It seems as if there are quite a few ( if not hundreds) of gay single and couples who love cruising. I would propose that someone ( and a certain moderator might be perfect) pick a cruise far enough down the road to make scheduling easy........and everyone just sign up and do it !!!! Why not just do it on our own instead of hoping some travel agent might be willing? It seems as if there are already alot of guys on here who cruise regularly and would be interested. How about this.......pick a nice Caribbean cruise for early next spring and we'll all go? OK ?
I would be more than into doing some research and picking a cruise for everyone to consider..........here's some proposals.........
I would propose picking a 6-7 day cruise. I think that would be pretty mid-range for everyone. We should have some nice choices.
I would propose something in the Caribbean. I know there are LOTS of other options but since we have to pick SOMEWHERE........it may as well be warm and sunny.
I would propose Princess, Celebrity or any other line that people think would be cool. I have to say that as beautiful and hospitable the Holland Zuiderdam was.....most of us thought the food was "so-so". And with only one option for alternative dining (as opposed to three or four on other ships.......I would go Holland again if EVERYONE wanted to but will push for another line.
We would just pick the ship and cruise........everyone could book it anyway they wanted..........with their own travel agent, with a discount travel site, directly with the cruise line..........whatever.
THINK ABOUT HOW FAB THIS WOULD BE WITH THE MOMENTUM BUILDING AND PEOPLE SIGNING ON LEFT AND RIGHT.........soooooooooo. Let me know, Paul
In the last eight months, several of us from my work have been on 2 cruises (one Carnival and one Princess), and we just booked our next cruise for Dec 12th on the Sun Princess (10-day Caribbean).
It appears our group will be doing 2-3 cruises a year, and we would all be interested in a Spring Caribbean cruise (7-day out of Florida would be best for us). We really like Princess, but would be up for any similar line. Our last cruise was in May, and that worked out well, as Spring Break was over, yet children were not yet out of school (we are not into large groups of teens and kids).
Keep us in mind, as we may be interested in booking something for Spring. (Probably six to eight of us).
Take everyone's input, but like you said someone has to just pick a ship and a date. Not everyone will be happy that their date or ship's suggestion was not chosen.
I would llove to try a Princess, havent been on that line yet, and I have only gazed in Awe and Wonder at the hollan Ameica Westerdam, when it was in port at Cozumel when I was there this Spring.
I think we are game, pick a date and cruise, I agree on the Caribbean, although we have almost all ben there, its probably a good choice for the spring. If it works out, this my be a new trend in group travel !?!?!
Keep us advised, and if we need more input, let us know and we will spread the word!
Snick's guy wrote about a time frame when "Spring Break was over, yet children were not yet out of school."
Princess sounds good to me.
Destination: Caribbean sounds good also.
We await the reigning PaulRogers to declare his final decision.
I expect he is waiting for some level of forum reader replies to his/other proposals. Understandable. Come on you cruise lovers/addicts out there.....lets get some ideas and reponses going on this thread.
May would work for me........Princess would be fine!
I will watch the postings to see how this would work out. I am curious if most would take traditional dining or go fr the personal choice. If there was no cohesion, then on a ship of that size I am not sure how everyone would function as a group. If its do your own thing, then any sailing would do just as well.......I must admit having family as dining mates would be the high point...but again that would depend on how everyone chooses to dine.
When our group has sailed on Princess, we did the "personal choice" dining, and we enjoyed that. However, if we all booked as a large group, I think we would prefer "traditional dining", and reserve a large table(s) in order to "mingle" and better meet the others in the group.
Hi Harry, how's the new house coming along? What's you latest project?
I didn't read Kuki's article about the difficulties of finding larger tables in Personal Choice dining rooms (where can I find it?). But I can tell you that we requested 2 tables of 12, side by side on the Star Princess and our request was granted, TWICE. We made our request 2 days in advance, giving the time and dates that we wanted....no problem!!!
OK.........it's finally been decided. The cruise will be the Caribbean Princess leaving on May 7th. There's alot of reasons why but the main points are:
The ship in new and very very beautiful
There are amazing dining option for all of us
It's got some nice stops along the way
They're a gay friendly line
Cause I said so........that's why ( just kidding)
And almost everyone said they love Princess and like the idea
Cause we're all gonna look FAB the first formal night when we take over the
Early booking has some amazing deals....check it out.
I love the idea of passing the word and we're gonna have an amazing time. Love Paul
Thanks for the info, Jerry, on booking the bigger tables in PC dining rooms. Kuki's article was when they did a Cruisemates sailing on the Golden or Grand, or perhaps it was an article about how PC works.
It's been one month in the new house, as of tomorrow. Yard is all in, both cars are in the garage, and *most* of the pictures are up. Have a couple small painting projects, but all in all, I am happy how fast we got everything back in order.
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Is there any thought to picking a travel agent for all of us.......I'd imagine that someone might be interested knowing hundreds (ok, not 100s but alot) of fabulous gay men would be booking with him/her? Any thoughts?
We are not only excited about this idea but we have already contact our travel agent. Lets all just keep it that way. This is not a Gay cruise, this is a cruise that has a lot of Gay passengers, right? My FOD experiences have yieled 18 people max. I am just blown away with the idea that 180 of us could be aboard. Whether a seven day first portion or a seven day second portion or a combination of the both, lets just all get aboard and in our own way and have a wonderful time.. Or are we missing something here?
hey guys. have "corresponded" with paul thru email (he knows initial details) and will do a bit of research, will get back to him with results (we may be able to strike a good deal for caribbean princess 5/7/05) if it looks favorable. can't go into details yet, and can't post specifics on board, but will look into it. the next chapter looms on the horizon lol.... mike and jon
Just to be clear...........Mike and Jon have tons of experience and really really great ideas. And I know how much gay men like it when someone takes charge. Check out this idea string regularly. Paul