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Deeman3
05-24-2010, 10:13 AM
DeeWoman and I enjoyed cruising the Carribean and Gulf. We did some scuba diving and snorkeling in Cosumel and Grand Caman but mostly ate, drank and made merry. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

No oil, no rough seas and no big casino losses so I guess it was a great trip.

A great way to travel in my opinion. not having to drive the boat. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r
05-24-2010, 03:09 PM
Awesome. Cruising is probably my favorite way to vacation. Sometimes we get sticker shock at the price of excursions but they are still great.

eg8r

Deeman3
05-24-2010, 03:22 PM
Ed,

I was surprised at how cheap this was. Of course, never having been on a cruise, I didn't have lot to compare it with. We were on a Carnival hip, the Inspiration, it was a big one with 13 decks. We had an Ocean View with a big picture window on the very middle of the ship on the premier deck for about $1,200 plus a couple of hundred for tips and taxes. I prepaid all but then, of course, spent some on shore excusions, $95 for a two tank dive for me and $79 for Tori and I both to snorkel for 4 hours.

She must have went through a few hundred in the casino as she never bragged about wining expct for a couple of hundred at craps. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

I spent another 2 bills on drinks and meals on the islands and of course, brought back a bunch of extra liquors. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

So, I am out maybe two grand for a 5 day trip where I was really able to relax and not worry about much. Not too bad.

Like you, I probably thought I could do better on the excursions but booked mine in advance. I did rent an all day jeep for $80 bucks and then found I could have done it on Cosumel for $35!!!

I should have talked to you, of course, before I did everything but was just trying this out for how well we liked it. It was all that was promised and more. The meals were great. I only carried one tux and I spilled the contents of my electric shaver on it during the transit so I was pretty shabby by the end of the trip on formal meals but I refused to pay to get it cleaned!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r
05-24-2010, 03:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I only carried one tux and I spilled the contents of my electric shaver on it during the transit so I was pretty shabby by the end of the trip on formal meals but I refused to pay to get it cleaned!! </div></div>LOL, I cracked up when I read this. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

I haven't been on a cruise in a couple years but I doubt many things have changed too much. We went to Cozumel when I was younger and I learned from that trip that I would never visit Mexico in the summer again. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif We hated it. Next time it will be in Jan or Feb and see if I find it bearable. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Cruises can be insanely cheap if you watch the excursions and the gambling. Most of the time the food is pretty good and it is all included in the price. Since I no longer drink alcohol it is even cheaper because I don't have to buy it.

I am glad you had a great time. Now you will have a better idea of what to expect on your next one. I usually try to limit my advice to just sharing experiences instead of offering recommendations because not everybody feels the same as I do about things or may have different interests. For example, we always skip formal night. I do not bring any nice clothes when I am on vacation. I want to wear a bathing suit and suntan lotion everywhere I go. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r

Deeman3
05-25-2010, 07:58 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> For example, we always skip formal night. I do not bring any nice clothes when I am on vacation. I want to wear a bathing suit and suntan lotion everywhere I go. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

eg8r </div></div>

<span style="color: #FF0000"> I agree with you except that DeeWoman wants to dress up as often as possible! I, of coure, have to for many occasions involving work and charity events so she wants to get her jewelry, sleek dresses and other stuff "in play" when she can. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif</span>

Gayle in MD
05-25-2010, 08:26 AM
Glad to hear you had a good time.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Deeman3
05-25-2010, 08:38 AM
Thank-you. I am considering two options in my retirement years, one; a permanent booking on a cruise that I never get off of and two; buying a large boat and just staying on it 24/7! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

As long as we hired a cook and someone to operate the boat, my wife is on board. However, if not, she'll settle for the room service on a cruise ship.

While we were in port in Cosumel, the ship next to us was the largest cruise ship in the world holding over 6,000 passengers, plus a large crew. That may be too big as it took us a couple days to learn where everything was on our 2,500 passenger ship!

Gayle in MD
05-25-2010, 12:43 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Thank-you. I am considering two options in my retirement years, one; a permanent booking on a cruise that I never get off of and two; buying a large boat and just staying on it 24/7! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

That's my plan, Deeman. I'd be living on a big boat right now, if I could get Jim to go for it. [/color]
As long as we hired a cook and someone to operate the boat, my wife is on board. However, if not, she'll settle for the room service on a cruise ship.

<span style="color: #000066">I prefer my own boat, and my own cooking, most of the time, and having control over my own boat....as well. I don't like commercial cruises. I like having control of my own boat, or I should say, we, since we are both capable of navagating it, and we both love boating. </span>

While we were in port in Cosumel, the ship next to us was the largest cruise ship in the world holding over 6,000 passengers, plus a large crew. That may be too big as it took us a couple days to learn where everything was on our 2,500 passenger ship! </div></div>

<span style="color: #000066">I think everyone should experience taking a cruise on a comercial cruises liner. I've taken several, but I so much more prefer motoring around on my own vessel, without all the crowds, and being able to jump in and snorkel, whenever I wish, and explore at will....I am in it for the nature, not the glitz....although, on one's own boat, one can stop and indulge in numerous dining, and dancing evenings...or shopping excursions....I find I lean far more toward the nature centered experiences. Just being on the water, even in a slip, is so relaxing, and we both love the Marina life, as well.

But, a cruise can be enjoyable, when that's what one is in the mood to do....

A barefoot cruise, to maybe Virgin Gorda, with friends, is also a great experience....as long as you have among your friends, your own captain, and my captain, has some very good extra talents, besides navagating.</span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Glad you had a nice time.

G.

Deeman3
05-25-2010, 01:41 PM
I like your thinking and would probably agree, except I loved all thje work being done for me and I married a Yankee who can barely boil water. I am glad, she, like Jim, has special talents.

I have really thought about buying a larger boat. I almost pulled the trigger a couple of years ago on a 32 footer but, if I were to retire on it, it would have to be much bigger. I guess it does not matter but I, not being a long time sailor, have balked at spending more on a boat than a house, but...it may make sense in the end. I have spent a couple of weeks on a freind's boat a few years ago and liked it very much.

The other thing, of course, has been that I am full tilt working almost the entire year. That and my attitude may change as I slow down. The atraction of the commercial cruise is that I have, for that time, absolutley no responsibility. I never had to fire a manager, had to solve disputes nor even give a single speech last week. Of course, it was all waiting for me upon my return. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

wolfdancer
05-25-2010, 01:53 PM
Hey, I used to take the one hour "cruise" on the SS. Canadiana,to Crystal Beach, Ont.'... one of the last two commercial paddle wheelers in operation (the other, the Cape May Ferry boat....been there, done that also) so I'm an experienced cruise ship passenger....them other "boats" jes stay out a little longer.....Course we didn't have no shuffleboard, nor bingo games, and the bill of fare was hotdogs, and pizza slices.... while size does matter re cruise ships it's really just "same, same", as the Mama San in Saigon told me when I was checking out their menu and prices.

eg8r
05-25-2010, 04:18 PM
It is all about the amenities. You don't need to know where everything is, just the stuff you are interested in. It is important to research the boat you will be travelling on just as much as it is to know the stops you will be making. Carnival's cheap cruises are not anything I would suggest to friends because we have had terrible experiences on them.

eg8r

eg8r
05-25-2010, 04:20 PM
Gayle, some of my favorite restaurants are ones you find on the water where you can dock your boat and walk in. They are never high class and the food probably is not the most healthy but it always tastes great and the atmosphere is entertaining.

eg8r

Deeman3
05-26-2010, 07:57 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It is all about the amenities. You don't need to know where everything is, just the stuff you are interested in. It is important to research the boat you will be travelling on just as much as it is to know the stops you will be making. Carnival's cheap cruises are not anything I would suggest to friends because we have had terrible experiences on them.

eg8r </div></div>

<span style="color: #FF0000"> Ed,

I was warned about the cheap carnival Cruises (after I booked it) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif but as I had nothing to compare it to, it measured up and exceeded my expectations. Now, one of our dining partners, they were cruise veterans, had had to settle for this cruise at the last minute but said it was much better than their former experiences with Carnival. Just to be safe, next time we will upgrade to a luxury cruise but this time we were just seeing what they were about and were completely satisfied.

We were, for instance, warned about wandering drunks, gays galore kissing all around us and uncontrolled kids people wanted to kill on sight. We saw none of that! All well ebhaved, excellent staff and service and except for one woman's dress blowing up over her head on deck when she had no undees on, not a moment of drama. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif</span>

eg8r
05-26-2010, 08:12 AM
One thing that is awesome about cruising is the staff. Working on these ships are positions that are highly competitive so once someone gets the job they do what they can to make guests and management happy. I have been on quite a few cruises and have only had one instance where the staff (a waiter) was a problem and he was dealt with much more strictly than I thought necessary. Needless to say, he got huffy and was stuck in his room for the rest of the trip and then let go at the end.

It is great to hear the cheap Carnival cruises are getting better. Our problem was with the food and entertainment. The food was terrible. Absolutely horrible. We ended up skipping the dining room altogether.

eg8r (looking forward to hearing your review after sailing on one of the better boats)

Deeman3
05-26-2010, 08:38 AM
Ed,

Will do. I would apprecate any recommendations for ones that go out of Tampa, Miami or Cape canaveral as those are ports I can get at easily.

Any that you have really enjoyed, I'll try to book for late this year or early next year.

Thanks

Gayle in MD
05-26-2010, 10:02 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: wolfdancer</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hey, I used to take the one hour "cruise" on the SS. Canadiana,to Crystal Beach, Ont.'... one of the last two commercial paddle wheelers in operation (the other, the Cape May Ferry boat....been there, done that also) so I'm an experienced cruise ship passenger....them other "boats" jes stay out a little longer.....Course we didn't have no shuffleboard, nor bingo games, and the bill of fare was hotdogs, and pizza slices.... while size does matter re cruise ships it's really just "same, same", as the Mama San in Saigon told me when I was checking out their menu and prices. </div></div>


/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

I've been on the Cape May also, but Crystal Beach, now that sounds beautiful!