So I was finally guilted by my family to go on my first cruise ever. I have never gone on a cruise before.
I had been tempted before because of various cruises that feature bands and DJs but in general the whole thing didn't appeal to me.
First of all, after spending a week (falling over Thanksgiving) at sea visting the Mexican Riviera I can honestly say cruising isn't for me. That's 7 days....
First of all, everyone is either old (over 90) or very young (under 18)...in fact the captain stated that there were over 900 people under 18 of the 2900+ people on the cruise.
The entertainment was psychotic.
First of all, they put on various musicals. One was called "Caliente" and they took all of the famous spanish/hispanic songs of the last 50 years (everything from Ricky Martin, to Old and New Santana, La Bamba, Guatenamara, etc.) and had their singers and dancers prance around on vaguely latin sets. It was cheesy to say the least.
They also did something called, "Cinematastic" where they took movies with famous songs and did their own versions. Some defied belief. For instance, why would you do Titantic on a cruise? And they picked lame things like "Rainbow Connection" from the Muppet Movie. They basically did it with their own spin. Another example is they took "Rain Drops keep Falling on my Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid and had their dancers and singers bike around in unison while girls danced around them. Totally ludicrious.
Another thing that was terrible is that apparently the Mexican phone company is totally corrupt so if you wanted to use your cell phone it would be anywhere from $6 to $15 a minute. The ship had internet access but it never worked and was around 75 cents a minute. So basically I was cut off from the world.
The cruise directors kept inserting themselves into the shows by either singing or telling jokes or doing something to basically make my life more miserable.
We stopped in 3 ports, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. It was disheartening to pull into Puerto Vallarta and your first site is a giant Wallmart next to a Sam's Club.
Another thing was that they pushed on your constantly was the food. They had specific dining times you could arrange in dining rooms, anytime dining rooms, food stands, 24 buffets, etc. This was included with the cruise. They just wanted people to eat until they couldn't move.
They had crazy events where they got people to act like nuts. They had a pool olympics where they had people retrieve fruit from the pool. It's scary watching people pull fruit out of their swimsuits, tops and bottoms.
They had a sexy guy event where they had these guys strip down to their underwear and dance around with fake beads, champagne, and other stuff.
The worst part was they filmed this stuff and edited into movies and showed it constantly on screens around the ship and on a channel in the room. And then they tried to re sell it to you at the end as fond memories of the cruise.
I felt bad for the guy who won the underwear contest. I saw him walking in a suit and all these kids standing on an upper deck saw him and started yelling, "Look it's the crazy naked guy from the video!". He covered his face and ran.
About the most famous person who performed on the ship was Johnny Thunder not to be confused with Johnny Thunders.
The comedians mostly made fun of the cruise in their shows.
Nobody who worked on the cruise was from the USA. They were from Mexico, Italy, Canada, Ukraine, Phillapines, Thailand, Russian, Hungary, Poland, Romania etc.
I was talking to some people who worked there. When you pay for things you are only allowed to pay with your cruise card, no cash. They charge it to your account. There is a place for a tip and if you put in a tip the ship takes the money.
They ship takes an automatic $10.50 from each cruise person a day for tips and then divides it evenly between the staff and crew of the ship. So it doesn't matter how good or bad of a job you do, you get the same tip as everyone else. Pretty unfair if you ask me.
And they had a nightclub that was on the upper deck and looked over the water. It was called, "Skywalkers". The DJ played the same top 40 mix every night. Pretty sucky. You would think if he knew he was going to be DJ ing every night on a 7 day cruise he could at least mix it up.
That's all for now..
Anyone else have cruise experiences?