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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfred View Post
    i'd rather knock a chick up than have to go on a cruise or stay at an all inclusive resort
    both sound like hell on earth need my freedom man
    some reason you can't do both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    All I took from this is you are a lightweight if you don't think 2 people could blow through 50 bucks a day each on booze while on vacation.
    Some gold in this thread, thanks Skidog
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    Royal Caribbean/cruise rant

    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    So first cruise here. Father in law guessed we should all go on a "vacation". Ok he footing the bill, mostly (get to that later). Royal Caribbean allure of the Seas.

    First off this was booked a year ago. I have never even remotely liked the idea of a cruise. I'm a resort guy, all inclusive style. I was apprehensive about the motion of the boat, quickly dispelled. I was a bit unnerved about not seeing land for days at a time (that didn't go away). The ports are tourist traps. The excursions way over priced, and the onboard services kinda suck imho. 6000 people locked on the ocean. 3 pools that are small, so when at sea and everyone on boat you literally get 2.5ft of space to "swim". FIL didn't go all in so no drinks, I paid for flight from NY to Florida. Paying for tips on ship, so this is far from a free vacation and with what I'm out of pocket I could've had a vacation I actually wanted. Limited kids stuff. If you're into "shows" there are plenty, but kids? Not really into it. Pools close at like 9pm. Wall to wall people on at sea days. No escape.

    So cruise is St Kitts, San Juan, and Nassau Bahamas. Orig schedule 1 yr ago was no San Juan but at Thomas, but due to engine issues san Juan was the pick. So you all know the crap I'm San Juan. Day before we docked 2 other royal Caribbean ships diverted and didn't go for "passenger safety", yet a day later we dock there? My safety isn't important? View off boat and reports from others. CNN on dock, police everywhere (visible from ship) graffiti and broken windows abound. 6 ship docks, we were the only ship there. The entire stay was 7am to 1pm. Fucking bullshit.

    The staff is great. That's the only plus. Didn't get drink package day one so you're fucked. Just didn't think I could consume $800 in booze between me and the wife in 8 days. Oh there's 18% tacked onto that $800 as well.

    There's more but I have to go pretend I'm enjoying myself even though I am in hell.

    Sorry for the rant and random paragraphs.

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    Vibes dude. That sounds awful. You got this. I refuse to go on a cruise for all of those reasons. I canít relate to any of the weirdos that can tolerate them or think they sound fun to begin with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz View Post
    Vibes dude. That sounds awful. You got this. I refuse to go on a cruise for all of those reasons. I canít relate to any of the weirdos that can tolerate them or think they sound fun to begin with.


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    Yeah I was right all along about these floating crapshows, but now the dolts that tell me they're great I know to keep further away from. Unfortunately FIL loves em.

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    I bet your FIL got the drink package. Why didn't you get him to buy you drinks?

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    When can we expect the TR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartyiak View Post
    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
    Hey, you don't hear Thai prisoners bragging about the free room and board.

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    15 yrs ago I drove thru Skagway when there were 4 ships in town, right away I could tell there were literally thousands of not my people in town

    it was easy to tell who the locals were cuz they all waved and smiled at a VW with the ww kayak and bike

    Coming back to the mother land the Canadian border guard said she had seen my car go west into the USA 2 hrs earlier and i'm back already WTF ... she laughed when i told her it sucked
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    FIL took us on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Stayed out of hot tubs and only went in a pool once. Always always buy and drink offering they have, even soda and water is ridiculous.

    What disgusted me was the gluttony, gastrointestinal distress that overeating obese fuckers do to themselves. Though we did find ourselves drunk at 1:00am shoving free chicken wings and fries down our pies holes more than I care to admit.

    3 good things about it, awesome sunrise and sunset photography
    Did the Vallarta Adventures zip line tour. It was more expensive from the ship, but we had to take a 4 mile ride down the coast in a rigid inflatable with twin Yamaha 225 HP's on the back (held about 18 ppl) to get to the first staging place, then a 14 mile ride in a Unimog to the top of the Sierra Madras. ( You could drive your own car up there but the roads are shit).
    Rented a quad, off road style, to drive around Mazatlan, we got to some sketchy as fuck places since we had to drive through an industrial area by the port.

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    God damned it.. Now I'm getting fucking cruise ads in my browser thanks to posting in this thread LOL!
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    A lot of the overtourism seems to be the result of the big cruise ships. I suspect places like Venice would be a lot more pleasant if the ships didn't go there. Most cruise ship people couldn't manage it any other way. We were in Santorini some years ago and the place was mobbed during the day--relatively speaking; it wasn't that bad--and then cleared out in the evening when the cruisers went back on ship. I've heard it's a lot worse now.

    It's not just cruise ships. Tour buses too. In Provence we learned to avoid the towns that had large parking lots that could accommodate the buses.

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    I've only been on one cruise. Alaska with my folks when I was a senior in high school. I took a bag of mushrooms and didn't have a minor card so it was fun.

    We went to a salmon bake at the edge of a creek somewhere. Still the best salmon Ive ever had.

    Of course everyone here fancies themselves a Anthony Bourdain style of traveler but Alaska by cruise ship, is pretty convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Stainless View Post
    I've only been on one cruise. Alaska with my folks when I was a senior in high school. I took a bag of mushrooms and didn't have a minor card so it was fun.

    We went to a salmon bake at the edge of a creek somewhere. Still the best salmon Ive ever had.

    Of course everyone here fancies themselves a Anthony Bourdain style of traveler but Alaska by cruise ship, is pretty convenient.
    AK is hudge with few and indirect roads. Not having to drive yourself everywhere is a good thing.
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    One place I went didn't have roads period. Cant remember where.
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    I've been on two cruises and am going on my third one next year to Alaska. First was a last minute cruise on a larger ship to the Caribbean without the drink package. We actually had a good time though I was able to sneak on some rum from one of the ports and did buy a bottle of vodka on the ship. Got some interesting looks walking around the ship with an open bottle of booze. We went to a show and throughout the show I cracked open a cans of lemon lime soda to mix with the vodka only got thumbs up from the people around me.

    Second cruise was a shorter one on mid-sized ship with the drinks package included. We went to Cuba and a private island. While the drinks weren't very good. I had made up for it by having many pours of Jameson whiskey. That was a fun cruise.

    I look at cruises as a floating hotel. I get to see multiple places and sleep in a luxury hotel in between. After my first cruise on a big ship I doubt I'd want to do another cruise on big ship. Too crowded and too many kids. Smaller ships are more my style.


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    Classic ski dog rant!!!!

    I did a family + girlfriend cruise similar to Old Goats to AK, it was surprisingly rad despite shitty weather. Flew around Mount Waddington in a cub, hiked up to top of the tram in Juneau, saw glaciers from a rubber boat, travelled the inside passage, etc. Landing in a small AK town with hundreds of other tourists really sucked, but we sucked it up. 24/7 room service and lotsa alcohol with the girlfriend made everything tolerable. I can't imagine doing a huge ship through the Caribbean, that would suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    Classic ski dog rant!!!!

    I did a family + girlfriend cruise similar to Old Goats to AK, it was surprisingly rad despite shitty weather. Flew around Mount Waddington in a cub, hiked up to top of the tram in Juneau, saw glaciers from a rubber boat, travelled the inside passage, etc. Landing in a small AK town with hundreds of other tourists really sucked, but we sucked it up. 24/7 room service and lotsa alcohol with the girlfriend made everything tolerable. I can't imagine doing a huge ship through the Caribbean, that would suck.
    Alaska would be fine Caribbean? Not so much. Literally in Port of San Juan for 4.5 hours. How can you see anything without feeling rushed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    I did an Alaskan cruise, last of the season so the sea got pretty heavy. The people we were assigned to eat dinner with never made it to dinner the last night. Some of the excursions were cool--whale watching, kayaking in some very heavy seas where if anyone had flipped they would have died (no one flipped). We were supposed to helicopter to ice climb on a glacier but it was canceled. They said weather--I think they took a look at the average weight of the passengers and decided the helicopter couldn't handle it;
    I won't do another cruise, but I'm glad to have seen the Inside Passage.
    Never Alaskan cruised but the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert up the inside passage is a great trip (specially if you can hit Cain and Shames on the trip).

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    So, is the train shown on this pdf that goes from prince rupert to both terrace and smithers a passenger train or freight? Can I take a train from prince rupert to shames?


    that would be sweet.....


    https://www.bcferries.com/files/imag...routes_map.pdf

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    Somebodyís been living in NY too long. Free vacation, yes plane tix, but at the end of the day, your kids will remember spending time with mom and dad and the grandparents.
    I wish my grandparents had the coin to spend on my parents and I when I was a kid.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    Somebodyís been living in NY too long. Free vacation, yes plane tix, but at the end of the day, your kids will remember spending time with mom and dad and the grandparents.
    I wish my grandparents had the coin to spend on my parents and I when I was a kid.
    ^^^^This^^^

    I went on a few cruises when I was a kid because my grandmother wanted to spend her money vacationing with the family and my uncle's a cruise guy, which is kinda surprising since he isn't overweight and very well traveled.

    I always thought of cruises like getting a soup sampler appetizer. Sure, you get a little taste of every place you stop, but you don't get to really immerse yourself in a culture and destination like you would if you just went to a single place, or order one bowl of soup.

    Overall, I have fond memories of the trips. That said, I haven't been on a cruise since those few times as a kid.

    Oh and if you wonder around like a bored teenager, you might just stumble upon a case of wine.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    For some asinine reason...it was cheap and my wife wanted to go on vacation around the holidays...we went to an inclusive resort in Mexico. She hated it more than I did. "It is like a cruise without the boat".
    Which resort? We;re not really into AI either as we both don't like to overeat and I have a few drinks/day on vacation and my wife maybe 5/week. We loved RIU Palace RM.

    Cruises definitely don't appeal to us as we like to get out and explore. Excursions when a ship is in port are completely different than when a ship is not in port. 4000 people getting off a ship at one time all scurrying to the same spots?? By the time you get the lay of the land it's time to get back to the ship. Homey don't play that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    15 yrs ago I drove thru Skagway when there were 4 ships in town, right away I could tell there were literally thousands of not my people in town

    it was easy to tell who the locals were cuz they all waved and smiled at a VW with the ww kayak and bike

    Coming back to the mother land the Canadian border guard said she had seen my car go west into the USA 2 hrs earlier and i'm back already WTF ... she laughed when i told her it sucked
    If you lived in Whitehorse, like I did, Skagway was a tropical fucking oasis when itís -45c... and the tourons coming into the Skag were a welcome sight after a cold, dark winter when you see the same ladies evvvvverrryyy night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    Alaska would be fine Caribbean? Not so much. Literally in Port of San Juan for 4.5 hours. How can you see anything without feeling rushed?

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    Itís almost like their real objective is to keep you on the boat for as long as possible. I wonder why...

    For my money Iíd rather spend more on flights and lodging and get to know one place better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    So, is the train shown on this pdf that goes from prince rupert to both terrace and smithers a passenger train or freight? Can I take a train from prince rupert to shames?


    that would be sweet.....


    https://www.bcferries.com/files/imag...routes_map.pdf
    Well train doesn't go right to Shames but yep it stops in Terrace, also Smithers then continues eventually to Jasper , 3 potential ski hills. Four if you include Cain. The train ride is amazing.

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