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Favorite Cruise?? Worst Cruise?? I want to hear!

Feb 23rd, 2004, 05:12 PM
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 05:34 PM
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I've been on nearly a dozen cruises so far and have enjoyed them all, but some more than others. My most recent was on Carnival to the Bahamas over new years eve and it was a LOT of fun. The food and service were really exceptional!
I enjoy Princess when I want a little classier cruise. Good food, and I find that they keep the kids very busy with their camp for kids and not running amok on the decks.
I love cruising to Bermuda. It is my favorite cruise destination; and I've done western/eastern Carib, the Med, Alaska, and the Mexican riviera besides. The cruises to Bermuda have been the roughest waters because the location is soooo far out in the Atlantic. The first time I did this destination, we were diverted to a different route back to Boston due to a tropical storm at sea. Trust me... it got rough, but everyone at my table stayed well and happy. Many others on board got seasick though.
I've not sailed on Celebrity, but will try it some day. I've sailed on Costa, Royal Cruise Lines, Royal Carib, Norwegian, Princess, and Carnival.
I, personally, prefer the smaller ships with about 1500-2000 passengers. The big mega-liners don't have that much appeal to me. The age of the ship doesn't make a lot of difference unless it is a really "old" one and has not been refurbished in recent years. I like a ship that has an indoor/outdoor pool area (they have a roof that is retractable). It's nice to escape from the sun once in a while!
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 08:39 PM
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We've only been on a couple of major line cruises (Celebrity, S. Caribbean and Hawaii), and another planned in a couple of months (Oceania, Med) but despite all the food and glitz the best cruise has been (and I expect will remain) a trip we took on a freighter across the Pacific around 5 years ago.

Got on in Auckland, stopped for a couple of days in Fiji, then no stops until we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at last light on Christmas Eve, the orange sunset making the orange bridge look like it was about to melt, the dark city with glinting lights behind. It was unbelievably cold up on the flybridge, but we didn't really feel it.

We were the only passengers; ate with the officers (German and Polish) and with the crew (Pacific islander); there was nothing to do but read, listen to the shortwave, watch (awful) videos, walk around the deck, spend time in the engine room until our ears were endangered, and schmooze with the skipper and first officer on the bridge. Herself got to steer the ship for a while but had us heading to Mexico instead of SF, so she was relieved of the helm. Our cabin was enormous and well-equipped; we had a big porch (not private verandah but just as good) with lounge chairs etc; saw whales, flying fish, porpoise, and a total of one other ship in 19 days at sea. Crossed the equator and date line the same day (herself's birthday) and the cook made a hilarious cake with misspelled birthday wishes; got to learn all about cargo handling (modified container ship with many tons of frozen lamb as cargo); and had a drop-dead smashing wonderful time. Can't wait to do another one, but you need a longish stretch of time.

A passenger-carrying container boat leaves the harbor here in Seattle every month for a 100-day around-the-world voyage; one of these days we'll be getting to work late.
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Feb 24th, 2004, 07:16 AM
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To the best of my knowledge, the restaurant level is the most stable level on a ship....
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Feb 24th, 2004, 07:33 AM
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Gardyloo, that sounds like the most amazing cruise I could ever begin to imagine! I'm putting that on my "to do, someday" list!

Sounds like a romantic, exciting, unbelievable and unforgettable experience.

Thank you for sharing such a special memory!
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Feb 24th, 2004, 08:10 AM
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To Andy...and others, tell me please, where have you decided to 'go back to at a later time' due to a day or two in some port....and, have you actually really been back? If so, what was the particular attaction that made you decide to go back for a 'land' visit?
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Feb 24th, 2004, 08:23 AM
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Wow Gardy! I'm jealous. gt;

That trip sounds like just the thing to appeal to my wandering itinerant sea-faring tendencies!
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Feb 24th, 2004, 10:32 AM
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Okay, here's the wish book.
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Feb 24th, 2004, 10:38 AM
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I thank you so very much Gardyloo!

It's going in my "file"!

Please let us know when you do it again!
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Feb 24th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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