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I just got back from a 7 day cruise with the family, and I am still trying to figure out what the fucking point of a cruise is? Why anybody would find it enjoyable? Can anyone enlighten me on the value proposition of a cruise for a middle america family?
LawrenceTerp agenda alert
They are all you can eat and generally cheaper than traveling regularly so I can see the attraction for middle america.
I imagine they'd be fun with the right crowd. Food/drink/bars/nightclubs/pools/get to see some new places ... it's like a cheaper vacation.
the food is pretty mediocre... and full of old people...I pretty much spent most days in the gym and playing temple run.
Been on 6 cruises to various Caribbean islands since 2003. Took my kids and their families on most of them - 10 of us; all ages. First, at $100/day/person it's a bargain for food, cabin, entertainment and destinations. Unanimous that Jamaica is a waste of time so we never go there. All cruises have been on Carnival and well run with great weather. Food was 3.5 to 4 on a 5 scale. Took our own bar (yes, we sneaked it on board) so I can't comment on drinks. Best islands were Barbados, Grand Cayman, St Martin, St Thomas, and Cozumel. Never took a cruise-sponsored land tour - always on our own. Cruising for Dummies a must have book. Excellent snorkeling/scuba at most stops. Example: 4 of us bartered for an island tour of Barbados. 3.5 hours including stops at a rum factory, a turn of the century plantation - we were the only guests that day - saw James Taylor's house and other stars' homes, great scenery all for $20 each. Carnival wanted $69 each for same. Gave the driver a $10 tip each; back at the boat with a half hour to spare. Samples at the rum factory were full shots and we sampled at least 4 of each so we were loaded. Fun day. We always book a balcony cabin too.
I know this might be shocking for you, but you can't make sweeping, universal declarations based on your own limited experience.
I'm sure they have some primo cruises with great food that aren't filled with old people. Hence the "I imagine they'd be fun with the right crowd" comment.
paying for drinks would cost as much as the ticket for me.
I can see the appeal for families with young kids. I went on one with my family when I was 19 and I was pretty miserable on the boat because there was nothing geared towards people my age. In fact there weren't many people my age on the boat at all so I mostly just slept and lurked around looking for other young people. It was cool to see a few different destinations in one trip (though with only a few hours at each place you really only get to scratch the surface of what they can offer). But all of the bingo playing and binge eating on the boat got tired after the first day.
I need more details on the bar being sneaked on board. Seems like they check things pretty closely. I've only been on one cruise, and I think I could have gotten a few bottles in, but it wouldn't have been easy to get very many.
I should have clarified, I was talking about my own experience, I never qualified it by saying all cruises or cruises in general. That being said I agree with what you said. Does anyone have a ranking of the various cruise lines. Is Carnival better than Royal Carribean or Norwegian?
I could be wrong, but I think most people would rank them:
They serve different purposes though. Carnival is typically the cheapest, so you're going to get a younger crowd, but you're also going to get families of 8 from Alabama. Nicer lines would have older clientele on average, but slightly less MA as well (on the cruise scale - still pretty MA overall).
I've had two fairly snooty peole tell me about cruises they've taken to northern Europe that have stopped in Poland, Estonia, Holland and those types of places and have loved it. They said it was an amazing way to see that part of Europe and were planning on doing a similar thing via the Med. I think I could do that type of cruise, or a glacier cruise to Alaska, which I've also had a friend or two do.
I'd rather stab myself repeatedly with a rusty corkscrew than cruise to St Thomas and back with 4,000 people from Nebraska, Mississippi, Ohio, and PG county though.
Yeah I think Carnival depending on the time of year is either a spring break party boat for college students or a floating wal-mart for Annette and her ilk.
I dont know how they check, the luggage you bring aboard if you pack it in your suitcase. Also working on a cruise ship has got to be the worst fucking job in the world. Right?
You have to throw Disney ahead of all of them if you have kids. Did a four day in August to Bahamas and it was great.
ive been on two. i dont get it either. id much rather spend the night at a bar or on the beach of an island than on a boat thats moving to the next port.
but i guess if you are old an in bed by 8 pm you arent missing much.
We went on Royal Carribean, and one night I was in my room and saw short movies Royal Carribean made to advertise to their newest boats starring Dean Cain and Jenny McCarthy. How bad does your career have to be to be doing stuff like that?
My 'rents have been cruising since their mid 50s, and, based on their pics, all the other people on that boat are in that set. They go on the nicer ones I think because they usually rave about the food and have a black tie ball or two while at sea. They've finally started doing the European ones -- two in the Mediterranean and might not go back to the Caribbean. I think their next stop is the Baltic because they too heard rave reviews.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
They x-rayed ours going onboard.
I can't imagine doing a European cruise. Seems like you'd get a small taste of everything and not spend anywhere long enough to actually enjoy the places you visit. It's pretty much impossible to experience another culture in an 8 hour stop.
Never been on one, but it seems like it combines the worst parts of things I usually love: the not being able to go into the ocean as I please with the not being able to get away from people I almost always enjoy.
No thank you.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
I've been on one and it was enjoyable, but unless your goal is to see some specific sights/destinations (which is never my goal, I just want some sun and a cocktail), a resort is going to be an infinitely better choice.
The Mediterranean ones spent a few days in each port over a couple weeks IIRC. For some 60 year olds, seeing the highlights over a couple days is sufficient.
Yeah that's always been my take too. People who take them swear by them. And I gotta admit that $100/day is damn cheap. But I like to get there and set my agenda and I picture cruises having a lady with a whisle lecturing everyone to be back on the boat by 2:00 or else.
Tiffles, you're doing it wrong.
Cruising is the best. You stay well-fed and hammered for however long you want with 0 reminder of shit you should be doing/have to do when you get back.
OH SHIT! WHAT NOW RAISE! YOU FUCKED UP!
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