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gynn 15-01-2012 07:09

Cruising
 
The Costa Concordia tragedy is a reminder of the dangers of the sea. Over recent years, bigger and more luxurious ships have been built to cater for the desire of people to experience a life on the ocean wave, and its staggering to think that the Costa Concordia had over 4,000 passengers on board.

Personally, the thought of going on a cruise fills me with horror. Confined in an enclosed space for days on end with thousands of other people.....being told where and when you are going to put unto port...... queuing for hours to get ashore as all 4,000 people want to go ashore at the same time........ having your bags searched on re-embarking so that any illicit booze you bought ashore can be confiscated to make you pay inflated on board prices for drinks........

And the so-called highlight of the cruise, dining at the Captain's Table. As someone once said, "I paid a fortune for this cruise, and I'm expected to eat with the bloomin' crew!"

I think I'll stick to terra firma!

cashman 15-01-2012 08:15

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Your choice gynn, we love cruising, as fer the highlight yeh mention rubbish, we have never dined at the captains table, Its a personal choice like everything on board, We were on the Concordia 3 Jans ago, so the news yesterday was very sad, To be honest i never think that much about folk who knock things they have never tried, Small minded springs to mind,:rolleyes:

gynn 15-01-2012 08:31

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Originally Posted by cashman (Post 962641)
as fer the highlight yeh mention rubbish, we have never dined at the captains table, Its a personal choice like everything on board,

Maybe my opinion of cruising has been formed from watching 1950s and 60s films like Carry on Cruising and the Doctor films....

cashman 15-01-2012 08:33

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Originally Posted by gynn (Post 962642)
Maybe my opinion of cruising has been formed from watching 1950s and 60s films like Carry on Cruising and the Doctor films....

Yeh well it is a long way from the living room to the high seas.:rolleyes:

jaysay 15-01-2012 09:57

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I went on two cruises when I was 19 and 20 1965/66 Cruising wasn't fashionable then, but it sure as hell spoils any other kind of holiday after that, but how the hell that ship ended up like that god only knows, I think they've arrested the captain this morning which sounds like it was an unavoidably accident

grannyclaret 15-01-2012 10:05

Re: Cruising
 
My cruising days are sadly over,,,,We had some wonderful cruises,,,with P&O,,,,I never felt scared even going through The Bay of Biscay in terrible weather conditions,,,,,This tragedy just dosnt bear thinking about,,,,

Margaret Pilkington 15-01-2012 10:07

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I have never been on a cruise. It doesn't appeal to me. I like to travel to where I am going as fast as possible......spend more time at the destination.
I do appreciate though, that they are a great way to relax, to unwind and to socialise.

It is sad to see such a great ship lying on its side......and think that people have lost their lives in pursuit of what should have been a fine holiday. My thoughts are with those who have lost a friend or a relative in this tagedy.

grannyclaret 15-01-2012 10:11

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Originally Posted by gynn (Post 962636)

And the so-called highlight of the cruise, dining at the Captain's Table. As someone once said, "I paid a fortune for this cruise, and I'm expected to eat with the bloomin' crew!"

I think I'll stick to terra firma!

youve been watching Onslo on Keeping up Apearances

Benipete 15-01-2012 10:30

Re: Cruising
 
Costa Concordia accident: Pictures of cruise ship sinking off coast of Italy 'in Titanic-like scene' | Mail Online

Posted this link for those like me that are a bit in the dark about this story.:(

jaysay 15-01-2012 10:34

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Originally Posted by grannyclaret (Post 962659)
My cruising days are sadly over,,,,We had some wonderful cruises,,,with P&O,,,,I never felt scared even going through The Bay of Biscay in terrible weather conditions,,,,,This tragedy just dosnt bear thinking about,,,,

Ya GC I went through the Bay of Biscay in a force 9 gale, there were very few people up for breakfast that morning I can tell you, got told of by one of the ships officers for standing on the front of the games deck and ducking everytime a wave lashed ofer our heads hitting the bridge, thing he said we were Flipin mad or words to that effect:D

gynn 15-01-2012 10:49

Re: Cruising
 
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Originally Posted by grannyclaret (Post 962664)
youve been watching Onslo on Keeping up Apearances

That's it! Nail on the head! And Hyacinth changing her outfit every 5 minutes. :):)

MargaretR 15-01-2012 10:58

Re: Cruising
 
I can't swim. Going on a canal boat brings me out in a nervous sweat, so I can't get a relaxing holiday cruising.

cashman 15-01-2012 11:13

Re: Cruising
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MargaretR (Post 962677)
I can't swim. Going on a canal boat brings me out in a nervous sweat, so I can't get a relaxing holiday cruising.

Thats a valid reason to me.

DaveinGermany 15-01-2012 14:02

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Ah, we're talking about boats ........ thought the LGBT had infiltrated the site & posted in the wrong section. :D


Now who else can I offend before the thought police/PC Nazis start screaming for me to be strung up.

Eric 15-01-2012 14:14

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Originally Posted by MargaretR (Post 962677)
I can't swim. Going on a canal boat brings me out in a nervous sweat, so I can't get a relaxing holiday cruising.

But you are not supposed to swim, hon. That's the point of being on a ship.;) You might be surprised to know that I can't fly, yet I still get on planes.

What I'm trying to figure is: how drunk or stoned do you have to be, not to notice Italy is in the way:confused: Maybe the Captain, or whoever the hell was on the bridge, is related to the skipper of the EXXON Valdez.:beer58:


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