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The "Musicplayer Groups" cruise? Not inexpensive, to be sure, but looks like a blast.

 

Of course, a possible title for the cruise route and time of year could be "Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season". :eek:

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Oh, true, Craig...but, I did go on a cruise back in, ummm...97 I think, and the cruise kinda followed a tropical storm that had just gone into Cozumel. The storm was over, but, it was still quite windy and rather cool for what one would expect at that latitude. They cancelled a couple of the snorkeling trips because of it. Still was fun though.

 

Hurricanes do give quite a bit of warning, but, they can still take unexpected turns. Don't get me wrong, though, the remote possibility of a hurricane isn't going to keep me from thinking about trying to book passage. I'm glad they put the ad in now, gives me a year to come up with the cash! So I can sit on the deck and sip another sort of Hurricane...the kind that's red and comes in a tall glass, and knocks you on your rear end in a much friendlier fashion... ;)

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Great idea.

 

Actually, I'm considering hopping on a cruise ship real soon. I am seriously depressed from all the rain and no summer heat. All charter flights to mediterranian holiday resorts are booked now because of the rain. But I can get a cruise ticket and I need to get away for a while (I can't really afford it though). :freak:

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I used to work on a cruise ship. We knew in advance if we needed to change our routes do to a hurricane. It only happened 2 times when I worked for Carnival from July 2001 till Jan 2002. I don't think I could be a passanger on a ship since I worked on 2 of them. All the fun happens behind the scenes. :evil: . But I am sure who ever goes will have a blast.
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I work for a company that produces, casts, and does all scenic design for shows onboard 5 Celebrity cruise ships.

 

When I took the office job (after working the production and scenic side of our primary business, convention planning, entertainment and scenic design.) I gave up any chance of visiting the two ships we were then maintaining. Now we have 5 ships of their fleet and I still won't ever get the chance to go. :cry: We have ships in the Med, the Baltic, Alaska, and two runs from Bermuda that port in Philly and New York, stateside.

 

Had I still been a freelancer, they would have paid me day rate every day I was out. Instead, I get to watch the shop guys and several production managers go out to several ships, every 6 months or so. Lucky bastids!

 

Of course, it's hardly fun for them. The shop guys have to work on the sets when no production shows or lectures are held in the theater. That means they work all night. :freak: And the production managers... Let's just say their hands are full, taking care of cast needs, etc. the entire time they're aboard.

 

Guess I lucked out after all. ;) I only wish Celebrity would extend the deep discount afforded 2nd contract performers for their families, to me. ;)

 

If I find a spare few thousand you can be sure that, after paying off some bills, I won't be using it on a cruise. ;)

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SWell, I'm leaving tomaorrow at 4AM for a three day stop in Vancouver, then a 7-day Alasa Inside Passage cruise (going to Alaska? Of course, it's Royal Carribean! :D )

 

If I had seen the ad before, i might have done that one instead - but then, my wife would not be as happy, and we all know how that works! :rolleyes:

 

OTOH, she totally has supported my music habit for 32 years, so I'll go along with her on this one...

 

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When I was nine years old, my family took a vacation that included Key West, Cuba and Bimini. Shortly after we arrived on Bimini from Havana, the locals went into a flurry of activity that sailors would call battening down the hatches. The hotel people told us that a squall was coming and we should stay inside.

 

What a storm! It didn't last very long, but the palm trees were bent over so far I wondered why they didn't break. The deck chairs outside our room danced around like Richard Simmons and the sea sprayed across the perimeter road. A short while later, all was calm and beautiful. It never occured to me that we had been in a DC3 several thousand feet above the Caribbean just hours before all this came about. I think about that "squall" when I see ads for cruises, but that wouldn't stop me from trying to make the GP cruise if financial circumstances permitted.

 

People still live in this town after our 1966 F5 tornado, which for those who were here or later saw the damage became a touchpoint in history.

 

Squall, my @??.

 

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So be my guest you got nothin' to lose

Won't you let me take you on a sea cruise...

 

Actually, Soundsmith...one of the coolest deals for Alaska cruises is the Alaska Marine Highway. Oh, it's not as luxurious as Royal Caribbean, but it's cool!

 

For those who've never been on a cruise...even on the biggest boats, AHARRRR, matey, ye feel the motion of the sea! So, if you're given to motion sickness, see your doc and get a scopalamine (sp?) patch. I've discovered in relatively mild seas, I don't need 'em, but I had 'em anyway. The lady across the hall became violently ill...and I ran into her husband on deck. He told me, I gave them the patches we didn't need, and they helped her a lot. I expect in 15-20 foot swells I'd be needin' 'em too.

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For those who've never been on a cruise...even on the biggest boats, AHARRRR, matey, ye feel the motion of the sea!
This is true. We did the Carnival Miracle 2 weeks ago and towards the end of the cruise coming back to NY we had some motion going on. Nothing big but just enough to make you wonder.

 

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LOL, Ted! :D

 

I don't get seasick, but I noticed a marked difference between the gigantor aircraft carrier we spent several nights on (The U.S.S. J.F.K., 1052ft.) and the smaller cruiser (the U.S.S. Vicksburg, 567ft.) we also stayed a night aboard. Of course, the Vicksburg was built for speed, too. narrow beam relative to her length. ;)

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LOL Neil :D

 

Originally posted by fantasticsound:

I don't get seasick

Famous last words... :D It's always better to qualify those terms in cases like "I don't get seasick that I know of, in mild seas"...

 

I've known guys that "didn't get seasick" pull Destroyer or Coast Guard Cutter duty...and have gone to sea in monster conditions. They usually don't say that anymore :D

 

AHARRR, Hoist the jib, ye scurvy dogs!!!

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ryst said:

I used to work on a cruise ship. We knew in advance if we needed to change our routes do to a hurricane. It only happened 2 times when I worked for Carnival from July 2001 till Jan 2002. I don't think I could be a passanger on a ship since I worked on 2 of them. All the fun happens behind the scenes. . But I am sure who ever goes will have a blast.

Only 6 months??? :rolleyes:

 

I worked cruise ships off and on from '92 - '00 for Carnival and Norwegian. I had a blast. Sure sometimes the bands were crap and sometimes the Staff Captain or Cruise Director could be a little annoying, but I have some very fond memories from the ships. Not to mention some of my best friends.

 

It is entirely possible there may have been a few rules implemented because of the antics of a few friends of mine :D

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tnb,

 

I worked on 2 ships. One was the Carnival Celebration (6 months) and the other was the Carnival Paradise(I filled in for a month. I was a sound+light tech on both ships. Never worked over 6 hrs a day. And, like you, our group forced some changes to be made because of the shit we did and didn't get away with. Yes, very fond memories!. I thought the majority of the Cruise Directors were assholes but the Staff Captians were generally tolerable. I miss that lifestyle so much and all the people from around the world that you become best friends with. I think I'm gonna cry. :cry: But I had a music career calling me on land. I will probably work on ships again if my band doesn't get off the ground. I highly suggest working on a ship as a sound tech if you are single and free!!!!!! :evil:

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This concept sounds uhhh, strange....

 

Used to be I'd get paid for playing on a cruise ship; I'd get free food and lodging, as well as nightly cleaning of my tux. Now I'd have to pay, AND I'd still be expected to play with the band every night?!?!

:D

 

Actually it sounds like fun! But we'd have to make sure no band was booked for the cruise, and get a discount for that :)

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Ryst, you were a tech? Man, you were working a lot harder than the orchestra! I am sure I played the Celebration at least once.

 

Yeah, good times.

 

BTW, do you have the number to the entertainment office? PM me if you do.

 

Coyote, I'm with you, I can't imagine paying to go on a cruise. Did they really clean your tux every night? You must have been on one of those high class cruise lines.

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It wasn't part of the deal, I just managed to strike up a friendship with the right young lady :)

 

Originally posted by tnb:

Coyote, I'm with you, I can't imagine paying to go on a cruise. Did they really clean your tux every night? You must have been on one of those high class cruise lines.

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

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tnb,

I don't have the number off hand but when I get it I will PM you. By the way, I worked a little harder than the band, but sometimes they had to play when I didn't have to work. We all had about the same amount of down/party time. Which was WAY too much for us. I don't know how we never went to jail.

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