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RMS Olympic
May 10th, 2005, 12:10 PM
Since the other cities are posting, how about the state of Pa....who is all out there and where are you sailing to?

bilgeboyPa
May 10th, 2005, 12:44 PM
Just got back from the Mexican Riviera on the Mercury..Great time. Planning next cruise for the fall!!!

Jeff

TwoPhillyGuys
May 11th, 2005, 10:03 PM
hi,

We are from Philadelphia.....leaving from Ft Lauderdale on June 4...Western Caribbean....Cant wait......anyone else on the Caribbean Princess?

Larry

garykool81
May 11th, 2005, 10:20 PM
Just got back from the Mexican Riviera on the Mercury..Great time. Planning next cruise for the fall!!!

Jeff

Hey, Jeff! Welcome back! Glad to hear you enjoyed Mercury...she's a wonderful ship! Millennium was very nice, but we actually enjoyed the overall feel of Mercury just a tad more. That said, both are VERY good ships. I'd sail on either again.

jimnbillnpa
May 12th, 2005, 09:42 AM
Hey Guys-

Two in Harrisburg here. Started cruising March 2004 on Grand Princess Western Carib out of FLL (before it was moved to Galveston). This year did 10 day Eastern Carib on Sun Princess. Next booked on RSVP Panama March 06-HAL's Westerdam

RMS Olympic
May 12th, 2005, 11:56 AM
Perhaps this summer we all could meet for dinner somehwere, meet and exchange sea stories, likes and dislikes of cruise lines and discuss future desires for ships or itineraries.
Philly, New Hope or somepalce equidistant from all.
Perhaps this could even be extended out to adjoining states ie newJersey, Delaware and New York...a wekend outing so to speak....call it a "All North East Cruisers on deck" meeting.

travelertwo
May 12th, 2005, 01:01 PM
Hi,
We are from the suburbs of "Philly".....we are going on a 12 day cruise around Europe in September. I'm "treating" my partner to the cruise.

bilgeboyPa
May 12th, 2005, 02:45 PM
Hey Gary,
It was really nice. Had a great time. How was the Millie??? How was the CC group there? Ours was really nice. Alot of us really clicked.

Cya
Jeff

travelertwo
May 12th, 2005, 05:55 PM
I'm from the suburbs of "Philly"....my partner and I will be taking a 12 day cruise(in Sept '05) exploring France,Spain,Croatia and places in Italy (Venice,Livourno,Sicily and Rome). Hope ALL you Pa cruisers have a safe and "perfect" time....wherever you may be cruising to!!!!!!

RMS Olympic
May 13th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Where in the burbs? near me in Lansdale?

garykool81
May 14th, 2005, 12:16 AM
Hey Gary,
It was really nice. Had a great time. How was the Millie???

Millennium was very nice, but we ended up liking Mercury a tad more...just has more of a upscale feel to it, in my opinion. They are BOTH very nice ships, though, and it was a close call at the end. I'd have no problem sailing on either of them again.

I was hoping to have a review written by now, but work has been so busy since I returned that it really isn't possible. Hopefully, I will be able to get something written before the end of this month.

sdouglas
May 14th, 2005, 01:57 PM
Mind if 2 ex-Philly residents check in?

Formerly of Center City, South Philly and Delaware County we moved to my home of Denver in 2001.

Leave on Majesty of the Seas on 23May (4th time), just need a quickie get away. For myself, 17th cruise, for my partner of 23 years, his 15th. Thought he'd never set foot on another cruise after his first one---got caught in Hurricane Edward for 2 days going from NY to Bermuda. As soon as we docked in NY his first words were "when's the next one?" and we've been cruising away for years.:)

beckers
May 14th, 2005, 02:06 PM
Edited because I realized what site I was on! Didn't want to crash the party:D

BrianBoru
May 14th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Hey, Capt. Tom. I was born in Philly but grew up in Lansdale. Now, Tim (originally from Pittsburgh) and I live in alwayd cold Bradford, PA.

Chris

CruiseAholic
May 14th, 2005, 08:12 PM
How about including some Western Maryland guys in it? We aren't that far!

Hagerstown, MD here - we leave on Wed for Princess Cruise Tour 6S, boarding the Dawn Princess May 23. My 66th cruise, my partner's 4th (I sort of got him hooked)!

TwoPhillyGuys
May 15th, 2005, 06:51 PM
Hi guys...we live in Norwood, which is a suburb of Philly, close to the Airport.

On June 4th we are taking "Caribbean Princess" to the western caribbean.

This is my first cruise, my partners 2nd cruise. I can't wait....

Yeah, if everyone is going to get together to meet sometime, we are game. We are 40/42yo.

Anyone else going to be on the Caribbean Princess June 4th.?

thanks, Larry

nitnyleo
May 16th, 2005, 06:35 AM
Lancaster (no, I'm not Amish) reporting in.

Just cancelled a 2 week Celebrity Hawaii (sailed Celebrity for 2 weeks in Jan - perhaps I will sail again, when I'm old enough, in about 20 years) and booked MSC Lirica for back-to-back east-Med and Transatlantic for Nov05 for 29 days + 7 days in Rome pre-cruise. (my cruise prospects for 2006 are slim and 0 (and, slim left town)).

beckers
May 16th, 2005, 07:33 AM
I'm back! If you need a good travel agent .......

RMS Olympic
May 16th, 2005, 04:51 PM
Oct 15, 2005- Radiance of the Seas sailing out of San Diego
Dec 5, 2005- Radisson Voyager sailing out of Ft Lauderdale
Feb 17,2006- Insignia sailing out of Buenos Aires to Rio
Oct 22, 2006 Diamond Princess sailing out of Los Angeles
If there is any money left, maybe an inexspensive cruise summer of 2006.

garykool81
May 16th, 2005, 07:15 PM
LOL Oh my god Tom! You make me VERY jealous LOL.

I am missing my third cruise this year and will have to substitute with a less expensive vacation that is a tad shorter because of a lack of vacation time and the good green stuff. Ian and I just purchased a home in February, did a good amount of renovations, have more to do, bought a nice plasma TV, etc.

No room for extra spending currently...but I am VERY much looking forward to my first Oceania cruise on Regatta for a transatlantic out of Lisbon to Portugal. I see that you also booked with the line for next winter.

Enjoy all those cruises!

RMS Olympic
May 17th, 2005, 06:15 PM
I found the perfect way to diet....over spend on cruises...that way yoiu cant buy groceries and you lose weight........ LOL

Brian&Dwayne
May 19th, 2005, 02:58 PM
Well I grew up in Philly if that counts.

I loved the place but the weather and career beckoned me to southern California. I don't have family left in Philly but I do try and get back occasionally.

Watching the most recent season of The Real World (which took place at 2nd & Arch) really makes me want to come back for a visit. A friend of mine that works on that show kept referring to the location of the house as "Arch and 2nd". I kept reminding him that in Philly, no one would say "Arch and 2nd", they would say 2nd & Arch. I don't know why that is but it sounded so foreign to hear someone say it "backwards". :)

Bones
May 23rd, 2005, 12:33 AM
Oct 15, 2005- Radiance of the Seas sailing out of San Diego
Dec 5, 2005- Radisson Voyager sailing out of Ft Lauderdale
Feb 17,2006- Insignia sailing out of Buenos Aires to Rio
Oct 22, 2006 Diamond Princess sailing out of Los Angeles
If there is any money left, maybe an inexspensive cruise summer of 2006.

Hey, Grew up in Gettysburg here.

Really envious of all of your wonderful cruises, especially Rio(Viva Brasil!)

We bought a house this year too and remain somewhat cash poor, but
going on our 1st RSVP cruise to Alaska in September.
Have fun!
Dan

Freewill
May 24th, 2005, 07:35 PM
Hi All,

Great idea to have a PA roll call. We just got off Explorer OTS doing the Eastern Caribbean leg. It was just a regular cruise with us, another gay couple and about 8 of my relatives from NC. Quite a mix, but we had a blast! :D

I'm already dreaming about an Atlantis Med cruise for summer 2006. Anyone been on one of those?

Roger & Les

phillycruiseguys
June 6th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Hi everyone, two Philadelphia boys checking in. Jeff (27) and Jim (24), celebrating 5 years together with a cruise on RCCL's Voyager out of Bayonne, NJ on 6/17.

I've cruised 6 times (5 with Jim):

Galaxy '02
Golden Princess '03
Conquest '03
Grandeur of the Seas '04
Navigator of the Seas '04
Carribean Princess '05

It would be fun to get together and meet our fellow PA "cruisers". (or, uh.. perhaps i'll call us Cruise fans)

Jeff

souperjen24
June 7th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Hey All!


I was born and raised in Philly and now live in South Jersey, Blackwood area. My partner is from Hamilton Twp, NJ. Jen (23) and Liz (28) are going on our second cruise together (my 3rd) on October 23rd – NCL Crown - 13 days in the Caribbean, leaving out of Philly and ending in Miami. We’re super excited.


We also booked R Family Vacations 2006 cruise – NCL Star to Alaska departing Seattle on July 2, 2006. It will be our first gay cruise. We’ve tried to go on Olivia but they are at inconvenient times of year since we both take classes as well as work full time. So, we’re pretty excited about this one too J

It’s nice to see so many cruise lovers in the area! The only other gay couple we are friends with that enjoys cruising as much as we do, are pretty…frugal. They don’t want to spend more than $800/pp or so on cruises longer than 7 days… so, needless to say, they aren’t coming on our next two cruises with us.

So it’s a nice thought that maybe someday we’ll be traveling with cruise-loving friends who are in the same price range boat as we are J


Nice to meet you all!

bilgeboyPa
June 7th, 2005, 02:36 PM
Hey All,
Just booked Century for 1/28/06. Western Carribean .Great deal. They are running inside and outside specials this week. There will be 6 of us. All from Allentown PA.
Talk to you all and happy cruising!!

Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 8th, 2005, 04:18 PM
hi Jeff,

I am a 29 year old who's been on 13 cruises. I might be interested in your cruise...how many cabins have you guys booked? 2 or 3?? Perhaps we could get a group and get group rates and ammenities.

I would like to ask though, don't you feel the nightlife on Celebrity is very lacking as far as the nightclub? I must say I do like partying on Carnival ships. What are your thoughts?

bilgeboyPa
June 8th, 2005, 08:23 PM
Hey Cruisegoer,
We have 2, possibly 3 cabins right now. I know a few other friends that want to go as well.
As for the partying,we do.It's not the Stonewall or Shampoo, but we don't stay up all night either. We typically get up early and head off to shore for the most part, and party in town, whether it a beach..preferably...or off to a Senor Frog or Carlos and Charley. It's a heck of a lot cheaper too :).
As for Carnival, not my scene. I talk to a lot of guys on CC and have had bad times on Carnival.It seems like a booze cruise. I can get p**s face drunk anytime at home if I wanted to. Just from reading some things from the Carnival board, that line seems like the low class pax place to go. If I am spending a few grand on a vaca, I want it to be a bit sophistcated and upscale. I don't want trouble from gay bashing trailer trash, which Carnival seems to attract.
Boy did I go off on a tangent :D.
Talk to ya

Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 9th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Don't get me wrong Jeff I love Celebrity when I have it in mind that I am "going upscale". The Infinity in Alaska was a marvelous combo of ship and scenery. Anyway, I must say that I feel Carnival is a great value for the dollar and that I am never the only one on the dance floor (which I have experienced on Celeb).

So what kind of cabin do you guys go for? Balcony? O/V? Inside? Also, do you mind if I ask your ages???

Freewill
June 11th, 2005, 06:15 PM
Wow, who knew Allentown/Lehigh Valley was a hub of (ship) cruisers? :rolleyes: I think getting together to swap stories and plan future cruises would be a great idea.

We're Roger and Les, together 14 years, and just got hooked on crusies last year with a gay group on Rhapsody out of Galveston. As you can tell from the signature file, we're picking up the pace a bit. Looking forward to being the first group on Enchantment after her stretch and refurbishment.

phillycruiseguys
June 12th, 2005, 11:46 AM
I would have to agree with cruisegoer, We sailed on the Celebrity Galaxy as our first cruise, and we had a 'good' time, met some very nice older couples (grandparent-type, but were still a lot of fun), didn't meet any gay couples. There were very few folks on board under 40. In retrospect, the social scene was pretty low-key - no one went to the night club, the nightly highlights were watching a movie in the cinema, and maybe a show (although the "Cirque du Galaxy" was the most pathetic show I've ever scene.. towering feather headpieces, cheesy music....god I hope they've updated it!).

For two younger guys, we were rather bored. I guess it's a matter of personal preference! On the other hand, the Carnival Conquest was really jumpin so to speak. I went with my sister, still didn't meet any FOD on board, but there were a lot more activities catered to 20's and 30's type people. But I do think the service and the food were not as good.

Our favorite line so far is Royal Carribean. There seems to be a good mix of older and younger, good service, good food, awesome ships (aka Voyager class), plenty of things going on, decent night clubs. We've been on two RCCL ships so far, and are looking forward to a third-- leaving this Friday! YAY

I'm thinking of booking the Atlantis cruise on the Navigator coming up in January.. I bet it's gonna be a blast.

Jeff

bilgeboyPa
June 13th, 2005, 08:15 AM
Hey Cruisgoer,
We booked a cat 3 ..aft family cabin. It was 996 pp. It is really a huge cabin. I think it's 210 sq ft.
I hear ya about the dancing. I used to be a dance floor diva there a while back :D, but we don't go out too much anymore, so it's really not a criteria for us anymore. I'm sure Carnival is a "fun" ship, but I just don't think I could deal with the Pax. On more than 1 occasion,we have been on tours off the ship and there were Carnival Pax also on the tour. You could tell immediatly that they were from Carnival. They were bleary eyed drunk, vulgur,crude and every other word out of their mouth was the " F " word. I really could not imagine a whole week of that.BTW we are 41 and 30. We get mistaken for brother's all the time. It does get funny after a while :)

Hope that answers your concerns :D..
Cya
Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 13th, 2005, 10:44 AM
I think it would be fun to meet everyone in the area who likes to cruise, family that is. Perhaps one day we could do a group on a gay sailing or something of that nature. Any thoughts?

RMS Olympic
June 13th, 2005, 11:58 AM
What better tyhan a dinner on the Spirit pf Philadelphia one saturday night.
Only fitting to meet and get to know one another while on the water.
Any interest?

bilgeboyPa
June 13th, 2005, 12:33 PM
Or a hot dog or hamburger on the flume ride at Dorney Park :D.

I didn't know they had dinner cruises in Philly. I guess you learn something new every day..

Jeff

phillycruiseguys
June 13th, 2005, 01:48 PM
The spirit of Philadelphia is a great idea, Tom. We have always wanted to check it out.... never been on it, although we've lived in Philly for 5 years. I believe it's a little on the pricey side (around $60 for a dinner cruise, I think?). But it would be a fun evening.

Jeff

BMW325
June 13th, 2005, 02:38 PM
Hey all, Pittsburgh guys here. We are going on Royal Caribbean on 9-3-05 for a 5-nighter to Key West and Grand Cayman. My second cruise, his first (we were on a break!!! :eek: ). Looking forward to the time away. Anyone else going on the same one?

Musikflier
June 13th, 2005, 02:50 PM
Hey all, we are from Pittsburgh too! We are booked on our third cruise: Zuiderdam on Oct 8, 2005 from Ft. Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean. Anyone else been on the Z? or any Vista Class HAL ship? Thanks!

Jeremy & Dave
Pittsburgh, PA (Shadyside)

Zuiderdam, Oct 8, 2005
Carnival Varlor, March 6, 2004
Serenade, October, 2003.

bilgeboyPa
June 13th, 2005, 03:40 PM
A dinner cruise in Philly sounds good. Then we can head of to Woody's

Cya
Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 14th, 2005, 09:50 AM
This is just a little aside to the dinner cruise discussion which relates somewhat...did anyone here go on the gay dinner cruise in May? I would have loved to but I was leaving on another vacation the following morning and didn't want to have to rush that much. It sounded like a great idea and I wish I could have gone..just wondering what your opinions were if you went.

P.S. I was hoping we could keep our Lehigh Valley cruisers meeting in the Lehigh Valley. Plus, are all you locals going to Pride in the Park this Sunday (6/19)??? Come show support for your community!

bilgeboyPa
June 14th, 2005, 11:06 AM
Hey Cruisegoer,
We are going to Pride . I don't know what time thought. What time does it start? Maybe we will see you there

Jeff

Freewill
June 14th, 2005, 04:47 PM
Cruisegoer,

There's no reason to limit ourselves to one meeting of this group. Sounds like there are enough from the Lehigh Valley to have a gathering up here also. Any suggestions on a good place for dinner where we could get a small dining room?

I wish Pride in the Park could be on some day other than Father's Day. I think that hurts the turn out.

Cruisegoer
June 15th, 2005, 01:39 PM
I am trying to think of a place for us to get together, perhaps Gate 9 Grille (where the old RJ Gators was). That or maybe Mangoes or Federal Grill.

As far as PITP is concerned it has been held on that day for years. Also I think its one of the only weekends not being bought up for renting the park. I will be involved in the PITP event and my b/f is actually the 2005 Queen of Pride. Go figure!

bilgeboyPa
June 15th, 2005, 03:21 PM
Hey Cruisegoer,
What event are you involved with? We will stop byand say hi. BTW, what's your other half's name. Maybe we know him. We probably know you :)

Talk to ya
Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 16th, 2005, 11:53 AM
I'll probably be running around. I think I'll spend time at the Bingo tent though or near the stage. Say hi if you see me, or already know me.

fyi...I am Brandon, he is Glen (aka Maya Cruz).

bilgeboyPa
June 16th, 2005, 01:46 PM
Hey Brandon,
BINGO..oh boy. Well Kevin ( my other half) is a Bingo fanatic. I will never get him out of there. We know a Brandon. Do you have red hair and know Lorna??
If not, Cya Sunday. I will come up and say HI.

Cya
Jeff

Cruisegoer
June 17th, 2005, 10:14 AM
haha, sorry, I'm not the guy you think and I don't know Lenora. Sorry.

See you Sunday though!

bilgeboyPa
June 17th, 2005, 10:31 AM
Hey Brandon,
No prob. Cya Sunday

Jeff

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 18th, 2005, 09:09 PM
Hey Guys

Mike from NJ. JUst gotta hang out with you guys. Doesnt seem like there is that big of a gay cruising community from NJ

Well you guys have a great Pride Day. Will be heading to do my celebrating next weekend in NYC.


Mike

Slim Commander
June 19th, 2005, 08:01 AM
Hi

I can't tell from the replies if many people were interested, I thought it was a nice idea. I would be interested and willing to help. Maybe a semi-annual meeting or something like that were people meet and compare notes.


[QUOTE=Cruisegoer]I think it would be fun to meet everyone in the area who likes to cruise, family that is. Perhaps one day we could do a group on a gay sailing or something of that nature. Any thoughts?[/QUTE]

Freewill
June 19th, 2005, 12:09 PM
Jeff,

I have to agree with you; we like RCCL's balance of cost, features, ships. We still get out on the dance floor and their club always has some people dancing. We're leaving on our third ship in just a couple of weeks.

How was your cruise this week? Where did you guys go?

Roger
Our favorite line so far is Royal Carribean. There seems to be a good mix of older and younger, good service, good food, awesome ships (aka Voyager class), plenty of things going on, decent night clubs. We've been on two RCCL ships so far, and are looking forward to a third-- leaving this Friday! YAY


Jeff

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 19th, 2005, 12:28 PM
Hope all the fellow cruisers from PA are having a great day and enjoying pride.

M

Freewill
June 19th, 2005, 12:45 PM
I think it would be fun to meet everyone in the area who likes to cruise, family that is. Perhaps one day we could do a group on a gay sailing or something of that nature. Any thoughts?
I agree on both parts! :) Mangoes is a good idea for a local meeting. I'd love to get a local contingent together for a gay sailing. We've been thinking about an Atlantis cruise to the Mediterranean; they have a great one in late August this year. We'd aim for the summer of '06 and hope they do the same one (we've already used up the vacation budget for this year!) We cannot do the caribbean gay cruises in Jan-Feb because my companion is a CPA and that's tax season.

Roger

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 19th, 2005, 01:27 PM
So will the group be open to more than just PA cruisers?

Mike

RMS Olympic
June 19th, 2005, 03:25 PM
I am going to pick a weekend in July for a gathering.....
Choice 1 is in Philly
Choice 2 is in New Hope

and takers?

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 19th, 2005, 04:03 PM
New Hope

Freewill
June 19th, 2005, 06:17 PM
So will the group be open to more than just PA cruisers?

Mike
Mike, anyone nearby is welcome. The more the maryier;)
Either location is okay for us, but later in July would be better since we have a cruise 7-11 July.:)

Roger

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 20th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Thanks Roger

Mike

bilgeboyPa
June 22nd, 2005, 03:38 PM
HI All,
New Hope sounds ok. Dinner at the Raven, then on to the CartWheel.Or dinner at Federal Grill and then to Stonewall or Diamonz. I like Allentown better :D
We all should get together..And of course NJ can be included :).

Hey Brandon,
Sorry I never ran into you on Sunday. We got to Pride about 2:30ish. Stayed till about 5:00. It was nice. Amber was good.
Talk to ya ll
Jeff

FuncruiserfrmNJ
June 23rd, 2005, 12:23 AM
Thanks alot Jeff,

Mike

Cruisegoer
June 23rd, 2005, 02:55 PM
Hi Jeff I was there. Maya was on stage at approx 3:30 (that is my b/f who is the Queen of Pride). I was close nearby.

bilgeboyPa
June 23rd, 2005, 03:25 PM
Hey Brandon,
I must have seen you at one point. There was a bunch of us hanging out by the beer tent. I should have worn a name tag. I did have a #...188 :)

Talk to ya
Jeff