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#1 Buzz Buzzard

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:49 AM

Arrival appointment time.
1130
Room not available till 130
Try to buy the 700 drink package
Unable since we dont have the room keys yet.
No place to sit in the dining areas.

All the folks telling me how much I was going to love this, well um not so much so far.
The food was fairly good.
Maybe as it progresses things will look up.
Flying to Mexico seems like a great deal better to me.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:03 PM

It snowed here last night and today it's gray and 34°.  Does that make you feel better?  ;)



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:10 PM

Only took one cruise on a Cattle Boat to cure me.

I can’t stand crowds.

If I’m not on a sailboat, then it’s an adults only small resort.
Hopefully it’s gets better.

Better than being at work tho
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:21 PM

Boarding hoards. Cruise zombies.
Boarding hoards. Cruise zombies.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:28 PM

I have traveled a lot but never taken a cruise.  It might be very cool but I have heard plenty about crowds, infectious diseases, disabling fires, power outages and being adrift at sea, etc.  In most of the places I have visited, the worst possible area to be is at the cruise ship terminal because it's so crowded and everyone there is attempting to sell you something.  But it's clearly popular and it's also a cool way to see a number of places on the same trip.  How likely is it for someone to be able to find a quiet spot where you can just chill out when you're on the ship?  Is every single square inch filled with people and possibly screaming kids?  That would probably kill me.    



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:31 PM

Arrival appointment time.
1130
Room not available till 130
Try to buy the 700 drink package
Unable since we dont have the room keys yet.
No place to sit in the dining areas.

All the folks telling me how much I was going to love this, well um not so much so far.
The food was fairly good.
Maybe as it progresses things will look up.
Flying to Mexico seems like a great deal better to me.


Same experience as I had minus the room thing since we booked immediate room availability. Will never cruise again.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:32 PM

Never, ever.



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:38 PM

68 bucks if you want interwebs for the cruise.
This is an up charge wet dream.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:41 PM

Not a fan of big cruises.  I've flown to places that are cruise destinations, and we always make special plans for when there's a cruise ship because everything close to the cruise terminal is overcrowded.  Maybe "special" is the wrong word, but we definitely take cruise ship docking into account when making plans, because we try to avoid the cruise ship passengers.

 

I have enjoyed a week on a liveaboard dive boat, where there were ~20 adults and older teenagers each diving a few times a day, but I think that's very different from a mega cruise.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:42 PM

Ocean liner like New York to Southampton, maybe. At least that would take me someplace. Point A, and return to point A? No way. As a general rule, I don’t go up the gangway unless I’m getting paid to do so.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 12:52 PM

I'd pay to not be here.
Family forced me.
I have to do something that I have explicitly stated that I would never do to make the wife happy.
Last night my back spasms hit me while on a walk tour in the French quarter.
I was being selfish and needed lectured in public for over an hour.
I have no doubt that I have no right to expect any recognition for my cooperation.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:05 PM

Ocean liner like New York to Southampton, maybe. At least that would take me someplace. Point A, and return to point A? No way. ..

I started to make that same clarification as well.  I might take a Cunard liner to Europe as a leisurely way to start a long vacation (for less than a First Class flight, too.)  Hell, if I had $60k to blow, I might even do one of the REALLY long Queen Victoria cruises around the world.  The European river boats seem cool, too.

 

But I would never get on one of the cattle boats around the Carib or Alaska.



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:09 PM

I'd pay to not be here.
Family forced me.
I have to do something that I have explicitly stated that I would never do to make the wife happy.
Last night my back spasms hit me while on a walk tour in the French quarter.
I was being selfish and needed lectured in public for over an hour.
I have no doubt that I have no right to expect any recognition for my cooperation.

 

Man, that stinks.  I'd definitely be having a conversation with the wife about how public harangues are not a treatment recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and spouses are supposed to support each other when ill.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:13 PM

I normally hate crowds. I feel trapped. The exception is on a boat. There, the mass of humans is finite. There is no inflow, but near limitless potential for outflow. In those cases, i gladly pull the cage door closed. Bring on the infectious diseases. And the booze.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:13 PM

The idea of being stuck in a confined area with hundreds of people, for days at a time, possibly get violently ill, and I’m paying for this? FVCK THAT SHIT!!!!

I love boats/ships, I’ve been around them since I was 10(grandpa has a Catalina 26’) and I did High Adventure in the BSA. Cruise a Sailboat for 3-7 days with up to 5 other people(still crowded)? I’m all over it.
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:17 PM

68 bucks if you want interwebs for the cruise.
This is an up charge wet dream.

For a dollar more, do you get access to PornHub?


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:21 PM

For a dollar more, do you get access to PornHub?

 

Staterooms have hidden cameras... you're on Porn Hub!


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:23 PM

In Aruba the cruise ship port is right downtown, creating unbelievable traffic.  It's common for motorists to stop when they see people attempting to cross the street so every couple of seconds cars stop, people cross, etc.  When a ship is in town it's a nightmare.  We went there earlier this year but had not been there before that since 2010.  This time we got our rental car and started heading towards the hotel area when we noticed that they intentionally created a route that took you around the city.  We were mildly confused because we have made that drive many times but we eventually realized they did it to alleviate some of the congestion.  



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 01:50 PM

I enjoyed the cruises I went on when I was younger (last was 2006).  I find myself less interested now but I have floated it as a family vacation option.  I'm sure the younger kids would absolutely love it, even if Dad didn't.


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 02:39 PM

Cruises are not for me. I'll be on the beaches of India in 2 months.
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