CuriousJockAZ's ATLANTIS Mediterranean Cruise Adventure

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 13, 2010 1:31 PM GMT


    Hi Guys –

    There have been many various threads over the past few years regarding the all-gay ATLANTIS cruises – the pros, the cons, and other varying opinions and/or questions about them. Since I am leaving today to head to Europe for the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece – with some exciting stops along the way (see map)

    cruises_2010_venice_map.jpg

    I thought it might be fun (and a nice change of pace from the same old politically-tinged or “Man Above You…” threads) to post something different, act as an RJ correspondent of sorts, reporting on location from the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise. Some of you may have always wondered about these cruises, or are considering going on one in the future, and if that’s the case you may find this thread interesting, even entertaining.

    That said, come along with me, and I will keep you posted as my Atlantis Mediterranean cruise adventure unfolds…

    Day #1 – FINALLY, The long awaited vacation is here!

    First thing you should know about going on a cruise, if you have never been on one, is that they are not something you normally plan last-minute. After all, they are not exactly cheap, so planning on going on a cruise (for most of us anyway) requires planning ahead, and saving a some money each month to pay for it. For instance, I decided I wanted to to go on the Summer 2010 Mediterranean cruise in February of 2009 – almost 18 months before the cruise. A cruise like this – including air fare and other fees – will set you back roughly $4000-to-$5000. Now, that may sound like a lot of money, however, if you think of it as something you pay for over the course of 18 months, it’s not so bad. Also, if you were to go to all the cities a cruise goes to, flying to each spot, staying in hotels, and eating in restaurants, you would spend twice that. So, seeing Europe onboard a cruise --- where your room and food is all-inclusive --- can actually be one of the more economical ways to vacation in Europe in the long run. The other thing about planning a cruise so far in advance is that it gives you something in the future to look forward to, and that can be a healthy thing. 18 months can go by pretty fast, and by the time your cruise vacation has arrived, you’ve been paying a little bit at a time, it’s now paid for, and all that is left once the vacation date arrives is to have a great adventure.

    So, here I am at 6am at the airport in Phoenix…months of anticipation, working out at the gym just a little harder to be in ship-shape, and 4 pieces of luggage later (I’m not kidding – 2 checked bags + 2 carry-ons -- I am the world’s worst packer), I am FINALLY on my way.

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    Problem #1 – My fear of Flying. It doesn’t bother me so much flying short distances (my first leg is to Atlanta) but it’s flying over oceans (and at night) that really freak me out. Needless to say, my all night flight from Atlanta to Venice Italy over the Atlantic Ocean is not exactly something I’m looking forward to --- but then, isn’t that why God invented AMBIEN? icon_lol.gif


    To Be Continued…
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    Sounds AWESOME Todd!! Keep us informed. I want to hear the fun you have (and you'd better provide details), any issues.... all.

    Be careful and have fun!

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  • Midas426

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    Aug 13, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    That does sound like a lot of fun. Details and pictures will be greatly appreciated. Enjoy!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 13, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    Thanks Todd, this will be very interesting. I have cruised extensively and am anxious to see how this compares. Have you also been on non-gay cruises so that you can provide a first-hand comparison?

    Have a great time. From my experience and from what I've heard for the ports I haven't been to, each port you're going to is excellent. No duds.

    Also, which cruise line and ship will this be on?
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 13, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    Well, so far this trip is off to a bit of a shaky start. I boarded the plane, which is packed full, and they even said it looked like we were going to actually leave the gate a few minutes early. Then just a few minutes later all the engines went off and the pilot came on to say that they were having a "Personnel Incident". I didn't hear any flight attendants freaking out or anything. icon_lol.gif Regardless, they had us all get off the plane, letting us know that it would be at least 2 hours before we could leave because apparently they have to get another pilot. This is NOT good news since my layover in Atlanta was only 2 hours. It looks like I may miss my flight from Atlanta to Venice, meaning who knows when I will get there. As for my checked bags...Ugh! Who knows when (or if) I will be reunited with them.

    Just what I needed to hear before flying on Friday the 13th --- "Personnel Incident" and "We Need To Find A New Pilot" icon_eek.gif

    I'm not panicking...YET!

    To Be Continued...
  • Midas426

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    Aug 13, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    Damn that sucks!!!! I'm sure it'll all work itself out. Keep us posted. I do like the idea of your thread.
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    Aug 13, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    You're probably already doing this, but I would check with the travel agent to have other options lined up and maybe change the leg to Venice now.
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    Aug 13, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWell, so far this trip is off to a bit of a shaky start. I boarded the plane, which is packed full, and they even said it looked like we were going to actually leave the gate a few minutes early. Then just a few minutes later all the engines went off and the pilot came on to say that they were having a "Personnel Incident".
    [...] Regardless, they had us all get off the plane, letting us know that it would be at least 2 hours before we could leave because apparently they have to get another pilot. This is NOT good news since my layover in Atlanta was only 2 hours. It looks like I may miss my flight from Atlanta to Venice, meaning who knows when I will get there. [...]


    When things like this happen to me I've learned to wishfully think that it was meant to be for some yet unknown reason. It helps me to relax somewhat since things always work out, and the delay is later forgotten. Possibly it'll cause you to avoid something undesirable. Perhaps due to the delay you'll meet someone you've always wanted to.

    Hang in there. You ARE on a journey and this is part of it! Enjoy, relax. Enjoy the ride (and delays). You never know.
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    Aug 13, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    When things like this happen to me I've learned to wishfully think that it was meant to be for some yet unknown reason. It helps me to relax somewhat since things always work out, and the delay is later forgotten.



    Thanks, BuddyinNYC. I am pretty good at going with the flow, so I'm sure it will all be fine. UPDATE: They just found a pilot (hopefully, it wasn't in a nearby Pub) They said we should be leaving in about 1/2 hour. I could still make my flight in Atlanta, but if I don't they can reroute me through PARIS -- Yea! We love the French! icon_lol.gif Now, if I can get them to upgrade me to first-class, I'll really be a happy camper!

    Stay tuned...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    Keep us informed... I hate packed flights.. any cute ones you've noticed?

    LOL


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  • rnch

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    Aug 13, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    BuddyinNYC said
    When things like this happen to me I've learned to wishfully think that it was meant to be for some yet unknown reason. It helps me to relax somewhat since things always work out, and the delay is later forgotten.



    Thanks, BuddyinNYC. I am pretty good at going with the flow, so I'm sure it will all be fine. UPDATE: They just found a pilot (hopefully, it wasn't in a nearby Pub) They said we should be leaving in about 1/2 hour. I could still make my flight in Atlanta, but if I don't they can reroute me through PARIS -- Yea! We love the French! icon_lol.gif Now, if I can get them to upgrade me to first-class, I'll really be a happy camper!

    Stay tuned...



    Fuck France.


    twice (so far!) we (the United States of America) have had to pull their chestnuts out of the fire, saving them from their own stupidity and arrogance and postuering...and what have we gotten in return?

    France is a raped old bag of a country who still has illusions of granduer and who believes (in their own sad, demented collective mind) that they are still a major player in the world.

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    This thread requires more pics. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    Omg... that looks AMAZING!! Holy shit I'm jealous! icon_evil.gif


    Hope everything works out getting there on time and everything.
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    You clearly do not have enough luggage icon_razz.gificon_lol.gif Have fun!!
  • KepaArg

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    Hope you have a great trip! Would love to hear about your trips to Croatia and Turkey!

    Ciao!
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    It looks like a great trip---I've always wanted to see Istanbul. Take lots of pictures! And have fun!

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    Have fun man, and be safe too!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said





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    I totally have that UA hat in red and white.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    We actually considered going on this exact cruise last year, but it didn't work out. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you. We've always been very curious about the Atlantis cruises!

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    Aug 14, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    IHG84 saidHave fun man, and be safe too!!! icon_biggrin.gif


    Do they serve steak in Greece? Hmmmmm, steak. Grease. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:48 AM GMT

    I did Atlantis two years ago out of Denmark. It was an amazing trip and way to much fun.

    So if you have a Love Boat Romance we want pictures and details. Also follow up reports if it leads to extra trips states side. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 14, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    Thanks for doing this and sharing this with us. Go with the flow with travel woes. Have a great trip and Bon Voyage!
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    Aug 14, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    I think that you are going to have a blast on your cruise.

    That is seriously way too much luggage for a cruise. Where are you going to put it all? Unless of course you sprung for a large cabin.
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    Aug 14, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said

    Hi Guys –

    There have been many various threads over the past few years regarding the all-gay ATLANTIS cruises – the pros, the cons, and other varying opinions and/or questions about them. Since I am leaving today to head to Europe for the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece – with some exciting stops along the way (see map)


    To Be Continued…


    Have a great time, T! Will look forward to your blogging/accounts.
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    Aug 14, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said

    Hi Guys –

    There have been many various threads over the past few years regarding the all-gay ATLANTIS cruises – the pros, the cons, and other varying opinions and/or questions about them. Since I am leaving today to head to Europe for the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise from Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece – with some exciting stops along the way (see map)

    cruises_2010_venice_map.jpg

    I thought it might be fun (and a nice change of pace from the same old politically-tinged or “Man Above You…” threads) to post something different, act as an RJ correspondent of sorts, reporting on location from the Atlantis Mediterranean cruise. Some of you may have always wondered about these cruises, or are considering going on one in the future, and if that’s the case you may find this thread interesting, even entertaining.

    That said, come along with me, and I will keep you posted as my Atlantis Mediterranean cruise adventure unfolds…

    Day #1 – FINALLY, The long awaited vacation is here!

    First thing you should know about going on a cruise, if you have never been on one, is that they are not something you normally plan last-minute. After all, they are not exactly cheap, so planning on going on a cruise (for most of us anyway) requires planning ahead, and saving a some money each month to pay for it. For instance, I decided I wanted to to go on the Summer 2010 Mediterranean cruise in February of 2009 – almost 18 months before the cruise. A cruise like this – including air fare and other fees – will set you back roughly $4000-to-$5000. Now, that may sound like a lot of money, however, if you think of it as something you pay for over the course of 18 months, it’s not so bad. Also, if you were to go to all the cities a cruise goes to, flying to each spot, staying in hotels, and eating in restaurants, you would spend twice that. So, seeing Europe onboard a cruise --- where your room and food is all-inclusive --- can actually be one of the more economical ways to vacation in Europe in the long run. The other thing about planning a cruise so far in advance is that it gives you something in the future to look forward to, and that can be a healthy thing. 18 months can go by pretty fast, and by the time your cruise vacation has arrived, you’ve been paying a little bit at a time, it’s now paid for, and all that is left once the vacation date arrives is to have a great adventure.

    So, here I am at 6am at the airport in Phoenix…months of anticipation, working out at the gym just a little harder to be in ship-shape, and 4 pieces of luggage later (I’m not kidding – 2 checked bags + 2 carry-ons -- I am the world’s worst packer), I am FINALLY on my way.

    Todd4bags.jpg

    Problem #1 – My fear of Flying. It doesn’t bother me so much flying short distances (my first leg is to Atlanta) but it’s flying over oceans (and at night) that really freak me out. Needless to say, my all night flight from Atlanta to Venice Italy over the Atlantic Ocean is not exactly something I’m looking forward to --- but then, isn’t that why God invented AMBIEN? icon_lol.gif


    To Be Continued…


    Good Lord man. Don't tell me that all that luggage is yours!??!!!!