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OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Nov 17, 2023 8:27 AM
       OT next cruise (by WMH [NC]) Nov 17, 2023 8:55 AM
       OT next cruise (by MikeA [TX]) Nov 17, 2023 9:26 AM
       OT next cruise (by 6x6 [TN]) Nov 17, 2023 9:31 AM
       OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Nov 17, 2023 10:50 AM
       OT next cruise (by Deanna [TX]) Nov 17, 2023 12:51 PM
       OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Nov 17, 2023 4:07 PM
       OT next cruise (by WMH [NC]) Nov 17, 2023 6:17 PM
       OT next cruise (by Alan [CA]) Nov 17, 2023 10:08 PM
       OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Nov 18, 2023 5:56 AM
       OT next cruise (by MikeA [TX]) Nov 18, 2023 10:16 PM
       OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Nov 19, 2023 6:31 AM

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OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 8:27 AM

Heading to TPA next week for our B2B cruise. Haven't been since September. I know crazy. We have 8 scheduled going into next years trying to avoid the huge pricing when booked 9 or 10 months out. We do Wonder of the Seas out of MCO mid Jan that will be a first on that ship. Only leaves 2 ships that we haven't been on with RCI. The goal now is to be on each ship at least once. WISH me luck.


OT next cruise (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 8:55 AM

Enjoy! My son just left on a 28-day cruise of South America, I don't know which cruise line. His MIL cruises around the world a lot, so she has lots of points or whatever it is you earn along the way...at 92, she's not going on too many more so they are taking the time to do this one with her. They fly home from Argentina of all places. For some reason I always thought cruises were "round trip" from their point of departure... --108.4.xx.xxx

OT next cruise (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 9:26 AM

You and 9300 of your closest friends. I can't even imagine the logistics of loading and unloading that much luggage, food, and booze. That's more people than the college town I grew up in.

Back to back will be nice. We are doing that next summer in the Mediterranean, I hate that long flight so we are going to make the best of it. We are going out of Galveston for a Christmas cruise with my adult children next. It will be nice to get to spend some time with them. --209.205.xxx.xx

OT next cruise (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 9:31 AM

Don't forget your snorkel. Happy cruising. --73.190.xxx.xxx

OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 10:50 AM

WMH he's hit my bucket list hard with the around south América. That's my main goal but my wife refuses. It's a 9 hr flight and as with Europe she refused to do it again. We did a 9 hr flight to HI but had sleepers. The ship came back into Vancouver so that wasn't to bad. Maybe Celebrity or Holland America. RCI doesn't do big days around the horn.

Mike A we've done over 100 cruises since 1998. 70 on RCI. We know what to pack and when to show up. The only bad day-- bad as in crowding is the first day on the elevator. With this many ships under our belt we don't tour the boats so no getting on and off of elevators. We wear our bathing suit-- get our towels and head to the solarium. Get a few cocktails and chill. The big ship Mike-- we never eat in the main dining room or windjammer. With 22 restaurants why do it? We eat BK at johnny rockets or central park deli.

6X got it packed. that was good! --108.239.xx.xx

OT next cruise (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 12:51 PM

Taking my MIL to Alaska on Princess next year, since no one else was interested in Alaska. (If she gets her passport renewed! Otherwise, I'll share an adventure with one of my kids.) Even though I worked on the Strand in Galveston, this will be my first. :) Looking forward to it.


OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 4:07 PM

The word for GAL is another terminal has been approved and 10 yrs early. Big plans for TX. When we go cruising-- since we need to fly most times-- does it really matter is we go to MIA,FLL, MSY or HOU?

We've done AK a few times. The only one we regretted was a B2B out of Seward. Had great stops going up to Seward-- but exactly the same stops going back--B O R I N G!!!!! --108.239.xx.xx

OT next cruise (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 6:17 PM

UNB, do you ever do river cruises? If there's any type of cruising I'm at all interested in, it's rivers, not the ocean. In fact, I really want to do a Mississippi River Civil War sites cruise. They are $$$$ though. But when you figure that all the ground excursions are included, maybe not so bad?

Has anyone done an American river cruise? --108.4.xx.xxx

OT next cruise (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2023 10:08 PM

We love to road cruise with our 3 classic cars; a '29, '41 and '55 - all restored. No ships for us.


OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2023 5:56 AM

WMH I've got almost every book put out by American cruising. Mississippi is the top of our list and next comes the great lakes.

The BIG problem is pricing. For what one week river cruising would cost 10K+ I can do 3 or 4 - 7 day.

One repo cruise we've taken 2 times. Repositioning from Vancouver to LA. Hits all the big city's down the west coast. Every stop day we went to a place Guy Fiero did specials on his TV show. Celebrity X.

Alan back in the day we did the touring but it got crazy trying to plan. Especially eating and entertainment.

with the cruising there's entertainment or not every night- you decide. you wake up in a different place every morning and you don't need to go food shopping. --108.239.xx.xx

OT next cruise (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2023 10:16 PM

I expect the Mississippi river cruises to get cheaper in the next year or two. Viking just started in that market, that will give American a little competition they haven't had before.

I'm not sure it will ever get as cheap as a river cruise in Europe. American wages are much higher than what the Eastern Europeans expect, that in-turn makes the cost much higher. I know Viking hit a snag in their deployment because they were having such a hard time finding good quality staff that wanted to work when they started operations last year. --209.205.xxx.xx

OT next cruise (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 6:31 AM

Mike so no one gets the wrong idea-- cruises are also very expensive in Europe. Around the 8500.00 range and the cabins are standard walk in closet size. No gaming, no shows and no balcony for that 8500.00.

Staffing for "land locked" cruising is super tough. The typical cabin attendant on a cruise line likes the potential of getting home every so often. India, Caribbean or Asian. Not likely on a Mississippi boat. Hiring gringo's -- well NCL in HI can write a book about using American help. --108.239.xx.xx

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