Good to see you posting here again! Where've you been lately, anyway?!
And I agree with you, and some of the others, about the shore excursions issue. I would like to see the talks be less info-mercial, and more informational. But as the cruise lines have a vested interest in the success of the ship-sponsored excursions, I doubt a change is in the offing.......
And Thomas brings up a good point -- one that I've wondered about myself. And that is, do cruise directors actually read any of these posts? Talked to Marc Walker, CD on our Hawaii cruise in 2000 on RCCL's Rhapsody, and he mentioned that he tried to keep up with the buzz on the cruise websites. I wonder if anyone else at RCCL peruses the cruise boards.........
And while that may be a gripe in itself, it'll be a topic for another day!
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What about a version of TV's "Joe Millionaire". We have could have "Josephine's Cruise Pain in the As*"
You take one ordinary female cruiser (Josephine) she has candidates put in front of her and between her and the "audience" and hearing their cruise bullsh*t she and the audience between they pick that cruises biggest pain in the "as*"
Just to add a twist to Bingo--how about Musical Bingo? It's kind of a cross between Name that Tune and Bingo-the cards would have to be different, but the Activities person would play part of a song and if you recognize it, cover it up or push the tab.There are even sets of these that can be purchased with "pre-canned" songs. The winner would get a dance with either the Captain, or the Senior Female Activities Director.
I don't like the port talks either! We stay away from the stores the Ship is pushing, except for our very first cruise. We were naive then, but basically went in them for the "free" stuff.
This thread has been around a LONG time! Here's another idea for the "should have list". On days when we are at sea in the afternoon (either sea days or when we depart the port fairly early) it would be nice to have some of the live entertainment in "matinee" form. Some of us older folks like to go to bed early, especially when there is an early port call the next day. So we miss too many of the shows. This would help correct this problem.
Port talks, astronomy and beer tasting sounds WONDERFUL, as does racketball and bocce.
They do Shipboard Survivor. How about a Food Fear Factor contest? Of course, maybe we don't want to encourage passengers to throw up......
Pajama night in the dining room. We might see some really interesting "looks", plus it's just fun to run around in your jammies. Having photographers available for PJ night would be fun, too.
Fun post, Thomas!
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Like that pajama party idea - but some of us prefer to sleep naked and at our age that ain't a pretty sight lol. I would like to see the chaise hogs and buffet line budgers be made to walk the plank - it would make for a great afternoon activity. Maybe some games or quiz type of programs - so we could actually use our brains - and not just let them atrophy from the booze and the food and the sun - then again - maybe not - a little atrophy is - as Martha would say - a good thing. TTFN Jennifer