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Thanks I just ordered these. I also told my friend and he bought the "Shampbooze" fake shampoo bottle. I think the Rum Runners are the way to go.
I'll tell you how Holland America is in a month.
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
Hint: It's all old people.
for those desperate... there are websites out there that tell you exactly how many food coloring drops will make vodka/rum/whatever look just like Scope, Listerine, etc.
you simply refill a bottle and you're good to go. obviously, if you pack three large bottles of Scope, you're going to raise some red flags.
Well, considering my client, I'm going to assume they are old, white, rich people.
Just got off the boat. I'll give a more in depth report when I get home.
Tease: we saw a guy die.
My wife and I just spent a week on a Holland America cruise line. The reputation about an older clientele is 100% spot on. It wasn't our choice, I was shooting an event for a client so I basically got paid for both of us to spend a week in the Caribbean so it could be worse. Sure we were surrounded by 200 SATerps but all in all, it was not too bad.
Despite the lack of people under 50, the ship had it's positives. It was definitely nicer than Princess Cruise lines and the food was very good. They had a steak house, an Italian place and an Asian-fusion type place which was exceptional. It's a click up from Princess.
I still don't particularly like cruises.
Now, onto the dead guy.
One of our stops was St. Thomas so we decided to spend a few hours at Magen's Bay. While we're chilling at the beach, we hear/see a commotion about a 100 yards away. Since my wife's a nurse, she gets up to see if she can help. By the time we get there, there's a guy in his late 38's laying face down in the sand. With the tide increasing, people keep having to lift him away from the beach. By the time my wife gets close enough, they say they have enough medical personnel to handle the situation.
The life guards looked absolutely clueless and ill-prepared. The only ones rendering attention were vacationers who were doctors (probably for the best.) It took a full 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. By the time my wife and I hit the parking lot to leave, EMTs are going full-bore CPR. You could see the paleness of his extremities. My wife said if they're doing CPR that vigorously this long after the initial incident, he's a goner.
On the bus ride back, we were talking to another vacationer who seemed to know more (how, I have no clue) but apparently the guy was 38 and on vacation with his kids and his mother-in-law. Apparently, his wife had died unexpectedly six months prior. While on another cruise ship a day or two before, he apparently had a seizure on board. Still he went to the beach and possibly had another seizure and ended up face down in 4 inches of ocean water.
I've been trying to find out whether he passed away but my wife said she'd be shocked if he survived.
I like to think David Foster Wallace went on a cruise so that I don't have to. His experience pretty much confirmed everything I thought/assumed I wouldn't like about cruises. Link attached.
I get that this sort of thing is very rare, but it's precisely why I have no interest in ever going on a cruise.
Anyone else watching this? These interviews outta be fun.
I brought this up in the Unpopular Opinions thread, but I really want to know why it was so hard to dispose of human waste when you are on a boat surrounded by an ocean. No one thought to chuck the bags overboard?
Because it's against the law?
I'm sure this was explained somewhere but why didn't they just get on the life boats?
And do what?
If their lives were in danger they could have been evacuated, but I imagine that since their lives weren't in danger that Carnival wanted to keep them all on the boat rather than unload them all in Mexico and have to watch over them.
Go to shore?
I seriously doubted that would have been enforced in an extreme circumstance like this. With the potential for disease, I think dumping waste not only made sense, it would have been the responsible thing to do.
Dumping hundreds of pounds of human waste into the ocean definitely isn't the responsible thing to do
It's just fertilizer for the seaweed and stuff, right?
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Ahh. I imagine that by the time they were within reach of shore by lifeboat, that the idea of a flotilla of small boats bearing their passengers fleeing the ship wasn't something they wanted on video or photo. And trying to do that at night? A recipe for disaster, I'm sure.
Apparently you've never had to work with EPA and other heavily bureaucratic governmental environmental agencies. I guarantee you that when somebody at Carnival floated* that idea, somebody else at the meeting said, "...and enter EPA and about a kazillion private environmental organization lawyers...plus there's 50,000 floating, bright red bags labeled "BIOHAZARD" floating onto beaches for the next ten years, that NBC and CNN will love to show, year after year."
*see what I did there?
Yeah, but I'm sure the CNN interviews talking about rivers of shit in the hallways will end up on the next Carnival promotional video.
One of the girls in my travel group was on the boat (someone's bachelorette party), this is her People interview
the 29-year-old passenger tells PEOPLE
I bet there were lots of random banging going on. In addition to being really hungry, tired, smelly, everyone was probably bored out of their minds.
probably some interesting transactions/bartering of goods and services
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