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Old May 5th, 2011, 03:42 PM
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Okay - some company sent me this book to review and I have now read it. Honestly, I kept it in the bathroom and only read it you know...

Another book by a crewmember that does nothing but talk about how much he drank and the women he slept with. I swear that is 90% of the book.

The rest is about the size of his cabin and how he grew to hate his pager (he was a computer expert on the Carnival Horizon).

There is the obligatory chapter about "stupid question passengers ask" which he writes as if he actually heard them all...

"Do these stairs go up or down?"

And he mentions that he was crazy enough to keep his pay, in cash, in one of his drawers, as much as $10,000 at a time. All I can say is he is lucky it was never stolen.

Anyway - another sensationlized book by a crewmember who thinks we think we are interested in every look he got from a female crewmember.

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Maybe it was a book of fiction as Carnival never had a ship named Horizon--Celebrity did --It was the first new -build ship for them.
Sounds like he maybe pieced together some fiction and called it a book.
All the same old jokes have been around for years but a lot of folks, especially first-time cruisers fall for them--does this elevator go or down--one fellow packed all his clothes the last night and sat them out--had to wrap a towel around himself at disembarkation and of course we couldn't let him take ship's property off with him and etc.
Hopefully the aspiring writer will eventually find his niche.
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I think I've read that book....

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Okay - not Horizon. What I am I thinking? Holiday? The oldest carnival ship.

There was another book just like this written by a guy who claimed to be the only American ever to work as a waiter on Carnival.

If I wrote my cruise memoirs it would be that I traveled 10,000 miles in 7 months and only dated one crew member the whole time. Yes, there was some drinking involved.

I just think it is silly to use cruises an excuse for a guy to write an entire book (for public consumption) about his sultry sex life for two years, yet I have now run into three of these books.
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So many books make absolutely no money, and it sounds like these are two of them.

When they make the NYT Bestseller List you might have reason to grouse, but I think there's little danger of that. More likely they're self-published, that is to say, vanity published. If not, the publishers will undoubtedly take a loss, and the authors will get nothing more than their advances--which for first timers generally doesn't pay the rent for very long.

Not to worry. The marketplace will decide.
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I know AR...

It is the idea that people think their sex lines are so interesting to us just because they happened on a cruise ship that gets to me.

If you took the same story with a log cabin or health spa as the locale it would be foolish - but the sensationalistic aura of cruise ships somehow adds value - at least in the minds of some people.

And the title? "The Truth about Cruise Ships." oh well....
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