Friends of Bill W??

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#1
72 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
Is this on every Princess Cruise? I've been on 5 and never noticed this before my last cruise.

Is it really AA? Are there that many people with drinking problems on a vacation cruise that they need to have a meeting every day?

Sorry, I think it is actually called Dr. Bob & Bill W. Meeting.

Just curious. I would have never guessed.
#3
Boston
4,679 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Friends of Bill W = AA, and yes, there are meetings on every Princess ship I've been on.

Friends of Dorothy is something else entirely, although there can be an intersection of the two groups
#4
Alexandria, Va USA
226 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Friends of Bill W is a AA support group.I don't know if they have them on every cruise line but think it is wonderful the cruise lines support this. Friends of Dorothy I believe is a Gay and Lesbian group.

Ann

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#5
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As a friend of Dorothy myself, let me just say that the reference is to Dorothy Gale and/or Judy Garland and/or the Stonewall riots that started the day she died. The riots were started by drag queens at the Stonewall bar in New York City, who – legend has it – were grieving so over the loss of Judy Garland that when police raided their bar, they just didn’t take it anymore. And the birth of the Gay Rights movement had begun.

Given Will and Grace, Queer as Folk, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the “L” Word, Boy Meets Boy and other mainstream TV shows and movies with gay and lesbian characters, I think cruise lines could be a little more up front than naming these gatherings “Friends of Dorothy.” Especially since the younger generations of gay and lesbian adults don’t even know what Friends of Dorothy is – talk about losing one’s culture.

So there’s a little history lesson for you.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Friends of Dorothy is something else entirely, although there can be an intersection of the two groups <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Sad, but true...see what persecution does to a community?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Hmmm, didn't mean it with any persecution suggestion, merely that alcoholism strikes everywhere. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Didn't take it that way. You're correct, alcoholism does strike everywhere. Unfortunately the GLBT community has higher incidences of alcoholism, suicide, deaths from smoking, etc. than mainstream straight society. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that many feel unaccepted because of their sexuality. I can tell you some stories that will make your hair curl.

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#9
Chula Vista, Ca. USA
132 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
bdjam,
Thanks for the history lesson.That was kool . I never knew where the "Friends of Dorothy" reference came from..I just figured that it had to do with fondness of Musicals or Oz... Cindy


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You're welcome. Have a great time on Regal Princess - she's a great ship. She was just in town today on her San Francisco turn around...

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#11
72 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
I would have never known any of this if it weren't for these cruise boards.

Thanks for the quick response. Now I know that if I ever end up with a drinking problem or desire the same sex I will still be welcome on my Princess cruise.

#12
Englewood, FL, USA
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#13
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
4,484 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
bdjam, thanks for the history lesson, also. I had no idea what either friends of group was.

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#14
Valencia, CA
2,128 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
Kitty555 asks: "Is it really AA? Are there that many people with drinking problems on a vacation cruise that they need to have a meeting every day?"

Even if it's just one or two people I think the availability of the meetings is very important. Consider the environment of a cruise ship with "drinks of the day" and a waiter pushing beverages at every turn. My brother went on a 35 day back to back cruise and attended the meetings everyday. He met the greatest people too! They did shore excursions together and still correspond. By the by, I don't think it's a "real" AA meeting, that's why they call it "Friends of Bill W." And I hope everyone knows who Dr. Bob and Bill W. are!

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#15
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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cruznliz, I have no idea who they are.

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#17
Near Chicago IL. The burbs
396 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Thanks for the quick response. Now I know that if I ever end up with a drinking problem or desire the same sex I will still be welcome on my Princess cruise.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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#18
Fridley MN USA
6 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
The "Friends of Bill" meetings during the cruise are in fact real AA meetings. I have been on cruises where only two of us show up for a meeting, and at other times, have over 20 people. AA is a way of life for me on shore, so see no reason why it should not be a way of life for me when on a cruise. We have a saying that in order to have a meeting, all we need is "Two people, a coffee pot, and a resentment".
#19
72 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
I think that's great.

I hope no one was thinking that I was being hurtful of anyone's feelings in anyway. I'm sure all of us in our lives have been touched by someone with a drinking problem.

I just didn't realize that this type of activity was available on a cruise.

Thanks again for the responses.
#20
6,051 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
I saw a Friends of Dorothy meeting listed on a cruise once so I went. I thought it would be nice to meet a bunch of fellow Kansans but wondered why other states were not represented. I didn't think much of it being all guys. I just figured the girls were off at the spa or something.

Now with our Caribbean Princess cruise about a week away I'm planning on going to Movies Under The Stars showings of both the Tina Turner Special and the Wizard of Oz. I was beginning to wonder what it was about cruising, Dorothy, the Wizard and all that went together.

Ok maybe I knew all along.

On another note:

"As a friend of Dorothy myself, let me just say that..."

Pretty cool that you feel you can say that here huh?

Happy Cruising

Chris

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