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Old 11-09-12, 10:36 AM   #1
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Tell Me About Your Experiences on Cruises

My wife has brought up the idea of taking a cruise next year. But to be honest I think I might go a little crazy on a ship where I didn't have to work the lines. So have any foosters ever been on a cruise and if so what can I expect?
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u do all the stuff u would do on vacation but u r traped in a small city where stuff cost a lot and then you think of the titanic
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Depends on what kind of cruise you do.
If you do the typical cruise, expect to be eating a lot....and being forced to sit at a table with complete strangers. You'll be forced to do small talk with people you have nothing in common with. There's plenty of entertainment on the ship, and every other day or so, you'll be in port where you rush from place to place trying to sight see as much as possible and then get back to the ship in time not to be left.
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Sounds like I would rather tow a boat down to Key West and sail over to dry tortugas.
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Now i think the cruise that kiss does is good if you are a kiss fan or the heavy metal cruise if you like metal.
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I've been on two cruises and I loved them both. Most big cruise ships have multiple dining options so you don't have to sit at a table with strangers - although it's kind of nice to talk to different people.

The ships I was on had movie theaters, live shows, casinos, a library, cooking classes & demonstrations, wine tasting, and other events in the evenings. The ports were interesting to explore, but you do only get a day in each. If you want to spend a lot of time exploring a city, don't go on a cruise that only stops there for a day.

The food was good and plentiful, but I didn't gain weight on either cruise. I always took the stairs and made it a point to work out in the ship's gym every other day or so. And I never hit the midnight buffets because I don't like to eat right before I go to sleep.
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Timely thread and I have a question: Do you need to passport? I'd think one would be needed if one wanted to go ashore at any port of call other than the one you departed from.

And has anyone done an Alaskan cruise?
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u do all the stuff u would do on vacation but u r traped in a small city where stuff cost a lot and then you think of the titanic
Which ship did you take and where did it sail? Ours was pretty big, it was its virgin trip. Didn't cost anything more because all of the meals were included. The only thing that was extra was drinks and I don't drink. Oh and of course what ever shopping you did on shore.

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Timely thread and I have a question: Do you need to passport? I'd think one would be needed if one wanted to go ashore at any port of call other than the one you departed from.

And has anyone done an Alaskan cruise?
I needed a passport because we went to Jamaica.
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Old 11-09-12, 12:02 PM   #9
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Timely thread and I have a question: Do you need to passport? I'd think one would be needed if one wanted to go ashore at any port of call other than the one you departed from.

And has anyone done an Alaskan cruise?
I believe there is an exception to the passport rule if you're sailing to Mexico or the Bahamas, something about a closed loop trip where you return to the same port.
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If you do the typical cruise, expect to be eating a lot....and being forced to sit at a table with complete strangers. You'll be forced to do small talk with people you have nothing in common with.
Depends. Some of the smaller ships still do this, and all of them still have this as an option, I'm pretty sure.

The first two cruises my wife and I took were Mexican cruises out of LA, on Carnival (a 4 day and a 7 day) and they were like this, although you always have the option of eating at the buffet instead. We usually opted for the buffet for two reasons: 1) we didn't like the dinner hour that we got assigned, and 2) we were put at at table with another couple, and the husband was a total ******pancake.

Most modern cruise ships now have multiple onboard restaurants, with varying requirements for reservations. The last cruise we went on was Norweigian and after that, we will never do Carnival again.
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Timely thread and I have a question: Do you need to passport? I'd think one would be needed if one wanted to go ashore at any port of call other than the one you departed from.

And has anyone done an Alaskan cruise?
You will need a passport if you want to get off in Canada, which I highly recommend, but double check with the cruise line if you don't intend on getting off the boat in Canada.

We did a 7 day Alaskan cruise in '07 on Nergegian, which I would highly recommend. Late May/early June seems to be a great time.

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Sounds like I would rather tow a boat down to Key West and sail over to dry tortugas.
That would be my suggestion.
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I went to a cruise couple years ago and we thought it was a lot of fun. It even had a zip line that goes from one side of the ship to another.
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All I can say for being trapped on a cruise ship is at least there's a casino in the evening.
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And has anyone done an Alaskan cruise?
I did an Alaska cruise on Celebrity a few years ago. It covered the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay and it was a great trip. We went over July 4th and got to see a great little holiday parade in Skagway, complete with homemade floats towed by pickup trucks and a locals cake/baked goods auction.
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That would be my suggestion.
But if I did that I would likely be alone because the wife doesnt care for small boat sailing.
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Only did one cruise. I did not like it because I felt like I was going everywhere with 2500 of my new best friends. Lots of things to do but I'd rather do my own planning vs select Option A, B, or C from a menu. We did the formal dining because the food was better and we enjoyed the others we were seated with. We have not done another but continue to travel as much as we can and prefer very little structure with plenty of room to "wing it." Although, I might be convinced to do the Alaskan cruise or a canal cruise in Europe.
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We did a 50th anniversary cruise, on Carnival, with my parents in 1997. It was the first cruise for them, my family and my brother's family. There were 10 of us total so we got our own table. It was only a 4 day cruise out of Miami but my folks caught the bug and cruised several times after that in a variety of locations both domestically and internationally.

My wife and I did a 7 day cruise out of Galveston, on Royal Caribbean, for our 25th anniversary almost 7 years ago. We had a nice time and really enjoyed the folks we ate with every night. Two other couples and a pair of young men in their mid 20's from Monterrey MX who were on the cruise with their parents. There were plenty of activities and tons of time to relax.

Cruising can be a "value vacation" if you don't do the "shore excursions" and stay away from all the extra stuff they try to sell you like photos. Also, my wife and I aren't big drinkers, so we don't drop much there, nor are we gamblers.

Yes...a passport is required if you're going to non-U.S. ports of call.
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Never been on one, but the idea of everything you need being "self contained" is appealing to me.

I have been advised, a lot, that I should check out a "Singles Cruise". I suspect that the male / female ratio
on one of these things would likely be 20 to 1, male. Am I right, or wrong?

Funny, about thinking of the Titanic. The Poseidon Adventure, maybe??
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DW and I cruise every year and love it. Keep things in perspective -- food is good not great. Entertainment ranges from poor-hokey to very good (I particularly like the comedians, and don't like the ensemble dance shows). I never saw the need to eat more just because it was there, so never gain weight.
It is very rare that someone goes on a cruise and dislikes it. Pick the things that you enjoy and you'll have a grand time.
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My one cruise was a three day from L.A. to Mexico and back. I never was forced to sit with people at dinner; there was flexibility with meal times and such. I slept in until noon or so each day, then hit the casino at around 1 P.M. with a drink in one hand and a cigar in the other. Caught a show after dinner each night, then retired to the bar for more drinking and smoking, stumbling off to bed around 3 or 4 A.M.

It was remarkably unlike the way I normally live my life, and it was weeks before I felt healthy again, but for all that, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
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The only cruise I've been on was down the Yangtze River. My sister asked me if I wanted to go on a cruise so I pictured a big cruise ship with a casino, theaters, formal diners, etc. We ended up on an old steel crew boat with a dragon welded to the cabin. We had a great time but it wasn't what I expected.
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