Goin on a cruise

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by dragunovsks, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    So on May 6 im taking my week of vacation and goin on a cruise with the wife. Leaving the kids with in-laws cause the wife and I need to get away for a bit. Leavin out of Jacksonville, Fla port and goin to Nassau, Bahamas then to Little Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Ive already had several people ask why would you go with the recent Carnival incidents? I cant pass up the price, $656 for my wife and I, plus whats the chances something will happen?

    Anyone else gone on one? Its the first time either of us have been out of the country.
     
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  2. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Leave your guns at home..... Seems guns and boating dont mix... :p
     

  3. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Yea, thats one thing i dont like about it.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    heh adventure is good for the soul...
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    While I like the idea of taking a vacation, I would like to provide some advice.

    By laying out your itinerary, people are now aware that your residence is available on may 7th and they have a couple of days to clean you out.

    My advice is never announce that you are going or gone. Only after you return.

    (Read the obits in the local area and see how many announce when service is. That is the time when their houses get hit.)
     
  6. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I've been to Freeport Bahamas. We rode what was essentially a waterborne bus with a dining room and a casino to & from Ft Lauderdale. It was an alleged contest win by my wife. In truth the "win" was a BS way to get us there for a sales pitch for time shares. The Bahamas is rather nice, and I had a good time. However, I came away feeling that it was pretty much Florida for twice the price. YMMV.
     
  7. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Amen to the "itinerary" thing.

    Been on 2, Canadian Maritimes outta NYC, 5 days, only mistake was partaking of the BBQ Midnight buffet on 1st night. Leave the damn midnight buffets alone, you'll eat plenty the other 23 hrs. of each day.

    2nd was an Alaskan cruise outta Seattle, absolutely AWESOME(!!!!!!!!!!!!), the scenery was 20/7, the food was outstanding, especially the fresh Copper River salmon, had that 3 nights.

    Tips:

    1) Choose a cabin toward the stern of the boat, less yawling than nearer the bow.
    2) Set-up excursions at your Ports-of-Call, but don't shoehorn them in time-wise.
    3)Arrive in your port of departure a day early, if you can afford it, if any travel delays cause you to miss your boat,
    there are no refunds.
    4)Bring your looser fitting clothing, trust me, you'll grow into it!!
    5)Don't be hesitant when ordering what you want, they will get it for you.
    6)WASH your hands regularly, just in case!
    7)Bring some dramamine or bonine, no one is immune to sea sickness, all of the time!!
    8)Lastly, the majority of males that drown on cruises are found to have their zippers down. Why? Because they got drunk, went to pee over the railing and fell overboard! Use the head, ALWAYS!!!

    Enjoy it!!!:)
     
  8. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    Always wanted to do the "Inside Passage trip from Alaska to Washington and then do the train ride through the Canadian Rockies, but so far no joy.
     
  9. davva360

    davva360 New Member

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    I am going on my first cruise later this year for my honeymoon. Looking forward to it immensely.

    I live in Jacksonville Florida and I wish you luck with your cruise. If you are leaving from here you must be going with Carnival so I hope they have their **** together before you go.

    I am going on Holland America myself and hear good things about them. The incidents are rare in the grand scheme of things so you should be good.

    Enjoy your cruise!
     
  10. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Have a great time, Dragunov.
    I've never been on a "cruise". Fifteen years running boats, I will not pay for a boat ride. :D
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Have a great time. And good for you leaving your kids with the in-laws. I am amazed at all the stupid people that go a cruise hoping for romance and bring their kids along!
     
  12. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    ArrrrrH matey , baton down them hatches and snivel them timbers , twuxt , yawn , etc. ..! Have a safe and fun time Bro. don't eat the water..! :confused:

    Some pics will be expected..! :D
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I went on a Caribbean cruise in 2002 with 17 other family members. It was for my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and renewal of their vows. It was a WONDERFUL experience. I had a great time and would definitely take another cruise. Enjoy. Cruises are great fun.
     
  14. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Been on 4 or 5 of them, love it, go to bed in one place wake up somewhere else the next morning. Last one we took we went out of Baltimore,only about a 5 hour drive for us and we got 2 extra "at sea" days on the way to and from the carribean, no plane fare either.

    Always went Royal carribean, not sure why just worked out that way.

    By the way I work with a guy who was on that last carnival ship that had the problems. He said that it was not nearly as bad as the reporters made it sound, He would not hesitate to go again.
     
  15. Colby

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    It's a great time to go on a cruise. The cruise industry is having to cut pries drastically to lure customers in the shadow of the carnival disaster, and industry is hyper aware that they must have everything go perfectly. They know they cannot receive any more black eyes and maintain their business. Soooo ... they are being extremely careful that everything goes perfectly.

    Cheap fares - excellent service - smaller crowds - what could be better!?
     
  16. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    My wife reminded me of a great tip: TAKE TRAVEL MUGS WITH YOU. SOME SOFT DRINKS ARE INCLUDED (COFFEE, TEA, ICED TEA) IN CRUISE PRICE, BUT THE GLASSES AND MUGS ARE USUALLY SMALL.
     
  17. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Yea i read a review on carnivals website about the "poop cruise". A lady commented that the situation while inconveinent wasnt as bad as reported because people where having thier "pity parties" and taking pictures of the bad and just all around *****ing about it. The commenter said it was uncomfortable but the crew did a great job to help make the situation better.
     
  18. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Thanks for that tip, i hadnt thought of that. We plan on sticking with the free drinks, tea or lemonade for me, i cant stand coffee. Ill probably have a beer once in awhile tho and my wife said she wants a "pretty" drink...rolleyes
     
  19. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    The one cruise I went on was Royal Carribean. They tend to be a little "higher class". More dress up sort of events. Carnival Cruise and Sandals Cruises tend to be a little more relaxed. Look into the various cruises and decide what style suits you best.

    A few years ago my son and a bunch of his friends went on a Carnival Cruise. The had a blast and they videoed a lot of their antics and I laughed until I cried. One of the guys was a kind of hefty guy. He entered a dance contest and competed against some very well built, muscular young men. Well, his dance was hysterical and everyone voted him the winner. Later that day the captain announced over the PA system there would be a buffet served in honor of Steve.....and then he said over the PA, jokingly, "I love you, Steve." The guys had a rip roaring time.

    Now, if you want peaceful and romantic, take a Royal Caribbean cruise.
     
  20. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The staff on every cruise we were on was great, and most had a great sense of humor. On one of our cruises my then wife at dinner the first night asked the waiter from the bar ( you have like 3 or 4 people serving you at dinner) "could I have something pink in a martini glass?" he looked at her confused and she repeated her order so off he went to the bar and brought something back. The next night at dinner she asked him for something green in a champagne glass. By the third night we couldnt get sat down before the waiter was there to see what combination she came up with for that night. 7 nights 7 different color and glass combinations she never ordered a specific drink. He started to take it as a challenge based off of her feedback from the previous nights to find something she would like.

    Good grief thinking about it has got me ready to start packing.