What are some cruise ships or tour groups to avoid/horror stories?

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    Aug 07, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
    When planning cruise trips I haven't had many problems.
    Celebrity, Holland America, Windstar - all were great.

    On one Celebrity cruise in Med. with Atlantis, a guy left a suicide note and we had to miss most of Santorini because the ship circled for hours. The guy was found passed out drunk on the top deck.

    What are your horror stories?
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    Aug 07, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    bradomo saidWhen planning cruise trips I haven't had many problems.
    Celebrity, Holland America, Windstar - all were great.

    On one Celebrity cruise in Med. with Atlantis, a guy left a suicide note and we had to miss most of Santorini because the ship circled for hours. The guy was found passed out drunk on the top deck.

    What are your horror stories?

    Never had any cruise disasters. But one should remember that the Costa Concordia company was owned by Carnival, which has had its share of fires, plus the infamous "poop cruise," in which all the toilets were out for 5 days. Never experienced a Carnival cruise personally.
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    Aug 08, 2014 12:18 PM GMT
    Carnival Corp owns not only Carnival Cruise Lines but also AIDA Cruises (Germany), Costa Cruises (Italy), Cunard Line (UK), Holland America Line (US), Ibero Cruises (Spain), P&O Cruises (UK), P&O Cruises Australia (Australia), Seabourne Cruise Line (US) and Princess Cruises (US). Princess was what was featured in the long running (1977-1987) series "The Love Boat".

    Carnival Corp. controls approximately 49% of the cruise market and has the largest commercial pleasure fleet in the world with over 100 vessels and almost 200,000 berths.
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    Aug 08, 2014 1:24 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    But one should remember that the Costa Concordia company was owned by Carnival, which has had its share of fires, plus the infamous "poop cruise," in which all the toilets were out for 5 days. Never experienced a Carnival cruise personally.

    And here's the Carnival Triumph itself, docked next to our own Royal Caribbean ship in Mexico, just hours before sailing into the Gulf of Mexico and infamy. I also snapped what may be one of the last photos before it was never seen again under its own power. Which bears a striking resemblance to the last picture ever taken of another famous disaster.

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    Aug 08, 2014 1:51 PM GMT
    I had to sail through a hurricane once
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    Aug 08, 2014 2:16 PM GMT
    bradomo saidOn one Celebrity cruise in Med. with Atlantis, a guy left a suicide note and we had to miss most of Santorini because the ship circled for hours. The guy was found passed out drunk on the top deck.

    Suicidal people are sooooo inconsiderate.

    Even though heights of depression are universally at about 4:00am they don't leap from train platforms onto the tracks except during rush hour.
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    Aug 08, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    I have been on 9 cruises, never had a "disaster" but I didn't like Norwegian very much.

    Sailed through two major gales (force 8 and force 9) on the RMS Queen Mary 2 transatlantic. Some stuff did get broken and a lot of people were sick.

    I have heard too many stories about all-gay cruises involving overdoses and suicides.
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    Aug 08, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said
    I have heard too many stories about all-gay cruises involving overdoses and suicides.

    Yeah, I doubt we'll do one. For one thing we're too old for that crowd. And for another, as you suggest, the level of irresponsible behavior is too high.

    Although on the cruise I pictured above we were part of a 220-passenger group package for gays & lesbians from our local Pride Center. Among over 3000 other passengers we hardly made an impact, and yet we were always running across each other, since we pretty much all knew everyone in the group.

    Which meant we didn't feel isolated as strangers aboard this mega ship (currently the second largest in the world, a few years ago the very largest). We were a bit dubious about such a gigantic vessel, with a potentially greater risk of a virus being brought aboard by someone and spreading, or something mechanically going wrong with all its vast complexity.

    But the cruise was without incident, quite nice, in fact. The boarding and departure surprisingly quick, too, for such a huge number of passengers, despite customs and security points.
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    Aug 09, 2014 12:22 AM GMT
    Ive been on 25 cruises 12 of which was Carnival. Im VIP with them now so its hard for me to sail on other lines. Ive had no issues. Im sailing on the Carnival Pride out of Tampa Fla in Dec.
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    Aug 09, 2014 12:34 AM GMT
    davidingeorgia saidIve been on 25 cruises 12 of which was Carnival. Im VIP with them now so its hard for me to sail on other lines. Ive had no issues. Im sailing on the Carnival Pride out of Tampa Fla in Dec.

    Do take a life preserver.
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    Aug 09, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    Going on my FIRST Cruise!!!
    Carnivals Victory. Leaving out of Miami Sept. 15th.
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    Aug 09, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    No issues here have sailed recently in Royal Caribbean twice in the Southern Caribbean and Pacific and had an amazing time. The only time I remember having a rough time was on a 3-day cruise on NCL out of Miami when I was working for them and we had to take the 3-day cruise to have knowledge of the product when we return to headquarters in Coral Gables. We really hit rough seas crossing the Gulf of Mexico that night and heading toward Miami, the ship was really rocking.

    I have steered away of Carnival in view of its product is not the same as the others. Additionally, having worked on the industry several years you learned somethings as well. Later, I decided to do something else and move to a different career path. I do not regret having that time, because my passion is still traveling and what better way to do it and drop your bags, and sail, and best of all coming every evening and your bed is made and cabin is all made.

    Right now planning a trip next year, but I have not decided yet with a friend which one will take.

    For anyone that has not tried it, my recommendation is to start slow, with a 3-day cruise, and then progress. to a 7 day or longer.
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    Aug 10, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    The best cruise is to charter a sailboat with a bunch of friends and go where you want.
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    Aug 10, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Whatever you do, don't get caught fucking in an anti-gay country.

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    Aug 11, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    Have been on 19 cruises. Six on Celebrity, five each on Royal Caribbean and Princess and three on Holland America. Won't touch a Carnival cruise per my travel agent. All Celebrity cruises have been outstanding. Best martini bar and bartenders. Holland America is generally an older crowd. Outside of sailing thru a tropical depression, never had any major problems.
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    Aug 11, 2014 4:47 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhatever you do, don't get caught fucking in an anti-gay country.

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    Is that the gay couple that made the headlines a year or two ago, detained in the Caribbean, missed their ship's departure?

    The initial version was they were just having a PDA in a homophobic port. That's quite a PDA! That kind of behavior might get them cited in almost any port in the world.

    That's just stupid. Fuck on your private balcony if you like, but when you're out in the ocean, not in view of people on shore.
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    Aug 11, 2014 5:38 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info on cruises. I plan Celebrity from Buenos Aires to Antarctica and to Chile next year. Oceania was about twice the price. Heard it was an older crowd.

    When I was in Santorini for the short amount of time we had, I unfortunately rented a moped to zip through the sites. And it broke down, luckily close to the tram back down to the ship. Almost missed the ship going to Istanbul by 5 minutes. I was the last to board. Note: don't rent mopeds on your cruises.
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    Aug 11, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    I have read in industry press that Carnival's flagship brand is (or was) very much intended for first-time cruisers, with the idea that you would "graduate" to one of their other projects.

    A good rule of thumb is that the longer the voyage is, the older the median age of the crowd will be.

    I really liked our second RCCL cruise... it was a Southern Caribbean itinerary on the Serenade of the Seas, one of their smaller ships, but by no means small. We were the only ship everyplace we stopped, docked everywhere (no tenders) and the ship itself was awesome. Good crowd too. I am a member of Cruise Critic and highly recommend it... you can join the "roll call" for your sailing and talk to others who will be on board. We tapped people who had been in the area before for suggestions and ended up joining some of them on excursions they had researched.
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    Aug 11, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    bradomo saidThanks for the info on cruises. I plan Celebrity from Buenos Aires to Antarctica and to Chile next year. Oceania was about twice the price. Heard it was an older crowd.

    When I was in Santorini for the short amount of time we had, I unfortunately rented a moped to zip through the sites. And it broke down, luckily close to the tram back down to the ship. Almost missed the ship going to Istanbul by 5 minutes. I was the last to board. Note: don't rent mopeds on your cruises.


    Oceania ships are about 1/4 the size of Celebrity's. That is part of the reason why they are more money (and will translate to an older crowd, as you said). The advantage is you can dock in smaller ports (vs. tenders which are a pain) and visit less-traveled places. Whether a bigger or smaller ship appeals to you is personal... you trade fewer on-board choices for smaller crowds.

    Oh, and +1 on the mopeds. My aunt and uncle wiped out in Bermuda last month and ended up in the hospital.
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    Aug 11, 2014 5:36 PM GMT
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    davidingeorgia saidIve been on 25 cruises 12 of which was Carnival. Im VIP with them now so its hard for me to sail on other lines. Ive had no issues. Im sailing on the Carnival Pride out of Tampa Fla in Dec.

    Do take a life preserver.

    They supply life vests in every cabin for those who don't know that.....
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    Aug 11, 2014 6:56 PM GMT
    Never been in a cruise , and it will stay that way until i can take my little four legged mate along with me .
    Is someone knows or have heard of a pet friendly cruise , please let me know .
    Thanks
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    Aug 12, 2014 6:05 PM GMT
    On my first RSVP cruise in the med, a bunch of Bel Ami porn stars were warned not to have sex/film in public spaces. I guess they continued to do so and were kicked off at our first excursion stop...gawd awful Tunisia!

    On another cruise, the Allure with Atlantis, a guy from Ireland jumped off in Mexico and was sadly never found.

    Other than these rare incidents, I love cruise trips and highly recommend them!! Can't wait until my next trip with RSVP or ATLANTIS!
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    Aug 12, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    Just like choosing a great hotel or restaurant, it is vital that we do our due diligence when planning a cruise. So many good experiences will come your way if you do, and you can avoid headaches and being treated like cattle (as in some mega cruises). Also - the food, it can be great, so-so, or awful (think Hometown Buffet). Lots of bland "budget" cruises attract the obese, sedentary people who are there to just eat and drink (one big floating buffet). They waddle up to each buffet like a pig trough. The other thing some cruises do is overcharge for booze, and they won't let you bring much of it on board. I would really hate some of the tourist trap ports and long, long lines with some cheap cruises. Avoid any budget cruise. Again - do your homework.

    Some great ships that are really world class (large first, and medium afterward):
    * Celebrity Eclipse
    * Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
    * Emerald Princess

    * Marina (Oceania Cruises)
    * Crystal Serenity
    * Silver Spirit (Silversea Cruises).

    As for all gay cruises...........they can be fine or dismal. We've all got to check them out, ask friends who've been on that line.
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    Aug 13, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    neffa saidNever been in a cruise , and it will stay that way until i can take my little four legged mate along with me .
    Is someone knows or have heard of a pet friendly cruise , please let me know .
    Thanks


    I have a dog too and can't travel much. I think there are worries about diseases on ships is why there aren't pet friendly cruises. But when I do travel I have an old lady and her son who is slightly disabled and drunk most of the time watch mine for 2-3 weeks. I pay them maybe $200 or more and they are cool with that.. Dog watchers normally charge $450-600 or more depending on days. Relatives or sisters/brothers are helpful sometimes. Or gay friends that love dogs and work from home anyway.
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    Aug 13, 2014 1:12 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much a cruise addict. Been on 78 cruises totaling 467 days at sea. I've been on Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, MSC, NCL, Princess and Royal Caribbean. Basically, having a heroin addiction would be cheaper. And RJ can thank me that I don't post volumes of my cruise vacation pics each time I get back. LOL! icon_rolleyes.gif

    In all my cruises, there were only a few 'almost' horror stories.

    On Royal Caribbean, we were stuck at sea an extra day when the port we were returning to was closed by a hurricane. Onboard, there was very little problem. They opened up all the phone lines so passengers could rebook air plans and had cruise representatives helping guests rebook any other travel plans (hotels, etc.).

    On Carnival, my ex and I got what was probably Norovirus. It was lousy, but it's impossible to say if it was Noro because 1) we're not doctors and 2) our symptoms were pretty common to other airborne illnesses. Carnival put us on antibiotics and confined us to our cabin. Funniest part was when they sent free drink coupons to the room to help compensate us for the inconvenience (uhm, about those antibiotics ...).

    On Disney, we had a sobering experience. During dinner my ex and I felt the thrusters engage. Since there's nearly no reason to go sideways in the open ocean, I excused myself and went up on deck to check it out. Once there, I saw a Zodiac boat floating aimlessly. It was empty with a large amount of bird feces on it. It made me wonder if the occupants tried to make it to the U.S. and didn't complete their voyage. BTW, in the Caribbean, this isn't an uncommon occurrence.

    I had a friend who worked for Princess who confided in us that during one of their Alaska voyages, they ran into a whale with the point of their bulbous bow. Apparently, it didn't fall off for a week and had begun to smell pretty rancid. Sad for the whale and the passengers.

    I guess that the insulated vacation bubble is occasionally popped by bad circumstances. But overall, real life on land is, too. I'd rather be at sea.