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April 3rd, 2004, 07:57 AM
Is it a full court? It looks like a full court on the ship plans. Just curious, thanks.

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April 3rd, 2004, 08:11 AM
On the Golden last month I saw a lot of teens playing. In fact, they have a basketball tournament that is quite popular.

It is a full court and most every time I walked by there was somebody playing or just shooting baskets. I don't know if it being right in the middle of March Madness had anything to do with that though.

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April 3rd, 2004, 08:40 AM
My 14 year old son always is up there playing basketball. Mostly kids and teens, but sometimes college kids and younger adults. He spends most this time there and makes a lot of friends that way. They play games or just shoot around.

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April 3rd, 2004, 09:05 AM
Yes. The balls are not the best and it just seems to have a slightly different feel, but not bad.

Usually guys are just hanging around shooting at either end.
If someone mentions playing, a game will come about.

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April 3rd, 2004, 01:58 PM
My sister and I played PIG and HORSE, we had a ball specially after happy hour http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
We did see the crew playing almost every night and they would even let you join in if you really wanted to. We were on the Island and the court is a little smaller but there is nothing like throwing a few hoops out in the middle of the ocean watching the sun set, how many people get to do that in a life time?

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April 3rd, 2004, 02:18 PM
Maybe the cruisecriters on your roll call can put together a team and chalenge the crew.

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April 3rd, 2004, 08:04 PM
Tip of the day:

Don't try to play basketball on a cruise ship in the middle of the day just after drinking a Pina Colada!! I did that last year on the Paradise. Big Mistake!!

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April 3rd, 2004, 08:30 PM

Was it like this?

was chasing a football Friday morning when he tripped and fell over the side of the ship

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April 3rd, 2004, 08:53 PM
If there is a bb court on the Caribbean Princess, My husband will be on it and he's no kid. He'd love a cruise critic vs crew or anyone game. Just let us know. We'll be there June 4th. Linda in Iowa

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April 3rd, 2004, 09:42 PM
Hi, Linda in Iowa,
How old is your husband? Would he mind playing with a 15-year old? He is 6 foot tall and a straight-A student and loves BB as well as tennis. Does your husband also play tennis? Steven and Cindy (Steven's Mom) will also be on the 5 June 04 sailing. Steven has sailed to the British Isles on the Royal with his Auntie, as well as to Bermuda on the Old Pacific Princess with Mom, Dad, Sister (Jennie), and I. He also likes ping-pong and the golf links (I took him on a ship inspection of the Star) Please e-mail me:

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April 4th, 2004, 12:47 PM
We just got off the Diamond Princess and my husband played basketball almost every afternoon. It's a half court (shares space with the paddle tennis court). He played with a mix of "old" guys and 15/16 year olds. He enjoyed it and met some nice people.

April 4th, 2004, 01:00 PM
Hey BonVoyage! We were on with you last week. Wasn't it great. There must have been 800 kids on that cruise!

April 4th, 2004, 11:04 PM
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that the roof structure on the Grand class ships is very low over the basket. So practice your driving, low, bank shots. Otherwise, your shot hits the ceiling.

Mr. Mac

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April 5th, 2004, 04:53 AM
Here is a picture of the Golden BB/tennis court:


April 5th, 2004, 03:46 PM
We debated a long time about which ship to cruise on due to the kids. Finally chose Carnival because it had a water slide. Well, my son played basketball, morning till night. We had to make him stop long enough to eat. Never went near the water slide. He loved the cruise.

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April 6th, 2004, 11:27 AM
Just got off the Island Princess last week and I played basketball multiple times. On that ship, it is a half court and it shares space with the paddle tennis court. I hadn't really seen "paddle tennis" before- basically just looks like a tennis court that's about 60% of the size of a normal court. I didn't really see anyone playing that game, but the hoops was going on pretty often. I'd cruise up there and there'd usually be maybe 4 or 5 guys getting some 1/2 court games going. mrmac makes a very good point with the net ceiling- that thing was low! Changes the game. I am 5'10" and I was playing with a few guys that were older than me, but also taller, my fadeaway shot would hit the ceiling every time. So you need to drive the lane and bank 'em in is the trick. Still, it is so much fun playing ball on the very top deck of a ship in the caribbean! Gotta love it!

April 6th, 2004, 12:57 PM
Actually,it's the ONLY time I shoot hoops.

I love running a few miles,shooting baskets for about 30 minutes,then going for a swim in the morning...keeps my appetite going so I can eat non-stop!

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April 6th, 2004, 05:22 PM
I always play basketball on the ships and I'm 47. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


April 7th, 2004, 08:42 PM
First thing John Wooden said
to all his recruits "knock off
the fadeaway or sit on the bench".

April 8th, 2004, 05:58 AM
i always use the bball court. great excercise, meet nice people. i'll be the one in Michigan attire - island princess alaska july 10.
also, voyager may 30. strike up a game, anyone??!!


April 26th, 2004, 06:56 PM
There is no basketball on the diamond princess.

You shoot at a goal and hit the roof if you have the proper arc.

It was pathetic.

I sailed 4-11-04

April 27th, 2004, 08:29 AM
When we were on the Mercury, my son, then 18 was constantly on the basketball court. He met some really nice folks there and ended up hanging out with them on the ship.
I even shot a few hoops myself! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

April 27th, 2004, 01:25 PM
Last June on the Grand they played soccer a few times on the basketball court. Only saw a basketball game going on once.

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