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2022-01-15 9:03:16 PM  
Cmon honey. Let's take a cruise, the deals are great and they wouldn't sell tickets if they couldn't keep us safe.
 
2022-01-15 9:09:28 PM  
I didn't sign up for a sea cruise to float around on the goddam water!

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2022-01-16 1:23:30 AM  
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2022-01-16 4:17:18 AM  
"Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.
 
2022-01-16 5:44:25 AM  

koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.


Should probably ration the alcohol.
 
2022-01-16 5:49:17 AM  

Vtimlin: koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.

Should probably ration the alcohol.


But the resulting fights would be the entertainment.
I'm imagining walking around a cruise ship with friends holding cards with numbers and rating the fights we see,
Or maybe taking bets. Gambling is legal at sea after all.
 
2022-01-16 5:56:35 AM  
"I'm miserable, but it's my own fault. This is exactly what they said might happen."

Keep saying that to yourself until you understand it.
 
2022-01-16 6:00:32 AM  
Jesus cruise ships are designed with a million on board activities.  Casino, spa, nightclubs, etc
And no doubt they'll compensate you with travel vouchers for the missed ports
When I worked for Royal it was $1K voucher for any missed port stop.
Whiny Karen
 
2022-01-16 6:00:45 AM  

farkitallletitend: Cmon honey. Let's take a cruise, the deals are great and they wouldn't sell tickets if they couldn't keep us safe.


I'd take it, if the buffet is free and I have internet, who cares where the travel is going.

I feel sorry for people who are so God damn dumb to have higher expectations though.
 
2022-01-16 6:21:13 AM  
"Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do,"

"Adults" ladies and gentlemen.
 
2022-01-16 6:37:19 AM  

Bslim: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do,"

"Adults" ladies and gentlemen.


but for some people being a "adult" is to much work.
 
2022-01-16 6:48:24 AM  
Relax, I'm sure the fire hose of ranch dressing is still running.
 
2022-01-16 6:53:32 AM  
You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?
 
2022-01-16 6:57:17 AM  

Bslim: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do,"

"Adults" ladies and gentlemen.


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2022-01-16 7:20:30 AM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: Jesus cruise ships are designed with a million on board activities.  Casino, spa, nightclubs, etc
And no doubt they'll compensate you with travel vouchers for the missed ports
When I worked for Royal it was $1K voucher for any missed port stop.
Whiny Karen


I would get bored with a casino after about an hour. A nightclub in about half that time.

This sounds like hell on Earth to me. But that's why I don't take cruises.
 
2022-01-16 7:26:30 AM  

Vtimlin: koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.

Should probably ration the alcohol.


That leaves sodomy and the lash then for entertainment.
 
2022-01-16 7:37:31 AM  

alienated: Vtimlin: koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.

Should probably ration the alcohol.

That leaves sodomy and the lash then for entertainment.


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2022-01-16 7:37:50 AM  
The main reason I have never gone on a cruise (among a list of other reasons) is that those things are giant petri dishes, and that was before a global pandemic.
What are these people thinking?
 
2022-01-16 7:42:07 AM  

SuburbanCowboy: The main reason I have never gone on a cruise (among a list of other reasons) is that those things are giant petri dishes, and that was before a global pandemic.
What are these people thinking?


"I WANNS AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME!!!"

The basic jist of the argument of someone who was seriously planning to get back to multiple cruises a year like they said they did pre-pandemic, back in November.
 
2022-01-16 7:46:13 AM  
Area cruise line passionate defender of what they imagine "cancellation" to mean.

If it's canceled, Norwegian should just return to port, not sit them floating doing nothing. Norwegian has literally said that the cruise is canceled, in the middle of the cruise, but their definition of "canceled" is "We're not going back home, we'll just float here."

That said, when I've been on a (non-pandemic) cruise, depending on what I wanted from it, the sea days are often some of the best parts because they pack the ship with things to do. If you want a ship that has NOTHING going on, that's a port day where you have no interest in the port.
 
2022-01-16 7:48:42 AM  

gilgigamesh: Pats_Cloth_Coat: Jesus cruise ships are designed with a million on board activities.  Casino, spa, nightclubs, etc
And no doubt they'll compensate you with travel vouchers for the missed ports
When I worked for Royal it was $1K voucher for any missed port stop.
Whiny Karen

I would get bored with a casino after about an hour. A nightclub in about half that time.

This sounds like hell on Earth to me. But that's why I don't take cruises.


comedy club. painting classes. 9 holes of golf on some huge ships. they have very good professionals and data to design a million activities. visit the art gallery, take a cooking class. anything you can do on shore  (including just staying in to watch movies) you can do on the ship

they stopped offering trap shooting though, which was very popular
 
2022-01-16 7:49:38 AM  
She's doing it wrong.

/Go work on your quals.
 
2022-01-16 7:50:37 AM  
The farking stupidity of people continues to amaze me
 
2022-01-16 8:01:25 AM  
I know of another cruise that got canceled halfway through...
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2022-01-16 8:03:35 AM  

alienated: Vtimlin: koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.

Should probably ration the alcohol.

That leaves sodomy and the lash then for entertainment.


I think that is only an option available on certain "special interest cruises."
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2022-01-16 8:05:11 AM  

dittybopper: You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?


Would 'staff the lifeboats' be appropriate?
 
2022-01-16 8:09:33 AM  
Who the fark is going on a cruise now of all times?
 
2022-01-16 8:09:48 AM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: Jesus cruise ships are designed with a million on board activities.  Casino, spa, nightclubs, etc
And no doubt they'll compensate you with travel vouchers for the missed ports
When I worked for Royal it was $1K voucher for any missed port stop.
Whiny Karen


I would have loved this.  I don't like the schedule of having to get up and get off the ship for 8 to 10 hours to not really see anything but the most tourist spots there are.
My wife always wants to get off at the ports.  Turing into a free cruise with 50% off the next while not having to het off would be a vacation nested in a vacation
 
2022-01-16 8:22:58 AM  

ctighe2353: Pats_Cloth_Coat: Jesus cruise ships are designed with a million on board activities.  Casino, spa, nightclubs, etc
And no doubt they'll compensate you with travel vouchers for the missed ports
When I worked for Royal it was $1K voucher for any missed port stop.
Whiny Karen

I would have loved this.  I don't like the schedule of having to get up and get off the ship for 8 to 10 hours to not really see anything but the most tourist spots there are.
My wife always wants to get off at the ports.  Turing into a free cruise with 50% off the next while not having to het off would be a vacation nested in a vacation


Usually the problem was getting the passport data through to the port authority in the two hour window before docking

I was the go-to for this. So at 1 am I'd get a frantic call, "we're supposed to dock in Cairo but the web service won't take our data. We're looking at a $6 million revenue hit"

No complaints. They treated me well and paid top dollar
 
2022-01-16 8:25:49 AM  

syzygy whizz: dittybopper: You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?

Would 'staff the lifeboats' be appropriate?


No, and neither would "crew the lifeboats".

Both staff and crew imply a professional relationship, whereas passengers are just that:  Passengers.

Passenger the lifeboats doesn't work because that implies the crew isn't involved, which clearly they are or should be.

Obviously we can't continue to use "man the lifeboats" because as a gendered language construct that encourages crimethink and is doubleplus ungood.

So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".
 
2022-01-16 8:30:49 AM  

dittybopper: You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?


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2022-01-16 8:35:48 AM  
Anthony Bivona, who self identifies as a frequent Norwegian cruiser, told USA TODAY that his experience on the Gem has been a positive one, in spite of cancellations.

"self identifies as a frequent Norwegian cruiser" -Okay that's probably the dumbest thing I'll hear all day.

"his experience on the Gem has been a positive one" -Uh phrasing.
 
2022-01-16 8:37:09 AM  

dittybopper: syzygy whizz: dittybopper: You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?

Would 'staff the lifeboats' be appropriate?

No, and neither would "crew the lifeboats".

Both staff and crew imply a professional relationship, whereas passengers are just that:  Passengers.

Passenger the lifeboats doesn't work because that implies the crew isn't involved, which clearly they are or should be.

Obviously we can't continue to use "man the lifeboats" because as a gendered language construct that encourages crimethink and is doubleplus ungood.

So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".


I believe we should look to the most wise beings in the universe for guidance, by which I mean, the Vulcans. Logically the correct term is: sentient.
You sentient the lifeboats
 
2022-01-16 8:51:11 AM  
So they got a full refund plus an additional 50% credit towards their next cruise.  I'd have to assume a bunch of on board food, drink and entertainment vouchers as well.  If your triple vaxxed andalready had covid this cruise seems like a good deal.  Take your money back and your half-off the next cruise and wait for the pandemic to wimper.  Then ride in style with the next cruise with the upgrades you can get with the discount.

For me though the idea of a cruise ship sounds about as fun as a Walmart on black Friday.
 
2022-01-16 8:58:25 AM  
Aimee Focaraccio boarded the Norwegian Gem on Sunday for her 10-day birthday cruise from New York.

I thought it was silly when some parents started celebrating their babies' 6-month birthdays, but now they're celebrating 10-day birthdays? This is getting ridiculous.
 
2022-01-16 9:09:04 AM  

Bslim: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do,"

"Adults" ladies and gentlemen.


Some people are easily amused.  Some are with difficulty.  And then there's this one.
 
2022-01-16 9:13:31 AM  

G. Tarrant: Area cruise line passionate defender of what they imagine "cancellation" to mean.

If it's canceled, Norwegian should just return to port, not sit them floating doing nothing. Norwegian has literally said that the cruise is canceled, in the middle of the cruise, but their definition of "canceled" is "We're not going back home, we'll just float here."


5 day quarantine, most likely. If they returned to port, and were somehow allowed to dock, people wouldn't be allowed off the boat. Might as well hang out in the warm weather as long as possible.

It also sounds like they had to restrict the number of people allowed in shows and the casino. I'd guess the nightclubs are shut down and dining is now a total shiat show. If someone booked a cruise and didn't think there was a very real possibility of this happening, they are an idiot.
 
2022-01-16 9:20:12 AM  
For excitement, they could turn off the gyroscopes and other stablizing gear.  Nothing like having a boat almost turtle to make a long voyage memorable.  They may need to head to the North Atlantic for fun weather, though.
 
2022-01-16 9:34:19 AM  
Sailing on the Norwegian Germ seems like a bad idea.
 
2022-01-16 9:40:12 AM  
All cruise ships should be directed to moor at Scapa Flow until the pandemic is over.  Passengers included as they are enemy combatants.
 
2022-01-16 9:40:26 AM  
you're an idiot for even contemplating taking at any point in the past 2 years.  no one to blame but yourself
 
2022-01-16 10:15:09 AM  
I got stuck on a cruise once.
This dating group had a meet and greet at a bar. I showed up and waited for anyone of interest to appear. Nope. Left.
Next One they had on a lake cruise. Gahh! Almost jumped overboard.

Know how zookeepers lock up a male and female an hope they will spawn?
That is how the organizer was.
I would have hit on her out of spite, but I was not certain she had her rabies shots.

Year later, met up with a lady I met in an online bdsm chat room.
Of all the ladies there were in the social circle of that lifestyle, she was the only 12 out of 10. And most, were ... Nuts.

I mean clingy, Cray, nuts.

Best 5 years of dating anyone a fellow could have.
Quite happy to hold anyone up to that and see what they bring to the table now, and remain single, otherwise.

I don't like having to "make plans" for the weekends.

Where were we? On a cruise? No. No freaking way. Unless I'm kitchen staff, and you have some Swedish waitrons.
 
2022-01-16 10:18:10 AM  

dittybopper: So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".


What's wrong with "Occupy the lifeboats?"
 
2022-01-16 10:20:26 AM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: alienated: Vtimlin: koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.

Should probably ration the alcohol.

That leaves sodomy and the lash then for entertainment.

I think that is only an option available on certain "special interest cruises."
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I'll be in my stateroom.
 
2022-01-16 10:21:40 AM  

DiDGr8: dittybopper: So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".

What's wrong with "Occupy the lifeboats?"


Too political, what with the whole Occupy Wall Street thing.
 
2022-01-16 10:48:32 AM  

koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.


I got off my Navy ship in Puerto Rico, and they continued on to the Med.  They wouldn't tie up at a pier again for another 105 days.

Too bad there isn't a tropical storm they could sail through.  Having to sleep on your stomach or back because the ship is rolling too much for you to sleep on your side is "fun".  All the "fun" stuff to do is cancelled because it's too rough to even consider letting folks out on the decks.

Stuck with 3000 others on a vehicle you can't leave sounds like the stupidest thing in the world.
 
2022-01-16 10:49:34 AM  

dittybopper: DiDGr8: dittybopper: So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".

What's wrong with "Occupy the lifeboats?"

Too political, what with the whole Occupy Wall Street thing.


There is always "Get in the mother farking lifeboats!"
 
2022-01-16 11:19:54 AM  

dittybopper: syzygy whizz: dittybopper: You mean "Person the lifeboats", don't you subby?  Have you not read the 10th edition of the Newspeak dictionary?

Would 'staff the lifeboats' be appropriate?

No, and neither would "crew the lifeboats".

Both staff and crew imply a professional relationship, whereas passengers are just that:  Passengers.

Passenger the lifeboats doesn't work because that implies the crew isn't involved, which clearly they are or should be.

Obviously we can't continue to use "man the lifeboats" because as a gendered language construct that encourages crimethink and is doubleplus ungood.

So "Person the lifeboats" will have to do for now, at least until we have non-human intelligences involved at which point it will have to be something like "Sentient the lifeboats".


"To the lifeboats" (ye scurvy dogs)?
 
2022-01-16 11:20:06 AM  

koder: "Without the islands and ports to break up the sea days this is turning into a nightmare. I really can't imagine four more sea days back to back without much to do," Focaraccio told USA TODAY.

The horror. You booked a 10 day cruise in the middle of a pandemic and *gasp* you have to skip all your ports and spend it all at sea.  God forbid they skip the midnight buffet.


I really don't see how this isn't expected from anyone booking cruises now. I can almost be convinced that a cruise is a nice vacation, traveling from destination to destination aboard a moving hotel with plenty of alcohol and a casino doesn't at all sound unappealing, but the fact that once you're on board now, you aren't guaranteed to ever make it into a port again for the next month because Cletus from down the hall can't comprehend basic hygiene let alone the idea a mask can slow the spread of Covid is far far too much risk. No thanks, maybe in 5-10 years if shiat gets back to normal but no farking way am I going now.
 
2022-01-16 11:43:03 AM  

SuburbanCowboy: The main reason I have never gone on a cruise (among a list of other reasons) is that those things are giant petri dishes, and that was before a global pandemic.
What are these people thinking?


agreed. My sister and my parents used to go on cruises every year starting in 2006, stopped going in 2015. The last four years they went, they increasingly came back sicker and sicker, the last two they came back with a month long flu bug and a case of shingles.

I took a midnight ferry ride across the English Channel in May 30 years ago and that experience cured me of ever wanting to take a cruise.
 
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