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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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Back on the 10th from the 4 day Holiday trip to Cozumel.
Had been looking forward to it for months as some may remember from my previous rambling posts on here!
Stayed in Mobile the night before departation - nice hotel, nice bar food and music at Veets...then, it all goes down hill...
took 45 min to find vehicle in parking deck next morning - never let the drinker of the group park the car alone (parked, drank, forgot)- our bad.
Breakfast up the road to kill time - hoping to board around 11:30.
Get to dock around 11:15 - computers down...can't enter until 12:00.
Killed time until noon, long line had formed by the time we returned.
Waited 30 min to park. Another 45 to check in (and we were up front) - computers still down...had to do manual check in...
A mere 2 people from clearing the a-pass machines - they, too, crash. Might have made it had they not kept advancing the vip's and others needing assistance in our line (rotate the advances please!)...
One hour later - still no apass - our friends had boarded prior to the crash.
Finally, decision made to scan sail aways on board - slow but we managed to bolt to the door once we overheard them talking and made it thru.
On to the cabin - surprisingly larger than I expected. Didn't care for the sewage smell nor the brown water but thanks to these boards, I was expecting that.
Best way I could describe the Holiday is to liken it to a floating casino - minus a few thousand slot machines.
Food - decent - fun to try things I wouldn't normally order.
Crew - friendly - language barrier but not insurmountable.
Service - excellent - slight demerits to the pursers desk/infirmary who really didn't care that my friend was going on her 20th hour of debilitating sea sickness (she has blame there too though - 3 dramamines on an empty stomach).
1st night - horrible - that's putting it mildly.
Went thru front that lasted 16 hrs - crew said it was the worst they'd ever seen. People tossing cookies at the food lines...walking at a constant 45 degree tilt...
I understand the weather can't be controlled but had we been given a heads up say, when we initially came upon the front, I know I would have taken meds then instead of after a sleepless night and a 10:30 am announcement that we are experiencing "rough" waters - no kidding.
Rained all day Friday - everyone too sick to enjoy anything.
All games/shows/events cancelled. No getting onto the Lido until late afternoon.
Port at Cozumel. Excursions cancelled - winds gusting up to 45mph.
Back on boat at 3:30. Decent evening - mainly caught up on sleep missed from night before.
Sunday at sea - cold but pool was open - kids on board liked that.
Got in some games and a show that evening along with a very good comedian.
Happy to dock on Monday.
Still feeling the effects of the rough waters - even as I type this. How long will this last?
I don't want to slam the crew as they worked hard to please us, but if asked right now if I would ever cruise again...NO WAY...too big of a chance to take. Even passengers on the larger boats in port said they had a rough go.
Maybe my expectations were too high.
It was nice not to do laundry for a few days though!
Salute to those who enjoy, caution to those who like a little more freedom with their schedule and space to roam.
I do appreciate all you all's help with my questions in the past!
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Old March 12th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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You may have a point ... will you tell us the next cruise you book?

It seems most of your problems were due to weather, which of course no one on CCL can control. Do try it again ... and I will even cruise with a jinx just to get a chance to cruise! Remember, the weather was bad on land as well!
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Old March 12th, 2008, 02:52 PM
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Bamagal;
Sorry to hear you had a less than enjoyable cruise. It does sound as though you went into it with the right attitude. Sometimes things just don't workout the way we plan. I know we had perfect weather when we went on our first cruise, and that sure helped us make the decision to cruise again. If the weather had been as you said it was then I am sure we would have thought long and hard about doing it again. Cruising is not for evryone, and may not be for you. If you get a chance to go again on a short one you may give it a try.
Enjoy whatever you do for fun.
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its always about the time of year you go... usa has had some bad weather the last 6 months... but id take a cruise anytime... i love it... sorry you had such a bad time... hope your next one is better...
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Hopefully, you'll try it again sometime.
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I think the Gulf of Mexico is always rough in the winter.

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Old March 12th, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Sorry you had a rough trip. Ours was not smooth, but we did have a great time and booked again. We are trying one in Sept. hopefully it will be smoother.

As far as feeling woozy, It may be because your cruise was so rough and you just have not gotten your land legs back. I know I had to take bonine for 3 days while we were back on land.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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Sucks to hear you had a bad time. Seems we always have one or two really rough sea nights. It makes for some fun times on the short term but it gets old quick!!! I just drink till I can't tell if we're really moving or if I'm just that drunk :P
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Don't give up on cruising. One cruise isn't enough to tell you if you really like it or not. The Holiday is a small and now aging ship. The small size probably made it worse for feeling the motion. I was on the holiday in 1991 and we hit rough weather (and hit it again in 2007) heading to Mexico from Miami. The Gulf of Mexico is probably rough 50% of the time because we had no problem in February on the Conquest). I was on the Victory in Jan 07 and we had rough sea on the second night, but it wasn't that bad. I just had to hang onto something to keep from falling into someones lap in the dining room while exiting!!!!

Take a cruise on one of the larger ships, and go for seven days! Try it again, you will like it.
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sorry that didn't sound too fun!

especially everyone sick
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You unfortunately caught bad weather and that's a shame.

It may be perfect next time.
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Sympathies much appreciated!
never say never, right??!
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Old March 13th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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guess i need to pull my head out of the sand... I was thinking sheeeeesh this ship is soooooooo big, I'm gonna be able to forget we're on the water... now ya'll skeeerrrrrrrrin me
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Wow~~I thought all that bad weather would be over by now.
Can you tell I'm a west coaster ???

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