Got tips for my first Atlantis Cruise?

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    Aug 10, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    I've never been in one. My first is Athens-to-Barcelona on the 24th of this month. I'm really excited but I have no idea what to prepare for. Any tips? The 52 page land excursion packet is a little much. What does one pack to prepare for 5 different theme parties?

    Thanks. Anyone else going?
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:33 AM GMT
    condoms at all times but here are some tips...

    Here are some survival tips for your first gay cruise:

    - Whether it is your style to pack light or to be followed by a small caravan of matched luggage there are two things that are important: bring wheeled luggage, and bring luggage which is made of a soft material or collapsible. There typically isn’t a lot of space in the cabins, so you want to have luggage which can easily be stowed under the bed or in other out of the way places.

    - Come prepared! (sorry for the pun) Most ships sell lubrication and condoms, but they’ll most likely sell out fairly quickly. It’s a gay cruise, remember. So bring plenty of your own.

    - Bring a scented candle. Okay, this may seem odd but it serves two purposes. One, you will be sharing a small room and an equally small bathroom with another man. Things are going to get stinky pretty quickly, so it’s best to have some sort of air-freshener. Also, if you find yourself in the situation where you have met someone and your roommate is already asleep in the room, instead of trying to find a public place and risking an indiscretion, you can move things into the bathroom and have ambient lighting. (Why do people insist on having such awful bright fluorescent lights in bathrooms?)

    - Bring your ID as well as passport. Often you will need a valid government-issued ID to board and re-board the ship. Also, if your cruise is leaving the country, even if it’s just to the Caribbean or Mexico, new security regulations require you to have a passport.

    - Do NOT bring drugs or anything illegal on board. You may like to party from time to time, but nothing spoils the party more than a search by customs officials. There’ll be plenty of booze on board, just stick with that.

    - Bring something for seasickness. Even if you’ve been on boats all your life, you never know when seasickness could set in. Do yourself a favor and be prepared. Bring a seasick patch or seasick pills such as drammamine. Hopefully, you won’t need them.

    Bon Voyage!
  • GQjock

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    Aug 10, 2010 10:44 AM GMT
    As someone who's Been on that cruise before here are some pointers
    Remember all you paperwork tkts passport cruise pkt .... you'll hate yourself if you forget anything
    On the excursions .... if there is anything specific that you wanna see
    Book it early .... Lots of things get sold out quickly esp the popular ones
    On packing for the theme parties
    Bring what you want and what you think looks good
    Some guys bring trunkloads of costumes ... it makes it all the more fun
    The gym on the ship is small ,,,, and gets very crowded at peak times so head down early or late if you don't want to be battling for the one 25 lb dumbell icon_confused.gif

    Just remember that there are going to be many things that are going to be going on simultaneously .... so Plan ahead or you'll be kicking yourself that you missed that or didn't see that
  • noviceprime

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    Aug 10, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    dont swallow, pack a massive assortment of speedos and condoms.
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    Aug 10, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    A gay cruise is what you make of it. For some it's a floating bath house and for others it is a vacation with a lot of gay men. As others have said, there are a lot of things being offered at the same time; they're trying to entertain everyone. Consider what is a one time offering and what you might be able to catch later. Off peak times is key to hitting certain things (e.g. the gym, the spa).

    The rooms do not offer a lot of storage so plan your packing accordingly. I did not go the route of costumes and I returned with only two unworn shirts. The cabin next to us had a barge of luggage and extensive outfits for everything. While that can be a good time, it does eat up the cabin space.

    Most people are very friendly and social. Some are "above that" and the 'tude will be evident. Live and let live.

    Athens is great but incredibly hot and sunny and dry. It's worth seeing the ruins if it is your first time there. Rome offers a lot of excursions. Consider what appeals most to you and go with it. Barcelona is a place that appeals to nearly everyone. We stayed at a boutique hotel, Rafael Hotel on Grand Via [http://www.casanovabcnhotel.com/index.php?lng=en]. I STRONGLY suggest it.

    Let me know of any further questions you may have.
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    Aug 10, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    Is a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?

    I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!
  • noviceprime

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    Aug 10, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    NickFit saidIs a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?

    I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!


    ha youll come back from that trip single lol.
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    Aug 10, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    noviceprime said
    NickFit saidIs a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?

    I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!


    ha youll come back from that trip single lol.
    Either that, or in a group as a polygamous relationship. icon_lol.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 10, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    NickFit saidIs a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?

    I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!



    Anyone who portrays a gay cruise as "a floating bath house" has probably likely never been on one. As others have said, a cruise is what you make it. The beauty of these things is that there is a little something for everybody. Get several thousand guys together on one ship and, obviously, stuff happens. Like going out to any bar or club, there is different elements in the mix. To say that a gay cruise is one big floating orgy on the high seas simply isn't the case. Some are heavy partiers, others don't party at all. Some dance till sunrise, others don't even go to the dance parties. Some people sign up for excursions. others never leave the ship. Again, it is what you make it, and you will find that there is a little something for everybody and every taste. If you just let yourself go with the flow, you can't help but have an amazing and memorable time.

    I'm about to go on my 4th cruise, and a few things I have learned from the past ones are:

    1) In terms of the theme parties -- Keep it simple. If the weather is hot, and it usually is, most of the costume comes off to the bare minimum rather quickly anyway, so save yourself the aggravation of looking for and packing an elaborate costume. Many people don't even wear costumes at the parties, while others dress to the hilt and really get into it. It can be whatever you want it to be.

    2) The Excursions -- I have found that not going on the excursions, and just getting off the boat when I am good and ready and finding my way through the port and exploring on my own or with a group of friends is more fun. If you sign up for excursions, not only do they tend to be pricey, but you also have to stick to a schedule. When I am on vacation, I tend to want to go at my own pace.

    3) Documentation -- be sure to make a copy of your passport and keep it somewhere safe in the event that, God forbid, you lose your passport. Try to pack valuables like cameras, watches, or anything else real valuable in your carry on luggage because, sadly, there are thieves among luggage handlers and customs agents.

    4) Travel Insurance -- It adds a few hundred dollars to your trip, but it's worth the piece of mind that should something happen while you're in another country that either delays the trip, or even cancels the trip for any reason, you can recoup the money you spent for this vacation. Also, in the event that you were to get sick for any reason, your medical expenses are covered in foreign countries if your regular health insurance doesn't cover you.

    Have a great time. I leave in 3 days to fly to Venice for my cruise that leaves on Monday, so I can relate to your excitement. I'm guessing you're going to have an incredible adventure.
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 10, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles said-
    Bring a scented candle. Okay, this may seem odd but it serves two purposes. One, you will be sharing a small room and an equally small bathroom with another man. Things are going to get stinky pretty quickly, so it’s best to have some sort of air-freshener. Also, if you find yourself in the situation where you have met someone and your roommate is already asleep in the room, instead of trying to find a public place and risking an indiscretion, you can move things into the bathroom and have ambient lighting. (Why do people insist on having such awful bright fluorescent lights in bathrooms?)


    I wasn't going to comment on this thread, but this must be said - DO NOT bring a candle. I repeat, DO NOT BRING A CANDLE.

    The biggest threat at sea isn't hitting an iceberg, it's fire. The Sapphire Princess and other ships have had fires and it is absolutely NO JOKE. Fire is considered among the top threats to Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS). Some lines have outlawed travel irons because of the risk (I've had one confiscated at the port). Others have deleted anything involving tableside cooking (open flame) in the dining room. You'll also find that cigarette smoking is restricted to specific areas of the ship because of this very real danger.

    By all means, bring a can of Lysol. You can also use it to spray the door handles of your cabin and the doorhandles of your cabin's restroom once you check-in. Since Lysol kills a lot of bacteria and viruses, it's also a good defense against shipborn illnesses.

    Another thing you don't want? To light a candle and have security knocking at your door. Most modern staterooms have temperature and/or fire detectors that are linked to the ship's security system. These systems are so sensitive that steam from very hot showers can activate them. When activated, they set off an alarm on the bridge and security is sent to your room. A candle will set them off.





  • Timbales

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    Aug 10, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    I'd recommend antibacterial wetwipes and sunscreen on top of what everyone else has already recommended.

    I'd also recommend having the bare minimum with you as far as valuables go, especially when you go off the boat - ipod, jewelry, etc.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 10, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Oh yeah, if at any time you start feeling queezy or seasick on the ship, go to the cafe and eat some pickled ginger (the kind served with sushi) -- works wonders
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    WOW! Thanks guys. Lots of awesome tips, both practical and funny. I'm one to make the most out of any experience, so no worries there.

    The only thing I'm worried about is possibly getting seasick, but I'll prepare for that. Otherwise, I'm all ready for loads of fun. I'm not going alone (with 3 other friends) so that takes care of sharing a room with a stranger.

    So how does one find out about the events on the ship? And CJAZ, which insurance would you recommend?


    Cheers!
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 12, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    Please do not over do your fun. Pace yourself. Some people getting really sick, some even OD!
    Be careful where you walk. If there's any moisture the brass railings on steps can be very dangerous.
    Don't waste your time in the steamroom. People pay thousands of dollars and travel all that distance to do what could be done at home? Crazy.
    You won't get to do everything but do plan things out. Walk up to anyone and just start talking!
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Stay out the lions den (aka the sauna and the steamroom) if you are not prepared nor interested in seeing porn done right before your eyes and have men chasing after you to take part in it.
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    Ashley80 saidStay out the lions den (aka the sauna and the steamroom) if you are not prepared nor interested in seeing porn done right before your eyes and have men chasing after you to take part in it.


    I'm sure the men chase after you wherever you go on the boat, good job you look like you know how to handle yourself!
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    keeper saidWOW! Thanks guys. Lots of awesome tips, both practical and funny. I'm one to make the most out of any experience, so no worries there.

    The only thing I'm worried about is possibly getting seasick, but I'll prepare for that. Otherwise, I'm all ready for loads of fun. I'm not going alone (with 3 other friends) so that takes care of sharing a room with a stranger.

    So how does one find out about the events on the ship? And CJAZ, which insurance would you recommend?

    Cheers!











    Keeper, I have all my insurance policies -- car, homeowners, health, etc, -- with USAA, so I got my travel insurance through them and they do it through "Travel Insured International":

    http://www.travelinsured.com/Travel-Insurance/Default.aspx

    I know that ATLANTIS recommends "Travelex"

    https://www.travelex-insurance.com/

    I will be getting off your ship in Athens just a few hours before you are getting on...Bon Voyage.

    By the way, I am going to try and post here at RJ during the cruise and sort of give a daily review for everybody and document my cruise experience. Perhaps you can pick it up on your cruise and give us yours as well. Will be interesting to see our different perspectives experiencing a cruise.
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
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    noviceprime said
    NickFit saidIs a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?

    I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!


    ha youll come back from that trip single lol.
    Either that, or in a group as a polygamous relationship. icon_lol.gif



    Hmmm, always something new to try I guess lol icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    Got a brother who works the Mediterranean cruises... what would you like to know? I could ask him
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    Aug 14, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    I really appreciate the "take caution" messages. I promise I will. I'll let you all know how it goes.

    It's coming up soon (almost too soon, I'm not ready yet).
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    Aug 14, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    Keeper, I have all my insurance policies -- car, homeowners, health, etc, -- with USAA, so I got my travel insurance through them and they do it through "Travel Insured International":

    http://www.travelinsured.com/Travel-Insurance/Default.aspx

    I know that ATLANTIS recommends "Travelex"

    https://www.travelex-insurance.com/

    I will be getting off your ship in Athens just a few hours before you are getting on...Bon Voyage.

    By the way, I am going to try and post here at RJ during the cruise and sort of give a daily review for everybody and document my cruise experience. Perhaps you can pick it up on your cruise and give us yours as well. Will be interesting to see our different perspectives experiencing a cruise.[/quote]


    Thanks CJAZ. Have fun on your trip!