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Went on one 18 years ago. Carnival ship Celebration. Extra bonus was that Cathy Lee Gifford was shooting commercials on our cruise. That was before we knew she was a douche.





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My grandparents took me on several when I was younger.

(5th grade) The first was at the end of a 2 week tour of Alaska. It was 4 days on the Princess line from Anchorage down to Vancouver.

(6th grade) The second was a 10 day cruise with stops all along Central and South America. This was on the Celebrity line. We went into the Panama Canal, got to hike through rain forests in Costa Rica, and got my picture taken next to gun toting militants in Columbia.

(8th grade) The third was a 7 day cruise through the Caribbean. Nothing particularly notable here, except that a bottle of tequila got smashed in my backpack and I had a hell of a time explaining the smell.


Finally, this year for my last Spring Break as an undergraduate I went on a 6 day Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Imagination. Myself, my girlfriend, and 7 of our friends went and between the 9 of us we had smuggled 15 liters of liquor on board. Saved us a ton of cash, but we paid in other ways.



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I went on a cruise in 1984 with my parents when I was 13. It was on Carnival Cruise Lines-the "Mardi Gras", and it departed from Miami, with stops in Cozumel, Ocho Rios (Jamaica)and the Cayman Islands (essentially, we circled Cuba).

I remember hating it. I tend to be the guy who likes to wander around a lot, and I was even more so inclined at that age. The limited room to do so frustrated me. I have some great pictures of me looking completely miserable.

I did, however, like the giant movie theatre in the ship, and also dressing up for dinner. It seemed like the perfect vacation if you like to eat 12 times a day and drink a lot.

Of note-we had one minor celebrity on the boat-Clara Peller, of Wendy's "Where's The Beef?" fame.

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Not really, but I did spend two summers working on a "cruise ferry" that went between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Pieman will know what I'm talking about.

We were in drydock in Spain one winter, so I got to sail across the Atlantic on the thing. That was cool.



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As an almost teen in the 1970's, I delivered visitors guides to the cruise ships that stopped in the town I lived in (produced by the city paper...I had a route). That gave me boarding access to some of the ships (some crew members would take the guides at the ramp...some would send me to the purser's office), and I took the opportunity to explore.

My favorite ship ever was the original Sun Princess. Beautiful inside and one of the most unique looking on the sea.

Biggest I've actually sailed on, however, are Alaska and Washington state ferries.
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I'm a little sketchy about cruises. All these horror stories about ships capcizing, or all the people getting sick for weeks at a time. I am a landlubber.



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I've been on a few of them when I was a travel agent... and I hated them all. Way too regimented for me and your are trapped with strange people for a week. Not a fan.



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    Originally posted by babetsavant
    Way too regimented for me and your are trapped with strange people for a week. Not a fan.


This is exactly how I felt...trapped. I was on NCL's NORWAY and I swore never, ever again. That's not how I want to spend a vacation on somebody else's schedule. I'd rather lay on the beach in Maui, San Juan or Negril or spend a week in Paris (if I had the cash!).

I did meet the guy who organizes and runs the "Mr.Irrelevant" deal for the NFL Draft (a special award and honorary dinner is held for the last pick of the last round), and he was cool.


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Never been on a cruise. Never will be going on a cruise. I don't want to be stuck with people, then get the flu and have the crew drive the ship into a reef or something.

I've never even been on the Scotia Prince out of Portland that Bullitt so fondly recalls. Not a big enough craft to stop me from hurling overboard.





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    Originally posted by pieman
    Never been on a cruise. Never will be going on a cruise. I don't want to be stuck with people, then get the flu and have the crew drive the ship into a reef or something.
You are a bigger wuss than I thought.

I've been on a couple of those one night "booze cruises" and my wife & I went on a 5 day cruise in 2004. Long Beach, CA to Catalina, CA, then to Ensenada, Mexico, then back. We had a great time, and we didnt feel stuck or regimented at all. The only scheduled onboard events we had were use of the basketball court (with a ball that was intentionally under-inflated so it couldnt accidentally bouce off the ship, which kinda sucked) and dinnertime. They also had some comedy shows and an art aution onboard which we attended, but the rest of the time we were on the ship we mostly ate and relaxed.

The ship's diningroom wasnt big enough for everyone to eat at once, so they split us up into shifts. All of the dinner shifts were scheduled right around dinnertime anyway (between 5-7pm), so I didnt hear anyone complain. I'm guessing breakfast may have been scheduled too, but I dont remember. They had a hotdog & hamburger buffet that was open all day and most of the night, so thats what we did that for lunch. Maybe they had other stuff for lunch too, but my wife loves burgers and I love hot dogs, so we stuck with that. There was also a soft-serve machine open all day and night, which was the #2 best part of the whole ship for me.

At dinner, they had assigned seating which I thought was odd. The first night, no one else sat at our table. There were a few other 10-person tables with only 2-4 people at them, so we didnt feel too much like outcasts or anything. The second night, waiters walked around rearranging people so no one had to sit alone anymore. "Coincidentally" enough, we were re-seated with the only other mixed-couple on the ship. They were really cool, so we didnt mind. We called it "The Interracial Table" for the rest of the week.

The #1 best part of the ship was what we discovered with the other mixed couple at our first dinner with them (our 2nd night). The staff gives you this menu with 4-5 veggie choices, 4-5 meat choices, 2-3 salad choices, etc. The first night on our own, we each picked one item from each catagory and called it a night. But on our 2nd night with the other couple, we were still deciding what we wanted when the waiter showed up so we let them go first. The husband says to the waiter "Yeah, gimme the BBQ ribs AND the roasted half-chicken, then let me have 2 baked potatos AND the curly fries AND the wild rice, and I'll have the creamed spinich AND the fresh veggies, then I'll have cheesecake AND the apple pie AND the ice cream for dessert". I didnt know you could have EVERYTHING, I thought you had to choose! Needless to say, it was all over after that.

Sorry for rambling.



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    The #1 best part of the ship was what we discovered with the other mixed couple at our first dinner with them (our 2nd night). The staff gives you this menu with 4-5 veggie choices, 4-5 meat choices, 2-3 salad choices, etc. The first night on our own, we each picked one item from each catagory and called it a night. But on our 2nd night with the other couple, we were still deciding what we wanted when the waiter showed up so we let them go first. The husband says to the waiter "Yeah, gimme the BBQ ribs AND the roasted half-chicken, then let me have 2 baked potatos AND the curly fries AND the wild rice, and I'll have the creamed spinich AND the fresh veggies, then I'll have cheesecake AND the apple pie AND the ice cream for dessert". I didnt know you could have EVERYTHING, I thought you had to choose! Needless to say, it was all over after that.

    Sorry for rambling.


On the most recent cruise I was on, my entire table would order dinner every night by just saying "We'll have 5 of everything." Then we'd mix and match what we wanted and order extras if desired. Cruise food rocks.



Ken Kennedy debuted a new finisher: Jeff Hardy fans will insist on calling it the Swanton Bomb, but it looks WAY more devastating when not performed by a 180-pound fruitcake.
-Rick Scaia 06.12.2006
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