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Old May 9th, 2018, 07:07 PM
Total Noob Total Noob is offline
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Anybody on the board go for a cruise? Is there anything to do on board other than just sit around and jabber with senior citizens? Can anyone recommend this activity?

  • I am neither a foodie seeking fancy meals or wine, nor a pig hoping to chow down at buffets.
  • I do not care to dress up for dinner unless absolutely necessary and do not care to take extra clothing if an airline will charge more for luggage.
  • I don't consume adult beverages while the sun shines, and never consume more than one at night with the possible exception of New Years.
  • I don't casino gamble, dance or bar hop.
  • I am not looking for a mate.
  • As I live just outside NYC, I can do all the shopping or theater going I like with minimal effort.
  • I choose not to go to the gym, and don't believe in luxurious spa treatments. I am too old for various outdoor activities sometimes shown in ads, such as basketball and jogging around the decks.
  • Without intending to be disrespectful to the residents, ports of call and other tourist traps everywhere seem to me to be identical, especially in as much as souvenirs are typically made in China. Any significant cultural sites would seem to be too cumbersome to visit in the limited time ships are in those ports.
  • The beach is 15 minutes away from my house.
  • I do not like being out of touch but also do not want to pay exorbitant fees for internet and phone access.

I can't think of anything that there could plausibly be on a ship that I don't have much, much faster and cheaper access to at home, and the regimentation of meal times does not, on its face, seem to be particularly relaxing.

I have heard that sometimes cruises have an educational component, but the many websites I perused failed to mention them if they are there.

I have tried asking cruise lines and travel agents directly by email but not heard back. I believe that ignoring consumer queries is not a very successful manner by which to conduct business, but perhaps that is just me.


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Old May 9th, 2018, 10:22 PM
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Yep, I particularly liked Carnival but Princess Lines was decent also. Got to scuba the Blue Hole, climb pyramids in the jungle, lots of stuff I'd otherwise never do.

But for you, please just stay home and read a good novel. Sounds like your mind is already made up.
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Old May 10th, 2018, 02:11 PM
Ned Seagoon Ned Seagoon is offline
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Yes I took a six week cruise some years ago. We travelled from Southampton UK. First memory was crossing the Bay Of Biscay between France and Spain, the sea was very rough and I was quite ill. Next we entered the Mediterranean Sea sailing between Gibraltar and North Africa, we could see both from the ship.

We arrived in Malta sailing into Valletta Harbour, I remember the multitude of sandstone buildings that could be seen from the ship. Some passengers came aboard here.

We sailed on soon arriving at Port Said, at the entrance to the Suez Canal. The ship was surrounded by small craft offering all manner of items for sale. The vendors would hold up things for sale and the passengers would negotiate a price, once done the vendor would throw a thin rope to the passenger who would hall up a basket and place the money in it. Once the vendor received that he would place the item, could be a carving or a bunch of bananas, into the basket for haling up to the passenger.

Small boys were on other small boats offering to dive for coins. However they would only dive for silver coins, copper did not interest them. These boys were clever in that they could detect the difference between a copper coin wrapped in silver paper and a real silver coin while in flight, only diving for the real ones.

After the ship refueled we entered the Suez canal, travelling slowly in a convoy with many other ships. At one stage our ship ran aground on a sand bar, but with some maneuvering we eventually became free. We passed a spot where a sewer from Cairo entered the Canal, the stench was foul. We passed through a couple of lakes, the Bitter lakes, on the way, eventually we arrived at the Port of Suez at the southern end of the Canal and sailed directly into the Red Sea.

I tried fishing over the side of the ship while in the Red Sea, with a few other boys. One of them said that you could catch flying fish on a bent pin with silver paper as the bait, so off to my mother for a roll of cotton and a bent pin and some silver paper.

Afraid this fishing exercise of mine had the same results and every other fishing trip since.

We soon arrived at the port of Aden just before entering the Indian Ocean. Here we went ashore for the first time since leaving Southampton. Aden was hot and dry, it had not rained there for seven years before we arrived. We were warned to stay on the main streets and not to go down any side streets. I remember many market stalls selling all manner of items to the people. I also remember the Gully Gully man, a street magician who constantly chanted Gully Gully, while pulling coins from children's ears.

Back on board for a peaceful crossing of the Indian Ocean to our next port, Colombo in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. Here we went ashore again. My father found a taxi and negotiated with the driver to take us around. The most memorable part of this trip was the visit to a Buddhist Temple. I remember having to leave my shoes outside and when inside seeing this huge statue of Buddha, all Red and Gold. I was quite awe inspired as a child.

We carried on in the taxi to a beach where we sat under a palm trees at the top of a sandy beach with the surf rolling in, and had a picnic lunch. This experience was a first for me, but repeated many time in my new home. The taxi collected us and we visited some markets where my parents bought some clothes and some carved ebony and ivory miniature elephants.

Back on the ship we set sail for Australia, a gentle rolling trip. Eventually we arrived Fremantle the Port for Perth. Again we went ashore and I had my first meal in Australia. It was a little cafe that seem to be constantly rocking (the ships motion had become stuck in my brain). That first meal in Australia, steak, chips and egg, was the best meal I had ever had.

Visited some people in Perth, old friends of my mother who originally lived in the village in the UK where she grew up.

Back on board and then for the worse part of the trip, crossing the Great Australian Bight. If I had thought the Bay of Biscay was rough I was wrong, it was nothing compared to this. It seemed the ship was rolling side to side so much that at one instant the deck was vertical one way and the next vertical the other. To put it politely, I was quite ill.

A few days later we arrived in Port Melbourne, went ashore again. Travelled by tram for the first time, visiting Melbourne zoo. Very impressed at the animals I saw.

Back on board for the final leg to Sydney. We arrived at Sydney heads at daybreak, my father woke me and we went on deck to see Sydney Harbour, a sight to be seen, absolutely huge, and as we progressed down the harbour towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge we saw the city and the high rise building extending back from the water.

The ship docked at the international terminal, right next to circular quay, the ferry terminal, and where the first European settlement occurred on 26 January 1788. But for me it was shock horror. As I looked under the harbour bridge I saw what I now know is Luna Park, a theme park of rides, games and sideshows, complete with it's huge face of red and gold and huge white teeth over the entrance, and immediately thought of Ceylon and the Buddhist Temple. My thoughts at the time were, what have my parents done, bringing me to a land of heathens.

Now some years later (66 to be precise) I think my initial thoughts were correct!!

All this for only 10 pounds, children free.

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