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  1. I am doing a New Orleans to New Orleans cruise on the River-Boat America (ACL) in November 2021 for Thanksgiving.  I am sailing alone .... never on a river cruise before ....I am looking forward to it.  As such a small ship,  I would assume you would get to know most people ....  I will let you know my experience.  

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  2. I am very Happy that a couple of my posts were DELETED (thank you...Cruise Critics)  I just want to say I and my husband are close to 70 years old now .....  We certainly do not make a spectacle of ourselves ....GROSS ...70 year olds ONLY DO IT IN THE VERY VERY PRIVATE....  We are well aware of "Friends of Dorothy"  we have been on 13 cruises....sadly the last one was 2005 ... we did 5 Cruises with a Gay GRoup ....and it was wonderful BACK THEN .... High energy and great DJ and entertainment .....was saddened  by a condescending post ...  oh well ....  but am so delighted in what people have said over all....  so if the music is right ...two old men may get up and dance.......

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  3. I have a couple questions .... I saw the PACKAGE available for" Bon Voyage" which was a little expensive, and balloons not wanted .... Does anyone know how much a standard bottle of champagne in the room when you broad costs?... I also saw I could bring the bottle in my bags...but actually would like it as a surprise in the room and I am also going to order flowers  ...... the other question I have ..... has been 12 years since doing a cruise and on this one we have PRE-PAID GRATUITIES .... but we also have a Cabana for the week and I am sure that is not covered ..... what is average tip for cabana?   I have no clue...is it different people?  How do you tip for this extra service?    thank you for answers 

  4. CruiserBruce & Yadalicious.... Thank You for answering my questions....I did think of one more... Is there an electrical outlet?  wanted to plug in my laptop......  I think this will be great...we are doing this cruise to relax,  we are probably only to leave the ship in one port, Puerto Plata.     

  5. We had our first shot January 6 and they called a couple ours ago and we will get our second shot February 3... We live in Lee County Florida... They have everything up at the old airport and is very well organized ....  We will be happy to have that behind us and pray they will be effective..


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  6. We booked a LIDO Cabana in the middle "Cannes" ...This will be a first for us.  Has been about 12 years since we were on a cruise, I do not think many ships had them then.  They do look like something special.... Curious is that a full glass (or plexiglass) wall in back?  Does it open?  Read above can be a little stuffy ... lack of air-flow .... Also had another question.  Our cruise has pre-paid gratuities (not sure if that would cover this... what is a proper tip for the cabana?  thank you

  7. GREETINGS!!  and welcome ....  I am Dan and my Husband is Garry... we are seniors  This will be our 14th cruise, 2nd on HAL....  We liked the ports, but will probably only get off the ship in two.  We mostly wanted to totally relax and enjoy the food.  We did rent a Poolside Cabana for the week to have extra pampering ....that will be extra nice...  hope more will be joining soon!


  8. We are now booked on Holland America  Nieuw Amsterdam December 4,  2021 out of Fort Lauderdale .... 7 nights Caribbean,,, this will be our first cruise this 2006 and our 14th cruise (see what happens after 13!)    Our stops are Key West,  Grand Turk, Dom. Rep. & private island Half Moon Cay  ... Picked a cruise where we have been to the ports, as we plan on staying on the ship most of the time... so we also rented a Private Lido Cabana on the ship..... we live in Florida and have spent a lot of time in Key West,,, We figure a year out and we will hopefully be back to simi-normal.      

  9. I have contributed what we have experienced and our experiences in Jamaica have been nothing short of wonderful. We are an "obvious" couple (two men, & we stand out even more because we are an interracial couple) and still have not dealt with any bad experience in Jamaica. It is a unique culture and very different from our own. My personal feeling is that some gay people "flaunt" more then being gay, (as many straight people do), We flaunt "being AMERICAN" What we do in our culture and our ways is not always acceptable in other places and countries. We have been to Jamaica many times and have spent a lot of time talking to different people there. They are a very curious people. My first time in Jamaica was 1978........... I think many people (of all walks of life) get off a ship and expect things to be like they are at home and unwilling OR unknowingly do or say things they should not. In Jamaica, for example, too much eye contact is either threatening or a sexual advance .... It has not been many years since it was "somewhat" okay for men to wear shorts other then on the beach, it is still very offensive to some.... it is a sign of being "fem".... showing legs is something only women do.... it is even "fem" to order a soda drink called TING in Jamaica (grapefruit soda which is kind of like SQUIRT in the US) (it is very good by the way-but we did not drink it in public) men order COLA if they are having a soft drink.... We as "Americans", in general, tend to bring "our own" culture to places we visit, gay & straight both.... If someone stands out, FOR ANY REASON, they can open themselves up for verbal or even physical attacks...Americans tend to talk louder, dress better, groom themselves better, and spend more money. We, in general STAND-OUT. (good or bad, we stand out in a crowd even in countries in Europe) We tend to complain more and a lot of Americans want special treatment... and unwilling to adapt to different ways of life.... A lot of Americans feel superior to other countries..... I have heard of a lot of straight people having a difficult time in Jamaica & other countries as well, I do not feel it is just an "anti-gay" thing.... and that is what I was trying to convey.... When a person stands out for ANY reason, they tend to bring more scruntiny on themselves, and people will look for "weaknesses" in their charactor. Lets face it, world-wide (even here in parts of the USA) being gay is considered by many to be a weakness, a flaw, & it leaves us open for an easy attack...................... I still will standby what I said about some people wanting to live in a "gay cocoon". Usually these are younger people that live in large cities where it is OK to be gay.... They have not experienced a lot of what some of us older people have been through or people that live in small rural towns, they expect life to be the same everywhere and when in reality, it is not..... (We have lived in San Francisco, New Orleans & Boston) and there is a BIG difference of mindset, many gay folks forget what life can be like outside of their protective envelope and when they do venture out they expect to be treated the same way as they are at home. Some blow caution to the wind, we have seen this more then once while on the islands........... .....I do not believe that taking our toys (our money) and going home is the answer to addressing problems, I think this shows defeat and encourages more resentment .... I think that being "goodwill ambassadors" goes a lot farther and this is just my opinion....... from experience when we visit any foreign land, we try to be very sensitive to our surroundings and we are very cautious in our actions and where and with whom we go, we try to be "extra respectful" to the people & their culture.... after all we are not in Kansas any more! (Which is where we live now, by the way) most sincerely Dan ........" Be a traveler and not a tourist ".....

  10. I am sure that I am not going to be popular on this thread, but when we go to another country, we enjoy seeing the difference in the way people live. We enjoy different cultures and experiences.....Jamaica is no exception! It is a wonderful place and wonderful people. If you get away from the tourist traps, you really see the way it really is. We have been invited to people's homes for Sunday dinner and have partied with the locals. We are a pretty obvious gay couple and have had NO PROBLEM in Jamaica...perhaps it is because we do not flaunt ourselves (gay or otherwise) NOR our money.... there is far more to see there then a few waterfalls.... We have traveled around the island on local transportation, sharing with pigs and chickens & 20 people in a small van.... Most People in Jamaica make in a year what most people in the USA make in a week or two, YES, they will haggle you in the tourist areas, but they are just trying to make a living and feed their families.... We have never had a problem just with a firm BUT PLEASANT "NO THANK YOU"..... YES, they may live in an ANTI-GAY coulture but things are changing, just as they are here in the USA.....I expect most of you that are belly-aching are fairly young and have not experienced a lot that us older gay people have had to deal with! and that is here in the USA....I expect a lot of you live in large cities and not out in the middle of Kansas as we do.... Some of these islands are NO different then the way it is in parts of the USA! We are going on a cruise that stops in Egypt this Spring, now talk about Anti-Gay ....but do you think it will stop us from seeing the rich culture of that land, the Pyramids, etc... not on your life!! I feel sorry for you that want to live in some sort of Gay Cocoon, you are missing so much of what life has to offer...... most sincerely.... Dan

  11. My partner & I have been to Jamaica at least a dozen times, and we have NEVER experienced a problem, and we are not the most masculine guys around either!! We have gone and spent weeks in Jamaica and have been completely around the beautiful island, even Kingston. One summer when we went back and were walking down a street in Ocho Rios, we started to hear a person shouting our names....it was a taxi driver we had had from the previous year! :) WOW !!! He told us he would take us anywhere we wanted to go, with NO charge.... We wanted to go to a place to eat good seafood and one that locals went to.... he took us way back in the sticks & we pulled up to this little hut... the woman inside was cooking over an open fire and we had the BEST fish dinner we ever had, several RED STRIPES and the bill for the 3 of us was $8.00 and we could not finish our plates.... We were drinking a beer after dinner and all of a sudden out of nowhere many people started coming around. they set up speakers and all of a sudden we were all dancing in the street! Late into the night, our driver, Winston, took us back to the hotel and we did give him a nice tip, that he tried to turn down.....This was one of the best experiences I ever had while traveling, We have nothing but good to say about Jamaica. I am sorry that you had a bad experience. There is good and bad everywhere you go, even here in the USA.... ignorance is still worldwide.... but it is a shame to condemn a whole country.... most sincerely Dan

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