From: Mark (SF) on 5 Jun 2010 00:09
On Jun 4, 8:07 pm, Jack Hamilton <j...(a)acm.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 04 Jun 2010 21:00:15 -0400, Ohioguy <n...(a)none.net> wrote:
> > Is it true that you get some perks if you book your cruise with an
> >American Express credit card, or is this just some sort of Urban Myth?
> I occasionally get special offers, but I don't think there's any kind of
> always-on discount. You might get some kind of travel protection,
> depending on the type of card you have. The Platinum card supposedly
> offers discounts and upgrades on some cruises.
Amex Platinum and I believe some other cards provide onboard credits
for many lines (amounts vary, but IIRC, our Amex Platinum credit was
$100-150 for our upcoming cruise. The specifics vary by line and often
by the length of cruise) Generally, the cruise credit, in itself, is
not worth the annual charge for the qualifying cards, but it's a nice
extra if you've got one.
From: Marsha L on 5 Jun 2010 00:32
Kudos for trying to please your wife. But exactly what is it about a cruise
that she thinks she'd enjoy? The more you write, the more it sounds like
you'd be pretty miserable in the Caribbean, particularly on any main stream
You could look into river cruises, or one in the Great Lakes area.
The Canada NE ones would alleviate your concerns about heat, but the ships
might still be too crowded for you to enjoy very much. The ports might not
be as crowded though, and that's a plus. The cruise you provided a link to
is nine nights, and the ship says it holds 2,376 passengers. That's double
occupancy, so it could easily be more.
If she wants pampering, meals included, and the knowledge that you'll be
with her for a romantic vacation for two, there are other options, and you
might even find something closer to home. The first thing that occurred to
me is Mohunk Mountain House, in the Hudson Valley, but it's pretty pricey.
http://www.mohonk.com/ If it sounds like something that might appeal to both
of you though, it could give you another direction to look in. Another idea
would be a bed and breakfast or an inn. Again, romantic and as far or as
close to home as you want it to be.
"Ohioguy" <none(a)none.net> wrote in message
> I was just trying to think of any positives I might run into on one of
> those huge ships. The schooner idea is probably a lot closer to what I
> would enjoy, but I have to consider my wife. Also, I hate hot weather -
> and I think anything over about 77 degrees is too warm. I'm worried that
> a Caribbean cruise would just be in the 80's all the time, and really
> Although resistant at first, she did say she would go one one of the New
> England/Canada cruises, like these:
> I worry that they might be the opposite issue, though - too cold and
> rainy. I see that they seem to be 2-3 hundred more than the Caribbean
> cruises, on average. I'm guessing that this is because of the Fall
> Anybody ever done one of these Canada/New England cruises? How do they
> compare to the ones down South?
From: Warren on 5 Jun 2010 02:57
On Jun 4, 8:49 pm, Stu <i...(a)foodforu.ca> wrote:
>we've been on both the Victory and the
> Valor, we perfered the Victory
The guy started out with saying how much he hates crowds, and you're
recommending VICTORY of all ships?
The most crowded ships I've been on have been Carnival ships -
particularly Victory. I didn't nickname Destiny 'Density' just to get
a couple of laughs.
You can't spend an entire cruise sitting on the cabin balcony.
Carnival=Crowds on ships with seriously flawed passenger flow which
accentuate just how crowded it is.
From: Gettamulla Tupya on 5 Jun 2010 05:54
On Fri, 04 Jun 2010 20:12:00 -0700, Jack Hamilton <jfh(a)acm.org> wrote:
> >Get a balcony cabin and you can sit out there and avoid the crowds.
> >Sitting out on the balcony overlooking the sea is restful and you can
> >reflect in the nature of the sea. Even on a crowded ship.
> Be careful, though, not to get a balcony right under the pool deck, or
> you will not have quiet.
There were some pictures doing the rounds a few years back of a couple going at it on
their "private" balcony on a cruise ship. Problem was the ship was docked at the time and
their balcony was on the dock side.
From: Charles on 5 Jun 2010 06:31
In article <r4jOn.59590$HG1.47310(a)newsfe21.iad>, Ohioguy
> I was just trying to think of any positives I might run into on one
> of those huge ships. The schooner idea is probably a lot closer to what
> I would enjoy, but I have to consider my wife. Also, I hate hot weather
> - and I think anything over about 77 degrees is too warm. I'm worried
> that a Caribbean cruise would just be in the 80's all the time, and
> really humid.
The Caribbean is going to be warm. People go on a Caribbean cruises
because they want warm.