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Apr 11, 2019 10:28:56   #
Fayle
 
To all you good folks who are planning on going on a cruise...
Please research your choices carefully. The cruise industries are not good stewards of our environment. They falsely consider their corporate profits more important than the places they visit.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2019/04/11/judge-threatens-to-ban-carnival-cruise-ships-from-us-ports-over-environmental-violations/

https://www.amazon.com/Overbooked-Exploding-Business-Travel-Tourism/dp/1439160996

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Apr 11, 2019 10:53:02   #
Bill Munny (a regular here)
 
I have never gone on a cruise, have one planned for June on the Columbia River by American Cruise Lines. Wonder if they are affiliated with Carnival?

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Apr 11, 2019 10:58:47   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
I've been on several Carnival cruises with no complaints. That said, my sister in laws' husband is a former CFO for Carnival. He retired several years back...

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Apr 11, 2019 12:05:06   #
Fayle
 
Screamin Scott wrote:
I've been on several Carnival cruises with no complaints. That said, my sister in laws' husband is a former CFO for Carnival. He retired several years back...


As a passenger you would have a good experience. The industry depends on passengers having a good time. However, what goes on behind the scenes is appalling. I speak from experience as I was a crew member on a cruise ship for a brief time.

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Apr 11, 2019 13:19:16   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
Fayle wrote:
As a passenger you would have a good experience. The industry depends on passengers having a good time. However, what goes on behind the scenes is appalling. I speak from experience as I was a crew member on a cruise ship for a brief time.


Traveling with the CFO helped as well as the Captain and others knew who he was....

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Apr 11, 2019 15:26:52   #
Kmgw9v (a regular here)
 
Fayle wrote:
As a passenger you would have a good experience. The industry depends on passengers having a good time. However, what goes on behind the scenes is appalling. I speak from experience as I was a crew member on a cruise ship for a brief time.


“what goes on behind scenes” that is appalling?

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Apr 11, 2019 19:33:39   #
Hal81 (a regular here)
 
Going on a cruise?? I was in the navy, did all the cruising that will last my the rest of my life.

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Apr 11, 2019 19:59:12   #
Tom DePuy
 
Hal81 wrote:
Going on a cruise?? I was in the navy, did all the cruising that will last my the rest of my life.


I appreciate that you did those cruises Hal81

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Apr 12, 2019 05:54:13   #
johneccles (a regular here)
 
I have been on quite a few cruises over the past few years, but I have gradually become disillusioned so I am not going on any more
My main reasons being the size of the huge vessels dumping vast amounts of tourists in the places they call at and ruining them, eg: Venice, Dubrovnik, New Orleans etc, also the amount of pollution created while at sea and in ports.
My worst cruise was with Carnival.
My best cruise was with Fred Olsen.

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Apr 12, 2019 06:34:42   #
sb (a regular here)
 
Too many people in one place all competing for activities, the pool, the shore excursions. Lots of lines to stand in. My preference is to go somewhere new and spend a week seeing local attractions - whether a national park or a major city like NO, NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, DC - there are so many places to see, and you have your own experience, not one that was packaged up for you.

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Apr 12, 2019 06:42:50   #
Dannj
 
Hal81 wrote:
Going on a cruise?? I was in the navy, did all the cruising that will last my the rest of my life.


As a Marine attached to the 6th Fleet I had the good fortune of being a guest of the US Navy on one of their luxury vessels. The accommodations were spartan but functional, not quite up to my personal standards, but we did get three meals a day and got paid too.

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Apr 12, 2019 07:35:26   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
Dannj wrote:
As a Marine attached to the 6th Fleet I had the good fortune of being a guest of the US Navy on one of their luxury vessels. The accommodations were spartan but functional, not quite up to my personal standards, but we did get three meals a day and got paid too.


I quite agree. In 1961 we were on a 3 month Med. Cruise. The ship was an LST, 1174 Grant County.
Semper Fi, 60-67.

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Apr 12, 2019 07:55:23   #
Country Boy (a regular here)
 
My friend's dad goes on a cruise yearly and I think he leaves the camera home and takes his fork! All he does is eat and he starts out about 350 lbs. don't know what he comes home. For me, I have had about 3 or 4 free cruises but my wife won't go out past what she can swim back so I have given them away. I always thought it would be a fun thing to do.

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Apr 12, 2019 08:27:45   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
I’ve been on a number of cruises, and the only one that was pure crap was a Carnival cruise. The others were nice.

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Apr 12, 2019 08:34:57   #
berchman (a regular here)
 
For me, this is the last word on cruising:
https://harpers.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/HarpersMagazine-1996-01-0007859.pdf

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