Have you ever been on a cruise and what did you do?

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zeldapsychology
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12 Aug 2016, 6:59 pm

The last one was LOUD (concerts on the pool deck) and I feel NTs are idiots drinking themselves to death! Or gambling away money (that most perhaps don't have!! !) IDIOTIC!

Didn't like the last one much. Yes I sort of wish I had done the midnight snacks and the comedy club was sort of funny but other than that. Any tips fellow Aspies? Thanks!



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13 Aug 2016, 3:45 am

I've been on two week long cruises Zelda - in 2012 and in 2016. On both cruises, I loved getting off the boat and going to lots of new and interesting places, such as the Greek islands and Croatia. But when I needed downtime, I stayed inside the room and spent time writing short stories. At dinner, I often had a sensory overload, due to everyone talking at the same time and trying to keep up with each single conversation.



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13 Aug 2016, 4:44 am

Get Aspie1 to chime in here. Cruises are his thing.

My oldest daughter went on one with her fiance and his family when she was 17. They went to Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. She loved it.

I have a friend I went to school with who wants to go on a gay cruise but doesn't want to go alone and doesn't have any gay friends she would like to be cooped up with on audio for a week so she asked if I would go. I said he'll yes! I won't be competition for her and I can dance with tons of gorgeous well groomed men and it'll all be completely innocent. I've known her since we were 12 so she knows we will have fun even if she doesn't meet somebody. She's gotta pay my way though.


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14 Aug 2016, 5:20 pm

I went on one back in the 1990s, and enjoyed it but not nearly as much as self-planned road trips. When not in port (and off exploring, no ship-planned excursion groups) I spent a lot of time in the pool and hot tub, and a little in the exercise room - no amount of time in the pool and exercise room would have been enough to counter my overeating on the ship, but plenty of NT folk find that a problem too.

Some NT family members who've cruised several times are trying to get me to go along on their next one - I've already warned them that I don't care for most of the shows and not at all for the casino, but they tell me the ships are so much larger these days that we're all likely to be able to do plenty of the things we enjoy. Fine, just don't try to drag me into your interests all week without taking mine into account.



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17 Aug 2016, 7:30 pm

I've been on ferries and my dad's fishing boat a few times as a kid, but never a cruise. I don't think I'd like it. Being trapped in the middle of the ocean is scary. The last time I went on a ferry a few years ago I had a panic attack. If I had just stayed inside and not go on deck where I saw the endless ocean that looked like a million miles below I might have been fine, but no.

My parents went on a cruise around Venice a few years back and enjoyed it. I know my brother probably wouldn't because of seasickness. My mom said that except for some dizziness she wasn't sick at all, in fact she's never gotten sick on planes or anything else. Either she's just very lucky, or the fluid inside her ears that controls balance is like cement, while in other people it must be like water.



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17 Aug 2016, 7:51 pm

I've taken four cruises. Several week long ones in the Caribbean and one two weeks around Rome and Greece.
If you found your ship to be loud was that because of partying people?

Different cruise lines vary tremendously in the age and type of people that are on board. We took one for my teen daughter on Carnival that was very party oriented and got out of hand.
We took a couple on Royal Caribbean that were not too crazy and not too quiet.
Holland America was much more sedate.

I enjoy a limited amount of gambling and bingo is fun. Sometimes the ships have interesting on board activities like skeet shooting or surfing.

I wouldn't dismiss the cruise offered excursions. They sometimes have access to places you cannot otherwise see. We had an after hours tour of the Sistine chapel.
The food can be pretty good and now they often offer multiple options and timimgs so you may be able to avoid crowds.



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17 Aug 2016, 9:19 pm

a leisure cruise? 8O

that's one of my definitions of "hell on earth"


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22 Aug 2016, 4:20 pm

You could see a cruise as a means of visiting several places without the hassle of organising travel. Some organised day trips are a beach visit and some are a city trek - I think it's a take it as you feel kind of thing.

And midnight buffets are nothing special. Maybe if there's a Captain's Ball or equivalent, though this could still be a shoddy event with a mix of black tie, shorts, and 1970s decor.



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23 Aug 2016, 10:44 am

Well I hated I missed the midnight buffet nachos and tacos night. I made sure to grab the burger and fries midnight snack on our last day though lol. I didn't have much fun on the last cruise and went to bed at 8PM like some boring "not having fun" person lol



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06 Oct 2016, 6:08 pm

There's a cruise ship down at the harbor right now. That thing is HUGE. It looks like a floating skyscraper! Or a whole city. Yeah, it's like a big floating city out of some sci-fi movie! 8O

I'm not used to seeing such big ships. :lol: