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Offline 2112

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First time cruising...
« on: July 16, 2021, 17:31:19 »
So, being of a certain age the Mrs suggested we try out a cruise. As luck would have it we found a three day 'taster cruise' starting & finishing in Newcastle so booked it up. In the meantime wee Jimmy decides cruise ships are not allowed to dock in Scotland so instead of stopping off at Edinburgh and Invergordon we just went for an all inclusive float around the North sea. Thankfully it was only three nights as cruising is not for us ! Loud music all day, cramped rooms (we had quite a high spec cabin with balcony so gawd knows what the basic internal ones were like) and poor food & drink. They even had an attempt to see me off via fish poisoning (very allergic to all seafood) with the addition of a prawn on a meat dish (beef schnitzel) for heavens sake, despite telling the waiter of my allergy. I tripped getting out of the very compact bathroom on day one trashing my knee and then on day two the metal shower gel dispenser fell off the wall badly bruising my foot. The cheeky buggers then wanted £180 to see the ships doctor ! I told them there wa no way I was paying £180 when it was their fault, so an ice pack appeared and I was sent (grumbling and limping) on my way. All in all pretty shite and I am sooo pleased to be home. Even camping sounds almost attractive after cruising, almost.
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2021, 18:30:11 »
Butlins on water ...
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2021, 18:36:01 »
I tried a cruise once and hated it, was convinced to try again and I hated it..  I know folk who love it but not me!!   14 days in total and it is just a part of my life I wasted... I'd rather stay in a shed !!!!

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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2021, 18:52:01 »
A bit like Tim Vine's " I've just come back from a once-in-a-lifetime holiday....Never again! "
Some of the European river cruises look interesting, but having to join in dressing up posh to pretend you've got money doesn't appeal. No jeans, no trainers or sandals at certain times... nah.

Offline Barbel Mick

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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2021, 21:37:42 »
https://www.v-strom.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=13838.2860
Shouldn't that post be the next one in here???  :whistle:

The good lady and me have quite a few friends who have been on cruises and try to make them sound like the perfect holiday..... we have declined the offer to join them on may occasions!!
A few hours on a canal barge 'booze cruise' is sufficient for us!!  :obscene-drinkingchug:
 
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2021, 22:39:59 »
Sounds like you had a nightmare cruise  :icon_batterup:
As others have said some people absolutely love a cruise but it’s not for us either

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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2021, 18:44:20 »
The last cruise I took I was shot and bombed on numerous occasions  slept where we could and no bath or showers and if lucky one cooked meal a day if you could call it food fed better to my Congo not for me either. :old:
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2021, 23:12:47 »
2112. Sorry you had a rough time but well....... lucky you didn't go for 10 days.  I suspect a cruise ship is more like a floating gaol than a hotel which can be left at any time. Cruise ships are well known for food poisoning and if it isn't the food then the sea with rough up and you know what that leads to.  I like a good B&B but mostly I'll make do in a camper as long as the site owner doesn't set his five inch ratting dawg on me  :icon_wink:
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2021, 00:02:46 »
I must admit when I saw the title "first time cruising" in The Blue Oyster Bar I had a flashback to Bike magazine in the 80's and the Anything goes section in the back of the magazine  :shock:

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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 06:14:16 »
There's a similar section on "pornhub" , so I've heard  :whistle:
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2021, 07:16:31 »
I see it now as a bullet dodged, rather than three days wasted - it's saved me a fortune booking up a 14 day cruise which would have been a disaster. My neighbour loves cruising and has already done a 12 week around the world cruise and is off on a 6 week cruise next. He actually sunk off the coast of Thailand once when the cruise liner hit rocks and spent 6 hours in a liferaft and still goes back for more  :crazy:
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Re: First time cruising...
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2021, 09:14:09 »
My old gaffer was booked on the Costa Concordia but something came up and had to re-book it, so he missed that adventure.

They were already floating disease incubators prior to CV19 - not someplace I'd contemplate spending weeks at a time in.
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