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  1. Meeting gays on cruises is a mixed bag. It's the same as in a gay bar. Some guys will be cool and friendly, while some guys will be shallow and rude AF! I think a lot of extroverted people get frustrated when cruisers travelling with others, don't respond to their greetings as expected. Just be aware that a lot of people, gay and straight, who go on cruises as couples or with friends, just aren't interested in socializing outside their immediate group. This is how people behave, don't let it ruin your day. If you click, you click. If not, move on and enjoy the rest of your cruise.
  2. I think they're pushing prices higher to deter people from accumulating more FCC. FCC seems like a good idea to retain customers, but it's going to backfire on the cruise lines. That's another 25% in business expense they need to eat in the future. They will never be profitable if they're always having to play catch up. Deals are a thing of the past. Expect higher prices for everything in the near future. Cruising will be only for rich people again.
  3. From your past experience, which location and time worked best for your favorite FOD meetups? The champagne bar? Martini bar? Piano bar? The disco? Craft beer bar? Main lobby bar? Pool bar? Etc. Did it matter to you if there was no music playing? If there was music playing, did it make your introductions awkward and your conversations difficult? I'm just curious. In case I don't like the location of my next FOD meeting, I would like suggestions for future request changes. Thanks!!
  4. Thanks for posting this. It's problems like these that made me recently request a refund too, instead of taking FCC. I don't trust Royal Caribbean to do the right thing.
  5. Just heard that my cruise next year already got cancelled. I booked and paid for my friend Chris and myself. Before I call and get placed on forever hold by my TA, I thought I'd run it by CC first. If I ask for FCC, can I get all of the FCC under my name only? Or does his portion of the fare come with FCC in his name. He can't make the cruises I want to rebook, so I was wondering if I can use all the FCC for myself on future bookings. If not, no big deal. I originally paid extra for a refundable fare. I assume I can just get it all back as a refund if I can't get it all
  6. Here's my experience as a 42 y/o guy. Last year, I did a cruise to Bermuda in a NCL Escape solo cabin. I loved the lounge, it was nice to have a big space to relax in after a busy day on the ship. I used it to stop and grab some water/juice with cookies/fruit before heading back to my room. Hardly any people used the lounge on a long-term basis. It was more of a place to meet others to go out and have dinner together, excursions, etc. My only gripe with the solo cabin is that the walls are paper thin compared to a regular cabin. It felt like I was staying in a glorified cubicle. I
  7. I did notice the that in each of the bear cruises, there's usually a group of dedicated repeat regulars who form their own clique and dominate the social scene of the bear cruise. Sometimes it turns into a "Mean Girls" type of environment, but you'll find that at any gay bar/club too. That's just how gays are. Often, the bears get offended if you don't hang out with them 24/7 on the cruise. Sometimes I like to venture out on my own and dine elsewhere for variety. Then when I return to the group, the bears noticed that I was gone and will make comments that I don't like them, or som
  8. I wanted to check out Elbow Beach so badly, but I didn't have time on my 1st trip to Bermuda 2 weeks ago. I'll go next time. I did manage to check out Church Bay (best snorkeling, lots of colorful and varied fish just a few meters from the beach), Tobacco Bay (has a bar with bathrooms, snorkeling wasn't as good as Church Bay on the day I went) and I went to Clearwater Beach (has a bar with bathrooms, but no snorkeling reef available). All of the beaches in Bermuda were stunning. I drove by a lot of the other beaches too. No such thing as a bad beach over there. I was pleasantly sur
  9. I just got off the Escape after a 10-year hiatus from NCL. The entertainment reservation system was new to me too. The reservation system was never available to me in my planner before the cruise. When I got on the ship, all of the shows were already booked solid! I was mad and angry on the first day of my cruise. I paid all that money and was not going to be able to see any shows. So I thought. It turned out, that my anger was just a waste of emotion. All of the shows (big production, comedy, etc.) had a standby line available for people without reservations. We were let into the
  10. I'm taking your advice and heading to St. George's right away on Wednesday. Tobacco Bay needs me. I'm sure everybody and their mother are planning to head to Tobacco Bay and Horseshoe Bay too. I just got to make sure I get there first! I also looked up great snorkel beaches and I found Church Bay, Elbow Beach and John Smith's Bay are good for that too. I gotta squeeze them in somehow. I haven't been on a NCL cruise in 9 years, so it'll be fun for me to figure out all the new stuff going on. I can't wait for Sunday to get here already!
  11. KMVigs, hello! My first time to Bermuda, I'm getting pumped. Those beaches look amazing, I can't wait to hit them with my snorkel gear. Any must see sights for my first visit? Anything I should stay away from? I'm trying out those solo cabins on this trip, I was always curious about them. If you go to the FOD meeting, I'll be there drinking foo foo drinks and making a fool of myself. j/k.
  12. I did the bar hop two years ago, but with a buddy. Whatever your fears are, ignore them and go! That part of the island is so beautiful and not very developed, and its nice to get away from the big resorts on the main side. Plus, you'll have the safety of being with a group. The bars are located next to beautiful beaches, some with sand and some with big boulders to step on, that are wonderful for exploring with your drinks. The first stop had these cool hammocks and the last stop had beach chairs to chill out on. You don't need a buddy to do that with. Grab something to eat at th
  13. I just booked this cruise at the last minute. Checking for any LGBT party buddies...
  14. Hanginabout, please post a review of your Bearcruise.com cruise when you get back, I haven't tried them yet and I'm curious. I've been on nearly all the other bear cruises. They are all pretty much the same, the only difference is the preferred cruise line and the size of the group. Here is a quick rundown of my experiences: 1. AdventureBears. Small group, extremely nice. Especially one of the leaders, his name was Lazarus. He made a lot of effort to make sure everybody had a great time. Unfortunately, there was a bitchy twink passenger in our group who was very judgmental and rudely open
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