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Date: 8/23/13 9:47 AM

No more for me....
Did you hear the latest RC story? They dumped a poor fellow and his wife, in their 80's, at a remote dirty hospital in Turkey after he'd broken his hip onboard. No one spoke English, their long-time travel agent was the one who helped them as she sent a local guide to the hospital. RC responded to queries after 4-5 days! What is sadder is they were also on the cruise that caught on fire and this was the "make-up" cruise.

Our last was was a "family" boat with teens taking over all the rec areas, pool chairs crammed next to big sweaty guys, more than a few drunks in the casino, and then we got diverted to a rusty old Caribbean port due to storms. Take me to a grounded resort next time.

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Date: 8/23/13 10:59 AM

I agree. I have been on only one cruise and it was awful! Every time we left the cabin we were in a crowd: on the deck, in the restaurants, in the bars, even playing bingo was crowded! If I had wanted to vacation in a crowd I would have gone to Disneyland! The cruise employees were rude, riled up the crowds around the pools with wet T-shirt contests, best leg contest and even a belly flop contest, but when the cruise director got splash he threatened to call security. Hello! Everyone has been sitting round here, stepping over each other drinking all day - what did he expect!

Their kids camp consisted on sending the kids running through the ship on a scavenger hunt - bumming items off of passengers.

And the best part?! The plumbing in our cabin back up! The cruise ships response - don't worry we'll be in port in less than 24 hours!

Never again.

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Date: 8/23/13 11:03 AM

I've only been on one, but really enjoyed it. It was an Alaska cruise, Anchorage (nearby port) to Vancouver. Great sights, great side trips, nice people. The crowd was older, and not that many kids (actually, I don't remember any). I volunteered for a lip-sync contest and did Aretha Franklin singing "Respect".

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Date: 8/23/13 11:35 AM

We did one cruise many years ago, but I agree, I prefer a land based resort. I did not care for the way we felt we needed to constantly watch the time, particularly when visiting islands. I do suspect in the effort to push down costs they are cutting corners in unhealthy ways.

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Date: 8/23/13 11:52 AM

The horror stories we read about cruises make it clear that in some cases, passengers are little more than prisoners who pay for their own captivity.

My dh has given me instructions that if he ever signs up for a cruise, I am to have him put down.

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Date: 8/23/13 12:01 PM

After seeing all the recent problems I can't understand why people would want to go on them, with 3,000 of your closet friends.....not. I hate crowds for me it would be nightmare. For what they cost you could have a great land trip.

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Date: 8/23/13 12:15 PM

I've done one cruise and it's my last. No disasters to speak of, but it was a lot of money for what we got. The ship was so-so in terms of cleanliness and poor in terms of space in a "suite" that would have fit in my bathroom. I did a week in London at a top notch downtown hotel for less money than the 5 day cruise.

I also hate how every enjoyable excursion is another $100+ and the food looks good, but the taste is not spectacular.

Maybe it was just the cruise line I was on, but I'm steering clear.

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Date: 8/23/13 12:46 PM

Me too I would rather do a week almost anywhere on land.. Thankfully DH got his fill of cruising in the Navy.. We are definitely both landlovers..

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Date: 8/23/13 9:34 PM

I listen to this all the time from our friends about how we should go on cruises with them . I finally told one I wasn't fond of the idea of floating in the ocean in tight spaces and paying all that money for essentially nothing I was wanting to do. If someone likes that sort of thing it's ok but it is so not for me. I would much rather just go get a new embroidery combo or 10 needle machine, or something I could physically see where I had spent the outlay of cash but that's me. I love being home where I can leave for a few hours and not have to board the pets, The food is much better here and the toilets very seldom have issues. Most importantly I have all sorts of new and vintage machines and more sewing notions than should be allowed and of course all of you internet friends and cable. If all I ever miss is being on a cruise I'd say my life has been good. Besides dh would drive everyone on the cruise crazy as he would be fidgeting and pacing the ship and blasting the television at 4 am as he is on his own schedule of early to bed early to rise. The last couple of years I took a couple of land vacations alone to attend weddings that dh didn't want to attend, stayed in very nice clean places that were expensive but required no effort on my part. They had great food and room service in house and took care of the car and luggage. That was fun. Dh was thrilled at not having to go and I had fun since he wasn't pacing and or complaining about being cooped up. Not something I'd do a lot of but worth the money since I needed to go to these events and made one of them into a longer vacation. My brother and I would meet up for the wonderful breakfasts in house and take some fruit for later and about 8 at night everyone would meet at a restaurant for get togethers. I'd shop or tour during the day. This I'd do occasionally if motivated, a cruise not. I'd just as soon watch travel clips on public television as those and stay home and play with my sewing machines that live here. I would be horrified if out in the ocean walking in sewage or the ship maybe being towed. Definitely not for me. Those of you that love the cruises I am all for you doing that . I just wish those that love them would stop insisting that dh and I would love going. We would both be miserable and it would not be cheap misery. Lol!

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Date: 8/23/13 10:00 PM

We have never been and have no interest, but my uncle and his girlfriend go all the time. They have been all over the Caribbean and now fly over to Europe and then cruise there and back across the Atlantic. They get really great deals- it ends up costing under $150/day all inclusive (not off ship excursions though) and the airfare is almost nothing when it is bundled. My uncle is in his late 60s and his girlfriend in her 70s- and they love it. My other aunt and uncle also loved it until they had a really bad experience and they haven't gone again since. The accidents that make the news are a small percentage of the total cruises that take place- I don't know how many incidents occur that don't make it to the news. I think it is really a matter of personal taste and what people like in a vacation.

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