Originally Posted by nutz4benz
No trouble with Norwalk virus? That was a big thing with the cruise ships up in Alaska a while back. Imagine everyone on the boat with severe diarrhea
Naaah, all that happened much later than when I was on one.
I was on what was supposed to be a "better" cruise line (Royal Caribbean) and the food impressed me as a very, very excellent buffet, that's all.
Of course I was used to San Francisco's world class restaruants, so I was pretty spoiled. They served food 24 hours a day. One night there was a midnight "Chocolate" themed meal. Some rich "Mafia looking" Russians and their wives/girlfriend/babushkas had never, apparently, seen shrimp before.
They pile a huge mountain of shrimp on their plate-at midnight- it was funny.
The cruise ships get most of their money from on- ship gambling and by serving alcohol.
The mixed drinks were really fabulous, I must say, but they were expensive, and they were trying to sell you one, every second.
All the cruise ships would confiscate any private booze of the passengers that they brought on board or purchased on shore, and would return it at the end of the cruise, so if you wanted to drink you had to buy it on board, drink by drink.
That policy is still followed to this day.
The "casinos" on board were smoky, cheap looking, and ugly, and with ratty worn out carpets, like a down at the heels joint in North Las Vegas, where the over 40 hookers who've worn out their welcome on the "strip" end up, when their looks are gone.....