the way of my legroom. Doesn't look comfortable.

Does this look like a crappy hotel atrium?

In fairness, no, that looks like a nice bar.

And the Triumph is an older ship, built in 1999. Newer ships have ice rinks, flowriders, rock climbing walls, zip lines, carousels, trees, real grass lawns, etc. You will not get bored or feel stuck. I just got back from a cruise. While most of America was freezing we were laying poolside and drinking while watching the AFC and NFC championship games on the big screen TV by the pool. Some people were watching them from the hot tubs. You can eat different food every day, not the same, and not buffet if you don't want to. There are more restaurants on the ship than days you will be on the ship. The ship does not "slosh", it has stabilizers. Visit tourist traps? I've climbed waterfalls, explored jungles, and met people all over the world via cruising. But stick to your incorrect assumptions about cruising. Less people cruising = cruise lines desperate to fill their ships = lower prices for those of us that do want to cruise.

Ok, but you could get *ALL* of those things and more at an actual land-based resort. So why do them on a somewhat-restricted-in-capability steel tourist barge? Is it just to be on the water and visit exotic locales? You can do that by learning to sail and chartering your own barebones sailboat for dirt cheap, plus the locals like you more when you do this.
 
2013-02-13 03:21:45 PM

MrSteve007: ronaprhys: Well, I think it'd be more correct to say if you want to spend 27 minutes in some places that sound really cool, but not actually experience the culture, see the less visited sites, and get a feel for the local area, then cruises are a great deal.

When it comes to the longer cruises, some of the stops are your ~14 hour one-day deals (arrival at 6am, sailing at 8pm), however at the more major sites (say Istanbul, Papeete, Amsterdam, Rome, Reykjavik) we spend two solid days at the cities (5am arrivals, overnight at dock, and then 8pm sailings the next day.

Will you see absolutely everything? No, of course not. But you'll see quite a lot.


Two days in a major city wouldn't be my idea of seeing something.  Of course, when my wife and I actually decide to vacation somewhere, we're there for a week or more.  It lets us see the major sites, but also bunches of the lesser known stuff, meet people, etc.
 
2013-02-13 03:26:59 PM
Cheese sandwiches, $11, twenties only. No change!
 
2013-02-13 03:27:03 PM

MrSteve007: Places I visited on a cruise in December:
-San Diego, California
-Honolulu, Hawaii
-Hilo, Hawaii
-Lahaina, Hawaii
-Fanning Island, Kiribati
-Rarotonga, Cook Islands
-Raiatea, French Polynesia
-Bora Bora, French Polynesia
-Bahia d Opunoha, Moorea
-Papeete, French Polynesia
-Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

Places I'm going to visit on the cruise next month:
-Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
-Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
-Athens (Piraeus), Greece
-Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey
-Istanbul, Turkey
-Naples, Italy

Places I'm going to visit on a cruise in July:
-Boston, Massachusetts
-Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
-Red Bay, Labrador, Canada
-Qaqortoq, Greenland
-Prince Christian Sund
-Isafjardurdjur
-Akureyri, Iceland
-Eyjafjordur
-Seydisfjordur, Iceland
-Torshavn, Faroe Islands
-Bergen, Norway
-Stavanger, Norway
-Lysefjord
-Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland
-Dublin, Ireland
-Belfast, Northern Ireland
-Djupivogur, Iceland
-Heimaey, Iceland
-Reykjavik, Iceland
-Nanortalik, Greenland
-St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada
-St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
-Bar Harbor, Maine

Without question, if you want to see very little of a lot of the world, for between $35 and $50 a day (including food), there's no better way than cruising.


FTFY.

Let's take the last place on your list, for example.  When you "see" Bah Haabaa, will you have time to take in the view from the top of Cadillac Mtn?  Hike up The Bubbles?  Climb the iron ladders set into the rock on The Beehive? See Thunder Hole?  Stop in at Bar Harbor Brewing and have a Blueberry Ale?  Go on a sea kayak tour?  Go whale-watching?

Nope.  You won't be able to do any of that.  You'll have time to walk around the downtown shopping area, perhaps have lunch.  You'll be able to say you've been to Bah Habah, but you'll see very little of it...
 
2013-02-13 03:27:50 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I dunno. It still sounds to me like being stuck in a fairly crappy hotel (that sloshes back and forth) for days on end eating the same crappy buffet food, and occasionally you get to leave the hotel and visit the port town tourist traps of some third-world country.


In the company of hundreds of old people whiling away the years before merciful death intervenes, and a few spinster librarians looking desperately for love. What larks.
 
2013-02-13 03:28:12 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: Isn't this something like the third time this has happened in the last five years? Why the hell would anyone step foot on a cruse ship?


It doesn't happen often.

Think about it this way: an astounding number of people die every day in car accidents and yet nobody gives that any thought before getting behind the wheel.
 
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