NOLA-great: City, people, food, port But not the best cruise mates

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My wife and I are from Virginia and we had never been to New Orleans so we decided to try something different. We booked the Dream which we had been on two times before out of Florida. The residence of New Orleans were fantastic but Once on board We immediately noticed that the people look different and we were totally fine with that there was more diversity they were more tattoos in there was more camo clothing than I thought possible on a cruise ship. I actually was thinking it was going to be a lot of fun because it looked like my in-laws and coworkers. What we found was every time we told folks that we were from Virginia people shut down and stop talking to us. After a few days we realize that we were being profiled as East Coast elitist from a blue state or somesuch nonsense. We have been cruising for decades and never had an experience where we left the ship without having made new friends but on this journey we felt alienated and isolated by the midwesterners and deep Southerners aboard. It was really sad to me that these people judged and dismissed us like this but clearly that was what was happening unfortunately. I could best sum it up to say that these people were nice but not friendly to outsiders. I would never recommend that anyone from the east or West Coast take this cruise but I would strongly recommend that everyone visit New Orleans at least once in their life.


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Here are my two cents. The passenger composition can vary greatly from one cruise to another, even when sailing on the same cruise line from the same port. And I say this after having sailed from most North American ports multiple times, from New York to Los Angeles, from Seattle to Miami, as well as from smaller ports like Mobile and Jacksonville.

I think that a big part of enjoying a cruise is to understand that cruise mates will be vastly different and to understand that you will need to adjust accordingly. Attitude is a big part of it. One moment you may be rubbing elbows with sophisticated world travelers on a premium cruise line, and the next moment you may be having a beer with (like you mentioned) “camo wearing, tattooed” fellow cruisers who may be getting their first taste of cruising (or traveling in general) on a budget cruise line.

Our last cruise was aboard Disney cruise line, and let me tell you, that was one heck of an experience. We are not big Disney fans, and sailing with fellow cruisers who were in the most part rabidly enthusiastic about anything Disney, on a ship where most of the entertainment, down to the background music everywhere on the ship 24 hours a day, was Disney, required A LOT of attitude adjustment.

With the utmost respect, I say that sometimes the culprit of our dissatisfaction with fellow cruisers may reside within us. I say it from experience when I say that sometimes,unconsciously, we may look down upon our fellow cruisers, and even though we may not be blatant about it, others can sense it and this may be a reason why you didn’t develop a rapport with people on your last cruise.

The last thing that I will say is that, in all of my cruises, I’ve found the people from the southern states sailing from gulf coast ports to be the most pleasurable and fun to sail with. I agree that they may not be everyone’s idea of the ideal fellow cruiser, but if you allow yourself, just for the duration of the cruise to embrace those drastic differences, you may perhaps have a completely different perspective about them and about these cruises. For me, that moment came when I found myself singing karaoke as a group with a mechanic from Atlanta, an elderly couple from Talladega, AL, and a firefighter and his wife from Columbus, GA aboard a Carnival ship out of Mobile. Never have I had so much fun on a cruise. And I’m not a Southerner.


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My only complaint with the passengers on my recent NOLA cruise was their unfamiliarity with elevators. We were on the top floor and it was a 50-50 proposition that when the elevator doors opened there would already be somebody in it who was looking to go down.

Oh, and before boarding the elevator, wait to see if anybody is getting out first.
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Bunch of nonsense. I find that most people on cruises out of New Orleans aren't from Louisiana. They're from all over and want to visit New Orleans. Here are where the people on the roll call for my upcoming Dream cruise are from so far:

Mississippi
Michigan
Kentucky
Florida
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Louisiana
Arkansas
Mississippi
Alabama
Alabama
Ohio
Georgia
Florida
California
Alabama
Michigan
Louisiana

That's like 10% from Louisiana.

Galveston on the other hand is loaded down with people from Texas. Here's my roll call for my upcoming Galveston cruise:

Oklahoma
Texas
Oklahoma
Texas
Tennessee
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Michigan
Texas
Texas
Colorado
Texas
Canada
Texas
Texas
Missouri
Oklahoma
Texas
Canada
Oklahoma
Texas
Texas
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[quote=imouer;54750912]My wife and I are from Virginia and we had never been to New Orleans so we decided to try something different. We booked the Dream which we had been on two times before out of Florida. The residence of New Orleans were fantastic but Once on board We immediately noticed that the people look different and we were totally fine with that there was more diversity they were more tattoos in there was more camo clothing than I thought possible on a cruise ship. I actually was thinking it was going to be a lot of fun because it looked like my in-laws and coworkers. What we found was every time we told folks that we were from Virginia people shut down and stop talking to us. After a few days we realize that we were being profiled as East Coast elitist from a blue state or somesuch nonsense. We have been cruising for decades and never had an experience where we left the ship without having made new friends but on this journey we felt alienated and isolated by the midwesterners and deep Southerners aboard. It was really sad to me that these people judged and dismissed us like this but clearly that was what was happening unfortunately. I could best sum it up to say that these people were nice but not friendly to outsiders. I would never recommend that anyone from the east or West Coast take this cruise but I would strongly recommend that everyone visit New Orleans at least once in their life.


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I am sorry to hear that this was the case for you. I just took a cruise out of New Orleans and while I currently live in the south eventually talking to people my east coast roots were mentioned. Our cruise was the friendliest one we have ever been on. In contrast when we cruised out of New York nobody spoke to us. There wasn't even an organized or informal meet and greet. Everyone was there to spend time just with their immediate group.
#6
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Thank you Saint Greg. I was born in New Orleans and currently live less than an hour from the port. And I don’t behave like this. I love meeting people from ALL over. One of the perks of cruising. And the only camo I own is a jacket because it’s warm. Which to be honest, it doesn’t get cold enough on a cruise to bring one. And I’ve never seen any of my family wearing camo either. I’ve been dissed before because I tried to talk to someone. But would never dream of saying all from a certain area was like that. With thousands of people on a ship, you are bound to run into so many different personalities. Like we say here in southern Louisiana- Laissez les bon temps Roulez - let the good times roll.


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#7
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Originally posted by trishnmike
Thank you Saint Greg. I was born in New Orleans and currently live less than an hour from the port. And I don’t behave like this. I love meeting people from ALL over. One of the perks of cruising. And the only camo I own is a jacket because it’s warm. Which to be honest, it doesn’t get cold enough on a cruise to bring one. And I’ve never seen any of my family wearing camo either. I’ve been dissed before because I tried to talk to someone. But would never dream of saying all from a certain area was like that. With thousands of people on a ship, you are bound to run into so many different personalities. Like we say here in southern Louisiana- Laissez les bon temps Roulez - let the good times roll.


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I'm a few hours north of you. No tattoos. Rarely use the elevator. No camo. I haven't noticed a lot of camo on my five New Orleans cruises. I bring a light jacket but usually don't use it. I started doing that after it rained once on a sea day. Love to cruise out of New Orleans but I really don't meet a lot of people from Louisiana on those cruises.
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Originally posted by Saint Greg
I'm a few hours north of you. No tattoos. Rarely use the elevator. No camo. I haven't noticed a lot of camo on my five New Orleans cruises. I bring a light jacket but usually don't use it. I started doing that after it rained once on a sea day. Love to cruise out of New Orleans but I really don't meet a lot of people from Louisiana on those cruises.


Exactly. Same as you about everything. Which surprised me about the post. I was born and raised here and don’t know anyone like this. Come down here for Mardi Gras, you will see we are a friendly group of people. Explains why they had a great time in NOLA. And not on the ship. And you’re right. I rarely meet anyone from Louisiana when I cruise. Even out of my home port.


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#10
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In the OP's defense, I don't think he felt like all his fellow cruise mates were from LA...it read more like they were from the deep south states, and he felt like because he is from VA, there was perhaps a cultural/political diversity. ??
I read a post not too long ago on the CCL thread about table mates, and this type of conversation came up. It concerns me, I have to admit. I'm booked with my son to sail out of NOLA in a couple months. I have wondered if I would run into this very problem. I live in UT now, but am a true Californian.
I suppose to avoid controversy, I won't pack my son's "Resist Trump" t-shirt.
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Living in South Louisiana, I have been on many cruises out of New Orleans and many from other cities as well. I can't recall ever seeing any camo on the ships though I may have overlooked some. Southern hospitality is alive and well and has been commented on many times as many consider Southerners the friendliest of all.

New Orleans has about the highest percentage of American cruises of any city I have cruised from. Cities on the East coast usually have a large percentage of European cruisers and cities on the West coast usually have many Asian cruisers so if you don't like sailing with Americans you might be better off booking from one of the other coasts.
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So, I am originally from New Jersey, have lived in Las Vegas, and currently live in Northern Mississippi. I will have to admit The most fun, polite, and personable people I have ever met is with out a dought folks from the South. I worked on Cruise Ships for Years and have been home ported all over the country and Europe. My favorite Home Port was deffinatly New Orleans as everyone boarding was there simply to have fun! Just my opinion.
#13
Richmond VA
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Originally posted by Saint Greg
Bunch of nonsense. I find that most people on cruises out of New Orleans aren't from Louisiana. They're from all over and want to visit New Orleans. Here are where the people on the roll call for my upcoming Dream cruise are from so far:

Mississippi
Michigan
Kentucky
Florida
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Louisiana
Arkansas
Mississippi
Alabama
Alabama
Ohio
Georgia
Florida
California
Alabama
Michigan
Louisiana

That's like 10% from Louisiana.

Galveston on the other hand is loaded down with people from Texas. Here's my roll call for my upcoming Galveston cruise:

Oklahoma
Texas
Oklahoma
Texas
Tennessee
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Michigan
Texas
Texas
Colorado
Texas
Canada
Texas
Texas
Missouri
Oklahoma
Texas
Canada
Oklahoma
Texas
Texas
Yes, please re-read my post, there were very few from NOLA on this trip and the ones I met I liked. Notice that there were pretty much no east or west coasters on your list? Yeah, that is what I saw. EVERYONE was nice but very few were actually friendly to US once we mentioned we were from VA. It became painfully obvious that being from a blue state was the issue, we were treated like we were unwelcome once they heard this. Welcome to the post 2016 world I guess. I started counting how often I saw camo and I lost count after 200 on the 3rd day, I own and wear camo myself but not on a glamorous ship. it was embarrassing to be on the ship with these folks.
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Originally posted by imouer
Yes, please re-read my post, there were very few from NOLA on this trip and the ones I met I liked. Notice that there were pretty much no east or west coasters on your list? Yeah, that is what I saw. EVERYONE was nice but very few were actually friendly to US once we mentioned we were from VA. It became painfully obvious that being from a blue state was the issue, we were treated like we were unwelcome once they heard this. Welcome to the post 2016 world I guess. I started counting how often I saw camo and I lost count after 200 on the 3rd day, I own and wear camo myself but not on a glamorous ship. it was embarrassing to be on the ship with these folks.


I think you’re the problem. I’ve never heard politics discussed on any of my cruises. I played trivia with two old ladies from Virginia on my last cruise.


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Originally posted by Saint Greg
I think you’re the problem. I’ve never heard politics discussed on any of my cruises. I played trivia with two old ladies from Virginia on my last cruise.


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Really? personal attacks now? Who said anything about discussing politics? You make a lot of ASSumptions
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Originally posted by imouer
Really? personal attacks now? Who said anything about discussing politics? You make a lot of ASSumptions


What does blue state mean to you?


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The first few times I said Virginia, and others ran 😀, I would have changed my answer to another state to see if you got the same response.

Maybe folks were just looking for people from their own state to talk to. Just start cruising out of Florida, never ran into issues in my cruises from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, or Tampa. Hey not even from Vancouver either.
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Looks like this imouer is just trying to start stuff. Most of their recent posts are in a thread called “cruise snobbery” that was closed for harassment. Also see them going into a dog thread just to say “I hate dogs.”

Clearly just looking to start a fight. I’m done with it.


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Originally posted by imouer
My wife and I are from Virginia and we had never been to New Orleans so we decided to try something different. We booked the Dream which we had been on two times before out of Florida. The residence of New Orleans were fantastic but Once on board We immediately noticed that the people look different and we were totally fine with that there was more diversity they were more tattoos in there was more camo clothing than I thought possible on a cruise ship. I actually was thinking it was going to be a lot of fun because it looked like my in-laws and coworkers. What we found was every time we told folks that we were from Virginia people shut down and stop talking to us. After a few days we realize that we were being profiled as East Coast elitist from a blue state or somesuch nonsense. We have been cruising for decades and never had an experience where we left the ship without having made new friends but on this journey we felt alienated and isolated by the midwesterners and deep Southerners aboard. It was really sad to me that these people judged and dismissed us like this but clearly that was what was happening unfortunately. I could best sum it up to say that these people were nice but not friendly to outsiders. I would never recommend that anyone from the east or West Coast take this cruise but I would strongly recommend that everyone visit New Orleans at least once in their life.


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Why not the "west coast?" Hopefully you understand that we are primarily an agricultural and fisheries state (not unlike our northern neighbors).

Don't you folks in "Virginnie" still grow "tabacky?"

In any case, we're from SF (49 square miles surrounding need by reality) and I must honestly admit that the only reason I ever go to NOLA is for a food trip and a few very specific museums plus a touch of jazz and zydeco.




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Originally posted by AndyCapn
My only complaint with the passengers on my recent NOLA cruise was their unfamiliarity with elevators. We were on the top floor and it was a 50-50 proposition that when the elevator doors opened there would already be somebody in it who was looking to go down.

Oh, and before boarding the elevator, wait to see if anybody is getting out first.
Unfortunately, lack of elevator courtesy isn't limited to a NOLA cruise, it happens on all cruises. I don't know if its actual ignorance or just part of the "all about me" attitude that seems to be prevalent these days.
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