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Living like a sultan at sea (Greene met man living full-time on cruise-ships at rock bottom rates)
CNN ^ | July 30, 2013 | Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

Posted on 12/01/2013 2:23:10 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The cruise-line industry is a rough business.

Every time a passenger ship leaves port with a guest cabin unoccupied, that's money the cruise operators are never going to see.

Last week Micky Arison, the longtime chief executive of Carnival Corp., announced that he will be stepping down; revenues at the world's largest cruise-ship line have been falling. Arison will remain as chairman of the firm, but a new CEO will step in.

Cruise companies have always had to contend with uncertainties in the economy, which sometimes make travelers cautious about planning leisure trips, and Carnival has faced widespread unpleasant publicity in recent years. The Costa Concordia, owned by a subsidiary of the corporation, ran aground and partially sank off the coast of Italy in 2012, killing 32 people.

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The way he explained it to us, he had parted company with the corporation that employed him; we got the impression that this was not voluntary on his part. He had been given some severance.

So, he told us, he had figured out a way, for a relatively small amount of money, to live, for a while, like a king. Like a sultan at sea.

He was now, he said, residing virtually full-time on cruise ships -- eating gourmet meals, lounging in the sun, listening to music and going to stage shows at night, sleeping in freshly made-up beds with the oceans of the world lulling him to sleep.

How could he do this?

Each week, he explained, he'd get on his computer and do searches for cheap, last-minute cruise deals. There are websites that specialize in exactly that....

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KEYWORDS: cruises; cruiseships; lastminute; retirement; travel
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Anyone ever tried this? We've never been on a cruise and someday would like to.
1 posted on 12/01/2013 2:23:11 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

cruises rock, Go out of San Juan (Aruba, Carosau, St Maartins, and St Thomas)


2 posted on 12/01/2013 2:30:01 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Cronic food sickness and sinking" bump..
hey, he lived the life...umbrellaed Margarita and all.

3 posted on 12/01/2013 2:31:21 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi 8-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company. — Dr. Samuel Johnson


4 posted on 12/01/2013 2:32:43 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cincinatus

Similar to what I asked the Airborne (paratroopers) recruiter at my Army training school when he asked if I wanted to jump from airplanes; “Is the airplane on fire?”


5 posted on 12/01/2013 2:38:01 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My idea of a vacation is to get away from the huddled masses —not be enclosed on a ship with a crowd. Just my own opinion on the matter.


6 posted on 12/01/2013 2:51:27 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I love cruises. Have done 5 of them. Hope to do one more before I die. Best way to travel. You can see the world, yet only have to unpack once.

Years ago, I worked with a woman who wouldn't travel any other way. She belonged to a cruise club that offered spectacular last minute deals to its members. Let's say Carnival had a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean leaving tomorrow, but there was 1 unsold cabin left. The cruise line would offer the unsold cabin to the cruise club members for dirt cheap and the club would pass the offer on to its members. This coworker did several cruises that way.

The disadvantages are that you have to be able to pick up and go on a moment's notice and you may end up with a less desirable cabin (interior cabin near the bottom of the ship, as opposed to an outside cabin or a suite on one of the higher tiers). But if you were willing to put up with some minor inconveniences, the price was worth it. The coworker took one cruise for $25. Normally, at high season, she would have paid thousands.

7 posted on 12/01/2013 3:03:33 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah. If you have a flexible schedule you can book a last minute cruise very cheap. We were taking them from Port Canaveral in FL, because it was an easy drive from where we live.


8 posted on 12/01/2013 3:05:48 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: tflabo

Every year, I tend to note various Turkish resorts trying to stay operational in the winter months. So from November to April, you can go from Germany to a five-star Turkish resort, with airfare and food included (including beverages) for around $500 for three weeks.

The thing is...you can always tack on another week for $100. So you do the math, and you sit at a five-star Turkish hotel in the winter...for two months, for around $800. That’s the five-star room, wine and beer all day, and three buffet meals a day. Frankly, you can’t beat the deal. It’s cheaper than any lifestyle you’d think of.

You could even max out...four months of this...for $1,600. Course, you need to be on retiree status to enjoy months of this.


9 posted on 12/01/2013 3:07:09 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My boyfriend and I did a cruise to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in October and we did a Caribbean cruise a couple of years ago. It is about the most relaxing vacation imaginable. Try Royal Caribbean or Holland America. Go for the mid-sized ships since they can go places the huge megaliners can’t. If you have the time and the ability, tru one of the repositioning cruises where the line is shifting ships from Alaska to the Caribbean or back again. They go through the Panama Canal and that’s supposed to be quite an experience. It’s a cruise that is definitely on our bucket list.


10 posted on 12/01/2013 3:07:29 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: pepsionice

+ 1


11 posted on 12/01/2013 3:14:20 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Cincinatus

I don’t think Mr. Johnson was talking about cruises when he wrote that. :)


12 posted on 12/01/2013 3:15:28 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been on three, paid for by work. All we paid for were tips for the shipboard workers and the flight to get there. One of them was actually on an ocean going liner. Which beat the crap out of what many of them do today. That would be loiter around off shore for gambling, and them hit a couple of ports.

The real danger of a cruise, is the amount of food you could consume in any given day.


13 posted on 12/01/2013 3:17:21 AM PST by wita
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To: wita; personalaccts; fatnotlazy; Kozak; pepsionice; DoodleDawg

Is the food really as good as I’ve heard it is? Is it much different on the different cruise lines? What’s the best place on the ship for a room? Which is the best company, in your opinion? Anyone ever been on one of those political cruises? Is there usually a doctor on board?


14 posted on 12/01/2013 3:26:33 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: DoodleDawg

Or a repositioning cruise from Europe to the Caribbean...

I just did 16 days Barcelona to New Orleans...

I was alone, paid for 2, but about the same price I paid last year for 4 days on Disney in the Caribbean..

:)


15 posted on 12/01/2013 3:31:47 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We did a cruise once. It was an okay experience but neither the wife nor kids have expressed a desire to do another.

No way I could live like the guy in the article.

16 posted on 12/01/2013 3:38:08 AM PST by fso301
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Food varies by cruise line. We have been on several Royal Carribean cruises and 1 Celebrity Cruise ( both mid priced companies) and were very pleased. The sit down meals were pretty lavish, or you could do the buffets which were okay. Some now have specialty restaurants where you can get a real fine dining experience ( for a little extra cost). Best place is upper cabins, outboard near mid ships ( my opinion), least motion for the squeamish, although the stabilizers really limit the “ motion of the ocean”.
There’s always a doctor on board and available 24/7.
Haven’t been on a political cruise but plan to take a National Review cruise some day soon.

It’s not for everyone, but we like being able to unpack once, go sightseeing, and return to our room to unwind cocktails dinner, maybe the show and a little gambling....


17 posted on 12/01/2013 3:42:00 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not much good for a Boozer. The beer is outrageously high on a Cruise ship.


18 posted on 12/01/2013 3:48:40 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think the food depends on where you eat. Most ships have a casual dining room with a buffet-type service. The food is good buffet-type servings; not at all bad but nothing to write home about. The food in the more formal dining room tends to be better in my opinion. And all ships have specialty restaurants where for a nominal fee - $25 per person or so - you get a much higher quality dining experience. Regardless of which line you go on you're not going to starve. And I've found that to be true on both cruise line's I've been on.

We've had cabins towards the front of the ship and right around the middle. I've talked to people who cruise a lot and they say that with all the stabilizing thingies on ships these days there really isn't a lot of difference between cabins on different parts of the ship. I like the cabins with the veranda because I like to sit and watch the water go by.

I like Royal Caribbean and Holland America, but I've also heard good things about Princess and Norwegian. You couldn't get me on a Carnival cruise. On Royal Caribbean I would pick cruises that are on the smaller ships - the ones around 90,000 tons. I just can't imagine what it's like on one of those 250,000 ton monsters with 6000 passengers. I think the service on Holland America is just a little bit fancier than Royal Caribbean, but service on both is great.

There are always one or two doctors and a couple of nurses on board. I never had to use one so I don't know what it's like from an insurance standpoint.

19 posted on 12/01/2013 3:56:13 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'd never been to Europe. Just over four years ago, I took a round trip cruise from NYC to southern Europe. It was an excellent, efficient way to see those sights. The tours were very good, and they easily covered what a person on their own would take a few days to see. It's a carefree vacation with plenty of activity.

I'd recommend people try cruising without any preconceived notions. People like or dislike it for their own reasons.

20 posted on 12/01/2013 4:02:14 AM PST by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bookmarked for retirement.


21 posted on 12/01/2013 4:07:43 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We just got off holland American zandaam, buenos aires to val parasol. My second cruise. First. One carnival lots of kids running up and down even over night.

Holland was great. Professional operations. Captain took us into straights of Magellan and back out to Atlantic so we could go around the cape.

Plenty to do on board and some good ports and shore excursions. Service provided by Indonesians and Filipinos mostly. Great job and friendly people. My wife is Filipino and she must have know half the crew by voyage end.

Many ways to spend money on board or you can eat and do free activities to minimize costs.

I’m not a big cruise guy, but if I go again I’ll pick holland America.

Bon voyage.


22 posted on 12/01/2013 4:16:02 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My wife and I have sailed on Celebrity (Alaska), Windstar and Seabourne (Aegean & Adriatic). All three cruises were great but the best, in terms of interaction with other passengers was Windstar (also the smallest). Seabourne, we were upgraded to the owners suite, was essentially a five star hotel that floats. Very nice. Celebrity, out of Vancouver to Alaska was interesting, it was the first cruise of the season and the crew wasn't jaded yet. Great way to experience Alaska.
Next month it's back onboard Windstar for the Panama Canal Costa Rica cruise, looking forward to this trip early in the New Year.
23 posted on 12/01/2013 4:18:13 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: morphing libertarian

Ps I was impressed by measures to avoid gastrointestinal viruses.

Auto hand washers at each dining room.

We didn’t help ourselves at buffet for 48 hours. Everything handed to us.

Antibacterial hand cleaner everywhere.

Railings etc bring cleaned constantly.

I like a cabin with window. On this trip saw glaciers and snow-capped mountains from rom. Picked cabin on right side of ship for more land views.

Used wifi daily but not in cabin. Had to go to library and nearby to get good connection.


24 posted on 12/01/2013 4:20:25 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

Ps 2

Shouldn’t every buffet have an auto hand washer?


25 posted on 12/01/2013 4:24:19 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you are in a special diet, the cruise line will try to accommodate you. You may have to let the line or your travel agent know your dietary needs before you cruise. However, most cruise lines offer healthy choices anyway for people watching their weight or whatever.

Cruise ships have elevators for the disabled and newer ones are being made more handicapped accessible.

As stated, there is a doctor on board. But if you are on prescription medication, you should bring an ample amount with you as it may be difficult or impossible to procure, particularly if you are cruising foreign countries.


26 posted on 12/01/2013 4:34:01 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve cruised with only 3 lines — Carnival, Princess and Norwegian. I liked Princess the best. Service was outstanding — even more so than the other 2. I can’t say I ever had a bad time in any of cruises. Some were just better than others.

Took a Mediterranean cruise with Princess. One of the amenities was a basket of fruit left in the cabin for the whole cruise. One morning, we were on our way out of the cabin ad our cabin steward was coming in to clean. I happened to say to my mother that the peaches in that fruit basket were outstanding. The steward overheard because when we came back to the cabin later, the basket was filled with peaches. The last full day of the cruise, the steward made a point of apologizing. He was out of peaches.


27 posted on 12/01/2013 4:45:35 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heck, I just wanted to be the first (fool) into battle at 17... lucky me that it didn’t happen when I was young and dumb, but the wings became the source of pride and happiness for over 20-years;)


28 posted on 12/01/2013 5:06:26 AM PST by Jumper
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To: tflabo

“My idea of a vacation is to get away from the huddled masses —not be enclosed on a ship with a crowd”

Well then look into ‘Windjammer Cruises’


29 posted on 12/01/2013 5:09:05 AM PST by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: fatnotlazy

I crossed the Pacific six times between 1951 and 1961 on MSTS. Seattle to Yokohama. Yokohama to Seattle. Not exactly a cruise line, tho.


30 posted on 12/01/2013 5:11:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

About 30 years ago I took two Mediterranean cruises free of charge. Unfortunately it was aboard the USS Nimitz and the accommodations were sub par. Was able to visit some interesting places though.


31 posted on 12/01/2013 5:21:43 AM PST by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: tflabo
“My idea of a vacation is to get away from the huddled masses —not be enclosed on a ship with a crowd. Just my own opinion on the matter.”

My wife and I go on several cruises a year. Our 16’ cruise ship fits nicely on top of the Jeep and sometimes we don't see another human for days.

32 posted on 12/01/2013 5:26:30 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: dis.kevin
In 1995, wife and I and another couple sailed from Two Harbors, Minnesota to Rouge Steel, north of Detroit. The accommodations were courtesy Interlake Steamship aboard one of their iron ore carriers.
Good chow and an unlimited supply of Molson’s.
33 posted on 12/01/2013 5:40:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Vacations To Go

Then look at their "90 Day Ticker". Prices drop as the sailing date approaches.

Mrs BN & I found an 11 day Hawaii cruise a few years back. Most Hawaii cruises are 7 days around the islands. However, US regulations require a foreign registered ship to visit a foreign port between leaving the US and returning to a US port. Norwegian Cruise lines only had a foreign registered ship available for this cruise. The closest foreign "port" was the Fanning Island ( Tabuaeran) in the republic of Kiribati, 1000 miles south of Hawaii.

So, we steamed 2 days to Fanning Is., an atoll about 5 miles by 10 miles. They launched the shuttle boats, we all went to the beach for a picnic for most of the day, rented bicycles and rode around visiting villages, then loaded back on the cruise ship for the 2 day sail back to Hawaii.

Our inside cabin was normally $559/person. We took the $50 upgrade to choose our cabin and ended up with a "handicapped" cabin, about twice the size of the regular cabin, for $599 each.

Last year we really wanted to take a last minute San Francisco to Australian, 23 day cruise with stops at several Hawaiian islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora, 5 stops in New Zealand and several in Australia. Cost for 23 days was $1995. Airfare was extra, of course.

Alas, commitments and bank accounts conspired to keep us from taking that wonderful cruise.

Generally, you can cruise for close to $100/day, if you shop and catch bargains.

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#10139 Info 14 Guadeloupe Costa Cruises / Costa Mediterranea 4 $1,629 $390 76% Military Rate!
#11390 Info 10 Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands Costa Cruises / Costa Classica 3 $1,089 $609 44%  
                 
#17675 Info 12 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Holland America / Rotterdam VI 4.5 $3,079 $629 80% 80% Off!
                 
#22551 Info 11 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Holland America / Rotterdam VI 4.5 $2,879 $629 78% Exclusive Offer!
                 
#14881 Info 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Cunard / Queen Victoria 5 - $702 Info Balcony!
                 
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34 posted on 12/01/2013 5:42:44 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Floating on a tin can.
In the middle of nowhere.
With 5,000 strangers.
And germs galore.

Boy, that really sounds like fun.

I could never understand the appeal of it.


35 posted on 12/01/2013 5:46:48 AM PST by Macoozie (1) Win the Senate 2) Repeal Obamacare 3) Impeach Roberts)
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To: tflabo
Couldn't agree more.

This is the view I like to see from my "cruise ship."


36 posted on 12/01/2013 6:08:42 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My wife and I went on our first cruise with Norwegian for our 25th anniversary. The best time we ever had! I did some math, you don’t have to keep switching to find cruise deals. You can get an inside cabin for $400/week. Don’t know if they would let you book for the entire year but that’s $20,800 and you live like a king/queen!


37 posted on 12/01/2013 6:19:22 AM PST by jimmyo57
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

SFL


38 posted on 12/01/2013 6:27:17 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: morphing libertarian

Anti-bacterial hand cleaner has no effect on gastrointestinal viruses.


39 posted on 12/01/2013 6:29:10 AM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: Macoozie

Lots of folks here shoulda just joined the Navy or Coast Guard.

I am done floating around waiting to catch fire or sink or both.


40 posted on 12/01/2013 6:42:05 AM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is the food good? Yes. Carnival lines sell best for young partiers, and the food is merely very good. Royal Caribbean and others that cater to more mature markets have excellent fool. Best place for a room? That depends; you really do not spend much time in the room other than to sleep. So, I would say take 2 cruises with a small inside room rather than one cruise with a balcony. There is always a medical facility on board, but you will be paying cash for services in most cases.
41 posted on 12/01/2013 6:46:28 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: BwanaNdege

Vacations to Go is a good site but there are others. You can usually get the same deals at any large travel site.

Also, you don’t necessarily have to wait till the last minute to get good deals. We booked a cruise last July and watched the cruise line website for price adjustments. Price went down by about 20% for about a week and then back up. Called the cruise line during the drop and they adjusted my fare to meet the drop. Booked early and got the cabin I wanted and got the ‘sale’ price too. Just have to watch.

Also, most cruise lines make sure the travel agencies do not discount their fares but the travel agencies can give you On Board Credits (OBC), money you can spend while on board for booze, etc. Booked a cruise through Costco and got a $450 OBC which I would not have gotten had I booked direct with the line.

Need to watch closely though. Sometimes the cruise lines or travel agencies will offer various deals (maybe OBC or free booze) but will increase the price to cover the deal. A few weeks later the deal will go away and the price will drop too.

One final thing. Some cruise lines will offer military discounts (princess has a standing offer of $100 OBC on almost all cruises). Some are more restrictive. Some offer OBC if you own the cruise line stock.

You need to research to get the best deals.


42 posted on 12/01/2013 6:46:46 AM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You were there to work. And you didn’t pay big bucks for all those sailings. :)


43 posted on 12/01/2013 6:46:50 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

We were guests.
First, courtesy of the US Army.
Then as a supplier to Interlake.


44 posted on 12/01/2013 6:50:28 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went once and although I enjoyed it I would not go again.


45 posted on 12/01/2013 7:00:58 AM PST by wintertime
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To: wita
The real danger of a cruise, is the amount of food you could consume in any given day.

I had to wear "survival pants"--elastic waistbands.
No amount of walking took care of the MOUNTAIN of food consumed. Now, older, I know that cruises aren't worth the expanding waistbands. It's an activity for the young and VERY active or the old and not-very-hungry-anymore.

46 posted on 12/01/2013 7:08:15 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Delta 21
Lots of folks here shoulda just joined the Navy or Coast Guard.

No kidding. And these people are paying to go?

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The DuPont spent 1974 and 1975 in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia for an overhaul.
Cmdr. C.D. Collis assumed command in Autumn 1975. In January 1976, the DuPont relocated to D&S piers, Norfolk Naval Base, and commenced sea trials in the Virginia Capes.
From 1976 to 1979, the DuPont made the following cruises and port visits:
Carribean Refresher Training – February 1976 to April 1976


Midshipman Training cruises – June 1976 to August 1976
Middle East cruise – September 1976 to April 1977
Brazil Joint Operations - July 1977 to September 1977
North Atlantic, Baltic Cruise – October 1977 to December 1977
UNITAS 1978 – July 1978 to January 1979
The DuPont departed for a short cruise to Nova Scotia in February 1979 prior to returning to the yards in Hoboken, NJ for another overhaul.
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47 posted on 12/01/2013 7:08:49 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: grania
“I'd recommend people try cruising without any preconceived notions. People like or dislike it for their own reasons.”

***

That is good advice for most travel. My wise mother once said, you should keep an open mind when traveling. She was right.

And if you are traveling overseas, you have to remember that other countries don't do things or have the same comforts as we do. You have to be flexible and willing to adapt.

Carnival has received the worst PR for a spate of mishaps in recent years, but the truth is that every cruise line has had some misfortune at one time or another. These bad events just didn't make it to the media. However, cruising is safe — it's not the Titanic. In fact, as a result of the Titanic, various measures were put into place to assure passenger safety. And all ships are equipped with computers and what not to spot any trouble (eg. a hurricane) so it can be avoided.

I recommend for those who have never cruised before to take a short cruise first — say, a 3 day cruise from Florida to the Bahamas and back. That was my first cruise. It gave me an idea of what cruising was like and what to expect on any future cruises I might take. But if I found out I didn't like cruising, I was stuck on the ship for only 3 days instead of 7, 10 or more days

48 posted on 12/01/2013 7:08:51 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been around some pretty wealthy people. The thing I noticed, which is opposite of how this guy lives, is that they don’t have to do any planing. They decide to go on a vacation the day before they go, and they decide where they’re going as they drive off. Hawaii, skiing, tour of Europe, wherever, the staff takes care of it. And there are always a couple cute college girls along to help with the kids.

This guy’s life is nothing.


49 posted on 12/01/2013 7:19:58 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here is a tip for any cruise, but especially Alaska.

At every port, rent a car.

The drive up to Whitehorse, Yukon was very memorable.

You betcha.


50 posted on 12/01/2013 7:29:10 AM PST by not2be4gotten.com
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