Back From Our Cruise

moosehead

New Member
Being a somewhat experienced cruise person and just having returned from a cruise I have decided to talk about things NOT to do on a cruise:

First and foremost....Don't be late getting to the ship. One is unable to catch the next one as there is usually not a next one with YOUR cabin. We know a couple who did miss their departure. They had to fly to the ship's next destination to hook up with their cruise.....Unfortunately for them they flew to the wrong port....They divorced shortly thereafter.

Second.....And this is important....Do NOT, under any circumstances, try to bring gin, vodka, beer, wine or any other type of beverage....I am excluding milk....onto the ship. If the crew finds out, you and your partner.....Which, at one time was usually your Wife but times have changed .... Will lose their beverages and will spend a few days being shamed. Well, it might seem like that but not everyone who is snickering at you would know. It could be the shorts you are wearing.

Third.......When sitting out on the deck in deck chairs, enjoying the sun, sea and sea breezes, under NO circumstances, if someone asks you to save their deck chairs for them when they decide it's time for lunch, do not do it. See, deck chairs are a prized possession on a cruise ship.

Anyway, We saw a couple do just that and after an hour had passed the lunch folks had not returned. Seeing the deck chairs not being occupied another couple moved in to take them. That's when WW3 started......Couple saving the chairs told the other couple they were being saved for some long lost souls who were out for lunch....This led to an argument and eventually staff had to break up the feud....Meanwhile, while this was going on, the lunch couple returned, found other deck chairs and watched the fireworks, oblivious to the fact it was because of them. Very entertaining though....

Fourth....AND I strongly recommend NOT doing this....Sign up for Bingo. Oh sure, Sue did and disappeared to the bingo place for an extended period of time...Leaving me to stare at the ocean.....However there is very little chance of winning anything. Sue actually had a winning card. Of course, so did 15 other people. Her winnings amounted to $ 6.00....I assume she spent a lot more then that....AND it's boring.

Fifth.......Rock climbing. We were out wandering about the ship one day when we stumbled across the rock climbing venue. Of course, Sue HAD to try it. After being harnessed in off she went clambering up the wall like some kind of Asian acrobat. I was impressed. After successfully scaling the mountain, down she rappelled.

She stood beside me and said "Your turn."

"I don't think so."

"Why not?"

"I'm too old. Besides, there is NO way..."

As the woman was strapping me into the harness I asked her if it was safe....Apparently they have yet to lose anyone. So, after staring at the wall, I started my climb.

All was going smoothly for about a minute and I was thinking how easy this was when, horrors, I misstep, lost my balance and suddenly I was seeing Sue way below me as I was now upside down....I began to sway back and forth as the instructor began yelling instructions... A crowd was now gathering and I felt like a deer in the headlights..I think I heard laughter as I twirled around.

The instructor began reeling me in, or down...I was a bit confused. Next thing I knew I was on the ground wrapped in rope and harness.....AND that is why I do not recommend Rock climbing. The good news is we received a bottle of wine from the staff for the show.

Sixth....I will now Address the buffet...Now I am NOT saying don't visit the buffet but one should approach it with some caution. So much food and so little time. I have heard that some people arrive for the cruise slim and in good shape and leave the cruise rather roly-poly, as it were. And then there's the lack of enough tables and the race to get to tables . Now that is quite the sight . Sue and I figured out quite early that the early bird gets the bagels as we arrived for breakfast before the swarm of apparently starving cruisers. Same for lunch and dinner........And watching people balance their trays of food and drinks is entertaining indeed....

Anyway, if anyone would like to ask us any questions about cruising we would be happy to answer them. Unless of course we don't know.
 

911

Senior Member
Location
USA
1. Where did you depart from and cruise to?
2. Any seasickness?
3. How’s the sleeping? Beds comfortable? Can you feel the ship moving about?
4. Is it worthwhile and cost prudent to get a balcony room or suite?
5. Do passengers need to take at least one formal outfit, like a suit?
6. Is there gambling and entertainment onboard?

My wife is trying to convince me that I need to cruise. The consensus among my friends is that they are boring.
 

Bonnie

Happy Holidays
Location
Texas Coast
Had a 7 day cruise some years back in the Caribbean. It all went fairly well, and we visited three islands along the way. I personally had issue with the food served. The cooks over-salted all food served and when I asked if they could cut back some, they asked if I needed a 'special' diet .... NO, just less salt. They could not understand that! ( My husband didn't seem to be bothered by it, but he loved salt)
Anyway, the cabin was nice with a porthole for viewing... cute towel animals on the bed everyday when we returned to the room.
Different entertainment venues both day and evening; gambling, bars, dancing, shops, art gallery. Nothing on our cruise required formal wear.
Top deck was my favorite place to hang out, and watch the ocean. The water got rough a few times, but nothing to cause seasickness (for us anyway).
 

911

Senior Member
Location
USA
Thanks for the pictures, Holly, I’ll be sure to show them to my wife. Maybe that will cure her of wanting to cruise. I told her to go and take our daughter or one of her friends and I would even pay for it, but she has this thing where I have to go along. I think it comes from watching movies where the man and woman stare at the moon and then romantically kiss.

I can be romantic, but I just don’t see the need to spend days out on the water looking for land and wishing I was on it. She doesn’t ask for much, so I guess that I will be out buying some cruise-wear one of these days.
 

Bonnie

Happy Holidays
Location
Texas Coast

RadishRose

SF VIP
Location
USA
from the article-

"There was blood everywhere," Gaisford wrote. "Passengers used furniture and plates as weapons. Witnesses told me they were so frightened they had to hide as family groups fought," Gaisford added"

I'm sick to death of this clown-crap but I think alcohol was the real problem here.
 

RadishRose

SF VIP
Location
USA
Being a somewhat experienced cruise person and just having returned from a cruise I have decided to talk about things NOT to do on a cruise:

First and foremost....Don't be late getting to the ship. One is unable to catch the next one as there is usually not a next one with YOUR cabin. We know a couple who did miss their departure. They had to fly to the ship's next destination to hook up with their cruise.....Unfortunately for them they flew to the wrong port....They divorced shortly thereafter.

Second.....And this is important....Do NOT, under any circumstances, try to bring gin, vodka, beer, wine or any other type of beverage....I am excluding milk....onto the ship. If the crew finds out, you and your partner.....Which, at one time was usually your Wife but times have changed .... Will lose their beverages and will spend a few days being shamed. Well, it might seem like that but not everyone who is snickering at you would know. It could be the shorts you are wearing.

Third.......When sitting out on the deck in deck chairs, enjoying the sun, sea and sea breezes, under NO circumstances, if someone asks you to save their deck chairs for them when they decide it's time for lunch, do not do it. See, deck chairs are a prized possession on a cruise ship.

Anyway, We saw a couple do just that and after an hour had passed the lunch folks had not returned. Seeing the deck chairs not being occupied another couple moved in to take them. That's when WW3 started......Couple saving the chairs told the other couple they were being saved for some long lost souls who were out for lunch....This led to an argument and eventually staff had to break up the feud....Meanwhile, while this was going on, the lunch couple returned, found other deck chairs and watched the fireworks, oblivious to the fact it was because of them. Very entertaining though....

Fourth....AND I strongly recommend NOT doing this....Sign up for Bingo. Oh sure, Sue did and disappeared to the bingo place for an extended period of time...Leaving me to stare at the ocean.....However there is very little chance of winning anything. Sue actually had a winning card. Of course, so did 15 other people. Her winnings amounted to $ 6.00....I assume she spent a lot more then that....AND it's boring.

Fifth.......Rock climbing. We were out wandering about the ship one day when we stumbled across the rock climbing venue. Of course, Sue HAD to try it. After being harnessed in off she went clambering up the wall like some kind of Asian acrobat. I was impressed. After successfully scaling the mountain, down she rappelled.

She stood beside me and said "Your turn."

"I don't think so."

"Why not?"

"I'm too old. Besides, there is NO way..."

As the woman was strapping me into the harness I asked her if it was safe....Apparently they have yet to lose anyone. So, after staring at the wall, I started my climb.

All was going smoothly for about a minute and I was thinking how easy this was when, horrors, I misstep, lost my balance and suddenly I was seeing Sue way below me as I was now upside down....I began to sway back and forth as the instructor began yelling instructions... A crowd was now gathering and I felt like a deer in the headlights..I think I heard laughter as I twirled around.

The instructor began reeling me in, or down...I was a bit confused. Next thing I knew I was on the ground wrapped in rope and harness.....AND that is why I do not recommend Rock climbing. The good news is we received a bottle of wine from the staff for the show.

Sixth....I will now Address the buffet...Now I am NOT saying don't visit the buffet but one should approach it with some caution. So much food and so little time. I have heard that some people arrive for the cruise slim and in good shape and leave the cruise rather roly-poly, as it were. And then there's the lack of enough tables and the race to get to tables . Now that is quite the sight . Sue and I figured out quite early that the early bird gets the bagels as we arrived for breakfast before the swarm of apparently starving cruisers. Same for lunch and dinner........And watching people balance their trays of food and drinks is entertaining indeed....

Anyway, if anyone would like to ask us any questions about cruising we would be happy to answer them. Unless of course we don't know.
Moose, I loved your story. I'm laughing yet again!
 

Uptosnuff

Member
Thank you Moose for the entertaining cruise story. As it so happens, I am going for a cruise in November to the Bahamas. My first time. You mention not to bring booze onto the ship. Did you buy a beverage package or just purchase your drinks on the ship? I hear they are expensive. Also did you purchase excursion packages before the cruise? I'm debating whether to do this or not.
 

moosehead

New Member
Original Poster
1. Where did you depart from and cruise to?
2. Any seasickness?
3. How’s the sleeping? Beds comfortable? Can you feel the ship moving about?
4. Is it worthwhile and cost prudent to get a balcony room or suite?
5. Do passengers need to take at least one formal outfit, like a suit?
6. Is there gambling and entertainment onboard?

My wife is trying to convince me that I need to cruise. The consensus among my friends is that they are boring.
We left from Tampa Florida and ended up in Barcelona. No seasickness at all, at least for us . The ships have stabilizers.
Sleeping was fine, beds very comfortable and, no we can't feel the ship moving. Unless one has a few too many pina coladas.
Well, we book a balcony. Had an inside cabin once...Wouldn't do it again. However many folks figure that an inside cabin is ok as they say they only are in there at night. That said, having early morning coffee, sitting on one's balcony watching the world go by.....
As for formal outfits or a suit some folks do but it's not mandatory. We travel with a backpack each so no luggage. Lots of wash and wear....
Yes, there is a casino on board and entertainment each evening at the theatre. Also, lots of things going on around the ship. We stayed away from the pool is a zoo during the day.
As for being boring it can be I suppose but we keep ourselves busy if we want to.....One of the wonderful things we do, at night, while many people are out dancing and stuff, we would go to the back of the ship, get ourselves coffee and danish, find a table in a quiet location and enjoy our time together.....
 

moosehead

New Member
Original Poster
Thank you Moose for the entertaining cruise story. As it so happens, I am going for a cruise in November to the Bahamas. My first time. You mention not to bring booze onto the ship. Did you buy a beverage package or just purchase your drinks on the ship? I hear they are expensive. Also did you purchase excursion packages before the cruise? I'm debating whether to do this or not.
Yes the beverage packages are expensive but we don't purchase them as we don't drink enough to make it worthwhile. And, no, we didn't purchase excursion packages before the cruise. We did purchase a few on board if we felt like it. The first cruise is really exciting so just relax and enjoy yourself.
 

Bonnie

Happy Holidays
Location
Texas Coast
We left from Tampa Florida and ended up in Barcelona. No seasickness at all, at least for us . The ships have stabilizers.
Sleeping was fine, beds very comfortable and, no we can't feel the ship moving. Unless one has a few too many pina coladas.
Well, we book a balcony. Had an inside cabin once...Wouldn't do it again. However many folks figure that an inside cabin is ok as they say they only are in there at night. That said, having early morning coffee, sitting on one's balcony watching the world go by.....
As for formal outfits or a suit some folks do but it's not mandatory. We travel with a backpack each so no luggage. Lots of wash and wear....
Yes, there is a casino on board and entertainment each evening at the theatre. Also, lots of things going on around the ship. We stayed away from the pool is a zoo during the day.
As for being boring it can be I suppose but we keep ourselves busy if we want to.....One of the wonderful things we do, at night, while many people are out dancing and stuff, we would go to the back of the ship, get ourselves coffee and danish, find a table in a quiet location and enjoy our time together.....
Like you, we didn't have any problem with just relaxing and totally enjoying ourselves. No issue with crowds whatsoever.
 

JimW

Senior Member
Location
Mass
I hate when people accuse me of lollygagging
when its quite clear I am dillydallying
This post has nothing to do with the thread, I just wanted to say to Bonnie I love your signature! My wife and I go back and forth all the time calling each other a lollygagger or a dilly dallyer. Your sig made me laugh! 😄
 

911

Senior Member
Location
USA
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
BTW, what cruise line did you use?
 

moosehead

New Member
Original Poster
This post has nothing to do with the thread, I just wanted to say to Bonnie I love your signature! My wife and I go back and forth all the time calling each other a lollygagger or a dilly dallyer. Your sig made me laugh! 😄
So sorry I posted it in the wrong thread. Hope I didn't ruin your day by doing that. I'll try not to do that in the future. Have a nice day.
 

JimW

Senior Member
Location
Mass
I went on an Alaskan cruise back in 2001. It was okay, but I'd rather just stay in one destination and enjoy my time there. Thankfully (for me) my wife gets seasick, so I don't see a cruise in our future.

Anyway, if anyone would like to ask us any questions about cruising we would be happy to answer them. Unless of course we don't know.
Do you have your own cabana wear for going on a cruise like Frank Costanza did?

 

Uptosnuff

Member
"We stayed away from the pool is a zoo during the day. "

Well, shoot. I had planned on doing a lot of swimming onboard. I guess I'll have to see how the pool situation shakes out. I don't want to be in a huge crowd.

"One of the wonderful things we do, at night, while many people are out dancing and stuff, we would go to the back of the ship, get ourselves coffee and danish, find a table in a quiet location and enjoy our time together....."

Now that sounds wonderful. That's the type of stuff I love to do with hubby.
 

CarolfromTX

Member
Location
Central Texas
We just returned from an 8 day cruise from Athens to Venice, with a 3 day extension in Tuscany. It was Viking, so there were fewer than 1,000 people on the ship. Pool was never overcrowded, and we never had to wait in line. Food was usually good, sometimes fabulous. There was no casino, which I'm glad about, and the entertainment was fine. Viking was as far removed from that mob scene above as you can get. Of course, all that is figured into the price, so it didn't come cheap. We cruised last year with our grandkids on Carnival. It was a more like that mob scene above -- nearly 5,000 folks on the ship, long lines, average food. But we spent far less for the five of us than we did for 2 of us on Viking. So you get what you pay for.
 

911

Senior Member
Location
USA
Yeah, I can hardly wait until my wife makes our plans for our first cruise. I can’t believe that I agreed to go on a cruise. She asked me if I had any ideas. I told her whatever she decides will be fine. I think that I sealed my date.
 


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