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  1. Robin Wyatt

    Yes I have been on 4 cruises. and I do plan on going on another one. In fact we are planning one for Feb 2013.

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    1. Kevin

      Wow..4…you must enjoy them. What is your favorite aspect of taking a cruise? And where have you been cruising?

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  2. Darlene Kistler-Alvord

    My first cruise was 5 day to Bahama,,, I want to try a longer one next. Maybe Alaska or Carribean.

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  3. Jill Stratman

    I have been on one. It was a family trip with all of our kids/spouses, 9 of us all together. I had never been on a cruise and like you, I was not especially inclined. I should note that I cannot swim a stroke, even still, I loved it! We went to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St Maarten. The food was great, yes you have to watch out for the buffets but we always had dinner in the dining room where the portions were comparable to any other restaurant.
    The big draw for us was that with so many of us, we could essentially do whatever we wanted. If a few wanted to go to the pool, great, if others wanted to play croquet, they could do that as well, not to mention plenty of programs for children. While we were able to see 3 different beautiful and unique places, there was no packing, unpacking, train/plane catching. We did go on a few excursions and they were well organized and had transportation waiting for us etc. There was absolutely something for everyone. I understand about the crowds but it rarely felt crowded. We are sometimes a bit off beat though and are looking for the pool when everyone else is looking for lunch 
    Prior to this and once after, we rented large houses, several condos etc. We then had to deal with restaurants that could accommodate us, reservations were a must. Or of course we could cook but who wants to do that on vacation?? And there was the ever present problem of how many cars we would need to rent to get all of us around. The cruise was unanimously voted the number one vacation of all time. Therefore, we have already booked another cruise for this year’s family vacation. There are now 12 of us and we will see Cozumel, Georgetown Grand Cayman and Jamaica. One last thing, we did our homework as to which cruise lines would match our style, i.e. not a party ship etc. and no, I don’t work for a cruise line lol

    PS. No, we would not specifically go on a cruise featuring Kate Gosselin. George Clooney……now that’s a different story!

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    1. Kevin

      Okay, you have sold me on one aspect…the “seamlessness” of it: no-packing/unpacking as you….no dinner reservations to worry about, etc…so, yes, this part does sound appealing!!

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      1. Jill Stratman

        I realize that the conveniences offered on a cruise are much more important to us than say a married couple. One other thing I’m not sure I’ve seen mentioned is the view. We are used to seeing the ocean from the land. It is really something to be coming up to the land from the sea and if you haven’t ever seen the water in the Caribbean, oh my! It’s even more beautiful in person that in photos!

      2. Nancy

        I agree with you, Jill. Seeing the ocean from a ship with no signs of land is incredible. It’s also amazing to watch a sunset at sea. First it’s there, then it just disappears below the horizon.

        Another thing I loved seeing when I was on a ship out of Tampa, was coming into home port under the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The doctor and one of the other nurses would get up early and take our coffee up to the crew deck to see the bridge lit up like giant sails in the sky. Such a view is totally impossible when driving over the bridge at night.

      3. Kevin

        Nancy, welcome to amishcookonline, and thanks for some great cruise insights!

  4. Diann

    So far, no cruises for this gal, but we were “thinking” about taking one this year for our 30th anniversary. With the latest happenings in Italy, I have probably talked myself out of it now! 😉

    Cruising with Kate Gosselin? Don’t think so! Her kids would make me think about jumping ship – ha!

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  5. Magdalena

    I worked on tour boats when I was younger – day trips, not cruises. I also worked as a documentation specialist licensing pleasure and commercial veseels with the Coast Guard. Cruise ships are not terribly stable in the water, and they have to have all kinds of automated ballasting mechanisms to keep them from rolling too much. The problem is that they are long, high above the water, but usually fairly shoal (shallow) draft, because cruise ship passengers don’t care to be anchored out and have to go ashore by smaller boats. Knowing what I do about ship design, I would never take cruise. They also frequently fail safety and health inspections. It is really hard to keep something the size of a town clean when it is self-contained and constantly wet.

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  6. Eva

    I’ve been on one cruise to Cozumel, Belize & in that area of the Carribbean. That was the most fun vacation I ever went on! It was truly a vacation for me, (I didn’t have to cook, clean, or anything!) It is an amazing sight to see how the water is down there as compared to the East coast. It is so clear you can see the bottom of the ocean! & the prettiest blue green color! I was awestruck that’s all I can say! You don’t have to leave the ship if you don’t want to but there’s some great things out there if you do. Yeah, I’ll go on another asap!

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    1. Kevin

      Wow, Eva, you almost have me sold, the water as you describe it sounds amazing:)

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  7. Marilyn from NY

    The first cruise I ever went on was on a Costa Cruise Lines, the company that owns the Concordia and it was the last Costa cruise I went on. I did not not care for their cruises although I have been on cruises with other cruise lines and really enjoyed them. If I could afford to go on a cruise right now, I would go. I like someone else doing the cooking, cleaning, etc and me just having a great time.
    Marilyn

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  8. Christine

    We are booked for our first cruise in July. We are going to Alaska. We are going for 11 days, 4 on land 7 on water. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary which was in Dec. Didn’t want to cruise there in Dec…LOL! Hubby asked me where I wanted to go for our anniversary and I said Hawaii. He wanted to go to Alaska. I said you go there and I will go to Hawaii! But then we went to a promo and I was sold too on Alaska.
    I am really getting excited about going. The ship that wrecked in Italy is not bothering me. Prayers for all those passengers. I am not afraid. When the good Lord wants me I am ready.
    As for the food choices, I eat in moderation anyway so I think I’ll be ok at the buffet. The only one I will have trouble with is the chocolate one. Chocolate is a major food group for me.

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    1. Nancy

      You won’t regret your Alaskan cruise. It’s a beautiful was to see our largest state. In many places, I felt as if I were in the old west.

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  9. Christine

    P.S. No I would not travel with Kate and her 8.

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    1. Margie Conrad

      Neither would I 🙂

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  10. Wendy

    Kate who?

    I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford a cruise, though if I could I think I would like it. I’m limited in how much I can walk and being able to see lots without the trek is appealing. I’ve been on some “day-cruises” around Manhattan, and to see whales in Maine. They are fun, but I doubt if they compare to a “luxury” cruise!

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    1. Christine

      Wendy from what I understand about cruising is that they go all out to make the trip as easy as can be for the passengers. My cousin’s husband is on oxygen and uses a Jazzi scooter. They had everything waiting for him on the ship and at the airports they had a wheelchair at each stop for him. She also told me that someone on their cruise was on dialysis and he was able to do his routine too while on board.

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  11. Marilyn from NY

    This might be a dumb question, but my Mom use to say the only dumb question is one unasked. Would an Amish couple every go on a cruise? Would some young folks on their rampage going on a cruise? Just curious.

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    1. Kevin

      Marilyn, no such thing as a dumb question…when it comes to the Amish you can find an exception to almost anything, so I’m sure somewhere at some point a renegade Amish couple has taken a cruise…but for the vast majority of Amish cruising just wouldn’t be high on their list for many reasons: logistics, expense, and while vacationing is common among the Amish that would cruising would just seem a bit over the top…..

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  12. Marilyn from NY

    Thank you Kevin for answering my question. I really appreciate it.
    Marilyn

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  13. Linda from KY

    My husband and I have no desire for a tropical cruise, but we wouldn’t mind going on an Alaska cruise or a riverboat cruise. I think we’re getting to be about the right age for the latter (I’m in my late 40s; he’s in his mid-50s). 😉

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    1. Linda from KY

      BTW, I love that my name and email are automatically there. No need to type it over and over again. Cool!

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  14. Nancy

    I worked on cruise ships for ten years and can say that this occurance is a truly not something to worry about. If it were, you would have many more of this type thing. This accident and the aftermath can be contributed to incredible behavior of the captain. Crew members on my ships were drilled on the safety precautions and how to respond in case of fire and other emergencies. As a ship’s nurse, I was expected to know how to suit up and go in to rescue victims, use a spanner to hook up fire hoses, row lifeboats, and many other things. We were taught these and more and could go through life boat drills in our sleep. We routinely had Coast Guard inspections, who not only put us through the drills, but inspected all our equipment, our infirmary, and more. Sometimes when we would respond to a patient emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, the nurse would arrive at the patient’s cabin to find an inspector in a chair with a stopwatch to see how quickly we responded.

    It’s highly unlikely that you will ever find a captain who acts so irresponsibly as to go off course to impress people on shore. It’s even more improbable that captain and crew wouldn’t respond in an organized and responsible manner. Passengers are always first – both in consideration on a normal cruise and to leave on an emergency basis.

    Needless to say, I’m absolutely appalled with captain’s behavior.

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