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Old 08-05-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Can someone give some details about cruising . . .what you like about it? In my imagination it seems awful . . .it seems dark and closed in . . . I am imagining dirty carpets, an old lounge-y feel or hotel conference feel . . . and a bunch of old people! Tell me how it is different from that . . .
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I guess I had pictured a cruise ship as a nursing home on wheels (so-to-speak).
And there it is.

I see you've returned to your usual M.O. of posting intentionally inflammatory remarks about a subject in order to start an argument. You've done it on numerous boards over a wide variety of subjects. Well, rather than get drawn into a ridiculous discussion with you about the merits of cruising (and the types of people on cruises), I'll merely C&P a portion of a post from a previous thread which includes a short video that demonstrates how ridiculous your above statements are:

One of my favorite cruise lines is Windstar. Their ships are motorized sailboats with only 72 cabins (but with over 100 crew to pamper its passengers). There are no dress codes, no set meal times, and passengers are free to do whatever they prefer, both on board the ship and while in port. Being aboard a Windstar ship is akin to being on a large private yacht. Here is a short video that gives you some idea of what sailing on Windstar is like. (It is a portion of a longer promotional video that also includes info about the ports of call around the world that the ship visits.)


‪Windstar Cruises‬‏ - YouTube[/quote]
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I used to have fantasies of being a world traveler . . . that I would travel near and far . . . I am now rethinking this . . .I don't know what I will end up doing because I can't travel yet and by the time I might be able to, I might be way too old . . .

Plus I realize I am a creature of comfort and a little germ-phobic - not a good travel combo - and I hate bugs and freak out when I see them - so that leaves out tropical areas . . .

And also after much thought I have decided I would not like to be in a ship, under water . . . and I am also not crazy about airplanes - from the whole fear of flying thing to being trapped with dirty people coughing and sneezing and no fresh air for hours (to think they used to let you smoke on the plane! and I was one of the ones that was doing it! Unbelievable) . . .

What is your thinking about traveling?

I would LOVE to be able to travel. However, finances are such that I'll ever really be able to. I am glad that I had the opportunity to do a LOT of travel when I was married but I never made it past the US, Mexico and Canada. If there is one place I really really want to go to it's Australia. My mom is from there and I have tons of family there that I would love to meet. Basically all I'd have to worry about is air fare and some spending money, what with all the family there would be to stay with, but even that would take some major planning.

I would also like to do genealogy trips to England, Scotland and Ireland.

I've seen a vast majority of the US and there are places I'd love to revisit. I may be able to do that one day...before I get too old! lol
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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On the plus side you'll never run into that person on a cruise!!

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And there it is.

I see you've returned to your usual M.O. of posting intentionally inflammatory remarks about a subject in order to start an argument. You've done it on numerous boards over a wide variety of subjects. Well, rather than get drawn into a ridiculous discussion with you about the merits of cruising (and the types of people on cruises), I'll merely C&P a portion of a post from a previous thread which includes a short video that demonstrates how ridiculous your above statements are:

One of my favorite cruise lines is Windstar. Their ships are motorized sailboats with only 72 cabins (but with over 100 crew to pamper its passengers). There are no dress codes, no set meal times, and passengers are free to do whatever they prefer, both on board the ship and while in port. Being aboard a Windstar ship is akin to being on a large private yacht. Here is a short video that gives you some idea of what sailing on Windstar is like. (It is a portion of a longer promotional video that also includes info about the ports of call around the world that the ship visits.)


‪Windstar Cruises‬‏ - YouTube
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:10 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Getting on and off a cruise ship is not difficult. Somewhat time consuming, but not difficult. Quicker than getting on a plane. I much prefer it to getting on and off a plane.

We go to Vegas every few years and enjoy it. A cruise ship has no relation to Vegas at all. Totally different experience. About the only thing I'd relate to Vegas is that there is a small casino (Princess). Bets are capped at $200.

We have traveled less than we wanted to over the years and are planning on making up for it in retirement. Mrs. Teks next vehicle is going to be an interstate cruiser. Might as well be comfortable while driving all over the country.
It's more the emphasis on food (dressing for dinner? Not for me) and shows and spectacle and the artificial environment than gambling that makes me think of Las Vegas. We have a number of neighbors who like to cruise and looking at their pictures and hearing their stories makes me think it's not anything I'd like to do. I also don't care for resort hotels and don't stay in them.

And I think one of my impressions was colored by dealing with a sobbing older woman in Hawaii who had missed the pick-up due to a taxi problem. I finally found a cruise line rep, who was being remarkably unhelpful about her situation.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I guess I had pictured a cruise ship as a nursing home on wheels (so-to-speak).
What????? How do you come to that?! There are, of course, any number of different types of cruises but I have never thought of them in that way.

My thing about cruises is that it has never been a goal of mine to 'vacation' with a couple thousand other people. Cruises are cheap enough that I could probably afford it now, if I only want to go to Mexico since I live closer to CA than FL. I wouldn't mind an Alaskan cruise but I used to live there so have already seen a lot of the state. Although, yes, I'd love to go back and visit.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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I would LOVE to be able to travel. However, finances are such that I'll ever really be able to. I am glad that I had the opportunity to do a LOT of travel when I was married but I never made it past the US, Mexico and Canada. If there is one place I really really want to go to it's Australia. My mom is from there and I have tons of family there that I would love to meet. Basically all I'd have to worry about is air fare and some spending money, what with all the family there would be to stay with, but even that would take some major planning.

I would also like to do genealogy trips to England, Scotland and Ireland.

I've seen a vast majority of the US and there are places I'd love to revisit. I may be able to do that one day...before I get too old! lol
I had forgotten about my desire to see Ireland and Scotland.

What do you think about the long flight to Australia? I went to Asia when young and it was unbelievably long . . . I guess you have to have the mindset that you are going to be sitting for a day or whatever . . . and prepare with Ipod, Ipad, etc.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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And also after much thought I have decided I would not like to be in a ship, under water . . . and I am also not crazy about airplanes - from the whole fear of flying thing to being trapped with dirty people coughing and sneezing and no fresh air for hours (to think they used to let you smoke on the plane! and I was one of the ones that was doing it! Unbelievable) . . .
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Wow. That is awesome. I wish I was not so neurotic and opinionated!
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In my imagination it seems awful . . .it seems dark and closed in . . . I am imagining dirty carpets, an old lounge-y feel or hotel conference feel . . . and a bunch of old people!
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I guess I had pictured a cruise ship as a nursing home on wheels (so-to-speak).
Richard Bach, Illusions: "Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours."
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm waiting for Captain Kirk's transporter (Beam me up, Scotty) to be developed. I think I may die of old age before then.

I would like to see a lot of places. I just don't want to get on an airplane to do it so all my traveling is road trips. I do one or two decent ones per year. I do like to drive and swore off future airplane trips on the day I retired. I think I'm up to 33 states.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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I frankly find that i like raos trips more on a alower paqce from beig well palnned myself. Cruiswes bore me after about 3 days and flying is just a hassle noe days ;so doit only whe necessary now days.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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My thing about cruises is that it has never been a goal of mine to 'vacation' with a couple thousand other people.
There is no need to cruise with a couple of thousand other people. There are plenty of small ships from which to choose. In fact, one trip I'm currently researching for next summer is a river cruise on a barge that only has 12 passengers. Here's an example:


‪French barge cruises in France. Barging the canals of France and other european waterways‬‏ - YouTube
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